Disclosures

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

I, Linda Bolton Weiser , certify that this report reflects my personal beliefs about this company and that no portion of my compensation was, is or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views discussed in this report.

Disclosure

  • B. Riley & Co., LLC does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports.
  • A portion of this analyst’s compensation is based on the sales, trading and investment banking activities of B. Riley & Co., LLC.
  • B. Riley & Co., LLC, or any of its affiliates, has received compensation from this company in the past 12 months.
  • This company currently is, or within the past 12 months was, a client of B. Riley & Co., LLC. The services provided were Non-Investment Banking Securities-Related Services.
Disclosure Chart

Ratings Distribution as of March 27, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total Number of Companies with
Investment Banking Relationships
Percent of Total
Buy 158 67.8% 19 8.2%
Neutral 74 31.8% 1 0.4%
Sell 1 0.4% 0 0.0%
Total 233 100% 20 8.6%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect "Buy" rated stocks to materially outperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly attractive.
  • Neutral: We generally believe "Neutral" rated stocks will perform roughly in line with the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 over the intermediate and long term.
  • Sell: We generally expect "Sell" rated stocks to materially underperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly unattractive.

Risks and Considerations

  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Currency Exposure - Since the Company purchases its finished goods from foreign manufacturers and sell its products in transactions denominated in U.S dollars, a weakening of the U.S dollar could negatively impact the Company.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Freight costs - Increases in freight costs caused by high gasoline prices or other factors could cause margin erosion or lost market share if the Company raises prices.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Loss of Key Personnel - In our opinion, the current management team will be instrumental in executing the Company's growth strategy. The resignation of a key member of management would have a negative impact on the Company.
  • Pension Fund Liability - The Company's pension is currently under funded due to lower than expected investment returns over the last three years. The amount the pension is under funded by will fluctuate from period to period depending on the rate of the Company's investment return.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.