“In 2013, we expect earnings per share of $2.73 to $2.78, an increase of approximately 13-15%, driven by our existing business and accretion from the Avid acquisition. We expect to deliver the 13-15% EPS growth while increasing the marketing investment behind the newly-acquired gummy vitamin products and our 8 Power Brands. After 2013, we remain committed to delivering on our long-term total shareholder return target of 10% to 12% annually.”
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the acquisition tomorrow, August 21, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (ET). To participate, dial in at 877-741-4354, access code: 20483094 (International: 832-900-4630, same access code: 20483094). A replay will be available two hours after the call at 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 (same access code: 20483094). You also can participate via webcast by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.churchdwight.com.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products under the ARM & HAMMER brand name and other well-known trademarks.
This release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the consummation, financing and impact of the Avid acquisition and anticipated associated cost savings; the effect of product mix; earnings per share; reported net sales growth and organic sales growth; volume growth, including the effects of new products; gross margins; operating margins; marketing spending; commodity price increases; consumer spending; cost savings programs; marketing support; effective tax rate; net cash from operating activities; capital expenditures; competition; and customer response to new products.
These statements represent the intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs of the Company, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control and could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements.
The uncertainties include assumptions as to market growth and consumer demand (including the effect of political and economic events on consumer demand), retailer actions in response to changes in consumer demand and the economy, raw material and energy prices, the financial condition of major customers and suppliers, interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and changes in marketing and promotional spending.
With regard to the new product introductions referred to in this release, there is particular uncertainty relating to trade, competitive and consumer reactions.
Other factors that could materially affect actual results include the outcome of contingencies, including litigation, pending regulatory proceedings, environmental matters and the acquisition or divestiture of assets.
For a description of additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements, please see the Company’s quarterly and annual reports filed with the SEC, including information in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K in Item 1A, “Risk Factors”.