AUSTIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--James P. Snee, president and chief operating officer at Hormel Foods, presented to a standing room only audience at yesterday’s BMO Farm to Market Conference. Snee’s presentation provided an overview of the company’s long-term growth outlook.
Before the market opened yesterday, Hormel Foods announced record earnings and sales, and its definitive agreement to acquire Justin’s, LLC. Hormel Foods also raised its annual guidance to $1.56 to $1.60 per share, up from $1.50 to $1.56 per share. During his opening remarks, Snee reaffirmed the company’s long-term stated goals of growing 5 percent top line and 10 percent bottom line.
Snee highlighted many notable facts about the company’s recent performance including: delivering 12 consecutive quarters of record earnings growth, earnings per share growth in 27 of the last 30 years and 50 consecutive years of dividend increases. Snee noted the accomplishments are a result of the company’s formula for success.
The formula’s key components include the company’s ability to:
- Build and nourish strong brands such as SKIPPY® peanut butter, Jennie-O® turkey products, Muscle Milk® protein products and Hormel® Natural Choice® meats;
- Continuing innovation efforts to keep products relevant with consumer trends;
- Making strategic acquisitions such as Justin’s, LLC and CytoSport; and
- Maintaining a balanced business model that allows the company to stay resilient in various market conditions.
Snee also provided an overview of the company’s strong track record of success with acquisitions made over the past few years. A key topic of his presentation was the company’s announcement of the acquisition of Justin’s, a pioneer in specialty nut butters. “The Justin’s® brand enhances our scale, complements our SKIPPY® brand and strengthens our position in the nut butter category. We also like the attractive growth profile that Justin's brings to Hormel Foods,” Snee said.
Snee concluded his presentation with a reaffirmation of the company’s long term prospects for growth as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. Hormel Foods, which leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2016 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com and http://2014csr.hormelfoods.com/.