Oral care innovations help drive Colgate-Palmolive’s quarterly earnings
NEW YORK Colgate-Palmolive experienced a strong third quarter as its global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes reached record highs year-to-date, the company announced on Thursday.
"Overall, we are very pleased with our solid results this quarter, despite aggressive competitive activity and difficult economic conditions around the world," stated Ian Cook, chairman, president and CEO.
"Colgate’s global market shares in toothpaste and manual toothbrushes are both at record highs year to date. Colgate’s share of the global toothpaste market strengthened to 44.2% year-to-date, led by share gains in Brazil, China, India, Venezuela, France, Greece and the United Kingdom," Cook added. "Colgate also strengthened its global leadership in manual toothbrushes, with its global market share in that category reaching 31.5% year to date, up 1.6 share points versus a year ago."
Worldwide sales were $3.9 billion, down 1.5% compared with the year-ago period. Organic sales grew 3%. Net income increased 5% to $619 million, and diluted earnings per share rose 8% to $1.21. North American sales grew 2% during the quarter, as organic sales grew 1.5%.
In the United States, new product launches across all price points contributed to growth in oral care, including Colgate Triple Action, Colgate Sensitive MultiProtection and Colgate Max White with Mini Bright Strips toothpastes, the company stated. Its share of the manual toothbrush market reached a record 33.5% year to date, up 1.8 share points versus a year ago.
The company added that a major relaunch of Colgate Total toothpaste is just getting under way in the United States, with upgraded packaging that includes new graphics and a redesigned stand-up cap. The relaunch will be supported with a new integrated marketing campaign and new communications to dental professionals, both focused on highlighting the 12-hour antibacterial protection of Colgate Total toothpaste.
WSJ: OPI may be looking to sell
NEW YORK There’s talk that nail polish company OPI Products is looking to sell itself for at least $900 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
OPI reportedly is in discussions with several parties, including Coty and private-equity firm Bain Capital, according to WSJ, which cited "people familiar with the matter."
Harris Shepard Public Relations, which represents OPI, stated: "The rumors about the sale of OPI have persisted for years. Other than that, [we] have no comment. Thank you."
WSJ reported that Bain didn’t respond to its request for a comment, and Coty stated that it "had no news to report at this time."
Citing Euromonitor International data, WSJ reported that OPI’s products held roughly 6% of the U.S. market last year.
Coming to a Walmart near you: Justin Bieber’s My World line
NEW YORK Pop star Justin Bieber has teamed up with Etoile Nation Beauty to develop a collection of fragrance-infused accessories that will be sold at Walmart.
The My World collection includes collectible wristbands and dog tags infused with a fragrance selected by Bieber. Top notes of bergamot, lychee and pomegranate create a unisex scent. For an encore performance: cedar glimmers against a backdrop of musk, creating the signature scent.
There are four Bieber-inspired designs:
- Icon: Uses symbols to represent his lifestyle and the youth culture he influences;
- Energy: Captures the excitement of a Bieber My World concert, with graphics inspired by the classic Bieber pose;
- Tour: A perfect concert memento with featured tour cities; and
- Web: Imagery from his personal homepage.
My World is slated to hit Walmart shelves on Black Friday. The suggested retail price is $10.