FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan Limited (FCEPL) anounced its financial results for Q1, 2023. The Company reported a revenue of PKR 22,651 million in the first quarter, showcasing 62% topline growth versus last year, driven by mix improvement, widening our distribution footprint, and volume growth in both, the Dairy-Based Products and the Frozen Desserts segments. Despite inflation and rupee devaluation, the Company improved its gross margin and operating margin by 70 bps and 30 bps respectively, by driving cost efficiencies across the value chain. However, the Profit After Tax (Rs 990 million vs Rs 664 million same period last year), as a percentage of sales, declined by 40 bps due to increase in finance cost and taxation. Dairy-Based Products Segment. With a growth of 66% versus Q1 2022, the segment reported a revenue of Rs. 21.2 billion. The flagship brand, Olper’s, led the growth in the segment along with strengthening its market leadership position through consistent brand building and trade activities. Olper’s Cheese continued to grow in terms of volumes and distribution each month. Building upon the momentum of last year, Olper’s Flavored Milk was launched in a new flavor of Mango. Other brands like Olper’s Full Cream Milk Powder (FCMP), Olper’s Cream, and Tarang also gained healthy market shares. Frozen Desserts Segment The segment reported a revenue of Rs. 1,441 million, reflecting a growth of 19% versus the same period last year. This growth has been enabled by the segment’s planning, timely investment for opening the ice cream season, and the introduction of a new product, Shahi Mango Stick. The financial performance of the company for the three months ended March 31, 2023 is summarized below: In line with FrieslandCampina’s global purpose of nourishing by nature, FCEPL partnered with Engro Eximp FZE to expand its global footprint and enter new markets. The agreement will increase Pakistan’s dairy exports, bringing in much needed foreign exchange to the country while enriching farmers’ livelihoods. Rising inflation, foreign exchange constraints, currency devaluation, higher finance cost and import constraints continue to put pressures on the Company’s profitability. However, with an agile business model in place, the management is confident that it will be able to drive efficiencies and continue to deliver growth. The business will continue to invest behind brand equity and expand its profit accretive portfolio to leverage margins. Leveraging its global expertise and 150 years heritage, FCEPL remains committed to the highest standards of hygiene, food safety and sustainability and providing safe, affordable, and nourishing dairy products to millions of Pakistanis, every day. The Company’s Annual General Meeting was held on April 18, 2023 at the Royal Rodale in Karachi, where the shareholders and the Board of Directors discussed the Company’s performance in 2022.