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February 12, 2015
17:52 EDTDFConAgra, Campbell drop after lowering yearly view on FX headwinds
Shares of food product companies ConAgra Food (CAG) and Campbell Soup Company (CPB) are trading lower in extended trading after both companies issued profit warnings as a result of currency headwinds. WHAT'S NEW: After the closing bell, ConAgra said it sees third quarter earnings per share 10c below the 62c it earned in the same quarter last year. Consensus estimates for ConAgra's Q3 EPS are currently 61c. The company also lowered its EPS view for 2015 to $2.13-$2.18 against consensus estimates of $2.26. The company said, "A strengthening dollar has negatively impacted the EPS outlook, as has a higher-than-planned mark-to-market loss from certain commodity index hedges as discussed in the company’s fiscal second-quarter earnings release. Two operating issues account for the majority of the change in EPS expectations: Profitability for the Private Brands segment is weaker than planned due to a highly competitive bidding environment, as well as execution shortfalls, which together have negatively impacted recent results and near-term expectations for volumes, pricing, and margins.The ongoing longshoremen labor dispute on the U.S. West Coast has continued longer than the company expected, which has negatively impacted exports of Lamb Weston potato products to international markets." Another food company, Campbell Soup Company, lowered its second quarter and full year 2015 guidance after the closing bell. Campbell's gave second quarter EPS guidance of 65c-66c, which was below consensus estimates, and added that net sales for Q2 will decline by approximately 2%, reflecting the negative impact of currency translation. The company estimates that Q2 adjusted EBIT will decline by approximately 17%, due primarily to lower gross margin performance and the negative impact of currency translation. Campbell lowered its FY15 EPS view to $2.32-$2.38 against a consensus estimate of $2.45. PRICE ACTION: Campbell Soup Company is trading lower by 4.2% to $45.70 in extended trading while ConAgra shares are 2.75% lower to $35.42. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other food product companies include General Mills (GIS), Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), Mondelez International (MDLZ), Tyson Foods (TSN), Dean Foods (DF), The WhiteWave Foods Company (WWAV), and J M Smucker (SJM).

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