The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company ( SMG Quick Quote SMG - Free Report) reported net income from continuing operations of $229.8 million or $4.00 per share in third-quarter fiscal 2021 (ended Jul 3, 2021) compared with a net profit of $204.3 million or $3.57 per share in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share (EPS) were $3.98 per share, up 4.7% year over year. The figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.50.
Net sales went up 7.8% year over year to $1,609.7 million and beat the consensus mark of $1,511.7 million.
Company-wide gross margin rate (as adjusted) was 30.7% compared with 35.3% in the year-ago quarter.
In the third quarter, net sales in the U.S. Consumer division declined 4% year over year to $1,046.2 million. The segment reported profits of $264.4 million, down 16% from a profit of $313.8 million in the prior-year quarter.
Net sales in the Hawthorne segment surged 48% year over year to $421.9 million in the reported quarter. The segment witnessed record sales in the reported quarter with growth in all categories. The segment’s profits increased 37% year over year to $51.9 million.
Net sales in the Other segment increased 24% year over year to $141.6 million. The segment’s profits increased 86% year over year to $26.8 million.
At the end of third quarter, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $58.3 million, up 20.7% year over year. Long-term debt was $2,132 million, up 40.6% year over year.
The company continues to expect sales in the Hawthorne segment for fiscal 2021 to rise 40-45%. U.S. Consumer sales growth guidance has also been reaffirmed at 7-9%.
The gross margin rate is now projected to decline 250-275 basis points (bps) year over year. The company also expects adjusted EPS in the range of $9.00-$9.30 for the full year.
The company noted that the continued pressure from commodity prices is likely to result in a lower gross margin rate than what it had expected in its earlier guidance in June. However, the company is evaluating offsets to that pressure, which will help it maintain earnings guidance on a full-year basis.
Shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro have inched up 2.5% in the past year compared with 50.8% rise of the
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Scotts Miracle-Gro currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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