Sales: + 8.7%
- The Board of Directors of LÂ’OrÃ©al met on Wednesday, February 14th 2007 under the chairmanship of Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones and in the presence of the Statutory Auditors. The Board closed the consolidated financial statements and the financial statements of the L'OrÃ©al parent company for 2006.
Further improvement in operating profit: + 12.1%
Strong growth in net earnings per share (1): + 14.7%
Substantial increase in dividend (2): + 18%
- Commenting on the annual results, Mr Jean-Paul Agon, Chief Executive Officer of L'OrÃ©al, said: "In 2006, LÂ’OrÃ©al achieved further strong growth in its results. The success of the product innovations, the strength of our brands and the rapid pace of our geographic expansion have once again enabled us to improve our worldwide positions.
Operating profit rose strongly under the combined effect of the product value enhancement strategy and the strict control of all costs. Profitability has thus improved significantly to reach 16.1 % of sales.
All the divisions and zones across the board contributed to this increase in our profitability.
The acquisition of The Body Shop, consolidated since July 1st 2006, made a positive contribution to the growth of both sales and earnings in the second half.
All these results and the dynamism they convey inspire confidence for 2007".
- Furthermore, the Board of Directors has decided to propose to the next Annual General Meeting on April 24th 2007 the payment of a dividend of € 1.18 per share, which represents a substantial increase on 2005.
- Finally, the Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting the renewal of the term of office of Mrs Liliane Bettencourt and the appointment as a new director of Mrs Annette Roux, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BÃ©nÃ©teau SA.
- At the end of the board meeting, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones said: "In 2006, we succeeded in ensuring the smooth transition to a new Group management organisation. Under the dynamic leadership of Jean-Paul Agon, the year ended with a strong increase in all our results. This enables us to propose another substantial increase in dividend to the Annual General Meeting. Finally, I am very happy to welcome to the Board of Directors Mrs Annette Roux, a highly respected personality from the world of industry, who will strengthen its composition, independence and balance."
(1) Diluted net earnings per share based on net profit excluding non-recurrent items after minority interest
(2) Dividend to be proposed to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 24th 2007.
Sales up by +8.7%Group sales at December 31st 2006 amounted to € 15,79 billion, up by +8.7%. Currency fluctuations had a slightly negative impact of -0.2%. Excluding currency fluctuations, the sales growth rate was +8.9% for the full year 2006. The net impact of changes in consolidation amounted to +3.1%, mainly as a result of the acquisition of The Body Shop, consolidated from July 1st 2006 onwards. Like-for-like (i.e. based on a comparable structure and identical exchange rates), the growth in the group's total sales amounted to +5.8% at December 31st 2006 (+5.7% excluding The Body Shop).
- The news release of January 25th 2007 sets out in detail the activity of the cosmetics divisions and the geographic zones for 2006. This news release is available on the site www.loreal-finance.com and can be downloaded.
- The table of cosmetics sales by division and by geographic zone is provided in the appendix.
Further improvement in operating profit: +12.1%Consolidated profit and loss account
from sales to operating profit
The Body Shop, consolidated since July 1st, has an operating profile which is quite different from that of the L'OrÃ©al group as a whole. In the interest of visibility and comparability of performance, the table below sets out the operating items of LÂ’OrÃ©al, in 2006, with and without The Body Shop.
|€M||31.12.2005||As % of sales|| 31.12.2006
The Body Shop
|As % of sales|
|Sales||14,533||100 %||15,355||100 %|
|Costs of sales||- 4,347||29.9 %||- 4,414||28.7 %|
|Gross profit||10,185||70.1 %||10,941||71.3 %|
|Research and development expenses||- 496||3.4 %||- 531||3.5 %|
|Advertising and promotion expenses||- 4,367||30.1 %||- 4,718||30.7 %|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||- 3,009||20.7 %||- 3,153||20.5 %|
|Operating profit before Foreign exchange gains and losses||2,313||15.9%||2,539||16.5%|
|Foreign exchange gains and losses||- 47||0.3%||- 56||0.4%|
Â• Consolidated profit and loss account without The Body Shop:
|€M|| 31.12.2006 with
The Body Shop 2nd half
|As % of sales||Sales trend|
|Sales||15,790||100 %||+ 8.7 %|
|Costs of sales||- 4,569||28.9 %|
|Gross profit||11,221||71.1 %||+ 10.2 %|
|Research and development expenses||- 533||3.4 %|
|Advertising and promotion expenses||- 4,783||30.3 %|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||- 3,309||21.0 %|
|Operating profit before Foreign exchange gains and losses||2,596||16.4%||+ 12.3%|
|Foreign exchange gains and losses||- 55||0.3%|
|Operating profit||2,541||16.1%||+ 12.1%|
Gross profit increased very significantly and represents 71.3% of sales, compared with 70.1% in 2005. This improvement mainly reflects an enhanced value of the product mix, and our continuing industrial streamlining programmes.
Research and development expenses represented 3.5% of sales, compared with 3.4% in 2005.
Advertising and promotion expenses increased substantially, and represented 30.7% of sales compared with 30.1% in 2005.
Selling, general and administrative expenses represented 20.5% of sales, compared with 20.7% in 2005. Once again this year, this item is continuing its gradual improvement, reflecting constant efforts in both organisation and productivity.
Operating profit before foreign exchange gains and losses grew strongly by +9.8%. It reached 16.5% of sales, compared with 15.9% in 2005.
Foreign exchange losses amounted to € 56m in 2006, compared with € 47m in 2005.
After foreign exchange gains and losses, operating profit amounted to € 2,483m, up by +9.6% compared with 2005. It represented 16.2% of sales, compared with 15.6% in 2005.
Â• Consolidated profit and loss account with The Body Shop:
The structure of the profit and loss account of The Body Shop in the second half has a profile which is quite different from that of the L'OrÃ©al group. The consolidation of The Body Shop made a positive contribution to the groupÂ’s main operating items.
The groupÂ’s operating items with The Body Shop can be summed up as follows:
Sales reached € 15, 790 m, up by +8.7%.
Gross profit amounted to € 11, 221 m, up by 10.2 %.
Operating profit before foreign exchange gains and losses increased by +12.3% to € 2,596 m.
After foreign exchange gains and losses, operating profit grew by 12.1% to € 2,541 m that is 16.1% of sales.
Operating profit by branch and divisionEach and every division and branch improved its profitability in 2006 compared with 2005.
* Non-allocated = Central group expenses, fundamental research expenses, stock option expenses and miscellaneous items. As % of total sales.
|€M 2005||% of sales 2005||€M 2006||% of sales 2006|
|By operational division|
|Professional Products||406||19.7 %||443||20.8 %|
|Consumer Products||1,291||17.2 %||1,421||18.0 %|
|Luxury Products||723||20.2 %||776||20.6 %|
|Active Cosmetics||187||19.0 %||221||19.6 %|
|Cosmetics divisions total||2,609||18.4 %||2,860||19.1 %|
|Non-allocated*||- 396||-2.8 %||- 437||- 2.9 %|
|Cosmetics branch||2,212||15.6 %||2,423||16.1 %|
|The Body Shop 2nd half||-||-||58||13.4 %|
|Dermatology branch(1)||54||16.9 %||59||17.3 %|
|Group||2,266||15.6 %||2,541||16.1 %|
(1) Group Share: ie 50%
Because of the strong seasonality of its sales, the 13.4% profitability in the second half is not representative of The Body ShopÂ’s profitability over the full year.
Cosmetics branch: Operating profit of geographic zonesProfitability increased in all zones in 2006.
% of sales 2005
% of sales 2006
|Western Europe||1,415||21.0 %||1,527||21.8 %|
|North America||708||18.3 %||744||18.8 %|
|Rest of world||486||13.5 %||589||14.5 %|
|Cosmetics zones total||2,609||18.4 %||2,860||19.1 %|
Strong growth in net earnings per share: +14.7%Consolidated profit and loss account
from operating profit to net profit excluding non-recurrent items
* Diluted net earnings per share excluding non-recurrent items, after minority interests.
Body Shop 2nd half
|Finance costs||- 64||- 116|
|Other financial income (expenses)||-3||- 4|
|Share in net profit of equity affiliates||- 1||- 1|
|Profit before tax excluding non-recurrent items||2,370||2,638||+11.3%|
|Income tax excluding non-recurrent items||- 730||- 803|
|Minority interests||- 1||- 1|
|Net profit excluding non-recurrent items after minority interests (1)||1,639||1,833||+11.9%|
|EPS * (in euros)||2.60||2.98||+14.7%|
|Diluted average number of shares||630 892 470||615 723 220|
(1) Net profit excluding non-recurrent items after minority interests does not include capital gains and losses on disposals of long-term assets, impairment of assets, restructuring costs, associated tax effects or minority interests.
Finance costs amounted to € 116 m, higher than last year because of rising interest rates, the acquisition of The Body Shop and the continuation of the share buyback programme.
The dividends received from Sanofi-Aventis for 2005 amounted to € 217.5 m, an increase of +26.7%.
Profit before tax excluding non-recurrent items amounted to € 2,638 m, up by +11.3 %. Tax on profit excluding non-recurrent items amounted to € 803 m, representing an increase of +9.9%. The tax rate was down from 30.8% in 2005 to 30.4% in 2006.
Net profit excluding non-recurrent items after minority interests amounted to € 1, 833 m, up by +11.9%. After allowing for the positive impact of share buybacks, net earnings per share amounted to €2.98 per share, up by +14.7% compared with 2005.
Consolidated profit and loss account
from net profit excluding non-recurrent items to net profit
Non-recurrent items had a positive impact of € 228 m, compared with € 334 m in 2005. They consist mainly of additional amortization expenses of intangible assets, and the restatement of deferred tax linked to maintaining the stake in Sanofi-Aventis.
|Net profit excluding non-recurrent items after minority interests||1,639||1,833||+11.9%|
|Net profit after minority interests||1,972||2,061||+4.5%|
|Diluted earnings per share (€)||3.13||3.35||+7.1%|
After allowing for these non-recurrent items, net profit after minority interests amounted to € 2,061 m, up by +4.5% compared with 2005.
Strong growth in cash flow: +13.2%Cash flow at December 31st 2006 amounted to € 2,410 m, up by +13.2%. Working capital requirement was substantially lower in 2006. Capital expenditure remained stable at 4.7% of sales.
The group's net debt at December 31st 2006 totalled € 3,329 m, or 22.8% of shareholders' equity, an increase compared with the end of 2005, when it stood at € 2,217 m, or 15.1% of shareholders' equity.
Substantial increase in proposed dividend: +18%The Board of Directors has decided to propose that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of April 24th 2007 should approve a dividend of € 1.18 per share, representing an increase of +18% compared with 2005. The presentation of the 2006 consolidated financial statements will be available online on the Internet site www. loreal-finance.com from 9.30 a.m. on February 15th 2007, and available for downloading from 4 p.m. on the same day. "This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, LÂ’OrÃ©al shares. If you wish to obtain more comprehensive information about LÂ’OrÃ©al, please refer to the public documents registered in France with the AutoritÃ© des MarchÃ©s Financiers.
This news release may contain some forward-looking statements. Although the Company considers that these statements are based on reasonable hypotheses at the date of publication of this release, they are by their nature subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated or projected in these statements."
Contacts at L'OREALIndividual shareholders and market authorities
Mr Jean-RÃ©gis CAROF
Tel. : +126.96.36.199.83.02
Financial analysts and institutional investors
Mrs Caroline MILLOT
Tel. : +188.8.131.52.86.82
Fax : +184.108.40.206.80.02
Mr Mike RUMSBY
Tel. : +220.127.116.11.76.71
Annex : Sales by operating division and geographic zoneAt December 31st, 2006
At 4th quarter 2006
| Growth Life-for-like
| Growth Reported
At 31/12/06 (*)
|By operational division|
|By geographic zone|
|Rest of the world, of which:||4,065||+12.7%||+12.8%|
|- Latin America||1,021||+16.1%||+18.6%|
|- Eastern Europe||850||+22.0%||+24.8%|
|- Other countries||718||+8.5%||+4.5%|
|The Body Shop||435||+9.7%|
|At 4th quarter 06
4th quarter 06 (*)
4th quarter 06 (*)
|By operational division|
|By geographic zone|
|Rest of the world, of which:||1,089||+14.0%||+8.6%|
|- Latin America||277||+14.7%||+8.3%|
|- Eastern Europe||247||+23.9%||+25.0%|
|- Other countries||180||+11.0%||+1.5%|
|The Body Shop||263||+10.3%|