United Natural Foods, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Q2 Fiscal 2014 Net Income Increased 23.6% Year Over Year to $28.0 Million

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended February 1, 2014.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 13.9%, or $200.3 million, to $1.65 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to $1.45 billion for the same period last fiscal year
  • Diluted EPS was $0.56 for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase of 21.7% from $0.46 for the same period last fiscal year
  • Operating margin was 3.0% of net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase of 27 basis points from the same period last fiscal year
  • Independent channel net sales growth accelerated to 11.6%

“Our independent channel grew over 11% during the quarter driven by continued innovation in products and services supported by UNFI's extensive product offering,” commented Steven Spinner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Continued demand for our products further demonstrates that the trend towards natural and organic consumption continues to gain momentum.”

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 13.9% to $1.65 billion from $1.45 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Gross margin was 16.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to 16.7% for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was negatively impacted by severe weather, the foreign exchange impact from the declining value of the Canadian dollar on the Company's Canadian business and the ongoing shift in the Company’s sales mix.

Total operating expenses were 13.3% as a percentage of net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, a decrease of 70 basis points compared with the same period last fiscal year. This improvement in expenses was driven by the continued shift in the sales mix to supernatural, supermarket and multi-unit independent customers, positive trends in the Company’s self-insurance accruals compared to the prior year and lapping of the prior year labor action costs. Total operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 included $3.6 million of expenses related to the labor action at the Company's Auburn, Washington facility. Excluding the Auburn, Washington labor action costs in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, operating expenses were 13.8% of net sales.

Operating income increased 25.3%, or $9.9 million, to $48.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to $39.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Operating income as a percentage of net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 27 basis points to 3.0% compared to the same period last fiscal year. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 increased $5.3 million, or 23.6%, to $28.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, from $22.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The second quarter of fiscal 2013 included the negative impact of approximately $0.04 per diluted share related to the Auburn, Washington labor action.

The following table details the amounts and effect of the labor action costs related to our Auburn, Washington facility described above and the reconciliation of total operating expenses including the labor action costs (GAAP basis), to total operating expenses excluding the labor action costs (non-GAAP basis) for the three months ended January 26, 2013:

  Three months ended
January 26, 2013
(in millions) Pretax   % of Sales
 
Total operating expenses $ 202.7 14.0 %
Labor action costs 3.6   0.2 %
Total operating expenses, excluding labor action costs $ 199.1   13.8 %

First Half Fiscal 2014 Summary

Net sales for the first half of fiscal 2014 totaled $3.25 billion, a 13.7% increase over the comparable prior fiscal year period. Gross margin was 12 basis points lower than the comparable prior fiscal year period, at 16.6% of net sales for the six months ended February 1, 2014. Gross margin in the first half of fiscal 2014 was negatively impacted by severe weather and foreign exchange for the Company's Canadian business and the continued shift in sales growth towards supernatural, national supermarket and multi-unit independent customers. These challenges were partially offset by improved execution by the Company’s supply chain group, specifically with respect to inbound logistics and procurement.

At 13.6% of net sales, total operating expenses for the six months ended February 1, 2014 were 46 basis points lower than the comparable prior fiscal year period. Total operating expenses increased $40.4 million, or 10.0%, to $442.5 million from $402.1 million for the six months ended January 26, 2013. Total operating expenses in the first half of fiscal 2013 included approximately $4.6 million of expenses related to the labor action at the Company's Auburn, Washington facility. Excluding these incremental expenses, operating expenses were $397.5 million or 13.9% of net sales.

The following table details the amounts and effect of the labor action costs related to our Auburn, Washington facility described above and the reconciliation of total operating expenses including the labor action costs (GAAP basis), to total operating expenses excluding the labor action costs (non-GAAP basis) for the six months ended January 26, 2013:

  Six months ended
January 26, 2013
(in millions) Pretax   % of Sales
 
Total operating expenses $ 402.1 14.1 %
Labor action costs 4.6   0.2 %
Total operating expenses, excluding labor action costs $ 397.5   13.9 %

Net income for the first half of fiscal 2014 increased $11.6 million, or 26.2%, to $55.7 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, from $44.2 million, or $0.89 per diluted share for the first half of fiscal 2013.

“Later this quarter we will finish construction of our Sturtevant, Wisconsin facility which will serve as our exciting new hub serving the greater Chicago market,” concluded Mr. Spinner.

Updated Fiscal 2014 Guidance

Based on UNFI's performance to date and the current outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2014, UNFI is narrowing and updating its previous guidance for fiscal 2014, which was affirmed on December 3, 2013. For fiscal 2014, ending August 2, 2014, which is a 52-week fiscal year compared with the 53-week fiscal 2013, the Company expects net sales in the range of approximately $6.70 to $6.78 billion, an increase of approximately 10.5% to 11.8% over fiscal 2013. Adjusting for $118.7 million of net sales for the 53rd week in fiscal 2013, net sales growth for fiscal 2014 is expected to be in the range of approximately 12.7% to 14.0%. The Company estimates GAAP earnings per diluted share for fiscal 2014 in the range of approximately $2.45 to $2.51 per share, an increase of approximately 12.4% to 15.1% over fiscal 2013 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $2.18.

Conference Call & Webcast

The Company's second quarter 2014 conference call and audio webcast will be held today, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The audio webcast of the conference call will be available to the public, on a listen-only basis, via the Internet at the Investors section of the Company's website at www.unfi.com. The online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 30 days.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. (http://www.unfi.com) carries and distributes more than 65,000 products to more than 31,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada. The Company serves a wide variety of retail formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the food service channel. United Natural Foods, Inc. was ranked by Fortune in 2006 - 2010 as one of its "Most Admired Companies" and in 2012 as one of its "Most Admired American Companies", winner of the Supermarket News 2008 Sustainability Excellence Award, recognized by the Nutrition Business Journal for its 2009 Environment and Sustainability Award and chosen by Food Logistics Magazine as one of its 2012 Top 20 Green Providers.

For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., visit the Company’s website at www.unfi.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding the Company's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and management estimates; actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties which could impact these statements are described in the Company's filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on October 1, 2013, its quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on December 11, 2013, and other filings the Company makes with the SEC, and include, but are not limited to, the Company's dependence on principal customers; the Company's sensitivity to general economic conditions, including the current economic environment, changes in disposable income levels and consumer spending trends; the Company's ability to reduce its expenses in amounts sufficient to offset its increased focus on sales to conventional supermarkets and the resulting lower gross margins on the sales; the Company's reliance on the continued growth in sales of natural and organic foods and non-food products in comparison to conventional products; the Company's ability to timely and successfully deploy its warehouse management system throughout its distribution centers; increased fuel costs; the Company's sensitivity to inflationary and deflationary pressures; the relatively low margins and economic sensitivity of the Company's business; the potential for disruptions in the Company's supply chain by circumstances beyond its control; the risk of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, work stoppages or otherwise; the ability to identify and successfully complete acquisitions of other natural, organic and specialty food and non-food products distributors; and management's allocation of capital and the timing of capital expenditures. Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. The Company is not undertaking to update any information in the foregoing reports until the effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws. Any projections of future results of operations are based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These projections are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. The Company may from time to time update these publicly announced projections, but it is not obligated to do so.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: To supplement its financial statements presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis, the Company has included in this press release non-GAAP financial measures, including operating expenses excluding expenses related to the labor action at the Company’s Auburn, Washington facility and estimated net sales growth adjusting for the 53rd week in fiscal 2013. The reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are presented within the tables or text of this press release. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for any measure prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that presenting its operating expenses for the applicable periods excluding these expenses facilitates making period-to-period comparisons and is a meaningful indication of its operating performance. The Company’s management utilizes this non-GAAP financial information to compare the Company’s operating performance during the 2013 fiscal year versus the comparable periods in the 2014 fiscal year and to internally prepared projections.

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data amounts)

   
Three months ended Six months ended
February 1,
2014
  January 26,
2013
February 1,
2014
  January 26,
2013
Net sales $ 1,646,041 $ 1,445,703 $ 3,248,052 $ 2,855,740
Cost of sales 1,377,874   1,204,030   2,708,709   2,378,114  
Gross profit 268,167   241,673   539,343   477,626  
Operating expenses 219,322 202,693 442,472 400,451
Restructuring and asset impairment expenses       1,629  
Total operating expenses 219,322   202,693   442,472   402,080  
Operating income 48,845   38,980   96,871   75,546  
Other expense (income):
Interest expense 1,782 1,373 3,636 2,351
Interest income (125 ) (168 ) (245 ) (341 )
Other, net 602   201   621   4,982  
Total other expense, net 2,259   1,406   4,012   6,992  
Income before income taxes 46,586 37,574 92,859 68,554
Provision for income taxes 18,635   14,954   37,144   24,398  
Net income $ 27,951   $ 22,620   $ 55,715   $ 44,156  
Basic per share data:
Net income $ 0.56   $ 0.46   $ 1.13   $ 0.90  
Weighted average basic shares of common stock outstanding 49,615   49,289   49,490   49,174  
Diluted per share data:
Net income $ 0.56   $ 0.46   $ 1.12   $ 0.89  
Weighted average diluted shares of common stock outstanding 49,873   49,528   49,766   49,475  
 

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

   
February 1,
2014
August 3,
2013

ASSETS

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,575 $ 11,111
Accounts receivable, net 406,943 339,590
Inventories 764,694 702,161
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 56,851 38,534
Deferred income taxes 23,822   23,822  
Total current assets 1,266,885 1,115,218
Property & equipment, net 394,147 338,594
Goodwill & intangible assets, net 265,588 251,414
Other assets 24,361   24,682  
Total assets $ 1,950,981   $ 1,729,908  
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 334,867 $ 283,851
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 113,058 113,397
Current portion of long-term debt 1,202   1,019  
Total current liabilities 449,127 398,267
Notes payable 240,180 130,594
Long-term debt, excluding current portion 33,128 33,091
Deferred income taxes 41,474 41,474
Other long-term liabilities 27,878   27,336  
Total liabilities 791,787   630,762  
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 5,000 shares; none issued or outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 100,000 shares; 49,623 issued and outstanding shares at February 1, 2014; 49,330 issued and outstanding shares at August 3, 2013 496 493
Additional paid-in capital 390,056 380,109
Unallocated shares of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (39 ) (39 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (6,709 ) (1,092 )
Retained earnings 775,390   719,675  
Total stockholders’ equity 1,159,194   1,099,146  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,950,981   $ 1,729,908  
 

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)

(In thousands)

 
Six months ended
February 1,
2014
  January 26,
2013
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 55,715 $ 44,156
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 22,998 20,944
Share-based compensation 9,507 7,889
Loss (gain) on disposals of property and equipment 46 (20 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements (2,321 ) (30 )
Impairment of intangible asset 1,629
Provision for doubtful accounts 1,601 1,497
Non-cash interest expense 1,050
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquired businesses:
Accounts receivable (66,988 ) (51,057 )
Inventories (60,139 ) (94,621 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (15,953 ) (11,762 )
Accounts payable 19,022 32,140
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (363 ) 651  
Net cash used in operating activities (35,825 ) (48,584 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Capital expenditures (76,320 ) (20,026 )
Purchases of acquired businesses, net of cash acquired (23,005 ) (9,266 )
Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment 102   2,342  
Net cash used in investing activities (99,223 ) (26,950 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayments of long-term debt (396 ) (400 )
Proceeds from borrowings under revolving credit line 347,474 361,906
Repayments of borrowings under revolving credit line (237,284 ) (302,808 )
Increase in bank overdraft 28,378 10,504
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,692 1,455
Payment of employee restricted stock tax withholdings (3,570 ) (3,335 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements 2,321 30
Capitalized debt issuance costs   (12 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 138,615   67,340  
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH (103 ) 157
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 3,464 (8,037 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 11,111   16,122  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 14,575   $ 8,085  
 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest $ 2,925   $ 2,195  
Cash paid for federal and state income taxes, net of refunds $ 42,072   $ 32,315  

Contact:
United Natural Foods, Inc.
Mark Shamber
Chief Financial Officer
(401) 528-8634
or
ICR
Katie Turner
General Information
(646) 277-1228

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