McCormick & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MKC) reported financial results for the third quarter. The company reported a sales increase of 8% for the quarter compared to the same period a year ago. Operating income amounted to USD 273 Million compared to USD 254 Million a year ago. In Fiscal year 2020, McCormick resumed its guidance as the board of directors approved a 2 for 1 stock split of the company’s common stock.
Lawrence E. Kurzius, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “The last few months have been an extraordinary period and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve daily. I am incredibly proud of the way McCormick has performed in an unprecedented operating environment.
“Our results for the third quarter continued to be significantly impacted by the sustained consumer preference for cooking more at home. Our outstanding consumer segment growth was driven by the substantial increase in demand reflecting the change in consumer behavior and fueled by our brand marketing, strong consumer digital connections and new products. In our flavor solutions segment, lower demand from our restaurant and other foodservice customers improved sequentially from the second quarter and were almost fully offset by increased sales to packaged food companies. Taken together, these impacts continue to demonstrate the strength and diversity of our offering.
“Our third quarter and year to date results speak to the value of our products and to our capabilities as a company. Year to date we have delivered robust sales, operating profit, and earnings per share growth, as well as significant cash flow, all driven by the engagement of our employees and the successful execution of our strategies. Our updated 2020 outlook reflects the strength of these year-to-date results and our confidence in the sustainability of higher at home consumption trends. We expect to deliver strong sales growth and underlying operating performance while ensuring the health and safety of our employees making investments to meet the growth we expect in 2021, recognizing the exceptional performance of our people throughout the COVID-19 crisis and supporting our communities through relief efforts. As we enter the fourth quarter, we believe the continued momentum we are seeing in our business positions us well to achieve the high-end of our full year sales guidance, recognizing there remains a degree of uncertainty in the operating environment. We have a strong foundation and are focused on the long-term goals, strategies and values that have made us so successful.
“I am pleased to announce a 2 for 1 stock split reflecting our sustained positive performance and outlook for continued growth. The company last completed a stock split in April 2002.
“McCormick is a global leader in flavor. We are differentiated with a broad and advantaged global flavor portfolio which continues to drive growth and position us to fully meet the demand for flavor around the world. We deliver flavor across all markets and through all channels, while responding readily to changes in the ever-evolving food and beverage industry, as well as in the global environment, with new ideas, innovation and purpose. We are continuing to capitalize on the global and growing consumer interests in healthy, flavorful cooking, heritage brands and digital engagement. These long-term trends have not only remained intact during this crisis, they have accelerated. Our focus on long-term sustainable growth and strengthening our organization is the foundation of our future. We are confident we will continue to successfully navigate through the current volatility, deliver another strong year of profitable growth in 2020 and continue on our long-term growth trajectory.
“I want to recognize McCormick employees around the world as the collective power of our people drives our momentum and our success. With our vision to stand together for flavor and our relentless focus on growth, performance, and people, we are confident our strategies will enable us to become even better positioned to drive future growth and build long-term value for our shareholders.”
Previously the company withdrew its fiscal 2020 guidance on March 31st, 2020. Due to the impact and future uncertainty revolving the coronavirus pandemic the company believes that the hsift in consumer demand to home consumption will continue. McCormick anticipates a drive in growth in home consumption.