By Joshua Kirby

 

Davide Campari-Milano NV said Tuesday that it is confident of maintaining profitability in the year ahead despite rising inflation, as it beat margin guidance for 2022.

The Italian drinks group booked adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of 569.9 million euros ($609 million,) rising 19% on year organically and in line with forecasts, according to a poll of analysts' estimates compiled by FactSet.

Sales rose 16% organically to EUR2.7 billion, with an adjusted operating margin that climbed to 21.1% from 20% previously. The maker of Aperol and Campari aperitifs had guided for a flat margin on the year.

Growth in sales and profitability had come via strong demand as well as pricing power, Chief Executive Bob Kunze-Concewitz said. For the year ahead, the group expects further brand momentum--including more price rises and premiumization in brown spirits--and to maintain its operating margin on an organic basis, despite the challenges posed by inflation.

Further ahead, Campari is confident of securing further top-line growth and expanding its margins, thanks to improvements its product-price mix, Mr. Kunze-Concewitz said.

To ensure demand is met, the group will invest to double its production capacity in key aperitifs, bourbon and tequila, he added.

The group will proposes a dividend of 6 European cents a share for 2022, unchanged from the previous year.

 

Write to Joshua Kirby at joshua.kirby@wsj.com; @joshualeokirby

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 21, 2023 05:34 ET (10:34 GMT)

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