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2021 financial year: Sharp rise in sales and profits

COLTENE Holding AG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

04-March-2022 / 06:09 CET/CEST
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Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR

Altstätten, 4 March 2022


  • COLTENE generated CHF 279.2 million in sales in 2021, a 12.4% increase from a year earlier.
  • Operating profit (EBIT) was CHF 43.8 million, up 88.3%.
  • The EBIT margin for the year was 15.7% (2020: 9.4%).
  • COLTENE made a net profit of CHF 31.7 million, a 285.2% increase from 2020.
  • Distribution of CHF 3.30 per share (previous year: CHF 3.00) from capital contribution reserves.

The COLTENE Group ended the year with sales of CHF 279.2 million, up 12.4% from a year earlier, setting a new record (2020: CHF 248.4 million; 2019: CHF 273.8 million). At constant exchange rates and adjusted for the disposal of Vigodent, COLTENE sales increased even more in 2021, by 14.9%, compared to a year earlier. Compared to 2019, and also at constant exchange rates and adjusted for the disposal of Vigodent, organic growth was 10.6% (CAGR 2019-2021: 5.1%). Operating profit (EBIT) for full-year 2021 was CHF 43.8 million (2020: CHF 23.3 million). The EBIT margin was 15.7% (2020:  9.4%), setting a record also for profitability. Effects of cost efficiencies and rebounding sales led to disproportionately strong results in the first half year, in particular. In H2, demand returned to more normal levels.

Net profit was CHF 31.7 million (2020: CHF 8.2 million). The equity ratio increased to 57.5%, (2020:  48.1%) and net debt declined by 21.4% from CHF 21.9 million to CHF 17.2 million. Free cash flow fell by 6.5% to CHF 22.7 million (2020: CHF 24.3 million). At the Annual General Meeting on 21 April 2022, the Board of Directors will propose a distribution of CHF 3.30 (2020: CHF 3.00) per share from capital contribution reserves for shareholder approval. For natural persons residing in Switzerland, this distribution is tax exempt.

2021 saw healthy growth in demand for dental products. The first half of 2021 was defined by catch-up effects, and sales grew at disproportionately high rates. In H2, demand returned to more normal levels and the supply chain bottlenecks increasingly affected COLTENE, partially impacting its capacity to deliver.

All markets and product groups recovered from their 2020 pandemic levels. 49.7% of sales were recorded in North America, 4.4% in Latin America, and 10.9% in Asia. By share of sales, EMEA reached 35.0%. After accelerating to a massive 35.5% in 2020 due to the pandemic, Infection Control sales growth normalized to 2.3% in 2021. By contrast, sales in Dental Preservation and Efficient Treatment eroded in 2020 but recovered strongly in 2021, expanding at 19.7% and 17.8%, respectively.

Outlook for 2022
In the current year, the focus of the COLTENE Group beyond its key markets is on expanding in Asia, notably in China, a dental market with great potential. In the UK, Germany and France, sales are targeted to strengthen in Infection Control, while especially the US, Germany, France, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula present growth opportunities for Endodontics.

The Group affirms its medium-term targets of a 15% EBIT margin and sales growth modestly above the market. In the medium term, the organic growth target may be complemented with targeted acquisitions. The payout ratio for future dividends will remain set at a target rate of 70%.

Media and analyst conference
Today Friday 4 March 2022, 10:00 a.m. CET, at Hotel Widder, Rennweg 7, 8001 Zurich; reception starts at 9.30 a.m.

To download the presentation documents, visit

Annual General Meeting 2022 
The Annual General Meeting of COLTENE Holding AG will be held on Thursday, 21 April 2022, at 4:00 p.m. CET at Hotel-Restaurant Sonne, Kugelgasse 2, 9450 Altstätten. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Directions to the venue, information on pandemic safety policies at the event, and the detailed invitation to the Annual General Meeting are available for download at

Annual Report 2021
COLTENE Holding AG's Annual Report 2021 was published today and can be downloaded at

Key figures (in CHF 1000)



% change

Net sales

279 242

248 352


Operating expenses

137 250

131 205


Operating profit (EBIT)

43 796

23 259


     as % of net sales




Net profit

31 708

8 232


Operating cash flow

32 515

34 806


Investments (net)

9 795

10 516


Free cash flow

22 720

24 290






Key figures (in CHF 1000)



% change

Net debt

-17 185

-21 866


Total assets

186 738

187 631


Shareholders' equity

107 399

90 234


     as % of total assets




Distribution per share in CHF

3.30 1



Number of employees (FTE)

1 242

1 189



1 Board of Directors' proposal to the Annual General Meeting in 2022
 (distribution from capital contribution reserves)


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Financial Calendar

Media and analyst conference on 2021 financial year and
Release of Annual Report 2021                                                              4 March 2022
Annual General Meeting 2022                                                                21 April 2022
Release of Half-Year Report 2022 and
Conference call on the half-year results 2022                                        5 August 2022
Media and analyst conference on 2022 financial year and
Release of Annual Report 2022                                                              3 March 2023
Annual General Meeting 2023                                                                19 April 2023
Release of Half-Year Report 2023 and
Conference call on the half-year results 2023                                         4 August 2023

COLTENE is an international developer, manufacturer and seller of dental consumables and small equipment in the areas of Infection Control, Dental Preservation and Efficient Treatment. COLTENE has state-of-the-art production facilities in the USA, Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland as well as own sales organizations in all major markets including Europe, North and Latin America, Japan, China and India. Dentists, DSOs, dental clinics and dental labs all around the globe trust COLTENE's high-quality products. The registered shares of COLTENE Holding AG (CLTN) are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. Learn more about COLTENE and our products at

Contact information
Feldwiesenstrasse 20
9450 Altstätten, Switzerland
P + 41 71 757 53 00

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Language: English
Company: COLTENE Holding AG
Feldwiesenstrasse 20
9450 Altstätten
ISIN: CH0025343259
Valor: 2534325
Listed: SIX Swiss Exchange
EQS News ID: 1294319

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Last Updated: 04-Mar-2022