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Colgate-Palmolive Company

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Colgate lagged the industry in the past month due to a bleak earnings outlook for 2019. The company expects strong sales growth in 2019 backed by accelerated investments in brands, higher pricing and strong innovation. However, earnings are likely to be soft owing higher raw material costs, increase in tax rate, and uncertainties in the global markets and currency rates. Colgate reported top and bottom line beat in fourth-quarter 2018, retaining its meet or beat earnings track record. Meanwhile, earnings and sales dipped year over year marred by unfavorable currency rates. Additionally, the company continued its soft margins trend, which is likely to persist in 2019. Nonetheless, favorable pricing aided organic sales growth in the fourth quarter, which should sustain in 2019. Furthermore, its innovation efforts marked by the re-launch of Colgate Total and Hill’s Science Diet, as well as expansion of the naturals range, remain impressive.

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