Sales: $3.3 billion
Sales: $3.3 billion for the year ended June 30, 2008.
Key Personnel: S. Curtis Johnson, chairman; Edward F. Lonergan, president and chief executive officer; Joseph F. Smorada, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Gregory F. Clark, senior vice president, global value chain; Stephen A. Di Biase, senior vice president and chief scientific officer, research development and engineering; James W. Larson, senior vice president, global human resources; John W. Matthews, senior vice president, corporate affairs/director of the office of the president; Scott D. Russell, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary; Nabil Shabshab, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; John Alexander, regional president, Americas; Pedro Chidichimo, regional president, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Moreno Dezio, regional president, Greater Asia Pacific.
Major Products: Cleaning and hygiene solutions and services that are used in commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. The company operates in six categories: food service, food processing, floor care, restroom/other housekeeping, laundry and industrial. Brands include: Complete, ShowPlace, SnapBack, Virex, Alpha HP, G-Force, Crew, Soft Care, Good Sense, Endbac, Signature, J-Fill, Taski, Jonmaster, Suma, DuBois, Dify and Divermite. In addition, the company owns other well-known brands such as Butchers, Johnson Wax Professional, U.S. Chemical, Drackett Professional, Teepol Prism and PurEco Certified Green Products (Europe), as well as the Greenguard-Certified Healthy High Performance Cleaning program (includes products, tools and procedures).
New Products: Norovirus Infection Control Kit, Daylight Cleaning program, ProSpeed floor finishing system.
Comments: Sales rose 9% last year, according to Johnson-Diversey. Europe accounted for 55% of sales ($1.8 billion), followed by North America, 20% ($679 million), Japan 9% ($311 million), Latin America 8% ($263 million) and Asia-Pacific 8% ($252 million).
In its Europe, Middle East and Africa markets, Johnson- Diversey’s net sales increased 4.3%, a rise primarily driven by increased pricing, the expansion of certain markets in Western Europe, as well as developing markets in Central and Eastern Europe and success with certain top customer accounts.
Sales in Latin America rose 10.4% with growth coming from most countries in the region. Approximately half of the increase was due to pricing with the remainder coming from volume growth, driven by the success of indirect channel partners and growth in the food and beverage sector.
Asia Pacific sales increased 7.7% on gains from most countries in the region. Volume growth contributed approximately two-thirds of this increase while pricing drove one third of the increase. Growth came via top customer growth and strong sales volume in certain key developing markets in the region, primarily in the food and beverage and the lodging sectors.
Sales increased just 1% in North America, due primarily to price increases. Those were partially offset by volume declines in other sectors due to customer consolidation and distributor inventory reduction.
Sales in Japan fell 3.2% due to choices made to exit certain non-core and/or underperforming accounts in both direct and indirect channels.
Last year, R&D expenditure rose 2% to $67.1 million.
In other news, in September 2008, JohnsonDiversey sold the assets of DuBois Chemicals to DuBois Chemicals, Inc. and DuBois Chemicals Canada, Inc., subsidiaries of The Riverside Company for approximately $69.7 million. Also in September, the company joined the WWF Climate Savers program, pledging to significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from their operations. Johnson- Diversey will invest $19 million over five years to achieve these commitments, but anticipates operational savings of $31 million during that time.
Similarly, the company noted that in the 10 weeks after the June 2008 launch of ProSpeed floor finishing system, customers reduced water use by more than 71,400 gallons and floor-finish waste by 8,200 gallons.
For the first quarter of 2009, sales declined more than 9% to $698 million. Net losses rose more than 30% to $28.6 million. Sales in North America fell nearly 8% to $154 million. Sales in Europe fell 11% to $379.4 million, while sales in Japan dropped 8% to $66.1 million. Sales in Latin America fell nearly 7% to $54.7 million and sales in Asia Pacific fell more than 14% to $54.2 million.