Constellation Brands Shares Jump on Raised Outlook

by Christopher Freeburn | October 5, 2012 11:54 am

Constellation Brands Shares Jump on Raised Outlook

Shares of Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ[1]) moved higher in Friday trading after the company raised its full-year profit projection[2].

Constellation Brands says that earnings for its fiscal year will be between $2.00 and $2.10 a share. That’s an improvement over previous estimates of between $1.93 and $2.03 a share, and higher than the $1.98 a share that Wall Street had anticipated, Reuters noted.

The news sent company shares up more than 4% in mid-day trading.

For the second quarter, Constellation said it earned $125 million, down from $162.7 million last year. Adjusted EPS came in at 71 cents, beating analysts who had forecast 54 cents.

Quarterly revenue increased to 1.3% to $699 million.

In June, Constellation announced that it would purchase Grupo Modelo’s stake in their Crown Imports joint venture [3]for $1.85 billion. The company reiterated that the deal, which gives it exclusive distribution of Corona Extra beer in the U.S., will close early next year.

Endnotes:
  1. STZ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=STZ
  2. raised its full-year profit projection: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/05/us-constellationbrands-results-idUSBRE8940KG20121005
  3. in their Crown Imports joint venture : http://investorplace.com/2012/06/constellation-to-buy-remaining-crown-stake-from-inbev/

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