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Company Profile

Ticker: CL
Exchange: NYS
Year Established: 1923
Employees: 37,400
Fiscal Year Ends in December

Phone: 212 310-2000
Fax: 212 310-3284
Address: 300 Avenue Park
New York, NY 10022 United States

Types Of Business

Industry NAICS code: 325611

Toothpaste & Oral Care Products Manufacturer
Household Cleaning Products
Soap Products
Baby Care Products
Pet Food
Hair Products
Shaving Products
Industry Ranks
1. Unilever NV56,439,980,000
2. Unilever PLC56,439,980,000
3. Henkel18,536,780,000
4. Colgate Palmolive Co17,420,000,000
5. Reckitt Benckiser plc15,422,300,000
6. Ecolab Inc13,253,400,000
7. Kao Corporation11,099,630,000
8. SC Johnson & Son Inc9,100,000,000
9. Church & Dwight Company Inc3,194,300,000
10. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk2,438,164,000
Peter Brons-PoulsenCEO, Subsidiary/President, Subsidiary
Ian CookCEO/Chairman of the Board/Director/President
Dennis HickeyCFO
Thomas GreeneChief Information Officer/Other Executive Officer/Vice President
Nigel BurtonChief Marketing Officer
Patricia VerduinChief Technology Officer/Vice President
Victoria DolanController/Vice President
Franck MoisonCOO, Divisional
Fabian GarciaCOO, Divisional/COO, Geographical/COO, Subsidiary
Stephen SadoveDirector
Richard KoganDirector
Ellen HancockDirector
Delano LewisDirector
J ReinhardDirector
Joseph JimenezDirector
John CahillDirector
Helene GayleDirector
Michael PolkDirector
John HustonOther Corporate Officer/Senior VP
Stephen FogartyOther Executive Officer
Jennifer DanielsOther Executive Officer/Secretary
P. SkalaPresident, Divisional/President, Geographical
Noel WallacePresident, Geographical
Alexandre de GuillenchmidtPresident, Geographical
Mukul DeorasPresident, Geographical
Panagiotis TsourapasPresident, Geographical
Daniel MarsiliSenior VP, Divisional
Delia ThompsonSenior VP, Divisional
Elaine PaikTreasurer/Vice President
Andrew HendryVice Chairman
Michael CorboVice President, Divisional
Ronald MartinVice President, Divisional
Francis WilliamsonVice President, Geographical

Auditor: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Legal Advisor: Sidley Austin LLP

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Colgate), founded in 1806, is a consumer products company whose products are marketed in over 200 countries and territories throughout the world. The company manages its business in two product segments: oral, personal & home care and pet nutrition. Colgate oral care products include toothbrushes, toothpaste, tooth whitener, mouth rinses, dental floss and pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals. The segment also markets bar and liquid hand soaps, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, antiperspirants and shave products. The firm's Softsoap and Palmolive brands are two U.S. market leaders in liquid soaps. Other major products include household care products such as Ajax and Palmolive dishwashing liquids and Murphy's Oil Soap. Additional oral, personal and home care brands include Mennen, Irish Spring, Tom’s of Maine and Lady Speed Stick. Colgate also supplies specialty pet nutrition products for dogs and cats through subsidiary Hill's Pet Nutrition, with products marketed in over 95 countries. Pet foods are marketed primarily under the Science Diet and Prescription Diet trademarks. Science Diet is sold by authorized pet supply retailers, breeders and veterinarians for everyday nutritional needs, while Prescription Diet includes a range of therapeutic products sold by veterinarians to help nutritionally manage disease conditions in dogs and cats.
$USD, In whole numbers,
except marked * or %
    Cost of Revenue7,219,000,0007,153,000,0007,144,000,0006,360,000,0006,319,000,0006,703,500,000
    Gross Margin %58.5658.1357.3159.1458.7756.27
    R&D Expense - - - - - -
    Operating Income3,556,000,0003,889,000,0003,841,000,0003,489,000,0003,615,000,0003,020,700,000
    Operating Margin %20.4122.7622.9522.4223.5919.70
    SGA Expense6,223,000,0005,930,000,0005,758,000,0005,414,000,0005,282,000,0005,422,300,000
    Net Income2,241,000,0002,472,000,0002,431,000,0002,203,000,0002,291,000,0001,957,200,000
    Earnings Per Share2.412.602.492.232.271.91
    Book Value Per Share2.512.342.472.702.981.73
    Operating Cash Flow3,204,000,0003,196,000,0002,896,000,0003,211,000,0003,277,000,0002,238,300,000
    Capital Expenditure670,000,000565,000,000537,000,000550,000,000575,000,000683,500,000
    Free Cash Flow2,534,000,0002,631,000,0002,359,000,0002,661,000,0002,702,000,0001,554,800,000
    Return on Assets %16.4418.9320.3519.7521.7019.48
    Return on Equity %99.73108.3396.2878.3797.74102.21
    Net Margin %12.8614.4714.5314.1514.9512.77
    Assets Turnover1.281.311.401.401.451.53
    Financial Leverage6.026.125.364.183.785.73
Brands, Divisions and Affiliates
Prescription Diet
Tom’s of Maine
Lady Speed Stick
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Science Diet
Top Salaries
NameTitleSalary (US$)Bonus (US$)
Ian CookPresident/CEO/Chairman of the Board1,238,3330
Fabian GarciaCOO, Divisional/COO, Geographical/COO, Subsidiary891,3330
Franck MoisonCOO, Divisional/COO, Geographical825,1330
Andrew HendryGeneral Counsel/Secretary/Senior VP769,0670
Dennis HickeyCFO752,2080
Other Thoughts
Apparent Female Officers or Directors:
Corporate Culture
Employee benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; short- and long-term disability; life insurance; 401(k) with company match; profit sharing; a company funded retirement plan; and tuition assistance.