P&G forecasts profit below Street, shares drop

CINCINNATI, Wed Apr 24, 2013 — Procter & Gamble Co. on Wednesday forecast current-quarter profit below Wall Street expectations and year-ago levels, sending shares 3.5 percent lower in early trading.

The world’s largest household products maker also posted fiscal third-quarter profit that topped estimates despite sales that were weaker than both the company and analysts had anticipated.

P&G has been trying to reinvigorate itself under Chief Executive Bob McDonald. The company has held or gained market share in more of its businesses in the latest quarters after stiffer competition from rivals like Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive Co.

While products such as Tide Pods have boosted U.S. sales, P&G still needs to figure out the formula for getting products such as Pantene shampoo to stand out among competitors, it said. P&G plans to promote several brands during the current quarter, including Olay skin care products.

Net sales decreased in the hair care and skin care business in the latest quarter.

“We’ve got a little bit more work to do” in skin care, McDonald told reporters.

In February 2012, McDonald unveiled a $10 billion restructuring plan including thousands of job cuts after P&G acknowledged it was not nimble enough, especially in emerging markets.

Shares of P&G fell to $79.65 in premarket trading after closing at an all-time high of $82.54 on Tuesday

P&G shows turnaround taking hold with results, outlook

CINCINNATI, Fri Jan 25, 2013 — Procter & Gamble Co.’s (PG.N) quarterly profit soared past expectations as the world’s largest household products maker used higher prices and new products to drive sales growth, the strongest indication yet that turnaround efforts are paying off.

The results, along with improved forecasts for the fiscal year, follow months of criticism from analysts and most notably from activist investor William Ackman, who blamed P&G’s top brass, led by Chairman and CEO Bob McDonald, for earlier missteps.

Shares of P&G, the maker of Pampers diapers and Gillette razors and a component of the Dow Jones industrial average jumped to $71.84 in premarket trading from Thursday’s close of $70.42.

The results, with profit and sales ahead of analysts’ expectations, come after months of P&G trying to reignite growth in sluggish markets such as the United States while also expanding in emerging markets, where it typically sells lower-priced merchandise.

Back in April 2012, analysts took McDonald to task on a tense conference call after P&G cut its outlook. That summer, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management bought the company’s shares and began pushing for more change.

Profit has exceeded analysts’ expectations every quarter since, helped by new products such as Tide Pods single-dose laundry detergent.

Procter & Gamble soars past profit expectations

CINCINNATI, Thu Oct 25, 2012 – Procter & Gamble Co.’s profit rose more than expected, indicating that the world’s largest household products maker is making progress after coming under pressure from activist investor William Ackman, and its shares soared to the highest level in four years.

Rival Colgate-Palmolive), meanwhile, said it plans to cut about 6 percent of its workforce over the next four years as it strives to operate more nimbly as economies slow in many countries. Its quarterly profit matched expectations.

Several consumer goods makers are trimming jobs, including P&G, as concerned consumers hold off on some purchases and growth slows in major markets such as China.

P&G is on track to cut 4,200 jobs by the end of October on its way to eliminating 5,700 jobs by the end of its fiscal year. On Wednesday, Kimberly-Clark Corp. said it would eliminate 1,300 to 1,500 jobs as it leaves some low-margin businesses in Europe. Colgate’s plans, including moving away from single-country units toward regional hubs, should lead the toothpaste maker to trim about 2,300 jobs by the end of 2016.

Shares of P&G rose 4 percent to $70.83 on Thursday, their highest level since October 2008. Colgate’s shares fell 2.9 percent to $103.44.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we’re seeing some people saying it is time to sell some Colgate, buy some Procter, given Colgate’s outperformance year to date,” said JP Morgan analyst John Faucher, who has a “neutral” rating on Colgate and an “overweight” rating on P&G.

Colgate’s shares had risen 15 percent this year through Wednesday, while P&G shares were up less than 1 percent.

Procter & Gamble cuts outlook for year; restructuring under way

CINCINNATI, Fri Apr 27, 2012 – Procter & Gamble Co. lowered its profit expectations for the year on Friday as it works on its new restructuring plan and continues to feel some pressure from higher commodity costs.

Shares of P&G fell 2 percent to $65.55 in premarket trading.

The world’s largest household products maker posted a lower quarterly profit, weighed down by charges for its restructuring, which calls for eliminating 5,700 nonmanufacturing jobs and cutting $10 billion in costs by the end of fiscal 2016.

The maker of Pampers diapers and Gillette razors earned $2.41 billion, or 82 cents per share, in the third quarter ended in March, compared with $2.87 billion, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier.

Core earnings per share, which exclude items such as restructuring charges, were flat at 94 cents. The results topped analysts’ expectations of 93 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Sales rose 2 percent to $20.19 billion.

P&G said it now expected to post core earnings per share of $3.82 to $3.88 this year. Back in February, it had forecast $3.93 to $4.03 for the year ending in June.

P&G outlined its restructuring plan in February.