Campari approves first quarter results to 31 March 2005

The Board of Directors of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. has approved the first quarter results to 31 March 2005. The results of the Campari Group in the first quarter, which historically have been low owing to seasonal factors, were positive, with net sales and profitability showing growth against the same period of last year: sales rose by a modest 0.9%, while trading profit and all other profitability indicators did better, posting increases of between 6% and 9%.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2005
In the first quarter of 2005, Group sales stood at € 152.6 million, an increase of 0.9%. This was the combined effect of organic growth of 1.7% and a negative exchange rate effect of 0.8%. There were no changes to the basis of consolidation compared with last year.

Trading profit increased by 6.1% (+7.3% at constant exchange rates) to € 46.2 million, or 30.3% of sales.

EBITDA rose by 7.9% (+9.3% at constant exchange rates) to € 37.6 million, or 24.6% of sales.
EBITA increased by 9.0% (+10.6% at constant exchange rates) to € 33.2 million, or 21.7% of sales.
EBIT went up by 6.3% (+8.5% at constant exchange rates) to € 23.0 million, or 15.0% of sales.

The Group profit before taxes was € 20.0 million, an increase of 7.1% (+8.8% at constant exchange rates).
At 31 March 2005, net debt stood at € 327.1 million (€ 228.7 million at 31 December 2004). On 25 February 2005, the Campari Group acquired a further 30.1% stake in Skyy Spirits, LLC, for a total amount of around € 118 million paid in cash.

CONSOLIDATED SALES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2005
The spirits segment, which accounted for 66.0% of total sales, recorded growth of 3.3%, following organic growth of 4.4% and a negative exchange rate effect of 1.1%.
The Campari brand saw its sales fall by 4.6% at constant exchange rates (-4.9% at actual exchange rates), due both to an unfavourable comparison with the same period of last year and to a reorganisation of the distribution system in Austria and Russia, which triggered a temporary drop in sales to the distributors in those markets. Sales in Campari’s main markets were positive overall. Sales of SKYY Vodka, including the flavours, grew by 14.6% at constant exchange rates (9.8% at actual exchange rates), thanks to a positive performance in both the United States (+9.6% at constant exchange rates) and on the international markets (in excess of 50% at constant exchange rates). As regards the other main brands, the spirits segment was boosted by good growth from Aperol (+11.5%), the Brazilian brands (+50.4% at constant exchange rates) and Cynar (+31.6% at constant exchange rates). CampariSoda saw its sales decline by 0.3%, while Ouzo 12 sales dropped by 33.0% following a reduction in stocks by distributors in Greece in anticipation of the launch of a new packaging. Sales in the spirits segment also benefited from the positive performance of the brands under licence tequila 1800 (+8.1% at constant exchange rates) and Jägermeister (+14.3%).

The wines segment, which accounted for 13.2% of total sales, recorded growth of 0.3%, following organic growth of 0.9% and a negative exchange rate effect of 0.6%.

Cinzano sparkling wines saw their sales fall by 9.3%, while Cinzano vermouths posted growth of 21.7% at constant exchange rates, thanks to good sales in Italy and the main European markets. Wines also benefited from a solid performance from Mondoro and Riccadonna, while sales by Sella & Mosca slid by 12.3%.

Soft drinks (19.8% of total sales, almost entirely on the Italian market) saw their sales fall by 4.4%. Crodino sales declined by 0.5%, owing to an unfavourable comparison with the same period of last year. Sales of the Lemonsoda, Oransoda and Pelmosoda range dropped by 14.3%, while Lipton Ice Tea sales dipped by 3.7%.

By region, first quarter 2005 sales on the Italian market (which accounts for 57.3% of total Group sales), posted organic growth of 1.3%. This was due to a good performance from Campari and the other main spirits, combined with a slight dip in wine sales and a more marked fall in sales of soft drinks and Campari Mixx. Sales in Europe fell by 6.8%, mainly because of the reorganisation of the distribution system in Austria and Russia, which triggered a temporary drop in sales to the distributors in those markets. In the Americas, which account for 22.8% of total sales, the US market posted growth of 3.4% at constant exchange rates, which was completely wiped out by negative exchange rate movements (-4.7%), while sales in Brazil grew by 37.5% in local currency terms. Sales to the rest of the world, accounting for 2.7% of the total, saw organic growth of 16.9% at constant exchange rates, thanks in particular to a positive performance from the Australian market.

Publishing date: 
13 May 2005
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