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Colgate Announces 2nd Quarter 2013 Results

Stocks in this article: CL

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today reported worldwide Net sales of $4,346 million in second quarter 2013, an increase of 2.0% versus second quarter 2012. Global unit volume grew 4.0%, pricing increased 1.0% and foreign exchange was negative 3.0%. Organic sales (Net sales excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments) grew 5.5%.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2013 were $561 million and $0.60, respectively. Net income in second quarter 2013 included $101 million ($0.10 per diluted share) of aftertax charges resulting from the implementation of the previously disclosed four-year Global Growth and Efficiency Program (the “2012 Restructuring Program”), costs associated with the sale of land in Mexico and a charge associated with an existing European competition law matter.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2012 were $627 million and $0.65, respectively. Net income in second quarter 2012 included aftertax charges of $14 million ($0.02 per diluted share) resulting from the items described in Table 8.

Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Net income in second quarter 2013 was $662 million, an increase of 3% versus second quarter 2012, and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2013 was $0.70, an increase of 4% versus second quarter 2012.

Gross profit margin was 58.3% in second quarter 2013 versus 57.7% in the year ago quarter. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Gross profit margin was 58.6% in second quarter 2013, an increase of 70 basis points versus the year ago quarter, as higher pricing and cost savings from the Company’s funding-the-growth initiatives more than offset higher raw and packaging material costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 35.1% of Net sales in second quarter 2013 versus 34.3% in second quarter 2012. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 60 basis points to 34.8% of Net sales in second quarter 2013, as advertising investment increased by 70 basis points and overhead expenses decreased by 10 basis points, both as a percentage of Net sales. Worldwide advertising investment increased 9% versus the year ago quarter to $497 million.

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