Haleon Posts Tepid Q1 Sales As Demand For Some Products Cool Off

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Haleon Posts Tepid Q1 Sales As Demand For Some Products Cool Off

Consumer healthcare company Haleon reported first-quarter revenue slightly below market estimates as volumes declined due to retailer destocking in the US and cooling demand for some of its medicines after a surge last year.

The maker of popular household products such as Sensodyne toothpaste and pain-reliever Panadol, had earlier said that the first three months of 2024 would be impacted by a softer cold and flu season and a slowdown in painkiller Advil's sales in Canada, following a surge in demand last year.

Demand for medicines such as Contac and Fenbid, which benefited from pent-up demand in China last year after lockdown restrictions were lifted, have also cooled, impacting Haleon's quarterly sales growth.

Revenues stood at £2.92 billion (€3.42 billion) for the quarter ended 31 March, slightly missing expectations of £2.93 billion (€3.43 billion), according to a company-compiled consensus.

On a reported basis, revenue was down 2.2% on last year.


'The miss in volumes more than offsets a (played down) margin beat, outlook no change. We could expect the stock to be an under performer this AM,' Jefferies analysts said.

Shares in the FTSE 100 group fell 1.8% to 333.30 pence, to become one of the top losers on the blue-chip index. The stock has risen about 5% this year as of Tuesday's close.


Haleon, whose name is inspired by the merging 'Hale', which is an old English word that means 'in good health', and Leon which is associated with the word 'strength'.

It comprises assets from GSK and Pfizer and sells non-prescription drugs, vitamins and oral care products. It was spun-off from GSK in 2022.


Demand for its oral health products and multivitamins held steady during the reported quarter, and the company re-affirmed its full-year outlook outlined in February.

Adjusted operating profit grew 2.3% to £707 million (€827.8 million) in the first quarter.

Brian McNamara, chief executive officer of Haleon stated, “Looking ahead, we continue to expect the operating environment to remain challenging. However, we are confident that we are well positioned to deliver on both guidance for 2024 and over the medium term.”

On Tuesday (30 April), the firm disclosed plans to shut its UK production site which makes Sensodyne toothpastes by 2026, saying it was not longer viable to manufacture its products there.

News by Reuters, additional reporting by ESM.

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