J.M. Smucker raises profit forecast on upbeat demand

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(Reuters) – J.M. Smucker Co (N:) on Tuesday raised its forecast for fiscal 2021 adjusted profit, after the Jif peanut butter maker topped estimates for first-quarter sales on strong demand for its coffee, frozen sandwiches and fruit spreads.

Shares of the Uncrustables frozen sandwiches maker rose 3% in premarket trade, with a surge in demand for packaged foods as work-from-home policies and the closure of schools have led to consumers keeping the preference they picked up during the lockdown: eating at home to dining out.

Sales in its U.S. retail consumer foods segment climbed 22%, while U.S. retail coffee business rose 23% in the quarter.

Orrville, Ohio-based Smucker forecast fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings to be between $ 8.20 and $ 8.60 per share, and net sales to be flat or grow up to 1%.

The Folgers coffee maker had previously projected net sales to decline 1%-2% and adjusted profit per share of $ 7.90 to $ 8.30 in fiscal 2021.

Excluding items, Smucker earned $ 2.37 per share, compared with Wall Street expectations of $ 1.67 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Net sales rose to $ 1.97 billion from $ 1.78 billion in the first quarter ended July 31. Analysts on average had expected the food processor to post net sales of $ 1.81 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

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