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Annual Report 2021

A strong partner in uncertain times

Strained supply chains, new virus variants and rising commodity prices: 2021 was another very challenging year for B. Braun. Yet, despite all the uncertainty in the markets, we stayed by our customers’ side as a strong partner. This accomplishment was especially possible thanks to our 66,000 employees around the world, whose outstanding commitment ensured the supply of health care systems.

The fiscal year in numbers

In the 2021 reporting year, B. Braun sales grew 7.4 percent at constant exchange rates. This puts us above our strategic target growth range of 5 to 7 percent. Sales in the reporting currency increased 5.8 percent to € 7.9 billion (previous year: € 7.4 billion). 


At the start of 2021, B. Braun was reorganized: the Out Patient Market division was integrated into the Hospital Care and Avitum divisions; the Aesculap division was unchanged. All three divisions saw good sales increases in 2021. Our domestic market of Germany performed well in the reporting year, and sales around the world largely increased, especially in the US, Brazil, China, India and Australia.


We were unable to improve our earnings in the reporting year. In particular, the coronavirus pandemic influenced the situation for earnings in the Aesculap and Avitum divisions. Starting in the second half of the year, supply shortages, significant increases in component, raw material and energy prices, and a sharp rise in freight costs prevented our earnings from growing more. Through a comprehensive review of ongoing projects and of the current cost structure, we have identified areas for potential improvement.


 20202021Change in %
Sales (in € million)7,426.37,859.8+ 5.8
EBITDA (in € million)1,103.21,101.9- 0.1
Profit before taxes (in € million)416.1408.6- 1.8
Consolidated net income (in € million)301.5300.1- 0.5
Employees (as of December 31)64,31766,234+ 3.0

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