Conagra Brands, Inc. ( CAG Quick Quote CAG - Free Report) is likely to register top and bottom-line growth from the respective year-ago fiscal quarter’s readings when it reports first-quarter fiscal 2023 earnings on Oct 6. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for quarterly revenues is pegged at $2,819 million, suggesting a rise of 6.2% from the prior-year fiscal quarter’s reported figure. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for quarterly earnings has risen a cent in the past 30 days to 52 cents per share, indicating 4% growth from the figure reported in the prior-year fiscal quarter. The food company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 0.4%, on average. CAG delivered an earnings surprise of 1.6% in the last reported quarter. Factors to Note
CAG is steadily gaining from recovery in its Foodservice business, with restaurant traffic picking up and outdoor movement rising. CAG’s Frozen business is doing particularly well. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, Conagra Brands saw strength in core areas like plant-based protein and single-serve meals. On its last earnings call, management was encouraged about the ongoing prospects of the Frozen business. It expects operating margins to expand in its Refrigerated and Frozen segment during fiscal 2023.
Conagra Brands’ efficient pricing initiatives have been cushioning the stock for a while despite cost headwinds. CAG is focused on its pricing actions as it expects increased cost of goods sold inflation in fiscal 2023. In the ongoing fiscal year, gross inflation (input cost inflation before hedging and other sourcing gains) is anticipated in the low-teens range. This apart, CAG intends to raise its SG&A investment for solidifying infrastructure, continuing automation and supporting talent. Additionally, CAG does not expect the solid performance from its Ardent Mills joint venture (as delivered in the back half of fiscal 2022) to continue through fiscal 2023.
Management expects continued strength in sales during fiscal 2023, courtesy of pricing actions, innovation and supply-chain enhancement efforts. In the full fiscal, organic net sales are anticipated to rise 4-5%. These factors also bode well for the quarter under review. What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model doesn’t conclusively predict an earnings beat for Conagra Brands this time around. The combination of a positive
Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat, which isn’t the case here. Conagra Brands has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of -1.82%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter. Stocks With Favorable Combination
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