Procter & Gamble (PG) earnings Q2 2023

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Procter & Gamble reported a year-over-year decline in sales and profit on Thursday as higher prices struggled to offset falling sales volumes.

P&G shares fell about 2% in premarket trading.

Here’s how P&G performed in the second quarter of fiscal 2023 versus Wall Street expectations, based on an average of analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv:

  • Adjusted earnings per share: $1.59 vs. $1.59 expected
  • Total sales: $20.77 billion versus $20.73 billion expected

For the three months ended December 31, the company reported net income of $3.9 billion, or $1.59 per share, excluding items, versus $4.22 billion, or $1.66 per share shares in the previous year.

Net sales declined 1% to $20.77 billion, beating analysts’ forecast of $20.73 billion.

The company’s organic revenue, which excludes the impact of foreign currency, acquisitions and divestitures, rose 5% during the second fiscal quarter. This increase was the result of higher prices outweighing contracting consumer demand.

All of the company’s businesses reported declining sales volumes for the quarter, although organic sales increased due to higher prices. The hair care division, which houses brands like Gillette and The Art of Shaving and has historically underperformed for the company, did not post sales growth — the decline in volume fully offset the higher prices.

The Cincinnati-based consumer goods giant, which owns brands like Crest toothpaste, Tide laundry detergent and Pampers diapers, warned in its first-quarter report that it would lose $3.9 billion in fiscal 2023 due to “unfavorable” exchange rates and expensive raw materials , goods and freight. As a result, the company lowered its guidance despite a solid first quarter.

The company now expects headwinds of $3.7 billion for the remainder of the fiscal year, marking a slight improvement. But it warned that those headwinds would further depress P&G’s gross margins, which fell 160 basis points year over year in the second quarter.

Still, the company raised its guidance for revenue growth in 2023 to 4% to 5% from a previous 3% to 5%. The company lowered its estimated impact of exchange rates from 6% to 5%.

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