Kellogg reported its latest quarter results, which revealed better-than-expected adjusted earnings per share and revenue.
The breakfast cereal maker’s adjusted earnings came in at $1.03, ahead of the 91-cent FactSet consensus expectation.
Sales fell - 2.8% year-over-year to $3.37 billion in the quarter, but still exceeded analysts’ estimate of $3.35 billion (based on FactSet poll).
The decline in sales were largely due to the divestiture of the cookie, fruit snack, pie crust and ice cream cone businesses. Unfavorable foreign-currency translations also affected performance. However, organic sales rose more than +2%.
Within North America, Kellogg’s organic growth was bolstered by brands including Pringles potato chips, Cheez-It snacks, Rice Krispies Treats and Pop-Tarts.
Currency headwinds hurt net sales in Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific-Mideast-Africa.
Kellogg expects its currency-neutral adjusted earnings per share to decline by about -10%, vs. prior expectation of a reduction of -10% to -11% - the modified outlook follows a lower expected tax rate and higher-than-expected other income.
The company projects full-year net sales growth of +1% to +2% from the year earlier.