All comparisons are to the fourth quarter or full year of fiscal 2014.
• Record non-GAAP1 adjusted diluted EPS2 of $0.74, up 17 percent from $0.63 per share.
• GAAP diluted EPS of $0.69.
• Dollar sales of $2.4 billion, down 6 percent; volume down 2 percent.
• Grocery Products operating profit up 57 percent; volume up 5 percent; dollar sales up 4 percent. Excluding incremental net sales of MegaMex Foods products, volume down 2 percent and dollar sales down 2 percent.
• Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 27 percent; volume up 2 percent (volume flat excluding sales of APPLEGATE® natural and organic meats); dollar sales down 5 percent (dollar sales down 12 percent excluding sales of APPLEGATE® natural and organic meats).
• Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit down 23 percent; volume down 21 percent; dollar sales down 18 percent. Decreases reflect the substantial impact of the avian influenza outbreak, as flocks lost earlier in the year created large volume shortfalls in operations and sales.
• Specialty Foods operating profit up 63 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales down 3 percent.
• International & Other operating profit up 3 percent; volume up 5 percent; dollar sales flat.
For the year ended October 25, 2015, non-GAAP1 adjusted net earnings2 were a record $714.4 million, up 19 percent from net earnings of $602.7 million last year. Non-GAAP1 adjusted diluted earnings per share2 were $2.64, up 18 percent from diluted net earnings per share of $2.23 last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported fiscal 2015 net earnings of $686.1 million. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $2.54. Sales for the year ended October 25, 2015, totaled $9.3 billion, down 1 percent from last year.
“I am proud of the excellent fourth quarter delivered by our team, achieving record earnings for the tenth straight quarter. We reported record bottom line results for the full year, with fiscal 2015 adjusted net earnings up 19 percent over last year and all five segments registering earnings growth,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “Strong
contributions to these full-year results were made both by such long-standing company brands as SPAM® luncheon meat, HORMEL® pepperoni, and DINTY MOORE® stew, and also by more recently created or acquired product lines such as HORMEL GATHERINGS® party trays, HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® meats, WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® dips, and MUSCLE MILK® protein nutrition products. We did face some headwinds during the year, including lower revenues impacted by declining pork markets and the loss of sales and operational efficiency related to highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Jennie-O Turkey Store segment. Our experienced team navigated these challenges to post this impressive bottom line performance.”
“2016 will mark the 50th consecutive year we have increased our dividend, an achievement matched by few other companies. Effective in the new fiscal year the annual dividend will be $1.16 per share, a substantial 16 percent increase,” stated Ettinger.