McCormick reports in line results: Cramer sees ‘some value’ in its stock

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on Oct 3, 2023
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  • McCormick reports in line results for its third financial quarter.
  • Jim Cramer shared his view on the food stock today on CNBC.
  • McCormick shares lost as much as 10% on Tuesday morning.

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McCormick & Co Inc (NYSE: MKC) is trending down at writing after reporting financial results for its fiscal third quarter that came in roughly in line with the Street estimates.

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Jim Cramer reacts to raised guidance

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The food company that’s behind notable brands like French’s or Frank’s RedHot said its performance was weighed in the recent quarter due to a weaker-than-expected economic recovery in China.

Pulling out of Russia and divesting Kitchen Basics also contributed to weakness in Q3, as per its press release.   

Still, McCormick raised its profit guidance for the full year on Tuesday. It now forecasts per-share earnings to fall between $2.62 and $2.67 in its fiscal 2023. According to Jim Cramer:

They would have raised guidance substantially if it weren’t for China. McCormick is a very good company. What’s not being taken into account is that they are doing a good job.

McCormick Q3 financial highlights

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  • Earned $170.1 million versus the year-ago $222.9 million
  • Per-share earnings also decline from 82 cents to 63 cents
  • Adjusted EPS printed at 65 cents as per the press release
  • Sales jumped 5.6% year-over-year to $1.685 billion
  • Consensus was 65 cents a share on $1.697 billion revenue

Both consumer and flavour solutions segments of McCormick & Co Inc weren’t exciting in terms of volume in the third quarter but price increases helped offset the weakness. On CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”, famed investor Jim Cramer also said today:

I want you to watch this because … the fact that this stock is back to where it was before the COVID tells you that there might be some value here.

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