Published On 04/18/2018

Q3 FY18 Sales

Very good year-to-date sales: +6.3% organic growth

(reported: +0.2%)

Q3: +9.3% organic growth, enhanced by favourable phasing

Of chinese new year

Confirmation of FY18 guidance at top-end of range:

Organic growth in PRO c. +6%

Distribution of interim cash dividend: €1.01 per share on 6 july 2018

Evolution of dividend policy


Year-to-date Sales

Sales for the first 9 months of FY18 totalled € 7,059 million, with organic growth of +6.3%, driven by Emerging markets (+13%):
✓ continued dynamism in the Americas +6%: good performance in USA and acceleration of Latin America
✓ very dynamic Asia-RoW +10%, thanks to confirmed return to strong growth in China, India (partly favoured by low basis of comparison), Travel Retail and Africa Middle East
✓ Europe +2%: good momentum in Eastern Europe and stability in Western Europe (good performance in Germany and UK, but difficulties in Spain and France)
✓ diversification of sources of growth:
         o Strategic international Brands +7%: strong performance driven by Martell, Jameson and return to growth of Chivas
         o Strategic Local Brands +7%: dynamism driven largely by Seagram’s Whiskies (partly favoured by a low basis of comparison in India) but also strong double-digit performance of Olmeca / Altos
         o Strategic Wines: stability with continued strong results for Campo Viejo offset by adverse phasing (UK and Kenwood in the US)

Reported growth was +0.2% due to unfavourable FX over the period, mainly linked to the strengthening of the Euro, in particular vs. the USD.

Q3 Sales

Sales for the third quarter of FY18 were enhanced by CNY and Easter phasing3 and totalled € 1,977 million, including organic growth of +9.3% and reported growth of -0.5%. This comprised:
✓ continued dynamism in the Americas +6%: good overall performance
✓ Asia-RoW +18%: strong underlying performance enhanced by favourable CNY phasing in China and cycling demonetisation in India in FY17
✓ modest decline in Europe -1%: continued difficulties in Spain and France together with unfavourable shipment phasing in Russia and adverse basis of comparison in UK

Interim cash dividend

The Board of Directors meeting on 18 April 2018, under the chairmanship of Alexandre Ricard, decided to distribute an interim cash dividend of €1.01 per share for the current FY18 financial year. In line with Pernod Ricard’s standard practice, the interim dividend is equal to 50% of the total dividend paid out in the previous financial year. The ex-dividend date will be Wednesday 4 July 2018 and the interim dividend will be paid on Friday 6 July 2018.

Dividend policy evolution

Given the profit growth acceleration and debt deleveraging since FY16, Pernod Ricard’s Board of Directors is recommending an inflection of its dividend policy, to be decided at the AGM on 21 November 2018. It is recommending to progressively increase the dividend distribution over the next 3 years to c. 50% of Net profit from Recurring Operations, starting with FY18 (vs. the historical rate of c. 1/3.) The Group remains committed to value-creating M&A while retaining an investment grade rating.

As part of this communication, Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We have very strong year-to-date Sales growth at +6.3%. Our strategy is consistent and driving results, in particular in terms of diversifying the sources of growth. We confirm our FY18 guidance1 given to the market on 9 February 2018 at the top-end of the range, with organic growth in Profit from Recurring Operations of c. +6%2.”

Note: All growth data specified in this press release refers to organic growth (at constant FX and Group structure), unless otherwise stated. Data may be subject to rounding.
A detailed presentation of Sales for the third quarter of FY18 can be downloaded from our website:

To consult the appendices, please download the press release.


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Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.
Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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