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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)

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Gross profit for the first half was $3.9 billion, an increase of 3.4%, compared to the prior year. Operating expenses in the first half increased $203 million, or 7.1%, compared to operating expenses in the prior year period. This was due mainly to an $86 million increase in gross business transformation expenses and a $47 million increase in payroll expense. In addition, operating expenses reflect $28 million in charges related to certain items. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating expenses increased 3.5%.

Operating income was $861 million in the first half, decreasing $75 million, or 8.0% compared to operating income in the prior year. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted operating income increased 3.1%.

Net earnings for the first half were $508 million, a decrease of $45 million, or 8.1%, compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS in the first half of fiscal 2013 was $0.86, which was 8.5% lower compared to last year's first half. Excluding certain items and business transformation expenses, adjusted diluted EPS was $1.06, which was an increase of 3.9%, compared to the prior year.

Cash Flow and Capital Spending

Cash flow from operations was $387 million for the first half of fiscal 2013, compared to $539 million in the first half of fiscal 2012, or a decline of 28%. Capital expenditures totaled $106 million for the second quarter, and $262 million for the first half of the year. The primary areas for investment included facility replacements and expansions, replacements to Sysco's fleet, and technology.

Free cash flow 1 increased 19.6% in the first half of fiscal 2013 to $125 million compared to the first half of fiscal 2012.

Conference Call & Webcast

Sysco's second quarter fiscal 2013 earnings conference call will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the call, a copy of this press release and a slide presentation, will be available online at www.sysco.com in the Investors section.

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 185 distribution facilities serving over 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2012 that ended June 30, 2012, the company generated record sales of over $42 billion. For more information about Sysco visit the company's Internet home page at www.sysco.com . For investor relations news follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock or download the new Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market.

The Sysco Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=747

1 See Non-GAAP Reconciliations below for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release or in our earnings call for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 that look forward in time or that express management's beliefs, expectations or hopes are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the views of management at the time such statements are made and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, estimates, and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These statements include our beliefs regarding potential benefits of our business transformation goals, including lower operating and product costs and the enhancement of our leadership position in the industry, the potential of our newly acquired businesses to help us grow our market share and strengthen our offerings to our customers, expectations regarding free cash flow in fiscal 2013, and beliefs regarding restaurant spending trends. The success of our business transformation initiatives and expectations regarding free cash flow are subject to the general risks associated with our business, including the risk of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, work stoppages or otherwise, inflation risks, the impact of fuel prices, and labor issues. Additionally, certain agricultural areas of the United States experienced severe drought in the summer of 2012, and we may experience increased input costs for a large portion of the products we sell for up to a one year period as a result. Risks and uncertainties also include risks impacting the economy generally, including the risk that the current economic downturn will continue, or that consumer confidence in the economy may not increase and decreases in consumer spending, particularly on food prepared outside the home, may not reverse. Also, there are risks related to our Business Transformation Project, including that the expected costs of our Business Transformation Project in fiscal 2013 may be greater or less than currently expected because we may encounter the need for changes in design or revisions of the project calendar and budget, including the incurrence of expenses at an earlier or later time than currently anticipated; the risk that our business and results of operations may be adversely affected if we experience operating problems, scheduling delays, cost overages or limitations on the extent of the business transformation during the ERP implementation and deployment process; and the risk of adverse effects if the ERP system, and the associated process changes, do not prove to be cost effective or result in the cost savings and other benefits that we anticipate. In fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2012, we took additional time to test and improve the underlying ERP system prior to larger scale development, and these actions caused a delay in the project; we may experience further delays and/or cost overages as we deploy the system on a larger scale. Planned conversions in the coming quarters and the potential acceleration of the rate of conversions is dependent upon the success of current conversions and plans are subject to change at any time based on management's subjective evaluation of our overall business needs. Other aspects of our business transformation initiatives, including our category management initiative and our cost transformation initiative, may fail to provide the expected benefits in a timely fashion, if at all. Capital expenditures may vary from those projected based on changes in business plans and other factors, including risks related to the implementation of our Business Transformation Project and our regional distribution centers, the timing and successful completions of acquisitions, construction schedules and the possibility that other cash requirements could result in delays or cancellations of capital spending. Current projections regarding industry growth and restaurant spending trends may change and growth in the industry and trends regarding restaurant spending are subject to factors beyond our control. Our expectations regarding sales from acquisitions and the timing of acquisitions and related benefits may not occur as expected, if at all. Acquisitions may not close, or may be delayed, because of factors beyond our control, including the need for regulatory approvals. We may not be successful in completing potential acquisitions that are currently in the pipeline and, as such, may not realize the expected benefits from these potential acquisitions. The benefits of recent acquisitions may not be realized as soon as expected, if at all, and the successful integration of acquisitions into our business may require additional resources in the short-term. Fuel expense may vary from projections based on fluctuations in fuel costs, which are impacted by general economic conditions beyond our control. In the past, increased fuel prices have significantly increased our costs and reduced consumers' demand for meals served away from home. For a discussion of additional factors impacting Sysco's business, see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. Sysco does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)
         
   13-Week Period Ended   26-Week Period Ended 
  Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011
         
Sales  $ 10,796,890  $ 10,244,421  $ 21,883,806  $ 20,830,811
Cost of sales  8,879,324  8,398,771  17,962,696  17,037,561
Gross profit  1,917,566  1,845,650  3,921,110  3,793,250
Operating expenses  1,534,915  1,418,652  3,059,677  2,856,912
Operating income  382,651  426,998  861,433  936,338
Interest expense  32,242  28,324  63,110  57,798
Other income, net  (1,753)  (3,472)  (4,230)  (3,222)
Earnings before income taxes  352,162  402,146  802,553  881,762
Income taxes  130,793  152,033  294,586  328,996
Net earnings  $ 221,369  $ 250,113  $ 507,967  $ 552,766
         
Net earnings:        
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.38  $ 0.43  $ 0.86  $ 0.94
Diluted earnings per share  0.38  0.43  0.86  0.94
         
Average shares outstanding  587,091,968  586,188,302  587,760,060  589,095,964
Diluted shares outstanding  589,751,933  587,034,204  590,130,537  590,241,651
         
Dividends declared per common share  $ 0.28  $ 0.27  $ 0.55  $ 0.53
 
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(In Thousands, Except for Share Data)
  Dec. 29, 2012 June 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011
       
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 320,805  $ 688,867  $ 336,531
Accounts and notes receivable, less allowances of $67,926, $42,919, and $71,180  3,168,120  2,966,624  2,882,730
Inventories  2,436,109  2,178,830  2,213,153
Deferred income taxes  116,887  134,503  142,068
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  68,675  80,713  73,568
Prepaid income taxes  49,189  35,271  --
Total current assets  6,159,785  6,084,808  5,648,050
Plant and equipment at cost, less depreciation  3,960,636  3,883,750  3,736,137
Other assets      
Goodwill   1,802,630  1,665,611  1,630,879
Intangibles, less amortization  153,358  113,571  102,594
Restricted cash  145,247  127,228  132,031
Other assets  206,411  220,004  204,336
Total other assets  2,307,646  2,126,414  2,069,840
Total assets  $ 12,428,067  $ 12,094,972  $ 11,454,027
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities      
Notes payable  $ 42,754  $ --  $ 2,500
Accounts payable  2,287,559  2,209,469  2,074,396
Accrued expenses  903,934  909,144  857,538
Accrued income taxes  --  50,316  123,420
Current maturities of long-term debt  253,170  254,650  205,916
Total current liabilities  3,487,417  3,423,579  3,263,770
Other liabilities      
Long-term debt  2,809,290  2,763,688  2,649,346
Deferred income taxes  94,987  115,166  218,314
Other long-term liabilities  1,134,800  1,107,499  634,982
Total other liabilities  4,039,077  3,986,353  3,502,642
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders' equity      
Preferred stock, par value $1 per share, Authorized 1,500,000 shares, issued none  --  --  --
Common stock, par value $1 per share, Authorized 2,000,000,000 shares, issued 765,174,900 shares  765,175  765,175  765,175
Paid-in capital  954,988  939,179  907,991
Retained earnings  8,359,768  8,175,230  7,923,413
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (605,709)  (662,866)  (323,565)
Treasury stock at cost, 179,819,753, 179,228,383, and 181,352,211 shares  (4,572,649)  (4,531,678)  (4,585,399)
Total shareholders' equity  4,901,573  4,685,040  4,687,615
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 12,428,067  $ 12,094,972  $ 11,454,027
     
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries    
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)    
(In Thousands)    
   26-Week Period Ended 
  Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net earnings  $ 507,967  $ 552,766
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:    
Share-based compensation expense  39,423  38,757
Depreciation and amortization  249,593  200,724
Deferred income taxes  (39,603)  (295,801)
Provision for losses on receivables  16,422  21,133
Other non-cash items  (246)  (811)
Additional investment in certain assets and liabilities, net of effect of businesses acquired:    
(Increase) in receivables  (157,073)  (23,326)
(Increase) in inventories  (222,170)  (152,289)
Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other current assets  11,367  (2,051)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable  28,313  (94,236)
(Decrease) in accrued expenses  (37,338)  (1,295)
(Decrease) increase in accrued income taxes  (64,663)  180,362
Decrease in other assets  2,785  72,310
Increase in other long-term liabilities  52,364  42,282
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements  (356)  (10)
Net cash provided by operating activities  386,785  538,515
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Additions to plant and equipment  (261,576)  (433,858)
Proceeds from sales of plant and equipment  3,229  4,315
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (194,237)  (36,765)
(Increase) in restricted cash  (18,019)  (21,515)
Net cash used for investing activities  (470,603)  (487,823)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Bank and commercial paper borrowings (repayments) net  48,100  195,520
Other debt borrowings   43,482  2,181
Other debt repayments  (10,789)  (4,068)
Debt issuance costs  --  (974)
Proceeds from common stock reissued from treasury for share-based compensation awards  90,853  45,417
Treasury stock purchases  (143,526)  (272,299)
Dividends paid  (315,904)  (307,141)
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements  356  10
Net cash used for financing activities  (287,428)  (341,354)
     
Effect of exchange rates on cash  3,184  (12,572)
     
Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (368,062)  (303,234)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  688,867  639,765
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 320,805  $ 336,531
     
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:    
Cash paid during the period for:    
Interest  $ 63,598  $ 58,000
Income taxes  404,791  443,044
 
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
COMPARATIVE SEGMENT DATA (Unaudited)
(In Thousands)
   13-Week Period Ended   26-Week Period Ended 
  Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011
Sales:        
Broadline  $ 8,779,069  $ 8,320,996  $ 17,836,733  $ 16,979,517
SYGMA  1,411,815  1,403,555  2,832,570  2,788,024
Other  659,861  559,122  1,320,462  1,147,683
Intersegment   (53,855)  (39,252)  (105,959)  (84,413)
Total   $ 10,796,890  $ 10,244,421  $ 21,883,806  $ 20,830,811
 
         
 
Comparative Supplemental Statistical Information Related to Sales (Unaudited)
Comparative Sysco Brand Sales and Marketing Associate-Served Sales data are summarized below. 
         
   13-Week Period Ended   26-Week Period Ended 
  Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 29, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011
Sysco Brand Sales as a % of MA-Served Sales  48.02% 46.24% 47.44% 46.07%
Sysco Brand Sales as a % of Broadline Sales  36.25% 35.64% 36.25% 35.80%
MA-Served Sales as a % of Broadline Sales 41.25% 42.22% 42.95% 43.56%
         
Data excludes U.S. Meat operations
 
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Impact of Certain Items and Underlying Business
(In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)
         
Sysco's results of operations are impacted by certain items which include charges from restructuring our executive retirement plans, charges from the withdrawal from multiemployer pension plans, severance charges and charges from facility closures. Management believes that adjusting its operating expenses, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to remove these certain items provides an important perspective with respect to our results and provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that removes these items which are difficult to predict and are often unanticipated, and which, as a result are difficult to include in analyst's financial models and our investors' expectations with any degree of specificity. Sysco believes the adjusted totals facilitate comparison on a year-over year basis. 
Sysco's results of operations are further impacted by costs from our multi-year Business Transformation Project. Management believes that further adjusting its operating expenses, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to remove the impact of the Business Transformation Project expenses provides an important perspective with respect to underlying business trends and results and provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the performance of the company's underlying operations and facilitates comparison on a year-over year basis. 
The company uses these non-GAAP measures when evaluating its financial results as well as for internal planning and forecasting purposes. These financial measures should not be used as a substitute in assessing the company's results of operations for the periods presented. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. As a result, in the tables that follow, each period presented is adjusted to remove the certain items noted above. Each period has been further adjusted to remove expenses related to the Business Transformation Project. 
         
  13-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 2012 13-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 2011 13-Week Period Change in Dollars 13-Week Period % Change
Operating expenses (GAAP)  $ 1,534,915  $ 1,418,652  $ 116,263 8.2%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  (12,163)  --  (12,163) NM
Impact of MEPP charge  (2,457)  --  (2,457) NM
Impact of Severance charges  (5,669)  (1,080)  (4,589) 424.9
Impact of Facility-related charges  (1,362)  --  (1,362) NM
Operating expenses adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,513,264  $ 1,417,572  $ 95,692 6.8%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  (81,362)  (36,356)  (45,006) 123.8
Adjusted operating expenses underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,431,902  $ 1,381,216  $ 50,686 3.7%
         
Operating Income (GAAP)  $ 382,651  $ 426,998  $ (44,347) -10.4%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  12,163  --  12,163 NM
Impact of MEPP charge  2,457  --  2,457 NM
Impact of Severance charges  5,669  1,080  4,589 424.9
Impact of Facility-related charges  1,362  --  1,362 NM
Operating income adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 404,302  $ 428,078  $ (23,776) -5.6%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  81,362  36,356  45,006 123.8
Adjusted operating income underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 485,664  $ 464,434  $ 21,230 4.6%
         
Net earnings (GAAP)  $ 221,369  $ 250,113  $ (28,744) -11.5%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans (net of tax)  7,646  --  7,646 NM
Impact of MEPP charge (net of tax)  1,544  --  1,544 NM
Impact of Severance charges (net of tax)  3,564  672  2,892 430.4
Impact of Facility-related charges (net of tax)  856  --  856 NM
Net earnings adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 234,979  $ 250,785  $ (15,806) -6.3%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs (net of tax)  51,144  22,610  28,534 126.2
Adjusted net earnings underlying business (Non-GAAP) (1),(2)  $ 286,123  $ 273,395  $ 12,728 4.7%
         
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)  $ 0.38  $ 0.43  $ (0.05) -11.6%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  0.01  --  0.01 NM
Impact of MEPP and Facility charges  --   --  -- NM
Impact of Severance charges  0.01  --  0.01 NM
Diluted EPS adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.40  $ 0.43  $ (0.03) -7.0%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  0.09  0.04  0.05 125.0
Adjusted diluted EPS underlying business (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.49  $ 0.47  $ 0.02 4.3%
         
Diluted shares outstanding  589,751,933  587,034,204    
         
(1) Tax impact of adjustments for executive retirement plans restructuring, MEPP charge, severance charges, charges from facility closures and Business Transformation expenses was $38,259 and $14,155 for the 13-week periods ended December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Amounts are calculated by multiplying the operating income impact of each item by each quarter's effective tax rate.
         
(2) Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add to the total presented due to rounding. Total diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings for certain items and adjusted net earnings - underlying business, both divided by diluted shares outstanding.
         
NM represents that the percentage change is not meaningful
 
         
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries        
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Impact of Certain Items and Underlying Business        
(In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)
         
  26-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 2012 26-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 2011 26-Week Period Change in Dollars 26-Week Period % Change
Operating expenses (GAAP)  $ 3,059,677  $ 2,856,912  $ 202,765 7.1%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  (12,163)  --  (12,163) NM
Impact of MEPP charge  (2,457)  (4,500)  2,043 -45.4
Impact of Severance charges  (11,746)  (2,722)  (9,024) 331.5
Impact of Facility-related charges  (1,750)  --  (1,750) NM
Operating expenses adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 3,031,561  $ 2,849,690  $ 181,871 6.4%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  (159,044)  (73,361)  (85,683) 116.8
Adjusted operating expenses underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 2,872,517  $ 2,776,329  $ 96,188 3.5%
         
Operating Income (GAAP)  $ 861,433  $ 936,338  $ (74,905) -8.0%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  12,163  --  12,163 NM
Impact of MEPP charge  2,457  4,500  (2,043) -45.4
Impact of Severance charges  11,746  2,722  9,024 331.5
Impact of Facility-related charges  1,750  --  1,750 NM
Operating income adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 889,549  $ 943,560  $ (54,011) -5.7%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  159,044  73,361  85,683 116.8
Adjusted operating income underlying bus. (Non-GAAP)  $ 1,048,593  $ 1,016,921  $ 31,672 3.1%
         
Net earnings (GAAP)  $ 507,967  $ 552,766  $ (44,799) -8.1%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans (net of tax)  7,698  --  7,698 NM
Impact of MEPP charge (net of tax)  1,555  2,821  (1,266) -44.9
Impact of Severance charges (net of tax)  7,434  1,706  5,728 335.8
Impact of Facility-related charges (net of tax)  1,108  --  1,108 NM
Net earnings adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 525,762  $ 557,293  $ (31,531) -5.7%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs (net of tax)  100,659  45,990  54,669 118.9
Adjusted net earnings underlying business (Non-GAAP) (1),(2)  $ 626,421  $ 603,283  $ 23,138 3.8%
         
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)  $ 0.86  $ 0.94  $ (0.08) -8.5%
Impact of Restructuring Executive Retirement Plans  0.01  --  0.01 NM
Impact of MEPP and Facility charges  0.01  --  0.01 NM
Impact of Severance charges  0.01  --  0.01 NM
Diluted EPS adjusted for certain items (Non-GAAP)  $ 0.89  $ 0.94  $ (0.05) -5.3%
Impact of Business Transformation Project costs  0.17  0.08  0.09 112.5
Adjusted diluted EPS underlying business (Non-GAAP)  $ 1.06  $ 1.02  $ 0.04 3.9%
         
Diluted shares outstanding  590,130,537  590,241,651    
         
(1) Tax impact of adjustments for executive retirement plans restructuring, MEPP charge, severance charges, charges from facility closures and Business Transformation expenses was $68,706 and $30,066 for the 26-week periods ended December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Amounts are calculated by multiplying the operating income impact of each item by each 26-week period's effective tax rate.
         
(2) Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add to the total presented due to rounding. Total diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings for certain items and adjusted net earnings - underlying business, both divided by diluted shares outstanding.
         
NM represents that the percentage change is not meaningful
 
 
Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Free Cash Flow
(In Thousands)
         
Free cash flow represents net cash provided from operating activities less purchases of plant and equipment. Sysco considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of buildings, fleet, equipment and technology, which may potentially be used to pay for, among other things, strategic uses of cash including dividend payments, share repurchases and acquisitions. We do not mean to imply that free cash flow is necessarily available for discretionary expenditures, however, as it may be necessary that we use it to make mandatory debt service or other payments. Free cash flow should not be used as a substitute in assessing the company's liquidity for the periods presented. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. In the table that follows, free cash flow for each period presented is reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities. 
         
  26-Week Period Ended Dec. 29, 2012 26-Week Period Ended Dec. 31, 2011 26-Week Period Change in Dollars 26-Week Period % Change
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)  $ 386,785  $ 538,515  $ (151,730) -28.2%
Additions to plant and equipment  (261,576)  (433,858)  172,282 -39.7
Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)  $ 125,209  $ 104,657  $ 20,552 19.6%
 
CONTACT: Neil Russell
         Vice President, Investor Relations
         T  281-584-1308
         
         Charley Wilson
         Vice President, Corporate Communications
         T  281-584-2423

Sysco Corporation

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