Hormel Foods Reports Record Second Quarter Results
All comparisons are to the second quarter or first half of fiscal 2011.
– Diluted EPS of $.48, up 20 percent from diluted EPS of $.40
– Segment operating profit up 9 percent
– Dollar sales of $2 billion, up 3 percent
– Volume down 2 percent
– Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 50 percent; volume down 2 percent; dollar sales up 7 percent
– Refrigerated Foods operating profit down 25 percent; volume down 4 percent; dollar sales down 1 percent
– Grocery Products operating profit up 10 percent; volume down 3 percent; dollar sales up 1 percent
– Specialty Foods operating profit up 9 percent; volume up 2 percent; dollar sales up 12 percent
– All Other (primarily Hormel Foods International) operating profit up 52 percent; volume up 10 percent; dollar sales up 11 percent
The company reported fiscal 2012 second quarter net earnings of $127.9 million, up 17 percent from net earnings of $109.6 million a year earlier. For the six months ended April 29, 2012, net earnings were $256.3 million, down 1 percent from net earnings of $258.4 million the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share for the six months ended April 29, 2012 were $.95, equal to diluted net earnings per share of $.95 last year.
Sales for the quarter were $2 billion, up 3 percent from fiscal 2011. For the six months ended April 29, 2012, sales totaled $4.1 billion, up 4 percent from the same period last year.
“We are pleased to report record earnings and sales for the second quarter. This is a good example of our balanced business model in action, as we were able to increase earnings in four out of five segments.” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, “Sales grew three percent, again with four of our five segments registering gains.”
“Our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment delivered another outstanding quarter, driven by value-added sales growth. Our International business also achieved impressive results, led by strong export sales. Both our Grocery Products and Specialty Foods segments returned to earnings growth during the quarter. Results of our Refrigerated Foods segment were significantly pressured by lower pork operating margins,” Ettinger remarked.
“We are particularly encouraged by the continued growth of our Jennie-O Turkey Store value-added sales and our MegaMex Foods joint venture,” Ettinger stated.
SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – SECOND QUARTER
Grocery Products (13% of Net Sales, 22% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The Grocery Products segment operating profit increased 10 percent, aided by lower pork and beef input costs. Net sales exceeded last year by 1 percent. Strong results by our SPAM® family of products and our MegaMex Foods products offset soft sales of our microwave products and DINTY MOORE® stew.
Refrigerated Foods (51% of Net Sales, 27% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Refrigerated Foods segment profit declined 25 percent, due primarily to lower pork operating margins during the quarter. Net sales for the quarter declined 1 percent, with lower commodity pork sales offsetting strong sales of HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats, HORMEL® party trays, HORMEL® pepperoni and DILUSSO® deliproducts. Foodservice value-added sales also grew during the quarter.
Jennie-O Turkey Store (20% of Net Sales, 35% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Jennie-O Turkey Store had another excellent quarter, with segment operating profit up 50 percent from a year ago, driven by value-added sales. Net sales for the quarter rose 7 percent, led by sales of JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE®retail tray pack and turkey burgers.
Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 10% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The Specialty Foods segment operating profit increased 9 percent, as pricing actions taken earlier helped offset higher raw material costs. Net sales grew 12 percent, led by sales of private label canned meats, ingredients, bulk and nutritional items.
All Other (5% of Net Sales, 6% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The All Other segment, which consists primarily of Hormel Foods International, grew segment profit 52 percent, and grew net sales by 11 percent, driven by stronger exports of fresh pork and the SPAM® family of products.
General Corporate Expense
General corporate expenses were lower than last year due primarily to lower pension and insurance costs.
“Our second quarter results provide positive momentum heading into the back half of the year. We believe continued weaker pork operating margins will be more than offset by stronger results from our other segments. We expect sales in the center of the store to slowly improve as we continue our advertising support of our HORMEL® and SPAM® brands. Taking all of the relevant factors into account, we are maintaining our full-year earnings guidance range of $1.79 to $1.89 per share,” Ettinger concluded.
Effective May 15, 2012, the Company paid its 335th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $.60.
A conference call will be Webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT (9:30 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Access is available at https://www.hormelfoods.com. If you do not have Internet access and want to listen to the call over the phone, the dial in number is 877-941-0844 and you must provide the access code of 4535051. An audio replay is available by calling 800-406-7325 and entering access code 4535051. The audio replay will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The Webcast replay will be available at 10:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, and archived for one year.
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Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)
|SECOND QUARTER – 13 WEEKS ENDED|
|4/29/ 2012||5/1/ 2011||% Change|
|Grocery Products||$ 263,993||$ 260,273||1.4|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||391,053||365,953||6.9|
|Total||$ 2,012,859||$ 1,959,041||2.7|
|Grocery Products||$ 42,858||$ 39,048||9.8|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||70,198||46,703||50.3|
|Total segment operating profit||199,779||183,609||8.8|
|Net interest and investment expense||945||5,215||(81.9)|
|General corporate expense||6,088||11,969||(49.1)|
|Earnings before income taxes||$ 193,794||$ 167,548||15.7|
|YEAR TO DATE – 26 WEEKS ENDED|
|4/29/ 2012||5/1/ 2011||% Change|
|Grocery Products||$ 533,472||$ 537,172||(0.7)|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||768,424||730,470||5.2|
|Total||$ 4,052,298||$ 3,880,599||4.4|
|Grocery Products||$ 86,951||$ 87,610||(0.8)|
|Jennie-O Turkey Store||146,960||120,528||21.9|
|Total segment operating profit||403,501||429,401||(6.0)|
|Net interest and investment expense (income)||2,569||11,353||(77.4)|
|General corporate expense||14,815||23,221||(36.2)|
|Earnings before income taxes||$ 388,103||$ 397,159||(2.3)|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|13 Weeks Ended||26 Weeks Ended|
|Cost of products sold||1,677,252||1,632,814||3,379,282||3,180,367|
|Selling, general and administrative||148,684||160,136||301,161||305,297|
|Equity in earnings of affiliates||7,816||6,672||18,817||13,577|
|Other income & expenses:|
|Interest & investment income||2,338||1,972||3,928||2,413|
|EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES:||193,794||167,548||388,103||397,159|
|Provision for income taxes||64,859||56,846||129,835||136,422|
|(effective tax rate)||33.47%||33.93%||33.45%||34.35%|
|Less: net earnings attributable to
|NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION||$127,887||$109,579||$256,282||$258,405|
|NET EARNINGS PER SHARE|
|Basic||$ .49||$ .41||$ .97||$ .97|
|Diluted||$ .48||$ .40||$ .95||$ .95|
|WEIGHTED AVG SHARES O/S|
|PER SHARE||$ .1500||$ .1275||$ .3000||$ .2550|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|4/29/ 2012||10/30/ 2011|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 524,779||$ 463,130|
|Short-term marketable securities||76,811||76,077|
|Income taxes receivable||16,649||24,423|
|Deferred income taxes||69,485||69,203|
|Other current assets||8,345||8,417|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||2,060,075||1,998,231|
|PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT, NET||908,529||907,090|
|TOTAL ASSETS||$ 4,314,663||$ 4,244,391|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||$ 699,968||$ 778,186|
|LONG-TERM DEBT – LESS CURRENT MATURITIES||250,000||250,000|
|OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES||558,872||556,389|
|TOTAL LIAB. & SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT||$ 4,314,663||$ 4,244,391|
|HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|26 Weeks Ended|
|Net earnings||$ 258,268||$ 260,737|
|Depreciation and amortization of intangibles||59,707||62,281|
|Increase in working capital||(100,401)||(35,822)|
|NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES||213,031||275,919|
|Net sale of securities||–||5,000|
|Acquisitions of businesses/intangibles||(168)||(7,207)|
|Net purchases of property / equipment||(56,414)||(33,721)|
|Decrease in investments, equity in affiliates, and other assets||4,746||3,465|
|NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES||(51,836)||(32,463)|
|Proceeds from long-term debt, net||–||247,657|
|Dividends paid on common stock||(73,186)||(61,925)|
|NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES||(100,612)||200,885|
|EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH||1,066||1,518|
|INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||61,649||445,859|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||463,130||467,845|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF QUARTER||$ 524,779||$ 913,704|
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, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row in 2012. 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 28-35 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 29, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on March 9, 2012, and can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”