First-Quarter Net Earnings per Share Decreased 6 Percent to $0.82.
CAMDEN, N.J., Nov 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today reported its results for
the first quarter of fiscal 2011.
Net earnings for the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2010, were $279 million, or
$0.82 per share, compared with $304 million, or $0.87 per share, in the
Douglas R. Conant, Campbell’s President and CEO, said, “In a challenging
consumer spending environment, we delivered mixed results in our U.S.
Soup business this quarter. Condensed cooking soups performed well, with
sales up 7 percent, as our marketing efforts continued to resonate with
consumers seeking convenient simple meals for their families. The key
negative factor impacting our first-quarter results in U.S. soup was the
performance of our ready-to-serve and condensed eating soups, where
increased promotional spending did not produce the planned volume gains.
This was due in part to even steeper promotions by competitors, which we
chose not to match.
“We intend to remain competitive in U.S. Soup through the height of the
soup season, and it’s likely that margin pressures will persist through
the second quarter. In the second half, we plan to place greater focus
on advertising and brand-building initiatives in our marketing efforts,
as we adjust our promotional activity to achieve improved price
Conant concluded, “In recent years, we’ve shown success in our healthy
beverages and baked snacks businesses, which represent a significant
portion of our portfolio. This year, our beverages business started off
with another quarter of double-digit growth, driven by our continued
innovation of ‘V8 V-Fusion’ beverages and effective advertising. Within
baked snacks, our Pepperidge Farm business delivered solid performance,
driven by innovations such as ‘Deli Flats’ rolls, ‘Baked Naturals’
crackers and the expansion of the ‘Goldfish’ brand. In both healthy
beverages and baked snacks, our performance was driven by strong
innovation, compelling advertising and effective promotional activities.”
Fiscal 2011 Guidance
As previously announced, including an estimated 1-point favorable impact
from currency, Campbell expects net sales growth of 1 to 3 percent, EBIT
comparable to the adjusted EBIT in the prior year and EPS growth of 2 to
4 percent from the fiscal 2010 adjusted base of $2.47.
A detailed reconciliation of the fiscal 2010 adjusted financial
information to the 2010 reported financial information is included at
the end of this news release.
For the first quarter, sales decreased 1 percent to $2.172 billion. The
change in sales for the quarter reflected the following factors:
First-Quarter Financial Details
Summary of Fiscal 2011 First-Quarter Results by Segment
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages
Sales for U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $1.103 billion for the
first quarter, a decrease of 3 percent compared with a year ago. The
change in sales was due to increasedpromotional spending.
For the quarter, U.S. Soup sales decreased 5 percent.
Beverage sales increased 10 percent driven by double-digit volume gains.
Sales of “Prego” pasta sauce declined, as higher promotional spending
was partly offset by volume gains. “Pace” Mexican sauce declined due to
increased competitive activity.
Operating earnings were $295 million, compared with $331 million in the
prior-year period. The decrease in operating earnings was primarily due
toincreased promotional spending and cost inflation, partly
offset by productivity improvements.
Baking and Snacking
Sales for Baking and Snacking were $544 million in the first quarter, an
increase of 3 percent from a year ago. The change in sales reflected the
Further details of sales results included the following:
For the quarter, operating earnings were $100 million, comparable to the
prior-year period as the favorable impact of currency and higher
earnings in Pepperidge Farm were offset by lower earnings in Australia.
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages
Sales for International Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $372 million for
the first quarter, a decrease of 1 percent compared with a year ago. The
change in sales reflected the following factors:
Excluding the impact of currency, solid gains in Europe and the Asia
Pacific region were primarily offset by declines in Latin America.
Operating earnings were $51 million, compared with $44 million in the
year-ago period. The increase in operating earnings was driven by growth
North America Foodservice
Sales were $153 million for the first quarter, a decrease of 4 percent
compared with a year ago. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:
Reflecting the lower sales, operating earnings declined to $23 million
compared with $26 million in the prior-year quarter.
Unallocated Corporate Expenses
Unallocated corporate expenses increased to $25 million in the current
quarter from $23 million a year ago.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
Campbell will host a conference call to discuss these results on Nov.
23, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. U.S. participants may
access the call at 1-866-847-7861 and non-U.S. participants at
1-703-639-1428. Participants should call at least ten minutes prior to
the starting time. The passcode is “Campbell Soup” and the conference
leader is Jennifer Driscoll. The call will also be broadcast live over
the Internet at investor.campbellsoupcompany.com
and can be accessed by clicking on the “News & Events” button. A
recording of the call will be available approximately two hours after it
is completed through midnight Dec. 7, 2010, at 1-888-266-2081 or
1-703-925-2533. The access code is 1485158.
Campbell Soup Company earnings results are reported for the following
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages includes the following retail
businesses: “Campbell’s” condensed and ready-to-serve soups, “Swanson”
broth, stock and canned poultry businesses, “Prego” pasta sauce, “Pace”
Mexican sauce, “Campbell’s” canned pasta, gravies and beans, “V8”
vegetable juices, “V8 V-Fusion” juices,“V8 V-Fusion + Tea”
beverages, “V8 Splash” juice beverages, and “Campbell’s” tomato juice.
Baking and Snacking includes the following businesses:
“Pepperidge Farm” cookies, crackers, breads and frozen products in U.S.
retail and “Arnott’s” biscuits in Australia and Asia Pacific.
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages includes the soup, sauce
and beverage businesses outside of the United States, including Europe,
Mexico, Latin America, the Asia Pacific region,as well asthe
emerging markets of Russia and China,and the retail business in
North America Foodservice includes the Away FromHome
business in the U.S. and Canada.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of
high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked
snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a
portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge
Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.” Through its corporate social responsibility
program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace,
in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell
is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.
This release contains “forward-looking statements” that reflect the
company’s current expectations about the impact of its future plans and
performance on sales, earnings, and margins. These forward-looking
statements 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 impact of strong competitive responses to the company’s efforts
to leverage its brand power in the market; (2) the risks associated with
trade and consumer acceptance of the company’s initiatives; (3) the
company’s ability to realize projected cost savings and benefits; (4)
the company’s ability to manage changes to its business processes; (5)
the increased significance of certain of the company’s key trade
customers; (6) the impact of fluctuations in the supply or costs of
energy and raw and packaging materials; (7) the impact of portfolio
changes; (8) the uncertainties of litigation; (9) the impact of changes
in currency exchange rates, tax rates, interest rates, debt and equity
markets, inflation rates, economic conditions and other external
factors; (10) 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 (11) 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
THREE MONTHS ENDED
Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
First Quarter Ended October 31, 2010
Items Impacting Earnings
The table below reconciles financial information, presented in
accordance with GAAP, to financial information excluding certain
Add: Restructuring charges (1)
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges (1)
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring (1)
Add: Tax expense from health care legislation (2)
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges (1)
SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup CompanyAnthony Sanzio (Media)856-968-4390orJennifer Driscoll (Analysts)856-342-6081
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