WESTERVILLE, Ohio, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) today reported results for the company's fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- Consolidated net sales increased 11.2% to a third quarter record $357.2 million versus $321.4 million last year. Retail net sales grew 17.1% to $198.4 million while Foodservice net sales advanced 4.6% to $158.9 million.
- Excluding all Omni Baking sales attributed to a temporary supply agreement that was terminated effective October 31, 2020, consolidated net sales increased 13.0%.
- Consolidated gross profit increased 17.7% to $90.6 million.
- Consolidated operating income grew 24.7% to $37.4 million.
- Net income was $1.05 per diluted share versus $0.81 per diluted share last year.
CEO David A. Ciesinski commented, "We were very pleased to complete our fiscal third quarter with record sales and significant gains in gross profit and operating income. I extend my sincerest thanks to all the Lancaster Colony associates for their many contributions in support of these strong results despite all the challenges posed by the impacts of COVID-19. Our top priorities remain the health, safety and welfare of our employees and continuing to play our part in the country's vital food supply chain."
"In the fiscal third quarter, strong double-digit growth in our Retail business was driven by the success of our licensing program and higher demand for at-home food consumption due to the impacts of COVID-19. Chick-fil-A® sauces, Olive Garden® dressings and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces were noted contributors to the Retail sales gains. In Foodservice, quick-service restaurant and pizza chain customers in our mix of national chain restaurant accounts remained a source of strength as our Foodservice segment sales began to lap the steep declines of last spring. Excluding all Omni Baking sales, Foodservice segment net sales grew 8.4%."
"Looking ahead to our fiscal fourth quarter, we expect net sales to benefit from continued gains in Retail for dressings and sauces sold under exclusive license agreements. We also foresee a notable pickup in Foodservice sales as many of our national chain restaurant customers have indicated expectations for increasing consumer demand as vaccine distribution expands, stimulus dollars are spent, and warmer weather accommodates more outdoor dining. The impacts of COVID-19 will remain a headwind for our manufacturing costs, and the upward trend in commodity costs is projected to accelerate. Our ongoing cost savings programs and net price realization efforts will help to offset these higher expenses. Implementation for Project Ascent, our ERP initiative, is scheduled to commence in fiscal 2022."
Third Quarter Results
Lancaster Colony's consolidated net sales increased 11.2% to a third quarter record $357.2 million versus $321.4 million last year. Excluding Omni Baking sales, which totaled $5.3 million last year, consolidated net sales increased 13.0%. The Omni Baking sales were attributed to a temporary supply agreement that was terminated effective October 31, 2020. Retail segment net sales grew 17.1% to $198.4 million. Dressings and sauces sold under exclusive license agreements, including Chick-fil-A® sauces, Olive Garden® dressings and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces, drove the Retail sales gains along with our frozen garlic bread products. In the Foodservice segment, net sales grew 4.6% as quick-service restaurant and pizza chain customers in our mix of national chain restaurant accounts continued to perform well. Inflationary pricing also contributed to the growth in Foodservice net sales. Excluding all Omni Baking sales, Foodservice net sales increased 8.4%.
Consolidated gross profit increased 17.7% to $90.6 million compared to $77.0 million in the prior year. Gross profit benefited from the strong sales growth, a more favorable sales mix, lower employee benefit costs and our ongoing cost savings programs partially offset by higher manufacturing costs and commodity cost inflation. Manufacturing costs continue to reflect the impacts of COVID-19, including increased wages for our front-line employees, higher expenditures for personal protective equipment and reduced operating efficiencies. Gross profit in the prior-year quarter was unfavorably impacted by a $4.5 million inventory write-down attributed to the abrupt slowdown in Foodservice orders in mid-March 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19. We continue to follow the protocols and guidelines provided by government health authorities and make the necessary investments to promote safe operations at all our plants and distribution centers.
SG&A expenses increased $6.3 million to $53.2 million as expenditures in support of our ERP project and related initiatives, Project Ascent, totaled $10.8 million in the current-year quarter versus $4.9 million last year.
Consolidated operating income grew $7.4 million, or 24.7%, to $37.4 million driven by the sales growth, more favorable sales mix, lower employee benefit costs and ongoing cost savings programs partially offset by the increased expenditures for Project Ascent, higher manufacturing costs attributed to the impacts of COVID-19 and increased commodity costs. Operating income growth was also favorably impacted by the $4.5 million inventory write-down in the prior-year quarter.
Net income increased $6.5 million to $28.9 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, versus $22.4 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, last year. Expenditures for Project Ascent reduced net income by $8.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the current-year quarter compared to $3.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. The Foodservice inventory write-down in the prior-year quarter reduced net income by $3.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Net income and earnings per diluted share in the current-year quarter also reflect the benefit of a lower tax rate compared to last year.
Fiscal Year-to-Date Results
For the nine months ended March 31, 2021, net sales increased 6.7% to $1.08 billion compared to $1.01 billion a year ago. Excluding all Omni Baking sales, consolidated net sales increased 8.4%. Net income for the nine-month period totaled $110.6 million, or $4.01 per diluted share, versus the prior-year amount of $106.6 million, or $3.87 per diluted share. In the current-year period, expenditures for Project Ascent decreased net income by $20.9 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, a favorable adjustment to the contingent consideration for Bantam Bagels increased net income by $4.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and an impairment charge for certain intangible assets of the Bantam Bagels business reduced net income by $0.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. In the prior-year period, expenditures for Project Ascent decreased net income by $9.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, the impact of the Foodservice inventory write-down reduced net income by $3.4 million, or $0.12 per share, and restructuring and impairment charges reduced net income by $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
Conference Call on the Web
The company's third quarter conference call is scheduled for this morning, May 4, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Access to a live webcast of the call is available through a link on the company's Internet home page at www.lancastercolony.com. A replay of the webcast will also be made available on the company's website.
About the Company
Lancaster Colony Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice channels.
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- significant shifts in consumer demand and disruptions to our employees, communities, customers, supply chains, operations, and production processes resulting from COVID-19 and other epidemics, pandemics or similar widespread public health concerns and disease outbreaks;
- complexities related to the design and implementation of our new enterprise resource planning system;
- fluctuations in the cost and availability of ingredients and packaging;
- capacity constraints that may affect our ability to meet demand or may increase our costs;
- efficiencies in plant operations;
- dependence on contract manufacturers, distributors and freight transporters, including their financial strength in continuing to support our business;
- cyber-security incidents, information technology disruptions, and data breaches;
- the reaction of customers or consumers to price increases we may implement;
- adverse changes in freight, energy or other costs of producing, distributing or transporting our products;
- the potential for loss of larger programs or key customer relationships;
- the ability to successfully grow recently acquired businesses;
- changes in demand for our products, which may result from loss of brand reputation or customer goodwill;
- price and product competition;
- the success and cost of new product development efforts;
- adequate supply of labor for our manufacturing facilities;
- the lack of market acceptance of new products;
- the impact of customer store brands on our branded retail volumes;
- the extent to which recent and future business acquisitions are completed and acceptably integrated;
- dependence on key personnel and changes in key personnel;
- the effect of consolidation of customers within key market channels;
- the impact of fluctuations in our pension plan asset values on funding levels, contributions required and benefit costs;
- the possible occurrence of product recalls or other defective or mislabeled product costs;
- maintenance of competitive position with respect to other manufacturers;
- changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments;
- the impact of any regulatory matters affecting our food business, including any required labeling changes and their impact on consumer demand;
- the outcome of any litigation or arbitration;
- stability of labor relations; and
- risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Management believes these forward-looking statements to be reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on statements that are based on current expectations.
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