Morrison continued, “Our Global Baking and Snacking business has benefitted from innovation in both core brands and new products, plus increased distribution and merchandising. Gains in snack crackers, cookies and fresh bakery products drove sales and earnings at Pepperidge Farm. Arnott’s sales increased with solid performance in Australia and Indonesia.
“Our newly acquired Bolthouse Farms business delivered solid results in the fresh carrots, beverages and salad dressings categories, driven by innovation and increased distribution. The Bolthouse Farms integration is also progressing well.”
Morrison concluded, “Despite weakness in our U.S. Beverages and North America Foodservice businesses, our first half business results were positive. Although profits in U.S. Beverages improved, we have more work to do to drive the top line and continue to stabilize profit in a sluggish shelf-stable juice category. Halfway through our fiscal year, we are making progress against our plans to return Campbell to sustainable, profitable net sales growth.”
Campbell Confirms Fiscal 2013 Guidance
The company confirmed its previous fiscal 2013 guidance. Campbell expects to grow sales between 10 and 12 percent, adjusted EBIT between 4 and 6 percent and adjusted EPS between 3 and 5 percent. The company expects adjusted EPS to be between $2.51 and $2.57. This guidance includes the estimated impact of the Bolthouse Farms business and excludes the impact of acquisition transaction costs and restructuring charges. In fiscal 2013, Campbell expects Bolthouse Farms to contribute approximately $750 million to sales and add $0.05 to $0.07 to adjusted EPS, including the impact of the suspension of Campbell’s strategic share repurchase program.
On Feb. 14, 2013, Campbell announced that it has entered into commercial arrangements with Grupo Jumex and Conservas La Costeña that will expand the company’s access to manufacturing and distribution capabilities in Mexico. These providers will produce and distribute Campbell’s beverages, soups, broths and sauces throughout the Mexican market. As a result of these agreements, Campbell will close its plant in Villagrán, Mexico, and eliminate approximately 260 positions. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, Campbell recorded a restructuring charge of $6 million ($4 million after tax or $0.01 per share) related to this initiative.