Mead Johnson Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year Constant Dollar Sales Growth of 7 Percent;

Mead Johnson Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year Constant Dollar Sales Growth of 7 Percent; Delivers Non-GAAP EPS Growth of 10 Percent; Provides 2013 Guidance

GLENVIEW, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYS: MJN) announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

  • Net sales of $3,901.3 million for the full year 2012 were up six percent from $3,677.0 million in the prior year. Excluding an unfavorable foreign exchange impact, sales increased seven percent. Constant dollar sales for the Asia/Latin America segment grew 12 percent, partially offset by a three percent decline in the North America/Europe segment.
  • GAAP net earnings were $2.95 per diluted share for 2012, an increase of 19 percent compared to $2.47 per diluted share in the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP (1)net earnings of $3.08 per diluted share for 2012 were up 10 percent from $2.79 per diluted share in 2011.
  • Fourth quarter 2012 sales of $981.1 million were up eight percent from $911.3 million in 2011, with constant dollar sales up seven percent. Sales for the Asia/Latin America segment grew nine percent excluding a favorable foreign exchange impact, while the North America/Europe segment grew four percent.
  • GAAP net earnings in the fourth quarter were $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $0.42 per diluted share in the prior year, benefiting from higher sales, the timing of pension settlement expense and a lower effective tax rate, partially offset by higher demand-generation investments.
  • Non-GAAPnet earnings totaled $0.72 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $0.52 per diluted share in 2011.
  • The company provided full-year 2013 GAAP EPS guidance of $3.20 to $3.28. Excluding specified items, estimated at $0.02 per diluted share, the full-year 2013 non-GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.22 to $3.30.

(1)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results included in this release.

"We are pleased with our strong sales and earnings performance in the fourth quarter and the overall performance of the business in 2012," said Chief Executive Officer Stephen W. Golsby. "The Asia/Latin America segment delivered strong growth, while notably in China, we recovered additional market share in the fourth quarter, with distributors' inventory restored to normal levels by the end of the year. The North America/Europe segment contributed four percent sales growth in the fourth quarter as we made excellent progress building non-WIC* market share in the United States. For the company, full-year constant dollar sales grew at seven percent with non-GAAP earnings per share increasing 10 percent. Tight management of general and administrative spending, coupled with further reductions in our effective tax rate, more than offset the impact of higher commodity costs and helped to fund continued increases in demand-generation investments to drive longer-term growth. Notably, the global Enfa brand reached a major milestone in 2012, exceeding $3 billion in sales."

*WIC = United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Fourth Quarter Results

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $981.1 million, up eight percent from $911.3 million a year ago. Sales benefited five percent from price, two percent from volume, and one percent from foreign exchange. Earnings before interest and income taxes (EBIT) for the fourth quarter totaled $189.7 million, up 30 percent from $146.1 million in the prior-year period. This was primarily driven by higher sales, the earlier recognition of pension settlement expense in 2012, and lower IT and other IPO-related separation expenses. These benefits were partially offset by higher demand-generation investments.

Net earnings attributable to shareholders totaled $134.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $85.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. In addition to the increase in EBIT, the effective tax rate (ETR) decreased for the fourth quarter to 23.8 percent, compared to 32.5 percent a year ago, primarily due to favorable adjustments associated with prior years' tax filings and lower required tax accruals. Net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2012 also benefited by $0.01 per diluted share from favorable prior years' tax items.

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes specified items, net earnings attributable to shareholders totaled $146.7 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $106.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the same quarter a year ago.

Fourth Quarter Segment Results

The Asia/Latin America segment had sales of $663.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, up 10 percent from $604.8 million in 2011. Sales increased six percent from price, three percent from volume, and one percent from foreign exchange. The China business continued to recover market share, and distributors' inventory was restored to normal levels by year-end. Excluding China/Hong Kong, the other markets of the Asia/Latin America segment had organic constant dollar sales growth in the mid teens, and including the favorable contribution from our Argentine acquisition, grew over 20 percent. EBIT for the Asia/Latin America segment totaled $187.4 million, up four percent compared to $179.7 million for the year-ago quarter. The EBIT increase was driven by strong sales growth, partially offset by higher advertising and promotion investments and lower gross margins from an unfavorable country mix.

The North America/Europe segment reported sales of $317.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, up four percent from $306.5 million in 2011. Sales benefited five percent from price offset by a one percent decline from volume. Higher sales in the United States from gains in non-WIC market share were partially offset by continued category decline from higher breastfeeding rates and the transition of several smaller WIC contracts. Sales growth in the United States was partially offset by lower sales in Europe as we refocused the business on higher margin specialty infant formula products. EBIT totaled $88.9 million, up 39% compared to $64.1 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. The increase was the result of higher sales, improved gross margins from lower U.S. dairy costs and lower operating expenses.

Corporate and Other expenses declined primarily from the timing of pension settlement expense, which was initially triggered in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Full-Year 2012 Results

For the year ended December 31, 2012, sales totaled $3,901.3 million, up six percent from $3,677.0 million a year ago. Sales growth increased six percent from price and one percent from volume, reduced by one percent from foreign exchange.

Gross margin was down 110 basis points in 2012 versus the prior year from higher dairy and other commodity costs, mainly in the North America/Europe segment. Manufacturing variances were also unfavorable, primarily from lower production volume in the North America/Europe segment.

EBIT for 2012 totaled $870.0 million, up from $774.1 million a year earlier. The EBIT increase was primarily driven by sales growth. In addition, general and administrative expenses were lower, driven by the reduction in IT and IPO-related separation costs, the elimination of duplicate shared service costs in 2011, and lower performance-based compensation expense. These factors were partially offset by lower gross margins, higher demand-generation investments and increased pension settlement expense.

The effective tax rate for 2012 was 23.9 percent versus 28.1 percent a year ago. The lower effective tax rate was primarily attributable to favorable adjustments associated with prior years' tax filings, changes in management's assertion that certain current and prior years' foreign earnings and profits are permanently invested abroad, and changes in the geographic earnings mix. The benefit from prior years' tax items was $0.07 per diluted share.

Net earnings attributable to shareholders for 2012 totaled $604.5 million, or $2.95 per diluted share, compared with $508.5 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, for the prior-year period.

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes specified items, net earnings attributable to shareholders totaled $630.1 million, or $3.08 per diluted share, in 2012, compared to $573.1 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, in 2011.

Full-Year 2012 Segment Results

Sales in the Asia/Latin America segment were $2,719.5 million, up 11 percent from $2,447.2 million in 2011. Sales increased seven percent from price and five percent from volume, offset by a one percent decline from foreign exchange. The majority of the markets in the segment delivered double-digit constant dollar sales growth from higher pricing and overall category growth, enhanced by share gains in key markets. Constant dollar sales in China/Hong Kong grew five percent for the full year. In China, the company made progress in recovering market share in the second half of 2012, following a decline in the first half of the year. Sales growth for the segment also benefited from the Argentine acquisition in March 2012, which contributed two percent to total company full-year growth. EBIT for the segment totaled $901.3 million, up 11 percent compared to $811.6 million in 2011. The EBIT increase was primarily related to sales growth, partially offset by increased demand-generation investments.

The North America/Europe segment reported sales of $1,181.8 million for 2012, down four percent from $1,229.8 million in 2011. Sales declined seven percent from volume and one percent from foreign exchange, partially offset by a four percent increase from price. The volume decline was primarily in the United States and attributed to lower market share, category consumption and births. Total market share was lower in comparison to the prior year, when the company benefited from a competitor's recall, as well as the 2012 impact of the unfounded media reports in December 2011 of alleged product contamination. Significant progress was made in recovering market share in the fourth quarter of 2012. EBIT totaled $246.1 million, compared to $308.4 million in 2011. The decrease was primarily due to lower sales and gross margins, partially offset by lower operating expenses. The gross margin decline resulted from higher commodity costs and lower production volumes.

Corporate and Other expenses decreased from lower IT and IPO-related separation costs, lower performance-based compensation expense and the elimination of duplicate costs from the overlap in shared services providers incurred in 2011 during the SAP implementation project. These factors were partially offset by higher pension settlement expense.

Outlook for 2013

"We expect to continue to deliver strong sales growth through 2013," Mr. Golsby said. "We are initiating non-GAAP EPS guidance in the range of $3.22 to $3.30, up from the $3.08 per share we delivered in 2012. Annual constant dollar sales growth from ongoing operations are expected to be in the range of 7 percent to 8 percent and will be reduced by 1 percent as we exit several low margin non-core businesses. Therefore, key assumptions underlying non-GAAP guidance include an expected sales increase of 6 percent to 7 percent excluding the effect of foreign exchange. Improved gross margins will help fund continued increases in demand-generation investments. The 2013 non-GAAP effective tax rate is expected to be about 25 percent, slightly higher than the 24.3 percent reported in 2012, which included prior years' tax benefits."

Conference Call Scheduled

Mead Johnson will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. CST today, during which company executives will review fourth quarter and full year financial results and respond to questions from analysts and investors. The call will be broadcast over the Internet at meadjohnson.com. To listen to the call, visit the website at least 15 minutes before the call and click on the "Investors" tab. Security analysts and investors wishing to participate by telephone should call (866) 362-4829, pass code: Mead Johnson. Callers outside of North America should call +1-617-597-5346 to be connected. A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight CST Thursday, February 7, 2013, by calling (888) 286-8010 or outside of North America +1-617-801-6888, pass code: 63045245. The replay will also be available at meadjohnson.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release are forward looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which are identified by words such as "expects," "intends" and "believes," involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this news release. These risks include, but are not limited to: (1) the ability to sustain brand strength, particularly the Enfa family of brands; (2) the effect on the company's reputation of real or perceived quality issues; (3) the adverse effect of commodity costs; (4) increased competition from branded, private label, store and economy-branded products; (5) the effect of an economic downturn on consumers' purchasing behavior and customers' ability to pay for product; (6) inventory reductions by customers; (7) the adverse effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates; (8) the effect of changes in economic, political and social conditions in the markets where we operate; (9) legislative, regulatory or judicial action that may adversely affect the company's ability to advertise its products or maintain product margins; (10) the possibility of changes in the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program, or participation in WIC; and (11) the ability to develop and market new, innovative products. For additional information on these and other factors, see the risk factors identified in the company's periodic reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K for 2011, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission, available upon request or at meadjohnson.com. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 markets worldwide. The company's mission is to nourish the world's children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company's "Enfa" family of brands, including Enfamil® infant formula, is the world's leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. For more information, go to meadjohnson.com.

 

MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Dollars and shares in millions, except per share data)

(UNAUDITED)

  
Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
2012 20112012 2011
NET SALES$981.1$911.3$3,901.3$3,677.0
Cost of Products Sold382.0 354.9 1,485.3 1,362.3
GROSS PROFIT599.1556.42,416.02,314.7
Expenses:
Selling, General and Administrative235.6237.3877.8926.8
Advertising and Promotion139.5128.7552.8501.7
Research and Development27.828.195.492.5
Other Expenses6.5 16.2 20.0 19.6
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND INCOME TAXES189.7146.1870.0774.1
 
Interest Expense16.0 13.8 65.0 52.2
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES173.7132.3805.0721.9
 
Provision for Income Taxes41.4 43.0 192.6 202.9
NET EARNINGS132.389.3612.4519.0
Less Net Earnings Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests(1.9)3.7 7.9 10.5
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS$134.2 $85.6 $604.5 $508.5
Earnings per Share—Basic
Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders$0.66 $0.42 $2.96 $2.48
Earnings per Share—Diluted
Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders$0.66$0.42$2.95$2.47
Weighted-average Shares202.9203.8203.6204.3
Dividends Declared per Share$0.30$0.26$1.20$1.04

 

MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Dollars in millions)

(UNAUDITED)

 
December 31,
2012 2011
NET EARNINGS$612.4$519.0
 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments
Translation Adjustments(8.4)(27.2)
Tax Benefit/(Expense)(13.0)4.7
Deferred Gains/(Losses) on Derivatives Qualifying as Hedges
Deferred Gains/(Losses) on Derivatives Qualifying as Hedges for the Period(12.7)5.8
Reclassification Adjustment for (Gains)/Losses Included in Net Earnings0.82.9
Tax Benefit/(Expense)3.5(2.6)
Pension and Other Post-Retirement Benefits
Deferred Gains on Pension and Other Post-Retirement Benefits(58.5)(90.7)
Reclassification Adjustment for (Gains)/Losses Included in Net Earnings23.814.6
Tax Expense10.6 24.1 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)(53.9)(68.4)
 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME558.5 450.6 
 
Less Comprehensive Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests7.9 10.6 
 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS$550.6 $440.0 

 

MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars and shares in millions, except per share data)

(UNAUDITED)

 
December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and Cash Equivalents$1,042.1$840.3
Receivables - net of allowances of $7.6 and $6.3, respectively364.6352.6
Inventories (1)435.9534.9
Deferred Income Taxes - net of valuation allowance86.4118.5
Income Taxes Receivable26.03.3
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets60.0 40.1 
Total Current Assets2,015.01,889.7
Property, Plant, and Equipment - net689.9576.1
Goodwill270.6117.5
Other Intangible Assets - net129.991.6
Deferred Income Taxes - net of valuation allowance24.516.5
Other Assets128.3 75.4 
TOTAL$3,258.2 $2,766.8 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY/(DEFICIT)
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Short-term Borrowings$161.0$
Accounts Payable508.5488.1
Dividends Payable61.353.3
Note Payable26.0
Accrued Expenses220.4229.0
Accrued Rebates and Returns314.8300.1
Deferred Income - current36.147.0
Income Taxes - payable and deferred41.8 82.6 
Total Current Liabilities1,369.91,200.1
Long-Term Debt1,523.21,531.9
Deferred Income Taxes - noncurrent15.95.2
Pension, Post-Retirement and Post Employment Liabilities188.8157.2
Other Liabilities95.1 40.4 
Total Liabilities3,192.92,934.8
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST36.3
 
EQUITY/(DEFICIT)
Shareholders' Equity
Common Stock, $0.01 par value: 3,000 authorized, 206.0 and 205.1 issued, respectively2.12.1
Additional Paid-in/(Distributed) Capital(676.6)(728.4)
Retained Earnings1,124.8770.0
Treasury Stock - at cost(244.6)(89.7)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss(187.0)(133.1)
Total Shareholders' Equity/(Deficit)18.7(179.1)
Noncontrolling Interests10.3 11.1 
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