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Flowers Foods Announces Third Quarter Results; Updates Guidance
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 8, 2012 05:00 PM
THOMASVILLE, Ga., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) today reported results for its 12 and 40 weeks ended October 6, 2012. Sales were $717.3 million compared with $675.4 million for the third quarter of 2011. Net income was $31.2 million, or $0.22 per share-diluted, compared with $31.0 million, or $0.23 per share-diluted, in last year's third quarter. Adjusted for one-time acquisition-related costs, earnings per share were $0.25 for the quarter.
George E. Deese, Flowers Foods' chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We delivered solid sales growth in the quarter in spite of a highly competitive marketplace and continued economic pressure on consumers. Margins were impacted by higher promotional activity and soft volumes. However, the Lepage acquisition contributed nicely to our sales increase. We also achieved positive price/mix that is encouraging. Nature's Own again drove our internal growth, helping to offset lower sales of white breads, buns, and rolls.
"The integration of Lepage is going well with sales and earnings in line with our expectations. We are introducing Nature's Own and Tastykake in the Lepage market during the fourth quarter and are pleased with trade customers' reaction to those brands as an add-on to Lepage's product offerings. The recently announced acquisition of trademark licenses for the Sara Lee and Earthgrains brands in California strengthens our position and gives us a growth platform in that high population market for years to come. When the transaction is completed, our fresh baked foods will be available to more than 75% of the U.S. population, which puts us ahead of our previously announced goal.
"In the fourth quarter, we have begun taking pricing to offset higher input costs for 2013 and we also are reducing the frequency and depth of our promotions. We are confident in our team's ability to continue driving growth as we leverage the power of our Nature's Own and Tastykake brands while successfully integrating two highly strategic acquisitions into Flowers Foods."
Third Quarter 2012 Results
Net income for the quarter was $31.2 million compared to $31.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. For the quarter, diluted earnings per share were $0.22, down 4.3% as compared to $0.23 in last year's third quarter. During the third quarter this year, we incurred one-time acquisition-related costs of $4.0 million, net of tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, and in last year's third quarter, we incurred one-time costs related to the Tasty acquisition of $0.5 million, net of tax, but this had no effect on earnings per diluted share.
Gross margin as a percentage of sales for the quarter was 46.7%, up 80 basis points from 45.9% in the third quarter of 2011. This increase was due primarily to gross margin contributed by Lepage. Higher sales and improved manufacturing efficiencies also contributed to the increase. Gross margin in the quarter was negatively impacted by higher promotions.
Selling, distribution, and administrative costs as a percent of sales for the quarter were 35.9%, up 50 basis points from 35.4% of sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Increases in acquisition-related and workforce-related costs were the main drivers of the increase. The one-time acquisition-related costs were $5.1 million, or 70 basis points as a percent of sales during the third quarter this year and $0.7 million, or 10 basis points as a percent of sales in last year's third quarter.
Depreciation and amortization expenses for the quarter remained relatively stable as a percent of sales compared to last year's third quarter. We incurred net interest expense during the quarter due to the issuance in the second quarter of this year of $400.0 million of 4.375% senior notes due 2022, with the majority of the proceeds from the notes used for the Lepage transaction. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 36.4% as compared to 35.4% in last year's third quarter. This increase was primarily due to certain temporary differences that reduced the Section 199 deduction and certain non-deductible, acquisition-related costs.
Operating income, defined as earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), for the third quarter was $52.7 million, or 7.3% of sales as compared to $47.8 million, or 7.1% of sales in last year's third quarter. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) for the third quarter was $77.4 million, or 10.8% of sales compared to $70.6 million, or 10.5% of sales for the third quarter of 2011. One-time acquisition-related costs negatively affected EBIT and EBITDA by $5.1 million, or 70 basis points as a percent of sales in this year's third quarter and by $0.7 million, or 10 basis points as a percent of sales in last year's third quarter.
Operating income for the DSD segment was $58.6 million, or 9.9% of sales for the third quarter compared to $47.0 million, or 8.5% of sales in last year's third quarter. This increase was attributable to the Lepage acquisition, lower ingredient costs, and improved manufacturing efficiencies.
Warehouse (17% of sales): Sales through warehouse delivery increased 2.8%, reflecting positive price/mix of 9.4%, partially offset by volume decreases of 6.6%. The positive price/mix was primarily attributable to the contract manufacturing category in the non-retail channel. The volume decrease was the result of declines in store brand cake and contract manufacturing, partially offset by increased foodservice volume.
Operating income for the warehouse segment was $7.6 million, or 6.1% of sales for the third quarter compared to $7.3 million, or 6.0% of sales in last year's third quarter.
Outlook for 2012
Acquisition of Sara Lee and Earthgrains trademarks for California and Oklahoma City
About Flowers Foods
Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those projected. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this release and that may affect the company's prospects in general include, but are not limited to, (a) competitive conditions in the baked foods industry, including promotional and price competition, (b) changes in consumer demand for our products, (c) the success of productivity improvements and new product introductions, (d) a significant reduction in business with any of our major customers including a reduction from adverse developments in any of our customer's business, (e) fluctuations in commodity pricing, (f) our ability to fully integrate recent acquisitions into our business, and (g) our ability to achieve cash flow from capital expenditures and acquisitions and the availability of new acquisitions that build shareholder value. In addition, our results may also be affected by general factors such as economic and business conditions (including the baked foods markets), interest and inflation rates and such other factors as are described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The company prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). However, from time to time, the company may present in its public statements, press releases and SEC filings, non-GAAP financial measures such as, EBITDA and gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization to measure the performance of the company and its operating divisions. EBITDA is used as the primary performance measure in the company's Annual Executive Bonus Plan. The company defines EBITDA as earnings from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and income attributable to non-controlling interest. The company believes that EBITDA is a useful tool for managing the operations of its business and is an indicator of the company's ability to incur and service indebtedness and generate free cash flow. Furthermore, pursuant to the terms of our credit facility, EBITDA is used to determine the company's compliance with certain financial covenants. The company also believes that EBITDA measures are commonly reported and widely used by investors and other interested parties as measures of a company's operating performance and debt servicing ability because EBITDA measures assist in comparing performance on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation or amortization, which can vary significantly depending upon accounting methods and non-operating factors (such as historical cost). EBITDA is also a widely-accepted financial indicator of a company's ability to incur and service indebtedness. Adjusted EBITDA excludes additional costs that we consider important to present to investors. These include, but are not limited to, the costs of closing a plant or costs associated with merger-related activities. We believe that financial information excluding certain transactions not considered to be part of the ongoing business improves the comparability of earnings results. We believe investors will be able to better understand our earnings results if these transactions are excluded from the results. These non-GAAP financial measures are measures of performance not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the Unites States and should be considered in addition to, not in lieu of, GAAP reported measures. EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to (a) income from operations or net income (loss) as a measure of operating performance; (b) cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of the company's ability to meet its cash needs; or (c) any other indicator of performance or liquidity that has been determined in accordance with GAAP. Our method of calculating EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other companies, and, accordingly, our measures of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization is used as a performance measure to provide additional transparent information regarding our results of operations on a consolidated and segment basis. Changes in depreciation and amortization are separately discussed and include depreciation and amortization for materials, supplies, labor and other production costs and operating activities. Presentation of gross margin includes depreciation and amortization in the materials, supplies, labor and other production costs according to GAAP. Our method of presenting gross margin excludes the depreciation and amortization components, as discussed above. This presentation may differ from the methods used by other companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. The reconciliations attached provide a reconciliation of our net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to cash flow from operations, a reconciliation of our gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization to GAAP gross margin and a reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share.
SOURCE Flowers Foods, Inc.
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