US: Hormel Foods Q3 profits climb
By Michelle Russell | 23 August 2012
- Net profit climbs 13%
- Operating profit increases to $171.8m
- Sales up 5%
Hormel saw profits increase in all five of its divisions
US food group Hormel Foods has booked an increase in third-quarter profits as all five of its business segments reported earnings growth.
In the three months ended 29 July, profit climbed 13% to US$111.2m, the company reported yesterday (22 August).
Hormel said it had "an excellent quarter", led by its grocery products segment, which recorded 32% profit growth.
Operating profit reached $171.8m compared to $146.8m last year.
Sales for the quarter amounted to $2bn, up 5% from the same period in fiscal 2011.
AUSTIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL) today reported its performance for the fiscal year 2012 third quarter.
All comparisons are to the third quarter or first nine months of fiscal 2011.
Diluted EPS of $.41 up 14 percent from diluted EPS of $.36
Segment operating profit up 17 percent
Dollar sales of $2.0 billion, up 5 percent
Volume up 4 percent
Grocery Products operating profit up 32 percent; volume up 16 percent (volume up 2 percent excluding sales of Don Miguel products); dollar sales up 21 percent (dollar sales up 3 percent excluding sales of Don Miguel products)
Jennie-O Turkey Store operating profit up 12 percent; volume up 3 percent; dollar sales up 7 percent
Refrigerated Foods operating profit up 7 percent; volume up 1 percent; dollar sales flat
Specialty Foods operating profit up 18 percent; volume up 4 percent; dollar sales up 11 percent
All Other (primarily Hormel Foods International) operating profit up 55 percent; volume up 3 percent; dollar sales up 2 percent
The company reported fiscal 2012 third quarter net earnings of $111.2 million, up 13 percent from net earnings of $98.5 million a year earlier. For the nine months ended July 29, 2012, net earnings were $367.4 million, up 3 percent from net earnings of $356.9 million the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share for the nine months ended July 29, 2012, were $1.37, up 5 percent from diluted net earnings per share of $1.31 last year.
Sales for the quarter were $2.0 billion, up 5 percent from the same period in fiscal 2011. For the nine months ended July 29, 2012, sales totaled $6.1 billion, up 5 percent from the same period last year.
"We had an excellent quarter, with earnings per share and sales up 14 percent and 5 percent, respectively," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "All five segments reported increased earnings, led by our Grocery Products segment. Our strong sales growth across multiple segments demonstrates that our products are connecting well with consumers.
"Our Grocery Products segment benefitted from strong sales of our SPAM® family of products and from our MegaMex Foods joint venture. I was also pleased to see sales of our HORMEL® COMPLEATS® microwave meals grow nicely in the quarter.
Our Jennie-O Turkey Store segment delivered another good quarter, aided by increased value-added sales and an improved product mix. Our international business continues to achieve impressive results, led by strong export sales of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork. Increased value-added sales offset lower pork operating margins, boosting our Refrigerated Foods segment results during the quarter. Our Specialty Foods team generated excellent results on higher sales during the quarter," Ettinger remarked.
SEGMENT OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS - THIRD QUARTER
Grocery Products (15% of Net Sales, 23% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Grocery Products segment profit increased by 32 percent, led by improved sales of our SPAM® family of products and by our MegaMex Foods joint venture. Net sales increased over last year's results by 21 percent, including sales of DON MIGUEL® products. Without those sales, sales increased 3 percent.
Refrigerated Foods (52% of Net Sales, 35% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Refrigerated Foods segment profit improved by 7 percent, as stronger results by our Meat Products and Foodservice businesses were able to offset lower pork operating margins. While net sales for the quarter were flat, value-added sales increased, including sales of HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats, HORMEL® party trays, HORMEL® bacon, and HORMEL® pepperoni.
Jennie-O Turkey Store (18% of Net Sales, 23% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Jennie-O Turkey Store delivered another solid quarter, with segment operating profit up 12 percent from a year ago. Increased value-added sales and an improved product mix offset higher feed costs and lower commodity meat prices. Net sales for the quarter rose 7 percent, led by sales of JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® fresh tray pack products and turkey burgers.
Specialty Foods (11% of Net Sales, 12% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
Specialty Foods segment profit increased 18 percent, as all three business units registered gains. Net sales grew 11 percent, led by higher sales of bulk and nutritional items, private label canned meats and ingredients.
All Other (4% of Net Sales, 7% of Total Segment Operating Profit)
The All Other segment, which consists primarily of Hormel Foods International, grew segment profit by 55 percent and net sales by 2 percent, driven principally by stronger exports of our SPAM® family of products and fresh pork.
Net Interest and Investment Expense
Net interest and investment expense was lower due principally to reduced debt levels and a lower interest rate.
"Our excellent results in the third quarter give us momentum heading into the fourth quarter and put us on track to achieve results consistent with our annual guidance range of $1.79 to $1.89 per share," concluded Ettinger. "Increased grain costs will present a challenge, but the strength of our balanced business model and the vibrancy of our branded, value-added portfolio should support continued sales and earnings growth as we close out fiscal 2012."
Effective August 15, 2012, the Company paid its 336th consecutive quarterly dividend, at the annual rate of $.60.
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