Newell Brands had somewhat of a mixed performance in the fourth quarter 2018.
The consumer goods company’s adjusted earnings of 71 cents a share edged past analysts’ estimate of 67 cents a share. Its net sales of $2.34 billion, however, missed estimate of $2.43 billion (based on Refinitiv data). Net sales were also -6% lower compared to the year-ago quarter. The company apparently faced headwinds from tariffs, inflation and currency exchange rates.
For the full year 2018, Newell incurred a net loss of -$6.9 billion for the year, compared to net income of $2.7 billion in 2017. Its net sales for the year declined by -9.6% to $8.6 billion, from $9.6 billion in 2017.
As for the company’s projections for 2019, it expects adjusted earnings per share in the range of $1.50 to $1.65 – compared with FactSet consensus expectation of $1.91. Newell predicts its sales to range between $8.2 billion and $8.4 billion, below analysts’ expectations of $8.79 billion.