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Hormel Foods Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results


Austin, Minn.

Delivers better-than-expected first-half earnings; advances transform and modernize initiative

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2024, ended April 28, 2024. All comparisons are to the comparable period of fiscal 2023, unless otherwise noted.


  • Volume of 2.16 billion lbs., comparable to last year
  • Net sales of $5.88 billion, compared to $5.95 billion
  • Operating income of $537 million, compared to $585 million; adjusted operating income1 of $571 million
  • Operating margin of 9.1%, compared to 9.8% last year; adjusted operating margin1 of 9.7%
  • Earnings before income taxes of $530 million, down 5%; adjusted earnings before income taxes1 of $564 million, up 1%
  • Effective tax rate of 23.0%, compared to 22.4%
  • Diluted net earnings per share of $0.74, compared to $0.79; adjusted diluted net earnings per share1 of $0.79
  • Year-to-date cash flow from operations of $640 million, up 55%


  • Volume of 1.06 billion lbs., compared to 1.10 billion lbs.
  • Net sales of $2.89 billion, compared to $2.98 billion
  • Operating income of $252 million, compared to $296 million; adjusted operating income1 of $276 million
  • Operating margin of 8.7%, compared to 9.9% last year; adjusted operating margin1 of 9.6%
  • Earnings before income taxes of $244 million, down 12%; adjusted earnings before income taxes1 of $268 million, down 4%
  • Effective tax rate of 22.5%, compared to 22.1%
  • Diluted net earnings per share of $0.34, compared to $0.40; adjusted diluted net earnings per share1 of $0.38
  • Quarter-to-date cash flow from operations of $236 million, up 13%


“We delivered a strong first half, with consecutive quarters of better-than-expected earnings, a significant improvement in operating cash flows, continued Foodservice strength, recovery in our International business and stable volumes across our business,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “Importantly, we made further progress on our strategic initiatives, and we remain on track to deliver on our commitments to improve our business and drive long-term shareholder returns and growth.”

“To reflect our solid first-half performance and our expectations for continued growth from our Foodservice and International segments, ongoing improvements across our supply chain, and further benefits from our transform and modernize initiative, we are updating our full-year earnings outlook,” Snee said. “Our team remains focused on growing operating income, driving savings through our transform and modernize initiative, and capturing incremental value from our investments.”

For fiscal year 2024, the Company is:

  • Reaffirming its net sales growth outlook of 1% to 3%.
  • Updating its expectations for diluted net earnings per share to $1.45 to $1.55 (previously $1.43 to $1.57) and its expectations for adjusted diluted net earnings per share1 to $1.55 to $1.65* (previously $1.51 to $1.65).
  • Including net sales and earnings pressure from a significant year-over-year decline in whole bird turkey markets, as well as the estimated impact of an unplanned production interruption at its Suffolk, Virginia, facility.
  • Assuming continued benefits to net earnings from its transform and modernize initiative.
Fiscal 2024 Outlook Current Previous
Net Sales $12.2 – $12.5 billion 12.2 – $12.5 billion
Adj. Diluted Net Earnings per Share* $1.55 – $1.65 $1.51 – $1.65
Effective Tax Rate 22.0 – 23.0% 21.0 – 23.0%
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*Adjusted diluted net earnings per share1 excludes the estimated impact of $0.08 per share from nonrecurring costs associated with the Company’s transform and modernize initiative and approximately $0.02 per share resulting from legal settlements. Please see discussion of non-GAAP measures and a reconciliation of the Company’s fiscal year 2024 guidance for estimated adjusted diluted net earnings per share1 at the end of this release.


Drive focus and growth in our Retail business

  • We grew volume and sales2 with many products during the quarter, including Planters® snack nuts, the SPAM® family of products, Jennie-O® lean ground turkey, Applegate® premium sliced lunchmeat and Herdez® guacamole.
  • During the quarter, we grew market share2 across several flagship brands, including Hormel® Black Label® bacon, Planters® snack nuts, the SPAM® family of products and Jennie-O® lean ground turkey. Additionally, during the first half of the year, total points of distribution increased by midsingle digits3 for our flagship and rising brands.
  • Within the bacon category, we achieved strong volume and sales gains2 for Hormel® Black Label® bacon, and double-digit volume and sales growth for Applegate Naturals® bacon.4 We also introduced several innovative bacon items, including Applegate Naturals® fully cooked Sunday Bacon® and Hormel® Black Label® ranch-flavored bacon.

Expand leadership in Foodservice

  • We delivered another quarter of broad-based volume and net sales growth,5 led by Hormel® Bacon 1™ cooked bacon, our line of premium prepared proteins, premium pepperoni and Jennie-O® turkey.
  • Two of our most exciting innovation items – Hormel® Flash 180™ sous vide-style chicken breast and Hormel® ribbon pepperoni – have already exceeded our sales projections for fiscal 2024.
  • We delivered excellent growth during the quarter in the convenience channel,5 led by Planters® flavored cashews and Corn Nuts® corn kernels.

Aggressively develop our global presence

  • Our in-country operations, partnerships and innovation continue to support growth in key international markets.
    • Brazil: Our Ceratti® branded business grew in the foodservice and retail channels, led by premium and pre-sliced chilled meats and charcuterie.5
    • China: Our retail business continued to recover in the second quarter, with distribution gains of SPAM® singles, the launch of new Skippy® spreads and further innovation in our shelf-stable meat snacking portfolio.
    • Philippines: Equity in earnings increased due to an improvement in sales mix, including growth in the hot dog and premium center-store grocery categories.5
    • South Korea: Skippy® items delivered significant growth5 resulting from media investment and expanded product offerings with key retail partners.
  • The iconic Skippy® peanut butter brand is returning to the Canadian consumer market in the form of five all-new peanut butter-inspired snack products.

Execute our enterprise entertaining & snacking vision

  • We continued to see strong momentum in our Planters® snack nuts business, including volume, sales and share gains for mixed nuts, cashews and Corn Nuts® corn kernels.2
  • We are supporting the Hormel® pepperoni brand, America’s No. 1 pepperoni brand,2 with a new national advertising campaign, “Boldly Irresistible,” highlighting its versatility and cravability.
  • We introduced several new entertaining and snacking items, including Planters® salt and vinegar cashews, Corn Nuts® loaded taco-flavor corn kernels, and Hormel Gatherings® summer-themed hard salami and pepperoni tray.

Future-fit our One Supply Chain/Continue to transform & modernize our Company

  • We made further progress against our transform and modernize initiative, including in the areas of supply chain efficiency and portfolio optimization:
    • Plan: We continued the implementation of a new end-to-end planning process and are integrating new planning technology.
    • Buy: We continued to realize the benefits from our new procurement and productivity programs, with further savings expected across many categories, such as logistics and warehousing, direct supplies and indirect supplies. Additionally, we are broadening the scope of our efforts outside the supply chain.
    • Make: We completed a major improvement project to expand capacity for our retail canned portfolio. Additionally, we launched a project to increase capacity for Hormel® Bacon 1™ cooked bacon.
    • Move: We have implemented analytics across our refrigerated network to further enhance our service levels.
    • Portfolio Optimization: Leveraging our analytics tools and capabilities, we continued to identify opportunities to enhance and support margin-profile improvements.
  • We celebrated the opening of our new $5 million, 13,000-square-foot childcare center in Austin, Minnesota. This new facility provides a needed service for our team members and the Austin community and assists the Company’s efforts to recruit working parents in today’s tight labor market.



  • Volume down 5%
  • Net sales down 7%
  • Segment profit down 14%

Volume growth from the bacon and emerging brands verticals was more than offset by declines in value-added meats. Net sales increased for many items, including Hormel® Black Label® bacon, the SPAM® family of products, Applegate® natural and organic meats, Hormel® Square Table™ entrees and Planters® snack nuts. These gains were negated by a significant year-over-year volume and pricing decline for whole-bird turkeys and lower net sales in the convenient meals and proteins vertical. Segment profit declined due to lower sales and higher SG&A expenses, which included increased advertising investments. These factors more than offset the benefit from lower logistics expenses and supply chain improvement.


  • Volume up 3%
  • Net sales up 6%
  • Segment profit up 3%

Volume and net sales growth were driven primarily by strength across the bacon, premium prepared proteins and turkey categories. Products such as Hormel® Bacon 1™ cooked bacon, Hormel® Fire Braised™ meats, Austin Blues® smoked meats, Café H® globally inspired proteins and Corn Nuts® corn kernels delivered double-digit net sales growth. Additionally, branded Jennie-O® turkey items delivered robust growth. Segment profit increased due to higher sales and lower logistics expenses.


  • Volume down 7%
  • Net sales down 7%
  • Segment profit up 71%

Double-digit volume and net sales increases for SPAM® luncheon meat and refrigerated exports were more than offset by lower commodity export volumes and lower net sales in China. Segment profit increased significantly, resulting from favorable costs in China, growth from our partnerships in the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia, as well as growth in Brazil.


  • Advertising investments were $44 million, compared to $35 million last year. The Company expects full-year advertising expense to increase compared to the prior year.
  • The effective tax rate was 22.5%, compared to 22.1% last year. The Company benefited from the impact of higher federal deductions last year.
  • Capital expenditures were $60 million, compared to $54 million last year. The Company’s target for capital expenditures in fiscal 2024 is $280 million.
  • Depreciation and amortization expense was $64 million, compared to $62 million last year. The full-year expense for fiscal 2024 is expected to be approximately $250 million.

A conference call will be webcast at 8 a.m. CT on May 30, 2024. Access is available at by clicking on “Investors.” The call will also be available via telephone by dialing 800-549-8228 (toll-free) or 646-564-2877 (international) and providing the conference ID 77284. An audio replay is available at The webcast replay will be available at noon CT, May 30, 2024, and will remain on the website for one year.

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1 Non-GAAP measure. See Appendix: Non-GAAP Measures to this news release for more information.
2 Circana Total US MULO;13 weeks ended 4/21/2024 vs YAG
3 Circana, POS Custom MA Model, Total US MULO; 26 weeks ended 4/21/24 vs YAG
4 SPINS Satori, Total US Natural; 12 weeks ended 4/21/2024 vs YAG
5 Internal data

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, Skippy®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®, Jennie-O® 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 best companies to work for by U.S. News & World Report, one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek, recognized on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators, received a perfect score of 100 on the 2023–24 Corporate Equality Index and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit


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Note: Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout this news release may not sum precisely to the totals provided, and percentages may not precisely reflect the absolute figures.