BRUSSELS, March 8 Belgian graphics group Agfa
on Wednesday said it would focus on increasing sales
after exceeding its profit margin target for 2016 thanks largely
to the performance of its healthcare division.
The group, which sold its well-known photo business in 2004,
has spent years adapting to a shift from analogue to digital
products in both its printing and healthcare units while also
reducing its debt pile.
At the end of 2016, Agfa said its core profit (EBITDA)
margin stood at 10.4 percent, above its 10 percent target and up
from 9.1 percent in 2015, and had turned its debt into a net
cash position of 18 million euros ($19.0 million).
In 2012, Agfa's net debt level was 291 million euros.
While revenue was 4.1 percent lower in 2016, Agfa said it
had launched several initiatives to boost the top line.
"With these projects, we will aim at limiting the decline of
our traditional businesses and at boosting the success of our
growth engines," CEO Christian Reinaudo said in a statement.
Agfa added it expected to keep its profit margin near 10
percent or above in 2017.
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(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip