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Sales Grew 22% in First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Reconfirms Full Year Sales and Earnings Guidance
MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, today reported results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2008. Reflecting continued strong consumer demand for its brands and products, the Company reported record first quarter net sales of $289.3 million, a 22% increase over the prior year's first quarter sales of $237.2 million. Net income in the first quarter was $7.0 million on a GAAP basis and $11.4 million after reflecting previously announced adjustments resulting from continuing personnel and facility costs related to the execution of the Stock Keeping Unit ("SKU") Rationalization Program; acquisition-related integration and start-up costs in the United Kingdom, reflecting initiatives which were completed in this year's first quarter; the costs of the now completed, below market contract at Hain Pure Protein's New Oxford facility; stock compensation related expense; and continued additional professional fees. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter totaled $0.17 on a GAAP basis and $0.28 after these adjustments. Net income and earnings per share were affected by the highest commodity and input costs in the Company's history, with such costs estimated to be $10 million higher than last year. The Company's results do not reflect the benefit of its August price increases, which are expected to improve the Company's sales and margins in the second half of the year. The Company realized approximately $1 million from these increases in its first quarter.
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"We are pleased that, even with the economic difficulties experienced in many markets, consumers increased their demand for our natural and organic food and personal care products. We are also pleased to see that the sales momentum experienced in the first quarter continued through the month of October. With our grocery, snacks, and tea products selling at an average price of $3.99, our brands meet our consumers' needs in this economy. Additionally, we believe our portfolio approach-in products, distribution channels and geographic markets-benefited our performance this quarter. Our new fiscal year began with continued strong sales in all our geographic markets-the United States, Canada, and Europe-across various distribution channels. In North America, our focus on new product innovation and increased sales and distribution of our core items resulted in strong contributions from Rice Dream(R), WestSoy(R), Earth's Best(R), MaraNatha(R), Imagine(R), Spectrum(R), Garden of Eatin'(R), Rosetto(R), Yves(R), Jason(R), Avalon(R) and the Hain Pure Protein brands. In Europe, our approach led to similar sales trends from the Lima(R), Natumi(R), Rice Dream, Grains Noirs(R) and Daily Bread(TM) brands," said Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Company continues to see strong sales despite the slowdown in the economy. Hain Celestial has experienced growth in the natural sector with independent natural stores and supermarkets, mass market retailers, chain drug stores and other retail outlets. The Company believes it is attracting new consumers who are not dining out but are looking for healthful dining experiences at home, and consumers are finding our products at more retail outlets, such as supermarkets, club stores and mass merchants. The Company has also seen an increase in poultry sales, where consumers are trading down from other proteins to chicken and turkey; consumers are also eating more seitan, tofu and tempeh rather than red meat. The at-home dining trend is more prevalent for breakfast and dinner, where the Company's product categories can provide healthy, reasonably priced meals and snacks. The Company continues to see substantial growth in its Earth's Best brands with parents concerned about healthy eating for their infants, toddlers and kids, and believes that consumers staying at home are drinking more tea and trading down from more expensive beverage offerings.
Reflecting the previously stated adjustments, gross margin for the same brands operated by the Company (other than the Company's lower margin Hain Pure Protein joint venture) was 28.6% in the first quarter, versus 30.8% in the prior year quarter. Inflation in input costs, including higher commodity and fuel costs, amounted to over 7% in the quarter when measured against the prior year comparable quarter. While this inflation was partially offset by productivity improvements and price increases, the full impact of the price increase announced in July is expected to benefit the Company over the remaining quarters in its fiscal year. The Company expects that the benefits from this price increase will improve margins during the second half of the fiscal year by 200 to 300 basis points. In Personal Care, where the SKU Rationalization eliminated costs, the brands continued to experience good sales growth, and benefited from a margin improvement of approximately 200 basis points in the first quarter.
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses declined as a percentage of sales to 18.2% compared to 20.2%, with the Company's continued focus on cost savings and achieving the benefit of synergies from acquisitions.
The Company's balance sheet remains strong, with $272.2 million in working capital and a current ratio of 2.8 at September 30, 2008. Debt as a percentage of equity was 43.1%, with equity at $745.2 million. The Company's cash conversion cycle was 79 days, compared to 75 days in the prior year period, with the increase coming principally in the Company's inventory of turkey in preparation for the holiday season demands in that category and increased ingredients for Grocery and Snacks. The Company's receivables days have declined, and payables days remain consistent with past periods.
Interest expense, net, was $3.6 million in the first quarter compared to $2.7 million for the prior year quarter. The Company's interest cost this year includes the cost of higher borrowings resulting from acquisitions during the prior fiscal year. "Other expenses, net" in the prior year included a $2.0 million gain on the sale of an investment in a joint venture in Europe. The Company's effective tax rate for the current period was 38%.
"Having good brands in good categories will continue to drive sales. At the same time, the Company will continue to build on the successful productivity initiatives commenced in prior years to control its expenses, reducing overhead and capital expenditures and other costs. Our Company is well-positioned with a proven management team to enable Hain Celestial to deal with this tough economic environment. We continue to experience solid growth and steady performance and expect our strategic pricing actions and productivity initiatives to deliver on our objectives for the year and our long-term goals to enhance shareholder value," concluded Irwin Simon.
Fiscal Year 2009 Guidance
The Company reconfirmed its fiscal year 2009 guidance of $1.2 to $1.3 billion in sales and $1.54 to $1.61 earnings per share. This earnings guidance is before deducting $0.08 per share in stock compensation expense to amortize the previous year's equity grants.
Hain Celestial will host a conference call and webcast at 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time today to review its first quarter fiscal year 2009 results. The event will be webcast and available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.hain-celestial.com.
The Hain Celestial Group
The Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in almost all natural food categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings(R), Terra(R), Garden of Eatin'(R), Health Valley(R), WestSoy(R), Earth's Best(R), Arrowhead Mills(R), MaraNatha(R), SunSpire(R), DeBoles(R), Hain Pure Foods(R), FreeBird(TM), Plainville Farms(R), Hollywood(R), Spectrum Naturals(R), Spectrum Essentials(R), Walnut Acres Organic(R), Imagine(R), Rice Dream(R), Soy Dream(R), Rosetto(R), Ethnic Gourmet(R), Yves Veggie Cuisine(R), Granose(R), Realeat(R), Linda McCartney(R), Daily Bread(TM), Lima(R), Grains Noirs(R), Natumi(R), JASON(R), Zia(R) Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics(R), Alba Botanica(R), Queen Helene(R), Tushies(R) and TenderCare(R). Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way of Life(TM)" since 1993. For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within and constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward- looking statements. These risks include but are not limited to general economic and business conditions; our ability to implement our business and acquisition strategy; our ability to effectively integrate our acquisitions; competition; availability and retention of key personnel; our reliance on third party distributors, manufacturers and suppliers; changes in customer preferences; international sales and operations; escalating fuel and commodity costs; the resolution of the SEC inquiry and litigation regarding our stock option practices; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations; and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC, including the annual report on Form 10-K, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008. As a result of the foregoing and other factors, no assurance can be given as to future results, levels of activity and achievements and neither the Company nor any person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of these statements.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented provide useful additional information to investors about current trends in the Company's operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures provided by other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded. They should only be read in connection with the Company's condensed consolidated statements of earnings presented in accordance with GAAP.
THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC. Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands) September 30, June 30, 2008 2008 (Unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $43,506 $58,513 Trade receivables, net 127,378 118,867 Inventories 215,590 175,667 Deferred income taxes 12,482 12,512 Other current assets 23,614 27,482 Total current assets 422,570 393,041 Property, plant and equipment, net 155,823 159,089 Goodwill, net 539,183 550,238 Trademarks and other intangible assets, net 140,950 136,861 Other assets 19,252 20,155 Total assets $1,277,778 $1,259,384 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $148,261 $145,186 Income taxes payable 1,868 907 Current portion of long-term debt 246 222 Total current liabilities 150,375 146,315 Deferred income taxes 25,590 26,524 Other noncurrent liabilities 2,163 5,012 Long-term debt, less current portion 321,177 308,220 Total liabilities 499,305 486,071 Minority Interest 33,256 30,502 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 414 411 Additional paid-in capital 495,639 488,650 Retained earnings 244,030 237,008 Treasury stock (15,486) (15,473) Foreign currency translation adjustment 20,620 32,215 Total stockholders' equity 745,217 742,811 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,277,778 $1,259,384 THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC. Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended September 30, 2008 2007 (Unaudited) Net sales $289,317 $237,245 Cost of sales 217,951 168,394 Gross profit 71,366 68,851 SG&A expenses 56,470 50,546 Operating income 14,896 18,305 Interest and other expenses, net 3,569 959 Income before income taxes 11,327 17,346 Income tax provision 4,305 6,526 Net income $7,022 $10,820 Basic net income per share $0.17 $0.27 Diluted net income per share $0.17 $0.26 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 40,225 40,026 Diluted 41,499 41,825 THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC. Consolidated Statements of Operations With Adjustments Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Presentation (in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended September 30, 2008 2007 2008 GAAP Adjustments Adjusted Adjusted (Unaudited) Net sales $289,317 $289,317 $237,245 Cost of Sales 217,951 $(3,540) 214,411 167,321 Gross profit 71,366 3,540 74,906 69,924 SG&A expenses 56,470 (3,768) 52,702 47,860 Operating income 14,896 7,308 22,204 22,064 Interest and other expenses, net 3,569 360 3,929 2,961 Income before income taxes 11,327 6,948 18,275 19,103 Income tax provision 4,305 2,539 6,844 7,164 Net income $7,022 $4,409 $11,431 $11,939 Basic net income per share $0.17 $0.11 $0.28 $0.30 Diluted net income per share $0.17 $0.11 $0.28 $0.29 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 40,225 40,225 40,026 Diluted 41,499 41,499 41,825 FY 2009 FY 2008 Impact on Impact on Income Impact on Income Impact on before Income before Income income tax income tax taxes provision taxes provision (Unaudited) Start-up costs at the Fakenham manufacturing facility related to the integration of the Haldane Foods frozen meat-free operations and, in 2009, also includes unabsorbed overhead resulting from expiration of a co-pack agreement with prior owner $2,519 $799 $1,073 $406 Severance and other reorganization costs 300 118 Impact of co-pack pricing agreement related to acquisition of turkey processing facility 721 277 Cost of sales 3,540 1,194 1,073 406 Professional fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the review of the Company's stock option practices 1,753 896 2,266 857 Stock compensation expense 1,417 356 420 159 Severance and other reorganization costs 598 231 SG&A expenses 3,768 1,483 2,686 1,016 Other (income) expenses, net (360) (138) (2,002) (784) Interest and other expenses, net (360) (138) (2,002) (784) Total adjustments $6,948 $2,539 $1,757 $638
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