J & J Snack Foods' fiscal Q4 net earnings up 11% to US$16.5M, sales up 10% to US$200.5M, on higher volumes, lower costs; all businesses, except restaurant group, record sales growth
PENNSAUKEN, New Jersey
November 3, 2010
– J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ-JJSF) today reported record sales and earnings for its 2010 fiscal year.
Sales for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2010 increased 7% to $696.7 million from $653.0 million in the fiscal year ended September 26, 2009. Net earnings increased 17% to $48.4 million in fiscal 2010 from $41.3 million in fiscal 2009. On a per diluted share basis, earnings increased 17% to $2.59 from $2.21. Operating income increased 15% to $77.2 million this year from $66.9 million in the year ago period.
For the fourth quarter ended September 25, 2010, sales increased 10% to $200.5 million from $182.8 million in the fourth quarter ended September 26, 2009. Net earnings increased 11% to $16.5 million in the current year quarter from $14.8 million. Earnings per diluted share were $.88 this year compared to $.79 last year. Operating income increased 4% to $24.8 million from $23.8 million in the year ago period.
Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We had another successful year. Each of our major businesses contributed to our record sales and earnings.”
J & J Snack Foods Corp.’s principal products include SUPERPRETZEL, PRETZEL FILLERS and other soft pretzels, ICEE, SLUSH PUPPIE and ARCTIC BLAST frozen beverages, LUIGI’S, MAMA TISH’S, SHAPE UPS, MINUTE MAID* and BARQ’S** frozen juice bars and ices, WHOLE FRUIT sorbet, FRUIT-A-FREEZE frozen fruit bars, MARY B’S biscuits and dumplings, DADDY RAY’S fig and fruit bars, TIO PEPE’S and CALIFORNIA CHURROS churros, THE FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY funnel cakes, and MRS. GOODCOOKIE, CAMDEN CREEK, COUNTRY HOME and READI-BAKE cookies. J & J has manufacturing facilities in Pennsauken, Bridgeport and Bellmawr, New Jersey; Scranton, Hatfield and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Carrollton, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Moscow Mills, Missouri; Pensacola, Florida and Vernon and Norwalk, California.
*MINUTE MAID is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.
**BARQ’S is a registered trademark of Barq’s Inc.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
Fiscal 2010 (52 weeks) Compared to Fiscal 2009 (52 weeks)
Net sales increased $43,656,000, or 7%, to $696,703,000 in fiscal 2010 from $653,047,000 in fiscal 2009.
Excluding sales from the acquisition of Parrot Ice in February 2010 and California Churros in June 2010, sales increased 6% for the year.
Approximately $12.7 million, or 29%, of the increased sales were sales of funnel cake fries to one customer, Burger King, which is carrying the product in virtually all of its domestic locations. Although we are not able to provide an estimate of the sales going forward, we anticipate that these sales will be significantly less in fiscal year 2011.
Sales to food service customers increased $19,206,000, or 5%, to $436,959,000 in fiscal 2010. Excluding sales from the acquisition of California Churros, food service sales would have increased 4% for the year. Sales of funnel cake fries to Burger King accounted for over 66% of the food service sales increase. Soft pretzel sales to the food service market increased 1% to $100,694,000 for the year. Frozen juice bar and ices sales decreased $2,999,000, or 6%, to $47,273,000 for the year primarily as the result of lower sales to one contract packing customer and to school food service accounts. The impact of the lower sales to the contract packing customer will not continue into our next year. Churro sales to food service customers increased 8% to $31,732,000 in 2010. Without sales from California Churros, churro sales for the year would have been down about ½ of one percent. Sales of bakery products, excluding biscuit and dumpling sales and fruit and fig bar sales, increased $5,606,000, or 3%, for the year due primarily to increased sales to private label customers. Biscuit and dumpling sales increased 1% to $33,326,000. Sales of fig and fruit bars decreased 4% to $31,715,000 due primarily to lower sales to one customer who discontinued a particular product. Funnel cake and related funnel cake product sales increased by $14,083,000 to $22,804,000 primarily due to the sales to Burger King. Sales of new products in the first twelve months since their introduction were approximately $29 million in fiscal year 2010. Net volume increases, including new product sales as defined above and sales resulting from the acquisition of California Churros, accounted for all but approximately $1,500,000 of the sales increases this year. Price increases accounted for the remaining $1,500,000. Operating income in our Food Service segment increased from $45,024,000 in 2009 to $50,255,000 in 2010 primarily as a result of increased volume as discussed above and lower ingredients and packaging costs of about $2 million.
Sales of products to retail supermarkets increased $10,961,000 or 17% to $76,119,000 in fiscal year 2010. Soft pretzel sales to retail supermarkets were $30,463,000 compared to $30,506,000 in 2009 on a unit volume decrease of less than 1%. This makes the third consecutive year of flat or modestly up or down unit sales. Sales of frozen juices and ices increased $10,469,000 or 28% to $48,288,000 on a unit volume increase of 24%. Reduced trade spending of $1.5 million for the introduction of new frozen novelty items and a shift in product mix increased sales dollars in relation to the overall unit volume increases. Coupon redemption costs, a reduction of sales, decreased 9% or about $354,000 for the year. Sales of products in the first twelve months since their introduction were approximately $4.2 million in fiscal year 2010. Net volume increases, including new product sales as defined above and net of decreased coupon costs and reduced trade spending for new product introductions, accounted for virtually all of the sales increases in 2010. Operating income in our Retail Supermarkets segment increased from $7,442,000 in 2009 to $11,281,000 in 2010 primarily as a result of volume increases and reduced trade spending for the introduction of new frozen novelty items.
THE RESTAURANT GROUP
Sales of our Restaurant Group decreased 33% to $847,000 primarily due to the closing of stores in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 and by lower sales in general. Sales of our two stores open for both years were down about 7% from last year. Operating loss in our Restaurant Group segment decreased from $64,000 in 2009 to $35,000 in 2010.
Frozen beverage and related product sales increased 8% to $182,778,000 in fiscal 2010. Excluding sales from the acquisition of Parrot Ice, sales would have increased 7% for the year. Beverage sales alone increased 13% to $128,125,000 for the year with increased sales to two new customers and one existing customer, sales from Parrot Ice and a 26% increase in sales in Mexico accounting for over 80% of the increase. Gallon sales were up 10% in our base ICEE business with sales to three customers accounting for almost all of the increase. Service revenue decreased 4% to $40,410,000 for the year with declines spread across our customer base. Sales of beverage machines, which tend to fluctuate from year to year while following no specific trend, increased from $11,729,000 in 2009 to $11,964,000 in 2010. The estimated number of company owned frozen beverage dispensers was 38,600 and 35,700 at September 25, 2010 and September 26, 2009, respectively. Operating income in our Frozen Beverage segment increased from $14,536,000 in 2009 to $15,661,000 in 2010 as a result of increased volume as discussed above. Higher gasoline costs of approximately $867,000 impacted the year’s operating income.
Other than as commented upon above by segment, there are no material specific reasons for the reported sales increases or decreases. Sales levels can be impacted by the appeal of our products to our customers and consumers and their changing tastes, competitive and pricing pressures, sales execution, marketing programs, seasonal weather, customer stability and general economic conditions.
Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased to 32.69% in 2010 from 31.98% in 2009. Lower ingredient and packaging costs compared to last year of approximately $2.2 million, the benefit of higher volumes leveraging our fixed manufacturing costs and reduced trade spending for new product introductions in our Retail Supermarket segment were primarily responsible for the increased gross profit percentage. Ingredient and packaging costs can be extremely volatile and may be significantly different from what we are presently expecting and therefore we cannot project the impact of ingredient and packaging costs on our business going forward; however, there has been a very significant increase in the market cost of flour over the past six months which we anticipate will result in higher costs over some portions of our fiscal year 2011.
Total operating expenses increased $8,712,000 to $150,618,000 in fiscal 2010 and as a percentage of sales decreased .11 of a percentage point and remained at 22% of sales. Marketing expenses decreased .29 percentage points to 10% of sales. Distribution expenses decreased .13 percentage points to 7% of sales. Administrative expenses were about 3-1/2% of sales in both years. Other general expense of $2,087,000 this year compared to other general income of $5,000 in 2009. Included in other general expense this year is $1.6 million for an unclaimed property assessment and $577,000 of acquisition costs. About $2.1 million of these expenses impacted the fourth quarter.
Operating income increased $10,224,000 or 15% to $77,162,000 in fiscal year 2010 as a result of the aforementioned items.
Investment income decreased by $272,000 to $1,114,000 due to the general decline in the level of interest rates.
The effective income tax rate decreased 1.42 percentage points to 38% from 39% last year. About 2/3 of this decrease was from the reduction of $750,000 of unrecognized tax benefits which benefitted the fourth quarter.
Net earnings increased $7,097,000, or 17%, in fiscal 2010 to $48,409,000, or $2.59 per diluted share as a result of the aforementioned items.
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.
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