Financial Highlights for the full year ended 31 December 2022 (FY22):
Financial Highlights for the quarter ended 31 December 2022 (Q4FY22):
SHAH ALAM, 23 February 2023 – Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad (the Group) has reported a net profit of RM317.0 million on the back of a revenue of RM2.4 billion, for the financial year ended 31 December 2022 (FY22).
This set of strong results was mainly driven by its focus on premiumisation and revenue management efforts. FY22 also enjoyed undisrupted operations as compared to the brewery shutdown in the previous year. This helped to deliver improved sales in both Malaysia and Singapore in 2022 when the Group celebrated fifty-years of Carlsberg beer local production in Shah Alam and the 175th anniversary of Carlsberg beer globally.
The Group’s earnings per share (EPS) for FY22 was 103.70 sen, an increase of 58%, versus 65.74 sen in FY21.
On the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2022 (Q4FY22), the Group registered a revenue growth of 13.0% to RM612.8 million, while net profit fell by 15.8% to RM60.1 million versus the corresponding quarter in 2021. These lower earnings were mainly attributed to one-off expenses pertaining to the disposal of the old bottling line, the prosperity tax in Malaysia, and a higher marketing spend given the earlier timing of the 2023 Chinese New Year (CNY).
The Group’s Sri Lankan-based associate company Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC also performed strongly, despite the political and economic challenges in the country.
The Board of Directors is pleased to recommend a final dividend of 25 sen per share, subject to the shareholders’ approval at the upcoming 53rd Annual General Meeting.
Together with the interim dividends declared for the first nine months of FY22 amounting to 63 sen per share, this brings the total declared and proposed dividend for FY22 to 88 sen per share, an increase of 57%, versus FY21.
The Group’s Managing Director Stefano Clini said: “We are proud to deliver a strong performance for the year 2022 thanks to impressive efforts by our employees in executing the final year of our SAIL’22 strategy and unwavering support by our business partners in driving growth in both on- and off-trade”.
“We are pleased that our mainstream brands returned to a year-on-year volume growth of 29% as Carlsberg’s ‘Celebration’-themed marketing campaigns around Chinese New Year, Kaamatan and Gawai Festivals, Carlsberg’s 175th Birthday, Carlsberg x Liverpool FC 30-year partnership, just to name a few, were executed with scale and impact. We continued accelerating premiumisation amongst discerning consumers via our 1664, Somersby Cider and Connor’s Stout Porter brands, resulting in a 32% growth momentum.”
“We are also pleased by our sustainability performance for FY22 and we are committed to further enhance our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programme – Together Towards ZERO and Beyond (TTZAB) that aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. TTZAB is our strategy to tackling climate change and our commitments to addressing ESG-related risks and opportunities. We took learnings from the materiality assessment we conducted last year and will prioritise our resources to deliver positive impacts on matters material to our business sustainability while contributing positively to our communities,” commented Clini.
In FY22, the Group, under its commitment towards ZERO Carbon Footprint, has achieved 100% use of renewable electricity with the purchase of I-REC, achieved ZERO waste to landfills since November 2022 and also purchased 18 electric forklifts with potential reduction of 194,000kg/year of CO2 emissions. On its ZERO Accidents Culture, the brewer is proud to have recorded 1,452 days of ZERO Lost-Time Accidents since January 2019.
Clini said: “2023 will certainly be another challenging year as global recession looms and rising inflation are expected to affect consumer sentiment. However, we are confident that our new strategy, SAIL’27, will continue to guide us in delivering sustainable long-term value creation for shareholders.”