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Pernod Ricard Q1 gross sales beat forecasts on robust demand in China, U.S.

  • Q1 gross sales 2.72 bln euros, up 20% l-f-l vs est. 15.7%
  • China gross sales up 22%, U.S. gross sales up 9%
  • Expects good gross sales progress by means of 12 months although moderating vs Q1

PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – French spirits maker Pernod Ricard (PERP.PA) stated it anticipated good gross sales progress to proceed by means of its 2022 fiscal 12 months, though it may reasonable a contact, after robust demand in China, the United States and India helped it ship a forecast-beating 20% progress within the first quarter.

Pernod, the world’s second-biggest spirits group behind Diageo (DGE.L), stated consumption by individuals staying at house remained resilient, whereas the re-opening of bars and eating places additionally lent help. Travel retail was nonetheless subdued though the corporate benefited within the quarter from a low comparability base.

Pernod Ricard’s fiscal 12 months began on July 1.

“We give a qualitative guidance. We are confident but we need to go through Christmas and the Chinese New Year (to have more visibility),” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Ricard advised Reuters by cellphone, when requested if he was snug with common analysts expectations of 9.7% gross sales progress for the total 12 months.

Pernod anticipated “good sales growth to continue through the year”, he stated. It benefited within the first quarter from a low year-earlier comparability base, which might progressively develop into much less beneficial, Ricard added.

Despite the robust gross sales beat, Pernod shares have been off 0.8% at 197.30 euros.

For the primary quarter ended Sept. 30, Pernod – which owns Martell cognac, Mumm champagne and Absolut vodka – reported gross sales of two.718 billion euros ($3.17 billion), a like-for-like rise of 20%. The market had anticipated a 15.7% gross sales rise.

The robust begin to the 12 months mirrored in a 9% gross sales bounce within the United States, Pernod Ricard’s high market, with good replenishment forward of the festive season and a rebound in demand for Jameson Irish whiskey as bars and eating places reopened after COVID restrictions have been eased.

In China, gross sales jumped 22%, pushed by demand throughout the Mid-Autumn Festival and Martell cognac value hikes.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival went well and our inventory level is healthy,” Ricard stated.

China contributes round 9% to Pernod’s gross sales and is its second-largest market.

Global journey retail gross sales rose 55% year-on-year, returning to progress in all areas and benefiting from a really beneficial comparability base.

($1 = 0.8583 euros)

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Christopher Cushing

Bottles of the Ricard aniseed-flavoured alcoholic drink displayed during French drinks maker Pernod Ricard's news conference to announce annual results in Paris, France, August 29, 2018.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo