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Hershey tops 3Q profit expectations, misses revenue forecasts and gives a weak outlook

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hershey on Wednesday reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit, but its revenue fell short of expectations and it cut guidance for the year.

Its shares fell more than 2 per cent in premarket trading.

The chocolate bar and candy maker reported a 31 per cent drop in net income to $154.8 million, or 70 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, came to $1.17 per share.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 per share.

The Hershey, Pennsylvania-based company had revenue of $1.96 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.97 billion.

Looking ahead, the company expects Hershey expects full-year earnings in the to be near the low end of its range, or about $4.10 per share, on flat revenue.

Shares of Hershey Co. fell $2.47, or 2.6 per cent, to $91.86 in premarket trading about 90 minutes before the market open.

Its shares have dropped 9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has stayed nearly flat. The stock has fallen 0.5 per cent in the last 12 months.

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Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HSY at http://www.zacks.com/ap/HSY

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