Dec 5 Brown-Forman Corp's quarterly
profit rose despite flat sales as it cut costs and raised
prices, and the alcoholic beverage maker also raised its
full-year earnings forecast.
The Louisville, Kentucky-based company increased prices for
most of its products, including Jack Daniels whiskey, earlier
Brown-Forman, which also makes Finlandia vodka said gross
margin rose to 51.7 percent in the second quarter from 49.5
percent, a year earlier.
Cost of sales fell 10 percent to $252.2 million.
Net income rose to $173 million, or 80 cents per share, in
the quarter ended October from $157.6 million, or 73 cents per
share, a year earlier.
Analysts on average expected earnings of 78 cents per share,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company, which was founded by George Garvin Brown in
1870, said it now expects to earn between $2.58 and $2.70 per
share for fiscal 2013, up from its prior expectation of earnings
between $2.40 and $2.67 per share.
Analysts were expecting the company to earn $2.66 per share.
Brown-Forman has been trying to expand geographically. It
said in September that Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings Ltd
will distribute its brands in Japan.
The company's shares, which have risen about 28 percent this
year, closed at $68.74 on the New York Stock Exchange on