UNF
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Unifirst
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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter May 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:00:11 AM
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Summary

UniFirst Updates Revenue Guidance

Unifirst (UNF) reported 3rd Quarter May 2016 earnings of $1.49 per share on revenue of $367.8 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.37 per share on revenue of $366.4 million. Revenue grew 0.6% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it continues to expect fiscal 2016 earnings of $5.45 to $5.65 per share and now expects revenue of $1.46 billion to $1.47 billion. The company's previous guidance was revenue of $1.455 billion to $1.467 billion and the current consensus earnings estimate is $5.61 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion for the year ending August 31, 2016.

UniFirst Corp together with its subsidiaries is engaged in designing, manufacturing, personalizing, renting, cleaning, delivering and selling uniforms & protective clothing, including shirts, jackets, coveralls, lab coats and specialized protective wear.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.49
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$1.37
Reported Revenue
$367.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$366.4 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Grade
Earnings Release

UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2016

UniFirst Corporation (UNF) today announced results for its third quarter ended May 28, 2016. Revenues for the quarter were $367.8 million, up 0.6% from $365.6 million in the same year ago period. Net income was $30.1 million ($1.49 per diluted share), down 7.2% from $32.5 million ($1.61 per diluted share) in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Our growth during the third quarter continued to be negatively impacted by the loss of uniform wearers and customers in energy dependent markets in the United States and Canada as well as uneven growth in recent non-farm payroll employment. We are addressing these challenges by continuing our focus on matters within our control, such as providing high quality service to our broad customer base."

Core Laundry revenues in the quarter were $331.2 million, up 1.1% from those reported in the prior year’s third quarter. Adjusting for the effects of acquisitions and a weaker Canadian dollar, revenues grew 1.0%. This segment’s operating income decreased 8.8% and its operating margin declined to 12.9% from 14.3% for the same period, a year ago. Many of this segment’s expenses, including those related to its production facilities, selling and administrative efforts and depreciation were higher than the prior year. In the absence of more significant revenue growth, the increase in expenses negatively impacted this segment’s margin. These items were partially offset by lower energy and legal expenses during the quarter compared to a year ago.

Revenues and operating income for the Specialty Garments segment, which consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, declined 6.9% and 11.7%, respectively, compared to a year ago. As a reminder, the results from this segment can vary significantly from quarter to quarter due to seasonality and timing of reactor outages and related projects. Through the first nine months of fiscal 2016, this segment has produced solid results, with revenues and operating income growing 6.4% and 53.3%, respectively, over the same period a year ago.

UniFirst continues to maintain a solid balance sheet with no long-term debt and increasing cash balances. Net cash provided by operating activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was $161.1 million, up 1.7% from the same period in fiscal 2015, and cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fiscal quarter totaled $347.6 million, up from $276.6 million at the end of fiscal 2015.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Outlook</span>

Mr. Croatti continued, "At this time, we expect that our fiscal 2016 revenues will be between $1.460 billion and $1.470 billion and continue to believe that our full year diluted EPS will be between $5.45 and $5.65."

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Conference Call Information</span>

UniFirst will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss its quarterly financial results, business highlights and outlook. A simultaneous live webcast of the call will be available over the Internet and can be accessed at www.unifirst.com.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">About UniFirst Corporation</span>

Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with more than 225 service locations, 275,000 customer locations, and 12,000 employee Team Partners, the Company outfits more than 1.5 million workers each business day. UniFirst is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UNF and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 600 Small Cap Index. For more information visit www.unifirst.com.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Forward Looking Statements</span>

This public announcement contains forward looking statements that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance, including projected revenues and earnings per share. Forward looking statements contained in this public announcement are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and may be identified by words such as "estimates," "anticipates," "projects," "plans," "expects," "intends," "believes," "seeks," "could," "should," "may," "will," or the negative versions thereof, and similar expressions and by the context in which they are used. Such forward looking statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date made. Such statements are highly dependent upon a variety of risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in our margin rates, uncertainties caused by the continuing adverse worldwide economic conditions and their impact on our customers’ businesses and workforce levels, uncertainties regarding any existing or newly-discovered expenses and liabilities related to environmental compliance and remediation, any adverse outcome of pending or future contingencies or claims, uncertainties regarding our ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, our ability to preserve positive labor relationships and avoid becoming the target of corporate labor unionization campaigns that could disrupt our business, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, including the ultimate impact of the Affordable Care Act, our retention of customers and renewal of customer contracts, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the negative effect on our business from sharply depressed oil prices, fluctuation on our revenue and net income from our specialty garments segment, the effect of currency fluctuations on our results of operations and financial condition, rampant criminal activity and instability in Mexico where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, the impact on our goodwill and intangibles that might result from adverse financial and economic changes, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate our new customer relationship management ("CRM") computer system, interruptions or failures of our information technology systems, including as a result of cyber-attacks, failure to comply with other state and federal regulations that might result in penalties or costs, seasonal and quarterly fluctuations in business levels, any loss of key management or other personnel, our dependence on third parties to supply us with raw materials, increased costs as a result of any future changes in federal or state laws, rules and regulations or governmental interpretation of such laws, rules and regulations, demand and prices for our products and services, economic and other developments associated with the war on terrorism and its impact on the economy, general economic conditions and other factors described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 29, 2015 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which such statements are made.

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
Thirteen
Thirteen
Thirty-nine
Thirty-nine
weeks ended
weeks ended
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
May 28,
May 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)
2016
2015
2016
2015
Revenues
$ 367,799
$ 365,574
$ 1,104,280
$ 1,097,397
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues (1)
224,932
221,995
677,207
665,222
Selling and administrative expenses (1)
74,541
72,205
222,713
221,832
Depreciation and amortization
20,409
19,022
59,956
55,851
Total operating expenses
319,882
313,222
959,876
942,905
Income from operations
47,917
52,352
144,404
154,492
Other (income) expense:
Interest expense
211
221
650
648
Interest income
(902
)
(784
)
(2,558
)
(2,532
)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss
(91
)
72
256
1,323
Total other (income) expense
(782
)
(491
)
(1,652
)
(561
)
Income before income taxes
48,699
52,843
146,056
155,053
Provision for income taxes
18,555
20,344
56,524
59,695
Net income
$ 30,144
$ 32,499
$ 89,532
$ 95,358
Income per share - Basic
Common Stock
$ 1.57
$ 1.70
$ 4.67
$ 4.99
Class B Common Stock
$ 1.26
$ 1.36
$ 3.74
$ 3.99
Income per share - Diluted
Common Stock
$ 1.49
$ 1.61
$ 4.43
$ 4.72
Income allocated to - Basic
Common Stock
$ 23,939
$ 25,817
$ 71,172
$ 75,650
Class B Common Stock
$ 6,061
$ 6,483
$ 17,956
$ 18,954
Income allocated to - Diluted
Common Stock
$ 30,007
$ 32,310
$ 89,149
$ 94,644
Weighted average number of shares outstanding -
Basic
Common Stock
15,253
15,207
15,238
15,173
Class B Common Stock
4,827
4,773
4,805
4,752
Weighted average number of shares outstanding -
Diluted
Common Stock
20,183
20,118
20,141
20,057

(1) Exclusive of depreciation on the Company’s property, plant and equipment and amortization on its intangible assets.

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
May 28,
August 29,
2016 (1)
2015
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$ 347,583
$ 276,553
Receivables, net
158,273
151,851
Inventories
76,347
80,449
Rental merchandise in service
140,279
140,384
Prepaid and deferred income taxes
424
204
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
12,993
12,382
Total current assets
735,899
661,823
Property, plant and equipment, net
532,881
513,853
Goodwill
320,247
313,133
Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net
38,576
40,049
Deferred income taxes
--
1,475
Other assets
3,388
2,904
$ 1,630,991
$ 1,533,237
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Loans payable
$ --
$ 1,385
Accounts payable
49,216
50,826
Accrued liabilities
120,425
113,022
Accrued and deferred income taxes
--
18,878
Total current liabilities
169,641
184,111
Long-term liabilities:
Accrued liabilities
58,151
54,566
Accrued and deferred income taxes
73,623
52,352
Total long-term liabilities
131,774
106,918
Shareholders’ equity:
Common Stock
1,540
1,525
Class B Common Stock
485
485
Capital surplus
68,179
67,611
Retained earnings
1,284,373
1,197,000
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income
(25,001
)
(24,413
)
Total shareholders’ equity
1,329,576
1,242,208
$ 1,630,991
$ 1,533,237

(1) In the second fiscal quarter of 2016, the Company adopted updated accounting guidance on the presentation of deferred income taxes. This adoption required that deferred tax liabilities and assets be classified as noncurrent in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. The Company elected to account for this change in presentation prospectively and prior periods were not retroactively adjusted.

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Detail of Operating Results
(Unaudited)
Revenues
Thirteen
Thirteen
Dollar
Percent
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
(In thousands, except percentages)
2016
2015
Change
Change
Core Laundry Operations
$ 331,224
$ 327,770
$ 3,454
1.1
%
Specialty Garments
24,081
25,854
(1,773 ) -6.9
First Aid
12,494
11,950
544
4.6
Consolidated total
$ 367,799
$ 365,574
$ 2,225
0.6
%
Thirty-nine
Thirty-nine
Dollar
Percent
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
(In thousands, except percentages)
2016
2015
Change
Change
Core Laundry Operations
$ 997,626
$ 995,685
$ 1,941
0.2
%
Specialty Garments
71,302
66,991
4,311
6.4
First Aid
35,352
34,721
631
1.8
Consolidated total
$ 1,104,280
$ 1,097,397
$ 6,883
0.6
%
Income from Operations
Thirteen
Thirteen
Dollar
Percent
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
(In thousands, except percentages)
2016
2015
Change
Change
Core Laundry Operations
$ 42,784
$ 46,934
$ (4,150 ) -8.8
%
Specialty Garments
3,559
4,032
(473
) -11.7
First Aid
1,574
1,386
188
13.6
Consolidated total
$ 47,917
$ 52,352
$ (4,435 ) -8.5
%
Thirty-nine
Thirty-nine
Dollar
Percent
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
(In thousands, except percentages)
2016
2015
Change
Change
Core Laundry Operations
$ 131,885
$ 144,731
$ (12,846 ) -8.9
%
Specialty Garments
8,991
5,865
3,126
53.3
First Aid
3,528
3,896
(368
) -9.4
Consolidated total
$ 144,404
$ 154,492
$ (10,088 ) -6.5
%
UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirty-nine
Thirty-nine
weeks ended
weeks ended
May 28,
May 30,
2016
2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income
$ 89,532
$ 95,358
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation
53,556
49,270
Amortization of intangible assets
6,400
6,581
Amortization of deferred financing costs
156
156
Share-based compensation
3,625
4,413
Accretion on environmental contingencies
502
452
Accretion on asset retirement obligations
599
503
Deferred income taxes
6,034
6,668
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Receivables
(5,698
)
(9,463
)
Inventories
4,063
(5,714
)
Rental merchandise in service
1,571
1,417
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(1,356
)
(7,812
)
Accounts payable
(1,627
)
(2,106
)
Accrued liabilities
6,358
10,283
Prepaid and accrued income taxes
(2,635
)
8,408
Net cash provided by operating activities
161,080
158,414
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
(10,861
)
(19,815
)
Capital expenditures
(72,065
)
(82,272
)
Other
(64
)
(1,160
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(82,990
)
(103,247
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from loans payable and long-term debt
--
5,401
Payments on loans payable and long-term debt
(1,326
)
(9,580
)
Payment of deferred financing costs
(813
)
--
Proceeds from exercise of Common Stock options, including excess tax benefits
1,394
8,055
Taxes withheld and paid related to net share settlement of equity awards
(4,425
)
(5,002
)
Payment of cash dividends
(2,155
)
(2,151
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(7,325
)
(3,277
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
265
(7,987
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
71,030
43,903
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
276,553
191,769
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$ 347,583
$ 235,672
CONTACT: Steven S. Sintros
Senior Vice President & CFO
978-658-8888
ssintros@unifirst.com

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