Operating profit decreased 1% to $1,027 million in third quarter 2012 compared to $1,035 million in third quarter 2011. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Operating profit increased 3% to $1,037 million.
Net cash provided by operations year to date was $2,133 million compared to $2,057 million in the comparable 2011 period. Net cash provided by operations for 2012 includes higher income tax payments, higher payments related to business realignment and other cost-saving initiatives and the payment for the previously disclosed competition law matter in France related to a divested detergent business, and lower voluntary benefit plan contributions. Working capital as a percentage of Net sales was 2.2%, up 160 basis points versus the year ago period. This increase was primarily due to the timing of income tax payments and higher accounts receivable.
Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the results and outlook excluding the 2012 and 2011 items noted above and the costs of the Global Growth and Efficiency Program discussed below, “We are very pleased to have achieved another quarter of strong profitability with gross profit margin, operating profit margin and net income as a percent to sales all increasing versus year ago, despite an intense competitive environment and challenging macroeconomic conditions worldwide.
“Our growth momentum continued on the top line as well, with organic sales increasing a healthy 5.0% during the quarter, led by the emerging markets where organic sales grew a robust 9.5%.“We are delighted that gross profit margin increased by 180 basis points during the quarter, the largest expansion we have seen in ten quarters. This allowed for higher advertising spending behind Colgate’s brands both in absolute dollars and as a percent to sales, which drove market share gains around the world. “Colgate’s global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes are both at record highs year to date. Colgate’s share of the global toothpaste market strengthened to 44.9% year to date, up 0.6 share points versus year ago. Our global leadership in manual toothbrushes also strengthened during the quarter with Colgate’s global market share in that category reaching 32.7% year to date, up 0.8 share points versus year ago.