Kellogg Company Delivers Strong Second Quarter Performance; Reaffirms 2011 Currency-Neutral EPS Guidance

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) today announced second quarter 2011 reported net sales growth of 11 percent to $3.4 billion. Internal net sales, which exclude the effects of foreign currency translation, rose 6 percent over the same period. Second quarter 2011 operating profit of $543 million increased 12 percent on a reported basis and 8 percent on an internal basis.  While the Company was lapping soft comparisons in second quarter 2010, the performance reflected strong innovation and the benefit from pricing actions taken over the first half 2011 which helped offset higher input costs.

Reported earnings for the second quarter 2011 were $343 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, an increase of 19 percent from second quarter 2010 reported earnings of $0.79 per diluted share. On a currency-neutral basis, second quarter 2011 earnings per share grew 13 percent.

"We continue to build momentum as demonstrated by our solid first half top-line results. During the second quarter, we benefited from improved net price realization and were pleased with the performance of our strong innovation," said John Bryant, Kellogg Company's president and chief executive officer. "As we look to the back half of 2011, we expect continued sales growth driven by price and mix and are confident in our innovation line up and commercial plans."

North America

During the second quarter 2011, Kellogg North America net sales were $2.2 billion, an 8 percent increase on both a reported and internal basis. On an internal basis, North America Retail Cereal net sales rose 13 percent reflecting higher net price realization, the strength of recently launched innovation, as well as easier comparisons to second quarter 2010.  North America Retail Snacks delivered internal net sales growth of 3 percent driven by the crackers business.  North America Frozen and Specialty Channels internal net sales grew 10 percent. Second quarter 2011 North America operating profit increased 12 percent on a reported basis and 11 percent on an internal basis.

International

Kellogg International posted second quarter 2011 reported net sales of $1.2 billion, growing 16 percent year-over-year supported by net price realization and innovation. On an internal basis, excluding the effects of currency translation, net sales increased 3 percent. Compared with the same period last year, internal net sales in Europe increased 1 percent, Latin America internal net sales grew 7 percent, and Asia Pacific internal net sales rose 4 percent.   Reported second quarter 2011 operating profit for the Kellogg International business increased 12 percent. On an internal basis, operating profit was flat to a year earlier as recent price increases helped offset the impact of higher input costs.

Interest and Tax

Kellogg's interest expense was $53 million for the quarter. The second quarter 2011 effective tax rate was 30.1 percent.

Cash flow

Cash flow, defined as cash from operating activities less capital expenditures, was $403 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $446 million in the first half of 2010.

Kellogg repurchased nearly $190 million of shares during the second quarter, and more than $500 million in the first half of 2011, under its $2.5 billion three-year share repurchase authorization.

Kellogg 2011 Guidance

The Company expanded its full-year 2011 internal net sales growth guidance to a range of 4 to 5 percent. The increased net sales outlook is expected to offset anticipated higher cost pressures. The Company reiterated its 2011 internal operating profit guidance of approximately flat to down two percent year-over-year. Kellogg also reaffirmed its full-year 2011 guidance of currency-neutral earnings per share growth in the low single-digit range. Assuming no foreign exchange impact, this implies earnings per share in the range of $3.33 to $3.40. The Company estimates a foreign exchange benefit of approximately $0.09, which would result in reported 2011 EPS guidance of $3.42 to $3.49.

Conference Call / Webcast

Kellogg Company will host a conference call to discuss these results on July 28, 2011 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 888-465-4043 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 http://investor.kelloggs.com.

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 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 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 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 publicly update them.

         
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries        
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME        
(millions, except per share data)        
 
    Quarter ended Year-to-date period ended
(Results are unaudited) July 2,
2011
July 3,
2010
July 2,
2011
July 3,
2010
           
Net sales $3,386 $3,062 $6,871 $6,380
           
Cost of goods sold 1,943 1,757 4,007 3,650
Selling, general and administrative expense 900 822 1,749 1,610
           
Operating profit 543 483 1,115 1,120
           
Interest expense 53 61 120 126
Other income (expense), net  (1)  7  (1)  8
           
Income before income taxes 489 429 994 1,002
Income taxes 147 128 287 284
Net income $342 $301 $707 $718
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (1) (1) (2) (2)
Net income attributable to Kellogg Company $343 $302 $709 $720
           
Per share amounts:        
Basic   $.94 $.80 $1.95 $1.89
Diluted $.94 $.79 $1.93 $1.88
           
Dividends per share $.4050 $.3750 $.8100 $.7500
           
Average shares outstanding:        
Basic   363  381 364  380
Diluted   366  384 367  384
           
Actual shares outstanding at period end     362  378
 
       
       
       
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries      
SELECTED OPERATING SEGMENT DATA        
           
(millions)
    Quarter ended Year-to-date period ended
(Results are unaudited) July 2,
2011
July 3,
2010
July 2,
2011
July 3,
2010
           
Net sales        
North America  $2,231 $2,064 $4,595 $4,339
Europe  634 560 1,255 1,166
Latin America  281 240 542 462
Asia Pacific (a)   240 198 479 413
Consolidated   $3,386 $3,062 $6,871 $6,380
           
           
Segment operating profit        
North America (b) $406 $364 $846 $862
Europe  102 100 203 205
Latin America  61 47 109 92
Asia Pacific (a) 25 20 56 57
Corporate (b) (51) (48) (99) (96)
Consolidated   $543 $483 $1,115 $1,120
 
           
(a) Includes Australia, Asia and South Africa.        
(b) Research and Development expense totaling $2 million for the quarter ended July 3, 2010 and $5 million for the
year-to-date period ended July 3, 2010 was reallocated to Corporate from North America.
   
   
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS  
(millions)
   Year-to-date period ended
(unaudited) July 2, 
2011
July 3,
 2010
     
Operating activities    
Net income $707 $718
Adjustments to reconcile net income to 
operating cash flows:
   
 Depreciation and amortization 175 178
 Deferred income taxes (1) (52)
 Other  25 73
Postretirement benefit plan contributions (183) (36)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (77) (288)
     
Net cash provided by operating activities 646 593
     
Investing activities    
Additions to properties (243) (147)
Other  5 2
 
Net cash used in investing activities (238) (145)
 
Financing activities    
Net issuances of notes payable 687 110
Issuances of long-term debt 397  --
Reductions of long-term debt (946) (1)
Net issuances of common stock 249 148
Common stock repurchases   (518) (266)
Cash dividends (296) (286)
Other  10 6
     
Net cash used in financing activities (417) (289)
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  22 (22)
     
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 13 137
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 444 334
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $457 $471
 
Supplemental financial data:    
Cash Flow (operating cash flow less property additions) (a) $403 $446
 
(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)    
 
   July 2,
2011
(unaudited)
 January 1,
2011
*
     
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $457 $444
Accounts receivable, net  1,364  1,190
Inventories:    
 Raw materials and supplies  239  224
 Finished goods and materials in process  778  832
Deferred income taxes  161  110
Other prepaid assets  137  115
     
Total current assets 3,136 2,915
     
Property, net of accumulated depreciation
 of $4,908 and $4,690
3,246 3,128
Goodwill 3,632 3,628
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization
 of $48 and $47
1,455 1,456
Pension 474 333
Other assets 413 387
     
Total assets $12,356 $11,847
     
Current liabilities    
Current maturities of long-term debt  $--  $952
Notes payable 734 44
Accounts payable 1,208 1,149
Accrued advertising and promotion 436 405
Accrued income taxes  31  60
Accrued salaries and wages 205 153
Other current liabilities 412 421
     
Total current liabilities 3,026 3,184
     
Long-term debt 5,308 4,908
Deferred income taxes  768 697
Pension liability 171 265
Other liabilities 615 639
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Equity    
Common stock, $.25 par value 105 105
Capital in excess of par value 513 495
Retained earnings 6,511 6,122
Treasury stock, at cost (2,890) (2,650)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (1,765) (1,914)
     
Total Kellogg Company equity 2,474 2,158
Noncontrolling interests (6) (4)
Total equity 2,468 2,154
Total liabilities and equity $12,356 $11,847
* Condensed from audited financial statements.    
       
       
       
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries      
Analysis of net sales and operating profit performance
             
Second quarter of 2011 versus 2010
(dollars in millions) North
America
Europe Latin
America
Asia
Pacific (a)
Corporate Consoli-
dated
2011 net sales  $ 2,231  $ 634  $ 281  $ 240  $ --   $ 3,386
2010 net sales  $ 2,064  $ 560  $ 240  $ 198  $ --   $ 3,062
% change - 2011 vs. 2010:            
Volume (tonnage) (b) 1.9% -3.1% -.6% .2%  --  .6%
Pricing/mix 5.6% 3.7% 7.7% 3.6%  --  5.4%
Subtotal - internal business 7.5% .6% 7.1% 3.8%  --  6.0%
Foreign currency impact .6% 12.7% 10.3% 16.6%  --  4.6%
Total change 8.1% 13.3% 17.4% 20.4%  --  10.6%
             
             
(dollars in millions) North
America (c)
Europe Latin
America
Asia
Pacific (a)
Corporate (c) Consoli-
dated
2011 operating profit   $ 406  $ 102  $ 61  $ 25  $ (51)  $ 543
2010 operating profit  $ 364  $ 100  $ 47  $ 20  $ (48)  $ 483
% change - 2011 vs. 2010:            
Internal business 10.9% -8.9% 18.9% 3.1% -5.3% 7.8%
Foreign currency impact .7% 10.2% 11.3% 20.6%  --  4.6%
Total change 11.6% 1.3% 30.2% 23.7% -5.3% 12.4%
             
(a) Includes Australia, Asia, and South Africa.
(b) We measure the volume impact (tonnage) on revenues based on the stated weight of our product shipments.
(c) Research and Development expense totaling $2 million for the quarter ended July 3, 2010 was reallocated to Corporate from North America.
         
         
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries        
Analysis of net sales and operating profit performance
               
Year-to-date 2011 versus 2010
(dollars in millions) North
America
Europe Latin
America
Asia
Pacific (a)
Corporate Consoli-
dated
2011 net sales  $ 4,595  $ 1,255  $ 542  $ 479  $ --   $ 6,871
2010 net sales  $ 4,339  $ 1,166  $ 462  $ 413  $ --   $ 6,380
% change - 2011 vs. 2010:            
Volume (tonnage) (b) 1.8% -1.9% 1.6% 2.6%  --  1.2%
Pricing/mix   3.6% 1.9% 7.0% .3%  --  3.3%
Subtotal - internal business 5.4% --% 8.6% 2.9%  --  4.5%
Foreign currency impact .5% 7.7% 8.8% 12.9%  --  3.2%
Total change 5.9% 7.7% 17.4% 15.8%  --  7.7%
               
 
(dollars in millions) North
America (c)
Europe Latin
America
Asia
Pacific (a)
Corporate (c) Consoli-
dated
2011 operating profit     $ 846  $ 203  $ 109  $ 56  $ (99)  $ 1,115
2010 operating profit    $ 862  $ 205  $ 92  $ 57  $ (96)  $ 1,120
% change - 2011 vs. 2010:            
Internal business -2.4% -8.8% 10.2% -13.8% -3.5% -3.6%
Foreign currency impact .5% 7.4% 9.3% 12.4%  --  3.1%
Total change -1.9% -1.4% 19.5% -1.4% -3.5% -.5%
               
(a) Includes Australia, Asia, and South Africa.
(b) We measure the volume impact (tonnage) on revenues based on the stated weight of our product shipments.      
(c) Research and Development expense totaling $5 million for the year-to-date period ended July 3, 2010 was reallocated to Corporate from North America.
 
               
       
       
Kellogg Company and Subsidiaries      
Up-Front Costs*          
$ millions          
             
  Quarter ended July 2, 2011 Year-to-date period ended July 2, 2011
  Cost of goods
sold
Selling, general and
administrative
expense
Total Cost of goods
sold
Selling, general and
administrative
expense
Total
2011            
North America  $ --  $ 8  $ 8  $ 1  $ 10  $ 11
Europe  1  --  1  7  --  7
Latin America  --  1  1  --  1  1
Asia Pacific  --  --  --  1  --  1
Corporate  --  --  --  --  --  --
Total  $ 1  $ 9  $ 10  $ 9  $ 11  $ 20
             
  Quarter ended July 3, 2010 Year-to-date period ended July 3, 2010
  Cost of goods
sold
Selling, general and
administrative
expense (a)
Total Cost of goods
sold
Selling, general and
administrative
expense (a)
Total
2010            
North America  $ 6  $ 3  $ 9  $ 13  $ 9  $ 22
Europe  5  (1)  4  8  --  8
Latin America  1  --  1  1  --  1
Asia Pacific  --  1  1  1  2  3
Corporate  --  2  2  --  2  2
Total  $ 12  $ 5  $ 17  $ 23  $ 13  $ 36
 
2011 Variance - better (worse) than 2010        
North America  $ 6  $ (5)  $ 1  $ 12  $ (1)  $ 11
Europe  4  (1)  3  1  --  1
Latin America  1  (1)  --  1  (1)  --
Asia Pacific  --  1  1  --  2  2
Corporate  --  2  2  --  2  2
Total  $ 11  $ (4)  $ 7  $ 14  $ 2  $ 16
             
* Up-front costs are charges incurred by the Company which will result in future cash savings and/or reduced depreciation. 
(a) Quarter end July 3, 2010 includes $2 million of SAP reimplementation costs incurred in North America. Year-to-date period ended July 3, 2010 includes $4 million of SAP reimplementation cost incurred in North America.

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