• FY net profits up by 60% to US$43.9m
  • Net sales in 2012 rise by 51% to $436m
  • FY operating profits jump by 59%, hitting US$45.5m
SodaStream launched an US$18m ad campaign last year

SodaStream launched an US$18m ad campaign last year

SodaStream has posted a big jump in full-year profits and sales as an increased marketing spend ahead of the holiday season led to a record final quarter.

Net profits rose by 60% to US$43.9m in the 12 months to the end of December, the Israeli company said yesterday (20 February). Net sales were up by 55% to $133m over the same period while operating profits increased by 48% to $7.9m.

Fourth-quarter numbers were just as positive. Net profits increased by 42% to $7.5m in the three months and net sales jumped by 55% to $133m. Operating profits rose by 48% to $7.9m.

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum praised the strong finish to a “record year”, with the company exceeding 1m soda maker sales in a quarter for the first time. “Our efforts throughout 2012 to increase global awareness of our brand and category and expand our retail presence culminated in a very successful holiday season,” Birnbaum said

In November, the company launched an $18m marketing push across its 45 markets. The campaign followed the launch of The Source soda maker.

Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter totalled $52.8m, or 39.7% of sales, compared to $36.4m, or 42.5% of sales, for the comparable period in the prior year, SodaStream said.

Looking ahead, Birnbaum said that SodaStream's ongoing marketing campaign, which included a Super Bowl ad, coupled with its new soda maker “all set the stage for continued growth in 2013 and beyond”.

Despite the healthy results, SodaStream shares dropped yesterday, losing about 6% in value by the end of the day.

To read the company's official statement, click here.

For just-drinks' coverage of SodaStream's results conference call, click here.