Campari approves 2001 accounts
Milan, March 27th 2002 - Campari has approved the Group's 2001 consolidated accounts. 2001 was an eventful year, since a number of some major acquisitions was finalised, the first beneficial effects of the stock-market listing were enjoyed and, last but not least, an excellent financial performance was achieved.
At the Annual Shareholders' Meeting, to be held on April 30th, the Board will recommend that a dividend of € 0.88 per share be issued (for total dividends of € 25.6 million), payable as of May 9th…
Consolidated sales net of discounts and excise duties were € 494.3 million, up by 13.9%, of which 9.9% was attributable to external growth, mainly deriving from the Brazilian acquisition in January 2001, and 4.0% due to organic growth (5.5% excluding adverse exchange rates effects).
Sales growth is mainly attributable to the very positive performance of spirits, which increased by 20.6%, 16.5% of which was derived from the Brazilian acquisition and 4.1% (6.6% excluding adverse exchange rate effects) from organic growth of core brands such as CampariSoda, SKYY Vodka and Jägermeister. In terms of volume, organic growth of spirits was 2.5%, against a total world-wide growth of the top 100 premium distilled spirits brands of 1.1% (source: Impact), therefore increasing the Group's market share. Net sales of wines, represented almost entirely by the Cinzano brands, totalled € 73.6 million, revealing an increase of 8.4%. Wines achieved an excellent performance, particularly in the last quarter, the segment's strong seasonal sales peak. Soft drinks' net sales were € 127.4 million, with an increase of 2.5%, led by Crodino's excellent performance (by far the segment's most profitable brand), which grew by 8.9%.
The Brazilian acquisition (with total sales of € 42.3 million) markedly altered the Group's geographic sales split in favour of the Americas, whose sales grew by 111.1%, increasing the region's share from 8.4% to 15.5%.
Italy grew by 5.8%, thanks to the very strong performance of the core brands such as Crodino, Campari and CampariSoda, which benefited from strong marketing support, and the successful start of Cinzano's direct distribution (the brand was handled by a third party distributor until May 2001).
Operating margins benefited from a favourable sales mix, with higher volumes by the more profitable brands.
The Group's trading profit (gross margin less advertising and promotion investments and sales and distribution costs - a reliable indicator of overall profitability) was € 136.5 million, 27.6% as a percentage of net turnover, with an increase of 11.1%.
EBITDA and EBITA before non-recurring expenses grew respectively by 13.5% to € 120 million and by 12.0% to € 105.7 million, representing 24.3% and 21.4% of net turnover.
EBIT before non-recurring expenses was € 94.2 million, up 9%, representing 19.1% of net sales. Nonrecurring expenses of € 5.6 million were mainly attributable to costs related to the July IPO, with the balance deriving from costs associated with the reorganisation of the Italian sales network.
Net profits were up 20.0% at € 63.4 million, benefiting from a reduction in the tax rate compared with 2000, when substantial provisions for tax litigation were accounted for.
Cash generation was strong, with a cash surplus of € 88.3 million. As usual, this surplus was reinvested in the acquisition of new brands, for a total of € 112.6 million, mainly related to the Brazilian acquisition.
At year end the Group's positive net financial position was € 96.6 million.
Consolidated net equity was € 430.3 million, revealing an increase of € 31.6 million.
Among the events after the end of 2001, it's worth mentioning that on January 15th 2002, the Group finalized the acquisition of an additional 50% stake in Skyy Spirits, LLC, thereby becoming the company's controlling shareholder with a 58.9% majority. Skyy Spirits, based in San Francisco, California (USA) is owner of SKYY
Vodka, one of the leading brands of the US premium vodka market. Moreover on February 6th 2002, the Group finalised the acquisition of a 100% stake in Zedda Piras S.p.A., the leading Sardinian spirits company, which controls 67.62% of Sella & Mosca S.p.A., a major player in the Italian premium wine market. Both companies are based in Alghero, Italy. More detailed disclosure of the acquisitions has been circulated to all relevant authorities following the announcement and the completion of the deals.
At 2:30 p.m. (CET) today, Wednesday March 27th 2002, Campari's management will present the 2001 results at a meeting with analysts, investors and the press. The meeting will be held in the Sala Assemblee at IntesaBci, Piazza Belgioioso 1, Milano.
ANALYST CONFERENCE CALL At 5:00 p.m. (CET) today, Wednesday March 27th 2002, Campari's management will hold a live dial-in conference call with analysts, investors and press to present the Group's 2001 results.
To join, please dial one of the following numbers:
- from Italy: 800.990.927 (toll-free number)
- from abroad: +39.06.8740.9831