Coloplast delivers solid start to the year with 8% organic growth

Humlebaek, DENMARK

Coloplast delivered 8% organic growth and EBIT increased by 8% to DKK 1,297m, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 30%, in the first quarter of the 2018/19 financial year. The company maintains its financial guidance for 2018/19.

Coloplast delivered 8% organic revenue growth in the first three months of the 2018/19 financial year, while reported growth in Danish kroner was up by 9% to DKK 4,321m. Currency developments reduced revenue by less than 1%, and revenue from acquisitions contributed 1%.

Organic growth rates by business area were 8% in Ostomy Care, 8% in Continence Care, 9% in Interventional Urology, and 11% in Wound & Skin Care.

Looking at sales by geography, the European markets contributed with 6% growth, Other developed markets delivered 10% revenue growth, while Emerging Markets provided a 14% increase.

  • “We maintain solid growth rates across all geographical regions and business areas. I would like to highlight our strong performance in Europe driven by new product launches and our Wound Care business delivering 10% organic growth driven by the Biatain® Silicone portfolio in UK and France. Our organic revenue growth is twice the market growth, and we maintain our guidance for 2018/19. In short, we are off to a good start to the financial year,” says newly appointed Coloplast CEO Kristian Villumsen. 

Investments in further growth
Coloplast continued its incremental investments in growth of up to 2% of revenue during the first quarter. Investments were made in innovation as well as sales and marketing initiatives across multiple markets and business areas.

In addition, Coloplast is expanding its SpeediCath® portfolio with the launch of SpeediCath® Navi. SpeediCath® Navi is a hydrophilic catheter designed specifically for Emerging Markets and it will be launched during 2019 and 2020.    

  • “As part of our investments in Emerging Markets, we’re proud to be able to offer a product developed specifically for catheter users in this region. Our aim is to raise the standard of care and to accommodate markets with lower reimbursement.  I’m confident that SpeediCath® Navi will make a big difference to our users, while giving Coloplast a strong competitive edge,” says Mr Villumsen.

Financial guidance for 2018/19
Coloplast continues to expect organic revenue growth of ~8% at constant exchange rates and a reported growth in DKK of 8-9%.

Coloplast continues to expect an EBIT margin of 30%-31% at constant exchange rates and a reported EBIT margin of ~31% in DKK.

Lina Danstrup
Senior Media Relations Manager, Corporate Communications
+45 49 11 26 07

Ellen Bjurgert
Vice President, Investor Relations
+45 49 11 33 76

Financial highlights and key ratios (DKKm)2018/19
EBIT margin (in DKK)30%31% 
Profit for the period9919405%

Sales performance by business area
Organic growthReported growth
Ostomy Care1,7361,6138%8%
Continence Care1,5791,4358%10%
Urology Care4794349%11%
Wound & Skin Care52747311%11%

Financial guidance

Guidance for 2018/19Guidance for 2018/19 (DKK)
Sales growth~8% (organic)8-9%
EBIT margin30-31% (at constant exchange rates)~31%
Capital expenditure-~750
Tax rate-~23%