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Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

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- Business description – A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
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- SWOT Analysis – A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
- Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
- Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.


Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a global consumer products company. The company, along with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets a wide range of oral, personal, home care and pet nutrition products. It provide products including toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, shampoos, dishwashing liquid, bar and liquid soaps, and laundry products, as well as pet nutrition products for cats and dogs. The brand portfolio of the company includes Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Ajax and Axion among others. The company markets its products in over 200 countries and territories across the world.

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Table Of Contents

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
Table of Contents

Table of Contents 2
List of Tables 3
List of Figures 3
Section 1 - About the Company 4
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Key Facts 4
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Key Employees 5
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Key Employee Biographies 7
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Major Products and Services 8
Colgate-Palmolive Company - History 10
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Company Statement 13
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Locations And Subsidiaries 16
Head Office 16
Other Locations and Subsidiaries 16
Section 2 - Company Analysis 18
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Business Description 18
Colgate-Palmolive Company - SWOT Analysis 20
SWOT Analysis - Overview 20
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Strengths 20
Strength - Strong Brand and Product Portfolio 20
Strength - Wide Geographical Presence 20
Strength - Leading Market Position 20
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Weaknesses 20
Weakness - Substantial Debt 20
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Opportunities 21
Opportunity - Growing Pet Products Industry 21
Opportunity - Demand for Oral Hygiene in US 21
Opportunity - United States: Economic Growth 21
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Threats 21
Threat - Subdued Global Economic Growth 21
Threat - Intense Competition 21
Threat - Volatile Raw Material Costs 22
Colgate-Palmolive Company - Key Competitors 23
Section 3 - Company Financial Ratios 24
Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios 24
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios 24
Performance Chart 26
Financial Performance 26
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios 27
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts 28
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Recent Deals Summary 29
Section 4 - Appendix 30
Methodology 30
Ratio Definitions 30
About GlobalData 34
Contact Us 34
Disclaimer 34

List of Tables

Colgate-Palmolive Company, Key Facts 4
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Key Employees 5
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Key Employee Biographies 7
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Major Products and Services 8
Colgate-Palmolive Company, History 10
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Subsidiaries 16
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Key Competitors 23
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ratios based on current share price 24
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Annual Ratios 24
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Interim Ratios 27
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Recent Deals Summary 29
Currency Codes 30
Capital Market Ratios 30
Equity Ratios 31
Profitability Ratios 31
Cost Ratios 32
Liquidity Ratios 32
Leverage Ratios 33
Efficiency Ratios 33

List of Figures

Colgate-Palmolive Company, Performance Chart (2008 - 2012) 26
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ratio Charts 28

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