Health & Beauty
Unique sales platform for strong brands
Net sales and operating result
In the first half of 2017, the Health & Beauty segment increased net sales by 2.9 % to CHF 730.0 million. The operating result (EBIT) improved by 6.5 % to CHF 49.5 million. Compared to the previous year, return on sales (ROS) increased to 6.8 % (previous year: 6.6 %). Investments in the Health & Beauty segment in the first half of 2017 were CHF 22.4 million.
The Health & Beauty segment comprises the Retail and Products & Brands Business sectors. In the Retail Business sector, Galenica operates the largest pharmacy network in Switzerland, giving it an excellent distribution network that offers unique potential for the sale of own, exclusive and partner brands. Through its Products & Brands Business sector, Galenica develops and markets own brands and products as well as exclusive brands and products of its business partners.
In the first half of 2017, the Health & Beauty segment increased net sales by 2.9%.
Potential for synergies further expanded
The Retail Business sector strengthened and expanded its pharmacy network, with a further three locations added. Three new brands from Products & Brands were also introduced in the pharmacies: the Lierac and Phyto skincare and haircare brands of the Alès Groupe as well as Schüssler salts from Adler. Processes for all pharmacy formats continue to be harmonised and simplified. An example of synergy benefit is the cooperation between Amavita and Sun Store and the specialty pharmacy MediService, which is delivering more and more high-priced medications on behalf of the pharmacy formats. MediService also offers this service to the overall market and different independent pharmacies already use it.
Specialist retail partner for exclusive and strong brands
In May 2017, Products & Brands acquired the two wellknown wound treatment brands Merfen® and Vita-Merfen®. The successful A-Derma line was also expanded by the addition of sun protection products this spring.
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