Sales increased by 3.8 percent to 3,260 million euros / Strong organic sales growth of 5.6 percent / Operating profit (EBIT) increased by 7.0 percent to 321 million euros / Net earnings for the quarter up 9.0 percent to 217 million euros
Top ranking once again: As already in 2004, Henkel has taken first place as the company with the best sustainability and corporate responsibility performance in the consumer goods sector. This was the outcome of a survey conducted by the independent rating agency oekom research.
Sales increase of 11.4 percent to 3.048 billion euros / Strong organic growth of 5.9 percent / Operating profit (EBIT): + 11.7 percent to 295 million euros / Net earnings for the quarter up 10.1 percent to 185 million euros
Effective environmental protection and social responsibility are important foundations for business success. Henkel provides evidence of this in its most recent Sustainability Report, which was presented to the public today.
Henkel has been chosen by a jury composed of analysts and fund managers to receive the "Sustainability Congress Award 2006" of the Verein zur Förderung des Sustainability Gedankens e.V., an association dedicated to the promotion of the sustainability ethos. This distinction is conferred upon companies whose entrepreneurial activities are characterized throughout by especially sustainable practices. The award was presented to Henkel on March 15, 2006, during the 2nd Sustainability Congress in Bonn.
Henkel has sold shares in its South African business to BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) investor Vuya Investments (Pty) Ltd. Through this action, Henkel is showing support for an official government program - in place since 2004 - geared toward enabling the black population of South Africa to participate more fully in their country's economic activity.
The Dial Corporation, a company of the Henkel Group, completed the transaction to sell its Armour Foods business for 183 million US-Dollars to Pinnacle Foods. In fiscal 2005, sales of this business were about 230 million US-Dollars.
The Henkel Group generated sales and profits in fiscal 2005 markedly above the levels of the previous year. Sales rose by 13.0 percent and operating profit (EBIT) by 16.7 percent. All the Group's business sectors and regions contributed to this positive development. The proposal to the Annual General Meeting will be for an increase in dividends of 6 eurocents per share.
The Dial Corporation, a company of the Henkel Group, signed an agreement to acquire several well-known and successful body care brands from Procter & Gamble. Sales in 2005 of these brands amounted to about 275 million US dollars.
Sales grew 7.3 percent to 3,230 million euros / Further strong organic growth of 6.1 percent / Operating profit (EBIT): +21.2 percent to 359 million euros / Net earnings for the quarter: +23.4 percent to 248 million euros
The transaction signed in February enabling The Dial Corporation, a Henkel company, Scottsdale, AZ, USA to acquire several deodorant brands from The Gillette Company, a subsidiary of P&G, has now been consummated. Among these leading brands, which in 2005 generated sales of around 275 million US dollars, are Right Guard, Soft & Dri and Dry Idea.
The Henkel Group's results for fiscal 2005 substantially exceeded the previous year's, with sales up 13.0 percent and comparable operating profit (EBIT) increasing 16.7 percent. Henkel's free cash flow also significantly improved to 684 million euros. The group financial statements have already been audited.