Consumer products behemoth Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG) reported results in line with analysts' expectations in Q2 FY2024, with revenue up 3.2% year on year to $21.44 billion. It made a non-GAAP profit of $1.84 per share, down from its profit of $5 per share in the same quarter last year.
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Procter & Gamble (PG) Q2 FY2024 Highlights:
- Market Capitalization: $348.5 billion
- Revenue: $21.44 billion vs analyst estimates of $21.5 billion (small miss)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $1.84 vs analyst estimates of $1.70 (8.3% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP) guidance: full year outlook raised to $6.40 per share, slightly above expectations
- Free Cash Flow of $4.28 billion, similar to the previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 52.7%, up from 47.5% in the same quarter last year
- Organic Revenue was up 4% year on year (miss vs. expectations of up 4.9% year on year)
- Sales Volumes were down 1% year on year (miss vs. expectations of up 0.6% year on year)
“We delivered strong results in the second quarter, enabling us to raise our core EPS growth guidance and maintain our top-line outlook for the fiscal year,” said Jon Moeller, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Founded by candle maker William Procter and soap maker James Gamble, Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG) is a consumer products behemoth whose product portfolio spans everything from facial tissues to laundry detergent to feminine care to men’s grooming.
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Procter & Gamble is one of the most widely recognized consumer staples companies in the world. Its influence over consumers gives it extremely high negotiating leverage with distributors, enabling it to pick and choose where it sells its products (a luxury many don't have).
As you can see below, the company's annualized revenue growth rate of 4.3% over the last three years was mediocre as consumers bought less of its products. We'll explore what this means in the "Volume Growth" section.
This quarter, Procter & Gamble's revenue grew 3.2% year on year to $21.44 billion, falling short of Wall Street's estimates. Looking ahead, Wall Street expects sales to grow 3.1% over the next 12 months, a deceleration from this quarter.
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Procter & Gamble's average quarterly sales volumes have shrunk by 1.6% over the last two years. This decrease isn't ideal because the quantity demanded for consumer staples products is typically stable.
In Procter & Gamble's Q2 2024, year on year sales volumes were flat. This result was a well-appreciated turnaround from the 6% year-on-year decline it posted 12 months ago, showing the company is heading in the right direction.
Key Takeaways from Procter & Gamble's Q2 Results
Volume and organic growth missed, leading to a slight revenue miss. However, EPS beat and full year guidance was raised and now stands above Consensus expectations. Overall, this was a mixed quarter for Procter & Gamble. The stock is flat after reporting and currently trades at $149.35 per share.
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