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Q1 Earnings Roundup: BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR) And The Rest Of The Shelf-Stable Food Segment

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Q1 Earnings Roundup: BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR) And The Rest Of The Shelf-Stable Food Segment

As the craze of earnings season draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the most exciting (and some less so) results from Q1. Today, we are looking at shelf-stable food stocks, starting with BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR).

As America industrialized and moved away from an agricultural economy, people faced more demands on their time. Packaged foods emerged as a solution offering convenience to the evolving American family, whether it be canned goods or snacks. Today, Americans seek brands that are high in quality, reliable, and reasonably priced. Furthermore, there's a growing emphasis on health-conscious and sustainable food options. Packaged food stocks are considered resilient investments. People always need to eat, so these companies can enjoy consistent demand as long as they stay on top of changing consumer preferences. The industry spans from multinational corporations to smaller specialized firms and is subject to food safety and labeling regulations.

The 21 shelf-stable food stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 0.5%. while next quarter's revenue guidance was 1.6% below consensus. Stocks--especially those trading at higher multiples--had a strong end of 2023, but 2024 has seen periods of volatility. Mixed signals about inflation have led to uncertainty around rate cuts, and while some of the shelf-stable food stocks have fared somewhat better than others, they collectively declined, with share prices falling 2% on average since the previous earnings results.

BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR)

Spun out of Post Holdings in 2019, Bellring Brands (NYSE:BRBR) offers protein shakes, nutrition bars, and other products under the PowerBar, Premier Protein, and Dymatize brands.

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BellRing Brands reported revenues of $494.6 million, up 28.3% year on year, topping analysts' expectations by 5.9%. It was an exceptional quarter for the company: BellRing Brands blew past analysts' organic revenue growth and EPS expectations, driven by a whopping 42.7% increase in its sales volumes - that type of growth is unheard of in the stable consumer staples sector and was led by Premier Protein's outperformance.

BellRing Brands Total Revenue
BellRing Brands Total Revenue

BellRing Brands achieved the fastest revenue growth of the whole group. The stock is up 0.3% since the results and currently trades at $57.37.

We think BellRing Brands is a good business, but is it a buy today? Read our full report here, it's free.

Best Q1: Hershey (NYSE:HSY)

Best known for its milk chocolate bar and Hershey's Kisses, Hershey (NYSE:HSY) is an iconic company known for its chocolate products.

Hershey reported revenues of $3.25 billion, up 8.9% year on year, outperforming analysts' expectations by 4.5%. It was a stunning quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analysts' gross margin and EPS estimates.

Hershey Total Revenue
Hershey Total Revenue

The stock is down 4.4% since the results and currently trades at $187.31.

Is now the time to buy Hershey? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q1: Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW)

Best known for its Grown in Idaho brand, Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW) produces and distributes potato products such as frozen french fries and mashed potatoes.

Lamb Weston reported revenues of $1.46 billion, up 16.3% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 11.8%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with full-year revenue guidance missing analysts' expectations.

Lamb Weston had the weakest performance against analyst estimates and weakest full-year guidance update in the group. The stock is down 14.5% since the results and currently trades at $86.44.

Read our full analysis of Lamb Weston's results here.

B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS)

Started as a small grocery store in New York City, B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) is an American packaged foods company with a diverse portfolio of more than 50 brands.

B&G Foods reported revenues of $475.2 million, down 7.1% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1.4%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' earnings estimates.

B&G Foods had the slowest revenue growth among its peers. The stock is down 17% since the results and currently trades at $9.59.

Read our full, actionable report on B&G Foods here, it's free.

Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN)

Sold in over 75 countries around the world, Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) is a natural and organic food company whose products range from snacks to teas to baby food.

Hain Celestial reported revenues of $438.4 million, down 3.7% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 5.4%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' organic revenue growth estimates.

The stock is up 9.5% since the results and currently trades at $7.27.

Read our full, actionable report on Hain Celestial here, it's free.

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