Flowers Foods, Inc. Announces Results for the Second Quarter 2015

New Products, Expanded Distribution and Enhanced Brand Strategy Drive Record Second Quarter Results

Aug 12, 2015, 17:15 ET from Flowers Foods, Inc.

THOMASVILLE, Ga., Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, today reported financial results for the company's 12-week second quarter ended July 18, 2015.

Second Quarter 2015 Summary Financial Results Compared to prior year second quarter

  • Sales(1) increased 1.8% to $889 million
  • EBITDA(2) increased 16.0% to $111 million; adjusted EBITDA(3) increased 13.0% to $113 million
  • Net income increased 23.1% to $52 million; adjusted net income(4) increased 18.4% to $53 million
  • Diluted EPS increased 20.0% to $0.24; adjusted diluted EPS(4) increased 19.0% to $0.25
  • Dividends paid increased 20.8% to $0.1450 per share
  1. Prior period sales have been revised. See explanation in Form 10-Q which will be filed August 13, 2015 and Form 10-K filed February 25, 2015.
  2. Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization; see reconciliation of non-GAAP measures in the financial statements following this release.
  3. Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization; see reconciliation of non-GAAP measures in the financial statements following this release.
  4. See reconciliation of non-GAAP measures in the financial statements following this release.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • EBITDA and EPS are the highest ever recorded during the company's second quarter.
  • For the 12-week second quarter of fiscal 2015, the increase in consolidated sales reflects a volume increase of 0.9% and a positive price/mix of 0.9%.
  • Sales in expansion markets contributed 1.1% to the overall sales increase during the quarter; driven by the acquired Hostess bread brands – Wonder, Home Pride, Merita, and Butternut.
  • The company generated $97.5 million of cash flow from operations and paid down $11.3 million of debt.

Fiscal 2015 Outlook

  • The company continues to expect 52-week fiscal 2015 sales of $3.786 billion to $3.861 billion and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.96 to $1.01. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be in the range of $85.0 to $95.0 million.

Segment Results for the Quarter

12 Weeks Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

% Chg.

(Amounts in millions,

except EPS)

Sales:

   DSD Segment:

      Branded Retail

$       473.2

$       457.9

3.3

      Store Branded Retail

116.6

120.7

(3.5)

      Non-retail and Other(1)

162.2

157.7

2.8

         Total DSD Sales

$       752.0

$       736.3

2.1

   Warehouse Segment:

      Branded Retail

$         31.1

$         30.6

1.7

      Store Branded Retail

28.5

27.0

5.7

      Non-retail and Other(1)

77.2

78.8

(2.1)

         Total Warehouse Sales

136.8

136.4

0.3

            Consolidated Sales

$       888.8

$       872.7

1.8

Adjusted EBITDA(2):

   DSD Segment

$       107.3

$         93.4

14.9

      % of DSD Sales

14.3%

12.7%

   Warehouse Segment

17.6

17.0

3.4

      % of Warehouse Sales

12.8%

12.4%

   Unallocated Corporate Expense(3)

(12.1)

(10.6)

14.4

      Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$       112.8

$         99.8

13.0

         % of Consolidated Sales

12.7%

11.4%

Adjusted diluted EPS(2)

$         0.25

$         0.21

19.0

Note: Amounts and percentages may not compute due to rounding.

(1) Includes foodservice, vending, and contract manufacturing.

(2) See reconciliations of non-GAAP measures in the financial statements following this release.

(3) Represents the company's corporate head office amounts.

Executive Commentary: Allen L. Shiver, president and chief executive officer, said, "Our team delivered an outstanding second quarter, with both of our operating segments posting top- and bottom-line growth. In our core markets, new products combined with our enhanced brand strategy brought consumers to our brands and improved margins. In our expansion markets, we continue to gain share with Wonder, Nature's Own, and our other proven brands. Retail sales of our two largest cake brands, Tastykake and Mrs. Freshley's, both posted growth, driven by the appeal of new products and expanded distribution.

"During the quarter, we also saw the benefit of our operational initiatives. Across a majority of our bakeries we realized improved manufacturing efficiencies, which, when combined with reduced input prices, drove margin expansion this quarter. This quarter, profitability at Lepage returned to more normalized levels, which also contributed to the strong margins in our DSD segment.

"Bringing a new bakery online can be challenging, but because of our experienced team's hard work, the start up at our Lenexa, Kansas DSD segment bakery went very smoothly. Kansas City and other Midwestern expansion markets are key to our growth strategy, and with capacity closer to these markets we can better serve our independent distributors and consumers.

Shiver continued, "The record results we report today are the result of hard work from the entire Flowers team to deliver value to shareholders. Looking ahead, we have significant momentum as we continue to execute our strategy. To grow sales and attract consumers, we intend to innovate our product portfolio and leverage our strong brands. To increase margins, we will improve efficiencies and reduce our costs. And finally, we continue to seek out strategic acquisition opportunities in order to expand our brand portfolio and geographic footprint."

DSD Segment Commentary Of the total DSD segment sales increase, pricing/mix increased 0.7% and volume increased 1.4%. Branded retail sales were strong, primarily due to volume increases in white and soft variety breads. The increase in branded retail sales was partially offset by decreases in store branded retail due to exiting certain store branded business in the second half of fiscal 2014. The non-retail and other category posted solid volume growth, driven primarily by foodservice.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin for the DSD segment increased as a percentage of sales due to lower ingredient costs, improved manufacturing efficiencies, and cost-saving initiatives; partially offset by higher distribution costs.

Warehouse Segment Commentary Of the Warehouse segment's sales increase, pricing/mix increased 1.4%, while volume decreased 1.1%. Improved price/mix drove the increase in branded retail sales, and the improvement in store brand retail sales was primarily the result of higher store brand cake sales. The decision to exit the lower-margin, non-retail tortilla business in the second half of 2014 drove the decrease in the non-retail and other category.

Indicating the improved mix of business, EBITDA margin for the Warehouse segment increased as a percentage of sales primarily due to the exit from the non-retail tortilla business in the second half of fiscal 2014 and lower ingredient costs, partially offset by higher workforce-related and packaging costs.

Consolidated Results Commentary As compared to the prior year second quarter, consolidated EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA increased. Unallocated corporate expenses were elevated during the quarter primarily due to higher consulting and legal expenses, and lower pension income; partially offset by lower stock-based compensation expense.

Interest expense declined due to lower outstanding debt balances, while a higher notes receivable balance drove an increase in interest income. Income tax expense as a percentage of pre-tax income increased slightly.

During the quarter, the company adjusted its estimate of the fair value of certain properties held for sale and identified a production line to be closed in the third quarter. As a result of these actions, the company recognized asset impairment charges during the quarter totaling $2.3 million.

Cash Flow During the quarter, cash flow from operating activities was $97.5 million, capital expenditures were $20.6 million, and dividends paid were $30.5 million. During the quarter, the company paid down debt by $11.3 million.

Dividend The board of directors will review the dividend at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Any action taken will be announced following that meeting.

Conference Call Flowers Foods will broadcast its second quarter 2015 earnings conference call over the Internet at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) on August 13, 2015. The call will be broadcast live on www.flowersfoods.com, and can be accessed by clicking on the webcast link on the home page. The call also will be archived on the company's website.

About Flowers Foods Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States, with 2014 sales of $3.75 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company's top brands are Nature's Own, Wonder, and Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to current expectations regarding our future financial condition, performance and results of operations, planned capital expenditures, long-term objectives of management, supply and demand, pricing trends and market forces, and integration plans and expected benefits of transactions and are often identified by the use of words and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would," "is likely to," "is expected to" or "will continue," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those projected. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this release and that may affect the company's prospects in general include, but are not limited to (a) competitive conditions in the baked foods industry, including promotional and price competition, (b) changes in consumer demand for our products, including changes in consumer behavior, trends and preferences, including health and whole grain trends, and the movement toward more inexpensive store-branded products, (c) the success of productivity improvements and new product introductions, (d) a significant reduction in business with any of our major customers including a reduction from adverse developments in any of our customer's business, (e) fluctuations in commodity pricing, (f) energy and raw material costs and availability and hedging and counterparty risk, (g) our ability to fully integrate recent acquisitions into our business, (h) our ability to achieve cash flow from capital expenditures and acquisitions and the availability of new acquisitions that build shareholder value; (i) consolidation within the baking industry and related industries; (j) disruptions in our direct-store delivery system, including litigation or an adverse ruling from a court or regulatory or government body that could affect the independent contractor classification of our independent distributors, and (k) the failure of our information technology systems to perform adequately, including any interruptions, intrusions or security breaches of such systems. The foregoing list of important factors does not include all such factors, nor necessarily present them in order of importance. In addition, you should consult other disclosures made by the company, including the risk factors included in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and disclosures made in other filings with the SEC and company press releases, for other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by the company. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date made and are inherently uncertain. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update such statements, except as required by law.

Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures The company prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). However, from time to time, the company may present in its public statements, press releases and SEC filings, non-GAAP financial measures such as, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBIT, adjusted EBIT margin and gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization to measure the performance of the company and its operating divisions.

EBITDA is used as the primary performance measure in the company's 2014 Omnibus Equity and Incentive Compensation Plan. The company defines EBITDA as earnings from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and income attributable to non-controlling interest. The company believes that EBITDA is a useful tool for managing the operations of its business and is an indicator of the company's ability to incur and service indebtedness and generate free cash flow. Furthermore, pursuant to the terms of our credit facility, EBITDA is used to determine the company's compliance with certain financial covenants. The company also believes that EBITDA measures are commonly reported and widely used by investors and other interested parties as measures of a company's operating performance and debt servicing ability because EBITDA measures assist in comparing performance on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation or amortization, which can vary significantly depending upon accounting methods and non-operating factors (such as historical cost). EBITDA is also a widely-accepted financial indicator of a company's ability to incur and service indebtedness.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted common share exclude additional costs that we consider important to present to investors. These include, but are not limited to, the costs of closing a plant or costs associated with acquisition-related activities. We believe that financial information excluding certain transactions not considered to be part of the ongoing business improves the comparability of earnings results. We believe investors will be able to better understand our earnings results if these transactions are excluded from the results. These non-GAAP financial measures are measures of performance not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should be considered in addition to, not in lieu of, GAAP reported measures. None of these non-GAAP measures should be considered an alternative to (a) income from operations or net income (loss) as a measure of operating performance; (b) cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of the company's ability to meet its cash needs; or (c) any other indicator of performance or liquidity that has been determined in accordance with GAAP. Our method of calculating EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted common share, and may differ from the methods used by other companies, and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization is used as a performance measure to provide additional transparent information regarding our results of operations on a consolidated and segment basis. Changes in depreciation and amortization are separately discussed and include depreciation and amortization for materials, supplies, labor and other production costs and operating activities. Presentation of gross margin includes depreciation and amortization in the materials, supplies, labor and other production costs according to GAAP. Our method of presenting gross margin excludes the depreciation and amortization components, as discussed above. This presentation may differ from the methods used by other companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The reconciliations attached provide a reconciliation of our net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income, a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to cash flow from operations, a reconciliation of our gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization to GAAP gross margin, a reconciliation of net income per diluted common share to adjusted net income per diluted common share and reconciliations of operating income (EBIT) to EBITDA by segment.

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Income

(000's omitted, except per share data)

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Sales

$

888,795

$

872,791

$

2,034,840

$

2,026,708

Materials, supplies, labor and other production costs (exclusive

of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

457,253

458,019

1,043,169

1,053,896

Selling, distribution and administrative expenses

318,758

314,995

742,532

735,542

Impairment of assets

2,275

4,489

2,275

4,489

Depreciation and amortization

30,468

29,907

70,285

69,199

Income from operations (EBIT)

80,041

65,381

176,579

163,582

Interest expense, net

(860)

(1,734)

(2,442)

(4,906)

Income before income taxes (EBT)

79,181

63,647

174,137

158,676

Income tax expense

27,421

21,583

60,988

55,546

Net income

$

51,760

$

42,064

$

113,149

$

103,130

Net income per diluted common share

$

0.24

$

0.20

$

0.53

$

0.48

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

212,872

212,919

212,798

212,906

 

 

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Segment Reporting

(000's omitted)

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Sales:

   Direct-Store-Delivery

$

751,969

$

736,364

$

1,718,132

$

1,699,486

   Warehouse Delivery

136,826

136,427

316,708

327,222

$

888,795

$

872,791

$

2,034,840

$

2,026,708

EBITDA:

   Direct-Store-Delivery (1)

$

105,066

$

88,900

$

239,440

$

220,466

   Warehouse Delivery

17,567

16,984

38,645

35,749

   Unallocated Corporate 

(12,124)

(10,596)

(31,221)

(23,434)

$

110,509

$

95,288

$

246,864

$

232,781

Depreciation and Amortization:

   Direct-Store-Delivery

$

26,995

$

26,487

$

62,175

$

61,271

   Warehouse Delivery

3,591

3,524

8,371

8,180

   Unallocated Corporate

(118)

(104)

(261)

(252)

$

30,468

$

29,907

$

70,285

$

69,199

EBIT:

   Direct-Store-Delivery (1)

$

78,071

$

62,413

$

177,265

$

159,195

   Warehouse Delivery

13,976

13,460

30,274

27,569

   Unallocated Corporate 

(12,006)

(10,492)

(30,960)

(23,182)

$

80,041

$

65,381

$

176,579

$

163,582

(1) The 12 week and 28 week periods ended July 18, 2015 include an asset impairment charge of $2.3 million. The 12 week and 28 week periods ended July 12, 2014 include an asset impairment charge of $4.5 million.

 

 

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(000's omitted)

July 18, 2015

Assets

     Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

46,544

     Other Current Assets

449,089

     Property, Plant & Equipment, net

777,473

     Distributor Notes Receivable (includes $20,699 current portion)

185,552

     Other Assets

42,325

     Cost in Excess of Net Tangible Assets, net

926,644

     Total Assets

$

2,427,627

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

     Current Liabilities

$

310,124

     Long-term Debt and Capital Leases (includes $34,180 current portion)

693,274

     Other Liabilities

232,695

     Stockholders' Equity

1,191,534

     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

2,427,627

 

 

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(000's omitted)

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income 

$

51,760

$

113,149

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash

  from operating activities:

Total non-cash adjustments

40,136

92,395

Pension contributions and changes in assets and liabilities

5,615

10,390

Net cash provided by operating activities

97,511

215,934

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment 

(20,590)

(40,573)

Other

12,553

7,204

Net cash disbursed for investing activities

(8,037)

(33,369)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(30,496)

(59,181)

Exercise of stock options, including windfall tax benefit

974

5,096

Stock repurchases

0

(6,858)

Proceeds from debt borrowings

26,800

401,000

Debt and capital lease obligation payments

(38,100)

(469,000)

Other

(10,074)

(14,601)

Net cash disbursed for financing activities

(50,896)

(143,544)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

38,578

39,021

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

7,966

7,523

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

46,544

$

46,544

 

 

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

(000's omitted, except per share data)

Reconciliation of Earnings per Share

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Net income per diluted common share

$                      0.24

$                      0.20

$                      0.53

$                      0.48

Asset impairment

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.02

Adjusted net income per diluted common share

$                      0.25

$                      0.21

$                      0.54

$                      0.50

Reconciliation of Gross Margin

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Sales

$               888,795

$               872,791

$           2,034,840

$           2,026,708

Materials, supplies, labor and other production costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

457,253

458,019

1,043,169

1,053,896

Gross Margin excluding depreciation and amortization

431,542

414,772

991,671

972,812

Less depreciation and amortization for production activities

20,184

20,506

46,812

47,419

Gross Margin

$               411,358

$               394,266

$               944,859

$               925,393

Depreciation and amortization for production activities

$                 20,184

$                 20,506

$                 46,812

$                 47,419

Depreciation and amortization for selling, distribution and administrative activities

10,284

9,401

23,473

21,780

Total depreciation and amortization

$                 30,468

$                 29,907

$                 70,285

$                 69,199

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Net income

$                 51,760

$                 42,064

$               113,149

$               103,130

Income tax expense

27,421

21,583

60,988

55,546

Interest expense, net

860

1,734

2,442

4,906

Depreciation and amortization

30,468

29,907

70,285

69,199

EBITDA

110,509

95,288

246,864

232,781

Asset impairment

2,275

4,489

2,275

4,489

Adjusted EBITDA

$               112,784

$                 99,777

$               249,139

$               237,270

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Cash Flow from Operations

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Adjusted EBITDA

$               112,784

$                 99,777

$               249,139

$               237,270

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities

9,668

13,272

22,110

25,929

Pension contributions and changes in assets and liabilities

5,615

(34,153)

10,390

(25,347)

Income taxes

(27,421)

(21,583)

(60,988)

(55,546)

Interest expense, net

(860)

(1,734)

(2,442)

(4,906)

Asset impairment

(2,275)

(4,489)

(2,275)

(4,489)

Cash Flow From Operations

$                 97,511

$                 51,090

$               215,934

$               172,911

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

Net income

$                 51,760

$                 42,064

$               113,149

$               103,130

Asset impairment

1,476

2,896

1,476

2,896

Adjusted net income

$                 53,236

$                 44,960

$               114,625

$               106,026

Reconciliation of EBIT to Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBITDA - DSD

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

EBIT

$                 78,071

$                 62,413

$               177,265

$               159,195

Asset impairment

2,275

4,489

2,275

4,489

Adjusted EBIT

80,346

66,902

179,540

163,684

Depreciation and amortization

26,995

26,487

62,175

61,271

Adjusted EBITDA

$               107,341

$                 93,389

$               241,715

$               224,955

Reconciliation of EBIT to EBITDA - Warehouse

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

EBIT

$                 13,976

$                 13,460

$                 30,274

$                 27,569

Depreciation and amortization

3,591

3,524

8,371

8,180

EBITDA

$                 17,567

$                 16,984

$                 38,645

$                 35,749

Reconciliation of EBIT to EBITDA - Corporate

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 12 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

For the 28 Week Period Ended

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

July 18, 2015

July 12, 2014

EBIT

$               (12,006)

$               (10,492)

$               (30,960)

$               (23,182)

Depreciation and amortization

(118)

(104)

(261)

(252)

EBITDA

$               (12,124)

$               (10,596)

$               (31,221)

$               (23,434)

Reconciliation of Earnings per Share - Full Year Fiscal 2015 Guidance

Range Estimate

Net income per diluted common share

$                      0.95

to

$                      1.00

Asset impairment

0.01

0.01

Adjusted net income per diluted common share

$                      0.96

to

$                      1.01

 

 

 

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Sales Bridge

Net

Total Sales

For the 12 Week Period Ended July 18, 2015

Volume

Price/Mix

Change

Direct-Store-Delivery

1.4%

0.7%

2.1%

Warehouse Delivery

-1.1%

1.4%

0.3%

Total Flowers Foods

0.9%

0.9%

1.8%

Net

Total Sales

For the 28 Week Period Ended July 18, 2015

Volume

Price/Mix

Change

Direct-Store-Delivery

0.7%

0.4%

1.1%

Warehouse Delivery

-3.0%

-0.2%

-3.2%

Total Flowers Foods

-0.1%

0.5%

0.4%

 

 

SOURCE Flowers Foods, Inc.



RELATED LINKS

http://www.flowersfoods.com