April 18, 2019 / 5:05 AM / a year ago

Lonza keeps 2019 outlook as specialty ingredients hits rough patch

ZURICH, April 18 (Reuters) - Swiss drug ingredients maker Lonza stuck to its full-year targets on Thursday and said it would give an update on its business portfolio review in the second half amid "headwinds" in its specialty ingredients division.

The Basel-based company expects mid-to-high-single digit sales growth and a sustained core operating profit margin this year. Without giving specific first-quarter numbers, Lonza said its pharmaceuticals and nutrition unit had "continued positive momentum" while specialty ingredients including anti-microbials for paints and coatings faced unanticipated problems.

"The extent of the challenges across all (specialty ingredients) businesses were not foreseen in January 2019 and the implementation of additional cost-containment measures... has started to mitigate impact of supply-chain disruption and raw material input costs," Lonza said in a statement. (Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)

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