HIGHLIGHTS FROM P&G'S PRESENTATION AT THE CONSUMER
ANALYST GROUP OF NEW YORK (CAGNY) CONFERENCE 2020
Today, P&G’s Chairman, President and CEO David Taylor and Vice Chairman, COO and CFO Jon Moeller spoke at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference, a high-profile meeting of investors and analysts who follow consumer goods companies, attended by P&G and many of our global competitors each year.
Jon shared a short recap of Company results as reported in January, reminding investors that the first half of FY20 was a strong start to the year in sales, earnings per share, and cash generation.
Then David reminded the audience how four years ago at CAGNY 2016 we first laid out P&G’s plans to return to growth and value creation. The results we’ve achieved flow directly from this strategy.
- We’ve focused our portfolio in 10 categories – in daily-use products where performance drives brand choice.
- We’re extending our margin of superiority in product, package, brand communication, retail execution and consumer/customer value.
- We’re driving productivity improvements to fund our investments and improve profitability.
- We’re leading constructive disruption across the value chain in our industry in order to
- We’ve created a more focused, agile, and accountable organization operating at the speed
of the market.
Our progress in each area is evident in our strong results, and we highlighted examples of how superiority and constructive disruption, funded by productivity and enabled by our new organization design and culture, are helping us deliver against our objective of sustainable, balanced growth.
Jon also delivered to investors an update on the currently anticipated impact of the Coronavirus on P&G, as we continue to address this challenge, as follows:
“We face the demand and supply challenges associated with the coronavirus outbreak. China is our second largest market—sales and profit. Store traffic is down considerably, with many stores closed or operating with reduced hours. Some of the demand has shifted online but supply of delivery operators and labor is limited. There are also impacts outside of China: travel retail, a significant reduction in department store traffic in many Asian metro areas, and global supply. We access 387 suppliers in China that ship to us globally more than 9,000 different materials, impacting approximately 17,600 different finished product items. Each of these suppliers faces their own challenges in resuming operations. The operating challenges change with the hour, and of course the path of the virus is unknown, making it very difficult to provide precise estimates of impact.
Results for the January to March quarter in China and for the total Company will be materially impacted on both the top and bottom line by these dynamics.
We continue to believe, based on what we know today, that our fiscal year top and bottom line guidance ranges—and I emphasize ranges—remain the right ones. We will continue to monitor the situation and obviously update you if and when a different reality becomes apparent.
The best response to each of the uncertainties and sources of volatility we face is to double down on the integrated set of strategies that we have put in place over the last several years, which are driving the strong results we shared this morning.
These integrated and mutually reinforcing strategies position us well within our industry to deal with near-term macro, operational, and competitive challenges. They are a foundation for strong, balanced growth and value creation over the short, mid, and long term.
The best response is to push forward, not to pull back. And that is exactly what we intend to do.”
The replay of P&G’s full CAGNY presentation is available at www.pginvestor.com/event, and a one-pager of highlights from our presentation is available below.
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