ORRVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at a virtual investor day, The J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM) will outline its strategic goals and operational priorities to create long-term and sustainable shareholder value. The Company has also reaffirmed its fiscal year 2021 outlook and shared long-term financial targets.
"We are implementing a focused strategic plan, including reshaping our portfolio, streamlining our organization, and updating our commercial model to transform how we deliver for our customers and consumers, as well as deliver sustainable shareholder value," said Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer.
During the virtual investor day, the Company's leadership team will share steps being taken by the organization to work sharper, stronger, and together:
Sharper: How the Company is prioritizing investments in brands, products, and channels to drive revenue and earnings growth.
Stronger: How the Company is transforming its capabilities and cost structure to expand competitive advantage, deliver growth, and maximize returns.
Together: How the Company is bringing its Purpose to life by "Feeding connections that help us thrive."
This includes an increased focus on execution excellence, which the Company's leadership team will detail through the four pillars of its operational priorities for the next 12 to 18 months:
Driving commercial excellence: Transformation of both the marketing and sales model to increase focus on both the consumer and the customer, including the creation of a dedicated pet food sales organization.
Streamlining its cost infrastructure: A continued commitment to productivity and a focus on minimizing expenses that do not support sales or profit growth, generating $50 million of annual cost savings in each of the next three fiscal years.
Reshaping its portfolio: Reprioritization of investments in the areas of highest growth potential and exit of brands and businesses that are not consistent with the Company's long-term strategic focus.
Unleashing the organization to win: Delayering and streamlining the organization to improve decision making and achieve greater agility, unlocking the power of the Smucker family of employees.
Long-Term Growth Targets Based on its strategic framework and in-depth portfolio review, the Company provided long-term annual growth targets, including:
Net Sales growth of 2 percent
Operating Income growth of 5 percent
Adjusted EPS growth of 8 percent
Total Shareholder Return of 10 percent or greater
Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Outlook The Company reiterated its fiscal year 2021 financial guidance of net sales growth to be flat to up 1 percent, adjusted earnings per share to range from $8.35 to $8.65, and free cash flow to range from $975 million to $1,025 million. The guidance reflects the removal of five months of divested net sales of approximately $100 million and the removal of adjusted earnings per share of $0.20, excluding any potential benefit from the use of proceeds from the sale. The guidance does not reflect any impact of the pending Natural Balance® divestiture, which is anticipated to be immaterial to fiscal year 2021 earnings. The Company anticipates offsetting the earnings dilution and using the after-tax proceeds for share repurchases, over time.
Webcast and Materials The Company will conduct the virtual investor day via a webcast and question and answer session today, December 10, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. To access the webcast, please visit investors.jmsmucker.com.
The J.M. Smucker Co. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, such as projected net sales, operating results, earnings, and cash flows that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties, important factors, and assumptions listed and discussed in this press release, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed, include: the ability to successfully complete the divestiture of the Natural Balance® brand pet food business in a timely and cost-effective manner; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business, industry, suppliers, customers, consumers, employees, and communities, particularly with respect to the Company's Away From Home business; disruptions or inefficiencies in the Company's operations or supply chain, including any impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the ability to achieve cost savings related to cost management programs in the amounts and within the time frames currently anticipated; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow to continue operating under the Company's capital deployment model, including capital expenditures, debt repayment, dividend payments, and share repurchases; volatility of commodity, energy, and other input costs; risks associated with derivative and purchasing strategies the Company employs to manage commodity pricing and interest rate risks; the availability of reliable transportation on acceptable terms, including any impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the ability to implement and realize the full benefit of price changes, and the impact of the timing of the price changes to profits and cash flow in a particular period; the success and cost of marketing and sales programs and strategies intended to promote growth in the Company's businesses, including product innovation; general competitive activity in the market, including competitors' pricing practices and promotional spending levels; the impact of food security concerns involving either the Company's products or its competitors' products; the impact of accidents, extreme weather, natural disasters, and pandemics (such as COVID-19); the concentration of certain of the Company's businesses with key customers and suppliers, including single-source suppliers of certain key raw materials and finished goods, and the Company's ability to manage and maintain key relationships; impairments in the carrying value of goodwill, other intangible assets, or other long-lived assets or changes in useful lives of other intangible assets or other long-lived assets; the impact of new or changes to existing governmental laws and regulations and their application, including tariffs; the outcome of tax examinations, changes in tax laws, and other tax matters; foreign currency exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations; and risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, to reflect new events or circumstances.
About The J.M. Smucker Co. Each generation of consumers leaves their mark on culture by establishing new expectations for food and the companies that make it. It is our privilege to be at the heart of this dynamic with a portfolio that appeals to each generation of people and pets and is found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants. This includes a mix of iconic brands consumers have always loved such as Folgers®, Jif® and Milk-Bone® and new favorites like Café Bustelo®, Smucker's® Uncrustables®and Rachael Ray® Nutrish®. By continuing to immerse ourselves in consumer and pet parent preferences for food, how it's purchased and how the companies that make it should operate, we will maintain the important role we play in their lives. This will allow us to continue growing our business and the positive impact we have on all of those who count on us. For more information, please visit jmsmucker.com.
The J.M. Smucker Co. is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein except for Rachael Ray®, a registered trademark of Ray Marks II LLC, which is used under license.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, including: net sales excluding foreign currency exchange; adjusted gross profit; adjusted operating income; adjusted income; adjusted earnings per share; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges related to intangible assets ("EBITDA (as adjusted)"); and free cash flow, as key measures for purposes of evaluating performance internally. The Company believes that investors' understanding of its performance is enhanced by disclosing these performance measures. Furthermore, these non-GAAP financial measures are used by management in preparation of the annual budget and for the monthly analyses of its operating results. The Board of Directors also utilizes certain non-GAAP financial measures as components for measuring performance for incentive compensation purposes.
Non-GAAP measures exclude certain items affecting comparability that can significantly affect the year-over-year assessment of operating results, which include amortization expense and impairment charges related to intangible assets; divestiture, acquisition, integration, and restructuring costs ("special project costs"); gains and losses related to the sale of a business; unallocated gains and losses on commodity and foreign currency exchange derivatives ("unallocated derivative gains and losses"); and other one-time items that do not directly reflect ongoing operating results. Income taxes, as adjusted is calculated using an adjusted effective income tax rate that is applied to adjusted income before income taxes and reflects the exclusion of the previously discussed items, as well as any adjustments for one-time tax-related activities, when they occur. While this adjusted effective income tax rate does not generally differ materially from the GAAP effective income tax rate, certain exclusions from non-GAAP results can significantly impact the adjusted effective income tax rate.
These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Rather, the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures supplements other metrics used by management to internally evaluate its businesses and facilitates the comparison of past and present operations and liquidity. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies and may exclude certain nondiscretionary expenses and cash payments.
The following tables provide a reconciliation of the Company's fiscal 2021 guidance for estimated adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow.
Year Ending April 30, 2021
Net income per common share – assuming dilution reconciliation:
Net income per common share – assuming dilution
Unallocated derivative losses (gains) (A)
Gain on divestiture (B)
Pension plan termination settlement charge
Adjusted earnings per share
(A) As unallocated derivative losses (gains) vary each quarter based on market conditions and derivative positions taken, the Company does not project derivative gains or losses on a forward-looking basis. Therefore, the forward-looking unallocated derivative losses (gains) in the table above reflect the net cumulative amount already recognized in GAAP results as of October 31, 2020, that is expected to be allocated to non-GAAP results in future periods.
(B) As disclosed in the Company's most recent quarterly filing on Form 10-Q, the pre-tax gain on divestiture is estimated to be approximately $115 million based on expected proceeds, including the assumed working capital adjustment and carrying value of the net assets, less estimated costs to sell, at the closing date.