Procter & Gamble (PG) Tops Q1 EPS by 5c
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Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) reported Q1 EPS of $1.03, $0.05 better than the analyst estimate of $0.98. Revenue for the quarter came in at $16.5 billion versus the consensus estimate of $16.49 billion.
Operating cash flow was $3.0 billion for the quarter. Free cash flow productivity was 85%. The Company repurchased $1 billion of common stock and returned $1.9 billion of cash to shareholders as dividends.
“Our first quarter results mark a good start to the fiscal year,” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer David Taylor. “We delivered broad-based organic sales growth improvement across product categories and markets, as well as strong cost savings. Earlier this month, we completed the last major step in P&G’s portfolio transformation with the Beauty Brands divestiture to Coty Inc. We are now focusing all our efforts on 10 large, structurally attractive categories where P&G holds leading positions. We’re pleased with the progress we’re making, but there is still more work to do to get back to the levels of balanced top- and bottom-line growth and cash generation that will consistently put P&G shareholder value creation among the best in our industry.”
Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance
P&G said it is maintaining its projection for organic sales growth of approximately two percent for fiscal 2017. The Company expects the combined headwinds of foreign exchange and minor brand divestitures to reduce sales growth by about one percentage point. As a result, P&G continues to estimate all-in sales growth of about one percent for fiscal 2017.
The Company also maintains its expectation for core earnings per share growth of mid-single digits versus fiscal 2016 core EPS of $3.67. All-in GAAP earnings per share are expected to increase 45% to 50% versus fiscal year 2016 GAAP EPS of $3.69. The fiscal 2017 GAAP EPS estimate includes approximately $0.10 per share of non-core restructuring costs and $0.13 per share of charges related to early debt retirement that was initiated earlier this month. Also included in GAAP EPS is a significant gain from the divestiture of 41 beauty brands to Coty Inc. The exact earnings gain from the transaction with Coty, which closed October 1, 2016, will be reported in the second quarter results.
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