11/3/2016

Beiersdorf increases profit guidance –
Continued growth in challenging environment

  • Group sales up 2.9%
  • Consumer increases sales by 3.2%
  • tesa achieves sales growth of 1.2%
  • Sales guidance for 2016 confirmed

Hamburg, November 3, 2016 – Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg, is increasing its profit guidance. The company now expects the EBIT margin for 2016 to significantly exceed the prior-year figure. This is based on a positive business performance in the first nine months of the year. Organic Group sales grew by 2.9%. At €5.032 billion, nominal sales were slightly down by 0.1% on the previous year’s figure of €5.035 billion.

“Beiersdorf has continued on its profitable growth path in the first nine months of 2016. We have increased sales and gained market share in both business segments. The Consumer Segment has continued its growth thanks to strong brands and product innovations. After a weaker first quarter, tesa achieved a sizeable boost in sales in the last six months. The positive performance of both business segments cannot be taken for granted. Intensified competition and declining growth in many markets have dominated the market environment over recent months. The growth rates achieved by Beiersdorf under these conditions are proof of our competitiveness and the strength of our business model,” said Stefan F. Heidenreich, CEO of Beiersdorf AG.

Group sales performance


Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2015
in € million 
Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2016
in € million
Change nominal
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe             
2,640 2,633 -0.3 2.4
Americas 917 904 -1.4 3.4
Africa/Asia/Australia 1,478 1,495 1.1 3.4
Total
5,035 5,032 -0.1 2.9

Organic Group sales grew by 2.9% in the first nine months of the year. At €5.032 billion, nominal Group sales were slightly down by 0.1% on the previous year (€5.035 billion). Exchange rate effects reduced growth by 2.9 percentage points and structural changes by 0.1 percentage points.

Consumer sales performance


Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2015
in € million
Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2016
in € million
Change nominal
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe
2,162 2,135 -1.2 1.6
    Western Europe
1,762 1,747 -0.9 0.7
    Eastern Europe
400 388 -2.9 5.5
Americas 792 775 -2.0 3.0
    North America
308 309 0.4 1.0
    Latin America
484

466

-3.6 4.2
Africa/Asia/Australia 1,218 1,267 4.0 6.1
Total
4,172 4,177 0.1 3.2

The Consumer Business Segment recorded organic sales growth of 3.2% in the first nine months of the year. This was based on a good performance in Europe. Sales in the Americas were also up. The healthy growth seen in the previous year continued in the Africa/Asia/Australia region. In many markets, the Consumer Business Segment strengthened its position and increased its market share. 

In nominal terms, sales increased by 0.1% to €4.177 billion (previous year: €4.172 billion). The stronger euro compared with the previous year reduced the growth rate by 3.1 percentage points. 

NIVEA sales rose by 3.6% year on year. Eucerin increased sales by 2.9%. La Prairie generated sales growth of 6.1%.

Europe

Organic sales in the Europe region grew by 1.6%. At €2.135 billion, nominal sales were down 1.2% on the previous year (€2.162 billion).

In Western Europe, sales rose by 0.7%. Good growth was achieved particularly in Germany and Spain. In Eastern Europe, there was a strong 5.5% increase in sales. This was mainly driven by a very healthy trend in Russia. 

Americas

Organic sales in the Americas region increased by 3.0%. At €775 million, nominal sales were down 2.0% on the previous year’s figure of €792 million.

North America saw sales growth of 1.0% year on year. Sales in Latin America climbed by 4.2%, driven by good growth rates in Brazil and Mexico. Developments in Argentina had a negative impact. 

Africa/Asia/Australia

The Africa/Asia/Australia region recorded a 6.1% increase in organic sales. At €1.267 billion, nominal sales were up 4.0% on the previous year (€1.218 billion). Japan and India made particular contributions to this positive sales performance. In China, sales were slightly down on the previous year. 

tesa sales performance


Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2015
in € million 
Jan 1 – Sep 30, 2016
in € million
Change nominal 
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe
478 498 4.2 5.9
Americas 125 129 2.7 6.2
Africa/Asia/Australia 260 228 -12.4 -9.6
Total
863 855 -1.0 1.2

The tesa Business Segment grew organic sales by 1.2%. Exchange rate effects reduced growth by 2.0 percentage points and structural effects by a further 0.2 percentage points. In nominal terms, sales therefore fell by 1.0% to €855 million (previous year: €863 million).

The positive sales performance over the course of the year was thanks to the healthy performance of the industrial and consumer business in Europe and the Americas. In Asia, meanwhile, sales remained below the previous year’s level due to continued weak demand from the electronics industry.

Group net assets and financial position

There were no significant changes in the Group’s net assets and financial position in the first nine months of the year compared with December 31, 2015.

Guidance for 2016

Beiersdorf confirms its Group sales guidance for the 2016 financial year and continues to anticipate sales growth of 3–4%. The consolidated EBIT margin from operations is expected to significantly exceed the prior-year figure.

In the Consumer Business Segment, Beiersdorf expects to outperform the market with sales growth of 3–4%. The EBIT margin from operations in the Consumer Business Segment will significantly exceed the prior-year figure.

At tesa, sales growth is expected to be slightly higher than in the previous year. The EBIT margin from operations will be significantly below the prior-year level.

Press Contact

Inken Hollmann-Peters
Vice President Corporate Communications & Sustainability

Beiersdorf AG
Unnastrasse 48
20245 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 40 - 4909 2001

Email: cc@beiersdorf.com