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WhiteWave Foods Reports Strong Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results

Stocks in this article: WWAV

FORWARD OUTLOOK

Building on its strong fourth quarter and full year 2012 results, the Company expects continued momentum in 2013. On a percentage basis, management anticipates pro forma adjusted net sales growth in the high-single digits for both first quarter and full year 2013. The Company anticipates that volume growth across its segments and platforms will be the primary driver of its top line growth, due to the continued growth of its existing products and augmented by a pipeline of new products it will be introducing to the marketplace in 2013.

The Company estimates approximately $55 million in pro forma stand-alone corporate cost in 2013, with approximately $16 million to $17 million occurring in the first quarter and approximately $13 million per quarter over the balance of the year.

As a result of anticipated higher distribution and warehousing costs due to capacity constraints over the first half of the year, the Company expects pro forma adjusted total operating income percentage growth to be in the high-single digits for the first quarter 2013, increasing to the mid-teens for the full year as production capacity is added and other cost reductions are implemented during the year.

Due to strong historical growth and volume growth forecasted, management anticipates a continued burden on internal production capacity, as well as its distribution and warehousing network and therefore, is increasing its estimate of annual capital expenditures to a range of $150 million to $160 million for 2013, from a prior estimate of approximately $125 million.

“We believe that this increase is necessary for us to continue to meet the demand of our growth categories, optimize our overall landed costs and enable us to maintain our high levels of customer service,” said Kelly Haecker, Chief Financial Officer. “Further, we believe this higher spending level will enable us to accelerate certain high-return projects that will allow us to enhance our future operating margins.”

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