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Hormel Foods Achieves Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Company Release - 11/24/2015 6:30 AM ET

AUSTIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) today reported record performance for the fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter and full year.

All comparisons are to the fourth quarter or full year of fiscal 2014.

SUMMARY

Fourth Quarter

  • Record non-GAAP1 adjusted diluted EPS2 of $0.74, up 17 percent from $0.63 per share.
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.69.
  • Dollar sales of $2.4 billion, down 6 percent; volume down 2 percent.
  • Grocery Products operating profit up 57 percent; volume up 5 percent; dollar sales up 4 percent. Excluding incremental net sales of MegaMex Foods products, volume down 2 percent and dollar sales down 2 percent.
  • Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 27 percent; volume up 2 percent (volume flat excluding sales of APPLEGATE® natural and organic meats); dollar sales down 5 percent (dollar sales down 12 percent excluding sales of APPLEGATE® natural and organic meats).
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit down 23 percent; volume down 21 percent; dollar sales down 18 percent. Decreases reflect the substantial impact of the avian influenza outbreak, as flocks lost earlier in the year created large volume shortfalls in operations and sales.
  • Specialty Foods operating profit up 63 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales down 3 percent.
  • International & Other operating profit up 3 percent; volume up 5 percent; dollar sales flat.

For the year ended October 25, 2015, non-GAAP1 adjusted net earnings2 were a record $714.4 million, up 19 percent from net earnings of $602.7 million last year. Non-GAAP1 adjusted diluted earnings per share2 were $2.64, up 18 percent from diluted net earnings per share of $2.23 last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported fiscal 2015 net earnings of $686.1 million. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $2.54. Sales for the year ended October 25, 2015, totaled $9.3 billion, down 1 percent from last year.

COMMENTARY

“I am proud of the excellent fourth quarter delivered by our team, achieving record earnings for the tenth straight quarter. We reported record bottom line results for the full year, with fiscal 2015 adjusted net earnings up 19 percent over last year and all five segments registering earnings growth,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “Strong contributions to these full-year results were made both by such long-standing company brands as SPAM® luncheon meat, HORMEL® pepperoni, and DINTY MOORE® stew, and also by more recently created or acquired product lines such as HORMEL GATHERINGS® party trays, HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® meats, WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® dips, and MUSCLE MILK® protein nutrition products. We did face some headwinds during the year, including lower revenues impacted by declining pork markets and the loss of sales and operational efficiency related to highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Jennie-O Turkey Store segment. Our experienced team navigated these challenges to post this impressive bottom line performance.”

"2016 will mark the 50th consecutive year we have increased our dividend, an achievement matched by few other companies. Effective in the new fiscal year the annual dividend will be $1.16 per share, a substantial 16 percent increase,” stated Ettinger.

SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – FOURTH QUARTER

Grocery Products (18% of Net Sales, 25% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Grocery Products segment profit increased 57 percent with favorable raw material costs, improved plant efficiencies, and higher equity in earnings. Sales were up 4 percent, including the additional net sales of MegaMex Foods products not reflected in the prior year. Increased sales of DINTY MOORE® stew and HORMEL® chili, along with WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® dips in our MegaMex Foods joint venture, contributed to the gains.

Refrigerated Foods (48% of Net Sales, 36% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Refrigerated Foods segment profit increased 27 percent driven by strong results from our affiliated business units, along with the addition of the Applegate business, higher pork operating margins, and improved product mix. Dollar sales were down 5 percent on 2 percent higher volume, reflecting lower pricing compared to last year’s record high pork markets and the dissolution of the Precept Foods joint venture. Sales growth of value-added items were led by retail sales of HORMEL® refrigerated entrees, HORMEL® pepperoni, and HORMEL GATHERINGS® party trays, and foodservice sales of HORMEL® FIRE BRAISEDTM meats and HORMEL® pizza toppings.

Jennie-O Turkey Store (17% of Net Sales, 24% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Jennie-O Turkey Store segment profit declined 23 percent and sales were down 18 percent. The reductions reflect the substantial impact of the avian influenza outbreak earlier this year, as previously lost flocks created considerable volume shortfalls in plant operations and sales.

Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 7% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Specialty Foods delivered a 63 percent segment profit increase. Non-GAAP1 adjusted segment profit2 increased 155 percent. Results reflect synergies captured within the CytoSport and Century Foods supply chain and a beneficial comparison to prior year, which included CytoSport acquisition-related costs of $9.3 million. Non-GAAP1 adjusted segment profits2 exclude nonrecurring charges of $21.5 million relating to a goodwill impairment charge for the Diamond Crystal Brands business and an $8.9 million reduction to a contingent consideration liability related to the CytoSport acquisition. Sales decreased 3 percent as the addition of MUSCLE MILK® protein beverage sales did not fully offset lower sales of sports nutrition contract packaging.

International & Other (6% of Net Sales, 8% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
International & Other posted segment profit 3 percent ahead of last year while sales were flat. Results were driven by strong SPAM® luncheon meat exports and continued growth of our China business, muted by soft demand for fresh pork exports in certain markets.

OUTLOOK

“I am pleased with our momentum heading into fiscal 2016, and we should enjoy renewed revenue growth as the year proceeds,” remarked Ettinger. “We expect lower input costs to provide a tailwind for our Grocery Products and Refrigerated Foods value-added businesses next year, offsetting modestly lower pork operating margins. Strong demand for our APPLEGATE® natural and organic products will be an additional growth catalyst for the Refrigerated Foods segment. We look for Jennie-O Turkey Store to return to growth in the back half of fiscal 2016 if there are no significant recurrences of avian influenza, benefitting from strong demand for branded JENNIE-O® products and low grain costs. Specialty Foods should deliver increases through the growth of its MUSCLE MILK® protein nutrition products, and we expect International to achieve year-over-year improved results through the expansion of our business in China along with increased sales of our SPAM® and SKIPPY® family of products. Taking these factors into account, we are setting our fiscal 2016 earnings guidance range at $2.85 to $2.95 per share.”

DIVIDENDS

Effective November 16, 2015, the company paid its 349th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $1.00.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Access is available at www.hormelfoods.com. The call will also be available via telephone by dialing 888-329-8893 and providing the access code 6355504. An audio replay is available by calling 888-329-8893 and entering access code 6355504. The audio replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, through 11:30 a.m. CT on December 8, 2015. The webcast replay will be available at 11:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, and will remain on our website for one year.

1 COMPARISON OF U.S. GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASUREMENTS

The non-GAAP adjusted financial measurements are presented to provide investors additional information to facilitate the comparison of past and present operations. The non-GAAP adjusted financial measurements are used for internal purposes to evaluate the results of operations and to measure a component of certain employee incentive plans in fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP measurements are not intended to be a substitute for U.S. GAAP measurements in analyzing financial performance. These non-GAAP measurements are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

2 ADJUSTED FINANCIAL MEASURES

Adjusted segment operating profit, net earnings, and diluted net earnings per share exclude charges relating to the closure of the Stockton, California, manufacturing facility and the exit from international joint venture businesses in the first quarter, and charges relating to the goodwill impairment charge associated with the Diamond Crystal Brands business and an adjustment to the contingent consideration accrual for CytoSport in the fourth quarter. The tables below show the calculations to reconcile from the non-GAAP adjusted measures to the GAAP measures in both the fourth quarter and full year.

 

Fourth Quarter

(In thousands, except per share amounts)         2015 Non-     Diamond     CytoSport    
GAAP Crystal Contingent
2014 Adjusted Brands Consideration 2015 GAAP

 Earnings 

Earnings Impairment Adjustment Earnings
Grocery Products $50,051 $78,772 $78,772
Refrigerated Foods 87,296 111,287 111,287
Jennie-O Turkey Store 95,253 73,227 73,227
Specialty Foods 13,747 35,015 $(21,537) $8,870 22,348
International & Other 22,629 23,300     23,300
Total segment operating profit $268,976 $321,601 $(21,537) $8,870 $308,934
General corporate expense (6,192) (16,649) (16,649)
Net interest & investment expense (2,626) (3,341)     (3,341)
Earnings before income taxes $260,158 $301,611 $(21,537) $8,870 $288,944
Income taxes (88,894) (101,713)     (101,713)
Net earnings attributable to Hormel Foods Corporation $171,264 $199,898 $(21,537) $8,870 $187,231
 
Diluted net earnings per share $0.63 $0.74 $(0.08) $0.03 $0.69
 
 

Full Year

(In thousands, except per share amounts)         2015 Non-             Diamond     CytoSport    
GAAP Stockton

International

Crystal Contingent
2014 Adjusted Plant

Business

Brands Consideration 2015 GAAP

 Earnings 

Earnings Closure

Exit

Impairment Adjustment Earnings
Grocery Products $195,064 $239,108 $(10,526) $228,582
Refrigerated Foods 338,020 424,968 424,968
Jennie-O Turkey Store 272,362 276,217 276,217
Specialty Foods 71,514 105,925 $(21,537) $8,870 93,258
International & Other 84,745 87,864   $(9,546)     78,318
Total segment operating profit 961,705 1,134,082 (10,526) (9,546) (21,537) 8,870 1,101,343
General corporate expense

(33,434)

(35,199) (35,199)
Net interest & investment expense

(9,468)

(10,177)         (10,177)
Earnings before income taxes

918,803

1,088,706 (10,526) (9,546) (21,537) 8,870 1,055,967
Income taxes (316,126) (374,334) 3,685 770     (369,879)
Net earnings attributable to Hormel Foods Corporation $602,677 $714,372 $(6,841) $(8,776) $(21,537) $8,870 $686,088
 
Diluted net earnings per share*

$2.23

$2.64

$(0.03)

$(0.03)

$(0.08)

$0.03

$2.54

 

*Earnings per share does not sum across due to rounding

 

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 (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats for 2015, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods was also recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, on the 2015 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2015 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. 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 34-40 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 26, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on September 4, 2015, and can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”

 

Segment Data

Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)

 
   

FOURTH QUARTER – 13 WEEKS ENDED

       

NET SALES

October 25, 2015 October 26, 2014

 % Change 

Grocery Products $ 422,570 $ 405,166 4.3
Refrigerated Foods 1,149,496 1,211,890 (5.1 )
Jennie-O Turkey Store 420,312 509,980 (17.6 )
Specialty Foods 269,887 277,559 (2.8 )
International & Other   138,593   139,176 (0.4 )
Total $ 2,400,858 $ 2,543,771 (5.6 )
 

OPERATING PROFIT

Grocery Products $ 78,772 $ 50,051 57.4
Refrigerated Foods 111,287 87,296 27.5
Jennie-O Turkey Store 73,227 95,253 (23.1 )
Specialty Foods 22,348 13,747 62.6
International & Other   23,300   22,629 3.0  
Total segment operating profit 308,934 268,976 14.9
Net interest and investment expense (income) 3,341 2,626 27.2
General corporate expense 16,649 6,192 168.9
Noncontrolling interest   212   584 (63.7 )
Earnings before income taxes $ 289,156 $ 260,742 10.9  
 

YEAR TO DATE – 52 WEEKS ENDED

 

NET SALES

October 25, 2015 October 26, 2014

 % Change 

Grocery Products $ 1,617,680 $ 1,558,265 3.8
Refrigerated Foods 4,372,347 4,644,179 (5.9 )
Jennie-O Turkey Store 1,635,776 1,672,452 (2.2 )
Specialty Foods 1,103,359 907,120 21.6
International & Other   534,701   534,240 0.1  
Total $ 9,263,863 $ 9,316,256 (0.6 )
 

OPERATING PROFIT

Grocery Products $ 228,582 $ 195,064 17.2
Refrigerated Foods 424,968 338,020 25.7
Jennie-O Turkey Store 276,217 272,362 1.4
Specialty Foods 93,258 71,514 30.4
International & Other   78,318   84,745 (7.6 )
Total segment operating profit 1,101,343 961,705 14.5
Net interest and investment expense (income) 10,177 9,468 7.5
General corporate expense 35,199 33,434 5.3
Noncontrolling interest   1,176   3,349 (64.9 )
Earnings before income taxes $ 1,057,143 $ 922,152 14.6  
 
 
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share amounts)
           

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Fifty-Two Weeks Ended

October 25,
2015

October 26,
2014

October 25,
2015

   

October 26,
2014

 
Net sales $ 2,400,858 $ 2,543,771 $ 9,263,863 $ 9,316,256
 
Cost of products sold   1,905,828     2,120,187     7,455,282     7,751,273  
 
GROSS PROFIT 495,030 423,584 1,808,581 1,564,983
 
Selling, general and administrative 188,952 165,939 743,611 650,948
Goodwill impairment charge 21,537 - 21,537 -
Equity in earnings of affiliates   7,957     5,723     23,887     17,585  
 
OPERATING INCOME 292,498 263,368 1,067,320 931,620
 
Other income & expenses:
Interest & investment income 479 766 2,934 3,236
Interest expense   (3,821 )   (3,392 )   (13,111 )   (12,704 )
 
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES 289,156 260,742 1,057,143 922,152
 
Provision for income taxes 101,713 88,894 369,879 316,126
(effective tax rate)   35.18 %   34.09 %   34.99 %   34.28 %
 
NET EARNINGS 187,443 171,848 687,264 606,026

Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

212

   

584

   

1,176

   

3,349

 

NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION

$

187,231

 

$

171,264

 

$

686,088

 

$

602,677

 
 
NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.71   $ 0.65   $ 2.60   $ 2.28  
Diluted $ 0.69   $ 0.63   $ 2.54   $ 2.23  
 
WEIGHTED AVG. SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 264,324 263,588 264,072 263,812
Diluted 270,896 269,828 270,501 270,216
 
DIVIDENDS DECLARED
PER SHARE $ 0.25   $ 0.20   $ 1.00   $ 0.80  
 
 
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(In thousands)
 
    October 25, 2015     October 26, 2014
(Unaudited)

ASSETS

 
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 347,239 $ 334,174
Accounts receivable 605,689 609,526
Inventories 993,265 1,054,552
Income taxes receivable 6,132 25,678
Deferred income taxes 86,902 86,853
Prepaid expenses 14,383 15,250
Other current assets   9,422   6,738
 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 2,063,032 2,132,771
 
INTANGIBLES 2,526,703 1,781,296
 
OTHER ASSETS 538,357 539,785
 
PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT, NET   1,011,739   1,001,767
 
TOTAL ASSETS $ 6,139,831 $ 5,455,619
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT

 
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Short-term debt $ 185,000 $ -
Current liabilities excluding debt   1,029,025   954,692
 

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

1,214,025

954,692

 
LONG-TERM DEBT – LESS CURRENT MATURITIES 250,000 250,000
 
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 674,413 638,871
 
SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT   4,001,393   3,612,056
 
TOTAL LIAB. & SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT $ 6,139,831 $ 5,455,619
 
 
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited) (In thousands)
   
Fifty-Two Weeks Ended

October 25,
2015

   

October 26,
2014

 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net earnings $ 687,264 $ 606,026
Depreciation and amortization of intangibles 133,434 130,044
Goodwill impairment charge 21,537 -
Decrease in working capital 131,095 9,124
Other   18,662     1,685  
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES 991,992 746,879
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Acquisitions of businesses/intangibles (770,587 ) (466,204 )
Net purchases of property/equipment (125,562 ) (148,853 )
Decrease in investments, equity in affiliates, and other assets   (4,798 )   (1,718 )
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (900,947 ) (616,775 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Net proceeds from short-term debt 185,000 -
Dividends paid on common stock (250,834 ) (203,156 )
Share repurchase (24,928 ) (58,937 )
Other   20,135     32,723  
NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES (70,627 ) (229,370 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (7,353 )   (574 )
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 13,065 (99,840 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   334,174     434,014  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR $ 347,239   $ 334,174  
 

Hormel Foods Corporation
Investor Contact:
Jana Haynes, 507-437-5248
jlhaynes@hormel.com
or
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