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Campbell Reports First-Quarter Results

Raises Full-Year Guidance: Expects Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share
Growth of 9 to 11 Percent

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 23, 2009–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today reported its fiscal 2010
first-quarter results.

First-Quarter Highlights

  • Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share Increased 14 Percent to $0.87
  • Significant Gross Margin Improvement Driven by Increased
    Productivity
  • Solid Earnings Performance Across All Segments
  • Sales Declined 2 Percent; U.S. Soup Sales Declined 3 Percent
    Following 12 Percent Gain a Year Ago

Net earnings for the quarter ended Nov. 1, 2009 were $304 million, or
$0.87 per share, compared to $260 million, or $0.70 per share, in the
prior year. Excluding items impacting comparability from the prior year,
net earnings per share increased 14 percent in the current quarter from
adjusted net earnings per share of $0.76 in the prior period. The items
impacting comparability and a detailed reconciliation of the adjusted
fiscal 2009 financial information to the reported information are
included at the end of this news release.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Campbell adopted and
retrospectively applied new accounting guidance related to the
calculation of earnings per share. The retrospective application of
these provisions resulted in a reduction of previously reported diluted
net earnings per share of $0.01 for both the first quarter and full year
of fiscal 2009.

Douglas R. Conant, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer,
said, “We feel good about our performance in the first quarter as we
delivered solid earnings growth across all of our key businesses. We’re
especially pleased with the significant improvement in our gross margin,
driven by increased productivity in our supply chain. Our U.S. Soup
business faced difficult top-line comparisons with last year’s first
quarter when sales increased 12 percent. In this year’s first quarter,
we built momentum in the latter part of the quarter when, as planned, we
significantly stepped up our marketing and merchandising programs.
Looking ahead, we’re optimistic about our U.S. Soup business, led
by the renovated ‘Campbell’s Chunky’ line, innovations in our
condensed portfolio and our ‘Swanson’ broth business.”

Conant concluded, “While it is early in the fiscal year, we’re raising
our guidance based on our results in the quarter and our outlook for the
remainder of the year, including currency.”

Campbell Raises Fiscal 2010 Guidance

Campbell now expects fiscal 2010 sales growth of 4 to 5 percent and
adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) growth of 6 to 7
percent, up from its original guidance of 3 to 4 percent for sales and 5
to 6 percent for EBIT. The company now expects to deliver adjusted EPS
growth of 9 to 11 percent from the fiscal 2009 adjusted base of $2.21,
up from its original estimate of 5 to 7 percent. This guidance includes
the impact of currency translation, which at quarter-end rates of
exchange would be favorable by 3 to 4 percentage points.

First-Quarter Results

For the first quarter, sales decreased 2 percent to $2.203 billion. The
change in sales for the quarter reflected the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 4 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 2 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 1 percent
  • Currency added 1 percent

First-Quarter Financial Details

  • Gross margin was 41.9 percent compared with 38.7 percent a year ago.
    The prior year included $26 million of unrealized losses on commodity
    hedges and $7 million of costs related to initiatives to improve
    operational efficiency and long-term profitability. After adjusting
    for these items, gross margin in the year-ago quarter was 40.2
    percent. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to
    productivity improvements and pricing, net of promotional spending, in
    excess of cost inflation.
  • Marketing and selling expenses decreased to $284 million compared with
    $307 million in the prior year, which included significant advertising
    costs associated with major soup initiatives. Lower advertising costs
    also reflected a reduction in media rates and a shift to trade
    promotion.
  • Administrative expenses decreased to $133 million from $140 million,
    reflecting cost reduction efforts and lower incentive compensation
    costs, partly offset by higher pension expense.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $478 million compared
    with $399 million in the prior-year quarter. Excluding items impacting
    comparability, adjusted EBIT in the prior-year quarter was $432
    million. Adjusted EBIT increased 11 percent primarily due to improved
    gross margin performance and lower marketing expense, partly offset by
    lower sales.
  • Cash flow from operations was a use of $36 million compared with a use
    of $15 million in the year-ago period. The current year cash flow
    reflected a $260 million contribution to Campbell’s U.S. pension plan,
    largely offset by improvements in working capital.
  • During the quarter, Campbell repurchased 3 million shares for $94
    million under its June 2008 strategic share repurchase program
    and the company’s ongoing practice of buying back shares sufficient to
    offset those issued under incentive compensation plans.

Summary of Fiscal 2010 First-Quarter Results by Segment

U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages

Sales for U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $1.140 billion in the
first quarter, a decrease of 5 percent compared with a year ago. The
change in sales reflected the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 6 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 2 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 1 percent

U.S. soup sales for the quarter decreased 3 percent, compared with a 12
percent increase a year ago that was driven by the launches of
“Campbell’s Select Harvest” soups, “Campbell’s V8” premium soups and
“Swanson” stock, and increased marketing support across the portfolio.

The decline in the first quarter of 2010 was driven by the following:

  • Sales of “Campbell’s” condensed soups decreased 1 percent following
    14-percent growth a year ago.
  • Sales of ready-to-serve soups decreased 7 percent. Declines in
    “Campbell’s Select Harvest” canned soups and double-digit declines in
    soups in microwavable bowls and cups were partly offset by gains in
    “Campbell’s Chunky” canned soups. Gains in “Campbell’s Chunky” canned
    soups reflected the early benefits of restaging the entire line.
  • Broth sales were flat compared with 23-percent growth a year
    ago.

Further details of the sales results of this segment’s other businesses
included:

  • Beverage sales decreased primarily due to lower sales of “V8”
    vegetable juice.
  • “Prego” pasta sauce and “Pace” Mexican sauce sales decreased due to
    increased competitive activity following double-digit growth in the
    prior-year quarter.

Operating earnings were $331 million compared with $314 million in the
prior-year period. The increase in operating earnings was due to an
improvement in gross margin percentage and lower marketing expenses,
partially offset by lower sales.

Baking and Snacking

Sales for Baking and Snacking were $530 million in the first quarter, an
increase of 4 percent from a year ago. A breakdown of the change in
sales follows:

  • Volume and mix added 1 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 2 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 3 percent
  • Currency added 3 percent
  • Acquisitions added 1 percent

Further details of sales results included the following:

  • Pepperidge Farm sales were flat, as gains in the bakery business were
    offset by declines in the cookies and crackers business.

    • In the bakery business, sales increased due to the acquisition of
      Ecce Panis, Inc., mostly offset by increased promotional
      spending.
    • In the cookies and crackers business, sales decreased as declines
      in cookies were mostly offset by the continued solid growth
      of “Goldfish” snack crackers.
  • In Australia, sales increased due to the favorable impact of currency
    and significant growth in Arnott’s, led by higher sales of “Tim Tam”
    biscuits.

Operating earnings were $100 million compared with $83 million in the
prior-year period. The increase in operating earnings was fueled
by margin-driven growth in both Arnott’s and Pepperidge Farm and the
favorable impact of currency.

International Soup, Sauces and Beverages

Sales for International Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $374 million for
the first quarter, a decrease of 2 percent compared with a year ago. The
change in sales reflected the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 3 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 4 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 2 percent
  • Currency added 2 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 3 percent

Further details of sales results included the following:

  • In Europe, sales declined due to a previous divestiture and lower
    sales in Germany, partly offset by the favorable impact of currency.
  • In Asia Pacific, sales increased primarily due to gains in Malaysia,
    Hong Kong and Australia and the favorable impact of currency.
  • In Canada, sales increased reflecting gains in soup and the favorable
    impact of currency.

Operating earnings were $44 million compared with $38 million in the
year-ago period. The increase in operating earnings was driven by growth
in Canada and the Asia Pacific region and the favorable impact of
currency.

North America Foodservice

Sales were $159 million for the first quarter, a decrease of 2 percent
compared with a year ago. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 4 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 2 percent

Sales declined primarily due to continued weakness in the food service
sector.

Operating earnings were $26 million compared with $11 million in the
prior period. The prior year included $7 million in costs related
to a restructuring program. The remaining increase in operating earnings
was primarily due to an improved gross margin percentage, reflecting
productivity improvements, including benefits of closing the company’s
Listowel, Ontario, Canada plant, and lower administrative costs.

Unallocated Corporate Expenses

Unallocated corporate expenses decreased from $47 million a year ago to
$23 million in the current quarter. The decrease was due to $26 million
of unrealized losses on commodity hedging included in the prior year.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

A reconciliation of the adjusted fiscal 2009 financial information to
the reported financial information is attached to this news release.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call to discuss these results on
November 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. U.S. participants may
access the call at 1-866-814-8470 and non-U.S. participants at
1-703-639-1369. Participants should call at least five 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 www.campbellsoupcompany.com
and can be accessed by clicking on the “Shareholder Event / Webcast”
banner. A recording of the call will be available approximately two
hours after it is completed through midnight December 7, 2009, by
dialing 1-888-266-2081 or 1-703-925-2533. The access code is 1412165.

Reporting Segments

Campbell Soup Company earnings results are reported for the following
segments:

U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages includes the following retail
businesses: “Campbell’s” brand condensed and ready-to-serve soups,
“Swanson” broth and canned poultry businesses, “Prego” pasta sauce,
“Pace” Mexican sauce, “Campbell’s Chunky” chili, “Campbell’s” canned
pasta, gravies and beans, “V8” vegetable juices, “V8 V-Fusion” juices,
“V8 Splash” juice beverages, “Campbell’s” tomato juice, and “Wolfgang
Puck” soups, stocks and broths.

Baking and Snacking includes the following businesses:
“Pepperidge Farm” cookies, crackers, breads and frozen products in U.S.
retail, “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 as the
emerging markets of Russia and China, and the retail business in
Canada.

North America Foodservice includes the Away From Home
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, 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.” For more information on the company, visit
Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.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 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 risks associated with
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
this release.

   
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (unaudited)
(millions, except per share amounts)
 
 

THREE MONTHS ENDED

November 1, November 2,
2009 2008
 
Net sales $ 2,203   $ 2,250  
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold 1,280 1,379
Marketing and selling expenses 284 307
Administrative expenses 133 140
Research and development expenses 29 29
Other expenses / (income)   (1 )   (4 )
Total costs and expenses   1,725     1,851  
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 478 399
Interest, net   27     32  
Earnings before taxes 451 367
 
Taxes on earnings   147     107  
 
Net earnings $ 304   $ 260  
 
Per share – basic
Net earnings $ .87   $ .71  
 
Dividends $ .25   $ .25  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic   343     357  
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Net earnings $ .87   $ .70  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
– assuming dilution   346     362  
 
In fiscal 2010, the company adopted and retrospectively applied new
accounting guidance related to the calculation of earnings per
share. The retrospective application of the provisions resulted in a
reduction of previously reported basic and diluted net earnings per
share of $.02 and $.01, respectively, for the three-month period
ended November 2, 2008.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized $26 ($16 after tax or $.04
per share) in cost of products sold related to unrealized losses on
commodity hedges.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $7 ($5 after tax or $.01 per
share) related to the initiatives announced in April 2008 to improve
operational efficiency.
 
     
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF SALES AND EARNINGS (unaudited)
(millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 

THREE MONTHS ENDED

November 1, November 2, Percent

Sales

2009 2008

Change

Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 1,140 $ 1,198 (5%)
Baking and Snacking 530 509 4%
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 374 380 (2%)
North America Foodservice   159     163   (2%)
Total sales $ 2,203   $ 2,250   (2%)
 
 
 
 
 

Earnings

Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 331 $ 314
Baking and Snacking 100 83
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 44 38
North America Foodservice   26     11  
Total operating earnings 501 446
Unallocated corporate expenses   (23 )   (47 )
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 478 399
Interest, net (27 ) (32 )
Taxes on earnings   (147 )   (107 )
 
Net earnings $ 304   $ 260  
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Net earnings $ .87   $ .70  
 
In fiscal 2010, the company adopted and retrospectively applied new
accounting guidance related to the calculation of earnings per
share. The retrospective application of the provisions resulted in a
reduction of previously reported diluted net earnings per share of
$.01 for the three-month period ended November 2, 2008.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized $26 ($16 after tax or $.04
per share) in cost of products sold related to unrealized losses on
commodity hedges. The losses are included in Unallocated corporate
expenses.
 

In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $7 ($5 after tax or $.01 per
share) related to the initiatives announced in April 2008 to
improve operational efficiency. The restructuring related costs
were recognized in the North America Foodservice segment.

 
   
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(millions)
 
 
 
November 1, November 2,
2009 2008
 
Current assets $ 1,852 $ 1,916
 
Plant assets, net 1,985 1,776
 
Intangible assets, net 2,494 2,217
 
Other assets 100 287
   
Total assets $ 6,431 $ 6,196
 
 
Current liabilities $ 1,984 $ 2,439
 
Long-term debt 2,249 1,635
 
Other liabilities 1,243 1,048
 
Total equity 955 1,074
   
Total liabilities and equity $ 6,431 $ 6,196
 
 
Total debt $ 2,905 $ 2,756
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 76 $ 63
 

Certain reclassifications were made to the prior year amounts to
conform with the current year presentation.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

First Quarter Ended November 1, 2009

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.

Items Impacting Gross Margin and Net
Earnings

The company believes that financial information excluding certain
transactions 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 gross
margin and earnings results if these transactions are excluded.

The following items impacted gross margin and/or net earnings:

      (1)   In the first quarter of 2009, the company recognized in cost of
products sold $26 million ($16 million after tax or $0.04 per share)
of unrealized losses on the fair value of open commodity futures
contracts. The aggregate fiscal 2009 impact from open commodity
hedges was not material. In the first quarter of 2010, unrealized
gains and losses on commodity hedging were not material.
 
(2) In fiscal 2008, the company announced initiatives to improve
operational efficiency and long-term profitability, including
selling certain salty snack food brands and assets in Australia,
closing certain production facilities in Australia and Canada, and
streamlining the company’s management structure. In the first
quarter of fiscal 2009, the company recorded expenses of $7 million
($5 million after tax or $0.01 per share) in cost of products sold
related to these initiatives. For the year ended August 2, 2009, the
expense recorded in cost of products sold related to these
initiatives was $22 million ($15 million after tax or $0.04 per
share).
 
(3) In the second quarter of fiscal 2009, the company recorded a $4
million tax benefit ($0.01 per share) in discontinued operations
related to the sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business.
 
(4) In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, as part of the company’s
annual review of intangible assets, a non-cash impairment charge of
$67 million ($47 million after tax or $0.13 per share) was recorded
in Other expenses/(income) related to certain European trademarks,
primarily in Germany and the Nordic region, used in the
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages segment.
 

There were no items in fiscal 2010 that impacted comparability.

 

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

     
(millions, except per share amounts)

First Quarter

Nov. 1, 2009 Nov. 2, 2008 % Change
Gross margin, as reported $ 923 $ 871
Add: Unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 26
Add: Restructuring related costs (2)     7
Adjusted Gross margin $ 923 $ 904 2%
Adjusted Gross margin percentage 41.9% 40.2%
 
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 478 $ 399
Add: Unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 26
Add: Restructuring related costs (2)     7
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 478 $ 432 11%
 
Interest, net, as reported $ 27 $ 32
 
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 451 $ 400
 
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 147 $ 107
Add: Tax benefit from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 10
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring related costs (2)     2
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 147 $ 119
Adjusted effective income tax rate 32.6% 29.8%
 
Net earnings, as reported $ 304 $ 260
Add: Net adjustment from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 16
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring related costs (2)     5
Adjusted Net earnings $ 304 $ 281 8%
 
Diluted net earnings per share (a) $ 0.87 $ 0.70
Add: Net adjustment from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 0.04
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring related costs (2)     0.01
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share * $ 0.87 $ 0.76 14%
 
(a)   In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company adopted and
retrospectively applied new accounting guidance related to the
calculation of earnings per share. The retrospective application of
the provision resulted in a reduction of previously reported diluted
net earnings per share of $0.01 for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
 
* The sum of the individual per share amounts does not add due to
rounding.
 
 
(millions, except per share amounts)

Year Ended

Aug. 2, 2009

Gross margin, as reported $ 3,028
Add: Restructuring related costs (2)   22
Adjusted Gross margin $ 3,050
Adjusted Gross margin percentage 40.2%
 
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 1,185
Add: Non-cash impairment charge on intangible assets (4) 67
Add: Restructuring related costs (2)   22
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 1,274
 
Interest, net, as reported $ 106
 
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 1,168
 
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 347
Add: Tax benefit from non-cash impairment charge on intangible
assets (4)
20
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring related costs (2)   7
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 374
Adjusted effective income tax rate 32.0%
 
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 732
Add: Net non-cash impairment charge on intangible assets (4) 47
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring related costs (2)   15
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 794
 
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $ 4
Deduct: Tax benefit from the sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business
(3)
  (4)
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $
 
Adjusted Net earnings $ 794
 
 
Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations, as reported
(a)
$ 2.03
Add: Net non-cash impairment charge on intangible assets (4) 0.13
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring related costs (2)   0.04
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations * $ 2.21
 
Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations, as reported
(a)
$ 0.01
Deduct: Tax benefit from the sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business
(3)
  (0.01)
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations $
 
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share $ 2.21
 
(a)   In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company adopted and
retrospectively applied new accounting guidance related to the
calculation of earnings per share. The retrospective application of
the provision resulted in a reduction of previously reported diluted
earnings per share from continuing operations and net earnings of
$0.01 for fiscal 2009. There was no change to the previously
reported diluted earnings per share from discontinued operations for
fiscal 2009.
 
* The sum of the individual per share amounts does not add due to
rounding.
 

Source: Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company
Jennifer Driscoll (Analysts)
856-342-6081
or
Anthony
Sanzio (Media)
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