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Sysco Reports Second Quarter Net Earnings Of $221 Million And Diluted EPS Of $0.38 ($0.40 After Adjusting For Certain Items)

1 See Non-GAAP Reconciliations below for more information.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Summary

Sales for the second quarter were $10.8 billion, an increase of 5.4% compared to sales in the same period last year. Food cost inflation was 2.5%, as measured by the estimated change in Sysco's product costs, driven mainly by inflation in the poultry and meat categories. In addition, sales from acquisitions (within the last 12 months) increased sales by 1.1%, and the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates for the second quarter increased sales by 0.3%. Case volume for the company's Broadline and SYGMA operations combined grew 2.8% during the quarter, including acquisitions, and approximately 1.8%, excluding acquisitions.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $1.9 billion, an increase of 3.9%, compared to the prior year. Operating expenses in the second quarter increased $116 million, or 8.2%, compared to operating expenses in the prior year period. This was due mainly to a $45 million increase in gross business transformation expenses and a $17 million increase in payroll expense. In addition, operating expenses reflect $22 million in charges related to certain items. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating expenses increased 3.7%.

Operating income was $383 million in the second quarter, decreasing $44 million, or 10.4% compared to operating income in the prior year. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating income increased 4.6%.

Net earnings for the second quarter were $221 million, a decrease of $29 million, or 11.5%, compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $0.38, which was 11.6% lower compared to last year's second quarter. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.49, which was an increase of 4.3%, compared to the prior year.

First Half Fiscal 2013 Summary

Sales for the first half of fiscal 2013 were $21.9 billion, an increase of 5.1% compared to sales in the same period last year. Food cost inflation was 2.3%, as measured by the estimated change in Sysco's product costs, driven mainly by inflation in the poultry and meat categories. In addition, sales from acquisitions (within the last 12 months) increased sales by 0.8%, and there was no year-over-year impact from foreign exchange rates. Case volume for the company's Broadline and SYGMA operations combined grew 3.0% during the first half, including acquisitions, and approximately 2.4%, excluding acquisitions.

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