CSM reports 13% higher EBITA for 2009

CSM improved EBITA substantially despite the recessionary environment. The effects of lower sales volumes have been compensated by cost savings, recovery of margins through lower cost of raw materials and continued improvements in operational efficiencies. Strict cash management generating free cash flow of � 277.2 million, resulted in our net debt falling to � 328 million. CSM's balance sheet strength allows for investment in a new lactide plant in Thailand to fuel our organic growth as well as the announced acquisition of Best Brands in North America.

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