|Nestlé - 4.6% organic growth, 3.1% real internal growth|
13/02/2014 16:27 (21 Day 19:54 minutes ago)
The FINANCIAL -- In 2013 Nestlé’s sales increased by 2.7% to CHF 92.2 billion, impacted by negative foreign exchange of 3.7%. Organic growth was 4.6%, composed of 3.1% real internal growth and 1.5% pricing. Acquisitions, net of divestitures, added 1.8% to sales, according to Nestlé.
The Group’s trading operating profit was CHF 14.0 billion, representing a margin of 15.2%, up 20 basis points versus last year, and up 40 basis points in constant currencies.
Nestlé Continuous Excellence again delivered more than CHF 1.5 billion in efficiencies in all areas of the business. This, together with reduced structural costs, enabled us to increase our brand support and absorb higher restructuring costs.
The cost of goods sold fell by 70 basis points as a percentage of sales, also supported by a favourable input cost environment.
Distribution costs were down by 10 basis points.
Administrative costs decreased by 40 basis points, reflecting structural efficiencies including in our pension plans.
Total marketing costs increased by 60 basis points with consumer facing spend up 16.3% in constant currencies.
Net profit was CHF 10.0 billion down slightly due to the costs of portfolio restructuring and the currency impact. As a consequence, reported earnings per share were CHF 3.14, down 2.2%. Underlying earnings per share in constant currencies were up 11.0%.
The Group’s operating cash flow continued to be strong at CHF 15.0 billion.
“The macro-environment in 2013 was one of soft growth, minimal in the developed world and below recent levels in the emerging markets. Our response was to increase brand support, accelerate innovation, and to ensure our pricing was sensitive to consumer needs. This gave impetus to our real internal growth and, together with efficiencies and structural cost savings, contributed to our margin improvement and strong cash flow. We also intensified our portfolio management which resulted in some charges in 2013 but ensures we are putting our people and resources behind the best opportunities," Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO said.