Outlook for the Henkel Group
We expect the Henkel Group to generate organic sales growth of 3 to 5 percent in fiscal 2014. Our expectation is that each business unit generates organic sales growth within this range.
In line with our 2016 strategy, we furthermore expect a slight increase in the share of sales from our emerging markets.
The starting point for our expected organic sales growth is our strong competitive position. We have consolidated and further developed this in recent years through our innovative strength, strong brands, leading market positions as well as the quality of our portfolio.
In recent years we have introduced a number of measures that have had a positive effect on our cost structure. Also in this year, we intend to con- tinue adapting our structures to constantly changing market conditions and to continue our strict cost discipline. Through optimization and standardization of processes and continued expansion of our shared services, we can pool activities and thus further improve our efficiency while simultaneously enhancing the quality of our customer service. Moreover, the optimization of our pro- duction and logistics networks will contribute to improving our cost structures.
These factors, together with the expected increase in sales, will have a positive effect on our earnings performance. Compared to the 2013 figures, we expect our adjusted return on sales (EBIT) to increase to around 15.5 percent, and that all business units will contribute to this improvement. We expect an increase in adjusted earnings per preferred share in the high single digits.
Furthermore, we have the following expectations for 2014:
- Moderate increase in the prices for raw materials, packaging, and purchased goods and services
- Restructuring charges at the level of the previous year
- Investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets between 500 and 550 million euros
Subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders’ Committee, future dividend payouts of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA shall, depending on the company’s asset and profit positions, as well as its financial requirements, amount to 25 percent to 35 percent of net income after non-controlling interests, and adjusted for exceptional items.
We are planning to increase our investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets to approximately 500 to 550 million euros in fiscal 2014. We will allocate the largest share of our budget to expanding our business in emerging markets.
Considerable investments are planned in the Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care business units for optimizing and expanding production in the Eastern Europe and Africa/Middle East regions. In the Adhesive Technologies business unit, the focus in 2014 will be on further expanding our production capacity in the emerging markets of Asia and Eastern Europe. In addition, investments in IT infrastructure will contribute substantially to optimizing our processes.