John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Third Quarter Diluted EPS Increased by 20% to a Third Quarter Record $0.90 per share

Quarterly Overview:

  • Net sales decreased by 0.5%
  • Sales volume increased by 3.0%
  • Gross profit increased by 17.2%
  • Net income increased by 20.8%

Year to Date Overview:

  • Net sales decreased by 2.6%
  • Sales volume decreased by 0.4%
  • Gross profit increased by 8.2%
  • Net income increased by 4.9%

ELGIN, Ill.--()--John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBSS) (hereinafter the “Company”) today announced operating results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter. Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $10.3 million, or $0.90 per share diluted, compared to net income of $8.6 million, or $0.75 per share diluted, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Net income for the first three quarters of fiscal 2019 was $28.2 million, or $2.45 per share diluted, compared to net income of $26.9 million, or $2.35 per share diluted, for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018.

Net sales declined to $201.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from $202.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decline in net sales was attributable to a lower weighted average selling price per pound from a shift in sales volume from higher priced tree nuts to lower priced peanuts. The decline in net sales from lower selling prices was largely offset by a 3.0% increase in sales volume, which is defined as pounds sold to customers. The sales volume increase came primarily from increased sales of private brand peanuts and trail mixes in the consumer distribution channel.

Sales volume from our branded products within our consumer distribution channel changed in the quarterly comparison as follows:

Fisher recipe nuts         (12.2)%
Orchard Valley Harvest produce products 8.5%
Fisher snack nuts (17.1)%
Southern Style Nuts (19.6)%
 

The sales volume decline for Fisher recipe nuts primarily resulted from competitive pricing pressure from private label products at an existing customer and the later Easter holiday this year. The sales volume increase for our Orchard Valley Harvest brand was attributable to distribution gains for the salad toppers product line and distribution gains with new customers. The sales volume decline for Fisher snack nuts was due primarily to lower promotional activity for inshell peanuts, which was offset in part by distribution gains for the Oven Roasted Never Fried product line. The sales volume decline for Southern Style Nuts was due to a temporary reduction in sales to an existing customer in Mexico. Sales volume decreased in the commercial ingredients distribution channel due to lower sales of bulk products to other food manufacturers. The decrease in sales volume in the contract packaging distribution channel was primarily attributable to a reduction in unit ounce weights and the discontinuance of a product line by an existing customer in that distribution channel.

Net sales declined to $659.4 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2019 from $677.3 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. The decline in net sales was primarily attributable to a shift in sales volume from higher priced tree nuts to lower priced peanuts. Sales volume was relatively unchanged in the year to date comparison. The 9.5% increase in sales volume in the consumer distribution channel was offset by sales volume declines in the contract packaging and commercial ingredients distribution channels. The sales volume increase in the consumer distribution channel primarily resulted from increased sales of private brand peanuts and trail mixes. The sales volume decline in the contract packaging distribution channel was due to the loss of some bulk business with an existing customer and the discontinuance of a product line and unit ounce weight reductions for tree nut items implemented by another existing customer. The sales volume decline in the commercial ingredients distribution channel was due to the same reason cited in the quarterly comparison.

Gross profit margin increased to 19.2% of net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from 16.3% for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Gross profit increased by $5.7 million in the quarterly comparison. The increases in gross profit margin and gross profit were primarily attributable to lower commodity acquisition costs for walnuts, peanuts, cashews and pecans. The increase in sales volume also contributed to the increase in gross profit in the quarterly comparison.

Gross profit margin for the first three quarters of fiscal 2019 increased to 17.4% of net sales from 15.6% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Gross profit increased by $8.7 million. The increases in gross profit and gross profit margin were mainly due to decreased commodity acquisition costs for peanuts, walnuts, pecans and cashews.

Total operating expenses, as a percentage of net sales, increased to 11.6% for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from 9.4% for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 primarily due to increases in incentive and regular compensation, legal, consulting, shipping and advertising expenses. The increase in shipping expense was due to increased sales volume in the consumer distribution channel.

Total operating expenses for the first three quarters of fiscal 2019 increased to 11.0% of net sales from 8.9% of net sales for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 due to the same reasons cited in the quarterly comparison. The increase in total operating expenses was also attributable to a $1.2 million increase in amortization expense, which was related to the acquisition of the Squirrel Brand business.

Interest expense for the current third quarter declined to $0.8 million from $1.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. For the first three quarters of fiscal 2019, interest expense declined to $2.5 million from $2.6 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. The decreases in interest expense in both comparisons resulted from lower average debt levels.

The value of total inventories on hand at the end of the current third quarter decreased by $5.9 million, or 3.2%, when compared to the value of total inventories on hand at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease in the value of total inventories was primarily due to lower acquisition costs for pecans, cashews and walnuts. The lower acquisition costs for these commodities led to a 24.7% reduction in the weighted average cost per pound of raw nut and dried fruit input stocks on hand in the quarterly comparison.

“We had another record third quarter for net income and earnings per share driven mainly by lower commodity acquisition costs and strong sales volume growth in our consumer distribution channel. Sales volume in the consumer distribution channel accounted for approximately 67% of our total sales volume in the current third quarter compared to approximately 64% of our total sales volume for last year’s third quarter. The increase in sales volume in the consumer distribution channel was driven by increased sales of private brand and Orchard Valley Harvest snack nut and trail mix products,” stated Jeffrey T. Sanfilippo, Chief Executive Officer. “At retail, Fisher recipe nut pound volume declined by 14% while the total category pound volume increased by 4% in the quarterly comparison according to IRi market data. Our Orchard Valley Harvest brand continues to grow at retail with pound volume up by 3%, while the total produce category pound volume fell by 2% in the quarterly comparison,” Mr. Sanfilippo stated. “Fisher snack nut pound volume at retail increased by 3%, while the total pound volume for the snack nut category increased by 4%. This increase in pound volume at retail was primarily attributable to distribution gains for our recently launched Oven Roasted Never Fried product line. Pound volume for our Southern Style Nuts brand declined by 1%, while pound volume for the total trail and snack mix category was unchanged in the quarterly comparison,” Mr. Sanfilippo stated. “As we noted in the quarterly comparison, the increase in incentive compensation expense was a significant driver for the increase in total operating expenses, as this expense accounted for 42% of the increase. Our rising gross profit has allowed us to increase our incentive compensation over the prior year while still delivering value to our shareholders,” Mr. Sanfilippo concluded.

The Company will host an investor conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern (9:00 a.m. Central) to discuss these results. To participate in the call via telephone, dial 1-844-536-5471 from the U.S. or 1-614-999-9317 internationally and enter the participant passcode of 1084546. This call is being webcast by NASDAQ/OMX and can be accessed at the Company’s website at www.jbssinc.com.

Some of the statements in this release are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements may be generally identified by the use of forward-looking words and phrases such as “will”, “intends”, “may”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “should” and “expects” and are based on the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and involve risks and uncertainties. Consequently, the Company’s actual results could differ materially. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or other factors that affect the subject of these statements, except where expressly required to do so by law. Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially from current expectations are: (i) the risks associated with our vertically integrated model with respect to pecans, peanuts and walnuts; (ii) sales activity for the Company’s products, such as a decline in sales to one or more key customers, a change in product mix to lower price products, a decline in sales of private brand products or changing consumer preferences; (iii) changes in the availability and costs of raw materials and the impact of fixed price commitments with customers; (iv) the ability to pass on price increases to customers if commodity costs rise and the potential for a negative impact on demand for, and sales of, our products from price increases; (v) the ability to measure and estimate bulk inventory, fluctuations in the value and quantity of the Company’s nut inventories due to fluctuations in the market prices of nuts and bulk inventory estimation adjustments, respectively; (vi) the Company’s ability to appropriately respond to, or lessen the negative impact of, competitive and pricing pressures; (vii) losses associated with product recalls, product contamination, food labeling or other food safety issues, or the potential for lost sales or product liability if customers lose confidence in the safety of the Company’s products or in nuts or nut products in general, or are harmed as a result of using the Company’s products; (viii) the ability of the Company to control expenses, such as transportation, compensation, medical and administrative expenses; (ix) the potential negative impact of government regulations and laws and regulations pertaining to food safety, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act; (x) uncertainty in economic conditions, including the potential for economic downturn; (xi) the timing and occurrence (or nonoccurrence) of other transactions and events which may be subject to circumstances beyond the Company’s control; (xii) the adverse effect of labor unrest or disputes, litigation and/or legal settlements, including potential unfavorable outcomes exceeding any amounts accrued; (xiii) losses due to significant disruptions at any of our production or processing facilities; (xiv) the ability to implement our Strategic Plan, including growing our branded and private brand product sales and expanding into alternative sales channels; (xv) technology disruptions or failures; (xvi) the inability to protect the Company’s brand value, intellectual property or avoid intellectual property disputes; (xvii) the Company’s ability to manage successfully the price gap between its private brand products and those of its branded competitors; and (xviii) potential increased industry-specific regulation pending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration assessment of the risk of Salmonella contamination associated with tree nuts.

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. is a processor, packager, marketer and distributor of nut and dried fruit based products that are sold under a variety of private brands and under the Company’s Fisher®, Orchard Valley Harvest®, Squirrel Brand®, Southern Style Nuts® and Sunshine Country® brand names.

 
JOHN B. SANFILIPPO & SON, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    For the Quarter Ended     For the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
March 28,   March 29, March 28,   March 29,
2019 2018 2019 2018
Net sales $ 201,834 $ 202,786 $ 659,439 $ 677,255
Cost of sales 163,019 169,679 544,787 571,296
Gross profit 38,815 33,107 114,652 105,959
Operating expenses:
Selling expenses 13,810 11,626 46,070 38,415
Administrative expenses 9,597 7,457 26,482 21,803
Total operating expenses 23,407 19,083 72,552 60,218
Income from operations 15,408 14,024 42,100 45,741
Other expense:
Interest expense 788 1,004 2,465 2,590
Rental and miscellaneous expense, net 324 329 891 1,192
Other expense 487 492 1,460 1,477
Total other expense, net 1,599 1,825 4,816 5,259
Income before income taxes 13,809 12,199 37,284 40,482
Income tax expense 3,478 3,647 9,083 13,610
Net income $ 10,331 $ 8,552 $ 28,201 $ 26,872
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.90 $ 0.75 $ 2.47 $ 2.36
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.90 $ 0.75 $ 2.45 $ 2.35
Cash dividends declared per share $ - $ - $ 2.55 $ 2.50
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
-- Basic   11,444,560   11,399,492   11,425,378   11,375,437
-- Diluted   11,508,893   11,453,548   11,493,418   11,440,671
 
JOHN B. SANFILIPPO & SON, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
    March 28,     June 28,     March 29,
2019 2018 2018
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash $ 1,090 $ 1,449 $ 1,013
Accounts receivable, net 57,768 65,426 65,129
Inventories 178,909 174,362 184,770
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,168 6,645 7,560
243,935 247,882 258,472
 
PROPERTIES, NET: 127,901 125,078 125,210
 
OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS:
Intangibles, net 24,948 27,304 28,149
Deferred income taxes 4,553 5,024 5,579
Other 8,412 10,565 8,846
37,913 42,893 42,574
TOTAL ASSETS $ 409,749 $ 415,853 $ 426,256
 
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Revolving credit facility borrowings $ 35,099 $ 31,278 $ 56,579
Current maturities of long-term debt 7,297 7,169 7,128
Accounts payable 45,158 60,340 48,075
Bank overdraft 1,722 2,062 3,520
Accrued expenses 25,092 16,344 17,082
114,368 117,193 132,384
 
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
Long-term debt 21,867 27,356 29,164
Retirement plan 21,926 21,288 21,597
Other 7,170 7,014 7,025
50,963 55,658 57,786
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Class A Common Stock 26 26 26
Common Stock 89 89 89
Capital in excess of par value 121,650 119,952 119,336
Retained earnings 126,447 127,320 121,692
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,590 ) (3,181 ) (3,853 )
Treasury stock (1,204 ) (1,204 ) (1,204 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 244,418 243,002 236,086
TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 409,749 $ 415,853 $ 426,256

Contacts

COMPANY CONTACT:
Michael J. Valentine
Chief Financial Officer
847-214-4509

Frank S. Pellegrino
Sr. Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
847-214-4138

Contacts

COMPANY CONTACT:
Michael J. Valentine
Chief Financial Officer
847-214-4509

Frank S. Pellegrino
Sr. Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
847-214-4138