Campbell Soup says dividends to increase over time in-line with earnings Says company has been reducing overhead expenses. Says FY14 guidance is unchanged from May. Says extra week in FY14 will impact FY14 EPS by 8c per share. For FY14, the company expects incentive compensation costs will be below target levels, which will be a headwind next year. Says company will drive future growth by launching new products and enhancing distribution. Expects to resume share repurchases in FY15. Sees a modest EPS effect from share buybacks in FY15. The company forecasts continuing cost inflation in FY15. Expects FY14 input cost inflation to be between 3%-4%. Sees $400M of capital spending in FY15. Sees gross margin percentage to be stable in FY15. Comments made during the company's Investor Day conference.
Campbell Soup reiterates long-term target of 5%-7% adjusted EPS growth Campbell reiterated its long-term targets of 3 to 4 percent organic sales growth, 4 to 6 percent adjusted EBIT growth and 5 to 7 percent adjusted EPS growth. While Campbell expects an improvement in its organic sales performance for the coming year, the company’s fiscal 2015 performance is expected to be below these long-term targets. The company indicated that it may need to continue reshaping its portfolio to achieve these long-term goals.
Campbell Soup still sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.53-$2.58, consensus $2.54 For the year, Campbell expects growth of approximately 3% in net sales from continuing operations and growth in adjusted EBIT at the low end of the 4%-6% range. Adjusted EPS is expected to grow at the low end of the 2%-4% range, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share.