ORRVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The J. M. Smucker Company, (NYSE: SJM.A and SJM.B), announced today that sales for the third quarter ending January 31, 2000, were up approximately 7%, to $150,428,000 from $140,772,000 in the prior year third quarter. Earnings per share for the three-month period, before the impact of nonrecurring charges, were even with the same period last year at $.28 per share. Aggregate earnings for the third quarter were $7,955,000 (before nonrecurring charges), compared to $8,245,000 last year.
The Company also announced sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year were $475,888,000 compared to $446,166,000 last year, an increase of over 6.5%. Earnings for the nine-month period were up 2.4% to $28,381,000 or $.99 per share before the impact of nonrecurring charges, compared to earnings of $27,724,000 or $.95 per share for the same period last year. On a diluted basis, earnings per share before nonrecurring charges were $.98 year-to-date, compared to $.95 last year.
Overall sales growth momentum continued in the third quarter with all business areas other than industrial up in sales over the prior year. The foodservice area and international contributed the majority of the sales increase for the quarter. On a year-to-date basis, all business areas are up in sales over the same period last year.
In the foodservice area, the increase in sales was the result of volume growth in the portion control segment, the addition of Lea & Perrins products to the foodservice product line, and sales of the new Smucker's Uncrustables frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In the international segment, sales in Canada contributed significantly to the increase over the prior year. The Company's businesses in Mexico and Australia and its export business in Europe also posted solid gains. The relative weakness of the U.S. dollar against both the Australian and Canadian currencies also favorably impacted international sales in the quarter and for the year-to-date. The softness in industrial sales in the quarter was due principally to lower than anticipated orders from certain major customers.
Commenting on the results, Tim Smucker, the Company's chairman, said, "We are very pleased with the volume and earnings growth in our foodservice, international, beverage, and specialty business areas. Our new Smucker's Uncrustables product is a big hit with schools, and we expect sales of that line to continue to grow. Although consumer sales were up only modestly during the quarter, our share of market in fruit spreads hit a new high of 40%. With sales growth continuing in traditional fruit spreads and in our Smucker's Snackers line introduced last year, we expect stronger consumer results going forward. We also expect industrial sales to rebound in the fourth quarter, assisted by the contributions of our new operation in Brazil."
With respect to the earnings results, Mr. Smucker stated, "We have realized the operational savings that we identified several years ago as part of our Project Appleseed, and we are now beginning to see some of the benefits anticipated from our information technology project. The savings achieved are being offset currently by the effect of the soft third quarter sales in consumer and industrial, investments in new products, and higher selling costs. We believe, though, that our new product introductions and our ongoing cost reduction efforts will spur greater growth of both sales and earnings in the future."
During the quarter, the Company initiated the financial review of its businesses and assets that it announced last November. Although the review is not complete, the Company expects the total impact of nonrecurring charges resulting from implementation of the actions identified in the review to be no more than $20 million on a pretax basis (or less than 5% of total assets). Based on the results of the review to date, the Company has taken a charge of $4,805,000 or $.11 per share during the third quarter. The majority of the charge in the third quarter resulted from the write-off of certain capitalized costs associated with unused software acquired as part of its computer system project. The carrying costs of certain intangible assets are still being reviewed, and the Company expects any resulting write-down of those assets to be taken in the fourth quarter. Also, the former Mrs. Smith's real estate in Pottstown, Pennsylvania has been put up for sale, and the Company anticipates that it may incur a loss on that sale. The effect of the nonrecurring items on future earnings is not expected to be significant.
This release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-Q and 10-K.
The J. M. Smucker Company ( www.smucker.com ) is the nation's leading producer of branded preserves, jams, jellies, and other fruit spread products, health and natural foods beverages, ice cream toppings, and natural peanut butter.
THE J. M. SMUCKER COMPANY STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended January 31, January 31, 2000 1999 2000 1999 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $ 150,428 $ 140,772 $ 475,888 $ 446,166 Cost of products sold 95,937 91,717 308,496 291,559 Gross profit 54,491 49,055 167,392 154,607 Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 41,437 35,465 122,036 110,185 Nonrecurring charge 4,805 -- 4,805 -- Operating income 8,249 13,590 40,551 44,422 Interest income 578 370 2,056 1,433 Interest expense (1,284) (252) (2,617) (512) Other income (expense) - net 173 97 790 583 Income before income taxes 7,716 13,805 40,780 45,926 Income taxes 2,753 5,560 15,391 18,202 Net income $ 4,963 $ 8,245 $25,389 $27,724 Net Income per Common Share $ .17 $ .28 $ .88 $ .95 Net Income per Common Share - assuming dilution $ .17 $ .28 $ .88 $ .95 Dividends declared per share: Class A $ .15 $ .14 $ .45 $ .42 Class B $ .15 $ .14 $ .45 $ .42 Common Shares outstanding 28,544,401 29,071,579 28,810,677 29,047,187 Common Shares outstanding - assuming dilution 28,602,865 29,294,068 28,906,847 29,286,151 The J. M. Smucker Company CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) January 31, 2000 1999 (Dollars in thousands) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 26,054 $ 5,824 Trade receivables 55,566 49,841 Inventories 140,247 125,918 Other current assets 12,548 12,127 Total Current Assets 234,415 193,710 Property, Plant & Equipment, Net 173,339 164,113 Noncurrent Assets 80,382 76,285 Total $488,136 $434,108 LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $ 33,821 $ 33,419 Other current liabilities 34,985 64,087 Total Current Liabilities 68,806 97,506 Long Term Debt 75,000 -- Other Noncurrent Liabilities 21,898 21,186 Shareholders' Equity, Net 322,432 315,416 Total $488,136 $434,108 SOURCE The J.M. Smucker Company
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