ORRVILLE, Ohio, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2006.
Fourth Quarter Results 2006 2005 % Change (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $501.7 $491.5 +2% Income from continuing operations $35.7 $26.8 +33% EPS from continuing operations $0.62 $0.45 +38%
Sales in each of the Company's strategic business areas increased over the prior year, with the exception of Canada, which was down slightly as a result of a planned sales rationalization. Excluding the U.S. industrial business, which has been divested, sales were up 4 percent for the quarter, led by growth in the Smucker's(R), Jif(R), and Pillsbury(R) brands.
The increase in income from continuing operations for the quarter was driven by sales growth, improved profitability in the Uncrustables(R) business, and decreases in merger and integration and restructuring charges. In addition, during the quarter the Company reduced its effective tax rate for the year from 35.5 percent to 33.5 percent, resulting in a favorable adjustment to income taxes in the fourth quarter. The lower rate results from the Company's realignment of its legal entity structure, coupled with recent state tax law and rate changes.
"For the fourth quarter and the year, we delivered record results while making investments in future growth despite a difficult cost environment," said Tim Smucker, chairman and co-chief executive officer. "As we look forward, we are confident in our strategy and in the fundamentals of the business."
"We recognize the dedicated efforts of our employees," added Richard Smucker, president and co-chief executive officer. "During the year, we revamped our supply chain to better meet the needs of our customers and consumers, and executed on many other initiatives in support of our strategy for long-term growth of the brands. The support of our employees will enable us to continue to generate strong performance in the years to come."
Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2006 included pretax merger and integration costs of $3.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $0.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2005 included pretax merger and integration costs of $6.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $5.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's earnings per diluted share would have been $0.68 and $0.58, in the fourth quarter of 2006 and 2005, respectively, an increase of 17 percent.
Full Year Results 2006 2005 % Change (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $2,154.7 $2,043.9 +5% Income from continuing operations $143.4 $130.5 +10% EPS from continuing operations $2.45 $2.26 +8%
Since the acquisition of Multifoods closed midway through the first quarter of last year, an additional six weeks of Multifoods' sales were realized in this year's results. Excluding the additional six weeks and the U.S. industrial business, sales for 2006 were up 3 percent compared to last year.
Income from continuing operations for 2006 included pretax merger and integration costs of $17.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $10.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Also included in income from continuing operations for the year was a pretax gain of $5.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the sale of the Company's Salinas, California, facility. Income from continuing operations for the full year of 2005 included pretax merger and integration costs of $18.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $13.3 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's earnings per diluted share would have been $2.77 and $2.60, for the full years of 2006 and 2005, respectively.
The Company uses earnings and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs, as key performance measures 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 and full year is included in the "Financial Highlights" table.
Margins Fourth Quarter Full Year 2006 2005 2006 2005 Gross margin 32.1% 30.6% 32.2% 32.2% SD&A % of sales 20.8% 19.4% 20.3% 20.0% Operating margin 10.8% 9.0% 10.6% 10.8%
The improvement in the fourth quarter operating margin was due to an increase in gross margin and an overall decrease in restructuring and merger and integration costs compared to last year. The increase in gross margin was caused by a decrease in trade merchandise expenses as a percent of sales and a reduction of costs at certain manufacturing and processing locations, partially offset by higher freight costs versus a year ago and generally higher raw material costs. SD&A expenses increased as a percent of sales during the fourth quarter as marketing expenses increased over the fourth quarter of last year. Distribution costs also were higher compared to the same period last year.
For the full year, the slight decrease in operating margin was due primarily to costs associated with the implementation of the new distribution network. Despite higher commodity and freight costs, gross margins were maintained by realizing cost synergies associated with the Multifoods acquisition, efficiencies at certain manufacturing sites, and the impact of the trade merchandising adjustment in the second quarter. Total restructuring and merger and integration costs were down from last year, which positively impacted operating margin by nearly 20 basis points. Excluding the restructuring and merger and integration costs, operating margins would have been 11.6 percent and 11.3 percent for the fourth quarter of 2006 and 2005, and 11.9 percent and 12.3 percent for the full year of 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Segment Performance Sales (Dollars in millions) Fourth Quarter Full Year 2006 2005 % Change 2006 2005 % Change U.S. retail market $337.6 $325.3 +4% $1,484.9 $1,405.2 +6% Special markets $164.0 $166.2 -1% $669.9 $638.7 +5% Special markets excluding industrial $164.0 $156.5 +5% $649.0 $586.2 +11% U.S. Retail Market
During the fourth quarter of 2006, sales in the consumer strategic business area increased 4 percent over the fourth quarter of last year as sales of fruit spreads, toppings, peanut butter and Uncrustables were all up. For the full year of 2006, sales in the consumer strategic business area were up 6 percent compared to last year.
In the consumer oils and baking strategic business area, sales for the quarter were also up 4 percent, as growth in the Pillsbury and Martha White(R) brands more than offset declines in the oils business. Sales in the consumer oils and baking strategic business area for the full year were up 5 percent compared to last year.
Excluding the additional six weeks contribution from Multifoods, sales in the U.S. retail market segment increased 3 percent in the full year of 2006 as compared to last year.
Sales in the fourth quarter for the special markets segment, excluding the industrial business, increased 5 percent. Key growth contributors for the quarter included the beverage strategic business area, up 14 percent, and the foodservice strategic business area, up 4 percent. In Canada, sales were down 2 percent, as increases in the retail spreads business and the impact of favorable exchange rates did not fully offset declines in baking and the planned rationalization of certain unprofitable businesses. Excluding the additional six weeks contribution from Multifoods and the U.S. industrial business, sales in the special markets segment increased 4 percent in the full year of 2006 as compared to last year.
During the fourth quarter, the Company purchased an additional 1.29 million shares for $51.6 million in cash. At its April meeting, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a 2 million share increase to its share repurchase plan, leaving a total of approximately 2.7 million shares available for future repurchase.
The Company confirmed its long-term sales growth goal of 8 percent, one-half of which is to come from its core business and new products, and the remainder from acquisitions. Long-term earnings per share growth would be in line with sales growth. The Company recognizes that acquisitions may not occur each year, but, over time, acquisitions have contributed to growth rates consistent with the Company's strategic objective.
The Company will conduct an earnings conference call and webcast on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at 8:30 a.m. E.T. The webcast, as well as a replay in downloadable MP3 format, 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 dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering replay pass code 4543307. The audio replay will be available until Tuesday, June 27, 2006.
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 109 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 approximately 3,500 employees worldwide and distributes products in more than 45 countries.
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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 strength of commodity markets from which raw materials are procured and the related impact on costs, volatility of energy and fuel costs, the success in introducing new products and the competitive response, particularly in the consumer oils and baking area, 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, 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 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income Three Months Ended April 30, Year Ended April 30, 2006 2005 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $501,678 $491,454 $2,154,726 $2,043,877 Cost of products sold 339,418 340,616 1,459,611 1,383,995 Cost of products sold - restructuring 1,398 689 2,263 2,466 Gross Profit 160,862 150,149 692,852 657,416 Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 104,198 95,270 438,457 407,839 Other restructuring costs (526) 4,496 7,722 10,854 Merger and integration costs 3,150 6,069 17,934 17,954 Operating Income 54,040 44,314 228,739 220,769 Interest income 1,772 2,254 6,630 4,683 Interest expense (5,910) (6,196) (24,026) (22,555) Other income (expense)- net (2,042) 1,232 4,227 1,717 Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes 47,860 41,604 215,570 204,614 Income taxes 12,159 14,818 72,216 74,154 Income from Continuing Operations 35,701 26,786 143,354 130,460 Loss on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax - (3,290) - (1,253) Discontinued operations, net of tax - (1,384) - (134) Net Income $35,701 $22,112 $143,354 $129,073 Earnings per common share: Income from continuing operations $0.63 $0.46 $2.48 $2.29 Discontinued operations - (0.08) - (0.03) Net income $0.63 $0.38 $2.48 $2.26 Income from continuing operations - assuming dilution $0.62 $0.45 $2.45 $2.26 Discontinued operations - assuming dilution - (0.07) - (0.02) Net income - assuming dilution $0.62 $0.38 $2.45 $2.24 Dividends declared per common share $0.28 $0.27 $1.09 $1.02 Weighted-average shares outstanding 57,107,708 58,261,152 57,863,270 57,086,734 Weighted-average shares outstanding - assuming dilution 57,566,403 58,963,433 58,425,361 57,748,780 The J. M. Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets April 30, 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $71,956 $58,085 Marketable securities 14,882 17,739 Trade receivables 148,014 145,734 Inventories 297,621 284,487 Other current assets 39,022 49,806 Total Current Assets 571,495 555,851 Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net 527,735 521,101 Other Noncurrent Assets: Goodwill 940,967 951,208 Other intangible assets, net 472,915 469,758 Marketable securities 34,107 59,074 Other assets 102,525 78,902 Total Noncurrent Assets 1,550,514 1,558,942 $2,649,744 $2,635,894 LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Notes payable $28,620 $33,378 Current portion of long-term debt - 17,000 Accounts payable 88,963 105,290 Other current liabilities 117,857 152,624 Total Current Liabilities 235,440 308,292 Noncurrent Liabilities: Long-term debt, net of current portion 428,602 431,560 Other noncurrent liabilities 257,643 205,242 Total Noncurrent Liabilities 686,245 636,802 Shareholders' Equity, net 1,728,059 1,690,800 $2,649,744 $2,635,894 The J. M. Smucker Company Unaudited Summary of Quarterly Results of Operations The following is a summary of unaudited quarterly results of operations for the years ended April 30, 2006 and 2005. (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Income From Continuing Quarter Ended Net Sales Gross Profit Operations Net Income 2006 July 31, 2005 $510,331 $164,713 $29,897 $29,897 October 31, 2005 606,264 203,423 46,444 46,444 January 31, 2006 536,453 163,854 31,312 31,312 April 30, 2006 501,678 160,862 35,701 35,701 2005 July 31, 2004 $413,267 $144,188 $27,487 $32,848 October 31, 2004 588,922 188,881 40,663 38,005 January 31, 2005 550,234 174,198 35,524 36,108 April 30, 2005 491,454 150,149 26,786 22,112 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Earnings per Common Earnings per Common Share Share - Assuming Dilution Income From Income From Continuing Continuing Quarter Ended Operations Net Income Operations Net Income 2006 July 31, 2005 $0.51 $0.51 $0.51 $0.51 October 31, 2005 0.80 0.80 0.79 0.79 January 31, 2006 0.54 0.54 0.54 0.54 April 30, 2006 0.63 0.63 0.62 0.62 2005 July 31, 2004 $0.51 $0.61 $0.50 $0.60 October 31, 2004 0.70 0.65 0.69 0.65 January 31, 2005 0.61 0.62 0.60 0.61 April 30, 2005 0.46 0.38 0.45 0.38 Annual earnings per share may not equal the sum of the individual quarters due to differences in the average number of shares outstanding during the respective periods. The J. M. Smucker Company Unaudited Financial Highlights Three Months Ended Year Ended April 30, April 30, 2006 2005 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $501,678 $491,454 $2,154,726 $2,043,877 Net income and net income per common share: Net income $35,701 $22,112 $143,354 $129,073 Net income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.62 $0.38 $2.45 $2.24 Income and income per common share from continuing operations: Income $35,701 $26,786 $143,354 $130,460 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.62 $0.45 $2.45 $2.26 Income and income per common share from continuing operations before restructuring and merger and integration costs: (1) Income $38,927 $33,994 $161,920 $150,401 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.68 $0.58 $2.77 $2.60 (1) Reconciliation to income from continuing operations: Income from continuing operations before income taxes $47,860 $41,604 $215,570 $204,614 Merger and integration costs 3,150 6,069 17,934 17,954 Cost of products sold - restructuring 1,398 689 2,263 2,466 Other restructuring costs (526) 4,496 7,722 10,854 Income from continuing operations before income taxes, restructuring, and merger and integration costs 51,882 52,858 243,489 235,888 Income taxes 12,955 18,864 81,569 85,487 Income from continuing operations before restructuring and merger and integration costs $38,927 $33,994 $161,920 $150,401
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