Reckitt sees sales of condoms and flu remedies jump

Reckitt sees sales of condoms and flu remedies jump and warns of recent worth spikes amid surging uncooked materials prices

  • Reckitt noticed a ten% jump in uncooked materials costs within the third quarter
  • Shares within the FTSE 100-listed company jumped over 5% this morning
  • Company noticed income rise amid sturdy sales of flu remedies and condoms 

Reckitt Benckiser Group stated it had seen a ten per cent rise in uncooked materials costs throughout its operations within the third quarter, in comparison with the eight to 9 per cent rise anticipated.

Chief monetary officer Jeff Carr stated he anticipated inflation to be ‘up a contact’ within the fourth quarter and presumably within the low double digits in 2022, however couldn’t estimate when these greater prices would subside.

‘There shall be one other spherical of pricing we’ll take to offset the inflation,’ chief govt Laxman Narasimhan stated.

Shares within the FTSE 100-listed company have jumped sharply right now and are at present up 5.6 per cent or 306.30p to 5,777.30p. A year in the past the group’s share worth was 7,002.00p, that means it has fallen by round 17 per cent prior to now year. The group is the highest riser on the FTSE 100 index at current.

Sales: Sales of Durex condoms and chilly and flu remedies have been sturdy within the third quarter, Reckitt stated

Domestos maker Unilever final week additionally warned of one other spherical of worth hikes to battle fierce inflation.

Reckitt upped its full-year forecast right now after having fun with bumper sales in the course of the third quarter. 

Higher vaccination charges and improved mobility in the course of the third quarter drove sturdy demand for chilly and flu remedies, and Durex condoms.     

The Dettol producer posted over £3billion in internet revenues within the three months to September, up 3.3 per cent on a like-for-like foundation in comparison with the identical interval final year. 

The company additionally boosted its full-year internet income like-for-like sales progress forecast to between 1 and 3 per cent, however cautioned that progress could be ‘softer’ within the fourth quarter. 

Sales of over-the-counter medicines rose greater than 20 per cent within the quarter, pushed primarily by Mucinex merchandise after a robust chilly and flu season noticed sales throughout most of its markets are available at or above 2019 ranges, it stated. 

Reckitt stored its adjusted working revenue margin forecast, excluding IFCN China, for the year within the vary of 22.7 per cent to 23.2 per cent.

Revenue: The Dettol producer posted over £3bn in internet revenues within the three months to September

Russ Mould, funding director at AJ Bell, stated: ‘There’s so much to love on this morning’s replace from Reckitt Benckiser. 

‘There is a notable hike in sales forecasts, impressively, each division has outperformed expectations and the company has maintained margin steerage regardless of the inflationary pressures and provide chain points which it, like all of its peer group are dealing with.

‘This is testomony each to the power of its manufacturers which have allowed the company to move by means of worth will increase to its prospects and to the continued transformation of the companies below CEO Laxman Narasimhan.’

He added: ‘However, the sale of its troubled Chinese toddler formulation business together with wider operational efficiencies has helped deal with Reckitt’s uneven efficiency.

‘Health and hygiene sales are additionally proving stickier than anticipated because it turns into clear we’re going to be residing with the virus for longer than some anticipated when profitable vaccines have been first developed.

‘And elevated mixing has additionally had the inevitable knock-on impact of that means we have to attain for these chilly and flu over-the-counter remedies.’


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