Notice for Investor Presentation
Our presentation 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, such as gross profit margin and operating profit, exclude items that, either by their nature or amount, management would not expect to occur as part of the Company’s normal business on a regular basis, such as restructuring charges, charges for certain litigation and tax matters, gains and losses from certain divestitures and certain unusual, non-recurring items. We may also refer to organic sales growth, which is Net sales growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments, or to free cash flow before dividends, which we define as Net cash provided by operations less Capital expenditures. 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.
Our presentation and the related webcast are integrally related and are intended to be presented and understood together. In addition, they may contain forward-looking statements (as that term is defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases) that set forth anticipated results based on management’s plans and assumptions. 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 Securities and Exchange Commission. Moreover, the Company does not, nor does any other person, assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of those statements. We caution investors that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual events or results may differ materially from those statements. For information about 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (including, but not limited to, the information set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statement” 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 are available in the “Investor Center” section of our website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com.