Good 3rd quarter 2010/11 in line with the 1st half of the financial year Confirmation of guidance for organic growth in profit from recurring operations close to +7% for the 2010/11 financial year
The Pernod Ricard Board of Directors, meeting on 4 May 2011 and chaired by Patrick Ricard, reviewed the Group’s sales for the third quarter 2010/11 and confirmed its targets for the full 2010/11 and 2011/12 financial years.
- organic growth of 7%, in line with the 1st half of the financial year,
- a 7% positive foreign exchange effect, primarily due to the appreciation of the US Dollar,
- a 3% negative group structure impact, primarily due to the disposal of certain Scandinavian, Spanish and New Zealand assets.
Consolidated sales for the third quarter amounted to € 1,620 million, an increase of 5% compared to the 3rd quarter 2009/10, resulting from 5% organic growth, a positive 3% foreign exchange effect and a negative 2% group structure effect. This performance was due to continued sustained growth of our strategic brands. Organic growth was 15% in emerging markets** and sales were stable* in mature markets.
- the 14 strategic spirit and champagne brands - Top 14 (59% of sales) - grew 7% in volume and 11%* in value, due to a price/mix effect that remained very favourable. Twelve out of these 14 brands reported growth*, including 5 posting double-digit growth: Royal Salute (+26%*), Martell (+25%*), Jameson (+22%*), Perrier-Jouët (+21%*) and The Glenlivet (+15%*). Such a performance testifies to Jameson and Martell’s continued success in the US and Asia, respectively, and also to the rebound of our Scotch whisky and Champagne brands.
- the 4 Priority Premium Wine brands (5% of Group sales) grew +1%* in value, with stable volume.
- the 18 key local spirits brands (17% of Group sales) were consistent with the trend noted in the 1st half of the financial year, growing +5% in volume and +2%* in value.
All regions contributed to the acceleration in the Group’s organic growth:
- Asia/Rest of the World remained the most dynamic region, with sales growth of +23% to € 2,156 million, being organic growth of +15%. The share of this region in total Group sales increased to 37% over the first 9 months of 2010/11, compared to 33% during the same period of the previous year:
- The leading growth driver remained Martell, followed by Indian whiskies, Scotch whiskies and ABSOLUT.
- China and India continued to post outstanding growth. Likewise, other emerging markets such as Vietnam, Africa and Turkey are expanding rapidly.
- Duty Free remained buoyant and experienced double-digit growth
- Sales grew in South Korea over the first 9 months but decreased in the 3rd quarter in a market that reported a modest decline.
- The situation is difficult in Thailand, Australia, and more recently in Japan.
- In the Americas, sales growth accelerated in the third quarter and totalled € 1,564 million over the first 9 months, an increase of 14% (organic growth of +6%) which was due to a dynamic Top 14 (+9%*). Jameson, ABSOLUT and Chivas Regal, as well as Ballantine’s and Havana Club were the main drivers of this strong growth.
- In the US, the market is gradually recovering (Nielsen and NABCA 9 months 2010/11 +2% and +3%) with a more marked recovery for premium brands*** and improving on-trade consumption. Against this backdrop, Pernod Ricard is benefiting from the premium positioning of its portfolio.
- Sales grew moderately in Canada, with strong growth of ABSOLUT, Jameson, Havana Club and Graffigna.
- Mexico reported strong growth due to the very good performance of whiskies.
- Double-digit growth was achieved in Central and South America, with a strong increase in sales in most markets (Brazil, Argentina, Andean countries, Cuba, Central America) but a sharp decline in Venezuela.
Conclusion and outlook
The improving business trend was confirmed in the third quarter 2010/11, with over the first nine months of the financial year:
- Strong growth in emerging markets** (+16%*)
- Recovery in mature markets (+2%*)
- Portfolio premiumisation, as confirmed by:
- la hausse de +11%* du Top 14 avec un effet mix/prix élevé à +4%,
- une croissance des marques premium*** de +9%* (celles-ci représentent 71% du chiffre d’affaires au 31 mars 2011 contre 69% un an plus tôt)
Commenting on these figures, Pierre Pringuet, Pernod Ricard Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“The 3rd quarter 2010/11 confirmed the improved business trends since the start of the financial year and strengthens our confidence in our ability to meet our targets: organic growth in profit from recurring operations of close to +7% for the full 2010/11 financial year and Net Debt / EBITDA**** ratio close to 4 at the 30 June 2012 year-end”.
* Organic growth
** Annual GNP per capita < USD 10,000
*** RSP in the US >= USD 17 for spirits and > USD 5 for wine
**** Translated at the average foreign exchange rates for the year, syndicated loan method
About Pernod RicardPernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of € 7,643 million in 2010/11. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: ABSOLUT Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate (formerly Montana), Campo Viejo and Graffigna wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of nearly 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 70 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.
Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
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