The board of directors at
) recently announced plans of a 6.5% increase in the consumer
food company's dividend - the 358
quarterly dividend rate hike since 1925.
The dividend will increase from 46 cents to 49 cents per
common share, equivalent to an annual dividend of $1.93 per share
for fiscal 2014, up from $1.80 in fiscal 2013. The new dividend,
payable from Jun 16, 2014, will yield 2.9% annually.
Kellogg has consistently enhanced shareholders' return via
share repurchases and dividends. In Feb this year. Kellogg
approved a new share repurchase program of up to $1.5 billion.. A
solid cash position allows the cereal maker to pay regular
dividends and buy back shares.
The new buyback program will expire on Jan 2, 2016 which marks
the end of fiscal 2015. The latest authorization replaces the
existing buyback plan, approved in Apr 2013, to buy back up to $1
billion shares through Apr 2014. These programs will lower share
count and are expected to boost earnings per share in 2014.
On the same day, Kellogg released a press release where it
announced that it is set to start the New Year (fiscal 2014) with
John A. Bryant, present president and chief executive officer, in
a new role - Chairman of the Board - effective Jul 1. Bryant
replaces James M. Jenness who is stepping down after a 40-year
tenure at the company.
Kellogg is expected to report first-quarter fiscal 2014
earnings results on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Kellogg carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The company's solid
brand positioning, its geographic diversity and significant
investments behind innovation, marketing and supply-chain
initiatives are encouraging. Moreover, we commend the company's
growth potential, diversification and international presence that
the Pringles deal provides. However, the strained cereal
business, pressures in Europe and rising input costs are the
Other Stocks to Consider
Some other food companies you may want to consider include
B&G Foods Inc.
TreeHouse Foods Inc.
McCormick & Company, Inc.
).While B&G Foods sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
McCormick and TreeHouse have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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