Pour a Bowl of General Mills: Fool by Numbers

On Dec. 21, packaged-food giant General Mills (NYSE: GIS  ) released second-quarter 2007 earnings for the period ended Nov. 26.

  • 5.3% sales growth might not sound like much, but after last quarter's 6.8% revenue growth, this marks the first consecutive quarters over 5% since 2003. That generous share buyback program helps, too -- General Mills has repurchased 14.2% of its shares since the first quarter of 2004.
  • Margins and returns on assets or equity remain predictably stable. There just aren't a lot of surprises in cereal and taco shells.
  • Net income and owner earnings are up, while GAAP cash flow figures are down. The difference is that operational and free cash flow numbers include the effects of much larger negative changes on the balance sheet than last year, to the tune of $282 million.
  • Seventy-five of 90 CAPS participants think that General Mills will outperform the S&P 500. You can share your own thoughts on the company in CAPS.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

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*Including current portions of $1.47 billion and $589 million, respectively.

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  • Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT  )
  • Kellogg (NYSE: K  )
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At the time of publication, Fool contributor Anders Bylundhad no position in any company mentioned, though he did chow down on some Kraft cereal this morning. Fool rules arehere.

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