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ConAgra Foods loss per share $2.23

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ConAgra Foods reported results for the fiscal 2015 third quarter ended February 22, 2015. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations was $2.23 due to a significant impairment charge.

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This compares to diluted EPS of $0.52 as reported for the fiscal 2014 third quarter. After adjusting for items impacting comparability, comparable diluted EPS was $0.59 this quarter and $0.62 in the year-ago period.

The Consumer Foods segment posted sales of approximately $1.8 billion and operating profit of $274 million, as reported. Sales declined 2% as reported, with flat volume, a 1% decline in price/mix, and 1% negative impact from foreign exchange.

Brands posting sales growth for the quarter include ACT II, Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National, PAM, PF Chang’s, Rosarita, and Slim Jim. The company notes good performance in alternative channels given the focus on those opportunities this fiscal year.

The packaging, assortment, product, and merchandising initiatives designed to improve the performance of Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, and Orville Redenbacher’s are underway and expected to drive continuously improving performance.

Operating profit of $274 million was 3% above year-ago amounts as reported. After adjusting for $8 million of net expense in the current quarter and $4 million of net expense in the year-ago period from items impacting comparability, current quarter operating profit of $282 million increased 5% over comparable year-ago amounts.

Advertising expense declined approximately $20 million, reflecting a continually increasing focus on efficiency and return on investment, as well as a timing shift in which some spend has been moved from the fiscal third quarter into the fiscal fourth quarter. Good cost savings and efficiencies more than offset inflation.

Sales for the Commercial Foods segment were $1 billion, up 1% vs. year-ago period amounts, and segment operating profit was $145 million, 18% above year-ago period amounts, as reported. After adjusting for items impacting comparability in the current quarter and year-ago period, current quarter operating profit increased 4%.

Sales for the Private Brands segment were $1 billion in the quarter, down 5% from year-ago period amounts, reflecting 7% lower volume. Overall volume declines for most major product lines - pasta, cereal, snacks, condiments, and in-store bakery - more than offset some growth in nutrition bars.

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