diageo plc (DGEAF) Key Developments
Diageo plc and Thin Film Electronics ASA Unveil the Connected Smart Bottle
Feb 25 15
Diageo plc and Thin Film Electronics ASA will look to completely change the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL® smart bottle that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5, 2015. The connected smart bottle aims to enhance the consumer experience by using printed sensor tags featuring Thinfilm's OpenSense(TM) technology, which can detect both the sealed and opened state of each bottle. The tags and the sensor information they contain will allow Diageo to send personalized communications to consumers who read the tags with their smartphones. The innovation, created by Thinfilm in collaboration with Diageo Technology Ventures, will make it possible to send consumers targeted and timely marketing messages, whether at retail or after purchase, such as promotional offers, cocktail recipes and exclusive content.
Diageo plc Announces an Interim Dividend, Payable on April 7, 2015
Feb 5 15
Diageo plc announced that an interim dividend of 21.5 pence per share will be paid to holders of ordinary shares and ADRs on the register as of February 27, 2015. This represents an increase of 9% on last year's interim dividend. The interim dividend will be paid to shareholders on April 7, 2015. Payment to US ADR holders will be made on April 10, 2015.
Diageo Appoints Ralph Lauren's Marco Preda as Its Digital Sales Chief
Feb 5 15
Diageo announced appointment of Ralph Lauren's Marco Preda as its first digital sales chief. As the Guinness and Captain Morgan maker's general manager for digital and ecommerce in Europe, Preda will be tasked with developing a 'comprehensive digital presence' either using direct to customer platforms, or in partnership with grocery retailers and media owners. Preda joins from Ralph Lauren where he was the senior director for ecommerce, business operations and strategic planning and is said to have launched the brand's ecommerce platform across Europe.
Diageo Puts Gleneagles Hotel Up For Sale
Jan 31 15
Diageo Plc (LSE:DGE) has put up The Gleneagles Hotel for sale. The hotel could fetch more than £200 million. Diageo has hired property firm Jones Lang LaSalle to seek potential buyers. KSL Capital Partners, LLC is reportedly interested in the hotel.
Diageo plc Announces Consolidated Earnings Results for Six Months Ended Dec. 31, 2014
Jan 29 15
Diageo plc announced consolidated earnings results for six months ended Dec. 31, 2014. For the period, the company reported net sales of £5,900 million against £5,932 million year ago. Operating profit was £1,668 million against £2,040 million a year ago. Profit before taxation was £1,640 million against £2,134 million a year ago. Profit from continuing operations was £1,364 million or 52.2 pence per diluted share against £1,746 million or 67.2 pence per diluted share a year ago. Profit attributable to equity shareholders of the parent company of £1,311 million or 52.2 pence diluted per share against £1,599 million or 67.2 pence diluted per share a year ago. Net cash from operating activities was £957 against £606 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment and computer software was £270 against £343 million a year ago.