Diamond Foods, Inc. engages in processing, marketing, and distributing snack products. It provides snack products, including roasted, glazed and flavored nuts, trail mixes, dried fruit, seeds, microwave popcorn products, and potato and tortilla chips under the Emerald, Pop Secret, and Kettle brands. The company also offers culinary, in-shell, and ingredient nuts under the Diamond of California brand name. It markets its culinary nuts to individuals who prepare meals or baked goods at home; and ingredient nuts to food processors, restaurants, bakeries, and food service companies and their suppliers. The company sells its products directly to national grocery, mass merchandiser, clubs, convenience stores, and drug store chains in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, South Korea, Turkey, China, and Japan. Diamond Foods, Inc. was founded in 1912 and is based in San Francisco, California
You can walk in any Walmart or Costco or grocery store and not forget. People who eat the nuts, popcorn and kettle chips don't care if the expenses were not booked in the right year. This is a profitable company with amazing growth potential.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND) today announced that the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors has substantially completed its investigation of the Company's accounting for certain crop payments to walnut growers. The Audit Committee has concluded that the Company's financial statements for the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 will need to be restated. Over the course of the last three months, the Audit Committee has carefully reviewed the accounting treatment of certain payments to walnut growers. The Audit Committee has concluded that a "continuity" payment made to growers in August 2010 of approximately $20 million and a "momentum" payment made to growers in September 2011 of approximately $60 million were not accounted for in the correct periods, and the Audit Committee identified material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting.
The Board of Directors is taking a number of corrective actions including the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Effective immediately, the Board has appointed Director Rick Wolford to serve as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer and Michael Murphy, of Alix Partners, LLP, to serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer. The Company is commencing searches for permanent replacements for the CEO and CFO positions. The Board has also appointed Robert J. Zollars, who previously served as Lead Independent Director, to the position of Chairman of the Board. Michael J. Mendes and Steven M. Neil have been placed on administrative leave from the Company.
"After an extensive and thorough investigation, the Audit Committee concluded that the Company's internal controls were inadequate and that certain grower payments for the 2011 and 2010 crops were not accounted for in the correct periods. As a result, the Company will restate its fiscal years 2010 and 2011 financial statements," said Robert Zollars, Diamond Foods' Chairman. "The Board takes the Company's control and the integrity of its financial statements very seriously, and we are moving aggressively to implement corrective measures, including changes to the Company's leadership."
"I look forward to working with the management team and the terrific employees at Diamond and will be focused on moving the business forward, further driving Diamond's strong brands and helping to find a permanent chief executive," said Rick Wolford, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer.
Diamond is working diligently to complete financial restatements for the affected periods and will file all required reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible. While the timing of the restatement is difficult to predict at this time, the Company will endeavor to provide updates on timing and other material developments.
Rick Wolford previously served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Del Monte Foods. Mr. Wolford began his career in 1967 in the food industry at Dole Foods, where he held a variety of positions, including President of Dole Packaged Foods. He has served as a Director of Diamond Foods since April 2011.
Michael Murphy is currently a Managing Director at Alix Partners, a leading financial consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of broad and varied financial advisory services experience.
Accretive combination makes Diamond the number two global player in savory snack category
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and CINCINNATI, OH (April 5, 2011) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge the Pringles business ("Pringles") into Diamond Foods in a transaction valued at $2.35 billion.
“Pringles is an iconic, billion dollar snack brand with significant global manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure,” said Michael J. Mendes, Chairman, President and CEO of Diamond Foods. “Our plan is to build upon the brand equity Pringles has established in over 140 countries. This strategic combination will create an independent, global leader in the snack industry with a focus on quality and innovative products. Not only is this combination immediately accretive, it also creates a platform that we believe will allow us to build shareholder value for years to come.”
“We are confident Diamond Foods will be an excellent new home for our Snacks employees,” said Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of P&G. “This is also a terrific deal for our shareholders – maximizing value and minimizing earnings per share dilution.”
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 1, 2011 – Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) today announced that its previously announced acquisition of the Pringles snack business from The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) is now expected to close in the first half of calendar 2012. Diamond and P&G had previously expected the closing to occur in December of 2011.
Diamond and P&G have revised the expected closing date of the acquisition following the receipt by the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Diamond’s Board of Directors of an external communication regarding Diamond’s accounting for certain crop payments to walnut growers. In response to the communication, Diamond’s Audit Committee decided to perform an investigation of this matter. Management is fully committed to supporting the Audit Committee in this process.
Closing of the Pringles transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions and completion of an exchange offer by P&G. Antitrust approvals required for the transaction have already been obtained.