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|Diamond Foods Reports Fiscal 2006 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results Reflecting Strong Progress Towards Long-Term Goals|
STOCKTON, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: DMND), a leading branded food company specializing in processing, marketing and distributing culinary and snack products under the Diamond of California, Emerald and Harmony brands, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter and full year ended July 31, 2006.
For the three months ended July 31, 2006, net sales were $107.2 million, GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.21 and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.16. For the year ended July 31, 2006, net sales were $477.2 million, GAAP diluted EPS was $0.47 and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.61. Non-GAAP EPS excludes: a previously disclosed one time charge to cost of sales in the first quarter resulting from Diamond's conversion from a cooperative to a public company; stock-based compensation expense; restructuring and contract termination expenses; and certain tax credits (and related professional service fees related to the tax credits). Further details are provided below under the heading "About Diamond's Supplemental and Non-GAAP Financial Measures." EPS is not presented for the comparable 2005 periods since the Company was a cooperative association consisting only of member interests and there were no shares outstanding prior to Diamond's July 2005 initial public offering.
"We achieved the upper end of our guidance for net sales and non-GAAP EPS," said Michael J. Mendes, President and CEO. "Furthermore, we shipped $16.6 million of snack products during the fourth quarter, including $9.9 million of Emerald products, and as a result, our total Emerald sales for the year exceeded $34 million. We are very excited by the opportunities presented by the Harmony acquisition and our integration activities are on track to meet or exceed our expectations. Finally, we have begun to roll out the Emerald trail mix products nationally, have introduced Emerald Smoked almonds and have developed several new Emerald packaging configurations including package sizes specifically targeted to the convenience and club store channels."
Recent Financial and Corporate Development Highlights
Diamond is presenting the following outlook for its fiscal year ending July 31, 2007: total revenue growth of 8% to 10%; GAAP EPS of $0.43 to $0.48; and non-GAAP EPS of $0.50 to $0.55. Non-GAAP EPS excludes the impact of 1) a one-time charge to terminate the Company's administrative pension plan estimated to be approximately $3 million or $0.11 per share and 2) a gain from the sale of the Company's Lemont, Illinois facility of approximately $1 million or $0.04 per share. Non-GAAP EPS includes stock based compensation expense. The fiscal 2007 outlook reflects the following:
2006 2007 Outlook Actual Low end High end Net sales $477,205 $515,400 $525,000 GAAP EPS $0.47 $0.43 $0.48 After tax effects of: Impact of NRV accounting of inventories 0.10 Impact of other operating expenses 0.13 Impact of income tax credits and other tax adjustments (0.23) Impact of gain on sale of Lemont facility (0.04) (0.04) Impact of pension termination expense 0.11 0.11 Non-GAAP EPS $0.47 $0.50 $0.55
Non-GAAP EPS above for 2006 includes the impact of stock-based compensation for comparative purposes to the 2007 outlook.
Diamond reiterates its long-term goals of increasing net sales by an average of 8% to 10% per year over the next five years and expanding gross margins to at least 20% of net sales and operating margins to at least 10% of net sales within five years. This is expected to result in average EPS growth in excess of 15% per year.
Net sales for the three months ended July 31, 2006 increased 9.7%, including approximately $6.7 million of sales of Harmony products. North American Retail sales for the quarter increased 34.4% (17.6% excluding Harmony products). For the year ended July 31, 2006, net sales increased 3.2% and North American Retail sales increased 20.3% (17.3% excluding Harmony products).
Gross margin was 14.5% and 4.9% for the three months ended July 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Gross margin was 14.3% and 10.6% for the year ended July 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Gross margin per pound shipped was $0.46 and $0.36 for the three months and year ended July 31, 2006, compared to $0.12 and $0.22 for the three months and year ended July 31, 2005. (Gross margin data is presented on a non-GAAP and supplemental basis, as discussed below.)
Selling, general and administrative expense for the three months ended July 31, 2006 was $10.7 million compared to $8.1 million for the prior year comparable period. Selling, general and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales was 10.0% in 2006 compared to 8.3% in 2005. Selling, general and administrative expense for the three months ended July 31, 2006 included stock-based compensation charges of $1.2 million. There was no such charge in the prior year. Selling, general and administrative expense for the year ended July 31, 2006 was $37.0 million compared to $33.2 million for the prior year comparable period. Selling, general and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales was 7.8% in 2006 compared to 7.2% in 2005. Selling, general and administrative expense for the year ended July 31, 2006 included stock-based compensation charges of $4.0 million. There was no such charge in the prior year.
Advertising expense for the three months ended July 31, 2006 was $1.7 million compared to $3.7 million for the prior year comparable period. Advertising expense for the year ended July 31, 2006 was $18.0 million compared to $22.2 million for the prior year comparable period.
Other operating expenses totaled $3.4 million for the three months and year ended July 31, 2006 and was comprised of 1) restructuring charges principally related to the closing of Diamond's Lemont, Illinois facility and consolidation of operations in the Fishers, Indiana facility acquired in the Harmony transaction; 2) costs related to terminating two contracts, one with PG&E associated with Diamond's cogeneration plant and one associated with a former distributor in Germany; and 3) professional service fees related to the identification of approximately $5.8 million of income tax credits as described below.
Net interest expense for the three months ended July 31, 2006 was $0.1 million compared to net interest expense of $1.2 million in the prior year comparable period. Net interest expense for the year ended July 31, 2006 was $0.3 million compared to net interest expense of $4.4 million in the prior year.
During the year ended July 31, 2006, Diamond recorded approximately $5.8 million of California Enterprise Zone tax credits. A portion of these credits will be carried back to prior years to obtain a refund of taxes previously paid and a portion will be available to carryfoward to offset future California income taxes payable. Diamond recorded a tax benefit (net of Federal income tax impact) of $3.8 million to reflect these credits.
As of July 31, 2006, Diamond had approximately $35.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, no short-term borrowings, and 15.7 million common shares issued and outstanding. During the year ended July 31, 2006, cash provided by operations was approximately $34 million and approximately $19 million of cash was used to acquire certain net assets of Harmony Corporation and approximately $9 million of cash was used to acquire equipment.
Diamond will host a conference call and webcast today, September 20, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2006 results and recent corporate developments. The dial-in number for the conference call is 800-257-1836 for domestic participants and 303-262-2194 for international participants.
A taped replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call's conclusion, will remain available through September 27, 2006 at midnight Pacific Time, and can be accessed by dialing 800-405-2236 for domestic callers and 303-590-3000 for international callers, both using passcode 11071163#. To access the live webcast of the call, go to the Diamond Foods website at http://www.diamondfoods.com/ . An archived webcast will also be available at http://www.diamondfoods.com/ .
Diamond's financial results for the three months and year ended July 31, 2006 and 2005 were as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):
Statements of Statements of Operations Net Proceeds* Three Three months Year months Year Ended Ended Ended Ended July 31, July 31, July 31, July 31, 2006 2006 2005 2005 Net sales and other revenues $107,190 $477,205 $97,669 $462,548 Patronage inventory at beginning of period -- -- (115,148) (101,403) Patronage inventory at end of period -- -- 67,152 67,152 Net sales (2006)/ Gross marketing pool proceeds (2005) 107,190 477,205 49,673 428,297 Cost of sales 91,603 409,039 43,653 191,387 Cost of sales- NRV amount -- 2,770 -- -- Total cost of sales 91,603 411,809 43,653 191,387 Gross margin (2006)/ Proceeds before operating expenses (2005) 15,587 65,396 6,020 236,910 Operating expenses: Selling, general and administrative (including $1,195 and $3,992 for the three months and year ended July 31, 2006 of stock-based compensation) 10,690 37,046 8,081 33,188 Advertising 1,691 17,977 3,657 22,153 Other operating expenses 3,442 3,442 -- -- Total operating expenses 15,823 58,465 11,738 55,341 Income (loss) from operations (2006)/ Operating proceeds (deficiency) (2005) (236) 6,931 (5,718) 181,569 Interest expense, net 84 295 1,197 4,433 Other expenses (22) 310 2,480 2,725 Income (loss) before income tax benefit (2006)/ Proceeds (deficiency) before income tax benefit (2005) (298) 6,326 (9,395) 174,411 Income tax benefit (3,658) (1,010) (6,382) (8,385) Net income (2006)/ Net proceeds (deficiency) (2005) $3,360 $7,336 $(3,013) $182,796 Earnings per share: Basic $0.21 $0.47 Diluted 0.21 0.47 Shares used to compute earnings per share: Basic 15,722 15,634 Diluted 15,722 15,653
* Diamond conducted its business as an agricultural cooperative association prior to its initial public offering in July 2005. The financial statements for periods through July 31, 2005 include a statement of net proceeds prepared in accordance with GAAP for agricultural cooperative associations, rather than a statement of operations. Net proceeds are amounts distributable to member growers, and include net income or loss from sales of nuts other than walnuts. Net proceeds do not include any deduction for the cost of member walnuts sold during the period. Subsequent to July 31, 2005, Diamond's financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP for companies that are not cooperative associations and include the cost of walnuts sold as part of cost of sales. EPS is not presented for periods in 2005 since the cooperative association consisted only of member interests and there were no shares outstanding.
Net sales were as follows (in thousands): Three months ended Year ended July 31, July 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Culinary $35,996 $31,342 $189,391 $164,183 Snack 16,633 7,348 40,743 21,559 Inshell 1,142 1,330 44,745 42,780 Total North American Retail 53,771 40,020 274,879 228,522 International 29,860 25,099 114,781 122,514 North American Ingredient/Food Service 23,203 31,330 84,475 107,029 Other 356 1,220 3,070 4,483 Total $107,190 $97,669 $477,205 $462,548 Supplemental and Non-GAAP Financial Information
Diamond has provided the following supplemental and non-GAAP financial information for the three months and years ended July 31, 2006 and 2005, which excludes a one-time charge to cost of sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2006 as a result of the conversion from a cooperative to a public company in July 2005. This charge relates to the use of net realizable value (NRV) accounting for certain inventories acquired prior to August 1, 2005. Starting August 1, 2005 Diamond began using the lower of cost or market method of valuing walnut inventories acquired subsequent to that date. As a result of using NRV accounting for certain inventories through July 31, 2005, these inventories were valued higher than they would have been under the lower of cost or market method. Therefore, as those inventories were sold, the amount charged to cost of goods sold was higher.
Furthermore, beginning August 1, 2005, Diamond's cost basis for walnuts is the price it pays for walnuts. For the three months and year ended July 31, 2005, the following supplemental financial information, including estimated walnut acquisition costs, is presented for purposes of comparing Diamond's financial results in 2006 to 2005. Estimated walnut acquisition costs are based on the "field price" reported by the California Statistical Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, or CASS, for each related crop year. Diamond believes this information is the only available measure of industry-wide walnut acquisition costs. Diamond cannot determine an actual cost basis for walnuts acquired and sold in historical periods and has not undertaken any effort to validate the accuracy of the CASS statistics.
The non-GAAP financial information for 2006 also excludes the effects of stock based compensation; other operating expenses and a one-time income tax credit. Three months ended July 31, Year ended July 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Net sales and other revenues $107,190 $ 97,669 $477,205 $462,548 Cost of sales 91,603 92,840 409,039 413,750 Gross margin 15,587 4,829 68,166 48,798 Operating expenses: Selling, general and administrative 9,495 8,081 33,054 33,188 Advertising 1,691 3,657 17,977 22,153 Total operating expenses 11,186 11,738 51,031 55,341 Operating income 4,401 (6,909) 17,135 (6,543) Interest expense, net 84 1,197 295 4,433 Other expenses (22) 2,480 310 2,725 Income before income tax expense (benefit) $4,339 $(10,586) $16,530 $(13,701)
Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP and supplemental information (in thousands, except per share amounts):
Three months ended July 31, Year ended July 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 GAAP cost of sales $91,603 $43,653 $411,809 $191,387 Adjustment to remove one time impact of accounting for certain inventories on NRV basis -- -- (2,770) -- Adjustment to convert walnut inventories from crop year pool and NRV accounting to cost basis accounting and to record estimated walnut cost of goods sold -- 49,187 -- 222,363 Non-GAAP/supplemental cost of sales $91,603 $ 92,840 $409,039 $413,750 GAAP selling, general and administrative expense $10,690 $8,081 $37,046 $33,188 Adjustment for stock based compensation (1,195) -- (3,992) -- Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expense $9,495 $8,081 $33,054 $33,188 GAAP other operating expenses $3,442 $3,442 Adjustment to remove restructuring, contract termination costs and expenses related to income tax credit (3,442) (3,442) Non-GAAP other operating expenses $-- $-- GAAP income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit) $(298) $6,326 Adjustment for stock based compensation 1,195 3,992 Adjustment to remove one time impact of accounting for certain inventories on NRV basis -- 2,770 Adjustment to remove restructuring, contract termination costs and expenses related to income tax credits 3,442 3,442 Non-GAAP income before income tax expense (benefit) 4,339 16,530 GAAP income tax expense (benefit) (3,658) (1,010) Adjustment to reflect tax effect of Non-GAAP adjustments 1,948 4,286 Adjustment to remove benefit of income tax credits and other tax adjustments 3,533 3,667 Non-GAAP income tax expense 1,823 6,943 Non-GAAP net income 2,516 9,587 Non-GAAP EPS-diluted $0.16 $0.61 Shares used in computing Non-GAAP EPS-diluted 15,722 15,653
About Diamond's supplemental and non-GAAP Financial Measures. This release contains supplemental and non-GAAP financial measures of Diamond's performance ("non-GAAP measures") for different periods. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Diamond's non-GAAP measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, and differ both from GAAP financial measures and from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Diamond urges investors to review its reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to GAAP financial measures, and its financial statements to evaluate its business.
Diamond believes that its non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information regarding operating results because they exclude amounts that Diamond excludes when monitoring operating results and assessing performance of the business. Diamond believes that its non-GAAP measures also facilitate comparison of results for current periods and business outlook for future periods. Diamond non-GAAP measures include the following adjustments:
Diamond's management uses non-GAAP measures in internal reports used to monitor and make decisions about its business, such as monthly financial reports prepared for management. The principal limitation of the non-GAAP measures is that they exclude significant expenses required under GAAP. They also reflect the exercise of management's judgments about which adjustments are appropriately made. To mitigate this limitation, Diamond presents the non- GAAP measures in connection with GAAP results, and recommends that investors do not give undue weight to them. Diamond believes that non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors by allowing them to view the business through the eyes of management, facilitating comparison of results across historical and future periods, and providing a focus on the underlying operating performance of the business.
Note regarding forward-looking statements: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including those relating to Diamond's business outlook and financial guidance. Our forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, are not guarantees of future performance, and are subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. We presently consider the following to be among the important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from expectations: (1) Product recalls or concerns with safety and quality of food products could harm sales or cause consumers to avoid our products. (2) Our raw materials are subject to fluctuations in availability and price, and supply shortages and/or price increases could hurt our profitability. (3) We face intense competition from national and regional competitors, including in the snack food industry, and if we cannot compete effectively, we may lose customers or suffer reduced sales. (4) We depend on a few significant customers for a large proportion of our sales, and the loss of any of these customers or material decrease in their purchases could result in decreased sales. (5) Changes in the food industry, including dietary trends and consumer preferences, could reduce sales of our products. (6) Acquisitions entail significant risks, including integration of acquired operations, diversion of management attention, risks of entering new markets and potential loss of key employees of acquired organizations. (7) Our recent acquisition of assets from Harmony Foods Corporation, and the closing of a facility in Lemont, Illinois, could be more time-consuming than we expect or involve unexpected costs, and we may not realize expected synergies or cost savings from the acquisition. (8) Our international business exposes us to special risks, including trade restrictions, regulatory developments, currency rate fluctuations, and supply disruptions. (9) We expect costs associated with product processing and transportation, such as fuel, electricity, water and natural gas, to increase, which could reduce our margins and profitability. A detailed discussion of these and other risks that affect our business is contained in our SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors." Copies of our SEC filings are available online from the SEC or by contacting Diamond's Investor Relations representatives at 415-896-6820 or by clicking on Investor Relations on Diamond's website at http://www.diamondfoods.com/ . All information in this release is current as of the date of this release. Diamond undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.
Diamond is a leading branded food company specializing in processing, marketing and distributing culinary nuts and snack products under the Diamond, Emerald and Harmony brands.
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