Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Although A.G. Lafley’s return to The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) in May 2013 was taken by investors as heralding a turnaround for the company, hopes may have run too high. This much has been evident since the day of P&G’s first quarter (1Q) fiscal year 2014 (FY14) earnings announcement – the stock is up a mere 1.5% since, even though results were better than expectations.
The consumer goods manufacturer posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.04, 2.3% better than consensus estimates. Organic sales grew 4% in the quarter, as in the preceding quarter, while sales and earnings were up 2% and 8%. The company maintained its guidance for organic sales growth between 3-4%, and core earnings per share growth to clock in between 5-7% for the full fiscal year.
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Procter & Gamble (PG), the leader in global household and personal products industry, plans to make this holiday season even better for its consumers with campaigns such as Secrets of the Season and Simple Ways to Stay Clog-Free and Stress-Free. The campaigns are a part of the company’s promotional strategies but they are not entirely about discounts and sales. P&G plans on enhancing the overall holiday experience, and not just provide dollar savings.
Secrets of the Season
On November 18 P&G announced the launch of its Secrets of the Season campaign, which will help its customers make their holidays better with expert advice and product solutions for them and their families. The campaign partners with actor Wilmer Valderrama of That ‘70s Show fame and bilingual lifestyle expert, Evette Rios to advise consumers on how to better navigate the holidays and make them even more joyous this year.
Revenue growth prospects for The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) are not strong but high cash flows, a higher dividend forward yield of 2.96% compared to 2.59% for 10-year US treasury bonds and a strong balance sheet all point to consistent yield growth in the future. Bidness Etc believes that the stock is a buy for dividend investors.
P&G has paid dividends to shareholders every year since its incorporation in 1890. Remarkably, the company has raised dividends annually for the past 57 years straight. Its payouts have grown at a rate of 7.9% annually over the last three years alone, and 8.8% annually over a five year period. Moreover, its last twelve months dividend yield is 2.9%.
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The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), the leader in the global household and personal products industry and cereal manufacturer Kellogg Company (K) plan to join hands to give back to society this holiday season. P&G has recently launched its Power a Smile program and Kellogg has launched a social initiative called Breakfasts for Better Days™. The programs are a part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives of both companies aimed at improving their involvement with society.
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The Procter and Gamble Company (PG) announced earnings for the second quarter (2Q) of its fiscal year 2014 (FY14). The company reported adjusted EPS of $1.2, which was almost in line with analysts’ estimates. However, reported sales of $22.28 billion missed analysts’ expectations of $22.34 billion.
The company’s organic sales improved 3% year-over-year (YoY), which was slightly less than the 4% growth in the first quarter. Furthermore, its net sales remained flat due to the negative impact of volatility in foreign exchange rates.
Among the company’s five business segments, organic sales from the Beauty segment remained flat, while those from the Health Care segment showed the highest growth of 5%.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The CEO of Unilever (UL), the world’s second-largest consumer goods company, said November 29 that a slowdown in demand for consumer goods in emerging markets will likely affect the sales of the entire consumer staples industry. He has warned that Unilever, because of its dependence on such markets (60% of its sales are generated emerging markets), will be particularly hurt by the trend.
Unilever’s third quarter fiscal year 2013 (3QFY13) sales, reported October 24, were up by a weak 3.2%, which was the lowest growth recorded by the company in over four years. The company reported only 5.9% growth in revenues from emerging markets for the quarter, lower than the 10.3% growth rate recorded during the first half of the year.
The third quarter results have now been followed up by Polman’s gloomy outlook for the company. He has said the slowdown in demand from emerging markets will likely continue hurting Unilever for years.