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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, Blue Buffalo's net sales rose 14.2% to $337.0 million compared to net sales of $295.1 million, driven primarily by volume growth. The Company's reported numbers beat analysts' estimates by $18.3 million.

During Q4 2017, Blue Buffalo's net sales of Dry Foods increased 10.8% on a y-o-y basis to $265.9 million while net sales of Wet Foods, Treats, and Other Products surged 28.9% to $71.1 million.

For Q4 2017, Blue Buffalo's gross profit grew 15.1%, to $151.9 million and gross margin was 45.1%, up 40 basis points compared to 44.7% in Q4 2016. The increase in gross margin was driven primarily by favorable product mix and supply chain efficiencies, which were partially offset by higher distribution costs. The Company's selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 4.4% to $75.0 million. Adjusted SG&A, which excluded litigation expenses and costs incurred in preparing for Blue Buffalo's public offerings, increased 6.5% on a y-o-y basis, primarily due to the Company's ongoing investment in advertising and marketing.

Blue Buffalo's net income totaled $53.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in Q4 2017 compared to $34.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in Q4 2016. The Company's adjusted net income, excluding litigation expenses and costs incurred in preparing for Blue Buffalo's public offerings, rose 50.2% to $53.5 million in the reported quarter compared to $35.6 million in the prior year's corresponding quarter. The Company's adjusted earnings per diluted share soared 51.4% to $0.27 for Q4 2017 compared to $0.18 in Q4 2016, and came in ahead of Wall Street's estimates of $0.25 per share.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, Blue Buffalo's net sales advanced 10.9% to $1.28 billion compared to $1.15 billion in FY16, primarily driven by volume growth.

For FY17, Blue Buffalo's net income totaled $193.5 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared to $130.2 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in FY16. The Company's adjusted net income came at $194.8 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, compared to $156.8 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in FY16.

Impact of Tax Reform

Blue Buffalo's net income for Q4 2016 and FY17 increased by $5.4 million, due to the remeasurement of deferred taxes in connection with the reduction in the corporate statutory income tax rate from 35% to 21, due to the enactment of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

Cash Matters

During FY17, Blue Buffalo's net cash provided by operating activities was $193.9 million compared to $127.2 million in FY16. The Company's cash and cash equivalents were $282.2 million as of December 31, 2017, compared to $292.7 million as of December 31, 2016.

Merger Agreement with General Mills

In a separate press release issued on February 23, 2018, Blue Buffalo announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with General Mills, under which General Mills, will acquire Blue Buffalo for $40.00 per common share, in cash, or an enterprise value of approximately $8.0 billion. In light of this announcement, Blue Buffalo did not update financial guidance and also did not hold its investor conference call.

Stock Performance Snapshot

April 06, 2018 - At Friday's closing bell, Blue Buffalo Pet Products' stock was marginally down 0.03%, ending the trading session at $39.92.

Volume traded for the day: 3.69 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 3.10 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 0.08%; previous three-month period – up 22.45%; past twelve-month period – up 71.40%; and year-to-date – up 21.74%

After last Friday's close, Blue Buffalo Pet Products' market cap was at $7.80 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 39.88.

The stock is part of the Consumer Goods sector, categorized under the Food - Major Diversified industry.

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