Hormel Foods Reports Fourth Quarter Results
All comparisons are to the fourth quarter or full year of fiscal 2010. All per share results reported here have been adjusted to give effect to the two-for-one stock split, which was effective February 1, 2011.
¨ All quarterly comparisons are based on a 13 week quarter in fiscal 2011, compared to a 14 week quarter in fiscal 2010
¨ Diluted EPS of $.43, down 4 percent from $.45 per share
¨ Segment operating profit decreased 5 percent
¨ Dollar sales of $2.1 billion, increased 2 percent; volume down 7 percent
¨ Grocery Products operating profit up 3 percent; volume down 6 percent; dollar sales down 2 percent
¨ Refrigerated Foods operating profit down 19 percent; volume down 8 percent; dollar sales up 1 percent
¨ Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 4 percent; volume down 11 percent; dollar sales up 2 percent
¨ Specialty Foods operating profit up 12 percent; volume down 1 percent; dollar sales up 10 percent
¨ All Other operating profit up 3 percent; volume up 2 percent; dollar sales up 12 percent
¨ All annual comparisons are based on a 52 week fiscal year in 2011, compared to a 53 week fiscal year in 2010
¨ Record diluted EPS of $1.74, up 19 percent from diluted EPS of $1.46
¨ Segment operating profit up 13 percent
¨ Record dollar sales of $7.9 billion, up 9 percent; volume up 1 percent
¨ Grocery Products operating profit up 4 percent; volume flat; dollar sales up 2 percent
¨ Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 6 percent; volume down 1 percent; dollar sales up 10 percent
¨ Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 43 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales up 12 percent
¨ Specialty Foods operating profit down 5 percent; volume up 3 percent; dollar sales up 7 percent
¨ All Other operating profit up 39 percent; volume up 13 percent; dollar sales up 26 percent
The company reported fiscal 2011 fourth quarter net earnings of $117.3 million, down 3 percent from earnings of $121.1 million a year earlier. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.43, down 4 percent compared to $0.45 last year. Sales for the quarter were $2.1 billion, up 2 percent from the same period in fiscal 2010.
For the year ended October 30, 2011, net earnings were $474.2 million, up 16 percent from adjusted1 net earnings of $409.0 million last year, and up 20 percent from U.S. GAAP net earnings of $395.6 million. Diluted net earnings per share were $1.74, up 15 percent from diluted adjusted1 net earnings per share of $1.51 last year and up 19 percent from U.S. GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.46. Sales for the year ended October 30, 2011, totaled $7.9 billion, up 9 percent from last year.
“I am proud of the team for finishing an outstanding year with a fourth quarter that met our expectations. For the quarter, we are pleased to have generated segment profit increases in four out of five segments and an overall net sales increase. Our tonnage was down in comparison with the 14 week quarter last year, but we held our own on volumes in the face of significant pricing actions,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.
“In looking at the full year, we delivered significant sales growth of 9 percent, ending the year at a record $7.9 billion, with all five segments registering increases. We also grew earnings per share by an excellent 19 percent, finishing at record earnings of $1.74 per share. We enjoyed a particularly strong performance by the Jennie-O Turkey Store team, and both our All Other (International) and Refrigerated Foods segments also generated nice profit increases for the year. We enhanced our support of our key HORMEL and JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE brands in fiscal 2011 with effective advertising campaigns, and added to the portfolio of our fast-growing MegaMex Foods joint venture through the acquisition of the WHOLLY GUACAMOLE line and other related products,” commented Ettinger.
“This morning we announced a $.09 per share increase to the annual dividend (or 17.6 percent), making the new dividend $.60 per share. This marks the 46th consecutive year in which we have increased our dividend, and further evidences our intention to deliver superior total returns to our shareholders,” stated Ettinger.
SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – FOURTH QUARTER
Grocery Products (13% of Net Sales, 23% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The Grocery Products segment profit increased 3 percent, due in part to improved results by the MegaMex Foods joint venture. Sales overall for the quarter were down 2 percent. The SPAM® family of products and HORMEL® Bacon Toppings showed solid sales growth in the quarter.
See explanation regarding adjusted earnings with table on page 4 of this release.
Refrigerated Foods (52% of Net Sales, 36% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Refrigerated Foods segment profit declined 19 percent, as lower pork operating margins and higher commodity input costs negatively impacted results. Net sales for the quarter were up 1 percent, led byHORMEL® convenience bacon and HORMEL® CURE 81® hams in the Meat Products group and HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats and pizza toppings in the Foodservice group.
Jennie-O Turkey Store (20% of Net Sales, 25% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Jennie-O Turkey Store had a solid quarter, with segment profit up 4 percent and sales up 2 percent. The continued sales growth of value-added products and improved efficiencies throughout the supply chain and operations offset higher feed costs during the quarter.
Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 11% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The Specialty Foods segment posted operating profits 12 percent higher than last year on a 10 percent increase in sales. Sales mix improvements on bulk and nutritional items and higher sales of private label canned meats contributed to the improved results.
All Other (4% of Net Sales, 5% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The All Other segment, which consists primarily of Hormel Foods International, posted segment profits that were 3 percent ahead of last year, and sales grew 12 percent. Results were primarily driven by stronger fresh pork exports.
General Corporate Expense
General corporate expenses were lower, driven principally by a reduction in the lower of cost or market inventory reserve.
“We expect to deliver sales and earnings growth in fiscal 2012, even amidst some difficult comparisons and less-than-favorable macro conditions. In particular, we are looking for our Grocery Products, Specialty Foods and All Other (International) units to drive profit growth in fiscal 2012, as our Refrigerated Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store segments maintain their position against historically high results. We also anticipate the comparisons to be more difficult in the first half of the year, becoming more favorable later in the year. Taking all of the relevant factors into account, we are setting our 2012 guidance range at $1.79 to $1.89 per share,” remarked Ettinger.
Effective November 15, 2011, the Company paid its 333rd consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $.51, marking the beginning of its 84th consecutive year of dividends paid.
A conference call will be webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Access is available at https://www.hormelfoods.com. If you do not have Internet access and want to listen to the call over the phone, the dial-in number is 877-941-8609 and the access code is 4482517. An audio replay is available by calling 800-406-7325 and entering access code 4482517. The audio replay will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. CT on December 6, 2011. The Webcast replay will be available at 10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, November 22, 2011, and archived for one year.
COMPARISON OF U.S. GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASUREMENTS
The non-GAAP adjusted financial measurements are provided to assist the investor in better understanding the Company’s operating performance by excluding the impact of certain non-recurring items affecting comparability. 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 any generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.
Adjusted net earnings for 2010 (a non-GAAP financial measurement) exclude one-time charges of $6.3 million ($0.02 per diluted share) relating to the closure of the Valley Fresh plant and an income tax charge of $7.1 million ($0.03 per diluted share) primarily due to the change in tax treatment of Medicare Part D reimbursements by health care laws enacted in the prior year. The table below shows the calculations to reconcile from adjusted earnings to U.S. GAAP earnings for 2010.
|2011 U.S. GAAP Earnings||2010 Adjusted
|Valley Fresh Plant Closure||Tax items primarily related to health care laws||2010 U.S.
|Grocery Products||$ 162,556||$ 165,655||$ (9,733)||$ 155,922|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||204,940||143,644||143,644|
|Total segment operating profit||773,275||692,467||(9,733)||682,734|
|Net interest and investment expense (income)||23,448||22,024||22,024|
|General corporate expense||35,992||40,348||40,348|
|EBIT Attributable to Hormel Foods||713,835||630,095||(9,733)||620,362|
|Income taxes||239,640||221,110||(3,455)||$ 7,120||224,775|
|Net earnings attributable to
Hormel Foods Corporation
|$ 474,195||$ 408,985||$ (6,278)||$ (7,120)||$ 395,587|
|Diluted net earnings per share||$ 1.74||$ 1.51||$ (0.02)||$ (0.03)||$ 1.46|
Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter Segment Operating Results (in Thousands)
|FOURTH QUARTER ENDED|
|NET SALES||October 30, 2011||October 31, 2010||% Change|
|Grocery Products||$ 282,018||$ 287,112||(1.8)|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||408,943||402,048||1.7|
|Total||$ 2,103,898||$ 2,063,039||2.0|
|Grocery Products||$ 44,518||$ 43,134||3.2|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||49,561||47,544||4.2|
|Total segment operating profit||195,591||206,077||(5.1)|
|Net interest and investment expense (income)||6,611||4,572||44.6|
|General corporate expense||9,827||14,889||(34.0)|
|Earnings before income taxes||$ 180,339||$ 188,076||(4.1)|
|YEAR TO DATE ENDED|
|NET SALES||October 30, 2011||October 31, 2010||% Change|
|Grocery Products||$ 1,064,558||$ 1,040,455||2.3|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||1,467,222||1,310,412||12.0|
|Total||$ 7,895,089||$ 7,220,719||9.3|
|Grocery Products||$ 162,556||$ 155,922||4.3|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||204,940||143,644||42.7|
|Total segment operating profit||773,275||682,734||13.3|
|Net interest and investment expense (income)||23,448||22,024||6.5|
|General corporate expense||35,992||40,348||(10.8)|
|Earnings before income taxes||$ 718,836||$ 624,551||15.1|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Quarter Ended||Year Ended|
|Net sales||$ 2,103,898||$ 2,063,039||$ 7,895,089||$ 7,220,719|
|Cost of products sold||1,767,872||1,708,066||6,560,976||5,981,977|
|Selling, general and administrative||156,694||166,456||618,586||605,293|
|Equity in earnings of affiliates||7,618||4,131||26,757||13,126|
|Other income & expenses:|
|Interest & investment (loss) income||(3,338)||2,389||(786)||4,565|
|EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES:||180,339||188,076||718,836||624,551|
|Provision for income taxes||61,844||65,468||239,640||224,775|
|(effective tax rate)||34.29%||34.81%||33.34%||35.99%|
|Less: Net earnings attributable to
|NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
|NET EARNINGS PER SHARE|
|Basic||$ .44||$ .46||$ 1.78||$ 1.48|
|Diluted||$ .43||$ .45||$ 1.74||$ 1.46|
|WEIGHTED AVG SHARES O/S|
|PER SHARE||$ .1275||$ .1050||$ .5100||$ .4200|
|* Shares and per share figures have been restated to reflect the two-for-one stock split effected February 1, 2011.|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|October 30, 2011||October 31, 2010|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 463,130||$ 467,845|
|Short-term marketable securities||76,077||50,595|
|Income taxes receivable||24,423||8,525|
|Deferred income taxes||69,203||70,703|
|Other current assets||8,417||23,635|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||1,998,231||1,858,166|
|PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT, NET||907,090||922,103|
|TOTAL ASSETS||$ 4,244,391||$ 4,053,918|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||$ 778,186||$ 1,101,213|
|LONG-TERM DEBT – LESS CURRENT MATURITIES||250,000||0|
|OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES||556,389||546,066|
|TOTAL LIAB. & SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT||$ 4,244,391||$ 4,053,918|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Net earnings||$ 479,196||$ 399,776|
|Depreciation and amortization of intangibles||124,165||125,591|
|Increase in working capital||(102,781)||(65,683)|
|NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES||490,479||485,532|
|Net purchase of securities||(20,000)||(50,000)|
|Acquisitions of businesses/intangibles||(7,207)||(28,104)|
|Net purchases of property / equipment||(92,525)||(84,908)|
|Increase in investments, equity in affiliates, and other assets||(51,253)||(95,464)|
|NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES||(170,985)||(258,476)|
|(Payments on) Proceeds from long-term debt, net||(102,436)||0|
|Dividends paid on common stock||(129,975)||(109,374)|
|NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES||(324,209)||(144,463)|
|(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||(4,715)||82,593|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||467,845||385,252|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR||$ 463,130||$ 467,845|
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was named one of “The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies” by Forbes in 2010. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit https://www.hormelfoods.com.
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 that appear on pages 33-39 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on September 9, 2011, and can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”