Shares of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) stayed pink on Tuesday. The inventory has gained 10% over the previous three months. The corporate delivered sturdy outcomes for the second quarter of 2024 and hiked its earnings steerage for the complete 12 months because it expects a usually steady working setting by the rest of the interval.
Sturdy Q2 efficiency
Lamb Weston delivered sturdy gross sales and earnings development within the second quarter of 2024. Web gross sales elevated 36% year-over-year to $1.73 billion, pushed primarily by incremental gross sales from the acquisition of the corporate’s EMEA enterprise. The corporate will obtain the incremental profit from the consolidation of this enterprise within the third quarter of 2024 as properly.
Web gross sales development was 6%, excluding the EMEA acquisition. The second quarter outcomes benefited from pricing actions carried out by the corporate throughout its segments to sort out inflation. The exiting of lower-margin enterprise final 12 months led to a 6% decline in quantity in Q2, however the quantity efficiency was higher on a sequential foundation, reflecting resilient demand and the addition of recent enterprise to interchange the volumes from the exited enterprise.
Lamb Weston’s GAAP earnings greater than doubled to $1.48 per share in Q2 2024 in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. Adjusted EPS rose 15% year-over-year to $1.45.
The frozen potato merchandise vendor noticed gross sales development throughout each its segments throughout the second quarter. Gross sales within the North America section elevated 10% YoY, benefiting from pricing actions and favorable combine. Demand within the US remained sturdy with steady fry attachment charges.
Within the Worldwide section, gross sales greater than doubled YoY to $565 million, pushed by the incremental gross sales from the EMEA acquisition. Excluding the EMEA acquisition, web gross sales for the section decreased 12%. The worldwide enterprise additionally benefited from pricing and favorable combine, in addition to restaurant site visitors development in most of its key worldwide markets.
As acknowledged in its earnings report, Lamb Weston anticipates that the buyer and working setting will stay usually steady by the rest of fiscal 12 months 2024. Based mostly on this, the corporate reaffirmed its gross sales goal and raised its earnings outlook for the complete 12 months.
LW expects web gross sales of $6.8-7.0 billion for FY2024. This consists of $1.1-1.2 billion of incremental gross sales from the EMEA enterprise. Excluding the EMEA gross sales, the corporate expects web gross sales development of 6.5-8.5%.
The corporate expects worth/combine to be up low-double-digits for the 12 months, with a sequential slowdown within the second half versus the primary half because it laps final 12 months’s pricing actions. Quantity, excluding acquisitions, is anticipated to be down mid-single-digits.
Section quantity tendencies are anticipated to enhance within the latter half of the 12 months as LW laps a few of the quantity from the exited low-margin companies and because it backfills the exited enterprise with extra worthwhile enterprise. Quantity development is anticipated to be optimistic within the fourth quarter of 2024.
Lamb Weston raised its earnings steerage for the 12 months and now expects each GAAP and adjusted web revenue to vary between $830-900 million and GAAP and adjusted EPS to vary between $5.70-6.15. The corporate’s earlier expectations have been for GAAP web revenue of $800-870 million, or $5.47-5.92 per share, and adjusted web revenue of $805-875 million, or $5.50-5.95 per share.