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Colgate's 2017 2Q Earnings

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July 21, 2017

Notice for Webcast

Our conference call and the related webcast contain non-GAAP financial measures, which differ from our reported results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures of operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 exclude charges resulting from the 2012 Restructuring Program and, as applicable, a net benefit related to a previously disclosed foreign tax matter in 2016. A complete, quantitative reconciliation between our reported results and these non-GAAP financial measures is available in the “Investor Center” section of our website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.

Diluted earnings per share growth for second quarter 2017, on a currency-neutral basis, eliminates from Diluted earnings per share growth (GAAP) charges resulting from the 2012 Restructuring Program, a net benefit related to a previously disclosed foreign tax matter and period-over-period changes in foreign exchange rates in the translation of local currency results into U.S. dollars. Accordingly, for purposes of calculating Diluted earnings per share growth for second quarter 2017, on a currency-neutral basis, second quarter 2017 local currency results, which include the impact of foreign currency transaction gains and losses, are translated into U.S. dollars using average foreign exchange rates for second quarter 2016.

Management’s estimate of Diluted earnings per share growth on a currency-neutral basis for full year 2017 eliminates from Diluted earnings per share growth (GAAP) the impact of the 2016 items previously disclosed, the 2012 Restructuring Program and period-over-period changes in foreign exchange rates in the translation of local currency results into U.S. dollars. Accordingly, for purposes of estimating Diluted earnings per share growth for full year 2017, on a currency-neutral basis, estimated full year 2017 local currency results, which include the impact of foreign currency transaction gains and losses, are translated into U.S. dollars using 2016 average foreign exchange rates by quarter.

The Company also reports organic sales growth, which is Net sales growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments. See the “Investor Center” section of our website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com for a comparison of organic sales growth to sales growth in accordance with GAAP.

The Company defines free cash flow before dividends as Net cash provided by operations less Capital expenditures. Free cash flow before dividends is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the Company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure. Free cash flow before dividends is a non-GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. See the “Investor Center” section of our website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com for a comparison of free cash flow before dividends to Net cash provided by operations, as reported in accordance with GAAP.

Our conference call and the related webcast may also contain forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in its rules, regulations and releases) that set forth anticipated results based on management’s plans and assumptions. Such statements may relate, for example, to sales or volume growth, organic sales growth, profit or profit margin growth, earnings per share growth (including on a currency-neutral basis), financial goals, the impact of foreign exchange volatility, cost-reduction plans, including the 2012 Restructuring Program, tax rates, the need to repatriate undistributed earnings of foreign subsidiaries, new product introductions or commercial investment levels, acquisitions and divestitures, or legal or tax proceedings, among other matters. These statements are made on the basis of our views and assumptions as of this time and we undertake no obligation to update these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or by the rules and regulations of the SEC. Moreover, the Company does not, nor does any other person, assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of those statements. We caution investors that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual events or results may differ materially from those statements. For information on factors that could impact the Company’s business and cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements, refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC (including, but not limited to, the information set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q). Copies of these filings may be obtained upon request from the Company’s Investor Relations Department or on the Company’s website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.



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