Top US Companies Admit to Hiking Prices to Pad Their Profits: Analysis – Jake Johnson 6/13/23


An analysis released Tuesday shows that executives at some of the top publicly traded companies in the United States aren’t exactly being coy about using their pricing power to hike costs for consumers and boost revenues and profits — which are then dished out to wealthy shareholders.

The progressive watchdog group Accountable.US noted in its new report that “some of the largest general consumer S&P 500 companies have admitted to benefiting from increased prices as their net profits increased year-over-year and they rewarded shareholders with billions in handouts.”

The report quotes directly from the executives of Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, General Mills, Tyson Foods and other major U.S. companies.

Nelson Urdaneta, Kimberly-Clark’s chief financial officer, said during the company’s earnings call in April that “pricing has continued to be the big driver behind our top-line growth over the last three quarters.”

The company, which sells consumer products such as toilet paper and diapers, “saw its FY [fiscal year] 2022 net income increase 6.3% year-over-year to nearly $2 billion and rewarded shareholders with $1.7 billion in stock buybacks and dividends,” Accountable.US found.

On Tyson’s earnings call in February, chief financial officer John Tyson hailed the “significant pricing power of our portfolio, with a year-over-year increase of 7.6%.”

Tyson stressed that the company will “continue to support and grow the dividend for our shareholders.”

According to Accountable.US, Tyson “saw its net income increase from $3 billion in FY 2021 to over $3.2 billion in FY 2022 and rewarded shareholders with $1.35 billion in handouts — $652 million more than the previous year, including a 948.5% increase in stock buybacks.”

The new analysis came shortly after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the consumer price index rose 4% in May compared to the previous year, the smallest increase since 2021….

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