Nestle Malaysia’s net profit climbed 52.4% year-on-year (yoy) in its second quarter ending June 30 to RM189 million, thanks mostly to a lower effective tax rate. In a filing to the Bursa, Nestle also announced the group’s higher turnover of RM1.24 billion, an 8.2% increase from RM1.14 billion in the same quarter last year. For the six-month period, it registered a 31.3% increase in net profit, while revenue rose 5.4% to RM2.55 billion.
The food and beverage manufacturer attributes both its domestic and export businesses to the overall growth. Alois Hofbauer, managing director, Nestlé Malaysia, said in a statement that the domestic business was driven by strong marketing activities and new product launches “which saw the group continue to strengthen its market share position in its key product categories.”
Hofbauer added that innovation will be a key pillar in Nestle’s growth strategy going forward. New products launched this year include Nestle Omega Plus Milk with Oats, a new Nescafe Latte range, a new Maggi Royale Noodles variant, and additions to its ice cream range; the Nestlé Aiskrim Tradisi Potong, among others.
“We have always focused firstly on improving the efficiency in our end-to-end supply chain in order to keep our prices stable for our Malaysian consumers. Savings from these efficiencies are reinvested to fuel business growth,” Hofbauer said. Hofbauer added it expect that the second half of 2016 will continue to be tough, given volatile market conditions, more intense competition and overall global economic uncertainty.
A+M has reached out to Nestle Malaysia for more comments on its marketing strategy and plans.