Shares of B&G Foods, Inc. BGS have gained more than 6% in after-hour trading on Oct 31, after the company reported third-quarter 2017 results.

Earnings and Revenue Discussion

Adjusted earnings per share of 55 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents by 14.6%. Earnings however declined 1.8% from the year-ago quarter.

Total revenues of $408.4 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $396.2 million by 3.1%.

Revenues also increased 20.3% year over year. The spices & seasonings business (acquired in November 2016) and Victoria Fine Foods (acquired in December 2016) contributed $80.1 million approximately.

Net sales at the company’s base business increased 3.2% during the quarter driven by Green Giant frozen products, despite a challenging packaged foods industry.

Inside the Headline Numbers

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 10.5% to $94.1 million during the quarter.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 1.3% to $43 million from the prior-year quarter, primarily due to selling expenses and warehousing expenses.

B&G Foods ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $22.6 million, as of Sep 1, 2017, compared with $28.8 million as of Dec 31, 2016.

B&G Foods, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

 

2017 Guidance

The company still expects 2017 adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.03-$2.17. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 earnings per share is currently pegged at $2.13, reflecting year-over-year increase of 2.7%.

Net sales are expected between $1.660 billion and $1.685 billion ($1.64-$1.67 billion expected earlier). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 earnings per share is currently pegged at $1.68 billion, reflecting year-over-year increase of 20.6%.

Adjusted EBITDA is still projected in the range of $352.5 million to $367.5 million.

Zacks Rank & Peer Releases

B&G Foods currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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The Hershey Company’s HSY earnings and revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in third-quarter 2017. Growth in its core brands, successful innovation and progress in multi-year productivity, and cost-saving initiatives helped the company post better numbers.

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