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Sysco Reports Second Quarter Net Earnings of $221 Million and Diluted EPS of $0.38 ($0.40 After Adjusting for Certain Items)

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sysco Reports Second Quarter Net Earnings of $221 Million and Diluted EPS of $0.38 ($0.40 After Adjusting for Certain Items)05:00 EST Monday, February 04, 2013HOUSTON, Feb. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) today announced financial results for its 13-week second fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2012.Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Highlights Sales were $10.8 billion, an increase of 5.4% from $10.2 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and Sysco's highest second quarter on record. Operating income was $383 million, a decrease of 10.4%, compared to $427 million in last year's second quarter. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.38, which was 11.6% lower compared to $0.43 in last year's second quarter. After adjusting for certain items, which mainly related to restructuring charges, adjusted1 diluted EPS was $0.40. After further adjusting for business transformation expenses, to reflect the performance of the company's underlying business, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.49, or a 4.3% increase compared to the prior year.First Half Fiscal 2013 Highlights Sales were $21.9 billion, an increase of 5.1% from $20.8 billion in the first half of fiscal 2012. Operating income was $861 million, a decrease of 8.0%, compared to $936 million in last year's first half. Diluted EPS was $0.86, which was 8.5% lower compared to $0.94 in last year's first half. After adjusting for certain items, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.89. After further adjusting for business transformation expenses, to reflect the performance of the company's underlying business, adjusted diluted EPS was $1.06, or a 3.9% increase compared to the prior year. "We had solid case growth during the quarter, which was driven by both organic and acquisition growth," said Bill DeLaney, Sysco's president and chief executive officer. "Our 47,000 associates continued to effectively support our customers in the midst of challenging market conditions, including the impact of Hurricane Sandy."1 See Non-GAAP Reconciliations below for more information.Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Summary Sales for the second quarter were $10.8 billion, an increase of 5.4% compared to sales in the same period last year. Food cost inflation was 2.5%, as measured by the estimated change in Sysco's product costs, driven mainly by inflation in the poultry and meat categories. In addition, sales from acquisitions (within the last 12 months) increased sales by 1.1%, and the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates for the second quarter increased sales by 0.3%. Case volume for the company's Broadline and SYGMA operations combined grew 2.8% during the quarter, including acquisitions, and approximately 1.8%, excluding acquisitions. Gross profit for the second quarter was $1.9 billion, an increase of 3.9%, compared to the prior year. Operating expenses in the second quarter increased $116 million, or 8.2%, compared to operating expenses in the prior year period. This was due mainly to a $45 million increase in gross business transformation expenses and a $17 million increase in payroll expense. In addition, operating expenses reflect $22 million in charges related to certain items. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating expenses increased 3.7%. Operating income was $383 million in the second quarter, decreasing $44 million, or 10.4% compared to operating income in the prior year. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating income increased 4.6%. Net earnings for the second quarter were $221 million, a decrease of $29 million, or 11.5%, compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $0.38, which was 11.6% lower compared to last year's second quarter. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.49, which was an increase of 4.3%, compared to the prior year.First Half Fiscal 2013 Summary Sales for the first half of fiscal 2013 were $21.9 billion, an increase of 5.1% compared to sales in the same period last year. Food cost inflation was 2.3%, as measured by the estimated change in Sysco's product costs, driven mainly by inflation in the poultry and meat categories. In addition, sales from acquisitions (within the last 12 months) increased sales by 0.8%, and there was no year-over-year impact from foreign exchange rates. Case volume for the company's Broadline and SYGMA operations combined grew 3.0% during the first half, including acquisitions, and approximately 2.4%, excluding acquisitions. Gross profit for the first half was $3.9 billion, an increase of 3.4%, compared to the prior year. Operating expenses in the first half increased $203 million, or 7.1%, compared to operating expenses in the prior year period. This was due mainly to an $86 million increase in gross business transformation expenses and a $47 million increase in payroll expense. In addition, operating expenses reflect $28 million in charges related to certain items. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating expenses increased 3.5%. Operating income was $861 million in the first half, decreasing $75 million, or 8.0% compared to operating income in the prior year. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating income increased 3.1%. Net earnings for the first half were $508 million, a decrease of $45 million, or 8.1%, compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS in the first half of fiscal 2013 was $0.86, which was 8.5% lower compared to last year's first half. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted diluted EPS was $1.06, which was an increase of 3.9%, compared to the prior year.Cash Flow and Capital Spending Cash flow from operations was $387 million for the first half of fiscal 2013, compared to $539 million in the first half of fiscal 2012, or a decline of 28%. Capital expenditures totaled $106 million for the second quarter, and $262 million for the first half of the year. The primary areas for investment included facility replacements and expansions, replacements to Sysco's fleet, and technology. Free cash flow1 increased 19.6% in the first half of fiscal 2013 to $125 million compared to the first half of fiscal 2012.Conference Call & Webcast Sysco's second quarter fiscal 2013 earnings conference call will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the call, a copy of this press release and a slide presentation, will be available online at www.sysco.com in the Investors section.About Sysco Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 185 distribution facilities serving over 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2012 that ended June 30, 2012, the company generated record sales of over $42 billion. For more information about Sysco visit the company's Internet home page at www.sysco.com. For investor relations news follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock or download the new Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. The Sysco Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7471 See Non-GAAP Reconciliations below for more information.Forward-Looking Statements Statements made in this press release or in our earnings call for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 that look forward in time or that express management's beliefs, expectations or hopes are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the views of management at the time such statements are made and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, estimates, and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These statements include our beliefs regarding potential benefits of our business transformation goals, including lower operating and product costs and the enhancement of our leadership position in the industry, the potential of our newly acquired businesses to help us grow our market share and strengthen our offerings to our customers, expectations regarding free cash flow in fiscal 2013, and beliefs regarding restaurant spending trends. The success of our business transformation initiatives and expectations regarding free cash flow are subject to the general risks associated with our business, including the risk of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, work stoppages or otherwise, inflation risks, the impact of fuel prices, and labor issues. Additionally, certain agricultural areas of the United States experienced severe drought in the summer of 2012, and we may experience increased input costs for a large portion of the products we sell for up to a one year period as a result. Risks and uncertainties also include risks impacting the economy generally, including the risk that the current economic downturn will continue, or that consumer confidence in the economy may not increase and decreases in consumer spending, particularly on food prepared outside the home, may not reverse. Also, there are risks related to our Business Transformation Project, including that the expected costs of our Business Transformation Project in fiscal 2013 may be greater or less than currently expected because we may encounter the need for changes in design or revisions of the project calendar and budget, including the incurrence of expenses at an earlier or later time than currently anticipated; the risk that our business and results of operations may be adversely affected if we experience operating problems, scheduling delays, cost overages or limitations on the extent of the business transformation during the ERP implementation and deployment process; and the risk of adverse effects if the ERP system, and the associated process changes, do not prove to be cost effective or result in the cost savings and other benefits that we anticipate. In fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2012, we took additional time to test and improve the underlying ERP system prior to larger scale development, and these actions caused a delay in the project; we may experience further delays and/or cost overages as we deploy the system on a larger scale. Planned conversions in the coming quarters and the potential acceleration of the rate of conversions is dependent upon the success of current conversions and plans are subject to change at any time based on management's subjective evaluation of our overall business needs. Other aspects of our business transformation initiatives, including our category management initiative and our cost transformation initiative, may fail to provide the expected benefits in a timely fashion, if at all. Capital expenditures may vary from those projected based on changes in business plans and other factors, including risks related to the implementation of our Business Transformation Project and our regional distribution centers, the timing and successful completions of acquisitions, construction schedules and the possibility that other cash requirements could result in delays or cancellations of capital spending. Current projections regarding industry growth and restaurant spending trends may change and growth in the industry and trends regarding restaurant spending are subject to factors beyond our control. Our expectations regarding sales from acquisitions and the timing of acquisitions and related benefits may not occur as expected, if at all. Acquisitions may not close, or may be delayed, because of factors beyond our control, including the need for regulatory approvals. We may not be successful in completing potential acquisitions that are currently in the pipeline and, as such, may not realize the expected benefits from these potential acquisitions. The benefits of recent acquisitions may not be realized as soon as expected, if at all, and the successful integration of acquisitions into our business may require additional resources in the short-term. Fuel expense may vary from projections based on fluctuations in fuel costs, which are impacted by general economic conditions beyond our control. In the past, increased fuel prices have significantly increased our costs and reduced consumers' demand for meals served away from home. For a discussion of additional factors impacting Sysco's business, see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. Sysco does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)(In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)             13-Week Period Ended  26-Week Period Ended   Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011           Sales  $ 10,796,890  $ 10,244,421  $ 21,883,806  $ 20,830,811 Cost of sales  8,879,324  8,398,771  17,962,696  17,037,561 Gross profit  1,917,566  1,845,650  3,921,110  3,793,250 Operating expenses  1,534,915  1,418,652  3,059,677  2,856,912 Operating income  382,651  426,998  861,433  936,338 Interest expense  32,242  28,324  63,110  57,798 Other income, net  (1,753)  (3,472)  (4,230)  (3,222) Earnings before income taxes  352,162  402,146  802,553  881,762 Income taxes  130,793  152,033  294,586  328,996 Net earnings  $ 221,369  $ 250,113  $ 507,967  $ 552,766           Net earnings:         Basic earnings per share  $ 0.38  $ 0.43  $ 0.86  $ 0.94 Diluted earnings per share  0.38  0.43  0.86  0.94           Average shares outstanding  587,091,968  586,188,302  587,760,060  589,095,964 Diluted shares outstanding  589,751,933  587,034,204  590,130,537  590,241,651           Dividends declared per common share  $ 0.28  $ 0.27  $ 0.55  $ 0.53  Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)(In Thousands, Except for Share Data)  Dec. 29, 2012June 30, 2012Dec. 31, 2011     ASSETS       Current assets       Cash and cash equivalents  $ 320,805  $ 688,867  $ 336,531 Accounts and notes receivable, less allowances of $67,926, $42,919, and $71,180  3,168,120  2,966,624  2,882,730 Inventories  2,436,109  2,178,830  2,213,153 Deferred income taxes  116,887  134,503  142,068 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  68,675  80,713  73,568 Prepaid income taxes  49,189  35,271  -- Total current assets  6,159,785  6,084,808  5,648,050 Plant and equipment at cost, less depreciation  3,960,636  3,883,750  3,736,137 Other assets       Goodwill   1,802,630  1,665,611  1,630,879 Intangibles, less amortization  153,358  113,571  102,594 Restricted cash  145,247  127,228  132,031 Other assets  206,411  220,004  204,336 Total other assets  2,307,646  2,126,414  2,069,840 Total assets  $ 12,428,067  $ 12,094,972  $ 11,454,027        LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       Current liabilities       Notes payable  $ 42,754  $ --  $ 2,500 Accounts payable  2,287,559  2,209,469  2,074,396 Accrued expenses  903,934  909,144  857,538 Accrued income taxes  --  50,316  123,420 Current maturities of long-term debt  253,170  254,650  205,916 Total current liabilities  3,487,417  3,423,579  3,263,770 Other liabilities       Long-term debt  2,809,290  2,763,688  2,649,346 Deferred income taxes  94,987  115,166  218,314 Other long-term liabilities  1,134,800  1,107,499  634,982 Total other liabilities  4,039,077  3,986,353  3,502,642 Commitments and contingencies       Shareholders' equity       Preferred stock, par value $1 per share, Authorized 1,500,000 shares, issued none  --  --  -- Common stock, par value $1 per share, Authorized 2,000,000,000 shares, issued 765,174,900 shares  765,175  765,175  765,175 Paid-in capital  954,988  939,179  907,991 Retained earnings  8,359,768  8,175,230  7,923,413 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (605,709)  (662,866)  (323,565) Treasury stock at cost, 179,819,753, 179,228,383, and 181,352,211 shares  (4,572,649)  (4,531,678)  (4,585,399) Total shareholders' equity  4,901,573  4,685,040  4,687,615 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 12,428,067  $ 12,094,972  $ 11,454,027      Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries    CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)    (In Thousands)       26-Week Period Ended   Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011 Cash flows from operating activities:     Net earnings  $ 507,967  $ 552,766 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:     Share-based compensation expense  39,423  38,757 Depreciation and amortization  249,593  200,724 Deferred income taxes  (39,603)  (295,801) Provision for losses on receivables  16,422  21,133 Other non-cash items  (246)  (811) Additional investment in certain assets and liabilities, net of effect of businesses acquired:     (Increase) in receivables  (157,073)  (23,326) (Increase) in inventories  (222,170)  (152,289) Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other current assets  11,367  (2,051) Increase (decrease) in accounts payable  28,313  (94,236) (Decrease) in accrued expenses  (37,338)  (1,295) (Decrease) increase in accrued income taxes  (64,663)  180,362 Decrease in other assets  2,785  72,310 Increase in other long-term liabilities  52,364  42,282 Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements  (356)  (10) Net cash provided by operating activities  386,785  538,515       Cash flows from investing activities:     Additions to plant and equipment  (261,576)  (433,858) Proceeds from sales of plant and equipment  3,229  4,315 Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (194,237)  (36,765) (Increase) in restricted cash  (18,019)  (21,515) Net cash used for investing activities  (470,603)  (487,823)       Cash flows from financing activities:     Bank and commercial paper borrowings (repayments) net  48,100  195,520 Other debt borrowings   43,482  2,181 Other debt repayments  (10,789)  (4,068) Debt issuance costs  --  (974) Proceeds from common stock reissued from treasury for share-based compensation awards  90,853  45,417 Treasury stock purchases  (143,526)  (272,299) Dividends paid  (315,904)  (307,141) Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements  356  10 Net cash used for financing activities  (287,428)  (341,354)       Effect of exchange rates on cash  3,184  (12,572)       Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (368,062)  (303,234) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  688,867  639,765 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 320,805  $ 336,531       Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:     Cash paid during the period for:     Interest  $ 63,598  $ 58,000 Income taxes  404,791  443,044  Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated SubsidiariesCOMPARATIVE SEGMENT DATA (Unaudited) (In Thousands)   13-Week Period Ended  26-Week Period Ended   Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011Sales:     Broadline  $ 8,779,069  $ 8,320,996  $ 17,836,733  $ 16,979,517 SYGMA  1,411,815  1,403,555  2,832,570  2,788,024 Other  659,861  559,122  1,320,462  1,147,683 Intersegment   (53,855)  (39,252)  (105,959)  (84,413) Total   $ 10,796,890  $ 10,244,421  $ 21,883,806  $ 20,830,811              Comparative Supplemental Statistical Information Related to Sales (Unaudited) Comparative Sysco Brand Sales and Marketing Associate-Served Sales data are summarized below.              13-Week Period Ended  26-Week Period Ended   Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011Dec. 29, 2012Dec. 31, 2011 Sysco Brand Sales as a % of MA-Served Sales  48.02% 46.24% 47.44% 46.07% Sysco Brand Sales as a % of Broadline Sales  36.25% 35.64% 36.25% 35.80% MA-Served Sales as a % of Broadline Sales 41.25% 42.22% 42.95% 43.56%           Data excludes U.S. Meat operations  Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated SubsidiariesNon-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)Impact of Certain Items and Underlying Business (In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)           Sysco's results of operations are impacted by certain items which include charges from restructuring our executive retirement plans, charges from the withdrawal from multiemployer pension plans, severance charges and charges from facility closures. Management believes that adjusting its operating expenses, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to remove these certain items provides an important perspective with respect to our results and provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that removes these items which are difficult to predict and are often unanticipated, and which, as a result are difficult to include in analyst's financial models and our investors' expectations with any degree of specificity. Sysco believes the adjusted totals facilitate comparison on a year-over year basis.  Sysco's results of operations are further impacted by costs from our multi-year Business Transformation Project. Management believes that further adjusting its operating expenses, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to remove the impact of the Business Transformation Project expenses provides an important perspective with respect to underlying business trends and results and provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the performance of the company's underlying operations and facilitates comparison on a year-over year basis.  The company uses these non-GAAP measures when evaluating its financial results as well as for internal planning and forecasting purposes. These financial measures should not be used as a substitute in assessing the company's results of operations for the periods presented. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. As a result, in the tables that follow, each period presented is adjusted to remove the certain items noted above. Each period has been further adjusted to remove expenses related to the Business Transformation Project.           13-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 201213-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 201113-Week Period Change in Dollars13-Week Period % ChangeOperating expenses (GAAP)  $ 1,534,915  $ 1,418,652  $ 116,263 8.2% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  (12,163)  --  (12,163) NM Impact of MEPP charge  (2,457)  --  (2,457) NM Impact of Severance charges  (5,669)  (1,080)  (4,589) 424.9 Impact of Facility-related charges  (1,362)  --  (1,362) NMOperating expenses adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,513,264  $ 1,417,572  $ 95,692 6.8% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  (81,362)  (36,356)  (45,006) 123.8Adjusted operating expenses underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,431,902  $ 1,381,216  $ 50,686 3.7%          Operating Income (GAAP)  $ 382,651  $ 426,998  $ (44,347) -10.4% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  12,163  --  12,163 NM Impact of MEPP charge  2,457  --  2,457 NM Impact of Severance charges  5,669  1,080  4,589 424.9 Impact of Facility-related charges  1,362  --  1,362 NMOperating income adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 404,302  $ 428,078  $ (23,776) -5.6% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  81,362  36,356  45,006 123.8Adjusted operating income underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 485,664  $ 464,434  $ 21,230 4.6%          Net earnings (GAAP)  $ 221,369  $ 250,113  $ (28,744) -11.5% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans (net of tax)  7,646  --  7,646 NM Impact of MEPP charge (net of tax)  1,544  --  1,544 NM Impact of Severance charges (net of tax)  3,564  672  2,892 430.4 Impact of Facility-related charges (net of tax)  856  --  856 NMNet earnings adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 234,979  $ 250,785  $ (15,806) -6.3% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs (net of tax)  51,144  22,610  28,534 126.2Adjusted net earnings underlying business (Non-GAAP) (1),(2)  $ 286,123  $ 273,395  $ 12,728 4.7%          Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)  $ 0.38  $ 0.43  $ (0.05) -11.6% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  0.01  --  0.01 NM Impact of MEPP and Facility charges  --   --  -- NM Impact of Severance charges  0.01  --  0.01 NMDiluted EPS adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.40  $ 0.43  $ (0.03) -7.0% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  0.09  0.04  0.05 125.0Adjusted diluted EPS underlying business (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.49  $ 0.47  $ 0.02 4.3%           Diluted shares outstanding  589,751,933  587,034,204              (1) Tax impact of adjustments for executive retirement plans restructuring, MEPP charge, severance charges, charges from facility closures and Business Transformation expenses was $38,259 and $14,155 for the 13-week periods ended December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Amounts are calculated by multiplying the operating income impact of each item by each quarter's effective tax rate.          (2) Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add to the total presented due to rounding. Total diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings for certain items and adjusted net earnings - underlying business, both divided by diluted shares outstanding.           NM represents that the percentage change is not meaningful            Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries      Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)Impact of Certain Items and Underlying Business     (In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)           26-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 201226-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 201126-Week Period Change in Dollars26-Week Period % ChangeOperating expenses (GAAP)  $ 3,059,677  $ 2,856,912  $ 202,765 7.1% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  (12,163)  --  (12,163) NM Impact of MEPP charge  (2,457)  (4,500)  2,043 -45.4 Impact of Severance charges  (11,746)  (2,722)  (9,024) 331.5 Impact of Facility-related charges  (1,750)  --  (1,750) NMOperating expenses adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 3,031,561  $ 2,849,690  $ 181,871 6.4% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  (159,044)  (73,361)  (85,683) 116.8Adjusted operating expenses underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 2,872,517  $ 2,776,329  $ 96,188 3.5%          Operating Income (GAAP)  $ 861,433  $ 936,338  $ (74,905) -8.0% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  12,163  --  12,163 NM Impact of MEPP charge  2,457  4,500  (2,043) -45.4 Impact of Severance charges  11,746  2,722  9,024 331.5 Impact of Facility-related charges  1,750  --  1,750 NMOperating income adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 889,549  $ 943,560  $ (54,011) -5.7% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  159,044  73,361  85,683 116.8Adjusted operating income underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,048,593  $ 1,016,921  $ 31,672 3.1%          Net earnings (GAAP)  $ 507,967  $ 552,766  $ (44,799) -8.1% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans (net of tax)  7,698  --  7,698 NM Impact of MEPP charge (net of tax)  1,555  2,821  (1,266) -44.9 Impact of Severance charges (net of tax)  7,434  1,706  5,728 335.8 Impact of Facility-related charges (net of tax)  1,108  --  1,108 NMNet earnings adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 525,762  $ 557,293  $ (31,531) -5.7% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs (net of tax)  100,659  45,990  54,669 118.9Adjusted net earnings underlying business (Non-GAAP) (1),(2)  $ 626,421  $ 603,283  $ 23,138 3.8%          Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)  $ 0.86  $ 0.94  $ (0.08) -8.5% Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  0.01  --  0.01 NM Impact of MEPP and Facility charges  0.01  --  0.01 NM Impact of Severance charges  0.01  --  0.01 NMDiluted EPS adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.89  $ 0.94  $ (0.05) -5.3% Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  0.17  0.08  0.09 112.5Adjusted diluted EPS underlying business (Non-GAAP)  $ 1.06  $ 1.02  $ 0.04 3.9%           Diluted shares outstanding  590,130,537  590,241,651              (1) Tax impact of adjustments for executive retirement plans restructuring, MEPP charge, severance charges, charges from facility closures and Business Transformation expenses was $68,706 and $30,066 for the 26-week periods ended December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Amounts are calculated by multiplying the operating income impact of each item by each 26-week period's effective tax rate.          (2) Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add to the total presented due to rounding. Total diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings for certain items and adjusted net earnings - underlying business, both divided by diluted shares outstanding.           NM represents that the percentage change is not meaningful    Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated SubsidiariesNon-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)Free Cash Flow (In Thousands)           Free cash flow represents net cash provided from operating activities less purchases of plant and equipment. Sysco considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of buildings, fleet, equipment and technology, which may potentially be used to pay for, among other things, strategic uses of cash including dividend payments, share repurchases and acquisitions. We do not mean to imply that free cash flow is necessarily available for discretionary expenditures, however, as it may be necessary that we use it to make mandatory debt service or other payments. Free cash flow should not be used as a substitute in assessing the company's liquidity for the periods presented. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. In the table that follows, free cash flow for each period presented is reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities.           26-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 201226-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 201126-Week Period Change in Dollars26-Week Period % ChangeNet cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)  $ 386,785  $ 538,515  $ (151,730) -28.2% Additions to plant and equipment  (261,576)  (433,858)  172,282 -39.7Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)  $ 125,209  $ 104,657  $ 20,552 19.6%  CONTACT: Neil Russell Vice President, Investor Relations T 281-584-1308 Charley Wilson Vice President, Corporate Communications T 281-584-2423