B&G Foods net sales up 17.6%

B&G Foods net sales up 17.6%

Putting acquisition growth aside, base business net sales followed industry trends and declined for the quarter.

B&G Foods Inc. (NYSE:BGS) announced financial results for the third quarter and first three quarters of 2013.

Highlights (versus year-ago quarter where applicable):

  • Net sales increased 17.6 percent to $181.4 million
  • Net income decreased 9.2 percent to $15.4 million due to loss on extinguishment of debt and acquisition related transaction costs of $3.4 million, net of tax
  • Adjusted net income* increased 10.8 percent to $18.7 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.3 percent to $46.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA guidance remains at $187.0 million to $191.0 million for the full year

 

David L. Wenner, president and chief executive officer of B&G Foods, stated, “Our business saw continued strong growth in net sales, net income and adjusted EBITDA during the third quarter. Putting acquisition growth aside, our base business net sales followed industry trends and declined for the quarter. Given current trends in the packaged foods industry, we expect growth in our base business to be challenging during the fourth quarter of 2013. We are taking actions to improve sales trends in our base business through new product introductions and selected pricing adjustments and are confident base business net sales will rebound and return to our more typical modest growth during 2014. Meanwhile, our recent acquisitions in snacks appear to be more on trend with changing consumer consumption patterns and we expect significant growth from Pirate’s Booty, Rickland Orchards, New York Style and TrueNorth in fourth quarter 2013 and beyond.”

Financial results for the third quarter of 2013
Net sales for the third quarter of 2013 increased 17.6 percent to $181.4 million from $154.2 million for the third quarter of 2012. Net sales of Pirate Brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the beginning of July 2013, contributed $16.5 million to the overall increase, net sales of the New York Style and Old London brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the end of October 2012, contributed $11.4 million to the overall increase, and net sales of the TrueNorth brand, which B&G Foods acquired at the beginning of May 2013, contributed $5.4 million to the overall increase. Net sales for B&G Foods’ base business decreased $6.1 million, or 3.9 percent, attributable to a net price decrease of $3.5 million and a unit volume decrease of $2.6 million.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2013 increased 10.8 percent to $61.3 million from $55.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased 2.1 percentage points to 33.8 percent for the third quarter of 2013 from 35.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to a net price decrease of $3.5 million, and a sales mix shift to lower margin products. Operating income decreased 1.9 percent to $37.6 million for the third quarter of 2013, from $38.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $6.3 million, or 42.4 percent, to $21.3 million for the third quarter of 2013 from $14.9 million for the third quarter of 2012. This increase was primarily due to increases in consumer marketing and selling expenses of $3.5 million (of which $1.6 million was due to timing of planned marketing spending), acquisition-related transaction costs of $2.4 million, and other expenses of $0.4 million.

Net interest expense for the third quarter of 2013 decreased $0.9 million or 7.5 percent to $11.1 million from $12.0 million for the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in net interest expense in the third quarter of 2013 was primarily attributable to the refinancing of the Company’s long-term debt during the second quarter of 2013, including the issuance of 4.625 percent senior notes, the repurchase of 7.625 percent senior notes, and the repayment of tranche B term loans.

The Company’s reported net income under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was $15.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, as compared to reported net income of $16.9 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012. The Company’s adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2013, which excludes the impact of acquisition-related transaction costs and loss on extinguishment of debt, was $18.7 million, or $0.35 per adjusted diluted share. There were no adjustments to net income for the third quarter of 2012.

For the third quarter of 2013, adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of acquisition-related transaction costs, increased 7.3 percent to $46.0 million from $42.8 million for the third quarter of 2012. There were no adjustments to EBITDA for the third quarter of 2012.

Financial results for the first three quarters of 2013
Net sales for the first three quarters of 2013 increased $53.3 million or 11.6 percent to $513.4 million from $460.1 million for the first three quarters of 2012. Net sales of the New York Style and Old London brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the end of October 2012, contributed $33.6 million to the overall increase, net sales of Pirate Brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the beginning of July 2013, contributed $16.5 million to the overall increase, and net sales of the TrueNorth brand, which B&G Foods acquired at the beginning of May 2013, contributed $8.5 million to the overall increase. Net sales from the Company’s base business decreased $5.3 million, or 1.2 percent, attributable to a net price decrease of $3.9 million and a unit volume decrease of $1.4 million.

Gross profit for the first three quarters of 2013 increased 7.3 percent to $175.8 million from $163.9 million in the first three quarters of 2012. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased 1.4 percentage points to 34.2 percent for the first three quarters of 2013 from 35.6 percent in the first three quarters of 2012. The decrease in gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to a net price decrease of $3.9 million and a sales mix shift to lower margin products. Operating income increased 2.2 percent to $114.1 million for the first three quarters of 2013, from $111.6 million in the first three quarters of 2012.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $8.9 million, or 19.2 percent, to $55.1 million for the first three quarters of 2013 from $46.2 million for the first three quarters of 2012. The increase is due to increases in consumer marketing and selling expenses of $5.1 million (of which $2.2 million was due to timing of planned marketing spending), acquisition-related transaction costs of $2.9 million, warehousing expenses of $0.8 million and other expenses of $0.1 million.

Net interest expense for the first three quarters of 2013 decreased $4.9 million or 13.8 percent to $30.9 million from $35.8 million in the first three quarters of 2012. The decrease in net interest expense in the first three quarters of 2013 was primarily attributable to the refinancing of the Company’s long-term debt during the second quarter of 2013.

After taking into account $22.1 million of after tax charges relating to the refinancing and acquisition-related transaction costs, the Company’s reported net income under U.S. GAAP was $33.6 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the first three quarters of 2013, as compared to reported net income of $49.7 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, for the first three quarters of 2012. The Company’s adjusted net income for the first three quarters of 2013, which excludes the refinancing charges and acquisition-related transaction costs, was $55.7 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.05. There were no adjustments to net income for the first three quarters of 2012.

For the first three quarters of 2013, adjusted EBITDA, which excludes acquisition-related transaction costs, increased 7.2 percent to $134.0 million from $125.0 million for the first three quarters of 2012. There were no adjustments to EBITDA for the first three quarters of 2012.

 

 

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