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What: Shares of J&J Snack Foods (NAS: JJSF) , a provider of nutritional and frozen foods, were down as much as 10% earlier this morning following the company's first-quarter earnings results.
So what: To say that investors are taking a bite out of the stock today would be an understatement. For the quarter, J&J reported a sales increase of 11% to $172.7 million and a profit of $0.29. Unfortunately for shareholders, this fell $0.11 shy of Wall Street's consensus EPS estimates, but was more or less in line with sales estimates. Gerald Schreiber, CEO of J&J, noted that while the company's ICEE business was strong, nearly all other brand names showed weakness. He blamed volume weakness, an inability to pass raw material increases along to consumers, and other expenses increasing as the reasons for the earnings shortfall.
Now what: Hearing from a food producer that raw material costs are rising really isn't anything new. What is disturbing is the volume weakness across the vast majority of its brand portfolio. This quarter marked the third time in the past year that J&J has failed to live up to Wall Street's expectations, and its earnings report sounded anything but confident about its being able to resolve its current issues. My advice would be to dump J&J and its 1% dividend yield for a much larger food product portfolio like Kellogg (NYS: K) . Kellogg has increased its dividend in each of the past six years and pays out a more impressive 3.4% while also offering a much more diverse portfolio of products.
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