J & J Snack Foods Reports First Quarter Sales and Earnings

PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF) today announced sales and earnings for the first quarter ended December 30, 2017.

Sales increased 18% to $265.2 million from $225.6 million in last year’s first quarter. Net earnings increased to $36.2 million in the current quarter from $13.6 million last year. Earnings per diluted share increased to $1.93 for the first quarter from $.72 last year. Operating income increased 10% to $21.2 million in the current quarter from $19.3 million in the year ago quarter.

Net earnings for the current year quarter benefited from a $20.9 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, gain on the re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities and a $2.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, reduction in income taxes related primarily to the lower corporate tax rate enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. Net earnings were impacted by a $1.2 million, or $.06 per diluted share, provision for the one-time repatriation tax required under the new tax law. Excluding the deferred tax gain and the one-time repatriation tax, our effective tax rate decreased to 28.6% from 34.0% in the prior year quarter reflecting the reduction in the federal statutory rate to 21% from 35% for the remaining three quarters of fiscal 2018. The gain on the re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities and the one-time repatriation tax are preliminary estimates.

Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our retail supermarket and frozen beverages segments had strong quarters; however, our food service segment was impacted for various reasons, some of which have passed or been corrected. We continue to focus on improving all of our business groups."

J&J Snack Foods Corp. is a leader and innovator in the snack food industry, providing nutritional and affordable branded niche snack foods and beverages to foodservice and retail supermarket outlets. Manufactured and distributed nationwide, our principal products include SUPERPRETZEL, BAVARIAN BAKERY and other soft pretzels, ICEE and SLUSH PUPPIE frozen beverages, LUIGI’S, MINUTE MAID* frozen juice bars and ices, WHOLE FRUIT sorbet and frozen fruit bars, MARY B’S biscuits and dumplings, DADDY RAY’S fig and fruit bars, TIO PEPE’S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO** Churros, PATIO Burritos and other handheld sandwiches, THE FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY funnel cakes, and several bakery brands within COUNTRY HOME BAKERS and HILL & VALLEY. For more information, please visit http://www.jjsnack.com.

*MINUTE MAID is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.
**OREO and the OREO wafer design are registered trademarks of Mondelez International group, used under license.

J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three months ended
December 30, December 24,
2017 2016
Net Sales$ 265,210 $ 225,570
Cost of goods sold 191,931 159,675
Gross Profit 73,279 65,895
Operating expenses
Marketing 21,576 20,335
Distribution 21,159 18,164
Administrative 9,356 8,098
Other general income (40) (29)
Total Operating Expenses 52,051 46,568
Operating Income 21,228 19,327
Other income (expense)
Investment income 1,489 1,227
Interest expense & other 509 (26)
Earnings before
income taxes 23,226 20,528
Income tax (benefit) expense (13,023) 6,988
NET EARNINGS$ 36,249 $ 13,540
Earnings per diluted share$ 1.93 $ 0.72
Weighted average number
of diluted shares 18,778 18,787
Earnings per basic share$ 1.94 $ 0.72
Weighted average number of
basic shares 18,666 18,686


J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
December 30, September 30,
2017 2017
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$ 81,089 $ 90,962
Marketable securities held to maturity 49,445 59,113
Accounts receivable, net 109,709 124,553
Inventories 113,049 103,268
Prepaid expenses and other 3,800 3,936
Total current assets 357,092 381,832
Property, plant and equipment, at cost
Land 2,494 2,482
Buildings 26,582 26,741
Plant machinery and equipment 258,738 257,172
Marketing equipment 277,236 278,860
Transportation equipment 8,438 8,449
Office equipment 25,574 25,302
Improvements 37,999 38,003
Construction in progress 21,997 16,880
Total Property, plant and equipment, at cost 659,058 653,889
Less accumulated depreciation
and amortization 429,217 426,308
Property, plant and equipment, net 229,841 227,581
Other assets
Goodwill 102,511 102,511
Other intangible assets, net 60,453 61,272
Marketable securities held to maturity 82,066 60,908
Marketable securities available for sale 30,150 30,260
Other 2,904 2,864
Total other assets 278,084 257,815
Total Assets$ 865,017 $ 867,228
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Current obligations under capital leases$ 339 $ 340
Accounts payable 68,033 72,729
Accrued insurance liability 11,215 10,558
Accrued liabilities 10,491 7,753
Accrued compensation expense 11,764 19,826
Dividends payable 8,400 7,838
Total current liabilities 110,242 119,044
Long-term obligations under capital leases 815 904
Deferred income taxes 44,462 62,705
Other long-term liabilities 2,117 2,253
Stockholders' Equity
Preferred stock, $1 par value; authorized
10,000,000 shares; none issued - -
Common stock, no par value; authorized,
50,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
18,668,000 and 18,663,000 respectively 18,589 17,382
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (12,872) (8,875)
Retained Earnings 701,664 673,815
Total stockholders' equity 707,381 682,322
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$ 865,017 $ 867,228


J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited) (in thousands)
Three months ended
December 30,December 24,
2017 2016
Operating activities:
Net earnings$ 36,249 $ 13,540
Adjustments to reconcile net
earnings to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of fixed assets 11,152 8,728
Amortization of intangibles
and deferred costs 834 1,183
Share-based compensation 953 748
Deferred income taxes (18,265) (74)
Loss on sale of marketable securities (8) -
Other (317) 222
Changes in assets and liabilities
net of effects from purchase of companies
Decrease in accounts receivable 14,547 5,849
Increase in inventories (9,933) (6,727)
Decrease in prepaid expenses 111 5,747
Decrease in accounts payable and
accrued liabilities (9,216) (2,816)
Net cash provided by operating activities 26,107 26,400
Investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant
and equipment (14,623) (11,399)
Purchases of marketable securities (30,865) (8,550)
Proceeds from redemption and sales of
marketable securities 19,096 475
Proceeds from disposal of property and
equipment 1,046 645
Other 27 (20)
Net cash used in investing activities (25,319) (18,849)
Financing activities:
Payments to repurchase common stock - -
Proceeds from issuance of stock 253 980
Payments on capitalized lease obligations (90) (90)
Payment of cash dividend (7,838) (7,280)
Net cash used in financing activities (7,675) (6,390)
Effect of exchange rate on cash
and cash equivalents (2,986) (847)
Net (decrease)increase in cash
and cash equivalents (9,873) 314
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
of period 90,962 140,652
Cash and cash equivalents at end
of period$ 81,089 $ 140,966


Three months ended
December 30, December 24,
2017 2016
(unaudited)
(in thousands)
Sales to External Customers:
Food Service
Soft pretzels$ 50,131 $ 41,494
Frozen juices and ices 7,184 7,479
Churros 14,592 14,438
Handhelds 10,252 7,479
Bakery 94,933 75,279
Other 5,172 4,128
Total Food Service$ 182,264 $ 150,297
Retail Supermarket
Soft pretzels$ 10,512 $ 8,944
Frozen juices and ices 9,727 9,851
Handhelds 3,026 3,450
Coupon redemption (751) (1,259)
Other 562 633
Total Retail Supermarket$ 23,076 $ 21,619
Frozen Beverages
Beverages$ 34,303 $ 28,276
Repair and
maintenance service 19,004 18,091
Machines sales 6,313 7,039
Other 250 248
Total Frozen Beverages$ 59,870 $ 53,654
Consolidated Sales$ 265,210 $ 225,570
Depreciation and Amortization:
Food Service$ 7,098 $ 5,732
Retail Supermarket 290 278
Frozen Beverages 4,598 3,901
Total Depreciation and Amortization$ 11,986 $ 9,911
Operating Income :
Food Service$ 15,900 $ 17,054
Retail Supermarket 2,558 1,046
Frozen Beverages 2,770 1,227
Total Operating Income $ 21,228 $ 19,327
Capital Expenditures:
Food Service$ 9,441 $ 6,587
Retail Supermarket - 82
Frozen Beverages 5,182 4,730
Total Capital Expenditures$ 14,623 $ 11,399
Assets:
Food Service$ 635,988 $ 594,963
Retail Supermarket 21,531 22,128
Frozen Beverages 207,498 177,082
Total Assets$ 865,017 $ 794,173

Results of Operations

Net sales increased $39,640,000 or 18% to $265,210,000 for the three months ended December 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended December 24, 2016. Excluding sales from Hill & Valley, Inc., acquired in January 2017, an ICEE distributor located in the Southeast acquired in June 2017 and Labriola Bakery which was acquired in August 2017, sales increased approximately 7% for the quarter.

FOOD SERVICE

Sales to food service customers increased $ 31,967,000 or 21% in the first quarter to $182,264,000. Excluding sales of Hill & Valley and Labriola, sales increased $9,569,000 or 6% for the first quarter. Soft pretzel sales to the food service market increased 21% to $50,131,000 in the quarter and about 14% without Labriola sales. In addition to Labriola sales, soft pretzel sales increased significantly to restaurant chains and movie theatres and we had strong sales of our recently introduced BRAUHAUS pretzels.

Frozen juices and ices sales decreased 4% to $7,184,000 in the three months with sales increases and decreases across our customer base.

Churro sales to food service customers were up 1% in the quarter to $14,592,000.

Sales of bakery products increased $19,654,000 or 26% in the first quarter to $94,933,000. Excluding sales of Hill & Valley, bakery sales were essentially flat for the quarter.

Sales of handhelds increased $2,773,000 or 37% in the quarter with all of the increase coming from sales to three customers. Sales of funnel cake increased $911,000 or 23% in the quarter to $4,794,000 as we continue to increase sales to school food service.

Sales of new products in the first twelve months since their introduction were approximately $8 million in this quarter. Price increases had no impact on sales in the quarter and net volume increases, including new product sales as defined above and Hill & Valley and Labriola sales, accounted for approximately $32 million of sales in the quarter.

Operating income in our Food Service segment decreased from $17,054,000 to $15,900,000 in the quarter. Hill & Valley contributed $1,384,000 to operating income in the quarter; however, operating income in the balance of our food service business was impacted by generally higher costs for payroll and insurance, added personnel in the selling function, inefficiencies in our recently acquired Labriola production facility (compounded by the integration of products previously manufactured at other facilities), product mix changes and significantly lower volume concentrated in specific facilities, shutdown costs of our Chambersburg, PA production facility and higher ingredients costs. There was no benefit of pricing to offset these higher costs.

RETAIL SUPERMARKETS

Sales of products to retail supermarkets increased $1,457,000 or 7% to $23,076,000 in the first quarter. Soft pretzel sales for the first quarter were up 18% to $10,512,000 primarily due to sales of AUNTIE ANNE’S Soft Pretzels*** under a license agreement entered into in 2017. Sales of frozen juices and ices decreased $124,000 or 1% to $9,727,000 in the first quarter. Handheld sales to retail supermarket customers decreased 12% to $3,026,000 in the quarter as the sales of this product line continues their long term decline.

Sales of new products in the first quarter were approximately $1.9 million. Price increases had no impact on sales in the quarter and net volume increases, including new product sales as defined above accounted for $1.5 million of sales in the quarter.

Operating income in our Retail Supermarkets segment was $2,558,000 in this year’s first quarter compared to $1,046,000 in last year’s quarter, a 145% increase. Lower coupon expense of $508,000 and lower media spending of $543,000 along with the 18% increase in soft pretzel sales were the major reasons for the increase in operating income.

FROZEN BEVERAGES

Frozen beverage and related product sales increased 12% to $59,870,000 in the first quarter and excluding sales of the acquired ICEE distributor were up about 10%. Beverage related sales alone were up 21% to $34,303,000 in the quarter and were up about 19% without the sales of the acquired ICEE distributor. Gallon sales were up 15% for the three months with higher sales to movie theatres and across our customer base. Service revenue increased 5% to $19,004,000 in the first quarter with sales increases and decreases spread throughout our customer base.

Sales of beverage machines, which tend to fluctuate from year to year while following no specific trend, were $6,313,000, a decrease of 10%. Operating income in our Frozen Beverage segment increased to $2,770,000 in this quarter compared to $1,227,000 last year as a result of significantly higher beverage sales.

CONSOLIDATED

Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 27.63% in the three month period this year and 29.21% last year. About 20% of the gross profit percentage decrease in the quarter resulted from the lower gross profit percentage of the Hill & Valley business. The balance of the decrease was caused by higher costs for payroll and insurance, inefficiencies in our recently acquired Labriola production facility (compounded by the integration of products previously manufactured at other facilities), product mix changes, significantly lower volume concentrated in specific facilities, shutdown costs of our Chambersburg, PA production facility and higher ingredients costs. There was no benefit of pricing to offset these higher costs.

Total operating expenses increased $5,483,000 in the first quarter but as a percentage of sales decreased to 19.6% from 20.6% last year. Marketing expenses decreased to 8.14% of sales in this year’s quarter from 9.01% last year primarily because of lower media spending in our retail supermarket business and lower marketing expenses of the acquired Hill & Valley and Labriola businesses. Distribution expenses were 7.98% of sales in this year’s quarter and 8.05% of sales in last year’s quarter. Administrative expenses were 3.53% of sales this quarter compared to 3.59% of sales last year in the first quarter


Operating income increased $1,901,000 or 10% to $21,228,000 in the first quarter as a result of the aforementioned items.

Investment income increased by $262,000 in the first quarter resulting from higher amounts invested and slightly higher interest rates.

Other income this quarter includes a $520,000 gain on a sale of property.

Net earnings increased $22,709,000, or 168%, in the current three month period to $36,249,000. Net earnings for the current year quarter benefited from a $20.9 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, gain on the remeasurement of deferred tax liabilities and a $2.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, reduction in income taxes related primarily to the lower corporate tax rate enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. Net earnings were impacted by a $1.2 million, or $.06 per diluted share, provision for the one time repatriation tax required under the new tax law. Excluding the deferred tax gain and the one time repatriation tax, our effective tax rate decreased to 28.6% from 34.0% in the prior year quarter reflecting the reduction in the federal statutory rate to 21% from 35% for the remaining three quarters of fiscal 2018. Last year’s quarter’s effective tax rate benefitted from an unusually high tax benefit on shared based compensation of $783,000 which compares to this year’s quarter’s tax benefit of $137,000. We are presently estimating an effective tax rate of 28-29% for the last three quarters of our fiscal year 2018 and 26-27% for our fiscal year 2019.

There are many factors which can impact our net earnings from year to year and in the long run, among which are the supply and cost of raw materials and labor, insurance costs, factors impacting sales as noted above, the continuing consolidation of our customers, our ability to manage our manufacturing, marketing and distribution activities, our ability to make and integrate acquisitions and changes in tax laws and interest rates.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

***AUNTIE ANNE’S is a registered trademark of Auntie Anne’s LLC

Contact:
Dennis G. Moore
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
(856) 532-6603

Source:J & J Snack Foods Corp.