• Q1 underlying net income up
  • Emerging markets bolster results
India was among markets highlighted by Heinz

India was among markets highlighted by Heinz

US food giant Heinz has reported a 10% increase in first-quarter profits on the back of continued growth in emerging markets, which now account for a record share of turnover.

Heinz booked a 9.5% gain in net income from continuing operations to US$279m, excluding the impact of a productivity programme on its results a year ago, for the quarter to 29 July.

The ketchup maker said sales in emerging markets increased by 19.3% on an organic basis, pointing to growth in Indonesia, India and Brazil. Emerging markets account for 26% of revenues, Heinz said.

It cited "improved results" in the US, although operating income from its North America business fell year-on-year. Heinz also saw its operating income in Australia double after last year's productivity programme, which led to plants being closed, and after moves to cut the number of SKUs on sale.

On a reported basis, group operating income was up 10.7% at $410m. Excluding the impact the productivity programme had on profits last year, operating income was "virtually flat" amid the impact of the strong US dollar.

The "unfavourable" foreign exchange rates meant reported sales fell 1.5% to $279m, although on an organic basis, sales were up 4.8%.

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August 29, 2012 07:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

Heinz Reports Double-Digit First-Quarter EPS Growth to $0.87 from Continuing Operations

Fiscal 2013 First-Quarter Results – Continuing Operations, Excluding Fiscal 2012 Productivity Charges:

Heinz delivered its 29th consecutive quarter of organic sales growth (volume plus price) of 4.8%.

Reported sales declined 1.5% to $2.79 billion, reflecting a -5.6% foreign currency exchange impact.

Emerging Markets delivered 19.3% organic sales growth (+11.2% reported) and represented a record 26% of total Company sales.

Top 15 Brands delivered organic sales growth of 5.9% (+0.1% reported).

Global Ketchup posted 3.7% organic sales growth (-1.2% reported).

Operating income was essentially flat (+10.7% reported), including a -5.3% foreign currency impact.

Net income grew almost 10% to $279 million. Reported net income increased 23.2%.

EPS increased 10% (+24.3% reported).

On a constant currency basis, sales grew 4.2%, operating income increased 5.1% and EPS rose 15.2%, which excludes non-recurring items in the prior year.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP amounts are set forth in the attached financial tables. Results excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012 represent the Company’s reported results adjusted to exclude charges for workforce reductions, factory closures and other implementation costs taken in Fiscal 2012 to accelerate growth. Organic sales are defined as volume plus price or total sales growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange and acquisitions and divestitures. Operating free cash flow is defined as cash from operations less capital expenditures net of proceeds from disposal of Property, Plant & Equipment. Also, constant currency as used in this press release is defined as the reported amount adjusted for translation (the effect of changes in average foreign exchange rates between the current period and the corresponding prior year) and the impact of current-year foreign currency translation hedges.

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) today reported strong first-quarter results, with growth of 10.1% in earnings per share from continuing operations (excluding special charges a year ago). The results reflected double-digit sales growth in Emerging Markets, improved results in the U.S. and Australia, higher volume and pricing, improved productivity and a favorable tax rate.

“Heinz delivered strong results and our 29th consecutive quarter of organic sales growth, despite the difficult economic environment, higher commodity costs and headwinds from foreign currency,” said Chairman, President and CEO William R. Johnson. “Heinz is off to a good start in Fiscal 2013, led by our trio of growth engines – Emerging Markets, Global Ketchup and our Top 15 Brands.”

Continuing Operations

In the fiscal quarter ended July 29, reported sales declined 1.5% to $2.79 billion, reflecting the unfavorable impact of 5.6% from foreign currency exchange rates. Net pricing increased 2.3%, led by Emerging Markets, as well as the U.K. and the U.S. Volume increased 2.5%, led by strong growth in Emerging Markets, as well as growth in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. Divestitures reduced total sales by 0.6%, primarily reflecting the exit from the Boston Market® license in the U.S. and the sale of a small soup business in Germany.

Heinz delivered organic sales growth of 4.8%, led by Emerging Markets, which posted organic sales growth of 19.3% for the quarter (11.2% reported). Emerging Markets represented a record 26% of total Company sales.

The Company's Top 15 Brands achieved organic sales growth of 5.9% (0.1% reported), led by Quero®, Master®, Golden Circle, ABC®, Weight Watchers® Smart Ones®, Heinz® and Ore-Ida®. Global Ketchup delivered organic sales growth of 3.7% (1.2% decline on a reported basis), led by strong growth in Brazil, Russia and China.

On a reported basis, gross profit grew 1.9% to $1 billion and gross margin increased 120 basis points to 35.9%. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012, gross profit decreased 1.3%, largely due to a $55 million unfavorable impact from foreign exchange, and gross margin increased 10 basis points. The gross margin improvement was driven by higher pricing and productivity, which more than offset higher commodity costs.

Marketing for the first quarter increased 4.5% on a constant currency basis (2.4% decline on a reported basis) as the Company continued to invest behind its leading brands.

Reported SG&A expenses (excluding marketing) decreased 3.8% to $476 million. SG&A as a percentage of sales declined to 17.1% from 17.5% a year ago, due to effective cost management, the overlap of prior-year productivity charges and the impact of foreign exchange. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives a year ago, SG&A (excluding marketing) decreased 2.0% and declined to 17.1% of sales from 17.2%. During the quarter, Heinz increased investments in Project Keystone, the Company’s global initiative to upgrade and harmonize systems and processes; and in greater capabilities in Emerging Markets.

Operating income grew 10.7% to $410 million. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012, operating income was virtually flat due to a 5.3% unfavorable impact from foreign exchange (up 5.1% on a constant currency basis).

The effective tax rate for the current quarter was 17.7% compared to a prior year reported rate of 23.3% (24.0% excluding charges for productivity initiatives). The Company continues to expect a full-year tax rate in the low twenties for Fiscal 2013.

Net income from continuing operations grew 23.2% to $279 million from $227 million a year ago. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives a year ago, net income rose 9.5%, also impacted by 5.5% of unfavorable foreign exchange.

Reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations grew 24.3% to $0.87 from $0.70 a year ago. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives last year, EPS grew 10.1% from $0.79 a year ago. EPS this year was reduced by $0.04 from unfavorable foreign currency translation and translation hedges.

On a constant currency, continuing operations basis, sales grew 4.2%, operating income increased 5.1% and EPS rose 15.2%, which excludes non-recurring items in the prior year. Total Company net income including discontinued operations was $258 million; and EPS grew to $0.80.

Discontinued Operations

In the first quarter of Fiscal 2013, Heinz completed the previously announced sale of its U.S. Foodservice frozen desserts business. This transaction resulted in a $31.5 million pre-tax ($20.4 million after-tax) loss, which has been recorded in discontinued operations. The frozen desserts business had reported sales of $2.5 million in the first quarter, versus $17.0 million a year ago.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

“Our strong first-quarter results put Heinz on track to deliver our previously announced outlook for Fiscal 2013,” Mr. Johnson said.

For the full year in Fiscal 2013, Heinz expects:

At least 4.0% organic sales growth;

Constant currency EPS growth of 5-8% on a continuing operations basis and excluding special items in Fiscal 2012; and

Strong operating free cash flow of more than $1 billion.

FIRST-QUARTER OPERATING RESULTS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

North American Consumer Products

Reported sales decreased 2.0% to $759 million, while organic sales increased 0.9%. Net pricing increased 1.0%. Overall, volume was flat as the U.S. retail business delivered 1.2% organic growth, which was offset by a decline in Canada. New product innovations, (e.g. Ore-Ida® Grillers, new Smart Ones® breakfasts and meals), and new package sizes and product formats contributed growth, as did increased sales of frozen potatoes. These gains were partially offset by the Company’s decision to exit T.G.I. Friday’s® frozen meals. Sales were also unfavorably impacted by 1.8% from the decision to exit the Boston Market® license, which has been classified as a divestiture. Unfavorable Canadian exchange translation rates decreased sales 1.1%. Operating income decreased 3.9% to $183 million, down 2.9% on a constant currency basis.

Europe

Reported sales declined 7.2% to $778 million, due to an 8.8% impact from unfavorable foreign exchange translation rates. Organic sales grew by 2.0% in a difficult economic environment. Net pricing increased 2.9%, largely driven by the U.K., Benelux and Eastern Europe. Volume decreased 0.9%, reflecting weak economies and soft category sales in Continental Europe and Italy, partially offset by strength in Eastern Europe (especially Russia) and the U.K. Operating income was flat at $137 million but increased almost 8.0% on a constant currency basis.

Asia/Pacific

Reported sales decreased 1.9% to $658 million as unfavorable foreign exchange translation rates decreased sales by 6.1%. Organic sales increased 4.1%, including pricing of 1.4%. Volume increased 2.7%, reflecting growth in Indonesia, India, China and Japan, partially offset by planned declines in Long Fong® frozen products in China, reflecting the significant streamlining of that business in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012. Operating income increased 18.9% to $73 million and increased almost 30.0% on a constant currency basis. Australia’s operating income doubled in the quarter as a result of last year’s productivity initiatives, SKU rationalization and improved operations.

U.S. Foodservice

Both reported and organic sales grew 2.4% to $315 million. Pricing increased sales 2.6% while volume remained relatively flat. Operating income rose 12.7% to $37 million.

Rest of World

Reported sales increased 16.5% to $281 million, as unfavorable foreign exchange translation decreased sales by 15.1%. Organic sales grew 31.7%, including pricing of 6.8%. Volume increased 24.9%, driven by Brazil, where the Heinz and Quero brands delivered strong normalized volume growth of 36.0%; and the business benefitted from an extra month of results in the quarter due to an accounting calendar change. The increase in Brazil was partially offset by softness in Venezuela, reflecting the economic environment. Operating income decreased 4.0% to $31 million, but increased 3.0% on a constant currency basis despite overlapping very strong profit results in the first quarter of Fiscal 2012.

 

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