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SPARKS, Md., June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC - News), today reported record sales, net income and earnings per share for the second quarter ended May 31, 2003.
Sales for the quarter were $596 million, an increase of 8% versus the second quarter of 2002. Sales benefited from favorable foreign exchange rates, which accounted for 5% of the increase. Earnings per share for the second quarter were $0.28 compared to $0.24 in the second quarter of 2002. Earnings benefited from higher sales and increased gross profit margin, as well as the receipt of interest income related to the settlement of the Ducros purchase price adjustment. This settlement was announced by the Company on April 28, 2003. Offsetting a portion of these increases was a decrease in unconsolidated income from joint ventures for the second quarter. Specifically, the Company's joint venture in Mexico continued to experience profit pressure from aggressive competition and higher raw material costs. In summary, the primary drivers of the increase in second quarter earnings per share were $0.02 from operations and $0.03 from interest income related to the Ducros purchase price settlement, less a $0.01 decline in income from unconsolidated operations.
Consumer Business (in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 5/31/03 5/31/02 5/31/03 5/31/02 Net sales $271,799 $246,124 $535,490 $484,117 Operating income 33,912 31,463 72,348 67,806
For the second quarter, sales for McCormick's consumer business rose 10% when compared to 2002. Excluding the net impact of foreign exchange, sales rose 3%. In local currency, consumer sales rose 4% in the Americas, 2% in Europe and 4% in the Asia/Pacific region. In the Americas, consumer sales in the second quarter of 2003 followed a significant increase in the second quarter of 2002 when sales rose 8%. This 2002 increase was due largely to U.S. customer purchases in advance of the Company's U.S. implementation of new systems under its Beyond 2000 program. For the consumer business in Europe, the timing of customer purchases led to a sales increase of 7% in the first quarter of 2003, followed by a 2% increase in the second quarter of 2003. Year-to-date, consumer sales in Europe are up 5%, with 3% of the increase due to the Uniqsauces acquisition in the first quarter.
Operating income for the consumer business was $33.9 million, an increase of 8% for the second quarter of 2003. This follows an increase of 19% for this business in the second quarter of 2002. In 2002, operating income from strong sales was partially offset by poor performance and one-time charges in the U.K. brokerage business. In 2003, the Company's consumer business achieved an 8% increase in operating income despite a 13% increase in advertising and promotional support of its branded products during the quarter with the launch of several new products.
Industrial Business (in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 5/31/03 5/31/02 5/31/03 5/31/02 Net sales $280,139 $260,661 $529,301 $504,429 Operating income 29,895 26,520 53,091 48,806
For the second quarter of 2003, industrial sales increased 7% versus last year. Excluding the net impact of foreign exchange, industrial sales rose 5%. In local currency, industrial sales increased 1% in the Americas, 26% in Europe and 6% in the Asia/Pacific region. In the Americas, a strong increase in sales to the restaurant industry was partially offset by relatively flat sales to food processors in the second quarter. The outstanding increase in Europe was driven by sales from the Uniqsauces acquisition.
In the second quarter of 2003, industrial business operating income increased 13% following a year ago increase of 11% in the second quarter of 2002. This year's increase benefited from higher sales as well as a shift in sales to more higher-margin, value-added product lines.
Packaging Business (in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 5/31/03 5/31/02 5/31/03 5/31/02 Net sales $44,187 $45,835 $86,481 $82,980 Operating income 4,772 5,218 8,503 8,421
Sales for the packaging business decreased 4% from the second quarter of 2002. Demand for tubes continued to strengthen during the quarter while demand for bottles declined. Lower sales and a less profitable product mix reduced operating income (including intersegment business) 9% for the second quarter of 2003.
The Company announced on June 26, 2003 that it had reached an agreement to sell its packaging business.
Robert J. Lawless, Chairman, President & CEO, commented, "Sales and profit for the first half of our fiscal year are a record for McCormick and in line with our plan for 2003. Despite a tough comparison to a strong performance in 2002, we have increased sales in local currency by 3% year-to-date. Foreign exchange has benefited McCormick and added another 4% of sales increase. With these higher sales and a .6 percentage point increase in gross profit margin, earnings per share rose 13% to $0.53 through the first six months of 2003. During this period, the positive impact from our settlement of the Ducros purchase price adjustment offset a reduction in income from the Company's joint venture in Mexico.
"We recently announced two actions that support McCormick's mission `to profitably expand its worldwide leadership position in the spice, seasoning and flavoring markets.' First was the acquisition of Zatarain's, completed on June 4th. With sales of approximately $100 million, the Zatarain's brand adds the fun and flavor of New Orleans to our lineup of great consumer products. Second was our announcement yesterday of an agreement to sell the packaging business. This business has been part of the Company for many years, and we value its management and employees who have made significant contributions to the success of McCormick. However, the packaging business is not strategic to McCormick. We firmly believe that this action will build value for McCormick's shareholders and provide a long-term benefit to the employees and customers of the packaging business."
With the earlier announcement of the acquisition of Zatarain's and the Ducros purchase price adjustment, the Company increased its financial objectives for fiscal year 2003, to grow sales 6-9% and increase earnings per share 10-12%. The Company expects to complete the sale of the packaging business in the third quarter, at which time this business will be reported as a discontinued operation. As a result, 2002 sales from continuing operations will be $2.15 billion, and earnings per share from continuing operations will be $1.19. For 2003, the Company expects continuing operations, excluding the packaging business and including Zatarain's, to achieve sales growth of 8-10% and an earnings per share increase at the upper end of its 10-12% range. Cash flow after net capital expenditures and dividends remains on track to exceed $100 million in 2003. This cash will be used to finance further acquisitions and share repurchase. For 2004, as a result of these transactions, sales are likely to be at the higher end of the Company's long-term 3-7% growth range and gross profit and operating income margins will increase.
Stated Mr. Lawless, "McCormick's potential for growth is gaining attention. Early in the quarter, Standard & Poor's added McCormick to the S&P 500. During the quarter, investor interest strengthened, and the stock price responded with an increase of 16%. And earlier this week, the Board recognized the Company's sustainable prospects for growth when it approved an increase in the quarterly dividend.
"Today, we are truly focused on flavor. Our strategies for growth are effectively driving sales, profit and strong cash flow. I am confident that we will meet our objectives for 2003 and continue to build shareholder value."
As previously announced, McCormick will hold a conference call with the analysts today at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The conference call will be webcast live via the McCormick corporate web site http://www.mccormick.com. Click on "Company Information" then "Investor Information," and follow directions to listen to the call. At this same location, a replay of the call will be available for one week following the live call. Past press releases and additional information can be found at the Company's website.
Certain information contained in this release, including expected trends in net sales and earnings performance, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward- looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that could be materially affected by external factors such as: actions of competitors, customer relationships, market acceptance of new products, actual amounts and timing of special charge items, removal and disposal costs, final negotiations of third-party contracts, the impact of the stock market conditions on its share repurchase program, fluctuations in the cost and availability of supply-chain resources and global economic conditions, including currency rate fluctuations. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly, any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is the global leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, seasonings and flavors to the entire food industry - to foodservice and food processing businesses as well as to retail outlets. In addition, the packaging group manufactures and markets specialty plastic bottles and tubes for personal care and other industries.
Second Quarter Report McCormick & Company, Incorporated Consolidated Income Statement (Unaudited) (In thousands except per-share data) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 05/31/2003 05/31/2002 05/31/2003 05/31/2002 Net sales $596,125 $552,620 $1,151,272 $1,071,526 Cost of goods sold 382,750 359,925 738,057 693,580 Gross profit 213,375 192,695 413,215 377,946 Gross profit margin 35.8% 34.9% 35.9% 35.3% Selling, general & administrative expense 152,152 135,495 293,032 268,136 Special charges 1,242 1,659 1,320 2,026 Operating income 59,981 55,541 118,863 107,784 Interest expense 10,677 11,118 21,194 22,181 Other (income)/expense, net (5,972) 397 (6,613) (650) Income from consolidated operations before income taxes 55,276 44,026 104,282 86,253 Income taxes 16,845 13,794 32,185 27,040 Net income from consolidated operations 38,431 30,232 72,097 59,213 Income from unconsolidated operations 2,479 4,141 5,327 9,819 Minority interest (951) (760) (2,326) (1,578) Net income $39,959 $33,613 $75,098 $67,454 Earnings per common share - basic $0.29 $0.24 $0.54 $0.48 Earnings per common share - assuming dilution $0.28 $0.24 $0.53 $0.47 Average shares outstanding - basic 139,202 139,668 139,575 139,163 Average shares outstanding - assuming dilution 142,410 142,984 142,427 142,197 Second Quarter Report McCormick & Company, Incorporated Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) (In thousands) 05/31/2003 05/31/2002 Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $24,994 $40,158 Accounts receivable, net 325,710 277,433 Inventories 384,600 289,727 Other current assets 37,821 31,490 Total current assets 773,125 638,808 Property, plant and equipment, net 499,779 467,922 Goodwill and intangible assets, net 529,637 482,140 Prepaid allowances 102,405 130,273 Other assets 130,949 131,161 Total assets $2,035,895 $1,850,304 Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt $153,238 $271,773 Trade accounts payable 201,874 165,539 Other accrued liabilities 276,485 275,123 Total current liabilities 631,597 712,435 Long-term debt 451,529 453,989 Other long-term liabilities 231,557 141,472 Total liabilities 1,314,683 1,307,896 Shareholders' equity Common stock 246,723 228,110 Retained earnings 470,279 375,851 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,210 (61,553) Total shareholders' equity 721,212 542,408 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,035,895 $1,850,304
Source: McCormick & Company, Incorporated