• Net profit soars to US$37.5m
  • EBITDA reaches $80.1m
  • Net sales grow 1.4%
Seneca Foods saw profits in its nine-month period climb

Seneca Foods saw profits in its nine-month period climb

US canned foods firm Seneca Foods has booked an increase in earnings in the first nine months of its fiscal year.

In the period ended 29 December, net profit soared to US$37.5m from $13.4m in the year-ago period, the company reported yesterday (31 January). A year earlier, the company incurred a $19.5m LIFO charge, which hit profits.

EBITDA in the period amounted to $80.1m, compared to $4.4m reported a year earlier. Net sales were up 1.4% to $14m, boosted by higher selling prices and a more favourable sales mix.

The increase in nine-month profits came despite a fall in third-quarter earnings. Net profit dropped to $14.8m from $18.5m a year earlier, while operating profit slid 25% to $22m. Net sales, however, were up 1.3% to $452.7m

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Seneca Foods Reports Net Earnings Increase of $24.1 Million for the Nine Months Ended December 29, 2012

 

MARION, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seneca Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: SENEA, SENEB) reported net earnings for the fiscal nine months ended December 29, 2012 of $37.5 million, or $3.19 per diluted share, compared to $13.4 million, or $1.10 per diluted share for the same period in the prior year. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, net sales increased $14.0 million, or 1.4% to $1,001.4 million. The increase is attributable to higher selling prices and a more favorable sales mix of $32.0 million partially offset by a sales volume decrease of $18.0 million. 

For the third quarter of 2013, net earnings were $14.8 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to $18.5 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, in the fiscal third quarter of 2012.   Net sales for the third quarter ended December 29, 2012 increased from the third quarter ended December 31, 2011 by 1.3%, or $5.8 million to $452.7 million.  The increase is attributable to a sales volume increase of $28.1 million partially offset by a less favorable sales mix and lower selling prices of $22.3 million.  Part of the sales volume increase can be attributed to stronger promotional activity than in the prior year.

Excluding a non-cash after-tax LIFO charge of $0.8 million, net earnings per diluted share were $1.39 during the quarter ended December 29, 2012 versus $2.09 during the quarter ended December 31, 2011, which included a non-cash LIFO charge of $7.0 million. Excluding a non-cash after-tax LIFO credit of $0.8 million, net earnings per diluted share were $3.13 during the nine months ended December 29, 2012, compared to $2.70 during the nine months ended December 31, 2011 which included a non-cash LIFO charge of $19.5 million.

About Seneca Foods Corporation

Seneca Foods is a processor of canned fruits and vegetables with manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States. Its products are sold under the Libby's, Blue Boy, Aunt Nellie's Farm Kitchen, Stokely's, READ, Seneca Farms and Seneca labels as well as through the private label and industrial markets. In addition, under an alliance with General Mills Operations, LLC, a successor to the Pillsbury Company and a subsidiary of General Mills, Inc., Seneca produces canned and frozen vegetables, which are sold by General Mills Operations, LLC under the Green Giant label. Seneca's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Stock Market under the symbols "SENEA" and "SENEB". SENEA is included the S&P SmallCap 600, Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 indices.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures—Net Earnings Excluding LIFO Impact, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA

Net Earnings excluding LIFO, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide a basis for comparison to companies that do not use LIFO and enhance the understanding of the Company's historical operating performance.  The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net earnings and reported diluted earnings per share to net earnings excluding LIFO and diluted earnings per share excluding LIFO.

 

Original source: Seneca Foods