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China's economic slowdown impacts McCormick, Hormel, and Procter & Gamble

EditorHari Govind
Published 04/11/2023, 02:52 am
Updated 04/11/2023, 02:52 am
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In recent financial developments, China's slow recovery from zero-COVID lockdowns is causing a ripple effect in the earnings of companies with significant exposure to the Chinese market. This includes McCormick (NYSE:MKC), Hormel, and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG).

McCormick's fiscal third quarter results revealed a 6% year-over-year sales increase. However, the company also noted a 1% headwind due to China's sluggish recovery. This seemingly minor percentage point has serious implications; if China had met expectations, McCormick's growth would have been 7%, translating to nearly 17% more actual sales growth. The company underscored this issue repeatedly in its earnings release.

Hormel is also grappling with challenges in China. The company noted a pandemic-induced shift from "pantry loading" to slower consumer stockpiles replenishment rates.

Procter & Gamble reported a contrasting scenario in its sales growth rates across different regions. The company saw a 6% fall in organic sales in China, while it reported sales growth rates of 7% and 15% in the US and Europe respectively. Despite successful cost pass-through to consumers and margin improvement, P&G continues to struggle in the Chinese market.

Given China's global significance as the world's second-largest economy and one of the most populous nations, its economic conditions can significantly impact companies with substantial exposure. Investors need to be proactive in tracking China's influence on companies they invest in, considering its size and economic power. This isn't a transient issue; China's ongoing global significance ensures it will continue to be a key market for businesses worldwide.

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