(Reuters) – Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) reported a 68 percent drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday, due to the sale of a chunk of its beauty brands to Coty Inc (COTY.N) last year and a charge related to the recent U.S. tax overhaul.
Shares of the company were down 1.4 percent in premarket trading.
The net income attributable to the company fell to $2.50 billion, or 93 cents per share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with $7.88 billion, or $2.88 per share, a year earlier.
The company said it took a net charge of $628 million for the quarter, the result of an estimated repatriation tax charge of $3.8 billion and a net deferred tax benefit of $3.2 billion.
Excluding that charge and other items, the company earned $1.19 per share, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.14 per share.
Net sales for the world’s largest consumer products maker by market value rose 3 percent to $17.4 billion, boosted by strong sales in its healthcare and beauty businesses.
Demand for Olay skincare products and its high-end SK-II brand drove sales in its beauty business, while its healthcare business gained from brisk sales of Oral-B toothbrushes and Vicks cough and cold products, which benefited from a colder-than-usual winter season.
Organic sales – which exclude acquisitions, divestitures and foreign exchange fluctuations- rose 2 percent, the company said in a statement.
Reporting by Siddharth Cavale and Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Supriya Kurane and Anil d’Silva
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