The J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results
ORRVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM) today announced results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2021, of its 2022 fiscal year. Financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022 reflect the divestiture of the Crisco® business on December 1, 2020, and the divestiture of the Natural Balance® business on January 29, 2021. All comparisons are to the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, unless otherwise noted.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REMARKS
"Our second quarter results, including comparable net sales growth of 8 percent, exceeded our expectations and demonstrated sustained momentum for our business and strong execution by our talented employees in what remains a dynamic operating environment," said Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We delivered robust organic top-line growth across each of our segments, reflecting consumers' continued desire for our brands and the successful implementation of initial pricing actions."
"We are pleased with our ability to increase our net sales and adjusted earnings per share expectations for the fiscal year despite increasing cost inflation and continued supply chain disruption. We remain confident that the actions we are taking to execute our strategy are positioning us to deliver sustainable growth and create shareholder value over the long term."
SECOND QUARTER CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
Net sales increased 1 percent. Excluding noncomparable net sales in the prior year of $135.7 million for the divested Crisco® and Natural Balance® businesses, as well as $5.6 million of favorable foreign currency exchange, net sales increased $146.1 million, or 8 percent.
The increase in comparable net sales was due to favorable volume/mix and higher net price realization for each of the Company's U.S. Retail segments and for International and Away From Home.
Gross profit decreased $106.7 million, or 13 percent, reflecting higher costs, primarily driven by increased commodity, manufacturing, transportation, and packaging costs, and the noncomparable impact of the Crisco® and Natural Balance® divestitures, partially offset by increased pricing and favorable volume/mix. Operating income decreased $69.0 million, or 18 percent, primarily driven by the decrease in gross profit, partially offset by a $35.1 million decrease in selling, distribution, and administrative ("SD&A") expenses.
Adjusted gross profit decreased $55.8 million, or 7 percent, with the difference from generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") results being the exclusion of the change in net cumulative unallocated derivative gains and losses and special project costs. Adjusted operating income decreased $20.9 million, or 5 percent, further reflecting the exclusion of amortization and other special project costs.
Interest Expense, Other Income (Expense), and Income Taxes
Net interest expense decreased $4.8 million, primarily as a result of reduced debt outstanding as compared to the prior year.
Net other expense decreased $29.5 million, primarily due to the lapping of a $27.9 million noncash pre-tax pension settlement charge in the prior year related to the Company's Canadian defined benefit pension plan, which was excluded from adjusted net income.
The effective income tax rate was 23.4 percent compared to 24.0 percent in the prior year. The adjusted effective income tax rate was 23.5 percent, compared to 24.0 percent in the prior year.
Cash Flow and Debt
Cash provided by operating activities was $165.1 million, compared to $378.7 million in the prior year, primarily reflecting an increase in working capital requirements, as compared to the prior year, mostly due to the timing of payments for accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and a decrease in net income adjusted for noncash items. Free cash flow was $105.9 million, compared to $326.3 million in the prior year, reflecting the decrease in cash provided by operating activities and a $6.8 million increase in capital expenditures. Net debt proceeds in the quarter totaled $1.4 million.
The Company updated its full-year fiscal 2022 guidance as summarized below:
The pandemic and related implications, along with cost inflation and volatility in supply chains, continue to impact financial results and cause uncertainty and risk for the fiscal year 2022 outlook. Any manufacturing or supply chain disruption, inclusive of any labor shortages, whether related to illness, vaccine requirements, or other factors, as well as changes in consumer mobility and purchasing behavior, retailer inventory levels, and macroeconomic conditions could materially impact actual results. While the broader outlook remains uncertain, the Company continues to focus on managing the elements it can control, including taking the necessary steps to minimize the impact of cost inflation and any business or labor disruption. This guidance reflects performance expectations based on the Company's current understanding of the environment.
Net sales are expected to range from down 0.5 percent to up 0.5 percent compared to the prior year, which incorporates an impact of $355.6 million related to the divested Crisco® and Natural Balance® businesses. On a comparable basis, net sales are expected to increase approximately 4.5 percent at the mid-point of the net sales guidance range, reflecting a deceleration in at-home consumption trends, more than offset by higher net pricing across multiple categories, continued double-digit net sales growth for the Smucker's® Uncrustables® brand, and a recovery in away from home channels. The increase in net sales guidance reflects stronger than anticipated demand in the second quarter and remainder of the year, as well as incremental net pricing actions in the remainder of the fiscal year in response to higher costs.
Adjusted earnings per share is expected to range from $8.35 to $8.75, based on 108.3 million shares outstanding. The earnings guidance reflects the updated net sales outlook, adjusted gross profit margin to range from 35.0 to 35.5 percent, and SD&A expenses down approximately 7 percent compared to the prior year. The adjusted effective income tax rate is expected to be 24.0 percent, and free cash flow is expected to be approximately $700 million, with capital expenditures of $400 million.
SECOND QUARTER SEGMENT RESULTS
(Dollar amounts in the segment tables below are reported in millions.)
U.S. Retail Pet Foods
Net sales decreased $7.1 million. Excluding $50.8 million of noncomparable net sales in the prior year related to the divested Natural Balance® business, net sales increased $43.7 million, or 7 percent. Higher net price realization across the portfolio increased net sales by 4 percentage points. Volume/mix increased net sales by 2 percentage points, primarily driven by the Milk-Bone®, Meow Mix®, and 9Lives® brands, as well as private label pet food, partially offset by decreases for the Pup-Peroni® and Kibbles 'n Bits® brands.
Segment profit decreased $25.3 million, primarily reflecting higher commodity, manufacturing, and transportation costs, partially offset by the higher net pricing.
U.S. Retail Coffee
Net sales increased $50.4 million. Volume/mix increased net sales by 5 percentage points, driven by the Dunkin'® and Café Bustelo® brands. Net price realization increased net sales by 3 percentage points, primarily reflecting list price increases and trade spend reductions for roast and ground products.
Segment profit increased $5.7 million, primarily reflecting higher net pricing and the increased contribution from volume/mix, partially offset by higher commodity costs.
U.S. Retail Consumer Foods
Net sales decreased $37.9 million. Excluding $75.1 million of noncomparable net sales in the prior year related to the divested Crisco® business, net sales increased $37.2 million, or 9 percent. Volume/mix increased net sales by 6 percentage points, driven by Smucker's® Uncrustables® frozen sandwiches and Jif® peanut butter. Higher net price realization contributed 3 percentage points of growth, primarily driven by Smucker's® Uncrustables® frozen sandwiches and Smucker's® fruit spreads.
Segment profit decreased $24.3 million, reflecting the noncomparable segment profit in the prior year related to the divested Crisco® business. Comparable segment profit growth from favorable volume/mix and higher net pricing was partially offset by higher manufacturing, transportation, ingredient, and packaging costs.
International and Away From Home
Net sales increased $10.6 million. Excluding $9.8 million of noncomparable net sales in the prior year related to the divested Crisco® business and $5.6 million of favorable foreign currency exchange, net sales increased $14.8 million, or 6 percent. Comparable net sales growth of 25 percent for the Away from Home operating segment was partially offset by a 10 percent decline for the Company's International operating segment. Volume/mix for the combined businesses increased net sales by 5 percentage points, primarily driven by increases for coffee, portion control spreads, and Smucker's® Uncrustables® frozen sandwiches in away from home channels, partially offset by a decrease for baking mixes and ingredients in the International operating segment. Net price realization contributed a 1 percentage point increase.
Segment profit increased $0.9 million, primarily reflecting the increased contribution from volume/mix, higher net pricing, and favorable foreign currency exchange, partially offset by increased commodity costs and the noncomparable segment profit in the prior year related to the divested Crisco® business.
Financial Results Discussion and Webcast
At approximately 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today, the Company will post to its website at investors.jmsmucker.com a pre-recorded management discussion of its fiscal 2022 second quarter financial results, a transcript of the discussion, and supplemental materials. At 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today, the Company will webcast a live question and answer session with Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Tucker Marshall, Chief Financial Officer. The live webcast and replay can be accessed at 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 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 and labor shortages resulting from, among other things, the implementation of vaccination requirements; 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 achieve cost savings related to restructuring and 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; 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 the 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 and COVID-19 vaccination requirements; 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. At The J.M. Smucker Co., it is our privilege to be at the heart of this dynamic with a diverse portfolio that appeals to each generation of people and pets and is found in nearly 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 preferences and acting responsibly, we will continue growing our business and the positive impact we have on society. For more information, please visit jmsmucker.com.
The J.M. Smucker Co. is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Dunkin'® is a trademark of DD IP Holder LLC, and Rachael Ray® is a trademark of Ray Marks II LLC.
The Dunkin'® brand is licensed to The J.M. Smucker Co. for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, e-commerce and drug stores. This information does not pertain to products for sale in Dunkin'® restaurants.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, including: net sales excluding divestitures and 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 financial 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; the net change in cumulative unallocated gains and losses on commodity and foreign currency exchange derivative activities ("change in net cumulative 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 facilitate 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. A reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measure for the current and prior year periods is included in the "Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures" tables. The Company has also provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures for its fiscal 2022 outlook.
The following tables provide a reconciliation of the Company's fiscal 2022 guidance for estimated adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow.
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