Results for the first nine months to 30 september 2007

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Chief Executive Officer: “In the first nine months of 2007 we achieved satisfactory results, maintaining the positive momentum across our brands and markets. Looking forward, we remain confident about a positive evolution of our business

Sales organic growth: +8.2%
Net sales: € 644.6 million (+2.8%)
EBITDA before one off’s: € 144.6 million (+3.9%)
EBIT before one off’s: € 130.1 million (+3.9%)
Group profit before tax: € 115.5 (+1.5%)
Excellent generation of cash flow (€ 144.2 million in the first nine months 2007 before acquisitions and dividends)


Milan, 8 November 2007
- The Board of Directors of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. approved the third-quarter results as at 30 September 2007.

 

 Consolidated results 1 January - 30 September 2007
€ million
1 January - 30 September 2006
€ million
Change
at actual exchange rates
Change
at constant exchange rates
 Net sales 644.6 626.9 2.8% 5.0%
 Trading profit 176.7 170.8 3.4% 5.7%
 EBITDA before one-off’s  144.6 139.2 3.9% 6.3%
 EBITDA 143.4 139.1 3.1% 5.5%
 EBIT before one-off’s 130.1 125.2 3.9% 6.5%
EBIT 128.8 125.1 3.0% 5.6%
 Group profit before tax  115.5 113.7 1.5% 3.9%

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS OF 2007

In the first nine months 2007, Group sales totalled € 644.6 million, an increase of 2.8% (+5.0% at constant exchange rates).

The overall change in consolidated sales resulted from an organic growth of 8.2%, a negative exchange rate effect of 2.1% and a negative perimeter effect of 3.3%. The last one was due to the announced termination of the Lipton Ice Tea distribution contract on the Italian market, in part offset by Glen Grant and Old Smuggler (whose sales started on 15 March 2006), and the newly acquired X-Rated brands (whose sales started on 1 August 2007).

Trading profit increased by 3.4% to € 176.7 million (+5.7% at constant exchange rates), or 27.4% of sales. Organic growth accounted for 4.9% and external growth for 0.8%, while exchange rate effects negatively contributed 2.2%.
EBITDA before one-off’s increased by 3.9%
(+6.3% at constant exchange rates) to € 144.6 million, or 22.4% of sales.
EBITDA rose by 3.1%
(+5.5% at constant exchange rates) to € 143.4 million, or 22.2% of sales.
EBIT before one-off’s went up by 3.9%
(+6.5% at constant exchange rates) to € 130.1 million, or 20.2% of sales.
EBIT increased by 3.0%
(+5.6% at constant exchange rates) to € 128.8 million, or 20.0% of sales.
The Group’s profit before tax
was € 115.5 million, an increase of 1.5% (+3.9% at constant exchange rates).

As of 30 September 2007, net debt stood at € 293.3 million, a decrease of € 86.2 million from 31 December 2006, following the dividend payment (€ 29 million paid on 4 May 2007) and the acquisition of X-Rated (€ 29 million), closed on 1 August 2007. This significant improvement was achieved thanks to the strong generation of cash flow during the first nine months of 2007.


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ONSOLIDATED SALES IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2007

The spirits segment (70.9% of total sales) recorded growth of 5.6%, the combined result of organic growth of 7.3%, a negative exchange rate effect of 3.0% and external growth of 1.3% (Glen Grant, Old Smuggler and X-Rated). The Campari brand posted growth of 2.3% at constant exchange rates. SKYY sales rose by 14.5% at constant exchange rates, thanks to a very positive performance on both the US and international markets. Regarding the other main brands, the spirits segment benefited from strong performances from Aperol (+19.6% at constant exchange rates), the Brazilian brands (+8.7% at constant exchange rates), Cynar (+4.4% at constant exchange rates) and Ouzo 12 (+8.3% at constant exchange rates). CampariSoda’s sales were in line with last year. Regarding agency brands, 1800 and Gran Centenario tequilas brands posted a growth of 6.3% at constant exchange rates in USA.

The wines segment, which contributed 14.3% of total sales, registered growth of 15.1%, due to the combination of strong organic growth of 15.5% and a negative exchange rate effect of 0.4%. The segment’s strong performance was driven by Cinzano vermouth (+18.8% at constant exchange rates) and by Cinzano sparkling wines (+20.2% at constant exchange rates). The wines segment also benefited from positive performances from Sella & Mosca (+5.8% at constant exchange rates) and Mondoro, Riccadonna and Cantina Serafino.

Sales of soft drinks (12.9% of total sales), which are generated almost entirely on the Italian market, recorded an organic growth of 5.0%, driven by strong performance of Crodino (+7.8%), the Lemonsoda range (+5.1%) and other carbonated drinks. The overall change was negative by 20.9% due to a negative perimeter effect of 25.9%, attributable to the termination of Lipton Ice Tea sales.

Looking at results by region, in the first nine months of 2007 sales on the Italian market (41.5% of total Group sales) recorded an organic growth of +5.8%. The overall change was negative by 3.6%, due to a negative perimeter effect (-9.4%), attributable to Lipton Ice Tea. Sales in Europe (21.0% of consolidated sales) grew by 15.0%, boosted by organic sales growth of 11.4%, thanks to positive performances from important markets such as Germany and Russia, and external growth of 3.8%. In the Americas (32.5% of total sales), the US market registered organic growth of 7.1%, a negative exchange rate effect of 7.9% and external growth of 0.8%. In Brazil, sales registered organic growth of 8.4% and a positive exchange rate effect of 1.1%. Sales in the rest of the world, which accounted for 5.0% of total sales, grew by 13.1% overall, driven by organic growth of 15.0%.

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CONFERENCE CALL

Please note that at 17.00 (CET) today, Thursday 8 November 2007, Gruppo Campari’s management will hold a conference call to present the Group’s 2007 first nine months results to analysts, investors and the press. To participate, please dial one of the following numbers:

  • from Italy: 800 785 163 (toll free number)
  • from abroad: +39 02 6968 2741

 Access code: C503983

The presentation slides can be downloaded before the conference call from the main investor relations page on Gruppo Campari’s website, at www.camparigroup.com/investors.

A recording of the conference call will be available from 22.00 (CET) on Thursday 8 November until Thursday 15 November 2007. To hear it, please call +44 (0)207 136 9233 (access code: 55958608#).

Publishing date: 
08 Nov 2007
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