Pinnacle Foods Inc. Reports 2nd Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results and Raises EPS Guidance Due to Acquisition of Wish-Bone®

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PARSIPPANY, NJ (Aug. 14, 2013) - Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE: PF) today reported strong growth in net earnings and diluted EPS, excluding items affecting comparability, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 and raised its annual guidance for fiscal 2013 to reflect its recently-announced acquisition of Wish-Bone®

Consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2013 declined approximately 3% to $569 million, driven by the Company's Specialty Foods segment, including its planned exit of low-margin, unbranded businesses, as well as the impact of an earlier Easter in 2013. Net sales for North America Retail, which is comprised of the Birds Eye Frozen and Duncan Hines Grocery segments, declined 1.6% versus year-ago in the quarter and were even with year-ago for the first six months of 2013.  Pinnacle's retail consumption for the first six months of 2013 slightly outpaced the performance of its composite categories, which declined approximately 1% versus year-ago, based on data from IRI.

As previously disclosed, results in the second quarter included charges relating to the April 3, 2013 close of the Company's initial public offering, subsequent debt refinancing actions and other items affecting comparability. Combined, these charges impacted financial results by $62 million on an after-tax basis in the quarter.  

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss in the second quarter of 2013 of $31.8 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.6 million, or $0.13 per share, in the year-ago period.  Excluding the items listed above, on a pro forma basis which is described below, net earnings for the second quarter advanced 65% to $33.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $20.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

Commenting on the results, Pinnacle Foods Chief Executive Officer Bob Gamgort stated, "We delivered another quarter of strong earnings growth as we expanded gross margins through effective productivity programs and ongoing improvement in product mix.  We held share across the composite of our categories; however, our net sales were impacted by overall category weakness, partially due to the earlier timing of Easter. Our strong earnings performance in the first half of 2013 has enabled us to strengthen investment spending in the back half to remain fully competitive in several key categories."

Gamgort continued, "We are excited to add Wish-Bone® to our portfolio and expect it to be slightly accretive to EPS in 2013.  Wish-Bone® is a great fit with our successful strategy of 'Reinvigorating Iconic Brands' and enhances our ability to offer consumers meal solutions across our broad portfolio." 

Second Quarter Consolidated Results

Net sales in the second quarter declined 3.3% to $569.0 million, compared to net sales of $588.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.  This performance was driven by a 12.0% decline in the Specialty Foods segment, including the planned exit of low-margin, unbranded businesses, and the unfavorable impact on our North America Retail business of the earlier timing of Easter in 2013.

North America Retail sales declined 1.6% to $482.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $490.7 million in the year-ago period, due to a decline in volume/mix of 3.2%, partially offset by higher net pricing of 1.6%.  Approximately half of the North America Retail net sales decline was due to the earlier timing of Easter.

Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis advanced 10.2% to $93.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $84.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.  This growth reflected higher gross profit due to the benefits of productivity savings, higher net pricing and favorable product mix, which more than offset lower volume and modest input cost inflation.  Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP measure defined below under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and is reconciled to net earnings (loss) in the tables that accompany this release. 

On a GAAP basis, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) declined to $11.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $42.0 million in the second quarter of 2012, largely reflecting the aforementioned charges related to the Company's IPO, debt refinancing and other items affecting comparability in both periods.    Excluding these items, EBIT on a pro forma basis increased 13.8% to $74.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $65.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. 

On an adjusted pro forma basis, net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 advanced 65% to $33.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, due to the growth in EBIT and a 41% decline in net interest expense reflecting interest savings from the company's IPO and debt refinancing, partially offset by a higher effective tax rate in 2013, resulting from a change in state tax legislation that lowered the Company's tax provision in the second quarter of 2012.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the second quarter of 2013 was $44.4 million, compared to $33.8 million in the year-ago period.

In addition to its GAAP financial results, the Company is also providing its financial results on an adjusted pro forma basis, excluding items affecting comparability and assuming the IPO occurred on the first day of fiscal 2012 and the refinancing occurred on the first day of fiscal 2013.  The Company believes that the adjusted pro forma basis is helpful to management and investors in evaluating its operating performance excluding the variability of these factors. Reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are included in the tables that accompany this release. 

Second Quarter Segment Results

Birds Eye Frozen

Net sales for the Birds Eye Frozen segment increased 1.2% to $244.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $241.1 million in the year-ago period.  This performance reflected higher net pricing of 3.3%, driven by timing of promotional spending related to Easter, partially offset by a decline of 2.1% from lower volume/mix.  The earlier timing of Easter this year reduced the net sales comparison by approximately 0.7 percentage points.  The increase in sales in the quarter was driven by growth of Birds Eye® Voila! ® complete bagged meals, including the Chipotle Chicken line extension introduced last quarter, Mrs. Paul's® and Van de Kamp's® seafood, driven by Spicy Fish Fillet Sandwiches introduced last quarter, and core Birds Eye® vegetables including initial shipments of Birds Eye® Recipe Ready, a new line of pre-chopped and blended vegetables designed to enable faster preparation of top meal dishes.   Partially offsetting these positive drivers in the quarter was a decline for Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfast products and Birds Eye Steamfresh® vegetables.

EBIT for the Birds Eye Frozen segment increased 22.1% to $36.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $29.9 million in second quarter of 2012.   Excluding items affecting comparability in both periods, EBIT advanced 12.8% to $39.8 million, due to higher gross profit primarily driven by productivity savings and higher net pricing.    

Duncan Hines Grocery

Net sales for the Duncan Hines Grocery segment declined 4.3% to $238.8 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $249.6 million in the year-ago period, due to a 4.1% decline in volume/mix and lower net pricing of 0.2%.   Approximately 0.6 percentage points of the net sales decline was due to the earlier timing of Easter in 2013.  The sales performance for the segment reflected growth of Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® syrups, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fruit fillings and the Company's Canadian business, which was more than offset by lower sales of Vlasic® pickles, due to timing of shipments related to a larger seasonal retail inventory build in the year-ago quarter, and Duncan Hines® frostings, due to heightened competitive activity and comparison against last year's introduction of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations®.

EBIT for the Duncan Hines Grocery segment advanced 21.3% to $29.7 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $24.5 million in the year-ago period.  Excluding items affecting comparability in both periods, EBIT advanced 10.3% to $34.8 million, due to higher gross profit driven by lower commodity costs and productivity savings.

Specialty Foods

Net sales for the Specialty Foods segment declined 12.0% to $86.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $97.9 million in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting the planned exit of low-margin, unbranded businesses and lower sales of private label canned meat partially due to timing. 

EBIT for the Specialty Foods segment declined 7.4% to $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.  Excluding items affecting comparability in both periods, EBIT declined 10.9% to $5.3 million, largely due to the decline in canned meat sales.

Six Months Consolidated Results

Consolidated net sales in the first six months of 2013 declined 1.9% to $1.18 billion, compared to net sales of $1.21 billion in the year-ago period, primarily reflecting the planned exit of low-margin, unbranded Specialty businesses.  Net sales in the Company's North America Retail business were flat with year-ago, and Pinnacle's retail consumption, as measured by IRI, slightly outpaced the performance of its composite categories, which declined by approximately 1% versus year-ago for the six months ended June 30, 2013. 

Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis advanced 13.5% to $197.1 million in the first six months of 2013, compared to $173.7 million in the year-ago period. 

Excluding items affecting comparability in both periods, pro forma EBIT increased 16.8% to $159.1 million in the first six months of 2013, compared to $136.2 million in the year-ago period.  On the same basis, pro forma net earnings advanced 80% to $73.3 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2013, compared to net earnings of $40.8 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first six months of 2013 was $112.1 million, compared to $67.7 million in the year-ago period.

Outlook for Full Year 2013

The Company expects the addition of Wish-Bone®, which it anticipates will close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2013, to be accretive to EPS in 2013 by $0.01 to $0.02.  As such, the Company raised its guidance range for full year EPS to $1.53 to $1.57, from the previous range of $1.49 to $1.55. The updated EPS guidance also incorporates the Company's current expectation for a diluted weighted average share count for the year of 116.5 million, versus the previous expectation of 117.4 million, as well as the Company's increased investment spending in the second half of the year to remain fully competitive.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an investor conference call on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 9:30AM (ET) to discuss the results of the quarter.  To access the call, investors and analysts can dial (866) 802-4321 in the U.S. and Canada or (703) 639-1315 from outside the U.S. and Canada and reference conference name:  Pinnacle Foods Q2 Earnings Call.  A replay of the call will be available, beginning August 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM (ET) until August 30, 2013, by dialing (888) 266-2081 in the U.S. and Canada or (703) 925-2533 from outside the U.S. and Canada and referencing Access Code 1607444.  Access to a live audio webcast and replay of the event will be available in the Investor Center of the Company's corporate website at http://www.pinnaclefoods.com/.

About Pinnacle Foods Inc.

In more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000 Company as ranked by Fortune Magazine. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades.  Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs an average of 4,400 employees. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 of the 12 major categories in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles, Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups, Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fruit fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Freshlike® frozen vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged frozen meals, Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® frozen prepared seafood, Hungry-Man® frozen dinners and entrees, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Lender's® frozen and refrigerated bagels, and Celeste® frozen pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® kettle style potato chips, Erin's® popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® snacks in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at http://www.pinnaclefoods.com/.  

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