Mondelez posted its fourth quarter earnings that missed analysts' expectations, even as revenue surpassed forecasts.
The confectionary giant’s earnings came in at $0.71 a share, below the $0.7187 expected by analysts polled by Investing.com. Revenue of $7.66 billion was above analysts’ expectations of $7.58 billion.
Adjusted operating income of the North America business for the full year 2021 was $1.59 billion, down -10% from a year ago. Sales were up +1.8%.
Looking ahead, Mondelez expects 2022 growth rates to be in line with its long-term objectives of 3% organic revenue and high single-digit adjusted earnings per share growth with free cash topping $3 billion. However, the company mentioned that its outlook was issued “in the context of greater-than-usual volatility as a result of COVID-19”.
CFO Luca Zaramella said that inflationary pressures will persist in 2022.