General Mills Queued For Q3 Earnings: Factors To Watch

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General Mills, Inc. (GIS - Free Report) is likely to witness increases in the top and bottom lines when it reports third-quarter fiscal 2021 numbers on Mar 24. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has increased a cent over the past 30 days to 85 cents per share, which indicates a rise of 10.4% from the figure reported in the prior-year period. This manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 7.7%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $4,448 million, suggesting an improvement of 6.4% from the prior-year quarter’s reported figure.

General Mills, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

General Mills, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Key Factors to Note

The company has been gaining on increased demand stemming from the pandemic-led higher at-home consumption. On its second-quarter earnings call, management said that it anticipates consumer demand for food at home to remain high compared with pre-pandemic levels for the rest of fiscal 2021. General Mills envisions solid top and bottom-line growth in the third quarter of fiscal 2021. Organic net sales growth in the quarter under review is likely to be in line with second-quarter levels.

Notably, General Mills has been on track with its three core priorities for fiscal 2021, which include competing efficiently, boosting efficiency to fuel investments, and reducing leverage. With regard to its efficiently competing priority, the company has driven broad-based market share gains that include holding or growing market share in five out of its six largest markets in the first half of fiscal 2021. As part of efficiency-boosting, the company is on track with its Holistic Margin Management (HMM) and Strategic Revenue Management (SRM) initiatives. Also, benefits from volume leverage are yielding results.

Apart from these, General Mills is focused on consumer-friendly innovation to drive growth. Incidentally, the company successfully completed the launch of various products like Cinnamon Cheerios, convenient new Progresso Toppers, and Nature Valley Packed sustained energy bars during the first half of fiscal 2021. Moreover, management is optimistic about its innovation lineup for the second half of fiscal 2021. Additionally, General Mills recently unveiled its “Accelerate” strategy to drive growth. The strategy is outlined to aid the company in making choices of how to win and where to play with an aim to boost profitability while enhancing shareholder returns in the long run.

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