UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013


UniFirst Corporation UNF today announced results for its fiscal 2013 first quarter, which ended November 24, 2012. First quarter revenues were $332.6 million, up 6.2% from $313.0 million in the year ago period. Net income for the quarter was $30.8 million ($1.54 per diluted share), up 19.2% compared to $25.8 million ($1.30 per diluted share) reported in the year ago period.

Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are very pleased with the results of our first fiscal quarter. Although employee levels at our existing customers remained unchanged during the quarter, we were able to deliver profitable growth by continuing to sell the value of our services to current and prospective customers.”

First quarter revenues in the Core Laundry Operations were $294.6 million, up 8.2% from those reported in the prior year's first quarter. Excluding the effect of a stronger Canadian dollar, revenues grew 8.0%. This segment's income from operations increased 27.3% year to year. The operating margin expanded to 15.1% from 12.8% a year earlier. Increased profitability resulted from improved operating leverage that came with our strong revenue growth. Expenses related to plant operations, depreciation and selling and administrative outlays were all lower as a percentage of revenue compared to the prior year. Lower energy costs also contributed to the improved operating margin. Merchandise amortization was flat as a percentage of revenues compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Revenues for the Specialty Garments segment, which consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, were $27.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, down 7.9% from $30.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. This segment had income from operations for the quarter of $4.7 million down from $6.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Net income comparisons benefited from exchange rate gains of $0.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to exchange rate losses of $0.6 million a year ago. The effective income tax rate for the first quarter was 39.0% compared to 38.3% in the same quarter in fiscal 2012.

UniFirst continues to maintain a solid balance sheet and financial position. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter totaled $152.7 million, up from $120.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012. Cash provided by operating activities for the quarter was $56.2 million, up 83.2% compared to $30.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The improved cash flows were primarily the result of higher earnings as well as lower cash outflows related to working capital. At the end of the quarter, total debt was $109.0 million or 10.5% of total capital.


Mr. Croatti continued, “Based on the strength of our first quarter and our current outlook for the remainder of the year, we are increasing our full year guidance. We are currently projecting our fiscal 2013 revenues to be between $1.335 billion and $1.348 billion and diluted earnings per share to be between $5.10 and $5.25. Our guidance assumes no deterioration of the U.S. economy and also includes one extra week of operations compared to fiscal 2012 due to the timing of our fiscal calendar.”

Conference Call Information

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.

About UniFirst Corporation

UniFirst Corporation is one of the largest providers of workplace uniforms, protective clothing, and facility services products in North America. The Company employs approximately 11,000 Team Partners who serve more than 240,000 customer locations in 45 U.S. states, Canada, and Europe from over 200 customer service, distribution, and manufacturing facilities. 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.

Forward Looking Statements

This public announcement may contain forward looking statements that reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. 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 are highly dependent upon a variety of 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 regarding the Company's ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, uncertainties regarding any existing or newly-discovered expenses and liabilities related to environmental compliance and remediation, the Company's ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in its margin rates, seasonal 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, any loss of key management or other personnel, 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, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the impact of adverse economic conditions and the current tight credit markets on our customers and such customers' workforce, the level and duration of workforce reductions by our customers, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, demand and prices for our products and services, rampant criminal activity and instability in Mexico where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate our new CRM computer system, additional professional and internal costs necessary for compliance with recent and proposed future changes in Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange and accounting rules, strikes and unemployment levels, the Company's efforts to evaluate and potentially reduce internal costs, 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 the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 25, 2012 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When used in this public announcement, the words “anticipate,” “optimistic,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company are included to identify such forward looking statements. The Company undertakes 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
Thirteen weeks ended
November 24,     November 26,
(In thousands, except per share data) 2012 (2) 2011 (2)
Revenues $ 332,569 $ 313,025
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues (1) 201,551 195,139
Selling and administrative expenses (1) 64,288 59,124
Depreciation and amortization 16,771   16,408  
Total operating expenses 282,610   270,671  
Income from operations 49,959   42,354  
Other (income) expense:
Interest expense 460 573
Interest income







Exchange rate (gain) loss











Income before income taxes 50,426 41,785
Provision for income taxes 19,666   15,983  
Net income $ 30,760   $ 25,802  
Income per share – Basic
Common Stock $ 1.62 $ 1.37
Class B Common Stock $ 1.30 $ 1.09
Income per share – Diluted
Common Stock $ 1.54 $ 1.30
Income allocated to – Basic
Common Stock $ 24,191 $ 20,258
Class B Common Stock $ 6,025 $ 5,068
Income allocated to – Diluted
Common Stock $ 30,244 $ 25,350
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Basic
Common Stock 14,925 14,838
Class B Common Stock 4,647 4,641
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Diluted
Common Stock 19,693 19,557

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

(2) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

November 24,
2012 (1)

August 25,

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 152,664 $ 120,123
Receivables, net 153,899 135,327
Inventories 75,309 75,420
Rental merchandise in service 136,219 138,284
Prepaid and deferred income taxes 12,721 12,785
Prepaid expenses 8,611 5,741
Total current assets 539,423 487,680
Property, plant and equipment:
Land, buildings and leasehold improvements 365,575 355,568
Machinery and equipment 437,614 425,274
Motor vehicles 141,978 141,370
945,167 922,212
Less - accumulated depreciation 522,094 510,008
423,073 412,204
Goodwill 288,158 288,137
Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net 48,006 50,531
Other assets 2,596 1,982
$ 1,301,256 $ 1,240,534
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Loans payable and current maturities of long-term debt $ 108,847 $ 6,831
Accounts payable 63,545 52,340
Accrued liabilities 80,125 78,174
Accrued income taxes 20,142 8,180
Total current liabilities 272,659 145,525
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 155 100,155
Accrued liabilities 44,091 43,420
Accrued and deferred income taxes 54,543 54,509
Total long-term liabilities 98,789 198,084
Shareholders' equity:
Common Stock 1,508 1,506
Class B Common Stock 488 488
Capital surplus 45,443 42,984
Retained earnings 874,723 844,676
Accumulated other comprehensive income 7,646 7,271
Total shareholders' equity 929,808 896,925
$ 1,301,256 $ 1,240,534

(1) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Detail of Operating Results
Thirteen weeks ended
November 24,     November 26, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2012 (1) 2011 (1) Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 294,560 $ 272,273 $ 22,287 8.2 %
Specialty Garments 27,884 30,268 (2,384 ) -7.9
First Aid 10,125   10,484   (359 ) -3.4
Consolidated total $ 332,569   $ 313,025   $ 19,544 6.2 %

Income from Operations

  Thirteen weeks ended      
November 24,     November 26, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2012 (1) 2011 (1) Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 44,528 $ 34,982 $ 9,546 27.3 %
Specialty Garments 4,704 6,566 (1,862 ) -28.3
First Aid 727   806   (79 ) -9.8
Consolidated total $ 49,959   $ 42,354   $ 7,605 18.0 %

(1) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Fifty-two weeks ended

(In thousands)


November 24,
2012 (1)


November 26,
2011 (1)

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 30,760 $ 25,802
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 14,305 13,727
Amortization of intangible assets 2,466 2,681
Amortization of deferred financing costs 59 59
Share-based compensation 1,705 1,668
Accretion on environmental contingencies 136 158
Accretion on asset retirement obligations 166 158
Deferred income taxes (18 ) 51
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Receivables (18,457 ) (16,100 )
Inventories 221 2,332
Rental merchandise in service 2,102 (7,505 )
Prepaid expenses (2,867 ) (3,137 )
Accounts payable 11,183 3,529
Accrued liabilities 2,373 623
Prepaid and accrued income taxes 12,033 6,608
Net cash provided by operating activities 56,167 30,654
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (25,103 ) (13,966 )
Other (318 ) (118 )
Net cash used in investing activities (25,421 ) (14,084 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from long-term obligations - 7,000
Payments on long-term obligations - (15,371 )
Proceeds from exercise of Common Stock options 757 248
Payment of cash dividends (713 ) (709 )
Other 1,954 -
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,998 (8,832 )
Effect of exchange rate changes (203 ) (2,427 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 32,541 5,311
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 120,123 48,812
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 152,664 $ 54,123

(1) Unaudited

UniFirst Corporation
Steven S. Sintros, 978-658-8888
Vice President & CFO

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