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Hormel Foods Announces Full Year And Fourth Quarter Results And Provides Guidance For Fiscal 2018

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November 21, 2017

Austin, Minn.

The company continues to make progress towards its key strategic initiatives

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today reported results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – FISCAL 2017

  • Three of five segments delivered record segment profit
  • Volume down 8%; Organic volume1 up 2%
  • Sales of $9.2 billion, down 4%; Organic net sales1 up 3%
  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.57, down 4% from 2016 EPS of $1.64
  • Second most profitable year in the company’s history
  • Record operating margin of 14.0%
  • Record cash flow from operations of $1.01 billion, up 2%

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – FOURTH QUARTER

  • Volume down 10%; Organic volume up 2%
  • Sales of $2.5 billion, down 5%; Organic net sales up 5%
  • Diluted EPS of $0.41, down 9% from 2016 EPS of $0.45
  • Operating margin of 13.2%
  • Record cash flow from operations of $499 million, up 34%

FISCAL 2018 OUTLOOK

“Fiscal 2018 represents a return to growth with the addition of three strategic acquisitions and contributions from innovative new items such as HORMEL® BACON 1™ fully cooked bacon and SKIPPY®PB BITES,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “The earnings power we are creating with acquisitions, major capital investments in value-added capacity, a supply chain reorganization, the union of the Grocery Products and Specialty Products segments, and an intense focus on strategic cost management sets us up for renewed earnings growth in 2018 and beyond.”

“We expect Refrigerated Foods, Grocery Products, and International to drive growth as Jennie-O Turkey Store continues to navigate difficult industry conditions,” Snee said.

Net Sales Guidance (in billions) $9.40 – $9.80
Earnings per Share Guidance $1.60 – $1.70

Fiscal 2018 net sales and earnings per share guidance exclude the pending acquisition of Columbus Craft Meats, which is expected to close in December. Total sales are approximately $300 million and the transaction is expected to be 2-3 cents per share accretive to earnings in fiscal 2018.

DIVIDENDS

“This morning we announced a 10 percent increase to our annual dividend, making the new dividend $0.75 per share,” Snee said. “This is the 52nd consecutive year in which we’ve increased our dividend.”

Effective November 15, 2017, the company paid its 357th consecutive quarterly dividend at the annual rate of $0.68 per share.

COMMENTARY – FOURTH QUARTER

“We delivered a quarter of strong organic volume and sales growth despite the volatile commodity markets,” Snee said. “I am proud of our team’s ability to navigate the many unique market conditions we faced while staying focused on our key strategic initiatives.”

SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS – FOURTH QUARTER

Grocery Products

  • Volume down 4%; Organic volume up 4%
  • Net sales down 1%; Organic net sales up 7%
  • Segment profit up 7%

WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® dips, SPAM® family of products, and HERDEZ® salsas all showed strong sales growth. SKIPPY® peanut butter and HORMEL® chili experienced volume declines as price increases took effect during the quarter. Segment profit increased as reductions in manufacturing and SG&A expenses more than offset higher input costs for pork, beef, and avocados.

Refrigerated Foods

  • Volume down 17%; Organic volume up 1%
  • Net sales down 6%; Organic net sales up 8%
  • Segment profit down 13%

Volume and sales declines were related to the divestiture of the Farmer John business, which were partially offset by the acquisition of Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages. Retail items such as HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® products and foodservice items such as HORMEL® BACON 1™ fully cooked bacon and HORMEL® pepperoni contributed to the organic sales growth. Segment profit declined due to the divestiture of the Farmer John business and higher input costs.

Jennie-O Turkey Store

  • Volume down 7%; Organic volume flat
  • Net sales down 10%; Organic net sales down 4%
  • Segment profit down 24%

Decreases in sales and earnings were primarily due to the continued oversupply in the turkey industry, leading to lower turkey commodity prices. JENNIE-O® OVEN READY® products and marinated tenderloins delivered excellent sales growth.

International & Other

  • Volume up 7%; Organic volume up 5%
  • Net sales up 10%; Organic net sales up 12%
  • Segment profit up 18%

International sales increased due to the inclusion of sales of CERATTI® branded products, continued growth of SKIPPY® peanut butter, and strong exports of SPAM® luncheon meat. Earnings growth was driven by improved performance in China and increased exports.

Specialty Foods

  • Volume down 8%; Organic volume down 1%
  • Net sales down 9%; Organic net sales down 2%
  • Segment profit down 21%

Sales and earnings declines were mainly related to lower results from MUSCLE MILK® ready-to-drink protein products in the convenience store channel.

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CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Access is available at www.hormelfoods.com. The call will also be available via telephone by dialing 888-394-8218 and providing the access code 5906948. An audio replay is available by going to www.hormelfoods.com and clicking on Investors. The webcast replay will be available at 11:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and will remain on the website for one year.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the ninth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Please refer to the cautionary statement regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors which appear on pages 32 – 39 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 30, 2017, which can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”

1 COMPARISON OF U.S. GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASUREMENTS

The non-GAAP adjusted financial measurements of organic net sales and organic volume are presented to provide investors additional information to facilitate the comparison of past and present operations. The company believes these non-GAAP financial measurements provide useful information to investors because they are the measurements used to evaluate performance on a comparable year-over-year basis. Non-GAAP measurements are not intended to be a substitute for U.S. GAAP measurements in analyzing financial performance. These non-GAAP measurements are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Organic net sales and organic volume are defined as net sales and volume excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and the impact of the 53rd reporting week in 2016. Organic net sales and organic volume exclude the impacts of the acquisition of Justin’s (May 2016) in Grocery Products, the acquisition of Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages (August 2017) and the divestiture of Farmer John (January 2017) in Refrigerated foods, the divestiture of Diamond Crystal Brands (May 2016) from Specialty Products, and the acquisition of Ceratti (August 2017) in International. The tables below show the calculations to reconcile from the non-GAAP adjusted measures to the GAAP measures in the fourth quarter and the full year of fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017.