Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Consumer Products: "No trend of increasing orders"

by Calculated Risk on 8/04/2009 04:11:00 PM

Brian sent me these comments from Multi-Color Corp. (this company makes labels mostly for consumer product companies: P&G was 19% of Q1 sales and Miller Beer was 13%.)

Multi-Color: “While there is increasing evidence that the worst of the recession may be over, we remain cautious about sales volume for the remainder of the year. While you would expect inventories to be replenished as the economy stabilizes, we have not seen a trend of increasing orders to date.

Analyst: Just a few questions. The first would be can you talk about the phasing of order flow by month over the course of the quarter? And can you provide any color on how July trended?

Frank Gerace, Multi-Color CEO: Yes, order flow actually was pretty decent during the month of June, better than May, and then as July came in, July began looking more like May, so there was an improvement during June and then it kind of went back to the way it was looking in May. And what we're seeing now is just steady, stable, steady orders, no increases that we can speak of to date.
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