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Hain Celestial Announces Record First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results

STRONG NET SALES FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS UP 25.4%

GAAP EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF $0.42 PER DILUTED SHARE; ADJUSTED EPS OF $0.40 PER DILUTED SHARE

Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire BluePrint™

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:   HAIN), a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthy Way of Life™, today reported its results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Performance Highlights

  • Net sales from continuing operations up 25.4% over the same period in fiscal year 2012
  • GAAP net income from continuing operations up 56.6%; adjusted net income up 35.8%
  • GAAP gross profit and adjusted gross profit up 19.3%
  • GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.42, up 50.0%; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.40, up 33.3%
  • Operating free cash flow was $102.1 million for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012, increasing 23.8% over the same period in fiscal year 2012

The Company reported global net sales of $359.8 million from continuing operations, a 25.4% increase compared to net sales of $286.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.  The Company's first quarter net sales do not include $12.2 million of net sales in fiscal year 2013 and $5.5 million in fiscal year 2012 from discontinued operations.  The Company's growth came from continued sales momentum in the natural and organic sector across various classes of trade including natural, grocery, mass-market retailers, club stores and e-tailers along with contributions from strategic acquisitions.  Strong contribution came from our Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Sensible Portions®, Spectrum®, MaraNatha®, The Greek Gods®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Arrowhead Mills®,  Linda McCartney®, Alba Botanica®, Europe's Best®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®  and Cully & Sully® brands. 

For the first quarter, the Company earned $19.8 million of net income from continuing operations as compared to $12.6 million in the prior year first quarter, a 56.6% increase from the prior year, and reported earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.42 compared to $0.28 in the prior year first quarter.  Adjusted earnings per diluted share was $0.40 on adjusted net income of $18.6 million in the fiscal year 2013 first quarter as compared to $0.30 per diluted share on adjusted net income of $13.7 million over the prior year first quarter. Adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share improved 35.8% and 33.3%, respectively, over the prior year first quarter.  Adjusted net income excludes acquisition-related items and restructuring charges, discrete tax items and results of discontinued operations.    

"We had a strong start to our fiscal year with solid growth of our business led by Hain Celestial United States and with contributions from our expanded international operations during our first quarter.  Our increased scale provided us the leverage for improved operating efficiencies across our global portfolio enabling us to deliver solid results from all of our segments.  At the same time, our cash conversion cycle improved to 66 days compared 83 days during the first quarter last year," said Irwin D. Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial.  

Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire BluePrint™
In a separate press release, the Company announced it had entered into a letter of intent to acquire BluePrint™, a recognized leader in juice cleanses and single-serve raw juices based in New York City.  The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2012, is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2013.  Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Acquisition of Brands from Premier Foods
In an October 29, 2012 press release, the Company also announced it had completed the strategic acquisition of Premier Foods' market-leading grocery brands including Hartley's®, Sun-Pat®, Gale's®, Robertson's® and Frank Cooper's® in the United Kingdom.  The Company estimates that net sales during the eight month period from closing to June 30, 2013 will approximate $180 million with accretion in earnings per diluted share during that period of approximately $0.25 before acquisition related charges.  These estimates are included in the Company's updated guidance below. 

The Company also announced that its Daily Bread sandwich business, which had been classified as a discontinued operation effective in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, is expected to close tomorrow on its sale to Adelie Foods Group.  Under the terms of the transaction the Company will acquire the prepared fruit products business of Adelie, which will be housed at Hain Daniels High Care, Fresh Innovation Center, specializing in healthy fruit and vegetable meal solutions.     

Fiscal Year 2013 Guidance
The Company updated its annual guidance for fiscal year 2013 in connection with its recent acquisition of certain of the Premier Foods brands. 

  • Total net sales range of $1.780 billion to $1.795 billion.
  • Earnings of $2.35 to $2.45 per diluted share.

Guidance is provided for continuing operations on a non-GAAP basis and therefore excludes results of discontinued operations and acquisition and integration expenses that may be incurred during the Company's fiscal year 2013, which the Company will continue to identify when it reports its financial results.  Guidance excludes the impact of any future acquisitions. Historically, the Company's sales and earnings are strongest in its second and third quarters, which is expected to continue with the acquisition of the brands from Premier Foods.   

Segment Results
The Company's operations are organized into geographic segments:  United States, United Kingdom and Rest of World.  The following is a summary of first-quarter results by reportable segment. 



United States


United Kingdom


Rest of World


Corporate/ Other


Consolidated












Q1 FY 2013 Net sales


$  252,647


$      57,948


$  49,212




$    359,807

Q1 FY 2012 Net sales


$  233,642


$      11,238


$  41,957




$    286,837

% change - 2013 vs. 2012


8.1%


415.6%


17.3%




25.4%












Q1 FY 2013 Operating profit (loss)


$   36,517


$     (1,026)


$    4,406


$  (7,621)


$      32,276

Q1 FY 2012 Operating profit (loss)


$   31,732


$     (1,122)


$    2,180


$   (8,953)


$      23,837

% change - 2013 vs. 2012


15.1%


8.6%


102.1%




35.4%












Q1 FY 2013 Operating profit (loss) margin

14.5%


-1.8%


9.0%




9.0%

Q1 FY 2012 Operating profit (loss) margin

13.6%


-10.0%


5.2%




8.3%

Webcast
Hain Celestial will host a conference call and webcast at 4:30 PM Eastern Time today to review its first quarter fiscal year 2013 results.  The conference call will be webcast and available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.hain-celestial.com.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Café™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe's Best®, Cully & Sully®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®, Farmhouse Fare®, Hartley's®, Sun-Pat®, Gale's®, Robertson's®, Frank Cooper's®, Linda McCartney®, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene® and Earth's Best TenderCare®.  Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way of Life™" since 1993.  For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as "plan," "continue," "expect," "expected," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "may," "potential," "can," "positioned," "should," "future," "look forward" and similar expressions, or the negative of those expressions, may identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements include the Company's expectations relating to (i) the Company's guidance for net sales and earnings per diluted share in fiscal year 2013; (ii) the acquisition of certain brands from Premier Foods and the potential improvements to the Company's earnings resulting therefrom; and (iii) the potential acquisition of BluePrint.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.  These risks include but are not limited to the Company's ability to achieve its guidance for net sales and earnings per diluted share in fiscal year 2013 given the economic environment in the U.S. and other markets that it sells products as well as economic, political and business conditions generally and their effect on the Company's customers and consumers' product preferences, and the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations; the Company's ability to implement its business and acquisition strategy; the Company's ability to realize sustainable growth, execute productivity initiatives and manage its supply chain; the Company's ability to effectively integrate its acquisitions; competition; the success and cost of introducing new products as well as the Company's ability to increase prices on existing products; the Company's reliance on third party distributors, manufacturers and suppliers; the Company's ability to maintain existing customers and secure and integrate new customers; the Company's ability to respond to changes and trends in customer and consumer demand, preferences and consumption; international sales and operations; changes in fuel, raw materials and commodity costs; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations; the availability of natural and organic ingredients; the loss of one or more of our manufacturing facilities; our ability to use our trademarks; reputational damage; product liability; seasonality; and those risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.  As a result of the foregoing and other factors, no assurance can be given as to future results, levels of activity and achievements and neither the Company nor any person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of these statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted net income, adjusted gross profit, adjusted diluted EPS, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted EBITDA and operating free cash flow. The reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the tables "Consolidated Statements of Income with Adjustments" for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and in the paragraphs below.  Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented provide useful additional information to investors about current trends in the Company's operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of operations.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures.  In addition, these non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures provided by other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded.  They should be read only in connection with the Company's Consolidated Statements of Income presented in accordance with GAAP. 

The Company defines EBITDA as net income (a GAAP measure) before income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment of long lived assets, equity in the earnings of non-consolidated affiliates and stock based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment of long lived assets, equity in the earnings of non-consolidated affiliates, stock based compensation and acquisition-related expenses, including integration, and restructuring charges.   The Company's management believes that these presentations provide useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition.  In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the Company as well as a component of performance-based executive compensation. 

For the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA were calculated as follows:








Three Months


Trailing 12 Months



Sep-12

Sep-11


Sep-12

Sep-11

Net Income

16,386

11,690


83,921

57,577

Income taxes

8,336

7,717


39,962

37,861

Interest expense, net

3,441

2,899


15,617

12,787

Depreciation and amortization

8,009

6,314


32,155

24,495

Impairment of long lived assets

0

0


15,098

0

Equity in earnings of non-







consolidated affiliates

738

(68)


(334)

2,253

Stock based compensation

2,892

1,794


9,389

9,075

EBITDA

39,802

30,346


195,808

144,048

Acquisition related expenses







and restructuring charges

640

1,747


(8,388)

905

Adjusted EBITDA

40,442

32,093


187,420

144,953













 

The Company defines Operating Free Cash Flow as cash provided from or used in operating activities (a GAAP measure) less capital expenditures.  We view operating free cash flow as an important measure because it is one factor in evaluating the amount of cash available for discretionary investments. 

For the trailing twelve-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, operating free cash flow was calculated as follows:


Twelve months 
9/30/2012

Twelve months
9/30/2011

Cash flow provided by operating activities

$128,293

$93,957

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(26,193)

(11,497)

Operating free cash flow

$102,100

$82,478

 

THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)










 September 30, 


 June 30, 




2012


2012




 (Unaudited) 



ASSETS




Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$            36,154


$            29,895


Trade receivables, net

181,575


166,677


Inventories

199,916


186,440


Deferred income taxes

17,259


15,834


Other current assets

17,954


19,864


Assets of business held for sale

2,879


30,098



Total current assets

455,737


448,808







Property, plant and equipment,  net

154,111


148,475

Goodwill, net

708,849


702,556

Trademarks and other intangible assets, net

311,835


310,378

Investments and joint ventures

46,293


45,100

Other assets

22,586


18,276



Total assets 

$       1,699,411


$       1,673,593







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$          205,192


$          184,103


Income taxes payable

5,092


5,074


Current portion of long-term debt

252


296


Liabilities of business held for sale

-


13,336



Total current liabilities

210,536


202,809







Deferred income taxes 

111,123


107,633

Other noncurrent liabilities

8,571


8,261

Long-term debt, less current portion

360,246


390,288



Total liabilities

690,476


708,991







Stockholders' equity:





Common stock

465


462


Additional paid-in capital

634,343


616,197


Retained earnings

391,497


375,111


Treasury stock

(24,862)


(21,785)


Accumulated other comprehensive income

7,492


(5,383)



Total stockholders' equity

1,008,935


964,602









Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$       1,699,411


$       1,673,593







THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC.

 Consolidated Statements of Income 

 (in thousands, except per share amounts) 









Three Months Ended September 30,




2012


2011




(Unaudited)








Net sales


$             359,807


$             286,837


Cost of sales


264,595


207,033


Gross profit


95,212


79,804








Selling, general and administrative expenses


62,295


54,437


Acquisition related expenses including integration and
restructuring charges


641


1,531








Operating income


32,276


23,836








Interest expense  and other expenses


3,892


3,548


Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of
equity-method investees


28,384


20,288


Income tax provision


7,858


7,717


After-tax (income) loss of equity-method investees


738


(68)








Income from continuing operations


19,788


12,639


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax


(3,402)


(949)








Net income


$               16,386


$               11,690








Basic net income per share:






     From continuing operations


$                   0.44


$                   0.29


     From discontinued operations


(0.08)


(0.02)


Net income per share - basic


$                   0.36


$                   0.27








Diluted net income per share:






     From continuing operations


$                   0.42


$                   0.28


     From discontinued operations


(0.07)


(0.02)


Net income per share - diluted


$                   0.35


$                   0.26














Weighted average common shares outstanding:






Basic


45,017


43,930


Diluted


46,569


45,356














THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC.

 Consolidated Statements of Income With Adjustments 

 Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Presentation 

 (in thousands, except per share amounts) 










Three Months Ended September 30,



2012 GAAP

Adjustments


2012 Adjusted

2011 Adjusted



(Unaudited)

Net sales


$          359,807

-


$          359,807

$          286,837

Cost of Sales


264,595

-


264,595

207,033

Gross profit


95,212

-


95,212

79,804








Selling, general and administrative expenses


62,295

-


62,295

54,437

Acquisition related expenses including integration
and restructuring charges


641

(641)


-

-








Operating income


32,276

641


32,917

25,367








Interest and other expenses, net


3,892

(70)


3,822

3,419

Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of equity-
method investees


28,384

711


29,095

21,948

Income tax provision


7,858

1,919


9,777

8,332

After-tax (income) loss of equity-method investees


738

-


738

(68)

Income from continuing operations


19,788

(1,208)


18,580

13,684

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax


(3,402)

3,402


-

-

Net income


$            16,386

$                   2,194


$            18,580

$            13,684








Basic net income per share


$                0.36

$                     0.05


$                0.41

$                0.31








Diluted net income per share


$                0.35

$                     0.05


$                0.40

$                0.30








Weighted average common shares outstanding:







Basic


45,017



45,017

43,930

Diluted


46,569



46,569

45,356
























FY 2013


FY 2012



Impact on Income Before Income Taxes

Impact on Income Tax Provision


Impact on Income
Before Income Taxes

Impact on Income Tax Provision



(Unaudited)















  Acquisition related fees and expenses and restructuring charges


$                 641

$                      109


$                 631

$                 236








  Contingent consideration expense


-

-


900

338








Acquisition related expenses and restructuring charges


641

109


1,531

574








  Accretion on acquisition related contingent consideration


70

17


129

41








Interest and other expenses, net


70

17


129

41








  Discrete tax benefit resulting from enacted tax rate change


-

1,793


-

-








Income tax provision


-

1,793


-

-















  Loss from discontinued operations


3,402

-


949

-








Total adjustments


$            4,113

$                   1,919


$              2,609

$                615








SOURCE The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.



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