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Essity is the world’s second largest supplier of consumer tissue.
Essity’s offering includes toilet paper, household towels, handkerchiefs, facial tissues, wet wipes and napkins. Products are sold under brands such as Edet, Lotus, Regio, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. In Europe, Essity also sells products under retailer brands. Products sold under Essity’s own brands account for about 66% of net sales, while the remaining 34% are sold under retailer brands. Distribution channels are the retail trade and online sales.
At the end of 2018, Consumer Tissue had production at 47 sites in 19 countries.
Net sales increased 7.4% to SEK 45,125m (42,014). Organic net sales, which exclude exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, increased 2.6%, of which volume accounted for –1.1% and price/mix for 3.7%. The increase was mainly attributable to Asia and Europe. Organic net sales increased 0.7% in mature markets. In emerging markets, which accounted for 44% of net sales, organic net sales increased by 5.0%. Acquisitions relating to the increase in the shareholding in associates in Latin America increased net sales by 0.5%. Exchange rate effects increased net sales by 4.3%.
Adjusted operating profit before amortization of acquisition- related intangible assets (adjusted EBITA) decreased 18% (22% excluding currency translation effects and acquisitions) to SEK 3,331m (4,084). Higher prices and a better mix as well as cost savings positively impacted earnings. Higher raw material and energy costs as well as higher distribution costs negatively impacted earnings. The significantly higher raw material costs were mainly the result of higher pulp prices.* Excluding exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments.