BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Feb. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) today announced its full-year 2010 reported earnings of $1.2 billion, or $3.30 per diluted share, an increase of 4 percent from full-year 2009 reported earnings of $3.16 per diluted share. On a currency-neutral basis, full-year 2010 earnings per share grew 6 percent. Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2010 were $189 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared with fourth quarter 2009 reported earnings of $176 million, or $0.46 per diluted share.
"While 2010 had its challenges, we are taking steps to position the company for improved and long-term success," said John Bryant, Kellogg Company's president and chief executive officer. "Kellogg is a strong company with successful brands in attractive markets. We are committed to leveraging the power of these brands and remain focused on key initiatives including refocusing on innovation to accelerate top-line growth and investing in operational enhancements to improve our supply chain. And we have implemented selective price increases to reflect higher input costs. We expect 2011 to continue to be a difficult operating environment, but we are confident that with the successful execution of our strategy we can achieve our 2011 goals and deliver long-term sustainable growth."
Full Year 2010 Results
Full-year 2010 net sales were $12.4 billion, and operating profit was $2.0 billion. Net sales declined 1 percent on both a reported and internal basis, and operating profit was down 1 percent on a reported basis and flat on an internal basis for the year.
Fourth Quarter 2010 Results
During the fourth quarter 2010, reported net sales declined 1 percent year-over-year to $2.9 billion. Over the same period, internal net sales were approximately flat. Reported gross margin for the quarter contracted by 130 basis points reflecting increased costs. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, reported operating profit declined 7 percent to $329 million and declined 5 percent on an internal basis driven by the impact of impairment charges for Kellogg's China business. Excluding the impairments, internal operating profit would have been up 4 percent.
Kellogg North America full-year reported net sales for 2010 decreased 1 percent to $8.4 billion, while internal net sales declined 2 percent. On an internal basis for the full-year 2010, North America Retail Cereal posted a net sales decline of 5 percent driven primarily by the competitive cereal environment and the cereal recall. North America Retail Snacks posted an internal net sales increase of 1 percent. North America Frozen and Specialty Channels full-year internal net sales decreased 3 percent as a result of the waffle supply disruptions early in 2010. The lower top-line results drove the 1 percent decline in full-year 2010 North America operating profit to $1.6 billion on a reported basis, and a 2 percent decline on an internal basis.
Fourth quarter 2010 Kellogg North America's net sales of $1.9 billion were flat on both a reported and internal basis primarily due to the continued competitive trends in the cereal category. Operating profit for the fourth quarter 2010 of $293 million fell 10 percent year-over-year on both a reported and internal basis. The decline was largely attributed to the timing of advertising expense.
Kellogg International posted full-year 2010 reported net sales of $4 billion, a 2 percent decline year-over-year. However, on an internal basis excluding the effects of currency translation, net sales were approximately flat. Compared with the year earlier, full-year 2010 internal net sales in Europe decreased approximately 3 percent primarily driven by the difficult operating environment in the UK. Latin America internal net sales grew 5 percent, and Asia Pacific internal net sales rose 2 percent. Reported 2010 operating profit for the Kellogg International business declined by 3 percent compared with 2009. On an internal basis, operating profit increased 1 percent driven by strong operating profit delivery in Europe which mitigated the impact of the impairment charges in China.
Fourth quarter 2010 Kellogg International sales declined by 4 percent on a reported basis to $927 million compared to the same quarter a year ago, while internal sales declined by 1 percent. International operating profit for the fourth quarter 2010 was flat on a reported basis and increased by 10 percent on an internal basis. This increase was driven primarily by timing of advertising costs and lower up front costs, which were partially offset by the impairment charges in China.
Interest and Tax
In 2010, Kellogg's interest expense totaled $248 million for the year. The reported 2010 tax rate was 28.8 percent, slightly higher than the 2009 tax rate.
In 2010, Kellogg delivered cash flow, defined as cash from operating activities less capital expenditures, of $534 million. As expected, in the fourth quarter the Company made a voluntary contribution of $467 million net of tax to the Company's pension and post-retirement benefit plans. Without this contribution, 2010 cash flow would have been approximately $1 billion. Capital expenditures totaled $474 million for the year.
In 2010, Kellogg repurchased just over $1 billion of shares during the first year of its $2.5 billion three-year share repurchase authorization.
Kellogg Reaffirms 2011 Currency-Neutral EPS Guidance
Kellogg reaffirmed its 2011 guidance of currency-neutral full-year earnings per share growth in the low single-digit range. Assuming no foreign exchange impact, this implies earnings per share of $3.33 to $3.40. The Company updated its internal net sales growth guidance to 3 to 4 percent and also reiterated its 2011 internal operating profit guidance of approximately flat to down two percent year-over-year reflecting the need to reset incentive compensation levels.
Conference Call / Webcast
Kellogg will host a conference call to discuss these results on February 3, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call and accompanying presentation slides will be broadcast live over the Internet at . 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 .
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 .
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