Colgate Announces 2nd Quarter 2013 Results

Colgate Announces 2nd Quarter 2013 Results

Strong Organic Sales Growth Worldwide

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYS: CL) today reported worldwide Net sales of $4,346 million in second quarter 2013, an increase of 2.0% versus second quarter 2012. Global unit volume grew 4.0%, pricing increased 1.0% and foreign exchange was negative 3.0%. Organic sales (Net sales excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments) grew 5.5%.


Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2013 were $561 million and $0.60, respectively. Net income in second quarter 2013 included $101 million ($0.10 per diluted share) of aftertax charges resulting from the implementation of the previously disclosed four-year Global Growth and Efficiency Program (the "2012 Restructuring Program"), costs associated with the sale of land in Mexico and a charge associated with an existing European competition law matter.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2012 were $627 million and $0.65, respectively. Net income in second quarter 2012 included aftertax charges of $14 million ($0.02 per diluted share) resulting from the items described in Table 8.

Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Net income in second quarter 2013 was $662 million, an increase of 3% versus second quarter 2012, and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2013 was $0.70, an increase of 4% versus second quarter 2012.

Gross profit margin was 58.3% in second quarter 2013 versus 57.7% in the year ago quarter. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Gross profit margin was 58.6% in second quarter 2013, an increase of 70 basis points versus the year ago quarter, as higher pricing and cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives more than offset higher raw and packaging material costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 35.1% of Net sales in second quarter 2013 versus 34.3% in second quarter 2012. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 60 basis points to 34.8% of Net sales in second quarter 2013, as advertising investment increased by 70 basis points and overhead expenses decreased by 10 basis points, both as a percentage of Net sales. Worldwide advertising investment increased 9% versus the year ago quarter to $497 million.

Operating profit decreased 8% to $906 million in second quarter 2013 compared to $982 million in second quarter 2012. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Operating profit increased 3% to $1,032 million.

Net cash provided by operations year to date increased 11% to $1,325 million, compared to $1,193 million in the comparable 2012 period. The increase was driven by strong operating earnings as well as a continued tight focus on working capital. Free cash flow before dividends (Net cash provided by operations less Capital expenditures) exceeded 100% of Net income. Working capital as a percentage of Net sales improved to negative 0.2% versus 2.8% in the year ago period, mainly due to accrued liabilities related to the 2012 Restructuring Program and the timing of dividend payments.

Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the results and outlook excluding the 2013 and 2012 items noted above, "We are delighted that our strong growth momentum continued on both the top and bottom lines. For the fifth consecutive quarter, gross profit margin, operating profit margin and net income as a percent of sales all increased versus the year ago period.

"The strong 5.5% organic sales growth was led by the emerging markets where organic sales grew a robust 8.5%. All operating divisions achieved positive unit volume growth in the quarter. We were particularly pleased to see a return to unit volume growth at Hill's one quarter earlier than expected.

"Advertising investment increased versus year ago, both absolutely and as a percent to sales, and we continue to plan for higher levels of commercial investment in the balance of the year in support of a very full pipeline of new products worldwide.

"Colgate's global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes are both at record highs year to date. Colgate's share of the global toothpaste market strengthened to 45.4% year to date, up 0.1 share points versus year ago. Our global leadership in manual toothbrushes also strengthened during the quarter with Colgate's global market share in that category reaching 33.3% year to date, up 0.4 share points versus year ago.

"Looking forward, we expect our growth momentum to continue as we progress through the year. We are pleased that our global restructuring program is on track and proceeding smoothly. We also continue to be sharply focused on our aggressive funding-the-growth programs and our strategic worldwide pricing initiatives.

"Based on this, we continue to anticipate another year of strong organic sales growth and gross margin expansion in 2013. In light of the ongoing impact of the Venezuela currency devaluation and the recent volatility in foreign exchange in other countries, we now expect diluted earnings per share to grow 4.5% to 5.5% for the year, on a dollar basis, assuming average exchange rates in the balance of the year are equal to current spot rates."

At 11:00 a.m. ET today, Colgate will host a conference call to elaborate on second quarter results. To access this call as a webcast, please go to Colgate's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.

The following are comments about divisional performance for second quarter 2013 versus the year ago period. See attached Geographic Sales Analysis Percentage Changes and Segment Information schedules for additional information on divisional net sales and operating profit.

North America (18% of Company Sales)

North America Net sales increased 5.0% in second quarter 2013. Unit volume increased 6.0% with 1.0% lower pricing and foreign exchange was even with the year ago quarter. Organic sales increased 5.0% during the quarter.

Operating profit in North America increased 20% in the second quarter of 2013 to $227 million, or 370 basis points to 29.8% of Net sales. This increase in Operating profit was primarily due to an increase in Gross profit and a decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was mainly driven by lower raw and packing material costs and cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives which were partially offset by lower pricing. This decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to lower overhead costs which was partially offset by higher advertising investment.

In the U.S., new product launches are contributing to volume growth across categories. Market share gains year to date were seen in manual toothbrushes, powered toothbrushes, mouthwash, body washes and fabric conditioners. In toothpaste, the success of Colgate Optic White and Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpastes helped drive market share for the Colgate Optic White brand to 5.6% year to date, up 1.0 share points versus year ago. In manual toothbrushes, Colgate achieved brand market leadership with its market share in that category reaching a record 37.2% year to date, up 0.6 share points versus year ago. This success was driven by strong sales of Colgate 360° Optic White, Colgate 360° Total Advanced Floss Tip bristles and Colgate Extra Clean manual toothbrushes.

Successful new products driving volume growth in the U.S. in other categories include Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield and Colgate Optic White mouthwashes, Softsoap brand Acai Berry & Tropical Water and Softsoap brand Coconut Island Quench body washes, Palmolive Soft Touch and Ajax with Aloe dish liquids and Suavitel Silky Essence fabric conditioner.

Exciting new products launching in third quarter 2013 include Colgate MaxFresh Cool Scrub and Colgate Sensitive SmartFoam with Whitening toothpastes and Colgate SlimSoft manual toothbrush.

Latin America (29% of Company Sales)

Latin America Net sales decreased 1.5% in second quarter 2013. Unit volume increased 2.0% with 4.5% higher pricing and 8.0% negative foreign exchange. Volume gains were led by Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and the Southern Cone region. Organic sales for Latin America increased 7.0% during the quarter.

Operating profit in Latin America decreased 6% in the second quarter of 2013 to $352 million, or 120 basis points to 27.5% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit and an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was due to higher costs, primarily in Venezuela, which were partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives and higher pricing. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher advertising investment and higher overhead expenses due primarily to higher costs in Venezuela.

Colgate's strong leadership in oral care throughout Latin America continued during the quarter with year-to-date toothpaste market share gains in Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Strong sales of Colgate Luminous White, Colgate Total Professional Gum Health and Colgate Triple Action Extra Whitening toothpastes drove volume growth throughout the region. Colgate strengthened its leadership of the manual toothbrush market throughout the region, driven by strong sales of Colgate 360° Luminous White, Colgate Triple Action and Colgate Premier manual toothbrushes. In mouthwash, Colgate's year-to-date market share is at a record high in the region with gains driven by Colgate Luminous White mouthwash.

Products in other categories contributing to volume growth include Protex Men, Protex Vitamin E and Palmolive Naturals Olive and Aloe bar soaps, Lady Speed Stick and Speed Stick deodorants, and Axion dish liquid.

Europe/South Pacific (19% of Company Sales)

Europe/South Pacific Net sales in second quarter 2013 decreased 3.0%. Unit volume increased 0.5% with 3.0% lower pricing and 0.5% negative foreign exchange. Volume gains in the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia were partially offset by volume declines in France and Greece. Organic sales for Europe/South Pacific decreased 2.0%.

Operating profit in Europe/South Pacific increased 6% in the second quarter of 2013 to $189 million, or 180 basis points to 22.9% of Net sales. The increase in Operating profit was primarily due to an increase in Gross profit and a decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was primarily driven by savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives and lower raw and packing material costs, which were partially offset by lower pricing. This decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses was driven by higher advertising investment which was more than offset by lower overhead costs.

Colgate continued its oral care leadership in the Europe/South Pacific region with toothpaste share gains led by the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Holland, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia. Successful premium products driving share gains include Colgate Max White One Luminous, Colgate MaxFresh ActiClean with SmartFoam and Colgate Total Pro Gum Health toothpastes. In the manual toothbrush category, Colgate 360° Max White One and elmex Erosion manual toothbrushes contributed to volume growth throughout the region.

Recent premium innovations contributing to volume growth in other product categories include Colgate Max White One, Colgate Total Pro Gum Health and elmex Senstive Professional mouthwashes, Colgate ProClinical electric toothbrush, Sanex Men Dermo Double Protect deodorant, Sanex Surgras and Palmolive Mediterranean Moments shower gels, Ajax Pure Home liquid cleaner and Soupline Aroma Sensations fabric conditioner.

Greater Asia/Africa (21% of Company Sales)

Greater Asia/Africa Net sales and unit volume increased 8.0% and 9.5%, respectively, during second quarter 2013. Pricing was even with the year ago period and foreign exchange was negative 1.5%. Volume gains were led by India, the Greater China region, Thailand, Turkey and Russia. Organic sales for Greater Asia/Africa increased 9.5%.

Operating profit in Greater Asia/Africa increased 8% in the second quarter of 2013 to $238 million, and remained flat at 25.6% of Net sales, as an increase in Gross profit was partially offset by an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was primarily due to cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives, partially offset by higher raw and packing material costs. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was driven by higher advertising investment which was partially offset by lower overhead costs.

Colgate continued its toothpaste leadership in Greater Asia, driven by market share gains in India, China, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Successful new products including Colgate 360° Pro Gum Health, Colgate Optic White, Colgate Visible White and Darlie Enamel toothpastes contributed to volume growth throughout the region.

Successful products contributing to volume growth in other categories in the region include Colgate Slim Soft and Colgate 360° Surround manual toothbrushes, Colgate Optic White and Colgate Plax Herbal mouthwashes and Protex for Men shower gel.

Hill's Pet Nutrition (13% of Company Sales)

Hill's Net sales increased 3.5% during second quarter 2013. Unit volume increased 2.5%, pricing increased 3.0% and foreign exchange was negative 2.0%. Volume gains in the U.S., Russia, Korea, Germany, France and Brazil were partially offset by volume declines in Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. Hill's organic sales increased 5.5%.

Hill's Operating profit decreased 6% in the second quarter of 2013 to $136 million, or 250 basis points to 24.8% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit and an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was primarily driven by higher raw and packaging material costs due in part to formulation changes, which was partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives and higher pricing. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to increased investment in customer development initiatives and higher advertising investment.

New product introductions driving volume growth in the U.S. include the successful launch of a new natural pet food brand, Hill's Ideal Balance, with natural ingredients perfectly balanced.

New product introductions driving volume growth globally, include the launch of breakthrough weight loss nutrition, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic and the relaunch of Hill's Science Diet with natural ingredients and improved taste.

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About Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-E

Market Share Information

Management uses market share information as a key indicator to monitor business health and performance. References to market share in this press release are based on a combination of consumption and market share data provided by third-party vendors, primarily Nielsen, and internal estimates. All market share references represent the percentage of the dollar value of sales of our products, relative to all product sales in the category in the countries in which the Company competes and purchases data. Market share data is subject to limitations on the availability of up-to-date information. We believe that the third-party vendors we use to provide data are reliable, but we have not verified the accuracy or completeness of the data or any assumptions underlying the data. In addition, market share information calculated by the Company may be different from market share information calculated by other companies due to differences in category definitions, the use of data from different countries, internal estimates and other factors.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the related webcast (other than historical information) may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements may relate, for example, to sales or volume growth, organic sales growth, profit or profit margin growth, earnings growth, financial goals, the impact of currency devaluations, exchange controls, price controls and labor unrest, including in Venezuela, cost-reduction plans including the 2012 Restructuring Program, tax rates, new product introductions or commercial investment levels. These statements are made on the basis of our views and assumptions as of this time and we undertake no obligation to update these statements. We caution investors that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual events or results may differ materially from those statements. Investors should consult the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the information set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012) for information about certain factors that could cause such differences. Copies of these filings may be obtained upon request from the Company's Investor Relations Department or on the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following provides information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures used in this earnings release and/or the related webcast:

This release discusses organic sales growth, which is Net sales growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments. Management believes this measure provides investors with useful supplemental information regarding the Company's underlying sales trends by presenting sales growth excluding the external factor of foreign exchange as well as the impact from acquisitions and divestments. See "Geographic Sales Analysis Percentage Changes" for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 vs 2012 included with this release for a comparison of organic sales growth to sales growth in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP").

To supplement Colgate's Condensed Consolidated Income Statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company has disclosed non-GAAP measures of operating results that exclude certain items. Worldwide Gross profit, Gross profit margin, Selling, general and administrative expenses, Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of Net sales, Other (income) expense, net, Operating profit, Operating profit margin, Net income attributable to Colgate-Palmolive Company and Diluted earnings per common share are discussed both as reported (on a GAAP basis) and, as applicable, excluding charges resulting from the implementation of the 2012 Restructuring Program, the one-time charge resulting from the Venezuela devaluation, a charge associated with a European competition law matter, costs related to the sale of land in Mexico and costs associated with various business realignment and other cost-saving initiatives (non-GAAP). Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information regarding the performance of the Company's ongoing operations. See "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 included with this release for a reconciliation of these financial measures to the related GAAP measures.

The Company uses these financial measures internally in its budgeting process and as factors in determining compensation. While the Company believes that these financial measures are useful in evaluating the Company's business, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be the same as similar measures presented by other companies.

The Company defines free cash flow before dividends as Net cash provided by operations less Capital expenditures. As management uses this measure to evaluate the Company's ability to satisfy current and future obligations, repurchase stock, pay dividends and fund future business opportunities, the Company believes that it provides useful information to investors. Free cash flow before dividends is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the Company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure. Free cash flow before dividends is not a GAAP measurement and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. See "Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows" for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 for a comparison of free cash flow before dividends to Net cash provided by operations as reported in accordance with GAAP.

(See attached tables for second quarter results.)

 
Table 1
 
Colgate-Palmolive Company
 
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012
 
(Dollars in Millions Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)
  
20132012
 
Net sales$4,346$4,267
 
Cost of sales1,8121,806
 
Gross profit2,5342,461
 
Gross profit margin58.3%57.7%
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses1,5261,464
 
Other (income) expense, net10215
 
Operating profit906982
 
Operating profit margin20.8%23.0%
 
Interest expense, net(5)6
 
Income before income taxes911976
 
Provision for income taxes307311
 
Effective tax rate33.7%31.9%
 
Net income including noncontrolling interests604665
 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests4338
 
Net income attributable to Colgate-Palmolive Company$561$627
 
Earnings per common share
Basic$0.60$0.66
Diluted$0.60$0.65
 
Average common shares outstanding
Basic933.1954.6
Diluted942.3962.7
 

Table 2
 
Colgate-Palmolive Company
 
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012
 
(Dollars in Millions Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)
  
20132012
 
Net sales$8,661$8,467
 
Cost of sales3,6123,569
 
Gross profit5,0494,898
 
Gross profit margin58.3%57.8%
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses3,0622,942
 
Other (income) expense, net33936
 
Operating profit1,6481,920
 
Operating profit margin19.0%22.7%
 
Interest expense, net(8)16
 
Income before income taxes1,6561,904
 
Provision for income taxes546606
 
Effective tax rate33.0%31.8%
 
Net income including noncontrolling interests1,1101,298
 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests8978
 
Net income attributable to Colgate-Palmolive Company$1,021$1,220
 
Earnings per common share
Basic$1.09$1.27
Diluted$1.08$1.26
 
Average common shares outstanding
Basic934.8957.4
Diluted943.6965.2
 

Table 3
 
Colgate-Palmolive Company
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
As of June 30, 2013, December 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012
 
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited)
   
 
June 30,December 31,June 30,
201320122012
 
Cash and cash equivalents$884$884$995
Receivables, net1,7781,6681,785
Inventories1,4401,3651,368
Other current assets765639687
Property, plant and equipment, net3,7763,8423,625
Other assets, including goodwill and intangibles 4,844  4,996  4,693 
Total assets$13,487 $13,394 $13,153 
 
Total debt$5,628$5,230$5,363
Other current liabilities3,8483,4323,271
Other non-current liabilities 2,207  2,342  2,009 
Total liabilities11,68311,00410,643
Total Colgate-Palmolive Company shareholders' equity1,5312,1892,306
Noncontrolling interests 273  201  204 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$13,487 $13,394 $13,153 
 
Supplemental Balance Sheet Information
Debt less cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities*$4,570$4,230 Read Full Story

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