Our full-year results are out showing a strong 2019 performance; further increase in dividend and share buyback
Unless otherwise stated, comments in this announcement refer to full-year performance
- Organic revenue growth of 3.2%; reported revenue growth of 5.4% to DKK 65,902m.
- Price/mix improvement of +3%; positive in all three regions.
Total organic volume growth of 0.1%.
- Tuborg volume growth +2%, Carlsberg -3%, Grimbergen +3%, 1664 Blanc +29%, Somersby +14%.
- Craft & specialty volume growth +16%, alcohol-free brew volume growth +7%.
- Organic operating profit growth of 10.5%; reported growth of 12.2% to DKK 10,465m.
- Operating margin improvement of +100bp to 15.9%.
Reported net profit up 23.7% to DKK 6,569m. Adjusted net profit up 14.9% to DKK 6,160m.
- Adjusted earnings per share (excluding treasury shares) up 16.5% to DKK 41.0.
- Free cash flow of DKK 9,962m (2018: DKK 6,156m).
- Net interest-bearing debt/EBITDA of 1.25x (2018: 1.29x).
- ROIC improvement of 70bp to 8.8%. Excluding goodwill, improvement of 130bp to 22.2%.
- The Supervisory Board will propose to the AGM a 17% increase in dividend to DKK 21.0 per share, equal to an adjusted payout ratio of approximately 50%.
- On 30 January, the Company concluded the 2019 DKK 4.5bn share buy-back and will today initiate a new 12-month share buy-back program worth DKK 5.0bn (see pages 19-20).
2020 EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS
- Mid-single-digit percentage organic growth in operating profit.
- A translation impact on operating profit of around DKK +50m, based on the spot rates at 3 February.
CEO Cees ’t Hart says: “We’re pleased with our results in 2019. We saw healthy top-line growth, strong margin improvement and strong cash flow. In recent years, we’ve strengthened our business considerably, and we’ll continue to execute on our SAIL’22 priorities and further reinforce our Funding the Journey culture to support long-term growth and value creation for shareholders.
“The 2019 results allow us to once again make a significant cash return to our shareholders, as shown by the Supervisory Board’s decision to recommend a dividend increase of 17% to DKK 21 and to initiate a DKK 5.0bn share buy-back program.”