Image Source: General Mills Inc – Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Earnings IR Presentation.
On March 18, General Mills reported third quarter fiscal 2020 (period ended February 23, 2020) earnings that provided the market with an idea of how major consumer staples brands were performing before the ongoing novel coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic started spreading around the world. In the fiscal third quarter, General Mills GAAP net sales were broadly flat year-over-year as was its GAAP operating income. The firm’s GAAP gross margin took a hit (from higher supply chain costs and input cost inflation) but that was offset by reduced restructuring costs and the lack of a major loss on divestment, allowing for its GAAP operating margin to stay broadly flat year-over-year. All-in-all, a fairly uneventful and uninspiring quarter, but General Mills’ forward guidance caught our eye.
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