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BIC had an impressive 2022 financial year

South Africa – 8 March 2023 BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers, had an impressive financial year,  with overall global net sales increasing by 13.8%. Among the company’s product divisions are Stationery (Human Expression);  Lighters (Flame of Life); and Shavers (Blade Excellence). The Middle East and Africa regions achieved a staggering 16.6% increase from  111.7 million in 2021 to 136.4 million in 2022 for the financial year, while Q4 sales achieved 14.5% from 29.2 million in Q4 2021  to 34.4 million in Q4 2022.

BIC global CEO Gonzalve Bich said: “As a result of the Horizon strategic plan, we have seen growth in Net Sales go from high single digits to double digits in all divisions, achieved another year of outstanding top-line performance, and achieved our Free Cash Flow target. Market share gains in key regions and a continuous flow of premium product innovations demonstrate our ability to maintain commercial excellence despite strong inflation and recessionary pressures.”

Bich added: “This momentum strengthens our position and relevance as a value and valued consumer brand. We also made tremendous progress against our sustainability goals throughout 2022, primarily in eco-friendly consumer packaging and recycled plastics used in our products. I am confident that, in 2023, we will remain resilient, growing Net Sales by 5% to 7% at constant currencies while increasing our margin as we pursue our long-term goals for accelerated profitable growth.”

Africa and Middle East performance

A 16.9% increase was reported in the region’s Stationery (Human Expression) category, driven by classic and premium segments, including Ball Pen, Gel, and Intensity. Since 2019, sales of Creative and Digital Expression products have increased more than 40% year-on-year. A robust Back-To-School season in both hemispheres, supported by solid commercial execution and ongoing support has played a significant role in this growth.

South Africa had its best Back-To-School season in six years, which contributed to double-digit growth, with Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia also contributing.  

The company’s online sales saw growth of 10.2% in 2022 due to a continued focus on developing exceptional content and enhancing omnichannel experiences. All regions and divisions saw double-digit growth. Developing markets and Omni retailer channels contributed the most to e-commerce sales, with the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America leading the way. Additionally, African, Latin American, and Brazilian economies have exceeded their pre-pandemic levels, with high-double-digit growth and increased e-commerce sales.

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A world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers, BIC brings simplicity and joy to everyday life. For more than 75 years, the Company has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable, essential products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide. Today, BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as BIC Kids™, BIC FlexTM, BodyMark by BICTM, Cello®, Djeep, Lucky Stationery, Rocketbook, Soleil®, Tipp-Ex®, Us. TM, Wite-Out®, and more. In 2020, BIC’s Net Sales were 1,627.9 million euros. The Company is listed on “Euronext Paris,” which is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes and is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and education. It received an A- Leadership score from CDP.  For more, visit about.bic.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.