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Seneca Foods Reports Earnings of $2.8 Million or $0.26 per Diluted Share for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

MARION, N.Y., June 09, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seneca Foods Corporation (Nasdaq:SENEA) (Nasdaq:SENEB) reported that net earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $(1.0) million, or $(0.09) per diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014. Net sales for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2015, decreased from the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014, by 5.4%, to $277.9 million. The decrease is attributable to decreased sales volume of $25.0 million partially offset by higher selling prices/more favorable sales mix of $9.2 million.

Net earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, decreased to $9.9 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to $13.8 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, decreased from the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 by 4.0%, to $1,286.4 million. The decrease is attributable to decreased sales volume of $95.5 million partially offset by higher selling prices/more favorable sales mix of $41.6 million.

Excluding a non-cash after-tax LIFO credit of $0.1 million, net earnings per diluted share was $0.25 during the quarter ended March 31, 2015 versus an earnings per diluted share of $(0.19) during the quarter ended March 31, 2014, which included a non-cash after-tax LIFO credit of $1.1 million. Excluding a non-cash after-tax LIFO charge of $6.9 million, net earnings per diluted share were $1.54 during the year ended March 31, 2015, versus $2.42 per diluted share during the year ended March 31, 2014, which included a non-cash after-tax LIFO charge of $13.2 million.

Other operating income in 2015 included a gain of $5.0 million related to a contractual payment received in connection with the closing of a Midwest plant and a charge of $0.3 million related to environmental costs related to a Company-owned plant in New York State. The Company also recorded a gain of $0.1 million from the sale of other fixed assets.

Other operating income in 2014 included a gain of $2.9 million from a break-up fee earned as a result of the Company being named the stalking horse bidder in an attempt to acquire substantially all the operating assets of Allens, Inc. in a bankruptcy court supervised auction, a gain of $0.7 million from the sale of two aircraft and a gain of $0.1 million as a result of adjustments related to the purchase of Sunnyside. The Company also recorded a loss of $0.5 million on the disposal of a warehouse located in Sunnyside, Washington and a net gain of $0.2 from the sale of other fixed assets.

About Seneca Foods Corporation

Seneca Foods is North America’s leading provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities located throughout the United States. Its high quality products are primarily sourced from over 2,000 American farms. Seneca holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service, and export canned vegetable markets, distributing to over 90 countries. Products are also sold under the highly regarded brands of Libby’s®, Green Valley®, Aunt Nellie’s®, READ®, Seneca Farms® and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips. In addition, Seneca provides vegetable products under an alliance with General Mills Operations, LLC, a subsidiary of General Mills, Inc., under the Green Giant label. Seneca’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Stock Market under the symbols “SENEA” and “SENEB”. SENEA is included the S&P SmallCap 600, Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 indices.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures—Net Earnings Excluding LIFO Impact, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA

Net Earnings excluding LIFO, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide a basis for comparison to companies that do not use LIFO and to periods prior to 2008 when the company did not use LIFO and enhance the understanding of the company’s operating performance. The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net earnings and reported diluted earnings per share to net earnings excluding LIFO and diluted earnings per share excluding LIFO.

Quarter Ended
March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
Income Diluted Income Diluted
(in millions) EPS (in millions) EPS
Net earnings (loss), as reported:$ 2.8 $ 0.26 $ (1.0) $ (0.09)
LIFO credit, after tax at statutory federal rate (0.1) (0.01) (1.1) (0.10)
Net earnings (loss), excluding LIFO impact$ 2.7 $ 0.25 $ (2.1) $ (0.19)
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands) 10,525 10,816
Year Ended
March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
Income Diluted Income Diluted
(in millions) EPS (in millions) EPS
Net earnings, as reported:$ 9.9 $ 0.90 $ 13.8 $ 1.23
LIFO charge, after tax at statutory federal rate 6.9 0.64 13.2 1.19
Net earnings, excluding LIFO impact$ 16.8 $ 1.54 $ 27.0 $ 2.42
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands) 10,762 10,819

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net earnings to EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash charges and credits related to the LIFO inventory valuation method). The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Year Ended
EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA:March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
(In thousands)
Net earnings$9,899 $13,779
Interest expense, net of interest income 5,656 6,262
Income tax expense 4,221 3,563
Depreciation and amortization 21,834 23,281
Interest amortization (299) (300)
EBITDA 41,311 46,585
LIFO charge 10,682 20,370
FIFO EBITDA$51,993 $66,955

Forward-Looking Information

The information contained in this release contains, or may contain, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements appear in a number of places in this release and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company or its officers (including statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates” or similar expressions) with respect to various matters.

Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date the statements were made. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are:

  • general economic and business conditions;
  • cost and availability of commodities and other raw materials such as vegetables, steel and packaging materials;
  • transportation costs;
  • climate and weather affecting growing conditions and crop yields;
  • availability of financing;
  • leverage and the Company’s ability to service and reduce its debt;
  • foreign currency exchange and interest rate fluctuations;
  • effectiveness of the Company’s marketing and trade promotion programs;
  • changing consumer preferences;
  • competition;
  • product liability claims;
  • the loss of significant customers or a substantial reduction in orders from these customers;
  • changes in, or the failure or inability to comply with, United States, foreign and local governmental regulations, including environmental and health and safety regulations; and
  • other risks detailed from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the SEC.


Except for ongoing obligations to disclose material information as required by the federal securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the filing of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Seneca Foods Corporation
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Net Earnings
For the Periods Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands of dollars, except share data)
Quarter Year-to-Date
Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2014
Net sales$ 277,939 $ 293,759 $ 1,286,350 $1,340,208
Plant restructuring expense (note 3)$ 487 $ - $ 1,376 $501
Other operating (loss) income, net (note 4)$ (91) $ 2,848 $ 4,748 $3,271
Operating income (notes 1 and 2)$ 5,995 $ 2,491 $ 19,148 $23,604
Earnings from equity investment (397) - (628) -
Interest expense, net 1,739 1,463 5,656 6,262
Earnings before income taxes$ 4,653 $ 1,028 $ 14,120 $17,342
Income tax expense 1,888 2,045 4,221 3,563
Net earnings (loss)$ 2,765 $ (1,017) $ 9,899 $13,779
Earnings (loss) attributable to common stock (note 5) 2,722 (991) 9,716 13,318
Basic earnings (loss) per share$ 0.26 $ (0.09) $ 0.91 $1.24
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$ 0.26 $ (0.09) $ 0.90 $1.23
Weighted average shares outstanding basic 10,453,610 10,744,322 10,690,245 10,746,867
Weighted average shares outstanding diluted 10,525,389 10,816,242 10,762,024 10,818,787


Note 1: The effect of the LIFO inventory valuation method on fourth quarter pre-tax results was to increase operating earnings by $203 for the
three month period ended March 31, 2015 and increase operating earnings $1,741 for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.
Note 2: The effect of the LIFO inventory valuation method on year-to-date pre-tax results was to reduce operating earnings by $10,682 for the
year ended March 31, 2015 and by $20,370, for the year ended March 31, 2014.
Note 3: The year ended March 31, 2015 included a restructuring charge for plant closure costs of $1,376.
Note 4: Other income for the current year of $4,748 represents a $5,000 gain related to a third party payment for the closing of a Midwest plant,
$250 charge related to environmental accrual and net loss on the sale of unused fixed assets of $2.
Other income for the prior year of $3,271 represents a gain of $2,873 from a break-up fee earned as a result of being named
the stalking horse bidder in an attempt to acquire Allens, Inc, a $691 gain on the sale of two aircraft and a gain of $75 related to
adjustments related to the purchase of Sunnyside. The Company also recorded a loss of $546 on the disposal of a warehouse located in
Sunnyside, Washington and a net gain of $178 from the sale of other fixed assets.
Note 5: The Company uses the "two-class" method for basic earnings per share by dividing the earnings attributable to common shareholders
by the weighted average of common shares outstanding during the period. The diluted earnings per share includes the effect of
convertible shares for each period presented.

Contact: Timothy J. Benjamin 315-926-8100

Source:Seneca Foods Corporation