Church & Dwight Co Inc (NYSE: CHD) reported second-quarter (Q2) 2023 sales growth of 9.7% year-on-year to $1.45 billion, beating the consensus of $1.42 billion.
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Adjusted EPS of $0.92 beat the analyst consensus of $0.79. Net sales from Consumer Domestic increased 12.3% Y/Y to $1.12 billion, Consumer International rose 4.9% to $241.9 million, and Specialty Products slipped 6.5% to $84.1 million. According to the Yahoo Finance Website, net sales were hurt by currency headwinds to the tune of 1.2%. Organic sales were up 6.1%, driven by favorable pricing and product mix of 5.5% and higher volumes to the tune of 0.6%. Organic sales growth was fueled by BATISTE, OXICLEAN, STERIMAR and WATERPIK.
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Sales in the segment dropped 6.5% to $84.1 million. Organic sales fell 6.5% due to soft volumes (down 4.2%) and a reduced price/mix (down 2.3%), mainly due to the dairy business as low-priced imports were back to the U.S. market.
The gross margin increased 270 basis points to 43.9% due to improved pricing, productivity, and the impact of the HERO acquisition, net of higher manufacturing costs. Adjusted Income from Operations was $300.9 million or 20.6% of net sales (margin up 80 basis points vs prior year). The company exited the quarter with cash and equivalents worth $396.9 million. Long-Term Debt as of quarter-end was $2.4 billion.
Church & Dwight raised FY23 adjusted EPS forecast To $3.15, representing 6% growth (Prior View: 2%-4%). The consensus stands at $3.11. The company increased its FY23 net sales growth outlook from 6%-7% to ~8%. CHD boosted FY23 organic sales growth guidance from 3%-4% to ~5%. The company projects the full-year gross margin to expand by approximately 200 basis points (prior view: 120 bps). CHD predicts a double-digit percentage increase in gross profit in FY23.
CHD ended the quarter with cash on hand of $396.9 million and total debt of $2.4 billion. For the six months ended Jun 30, 2023, cash from operating activities was $509.2 million. Capital expenditures were $24.4 million in the same time frame. The company expects about $250 million in capital expenditures for 2023. It still anticipates annual capital expenditures to return to nearly 2% of sales in 2025. For 2023, Church & Dwight raised its expectation of cash flow from operations from $950 million to around $1 billion.
For the third quarter of 2023, Church & Dwight expects a roughly 8% increase in reported sales. Organic sales are estimated to rise nearly 4%. Management expects to witness gross margin expansion in the quarter, alongside expecting a significant rise in marketing and SG&A spending. It also expects a higher tax rate in the third quarter.
Consequently, management expects adjusted EPS of 66 cents, indicating a 13% drop from the year-ago quarter’s adjusted EPS. This is because investment spending is more skewed toward the third quarter. Reported EPS is likely to be 63 cents in the third quarter.
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Edited by Eunice Anyango Oyule and Judy J. Rotich