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Fourth Quarter & full-year 2011 results


Strong performance in Q4 2011 - Full-Year 2011 results above targets - Dividend policy revised upwards

STRONG SALES AND PROFITABILITY IN Q4
- Organic same-day growth: +5.3%, with Europe at +4.5%, North America at +7.4%               
and double digit-growth in China and in Latin America
- EBITA1 margin up 40bps, to an historic high of 6.2%

FULL-YEAR PERFORMANCE ABOVE TARGETS
- Sales of €12.7bn, up 6.2% on a constant and same-day basis
- EBITA1 margin up 70bps, to 5.7% of sales
- Free cash-flow (FCF) before interest & tax of €601m
- Net income up 39%, to €319m

STRENGTHENED FINANCIAL STRUCTURE
- Indebtedness ratio of 2.40x EBITDA at Dec. 31, 2011 (vs. 3.19x at Dec. 31, 2010)
- Strong liquidity and enhanced financial flexibility

DIVIDEND POLICY REVISED UPWARDS
- Proposed dividend of €0.65 per share


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