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March 14, 2014
10:48 EDTGIS, POST, KGeneral Mills shares drop after forecasting Q3 earnings miss
Shares of cereal and packaged foods maker General Mills (GIS) are lower this morning after the company provided third quarter guidance that missed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: General Mills forecast Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 61c-62c, which fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates of 68c. Sales and operating profit for the quarter will reflect approximately 1% lower volume, "consistent with recent food industry trends in developed markets, as well as negative foreign currency translation effects," the company said. General Mills also said results for the quarter would include increased marketing and merchandising investment in its U.S. yogurt business, "where response to-date has been encouraging." The company also said that operating profit for its U.S. Retail segment is expected at 10%-11% below year-ago results, which were up 13%. Total segment operating profit is also expected to be below last year’s level. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Despite missing estimates, the company backed its FY14 adjusted EPS view of $2.87-$2.90. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY14 EPS prior to the report was $2.88. General Mills also forecast "strong double-digit growth" in its fourth quarter adjusted EPS, when the expected rate of input cost inflation, the quarterly tax rate and the average number of shares outstanding will be "well below" prior-year levels. Analysts are expecting Q4 adjusted EPS of 66c. The company also predicts strong operating cash flow, earnings growth in 2014 and continued growth in fiscal year 2014. OTHER NEWS: General Mills announced an 8% dividend increase earlier this week to 41c per share, payable May 1 to shareholders of record on April 10. Including the new May quarterly payment, General Mills dividends per share in FY14 will total $1.55, up 17% from FY13. PRICE ACTION: General Mills is trading down $1.14, or 2.23%, to $49.88 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of General Mills peer Kellogg (K) are down to $61.31, while another cereal maker, Post (POST), is virtually unchanged at $57.25.
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June 30, 2015
15:26 EDTGISNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:52 EDTGISGeneral Mills technical notes before results
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10:50 EDTPOSTTreeHouse, Post rise after ConAgra plans exit from private brands
Two food companies, TreeHouse Foods (THS) and Post Holdings (POST), are trading higher after peer ConAgra (CAG) announced plans to exit its private brands operations. According to a Reuters report from earlier, KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Akshay Jagdale mentioned in a note that TreeHouse and Post could be potential acquirers of the ConAgra division. Shares of Post Holdings rose 2.8% and Treehouse Foods advanced 9% in morning trading.
June 26, 2015
06:33 EDTGISMcDonald’s says child customers drinking less soda, eating more fruit
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June 25, 2015
09:37 EDTGISGeneral Mills expects to eliminate 675-725 positions in restructuring plan
In a regulatory filing, General Mills disclosed that it plans to eliminate 675-725 positions. In the first quarter, General Mills approved Project Compass, a restructuring plan designed to enable our International segment to accelerate long-term growth through increased organizational effectiveness and reduced administrative expense. In connection with this initiative, the company expects to eliminate approximately 675 to 725 positions. The company will record total restructuring charges of approximately $57M-$62M pre-tax, primarily reflecting one-time employee termination benefits, of which approximately $54M-$57M will be recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The company expects approximately $54M-$59M of the total expense will result in future cash expenditures. These restructuring actions are expected to be completed by early fiscal 2017. The company expects that these actions will generate annual cost savings of approximately $45M-$50M, with approximately $25M-$30M of cost savings being realized in fiscal 2016.
07:55 EDTGISGeneral Mills volatility low into Q4 and outlook
General Mills July and August option implied volatility is at 15; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 23, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 release on July 1.
June 22, 2015
09:20 EDTGISGeneral Mills Cereals to remove artificial flavors and colors
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June 18, 2015
17:02 EDTPOSTPost Holdings provides additional avian influenza update
Post Holdings provided an update with respect to the recent avian influenza outbreak affecting Post's Michael Foods egg business. As reported on May 27, a company-owned flock in Nebraska tested positive for AI. Several rounds of subsequent testing did not confirm the presumptive positive, and the flock was today released from quarantine by the USDA. As a result, the company's total affected egg supply is now approximately 25% of its annualized egg volume commitments. As a result of aggressive cost management, discontinuation of certain product lines and pricing actions, Post management continues to expect the negative impact of AI for fiscal 2015 on Adjusted EBITDA to be in line with previous guidance of approximately $20M.

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