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Hormel Foods Reports Record Third Quarter Results

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August 23, 2012

Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today reported its performance for the fiscal year 2012 third quarter.

All comparisons are to the third quarter or first nine months of fiscal 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS

Third Quarter

• Diluted EPS of $.41 up 14 percent from diluted EPS of $.36

• Segment operating profit up 17 percent

• Dollar sales of $2.0 billion, up 5 percent

• Volume up 4 percent

• Grocery Products operating profit up 32 percent; volume up 16 percent (volume up 2 percent excluding sales of Don Miguel products); dollar sales up 21 percent (dollar sales up 3 percent excluding sales of Don Miguel products)

• Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 12 percent; volume up 3 percent; dollar sales up 7 percent

• Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 7 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales flat

• Specialty Foods operating profit up 18 percent; volume up 4 percent; dollar sales up 11 percent

• All Other (primarily Hormel Foods International) operating profit up 55 percent; volume up 3 percent; dollar sales up 2 percent

The company reported fiscal 2012 third quarter net earnings of $111.2 million, up 13 percent from net earnings of $98.5 million a year earlier. For the nine months ended July 29, 2012, net earnings were $367.4 million, up 3 percent from net earnings of $356.9 million the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share for the nine months ended July 29, 2012, were $1.37, up 5 percent from diluted net earnings per share of $1.31 last year.

Sales for the quarter were $2.0 billion, up 5 percent from the same period in fiscal 2011. For the nine months ended July 29, 2012, sales totaled $6.1 billion, up 5 percent from the same period last year.

COMMENTARY

“We had an excellent quarter, with earnings per share and sales up 14 percent and 5 percent, respectively,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “All five segments reported increased earnings, led by our Grocery Products segment. Our strong sales growth across multiple segments demonstrates that our products are connecting well with consumers.

“Our Grocery Products segment benefitted from strong sales of our SPAM® family of products and from our MegaMex Foods joint venture. I was also pleased to see sales of our HORMEL® COMPLEATS® microwave meals grow nicely in the quarter. Our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment delivered another good quarter, aided by increased value-added sales and an improved product mix. Our international business continues to achieve impressive results, led by strong export sales of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork. Increased value-added sales offset lower pork operating margins, boosting our Refrigerated Foods segment results during the quarter. Our Specialty Foods team generated excellent results on higher sales during the quarter,” Ettinger remarked.

SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – THIRD QUARTER

Grocery Products (15% of Net Sales, 23% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

Grocery Products segment profit increased by 32 percent, led by improved sales of our SPAM® family of products and by our MegaMex Foods joint venture. Net sales increased over last year’s results by 21 percent, including sales of DON MIGUEL® products. Without those sales, sales increased 3 percent.

Refrigerated Foods (52% of Net Sales, 35% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

Refrigerated Foods segment profit improved by 7 percent, as stronger results by our Meat Products and Foodservice businesses were able to offset lower pork operating margins. While net sales for the quarter were flat, value-added sales increased, including sales of HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats, HORMEL® party trays, HORMEL® bacon, and HORMEL® pepperoni.

Jennie-O Turkey Store (18% of Net Sales, 23% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

Jennie-O Turkey Store delivered another solid quarter, with segment operating profit up 12 percent from a year ago. Increased value-added sales and an improved product mix offset higher feed costs and lower commodity meat prices. Net sales for the quarter rose 7 percent, led by sales of JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® fresh tray pack products and turkey burgers.

Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 12% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

Specialty Foods segment profit increased 18 percent, as all three business units registered gains. Net sales grew 11 percent, led by higher sales of bulk and nutritional items, private label canned meats and ingredients.

All Other (4% of Net Sales, 7% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

The All Other segment, which consists primarily of Hormel Foods International, grew segment profit by 55 percent and net sales by 2 percent, driven principally by stronger exports of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork.

Net Interest and Investment Expense

Net interest and investment expense was lower due principally to reduced debt levels and a lower interest rate.

OUTLOOK

“Our excellent results in the third quarter give us momentum heading into the fourth quarter and put us on track to achieve results consistent with our annual guidance range of $1.79 to $1.89 per share,” concluded Ettinger. “Increased grain costs will present a challenge, but the strength of our balanced business model and the vibrancy of our branded, value-added portfolio should support continued sales and earnings growth as we close out fiscal 2012.”

DIVIDENDS

Effective August 15, 2012, the Company paid its 336th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $.60.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be Webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT (9:30 a.m. ET) on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Access is available at http://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 4556709. An audio replay is available by calling 800-406-7325 and entering access code 4556709. The audio replay will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 23, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The Webcast replay will be available at 10:30 a.m. CT, Thursday, August 23, 2012, and archived for one year.

Statements Follow

Segment Data
Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)
13 WEEKS ENDED
NET SALES 29-Jul-12 31-Jul-11 % Chg.
Grocery Products $297,177 $245,368 21.1
Refrigerated Foods 1,043,311 1,045,874 (0.2)
Jennie-O Turkey Store 351,604 327,809 7.3
Specialty Foods 230,072 207,025 11.1
All Other 86,024 84,516 1.8
Total $2,008,188 $1,910,592 5.1
OPERATING PROFIT
Grocery Products $40,052 $30,428 31.6
Refrigerated Foods 60,757 56,820 6.9
Jennie-O Turkey Store 39,106 34,851 12.2
Specialty Foods 21,490 18,141 18.5
All Other 12,437 8,043 54.6
Total segment operating profit 173,842 148,283 17.2
Net interest and investment
expense (income)
2,363 5,484 (56.9)
General corporate expense 3,225 2,944 9.5
Noncontrolling interest 1,240 1,483 (16.4)
Earnings before income taxes $169,494 $141,338 19.9
39 WEEKS ENDED
NET SALES 29-Jul-12 31-Jul-11 % Chg.
Grocery Products $830,649 $782,540 6.1
Refrigerated Foods 3,158,811 3,097,200 2.0
Jennie-O Turkey Store 1,120,028 1,058,279 5.8
Specialty Foods 677,043 603,371 12.2
All Other 273,955 249,801 9.7
Total $6,060,486 $5,791,191 4.7
OPERATING PROFIT
Grocery Products $127,003 $118,038 7.6
Refrigerated Foods 167,515 223,204 (24.9)
Jennie-O Turkey Store 186,066 155,379 19.7
Specialty Foods 58,996 54,583 8.1
All Other 37,763 26,480 42.6
Total segment operating profit 577,343 577,684 (0.1)
Net interest and investment
expense (income)
4,932 16,837 (70.7)
General corporate expense 18,040 26,165 (31.1)
Noncontrolling interest 3,226 3,815 (15.4)
Earnings before income taxes $557,597 $538,497 3.5
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
29-Jul-12 31-Jul-11 29-Jul-12 31-Jul-11
Net sales $ 2,008,188 $ 1,910,592 $ 6,060,486 $ 5,791,191
Cost of products sold 1,701,132 1,612,737 5,080,414 4,793,104
GROSS PROFIT: 307,056 297,855 980,072 998,087
Selling, general and administrative 145,022 156,595 446,183 461,892
Equity in earnings of affiliates 9,823 5,562 28,640 19,139
OPERATING INCOME: 171,857 146,822 562,529 555,334
Other income & expenses:
Interest & investment income 844 139 4,772 2,552
Interest expense (3,207) (5,623) (9,704) (19,389)
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME
TAXES:
169,494 141,338 557,597 538,497
Provision for income taxes 57,087 41,374 186,922 177,796
(effective tax rate) 33.68% 29.27% 33.52% 33.02%
NET EARNINGS 112,407 99,964 370,675 360,701
Less: net earnings attributable to
noncontrolling interest 1,240 1,483 3,226 3,815
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION $ 111,167 $ 98,481 $ 367,449 $ 356,886
NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ .42 $ .37 $ 1.39 $ 1.34
Diluted $ .41 $ .36 $ 1.37 $ 1.31
WEIGHTED AVG SHARES O/S
Basic 263,359 266,925 263,638 266,887
Diluted 268,746 272,759 269,138 272,449
DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER
SHARE
$ .1500 $ .1275 $ .4500 $ .3825

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HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
FINANCIAL POSITION
29-Jul-12 30-Oct-11
(in thousands)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $533,217 $463,130
Short-term marketable securities 77,013 76,077
Accounts receivable 474,425 461,110
Inventories 927,047 885,823
Income taxes receivable 18,799 24,423
Deferred income taxes 68,086 69,203
Prepaid expenses 12,865 10,048
Other current assets 5,806 8,417
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 2,117,258 1,998,231
INTANGIBLES 756,242 762,930
OTHER ASSETS 593,327 576,140
PROPERTY, PLANT &
EQUIPMENT, NET
915,792 907,090
TOTAL ASSETS $4,382,619 $4,244,391
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES $676,710 $778,186
LONG-TERM DEBT – LESS CURRENT MATURITIES 250,000 250,000
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 559,710 556,389
SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT 2,896,199 2,659,816
TOTAL LIAB. &
SHAREHOLDERS’
INVESTMENT
$4,382,619 $4,244,391
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS
OF CASH FLOWS
39 Weeks Ended
29-Jul-12 31-Jul-11
(in thousands)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net earnings $ 370,675 $ 360,701
Depreciation and amortization of intangibles 88,627 92,927
Increase in working capital (171,992) (125,958)
Other (3,257) (8,245)
NET CASH PROVIDED BY
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
284,053 319,425
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Net sale of securities (20,000)
Acquisitions of businesses/intangibles (168) (7,207)
Net purchases of property / equipment (90,405) (52,757)
Decrease in investments, equity in
affiliates, and other assets
17,661 7,010
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING
ACTIVITIES
(72,912) (72,954)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from long-term debt, net (102,436)
Dividends paid on common stock (112,683) (95,991)
Share repurchase (50,692) (80,648)
Other 21,511 59,983
NET CASH USED IN FINANCING
ACTIVITIES
(141,864) (219,092)
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE
CHANGES ON CASH
810 2,140
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH
EQUIVALENTS
70,087 29,519
Cash and cash equivalents at
beginning of year
463,130 467,845
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
AT END OF QUARTER
$ 533,217 $ 497,364
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 http://www.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 that appear on pages 30-36 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 29, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on June 8, 2012, and can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”