Spice maker McCormick and Co. Inc. reported higher-than-expected quarterly results, as it passed on higher costs of dairy products and other raw materials to its customers.
However, the Sparks-based company's profit forecast for 2012 came in below estimates, as the price increases are likely to hurt demand.
For the fourth quarter ended Nov. 30, net income fell to $131.7 million, or 98 cents a share, from $133.6 million, or 99 cents a share, a year ago.
Sales rose 13 percent to $1.11 billion.
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 97 cents a share before special items, on a revenue of $1.09 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
McCormick, which began in 1889 as a door-to-door business operating out of a room and a cellar, expects a fiscal 2012 profit of $3.01 to $3.06 a share, short of analysts' expectations of $3.10 per share.
Shares of the company, which makes and distributes spices, herbs, seasoning blends and sauces to grocers, warehouse clubs and drug stores, closed at $51.86 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun