September 28, 2017 / 10:47 AM / a year ago

Merck KGaA CFO: 2017 profit guidance 'damn challenging'

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s Merck KGaA (MRCG.DE) said it expected to meet its 2017 guidance, but warned it wouldn’t be easy due to headwinds from currency fluctuations and a tough liquid crystals business.

A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in Darmstadt, Germany January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

Chief Financial Officer Marcus Kuhnert told analysts at a capital markets day on Thursday that Merck still believed the range was possible “but it’s damn challenging”.

Shares in Merck fell 1.1 percent, among the biggest fallers on the Dax .GDAXI.

Merck slightly reduced its sales guidance range in August but maintained its target for adjusted core profit of between 4.4 and 4.6 billion euros.

At that time, Kuhenert had already warned that the target wouldn’t be a “walk in the park”.

Reporting by Patricia Weiss; Writing by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Douglas Busvine

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