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Grupo Bimbo prepares for a “transitional phase” amidst shifts in consumer behavior.

Grupo Bimbo prepares for a "transitional phase" amidst shifts in consumer behavior. Grupo Bimbo Food and Beverage Business
The bakery business Grupo Bimbo is poised for a “transitional phase” in 2024 as it gears up for further improvements in revenues and EBITDA. The Mexico-headquartered company expects to see “tailwinds” from easing commodity prices according to their management team. Sales and adjusted EBITDA are forecast to increase in the low-to-mid-single digit range in 2024, having reached unprecedented levels in value terms last year. This growth was helped by six acquisitions.“While we continue to see the benefit of lower commodities, this year will be marked by a transitional phase as we navigate through a diverse consumer environment, witnessing a blend of cautiousness in certain markets and resilience in some others,” chairman and CEO Daniel Servitje told analysts.

“Emphasising the significance and importance of diversification, our company is strategically positioned to navigate this environment,” Servitje said. “Throughout the year, our commitment to growth and improving our profitability will manifest through continuous investments in capex projects, fostering both expansion and productivity initiatives.”

Elsewhere in the 2023 results, the gross profit rose just 0.1% to 205.5bn pesos and operating income dropped 34% to 35.5bn. Grupo Bimbo’s net majority income slid 67% to 15.5bn pesos.

“However, operating income and net income were hit by an adjustment in 2022 for pensions, so-called multi-employer pension plans (MEPPs),” said CFO Diego Gaxiola. “Net income was also impacted by the disposal in 2022 of the Ricolino confectionery business to Mondelez International.”

Gaxiola added, “We will see some tailwinds this year coming from commodity prices, coupled with productivity benefits from past restructuring and capital investments.” He also noted that the first half will be comparatively “more complicated” due to the all-time high sales in the year-earlier period. The EBITDA margin is likely to contract in the opening six months of the year before a recovery in the back end, along with “higher top-line growth.”

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