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Campbell Reports Third Quarter Results

Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share Increased 12 Percent to $0.48

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 21, 2009–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today reported net earnings for
the quarter ended May 3, 2009 of $174 million, or $0.49 per share,
compared to $532 million, or $1.40 per share, in the prior year.
Excluding items impacting comparability, adjusted net earnings were $171
million in the current quarter compared to adjusted net earnings of $165
million in the prior year’s quarter. Adjusted net earnings per share
were $0.48 in the current quarter compared to adjusted net earnings per
share of $0.43 in the prior year’s quarter, an increase of 12 percent.
Reflecting a stronger U.S. dollar, adjusted net earnings per share for
the quarter were negatively impacted by $0.04 due to currency
translation.

Douglas R. Conant, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer,
said, “We delivered strong earnings growth this quarter. Reflecting our
previous pricing actions and ongoing productivity improvements, gross
margin performance improved versus the prior year, as expected.
Following increased spending in the first half to launch new products,
we reduced marketing expenses, as planned, particularly in U.S. Soup.

“Despite softer sales in the quarter, year to date we’ve delivered one of
the strongest U.S. Soup sales performances in years, with sales up 6
percent. Consumers continued to view soup as a simple, nourishing and
affordable meal. In particular, condensed cooking soups provided strong
growth, as our value marketing message resonated with consumers. We also
are pleased with the introduction and ongoing performance of ‘Campbell’s
Select Harvest’ and ‘Campbell’s’ ‘V8’ ready-to-serve soups and ‘Swanson’
stock.”

Conant continued, “Beyond U.S. Soup, our Sauces business turned in a
stellar quarter with double-digit sales growth and very strong earnings
growth. Pepperidge Farm also delivered double-digit sales gains in
‘Goldfish’ snack crackers and ‘Milano’ cookies. On the other hand, our
beverage and North America Foodservice businesses have been negatively
impacted by the poor economy.

“Internationally, we delivered solid performance in Asia Pacific, behind
double-digit sales gains in the Australian soup business. However, our
European business declined in the face of a very challenging operating
environment. In emerging markets, we continued to build our capabilities
in Russia and China.”

Conant concluded, “We are successfully managing our way through the
challenging economic conditions, we are gaining momentum in our key
areas of focus and we are on track to deliver solid full-year results.”

Fiscal 2009 Guidance

On a currency neutral basis, the company expects to deliver sales
growth, excluding the negative impact of one less week in the fiscal
year and divestitures, within its long-term target range of between 3
and 4 percent; adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) growth
slightly below its long-term growth target of between 5 and 6 percent,
reflecting the impact of one less week, higher marketing spending and
increased investment spending in Russia and China. On a currency
neutral basis, Campbell now expects growth in adjusted net earnings per
share (EPS) to exceed the 5 to 7 percent range from the fiscal 2008
adjusted base of $2.09.

The company expects its fiscal 2009 sales, EBIT and EPS growth rates
will be negatively impacted by approximately 5 percentage points as a
result of currency translation.

Third Quarter Financial Results

The items impacting comparability of third-quarter net earnings are
summarized below:

       

Third Quarter

2009 2008

(millions, except per share amounts)

Earnings EPS Earnings EPS
       
Net earnings, as reported $ 174   $ 0.49   $ 532   $ 1.40   *
 

Continuing Operations

       
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 174   $ 0.49   $ 54   $ 0.14  
 
Adjustment for restructuring charges and related costs 4 0.01 100 0.26
 
Net adjustment on commodity hedges (7 ) (0.02 )
       
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 171   $ 0.48   $ 154   $ 0.40  
 

Discontinued Operations

       
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $   $   $ 478   $ 1.25  
 
Adjustment for gain on sale of Godiva Chocolatier (467 ) (1.23 )
       
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $   $   $ 11   $ 0.03   *
 
       
Adjusted Net earnings $ 171   $ 0.48   $ 165   $ 0.43  
 
* Does not add due to rounding.

A detailed reconciliation of the adjusted fiscal 2009 and 2008 financial
information to the reported information is attached to this release.

For the third quarter, sales declined 10 percent to $1.686 billion. The
decline in sales reflects the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 6 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 6 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 1 percent
  • Currency subtracted 6 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 3 percent

Additional Third Quarter Financial Details

  • Gross margin was 40.6 percent compared to 38.6 percent a year ago. The
    current year included $6 million of costs related to initiatives to
    improve operational efficiency and long-term profitability and a
    favorable net adjustment of $11 million related to commodity
    hedging. After adjusting for these items, gross margin percentage for
    the quarter was 40.3 percent. The increase in gross margin percentage
    was primarily due to pricing, productivity improvements and favorable
    mix, partially offset by cost inflation.
  • Marketing and selling expenses decreased by $38 million to $246
    million primarily due to the impact of currency and reduced
    advertising.
  • Administrative expenses decreased from $158 million to $129 million,
    reflecting the benefit of cost reduction efforts, lower long-term
    compensation costs and the impact of currency.
  • Excluding items impacting comparability, earnings before interest and
    taxes were $281 million as compared to $254 million in the prior-year
    quarter, an increase of 11 percent. Currency translation adversely
    impacted earnings growth before interest and taxes by eight percentage
    points. Earnings before interest and taxes improved primarily due to
    lower administrative costs, improved gross margin performance and
    lower advertising.
  • At the end of the quarter, net debt, or total debt minus cash and cash
    equivalents, was $2.521 billion compared to $2.066 billion a year ago,
    an increase of $455 million. The prior year reflected proceeds
    received from the sale of Godiva which were subsequently used to
    repurchase shares.
  • Net interest expense declined to $26 million, compared to $37 million
    in the prior year due to the significant decline in the company’s
    short-term borrowing rates.

Year-to-Date Financial Results

The current and prior period’s net earnings included items that impacted
comparability. These items are summarized below:

       
Nine Months
2009 2008

(millions, except per share amounts)

Earnings EPS Earnings EPS
       
Net earnings, as reported

$

667

  $ 1.85   $ 1,076   $ 2.79  
 

Continuing Operations

       
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 663   $ 1.84   $ 582   $ 1.51  
 
Adjustment for restructuring charges and related costs 14 0.04 100 0.26
 
Adjustment for unrealized losses on commodity hedges 9 0.02
 
Benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (13 ) (0.03 )
       
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 686   $ 1.90   $ 669   $ 1.74  
 

Discontinued Operations

       
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $ 4   $ 0.01   $ 494   $ 1.28  
 
Adjustment for gain on sale of Godiva Chocolatier (462 ) (1.20 )
 
Adjustment to taxes on gain on sale of Godiva Chocolatier (4 ) (0.01 )
       
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $   $   $ 32   $ 0.08  
 
       
Adjusted Net earnings $ 686   $ 1.90   $ 701   $ 1.82  

Net earnings for the first nine months were $667 million, or $1.85 per
share, compared to $1.076 billion, or $2.79 per share, in the year-ago
period. Excluding items impacting comparability, adjusted net earnings
were $686 million compared to $701 million in the year-ago period.
Adjusted net earnings per share were $1.90 in the current period
compared to $1.82 in the prior period, an increase of 4 percent.
Adjusted net earnings per share growth benefited from a decline in
average diluted shares outstanding. In the first nine months of 2009,
adjusted net earnings per share were negatively impacted by $0.08 due to
currency translation.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2009, sales were $6.058 billion, a
decrease of 4 percent. The change in sales for the period reflects
the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 2 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 7 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 2 percent
  • Currency subtracted 4 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 3 percent

Additional Year-to-Date Financial Details

  • Marketing and selling expenses decreased $31 million to $868 million,
    primarily due to the impact of currency and lower selling
    expenses, partially offset by higher advertising costs.
  • Excluding items impacting comparability, earnings before interest and
    taxes were $1.075 billion compared to $1.082 billion in the prior
    year, a decrease of 1 percent. Currency translation adversely impacted
    earnings growth before interest and taxes by four percentage points.
  • Average diluted shares outstanding declined to 361 million from 385
    million primarily due to repurchases utilizing net proceeds from the
    divestiture of the Godiva business and Campbell’s strategic share
    repurchase programs.
  • During the first nine months, Campbell repurchased 13 million shares
    for $409 million under its June 2008 strategic share repurchase
    program and the company’s ongoing practice of buying back shares
    sufficient to offset shares issued under incentive compensation plans.

Summary of Fiscal 2009 Third Quarter and Year-To-Date Results by
Segment

U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages

Sales for U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $808 million compared to
$811 million a year ago. The change in sales reflects the following
factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 7 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 5 percent
  • Decreased promotional spending added 1 percent
  • The acquisition of “Wolfgang Puck” soups, broths and stocks added 1
    percent

Total soup sales for the quarter decreased 2 percent, driven by the
following:

  • Sales of “Campbell’s” condensed soups increased 2 percent. Condensed
    cooking varieties achieved solid gains, benefitting from increased
    at-home eating, which were partially offset by a decline in eating
    varieties.
  • Sales of ready-to-serve soups decreased 7 percent primarily due to
    declines in sales of the convenience platform, which includes soup in
    microwavable bowls and cups.
  • Broth sales decreased 2 percent.

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

  • Beverage sales decreased primarily due to a decline in “V8” vegetable
    juice.
  • Sales of both “Prego” pasta sauce and “Pace” Mexican sauces
    experienced double-digit growth as consumers increased at-home eating
    during the economic downturn.

Operating earnings were $195 million compared to $172 million in the
prior-year period, an increase of 13 percent. The increase in operating
earnings was due to lower advertising and lower administrative expenses.

For the first nine months, U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages sales
increased 4 percent to $3.134 billion. A breakdown of the change in
sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 2 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 8 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 2 percent

For the first nine months, soup sales increased 6 percent:

  • Sales of condensed soup increased 6 percent with gains in both cooking
    and eating varieties.
  • Sales of ready-to-serve soup increased 4 percent due to the successful
    launches of “Campbell’s Select Harvest” and “Campbell’s” “V8” soups,
    partly offset by lower sales of “Campbell’s Chunky” varieties.
  • Broth sales increased 10 percent due to the growth of the base
    business and the successful introduction of “Swanson” cooking stock.

Operating earnings were $779 million compared to $767 million in the
year-ago period. The increase in operating earnings reflected the higher
level of sales, partly offset by a decline in gross margin percentage,
as pricing and productivity improvements were not sufficient to offset
cost inflation.

Baking and Snacking

Sales for Baking and Snacking were $431 million, a decrease of 14
percent from a year ago. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 2 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 6 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 1 percent
  • Currency subtracted 9 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 8 percent

Further details of sales results include the following:

  • Sales of Pepperidge Farm products increased, driven by double-digit
    growth in “Goldfish” snack crackers and in “Milano” cookies, as well
    as the introduction of Granola cookies.
  • On a reported basis, Arnott’s sales declined due to the divestiture of
    certain salty snack foods brands, the discontinuance of the private
    label biscuit and industrial chocolate businesses associated with the
    closing of a production facility in Australia and the
    unfavorable impact of currency. Excluding these factors, sales
    increased, driven by solid growth in both savory and sweet biscuit
    products with especially strong growth in Indonesia.

Operating earnings were $57 million compared with a loss of $92 million
in the prior-year period. In connection with the previously announced
restructuring initiative, the current quarter included $1 million in
costs compared to $144 million in the prior year’s quarter. The
remaining increase in operating earnings was due to gains in
Pepperidge Farm and Arnott’s, partially offset by the unfavorable impact
of currency.

For the first nine months, sales decreased 10 percent to $1.380 billion.
A breakdown in the change in sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 2 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 8 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 2 percent
  • Currency subtracted 6 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 8 percent

Operating earnings were $193 million compared to $48 million in the
year-ago period. In connection with the previously announced
restructuring initiative, the current year included $3 million in
accelerated depreciation and other exit costs, compared to a $144
million restructuring charge in the prior year. The remaining increase
was primarily due to significant growth in Arnott’s, partially offset by
the negative impact of currency.

International Soup, Sauces and Beverages

Sales for International Soup, Sauces and Beverages were $297 million, a
decrease of 26 percent compared to a year ago. The change in sales
reflects the following factors:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 7 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 5 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 3 percent
  • Currency subtracted 16 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 5 percent

Excluding the unfavorable impact of currency and divestitures, further
details of sales results include the following:

  • In Asia Pacific, sales increased primarily due to double-digit gains
    in the Australian soup business and Malaysia.
  • In Europe, sales declined due to declines in Germany and France.
  • In Canada, sales declined primarily due to lower soup sales.

Operating earnings were $29 million compared to $40 million a year ago.
The prior-year quarter included $6 million in restructuring charges. The
decrease was due to the unfavorable impact of currency and lower
earnings in Europe, partly offset by gains in the Asia Pacific region
and Canada.

For the first nine months, sales decreased 14 percent to $1.068 billion.
A breakdown of the change in sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 4 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 5 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 1 percent
  • Currency subtracted 11 percent
  • Divestitures subtracted 3 percent

Excluding the impact of currency and divestitures, sales were comparable
to a year ago, as gains in the Asia Pacific region and Canada were
offset by declines in Europe.

Operating earnings were $117 million compared to $152 million in the
year-ago period. The prior year included $6 million in restructuring
charges. The decline was due to the unfavorable impact of currency and
costs to launch products in Russia and China.

North America Foodservice

Sales were $150 million, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year
ago. A breakdown of the change in sales follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 8 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 6 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 5 percent
  • Currency subtracted 3 percent

Operating earnings were $13 million compared to a loss of $4 million in
the prior period. In connection with the previously announced
restructuring initiative, the current quarter included $5 million in
accelerated depreciation and other exit costs, compared to a $22 million
restructuring charge in the prior-year quarter. Excluding these charges,
operating earnings were flat versus the prior-year quarter.

For the first nine months, sales were $476 million compared to $509
million in the year-ago period. A breakdown of the change in sales
follows:

  • Volume and mix subtracted 8 percent
  • Price and sales allowances added 6 percent
  • Increased promotional spending subtracted 2 percent
  • Currency subtracted 2 percent

Operating earnings were $34 million compared to $40 million in the prior
period. In connection with the previously announced restructuring
initiative, the current year included $18 million in accelerated
depreciation and other exit costs, compared to a $22 million
restructuring charge in the prior year. The decline in operating
earnings was primarily due to lower volumes.

Unallocated Corporate Expenses

Unallocated corporate expenses decreased from $34 million a year ago to
$8 million in the current quarter. The decrease was primarily due to a
favorable net adjustment of $11 million related to commodity
hedges, lower long-term compensation costs and lower expenses associated
with the company’s North American SAP implementation. For the first nine
months, unallocated corporate expenses decreased from $97 million to $83
million. The decrease was primarily due to lower expenses associated
with the company’s North American SAP implementation and lower long-term
compensation costs, partially offset by a net $14 million unrealized
loss on commodity hedges.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

A reconciliation of the adjusted fiscal 2009 and 2008 financial
information to the reported financial information is attached to this
release.

Conference Call

Campbell will host a conference call to discuss these results on May 22,
2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. U.S. participants may access
the call at 1-866-219-5631 and non-U.S. participants at 1-703-639-1122.
Participants should call at least five minutes prior to the starting
time. The passcode is “Campbell Soup” and the conference leader is Len
Griehs. The call and accompanying slides also will 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 May 29, 2009 at
1-888-266-2081 or 1-703-925-2533. The access code is 1359864.

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, and
“Arnott’s” salty snacks in Australia.

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 its future plans and performance,
including statements concerning the impact of marketing investments and
strategies, pricing, share repurchase, new product introductions and
innovation, cost-saving initiatives, quality improvements, inflation,
commodity hedging, currency translation and portfolio strategies,
including divestitures, 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

May 3, April 27,
2009 2008
 
Net sales $ 1,686   $ 1,880  
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold 1,001 1,154
Marketing and selling expenses 246 284
Administrative expenses 129 158
Research and development expenses 27 30
Other expenses / (income) (3 )
Restructuring charges       172  
Total costs and expenses   1,400     1,798  
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 286 82
Interest, net   26     37  
Earnings before taxes 260 45
 
Taxes on earnings   86     (9 )
 
Earnings from continuing operations 174 54
Earnings from discontinued operations       478  
Net earnings $ 174   $ 532  
 
Per share – basic
Earnings from continuing operations $ .50 $ .14
Earnings from discontinued operations       1.28  
Net earnings $ .50   $ 1.43  
 
Dividends $ .25   $ .22  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic   350     373  
 
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Earnings from continuing operations $ .49 $ .14
Earnings from discontinued operations       1.25  
Net earnings $ .49   $ 1.40  
 

Weighted average shares outstanding – assuming dilution

  354     381  
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $6 ($4 after tax or $.01 per
share) related to the initiatives announced in April 2008 to improve
operational efficiency. In fiscal 2008, the company recorded a
pre-tax restructuring charge of $172 ($100 after tax or $.26 per
share) related to the previously announced initiatives.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized in cost of products sold an
$11 ($7 after tax or $.02 per share) favorable net adjustment on
commodity hedge positions.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized an after-tax gain of $467
($1.23 per share) in earnings from discontinued operations from the
sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business.
 
The sum of the individual per share amounts does not equal due to
rounding.
 
 
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (unaudited)
(millions, except per share amounts)
 
 

NINE MONTHS ENDED

May 3, April 27,
2009 2008
 
Net sales $ 6,058   $ 6,283
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold 3,665 3,776
Marketing and selling expenses 868 899
Administrative expenses 407 440
Research and development expenses 83 82
Other expenses / (income) (5 ) 4
Restructuring charges       172
Total costs and expenses   5,018     5,373
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 1,040 910
Interest, net   83     121
Earnings before taxes 957 789
 
Taxes on earnings   294     207
 
Earnings from continuing operations 663 582
Earnings from discontinued operations   4     494
Net earnings $ 667   $ 1,076
 
Per share – basic
Earnings from continuing operations $ 1.87 $ 1.54
Earnings from discontinued operations   .01     1.31
Net earnings $ 1.88   $ 2.85
 
Dividends $ .75   $ .66
 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic   354     377
 
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Earnings from continuing operations $ 1.84 $ 1.51
Earnings from discontinued operations   .01     1.28
Net earnings $ 1.85   $ 2.79
 

Weighted average shares outstanding – assuming dilution

  361     385
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $21 ($14 after tax or $.04 per
share) related to the initiatives announced in April 2008 to improve
operational efficiency. In fiscal 2008, the company recorded a
pre-tax restructuring charge of $172 ($100 after tax or $.26 per
share) related to the previously announced initiatives.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized expense of $14 ($9 after tax
or $.02 per share) in cost of products sold related to unrealized
losses on commodity hedges.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized a $4 (or $.01 per share) tax
benefit in discontinued operations related to the sale of the Godiva
Chocolatier business.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized a $13 (or $.03 per share) tax
benefit in continuing operations related to the favorable resolution
of a state tax contingency.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized an after-tax gain of $462
($1.20 per share) in earnings from discontinued operations from the
sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business.
 
 
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF SALES AND EARNINGS (unaudited)
(millions, except per share amounts)
     
 
THREE MONTHS ENDED
May 3, April 27, Percent

Sales

2009 2008 Change
Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 808 $ 811 0%
Baking and Snacking 431 502 (14%)
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 297 400 (26%)
North America Foodservice   150     167   (10%)
Total sales $ 1,686   $ 1,880   (10%)
 
 
 
 

Earnings

Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 195 $ 172 13%
Baking and Snacking 57 (92 ) 162%
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 29 40 (28%)
North America Foodservice   13     (4 ) 425%
Total operating earnings 294 116 153%
Unallocated corporate expenses   (8 )   (34 )
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 286 82 249%
Interest, net (26 ) (37 )
Taxes on earnings   (86 )   9  
 
Earnings from continuing operations 174 54 222%
Earnings from discontinued operations       478  
Net earnings $ 174   $ 532   (67%)
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Earnings from continuing operations $ .49 $ .14 250%
Earnings from discontinued operations       1.25  
Net earnings $ .49   $ 1.40   (65%)
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $6 ($4 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 following segments: North America Foodservice –
$5, and Baking and Snacking – $1. In fiscal 2008, the company
recorded a pre-tax restructuring charge of $172 ($100 after tax or
$.26 per share) related to the previously announced initiatives. The
restructuring charge was recognized in the following segments:
Baking and Snacking – $144, International Soup, Sauces and Beverages
– $6, and North America Foodservice – $22.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized in cost of products sold an
$11 ($7 after tax or $.02 per share) favorable net adjustment on
commodity hedge positions. The favorable net adjustment is included
in Unallocated corporate expenses.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized an after-tax gain of $467
($1.23 per share) in earnings from discontinued operations from the
sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business.
 
The sum of the individual per share amounts does not equal due to
rounding.
 
 
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF SALES AND EARNINGS (unaudited)
(millions, except per share amounts)
     
 
NINE MONTHS ENDED
May 3, April 27, Percent

Sales

2009 2008 Change
Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 3,134 $ 3,001 4%
Baking and Snacking 1,380 1,525 (10%)
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 1,068 1,248 (14%)
North America Foodservice   476     509   (6%)
Total sales $ 6,058   $ 6,283   (4%)
 
 
 
 

Earnings

Contributions:
U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages $ 779 $ 767 2%
Baking and Snacking 193 48 302%
International Soup, Sauces and Beverages 117 152 (23%)
North America Foodservice   34     40   (15%)
Total operating earnings 1,123 1,007 12%
Unallocated corporate expenses   (83 )   (97 )
 
Earnings before interest and taxes 1,040 910 14%
Interest, net (83 ) (121 )
Taxes on earnings   (294 )   (207 )
 
Earnings from continuing operations 663 582 14%
Earnings from discontinued operations   4     494  
Net earnings $ 667   $ 1,076   (38%)
 
Per share – assuming dilution
Earnings from continuing operations $ 1.84 $ 1.51 22%
Earnings from discontinued operations   .01     1.28  
Net earnings $ 1.85   $ 2.79   (34%)
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recorded pre-tax restructuring related
costs in cost of products sold of $21 ($14 after tax or $.04 per
share) related to the initiatives announced in April 2008 to improve
operational efficiency. The restructuring related costs were
recognized in the following segments: North America Foodservice –
$18, and Baking and Snacking – $3. In fiscal 2008, the company
recorded a pre-tax restructuring charge of $172 ($100 after tax or
$.26 per share) related to the previously announced initiatives. The
restructuring charge was recognized in the following segments:
Baking and Snacking – $144, International Soup, Sauces and Beverages
– $6, and North America Foodservice – $22.
 
In fiscal 2009, the company recognized expense of $14 ($9 after tax
or $.02 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 recognized a $4 (or $.01 per share) tax
benefit in discontinued operations related to the sale of the Godiva
Chocolatier business.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized a $13 (or $.03 per share) tax
benefit in continuing operations related to the favorable resolution
of a state tax contingency.
 
In fiscal 2008, the company recognized an after-tax gain of $462
($1.20 per share) in earnings from discontinued operations from the
sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business.
 
       
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY CONSOLIDATED
BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(millions)
 
 
May 3, April 27,
2009 2008
 
Current assets $ 1,448 $ 1,584
 
Current assets held for sale 26
 
Plant assets, net 1,812 1,892
 
Intangible assets, net 2,292 2,624
 
Other assets 290 381
   
Total assets $ 5,842 $ 6,507
 
 
Current liabilities $ 1,633 $ 1,638
 
Current liabilities held for sale 25
 
Long-term debt 1,954 1,767
 
Other liabilities 1,125 1,178
 
Non-current liabilities held for sale 3
 
Shareowners’ equity 1,130 1,896
   
Total liabilities and shareowners’ equity $ 5,842 $ 6,507
 
 
Total debt $ 2,582 $ 2,116
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 61 $ 50
 
Net debt $ 2,521 $ 2,066
 
 

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Third
Quarter Ended May 3, 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.

Net Debt

The company believes that net debt is a non-GAAP measure that provides
additional meaningful comparisons between the company’s financial
position at May 3, 2009 and April 27, 2008, and also a useful
perspective on the financial condition of the business. Interest income
earned on cash and cash equivalents partially offsets interest expense
on debt. Cash and cash equivalents are available to repay outstanding
debt upon maturity.

The table below summarizes information on total debt and cash and cash
equivalents:

(millions)  

May 3, 2009

  April 27, 2008
 
Current notes payable

$

628

$ 349
Long-term debt

 

1,954

    1,767  
Total debt

$

2,582

  $ 2,116  
 
Less: Cash and cash equivalents  

(61

)

  (50 )
Net debt

$

2,521

  $ 2,066  
 

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 third quarter of fiscal 2009, the company recognized in cost
of products sold an $11 million ($7 million after tax or $0.02 per
share) favorable net adjustment on commodity hedge positions. The
aggregate year-to-date impact from open commodity hedges was $14
million ($9 million after tax or $0.02 per share) of unrealized
losses. Beginning in fiscal 2009, unrealized gains and losses on
commodity hedging activities are excluded from segment operating
earnings and are recorded in unallocated corporate expenses as these
open positions represent hedges of future purchases. Upon closing of
the contracts, the realized gain or loss is transferred to segment
operating earnings, which allows the segments to reflect the
economic effects of the hedge without exposure to quarterly
volatility of unrealized gains and losses. The volatility associated
with the unrealized gains or losses will be treated as an item
impacting comparability. In prior periods, 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 third
quarter of fiscal 2009, the company recorded expenses of $6 million
($4 million after tax or $0.01 per share) in cost of products sold
related to these initiatives. The aggregate year-to-date impact was
$21 million ($14 million after tax or $0.04 per share). In the third
quarter of fiscal 2008, the company recorded a pre-tax restructuring
charge of $172 million ($100 million after tax or $0.26 per share).
For the year ended August 3, 2008, the company recorded pre-tax
restructuring charges of $175 million and $7 million of expenses in
cost of products sold (aggregate impact of $107 million after tax or
$0.28 per share) related to these initiatives.
 
(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 third quarter of fiscal 2008, the company recognized a
pre-tax gain of $707 million ($467 million after tax or $1.23 per
share) in earnings from discontinued operations from the sale of the
Godiva Chocolatier business. The total after-tax gain on the sale
was $462 million, or $1.20 per share, for the nine months ended
April 27, 2008, and $1.21 per share for fiscal 2008.
 
(5) In the second quarter of fiscal 2008, the company recorded a
non-cash tax benefit of $13 million ($0.03 per share) in earnings
from continuing operations from the favorable resolution of a state
tax contingency in the United States.
 

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

   
(millions, except per share amounts) Third Quarter
May 3, 2009   Apr. 27, 2008 % Change
Gross margin, as reported $ 685 $ 726
Deduct: Net adjustment on commodity hedges (1) (11 )

Add: Restructuring related costs (2)

  6      
Adjusted Gross margin $ 680   $ 726   (6)%
Adjusted Gross margin percentage 40.3 % 38.6 %
 
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 286 $ 82
Deduct: Net adjustment on commodity hedges (1) (11 )
Add: Restructuring charges and related costs (2)   6     172  
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 281   $ 254   11%
 
Interest, net, as reported $ 26   $ 37  
 
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 255   $ 217  
 
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 86 $ (9 )
Deduct: Tax expense from the net adjustment on commodity hedges (1) (4 )
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges and related costs (2)   2     72  
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 84   $ 63  
Adjusted effective income tax rate 32.9 % 29.0 %
 
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 174 $ 54
Deduct: Net adjustment on commodity hedges (1) (7 )
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2)   4     100  
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 171   $ 154   11%
 
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $ $ 478
Deduct: Gain on sale of Godiva Chocolatier business (4)       (467 )
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $   $ 11  
   
Adjusted Net earnings $ 171   $ 165   4%
 
 
Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations, as reported $ 0.49 $ 0.14
Deduct: Net adjustment on commodity hedges (1) (0.02 )
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2)   0.01     0.26  
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations $ 0.48   $ 0.40   20%
 
Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations, as reported $ $ 1.25
Deduct: Gain on sale of Godiva Chocolatier business (4)       (1.23 )
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations * $   $ 0.03  
   
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share $ 0.48   $ 0.43   12%
 

 

* The sum of the individual per share amounts does not equal due
to rounding.

 
     
(millions, except per share amounts) Year-to-Date
May 3, 2009 Apr. 27, 2008 % Change
Gross margin, as reported $ 2,393 $ 2,507
Add: Unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 14
Add: Restructuring related costs (2)   21      
Adjusted Gross margin $ 2,428   $ 2,507   (3)%
Adjusted Gross margin percentage 40.1 % 39.9 %
 
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 1,040 $ 910
Add: Unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 14
Add: Restructuring charges and related costs (2)   21     172  
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 1,075   $ 1,082   (1)%
 
Interest, net, as reported $ 83   $ 121  
 
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 992   $ 961  
 
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 294 $ 207
Add: Tax benefit from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 5
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 7 72
Add: Tax benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (5)       13  
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 306   $ 292  
Adjusted effective income tax rate 30.8 % 30.4 %
 
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 663 $ 582
Add: Net adjustment from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 9
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 14 100
Deduct: Benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (5)       (13 )
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 686   $ 669   3%
 
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $ 4 $ 494
Deduct: Tax benefit from the sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business
(3)
(4 )
Deduct: Gain on sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business (4)       (462 )
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $   $ 32  
   
Adjusted Net earnings $ 686   $ 701   (2)%
 
 
Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations, as reported $ 1.84 $ 1.51
Add: Net adjustment from unrealized losses on commodity hedges (1) 0.02
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 0.04 0.26
Deduct: Benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (5)       (0.03 )
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations $ 1.90   $ 1.74   9%
 
Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations, as reported $ 0.01 $ 1.28
Deduct: Tax benefit from the sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business
(3)
(0.01 )
Deduct: Gain on sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business (4)       (1.20 )
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations $   $ 0.08  
   
Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share $ 1.90   $ 1.82   4%
 
   
(millions, except per share amounts)
Year Ended
Aug. 3, 2008
 
Earnings before interest and taxes, as reported $ 1,098
Add: Restructuring charges and related costs (2)   182  
Adjusted Earnings before interest and taxes $ 1,280  
 
Interest, net, as reported $ 159  
 
Adjusted Earnings before taxes $ 1,121  
 
Taxes on earnings, as reported $ 268
Add: Tax benefit from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 75
Add: Tax benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (5)   13  
Adjusted Taxes on earnings $ 356  
Adjusted effective income tax rate 31.8 %
 
Earnings from continuing operations, as reported $ 671
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 107
Deduct: Benefit from resolution of a state tax contingency (5)   (13 )
Adjusted Earnings from continuing operations $ 765  
 
Earnings from discontinued operations, as reported $ 494
Deduct: Gain on sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business (4)   (462 )
Adjusted Earnings from discontinued operations $ 32  
 
Adjusted Net earnings $ 797  
 
 
Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations, as reported $ 1.76
Add: Net adjustment from restructuring charges and related costs (2) 0.28
Deduct: Benefit from resolution of state tax contingency (5)   (0.03 )
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations $ 2.01  
 
Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations, as reported $ 1.30
Deduct: Gain on sale of the Godiva Chocolatier business (4)   (1.21 )
Adjusted Diluted earnings per share – discontinued operations * $ 0.08  
 

Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share*

$ 2.09  
 

* The sum of the individual per share amounts does not equal due
to rounding.

 

Source: Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company
Leonard F. Griehs (Analysts), 856-342-6428
Anthony
Sanzio (Media), 856-968-4390