Half-year Gruppo Campari results boosted by Q2 recovery

Gruppo Campari has reported sales dropped 1.8% for H1 2014 after its second quarter levelled out down-trading in Q1.

Growth in Q2 was driven by the group’s aperitifs business and continued positive performance in Italy, Latin America and recovery in Russia, Jamaica and Australia, the group said.

The highlights for the half year ending June 2014 were as follows:

•              Sales: € 686.1 million (-1.8%, organic change +3.8%)

•              Contribution after A&P: € 253.8 million (-1.6%, organic change +4.1%, 37.0% of sales)

•              EBITDA pre one-offs: € 143.2 million (-1.6%, organic change +3.4%, 20.9% of sales)

•              EBIT pre one-offs: € 124.4 million (-0.8%, organic change +4.6%, 18.1% of sales)

•              Group net profit: € 57.3 million (-0.5%)

•              Net financial debt: € 1,099.1 million (€ 852.8 million as of 31 December 2013)

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO, Gruppo Campari said: “On the back of a weak first quarter impacted by Easter timing, the expected robust recovery in organic sales in most key brand market combinations led to positive full first half 2014 results. In particular, growth was driven by our aperitifs business, with Campari and Aperol as well as the key local single serve brands performing strongly in the Italian market.

“Whilst the Cinzano and Appleton franchises recovered ground, SKYY and Wild Turkey shipments were soft due to temporary phasing issues in the US market which overshadowed the underlying positive depletion trends. With regards to the Group’s key markets, Italy performed strongly in the first half, as did Latin America, driven by Brazil and Argentina.

“Importantly, a strong recovery in the second quarter was also achieved in Russia, Jamaica and Australia which helped partly offset weak shipments in other key markets, which were also partially driven by phasing issues caused by production and route to market start-ups.

“Moreover, the positive effect of the sales mix improvement achieved in the first half was more than offset by these start-ups’ overlapping costs. Whilst these headwinds are likely to have a lag effect on the full year results, we are confident that the overall positive organic sales trend will consolidate in the second half year thanks to the normalisation of shipment trends across key markets.

“Looking forward, we expect to continue improving the momentum of our key brand market combinations thanks to our strengthened route to market as well as impactful marketing initiatives, including restylings, innovation and premiumisation.”