8/6/2019

Beiersdorf on track with C.A.R.E.+ strategy – Good business performance in the first half of 2019

  • Group sales up 4.8%
  • Consumer increases sales by 5.3%
  • tesa achieves sales growth of 2.4%
  • Group EBIT margin excluding special factors at 15.4%
  • Guidance for 2019 confirmed

Hamburg, August 6, 2019 – Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg, continued its growth path in the first half of 2019. The Group generated organic sales growth of 4.8% in the first six months of the year. Sales were up 6.2% in nominal terms, from €3,613 million to €3,837 million. The Group achieved earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and special factors of €593 million (previous year: €585 million). Impacted by the C.A.R.E.+ investments, the EBIT margin excluding special factors was 15.4% (previous year: 16.2%). Special factors of €11 million related to expenditure for the acquisition of the CoppertoneTM business. The guidance for 2019 is confirmed.

“The consumer goods industry is undergoing a historical disruption. Our entire business model needs timely adaptation due to new market realities and fast-changing technology developments. Our response to these disruptions is our C.A.R.E.+ strategy. The results of the first six months show that we are on track. We see that the needle is moving in the right direction – throughout the entire business. Our commitment is to outperform the market, create added value for our consumers with accretive innovations, and ensure sustainable profitability. In the second quarter, we consistently drove forward the implementation of our strategic priorities. The agreed acquisition of CoppertoneTM is the first major milestone in C.A.R.E.+, with which we are strengthening our global position in a strategically important growth area. It underlines our continuous focus on competitive, sustainable growth,” said Stefan De Loecker, CEO of Beiersdorf AG.

Group sales performance


Jan. 1 – June 30, 2018
in € million 
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019
in € million
Change nominal
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe             
1,913 1,960 2.4 2.3
Americas 589 644 9.3 4.2
Africa/Asia/Australia 1,111 1,233 11.1 9.4
Total
3,613 3,837 6.2 4.8

 

Organic Group sales in the first six months of 2019 were up 4.8% on the previous year. Exchange rate changes added 1.0 percentage point to growth. Acquisitions in the tesa Business Segment had an additional positive effect of 0.4 percentage points. In nominal terms, sales rose by 6.2% to €3,837 million (previous year: €3,613 million).

Consumer sales performance

 


Jan. 1 – June 30, 2018
in € million
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019
in € million
Change nominal
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe
1,543 1,588 2.9 2.8
    Western Europe
1,247 1,294 3.8 3.3
    Eastern Europe
296 294 –0.7 0.4
Americas 488 530 8.5 5.9
    North America
211 226 7.0 0.7
    Latin America
277

304

9.7

10.0

Africa/Asia/Australia 926 1,028 11.0 9.2
Total
2,957 3,146 6.4 5.3

 

The Consumer Business Segment achieved organic sales growth of 5.3% in the first six months of the year. In nominal terms, sales rose by 6.4% to €3,146 million (previous year: €2,957 million). Positive exchange rate effects boosted growth by 1.1 percentage points. EBIT excluding special factors in the Consumer Business Segment stood at €482 million (previous year: €472 million). The EBIT margin was 15.3%, compared with the previous year’s 15.9%.

NIVEA achieved growth of 3.2%. The Derma business unit, which includes the Eucerin and Aquaphor brands, achieved an increase in sales of 6.0%. The Healthcare business unit, mainly comprising the plaster business, also performed positively with growth of 3.7%. The La Prairie brand continued the previous year’s excellent results and achieved sales growth of 26.8%.

Europe

Organic sales in the Europe region grew by 2.8%. At €1,588 million, nominal sales were up 2.9% on the previous year (€1,543 million). 

In Western Europe, sales were 3.3% higher than in the previous year, driven by the very good performance of the travel retail business at La Prairie. Substantial growth was also achieved in Germany and Austria again. In contrast, sales in France and the United Kingdom had weaker results. The sun care business was negatively affected by adverse weather conditions compared to the previous year. In Eastern Europe, there was only a slight year-on-year increase in sales. This was due to a strong prior-year quarter and the difficult retail environment in Poland.

Americas

Organic sales in the Americas region were up 5.9% year-on-year. At €530 million, nominal sales were 8.5% higher than in the previous year (€488 million).

In North America, sales were slightly up on the previous year’s figure. Latin America recorded strong growth of 10.0%, which was driven especially by double-digit growth rates in Brazil and Mexico. Sales in Argentina were negative due to the difficult market environment and due to the weaker local currency’s impact as we report the growth converted in € at reported rates.

Africa/Asia/Australia

The Africa/Asia/Australia region grew by a strong 9.2%. In nominal terms, sales rose by 11.0% to €1,028 million (previous year: €926 million). Very strong growth was achieved especially in Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, and South Africa. La Prairie once again made a major contribution to the positive results in this region. In China, the skin care segment performed well, while hair care sales fell substantially below the previous year’s level.

tesa sales performance


Jan. 1 – June 30, 2018
in € million 
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019
in € million
Change nominal 
in %
 Change organic
in %
Europe
370 372 0.3 0.2
Americas 101 114 12.9 –3.7
Africa/Asia/Australia 185 205 11.9 10.2
Total
656 691 5.5 2.4

tesa achieved a solid increase in sales in the first six months of 2019 compared to the strong prior-year period. In organic terms, tesa lifted sales by 2.4%. Sales by companies acquired in 2018 (+2.3 percentage points) and exchange rate effects (+0.8 percentage points) added 3.1 percentage points. In nominal terms, sales therefore rose by 5.5% to €691 million (previous year: €656 million). EBIT stood at €111 million, compared to €113 million in the previous year. The EBIT margin was 16.0% (previous year: 17.3%). 

tesa achieved sales growth in both the Direct Industries segment, which handles business directly with industrial customers, and the Trade Markets segment, which includes the retail consumer business. In an uncertain market environment, automotive business in particular saw a negative sales trend. This was the primary reason for the declining sales in the Americas. The increase in sales in Asia was mainly due to the strong performance in the electronics business.

Group net assets and financial position

There were no significant changes in the Group’s net assets and financial position in the first six months of the year compared with December 31, 2018.

Guidance for 2019

In light of the macroeconomic forecasts, Beiersdorf anticipates sales growth in the Consumer Business Segment outperforming the market at 3–5% in financial year 2019. As a result of the additional investments in C.A.R.E.+, Beiersdorf expects an EBIT margin for 2019 of 14.0–14.5% in the Consumer Business Segment from ongoing operations. 

In the tesa Business Segment, sales growth of 3–4% is expected. tesa anticipates a slight year-on-year decline in the EBIT margin from ongoing operations.

Based on the forecasts of the two business segments, Group sales growth is expected to be around 3–5%. The consolidated EBIT margin from ongoing operations is predicted to be around 14.5%. 

Sales development is on an organic basis and the operating EBIT margin is based on ongoing operations. These figures do not include the impact of the CoppertoneTM acquisition.

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