UNITED STATES
 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION  
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
 


 
 FORM 8-K
 
 

 
CURRENT REPORT
 Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the  
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  February 20, 2020

 
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THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY

PROCTERPROCTER & GAMBLE Coo
 (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)   
 
 
   
  
 
 
 
 
Ohio 
 
001-00434
 
31-0411980
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
 
One Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
 (Address of Principal Executive Offices, and Zip Code)  

  
513-983-1100
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code  

   (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)   
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, without Par Value
PG
New York Stock Exchange
4.125% EUR notes due December 2020
PG20A
New York Stock Exchange
0.275% Notes due 2020
PG20
New York Stock Exchange
2.000% Notes due 2021 PG21 New York Stock Exchange
2.000% Notes due 2022
PG22B New York Stock Exchange
1.125% Notes due 2023 PG23A
New York Stock Exchange
0.500% Notes due 2023
PG24A
New York Stock Exchange
0.625% Notes due 2024
PG24B
New York Stock Exchange
1.375% Notes due 2025
PG25 New York Stock Exchange
4.875% EUR notes due May 2027
PG27A New York Stock Exchange
1.200% Notes due 2028
PG28 New York Stock Exchange
1.250% Notes due 2029
PG29B New York Stock Exchange
1.800% Notes due 2029
PG29A New York Stock Exchange
6.250% GBP notes due January 2030
PG30
New York Stock Exchange
5.250% GBP notes due January 2033
PG33
New York Stock Exchange
1.875% Notes due 2038 PG38 New York Stock Exchange

 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
 
Emerging growth company
       
  If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended tramsition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.     ☐ 


 
 
 
ITEM 7.01    REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE
 
On February 20, 2020, Jon Moeller, Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (“The Company”), provided remarks at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (“CAGNY”) 2020 Conference, including the following comments:

“We face the demand and supply challenges associated with the coronavirus outbreak. China is our second largest market—sales and profit. Store traffic is down considerably, with many stores closed or operating with reduced hours. Some of the demand has shifted online but supply of delivery operators and labor is limited. There are also impacts outside of China: travel retail, a significant reduction in department store traffic in many Asian metro areas, and global supply. We access 387 suppliers in China that ship to us globally more than 9,000 different materials, impacting approximately 17,600 different finished product items. Each of these suppliers faces their own challenges in resuming operations. The operating challenges change with the hour, and of course the path of the virus is unknown, making it very difficult to provide precise estimates of impact.

Results for the January to March quarter in China and for the total Company will be materially impacted on both the top and bottom line by these dynamics.

We continue to believe, based on what we know today, that our fiscal year top and bottom line guidance ranges—and I emphasize ranges—remain the right ones. We will continue to monitor the situation and obviously update you if and when a different reality becomes apparent.”

The Company is furnishing this 8-K pursuant to Item 7.01, “Regulation FD Disclosure.”

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this current report, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives, and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

Risks and uncertainties to which our forward-looking statements are subject include, without limitation: (1) the ability to successfully manage global financial risks, including foreign currency fluctuations, currency exchange or pricing controls and localized volatility; (2) the ability to successfully manage local, regional or global economic volatility, including, for example, reduced market growth rates and other business disruptions related to the coronavirus outbreak, and to generate sufficient income and cash flow to allow the Company to affect the expected share repurchases and dividend payments; (3) the ability to manage disruptions in credit markets or changes to our credit rating; (4) the ability to maintain key manufacturing and supply arrangements (including execution of supply chain optimizations and sole supplier and sole manufacturing plant arrangements) and to manage disruption of business due to factors outside of our control, such as natural disasters, acts of war or terrorism, or epidemics; (5) the ability to successfully manage cost fluctuations and pressures, including prices of commodities and raw materials, and costs of labor, transportation, energy, pension and healthcare; (6) the ability to stay on the leading edge of innovation, obtain necessary intellectual property protections and successfully respond to changing consumer habits and technological advances attained by, and patents granted to, competitors; (7) the ability to compete with our local and global competitors in new and existing sales channels, including by successfully responding to competitive factors such as prices, promotional incentives and trade terms for products; (8) the ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships; (9) the ability to protect our reputation and brand equity by successfully managing real or perceived issues, including concerns about safety, quality, ingredients, efficacy or similar matters that may arise; (10) the ability to successfully manage the financial, legal, reputational and operational risk associated with third-party relationships, such as our suppliers, contract manufacturers, distributors, contractors and external business partners; (11) the ability to rely on and maintain key company and third party information technology systems, networks and services, and maintain the security and functionality of such systems, networks and services and the data contained therein; (12) the ability to successfully manage uncertainties related to changing political conditions (including the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union) and potential implications such as exchange rate fluctuations and market contraction; (13) the ability to successfully manage regulatory and legal requirements and matters (including, without limitation, those laws and regulations involving product liability, product and packaging composition, intellectual property, antitrust, data protection, tax, environmental, and accounting and financial reporting) and to resolve pending matters within current estimates; (14) the ability to manage changes in applicable tax laws and regulations including maintaining our intended tax treatment of divestiture transactions; (15) the ability to successfully manage our ongoing acquisition, divestiture and joint venture activities, in each case to achieve the Company’s overall business strategy and financial objectives, without impacting the delivery of base business objectives; and (16) the ability to successfully achieve productivity improvements and cost savings and manage ongoing organizational changes, while successfully identifying, developing and retaining key employees, including in key growth markets where the availability of skilled or experienced employees may be limited. For additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those projected herein, please refer to our most recent 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.


 
 
 SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
 
 
BY:  /s/ Sandra T. Lane                    
                Sandra T. Lane
              Assistant Secretary
              February 20, 2020