Procter & Gamble said core profits for the three months ending in September, the group's fiscal first quarter, were pegged at $1.63 per share, up 19% from the same period last year and well ahead of the Street consensus forecast of $142 per share. Group revenues, the company said, rose 8.4% to $19.3 billion, again topping analysts' estimate of an $18.34 billion tally.
Looking into its 2021 fiscal year, which ends in June, Procter & Gamble said it sees organic sales growth of between 4% and 5%, up from a prior range of 2% to 4%, and expects to return around $15 billion to $17 billion back to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks. Core profits, the company said, are expected to rise between 5% and 8%.
“We delivered another strong quarter of organic sales growth, core earnings per share and cash returned to shareowners, enabling us to increase our outlook for fiscal year results,” said CEO David Taylor. “Our near-term priorities continue to be employee health and safety, maximizing availability of P&G products for consumers around the world, and helping society meet the challenges of the COVID crisis."
"We remain firmly focused on executing our strategies of superiority, productivity, constructive disruption and improving P&G’s organization and culture to deliver balanced top-line and bottom-line growth along with strong cash generation,” he added.
Jim Cramer noted that he has liked P&G for a while and broke down why the stock is one to watch with or without stimulus:
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