UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UniFirst Corporation (NYS: UNF) today announced results for its fiscal 2013 first quarter, which ended November 24, 2012. First quarter revenues were $332.6 million, up 6.2% from $313.0 million in the year ago period. Net income for the quarter was $30.8 million ($1.54 per diluted share), up 19.2% compared to $25.8 million ($1.30 per diluted share) reported in the year ago period.

Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are very pleased with the results of our first fiscal quarter. Although employee levels at our existing customers remained unchanged during the quarter, we were able to deliver profitable growth by continuing to sell the value of our services to current and prospective customers."


First quarter revenues in the Core Laundry Operations were $294.6 million, up 8.2% from those reported in the prior year's first quarter. Excluding the effect of a stronger Canadian dollar, revenues grew 8.0%. This segment's income from operations increased 27.3% year to year. The operating margin expanded to 15.1% from 12.8% a year earlier. Increased profitability resulted from improved operating leverage that came with our strong revenue growth. Expenses related to plant operations, depreciation and selling and administrative outlays were all lower as a percentage of revenue compared to the prior year. Lower energy costs also contributed to the improved operating margin. Merchandise amortization was flat as a percentage of revenues compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Revenues for the Specialty Garments segment, which consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, were $27.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, down 7.9% from $30.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. This segment had income from operations for the quarter of $4.7 million down from $6.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Net income comparisons benefited from exchange rate gains of $0.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to exchange rate losses of $0.6 million a year ago. The effective income tax rate for the first quarter was 39.0% compared to 38.3% in the same quarter in fiscal 2012.

UniFirst continues to maintain a solid balance sheet and financial position. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter totaled $152.7 million, up from $120.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012. Cash provided by operating activities for the quarter was $56.2 million, up 83.2% compared to $30.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The improved cash flows were primarily the result of higher earnings as well as lower cash outflows related to working capital. At the end of the quarter, total debt was $109.0 million or 10.5% of total capital.

Outlook

Mr. Croatti continued, "Based on the strength of our first quarter and our current outlook for the remainder of the year, we are increasing our full year guidance. We are currently projecting our fiscal 2013 revenues to be between $1.335 billion and $1.348 billion and diluted earnings per share to be between $5.10 and $5.25. Our guidance assumes no deterioration of the U.S. economy and also includes one extra week of operations compared to fiscal 2012 due to the timing of our fiscal calendar."

Conference Call Information

UniFirst will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss its quarterly financial results, business highlights and outlook. A simultaneous live webcast of the call will be available over the Internet and can be accessed at www.unifirst.com.

About UniFirst Corporation

UniFirst Corporation is one of the largest providers of workplace uniforms, protective clothing, and facility services products in North America. The Company employs approximately 11,000 Team Partners who serve more than 240,000 customer locations in 45 U.S. states, Canada, and Europe from over 200 customer service, distribution, and manufacturing facilities. UniFirst is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UNF and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 600 Small Cap Index.

Forward Looking Statements

This public announcement may contain forward looking statements that reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward looking statements contained in this public announcement are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding the Company's ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, uncertainties regarding any existing or newly-discovered expenses and liabilities related to environmental compliance and remediation, the Company's ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in its margin rates, seasonal fluctuations in business levels, our ability to preserve positive labor relationships and avoid becoming the target of corporate labor unionization campaigns that could disrupt our business, the effect of currency fluctuations on our results of operations and financial condition, our dependence on third parties to supply us with raw materials, any loss of key management or other personnel, increased costs as a result of any future changes in federal or state laws, rules and regulations or governmental interpretation of such laws, rules and regulations, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the impact of adverse economic conditions and the current tight credit markets on our customers and such customers' workforce, the level and duration of workforce reductions by our customers, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, demand and prices for our products and services, rampant criminal activity and instability in Mexico where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate our new CRM computer system, additional professional and internal costs necessary for compliance with recent and proposed future changes in Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange and accounting rules, strikes and unemployment levels, the Company's efforts to evaluate and potentially reduce internal costs, economic and other developments associated with the war on terrorism and its impact on the economy, general economic conditions and other factors described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 25, 2012 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When used in this public announcement, the words "anticipate," "optimistic," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," and similar expressions as they relate to the Company are included to identify such forward looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which such statements are made.

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

Thirteen weeks ended

November 24,

November 26,

(In thousands, except per share data)

2012 (2)

2011 (2)

Revenues

$

332,569

$

313,025

Operating expenses:

Cost of revenues (1)

201,551

195,139

Selling and administrative expenses (1)

64,288

59,124

Depreciation and amortization

16,771

16,408

Total operating expenses

282,610

270,671

Income from operations

49,959

42,354

Other (income) expense:

Interest expense

460

573

Interest income

(767

)

(631

)

Exchange rate (gain) loss

(160

)

627

(467

)

569

Income before income taxes

50,426

41,785

Provision for income taxes

19,666

15,983

Net income

$

30,760

$

25,802

Income per share - Basic

Common Stock

$

1.62

$

1.37

Class B Common Stock

$

1.30

$

1.09

Income per share - Diluted

Common Stock

$

1.54

$

1.30

Income allocated to - Basic

Common Stock

$

24,191

$

20,258

Class B Common Stock

$

6,025

$

5,068

Income allocated to - Diluted

Common Stock

$

30,244

$

25,350

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Basic

Common Stock

14,925

14,838

Class B Common Stock

4,647

4,641

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Diluted

Common Stock

19,693

19,557

(1) Exclusive of depreciation on the Company's property, plant and equipment and amortization on its intangible assets

(2) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

November 24,
2012 (1)

August 25,
2012

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

152,664

$

120,123

Receivables, net

153,899

135,327

Inventories

75,309

75,420

Rental merchandise in service

136,219

138,284

Prepaid and deferred income taxes

12,721

12,785

Prepaid expenses

8,611

5,741

Total current assets

539,423

487,680

Property, plant and equipment:

Land, buildings and leasehold improvements

365,575

355,568

Machinery and equipment

437,614

425,274

Motor vehicles

141,978

141,370

945,167

922,212

Less - accumulated depreciation

522,094

510,008

423,073

412,204

Goodwill

288,158

288,137

Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net

48,006

50,531

Other assets

2,596

1,982

$

1,301,256

$

1,240,534

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Loans payable and current maturities of long-term debt

$

108,847

$

6,831

Accounts payable

63,545

52,340

Accrued liabilities

80,125

78,174

Accrued income taxes

20,142

8,180

Total current liabilities

272,659

145,525

Long-term liabilities:

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

155

100,155

Accrued liabilities

44,091

43,420

Accrued and deferred income taxes

54,543

54,509

Total long-term liabilities

98,789

198,084

Shareholders' equity:

Common Stock

1,508

1,506

Class B Common Stock

488

488

Capital surplus

45,443

42,984

Retained earnings

874,723

844,676

Accumulated other comprehensive income

7,646

7,271

Total shareholders' equity

929,808

896,925

$

1,301,256

$

1,240,534

(1) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Detail of Operating Results

Revenues

Thirteen weeks ended

November 24,

November 26,

Dollar

Percent

(In thousands, except percentages)

2012 (1)

2011 (1)

Change

Change

Core Laundry Operations

$

294,560

$

272,273

$

22,287

8.2

%

Specialty Garments

27,884

30,268

(2,384

)

-7.9

First Aid

10,125

10,484

(359

)

-3.4

Consolidated total

$

332,569

$

313,025

$

19,544

6.2

%

Income from Operations

Thirteen weeks ended

November 24,

November 26,

Dollar

Percent

(In thousands, except percentages)

2012 (1)

2011 (1)

Change

Change