Proctor & Gamble successfully navigated inflation impacts in the third quarter to post revenue and earnings for the quarter that beat analyst expectations but gave guidance that there are difficult times ahead.
By raising prices, the major consumer goods company was able to come out ahead for the quarter, reporting $1.57 earnings per share compared to the expectation of $1.54 and revenue of $20.61 billion on expectations of $20.28 billion, reported CNN. The price increases have resulted in a demand reduction, however, leading to volume decreases in the most recent two quarters but P&G leadership stands by the decision as the right one.
“We feel very good about the consumer reaction to our price increases because we don’t see any major trade downs,” Andre Schulten, CFO of P&G, told reporters on a call.
P&G is yet another major corporation that is signaling troubled times ahead in its forward guidance for 2023, the underlying theme of a surprisingly positive earnings season thus far. The company anticipates a much larger impact from the strength of the U.S. dollar on foreign currency in 2023 and that it will cost the multinational corporation a revised $1.3 billion this year, an increase of $400 million from previous estimates last quarter.
Winning segments included personal healthcare, driven higher by early and active cold and flu season this year; and skin, personal care, and grooming which includes major brands like Venus and Gillette razors. Challenges arose from a reduction in laundry detergent due to supply chain constraints that have since been resolved, and 2% of the volume decrease in the third quarter was due to the company continuing to reduce its Russian exposure.
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