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  • Previous Rank76
  • Revenues ($M)$78,147
  • Revenue Percent Change-20.7%
  • Profits ($M)$4,423
  • Profits Percent Change-35.3%
  • Assets ($M)$76,942
  • Employees108,048

The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based chemicals maker—the world’s largest—sells elements that go into everything from cars to shampoo. Though its success can be attributed to its diverse portfolio of products, the company has been struggling in recent months amid low commodities prices, which pushed sales down 5.2% in 2015. The company also posted lower sales in its chemical business, and from Europe in comparison to 2014, owing to the strong U.S. dollar. More recently, BASF has been pruning its vast portfolio at a time when the chemical industry has been subject to a wave of consolidation. Monsanto is trying to snap up BASF’s agrochemicals business—the German company’s most profitable division in 2015.

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Company Information

Kurt W. Bock
HQ Location
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Years on Global 500 List22
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.

BASF Rank History

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$78,147-20.7%
Profits ($M)$4,423-35.3%
Assets ($M)$76,942-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$33,581-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues5.7%
Profits as % of Assets5.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity13.2%