Announcing our 2023 Preliminary Results

1 Aug 2023
Johnnie Walker Blonde with friends

Debra Crew, Chief Executive, said:

“We have delivered strong fiscal 23 full-year results, with organic net sales growth of 6% and organic operating profit growth of 7%, both within our medium-term guidance. We expanded organic operating margin by 15 basis points in a challenging cost environment while continuing to invest in the business. These results demonstrate Diageo’s ability to consistently deliver resilient performance, even in challenging macro environments. I want to thank my colleagues, nearly 30,000 globally, for their dedication, creativity and agility in delivering these results. I am also proud of how our Diageo family has come together in recent weeks following the loss of our much loved and respected former CEO, Sir Ivan Menezes.

In fiscal 23, we drove double-digit organic net sales growth in scotch, tequila, and Guinness, with our premium-plus brands contributing 57% of overall organic net sales growth. We delivered strong growth in four of our five regions, with Europe and Asia Pacific growing double-digit. North America delivered stable performance as the US spirits industry continued to normalise post-pandemic, and we lapped strong comparators, particularly in the second half of fiscal 23. Globally, we gained or held share in over 70%(1) of total net sales value in our measured markets in fiscal 23.

Our culture of everyday efficiency and strong pipeline of productivity initiatives drove £450 million of savings in fiscal 23, fuelling sustained investment in brand building. Our revenue growth management capabilities, deep consumer insights, and smart reinvestment enabled us to take strategic pricing actions with precision and effectiveness. Through free cash flow delivery, we increased our capital expenditure, acquired a number of brands to strengthen our exposure to attractive categories and bolstered our investment in maturing stock in fiscal 23, positioning us well for sustainable, long-term growth.

Looking ahead to fiscal 24, I expect operating environment challenges to persist, with continued cost pressure and ongoing geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty. This requires us to move with greater speed and agility. My near term opportunities to drive the business focus on bolder and faster innovation, stepping up operational excellence to meet consumers' evolving tastes and preferences while driving scotch, tequila and Guinness.

Fiscal 24 marks the start of Diageo's next stage of evolution, and it is an incredible privilege to be leading the company through it. I believe total beverage alcohol (TBA) is an attractive sector underpinned by strong consumer fundamentals, including population growth, increased spirits penetration, and resilience in premiumisation globally. I see a long runway of future growth opportunities for Diageo to go after with our winning strategy. And, I firmly believe we have an advantaged portfolio to capitalise on, to drive sustainable long-term growth and generate value for shareholders. I am excited to work with our teams around the world to capture the opportunities ahead.”

(1) Internal estimates incorporating Nielsen, Association of Canadian Distillers, Dichter & Neira, Frontline, INTAGE, IRI, ISCAM, NABCA, Scentia, State Monopolies, TRAC, IPSOS and other third-party providers. All analysis of data has been applied with a tolerance of +/- 3 bps. Percentages represent percent of markets by total Diageo net sales contribution that have held or gained total trade (on and off trade) share fiscal year to date. Measured markets indicate a market where we have purchased any market share data. Market share data may include beer, wine, spirits or other elements. Measured market net sales value sums to 87% of total Diageo net sales value in fiscal 23. Effective fiscal 23, market share now reflects total on and off trade.

View our 2023 Preliminary Results Documents:

2023 Preliminary Results press release

2023 Preliminary Results webcast

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