General Mills Inc.
) recently reached a 52-week high of $46.01 on Feb 25, 2013, on
the back of solid second quarter 2013 results announced in
December. Interestingly, the food giant announced an impressive
guidance for fiscal 2014 last week.
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General Mills reported second quarter 2013 results on Dec 19,
2012 with its top and bottom lines beating Zacks Consensus
General Mills' second quarter fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings rose
13% year on year to 86 cents per share. The quarterly earnings
comprehensively beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents.
The upside was driven by recent acquisitions,
better-than-expected sales and profits in the U.S. retail
business and lower interest expenses and taxes.
Total revenue of the global consumer food company increased 6%
year over year to $4.88 billion. Revenues slivered past the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $4.87 billion. Revenues mostly benefited
from recent acquisitions, mainly the purchases of Brazilian food
maker Yoki Alimentos (in August this year) and Yoplait Canada.
Sales were up 2% excluding the impact of the acquisitions.
In addition, General Mills recently reaffirmed its previously
provided fiscal 2013 guidance at the CAGNY investor conference
held in New York. The food giant expects growth in 2014 to be in
line with its long-term goals.
In fiscal 2014, General Mills intends to record strong earnings
growth and increase cash returns to shareholders. Growth is
expected to be in line with its long-term targets; high
single-digit growth in earnings, low-single digit growth in net
sales, and mid-single digit growth in segment operating
General Mills carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some stocks going strong in the food industry include
ConAgra Foods, Inc
Flower Foods Inc.
J&J Snack Foods Corp
), all carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).