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Feb 16, 2016

General Mills reaffirms guidance for fiscal 2016


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—In conjunction with a presentation today at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) investor conference, General Mills (NYSE: GIS) reaffirmed its key financial targets for the fiscal year ending May 29, 2016, which reflect the impact of the Green Giant divestiture. Net sales in constant currency are expected to decline at a low single-digit rate from the 2015 levels that included a 53rd week. Total segment operating profit in constant currency is expected to essentially match last year. Fiscal 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share (which excludes certain items affecting comparability) are expected to grow at a low-single-digit rate in constant currency from the base of $2.86 earned in fiscal 2015 (please see the table below for reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the relevant GAAP measure). 

A webcast of today’s General Mills presentation at the CAGNY conference can be accessed here. The webcast will be archived on General Mills’ website through March 4, 2016. 

Diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability follow:


Fiscal Year


Per Share Data





Diluted earnings per share, as reported





  Mark-to-market effects





  Divestiture (gain), net





  Tax item





  Acquisition integration costs





  Venezuela currency devaluation





  Restructuring costs





  Project-related costs





  Intangible asset impairment





Diluted earnings per share, excluding

   certain items affecting comparability




(Analysts) Jeff Siemon (763) 764-2301
(Media) Kirstie Foster (763) 764-6364

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