Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling reports 3.2% increase in fiscal 2012 net sales revenue to €7B, driven by 4% increase in volume sales from emerging markets

Nevin Barich

Nevin Barich

Feb 14, 2013 – PR Newswire

ATHENS, Greece , February 14, 2013 (press release) – Fourth Quarter 2012

- Volume: Volume grew by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2012. An 8% volume increase in emerging markets and a 1% volume increase in developing markets were partly offset by a 5% volume decline in established markets.

- Sales: Net sales revenue grew by 5% registering the sixth consecutive quarter where revenue growth exceeded volume growth.

- Comparable operating profit (EBIT): A combination of higher input costs and operating expenses resulted in a EUR16 million year on year decrease in comparable operating profit.
Full Year 2012

- Volume: Volume was flat in 2012. Emerging markets posted a 4% volume increase that was offset by a 2% volume decline in developing markets and a 5% volume decline in established markets.

- Sales: Net sales revenue grew by 3%, with currency neutral net sales revenue per case growing 2.2% excluding the impact of Belarus.

- Comparable operating profit (EBIT): Our revenue growth initiatives more than offset total input cost increases in absolute terms, but were not sufficient to prevent gross margin decline. In addition, unfavourable foreign currency fluctuations and higher operating expenses resulted in a 13% decline in comparable operating profit.

Full Year 2012 market shares: We continued to win in the marketplace. We gained or maintained volume share in sparkling beverages in 21 out of 28 markets and value share in the overall non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages category in 23 out of 28 of our markets.

Full Year 2012 free cash flow: Working capital improved by €84 million year-on-year and we generated free cash flow of €341 million.

Dimitris Lois , Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Hellenic, commented:

"Our strategy enabled us to grow currency neutral net sales revenue by 2% for the full year. The volume and revenue growth we generated in the third quarter continued in the fourth quarter, with revenue growing faster than volume for the sixth consecutive quarter. In 2012, we maintained our volume overall, despite the very challenging trading conditions in most of our markets throughout the year. In 2012, we were able to strengthen our business further, by expanding our volume and value share in the majority of our markets, while growing Trademark Coca-Cola products by 2%.

We anticipate that in 2013, disposable income will remain under pressure, resulting from continued austerity measures and high unemployment, particularly in our established markets. We will remain focused on delivering on our strategic priorities: further strengthening our leadership position in the marketplace, driving revenue growth ahead of volume, executing our cost optimisation and process efficiency plans, and continuing to generate strong free cash flow. The voluntary share exchange offer by Coca-Cola HBC AG will facilitate the listing of the Group on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange which forms part of our ongoing commitment to enhance shareholder value."

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