UPFL financial results for Year Ended December 2012

At its meeting held on February 21, 2013 at 14:30 Hrs at Karachi, our Board of Directors approved the Audited Financial Results of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2012.

In a tough operating environment, sales growth slowed from 22% in 2011 to 19% in 2012. Growth of EPS also declined from 41% in 2011 to 16% in 2012 with gross margin down by 90 bps vs. previous year.

2012                                   2011

(Rupees in thousands)

Sales

5,861,096

4,940,251

Less: Cost of Sales

(3,633,950)

(3,015,502)

Gross Profit

2,227,146

1,924,749

Less : Distribution, Admin & Other Operating expenses

(1,234,534)

(1,059,977)

Add: Other Operating Income

73,820

82,582

Less: Restructuring Cost

-

(30,359)

Profit from Operations

1,066,432

916,995

Less: Finance Cost

(8,066)

(6,863)

Profit before Taxation

1,058,366

910,132

Less: Taxation

(343,194)

(293,437)

Profit after Tax

715,172

616,695

EPS-basic (Rupees)

116.14

100.15

Final Divinded

In view of the financial results for the year 2012, the Directors have recommended final cash dividend of Rs.66/- or ( 660%) per ordinary share of Rs.10/- each; in addition to the first Interim dividend of Rs.25/- per ordinary share and second interim dividend of Rs.25/- per ordinary share, already paid during the year. The total dividend for the year 2012 amounts to Rs.116/- (2011: Rs.100/-) per ordinary share. This will be payable to the Members on the number of ordinary shares held by them at the close of business on 18th April 2013.

Closure Of Share Transfer Books

The Share Transfer Books of the Company will be closed from 12th April 2013 to 18th April 2013 (both days inclusive) to determine the entitlement for the final dividend. The books will re-open on 19th April 2013. Transfers in good order, received at the Company’s Share Registration Office c/o Famco Associates (Private) Limited, State Life Building No.1-A, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi, by the close of business on 11th April 2013 will be treated in time for the purpose of payment of Final Dividend to the transferees.

Annual General Meeting

The Board has approved the convening of the next Shareholders Annual General Meeting for 18th April 2013 at 3.00 p.m. in Karachi.

Future Outlook

The business aims to continue on its journey of profitable growth. This will not be easy due to various external challenges i.e. law and order conditions, currency depreciation, inflationary pressure, employee attrition, poor GDP growth and competitive intensity.

Our understanding of consumers, access to Unilever’s global expertise, R&D capability / Innovations and better customer service will help us to counter the aforementioned challenges. Besides, we will continue to provide our consumers with better value products driven by strong brand equity. As a means to achieve this, we will also leverage our ability to attract, develop and retain the best talent in the country.

Sadia Dada

Unilever Pakistan Limited
Avari Plaza
Fatimah Jinnah Road
Karachi 75530

+92-21-3 566 0062

sadia.dada@unilever.com

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