Pinnacle Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
Diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2017, including items affecting comparability1, decreased to
Net sales in the third quarter of 2017 decreased 1.2% versus year-ago, reflecting strong underlying top-line growth of 3.1%. This performance was more than offset by the anticipated, unfavorable discrete impacts totaling 3.6% from both the second quarter 2017 Aunt Jemima exit2 and the residual impact of the 2016 Boulder UK business wind-down and SKU rationalization program. Also impacting the net sales in the quarter was the unfavorable impact estimated at approximately 0.7% of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In-market performance3 remained very strong in the third quarter, with retail consumption versus year-ago up 3.5% (or 5.2%, excluding Aunt Jemima) and market share advancing 0.7 share points, marking the Company’s 14thconsecutive quarter of share growth versus year-ago.
Commenting on the results,
1 Adjusted financial metrics used throughout this release exclude items affecting comparability and are non-GAAP measures. Please see reconciliation to GAAP measures in the financial tables that accompany this release.
2 Aunt Jemima exit, including the recall, of certain retail and foodservice breakfast products (the AJ Exit).
3 In-market performance (retail consumption; market share) based on Pinnacle’s IRI custom category definitions, period ending 10/1/17.
Third Quarter Consolidated Results
Net sales in the third quarter of 2017 declined 1.2% to
Gross profit in the third quarter of 2017 declined to
Adjusted gross profit in the quarter declined 5.4%, or 130 basis points, to
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the third quarter of 2017 decreased to
Net interest expense for the quarter decreased 20.2% to
The effective tax rate (ETR) for the third quarter of 2017 was 28.3%, compared to 36.0% in the year-ago period, driven by items affecting comparability, as well as the benefits in the quarter of the new accounting standard for stock-based compensation in 2017 and an adjustment to income tax liabilities, partially offset by unfavorable state tax legislation. The Adjusted ETR for the quarter was 31.7%, compared to 36.4% in the year-ago period.
Net earnings in the third quarter decreased to
Net cash provided by operating activities totaled
Third Quarter Segment Results
Net sales for the Frozen segment decreased 4.1% to
The Birds Eye franchise continued to post growth in the quarter, despite the impact of the hurricanes, driven by continued momentum behind recently-launched innovation, while net sales declined in
In-market performance for the segment continued to be very strong, with retail consumption advancing 2.8% (or 6.3%, excluding Aunt Jemima) in a category composite that was up 2.0%. This strong consumption performance drove market share growth for the segment of 0.6 share points in the quarter, with Birds Eye vegetables share up 2.1 points on consumption growth of almost 13% and Birds Eye meals share up 1.3 points on consumption growth of 8%.
EBIT for the Frozen segment was
Net sales for the Grocery segment increased 4.4% to
Strong double-digit net sales growth versus year-ago of Duncan Hines baking products, driven by the first-half launch of Perfect Size for 1, Vlasic pickles, driven by the launch of Purely Pickles, and Armour canned meat, reflecting continued solid growth and a hurricane-related surge in demand, were partially offset by declines for Wish-Bone salad dressings, due to aggressive competitive pricing, Comstock & Wilderness pie fillings and Smart Balance spreads.
In-market performance for the Grocery segment was strong in the quarter, with retail consumption versus year-ago up 2.3%, in a category composite that was up 0.7%. Market share for the segment advanced 0.2 points, with double-digit consumption growth and market share gains for both Duncan Hines and Armour.
EBIT for the Grocery segment decreased 6.2% to
Net sales for the Boulder segment increased 9.3% to
The net sales performance for the segment reflected strength across the portfolio, with double-digit increases for gardein, Earth Balance, and Evol, despite the impact of the SKU rationalization program, offset by the
EBIT for the Boulder segment advanced meaningfully to
Net sales for the Specialty segment declined 17.2% to
EBIT for the Specialty segment was
Full Year 2017 Outlook
Forecasted Adjusted Diluted EPS metrics provided below are non-GAAP measures. The Company does not provide guidance for the most directly comparable GAAP measure, diluted EPS, and we similarly cannot provide a reconciliation between our forecasted Adjusted Diluted EPS and diluted EPS metrics without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of reliable estimates for certain items, such as non-cash gains or losses resulting from mark-to-market adjustments of hedging activities and foreign currency impacts. These items are not within our control and may vary greatly between periods and could significantly impact future financial results.
The Company maintained its guidance for Adjusted diluted EPS for 2017 in a range of
The benefit of the 53rd week is expected to add approximately 1% to net sales and
$0.03to Adjusted Diluted EPS for the year. This impact will benefit the fourth quarter of 2017.
- Input cost inflation for the year is now estimated to be approximately 3.0%, reflecting higher than previously-expected transportation expense.
Productivity for the year is now estimated to slightly exceed 4.0% of cost of products sold, excluding Boulder Brands acquisition synergies of at least
$15 millionthat will benefit both gross margin and SG&A overhead.
The discrete items that impacted performance through the third quarter are expected to impact fourth quarter Adjusted diluted EPS by approximately
Net interest expense is now forecasted at approximately
- Adjusted ETR for the year, including the benefit of the new accounting standard for stock-based compensation, is now estimated to be approximately 32.5%.
- The weighted average diluted share count for the year continues to be estimated at approximately 120 million shares.
Capital expenditures for the year are now estimated to be approximately
$100 million, excluding the $37.5 millionacquisition of the frozen warehouse and packaging facility in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Pinnacle uses the following non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the
- Adjusted Gross Profit
- Adjusted Gross Profit as a % of sales (Adjusted Gross Profit Margin)
- Adjusted EBITDA
- Adjusted Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (Adjusted EBIT)
- Adjusted Net Interest Expense
- Adjusted Net Earnings
- Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share
- Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate (Adjusted ETR)
Adjusted Gross Profit
Pinnacle defines Adjusted Gross Profit as gross profit before accelerated depreciation related to restructuring activities, certain non-cash items, acquisition, merger and other restructuring charges and other adjustments. The Company believes that the presentation of Adjusted Gross Profit is useful to investors in the evaluation of the operating performance of companies in similar industries. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it increases transparency and assists investors in understanding the underlying performance of the Company and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends. In addition, Adjusted Gross Profit is one of the components used to evaluate the performance of Company’s management. Such targets include, but are not limited to, measurement of sales efficiency, productivity measures and recognition of acquisition synergies.
Pinnacle defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash items, non-recurring items and certain other adjustment items permitted in calculating Covenant Compliance EBITDA under the Senior Secured Credit Facility and the indentures governing the Senior Notes. Adjusted EBITDA does not include adjustments for equity-based compensation and certain other adjustments related to acquisitions, both of which are permitted in calculating Covenant Compliance EBITDA.
Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric in the evaluation of underlying Company performance, in making financial, operating and planning decisions and, in part, in the determination of cash bonuses for its executive officers and employees. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it increases transparency and assists investors in understanding the underlying performance of the Company and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends. Additionally, Pinnacle believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with useful information, as it is an important component in measuring covenant compliance in accordance with the financial covenants and determining our ability to service debt and meet any payment obligations. In addition, Pinnacle believes that Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an Adjusted EBITDA measure when reporting their results. The Company has historically reported Adjusted EBITDA to analysts and investors and believes that its continued inclusion provides consistency in financial reporting and enables analysts and investors to perform meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating or net earnings (loss), determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent net earnings or (loss) or cash flow from operations as those terms are defined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) and do not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In particular, the definitions of Adjusted EBITDA in the Senior Secured Credit Facility and the indentures allow Pinnacle to add back certain non-cash, extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring charges that are deducted in calculating net earnings or loss. However, these are expenses that may recur, vary greatly and are difficult to predict. While EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and similar measures are frequently used as measures of operations and the ability to meet debt service requirements, they are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation.
Adjusted Earnings before Interest and Taxes (Adjusted EBIT)
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest and Taxes is provided because Pinnacle believes it is useful information in understanding our EBIT results by improving the comparability of year-to-year results. Additionally, Adjusted EBIT provides transparent and useful information to management, investors, analysts and other parties in evaluating and assessing the Company and its segments, primary operating results from period to period after removing the impact of unusual, non-operational or restructuring-related activities that affect comparability. Adjusted EBIT is one of the measures management uses for planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluating financial and operating results and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends.
Adjusted Net Interest Expense
Adjusted Net Interest Expense is provided to assist the reader by eliminating charges which result from refinancing activities or unusual transactions. Management believes that the Adjusted Net Interest Expense measure is useful information to investors in order to demonstrate a measure of interest expense that is associated with the ordinary course of business operations and that it is more comparable to interest expense in prior periods. Pinnacle uses Adjusted Net Interest Expense to conduct and evaluate its business in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the corporation’s financing strategies and to analyze trends in interest expense, absent the effect of unusual transactions.
Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share
Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate and the related Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share metrics are provided to present the reader with the after-tax impact of Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Interest Expense, net in order to improve the comparability and understanding of the related GAAP measures. Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted Effective Tax Rate and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share provide transparent and useful information to management, investors, analysts and other parties in evaluating and assessing our primary operating results from period to period after removing the impact of unusual, non-operational or restructuring-related activities that affect comparability. Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share are measures used by management for planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluating financial and operating results.
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