WhiteWave reported second quarter 2014 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.23, a 42 percent increase compared to second quarter 2013, excluding investments associated with its China joint venture. Including joint venture investments, WhiteWave reported second quarter 2014 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.22.
Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $838 million, a 36 percent increase from net sales of $616 million in the second quarter of 2013. This growth reflects the inclusion of Earthbound Farm and strong organic growth in both the North America and Europe segments. Excluding Earthbound Farm, net sales increased 11 percent due primarily to strong volume growth in both segments.
Adjusted operating income for the second quarter of 2014 increased 53 percent to $71 million, compared to $46 million in the second quarter of 2013.
“We continued to experience strong growth across our businesses in the second quarter, with several of our platforms reporting record revenue,” said Gregg Engles, chairman and chief executive officer. “The increasing cost leverage as a result of our growth, along with the benefits we are starting to realize from the investments in our supply chain, led to strong operating margin expansion in the quarter. We are pleased with our performance and believe our innovative, on-trend and market leading brands will continue to fuel our growth, leading us to again increase our EPS guidance for the full year.”
Certain financial measures in this release are presented on a non-GAAP, adjusted basis. North America segment financial results for the second quarter of 2014 are adjusted to exclude an immaterial gain from the reversal of certain restructuring costs recognized in the fourth quarter of 2013. All other adjustments relate to corporate and other items. See reconciliations at the end of this release for further details and for reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to GAAP.
WhiteWave’s North America segment consists of four platforms: Plant-based Foods and Beverages, Coffee Creamers and Beverages, Premium Dairy, and Organic Greens and Produce. In the second quarter of 2014, net sales for the North America segment were $710 million, an increase of 38 percent over the second quarter of 2013. Growth in the North America segment reflects the inclusion of Earthbound Farm’s results, and increased net sales across the other North America platforms. Excluding Earthbound Farm, net sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased 8 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted operating income for the North America segment increased 49 percent to $74 million for the second quarter, compared to the same period in 2013, driven by the addition of Earthbound Farm and by operating margin expansion of 110 basis points from the North America segment’s historical platforms.
In Organic Greens and Produce, Earthbound Farm’s second quarter 2014 net sales were $153 million. Sales were driven primarily by low-double-digit growth in organic packaged salads, which comprises the majority of Earthbound Farm’s business. Organic packaged salads’ share of the total packaged salad category grew by 2 percentage points to 24 percent in the second quarter. Earthbound Farm continues to hold the leading share in the branded organic packaged salad category.
Management expects net sales growth of approximately 30 percent in the third quarter of 2014, which reflects typical seasonality in Earthbound Farm’s business. Excluding Earthbound Farm, management expects net sales on an organic basis to increase 8 to 9 percent over the balance of 2014. Management continues to expect net sales growth in the low-thirties percent range for full year 2014, consistent with previous guidance.
Management now expects an adjusted total operating income percentage growth rate in the low to mid-forties for both the third quarter and full year 2014, driven by continued strong volume growth, cost leverage and further progress on cost improvement and margin expansion initiatives.
Management is forecasting interest expense in the third quarter 2014 to be approximately $8 to $9 million and continues to expect interest expense for the full year to be approximately $30 to $32 million. WhiteWave estimates an annual tax rate of approximately 35 percent for 2014, with potential for variability in quarterly rates.
Management now expects to deliver adjusted diluted earnings per share between $0.98 and $1.00 for full year 2014, an increase from its previously forecasted range of $0.95 to $0.98, excluding investments in its joint venture in China. Management still anticipates the joint venture in China will result in a reduction of approximately $0.05 per diluted earnings per share in 2014, as operating investments in the joint venture are expected to increase somewhat in the second half of the year. For the third quarter, management expects adjusted diluted earnings per share to range between $0.25 to $0.26, excluding a reduction of approximately $0.02 diluted earnings per share from estimated China joint venture investments. The China joint venture is in the process of being commercialized and there are numerous factors that may impact the amount of WhiteWave’s estimated investment on a quarterly basis, as well as for the full year.
WhiteWave continues to project capital expenditures will be approximately $275 million for the full year 2014. Timing of capital projects may vary and impact the amount of investments actually made in 2014.
“Our second quarter 2014 results reflected strong operating performance all around,” said Kelly Haecker, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We delivered another quarter of robust topline growth, driven by strong organic growth in North America and Europe, as well as the addition of Earthbound Farm. We are pleased with Earthbound Farm’s solid results, and we now expect this acquisition to deliver at least $0.09 of accretion in 2014. In the quarter, we delivered strong margin expansion across our segments driven primarily by the continued cost leverage from our growth, coupled with the benefits from our past capital investments that are beginning to yield results, as well as some benefits from past pricing actions. We remain focused on increasing our sales and improving our cost structure and look forward to continuing to build on our strong momentum over the balance of the year.”
A live webcast to discuss WhiteWave’s financial results and outlook will be held at 10 am Eastern time today, August 7, 2014 and may be heard by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of the WhiteWave website at whitewave.com/investors. A slide presentation and schedule reconciling GAAP to non-GAAP financial information will be available on our website and will accompany the webcast. The webcast replay of the call will be available for approximately 45 days on the Investor Relations section of the WhiteWave website.
In addition to the results prepared in accordance with GAAP, we have presented certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted financial information for the periods presented, such as operating income, EBITDA, net income and diluted earnings per share. We present these non-GAAP measures in order to facilitate meaningful evaluation of our operating performance between periods. These adjustments include certain corporate costs associated with equity awards granted to certain of our executive officers, employees and directors in conjunction with our Company’s initial public offering in October 2012 (the “IPO Grants”), non-recurring transaction costs related to acquisitions and other investments, non-recurring transition costs related to our separation from Dean Foods Company, the elimination of a gain recognized from the reversal of restructuring costs, and the elimination of non-cash income or expense related to mark-to-market adjustments on interest rate hedges. These adjustments are intended to provide greater transparency of underlying profit trends and to allow investors to evaluate our business on the same basis as our management, which uses these non-GAAP measures in making financial and operating decisions and evaluating the Company’s performance. These adjustments are not necessarily indicative of what our actual financial performance would have been during the periods presented and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further details regarding these adjustments are included in the tables below and may be found in a reconciliation schedule posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.
*The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O’Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.
Some of the statements in this press release are “forward-looking” and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These “forward-looking” statements include statements under the heading “Forward Outlook” and statements relating to, among other things, projections of net sales growth, operating income, net income and earnings per share, on an adjusted and GAAP basis, our innovation plans, the success of our cost improvement and margin expansion initiatives, anticipated profit growth and margin expansion, the expected financial impact of our acquisition of Earthbound Farm, the expected impact and timing of additional investments in our joint venture in China and commencement of operations, and other statements that begin with words such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend” or “anticipate.” These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press release. Financial projections are based on a number of assumptions, and actual results could be materially different than projected if those assumptions are erroneous. The Company’s ability to meet targeted financial and operating results depend on a variety of economic, competitive, and governmental factors, including raw material availability and costs, the demand for the Company’s products, and the Company’s ability to access capital under its credit facilities or otherwise, many of which are beyond the Company’s control and which are described in the Company’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2014 and in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The Company’s ability to profit from its branding initiatives depends on a number of factors, including consumer acceptance of the Company’s products. Our growth plans depend, in part, on our ability to innovate successfully and on a cost-effective basis. Our financial outlook for the third quarter and full year 2014 may be impacted by our ability or inability to effectively integrate and operate our Earthbound Farm business acquired on January 2, 2014, and the amount of our future additional investments in our joint venture in China and timeline for the joint venture to commence operations. The Company’s expected operating income growth will depend in part on its ability to cost effectively expand capacity. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
Net cash provided by operating activities
The adjusted results differ from WhiteWave’s results under GAAP due to the following:
(a) The adjustment reflects:
i. Elimination of stock compensation expense for the IPO grants.
ii. Elimination of non-recurring transaction costs related to acquisitions and other investments.
iii. Elimination of non-recurring transition costs related to the separation from Dean Foods Company.
iv. Elimination of non-recurring transaction costs related to the July 2013 registered public offering by Dean Foods Company of WhiteWave shares.
(b) The adjustment reflects elimination of a gain recognized from the reversal of restructuring costs incurred in the fourth quarter of 2013 in connection with the sale of the dairy farm in Idaho.
(c) The adjustment reflects elimination of the (income) expense related to the mark-to-market adjustment on interest rate hedges.
(d) Income tax in the adjustments columns represent the adjustment to income tax expense required to arrive at an adjusted effective tax rate on adjusted net income.
(e) The adjustment reflects the elimination of administrative costs incurred to manage the China Joint Venture investment, net of tax.
(f) The adjustment reflects the elimination of the net loss incurred on the investment in the China Joint Venture.
(g) The adjustment reflects non-cash related stock-based compensation expense, excluding amounts already included in IPO grants.
(h) On May23, 2013, Dean Foods distributed to its stockholders an aggregate of 47,686,000 shares of our ClassA common stock and 67,914,000 shares of our Class B common stock as a pro rata dividend on shares of Dean Foods common stock outstanding. For 2013 quarter-to-date, the number of shares used to compute basic earnings per share is 173,005,352, which is comprised of 58,185,066 shares of ClassA common stock and 114,820,286 shares of Class B common stock on a weighted average basis. For 2013 year-to-date, the number of shares used to compute basic earnings per share is 173,002,691, which is comprised of 40,689,730 shares of ClassA common stock and 132,312,961 shares of Class B common stock on a weighted average basis. The number of shares used to compute diluted earnings per share includes the dilutive impact of stock options and RSUs. The number of shares used to compute diluted earnings per share includes the dilutive impact of stock options and RSUs. In May 2014, the Company’s sole outstanding class of capital stock was reclassified as common stock.
For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2014, the number of shares used to compute basic earnings per share is 173,966,917 and 173,796,646 respectively, which is comprised entirely of common stock on a weighted average basis. The number of shares used to compute diluted earnings per share includes the dilutive impact of stock options and RSUs.