Campbell Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Results

Feb. 25, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today reported its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Sales decreased 2 percent to $2.234 billion, due to the negative impact of currency translation. Organic sales were comparable to the prior year with favorable volume and mix and higher selling prices, offset by increased promotional spending.

Gross margin declined 3.1 percentage points to 32.6 percent. The decrease in gross margin was due to cost inflation, higher supply chain costs and higher promotional spending, partly offset by productivity improvements.

Adjusted EBIT decreased 17 percent to $312 million, reflecting a lower gross margin percentage and the unfavorable impact of currency translation, partly offset by lower marketing expenses.

Net interest expense decreased $4 million to $25 million, reflecting lower levels of debt. The tax rate decreased 3.4 percentage points to 27.9 percent. Excluding items impacting comparability in the prior year, the adjusted tax rate decreased 3.1 percentage points. The decrease was primarily due to the favorable resolution of an intercompany pricing agreement between the U.S. and Canada.

Global Baking and Snacking

Sales of $640 million in the quarter were comparable to the prior year. Sales of Pepperidge Farm products increased as volume gains were partly offset by higher promotional spending. Within Pepperidge Farm, sales gains in crackers, fresh bakery products and cookies were partly offset by sales declines in frozen products and stuffing. Arnott’s sales increased as volume gains in Indonesia and Australia, along with higher selling prices, were partly offset by the negative impact of currency translation and higher promotional spending. Kelsen sales decreased primarily due to the timing of the quarter in relation to the Chinese New Year.

Segment operating earnings increased 22 percent to $107 million. Higher operating earnings reflected organic sales growth, lower marketing expenses and productivity improvements, partly offset by cost inflation and the negative impact of currency translation.

U.S. Beverages

Sales decreased 4 percent in the quarter to $169 million. Declines in V8 V-Fusion beverages were partly offset by gains in V8 Splash beverages.

Segment operating earnings decreased 35 percent to $20 million, primarily due to increased promotional spending, cost inflation and higher supply chain costs. View full report here.


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