Nestlé delivers year-on-year growth for FY2015 despite tough environment

To Press Releases listKuala Lumpur,Apr 28, 2016

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Improved top and bottom line results for FY2015, driven by marketing and promotional initiatives and market share growth.
  • Profit after Tax of RM591 million, an increase of 7.3% from the previous year.
  • Final dividend of RM1.10 and a special dividend of RM0.20 per share proposed at the Annual General Meeting.

Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad continued to deliver growth for its financial year ended 31 December 2015 amidst a challenging economic climate. The Group recorded an improved profit after tax of RM591 million, a 7.3% increase compared to the previous year.

Mr. Alois Hofbauer, Managing Director of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, commented after the Group’s Annual General Meeting: “We were very pleased with our performance last year, and will continue to deliver our commitment to provide good financial returns to our shareholders. In spite of some tough headwinds, we remained resilient in 2015 and delivered good growth in our local and export business. Strong investments in marketing and promotional activities, on top of new innovations drove domestic sales and expanded market share despite soft consumer sentiment during the year. We are proud to continue delivering year-on-year market share growth over the past four years.”

In 2015, Nestlé launched a series of successful consumer campaigns. Most notably, the ‘Lebih Nilai, Lagi Hebat’ campaign was the biggest promotion in the Group’s history, resulting in strong growth for major product categories. The Group also launched the ‘Lagi Sihat, Lagi Happy’ campaign which offered great-tasting, nutritious products at affordable prices while creating greater awareness on the importance of eating right and living healthier lifestyles. These initiatives helped to drive sales as well as enabled the Group to strengthen its position as the overall market leader.

Innovation continues to be a driving force in Nestlé. The innovations recently launched include MILO NUTRI G, NESCAFÉ BLEND & BREW, KIT KAT Green Tea, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS Ready-to-Drink milk, MAT KOOL BUTTERFLY, and ice creams such as the LA CREMERIA stick range, and DRUMSTICK Caffé de Caramel. The Group also expanded its noodles portfolio by introducing MAGGI LETUP noodles, MAGGI Mi Kolo noodles, MAGGI ROYALE Johor Seafood Laksa and MAGGI ROYALE Sarawak Sambal Laksa.

Testament to the Group’s positive outlook on Malaysia’s long-term prospects, Nestlé has invested over RM1.5 billion in the past seven years into building up its manufacturing & distribution facilities. The Group scaled up its operational capabilities with the launch of its eighth factory in the country in October 2015, the Sri Muda Factory, producing Ready-to-Drink products, such as MILO Nutri G. The Group also launched their newest MAGGI high output noodle line, which has doubled productivity.

In line with the Group’s commitment to continue to deliver value for shareholders, the Board proposed a final dividend of RM1.10 and a special dividend of RM0.20 per share in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2015. This brings the total dividend for the financial year 2015 to RM2.60 per share.

Q1 FY2016

For the current financial year’s first quarter ended 31 March 2016, the Group successfully maintained its growth momentum with an improved revenue of RM1.3 billion, marking a 2.8% increase from the previous year’s corresponding quarter.

This was driven by robust domestic sales as a result of the Group’s strong marketing and promotional initiatives, along with new product launches in 2015 which continued to benefit the Group in 2016. Export sales also saw steady growth, recording double digit growth for the quarter.

Gross profit for the quarter grew by 4.6% to RM521.5 million, supported by the increased turnover and favourable trends in raw material prices. Net profit for the period rose to RM220.7 million, up by 17.5% from the previous year, on the back of reduced operating expenses and lower effective tax rate.

Outlook

Mr. Hofbauer added, “Although 2016 brings its own share of challenges, with persisting volatile market conditions and subdued consumer sentiment, we are well-prepared to weather through both good and tough times. Moving forward, we will continue to steadily invest into our future whilst maintaining a strategy of effective cost management. This is in line with our commitment to our shareholders and external stakeholders in delivering today, whilst building for the future of Nestlé.”

“As a forward-looking Group with long-term strategies in place, we are confident that we will able to capitalise on Malaysia’s vast opportunities and continue making Nestlé the world leader in Nutrition, Health, and Wellness,” concluded Mr. Hofbauer.


About Nestlé Malaysia

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. Since 1866, Nestlé has been committed to providing high quality, tasty, safe and nutritious products to our consumers, in line with our promise of Good Food, Good Life. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products, as well as our commitment to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. At Nestlé, our consumers are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to delight our consumers by offering the best quality products; staying true to our Swiss roots while maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NestleMalaysia



For more information, please contact:

Maxine Lim
Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
Tel: (+603) 7965 5185
Email: Maxine.Lim@my.nestle.com

Joanne Lim or Yasmin Kadir
acorn communications
Tel: (+603) 7958 8348
Email: acorncommunications@acornco.com.my




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