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Colgate Announces 4th Quarter 2017 Results

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today reported worldwide Net sales of $3,892 million in fourth quarter 2017, an increase of 4.5% versus fourth quarter 2016. Global unit volume increased 3.0%, pricing decreased 1.0% and foreign exchange was positive 2.5%. Organic sales (Net sales excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments) increased 2.0%.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2017 were $323 million and $0.37, respectively. Net income in fourth quarter 2017 included $61 million ($0.07 per diluted share) of aftertax charges resulting from the Company's Global Growth and Efficiency Program and a provisional charge of $275 million ($0.31 per diluted share) related to U.S. tax reform.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2016 were $606 million and $0.68, respectively. Net income in fourth quarter 2016 included $54 million ($0.06 per diluted share) of aftertax charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program and an aftertax charge of $7 million ($0.01 per diluted share) for a litigation matter.

Excluding charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program in both periods, the charge related to U.S. tax reform in 2017 and the charge for a litigation matter in 2016, Net income in fourth quarter 2017 was $659 million, a decrease of 1% versus fourth quarter 2016, and Diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2017 was $0.75, even with fourth quarter 2016.

Gross profit margin was 59.8% in fourth quarter 2017 versus 60.4% in fourth quarter 2016. Excluding charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program in both periods, Gross profit margin was 60.4% in fourth quarter 2017, a decrease of 40 basis points versus the year ago quarter, as higher raw and packaging material costs and lower pricing were partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 35.3% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2017 versus 33.7% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2016. Excluding charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program in both periods, Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 160 basis points to 34.5% of Net sales in fourth quarter 2017 as a result of increased advertising investment. Worldwide advertising investment increased 24% to $369 million versus $297 million in the year ago quarter.

Operating profit decreased to $924 million in fourth quarter 2017 compared to $955 million in fourth quarter 2016. Operating profit in both periods included charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program. Operating profit in fourth quarter 2016 also included a charge for a litigation matter. Excluding these items in both periods, as applicable, Operating profit was $1,011 million in fourth quarter 2017, a decrease of 3% versus fourth quarter 2016. Operating profit margin was 23.7% in fourth quarter 2017 versus 25.7% in fourth quarter 2016. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, as applicable, Operating profit margin was 26.0% in fourth quarter 2017, a decrease of 190 basis points versus the year ago quarter. This decrease in Operating profit margin was primarily due to an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of Net sales, reflecting increased advertising investment.

Net cash provided by operations year to date decreased to $3,054 million compared to $3,141 million in the comparable 2016 period, primarily due to the timing of income tax payments. Working capital as a percentage of Net sales increased to (2.0)% compared to (2.2)% in the year ago period, reflecting the Company's continued tight focus on working capital.

Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the fourth quarter results, "We finished the year with an acceleration of our top-line growth worldwide. Net sales in the fourth quarter increased 4.5% and organic sales grew 2.0%. This growth was driven by healthy volume increases across Latin America, North America and Europe.

"Advertising investment increased both absolutely and as a percent to sales versus year ago across every operating division in the fourth quarter and for the year. We intend to increase our advertising investment in 2018 and to maintain the continuity of that investment throughout the year in support of new products, our base businesses and longer-term consumption-building activities.

"Colgate's leadership of the global toothpaste market continued during the quarter with our global market share now at 43.3% year to date. Our global leadership in manual toothbrushes also continued with Colgate's global market share in that category now at 32.6% year to date."

Mr. Cook continued, "As we look ahead to 2018, while uncertainty in global markets and category growth worldwide remain challenging, we are maintaining our heightened focus on brand building and increased productivity. Based on current spot rates, we expect a mid-single-digit net sales increase and low to mid-single-digit organic sales growth in 2018, with improvement in organic sales growth versus the second half of 2017.

"On a GAAP basis, based on current spot rates and including the impact of the Global Growth and Efficiency Program, we are planning for a year of gross margin expansion and expect double-digit earnings per share growth, including the impact of U.S. tax reform.

"Excluding charges resulting from the Global Growth and Efficiency Program and the one-time charge related to U.S. tax reform in 2017, based on current spot rates, we are planning for a year of increased operating cash flow, gross margin expansion, increased advertising investment and low double-digit earnings per share growth, including the impact of U.S. tax reform. Reflecting the U.S. tax reform, we expect our 2018 tax rate to be in the range of 26% to 27%, both on a GAAP basis and excluding the impact of the Global Growth and Efficiency Program."

At 11:00 a.m. ET today, Colgate will host a conference call to elaborate on fourth quarter results. To access this call as a webcast, please go to Colgate's website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.

The following are comments about divisional performance for fourth quarter 2017 versus the year ago period. See attached Geographic Sales Analysis Percentage Changes and Segment Information tables for additional information on divisional net sales and operating profit.

North America (21% of Company Sales)

North America Net sales increased 1.0% in fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume increased 4.5% with 3.5% lower pricing, while foreign exchange was even with the year ago quarter. Organic sales for North America increased 1.0%.

Operating profit in North America decreased 2% in fourth quarter 2017 to $263 million, or 90 basis points to 33.0% of Net Sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit and an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was primarily driven by higher raw and packaging material costs and lower pricing, partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives and the Global Growth and Efficiency Program. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to higher overhead expenses and increased advertising investment.

In the U.S., Colgate widened its leadership in the toothpaste category during the quarter with its market share at 35.5% year to date. Successful new products include Colgate Total Clean-In-Between, Colgate Optic White Beauty Radiant, Colgate Sensitive Smart White and Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive toothpastes. In manual toothbrushes, Colgate widened its brand market leadership in the U.S. with its market share in that category at 40.7% year to date, supported by the success of Colgate Total 360° 4 Zone manual toothbrush.

New products succeeding in other categories include Colgate Total Advanced Health mouthwash, Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion and Softsoap Honey Creme & Lavender, Softsoap Blooming Jasmine & Plum and Irish Spring Pure Fresh body washes.

Latin America (25% of Company Sales)

Latin America Net sales increased 4.0% in fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume increased 4.0% with 1.5% lower pricing and foreign exchange was positive 1.5%. Volume gains led by Brazil and the Southern Cone and Andean regions were partially offset by volume declines in Mexico and Central America. Organic sales for Latin America increased 2.5%.

Operating profit in Latin America decreased 6% in fourth quarter 2017 to $284 million, or 310 basis points to 29.1% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit and an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was primarily due to higher raw and packaging material costs and lower pricing, partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to increased advertising investment and higher overhead expenses.

Colgate maintained its leadership in toothpaste in Latin America during the quarter, with market share gains in Mexico, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay. New products contributing to growth in the region include Colgate Luminous White XD Shine, Colgate Triple Action Xtra Freshness, Colgate Kids and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Alivio Complete Repair toothpastes. Colgate's leadership in the manual toothbrush category continued throughout the region, supported by the success of Colgate 360° Advanced manual toothbrush.

New products contributing to growth in other categories include Colgate Total 12 and Colgate Plax Ice Glacial mouthwashes, Protex Pro-Hidrata shower gel and bar soap, Palmolive Natural Secrets shower gel and bar soap, Lady Speed Stick Derma + Aloe antiperspirant, Suavitel Sweet Pleasures fabric conditioner, Axion Fusion Clean dish liquid and Fabuloso Complete liquid cleaner.

Europe (16% of Company Sales)

Europe Net sales increased 13.0% in fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume increased 6.0%, pricing decreased 2.0% and foreign exchange was positive 9.0%. Volume gains were led by France, Italy and Germany. Organic sales for Europe increased 4.0%.

Operating profit in Europe increased 7% in fourth quarter 2017 to $152 million, while as a percentage of Net sales, it decreased 140 basis points to 24.9% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by an increase in Gross profit, both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was primarily driven by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives, partially offset by higher raw and packaging material costs. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to increased advertising investment, partially offset by lower overhead expenses.

Colgate maintained its oral care leadership in Europe during the quarter, with toothpaste market share gains in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. Premium products succeeding in oral care include Colgate Enamel Strength, Colgate Natural Extracts and meridol Parodont Expert toothpastes and Colgate 360° Advanced Whole Mouth Health and Colgate 360° Advanced Max White Expert White manual toothbrushes.

Premium innovations succeeding in other categories include Sanex Zero% shower gels and deodorants, Palmolive Naturals with precious oils and Palmolive Gourmet shower gels, the Ajax Optimal 7 range of multi-benefit cleaners and Soupline Parfum Supreme line of fabric conditioners.

Asia Pacific (17% of Company Sales)

Asia Pacific Net sales increased 6.0% during fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume increased 1.0% with 1.5% higher pricing and foreign exchange was positive 3.5%. Volume gains in India were partially offset by volume declines in the Philippines and the Greater China region. Organic sales for Asia Pacific increased 2.5%.

Operating profit in Asia Pacific decreased 10% in fourth quarter 2017 to $197 million, or 520 basis points to 29.4% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by an increase in Gross profit, both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was primarily driven by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives, partially offset by higher raw and packaging material costs. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to increased advertising investment and higher overhead expenses.

Colgate continued its toothpaste leadership in the Asia Pacific region during the quarter, with market share gains in the Philippines. New products succeeding in the region include Colgate Naturals, Colgate Cibaca Vedshakti, Colgate Swarna Vedshakti, Colgate Active Salt, Colgate Dare To Love and Colgate Total Charcoal toothpastes.

New products succeeding in other categories include Colgate Slim Soft Advanced, Colgate Slim Soft Micro Silky, Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Spiral and Colgate Super Flexible manual toothbrushes, Protex Thai Therapy bar soap, Protex shower cream and Softlan Aroma Therapy fabric conditioner.

Africa/Eurasia (6% of Company Sales)

Africa/Eurasia Net sales increased 2.0% during fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume decreased 0.5%, pricing was even with the year ago period and foreign exchange was positive 2.5%. Volume declines in Turkey and the North Africa/Middle East region were partially offset by volume gains in Russia and the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Organic sales for Africa/Eurasia decreased 0.5%.

Operating profit in Africa/Eurasia decreased 6% in fourth quarter 2017 to $45 million, or 160 basis points to 18.4% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit, partially offset by a decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was mainly driven by higher costs, which were primarily driven by higher raw and packaging material costs, which included foreign exchange transaction costs, partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives. This decrease in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to lower overhead expenses, which were partially offset by increased advertising investment.

Colgate continued its toothpaste leadership in Africa/Eurasia during the quarter, with market share gains in South Africa, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Kazakhstan. Successful products contributing to sales in the region include Colgate Ancient Secrets, Colgate Total Pro Visible Action and Colgate Optic White Extra Power toothpastes, Colgate Slim Soft, Colgate Zig Zag Charcoal and Colgate Double Action manual toothbrushes and Palmolive Gourmet and Palmolive Luminous Oils shower gels.

Hill's Pet Nutrition (15% of Company Sales)

Hill's Net sales increased 2.5% during fourth quarter 2017. Unit volume was even with the year ago period, pricing increased 0.5% and foreign exchange was positive 2.0%. Volume gains in the United States and Australia were offset by volume declines in Japan, France and South Africa. Hill's organic sales increased 0.5%.

Hill's Operating profit decreased 1% in fourth quarter 2017 to $172 million, or 110 basis points to 29.0% of Net sales. This decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was primarily due to a decrease in Gross profit and an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was mainly driven by higher costs, which were primarily driven by higher raw and packaging material costs, partially offset by cost savings from the Company's funding-the-growth initiatives. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was due to higher overhead expenses and increased advertising investment.

Successful products contributing to sales in the U.S. include Hill's Prescription Diet k/d and k/d + Mobility, both with Enhanced Appetite Trigger (E.A.T.) technology, Hill's Prescription Diet Derm Defense, Hill's Prescription Diet i/d for digestive care, Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality, Hill's Science Diet Urinary and Hairball Control and Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight.

Successful products contributing to sales internationally include Hill's Prescription Diet i/d, Hill's Prescription Diet k/d and k/d + Mobility, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary, Hill's Prescription Diet Derm Defense, Hill's Science Diet Small & Mini and Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality.

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