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Free Research Report as McCormick’s Quarterly Sales and Adjusted EPS Surged 21%

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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For Q4 2017, McCormick reported a 21% increase in sales to $1.49 billion compared to sales of $1.23 billion in Q4 2016. Sales from RB Foods and Giotti, acquired in August 2017 and December 2016, respectively, added 15% to the Company's reported quarter sales growth. McCormick's reported numbers topped analysts' estimates of $1.48 billion.

For full year (FY) 2017, McCormick reported a 10% sales increase to $4.83 billion compared to $4.41 billion in FY16 with minimal impact from currency.

During Q4 2017, McCormick's gross profit margin increased 80 basis points versus the year ago corresponding period to 44.8%, driven by the Company's shift in the portfolio to more value-added products and CCI-led cost savings. McCormick's operating income for the reported quarter came in at $266.9 million versus $219.1 million in the year ago comparable period. This increase was due to higher sales and gross profit margin expansion.

For Q4 2017, McCormick reported net income of $175.7 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $157.4 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, in Q4 2016. Transaction and integration expenses and special charges lowered the Company's earnings per share by $0.22 and $0.03 in Q4 2017 and Q4 2016, respectively. Excluding the impact of transaction and integration expenses as well as special charges included in operating income, the Company's adjusted earnings per share increased 21% to $1.54 in the reported quarter compared to $1.27 in the year-ago same period. The increase in earnings per share was driven by higher operating income and a lower income tax rate. McCormick's earnings beat Wall Street's estimates of $1.52 per share.

For FY17, McCormick posted earnings of $477.4 million, or $3.72 per share, compared to $472.3 million, or $$3.69, in FY16. Transaction and integration expenses, including $15 million of other debt costs, as well as special charges lowered earnings per share by $0.54 and $0.09 in FY17 and FY16, respectively.

McCormick's Segment Results

During Q4 2017, the consumer segment's sales grew 20% on a y-o-y basis to $978.3 million. Consumer segment operating income, excluding transaction and integration expenses and special charges, rose 29% to $235 million for the reported quarter compared to $183 million in the year-ago same period.

For Q4 2017, the Industrial segment sales surged 25% to $512.6 million on a y-o-y basis. In constant currency, the industrial segment grew sales 23%, with significant increases in each of the Company's three regions. Industrial segment operating income, excluding transaction and integration expenses and special charges, rose 70% to $72 million for Q4 2017 compared to $43 million in Q4 2016 with minimal impact from currency.

Cash Matters

McCormick's net cash provided by operating activities reached a record $815 million in FY17, a 24% increase from $658 million in FY16, driven by working capital improvements. The Company utilized a portion of this cash to pay down debt.

Outlook

For full year 2018, McCormick is forecasting sales growth in the range of 12% to 14% on a y-o-y basis. The Company plans to achieve at least $100 million of cost savings and intends to use these savings to improve margins, fund an increase in brand marketing, and as a further offset to increased material costs.

McCormick is estimating FY18 operating income to grow 32% to 34% on a y-o-y basis. The Company projects FY18 earnings per share to be in the range of $6.89 to $7.14. Excluding an anticipated favorable per share impact in FY18 of $2.09 to $2.24, consisting of the estimated net favorable non-recurring impact of the recent US tax legislation, partially offset by the estimated effects of integration expenses related to RB Foods and of special charges, the Company projects FY18 adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $4.80 to $4.90, reflecting an increase of 13% to 15% from adjusted earnings per share of $4.26 in FY17.

Stock Performance Snapshot

February 01, 2018 - At Thursday's closing bell, McCormick's stock fell 1.15%, ending the trading session at $107.52.

Volume traded for the day: 1.23 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 1.03 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 6.21%; previous three-month period – up 8.03%; past twelve-month period – up 13.72%; and year-to-date – up 5.50%

After yesterday's close, McCormick's market cap was at $13.77 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 29.78.

The stock has a dividend yield of 1.93%.

The stock is part of the Consumer Goods sector, categorized under the Processed & Packaged Goods industry. This sector was up 0.1% at the end of the session.

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