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Hormel Foods Reports Record Third Quarter Results

August 21, 2014

AUSTIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) today reported its performance for the fiscal year 2014 third quarter. All comparisons are to the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS

Third Quarter

  • Record diluted EPS of $0.51, up 21 percent from $0.42 per share
  • Segment operating profit increased 23 percent
  • Record dollar sales of $2.3 billion, up 6 percent; volume down 1 percent
  • Grocery Products operating profit down 36 percent; volume down 3 percent; dollar sales down 3 percent
  • Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 101 percent; volume flat; dollar sales up 12 percent
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 42 percent; volume down 2 percent; dollar sales up 4 percent
  • Specialty Foods operating profit down 25 percent; volume down 9 percent; dollar sales down 10 percent
  • International & Other operating profit up 12 percent; volume up 12 percent; dollar sales up 18 percent

    The company reported record fiscal 2014 third quarter net earnings of $138.0 million, up 21 percent from net earnings of $113.6 million a year earlier. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.51, up 21 percent compared to $0.42 last year. Sales for the quarter were $2.3 billion, up 6 percent from the same period in fiscal 2013.

    COMMENTARY

    “Our team was able to achieve another quarter of record sales and earnings, with sales up 6% and earnings per share up 21% versus the same quarter a year ago,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.

    “Strong demand for pork and turkey, and increased sales of value-added products in our Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store and International & Other segments more than offset a challenging quarter for our Grocery Products and Specialty Foods segments,” commented Ettinger. “Our balanced model continues to support consistent revenue and earnings growth.”

    SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – THIRD QUARTER

    Grocery Products (16% of Net Sales, 15% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

    Grocery Products operating profit decreased 36 percent and total segment sales decreased 3 percent, as our core canned meat and microwave meal franchises were impacted by unusually high input costs and related pricing actions taken earlier this year. SKIPPY® peanut butter, HORMEL® bacon toppings and the HERDEZ® line of products within our MegaMex Foods joint venture delivered volume growth.

    Refrigerated Foods (52% of Net Sales, 40% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

    Refrigerated Foods segment profit increased 101 percent, and sales increased 12 percent. Results were driven by strong pork operating margins and growth of retail and foodservice value-added products. BLACK LABEL® bacon, HORMEL® REV® snack wraps, LLOYD’S® ribs and HORMEL® FIRE BRAISEDTM meats experienced sales growth.

    Jennie-O Turkey Store (17% of Net Sales, 29% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

    Jennie-O Turkey Store segment profit increased 42 percent this quarter and sales were up 4 percent. Increased sales of value-added products along with strong commodity turkey prices and lower feed costs more than offset lower live production performance and higher fuel expenses as the last winter flocks moved through our system this quarter. JENNIE-O® ground turkey and JENNIE-O® deli products contributed to sales growth during the quarter.

    Specialty Foods (9% of Net Sales, 8% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

    The Specialty Foods segment posted operating profits 25 percent lower than last year with a 10 percent decrease in sales. As expected, lower segment results were largely due to the July 2013 expiration of the agreement allowing Diamond Crystal Brands to sell certain sugar substitutes into foodservice trade channels.

    International & Other (6% of Net Sales, 8% of Total Segment Operating Profit)

    The International & Other segment reported profits up 12 percent and a sales increase of 18 percent. Results were driven by strong growth in our China pork foodservice sales along with the addition of SKIPPY® peanut butter in China. SPAM® luncheon meat exports were impacted by high input costs.

    OUTLOOK

    “Heading into the fourth quarter we will build on the momentum of SKIPPY® peanut butter and HORMEL® REV® snack wraps with advertising campaigns during the back-to-school season,” commented Ettinger. “We are excited to enhance our portfolio of leading brands with the addition of MUSCLE MILK® premium protein products in the high-growth sports nutrition category.”

    “We anticipate a strong finish to the year from our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment, aided by beneficial grain markets and growing value-added sales, and from our International & Other and Specialty Foods segments,” remarked Ettinger. “The impact of cost pressures in our Grocery Products segment is likely to continue in the fourth quarter, and pork operating margins are not expected to be as beneficial to Refrigerated Foods. Taking all of these factors into account, we expect to finish fiscal 2014 within our previously stated guidance range of $2.17 to $2.27 per share,” stated Ettinger.

    DIVIDENDS

    Effective August 15, 2014, the company paid its 344th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $0.80.

    CONFERENCE CALL

    A conference call will be webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Access is available at www.hormelfoods.com. The call will also be accessible via telephone by dialing 888-329-8877 and providing the access code 2700055. An audio replay is available by calling 888-203-1112 and entering access code 2700055. The audio replay will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 21, 2014, through 11:00 a.m. CT on September 4, 2014. The Webcast replay will be available at 11:00 a.m. CT, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 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 (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats for 2014, 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 sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 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 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 on pages 32 - 38 in the company’s Form 10Q for the quarter ended April 27, 2014, which can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”

     
    Segment Data

    Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)

     
       

    THIRD QUARTER – 13 WEEKS ENDED

           

    NET SALES

    July 27, 2014July 28, 2013

     % Change 

    Grocery Products $ 359,549 $ 370,297 (2.9 )
    Refrigerated Foods 1,192,624 1,068,587 11.6
    Jennie-O Turkey Store 382,647 367,125 4.2
    Specialty Foods 216,406 240,512 (10.0 )
    International & Other   133,721   113,00418.3  
    Total $2,284,947$2,159,5255.8  
     

    OPERATING PROFIT

    Grocery Products $ 33,781 $ 52,962 (36.2 )
    Refrigerated Foods 90,028 44,769 101.1
    Jennie-O Turkey Store 64,756 45,623 41.9
    Specialty Foods 17,378 23,170 (25.0 )
    International & Other   18,696   16,69212.0  
    Total segment operating profit 224,639 183,216 22.6
    Net interest and investment expense (income) 1,522 3,577 (57.5 )
    General corporate expense 11,174 2,833 294.4
    Noncontrolling interest   1,039   270284.8  
    Earnings before income taxes $212,982$177,07620.3  
     

    YEAR TO DATE – 39 WEEKS ENDED

     

    NET SALES

    July 27, 2014July 28, 2013

     % Change 

    Grocery Products $ 1,153,099 $ 1,097,942 5.0
    Refrigerated Foods 3,432,289 3,143,358 9.2
    Jennie-O Turkey Store 1,162,472 1,142,198 1.8
    Specialty Foods 629,561 720,048 (12.6 )
    International & Other   395,064   324,90621.6  
    Total $6,772,485$6,428,4525.4  
     

    OPERATING PROFIT

    Grocery Products $ 145,013 $ 150,170 (3.4 )
    Refrigerated Foods 250,724 153,239 63.6
    Jennie-O Turkey Store 177,109 156,567 13.1
    Specialty Foods 57,767 72,898 (20.8 )
    International & Other   62,116   49,42125.7  
    Total segment operating profit 692,729 582,295 19.0
    Net interest and investment expense (income) 6,842 6,887 (0.7 )
    General corporate expense 27,242 19,228 41.7
    Noncontrolling interest   2,765   2,7201.7  
    Earnings before income taxes $661,410$558,90018.3  
     
     
    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
    (in thousands, except per share amounts)
               

    Thirteen Weeks Ended

    Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

    July 27, 2014July 28, 2013July 27, 2014     July 28, 2013
     
    Net sales $ 2,284,947 $ 2,159,525 $ 6,772,485 $ 6,428,452
     
    Cost of products sold   1,920,948     1,829,219     5,631,086     5,401,152  
     
    GROSS PROFIT: 363,999 330,306 1,141,399 1,027,300
     
    Selling, general and administrative 153,035 150,999 485,009 479,896
     
    Equity in earnings of affiliates   3,540     1,346     11,862     18,383  
     
    OPERATING INCOME: 214,504 180,653 668,252 565,787
     
    Other income & expenses:
    Interest & investment income (expense) 1,603 (455 ) 2,470 2,471
    Interest expense   (3,125)   (3,122)   (9,312)   (9,358)
     
    EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES: 212,982 177,076 661,410 558,900
     
    Provision for income taxes 73,968 63,171 227,232 187,309
    (effective tax rate)   34.73%   35.67%   34.36%   33.51%
     
    NET EARNINGS139,014113,905434,178371,591

    Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

     

    1,039

       

    270

       

    2,765

       

    2,720

     

    NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION

    $

    137,975

     

    $

    113,635

     

    $

    431,413

     

    $

    368,871

     
     
    NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
    Basic$.52   $.43   $1.63   $1.39  
    Diluted$.51   $.42   $1.60   $1.37  
     
    WEIGHTED AVG SHARES O/S
    Basic 263,983 264,605 263,887 264,472
    Diluted 270,400 270,769 270,345 270,230
     

    DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER SHARE

    $.20   $.17   $.60   $.51  
     
     
    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
    (in thousands)
           
    July 27, 2014October 27, 2013

    ASSETS

     
    CURRENT ASSETS
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 530,977 $ 434,014
    Accounts receivable 536,505 551,500
    Inventories 1,076,892 967,977
    Income taxes receivable 6,622 -
    Deferred income taxes 71,741 73,543
    Prepaid expenses 13,140 13,000
    Other current assets   9,164   7,379
     
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 2,245,041 2,047,413
     
    INTANGIBLES 1,336,293 1,312,565
     
    OTHER ASSETS 628,949 600,569
     
    PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT, NET   978,150   955,333
     
    TOTAL ASSETS $5,188,433$4,915,880
     
     

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT

     
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES $ 785,099 $ 784,009
     
    LONG-TERM DEBT – LESS CURRENT MATURITIES 250,000 250,000
     
    OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 573,754 565,292
     
    SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT   3,579,580   3,316,579
     
    TOTAL LIAB. & SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT $5,188,433$4,915,880
     
     
    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
       

    Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

    July 27, 2014     July 28, 2013
    (in thousands)
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Net earnings $ 434,178 $ 371,591
    Depreciation and amortization of intangibles 97,134 92,986
    Increase in working capital (138,370 ) (41,711 )
    Other   1,424     5,983  
    NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES 394,366 428,849
     
    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Net sale of securities - 77,558
    Acquisitions of businesses/intangibles (41,876 ) (665,415 )
    Net purchases of property / equipment (103,259 ) (62,212 )
    Decrease (increase) in investments, equity in affiliates, and other assets   905     (4,810)
    NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (144,230 ) (654,879 )
     
    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Dividends paid on common stock (150,360 ) (129,426 )
    Share repurchase (28,068 ) (45,668 )
    Other   26,310     48,198  
    NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES (152,118 ) (126,896 )
    EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH   (1,055)   34  
    INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 96,963 (352,892 )
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   434,014     682,388  
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF QUARTER$530,977   $329,496  
     





    Hormel Foods Corporation

    Investor Contact:

    Jana Haynes, 507-437-5248

    jlhaynes@hormel.com

    or

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    media@hormel.com

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