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Earnings Details
1st Quarter September 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM
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Summary

Sysco Beats

Sysco (SYY) reported 1st Quarter September 2020 earnings of $0.34 per share on revenue of $11.8 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.20 per share on revenue of $11.5 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.27 per share. Revenue fell 23.0% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Sysco Corp through its subsidiaries and divisions, is engaged in distribution of food and related products to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.34
Earnings Whisper
$0.27
Consensus Estimate
$0.20
Reported Revenue
$11.78 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$11.50 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Sysco Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

THE COMPANY DELIVERED $420M OF OPERATING INCOME ($365M ON AN ADJUSTED BASIS1) AND POSITIVE FREE CASH FLOW2 DESPITE A SALES DECLINE IN THE FIRST QUARTER RELATED TO THE IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC ON OUR INDUSTRY.

HOUSTON, Nov. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) today announced financial results for its 13-week first fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2020.

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Sales decreased 23.0% to $11.8 billion
  • Gross profit decreased 24.6% to $2.2 billion; gross margin decreased 39 basis points
  • Operating income decreased 37.2% to $419.6 million; adjusted¹ operating income decreased 50.8% to $364.7 million
  • Earnings per share (“EPS”) decreased $0.45 to $0.42; adjusted¹ EPS decreased $0.64 to $0.34

“Although our first quarter 2021 results continue to be impacted by the pandemic, we are pleased with our overall expense management and our ability to produce positive free cash flow and a profitable quarter despite a 23% reduction in sales. We saw improvement in the overall sales environment throughout the quarter and remain resolutely focused upon serving our customers. We are confident that Sysco’s business transformation will accelerate profitable growth as we differentiate our business from our competition to better serve the evolving needs of our customers,” said Kevin Hourican, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “I am pleased with the focus and agility of Sysco’s associates as we work to transform the company and manage the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Our business transformation is on track as Sysco continues to manage through the COVID-19 pandemic and is using the crisis as an opportunity to accelerate our strategic transformation, which will help improve how we serve our customers and differentiate ourselves from the competition. Our strategic transformation priorities include acceleration of our work across our customer-facing tools and technology, sales transformation to improve selling effectiveness and provide a more customer-centric structure, regionalization of our U.S. Broadline business, and becoming a more efficient company -- all of which will enable us to improve profitability and fund new sources of business growth. Our success comes from the success of our customers, and our transformation initiatives will improve how we serve those customers, both big and small.

¹ Earnings Per Share (EPS) are shown on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified. Adjusted financial results exclude certain items, which primarily include adjustments to our bad debt reserve specific to aged receivables existing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, restructuring costs, transformational project costs and acquisition-related costs. Specific to EPS, this year’s Certain Items include the impact of a loss on the sale of Cake Corporation and the impact of a new U.K. tax law change. Reconciliations of all non-GAAP measures are included at the end of this release.
2 Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that represents net cash provided from operating activities less purchases of plant and equipment and includes proceeds from sales of plant and equipment. Reconciliations for all non-GAAP measures are included at the end of this release.

 

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

U.S. Foodservice Operations

Sales for the first quarter were $7.9 billion, a decrease of 25.7% compared to the same period last year. Local case volume within U.S. Broadline operations decreased 21.6% for the first quarter, of which a decrease of 21.7% was organic, while total case volume within U.S. Broadline operations decreased 25.8%, of which a decrease of 25.9% was organic.

Gross profit decreased 25.4% to $1.6 billion, and gross margin increased 7 basis points to 20.2%, compared to the same period last year. Product cost inflation was 1.0% in U.S. Broadline, as measured by the estimated change in Sysco’s product costs, primarily in the dairy, paper and disposables, and meat categories.

Operating expenses decreased $340.0 million, or 25.2%, compared to the same period last year. Adjusted operating expenses decreased $250.5 million, or 18.6%, compared to the same period last year.

Operating income was $588.4 million, a decrease of $205.2 million, or 25.9%, compared to the same period last year. Adjusted operating income was $503.0 million, a decrease of $294.7 million, or 36.9%, compared to the same period last year.

International Foodservice Operations

Sales for the first quarter were $2.2 billion, a decrease of 25.7% compared to the same period last year. On a constant currency basis, sales for the first quarter were $2.1 billion, a decrease of 27.1% compared to the same period last year. Foreign exchange rates positively affected International Foodservice Operations sales by 1.4% and total Sysco sales by 0.3% during the quarter.

Gross profit decreased 25.6% to $450.4 million, and gross margin increased 4 basis points to 20.8%, in each case as compared to the same period last year. On a constant currency basis, gross profit decreased 27.5% to $438.9 million. Foreign exchange rates positively affected International Foodservice Operations gross profit by 1.9% and total Sysco gross profit by 0.4% during the quarter.

Operating expenses decreased $99.5 million, or 18.1%, compared to the same period last year.  Adjusted operating expenses decreased $74.6 million, or 14.7%, compared to the same period last year. On a constant currency basis, adjusted operating expenses decreased $86.9 million, or 17.2%, compared to the same period last year. Foreign exchange rates negatively affected International Foodservice Operations operating expense by 2.4% and total Sysco operating expense by 0.6% during the quarter.

The International Foodservice Operations segment delivered an operating loss of $0.5 million, a decrease of $55.3 million compared to the same period last year. Adjusted operating income was $18.8 million, a decrease of $80.2 million compared to the same period last year. Foreign exchange rates did not have a meaningful impact on International Foodservice Operations operating income during the quarter.

Balance Sheet, Capital Spending and Cash Flow

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from sales of plant and equipment, for the first 13 weeks of fiscal 2021 were $102.4 million lower compared to the prior year period.

Cash flow from operations was $930.9 million for the first 13 weeks of fiscal 2021, which was $759.3 million higher compared to the prior year period. Free cash flow2 for the first 13 weeks of fiscal 2021 was $862.4 million, which was $861.7 million higher compared to the prior year.

Conference Call & Webcast

Sysco will host a conference call to review the company’s first quarter fiscal 2021 financial results on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the call, accompanying slide presentation and a copy of this news release will be available online at investors.sysco.com.

Key Highlights:

 13-Week Period Ended
    
Financial Comparison:September 26, 2020September 28, 2019Change
Sales$11.8 billion$15.3 billion-23.0%
Gross profit$2.2 billion$2.9 billion-24.6%
Gross Margin18.85%19.23%-39 bps
    
GAAP:   
Operating expenses$1.8 billion$2.3 billion-20.9%
Certain Items$(54.9) million$73.6 million-174.6%
Operating Income$419.6 million$668.3 million-37.2%
Operating Margin3.56%4.37%-80 bps
Net Earnings$216.9 million$453.8 million-52.2%
Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.42$0.87-51.7%
    
Non-GAAP (1):   
Operating Expenses$1.9 billion$2.2 billion-15.7%
Operating Income$364.7 million$741.9 million-50.8%
Operating Margin3.10%4.85%-175 bps
Net Earnings$173.5 million$510.3 million-66.0%
Diluted Earnings Per Share (2)$0.34$0.98-65.3%
    
Case Growth:   
U.S. Broadline-25.8%0.5% 
Local-21.6%1.5% 
    
Sysco Brand Sales as a % of Cases:   
U.S. Broadline38.81%38.66%15 bps
Local46.33%47.39%-106 bps

Note:

(1) A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is included at the end of this release.

(2) Individual components in the table above may not sum to the totals due to the rounding.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release or in our earnings call for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 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: the effect, impact, potential duration or other implications of the recent outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and any expectations we may have with respect thereto; our expectations regarding our ability to manage the current downturn and capitalize on our position as the industry leader as the global economy recovers; our expectations regarding future market share gains; our expectations regarding the effects of our business transformation initiatives; our belief that our transformation initiatives will improve how we serve customers; our expectations regarding our efforts to regionalize our operations and the benefits to our company from regionalization; our expectations that our efforts across our customer-facing tools and technology will improve service to our customers; our plans regarding the timing of the commencement of piloting our new pricing software; our plans regarding our sales transformation initiative and our expectations regarding the effects of our new sales process; our expectations regarding our company, and our ability to attract and serve new customers, following the COVID-19 crisis; our plans to remove structural expense from our company’s operations and the amount of structural savings we expect to deliver; our expectations regarding savings starting in fiscal 2022 from additional cost improvement opportunities; the effects of our planned investments in digital technology; our expectations regarding the timing of improvements in the economy following the COVID-19 crisis; the impact on our results of government-imposed restrictions on restaurant operations; our expectations that our work to accelerate growth will return to pre-COVID levels as demand resurges; our expectations that our investments in technology and our business will allow for future growth and exceptional customer service; our belief that the steps undertaken as part of our management of the COVID-19 crisis to date will help us retain and win additional business from our independent restaurant customers beyond the pandemic; our expectations regarding the impact of our strategy on our future operations, including on the service we provide our customers and on our ability to differentiate Sysco from other companies in our industry; our plans to reinvest a portion of our cost savings into our growth agenda; our ability to deliver against our strategic priorities; statements regarding economic trends in the United States and abroad; our expectations regarding the amount of our capital expenditures in fiscal 2021; our expectations regarding the deployment of capital proceeds that Sysco currently holds; our expectations regarding the effects of our divestiture of our CAKE business; our expectations regarding our free cash flow during fiscal 2021; and our expectations regarding our cash performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

The success of our plans and expectations regarding our operating performance are subject to the general risks associated with our business, including the risks of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, crop conditions, work stoppages, intense competition, technology disruptions, dependence on large, long-term regional and national customers, inflation risks, the impact of fuel prices, adverse publicity, labor issues, political or financial instability, trade restrictions, tariffs, currency exchange rates, transport capacity and costs and other factors relating to foreign trade, any or all of which could delay our receipt of product or increase our input costs. Risks and uncertainties also include the impact and effects of public health crises, pandemics and epidemics, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the adverse impact thereof on our business, financial condition and results of operations, including, but not limited to, our growth, product costs, supply chain, labor availability, logistical capabilities, customer demand for our products and industry demand generally, consumer spending, our liquidity, the price of our securities and trading markets with respect thereto, our credit ratings, our ability to maintain compliance with the covenants in our credit agreement, our ability to access capital markets, and the global economy and financial markets generally. Risks and uncertainties also include risks impacting the economy generally, including the risks that the current general economic conditions will deteriorate, or consumer confidence in the economy or consumer spending, particularly on food-away-from-home, may decline. Market conditions may not improve. Competition and the impact of GPOs may reduce our margins and make it difficult for us to maintain our market share, growth rate and profitability. We may not be able to fully compensate for increases in fuel costs, and fuel hedging arrangements intended to contain fuel costs could result in above market fuel costs. Our ability to meet our long-term strategic objectives depends on our ability to grow gross profit, leverage our supply chain costs and reduce administrative costs. This will depend largely on the success of our various business initiatives, including efforts related to revenue management, expense management, our digital e-commerce strategy and any efforts related to restructuring or the reduction of administrative costs. There are various risks related to these efforts, including the risk that if sales from our locally managed customers do not grow at the same rate as sales from regional and national customers, or if we are unable to continue to accelerate local case growth, our gross margins may decline; the risk that we are unlikely to be able to predict inflation over the long term, and lower inflation is likely to produce lower gross profit; the risk that our efforts to mitigate increases in warehouse costs may be unsuccessful; the risk that we may not be able to accelerate and/or identify additional administrative cost savings in order to compensate for any gross profit or supply chain cost leverage challenges; the risk that these efforts may not provide the expected benefits in our anticipated time frame, if at all, and may prove costlier than expected; the risk that the actual costs of any initiatives may be greater or less than currently expected; and the risk of adverse effects to our business, results of operations and liquidity if past and future undertakings, and the associated changes to our business, do not prove to be cost effective or do not result in the cost savings and other benefits at the levels that we anticipate. Our plans related to and the timing of any initiatives are subject to change at any time based on management’s subjective evaluation of our overall business needs. If we are unable to realize the anticipated benefits from our efforts, we could become cost disadvantaged in the marketplace, and our competitiveness and our profitability could decrease. Adverse publicity about us or lack of confidence in our products could negatively impact our reputation and reduce earnings. Capital expenditures may vary based on changes in business plans and other factors, including risks related to the implementation of various initiatives, the timing and successful completion of acquisitions, construction schedules and the possibility that other cash requirements could result in delays or cancellations of capital spending. Periods of significant or prolonged inflation or deflation, either overall or in certain product categories, can have a negative impact on us and our customers, as high food costs can reduce consumer spending in the food-away-from-home market, and may negatively impact our sales, gross profit, operating income and earnings, and periods of deflation can be difficult to manage effectively. Fluctuations in inflation and deflation, as well as fluctuations in the value of foreign currencies, are beyond our control and subject to broader market forces. Expanding into international markets presents unique challenges and risks, including compliance with local laws, regulations and customs and the impact of local political and economic conditions, including the impact of Brexit and the “yellow vest” protests in France against a fuel tax increase, pension reform and the French government, and such expansion efforts may not be successful. Any business that we acquire may not perform as expected, and we may not realize the anticipated benefits of our acquisitions. Expectations regarding the financial statement impact of any acquisitions may change based on management’s subjective evaluation. A divestiture of one or more of our businesses may not provide the anticipated effects on our operations. Meeting our dividend target objectives depends on our level of earnings, available cash and the success of our various strategic initiatives. Changes in applicable tax laws or regulations and the resolution of tax disputes could negatively affect our financial results. We rely on technology in our business and any cybersecurity incident, other technology disruption or delay in implementing new technology could negatively affect our business and our relationships with customers. For a discussion of additional factors impacting Sysco’s business, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 27, 2020, as filed with the SEC, and our subsequent filings with the SEC. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

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. With more than 57,000 associates, the company operates 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2020 that ended June 27, 2020, the company generated sales of more than $52 billion. Information about our CSR program, including Sysco’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, can be found at sysco.com/csr2020report.

For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco. For important news and information regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations section of the company’s Internet home page at investors.sysco.com, which Sysco plans to use as a primary channel for publishing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information. Investors should also follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock and download the Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should continue to review our news releases and filings with the SEC. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.


Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)

 13-Week Period Ended
 Sep. 26, 2020 Sep. 28, 2019
    
Sales$11,777,379  $15,303,005 
Cost of sales9,557,534  12,359,635 
Gross profit2,219,845  2,943,370 
Operating expenses1,800,266  2,275,052 
Operating income419,579  668,318 
Interest expense146,717  83,335 
Other expense (income), net14,124  3,112 
Earnings before income taxes258,738  581,871 
Income taxes41,838  128,090 
Net earnings$216,900  $453,781 
    
Net earnings:   
Basic earnings per share$0.43  $0.88 
Diluted earnings per share0.42  0.87 
    
Average shares outstanding509,127,405  513,496,296 
Diluted shares outstanding510,738,760  518,761,456 


Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except for Share Data)

 Sep. 26, 2020 Jun. 27, 2020
    
ASSETS
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$5,985,532  $6,059,427 
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $265,597 and $334,8103,106,466  2,893,551 
Inventories3,134,732  3,095,085 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets197,074  192,163 
Income tax receivable9,294  108,006 
Total current assets12,433,098  12,348,232 
Plant and equipment at cost, less accumulated depreciation4,404,597  4,458,567 
Other long-term assets   
Goodwill3,794,152  3,732,469 
Intangibles, less amortization776,598  780,172 
Deferred income taxes228,234  194,115 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net621,307  603,616 
Other assets483,572  511,095 
Total other long-term assets5,903,863  5,821,467 
Total assets$22,741,558  $22,628,266 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities   
Notes payable$5,408  $2,266 
Accounts payable4,035,332  3,447,065 
Accrued expenses1,697,995  1,616,289 
Accrued income taxes  2,938 
Current operating lease liabilities108,704  107,167 
Current maturities of long-term debt1,320,628  1,542,128 
Total current liabilities7,168,067  6,717,853 
Long-term liabilities   
Long-term debt12,422,780  12,902,485 
Deferred income taxes54,011  86,601 
Long-term operating lease liabilities545,485  523,496 
Other long-term liabilities1,217,227  1,204,953 
Total long-term liabilities14,239,503  14,717,535 
Commitments and contingencies   
Noncontrolling interest33,977  34,265 
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 shares765,175  765,175 
Paid-in capital1,534,281  1,506,901 
Retained earnings10,546,598  10,563,008 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,612,386) (1,710,881)
Treasury stock at cost, 256,075,772 and 256,915,825 shares(9,933,657) (9,965,590)
Total shareholders’ equity1,300,011  1,158,613 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$22,741,558  $22,628,266 


Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(In Thousands)

 13-Week Period Ended
 Sep. 26, 2020 Sep. 28, 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net earnings$216,900  $453,781 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:   
Share-based compensation expense25,834  21,386 
Depreciation and amortization180,520  187,405 
Operating lease asset amortization27,379  26,925 
Amortization of debt issuance and other debt-related costs6,554  4,920 
Deferred income taxes(53,579) (25,494)
Provision for losses on receivables(77,790) 18,712 
Loss on sale of business12,043   
Other non-cash items(6,641) 2,295 
Additional changes in certain assets and liabilities, net of effect of businesses acquired:   
Increase in receivables(111,261) (236,136)
Increase in inventories(23,320) (186,331)
Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other current assets5,577  (30,133)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable577,013  (38,894)
Increase (decrease) in accrued expenses56,042  (92,661)
Decrease in operating lease liabilities(31,167) (30,597)
Increase in accrued income taxes98,712  89,467 
Decrease in other assets7,187  3,141 
Increase in other long-term liabilities20,911  3,793 
Net cash provided by operating activities930,914  171,579 
    
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Additions to plant and equipment(75,539) (175,728)
Proceeds from sales of plant and equipment7,064  4,902 
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (74,814)
Purchase of marketable securities(26,557) (4,002)
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities12,166  3,018 
Net cash used for investing activities(82,866) (246,624)
    
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Bank and commercial paper borrowings, net3,110  533,400 
Other debt borrowings6,159  31,789 
Other debt repayments(762,858) (16,139)
Proceeds from stock option exercises31,933  85,317 
Treasury stock purchases  (349,314)
Dividends paid(228,714) (200,037)
Other financing activities (1)(457) (22,311)
Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities(950,827) 62,705 
    
Effect of exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash17,095  (5,485)
    
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (2)(85,684) (17,825)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period6,095,570  532,245 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period (2)$6,009,886  $514,420 
    
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:   
Cash paid during the period for:   
Interest$104,879  $84,407 
Income taxes6,851  70,013 

(1)  Change includes cash paid for shares withheld to cover taxes, debt issuance costs and other financing activities.

(2)  Change includes restricted cash included within other assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Impact of Certain Items

Sysco’s results of operations for fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 were impacted by restructuring and transformational project costs consisting of: (1) restructuring charges; (2) expenses associated with our various transformation initiatives; and (3) facility closure and severance charges. All acquisition-related costs in fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 that have been designated as Certain Items relate to the fiscal 2017 acquisition of Cucina Lux Investments Limited (the Brakes Acquisition). These include acquisition-related intangible amortization expense.

Fiscal 2021 results of operations were also positively impacted by the reduction of bad debt expense previously recognized in fiscal 2020 due to the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the collectability of our pre-pandemic trade receivable balances. Many of Sysco’s customers, including those in the restaurant, hospitality and education segments, are operating at a substantially reduced volume due to governmental requirements for closures or other social-distancing measures and a portion of Sysco’s customers are closed. Some of these customers ceased paying their outstanding receivables, creating uncertainty as to their collectability. We experienced an increase in past due receivables and recognized additional bad debt charges in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2020; however, collections have improved in fiscal 2021. We have estimated uncollectible amounts based on the current collection experience and by applying write-off percentages based on historical loss experience, including loss experience during times of local and regional disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic is more widespread and longer in duration than historical disasters impacting our business, and it is possible that actual uncollectible amounts will differ and additional charges may be required; however, if collections continue to improve, it is also possible that additional reductions in our bad debt reserve could occur. While Sysco traditionally incurs bad debt expense, the magnitude of such expenses and benefits, that we have experienced is not indicative of our normal operations. Our adjusted results have not been normalized in a manner that would exclude the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business. As such, Sysco has not adjusted its results for lost sales, inventory write-offs or other costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic not previously stated.

The results of our foreign operations can be impacted due to changes in exchange rates applicable in converting local currencies to U.S. dollars. We measure our International Foodservice Operations results on a constant currency basis. Constant currency operating results are calculated by translating current-period local currency operating results with the currency exchange rates used to translate the financial statements in the comparable prior-year period to determine what the current-period U.S. dollar operating results would have been if the currency exchange rate had not changed from the comparable prior-year period. The constant currency impact on our adjusted International Foodservice Operations results are disclosed when the impact exceeds a defined threshold of greater than 1% on the growth metric. If the amount does not exceed this threshold, a disclosure will be made that the impact of the currency change was not significant.

Management believes that adjusting its operating expenses, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to remove these Certain Items and presenting its International Foodservice Operations results on a constant currency basis, provides an important perspective with respect to our underlying business trends and results and provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that (1) is indicative of the performance of the company’s underlying operations, facilitating comparisons on a year-over-year basis and (2) removes those items that are difficult to predict and are often unanticipated and that, as a result, are difficult to include in analysts’ financial models and our investors’ expectations with any degree of specificity.

Although Sysco has a history of growth through acquisitions, the Brakes Group was significantly larger than the companies historically acquired by Sysco, with a proportionately greater impact on Sysco’s consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, Sysco is excluding from its non-GAAP financial measures for the relevant period solely those acquisition costs specific to the Brakes Acquisition. We believe this approach significantly enhances the comparability of Sysco’s results for fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of sales, operating expenses, operating income, interest expense, net earnings and diluted earnings per share to adjusted results for these measures for the periods presented. Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add up to the total presented due to rounding. Adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings divided by diluted shares outstanding.


Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Impact of Certain Items
(Dollars in Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Data)

 13-Week
Period  Ended
Sep. 26, 2020
 13-Week
Period Ended
Sep. 28, 2019
 Change in
Dollars
 % Change
Operating expenses (GAAP)$1,800,266  $2,275,052  $(474,786) -20.9%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)(25,964) (56,722) 30,758  -54.2 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (2)(17,755) (16,909) (846) 5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (3)98,629    98,629  NM
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$1,855,176  $2,201,421  $(346,245) -15.7%
        
Operating income (GAAP)$419,579  $668,318  $(248,739) -37.2%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)25,964  56,722  (30,758) -54.2 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (2)17,755  16,909  846  5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (3)(98,629)   (98,629) NM
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$364,669  $741,949  $(377,280) -50.8%
        
Other (income) expense (GAAP)$14,124  $3,112  $11,012  NM
Impact of loss on sale of a business(12,043)   (12,043) NM
Other (income) expense (Non-GAAP)$2,081  $3,112  $(1,031) -33.1%
        
Net earnings (GAAP)$216,900  $453,781  $(236,881) -52.2%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)25,964  56,722  (30,758) -54.2 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (2)17,755  16,909  846  5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (3)(98,629)   (98,629) NM
Impact of loss on sale of a business12,043    12,043  NM
Tax impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (4)(5,920) (13,921) 8,001  -57.5 
Tax impact of acquisition-related costs (4)(4,048) (4,149) 101  -2.4 
Tax impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (4)22,488    22,488  NM
Tax impact of loss on sale of a business(7,553)   (7,553) NM
Impact of foreign tax rate change(5,548) 924  (6,472) NM
Net earnings adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$173,452  $510,266  $(336,814) -66.0%
        
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)$0.42  $0.87  $(0.45) -51.7%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)0.05  0.11  (0.06) -54.5 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (2)0.03  0.03    NM
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (3)(0.19)   (0.19) NM
Impact of loss on sale of a business0.02    0.02  NM
Tax impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (4)(0.01) (0.03) 0.02  -66.7 
Tax impact of acquisition-related costs (4)(0.01) (0.01)   NM
Tax impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (4)0.04    0.04  NM
Tax impact loss on sale of a business(0.01)   (0.01) NM
Tax impact of foreign tax rate change(0.01)   (0.01) NM
Diluted EPS adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP) (5)$0.34  $0.98  $(0.64) -65.3%
        
Diluted shares outstanding 510,738,760   518,761,456     


(1)Fiscal 2021 includes $13 million related to various transformation initiative costs, primarily consisting of changes to our business technology strategy, and $13 million primarily consisting of restructuring charges. Fiscal 2020 includes $30 million related to restructuring, facility closure and severance charges and $27 million related to various transformation initiative costs.
(2)Fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 include $18 million and $17 million, respectively, related to intangible amortization expense from the Brakes Acquisition, which is included in the results of International Foodservice.
(3)Represents the reduction of bad debt charges previously taken on pre-pandemic trade receivable balances in fiscal 2020.
(4)The tax impact of adjustments for Certain Items are calculated by multiplying the pretax impact of each Certain Item by the statutory rates in effect for each jurisdiction where the Certain Item was incurred.
(5)Individual components of diluted earnings per share may not add up to the total presented due to rounding. Total diluted earnings per share is calculated using adjusted net earnings divided by diluted shares outstanding.
 NM represents that the percentage change is not meaningful.


Sysco Corporation and its Consolidated Subsidiaries
Segment Results
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
Impact of Certain Items on Applicable Segments
(Dollars in Thousands)

 13-Week
Period Ended
Sep. 26, 2020
 13-Week
Period Ended
Sep. 28, 2019
 Change in
Dollars
 %/bps Change
U.S. FOODSERVICE OPERATIONS       
Sales$7,921,533  $10,658,633  $(2,737,100) -25.7%
Gross Profit1,599,707  2,144,886  (545,179) -25.4%
Gross Margin20.19% 20.12%   7 bps
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$1,011,298  $1,351,268  $(339,970) -25.2%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)(940) (4,126) 3,186  -77.2 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)86,317    86,317  NM
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$1,096,675  $1,347,142  $(250,467) -18.6%
        
Operating income (GAAP)$588,409  $793,618  $(205,209) -25.9%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)940  4,126  (3,186) -77.2 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)(86,317)   (86,317) NM
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$503,032  $797,744  $(294,712) -36.9%
        
INTERNATIONAL FOODSERVICE OPERATIONS       
Sales (GAAP)$2,163,693  $2,912,388  $(748,695) -25.7%
Impact of currency fluctuations (3)(40,640)   (40,640) 1.4 
Comparable sales using a constant currency basis (Non-GAAP)$2,123,053  $2,912,388  $(789,335) -27.1%
        
Gross Profit (GAAP)$450,398  $605,185  $(154,787) -25.6%
Impact of currency fluctuations (3)(11,512)   (11,512) 1.9 
Comparable gross profit using a constant currency basis (Non-GAAP)$438,886  $605,185  $(166,299) -27.5%
        
Gross Margin (GAAP)20.82% 20.78%   4 bps
Impact of currency fluctuations (3)0.15      15 bps
Comparable gross margin using a constant currency basis (Non-GAAP)20.67% 20.78%   -11 bps
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$450,935  $550,385  $(99,450) -18.1%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (4)(12,993) (27,272) 14,279  -52.4 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (5)(17,755) (16,909) (846) 5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)11,429    11,429  NM
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$431,616  $506,204  $(74,588) -14.7%
Impact of currency fluctuations (3)(12,329)   (12,329) 2.4 
Comparable operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items using a constant currency basis (Non-GAAP)$419,287  $506,204  $(86,917) -17.2%
        
Operating income (loss) (GAAP)$(537) $54,800  $(55,337) -101.0%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (4)12,993  27,272  (14,279) -52.4 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (5)17,755  16,909  846  5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)(11,429)   (11,429) NM
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP) *$18,782  $98,981  $(80,199) -81.0%
        
SYGMA       
Sales$1,524,148  $1,446,994  $77,154  5.3%
Gross Profit131,541  125,918  5,623  4.5%
Gross Margin8.63% 8.70%   -7 bps
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$119,849  $118,348  $1,501  1.3%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)(13) (2,585) 2,572  -99.5 
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$119,836  $115,763  $4,073  3.5%
        
Operating income (GAAP)$11,692  $7,570  $4,122  54.5%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1)13  2,585  (2,572) -99.5 
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$11,705  $10,155  $1,550  15.3%
        
OTHER       
Sales$168,005  $284,990  $(116,985) -41.0%
Gross Profit40,430  71,744  (31,314) -43.6%
Gross Margin24.06% 25.17%   -111 bps
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$40,435  $61,607  $(21,172) -34.4%
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)883    883  NM
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$41,318  $61,607  (20,289) -32.9%
        
Operating (loss) income (GAAP)$(5) $10,137  $(10,142) -100.0%
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)(883)   (883) NM
Operating (loss) income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$(888) $10,137  (11,025) -108.8%
        
CORPORATE       
Gross Profit$(2,231) $(4,363) $2,132  -48.9%
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$177,749  $193,444  $(15,695) -8.1%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (6)(12,018) (22,739) 10,721  -47.1 
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$165,731  $170,705  $(4,974) -2.9%
        
Operating income (GAAP)$(179,980) $(197,807) $17,827  -9.0%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (6)12,018  22,739  (10,721) -47.1 
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$(167,962) $(175,068) $7,106  -4.1%
        
TOTAL SYSCO       
Sales$11,777,379  $15,303,005  $(3,525,626) -23.0%
Gross Profit2,219,845  2,943,370  (723,525) -24.6%
Gross Margin18.85% 19.23%   -39 bps
        
Operating expenses (GAAP)$1,800,266  $2,275,052  $(474,786) -20.9%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1) (4) (6)(25,964) (56,722) 30,758  -54.2 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (5)(17,755) (16,909) (846) 5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)98,629    98,629  NM
Operating expenses adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$1,855,176  $2,201,421  $(346,245) -15.7%
        
Operating income (GAAP)$419,579  $668,318  $(248,739) -37.2%
Impact of restructuring and transformational project costs (1) (4) (6)25,964  56,722  (30,758) -54.2 
Impact of acquisition-related costs (5)17,755  16,909  846  5.0 
Impact of bad debt reserve adjustments (2)(98,629)   (98,629) NM
Operating income adjusted for Certain Items (Non-GAAP)$364,669  $741,949  $(377,280) -50.8%


(1)Includes charges related to restructuring and business transformation projects.
(2)Represents the reduction of bad debt charges previously taken on pre-pandemic trade receivable balances in fiscal 2020.
(3)Represents a constant currency adjustment, which eliminates the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on current year results.
(4)Includes restructuring, severance and facility closure costs primarily in Europe.
(5)Fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 include $18 million and $17 million, respectively, related to intangible amortization expense from the Brakes Acquisition.
(6)Fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 include various transformation initiative costs, primarily consisting of changes to our business technology strategy.
*Foreign exchange rates did not have a meaningful impact during the period; therefore, the constant currency adjustment is not disclosed.
 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 and includes proceeds from sales 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 and sales 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. However, free cash flow may not be available for discretionary expenditures, 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 for the most comparable GAAP measure 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.

 13-Week
Period Ended
Sep. 26, 2020
 13-Week
Period Ended
Sep. 28, 2019
 13-Week
Period Change
in Dollars
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)$930,914  $171,579  $759,335
Additions to plant and equipment(75,539) (175,728) 100,189
Proceeds from sales of plant and equipment7,064  4,902  2,162
Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)$862,440  $753  $861,687


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Media Contact
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Investor Contact
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