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Procter & Gamble Beats on Profit Expectations

January 26, 2016, 4:45 PM UTC
P&G Profit Rises Percent as Home-Care Product Sales Improve
Procter & Gamble Co. Tide brand laundry detergent sits on display in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Procter & Gamble Co., the worlds largest consumer-products maker, said fiscal first-quarter profit rose 7.6 percent as sales of home-care goods and baby products gained. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Procter & Gamble (PG) reported better-than-expected second quarter profit, helped by cost cutting measures, but said a stronger dollar would take a bigger chunk out of full-year sales.

P&G has been shrinking its portfolio to focus on core, high-growth brands such as Gillette shaving products, Pampers diapers, and Tide detergent.

Cost of selling goods fell 11.5% to $8.46 billion, while selling, general and administrative costs fell 14.1% to $4.60 billion in the quarter.

P&G said it now expected foreign exchange to have a 7 percentage point impact on 2016 sales. It had earlier anticipated an impact of 5-6 percentage points.

Net earnings attributable to the company rose to $3.21 billion, or $1.12 per share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, from $2.37 billion, or 82 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $1.04 per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 98 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


Sales fell 8.5% to $16.92 billion, slightly below the average analyst estimate of $16.94 billion.

Organic sales that strips out the impact of currency, divestitures, and acquisitions, grew 2% in the quarter, helped by higher prices.

P&G said it would spend $15 billion to $16 billion in dividend payments, share exchanges, and share repurchases this fiscal year, including dividends of more than $7 billion.