ORRVILLE, Ohio, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM - News) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2008. Results for the quarter and year ended April 30, 2008, include the operations of Eagle Family Foods Holdings, Inc. ("Eagle") which was acquired on May 1, 2007.
Fourth Quarter Results Three months ended April 30, 2008 2007 % Increase (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $590.0 $493.5 20% Net income: Income $37.1 $42.5 (13%) Income per diluted share $0.67 $0.75 (11%)
Net sales increased 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 as acquisitions accounted for over half of the growth, and price increases accounted for a majority of the remainder of the overall increase in sales. The acquired Eagle businesses contributed $42.5 million and acquisitions in total added $59.9 million in net sales during the quarter. The Smucker's®, Crisco®, and Hungry Jack® brands increased over last year due to a combination of volume and pricing gains. Favorable exchange rates also contributed to net sales.
Net income per diluted share for the quarter was $0.67, a decrease of 11 percent compared to last year's fourth quarter. During last year's fourth quarter, a peanut butter competitor was temporarily out of the market, and as a result, sales benefited by approximately $15 million and earnings by an estimated $0.08 per share. Included in net income for this quarter was a net insurance settlement of approximately $4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, related to storm damage at a third-party distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee. Also included in net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 were restructuring and merger and integration costs of $0.06 per diluted share, while net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 included restructuring and merger and integration costs of less than $0.01 per diluted share. Excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs in both years, the Company's income per diluted share was $0.73 in the fourth quarter of 2008, and $0.75 in the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of 3 percent.
"Our performance this year is especially gratifying in a time of unprecedented cost increases," commented Tim Smucker, chairman and co-chief executive officer. "Despite raw material cost increases over $150 million, we completed another record year with both sales and earnings exceeding our long- term strategic growth goals. It is our focus on the consumer, and meeting their needs with quality products, that provides the basis for our continued success and enhances opportunities for continued growth."
"As we start the new year, we look forward to completing the transaction to merge the Folgers coffee business into Smucker," added Richard Smucker, president and co-chief executive officer. "Folgers® is a perfect fit with our strategy to own and market number one brands in North America. The addition of Folgers will strengthen our portfolio of brands and we believe it is financially compelling. This powerful combination will provide increased size and scale that will benefit all of our businesses, position us for future growth, and deliver long-term shareholder value."
Full Year Results Year ended April 30, 2008 2007 % Increase (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Net sales $2,524.8 $2,148.0 18% Net income: Income $170.4 $157.2 8% Income per diluted share $3.00 $2.76 9%
Net sales increased 22 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, excluding the Canadian nonbranded, grain-based foodservice and industrial businesses sold in September 2006. The acquired Eagle businesses contributed $236.2 million in 2008 and total acquisitions added $279.7 million. Net sales increased 8 percent excluding both acquisitions and the divested Canadian businesses.
Net income per diluted share for 2008 was $3.00, an increase of 9 percent over last year. Net income for 2008 included restructuring and merger and integration costs of $0.15 per diluted share, while net income for 2007 included restructuring and merger and integration costs of $0.13 per diluted share. Excluding these costs in both years, the Company's income per diluted share was $3.15 in 2008, and $2.89 in 2007, an increase of 9 percent.
The Company uses income and income per diluted share, excluding restructuring and merger and integration costs, as key 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 management a more comprehensive understanding of the financial results. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to net income for the current quarter and year is included in the "Unaudited Financial Highlights" table.
Margins Three months ended Year ended April 30, April 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (% of net sales) Gross profit 30.9% 36.5% 31.0% 32.7% Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 20.3% 22.2% 19.4% 20.6% Operating income 10.5% 13.9% 11.3% 11.8%
Operating income decreased by $6.9 million, or 10 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, and decreased from 13.9 percent to 10.5 percent of net sales. The impact of higher raw material costs, predominantly the record levels for soybean oil and wheat, was the primary cause of the decline in gross profit to 30.9 percent of net sales compared to an unusually high 36.5 percent in last year's fourth quarter. The impact of price increases taken to date, while essentially offsetting higher raw material costs, was not sufficient to maintain profit margins and accounted for approximately one- third of the gross margin decline. Margins in the current quarter were also negatively impacted by the Eagle business which, due to higher milk costs and a higher percentage of non-branded versus branded sales, realized margins below the Company's average. Last year's fourth quarter results also were favorably affected by the nonrecurring benefit of incremental higher-margin peanut butter sales.
Selling, distribution, and administrative ("SD&A") expenses increased 9 percent, for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to 2007, resulting from increased marketing investment, along with costs related to the acquired Eagle business. However, all SD&A expenses, particularly corporate overhead expenses, increased at a lesser rate than net sales resulting in an overall decrease in SD&A from 22.2 percent of net sales to 20.3 percent, providing some offset to the decline in gross profit as a percent of net sales. Restructuring and merger and integration costs were $4.1 million higher in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to 2007, further reducing operating margin by almost 70 basis points.
Interest expense increased by $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, resulting from the issuance of $400 million in senior notes in the first quarter of 2008, a portion of which repaid short-term debt used in financing the Eagle acquisition.
The effective tax rate decreased to 30.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, from 35.3 percent in the comparable period in 2007 primarily due to a lower state tax rate.
During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 1,296,600 common shares for $66.2 million in cash, including one million common shares under a previously announced Rule 10b5-1 trading plan.
Segment Performance Net sales Three months ended April 30, Year ended April 30, % Increase % Increase 2008 2007 (Decrease) 2008 2007 (Decrease) (Dollars in millions) (Dollars in millions) U.S. retail market $419.0 $365.5 15% $1,874.5 $1,547.1 21% Special markets $171.0 $128.0 34% $650.2 $601.0 8% Special markets excluding divested nonbranded Canadian businesses $171.0 $128.0 34% $650.2 $525.8 24%
U.S. Retail Market
U.S. retail market segment net sales for the quarter were up 15 percent. Net sales in the consumer strategic business area increased 5 percent led by Smucker's fruit spreads and Uncrustables®, and Hungry Jack products. Net sales in the consumer oils and baking strategic business area were up 32 percent. Excluding the contribution of $34.1 million from the acquired Eagle business, consumer oils and baking strategic business area net sales increased 6 percent, primarily due to volume gains in oils and price increases.
For 2008, U.S. retail market segment net sales increased 21 percent compared to 2007. Net sales in the consumer strategic business area increased 9 percent. Excluding the contribution of $198.9 million from the acquired Eagle business, net sales in the oils and baking strategic business area increased 8 percent over 2007.
Net sales in the fourth quarter for the special markets segment increased 34 percent. Net sales in the Canada strategic business area were up 63 percent primarily due to the impact of the acquired Eagle and Carnation® canned milk businesses, the Europe's Best® acquisition, and favorable exchange rates. Net sales increased 20 percent in the foodservice strategic business area, and were up 8 percent, excluding the contribution of the Eagle acquisition. Net sales in the beverage strategic business area increased by 16 percent.
For 2008, special markets segment net sales increased 24 percent compared to 2007, excluding divested Canadian businesses.
Earlier this month, the Company announced that it entered into a definitive agreement with The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") to merge P&G's Folgers coffee business with and into the Company. Assuming the transaction closes early in the fourth quarter of calendar 2008, the Company's net sales are estimated to range from $3.8 to $4.0 billion and earnings per share before one-time costs associated with the transaction, are estimated to range from $3.45 to $3.50. Actual results for the year will depend on the final closing date of the transaction.
On its base business, the Company expects raw material costs in 2009 to increase approximately $150 million over 2008 levels with soybean oil, wheat, peanuts, and certain fruits accounting for the majority of the increase. Pricing actions, taken over the last several months, and including those effective in May, will help offset the impact of the cost increases, but will not be sufficient to expand margins in the near term. The Company also plans to increase its 2009 marketing investment by 20 percent.
The Company will conduct an earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, June 19, 2008, 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, with a pass code of 7462309, and will be available until Thursday, June 26, 2008.
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, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation®, Europe's Best® and Bick's® 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 2004. For more information about the Company, visit www.smuckers.com .
The J. M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks, except Pillsbury is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, used under license and Carnation is a trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., used under license.
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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: general economic conditions in the U.S.; the volatility of commodity markets from which raw materials are procured and the related impact on costs; crude oil price trends and its impact on transportation, energy, and packaging costs; the ability to successfully implement price changes; the success and cost of introducing new products and the competitive response; the success and cost of marketing and sales programs and strategies intended to promote growth in the Company's businesses; general competitive activity in the market, including competitors' pricing practices and promotional spending levels; the concentration of certain of the Company's businesses with key customers and the ability to manage and maintain key customer, supplier, and employee relationships; the loss of significant customers or a substantial reduction in orders from these customers or the bankruptcy of any such customer; the ability of the Company to obtain any required financing; the timing and amount of capital expenditures, restructuring, and merger and integration costs; the outcome of current and future tax examinations and other tax matters, and their related impact on the Company's tax positions; the ability of the Company to obtain regulatory and shareholders' approval of the Folgers merger without unexpected delays or conditions; the ability of the Company to integrate acquired and merged businesses in a timely and cost effective manner; the ability to achieve synergies and cost savings in the amounts and within the time frames anticipated; foreign currency and interest rate fluctuations; the timing and cost 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.
In connection with the proposed transaction between Smucker and P&G, Smucker will file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") registering the common shares to be issued to P&G shareholders in connection with the Folgers transaction and will also file a proxy statement with the SEC that will be sent to the shareholders of Smucker. Shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement and the prospectus included in the registration statement and any other relevant documents when they become available, because they will contain important information about Smucker, Folgers and the proposed transaction. The proxy statement, prospectus and other documents relating to the proposed transaction (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge from Smucker upon written request to The J. M. Smucker Company, Shareholder Relations, Strawberry Lane, Orrville, Ohio 44667 or by calling (330) 684-3838, or from P&G upon written request to The Procter & Gamble Company, Shareholder Services Department, P.O. Box 5572, Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-5572 or by calling (800) 742-6253.
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Smucker. However, P&G, Smucker and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of The J. M. Smucker Company may be found in its 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 26, 2007, and its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on July 9, 2007. Information about the directors and executive officers of The Procter & Gamble Company may be found in its 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on August 28, 2007, and its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on August 28, 2007.
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Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income Three Months Ended Year Ended April 30, April 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $589,998 $493,472 $2,524,774 $2,148,017 Cost of products sold 406,511 313,569 1,741,100 1,435,981 Cost of products sold - restructuring 1,248 - 1,510 9,981 Gross Profit 182,239 179,903 782,164 702,055 Selling, distribution, and administrative expenses 119,647 109,540 490,665 442,814 Other restructuring costs 1,631 783 3,237 2,120 Merger and integration costs 2,083 61 7,967 61 Other operating (income) expense - net (2,809) 955 (3,879) 2,689 Operating Income 61,687 68,564 284,174 254,371 Interest income 2,244 2,600 13,259 9,225 Interest expense (10,410) (5,682) (42,145) (23,363) Other (expense) income - net (592) 247 (500) 771 Income Before Income Taxes 52,929 65,729 254,788 241,004 Income taxes 15,878 23,230 84,409 83,785 Net Income $37,051 $42,499 $170,379 $157,219 Net income per common share $0.68 $0.76 $3.03 $2.79 Net income per common share- assuming dilution $0.67 $0.75 $3.00 $2.76 Dividends declared per common share $0.32 $0.30 $1.22 $1.14 Weighted-average shares outstanding 54,721,975 56,240,696 56,226,206 56,432,839 Weighted-average shares outstanding - assuming dilution 55,229,379 57,044,652 56,720,645 57,056,421 The J. 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Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets April 30, 2008 April 30, 2007 (Dollars in thousands) Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $184,175 $200,119 Trade receivables 162,426 124,048 Inventories 379,608 286,052 Other current assets 49,998 29,147 Total Current Assets 776,207 639,366 Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net 496,296 454,028 Other Noncurrent Assets: Goodwill 1,132,476 990,771 Other intangible assets, net 614,000 478,194 Marketable securities 16,043 44,117 Other assets 94,859 87,347 Total Other Noncurrent Assets 1,857,378 1,600,429 $3,129,881 $2,693,823 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $119,844 $93,500 Current portion of long-term debt - 33,000 Other current liabilities 119,553 109,968 Total Current Liabilities 239,397 236,468 Noncurrent Liabilities: Long-term debt, net of current portion 789,684 392,643 Other noncurrent liabilities 300,947 269,055 Total Noncurrent Liabilities 1,090,631 661,698 Shareholders' Equity, net 1,799,853 1,795,657 $3,129,881 $2,693,823 The J. 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Smucker Company Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow Year Ended April 30, 2008 2007 (Dollars in thousands) Operating Activities Net income $170,379 $157,219 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 58,497 57,346 Amortization 4,122 1,528 Asset impairments and other restructuring charges 1,510 10,089 Share-based compensation expense 11,531 11,257 Working capital (54,462) 35,985 Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 191,577 273,424 Investing Activities Businesses acquired, net of cash acquired (220,949) (60,488) Additions to property, plant, and equipment (76,430) (57,002) Proceeds from sale of business 3,407 84,054 Purchases of marketable securities (229,405) (20,000) Sales and maturities of marketable securities 257,536 26,272 Other - net 3,355 123 Net Cash Used for Investing Activities (262,486) (27,041) Financing Activities Proceeds from long-term debt 400,000 - Repayments of long-term debt (148,000) - Dividends paid (68,074) (63,632) Purchase of treasury shares (152,521) (52,125) Other - net 18,434 (1,868) Net Cash Provided by (Used for) Financing Activities 49,839 (117,625) Effect of exchange rate changes 5,126 (595) Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (15,944) 128,163 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 200,119 71,956 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $184,175 $200,119 The J. 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Smucker Company Unaudited Financial Highlights Three Months Ended Year Ended April 30, April 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net sales $589,998 $493,472 $2,524,774 $2,148,017 Net income and net income per common share: Net income $37,051 $42,499 $170,379 $157,219 Net income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.67 $0.75 $3.00 $2.76 Income before restructuring and merger and integration costs: (1) Income $40,433 $43,025 $178,881 $165,152 Income per common share -- assuming dilution $0.73 $0.75 $3.15 $2.89 (1) Reconciliation to net income: Income before income taxes $52,929 $65,729 $254,788 $241,004 Merger and integration costs 2,083 61 7,967 61 Cost of products sold - restructuring 1,248 - 1,510 9,981 Other restructuring costs (credits) 1,631 783 3,237 2,120 Income before income taxes, restructuring, and merger and integration costs 57,891 66,573 267,502 253,166 Income taxes 17,458 23,548 88,621 88,014 Income before restructuring and merger and integration costs $40,433 $43,025 $178,881 $165,152 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 management a more comprehensive understanding of the financial results. The J. M. Smucker Company Unaudited Reportable Segments Three Months Ended April 30, Year Ended April 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (Dollars in thousands) Net sales: U.S. retail market $418,994 $365,508 $1,874,547 $1,547,064 Special markets 171,004 127,964 650,227 600,953 Total net sales $589,998 $493,472 $2,524,774 $2,148,017 Segment profit: U.S. retail market $76,283 $82,999 $332,827 $319,795 Special markets 24,389 20,526 92,019 72,974 Total segment profit $100,672 $103,525 $424,846 $392,769
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