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Kellogg Company Building Momentum; Delivers Strong Top-line Performance in First Quarter 2011; Reaffirms 2011 Currency-Neutral EPS Guidance

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Kellogg Company Building Momentum; Delivers Strong Top-line Performance in First Quarter 2011; Reaffirms 2011 Currency-Neutral EPS Guidance05:00 EDT Wednesday, May 04, 2011BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) today announced that first quarter 2011 reported net sales increased 5 percent to $3.5 billion. Internal net sales, which exclude the effects of foreign currency translation, rose 3 percent over the same period. First quarter 2011 operating profit was $572 million, a decline of 10 percent on a reported basis and 12 percent on an internal basis. The decline is attributed to increased input costs and a double-digit increase in brand building as the Company reinvested to drive momentum. The benefit from recent pricing actions was not fully reflected in first quarter results. In addition, the Company is lapping a difficult year-over-year comparison with first quarter 2010 internal operating profit growth of 17 percent. Reported earnings for the first quarter 2011 were $366 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, a decline of 8 percent from first quarter 2010 reported earnings of $1.09 per diluted share. On a currency-neutral basis, first quarter 2011 earnings per share declined 10 percent compared with first quarter 2010 currency-neutral earnings per share growth of 27 percent. "We had a solid start to 2011, exceeding our internal expectations for the quarter. Our top-line growth reflects our increased emphasis on innovation, investment in brand building and net price realization. Our momentum is building, as demonstrated by strong share gains in most of our U.S. categories," said John Bryant, Kellogg Company's president and chief executive officer. "We are raising our full-year 2011 internal net sales guidance to approximately 4 percent to offset higher input costs, and we are on track to meet our operating profit and currency-neutral 2011 EPS guidance. We will continue to leverage the power of our brands to achieve our goals for 2011 and remain focused on delivering sustainable growth over the long term."North America During the first quarter 2011, Kellogg North America net sales increased 4 percent on a reported basis to $2.4 billion, while internal net sales increased 3 percent. On an internal basis, North America Retail Cereal net sales rose 2 percent driven, in part, by the strength of recently launched innovation. North America Retail Snacks delivered robust internal net sales growth of 5 percent. North America Frozen and Specialty Channels first quarter internal net sales grew 4 percent as the momentum in the Eggo business continued to accelerate. First quarter 2011 North America operating profit declined 12 percent on both a reported and internal basis, due to a difficult year-over-year comparison of 22 percent growth on an internal basis for the first quarter 2010, higher cost of goods sold, and increased brand building investment.International Kellogg International posted first quarter 2011 reported net sales of $1.1 billion, growing 8 percent year-over-year. On an internal basis, excluding the effects of currency translation, net sales increased 2 percent. Compared with the same period last year, internal net sales in Europe decreased 1 percent, driven primarily by the continued difficult operating environment in the United Kingdom. Latin America internal net sales grew 10 percent, and Asia Pacific internal net sales rose 2 percent.   Reported first quarter 2011 operating profit for the Kellogg International business declined 3 percent. On an internal basis, operating profit decreased 9 percent as a result of higher input costs across the businesses. In addition, the benefit from recent price increases was not fully reflected in the first quarter results.Interest and Tax Kellogg's interest expense was $67 million for the quarter. The reported first quarter 2011 effective tax rate was 27.7 percent.Cash flow Cash flow, defined as cash from operating activities less capital expenditures, was $207 million for the quarter, compared to $190 million in the first quarter of 2010. Kellogg repurchased more than $300 million of shares during the first quarter under its $2.5 billion three-year share repurchase authorization.Kellogg 2011 Guidance The Company increased its full-year 2011 internal net sales growth guidance to approximately 4 percent to offset higher input costs and reiterated its 2011 internal operating profit guidance of approximately flat to down two percent year-over-year. The Company also reaffirmed its full-year 2011 guidance of currency-neutral earnings per share growth in the low single-digit range. Assuming no foreign exchange impact, this implies earnings per share in the range of $3.33 to $3.40. Using forward rates as of April 29, 2011, the Company estimates a $0.09 foreign exchange benefit, which would result in reported 2011 EPS guidance of $3.42 to $3.49.Conference Call / Webcast Kellogg will host a conference call to discuss these results on May 4, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call and accompanying presentation slides will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://investor.kelloggs.com. Analysts and institutional investors may participate in the Q&A session by dialing 888-465-4043 in the U.S., and 201-604-5146 outside of the U.S. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend in a listen-only mode. Rebroadcast information is available at http://investor.kelloggs.com.About Kellogg Company For more than 100 years, consumers have counted on Kellogg for great-tasting, high-quality and nutritious foods. Kellogg Company, with 2010 sales of more than $12 billion, is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. Kellogg Company's beloved brands, which are manufactured in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries, include Kellogg's®, Keebler®, Pop-Tarts®, Eggo®, Cheez-It®, All-Bran®, Mini-Wheats®, Nutri-Grain®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, Chips Deluxe®, Famous Amos®, Sandies®, Austin®, Club®, Murray®, Kashi®, Bear Naked®, Morningstar Farm®, Gardenburger® and Stretch Island®. For more information on the Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives, visit www.kelloggcompany.com. The Kellogg Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3194Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure This news release contains, or incorporates by reference, "forward-looking statements" with projections concerning, among other things, the Company's strategy, and the Company's sales, earnings, margin, operating profit, costs and expenditures, interest expense, tax rate, capital expenditure, dividends, cash flow, debt reduction, share repurchases, costs, brand building, ROIC, working capital, growth, new products, innovation, cost reduction projects, and competitive pressures. Forward-looking statements include predictions of future results or activities and may contain the words "expects," "believes," "should," "will," "anticipates," "projects," "estimates," "can," or words or phrases of similar meaning.   The Company's actual results or activities may differ materially from these predictions. The Company's future results could also be affected by a variety of factors, including the impact of competitive conditions; the effectiveness of pricing, advertising, and promotional programs; the success of innovation, renovation and new product introductions; the recoverability of the carrying value of goodwill and other intangibles; the success of productivity improvements and business transitions; commodity and energy prices; labor costs; disruptions or inefficiencies in supply chain; the availability of and interest rates on short-term and long-term financing; actual market performance of benefit plan trust investments; the levels of spending on systems initiatives, properties, business opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, and other general and administrative costs; changes in consumer behavior and preferences; the effect of U.S. and foreign economic conditions on items such as interest rates, statutory tax rates, currency conversion and availability; legal and regulatory factors including changes in food safety, advertising and labeling laws and regulations; the ultimate impact of product recalls; business disruption or other losses from war, terrorist acts or political unrest; and other items.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update them.      Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (millions, except per share data)     Quarter ended  April 2, April 3, (Results are unaudited)2011 2010      Net sales$3,485 $3,318      Cost of goods sold2,064 1,893Selling, general and administrative expense849 788      Operating profit572 637      Interest expense67 65Other income (expense), net --   1      Income before income taxes 505 573Income taxes140 156Net income$365 $417Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (1) (1)Net income attributable to Kellogg Company $366 $418      Per share amounts:    Basic$1.00 $1.10Diluted$1.00 $1.09      Dividends per share$.4050 $.3750      Average shares outstanding:    Basic365  380Diluted368  384      Actual shares outstanding at period end362  380      Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesSELECTED OPERATING SEGMENT DATA           Quarter ended (millions)April 2, April 3, (Results are unaudited)2011 2010      Net sales     North America $2,364 $2,275 Europe 621 606 Latin America 261 222 Asia Pacific (a)239 215 Consolidated$3,485 $3,318            Segment operating profit      North America (b)$440 $498 Europe 101 105 Latin America 48 45 Asia Pacific (a)31 37 Corporate (b)(48) (48) Consolidated$572 $637         (a)   Includes Australia, Asia and South Africa. (b)   Research and Development expense totaling $3 million was reallocated to Corporate from North America for the first quarter of 2010.      Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (millions)     Quarter ended  April 2, April 3, (unaudited) 2011 2010   Operating activities   Net income$365 $417 Adjustments to reconcile net income to operating cash flows:     Depreciation and amortization89 87  Deferred income taxes6 (11)  Other 6 44 Postretirement benefit plan contributions(178) (22) Changes in operating assets and liabilities22 (265)    Net cash provided by operating activities310 250    Investing activities    Additions to properties(103) (60) Other 4 1    Net cash used in investing activities(99) (59)    Financing activities    Net issuances of notes payable1,031 80 Reductions of long-term debt(946)  -- Net issuances of common stock122 74 Common stock repurchases  (329) (148) Cash dividends(148) (142) Other 4 2    Net cash used in financing activities(266) (134)     Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 15 (4)     Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(40) 53 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period444 334    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$404 $387    Supplemental financial data:          Cash Flow (operating cash flow less property additions) (a)$207 $190       (a) We use this non-GAAP financial measure of cash flow to focus management and investors on the amount of cash available for debt repayment, dividend distributions, acquisition opportunities, and share repurchases.      Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (millions, except per share data)    April 2,  January 1,   2011  2011   (unaudited)  *      Current assets     Cash and cash equivalents$404 $444 Accounts receivable, net 1,367  1,190 Inventories:      Raw materials and supplies 243  224  Finished goods and materials in process 732  832 Deferred income taxes 134  110 Other prepaid assets 171  115     Total current assets3,051 2,915       Property, net of accumulated depreciation of $4,816 and $4,6903,183 3,128 Goodwill3,630 3,628 Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $47 and $471,456 1,456 Pension463 333 Other assets405 387    Total assets$12,188 $11,847      Current liabilities     Current maturities of long-term debt $--  $952 Notes payable1,078 44 Accounts payable1,199 1,149 Accrued advertising and promotion462 405 Accrued income taxes 92  60 Accrued salaries and wages179 153 Other current liabilities408 421    Total current liabilities3,418 3,184       Long-term debt4,905 4,908 Deferred income taxes 749 697 Pension liability176 265 Other liabilities636 639      Commitments and contingencies          Equity     Common stock, $.25 par value105 105 Capital in excess of par value503 495 Retained earnings6,325 6,122 Treasury stock, at cost(2,835) (2,650) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,789) (1,914)      Total Kellogg Company equity2,309 2,158      Noncontrolling interests (5) (4)      Total equity2,304 2,154    Total liabilities and equity$12,188 $11,847 * Condensed from audited financial statements.              Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesAnalysis of net sales and operating profit performance               First quarter of 2011 versus 2010 (dollars in millions) North America Europe Latin America Asia Pacific (a) Corporate Consolidated2011 net sales $ 2,364  $ 621  $ 261  $ 239  $ --  $ 3,485 2010 net sales $ 2,275  $ 606  $ 222  $ 215  $ --  $ 3,318 % change - 2011 vs. 2010:             Volume (tonnage) (b) 1.8% -0.6% 4.1% 4.9%  --  1.8% Pricing/mix 1.7% --% 6.1% -2.7%  --  1.3%Subtotal - internal business3.5%-0.6%10.2%2.2% -- 3.1% Foreign currency impact .4% 3.1% 7.2% 9.2%  --  1.9%Total change3.9%2.5%17.4%11.4% -- 5.0%                 (dollars in millions) North America (c) Europe Latin America Asia Pacific (a) Corporate (c) Consolidated2011 operating profit  $ 440  $ 101  $ 48  $ 31  $ (48) $ 572 2010 operating profit $ 498  $ 105  $ 45  $ 37  $ (48) $ 637 % change - 2011 vs. 2010:            Internal business-12.1%-8.7%1.0%-23.2%-1.6%-12.3% Foreign currency impact .4% 4.7% 7.3% 7.8%  --  2.1%Total change-11.7%-4.0%8.3%-15.4%-1.6%-10.2%               (a)  Includes Australia, Asia, and South Africa. (b)  We measure the volume impact (tonnage) on revenues based on the stated weight of our product shipments. (c)  Research and Development expense totaling $3 million was reallocated to Corporate from North America for the first quarter of 2010.        Kellogg Company and SubsidiariesUp-Front Costs* $ millions           Quarter ended April 2, 2011   Cost of goods sold Selling, general and administrative expense (a) Total2011       North America  $ 1  $ 2  $ 3 Europe  6  --  6 Latin America  --  --  -- Asia Pacific  1  --  1 Corporate  --  --  -- Total  $ 8  $ 2  $ 10          Quarter ended April 3, 2010  Cost of goods sold Selling, general and administrative expense (a) Total2010       North America  $ 7  $ 6  $ 13 Europe  3  1  4 Latin America  --  --  -- Asia Pacific  1  1  2 Corporate  --  --  -- Total  $ 11  $ 8  $ 19  2011 Variance - better(worse) than 2010       North America  $ 6  $ 4  $ 10 Europe  (3)  1  (2) Latin America  --  --  -- Asia Pacific  --  1  1 Corporate  --  --  -- Total  $ 3  $ 6  $ 9         * Up-front costs are charges incurred by the Company which will result in future cash savings and/or reduced depreciation. (a)  Includes $2 million of SAP reimplementation costs incurred in North America in the first quarter of 2010 and 2011.CONTACT: Analyst Contact: Kathryn Koessel (269) 961-9089 Media Contact: Kris Charles (269) 961-3799