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Hormel Foods Reports Record Third Quarter Results

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hormel Foods Reports Record Third Quarter Results06:30 EDT Thursday, August 23, 2012 AUSTIN, Minn. (Business Wire) -- 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. HIGHLIGHTSThird 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 mealsgrow 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 QUARTERGrocery 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 ExpenseNet 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 800-406-7325and 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. 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.” Statements FollowSegment DataFiscal 2012 Third Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)     THIRD QUARTER – 13 WEEKS ENDED         NET SALESJuly 29, 2012July 31, 2011% Change 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   84,5161.8   Total $2,008,188$1,910,5925.1       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   8,04354.6   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$141,33819.9       YEAR TO DATE – 39 WEEKS ENDED   NET SALESJuly 29, 2012July 31, 2011% Change 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   249,8019.7   Total $6,060,486$5,791,1914.7       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   26,48042.6   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$538,4973.5       HORMEL FOODS CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(in thousands, except per share amounts)           Thirteen Weeks EndedThirty-Nine Weeks Ended7-29-2012     7-31-20117-29-2012     7-31-2011   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 EARNINGS112,40799,964370,675360,701 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 SHAREBasic $ .42   $.37   $1.39   $1.34   Diluted $ .41   $.36   $1.37   $1.31     WEIGHTED AVG SHARES O/SBasic 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       HORMEL FOODS CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION           July 29, 2012October 30, 2011 (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 CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended7-29-2012     7-31-2011 (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     Hormel Foods CorporationInvestor Contact:Kevin Jones507-437-5248kcjones@hormel.comorMedia Contact:Julie Craven507-437-5345media@hormel.com