Recent restructuring efforts at Motley Fool Income Investor selection H.J. Heinz
Third-quarter results released Tuesday were strong across the board, with total sales improving 5% and reported earnings advancing an impressive 69%. Management stated that bottom-line continuing operations gains grew 32% and projects full-year earnings growth of 12%-14%.
So far this year, North American consumer product sales are growing faster than international sales, where Europe is currently the laggard. North America is the largest region in terms of sales, but most sales are made globally -- led by Europe, with Asia/Pacific accounting for about 13% of sales. Operating income grew in all regions for the first nine months of fiscal 2007, with a notable 27% increase in Europe.
Heinz and Unilever
Based on guidance for 2007, shares of Heinz are trading at just more than 19 times earnings. That's not a steal, but it compares well to other food firms, including Sara Lee
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