Coronavirus Update

PZ Cussons PLC Trading Statement Q3 ended 27th February 2021

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PZ Cussons plc ("PZ Cussons" or the "Group") today issues the following trading update in respect of its third quarter, ended 27 February 2021.

 

Highlights

 

· Q3 revenue (1) growth of 4.7%, up to £145.3m

· All Regions grew revenue (1) and profit versus the prior year

· Must Win Brands revenue (1) increased 12%, fuelling overall performance

·   Carex in the UK and Morning Fresh in Australia and Nigeria performed strongly, with both brands continuing to meet the evolving hygiene needs of our consumers

· Strong performance amongst our other Must Win Brands

 Sanctuary Spa delivered strong double-digit growth, thanks to increased bricks and mortar retail sales and exceptional online performance

-  Original Source returned to growth in the quarter

-  Cussons Baby grew in both Indonesia and Nigeria, continuing the year to date trend

·   Continued investment behind our brands, strategic capabilities and operations, with Media & Consumer spend in the quarter up approximately 30% on the prior year

·     Balance Sheet remains robust. Net Debt, of £35m, is down from £116m a year ago

 

Quarter 3

£m

Growth vs. Q3 FY20

(reported)

Growth vs. Q3 FY20

(constant currency)

Europe & Americas

44.4

8.1%

8.7%

Asia Pacific

47.2

1.4%

2.6%

Africa

52.7

(7.0)%

3.2%

Central

1.0

16.9%

18.8%

Group

145.3

0.1%

4.7%

 

(1) Revenue growth is quoted on a constant currency basis, unless otherwise stated

 

Outlook

Despite continued market volatility, we remain on track to perform in line with the current range of market expectations for full year FY21.

 

Jonathan Myers, Chief Executive Officer, commented "Our third quarter results maintained the renewed momentum of our business despite the quarter ending with the anniversary of the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The encouraging growth was broad-based, with all Regions delivering top and bottom-line growth, enabling the Group to deliver operating margins ahead of Q3 last year, while continuing to increase investment behind our Must Win Brands and new strategic capabilities. In the final quarter of this current financial year, as some of our brands come up against strong levels of demand in the base period, we intend to continue increasing investment behind building our brands and capabilities, to maintain momentum as we move to more normal comparatives.

 

Looking ahead, we will continue to proactively navigate the volatility of the pandemic, the competitive landscape and commodity cost headwinds, but at the same time remain focused on executing the initial phase of our new strategy - Building Brands for Life, Today and for Future Generations.

 

We continue to take the appropriate steps to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our employees during the pandemic, and to ensure our supply chain remains resilient and fully operational. I'd like to thank our employees in all our markets for their continued dedication to PZ Cussons and our consumers."