ORRVILLE, Ohio, Nov 17, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) today announced results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2006, of its 2007 fiscal year.
Second Quarter Results Three months ended October 31, % Increase 2006 2005 (Decrease) (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $605.0 $606.3 -- Net income: Income $45.6 $46.4 (2%) Income per common share $0.80 $0.79 1%
Net sales increased 4 percent in the quarter, excluding the Canadian nonbranded, grain-based foodservice and industrial businesses sold in September 2006 and the U.S. industrial ingredient business ("divested businesses"). Growth in the Smucker's (R), Jif(R), and Crisco(R) brands as well as strong performance across the special markets segment resulted in the increase. Higher sales, in addition to a reduction in merger and integration costs, lower selling, distribution, and administrative expenses, and a decrease in shares outstanding, more than offset increases in raw material costs, and resulted in higher earnings per share for the quarter.
Results for last year's second quarter include a favorable adjustment of approximately $6.7 million to net sales and margins, and approximately $4.3 million after-tax to earnings, or $0.07 per diluted share, reflecting a change in estimate of the expected liability for trade merchandising programs ("trade merchandising adjustment").
Net income for the second quarter of 2007 included pretax restructuring charges of $2.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, while net income for the second quarter of 2006 included pretax merger and integration costs of $4.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $2.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's income per diluted share would have been $0.83 in the second quarter of 2007, and $0.86 in the second quarter of 2006, including the trade merchandising adjustment of $6.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
"Our brands experienced sales and share of market growth for the quarter as we completed a successful Back-to-School campaign, and Fall Bake is off to a good start," commented Tim Smucker, chairman and co-chief executive officer. "Consumers are responding to our brands, and new products enhance our growth prospects. Despite escalating raw material costs, we delivered earnings growth consistent with our sales growth. We expect this difficult cost environment to continue, and we remain focused on taking actions to mitigate these costs."
Six-Month Results Six months ended October 31, % Increase 2006 2005 (Decrease) (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $1,131.5 $1,116.6 1% Net income: Income $74.3 $76.3 (3%) Income per common share $1.30 $1.30 --
Net sales were up 4 percent for the first six months of fiscal 2007 over 2006 after excluding divested businesses.
Net income for the first six months of 2007 included pretax restructuring charges of $10.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, primarily related to the divestiture of the grain-based Canadian operations. Net income for the comparable period in 2006 included pretax merger and integration costs of $7.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, and restructuring charges of $3.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's income per diluted share would have been $1.42 in the first six months of both years. The trade merchandising adjustment of $6.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, was included in the first six months of 2006.
The Company uses income and income per diluted share, excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs, as key performance measures of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Rather, the presentation of results excluding such charges is consistent with the way management internally evaluates its businesses, facilitates the comparison of past and present operations, and provides a more comprehensive understanding of the financial results. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to net income for the current quarter and six-month period is included in the "Financial Highlights" table.
Margins Three months ended Six months ended October 31, October 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 (% of net sales) Gross profit 31.6% 33.6% 30.9% 33.0% Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 19.2% 19.8% 19.8% 20.7% Operating profit 12.3% 12.8% 10.9% 11.4%
The favorable impact of the trade merchandising adjustment included in the prior year, and the increase in restructuring costs in the current quarter compared to last year, accounted for over one-half of the decline in gross margin. The remaining decline this quarter was primarily due to higher manufacturing expense and increased raw material costs, primarily soybean oil, wheat, and certain fruits. Freight related costs were also up over the prior year. The Company continues to take pricing actions to offset a portion of the increased input costs. Due to the timing of these pricing actions, current cost increases have not been fully offset.
Selling, distribution, and administrative ("SD&A") expenses decreased 3 percent during the second quarter, and declined from 19.8 percent of net sales to 19.2 percent, primarily due to lower marketing and distribution expenses, compared to the same period last year. Also during the quarter, the Company sold its Farmhouse(R) brand of rice and pasta side dishes, which was acquired as part of the International Multifoods acquisition. The divestiture resulted in a write off of intangible assets of approximately $1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, which was charged to amortization expense and included in SD&A.
Segment Performance Three months ended Six months ended Net sales October 31, October 31, % Increase % Increase 2006 2005 (Decrease) 2006 2005 (Decrease) (Dollars in millions) U.S. retail market $434.4 $429.8 1% $787.8 $771.5 2% Special markets $170.5 $176.5 (3%) $343.7 $345.1 -- Special markets excluding divested businesses $142.4 $127.2 12% $265.4 $240.0 11% U.S. Retail Market
U.S. retail market segment sales for the quarter were up 3 percent, excluding the trade merchandising adjustment, with the sales in the consumer strategic business area up 5 percent and sales in the consumer oils and baking strategic business area essentially flat. Increases in the consumer strategic business area were led by gains in fruit spreads, toppings, peanut butter, and Uncrustables(R). In the consumer oils and baking strategic business area, sales gains were offset by a decline in industrial oil sales and the continued exit of certain less profitable customers.
For the first six months, sales in the consumer strategic business area were up 6 percent, and sales in the oils and baking strategic business area declined 2 percent.
Sales in the second quarter for the special markets segment, excluding divested businesses, increased 12 percent. All strategic business areas in special markets were up with the international business area up 17 percent, beverage up 16 percent, foodservice up 10 percent, and Canada up 11 percent. The increase in Canada was driven by the acquisition of the Five Roses(R) flour brand earlier in the year, the impact of favorable exchange rates, and growth in condiments and fruit spreads.
The Company remains committed to 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 confirms its fiscal 2007 outlook. The Company expects 2007 sales to increase by 4 percent over last year, excluding approximately $100 million in sales related to the divestiture of the Canadian nonbranded, grain- based foodservice and industrial businesses. The Company expects income per common share for the year to increase in line with the core growth assumption of 4 percent from fiscal 2006 income per common share of $2.65 which excludes restructuring and integration costs, the gain on the sale of the Company's Salinas, California, plant, and nonrecurring tax benefits.
The Company will conduct an earnings conference call and webcast on Friday, November 17, 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 http://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, with a pass code of 5044297, and will be available until Friday, November 24, 2006.
About The J. M. Smucker Company
The J. M. Smucker Company is the leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's(R), Jif(R), Crisco(R), Pillsbury(R), R.W. Knudsen Family(R), Hungry Jack(R) and Martha White(R) in the United States, along with Robin Hood(R) and Bick's(R) in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. Since 1998, the Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's annual listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States, ranking number one in 2003 and earning a spot in the top 25 since the listing's inception. For more information about the company, visit http://www.smuckers.com.
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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, volatility 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, 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, the timing and amount of restructuring costs, the timing of acquiring common shares under the Company's share repurchase authorization, 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 Six Months Ended October 31, October 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $604,955 $606,264 $1,131,464 $1,116,595 Cost of products sold 411,645 402,726 772,987 748,212 Cost of products sold - restructuring 2,119 115 9,292 247 Gross Profit 191,191 203,423 349,185 368,136 Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 116,088 120,025 224,485 230,649 Other restructuring costs 805 1,976 1,536 3,465 Merger and integration costs - 4,092 - 7,020 Operating Income 74,298 77,330 123,164 127,002 Interest income 2,001 1,329 3,996 3,149 Interest expense (5,924) (6,025) (12,025) (12,132) Other income (expense) - net 261 (75) (308) 119 Income Before Income Taxes 70,636 72,559 114,827 118,138 Income taxes 25,067 26,115 40,534 41,797 Net Income $45,569 $46,444 $74,293 $76,341 Net income per common share $0.80 $0.80 $1.31 $1.31 Net income per common share- assuming dilution $0.80 $0.79 $1.30 $1.30 Dividends declared per common share $0.28 $0.27 $0.56 $0.54 Weighted-average shares outstanding 56,621,695 58,096,308 56,649,681 58,188,067 Weighted-average shares outstanding - assuming dilution 57,198,894 58,695,878 57,196,528 58,819,825 The J. 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Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets October 31, 2006 April 30, 2006 (Dollars in thousands) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $77,701 $71,956 Marketable securities 4,989 14,882 Trade receivables 178,434 148,014 Inventories 300,127 279,088 Assets held for sale (1) - 90,250 Other current assets 45,752 38,648 Total Current Assets 607,003 642,838 Property, Plant, and Equipment, net 457,863 456,554 Other Noncurrent Assets: Goodwill 990,562 940,967 Other intangible assets, net 478,326 472,915 Marketable securities 50,474 34,107 Other assets 105,379 102,363 Total Noncurrent Assets 1,624,741 1,550,352 $2,689,607 $2,649,744 LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $94,085 $88,963 Notes payable - 28,620 Current portion of long-term debt 33,000 - Other current liabilities 157,328 117,857 Total Current Liabilities 284,413 235,440 Noncurrent Liabilities: Long-term debt, net of current portion 394,122 428,602 Other noncurrent liabilities 256,359 257,643 Total Noncurrent Liabilities 650,481 686,245 Shareholders' Equity, net 1,754,713 1,728,059 $2,689,607 $2,649,744 (1) Accounts related to the Company's Canadian grain-based foodservice and industrial business, which was divested in September 2006. The J. M. Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow Six Months Ended October 31, 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands) Operating Activities Net income $74,293 $76,341 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation/Amortization 34,239 35,097 Asset impairments and other restructuring charges 9,292 247 Working capital (10,403) (52,437) Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 107,421 59,248 Investing Activities Business acquired, net of cash acquired (60,410) - Proceeds from sale of business 79,942 - Additions to property, plant, and equipment (31,831) (30,246) Other - net (5,184) 19,557 Net Cash Used for Investing Activities (17,483) (10,689) Financing Activities Dividends paid (31,936) (31,415) Purchase of treasury shares (36,683) (20,823) Other - net (15,417) (11,647) Net Cash Used for Financing Activities (84,036) (63,885) Effect of exchange rate changes (157) (398) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 5,745 (15,724) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 71,956 58,085 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $77,701 $42,361 ( ) Denotes use of cash The J. 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Smucker Company Unaudited Financial Highlights Three Months Ended Six Months Ended October 31, October 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $604,955 $606,264 $1,131,464 $1,116,595 Net income and net income per common share: Net income $45,569 $46,444 $74,293 $76,341 Net income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.80 $0.79 $1.30 $1.30 Income excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs: (1) Income $47,438 $50,401 $81,299 $83,282 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.83 $0.86 $1.42 $1.42 (1) Reconciliation to net income Income before income taxes $70,636 $72,559 $114,827 $118,138 Merger and integration costs - 4,092 - 7,020 Cost of products sold - restructuring 2,119 115 9,292 247 Other restructuring costs 805 1,976 1,536 3,465 Income excluding income taxes, restructuring, and merger and integration costs 73,560 78,742 125,655 128,870 Income taxes 26,122 28,341 44,356 45,588 Income excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs $47,438 $50,401 $81,299 $83,282 The Company uses income and income per diluted share, excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs, as key performance measures of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Rather, the presentation of results excluding such charges is consistent with the way management internally evaluates its businesses, facilitates the comparison of past and present operations, and provides a more comprehensive understanding of the financial results.
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