NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Mills(GIS) - Get Report stock is rising 1.73% to $66.90 in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the food manufacturer delivered financial results that exceeded expectations for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.

The Minneapolis-based cereal maker posted earnings of 66 cent per share for the quarter ended May 29, beating estimates of 60 cents per share.

Revenue declined 8.6% year over year to $3.93 billion for the latest quarter, but topped estimates of $3.86 billion. Revenue was down 8% on a constant-currency basis.

U.S. retail segment net sales decreased 12% to $2.2 billion, while international net sales were down 1% to $1.2 billion for the quarter.

General Mills also reported earnings of $2.92 per share on revenue of $16.56 billion for the full fiscal year. Wall Street was expecting earnings of $2.87 per share on revenue of $16.53 billion for the year.

For the 2017 fiscal year, General Mills expects organic net sales to be flat or down 2% year over year and earnings per share to increase 6% to 8%.

Separately, General Mills has a "buy" rating and a letter grade of A at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share.

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