WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) today reported results for the company's fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2022.
- Consolidated net sales increased 11.4% to a second quarter record $477.4 million versus $428.4 million last year. Retail net sales grew 5.6% to $258.8 million while Foodservice net sales advanced 19.2% to $218.6 million.
- Consolidated gross profit increased $5.5 million, or 5.7%, to $102.1 million.
- Consolidated operating income increased $6.0 million, or 13.3%, to $51.3 million.
- Net income was $1.45 per diluted share versus $1.25 per diluted share last year.
CEO David A. Ciesinski commented, "We were pleased to report another quarter of record sales and increased profits. In the Retail segment, beyond the favorable impact of inflationary pricing, net sales growth of 5.6% was driven by volume gains for our New York BRAND Bakery® frozen garlic bread and our successful licensing program, with notable contributions from Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces and the recently launched Arby's Horsey Sauce® and Arby's Sauce® products. In addition to pricing, net sales growth of 19.2% in our Foodservice segment was led by higher demand from select quick-service restaurant customers."
"While we continued to experience significant cost inflation, the pricing actions we have implemented in both our Retail and Foodservice segments served to offset the higher input costs. The $5.5 million increase in gross profit reflects the pricing and continued progress in our management of manufacturing costs. During the period, we were pleased to commence production within the newly expanded section of our dressing and sauce facility in Horse Cave, Kentucky."
"Looking ahead to our fiscal third quarter, we anticipate Retail sales will continue to benefit from our expanding licensing program while, in the Foodservice segment, we expect continued volume growth from select quick-service restaurant customers. Cost inflation will remain a headwind to our financial results, but the pricing actions we have in place along with our cost savings initiatives are expected to offset the increased costs. The ramp up of dressing and sauce production at our Horse Cave plant will continue through the quarter. In addition, we are in the process of adding that facility to our new ERP system as part of the Wave 3 implementation phase of our ERP initiative, Project Ascent."
Second Quarter Results
Consolidated net sales increased 11.4% to a second quarter record $477.4 million versus $428.4 million last year. Retail segment net sales grew 5.6% to $258.8 million, including the favorable impact of inflationary pricing. Retail segment sales volume, measured in pounds shipped, declined 3.8% primarily due to price elasticity. Key contributors to the increase in Retail segment net sales included New York BRAND Bakery® frozen garlic bread and our licensing program, driven by sales gains for Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces and the recently launched Arby's Horsey Sauce® and Arby's Sauce® products. In the Foodservice segment, net sales improved 19.2% to $218.6 million. Foodservice sales volume, measured in pounds shipped, decreased 4.6% as impacted by our decision to exit some less profitable SKUs during fiscal 2022. In addition to inflationary pricing, Foodservice net sales growth was led by increased demand from certain quick-service restaurants in our mix of national chain restaurant accounts.
Consolidated gross profit increased $5.5 million to $102.1 million as our pricing actions effectively offset the significant inflationary costs we have experienced for commodities, packaging, labor, freight and warehousing. The higher gross profit also reflects improved manufacturing efficiencies and a more stable operating environment.
SG&A expenses declined $0.8 million to $50.8 million driven by lower professional fees, reduced levels of consumer promotions and decreased expenditures for Project Ascent, partially offset by increased investments in personnel and IT. Project Ascent costs totaled $7.5 million in the current-year quarter versus $8.6 million last year.
In the prior-year quarter, the change in contingent consideration reflected the favorable impact of a $2.2 million non-cash reduction to the fair value of the contingent consideration for Bantam Bagels in addition to an impairment charge of $0.9 million for that business, which the company ultimately exited near the end of our fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2022. The prior-year quarter also included $1.0 million in restructuring and impairment charges resulting from our decision to close our frozen garlic bread facility in Baldwin Park, California in support of our ongoing efforts to better optimize our manufacturing network.
Consolidated operating income grew $6.0 million, or 13.3%, to $51.3 million driven by the increase in gross profit.
Net income increased $5.6 million to $40.0 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, versus $1.25 per diluted share last year. Expenditures for Project Ascent reduced net income by $5.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the current-year quarter compared to $6.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. Last year's adjustment to the contingent consideration increased net income by $1.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, and the restructuring and impairment charges reduced net income by $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Net income and earnings per diluted share in the current-year quarter benefited from a lower overall effective tax rate.
Fiscal Year-to-Date Results
For the six months ended December 31, 2022, net sales increased 10.0% to $902.9 million compared to $820.5 million a year ago. Net income for the six-month period totaled $77.6 million, or $2.81 per diluted share, versus the prior-year amount of $65.0 million, or $2.36 per diluted share. In the current-year period, spend for Project Ascent decreased net income by $12.8 million, or $0.47 per diluted share. In the prior-year period, spend for Project Ascent decreased net income by $13.7 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, the change in contingent consideration increased net income by $1.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, and restructuring and impairment charges reduced net income by $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Net income and earnings per diluted share in the current-year period benefited from a lower overall effective tax rate.
Conference Call on the Web
The company's second quarter conference call is scheduled for this morning, February 2, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Access to a live webcast of the call is available through a link on the company's Internet home page at www.lancastercolony.com. A replay of the webcast will also be made available on the company's website.
About the Company
Lancaster Colony Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice channels.
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- inflationary pressures resulting in higher input costs;
- the reaction of customers or consumers to pricing actions we take to offset inflationary costs;
- the impact of customer store brands on our branded retail volumes;
- efficiencies in plant operations and our overall supply chain network;
- complexities related to the implementation of our new enterprise resource planning system;
- adverse changes in freight, energy or other costs of producing, distributing or transporting our products;
- fluctuations in the cost and availability of ingredients and packaging;
- dependence on contract manufacturers, distributors and freight transporters, including their operational capacity and financial strength in continuing to support our business;
- adequate supply of labor for our manufacturing facilities;
- stability of labor relations;
- dependence on key personnel and changes in key personnel;
- significant shifts in consumer demand and disruptions to our employees, communities, customers, supply chains, production planning, operations, and production processes resulting from the impacts of COVID-19 and other epidemics, pandemics or similar widespread public health concerns and disease outbreaks;
- cyber-security incidents, information technology disruptions, and data breaches;
- capacity constraints that may affect our ability to meet demand or may increase our costs;
- geopolitical events, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, that could create unforeseen business disruptions and impact the cost or availability of raw materials and energy;
- the potential for loss of larger programs, including licensing agreements, or key customer relationships;
- changes in demand for our products, which may result from loss of brand reputation or customer goodwill;
- price and product competition;
- the possible occurrence of product recalls or other defective or mislabeled product costs;
- the success and cost of new product development efforts;
- the lack of market acceptance of new products;
- the extent to which business acquisitions are completed and acceptably integrated;
- the ability to successfully grow acquired businesses;
- the effect of consolidation of customers within key market channels;
- maintenance of competitive position with respect to other manufacturers;
- the outcome of any litigation or arbitration;
- changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments;
- the impact of any regulatory matters affecting our food business, including any required labeling changes and their impact on consumer demand;
- the impact of fluctuations in our pension plan asset values on funding levels, contributions required and benefit costs; and
- risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Management believes these forward-looking statements to be reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on statements that are based on current expectations.
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