Nestlé S.A. - Shareholder/Analyst Call

Nestle Sa Reg Shrs S (NSRGY.PK)

April 19, 2012 8:30 am ET


Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Chairman, Chairman of Chairmans & Corporate Governance Committee and Member of Nomination Committee

Paul Bulcke - Chief Executive Officer, Member of Executive Board, Director and Member of Chairmans & Corporate Governance Committee


Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Ladies and gentlemen, dear shareholders, once again, I have the privilege to report to you that your company has had a very successful year with strong results. With organic growth of 7.5% and 60 basis points margin improvement, we have delivered the Nestlé Model for the 16th consecutive year. This solid performance, both top and bottom line, allows us to propose to you an increased dividend of CHF 1.95 per share. At the same time, we have continued to invest to ensure your company's growth in the future.

Highlights of last year being the first year of operations of Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences as well as the creation of important new partnerships in China.

Our CEO, Mr. Paul Bulcke, will present the operational results in detail. Let me just stress at this point how solid the performance of the company has been and continues to be over time. Year after year, we have been adding through internal growth, that is to say, through our own efforts, the equivalent of a new multibillion Swiss franc company. This growth drive has not once been interrupted in spite of a very difficult external environment.

Ladies and gentlemen, since the beginning of 2006, Nestlé has created CHF 85 billion of additional shareholder value. Recent times have been characterized by a whole host of events, developments and crises, economics, social and political ranging from the unexpected to the dramatic. Yet, the strong management of Paul Bulcke and his team has stayed the course, steered Nestlé with a steady hand through these turbulent times and seized new opportunities that always arise whatever the circumstances.

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