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March 14, 2014
10:48 EDTK, GIS, POSTGeneral 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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November 25, 2014
09:20 EDTPOSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 2.6%... Tiffany (TIF), up 4.8%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 5.1%... Brown Shoe (BWS), up 6.6%... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), up 3.1%... Qihoo 360 (QIHU), up 5.8%... DSW (DSW), up 7.3%. ALSO HIGHER: SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 27.9% after aboveground facility operating at 100% capacity. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xcerra (XCRA), down 7.4%... Workday (WDAY), down 8.4%... Brocade (BRCD), down 3.8%... Post (POST), down 7.5%. ALSO LOWER: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 15.8% after announcing that it has not set a timetable for review of strategic and financial alternatives... Medgenics (MDGN), down 11.1% after 5.125M share Spot Secondary priced at $4.10... Pandora (P), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Cyberark Software (CYBR), down 3.7% after receiving multiple downgrades.
November 24, 2014
17:13 EDTPOSTPost Holdings sees one-time reorganization expenses $5M-$6M in 1Q15
On October 9, Post announced it had realigned its organization for fiscal 2015 and now operates three distinct groups: Consumer Brands, Michael Foods and Private Label. The Consumer Brands Group includes the Post Foods cereal and active nutrition brands of the Premier Nutrition and Dymatize businesses, as well as PowerBar and Musashi. The Michael Foods Group includes the Michael Foods egg, potato and cheese businesses as well as the Dakota Growers pasta business. The Private Label Group includes the Golden Boy and American Blanching peanut and tree nut butter and fruit and nut businesses, as well as the cereal, granola and snack businesses of Attune Foods. Post expects to incur one-time expenses between $5M-$6M in 1Q15 associated with this reorganization.
17:10 EDTPOSTPost Holdings sees FY15 Adjusted EBITDA $540M-$580M
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17:02 EDTPOSTPost Holdings reports Q4 adjusted EPS 13c, consensus 7c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.04B, consensus $980.04M.
15:20 EDTPOSTNotable companies reporting after market close
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November 20, 2014
10:37 EDTKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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November 19, 2014
06:48 EDTGISGeneral Mills to remove '100% Natural' from Nature Valley products, WSJ says
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