BRIEF-Heinz comments

Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:58am EST

Nov 20 (Reuters) - H.J. Heinz Co : * CEO says affirms full-year earnings-per-share forecast of $3.52 - $3.62 * Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S FY 2013 earnings per share view $3.52 * Exec sees 4 percent inflation in costs for rest of year * Exec sees more than 4 percent sales growth in back half of year * Exec sees full year tax rate of around 20 percent * Exec sees EPS in Q3 and Q4 being about the same * Exec says is "aggressively" in the process of m&a at the moment

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