Seneca Foods Reports A Sales Increase Of 14.1% Or $44.0 Million And A Net Earnings Of $6.1 Million For The Quarter Ended October 1, 2016

MARION, N.Y., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seneca Foods Corporation (NASDAQ:SENEA) (NASDAQ:SENEB) reported for the second quarter of 2017, net earnings of $6.1 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $6.5 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the fiscal second quarter of 2016.   Net sales for the second quarter ended October 1, 2016 increased from the second quarter ended September 26, 2015 by 14.1%, or $44.0 million to $357.2 million.  The increase is attributable to a sales volume increase of $87.0 million partially offset by an unfavorable sales mix and lower selling prices of $43.0 million.

The Company reported net earnings for the fiscal six months ended October 1, 2016 of $6.1 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $9.5 million, or $0.94 per diluted share for the same period in the prior year. In the six months ended October 1, 2016, net sales increased $70.4 million, or 13.1% to $609.9 million. The increase is attributable to a sales volume increase of $116.9 million partially offset by unfavorable sales mix and lower selling prices of $46.5 million.

During the first six months of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded a restructuring charge of $1.5 million primarily related to the cost of moving equipment from a plant that was closed in the prior fiscal year.  In addition, during the first six months of fiscal 2017, the Company incurred a non-cash after-tax LIFO charge of $2.8 million, compared to a non-cash after-tax LIFO credit of $1.0 million in the first six months of fiscal 2016. 

Operating income, as reported, was $11.2 million for the quarter ended October 1, 2016 and $11.8 million for the quarter ended September 26, 2015.  During the six months ended October 1, 2016 and the six months ended September 26, 2015, this was $12.8 million and $18.0 million, respectively. Operating income, excluding the LIFO charge/credit and the restructuring charge/credit, was $14.0 million for the quarter ended October 1, 2016 and $11.8 million for the quarter ended September 26, 2015.  During the six months ended October 1, 2016 and the six months ended September 26, 2015, this was $18.6 million and $16.3 million, respectively.

Abou t Seneca Foods CorporationSeneca Foods is North America's leading provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities located throughout the United States. Its high quality products are primarily sourced from over 2,000 American farms.  Seneca holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service, and export canned vegetable markets, distributing to over 90 countries.  Products are also sold under the highly regarded brands of Libby's®, Aunt Nellie's®, Cherryman®, READ®, Seneca Farms® and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips.  In addition, Seneca provides vegetable products under a contract packing agreement with B&G Foods North America, under the Green Giant label.   Seneca's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Stock Market under the symbols "SENEA" and "SENEB". SENEA is included in the S&P SmallCap 600, Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 indices.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures —Operating Earnings Excluding LIFO and Plant Restructuring Impact, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA

Operating earnings excluding LIFO and plant restructuring, EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide a basis for comparison to companies that do not use LIFO or have plant restructuring and enhance the understanding of the Company's historical operating performance.  The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported Operating Earnings excluding LIFO and plant restructuring.
      Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended
      In millions     In millions
      10/1/2016     9/26/2015     10/1/2016     9/26/2015
      FY 2017     FY 2016     FY 2017     FY 2016
                         
Operating earnings, as reported:   $ 11.2   $ 11.7   $ 12.8   $ 18.0  
                         
LIFO charge (credit)     2.5     0.1     4.4     (1.6 )
                         
Plant restructuring charge (credit)     0.3     -     1.4     (0.1 )
                         
Operating earnings, excluding LIFO and plant restructuring impact   $ 14.0   $ 11.8   $ 18.6   $ 16.3  
                           

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net earnings to EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash charges and credits related to the LIFO inventory valuation method). The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
    Six Months Ended
EBITDA and FIFO EBITDA:   October 1, 2016   September 26, 2015
    (In thousands)
                 
Net earnings   $ 6,082     $ 9,490  
Income tax expense     2,589       4,834  
Interest expense, net of interest income     4,295       3,581  
Depreciation and amortization     12,018       10,487  
Interest amortization     (206 )     (148 )
EBITDA     24,778       28,244  
LIFO charge (credit)     4,375       (1,587 )
FIFO EBITDA   $ 29,153     $ 26,657  
                 

Forward-Looking Information

The information contained in this release contains, or may contain, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements appear in a number of places in this release and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company or its officers (including statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates" or similar expressions) with respect to various matters.

Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date the statements were made.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are:

  • general economic and business conditions;
  • cost and availability of commodities and other raw materials such as vegetables, steel and packaging materials;
  • transportation costs;
  • climate and weather affecting growing conditions and crop yields;
  • availability of financing;
  • leverage and the Company's ability to service and reduce its debt;
  • foreign currency exchange and interest rate fluctuations;
  • effectiveness of the Company's marketing and trade promotion programs;
  • changing consumer preferences;
  • competition;
  • product liability claims;
  • the loss of significant customers or a substantial reduction in orders from these customers;
  • changes in, or the failure or inability to comply with, United States, foreign and local governmental regulations, including environmental and health and safety regulations; and
  • other risks detailed from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the SEC.

Except for ongoing obligations to disclose material information as required by the federal securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the filing of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Seneca Foods Corporation
Unaudited Selected Financial Data
For the Periods Ended October 1, 2016 and September 26, 2015
(In thousands of dollars, except share data)
                   
      Second Quarter   Year-to-Date
      Fiscal 2017   Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2017   Fiscal 2016
                   
Net sales   $ 357,247   $ 313,202 $ 609,861   $ 539,460  
                   
Plant restructuring expense (credit) (note 2)   $ 277   $ 15 $ 1,462   $ (66 )
                   
Other operating (expense) income net (note 3)   $ (31 ) $ 67 $ (19 ) $ 403  
                   
Operating income (note 1)   $ 11,202   $ 11,731 $ 12,799   $ 17,991  
Loss (earnings) from equity investment     270     86   (167 )   86  
Interest expense, net     2,151     1,889   4,295     3,581  
Earnings before income taxes   $ 8,781   $ 9,756 $ 8,671   $ 14,324  
                   
Income taxes expense     2,637     3,234   2,589     4,834  
                   
Net earnings   $ 6,144   $ 6,522 $ 6,082   $ 9,490  
                   
Earnings attributable to common stock (note 4)   $ 6,082   $ 6,456 $ 6,014   $ 9,376  
                   
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.62   $ 0.65 $ 0.61   $ 0.95  
                   
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.62   $ 0.65 $ 0.62   $ 0.94  
                   
Weighted average shares outstanding basic     9,792,431     9,901,031   9,800,229     9,894,729  
                   
Weighted average shares outstanding diluted     9,861,865     9,970,573   9,869,663     9,964,271  
                   
Note 1: The effect of  the LIFO inventory valuation method on second quarter pre-tax results decreased operating earnings by $2,476,000 for
the three month period ended October 1, 2016 and decreased operating earnings by $50,000 for the three month period ended September
26, 2015.  The effect of  the LIFO inventory valuation method on year-to-date pre-tax results decreased operating earnings by
$4,375,000 for the six month period ended October 1, 2016 and increased operating earnings by $1,587,000 for the six month period
ended September 26, 2015.
Note 2: The six month period ended October 1, 2016 included a restructuring charge primarily for moving costs of $1,462,000.
The six month period ended September 26, 2015 included a restructuring credit for product rationalization costs of $66,000.
Note 3: Other loss for the six month period ended October 1, 2016 of $19,000 represents a net loss on the sale of  unused fixed assets
of $48,000 and a gain of $29,000 to adjust a previously recorded environmental charge.
Other gain for the six month period ended September 26, 2015 of $403,000 represents a $200,000 credit related to a contingency accrual for
Prop 65, net gain on the sale of  unused fixed assets of $143,000 and a credit of $60,000 related to an environmental accrual.
Note 4: The Company uses the "two-class" method for basic earnings per share by dividing the earnings attributable to  common shareholders
by the weighted average of common shares outstanding during the period.
                   
Contact:Timothy J. Benjamin, Chief Financial Officer315-926-8100

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