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Campbell Raises Full-Year Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2016; Expects Results for Second Quarter to Be Stronger Than Anticipated; Increases 3-Year Cost Savings Target to $300 Million

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 16, 2016–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today announced that the company
is raising its full-year earnings guidance for fiscal 2016, based on
better-than-expected results for the second quarter.

Fiscal 2016 Guidance

For the full fiscal year, Campbell still expects the year-over-year
change in net sales to be in the range of -1 to 0 percent. The company
now expects adjusted Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) to
increase by 10 to 13 percent (previously 4 to 7 percent), and adjusted
Earnings Per Share (EPS) to increase by 9 to 12 percent (previously 4 to
7 percent), or $2.88 to $2.96 per share. This guidance includes the
impact of currency translation, which is now estimated to have a 2
percentage point negative impact (previously negative 3 percentage
points), as well as the 1 percentage point positive impact of the Garden
Fresh Gourmet acquisition.

       

 

 

($ in millions, except per share)

Fiscal

2015
Results

Estimated
Currency
Translation
Impact

Garden
Fresh
Gourmet
Acquisition

Revised

2016
Guidance

Net Sales $8,082 -2 pts +1 pt -1 to 0%
Adjusted EBIT* $1,316 -2 pts +1 pt +10 to +13%
Adjusted EPS* $2.65

-2 pts
-$0.06

˗

+9 to +12%
$2.88 to $2.96

*Adjusted – see non-GAAP reconciliation.
 

The changes in guidance for adjusted EBIT and adjusted EPS are due
primarily to Campbell’s improved gross margin performance and cost
savings. The company’s three-year cost savings initiative is delivering
better-than-expected results. As a result, Campbell is increasing its
savings target from $250 million to $300 million, which it expects to
achieve by the close of fiscal 2018. The company now expects $120
million to $140 million in incremental savings from these cost reduction
initiatives in fiscal 2016, compared to its previous estimate of $80
million to $100 million.

Preliminary Second-Quarter Results

Campbell will report its results for the second fiscal quarter ended
Jan. 31, 2016, on Thursday, Feb. 25. The company estimates that reported
net sales for the second quarter will decline by approximately 1 percent
reflecting the negative impact of currency translation, partly offset by
the acquisition of Garden Fresh Gourmet. Organic net sales are expected
to be comparable to the prior year. The company estimates that
second-quarter adjusted EBIT will increase by approximately 26 percent,
due primarily to improved gross margin performance and cost savings.
Adjusted EPS for the quarter is estimated at approximately $0.87 per
share.

 

 

Three Months Ended

($ in millions, except per share)

   

 

Jan. 31, 2016*

Feb. 1, 2015

% Change

Net Sales

As Reported (GAAP) $2,201 $2,234 (1)%
Organic -%

Earnings Before Interest and Taxes

As Reported (GAAP) $414 $337 23%
Adjusted $423 $337 26%

Diluted Earnings Per Share

As Reported (GAAP) $0.85 $0.71 20%
Adjusted $0.87 $0.71 23%

*Estimated Results

 

A detailed reconciliation of the reported financial information to the
adjusted financial information is included at the end of this news
release.

In connection with its release of second-quarter results, the company
will conduct a conference call on Thursday, Feb. 25, beginning at 8:30
a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food
that matters for life’s moments.” We make a range of high-quality soups
and simple meals, beverages, snacks and packaged fresh foods. For
generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic,
flavorful and readily available foods and beverages that connect them to
each other, to warm memories and to what’s important today. Led by our
iconic Campbell’s brand, our portfolio includes Pepperidge
Farm, Bolthouse Farms, Arnott’s, V8, Swanson, Pace, Prego, Plum, Royal
Dansk, Kjeldsens
and Garden Fresh Gourmet. Founded in 1869,
Campbell has a heritage of giving back and acting as a good steward of
the planet’s natural resources. The company is a member of the Standard
& Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more
information, visit www.campbellsoupcompany.com
or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.
To learn more about how we make our food and the choices behind the
ingredients we use, visit www.whatsinmyfood.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” that reflect the
company’s current expectations about the impact of its future plans and
performance on the company’s business or financial results. These
forward-looking statements, including the statements made regarding
sales, EBIT and EPS guidance for fiscal 2016 and annual cost-savings
targets, rely on a number of assumptions and estimates that could be
inaccurate and which are subject to risks and uncertainties. The factors
that could cause the company’s actual results to vary materially from
those anticipated or expressed in any forward-looking statement include
(1) the company’s ability to manage organizational change effectively;
(2) the company’s ability to realize projected cost savings and benefits
from its efficiency programs; (3) the impact of strong competitive
responses to the company’s efforts to leverage its brand power in the
market; (4) the impact of changes in consumer demand for the company’s
products; (5) the risks associated with trade and consumer acceptance of
the company’s initiatives, including its trade and promotional programs;
(6) the practices, including changes to inventory practices, and
increased significance of certain of the company’s key trade customers;
(7) the impact of fluctuations in the supply or costs of energy and raw
and packaging materials; (8) the impact of portfolio changes; (9) the
uncertainties of litigation; (10) the impact of changes in currency
exchange rates, tax rates, interest rates, debt and equity markets,
inflation rates, economic conditions and other external factors; (11)
the impact of unforeseen business disruptions in one or more of the
company’s markets due to political instability, civil disobedience,
armed hostilities, natural disasters or other calamities; and (12) other
factors described in the company’s most recent Form 10-K and subsequent
Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The company disclaims any
obligation or intent to update the forward-looking statements in order
to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Campbell Soup Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures as
defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in certain
communications. These non-GAAP financial measures are measures of
performance not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in
the United States and should be considered in addition to, not in lieu
of, GAAP reported measures.

Organic Net Sales

The company believes that organic net sales, which exclude the impact of
currency and acquisitions, improves the comparability of year-to-year
results. A reconciliation of net sales to organic net sales follows.

 
Three Months Ended
   
January 31, 2016*

February 1,
2015

% Change
(millions) Net Sales  

Impact of
Currency

 

Impact of
Acquisitions

 

Organic
Net Sales

Net Sales Net Sales  

Organic
Net Sales

Total $ 2,201   $ 55   $ (25 )   $ 2,231 $ 2,234 (1 )%   %
*Estimated Results
 

Items Impacting Earnings

The company believes that financial information excluding certain
transactions that are not considered to be part of the ongoing business
improves the comparability of year-to-year results. Consequently, the
company believes that investors may be able to better understand its
earnings results excluding these transactions.

The following items impacted earnings:

         
(1) In fiscal 2016, the company changed the method of accounting for the
recognition of actuarial gains and losses for defined benefit
pension and postretirement plans and the calculation of expected
return on pension plan assets. Historically, actuarial gains and
losses associated with benefit obligations were recognized in
Accumulated other comprehensive loss in the Consolidated Balance
Sheets and were amortized into earnings over the remaining service
life of participants to the extent that the amounts were in excess
of a corridor. Under the new policy, actuarial gains and losses will
be recognized immediately in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings
as of the measurement date, which is typically the end of the fiscal
year, or more frequently if an interim remeasurement is required. In
addition, the company will no longer use a market-related value of
plan assets, which is an average value, to determine the expected
return on assets but rather will use the fair value of plan assets.
The company excludes the impact of the mark-to-market adjustments
resulting from these accounting changes in evaluating performance.
These changes in accounting policy have been retrospectively applied
to all periods presented. In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the
company incurred a pre-tax gain of $7 million in Costs and expenses
($4 million after tax, or $.01 per share) due to mark-to-market
adjustments. For the year ended August 2, 2015, the company incurred
pre-tax charges of $138 million in Costs and expenses ($87 million
after tax, or $.28 per share) due to mark-to-market adjustments.
 
(2) In fiscal 2015, the company implemented a new enterprise design and
initiatives to reduce costs and to streamline its organizational
structure. In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the company
recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $12 million related to
these initiatives. The company also incurred pre-tax charges of $7
million recorded in Administrative expenses related to these
initiatives. In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the company also
recorded a reduction to pre-tax restructuring charges of $3 million
related to the fiscal 2014 initiative to improve supply chain
efficiency in Australia. The aggregate after-tax impact of
restructuring charges, implementation costs and other related costs
was $10 million, or $.03 per share. For the year ended August 2,
2015, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $102
million related to the fiscal 2015 initiatives. The company also
incurred pre-tax charges of $22 million recorded in Administrative
expenses related to these initiatives. The aggregate after-tax
impact of restructuring charges and implementation costs was $78
million, or $.25 per share.
 

The following tables reconcile financial information, presented in
accordance with GAAP, to financial information excluding certain
transactions:

   
Three Months Ended
(millions, except per share amounts)

January 31,
2016*

 

February 1,
2015

Percent
Change

Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 414 $ 337
Deduct: Pension and postretirement benefit mark-to-market
adjustments (1)
(7 )
Add: Restructuring charges, implementation costs and other related
costs (2)
16    
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 423   $ 337   26 %
Interest, net, as reported $ 27   $ 25  
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 396   $ 312  
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 122 $ 90
Deduct: Tax expense from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
(3 )
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges, implementation costs
and other related costs (2)
6    
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 125   $ 90  
Adjusted effective income tax rate 31.6 % 28.8 %
Net earnings attributable to Campbell Soup Company, as reported $ 265 $ 222
Deduct: Net adjustment from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
(4 )
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges, implementation costs
and other related costs (2)
10    
Adjusted Net earnings attributable to Campbell Soup Company $ 271   $ 222   22 %
Weighted average shares outstanding – assuming dilution 312   314  
Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Campbell Soup
Company, as reported
$ .85 $ .71
Deduct: Net adjustment from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
(.01 )
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges, implementation costs
and other related costs (2)
.03    
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Campbell
Soup Company
$ .87   $ .71   23 %
*Estimated Results
 
 
Year Ended
(millions, except per share amounts) August 2, 2015
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 1,054
Add: Pension and postretirement benefit mark-to-market adjustments
(1)
138
Add: Restructuring charges and implementation costs (2) 124  
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 1,316  
Interest, net, as reported $ 105  
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 1,211  
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 283
Add: Tax benefit from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
51
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges and implementation costs
(2)
46  
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 380  
Adjusted effective income tax rate 31.4 %
Net earnings attributable to Campbell Soup Company, as reported $ 666
Add: Net adjustment from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
87
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and implementation
costs (2)
78  
Adjusted Net earnings attributable to Campbell Soup Company $ 831  
Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Campbell Soup
Company, as reported
$ 2.13
Add: Net adjustment from pension and postretirement benefit
mark-to-market adjustments (1)
.28
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and implementation
costs (2)
.25  
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Campbell
Soup Company*
$ 2.65  
*The sum of the individual per share amounts may not add due to
rounding.
 

Source: Campbell Soup Company

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