Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Results and Maintains Guidance

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Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Results and Maintains Guidance

AUSTIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYS: HRL) today reported its performance for the fiscal year 2013 third quarter. All comparisons are to the third quarter or first nine months of fiscal 2012.


Third Quarter

  • Full year guidance range of $1.88 to $1.96 maintained
  • Diluted EPS of $.42 up 2 percent from diluted EPS of $.41
  • Segment operating profit up 5 percent
  • Dollar sales of $2.2 billion, up 8 percent
  • Volume up 3 percent
  • Grocery Products operating profit up 32 percent; volume up 27 percent (volume down 1 percent excluding sales of SKIPPY® products); dollar sales up 25 percent (dollar sales flat excluding sales of SKIPPY® products)
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 17 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales up 4 percent
  • Refrigerated Foods operating profit down 26 percent; volume down 3 percent; dollar sales up 2 percent
  • Specialty Foods operating profit up 8 percent; volume down 5 percent; dollar sales up 5 percent
  • International & Other operating profit up 34 percent; volume up 28 percent (volume up 10 percent excluding sales of SKIPPY® products); dollar sales up 31 percent (dollars sales up 11 percent excluding sales of SKIPPY® products)

The company reported fiscal 2013 third quarter net earnings of $113.6 million, up 2 percent from net earnings of $111.2 million a year earlier. For the nine months ended July 28, 2013, net earnings were $368.9 million, as compared to net earnings of $367.4 million the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share for the nine months ended July 28, 2013 were $1.37, equal to a year ago.

Sales for the quarter were $2.2 billion, up 8 percent from the same period in fiscal 2012. For the nine months ended July 28, 2013, sales totaled $6.4 billion, up 6 percent from the same period last year.


"We had a solid quarter, with all five segments reporting increased sales over last year," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "We also generated improved earnings, with four of five segments posting increased operating profits. Earnings per share of $0.42 for the third quarter was in line with our expectations and keeps us on pace with our full year adjusted guidance range."

"Our Grocery Products segment benefitted from good performance by our new SKIPPY® business. Our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment delivered a strong quarter, despite higher grain costs and lower commodity meat prices. Our International business continues to achieve impressive results, led by strong export sales of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork, as well as the addition of the SKIPPY® business. Higher pork input costs squeezed margins for our retail value-added products, particularly bacon, decreasing our Refrigerated Foods segment results during the quarter," Ettinger remarked.

"We are excited about the recent roll-out of our HORMEL® REV® snack wraps during the quarter, which is supported by a national advertising campaign that began in late July. I am also pleased with the progress our team has made in integrating and growing sales of SKIPPY® products, both in the U.S. and internationally," commented Ettinger.


Grocery Products (17% of Net Sales, 29% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Grocery Products segment profit increased by 32 percent. Net sales, including SKIPPY® products, increased over last year's results by 25 percent. Excluding SKIPPY® products, segment sales were flat as compared to last year. Net sales of DINTY MOORE® stew, HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® hash, and HORMEL® bacon toppings increased over last year.

Refrigerated Foods (50% of Net Sales, 24% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Refrigerated Foods segment profit declined 26 percent, as elevated raw material costs squeezed margins in certain retail categories, with bacon impacted the most. Sales increased 2 percent, led by retail sales of HORMEL® party trays, HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats, and HORMEL® CURE 81® hams, and foodservice sales of HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED meats and HORMEL® PECANWOOD bacon.

Jennie-O Turkey Store (17% of Net Sales, 25% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Jennie-O Turkey Store delivered a solid performance this quarter despite high feed costs, with segment operating profit up 17 percent from a year ago. Increased value-added sales and an improved product mix offset higher feed costs and lower commodity meat prices. Net sales for the quarter rose 4 percent, driven by growth in sales of JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® ground turkey chubs and turkey bacon.

Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 13% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Specialty Foods segment profit increased 8 percent and net sales grew 5 percent, led by sales of sweetener, nutritional products, ready to drink beverages, and ingredients. The agreement allowing Diamond Crystal Brands to sell SPLENDA® sweetener into foodservice trade channels was extended one month to July 31, 2013.

International & Other (5% of Net Sales, 9% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The International & Other segment grew segment profit by 34 percent and net sales by 31 percent, driven principally by stronger exports of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork, improved performance by our operations in China, and the addition of the SKIPPY® export business.


"Earnings reported in the third quarter keep us on track to achieve results consistent with our adjusted annual guidance range of $1.88 to $1.96 per share," said Ettinger. "Toward the end of the third quarter we were able to adjust for higher raw material costs in key product categories such as bacon. We anticipate Jennie-O Turkey Store will continue to rebound from headwinds faced earlier in the year, which should benefit results through the rest of fiscal 2013. We expect four of five segments to outperform in the fourth quarter, with only Specialty Foods expected to experience a down quarter."

"We are excited about the new products that we are introducing to the marketplace this year, such as our HORMEL® REV® snack wraps and HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED meats," concluded Ettinger. "We have solid marketing and promotional plans in place to drive sales of our value-added products in the fourth quarter."


Effective August 15, 2013, the Company paid its 340th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $.68.


A conference call will be Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Access is available at http://www.hormelfoods.com. If you do not have Internet access and want to listen to the call over the phone, the dial in number is 877-941-8609 and you must provide the access code of 4632577. An audio replay is available by calling 800-406-7325and entering access code 4632577. The audio replay will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 22, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The Webcast replay will be available at 10:30 a.m. CT, Thursday, August 22, 2013, and archived for one year.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fifth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America's Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.


This news release contains forward-looking information based on management's current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Please refer to the cautionary statement regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors that appear on pages 31-38 in the company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 28, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on June 7, 2013, and can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under "Investors-SEC Filings."

Statements Follow

Segment Data

Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Segment Operating Results (dollars in thousands)





July 28, 2013

July 29, 2012

% Change

Grocery Products $ 370,297 $ 297,177 24.6
Refrigerated Foods 1,068,587 1,043,311 2.4
Jennie-O Turkey Store 367,125 351,604 4.4
Specialty Foods 240,512 230,072 4.5
International & Other   113,004   86,024 31.4  
Total $ 2,159,525 $ 2,008,188 7.5  


Grocery Products $ 52,962 $ 40,052 32.2
Refrigerated Foods 44,769 60,757 (26.3 )
Jennie-O Turkey Store 45,623 39,106 16.7
Specialty Foods 23,170 21,490 7.8
International & Other   16,692   12,437 34.2  
Total segment operating profit 183,216 173,842 5.4
Net interest and investment expense (income) 3,577 2,363 51.4
General corporate expense 2,833 3,225 (12.2 )
Noncontrolling interest   270   1,240 (78.2 )
Earnings before income taxes $ 177,076 $ 169,494 4.5  




July 28, 2013

July 29, 2012

% Change

Grocery Products $ 1,097,942 $ 830,649 32.2
Refrigerated Foods 3,143,358 3,158,811 (0.5 )
Jennie-O Turkey Store 1,142,198 1,120,028 2.0
Specialty Foods 720,048 677,043 6.4
International & Other   324,906   273,955 18.6  
Total $ 6,428,452 $ 6,060,486 6.1  


Grocery Products $ 150,170 $ 127,003 18.2
Refrigerated Foods 153,239 167,515 (8.5 )
Jennie-O Turkey Store 156,567 186,066 (15.9 )
Specialty Foods 72,898 58,996 23.6
International & Other   49,421   37,763 30.9  
Total segment operating profit 582,295 577,343 0.9
Net interest and investment expense (income) 6,887 4,932 39.6
General corporate expense 19,228 18,040 6.6
Noncontrolling interest   2,720   3,226 (15.7 )
Earnings before income taxes $ 558,900 $ 557,597 0.2  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

July 28, 2013

July 29, 2012

July 28, 2013


July 29, 2012

Net sales $ 2,159,525 $ 2,008,188 $ 6,428,452 $ 6,060,486
Cost of products sold   1,829,219     1,701,132     5,401,152     5,080,414  
GROSS PROFIT: 330,306 307,056 1,027,300 980,072
Selling, general and administrative 150,999 145,022 479,896 446,183
Equity in earnings of affiliates   1,346     9,823     18,383     28,640  
OPERATING INCOME: 180,653 171,857 565,787 562,529
Other income & expenses:
Interest & investment (expense) income (455 ) 844 2,471 4,772
Interest expense   (3,122 )   (3,207 )   (9,358 )   (9,704 )
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES: 177,076 169,494 558,900 557,597
Provision for income taxes 63,171 57,087 187,309 186,922
(effective tax rate)   35.67 %   33.68 %   33.51 %   33.52 %
NET EARNINGS 113,905 112,407 371,591 370,675

Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest






















Basic $ .43   $ .42   $ 1.39   $ 1.39  
Diluted $ .42   $ .41   $ 1.37   $ 1.37  
Basic 264,605 263,359 264,472 263,638
Diluted 270,769 268,746 270,230 269,138
PER SHARE $ .17   $ .15   $ .51   $
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