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Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results06:00 EDT Tuesday, October 30, 2012 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Business Wire) -- Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE:FDP) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 28, 2012. The Company reported earnings per diluted share of $0.40 for the third quarter of 2012 compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.21 in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding asset impairment and other charges, earnings per diluted share were $0.45 in the third quarter of 2012, compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.22 in the third quarter of 2011. "We are very pleased with the strong bottom-line performance Fresh Del Monte Produce achieved in the third quarter of 2012," said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We saw excellent growth in our global fresh-cut business. The decision to take full control of the marketing, sales and distribution of our products at the beginning of the year in Southern Europe contributed to our improved performance. We also realized efficiency improvements in our logistics and cost control initiatives that directly improved our bottom-line performance. We will continue to manage our business to maximize growth and enhance shareholder value.” Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were $788.8 million, compared with $795.2 million in the prior year period. The decrease in net sales for the quarter was primarily the result of lower net sales in the Company's banana business segment, primarily due to continued lower banana sales volume in the Middle East secondary markets and in Europe. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 was $74.4 million, compared with $62.9 million in the third quarter of 2011. The Company had gross profit of $75.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, excluding other charges of $0.8 million. The increase in gross profit for the quarter was primarily due to higher selling prices in the Company's banana business segment and lower ocean freight costs. Operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $28.2 million, compared with $17.0 million in the prior year period. Excluding asset impairment and other charges, the Company had operating income of $31.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with operating income of $17.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $23.5 million, compared with $12.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding asset impairment and other charges, the Company had net income of $26.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with net income of $12.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income(U.S. dollars in millions, except share and per share data) - (Unaudited)     Quarter ended   Nine months ended     Income Statement:September 28, 2012September 30, 2011September 28, 2012September 30, 2011 Net sales $ 788.8 $ 795.2 $ 2,644.3 $ 2,808.9 Cost of products sold 713.6 732.3 2,340.3 2,519.5 Other charges (1) 0.8   —   0.8   0.8 Gross profit 74.4 62.9 303.2 288.6   Selling, general and administrative expenses 46.2 47.1 137.2 141.6 Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment 2.1 1.8 0.7 2.6 Asset impairment and other charges, net (2) 2.1   0.6   3.2   12.8 Operating income 28.2 17.0 163.5 136.8   Interest (income) expense, net (0.2 ) 1.7 1.7 5.0 Other expense, net 3.3   0.4   5.9   3.8   Income before income taxes 25.1 14.9 155.9 128.0   Provision for income taxes 0.2   2.0   9.7   22.3 Net income $ 24.9   $ 12.9   $ 146.2   $ 105.7   Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 1.4   0.7   3.0   3.1 Net income attributable to Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. $ 23.5   $ 12.2   $ 143.2   $ 102.6   Net income per ordinary share attributable to Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. - Basic $ 0.40   $ 0.21   $ 2.47   $ 1.73   Net income per ordinary share attributable to Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. - Diluted $ 0.40   $ 0.21   $ 2.47   $ 1.72   Dividends declared per ordinary share $ 0.10   $ 0.10   $ 0.30   $ 0.20   Weighted average number of ordinary shares: Basic 58,042,379   59,393,954   57,917,831   59,266,561 Diluted 58,235,794   59,510,829   58,043,535   59,556,442   Selected Income Statement Data: Depreciation and amortization $ 17.0   $ 18.3   $ 52.1   $ 55.1   Non-GAAP Measures: Reported net income per share - Diluted $ 0.40 $ 0.21 $ 2.47 $ 1.72 Other charges (1) $ 0.01 $ — $ 0.01 $ 0.01 Asset impairment and other charges, net (2) $ 0.04   $ 0.01   $ 0.06   $ 0.21 Adjusted net income per share - Diluted (3) $ 0.45   $ 0.22   $ 2.54   $ 1.94   (1) Other charges for the quarter and nine months ended September 28, 2012 related primarily to inventory write-offs and plantation clean up costs due to flooding in Costa Rica. Other charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 related to our melon program rationalization in Central America. (2) Asset impairment and other charges, net, for the quarter and nine months ended September 28, 2012 related principally to flooding in Costa Rica, an under-utilized facility in the United Kingdom and other costs in Hawaii. In addition, for the nine months ended September 28, 2012, asset impairment and other charges, net, also included a gain on sale of assets previously impaired in 2011 as a result of the melon program rationalization in Central America. Asset impairment and other charges, net, for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011 related to the closure of an under-utilized banana distribution center in the United Kingdom and legal costs in Hawaii. In addition, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, asset impairments and other charges, net, also related to our melon program rationalization in Central America, and our decision to abandon an isolated area of our banana operation in the Philippines due to crop disease. (3) Management reviews adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share and adjusted gross profit and considers these measures relevant to investors because management believes they better represent the underlying business trends and performance of the Company. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and SubsidiariesBusiness Segment Data(U.S. dollars in millions) - (Unaudited)     Quarter ended   September 28, 2012     September 30, 2011         Segment Data:               Net Sales   Gross Profit   Net Sales   Gross Profit     Banana $ 359.8 46 % $ 12.0 (1) 16 % $ 375.1 47 % $ (1.0 ) (2 )% Other Fresh Produce 335.2 42 % 50.8 68 % 337.0 42 % 52.1 (2) 83 % Prepared Food 93.8   12 % 11.6   16 % 83.1   11 % 11.8   19 % $ 788.8   100 % $ 74.4   100 % $ 795.2   100 % $ 62.9   100 %     Nine months ended   September 28, 2012   September 30, 2011           Net Sales   Gross Profit   Net Sales   Gross Profit     Banana $ 1,182.2 45 % $ 88.4 (1) 29 % $ 1,268.7 45 % $ 91.3 32 % Other Fresh Produce 1,210.1 45 % 177.0 58 % 1,266.1 45 % 151.7 (2) 52 % Prepared Food 252.0   10 % 37.8   13 % 274.1   10 % 45.6   16 % $ 2,644.3   100 % $ 303.2   100 % $ 2,808.9   100 % $ 288.6   100 %   Quarter ended   Nine months ended         Net Sales by Geographic Region:September 28, 2012   September 30, 2011   September 28, 2012   September 30, 2011     North America $ 420.2 53 % $ 399.9 50 % $ 1,413.9 53 % $ 1,430.6 51 % Europe 145.5 19 % 174.7 22 % 546.0 21 % 666.8 24 % Asia 91.2 12 % 93.6 12 % 332.8 13 % 341.2 12 % Middle East 105.6 13 % 114.2 14 % 287.4 11 % 324.3 11 % Other 26.3   3 % 12.8   2 % 64.2   2 % 46.0   2 % $ 788.8   100 % $ 795.2   100 % $ 2,644.3   100 % $ 2,808.9   100 %   (1) Banana gross profit for the quarter and nine months ended September 28, 2012 includes charges of $0.8 million primarily related to inventory write-offs and plantation clean up costs due to flooding in Costa Rica. (2) Other fresh produce gross profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included charges of $0.8 million related to the write-off of inventory as a result of the melon program rationalization. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(U.S. dollars in millions) - (Unaudited)     September 28, 2012December 30, 2011   Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 24.6 $ 46.9 Trade accounts receivable, net 289.1 290.7 Other accounts receivable, net 45.7 63.9 Inventories 426.4 428.9 Other current assets 70.8   61.6 Total current assets 856.6   892.0   Investment in and advances to unconsolidated companies 2.0 2.3 Property, plant and equipment, net 1,026.6 1,022.9 Goodwill 405.4 402.3 Other noncurrent assets 171.6   184.5 Total assets $ 2,462.2   $ 2,504.0   Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 327.6 $ 343.2 Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations 26.0 2.2 Other current liabilities 37.4   24.4 Total current liabilities 391.0   369.8   Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 2.4 213.3 Other noncurrent liabilities 208.8   205.8 Total liabilities 602.2   788.9   Total Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. shareholders' equity 1,830.2 1,689.4 Noncontrolling interests 29.8   25.7 Total shareholders' equity 1,860.0   1,715.1 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,462.2   $ 2,504.0     Selected Balance Sheet Data: Working capital $ 465.6 $ 522.2 Total debt $ 28.4 $ 215.5   Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(U.S. dollars in millions) - (Unaudited)   Nine months endedSeptember 28, 2012   September 30, 2011Operating activities: Net income $ 146.2 $ 105.7 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 52.1 55.1 Amortization of debt issuance costs 1.0 3.0 Asset impairment charges 2.1 9.3 Gain on sales of property, plant and equipment (2.6 ) (2.5 ) Foreign currency translation adjustment 2.6 (0.8 ) Other changes (2.4 ) 10.4 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Receivables 20.0 47.7 Inventories 4.7 6.7 Other current assets (7.1 ) (2.4 ) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 9.6 16.6 Other noncurrent assets and liabilities 3.3   —   Net cash provided by operating activities 229.5   248.8     Investing activities: Capital expenditures (62.5 ) (62.7 ) Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 8.8 3.9 Proceeds from sale of unconsolidated subsidiary 0.2 — Purchases of available-for-sale investments (11.0 ) —   Net cash used in investing activities (64.5 ) (58.8 )   Financing activities: Net payments on long-term debt (187.2 ) (183.4 ) Contributions from (distributions to) noncontrolling interests 7.0 (3.1 ) Proceeds from stock options exercised 6.6 21.8 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 3.8 — Dividends paid (17.4 ) (11.9 ) Repurchase of shares —   (37.9 ) Net cash used in financing activities (187.2 ) (214.5 )   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (0.1 ) 2.2     Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (22.3 ) (22.3 ) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning 46.9   49.1   Cash and cash equivalents, ending $ 24.6   $ 26.8     Third Quarter 2012 Business Segment Performance (As reported in business segment data) Bananas Net sales for the quarter decreased 4% to $359.8 million, compared with $375.1 million in the third quarter of 2011, primarily due to lower sales volume in the Middle East secondary markets and in Europe. Worldwide pricing increased $0.30, or 2%, to $13.21 per unit, compared with $12.91 per unit in the third quarter of 2011. Volume was 6% lower. Gross profit for the quarter was $12.0 million, compared with a loss $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. Unit costs were 1% lower than the prior year period, primarily due to lower ocean freight costs. Other Fresh Produce Net sales for the quarter decreased 1% to $335.2 million, compared with $337.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. The decline in net sales was primarily the result of planned volume reductions in the Company's melon product line and lower selling prices in the Company's gold pineapple product line. The decrease in net sales in the third quarter of 2012 was partially offset by higher volume in the Company's non-tropical product line and higher selling prices in the Company's fresh-cut product line. Gross profit for the quarter was $50.8 million, compared with gross profit of $52.1 million in the prior year period. Gold pineapple - Net sales decreased 5% to $122.9 million. Volume decreased 2%. Pricing decreased 3%. Unit cost was 4% higher. Fresh-cut - Net sales increased 6% to $98.4 million. Volume decreased 4%. Pricing increased 11%. Unit cost was 6% higher. Melon - Net sales decreased 46% to $7.2 million. Volume decreased 47%. Pricing increased 3%. Unit cost was 8% higher. Non-tropical - Net sales increased 14% to $60.6 million. Volume increased 16%. Pricing decreased 2%. Unit cost was 7% lower. Tomato - Net sales decreased 3% to $15.9 million. Volume decreased 1%. Pricing decreased 3%. Unit cost was 2% lower. Prepared Food Net sales increased 13% to $93.8 million for the quarter, compared with $83.1 million in the prior year's third quarter. The increase in net sales was primarily due to higher sales volume in the Company's poultry product line. Gross profit for the quarter was $11.6 million, compared with $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. Cash Flows Net cash provided by operating activities for the first nine months of 2012 was $229.5 million, compared with $248.8 million in the same period of 2011. Total Debt Total debt decreased from $215.5 million at the end of 2011 to $28.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2012. On October 25, 2012, the Company entered into a new five-year, $500 million syndicated senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Refer to the Company's press release dated October 25, 2012. Conference Call and Web Cast Data Fresh Del Monte will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the third quarter 2012 financial results and to review the Company's progress and outlook. The webcast can be accessed on the Company's Investor Relations home page at http://ir.freshdelmonte.com. The call will be available for re-broadcast on the Company's web site approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. About Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world's leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the Del Monte® brand, a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for more than 100 years. Forward-looking InformationThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding the intent, beliefs or current expectations of the Company or its officers with respect to the Company's plans and future performance.These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and the Company assumes no obligation to update these statements. It is important to note that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. In this press release, these statements appear in a number of places and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company or its officers (including statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates” or similar expressions).The Company's plans and performance may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including (i) the uncertain global economic environment and the timing and strength of a recovery in the markets the Company serves, and the extent to which adverse economic conditions continue to affect its sales volume and results, including the Company's ability to command premium prices for certain of its principal products, or increase competitive pressures within the industry, (ii) the impact of governmental initiatives in the United States and abroad to spur economic activity, including the effects of significant government monetary or other market interventions on inflation, price controls and foreign exchange rates, (iii) the impact of governmental trade restrictions, including adverse governmental regulation that may impact the Company's ability to access certain markets, (iv) the Company's anticipated cash needs in light of its liquidity, (v) the continued ability of the Company's distributors and suppliers to have access to sufficient liquidity to fund their operations, (vi) trends and other factors affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations from period to period, including changes in product mix or consumer demand for branded products such as its, particularly as consumers remain price-conscious in the current economic environment; anticipated price and expense levels; the impact of crop disease, severe weather conditions, such as flooding, or natural disasters, such as earthquakes, on crop quality and yields and on its ability to grow, procure or export its products; the impact of prices for petroleum-based products and packaging materials; and the availability of sufficient labor during peak growing and harvesting seasons, (vii) the impact of pricing and other actions by the Company's competitors, particularly during periods of low consumer confidence and spending levels, (viii) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, (ix) the Company's plans for expansion of its business (including through acquisitions) and cost savings, (x) the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into its operations, (xi) the impact of impairment or other charges associated with exit activities, crop or facility damage or otherwise, (xii) the timing and cost of resolution of pending legal and environmental proceedings, (xiii) the impact of changes in tax accounting or tax laws (or interpretations thereof), and the impact of settlements of adjustments proposed by the Internal Revenue Service or other taxing authorities in connection with the Company's tax audits, and (xiv) the cost and other implications of changes in regulations applicable to its business, including potential legislative or regulatory initiatives in the United States or elsewhere directed at mitigating the effects of climate change.All forward-looking statements in this report are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.The Company's plans and performance may also be affected by the factors described in Item 1A. – “Risk Factors” in Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year endedDecember 30, 2011 along with other reports that the Company has on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.Christine Cannella, 305-520-8433Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations