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Nestlé reports full-year results for 2023

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Vevey, 22 februari 2024
Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR

  • Organic growth reached 7.2%, with pricing of 7.5% and real internal growth (RIG) of -0.3%. Growth was broad-based across geographies and categories.
  • Total reported sales were CHF 93.0 billion, a decrease of 1.5% (FY-2022: CHF 94.4 billion). Foreign exchange decreased sales by 7.8%. Net divestitures had a negative impact of 0.9%.
  • The underlying trading operating profit (UTOP) margin was 17.3%, increasing by 20 basis points on a reported basis and by 40 basis points in constant currency. The trading operating profit (TOP) margin was 15.6%, increasing by 160 basis points.
  • Underlying earnings per share increased by 8.4% in constant currency and by 0.1% on a reported basis to CHF 4.80. Earnings per share increased by 23.7% to CHF 4.24 on a reported basis, mainly reflecting one-off items in the prior year.
  • Free cash flow was CHF 10.4 billion, an increase of CHF 3.8 billion following a significant reduction in working capital.
  • Board proposes a dividend of CHF 3.00 per share, an increase of 5 centimes, marking 29 consecutive years of dividend growth. In 2023, CHF 12.8 billion were returned to shareholders through a combination of dividend and share buybacks.
  • 2024 outlook: we expect organic sales growth around 4% and a moderate increase in the underlying trading operating profit margin. Underlying earnings per share in constant currency is expected to increase between 6% and 10%.
  • 2025 mid-term targets fully confirmed: mid single-digit organic sales growth and an underlying trading operating profit margin range of 17.5% to 18.5% by 2025. Underlying earnings per share in constant currency to increase between 6% and 10%.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, commented: "Unprecedented inflation over the last two years has increased pressure on many consumers and impacted demand for food and beverage products. In this challenging context, we delivered strong organic growth and solid margin improvement with increased marketing and other growth investments. Our free cash flow generation returned to historical levels.

Looking to 2024, we are prioritizing volume- and mix-led growth with increased brand support, as we enhance value for consumers through active innovation and renovation, premiumization, affordability and more nutritious options. We will continue to focus capital allocation on our fast-growing billionaire brands, which enables us to deliver dependable growth while enhancing brand loyalty.

To drive market share gains, our key priorities are delighting consumers through differentiated offerings and focusing on superior execution. We are confident that we have the right strategy, portfolio and capabilities to deliver on our 2025 targets."

Lees hier het volledige persbericht.