Lancaster Colony Reports Second Quarter Sales and Earnings

February 4, 2021 7:30 AM EST

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) today reported results for the company's fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Summary

  • Consolidated net sales increased 5.6% to a second quarter record $375.0 million versus $355.1 million last year.  Retail net sales grew 19.5% to $222.6 million while Foodservice net sales declined 9.7% to $152.4 million.
  • Excluding all Omni Baking sales attributed to a temporary supply agreement that was terminated effective October 31, 2020, consolidated net sales increased 7.3%.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 7.0% to a second quarter record $106.8 million.
  • Consolidated operating income grew 8.4% to $58.6 million.
  • Net income was $1.62 per diluted share versus $1.58 per diluted share last year.

CEO David A. Ciesinski commented, "We were very pleased to report record sales and gross profit for our fiscal second quarter despite all the challenges posed by the impacts of COVID-19.  I truly appreciate the ongoing contributions and sacrifices of all the Lancaster Colony associates that led to these strong results in the face of very difficult circumstances.  The top priorities for our business remain the health, safety and welfare of our employees and continuing to play our part in the country's vital food supply chain."

"In the fiscal second quarter, growth in our core Retail business was driven by higher demand for at-home food consumption due to the impacts of COVID-19 along with the success of our licensing program.  Olive Garden® dressings, Chick-fil-A® sauces and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces were noted contributors to the Retail sales gains.  In Foodservice, the growth of quick-service restaurant and pizza chain customers in our mix of national chain restaurant accounts remains a source of strength in the current environment."

"Looking ahead to our fiscal third quarter, we expect net sales to benefit from continued gains in Retail for dressings and sauces sold under exclusive license agreements.  We anticipate the impacts of COVID-19 will remain a headwind for our manufacturing costs while commodities and freight expense are expected to become increasingly inflationary.  Our ongoing cost savings programs and net price realization efforts will help to offset these higher costs.  Our ERP initiative, Project Ascent, is progressing as planned as we move through the testing phase with implementation on track to commence in early fiscal 2022."

Second Quarter Results

Lancaster Colony's consolidated net sales increased 5.6% to a second quarter record $375.0 million versus $355.1 million last year.  Excluding all Omni Baking Company sales, which totaled $0.9 million this year versus $6.3 million last year, consolidated net sales increased 7.3%.  The Omni Baking sales were attributed to a temporary supply agreement that was terminated effective October 31, 2020.  Retail segment net sales grew 19.5% to $222.6 million as the impacts of COVID-19 continued to drive higher demand for at-home food consumption and new products also contributed to the sales gains.  The increase in Retail net sales was led by Olive Garden® dressings along with our recently introduced Chick-fil-A® sauces and single-bottle Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces, all of which are produced and sold under exclusive license agreements, in addition to strong growth for our frozen bread products.  In the Foodservice segment, net sales declined 9.7% to $152.4 million as demand remained constrained by the impacts of COVID-19.  Excluding all Omni Baking sales, Foodservice net sales declined 6.8%.

Consolidated gross profit increased 7.0% to a second quarter record $106.8 million compared to $99.9 million in the prior year.  Gross profit benefited from the strong Retail sales growth and reduced Retail trade spending partially offset by higher manufacturing costs and increased commodity and freight costs.  Manufacturing costs continue to reflect the impacts of COVID-19 including higher hourly wage rates for our front-line employees, increased expenditures for personal protective equipment and lower operating efficiencies.  Our ongoing cost savings programs also helped to offset some of these costs.  We continue to follow the protocols and guidelines provided by government health authorities and make the necessary investments to promote safe operations at all our plants and distribution centers.

SG&A expenses increased $2.5 million to $48.2 million as expenditures for Project Ascent, in support of our ERP project and related initiatives, increased $3.6 million.  SG&A expenses also reflect a lower level of consumer spending in the quarter.

Consolidated operating income grew $4.5 million or 8.4% to $58.6 million driven by the Retail sales growth and resulting heavier Retail sales mix partially offset by higher manufacturing costs attributed to the impacts of COVID-19 and increased commodity and freight costs.

Net income increased $1.2 million to $44.6 million, or $1.62 per diluted share, versus $1.58 per diluted share last year.  Expenditures for Project Ascent reduced net income by $6.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the current-year quarter compared to $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter.  Net income was unfavorably impacted by a higher overall effective tax rate of 23.8% in the current-year quarter compared to 21.0% last year.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Results

For the six months ended December 31, 2020, net sales increased 4.6% to $724.3 million compared to $692.2 million a year ago.  Net income for the six-month period totaled $81.7 million, or $2.96 per diluted share, versus the prior-year amount of $84.2 million, or $3.06 per diluted share.  In the current-year period, spend for Project Ascent decreased net income by $12.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, a favorable adjustment to the contingent consideration for Bantam Bagels increased net income by $4.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and an impairment charge for certain intangible assets of the Bantam Bagels business reduced net income by $0.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.  In the prior-year period, spend for Project Ascent decreased net income by $5.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and restructuring and impairment charges reduced net income by $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.

Conference Call on the Web

The company's second quarter conference call is scheduled for this morning, February 4, at 10:00 a.m. ET.  You may access a live webcast of the call through a link on the company's Internet home page at www.lancastercolony.com.  A replay of the webcast will also be made available on the company's website.

About the Company

Lancaster Colony Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice channels.

Forward-Looking Statements

We desire to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA"). This news release contains various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the PSLRA and other applicable securities laws. Such statements can be identified by the use of the forward-looking words "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "believe," "intend," "plan," "expect," "hope" or similar words. These statements discuss future expectations; contain projections regarding future developments, operations or financial conditions; or state other forward-looking information. Such statements are based upon assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments; and other factors we believe to be appropriate. These forward-looking statements involve various important risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and could be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include:

  • significant shifts in consumer demand and disruptions to our employees, communities, customers, supply chains, operations, and production processes resulting from COVID-19 and other epidemics, pandemics or similar widespread public health concerns and disease outbreaks;
  • efficiencies in plant operations;
  • dependence on contract manufacturers, distributors and freight transporters, including their financial strength in continuing to support our business;
  • capacity constraints that may affect our ability to meet demand or may increase our costs;
  • difficulties related to the design and implementation of our new enterprise resource planning system;
  • cyber-security incidents, information technology disruptions, and data breaches;
  • the potential for loss of larger programs or key customer relationships;
  • fluctuations in the cost and availability of ingredients and packaging;
  • the ability to successfully grow recently acquired businesses;
  • changes in demand for our products, which may result from loss of brand reputation or customer goodwill;
  • price and product competition;
  • the success and cost of new product development efforts;
  • the lack of market acceptance of new products;
  • the impact of customer store brands on our branded retail volumes;
  • the reaction of customers or consumers to price increases we may implement;
  • adverse changes in freight, energy or other costs of producing, distributing or transporting our products;
  • stability of labor relations;
  • the extent to which recent and future business acquisitions are completed and acceptably integrated;
  • dependence on key personnel and changes in key personnel;
  • the effect of consolidation of customers within key market channels;
  • the impact of fluctuations in our pension plan asset values on funding levels, contributions required and benefit costs;
  • the possible occurrence of product recalls or other defective or mislabeled product costs;
  • maintenance of competitive position with respect to other manufacturers;
  • changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments;
  • the impact of any regulatory matters affecting our food business, including any required labeling changes and their impact on consumer demand;
  • the outcome of any litigation or arbitration;
  • adequate supply of skilled labor; and
  • risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Management believes these forward-looking statements to be reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on statements that are based on current expectations.

LANCASTER COLONY CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)(In thousands except per-share amounts)

Three Months Ended 

December 31,

Six Months Ended 

December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

375,015

$

355,117

$

724,252

$

692,171

Cost of sales

268,170

255,228

524,753

500,174

Gross profit

106,845

99,889

199,499

191,997

Selling, general & administrative expenses

48,247

45,747

96,445

85,202

Change in contingent consideration

64

(5,687)

127

Restructuring and impairment charges

1,195

886

Operating income

58,598

54,078

107,546

105,782

Other, net

(27)

877

(23)

2,304

Income before income taxes

58,571

54,955

107,523

108,086

Taxes based on income

13,941

11,531

25,814

23,917

Net income

$

44,630

$

43,424

$

81,709

$

84,169

Net income per common share: (a)

Basic

$

1.62

$

1.58

$

2.97

$

3.06

Diluted

$

1.62

$

1.58

$

2.96

$

3.06

Cash dividends per common share

$

0.75

$

0.70

$

1.45

$

1.35

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

27,479

27,443

27,470

27,443

Diluted

27,518

27,489

27,507

27,503

(a)    Based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding during each period.

 

LANCASTER COLONY CORPORATIONBUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION (Unaudited)(In thousands)

Three Months Ended 

December 31,

Six Months Ended 

December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

NET SALES

Retail

$

222,570

$

186,210

$

416,295

$

352,287

Foodservice

152,445

168,907

307,957

339,884

Total Net Sales

$

375,015

$

355,117

$

724,252

$

692,171

OPERATING INCOME (a)

Retail

$

60,720

$

43,462

$

103,378

$

82,478

Foodservice

18,336

26,920

45,757

53,895

Nonallocated Restructuring and Impairment Charges

(886)

Corporate Expenses

(20,458)

(16,304)

(41,589)

(29,705)

Total Operating Income

$

58,598

$

54,078

$

107,546

$

105,782

(a)     

Effective July 1, 2020, certain indirect costs that were historically allocated to the Retail and Foodservice segments are beingpresented within corporate expenses.  These changes had no effect on previously reported consolidated net sales, operating income, net income or earnings per share.  Please refer to the Company's 8-K filing dated November 4, 2020 for additional details, including historical business segment information that has been retroactively conformed to the current presentation.

 

LANCASTER COLONY CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)(In thousands)

December 31,

2020

June 30,

2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and equivalents

$

216,381

$

198,273

Receivables

87,530

86,604

Inventories

109,047

85,048

Other current assets

13,306

15,687

Total current assets

426,264

385,612

Net property, plant and equipment

314,630

293,288

Other assets

313,416

314,453

Total assets

$

1,054,310

$

993,353

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

88,066

$

71,433

Accrued liabilities

52,562

54,826

Total current liabilities

140,628

126,259

Noncurrent liabilities and deferred income taxes

87,322

83,794

Shareholders' equity

826,360

783,300

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,054,310

$

993,353

 

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SOURCE Lancaster Colony Corporation



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