GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Q3'09 Sales rise by 17% and Profits up 13%

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare records robut growth for the quarter ending September 2009

                                   Q3 Sales rise by 17 %, Profits up by 13 %

Highlights for the quarter_______________________________________________________

    Sales and Profits register strong double-digit growth

    Significant investment in increasing availability and visibility of brands

    “Market growth led through investment in brands, focus on product innovations and expansion into new categories

    ? Sustained focus on efficient cost structure


Gurgaon, October 23, 2009: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSKCH) today declared its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2009.

Compared with the same period last year, Net Sales at Rs 495.06 crores recorded an impressive growth of 17% with PBT growing by 14% at Rs 88.35 crores and PAT at Rs. 60.02 crores growing by 13% for the same period.

“GSKCH’s strong performance this quarter has been led through significant investment in our brands, product innovation initiatives, expansion into new product categories and managing operating costs through cost efficiency measures. These will remain our key focus areas as we continue to drive for profitable growth” said Zubair Ahmed, Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd India.

In anticipation of meeting the dynamically evolving consumer needs and expectations, GSKCH’s growth strategy has been focussed on augmenting the product portfolio by introducing innovative new products and expanding to new categories. Consistent and significant investments have been made in driving distribution and visibility of our brands.

“GSKCH’s single-minded focus in the coming quarter will continue to be on top line growth through customer driven innovation in existing and new product categories and continuing our efforts to enhance cost efficiency of our operations,” Zubair Ahmed, added.


About GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.

GSKCH is an associate of GlaxoSmithKline plc. of the U.K, a global science based healthcare company. GSKCH has continually benefited from the technical and marketing inputs that have been available as a consequence of this association. GSKCH is the largest player in the health food drinks industry. The Company with its manufacturing plants located in Nabha, Rajahmundry and Sonepat has a total workforce of about 2700 people.

GSKCH has a strong marketing and distribution network in India comprising over 1,000 wholesalers and direct coverage of over 3,50,000 retail outlets. Its flagship product, Horlicks, is a widely regarded and highly respected brand for over 100 years. The Company also manufactures and markets Boost, Viva and Maltova and in addition markets and distributes a number of products in diverse categories, which include prominent household names such as Eno, Crocin and Iodex.

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