Sales of $1.970 Billion, Comparable to Prior Year; Organic Sales
Increased 1 Percent
Adjusted EBIT from Continuing Operations Rose 12 Percent
Adjusted EPS from Continuing Operations Increased 7 Percent to $0.62
Company Lowers Fiscal 2014 Sales Guidance, Refines Outlook for
Adjusted EBIT, EPS
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 19, 2014–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today reported its results for
the third quarter of fiscal 2014.
The company reported earnings from continuing operations for the quarter
ended April 27, 2014, of $184 million, or $0.58 per share, compared with
earnings of $169 million, or $0.53 per share, in the prior year. In the
third quarter of fiscal 2014, the company recognized a pre-tax pension
settlement charge of $18 million ($11 million after tax or $0.03 per
share) associated with a U.S. pension plan. The settlement charge
resulted from the level of lump sum distributions from the plan’s assets
in 2014, due primarily to the closure of the Sacramento facility.
Excluding items impacting comparability in both periods, adjusted
earnings from continuing operations increased 7 percent to $195 million
compared with $183 million in the prior year’s quarter, and adjusted
earnings per share from continuing operations increased 7 percent to
$0.62 compared with $0.58 in the year-ago quarter. A detailed
reconciliation of the reported financial information to the adjusted
information is included at the end of this news release.
Denise Morrison, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said,
“While we delivered growth in third-quarter earnings, our organic sales
growth of 1 percent reflected mixed performance and fell short of our
“Although I am encouraged by our 7 percent sales increase in U.S. Simple
Meals, I am disappointed that our plans did not drive stronger sales
results in U.S. Soup. We recognize that we were cycling a year-ago
quarter when we delivered 14 percent growth in U.S. Soup. Despite an
increase in the frequency of our promotional activity in the third
quarter, we did not realize the anticipated lifts in a challenging
consumer environment. Sales of U.S. Soup held steady versus the strong
performance in the year-ago quarter. Within U.S. Soup, ‘Swanson’ broth
maintained strong momentum as consumers responded to our strong
marketing and continued to cook more with broth.”
Morrison continued, “I am pleased with our double-digit sales gain in
U.S. Sauces including ‘Prego’, ‘Pace’ and ‘Campbell’s’ Skillet and Slow
Cooker dinner sauces, with consumers using these products to prepare
simple meals. I remain encouraged by the growing platform Bolthouse
Farms provides us in the packaged fresh category with juices, salad
dressings and carrots.
“We continue to address our challenges in U.S. Beverages and Australia.
In both cases, our new leadership has plans to deliver better results.”
Morrison concluded, “Given our performance year-to-date, we are lowering
our guidance for full-year sales growth to approximately 3 percent. We
are also refining our expectations for growth in adjusted EBIT and
adjusted EPS. While we are not satisfied with our sales performance, we
remain confident that we are pursuing the right strategy to reshape
Campbell and deliver sustainable, profitable net sales growth as we
continue to strengthen our core business and expand into faster-growing
Third-Quarter Sales from Continuing Operations
For the third quarter, sales from continuing operations of $1.970
billion were comparable to the year-ago quarter. Organic sales increased
by 1 percent. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:
*Numbers do not add due to rounding
Third-Quarter Financial Details – Continuing Operations
Nine-Month Results from Continuing Operations
Earnings from continuing operations for the first nine months were $600
million, or $1.90 per share, compared with earnings of $572 million, or
$1.80 per share, in the prior year. Excluding items impacting
comparability in both periods, adjusted earnings from continuing
operations decreased 1 percent to $645 million compared with $650
million in the prior year, and adjusted earnings per share from
continuing operations decreased to $2.04 from $2.05 in the year-ago
For the first nine months, sales from continuing operations increased 1
percent to $6.416 billion. Organic sales were comparable to the prior
year. The increase in sales for the first nine months reflected the
Nine-Month Financial Details – Continuing Operations
Campbell Revises Fiscal 2014 Guidance for Continuing Operations
The company has revised its full-year guidance for fiscal 2014. It now
expects that sales from continuing operations will grow approximately 3
percent in the current fiscal year, compared with the previous range of
4 to 5 percent. Full-year growth in adjusted EBIT is expected to be at
the low end of the previously forecast range of 4 to 6 percent. Adjusted
EPS for the full year is expected to be at the low end of the previously
announced guidance of 2 to 4 percent, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share.
Summary of Fiscal 2014 Third-Quarter and Nine-Month Results by Segment
U.S. Simple Meals
Sales for U.S. Simple Meals were $672 million for the third quarter, an
increase of 7 percent compared with the year-ago period. A breakdown of
the change in sales follows:
U.S. Soup sales were comparable to a strong year-ago quarter, in which
sales increased 14 percent.
Sales of U.S. Sauces increased 25 percent versus the prior-year quarter,
with the acquisition of Plum Organics contributing 14 points of growth.
Excluding the acquisition, sales increased 11 percent primarily driven
by gains in “Prego” pasta sauce, new “Campbell’s” dinner sauces and
“Pace” Mexican sauces.
U.S. Simple Meals operating earnings for the third quarter increased 12
percent to $175 million. The increase was primarily due to lower
marketing expenses and administrative expenses, partly offset by a lower
gross margin percentage.
For the first nine months, sales for U.S. Simple Meals increased 3
percent to $2.426 billion. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:
U.S. Soup sales decreased 1 percent due to a decline of 4 percent in
ready-to-serve soups and a decrease of 2 percent in condensed soups,
partly offset by a gain of 11 percent in broth.
U.S. Simple Meals operating earnings were $600 million in the first nine
months compared with $621 million in the year-ago period, a decrease of
3 percent. A lower gross margin percentage and expenses related to the
November 2013 Plum Organics recall were partly offset by lower marketing
and administrative expenses.
Global Baking and Snacking
Sales for Global Baking and Snacking were $564 million for the third
quarter, a decrease of 1 percent from a year ago. The acquisition of
Kelsen Group contributed $17 million to sales. The decrease in sales
reflected the following factors:
Further details of sales results included the following:
Operating earnings for the quarter were $68 million, a decrease of 7
percent over the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by higher
promotional spending and cost inflation, partly offset by productivity
improvements, higher selling prices and lower advertising expenses. The
decrease reflected Kelsen Group’s off-season operating results, lower
earnings in Arnott’s and the unfavorable impact of currency, partly
offset by growth in Pepperidge Farm.
For the first nine months, sales increased 6 percent to $1.812 billion.
The acquisition of Kelsen Group contributed $161 million to sales
growth. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:
Operating earnings in the first nine months were $234 million compared
with $232 million in the year-ago period, an increase of 1 percent. The
increase was primarily driven by the acquisition of Kelsen Group and
lower marketing and administrative expenses, partially offset by a lower
gross margin percentage and the unfavorable impact of currency. The
increase reflected growth in Pepperidge Farm and Kelsen Group’s
operating results, partly offset by lower earnings in Arnott’s and the
unfavorable impact of currency.
International Simple Meals and Beverages
Sales for International Simple Meals and Beverages were $186 million for
the third quarter, a decrease of 17 percent from a year ago. The sales
decrease reflected the following factors:
Sales declined in Latin America, the Asia Pacific region and Canada.
Operating earnings were $27 million, a decrease of 4 percent. The
decrease in operating earnings was primarily due to lower volumes,
partly offset by lower administrative and selling expenses.
For the first nine months, sales were $592 million, a decrease of 13
percent. Sales were impacted by the following factors:
Sales declined in Canada, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region.
Operating earnings in the first nine months were $85 million compared
with $94 million in the year-ago period, a decrease of 10 percent. The
decrease was primarily driven by lower selling prices, lower volumes and
the unfavorable impact of currency, partly offset by lower
administrative expenses and productivity improvements.
Sales for U.S. Beverages were $190 million for the third quarter, a
decrease of 4 percent compared to the year-ago period. The decrease was
driven by unfavorable volume and mix.
The decrease in sales was driven by declines in “V8 V-Fusion” and “V8
Splash” beverages, partly offset by gains in “V8” vegetable juice.
Operating earnings for the quarter were $29 million compared with $33
million in the prior year, a decrease of 12 percent. The decrease was
primarily driven by cost inflation, increased supply chain costs and
higher marketing expenses, partially offset by lower administrative
expenses and productivity improvements.
For the first nine months, sales decreased 5 percent to $539 million.
The decrease was driven by unfavorable volume and mix.
Operating earnings in the first nine months decreased 16 percent to $84
million, primarily driven by increased supply chain costs, cost
inflation and volume declines, partly offset by productivity
improvements and lower administrative expenses.
Bolthouse and Foodservice
Sales for Bolthouse and Foodservice increased 4 percent for the quarter
to $358 million. The sales increase reflected the following factors:
Bolthouse Farms sales increased 6 percent, driven by double-digit gains
in premium refrigerated beverages and salad dressings. Excluding
currency, North America Foodservice sales increased compared to the
Operating earnings for the quarter were $23 million compared with $27
million in the prior year, a decrease of 15 percent. The decrease was
primarily due to cost inflation and increased promotional spending at
Bolthouse Farms, partly offset by higher volumes and lower
For the first nine months, sales increased 3 percent to $1.047 billion.
The sales increase reflected the following factors:
Excluding the additional week from Bolthouse Farms, segment sales rose
with gains in Bolthouse Farms offset by declines in Foodservice.
Bolthouse Farms organic sales were up due to double-digit growth in
premium refrigerated beverages and salad dressings.
Operating earnings for the first nine months were $88 million compared
with $91 million in the year-ago period, a decrease of 3 percent. The
decline was primarily due to cost inflation, partly offset by lower
administrative expenses and higher sales.
Unallocated Corporate Expenses
Unallocated corporate expenses for the quarter were $29 million compared
with $59 million a year ago. The current quarter included a pension
settlement charge of $18 million associated with a U.S. pension plan.
The prior-year quarter included $20 million of restructuring-related
costs. The balance of the decrease for the current quarter was primarily
due to gains on open commodity hedges and lower incentive compensation
costs. Unallocated corporate expenses for the first nine months were $98
million compared with $205 million in the prior year. The current year
included a pension settlement charge of $18 million associated with a
U.S. pension plan and a $9 million loss on foreign exchange forward
contracts related to the sale of the European simple meals business. The
prior year included $81 million of restructuring-related costs and $10
million of transaction costs related to the Bolthouse Farms acquisition.
The balance of the decrease for the first nine months was primarily due
to lower incentive compensation costs and gains on open commodity hedges
and foreign exchange transactions.
Results from Discontinued Operations
The company completed the divestiture of its European simple meals
business to CVC Capital Partners on Oct. 28, 2013. Results for the
European simple meals business are reported as discontinued operations.
For the first nine months, net earnings from discontinued operations
were $81 million, or $0.26 per share.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
A detailed reconciliation of the reported financial information to the
adjusted financial information is included at the end of this news
Campbell will host a conference call to discuss these results on May 19,
2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Participants may access the
call at +1 (703) 639-2008. The conference ID is 1635565. Participants
should call at least ten minutes prior to the starting time. The call
will also be broadcast live over the Internet at investor.campbellsoupcompany.com
and can be accessed by clicking on the “Webcast-Live” button. A
recording of the call will be available approximately two hours after it
is completed through midnight on June 2, 2014, at +1 (703) 925-2533. The
access code is 1635565. A recording of the call can also be accessed
online by visiting investor.campbellsoupcompany.com
and clicking on the “News & Events” button, followed by the “Webcasts &
Presentations” button. To download the new Campbell investor relations
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Campbell Soup Company earnings results are reported for the following
U.S. Simple Meals includes the following products: “Campbell’s”
condensed and ready-to-serve soups, “Swanson” broth and stocks, “Prego”
pasta sauces, “Pace” Mexican sauces, “Campbell’s” gravies, pasta, beans
and dinner sauces, “Swanson” canned poultry and “Plum Organics” food
Global Baking and Snacking aggregates the following: Pepperidge
Farm cookies, crackers, bakery and frozen products in U.S. retail;
Arnott’s biscuits in Australia and Asia Pacific; and Kelsen cookies
International Simple Meals and Beverages aggregates the retail
business in Canada and the simple meals and beverages business in Asia
Pacific, Latin America and China.
U.S. Beverages includes the following products: “V8” juices and
beverages and “Campbell’s” tomato juice.
Bolthouse and Foodservice comprises Bolthouse Farms carrot
products, including fresh carrots, juice concentrate and fiber;
Bolthouse Farms super-premium refrigerated beverages and refrigerated
salad dressings; and the North America Foodservice business. The North
America Foodservice business encompasses the distribution of products
such as soup, specialty entrees, beverage products, other prepared foods
and Pepperidge Farm products through various food service channels in
the United States and Canada.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality
foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, snacks and healthy
beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of
market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,”
“Arnott’s,” “V8,” “Bolthouse Farms,” “Plum Organics” and “Kjeldsens.”
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.campbellsoupcompany.com
or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” that reflect the
company’s current expectations about future performance, particularly
the company’s predictions about fiscal 2014 sales, EBIT and EPS. 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 with product innovation, promotional programs and advertising;
(2) the impact of changes in consumer demand for the company’s products;
(3) the risks associated with trade and consumer acceptance of product
improvements, shelving initiatives, new products, and pricing and
promotional strategies; (4) the company’s ability to realize projected
cost savings and benefits; (5) the company’s ability to manage changes
to its business processes; (6) the practices and increased significance
of certain of the company’s key customers; (7) the impact of
fluctuations in the supply of and costs of energy, raw and packaging
materials; (8) the impact of inventory management practices by the
company’s customers; (9) the impact of portfolio changes,
including the Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and Kelsen Group
acquisitions and the European simple meals divestiture; (10) the
uncertainties of litigation; (11) the impact of changes in currency
exchange rates, tax rates, interest rates, debt and equity markets,
inflation rates, economic conditions and other external factors; (12)
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 (13) 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
Third Quarter Ended April 27, 2014
Organic Net Sales
Items Impacting Gross Margin and Earnings
Source: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup CompanyCarla Burigatto (Media)856-342-3737[email protected]orJennifer
Driscoll (Analysts/Investors)856-342-6081[email protected]
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