Unilever PLC (ULVR) - 3rd Quarter Results RNS Number : 4809P Unilever PLC 25 October 2012 UNILEVER TRADING STATEMENT THIRD QUARTER 2012 SUSTAINED GROWTH MOMENTUM DRIVEN BY EMERGING MARKETS Third quarter highlights · Turnover increased by 10.3% to €13.4 billion with a positive impact of 4.1% from FX and 0.1% from M&A · Underlying sales growth 5.9% with emerging markets up 12.1% · Underlying volume growth 3.4% ahead of our markets; pricing up 2.4% Nine months highlights · Turnover increased by 11.1% to €38.8 billion with a positive impact of 2.6% from FX and 1.5% from M&A · Underlying sales growth 6.6% with emerging markets up 11.7% · Underlying volume growth 3.0% ahead of our markets; pricing up 3.5% Paul Polman: Chief Executive Officer statement "I am pleased that we have again reported good quality growth, with volumes ahead of our markets. This consistent performance, despite continued high levels of competitive intensity, depressed economies and increasing global imbalances and uncertainty, shows that the Unilever transformation is well on track and is being embedded deeply in the business. The Compass strategy and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan are driving aligned actions across the business. We are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of our innovation, meeting the needs of consumers wherever they are. The organisational structure that we announced last year is already paying off and we are seeing benefits in terms of our agility and discipline in operational execution. I am particularly pleased with the progress that we have made in attracting and retaining the best talent. This is increasingly being recognised externally. For example we have won awards for diversity in China and Europe and we were recently ranked as the world's fifth most desirable company to work for in a survey by the Linkedin professional networking site. This is an area where we see that a socially responsible approach brings a tangible business benefit. Looking forward, it is clear that the environment will remain challenging. Commodity cost inflation is high and remains volatile and there is no sign that the level of competition will ease. In this challenging environment there is no change to our objectives, which remain: profitable volume growth ahead of our markets, steady and sustainable core operating margin improvement and strong cash flow. For 2012 we remain on track to deliver a modest improvement in core operating margin" 25 October 2012 OPERATIONAL REVIEW: CATEGORIES Third Quarter 2012 Nine Months 2012 (unaudited) Turnover USG UVG UPG Turnover USG UVG UPG €bn % % % €bn % % % Unilever Total 13.4 5.9 3.4 2.4 38.8 6.6 3.0 3.5 Personal Care 4.7 8.0 5.6 2.3 13.4 9.5 6.3 3.1 Foods 3.6 (0.4) (1.4) 1.0 10.7 2.0 (1.2) 3.2 Home Care 2.4 11.0 7.0 3.8 6.8 10.2 5.9 4.1 Refreshment 2.7 6.8 3.3 3.4 7.9 5.5 1.4 4.1 Markets: Third quarter market growth was driven largely by higher prices. Market volumes continued to grow in emerging markets whilst volumes in developed markets remained below prior year. Unilever Performance: Against this overall market backdrop we saw solid growth with a good balance between volume and price. Our emerging markets businesses delivered another quarter of double digit growth, taking year to date growth to 11.7%. Developed markets declined in the quarter but are up 0.8% year to date. Personal Care Hair performance reflected the success of a strong programme of activities across the brands. Tresemmé did well in its traditional markets, made strong headway in Brazil and has recently been launched in Indonesia and India. The Clear launch in the United States is performing well, confirming that the proposition is strong and differentiated, and the brand is also making inroads into other new markets such as Australia. Dove Damage Therapy continues to drive growth across many markets and Dove Men+Care hair was launched in Brazil. Axe hair has established a good platform in Europe and was launched in Turkey. Deodorants grew ahead of our markets with a broad-based, good performance across the key brands and geographies. Dove continued to deliver strong growth and Rexona was underpinned by the extension of the MotionSense technology to Rexona for Men. Axe benefited from strong digital campaigns and Axe Anarchy, which offers fragrances for both him and her, continues to do well. Dove continues to drive skin cleansing growth with the continuing success of Dove Nutrium Moisture and Dove Men+Care. Lifebuoy is progressing well driven by the '10 seconds germ-removal' hand wash campaign supporting the launch of Lifebuoy Clini-Care 10 in India and South Africa. Lux continues to deliver double digit growth helped by the recent Fresh re-stage. Both Radox and Duschdas, brands acquired from Sara Lee, are performing well. In skin care, Vaseline Daily Care Total Moisture maintained good momentum whilst a Dove Men+Care face range was launched in the United Kingdom. The acquired Kalina brands in Russia performed strongly. Oral improved its growth rate in the third quarter driven by the rollout of Expert Protection in Signal / Pepsodent, our most advanced complete protection toothpaste and '3x fresher breath' proposition for Close-up. Pepsodent 123 was launched in Indonesia and Vietnam and we launched Pepsodent in South Africa. Foods Overall Foods growth was slightly negative. Knorr jelly bouillon continues to do well in savoury, with the recent extension to markets such as Australia and Russia and the introduction of new variants such as Herbs & Spices in Germany and Borsch Soup in Russia. Knorr baking bags have gained share in most key countries. During the third quarter we launched our first soup made from 100% sustainable tomatoes in France. Spreads volumes suffered from high relative pricing in key markets but we have already taken action in some markets to ensure that our prices are competitive and our volume market shares are improving as a result. Liquid margarines continue to do well and Becel Gold, a premium variant offering a healthy spread with a great creamy taste was launched in Europe. Hellmann's mayonnaise is progressing well driven by the campaign to inspire new uses of mayonnaise and the 50^th anniversary campaign in Brazil. Home Care Strong growth in laundry reflected volume growth ahead of our markets. This includes the impact of improved product formulations, sustained innovation delivery and effective brand communication. New Omo offering fast stain removal has now been rolled out to more than 20 markets and is performing well. Surf growth was driven by improved fragrances and its value for money positioning. Comfort is building on the success of recent launches in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa whilst Comfort Anti-Bacterial was launched in Indonesia and Vietnam. Household cleaners delivered double digit growth driven by a strong Sunlight hand dishwash performance in South and South East Asia supported by the improved degreasing formulation. Domestos continued to deliver robust growth benefiting from the launches in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Argentina, the successful Toilet System advertising in Europe and the joint promotion with UNICEF to improve access to sanitation across nine countries. Cif Power Naturals was launched in Turkey and Cif Cream pouches were introduced in South East Asia to provide Cif cleaning performance at an affordable unit price. Refreshment Ice cream delivered strong growth, with positive volume and price. Magnum growth accelerated as the brand was successfully launched in the Philippines and Malaysia and it continues to do well in the United States and Indonesia. Magnum Infinity has been rolled out across Europe, Turkey, Mexico and Australia. Cornetto also had a good quarter, driven by growth in Asia, and Ben & Jerry's benefited from the Greek Frozen Yogurt launch in North America and Core Concoctions in Europe. Beverages growth improved in the third quarter but still lags market growth. Lipton delivered double digit growth in the Middle East and the relaunch of Lipton Yellow Label in Russia with improved taste is doing well and is now being rolled out to Poland. Growth in India was underpinned by a strong performance of Brooke Bond. Ades soy-based drinks continued to make good progress in Latin America with successful new flavours supported by impactful advertising. OPERATIONAL REVIEW: GEOGRAPHIES Third Quarter 2012 Nine Months 2012 (unaudited) Turnover USG UVG UPG Turnover USG UVG UPG €bn % % % €bn % % % Unilever Total 13.4 5.9 3.4 2.4 38.8 6.6 3.0 3.5 Asia/AMET/RUB 5.3 10.7 6.2 4.3 15.3 10.9 5.7 4.9 The Americas 4.3 4.7 1.2 3.4 12.8 6.6 1.8 4.8 Europe 3.7 0.9 2.1 (1.2) 10.6 1.0 0.9 0.1 Asia/AMET/RUB Strong growth in the quarter, ahead of our markets, with particularly good performances in Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Indonesia. Our business in Thailand is making good progress following the flooding last year. The investments to build our businesses in China and Russia are delivering good results. Whilst we saw good growth in South Africa and Ghana, overall performance across Africa was mixed reflecting difficult economic situations in markets such as Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire. The Americas North America, adjusting for the impact of the sales brought forward into the third quarter 2011, saw modest underlying sales growth with a good performance in ice cream. The disposal of the North American frozen foods business was completed on 20^th August. Latin America grew by 13.7%, the fifth successive quarter of double digit growth, with a good balance between price and volume growth. All the major countries delivered strong growth with particularly good performances from Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The integration of the acquired laundry business in Colombia continues to progress well. Europe Europe delivered 0.9% growth in the quarter, consistent with the growth rate in the first half year. Volume growth was again ahead of our markets. Underlying price growth was negative largely as a result of the intensely competitive, promotionally-driven markets. We are responding to the needs of hard-pressed consumers in Europe, for example in Greece we have launched a range of value priced products under the locally well-known Elaïs brand. FINANCIAL POSITION There has been no material change to Unilever's financial position since the published 2012 interim financial statements. DIVIDENDS The Boards have declared a quarterly interim dividend for Q3 2012 at the following rates which are equivalent in value at the rate of exchange applied under the terms of the Equalisation Agreement between the two companies: Per Unilever N.V. ordinary share: € 0.2430 Per Unilever PLC ordinary share: £ 0.1977 Per Unilever N.V. New York share: US$ 0.3160 Per Unilever PLC American Depositary Receipt: US$ 0.3160 The quarterly interim dividends have been determined in euros and converted into equivalent sterling and US dollar amounts using exchange rates issued by the European Central Bank on 23 October 2012. The quarterly interim dividends will be payable as from 12 December 2012, to shareholders registered at close of business on 9 November 2012. The shares will go ex-dividend on 7 November 2012. US dollar checks for the quarterly interim dividend will be mailed on 11 December 2012 to holders of record at the close of business on 9 November 2012. In the case of the N.V. New York shares, Netherlands withholding tax will be deducted. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT Thisannouncementmay contain forward-looking statements, including 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as 'will', 'aim', 'expects', 'anticipates', 'intends', 'believes', 'vision', or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions of future performance or results, and their negatives, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations and assumptions regarding anticipated developments and other factors affecting the Group. They are not historical facts, nor are they guarantees of future performance. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Among other risks and uncertainties, the material or principal factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are: Unilever's global brands not meeting consumer preferences; increasing competitive pressures; Unilever's investment choices in its portfolio management; finding sustainable solutions to support long-term growth; customer relationships; the recruitment and retention of talented employees; disruptions in our supply chain; the cost of raw materials and commodities; secure and reliable IT infrastructure; successful execution of acquisitions, divestitures and business transformation projects; economic and political risks and national disasters; the sovereign debt crisis in Europe; financial risks; failure to meet high product safety and ethical standards; and managing regulatory, tax and legal matters. Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting the Group are described in the Group's filings with the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Amsterdam and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Group's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2011 and the Annual Report and Accounts 2011. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement. Except as required by any applicable law or regulation, the Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Group's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. ENQUIRIES Media: Media Relations Team Investors: Investor Relations Team UK +44 20 7822 6719 +44 20 7822 6830 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org NL +31 10 2174844 email@example.com There will be a web cast of the results presentation available at: www.unilever.com/ourcompany/investorcentre/results/quarterlyresults/default.asp The web cast can also be viewed from the Unilever Investor Relations app which you can download from: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unilever-investor-centre-app/id483403509?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 SEGMENT INFORMATION - CATEGORIES (unaudited) Personal Home Third Quarter Foods Refreshment Total Care Care Turnover (€ million) 2011 4,111 3,480 2,083 2,441 12,115 2012 4,731 3,559 2,381 2,693 13,364 Change (%) 15.1 2.3 14.3 10.3 10.3 Impact of: Exchange rates (%) 5.2 4.8 3.6 1.6 4.1 Acquisitions (%) 1.8 0.0 0.3 1.0 0.9 Disposals (%) (0.5) (2.1) (1.0) 0.7 (0.8) Underlying sales growth (%) 8.0 (0.4) 11.0 6.8 5.9 Price (%) 2.3 1.0 3.8 3.4 2.4 Volume (%) 5.6 (1.4) 7.0 3.3 3.4 Personal Home Nine Months Foods Refreshment Total Care Care Turnover (€ million) 2011 11,347 10,314 6,101 7,141 34,903 2012 13,446 10,690 6,759 7,867 38,762 Change (%) 18.5 3.6 10.8 10.2 11.1 Impact of: Exchange rates (%) 3.2 3.0 0.9 2.8 2.6 Acquisitions (%) 5.4 0.0 0.8 0.9 2.1 Disposals (%) (0.5) (1.4) (1.1) 0.7 (0.6) Underlying sales growth (%) 9.5 2.0 10.2 5.5 6.6 Price (%) 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.1 3.5 Volume (%) 6.3 (1.2) 5.9 1.4 3.0 SEGMENT INFORMATION - GEOGRAPHIES (unaudited) Asia/AMET/ The Third Quarter Europe Total RUB Americas Turnover (€ million) 2011 4,566 4,016 3,533 12,115 2012 5,359 4,363 3,642 13,364 Change (%) 17.4 8.7 3.1 10.3 Impact of: Exchange rates (%) 4.6 5.4 1.9 4.1 Acquisitions (%) 1.6 0.2 0.8 0.9 Disposals (%) (0.2) (1.7) (0.5) (0.8) Underlying sales growth (%) 10.7 4.7 0.9 5.9 Price (%) 4.3 3.4 (1.2) 2.4 Volume (%) 6.2 1.2 2.1 3.4 Asia/AMET/ Nine Months The Americas Europe Total RUB Turnover (€ million) 2011 13,263 11,384 10,256 34,903 2012 15,336 12,842 10,584 38,762 Change (%) 15.6 12.8 3.2 11.1 Impact of: Exchange rates (%) 2.7 4.0 1.0 2.6 Acquisitions (%) 1.8 2.8 1.8 2.1 Disposals (%) (0.2) (1.1) (0.6) (0.6) Underlying sales growth (%) 10.9 6.6 1.0 6.6 Price (%) 4.9 4.8 0.1 3.5 Volume (%) 5.7 1.8 0.9 3.0 Additional geographical information Third Quarter Nine Months Turnover USG UVG UPG Turnover USG UVG UPG €m % % % €m % % % Unilever Total 13,364 5.9 3.4 2.4 38,762 6.6 3.0 3.5 Developed markets 5,959 (1.2) (0.6) (0.6) 17,509 0.8 (0.3) 1.1 Emerging markets 7,405 12.1 6.8 4.9 21,253 11.7 5.9 5.5 Third Quarter Nine Months Turnover USG UVG UPG Turnover USG UVG UPG €m % % % €m % % % The Americas 4,363 4.7 1.2 3.4 12,842 6.6 1.8 4.8 North America 2,236 (3.5) (4.4) 1.0 6,707 1.4 (1.9) 3.3 Latin America 2,127 13.7 7.5 5.8 6,135 12.3 5.7 6.3 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END QRTUSUWRUBARUAA -0- Oct/25/2012 06:00 GMT
Unilever PLC ULVR 3rd Quarter Results
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