Dean Foods reports Q1 2011 results

Dean Foods reports Q1 2011 results

Dean Foods Company announced that the Company earned $0.14 per diluted share, as compared to first quarter 2010 earnings of $0.24 per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share were $0.14, compared to $0.23 per diluted share earned in the prior year’s first quarter.

Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF - News) announced that the Company earned $0.14 per diluted share, as compared to first quarter 2010 earnings of $0.24 per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share were $0.14, compared to $0.23 per diluted share earned in the prior year’s first quarter.

For the first quarter of 2011, the net income attributable to Dean Foods totaled $25 million, compared to net income of $43 millionin the prior year’s first quarter. Adjusted net income for the first quarter was $25 million, compared to adjusted net income of $43 million in the first quarter of 2010.

“Overall, the business is off to a stronger start than we had anticipated and we are somewhat encouraged as we look to the balance of the year,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and CEO. “While we have a long way to go at Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar, I am cautiously optimistic that the trajectory of our business is upward and that we are on a path for continued progress as we move through the balance of the year.  In our other major segment, WhiteWave-Alpro continued to perform well, with both strong top and bottom-line growth against a tough overlap and unfavorable holiday calendar.”

Consolidated net sales

Net sales for the first quarter totaled $3.05 billion, compared to $2.96 billion of net sales in the first quarter of 2010. Net sales for the first quarter increased due to strong sales growth at WhiteWave-Alpro and the pass-through of higher overall dairy commodity costs that were partially offset by soft volumes at Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar.  

Consolidated operating income

Consolidated operating income in the first quarter totaled $106 million, compared to $120 million in the first quarter of 2010. First quarter consolidated adjusted operating income totaled $107 million, compared to $123 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decline in first quarter consolidated adjusted operating income was due to a $15 million decline in operating income at Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar and a $5 million increase in Corporate expense, offset by $3 million of operating income growth at WhiteWave-Alpro.

Summary of Dean Foods First Quarter 2011 Operating Results

 
           
   

Q1 2011

     
   

$ millions

 

Y/Y

 
   

(except EPS)

 

Change

 
           

Consolidated Adjusted Operating Income:

$107

 

-14%

 
           

Interest Expense:

$65

 

+12%

 
           

Consolidated Adjusted Net Income

$25

 

-42%

 
           

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share:

$0.14

 

-39%

 
           

Fresh dairy direct-morningstar

Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar fluid milk volumes decreased by 2.4% in the first quarter, compared to industry overall  that experienced a volume decline of approximately 1.2% on a year over year basis, based on USDA data and Company estimates. Total volumes from the segment declined 3.8% from the first quarter of 2010, including approximately 0.5% from the divestiture of the Mountain High yogurt business. The soft volume in the quarter was offset by the pass-through of higher average commodity costs in the quarter resulting in Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar net sales of $2.54 billion, a 2% increase from $2.49 billion in net sales for the first quarter of 2010. The first quarter average Class I mover was $16.44 per hundred-weight, 3% below the previous quarter and 12% above the first quarter of 2010.

First Quarter 2011 Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar Summary

 
           
           
   

Q1 2011

 

Y/Y

 
   

$ millions

 

Change

 
           

Fluid Milk Volume

--

 

-2.4%

 
           

Operating Income

$111

 

-12%

 
           

Class I Mover

$16.44/cwt.

 

+12%

 
           

Class II Butterfat

$2.21/lb.

 

+49%

 
           

Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar operating income in the first quarter was $111 million, a decrease of 12% from the $127 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. Volume weakness across the portfolio and continued pricing pressure offset strong progress on the Company’s cost reduction initiatives to result in the decline in operating income in the quarter.  

Whitewave – Alpro

For the first quarter of 2011, the WhiteWave-Alpro segment reported net sales of $507 million, 7% higher than first quarter 2010 net sales of $474 million due to continued strong growth across the product portfolio. Among the key brands at WhiteWave-Alpro, net sales of Horizon Organic® branded milk increased slightly more than 20% in the first quarter. Branded creamer sales, which includes both International Delight® and Land O’Lakes® creamers, increased in the mid-single digits on continued strength behind International Delight innovation, despite an unfavorable holiday calendar in the quarter.  Silk® sales increased mid-single digits on continued strength of Silk PureAlmond® and Silk PureCoconut®. Alpro sales increased mid-single digits in the quarter on a constant currency basis, as well as after currency translation.

First Quarter 2011 WhiteWave-Alpro Summary

 
   
   

Q1 2011

 

Y/Y

 

Net Sales

$ millions

 

Change

 

WhiteWave-Alpro

$507

 

+7%

 
           

Operating Income

       

WhiteWave-Alpro

$48

 

+8%

 
           

Segment adjusted operating income in the first quarter for WhiteWave-Alpro was $47.9 million, an increase of 8% from $44.5 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Corporate expense

First quarter 2011 Corporate expense totaled $52.6 million, compared to $47.9 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Selling, general and administrative

Reducing selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense is an area of focus for the Company in 2011. Management now expects to more than double its previous target of a $30 million reduction in the Company’s SG&A expense run-rate from 2010 levels by year end. As part of this effort, the Company eliminated 140 positions in these areas early in the second quarter.  

Cash flow

Net cash provided by continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2011 totaled $37 million, compared to $70 million in the first quarter of 2010. Free cash flow provided by operations, which is defined as net cash provided by continuing operations less capital expenditures, totaled ($3) million for the first three months of 2011, compared to $24 million over the same period in 2010.  A reconciliation between net cash provided by continuing operations and free cash flow provided by continuing operations is provided in the tables below. For the full year, the Company expects free cash flow from operations to exceed $200 million.

Capital expenditures totaled $40 million, compared to $46 million in the first quarter of 2010. Total debt outstanding, net of cash on hand, decreased by $95 million during the first quarter. Debt repayment in the first quarter was augmented by the receipt of proceeds from the sale of the Mountain High yogurt business. Total debt at March 31, 2011, net of $109 million in cash on hand, was $3.88 billion. The Company’s funded debt to EBITDA ratio, as defined by its credit agreements, was 5.14x as of the end of the first quarter versus a maximum leverage covenant ratio of 5.75x. The current maximum leverage ratio remains in effect until March of 2012, when it steps down to 5.50x. The Company continues to focus on reducing its overall leverage and expects to exit 2011 with a leverage ratio of 4.75x or below.

Forward outlook

Significant challenges remain in the Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar business. Pricing on private label milk processing has been reset to lower levels and will continue to negatively impact year-over-year comparisons through the first half of the year. Additionally, volumes across the conventional milk industry are expected to remain soft over the coming quarters. Also, the restoration of incentive compensation to target levels will remain a headwind throughout the year.  

“In this environment, we are focused on three fundamental things to improve the business,” said Mr. Engles. “First, we have stepped up our agenda to reduce costs and improve profitability. Second, because input cost volatility is here to stay, we are focused on pricing to offset inflation through efficient pricing mechanisms. We are working hard to maintain, and where necessary, improve our pricing tools. Third, to offset soft volumes at Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar, we are pursuing new business. Beginning in the second quarter, we should begin to see new business volume mitigate some of the fluid milk volume weakness we’ve experienced recently. I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made so far this year across these three fronts. We hope to drive improving results though the balance of the year and enter 2012 with renewed momentum.

“Looking ahead at the balance of the year, many challenges remain, but our ability to overcome them continues to improve.

“All told, we expect second quarter adjusted diluted earnings to be between $0.15 and $0.20 per share. Based on our performance in the first quarter, as well as our expectations for the second, we have raised our full year guidance to between $0.67 and $0.75 per adjusted diluted share.”

Inducement grants

The Company also announced that it granted stock options (“Options”) to purchase an aggregate of 28,852 shares of common stock and 32,460 restricted stock units (“RSUs”) in November 2010 to two newly hired, non-executive officer employees in connection with their employment with the Company.  The Company also announced that it granted 20,485 Options and 7,764 RSUs in February 2011 to an executive officer employee per the terms of the letter agreement executed in connection with his employment with the Company in June 2010.  The Options described above have an exercise price equal to the fair market value of Dean Foods stock at the close of business on the grant date, and vest in three equal annual installments, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant, expiring on the tenth anniversary of the date of grant.  The RSUs described above vest in three equal annual installments, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant.  All awards described above were approved by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors without stockholder approval as “inducement grants,” as such term is defined by the New York Stock Exchange.

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and a European leader in branded soy foods and beverages. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment is the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, creamer, and cultured dairy products. These offerings are marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands, as well as through private labels. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment produces and sells an array of branded dairy, soy and plant-based beverages and foods. WhiteWave brands, including Silk(R) soy and almond milk, Horizon Organic(R) milk and dairy products, International Delight(R) coffee creamers, and LAND O LAKES(R) creamers, are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food products.

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