Amsterdam / NL. (jde) JDE Peet’s N.V. (JDE), the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea group by revenue, reported its financial results for the first half 2022 – successfully navigating the macro backdrop, with another strong set of quality results. Key items:
- Organic sales up +15.7 percent (+19.7 percent reported), driven by +15.9 percent price and stable volume/mix of -0.2 percent
- Organic gross profit up +1.4 percent, coupled with increasing investments for growth (organic SG+A +4.2 percent)
- Organic adjusted Ebit down -2.1 percent to EUR 631 million
- Free cash flow increased to EUR 696 million; leverage at 2.78x incl. EUR 500 million share buyback
- Underlying EPS up +18.3 percent to EUR 1.05
- Amplifying progress on sustainability commitments, with step-change in responsible sourcing
- FY 2022 outlook confirmed
Chief Executive’s Commentary
CEO Fabien Simon: «Half-way through 2022, we delivered very well on our commitments, despite unprecedented economic and geopolitical disruptions, exacerbated by the tragic war in Ukraine. Our strong set of results is a testament to the resilient growth profile of JDE Peet’s, supported by powerful brands, leading market positions and talented teams around the world.
«We are successfully navigating through supply chain disruptions, pandemic effects and mounting inflation, while keeping course of our value creation agenda, centred around quality and inclusive revenue growth. E-commerce sales kept growing organically at a double-digit rate, as did revenue in the U.S. and in China in-home, while we are accelerating the store expansion there.
«Confronted with an exceptional level of cost inflation, we stepped-up efficiencies, and leveraged portfolio and revenue management. We implemented affordable price increases of less than 1 euro-cent per cup, on average. As a result, the absolute gross profit held up well year-over-year.
«Not only did we lead on pricing, delivered double-digit earnings growth per share and further increased our investments for growth, but we also amplified our sustainability agenda, with the ambition to elevate the industry standard, targeting 80 percent responsibly sourced coffee by the end of 2022.
«Based on the progress made in the first half of 2022, we remain confident to reach our full-year outlook, while we continue to navigate, with humility and agility, the unpredictable inflationary environment, geo-political unrest and ongoing effects of the pandemic.»
Advancing on Sustainability
Through its Common Grounds sustainability programme, JDE Peet’s has embarked on a journey built on authenticity, to support inclusive and regenerative behaviours from farm to cup and to embrace circular practices across the entire value chain. The sustainability programme consists of three pillars: Responsible Sourcing, fostering thriving agricultural supply chains; Minimised Footprint, to reduce the company’s environmental impact; and Connected People, to engage the company’s employees and its communities.
Through its responsible sourcing and supplier engagement programme, JDE Peet’s is committed to a sustainable supply of coffee and tea from various origins that supports farming communities’ vision of prosperity and contributes to healthy ecosystems. Under this programme, JDE Peet’s has significantly accelerated its journey towards responsibly sourcing 100 percent of its coffee by 2025 as the company substantially increased its responsibly sourced coffee target from 30 percent to 80 percent by the end of 2022.
JDE Peet’s also made good progress in reducing its carbon footprint. In the first half of 2022, for instance, the company increased the use of renewable electricity in manufacturing to more than 40 percent. In addition, the company further improved the gender diversity of the Board through the appointments of three female Board members during the 2022 AGM.
JDE Peet’s expects the business environment to remain volatile for the remainder of 2022 as input cost inflation, geo-political unrest and certain effects of the pandemic persist. Within this context, the company continues to expect to deliver double-digit organic sales growth, with disciplined pricing for inflation, while aiming for a stable level of gross profit compared to last year. The company will continue to invest in its people and strategic growth opportunities, while keeping a tight focus on other cost items, and expects to deliver free cash flow of at least EUR 1 billion.