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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.
News For GIS;K;POST From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
06:35 EDTPOSTTreeHouse, Post join bidding war for ConAgra's Ralcorp, Reuters reports
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July 24, 2015
11:00 EDTKKellogg increases quarterly dividend 2%
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July 23, 2015
06:56 EDTPOSTBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTGISOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ASML (ASML) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at SNS Securities... Anacor (ANAC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... General Mills (GIS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Harte-Hanks (HHS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... MDC Partners (MDCA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) assumed with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
06:46 EDTGISGeneral Mills upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:45 EDTGISBonduelle in talks for bid to buy Green Giant, Reuters reports
Bonduelle is in talks to team with Centerview Partners in a bid to purchase General Mills' Green Giant frozen and canned vegetables unit, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 20, 2015
13:18 EDTGISOptions with increasing call volume
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12:32 EDTGISGeneral Mills calls active on unconfirmed takeover speculation
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11:36 EDTGISRumor: General Mills goes positive on unconfirmed takeover speculation
July 16, 2015
09:07 EDTGISGeneral Mills says to close West Chicago, Joplin plants
General Mills said in a regulatory filing that it previously announced Project Century, a review of its North American manufacturing and distribution network to streamline operations and identify potential capacity reductions. The company says, "As part of this project, in 1Q16, we notified the union member employees and union representatives at our West Chicago, Illinois facility of our tentative decision, pending negotiations and consultation with the union, to close this plant to eliminate excess cereal and dry dinner capacity in our U.S. Retail supply chain. If implemented, this action could affect approximately 500 positions. We expect to incur charges of approximately $70M in FY16, including approximately $44M of severance expense and $26M of additional expense, primarily fixed asset write-offs. We expect this action to be completed by the end of FY19 with a total cost of approximately $120M, of which approximately $52M will be cash.Also as part of Project Century, we notified the employees at our snacks manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri of our decision to close this plant in our U.S. Retail supply chain. This action will affect approximately 120 positions. We expect to incur charges of approximately $11M in FY16, including approximately $2M of severance expense and $9M of additional expense, primarily fixed asset write-offs. We expect this action to be completed by the end of FY18 with a total cost of approximately $12M, of which approximately $5M will be cash.
July 15, 2015
19:54 EDTGISGeneral Mills CEO confident in recent changes to cereal products, Reuters says
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07:40 EDTGISGeneral Mills management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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