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Upgrade of 2020 earning expectations

The Carlsberg Group is adjusting its 2020 earnings expectations upwards due to better than expected August results, continued solid volume development in Eastern Europe and an improved outlook in western China after the recent relaxation of second-wave COVID-19 restrictions.

The Carlsberg Group is adjusting its 2020 earnings expectations upwards due to better than expected August results, continued solid volume development in Eastern Europe and an improved outlook in western China after the recent relaxation of second-wave COVID-19 restrictions. Consequently, we now expect:

  • Organic operating profit decline of high-single-digit percentage (previously a decline of 10-15%).

The assumptions of the earnings outlook remain unchanged versus the guidance provided on 13 August (please refer to page 7 in the H1 2020 report)It must be emphasised that the earnings expectationfor the remainder of the year are more uncertain than usual as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forward-looking statements

This Company announcement contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, guidance, expectations, strategies, objectives and statements regarding future events or prospects with respect to the Group’s future financial and operating results. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain words such as "expect", "estimate", "intend", "will be", "will continue", "will result", "could", "may", "might" or any variations of such words or other words with similar meanings.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Group’s actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements. Prospective information is based on management’s then current expectations or forecasts. Such information is subject to the risk that such expectations or forecasts, or the assumptions underlying such expectations or forecasts, may change. The Group assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such forward-looking statements.

Some important risk factors that could cause the Group’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: economic and political uncertainty (including interest rates and exchange rates), financial and regulatory developments, demand for the Group’s products, increasing industry consolidation, competition from other breweries, the availability and pricing of materials used by the Group, cost of energy, production-and distribution-related issues, IT failures, market-driven price reductions, litigation, environmental issues and other unforeseen factors.

The nature of the Group’s business means that risk factors and uncertainties may arise, and it may not be possible for management to predict all such risk factors, nor to assess the impact of all such risk factors on the Group’s business or the extent to which any individual risk factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied on as a prediction of actual results.

Contact

Please address enquiries to:

Vice President, Investor Relations

Peter Kondrup

Tel +45 3327 1221 Email Peter.Kondrup@carlsberg.com

Director, International and Danish Media

Kasper Elbjørn

Tel +45 4179 1216 Email kasper.elbjorn@carlsberg.com