Blood products company, CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) has today reported a full year net profit of $983m, up 4.5% over the previous year. In constant currency terms, profit was up 16%, but the strong Australian dollar reduced the profit by $108m.
Sales revenues were up 7%, while earnings per share was up 9% to $1.89, thanks to the company’s ongoing share buyback, which CSL has suggested maybe increased by a further $900m, once the current program has been completed. The company still has around $207m left of its existing buyback. In the last three years, CSL has spent more than $3 billion buying back shares.
Research and development expenditure rose 13% in constant currency terms, to $355m, as CSL continues to invest in future blood plasma products. Its existing business appears to be doing exceptionally well, with sales of Immunoglobin and Albumin both up 15% and speciality products up 18%.
With a number of other products in its pipeline, either under development or undergoing trials, CSL looks well placed to generate growth over the next few years. In fact, the company expects profits to grow at 12% using current exchange rates. Any fall in the value of the Australian dollar against the US dollar, is likely to raise that growth rate.
CSL is regarded as one of Australia’s world beating companies, alongside Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), Computershare (ASX: CPU), Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) and BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) to name but a few. These companies are market leaders in their respective fields, with large market shares and competitive advantages that make it difficult for competitors to knock them down.
Today’s result confirms that CSL is still standing tall and appears to have a continuing strong future ahead of it.
The Foolish bottom line
CSL trades on a P/E ratio of over 22 at the current price of $42.39, and although it shares look expensive, the company continues to deliver attractive results.
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