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Kellogg Company Announces Third-Quarter Results -- Solid Underlying Performance

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) today announced third quarter 2012 reported net sales of $3.7 billion, an increase of 12.3 percent from the third quarter of 2011. Internal net sales increased by 2.8 percent in the third quarter. Reported operating profit was $479 million, an increase of 3.2 percent; internal operating profit declined by 4.9 percent. Higher commodity costs, last month's recall, and a high single-digit increase in brand-building investment all had an impact on operating profit. Internal results exclude the effects of foreign currency translation, the results from the recently-acquired Pringles business, integration costs, and divestitures.

Reported third quarter 2012 net earnings were $296 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, an increase of 2.5 percent from the $0.80 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2011. This quarter's reported earnings per share included approximately $0.04 of integration costs related to the acquisition of Pringles. The cost of the recall announced last month was approximately $0.06 per share, which was offset by better-than-expected performance from the Pringles business and certain below-the-line items.

"We're pleased with the improving trends in our underlying performance, which is in-line with our expectations and includes strong revenue growth in many of our businesses," said John Bryant, Kellogg Company's president and chief executive officer. "We're also pleased that the Pringles business performed better during the quarter than we had expected. While it's early, we remain optimistic regarding the potential of this iconic brand."

North America

Kellogg North America's third quarter reported net sales increased by 11.1 percent to $2.5 billion; internal net sales increased by 3.7 percent, including the impact of last month's recall. The U.S. Morning Foods and Kashi segment posted internal net sales growth of 5.4 percent. The segment posted strong performance in both the cereal and toaster pastry businesses during the quarter. Internal net sales growth in the U.S. Snacks business was 0.3 percent; this growth, however, built on the strong five percent growth posted in the third quarter of last year. The U.S. Specialty segment posted third quarter internal net sales growth of 5.5 percent. The North America Other segment reported internal net sales growth of 5.2 percent as the result of good rates of growth in the Frozen Foods business. Including the impact of the recall, North America's reported operating profit increased by 6.8 percent and internal operating profit decreased by 1.6 percent.

International

Kellogg International's reported net sales increased to $1.3 billion, or by 14.8 percent from the third quarter of 2011; internal net sales increased by one percent. The Latin American business posted quarterly internal net sales growth of 3.6 percent. Internal net sales of the European business decreased by 2.5 percent, a sequential improvement over the performance posted earlier this year, as expected. Within this segment, the U.K. business posted increased internal net sales. The Asia Pacific segment posted internal net sales growth of 6.8 percent in the quarter as the result of good performance in Australia, South Africa, and India. Kellogg International's reported third quarter 2012 operating profit declined by 2.7 percent; internal operating profit declined by 10.5 percent, due to results in Europe and a strong increase in investment in brand building in both Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Interest and Tax

Interest expense was $73 million in the third quarter. The effective tax rate was 28.8 percent.

Cash flow

Year-to-date cash flow, defined as cash from operating activities less capital expenditure, was $1,113 million through the end of the third quarter, a year-over-year increase of $236 million. This includes a working-capital benefit from the acquisition of Pringles and lower capital expenditure than in the comparable period of 2011.

Full-Year 2012 Guidance

The company reaffirmed its guidance for full-year internal net sales growth of between two and three percent. Due to the cost of last month's recall, the company now expects that full-year internal operating profit will decline between four and six percent. The company also reaffirmed its guidance for as-reported earnings per share to be in a range between $3.18 and $3.30 per share, including the cost of the recall and the anticipated impact of the Pringles acquisition.

Bryant continued, "Our third quarter results reflect the continued progress we have made in our performance and are testament to the hard work of Kellogg's employees around the world."

Conference Call / Webcast

Kellogg will host a conference call to discuss these results on November 1, 2012 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) 338-8373 in the U.S., and (973) 872-3000 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

Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) is the world's leading producer of cereal, second largest producer of cookies and crackers and - through the May 2012 acquisition of the iconic Pringles® business - the world's second largest savory snacks company. In addition, Kellogg is a leading producer of frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands - produced in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries - nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg's®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Pringles®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit www.kelloggcompany.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This news release contains, or incorporates by reference, "forward-looking statements" with projections concerning, among other things, the integration of the Pringles® business, 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," "implies," "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 ability to integrate the Pringles® business and the realization of the anticipated benefits from the acquisition in the amounts and at the times expected, 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 update them publicly.

Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(millions, except per share data)
Quarter ended Year-to-date period ended
(Results are unaudited) September 29, 2012 October 1, 2011 September 29, 2012 October 1, 2011
Net sales $3,720 $3,312 $10,634 $10,183
Cost of goods sold 2,278 1,962 6,407 5,969
Selling, general and administrative expense 963 886 2,728 2,635
Operating profit 479 464 1,499 1,579
Interest expense 73 58 195 178
Other income (expense), net 11 (9) 31 (10)
Income before income taxes 417 397 1,335 1,391
Income taxes 120 107 379 394
Earnings (loss) from joint ventures (1) -- (1) --
Net income $296 $290 $955 $997
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests -- -- -- (2)
Net income attributable to Kellogg Company $296 $290 $955 $999
Per share amounts:
Basic $.83 $.81 $2.67 $2.75
Diluted $.82 $.80 $2.66 $2.73
Dividends per share $.440 $.430 $1.300 $1.240
Average shares outstanding:
Basic 358 360 357 363
Diluted 359 363 359 365
Actual shares outstanding at period end 358 359
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
SELECTED OPERATING SEGMENT DATA
(millions)
Quarter ended Year-to-date period ended
(Results are unaudited) September 29,
2012
October 1,
2011
September 29,
2012
October 1,
2011
Net sales
U.S. Morning Foods & Kashi $946 $897 $2,826 $2,782
U.S. Snacks 865 727 2,410 2,181
U.S. Specialty 264 234 864 789
North America Other 388 359 1,125 1,060
Europe 685 585 1,836 1,840
Latin America 292 274 836 816
Asia Pacific 280 236 737 715
Consolidated $3,720 $3,312 $10,634 $10,183
Operating profit
U.S. Morning Foods & Kashi $137 $134 $479 $491
U.S. Snacks 116 94 351 329
U.S. Specialty 62 64 188 185
North America Other 66 65 206 198
Europe 84 84 234 287
Latin America 35 43 134 152
Asia Pacific 29 23 79 79
Total Reportable Segments 529 507 1,671 1,721
Corporate (50) (43) (172) (142)
Consolidated $479 $464 $1,499 $1,579
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(millions)
Year-to-date period ended
(unaudited) September 29,
2012
October 1,
2011
Operating activities
Net income $955 $997
Adjustments to reconcile net income to
operating cash flows:
Depreciation and amortization 302 270
Deferred income taxes (40) (2)
Other 57 133
Postretirement benefit plan contributions (43) (187)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 144 58
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,375 1,269
Investing activities
Additions to properties (262) (392)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (2,674) --
Other 8 11
Net cash used in investing activities (2,928) (381)
Financing activities
Net issuances of notes payable 112 689
Issuances of long-term debt 1,727 397
Reductions of long-term debt -- (946)
Net issuances of common stock 87 265
Common stock repurchases (63) (693)
Cash dividends (464) (452)
Other (2) 10
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,397 (730)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 1 (20)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (155) 138
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 460 444
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $305 $582
Supplemental financial data:
Cash Flow (operating cash flow less property additions) (a) $1,113 $877
(a) We use this non-GAAP measure of cash flow to focus management and investors on the amount of cash available for debt reduction, dividend distributions, acquisition opportunities, and share repurchase.
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(millions, except per share data)
September 29,
2012
December 31,
2011
(unaudited) *
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $305 $460
Accounts receivable, net 1,414 1,188
Inventories:
Raw materials and supplies 292 247
Finished goods and materials in process 987 885
Deferred income taxes 172 149
Other prepaid assets 136 98
Total current assets 3,306 3,027
Property, net of accumulated depreciation
of $5,132 and $4,847 3,599 3,281
Goodwill 5,025 3,623
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization
of $50 and $49 2,255 1,454
Pension 233 150
Other assets 436 366
Total assets $14,854 $11,901
Current liabilities
Current maturities of long-term debt $1,510 $761
Notes payable 362 234
Accounts payable 1,338 1,189
Accrued advertising and promotion 533 410
Accrued income taxes 16 66
Accrued salaries and wages 250 242
Other current liabilities 505 411
Total current liabilities 4,514 3,313
Long-term debt 6,065 5,037
Deferred income taxes 643 637
Pension liability 564 560
Nonpension postretirement benefits 199 188
Other liabilities 431 404
Commitments and contingencies
Equity
Common stock, $.25 par value 105 105
Capital in excess of par value 553 522
Retained earnings 7,196 6,721
Treasury stock, at cost (3,095) (3,130)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (2,323) (2,458)
Total Kellogg Company equity 2,436 1,760
Noncontrolling interests 2 2
Total equity 2,438 1,762
Total liabilities and equity $14,854 $11,901
* Condensed from audited financial statements.
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
Analysis of net sales and operating profit performance
Third quarter of 2012 versus 2011
U.S.
Morning Foods U.S. U.S. North America North Latin Asia Corp- Consoli-
(dollars in millions) & Kashi Snacks Specialty Other America Europe America Pacific orate dated
2012 net sales $ 946 $ 865 $ 264 $ 388 $ 2,463 $ 685 $ 292 $ 280 $ -- $ 3,720
2011 net sales $ 897 $ 727 $ 234 $ 359 $ 2,217 $ 585 $ 274 $ 236 $ -- $ 3,312
% change - 2012 vs. 2011:
Volume (tonnage) (a) .5% -2.2% -3.5% 9.0% -- .1%
Pricing/mix 3.2% -.3% 7.1% -2.2% -- 2.7%
Subtotal - internal business (b) 5.4% .3% 5.5% 5.2% 3.7% -2.5% 3.6% 6.8% -- 2.8%
Acquisitions (c) --% 18.7% 7.4% 3.2% 7.4% 25.7% 6.6% 18.4% -- 11.3%
Dispositions (d) --% --% --% --% --% --% --% -2.8% -- -.2%
Foreign currency impact --% --% --% -.2% --% -6.0% -3.6% -3.9% -- -1.6%
Total change 5.4% 19.0% 12.9% 8.2% 11.1% 17.2% 6.6% 18.5% -- 12.3%
U.S.
Morning Foods U.S. U.S. North America North Latin Asia Corp- Consoli-
(dollars in millions) & Kashi Snacks Specialty Other America Europe America Pacific orate dated
2012 operating profit $ 137 $ 116 $ 62 $ 66 $ 381 $ 84 $ 35 $ 29 $ (50) $ 479
2011 operating profit $ 134 $ 94 $ 64 $ 65 $ 357 $ 84 $ 43 $ 23 $ (43) $ 464
% change - 2012 vs. 2011:
Internal business (b) 2.7% -3.0% -8.6% -1.4% -1.6% -7.7% -16.7% -3.4% -6.1% -4.9%
Acquisitions (c) --% 33.5% 5.5% 3.2% 10.4% 19.1% 2.0% 27.3% -6.4% 12.4%
Dispositions (d) --% --% --% --% --% --% --% 7.9% --% .4%
Integration impact (e) --% -7.8% --% --% -2.1% -7.9% -.8% -2.6% -7.8% -3.9%
Foreign currency impact -.1% --% --% --% .1% -4.0% -.6% -.8% --% -.8%
Total change 2.6% 22.7% -3.1% 1.8% 6.8% -.5% -16.1% 28.4% -20.3% 3.2%
(a) We measure the volume impact (tonnage) on revenues based on the stated weight of our product shipments.
(b) Internal net sales and operating profit growth for 2012, exclude the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, integration costs and impact of currency. Internal net sales and operating profit growth are non-GAAP financial measures which are reconciled to the directly comparable measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP within these tables.
(c) Impact of results for the quarter ended September 29, 2012 from the acquisition of Pringles.
(d) Impact of results for the quarter ended September 29, 2012 from the divestiture of Navigable Foods.
(e) Includes impact of integration costs associated with the Pringles acquisition.
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
Analysis of net sales and operating profit performance
Year-to-date 2012 versus 2011
U.S.
Morning Foods U.S. U.S. North North Latin Asia Corp- Consoli-
(dollars in millions) & Kashi Snacks Specialty America Other America Europe America Pacific orate dated
2012 net sales $ 2,826 $ 2,410 $ 864 $ 1,125 $ 7,225 $ 1,836 $ 836 $ 737 $ -- $ 10,634
2011 net sales $ 2,782 $ 2,181 $ 789 $ 1,060 $ 6,812 $ 1,840 $ 816 $ 715 $ -- $ 10,183
% change - 2012 vs. 2011:
Volume (tonnage) (a) -1.0% -6.1% -2.7% 3.9% -- -1.8%
Pricing/mix 4.0% .6% 8.6% -1.8% -- 3.5%
Subtotal - internal business (b) 1.6% 2.2% 6.7% 5.8% 3.0% -5.5% 5.9% 2.1% -- 1.7%
Acquisitions (c) --% 8.3% 2.9% 1.4% 3.2% 10.9% 2.4% 8.0% -- 4.9%
Dispositions (d) --% --% --% --% --% --% --% -3.3% -- -.2%
Foreign currency impact --% --% --% -1.1% -.1% -5.6% -5.9% -3.7% -- -2.0%
Total change 1.6% 10.5% 9.6% 6.1% 6.1% -.2% 2.4% 3.1% -- 4.4%
U.S.
Morning Foods U.S. U.S. North North Latin Asia Corp- Consoli-
(dollars in millions) & Kashi Snacks Specialty America Other America Europe America Pacific orate dated
2012 operating profit $ 479 $ 351 $ 188 $ 206 $ 1,224 $ 234 $ 134 $ 79 $ (172) $ 1,499
2011 operating profit $ 491 $ 329 $ 185 $ 198 $ 1,203 $ 287 $ 152 $ 79 $ (142) $ 1,579
% change - 2012 vs. 2011:
Internal business (b) -2.6% -2.6% -1.1% 4.5% -1.2% -16.3% -7.4% -11.4% -2.1% -5.4%
Acquisitions (c) --% 11.9% 2.7% 1.1% 3.9% 6.1% .6% 7.9% -2.1% 4.3%
Dispositions (d) --% --% --% --% --% --% --% 6.7% --% .4%
Integration impact (e) --% -2.6% --% --% -.7% -4.9% -.3% -1.8% -17.8% -3.2%
Foreign currency impact .1% --% --% -1.3% -.3% -3.5% -4.4% -.7% --% -1.2%
Total change -2.5% 6.7% 1.6% 4.3% 1.7% -18.6% -11.5% .7% -22.0% -5.1%
(a) We measure the volume impact (tonnage) on revenues based on the stated weight of our product shipments.
(b) Internal net sales and operating profit growth for 2012, exclude the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, transaction and integration costs and impact of currency. Internal net sales and operating profit growth are non-GAAP financial measures which are reconciled to the directly comparable measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP within these tables.
(c) Impact of results for the year-to-date period ended September 29, 2012 from the acquisition of Pringles.
(d) Impact of results for the year-to-date period ended September 29, 2012 from the divestiture of Navigable Foods.
(e) Includes impact of transaction and integration costs associated with the Pringles acquisition.
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
Up-Front Costs*
$ millions
Quarter ended September 29, 2012 Year-to-date period ended September 29, 2012
Cost of goods sold (a) Selling, general and administrative expense Total Cost of goods sold (a) Selling, general and administrative expense Total
2012
U.S. Morning Foods & Kashi $ 3 $ 1 $ 4 $ 7 $ 4 $ 11
U.S. Snacks 2 2 4 4 6 10
U.S. Specialty -- -- -- -- 1 1
North America Other 2 -- 2 2 1 3
Europe -- -- -- 3 -- 3
Latin America -- -- -- -- -- --
Asia Pacific -- 1 1 -- 1 1
Corporate -- -- -- -- -- --
Total $ 7 $ 4 $ 11 $ 16 $ 13 $ 29
Quarter ended October 1, 2011 Year-to-date period ended October 1, 2011
Cost of goods sold (a) Selling, general and administrative expense Total Cost of goods sold (a) Selling, general and administrative expense Total
2011
U.S. Morning Foods & Kashi $ -- $ 1 $ 1 $ 6 $ 3 $ 9
U.S. Snacks 2 8 10 5 15 20
U.S. Specialty -- -- -- -- 1 1
North America Other 1 -- 1 3 -- 3
Europe 4 -- 4 12 -- 12
Latin America -- -- -- -- 1 1
Asia Pacific -- -- -- 2 -- 2
Corporate -- -- -- -- -- --
Total $ 7 $ 9 $ 16 $ 28 $ 20 $ 48
2012 Variance - better(worse) than 2011
U.S. Morning Foods & Kashi $ (3) $ -- $ (3) $ (1) $ (1) $ (2)
U.S. Snacks -- 6 6 1 9 10
U.S. Specialty -- -- -- -- -- --
North America Other (1) -- (1) 1 (1) --
Europe 4 -- 4 9 -- 9
Latin America -- -- -- -- 1 1
Asia Pacific -- (1) (1) 2 (1) 1
Corporate -- -- -- -- -- --
Total $ -- $ 5 $ 5 $ 12 $ 7 $ 19
* Up-front costs are charges incurred by the Company which will result in future cash savings and/or reduced depreciation.
(a) Includes expense associated with capital projects across our supply chain network incurred primarily in North America.
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries
Transaction and Integration Costs*
$ millions
Quarter ended September 29, 2012 Year-to-date period ended September 29, 2012
Cost of goods sold Selling, general and administrative expense Other Income/Expense Total Cost of goods sold Selling, general and administrative expense Other Income/Expense Total
2012
U.S. Snacks $ -- $ 8 $ -- $ 8 $ -- $ 9 $ -- $ 9
Europe 1 6 -- 7 1 13 -- 14
Asia Pacific -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- 1
Corporate -- 3 -- 3 -- 25 5 30
Total $ 1 $ 17 $ -- $ 18 $ 1 $ 48 $ 5 $ 54
* Transaction and integration costs are charges incurred by the Company as a direct result of the work performed for the acquisition of the Pringles business. No transaction costs were incurred during the quarter ended September 29, 2012.
CONTACT: Analyst Contact: Simon Burton, CFA (269) 961-6636 Media Contact: Kris Charles (269) 961-3799

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