Earnings Details
1st Quarter November 2020
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 8:00:00 AM
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Unifirst (UNF) reported 1st Quarter November 2020 earnings of $2.20 per share on revenue of $446.9 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.68 per share on revenue of $440.8 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.79 per share. Revenue fell 4.0% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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.

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UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2021

WILMINGTON, Mass., Jan. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) (the “Company”) today reported results for its first quarter ended November 28, 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in the prior fiscal year:

Q1 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Consolidated revenues for the first quarter decreased 4.0% to $446.9 million.
  • Operating income was $56.0 million, a decrease of 6.7%.
  • The quarterly tax rate increased to 25.0% compared to 22.1% in prior year.
  • Net income decreased to $41.9 million, or 13.2%.
  • Diluted earnings per share decreased to $2.20 from $2.52, or 12.7%.

Steven Sintros, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Overall, we are pleased with our first quarter results which were achieved despite the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on our business and the economy as a whole.   As a Company, our top priorities continue to be the safety of our employee Team Partners as well as servicing our customers, many of whom are critical to keeping our communities up and running.  I want to again sincerely thank our Team Partners for the tremendous effort they continue to put forth ensuring that they are taking care of each other and our customers during these challenging times.  They truly continue to deliver in every way.” 

Segment Reporting Highlights

Core Laundry Operations

  • Revenues for the quarter decreased 5.6% to $393.2 million. This decrease was primarily due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our customers’ operations and wearer levels.
  • Operating margin decreased to 12.4% from 12.9%. This segment’s profitability was negatively impacted by the decline in rental revenues on our cost structure, which was partially offset by lower travel-related, energy and healthcare costs during the quarter.

Specialty Garments

  • Revenues for the quarter were $38.1 million, an increase of 14.2%. This increase was primarily due to higher direct sales and project-related work in the U.S. and Canadian nuclear operations as well as growth in our cleanroom operations.
  • Operating margin increased to 18.8% from 14.6% a year ago. This increase was primarily due to lower production and delivery costs as a percentage of revenues as well as lower travel-related, energy and healthcare costs. These decreases were partially offset by higher merchandise expense as a percentage of revenues.
  • Specialty Garments consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, and its results can vary significantly due to seasonality and the timing of reactor outages and projects.

Balance Sheet and Capital Allocation

  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $473.0 million as of November 28, 2020.
  • The Company had no long-term debt outstanding as of November 28, 2020.
  • Under its previously announced stock repurchase program, the Company repurchased 41,000 shares of common stock for a total of $7.2 million during its first fiscal quarter of 2021. As of November 28, 2020, the Company had repurchased a total of 355,917 shares of common stock for a total of $59.5 million under the program.
  • Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 was 19.0 million and 19.1 million shares, respectively.

Financial Outlook

Mr. Sintros continued, “At this time, our overall outlook in the quarters ahead remains uncertain.  Recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases have caused certain states, provinces and municipalities to reimplement temporary restrictions on businesses.  The impact of these or further restrictions as well as the potential positive impact of a broader vaccine distribution are currently difficult to project. As a result, we will not be providing further guidance at this time. Our solid balance sheet positions us well to meet the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19 while continuing to invest in growth and strengthen our business.”

Conference Call Information

UniFirst will hold a conference call today at 9:00 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

About UniFirst Corporation

Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) 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 260 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the Company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit UniFirst.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws 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,” “strategy,” “objective,” “positions,” “assume,” “strive,” “maintain,” 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, uncertainties caused by adverse economic conditions, including, without limitation, as a result of extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and their impact on our customers’ businesses and workforce levels, disruptions of our business and operations, including limitations on, or closures of, our facilities, or the business and operations of our customers or suppliers in connection with extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainties regarding our ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, 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, our ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in our margin rates, seasonal and quarterly fluctuations in business levels, our ability to preserve positive labor relationships and avoid becoming the target of corporate labor unionization campaigns that could disrupt our business, the effect of currency fluctuations on our results of operations and financial condition, our dependence on third parties to supply us with raw materials, which such supply could be severely disrupted as a result of extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, any loss of key management or other personnel, increased costs as a result of any changes in federal or state laws, rules and regulations or governmental interpretation of such laws, rules and regulations, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the negative effect on our business from sharply depressed oil and natural gas prices, including, without limitation, as a result of extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, increased workers’ compensation claim costs, increased healthcare claim costs, including as a result of extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to retain and grow our customer base, demand and prices for our products and services, fluctuations in our Specialty Garments business, political or other instability, supply chain disruption or infection among our employees in Mexico and Nicaragua where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, including, without limitation, as a result of extraordinary events or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate a new customer relationship management (“CRM”) computer system, interruptions or failures of our information technology systems, including as a result of cyber-attacks, additional professional and internal costs necessary for compliance with any changes in Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange and accounting rules, strikes and unemployment levels, our efforts to evaluate and potentially reduce internal costs, economic and other developments associated with the war on terrorism and its impact on the economy, the impact of foreign trade policies and tariffs or other impositions on imported goods on our business, results of operations and financial condition, general economic conditions, our ability to successfully implement our business strategies and processes, including our capital allocation strategies and the other factors described under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 29, 2020, “Item 1.A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q 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 they are made.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data) Thirteen weeks ended November
28, 2020
  Thirteen weeks ended November
30, 2019
Revenues $446,853  $465,398 
Operating expenses:        
Cost of revenues (1)  275,800   289,316 
Selling and administrative expenses (1)  88,703   90,528 
Depreciation and amortization  26,308   25,459 
Total operating expenses  390,811   405,303 
Operating income  56,042   60,095 
Other (income) expense:        
Interest income, net  (568)  (2,361)
Other expense, net  749   528 
Total other (income) expense, net  181   (1,833)
Income before income taxes  55,861   61,928 
Provision for income taxes  13,965   13,686 
Net income $41,896  $48,242 
Income per share – Basic:        
Common Stock $2.31  $2.65 
Class B Common Stock $1.85  $2.12 
Income per share – Diluted:        
Common Stock $2.20  $2.52 
Income allocated to – Basic:        
Common Stock $35,171  $40,526 
Class B Common Stock $6,725  $7,716 
Income allocated to – Diluted:        
Common Stock $41,896  $48,242 
Weighted average shares outstanding – Basic:        
Common Stock  15,247   15,308 
Class B Common Stock  3,643   3,643 
Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted:        
Common Stock  19,019   19,123 

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

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands) November 28, 2020  August 29, 2020 
Current assets:        
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $473,010  $474,838 
Receivables, net  209,916   190,916 
Inventories  104,525   106,269 
Rental merchandise in service  155,100   154,278 
Prepaid taxes  3,612   7,115 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  40,661   35,918 
Total current assets  986,824   969,334 
Property, plant and equipment, net  598,719   582,470 
Goodwill  424,881   424,844 
Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net  85,150   85,536 
Deferred income taxes  522   522 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net  42,033   42,710 
Other assets  96,031   93,611 
Total assets $2,234,160  $2,199,027 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $60,268  $64,035 
Accrued liabilities  138,693   132,965 
Accrued taxes     527 
Operating lease liabilities, current  12,731   12,569 
Total current liabilities  211,692   210,096 
Long-term liabilities:        
Accrued liabilities  133,600   132,820 
Accrued and deferred income taxes  86,642   85,721 
Operating lease liabilities  28,874   29,261 
Total liabilities  460,808   457,898 
Shareholders’ equity:        
Common Stock  1,522   1,525 
Class B Common Stock  364   364 
Capital surplus  87,210   86,645 
Retained earnings  1,714,937   1,684,565 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (30,681)  (31,970)
Total shareholders’ equity  1,773,352   1,741,129 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $2,234,160  $2,199,027 

Detail of Operating Results


(In thousands, except percentages) Thirteen weeks ended
November 28, 2020
  Thirteen weeks ended
November 30, 2019
Core Laundry Operations  393,190   416,298   (23,108)  (5.6)%
Specialty Garments  38,134   33,402   4,732   14.2%
First Aid  15,529   15,698   (169)  (1.1)%
Consolidated total $446,853  $465,398  $(18,545)  (4.0)%


Operating Income

(In thousands, except percentages) Thirteen weeks ended
November 28, 2020
  Thirteen weeks ended
November 30, 2019
Core Laundry Operations $48,870  $53,808  $(4,938)  (9.2)%
Specialty Garments  7,159   4,879   2,280   46.7%
First Aid  13   1,408   (1,395)  (99.1)%
Consolidated total $56,042  $60,095  $(4,053)  (6.7)%


Operating Margin

  Thirteen weeks ended November 28, 2020  Thirteen weeks ended November 30, 2019 
Core Laundry Operations  12.4%  12.9%
Specialty Garments  18.8%  14.6%
First Aid  0.1%  9.0%
Consolidated total  12.5%  12.9%


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands) Thirteen weeks ended
November 28, 2020
  Thirteen weeks ended
November 30, 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income $41,896  $48,242 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  26,308   25,459 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  28   28 
Loss on sale of property, plant & equipment  5    
Share-based compensation  1,622   1,575 
Accretion on environmental contingencies  112   134 
Accretion on asset retirement obligations  245   232 
Deferred income taxes  242   245 
Other  28   5 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:        
Receivables, less reserves  (18,875)  (12,771)
Inventories  1,783   1,195 
Rental merchandise in service  (684)  1,370 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other assets  (2,812)  (2,074)
Accounts payable  (3,127)  (5,031)
Accrued liabilities  2,876   (2,678)
Prepaid and accrued income taxes  3,094   (3,497)
Net cash provided by operating activities  52,741   52,434 
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (603)  (39,286)
Capital expenditures, including capitalization of software costs  (41,836)  (28,975)
Proceeds from sale of assets  15   61 
Net cash used in investing activities  (42,424)  (68,200)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from exercise of share-based awards  1   74 
Taxes withheld and paid related to net share settlement of equity awards  (834)  (1,570)
Repurchase of Common Stock  (7,216)  (9,973)
Payment of cash dividends  (4,541)  (2,056)
Net cash used in financing activities  (12,590)  (13,525)
Effect of exchange rate changes  445   538 
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments  (1,828)  (28,753)
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at beginning of period  474,838   385,341 
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at end of period $473,010  $356,588 

Investor Relations Contact
Shane O’Connor, Executive Vice President & CFO
UniFirst Corporation        

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