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Nestlé Outlines Value Creation Plans

Nestlé Outlines Value Creation Plans
September 27
15:52 2017

Nestlé has outlined its strategy for sustainable value creation and detailed how it will reach its mid-single digit organic growth target by 2020. The world’s largest food group has also raised its underlying trading operating profit margin target from 16.0% in 2016 to 17.5% to 18.5% by 2020.

Nestlé plans to accelerate organic sales growth, building on its industry-leading volume growth, by capitalizing on recent key consumer trends in categories and markets around the world. Food and beverages remain core to the company’s strategy, with a continued focus on nutrition, health and wellness enabling the company to meet changing consumer demands. Nestlé’s strategy balances growth with increased cost discipline and margin expansion as well as improved capital efficiency.

Mark Schneider, chief executive of Nestlé.

Mark Schneider, chief executive of Nestlé, explains: “Nestlé has a strong foundation, a clear path forward and a bright future. We have a proven track record of delivering sustainable, industry-leading performance. In line with today’s accelerating pace of change, we are intensifying our focus on innovation, operational efficiency, and portfolio management. We will grow by remaining at the forefront of consumer trends and offering the brands and products to meet people’s changing needs, especially their demand for a better, healthier life.”

Nestlé will continue to pursue a value creation model that balances growth in earnings per share, competitive shareholder returns, flexibility for external growth, and access to financial markets. The company will increasingly focus capital spending on advancing the high-growth food and beverage categories of coffee, petcare, infant nutrition and bottled water. It will also build on its strong position in emerging markets and pursue growth opportunities in consumer healthcare.

Nestlé will pursue external growth opportunities that fit within targeted categories and geographies, deliver attractive returns, and build on the company’s leadership positions. Nestlé is actively adjusting its product portfolio in line with this strategy, as shown by the recent investments in Blue Bottle Coffee, Sweet Earth, and Freshly, as well as the decision to explore strategic options for its US confectionery business.

In June 2017, the company announced its intention to make an additional SFr20 billion (€17.5 billion) available for M&A and share buybacks over the next three years. In light of its strong cash generation, Nestlé intends to accelerate buybacks by spreading them evenly over three years. The buyback will augment Nestlé’s previous return of over SFr100 billion to its shareholders over the last 10 years, including SFr43 billion as share buybacks.

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