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Earnings Ahead: Blackberry and General Mills

Plus500 | Monday 18 December 2023

Ahead of their upcoming earnings reports, BlackBerry and General Mills stand at pivotal junctures, each navigating distinct market challenges and strategic shifts. Let's take a closer look:

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BlackBerry Powers Up

BlackBerry (BB) is set to reveal its Q3 fiscal 2024 results on Wednesday, Dec 20, with a predicted loss per share figure of 1 cent. Last year saw a loss of 5 cents per share in the same quarter.

The company’s performance this quarter is expected to be buoyed by the adoption of QNX, the firm's proprietary operating system, in the medical, industrial, and automotive sectors. 

Furthermore, government demand for cybersecurity solutions, highlighted by a recent deal with Malaysia, and a seven-year contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are expected to drive revenue growth.

BlackBerry has made strides in Unified Endpoint Management, which provides a single cross-device software interface. This has enhanced productivity and security, especially in services related to the 'Internet of Things' (IoT). However, despite potential gains in the IoT sector due to long-term trends, some automakers delaying software development and production schedules pose immediate challenges to Blackberry's bottom line.

Moreover, within the Cybersecurity division, prolonged sales cycles in government sectors and delays in sealing major deals might affect reported revenues for the upcoming quarter. BlackBerry remains optimistic about IoT’s market potential but anticipates short-term setbacks in software development from certain automakers and prolonged sales cycles in cybersecurity.

The company's innovations in endpoint management and cybersecurity are expected to play a significant role in its future, but short-term hurdles might impact revenue recognition in the immediate quarter. How these factors may affect Blackberry's gain in share value of 34% since the beginning of 2023 remains to be seen. (Source: Yahoo Finance)

Blackberry Price Chart on 18/12/23

General Mills Faces Headwinds

General Mills (GIS) is set to report Q2 2024 earnings on Wednesday, December 20 before the ring of the opening bell. Analysts expect a 3% revenue increase to $5.36 billion compared to the prior year, following a 4% rise to $4.9 billion in Q1 2024.

The projected EPS for Q2 2024 stands at $1.15, up from $1.10 in the previous year, while Q1 2024 reported a 1% dip in adjusted EPS to $1.09.

Q1 showcased mixed performance: General Mills experienced sales growth across most segments except Pet, which remained flat due to shifting consumer preferences toward value-oriented products and smaller pack sizes. North America Retail saw slower growth in at-home food sales, yet volume improvements are anticipated as pricing stabilises.

Challenges persist in the Pet segment, impacted by consumer behaviour changes. The company foresees ongoing headwinds in this division. However, General Mills aims to leverage the trend of health-focused pet products by acquiring Fera Pets, aligning with the growing demand for pet wellness items.

Despite these challenges, General Mills remains committed to its Accelerate strategy, emphasising brand-building, innovation, and portfolio reshaping through acquisitions and divestitures. While higher input costs affected past results, the company anticipates consumer economic health, moderated input cost inflation, and supply chain stability to influence FY2024 performance. Execution of this strategy is pivotal for sustained growth and shareholder returns. 

Watching updates on the Fera Pets acquisition and the company's response to consumer trends will be key in understanding General Mills' trajectory, and could determine whether the firm's 22% drop in share value so far this year will be reversed.

General Mills Price Chart on 18/12/23

Conclusion

As BlackBerry and General Mills prepare for their earnings reports, investors and traders alike may be looking for clues as to how these firms will navigate challenges in their respective sectors as well as the economy as a whole. Only time will tell how the markets will respond to this week's earnings releases.


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