Nestlé Group Good Performance in First Half and Confidence for the Full Year 2001

   
Back to News archiveVevey,Aug 22, 2001

Nestlé delivers strong sales and earnings per share growth

Sales

  • At comparable structure and constant exchange rates sales up 10.1 percent
  • Consolidated sales up 6.3 percent
  • Real internal growth (RIG) of 4.6 percent

Earnings

  • Earnings per share up 12.1 percent to CHF 8.15

Peter Brabeck, CEO of Nestlé: "Based on the half-year results, with strong top-line and bottom-line growth, I am confident that Nestlé will close 2001 with higher sales and profits than the ones reached in record 2000.

With GLOBE now under full development and the Ralston Purina negotiations with the regulatory authorities on track for a closing before year end, 2001 should be another successful year for Nestlé."

Half-Year Figures at a Glance
  January-June 2001
in CHF millions
January-June 2000
in CHF millions
Changes (%) January-June 2001
Margins (%)
January-June 2000
Margins (%)
Sales 41.2 bio. 38.3 bio.  +6.3    
EBITA 4 577 4 500  +1.7 11.1 11.6
Trading Profit (EBIT) 4 315 4 296  +0.4 10.5 11.1
Net Profit 3 152 2 798 +12.7  7.6  7.2
EPS 8.15 7.27 +12.1    
Real Internal Growth (RIG) 4.6 4.5      

During the first six months of 2001, the Nestlé Group continued the excellent performance achieved last year. Consolidated sales growth accelerated to 6.3 percent, with sales reaching CHF 41.2 billion. Real internal growth (RIG) amounted to 4.6 percent, continuing the positive trend established in the first quarter of the year. Net profit of CHF 3152 million, up 12.7 percent over the comparable period of last year, represented a record margin of 7.6 percent (7.2 percent in H1 2000). Earnings per share increased by 12.1 percent from CHF 7.27 to CHF 8.15.
A good performance across the Group fuelled the strong RIG of 4.6 percent, exceeding its target of four percent. Asia, Oceania and Africa reached 7.2 percent, the Americas 2.9 percent (with renewed growth in some Latin American countries compensating for the somewhat slower pace of the US market) and Europe 2.6 percent, with strong progress in Eastern Europe and a good performance of several key Western European markets. Other activities, primarily the water and the pharmaceutical businesses, achieved a RIG of 8.0 percent.

Sales and EBITA by Management Responsibilities and Geographic Area
  January-June 2001
in CHF millions
January-June 2000
in CHF millions
Changes (%) January-June 2001
RIG (%)
January-June 2001
EBITA in CHF millions
January-June 2001
EBITA in CHF millions
Changes (%)
Food      13             1    
  - Europe    198 12 965  1.8 2.6     355 1 312 3.3
  - Americas     12 11 439  7.4 2.9      1 1 361 3.1
  - Asia, Oceania and Africa    290  7 515  2.3 7.2    403 1 326 0.8
Other Activities (a)  8 065  6 865 17.5 8.0  1 128 1 033 9.2
Total 41 241 38 784  6.3 4.6  5 222 5 032 3.8
Unallocated items (b)         (907) (736)  
Trading Profit         4 315 4 296 0.4
(a) Mainly Pharmaceutical Products and Water, managed on a worldwide basis.
(b) Mainly corporate expenses, research and development costs, as well as amortization of Goodwill.

Sales by Product Group
  January-June 2001
in CHF billion
January-June 2000
in CHF billion
Changes (%) January-June 2001
RIG (%)
Beverages 11.8 11.0  7.5 6.3
Milk Products, Nutrition and Ice Cream 11.4 10.7  7.1 4.1
Prepared Dishes, Cooking Aids and Petcare 10.3 10.0  3.2 2.2
Chocolate, Confectionery and Biscuits  5.0  4.7  4.2 4.8
Pharmaceutical Products  2.6  2.4 10.7 7.7
TOTAL 41.2 38.8  6.3 4.6

Changes in selling prices and other items increased sales by 5.5 percent. Price adjustments accounted for 2.2 percent; in addition, nominal net sales benefited from the one time 3.3 percent positive effect of the trade spend and rebates review which will not influence the absolute level of profits. This review was announced in the press release accompanying the first quarter sales figures and is a consequence of a Group-wide initiative to increase the efficiency of the Group's trade spend.

Exchange rates had a negative impact of 2.7 percent, mainly as a result of the strength of the Swiss franc against most currencies, save the US dollar. Divestitures, net of acquisitions, reduced sales by 1.1 percent.

At comparable structure (excluding acquisitions and divestitures) and at constant exchange rates, sales rose by 10.1 percent.

Trading profit rose by 0.4 percent to CHF 4315 million in the first half of 2001. Trading profit margin was nearly unchanged before the one-time impact of the trade spend review and the cost of the GLOBE project. The reported results show a trading profit margin of 10.5 percent. GLOBE, a major Group-wide undertaking aimed at increasing Nestlé's operational efficiency and performance, is likely to have average costs of about CHF 250 million per year until 2005, and will yield benefits that will reach CHF 3 billion by 2006. Marketing expenditures also rose as a result of brand investments as well as the launch of new products.

Macroeconomic trends call for some restraint in forecasting results for the second half of 2001. Nevertheless, barring unforeseen events, Nestlé remains confident in its capability to deliver higher sales and profits for 2001 than in 2000 and looks forward to closing the Ralston Purina acquisition before the year end.