Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today reported worldwide Net sales of $4,361 million in fourth quarter 2013, an increase of 2.0% versus fourth quarter 2012. Global unit volume grew 6.5%, pricing was even with the year ago quarter and foreign exchange was negative 4.5%. Organic sales (Net sales excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments) grew 6.5%.
Net income and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2013 were $564 million and $0.60, respectively. Net income in fourth quarter 2013 included $133 million ($0.15 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”), a charge associated with an existing European competition law matter and costs associated with the sale of land in Mexico.
Net income and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2012 were $598 million and $0.63, respectively. Net income in fourth quarter 2012 included aftertax charges of $73 million ($0.07 per diluted share) resulting from the items described in Table 8.
Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Net income in fourth quarter 2013 was $697 million, an increase of 4% versus fourth quarter 2012, and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2013 was $0.75, an increase of 7% versus fourth quarter 2012.Gross profit margin was 58.9% in fourth quarter 2013 versus 58.4% in the year ago quarter. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Gross profit margin was 59.1% in fourth quarter 2013, an increase of 50 basis points versus the year ago quarter, as cost savings from the Company’s funding-the-growth initiatives more than offset higher raw and packaging material costs which included the impact of foreign exchange transaction costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses were 37.0% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2013 versus 34.7% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2012. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 10 basis points to 34.5% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2013, as an increase in advertising investment was more than offset by a decrease in overhead expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. Worldwide advertising investment increased 3% versus the year ago quarter to $445 million.
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