Procter & Gamble Co. posted lower quarterly profit, amidst higher prices dampening sales volumes. It is among the first consumer product behemoths to report December quarter results.
For the three months ended Dec. 31, the company reported net income of $3.9 billion, or $1.59 per share, excluding items, lower than $4.22 billion, or $1.66 per share, a year earlier. The EPS were in line with analysts’ expectations (based on Refinitiv data).
Net sales fell -1% year-over-year to $20.77 billion, exceeding analysts' forecast of $20.73 billion.
P&G’s sales volumes decreased -6% in the three months ended Dec. 31 —the biggest quarterly drop in years. Each of the company’s five major business units underwent lower sales volume compared with a year earlier. P&G increased prices by +10% in the period, leading to a +5% growth in organic sales (which exclude currency fluctuations and acquisitions).
The company’s quarterly results were in line with consensus forecasts, according to estimates compiled by FactSet.
The Wall Street Journal reported that P&G finance chief Andre Schulten said that the company had anticipated the volume decreases and attributed half of the decline to a combination of P&G ending sales of all but essential items in Russia and retailer inventory reductions in the U.S., Europe and in China.
P&G projects growth in the consumer-products market will continue but slow to 3% to 4% growth, from a 5% to 6% range. Pricing is expected to continue to drive growth, while volumes are anticipated to decrease further, according to the company.