DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co. (DF) withdrew its annual guidance Monday as raw milk prices continued to climb to record levels, and the largest milk processor in the U.S. said it is facing its toughest business environment ever.
The company's shares lost 7 percent in morning trading.
Dean Foods brands include Mayfield, Oak Farms and Tuscan. The company said Monday that it took a loss in the second quarter as raw milk prices grew 31 percent compared to last year. It said the high costs have hurt sales of its milk overall and caused shoppers to pick other brands. Dean Foods also said it lost a significant customer in 2013 and has been working to cut costs: it has closed 12 plants in the last year, including four in June and July.
The Dallas company forecast an adjusted 2014 profit of 73 cents to 80 cents per share in February, but cut that estimate to 60 cents per share in May. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect 52 cents per share on average.
Dean Foods reported a loss of $645,000, or 1 cent per share, in the second quarter. It lost $56.9 million, or 61 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.
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