came up a nickel short of Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings expectation, while its majority-owned
( KBL) unit, which is being sold to
, surprised analysts by beating estimates by 5 cents a share.
Flowers, a holding company for a number of baked goods and snack companies, said it earned 16 cents, before any unusual items, in the fourth quarter. The company earned 15 cents in the year-ago period. Seven analysts polled by
First Call/Thomson Financial
were calling for the company to earn 21 cents in the latest period.
Revenue increased to $1.06 billion, up 4.8% from $1.01 billion in the same period last year.
Keebler, however, painted a rosier picture for the fourth quarter as it prepares for the Kellogg acquisition. Keebler said it earned $53.7 million, or 61 cents a share, above the $44.8 million, or 51 cents a share, it made in the year-ago period. Analysts were projecting earnings of 56 cents in the quarter. Sales were also up, rising to $645.3 million from $612 million a year ago.
Shares of Keebler gained 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $41.87 in recent
New York Stock Exchange
trading, while Floweres lost 51 cents, or 3.1%, to $16.14.