Gruppo Campari announces 2016 Full Year results

Delivering on strategy: solid results overall and in organic terms
across all key performance indicators in FY 2016

 

Sustained growth in top and bottom line thanks to continuous improvement of sales mix driven by key brands and markets, and the solid contribution from the Grand Marnier acquisition

 

Net sales reported growth +4.2%, organic +4.7%

Global +6.3% and Regional brands[1] +9.3%

EBITDA adj. reported growth +6.6%, organic +4.4%

Group net profit adj. +7.0%

Solid improvement in free cash flow generation: +21.6%

 

Proposed full year dividend of € 0.045 per share, in line with previous year,
reflecting
a proposed 1 to 2 stock split
[2]

 

 

FY 2016 RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sales: € 1,726.5 million (+4.2%, organic growth +4.7%)

  • Contribution after A&P: € 676.0 million (+7.2%, organic growth +5.8%, 39.2% of sales)

  • EBITDA adjusted[3]: € 405.3 million (+6.6%, organic change +4.4%, 23.5% of sales)

  • EBIT adjusted3: € 352.5 million (+6.0%, organic change +3.6%, 20.4% of sales)

  • Negative operating and financial adjustments of € 57.8 million pre-tax (€ 32.3 million post-tax) due to transaction costs, restructuring projects and non-recurring financial costs

  • Group net profit adjusted[4]: € 198.6 million (+7.0%). Group net profit € 166.3 million (-5.2%)

  • Grand Marnier acquisition contributed € 81.5 million in net sales and € 16.1 million in EBIT adjusted, included in the perimeter effect

  • Net financial debt: € 1,199.5 million as of 31 December 2016 (€ 825.8 million as of 31 December 2015), after the dividend payment of € 52.1 million and the acquisition of Grand Marnier (€ 584.1 million, net of the proceeds from disposals[5]) thanks to strong cash flow generation

  • Free cash flow: € 243.2 million (+21.6%)

  • Proposed full year dividend for fiscal year 2016 of € 0.045 per share, unchanged vs. previous year, on a rectified basis after the proposed stock split

     

     

     

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Chief Executive Officer: ‘We continued to deliver sound growth across all key performance indicators in 2016, in reported as well as organic terms. We achieved these results thanks to the continued outperformance of the high margin global and regional priority brands in key high margin developed markets which helped compensate challenges in emerging markets as well as the negative impact of the low-margin non-core sugar business in Jamaica. The positive progression in operating margins, in part mitigated by a faster growth in some lower margin emerging markets (Argentina and Russia), was achieved thanks to the consistent execution of our growth strategy driving a continuous improvement of sales mix by brand and market, in line with our objectives. The business benefited also from a positive contribution from external growth, in line with expectations, driven by Grand Marnier, net of the disposals of non-core lower margin businesses. Looking ahead to 2017, the outlook remains fairly balanced. Regarding the macroeconomic environment, the uncertain political environments in developed markets and challenging emerging economies may affect consumption trends and currencies. Yet, we remain confident to continue delivering a positive full year top and bottom line performance, thanks to the consistent growth of our premium portfolio, positively leveraging our strengthened distribution capabilities and brand building investments. In particular, in terms of the key organic growth drivers, the ongoing outperformance of high margin Global priorities in key developed markets and the gradual improvement in Jamaican sugar business is expected to continue driving our gross margin expansion, though mitigated by expected increases in input costs (inflation in emerging markets and agave price). The brand building investments are expected to accelerate, driven by both the enhanced pressure on global brand opportunities in high-potential and seeding markets, with an increasing focus on digital, and a perimeter effect, following the Group’s exit from the still wine business (a low marketing intensity business). This acceleration is expected to become more visible in the first half of 2017, due to the phasing of some recent major marketing campaigns. We expect the structure costs also to accelerate in organic terms in the first half of the year, mainly driven by strengthened route-to-market initiatives, normalizing in the second half. Furthermore, the business will benefit overall from the full year consolidation of Grand Marnier, positively leveraging the enhanced distribution capabilities in the US and the kick-off of the brand strategy deployment. Lastly, the perimeter effect, which will include the Grand Marnier acquisition until the first half of the year, will also reflect the Group’s exit from non-core and lower margin businesses (still wines and agency brands). The disposals, in particular, are expected to have an overall negative impact of approximately € 40 million in net sales and € 4 million in EBIT and with an accretive impact on consolidated operating margins.’.

 

Milan, February 28, 2017-The Board of Directors of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI-Bloomberg CPR IM) approved the company’s accounts and consolidated results for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2016.

 

CONSOLIDATED P&L FOR THE FULL YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

 

FY 2016

€ million

FY 2015

€ million

Reported

change

Organic

change

Forex

impact

Perimeter

impact

Net sales

1,726.5

1,656.8

+4.2%

+4.7%

-3.3%

+2.8%

Contribution after A&P[6]

676.0

630.8

+7.2%

+5.8%

-2.7%

+4.0%

EBITDA adjusted

405.3

380.1

+6.6%

+4.4%

-2.1%

+4.4%

EBIT adjusted

352.5

332.7

+6.0%

+3.6%

-1.9%

+4.3%

EBITDA

372.1

357.1

4.2%

     

EBIT

319.4

309.8

3.1%

     

Group net profit

166.3

175.4

-5.2%

 

 

 

Group net profit adjusted

198.6

185.6

+7.0%

 

 

 

 


 

RESULTS FOR THE FULL YEAR 2016

In 2016, Group sales totalled 1,726.5 million, showing an increase of +4.2%. The organic sales growth was +4.7%, driven by strong organic growth of high-margin Global Priorities (+6.3%) and Regional Priorities (+9.3%), partially compensated by an exchange rate effect of -3.3%, due to the devaluation of Group currencies mainly in emerging markets. The US Dollar was stable for the year. The perimeter effect of +2.8% was driven by the combined effect of the Grand Marnier acquisition, consolidated as of July 1st, 2016, the termination of some distribution agreements and the sale of non-core businesses.

Gross profit increased by +7.4% to 984.6 million (+5.8% organic growth), at 57.0% of sales.

Advertising and promotion spending (A&P) was up by +7.8% to € 308.6 million, at 17.9% of sales.

CAAP (Contribution after A&P)was up by +7.2% to 676.0 million (+5.8% organic growth), at 39.2% of sales.

Structure costs, i.e. selling, general and administrative costs, were 323.5 million, at 18.7% of sales, increasing by +8.5%, driven by the strengthened distribution structure initiatives (the enhancement of the Group’s on premise capabilities in the US and a newly established route-to-market in South Africa) as well as inflation in some emerging markets.

EBITDA adjusted was up by +6.6% to € 405.3 million (+4.4% organic growth), at 23.5% of sales.

EBIT adjusted increased by +6.0% to 352.5 million (+3.6% organic growth), at 20.4% of sales.

Operating adjustments were negative by € 33.2 million, of which € 8.8 million related to the Grand Marnier transaction costs and the balance related to write offs from restructuring projects and asset disposals.

EBITDA reached 372.1 million, increasing by +4.2%, at 21.6% of sales.

EBIT reached 319.4 million, increasing by +3.1%, at 18.5% of sales.

Net financial costs were € 58.6 million, down by € 2.3 million.

Negative financial adjustments amounted to € 24.6 million, driven by the non-recurring costs in connection with the debt refinancing (US private placement debt prepayment) completed in September 2016 for € 29.1 million, net of other non-recurring financial income of € 4.5 million.

Group net profit adjusted, i.e. before the negative operating and financial adjustments (in total € 57.8 million pre-tax or € 32.3 million post-tax), was € 198.6 million (+7.0%).

Group net profit was € 166.3 million, down by -5.2%.

Within the perimeter effect (net sales of € 46.2 million and EBIT adjusted of € 14.4 million), Grand Marnier contributed € 81.5 million in net sales and € 16.1 million in EBIT adjusted.

As of December 31, 2016, net financial debt stood at 1,199.5 million as of 31 December 2016 (€ 825.8 million as of 31 December 2015), after the dividend payment of € 52.1 million and the acquisition of Grand Marnier (€ 584.1 million, net of the proceeds from disposals), thanks to strong cash flow generation. Free cash flow was € 243.2 million in FY 2016 (+21.6%).

Net debt to EBITDA pro-forma ratio is 2.9 times as of December 31, 2016, up from 2.2 times as of December 31, 2015.

 

ANALYSIS OF CONSOLIDATED SALES FOR THE FULL YEAR 2016

Looking at sales by region, the Americas (42.1% of total Group sales in 2016) posted an overall change of +3.5%, with an organic growth of +2.9%, an exchange rate impact of -6.1% and a perimeter effect of +6.7%.

The US became the Group’s largest market accounting to 24.8% of total Group sales. Sales registered a positive organic performance of +2.1%, affected by a contraction in the fourth quarter, impacted by the rebalancing of stock ahead of route-to-market changes. The key drivers were the positive performance of Wild Turkey (+1.4%) and the Italian specialties, particularly Aperol (+42.8%) and Campari. Espolòn showed a continued strong double digit growth momentum. Sales in Jamaica (4.6% of total Group sales) registered an organic change of -2.1%,entirely due to non‐core sugar business. Most of the decline was recovered during the second half of the year thanks to the strong underlying spirits performance. The organic growth in Jamaica, excluding the sugar negative effect, was +12.9%, driven by Campari, up by triple digit, and the Jamaican rums, up by double digit. Sales in Brazil (3.3% of total Group sales) registered an overall organic decline of -12.7%, affected by the difficult trading conditions, with consumption affected by macro-economic woes. Sales in Argentina (2.6% of total Group sales) registered a strong double-digit organic growth (+42.3%), despite a weakening environment, driven by the good performance of Cinzano, SKYY and Aperol, as well as pricing to compensate for local inflation. Sales in Canada (3.1% of total Group sales) registered a positive organic growth of +4.8%, driven by Forty Creek (+5.4%) and the aperitifs (Aperol, Campari). The Jamaican rum portfolio was impacted by the transition to new ranges and packaging. Sales in Mexico (1.5% of Group net sales) showed a continued double digit growth of +17.0%, driven by SKYY ready‐to‐drink and the Jamaican rums.

Sales in Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa[7] (30.9% of total Group sales in 2016) posted an overall growth of +1.4%, with an organic change of +2.6%, a neutral exchange rate impact and a perimeter effect of -1.2%. The organic performance in the Italian market (23.6% of total Group sales) was overall in line with last year (+0.3%), though mitigated by the weakness of the non-core still wines business, subsequently disposed. When adjusted for the divested non-core assets (still wines and copacking activities) the performance is positive by +1.0%. Aperitifs showed a positive trend, particularly Aperol (+4.4%) and Campari (+10.7%), as confirmed by sell-out data. Averna, Cinzano and Braulio, as well as SKYY Vodka continued to register a double digit growth. The region’s other countries (7.3% of Group net sales) showed overall a very solid performance (+11.6%), driven by the exceptional continued growth in France (+54.1%, primarily driven by Aperol, Campari, GlenGrant and Riccadonna), as well as the good growth in Spain (Aperol) and Greece (Campari and Aperol up double digit). The Global Travel Retail was up by +11.9%, mainly driven by GlenGrant, Aperol, Campari, Averna and Bulldog, as well as positive trends from Frangelico Liqueur and Ouzo 12.

Sales in the North, Central and Eastern Europe (19.9% of total Group sales in 2016) increased by +9.6% overall, driven by an organic change of +11.9%, an exchange rate effect of -10.7% and a perimeter effect of 1.1%. Sales in Germany (10.2% of total Group sales) recorded a positive growth of +6.0%, driven by the continued outperformance of Aperol (+11.3%), Ouzo (+7.4%) and Averna (+11.8%), as well as positive performances from Frangelico, Campari and SKYY, despite the weakness in Cinzano. Russia (2.2%of total Group sales) showed a positive organic performance (+27.7%), as the market normalized after a tough 2015 (‐41.4%),when macro‐economic conditions and the Rouble deterioration had caused severe consumer weakness and precautionary measures regarding customer credit. Both Cinzano and Mondoro registered a double digit growth; the Italian specialties are showing promise, albeit off a small base, particularly Aperol and Campari. The region’s other markets (7.6% of Group net sales) registered an overall positive organic growth (+16.1%), mainly driven by UK (+47.4%), thanks to the continued successful development of Aperol, Campari, the Jamaican rums, Bulldog and Wild Turkey. Switzerland, Austria other Northern and Eastern European markets all recorded positive growth for the Italian aperitif brands.

Sales in Asia Pacific (7.2% of total Group sales) increased by +6.4% overall, with an organic change of +6.0%,an exchange rate effect of -1.1% and a perimeter effect of +1.5%. Organic performance in Australia (5.0% of total Group sales) was a positive by +7.2%, driven by Aperol, Wild Turkey ready-drink portfolio and SKYY vodka. There were positive results too from Campari, Espolòn and GlenGrant, up double digits from a small base and the newly launched spiced rum Baron Samedi. The one-off spike in the local co-packing business contributed as well to the overall positive organic performance. The other markets (2.2% of Group net sales) registered an overall organic change of +3.2%, thanks to a very good performance in New Zealand. The sales decline in Japan (-1.4%) is primarily due to phasing issues and route-to-market challenges, while GlenGrant had a positive trend. Trading in China continued to be tough.

Looking at the sales of Global Priorities in 2016 (48.9% of the total), Aperol showed an organic increase of +18.5%, driven by the continued sustained growth in brand’s core (Italy up by +4.4%, Germany up by double digit and France, up by triple digit) and high potential markets, as well as new activations in seeding geographies (high double digit growth in US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile as well as Australia).

SKYY sales achieved an organic change of -1.4%, with the Infusions portfolio bringing down the results for the franchise. The core SKYY Vodka was slightly up on the year (+0.2%), despite a tough comparable base (+1.7% in full year 2015). SKYY Vodka was able to hold market position in the highly competitive US market, while the brand continues to expand its international footprint (22.2% of global sales).

Campari registered a continued positive performance at +8.6%, driven by the very good performance in Italy (+10.7%), the continued strong double digit in Argentina, now the second top market for the brand, as well as the good results in US, Germany, France and the UK. The overall performance was partly offset by the weakness in Brazil due to poor consumer environment.

Wild Turkey registered a positive organic change of +1.0%, with positive results in core US market (+1.4%), while the growing markets such as the UK and Canada enjoyed a double digit growth. The performance in Wild Turkey bourbon (+1.7%) was mitigated by the phasing of the release of a new offering and a strong comparable base, while American Honey posted a slight decline.

The Jamaican rums, including Appleton Estate, J.Wray and Wray&Nephew Overproof, showed a positive organic growth of +2.0% against a tough comparable base from previous years of double digit growth. The performance was driven by the positive growth in Jamaica (+11.6%), as well as the strong results in Peru and positive progression in seeding markets (UK, France, New Zealand and Australia). The overall trend was mitigated by the performance in the core US and Canada, due to the transition to the new range and new packaging.

Regarding the Regional Priorities (16.7% of the total), Cynar showed an overall good organic result (+1.8%), mainly driven by Italy and US. Averna and Braulio showed overall very good results (+18.7%), driven by the positive results of Braulio in core Italy and the strong double digit growth of Averna in core European markets, as well as USA and Global Travel Retail. GlenGrant registered apositive organic performance of +11.1%, mainly driven by France, Global Travel Retail and Asia Pacific. Forty Creek registered a good performance (+1.0%), driven by Canada, partly offset by the weak shipments in the US. Carolans showed an organic change of -1.2%: the good results achieved in Canada, Portugal, Russia and Mexico held back by some weakness in other markets. Frangelico increased by +4.6% organically, driven by Germany and UK. Espolòn continued to show a very strong double digit organic growth at +38.6%, thanks to the continued strong double digit performance in the core US market (+41.9%), and the positive momentum in new markets (particularly Australia and Canada, but also Italy and UK). Cinzano registered an overall organic change of +2.2%. In particular, the positive performance in vermouth, driven by Argentina and Russia, was partly offset by the continued weakness Germany and a decline in the UK. The decline in sparkling wines, mainly driven by the core markets (Italy and Germany), was partly compensated by a positive performance in other Eastern European markets and in the US. Other sparkling wines (Riccadonna and Mondoro) increased organically by +25.6%, attributable to the positive performance in Russia (Mondoro) and France (Riccadonna).

With regards to the Local Priorities (12.7% of the total), looking at the Italian single-serve aperitifs, Campari Soda was negative (-2.4%) due to the core Italian market, despite the positive results registered in the fourth quarter, and Crodino was also negative (-3.3%), although the decline was partially mitigated by a positive progression in Central European markets. The Australian Wild Turkey ready-to-drink range registered an organic change of +0.8%. The Brazilian brands Dreher and Sagatiba registered an overall organic change of -3.0%. Ouzo 12 showed a positive performance (+7.0%), driven by the strong growth in the core German market.

 

Other resolutions

Stock split. The Board of Directors have voted to propose to the Shareholders' meeting, convened on an ordinary and extraordinary session on April 28th, 2017, a stock split, according to which the 580,800,000 shares, with a nominal value of € 0.10 each, which currently make up the Group’s share capital, will be split via the issue of two new shares with nominal value of € 0.05 each for each existing share. The new shares would qualify from January 1st, 2016, and the current fully paid up share capital of € 58,080,000 (which will remain unchanged) would be subsequently divided into 1,161,600,000 shares.

The stock split is expected to be implemented by mid May 2017. The stock split implementation will halve the current value of the share price and, at the same time, doubles the number of shares.

Dividend. The Board of Directors has voted to propose to the Shareholders' meeting a full year dividend of € 0.045 for the fiscal year 2016 for each share resulting from the proposed stock split (in line with 2015 on an rectified basis). In case the stock split is not implemented, the proposed dividend would be € 0.09 per share (in line with 2015 on an unrectified basis).

The cash dividend will be payable on May 24th, 2017 (the detachment date of the coupon n. 1, in the event that the stock split is implemented, will be May 2nd, 2017 pursuant to the Borsa Italiana calendar, with a record date May 23rd, 2017). The Board of Directors has therefore agreed to convene the Annual Shareholders Meeting on April 28th, 2017 to approve the company’s accounts for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2016.

Quarterly report on operations. It should be noted that the Group has agreed to continue to publish quarterly reporting, in line with the form and contents as previously in force and in a consistent and comparable manner with the information disclosed within the previous quarterly reporting. In particular, the quarterly reporting will continue to provide a description of the significant events of the period, the analysis of the Group's net sales by region and the Group pre-tax profit; with reference to the balance sheet statements, the disclosure will be limited to the consolidated net debt. The quarterly reports will be published according to the financial calendar published on November 15th, 2016 and available on Gruppo Campari website. Moreover, the quarterly reports on operations will be published within 45 days after the end of the first and the third quarter of each year, after the approval by the Board of Directors.

Own shares. The Board of Directors has approved a resolution to be presented to the Shareholders’ meeting authorising the purchase and/or sale of own shares, mainly to be used to service the stock option plans. The authorisation concerns the purchase and/or sale of shares, which, taking into account the existing own shares, concerning the shares purchased, must not exceed the overall share capital limit according to article 2357 of the Italian Civil Code. The authorisation will remain valid until June 30th, 2018. The unit price for the purchase and/or sale of own shares will not differ by more than 25% (whether upwards or downwards) from the weighted average price in the three stock market trading sessions prior to each transaction.

Stock options. The Board of Directors has approved a resolution to be presented to the Shareholders’ meeting approving a stock option plan pursuant to Art. 114-bis of the Consolidated Law on Financial Intermediation, and in accordance with the stock option Regulation in effect, that does not concern the company’s directors, granting the relevant bodies the authorization for the plan execution by June 30th, 2018.

Remuneration Report. The Board of Directors has approved a resolution to be presented to the Shareholders’ meeting approving a Remuneration Report drawn up in accordance with article 123-ter, paragraph 6, of the Consolidated Law on Financial Intermediation.



[1] Global Priorities include Campari, Aperol, SKYY, Wild Turkey the Jamaican rums in full year 2016. Regional Priorities include Cynar, GlenGrant, Espolòn, Frangelico, Carolans and Cinzano in full year 2016.

[2] The Board of Directors have voted to propose to the Shareholders' meeting, convened on 28 April 2017, that the 580,800,000 shares with a nominal value of € 0.10 each, which currently make up the Group’s share capital, be split, via the issue of two new shares with nominal value of € 0.05 each for each existing share.

[3] EBITDA and EBIT before operating adjustments in full year 2016 and full year 2015.

[4] Group net profit before operating and financial adjustments in full year 2016 and full year 2015. Group net profit reported of € 166.3 million, -5.2%.

[5] Grand Marnier acquisition of € 682.9 million plus net debt (cash) position of € (32.5) million, net of proceeds from disposals of € (65.0) million plus (net debt) cash position of € (1.4) million.

[6] EBIT before SG&A.

[7] Including Global Travel Retail.

Publishing date: 
28 Feb 2017
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