Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Proctor & Gamble (PG) released their fiscal second quarter results today, reporting revenue and earnings that beat out analysts’ estimates.  The company reported second quarter revenue of $22.2 billion compared to forecasts of $21.91 billion and core earnings per share of $1.22, compared to analyst forecasts of $1.11 per share.  Revenue increased 6.95% from $20.74 billion in the previous quarter. Net income increased 44.28% from $2.81 billion in the previous quarter.  Trading opened at $71.75 and quickly set a new 52 week high of $73.25.  This is good news for the world’s largest consumer products manufacturer, maker of household products including Tide and Pampers. 

According to Wall Street Cheat Sheet, “Our second quarter results were at the high end of our expectations on the top-line and well ahead of forecast on operating profit, earnings per share and cash flow,” said Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Bob McDonald. “Global market share trends improved as we continued to implement our growth strategy and made very good progress against our productivity and cost savings goals. Our strong first half results have enabled us to raise our sales, earnings and share repurchase outlook for the fiscal year, while we strengthen investments in our innovation and marketing programs.”
Summary and Guidance from MarketWatch
  • Organic sales increased three percent for the quarter, at the top end of the guidance range.
  • Organic sales growth was broad-based, with all business segments increasing by two percent or more versus the prior year.
  • Core net earnings per share increased by 12 percent to $1.22.
  • Core gross margin increased 110 basis points due to the impact of higher pricing and manufacturing cost savings, partially offset by unfavorable geographic and product mix. Reported gross margin, including non-core restructuring charges, increased 80 basis points.
  • Core and reported selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) as a percentage of net sales was unchanged, as enrollment reductions and productivity savings were offset by higher pension and employee benefit costs. Non-core charges in SG&A were in line with the prior year level.
  • Core operating profit increased seven percent. Reported operating profit, including non-core charges, increased 68 percent.
  • Operating cash flow was $3.8 billion for the quarter. The Company repurchased $1.4 billion of shares during the quarter and returned $1.6 billion of cash to shareholders as dividends. 
P&G is estimating net and organic sales growth in the range of three percent to four percent for the January - March quarter. Foreign exchange is expected to be neutral to sales growth. 
The Company expects March quarter core EPS in the range of $0.91 to $0.97, down three percent to up three percent compared to prior year core EPS of $0.94. On an all-in basis, P&G is forecasting earnings per share in the range of $0.90 to $0.96, an increase of 10 percent to 17 percent versus prior year diluted EPS of $0.82. Prior year all-in results included $0.13 of non-core costs, primarily related to restructuring charges. Current year all-in EPS guidance includes non-core restructuring charges of $0.01 per share.

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