Income from Continuing Operations Up Nine Percent Sales Up 23 Percent Company Confirms its Fiscal Year 2006 Outlook
ORRVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) today announced results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2005, of its 2006 fiscal year.
First Quarter Results
Company sales were a record $510.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2006, up 23 percent, compared to $413.3 million in the first quarter of 2005. The acquired Multifoods businesses contributed $154.3 million to sales in the first quarter of 2006, compared to $75.5 million last year. Since the acquisition of Multifoods closed midway through the first quarter of last year, an additional six weeks of Multifoods' sales, totaling approximately $78.8 million, were realized in this year's first quarter. Excluding the additional six weeks, sales were up four percent, in line with the Company's previously stated growth goals.
Income from continuing operations was $29.9 million, an increase of nine percent over $27.5 million in last year's first quarter. Sales growth was mostly offset by increased marketing costs in support of the brands, costs associated with establishing the Company's new distribution network, an increase in net interest expense, and compensation expense related to the Company's new restricted stock program. Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2006 were $0.51, compared to $0.50 last year, impacted by the additional shares issued as part of the Multifoods transaction.
Income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2006 included pretax merger and integration costs of $2.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2005 included pretax merger and integration costs of $2.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $3.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's income from continuing operations was up six percent. Due to the additional shares issued as part of the Multifoods transaction, earnings per diluted share were $0.56 and $0.57, in the first quarters of 2006 and 2005, respectively.
"Our Smucker's(R), Jif(R), Crisco(R), and Pillsbury(R) brands continue to experience considerable momentum," said Tim Smucker, chairman and co-chief executive officer. "During the quarter, we made significant investments in new products and in support of the brands, along with our supply chain initiatives. Income from continuing operations grew nine percent for the quarter, as the performance of the brands offset these investments. We are well-positioned for continuing top and bottom line growth."
"We are excited about the many new products we are introducing in the upcoming quarter and expect them to enhance our growth prospects," commented Richard Smucker, president and co-chief executive officer. "With the solid sales growth, new products and significant marketing support, our brands are well-positioned for strong performance. We remain committed to our outlook for the year of growing our earnings per share by our long-term annualized growth rate of eight percent."
Net income for the first quarter of 2006 was $29.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share. Last year's first quarter net income was comprised of income from continuing operations of $27.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, and earnings from discontinued operations, primarily representing the one-time, nonrecurring gain on the Company's sale of its Henry Jones Foods business, of $5.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for a total of $32.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share. The operations of the Australian-based Henry Jones Foods business, the Brazilian operations, Smucker do Brasil Ltda., and the Multifoods' U.S. foodservice and bakery products business, all sold during last year, are included in discontinued operations in 2005.
The Company uses earnings from continuing operations, excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs, as a key performance measure of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. These non-GAAP measurements are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Rather, management believes the presentation of results excluding such charges offers additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of past and present operations and provides a more comprehensive understanding of the financial results. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to earnings from continuing operations for the current quarter is included in the "Financial Highlights" table.
Gross margin was 32.3 percent in the first quarter, compared to 34.9 percent last year, primarily due to higher commodity costs and the impact of the incremental Multifoods businesses, which currently earn a lower margin than the Company's base business. In addition, as part of the sale of its industrial business last fiscal year, the Company agreed to continue to supply the purchaser with certain industrial products through August 2005. Sales of these products are recognized on a cost-plus basis, and will continue to have a negative impact on gross margins through August.
SD&A expenses as a percentage of sales declined from 22.0 percent in the first quarter of 2005 to 21.7 percent in the current quarter, despite a planned increase in marketing expenses, which were up 15 percent over last year. Also included in the quarter's SD&A expenses were non-cash charges of approximately $2.4 million representing amortization expense associated with the Company's new restricted stock program, and $1.2 million in accelerated depreciation of certain discontinued software. Finally, distribution costs were also up during the quarter, as the Company implemented its new distribution network.
Interest expense increased from $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2005 to $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2006, as a result of additional debt associated with the acquisition of Multifoods, which was outstanding for the full quarter. Interest income also increased due to higher average investment balances and an increase in interest rates.
The Company's first quarter earnings benefited from a decrease in the effective tax rate from 36.6 percent in 2005 to 34.4 percent this quarter. The Company expects a tax rate for the full year of approximately 35.5 percent.
U.S. Retail Market
Sales in the U.S. retail market segment for the first quarter of 2006 were $341.7 million, compared to $288.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, an increase of 19 percent. Sales for the brands acquired in the Multifoods acquisition in the first six weeks of the quarter accounted for approximately three-fourths of the segment's increase over the prior year. Excluding these additional sales, the segment was up five percent for the quarter.
During the first quarter of 2006, sales in the consumer area increased 11 percent over the first quarter of last year, driven by the addition of Hungry Jack(R), growth in the Smucker's and Jif brands, and continued growth of Uncrustables(R) in the retail channel. In the consumer oils and baking area, sales increased 35 percent in the first quarter of 2006 compared to 2005, due to the additional six weeks of sales of the Pillsbury, Martha White(R), and Pet(R) brands, as well as a three percent increase in Crisco sales.
Sales in the special markets segment were $168.6 million in the first quarter of 2006, compared to $125.2 million for the first quarter of 2005. Canadian and export sales for the brands acquired in the Multifoods acquisition in the first six weeks of the quarter accounted for over 90 percent of the segment's increase over the prior year. Other key growth contributors included the beverage business, up 15 percent, and the foodservice business, up eight percent. Excluding the additional six weeks contribution from Multifoods and the U.S. industrial business, which the Company divested last year, sales in the special markets segment increased six percent in the first quarter of 2006 as compared to the first quarter of last year.
Outlook for Fiscal 2006
The Company confirmed its outlook for 2006. The Company expects revenues in 2006 of approximately $2.16 billion, an increase of six percent and remains committed to increasing its earnings per share by its long-term annualized growth goal of eight percent, which equates to an earnings growth of approximately ten percent. The additional outstanding shares for 2006 account for the difference in the growth rates. This long-term growth goal applies to continuing operations and excludes the impact of restructuring, merger and integration costs, and gains and losses on sales of assets.
The Company will conduct an earnings conference call and webcast on Monday, August 22, 2005, at 8:30 a.m. E.T. The webcast can be accessed from the Company's website at www.smuckers.com. For those unable to listen to the webcast, an audio replay will be available following the call and can be accessed by calling (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and entering replay pass code 4124704. The audio replay will be available until Monday, August 29, 2005.
About The J. M. Smucker Company
The J. M. Smucker Company (www.smuckers.com) was founded in 1897 when the Company's namesake and founder sold his first product -- apple butter -- from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, over a century later, the Company is the market leader in fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, and health and natural foods beverages in North America under such icon brands as Smucker's(R), Jif(R) and Crisco(R). The family of brands also includes Pillsbury(R) baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings; Hungry Jack(R) pancake mixes, syrups and potato side dishes; and Martha White(R) baking mixes and ingredients in the U.S., along with Robin Hood(R) flour and baking mixes and Bick's(R) pickles and condiments in Canada. For over 108 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, and has been family run for four generations. Since the 1998 inception of FORTUNE Magazine's annual survey of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, The J. M. Smucker Company has consistently been recognized as one of the top 25 companies to work for in the United States. The J. M. Smucker Company has over 3,500 employees worldwide and distributes products in more than 45 countries.
The J. M. Smucker Company Forward-Looking Language
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding estimates of future earnings and cash flows that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Uncertainties that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to, the ability to achieve the amount and timing of the estimated savings associated with the Multifoods acquisition, the timing and amount of capital expenditures and merger and integration costs, success and costs of new marketing and sales programs and strategies intended to promote growth in the Company's businesses, the ability to successfully implement price changes, particularly in the consumer oils and baking business, the Company's ability to effectively ramp up and manage capacity related to Uncrustables, the strength of commodity markets from which raw materials are procured and the related impact on costs, energy and fuel costs, and other factors affecting share prices and capital markets generally. Other risks and uncertainties that may materially affect the Company are detailed from time to time in the respective reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-Q, 10-K, and 8-K.
The J. M. Smucker Company Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited) Three Months Ended July 31, 2005 2004 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $510,331 $413,267 Cost of products sold 345,486 268,426 Cost of products sold - restructuring 132 653 Gross Profit 164,713 144,188 Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 110,624 90,826 Other restructuring costs 1,489 2,355 Merger and integration costs 2,928 2,763 Operating Income 49,672 48,244 Interest income 1,820 718 Interest expense (6,107) (4,423) Other income - net 194 (1,182) Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes 45,579 43,357 Income taxes 15,682 15,870 Income from Continuing Operations 29,897 27,487 Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax - 5,678 Discontinued operations, net of tax - (317) Net Income $29,897 $32,848 Earnings per common share: Income from continuing operations $0.51 $0.51 Discontinued operations - 0.10 Net income $0.51 $0.61 Income from continuing operations - assuming dilution $0.51 $0.50 Discontinued operations - assuming dilution - 0.10 Net income - assuming dilution $0.51 $0.60 Dividends declared per common share $0.27 $0.25 Weighted-average shares outstanding 58,279,424 53,831,281 Weighted-average shares outstanding - assuming dilution 58,920,456 54,513,281 The J. M. Smucker Company Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) July 31, 2005 April 30, 2005 (Dollars in thousands) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $47,487 $58,085 Marketable securities 20,017 17,739 Trade receivables 161,262 145,734 Inventories 344,209 284,487 Other current assets 45,840 49,806 Total Current Assets 618,815 555,851 Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net 521,964 521,101 Other Noncurrent Assets: Goodwill 948,431 951,208 Other intangible assets, net 470,481 469,758 Marketable securities 49,543 59,074 Other assets 77,325 78,902 Total Noncurrent Assets 1,545,780 1,558,942 $2,686,559 $2,635,894 LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Notes payable $34,314 $33,378 Current portion of long-term debt 17,000 17,000 Accounts payable 123,987 105,290 Other current liabilities 180,699 152,624 Total Current Liabilities 356,000 308,292 Noncurrent Liabilities: Long-term debt, net of current portion 430,821 431,560 Other noncurrent liabilities 205,575 205,242 Total Noncurrent Liabilities 636,396 636,802 Shareholders' Equity, Net 1,694,163 1,690,800 $2,686,559 $2,635,894 The J. M. Smucker Company Financial Highlights (Unaudited) Three Months Ended July 31, 2005 2004 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $510,331 $413,267 Net income and net income per common share: Net income $29,897 $32,848 Net income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.51 $0.60 Income and income per common share from continuing operations: Income $29,897 $27,487 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.51 $0.50 Income and income per common share from continuing operations before restructuring and merger and integration costs: (1) Income $32,881 $31,146 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.56 $0.57 (1) Reconciliation to income from continuing operations: Income from continuing operations before income taxes $45,579 $43,357 Merger and integration costs 2,928 2,763 Cost of products sold - restructuring 132 653 Other restructuring costs 1,489 2,355 Income from continuing operations before income taxes, restructuring, and merger and integration costs 50,128 49,128 Income taxes 17,247 17,982 Income from continuing operations before restructuring and merger and integration costs $32,881 $31,146
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