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Sales and Earnings Reported by J & J Snack Foods

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF) today announced sales and earnings for its fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2017.

Sales for the fourth quarter (14 weeks) increased 21% to $316.7 million from $262.2 million in last year's fourth quarter (13 weeks).  For the year ended September 30, 2017 (53 weeks), sales increased 9% to $1.084 billion from $992.8 million last year (52 weeks).  Excluding sales from the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 12% for the fourth quarter and 7% for the year.    Net earnings increased 18% to $24.3 million ($1.29 per diluted share) in this year's fourth quarter compared to $20.6 million ($1.10 per diluted share) last year and for the year earnings increased 4% to $79.2 million ($4.21 per diluted share) from $76.0 million ($4.05 per diluted share).

Operating income increased 20% to $36.9 million this year from $30.7 million in the year ago fourth quarter.  For the year, operating income increased 5% to $118.1 million from $112.8 million last year.

Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Improved results in our fourth quarter were aided by strong performances in our food service group with particular strong sales of soft pretzels, churros, handhelds and certain bakery products. In addition we are benefitting and expect to benefit from several small but key acquisitions in soft pretzels (Labriola Baking) and a southeastern ICEE business and a recent licensing agreement of AUNTIE ANNE'S* soft pretzels in the grocery and fund raising channels.  These acquisitions are being integrated and we expect further growth for fiscal year 2018."

J&J Snack Foods Corp. is a leader and innovator in the snack food industry, providing nutritional and affordable branded niche snack foods and beverages to foodservice and retail supermarket outlets.  Manufactured and distributed nationwide, our principal products include SUPERPRETZEL, BAVARIAN BAKERY and other soft pretzels, ICEE and SLUSH PUPPIE frozen beverages, LUIGI'S, MINUTE MAID** frozen juice bars and ices, WHOLE FRUIT sorbet and frozen fruit bars, MARY B'S biscuits and dumplings, DADDY RAY'S fig and fruit bars, TIO PEPE'S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO*** Churros, PATIO Burritos and other handheld sandwiches, THE FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY funnel cakes, and several bakery brands within COUNTRY HOME BAKERS and HILL & VALLEY. For more information, please visit http://www.jjsnack.com.

*AUNTIE ANNE'S is a registered trademark of Auntie Anne's LLC
**MINUTE MAID is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.
***OREO and the OREO wafer design are registered trademarks of Mondelez International group, used under license.

     
J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES     
  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS    
  (in thousands, except per share information)    
               
    Quarter Ended     Fiscal Year Ended 
               
  September 30,   September 24,   September 30,   September 24,
  2017
  2016
  2017
  2016
  (14 weeks)   (13 weeks)   (53 weeks)   (52 weeks)
               
Net Sales $ 316,726     $ 262,240     $ 1,084,224     $ 992,781  
Cost of goods sold   219,179       182,443       753,201       688,314  
Gross Profit   97,547       79,797       331,023       304,467  
               
Operating expenses              
Marketing   26,959       22,249       94,394       85,963  
Distribution   23,287       18,330       81,824       73,114  
Administrative   10,439       8,442       36,843       32,299  
Other (income) expense   (7 )     42       (145 )     281  
Total operating expenses   60,678       49,063       212,916       191,657  
               
Operating Income   36,869       30,734       118,107       112,810  
               
Other income (expenses)              
Investment income   1,465       1,014       5,289       4,132  
Interest expense & other   (545 )     (29 )     (1,196 )     (123 )
               
Earnings before              
income taxes   37,789       31,719       122,200       116,819  
               
Income taxes   13,446       11,101       43,026       40,844  
               
NET EARNINGS $ 24,343     $ 20,618     $ 79,174     $ 75,975  
               
Earnings per diluted share $ 1.29     $ 1.10     $ 4.21     $ 4.05  
               
Weighted average number of diluted shares   18,811       18,782       18,816       18,769  
               
Earnings per basic share $ 1.30     $ 1.11     $ 4.23     $ 4.07  
               
Weighted average number of basic shares   18,705       18,656       18,707       18,649  
               


       
J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
       
  September 30,   September 24,
  2017   2016
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 90,962     $ 140,652  
Marketable securities held to maturity   59,113       13,539  
Accounts receivable, net   124,553       98,325  
Inventories   103,268       88,684  
Prepaid expenses and other   3,936       13,904  
Total current assets   381,832       355,104  
       
Property, plant and equipment, at cost   653,889       605,045  
Less accumulated depreciation      
and amortization   426,308       420,832  
Property, plant and equipment, net   227,581       184,213  
       
Other assets      
Goodwill   102,511       86,442  
Other intangible assets, net   61,272       41,819  
Marketable securities held to maturity   60,908       90,732  
Marketable securities available for sale   30,260       29,465  
Other   2,864       2,712  
Total other assets   257,815       251,170  
Total Assets $ 867,228     $ 790,487  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current Liabilities      
Current obligations under capital leases $ 340     $ 365  
Accounts payable   72,729       62,026  
Accrued insurance liability   10,558       10,119  
Accrued liabilities   7,753       6,161  
Accrued compensation expense   19,826       16,340  
Dividends payable   7,838       7,280  
Total current liabilities   119,044       102,291  
       
Long-term obligations under capital leases   904       1,235  
Deferred income taxes   62,705       48,186  
Other long-term liabilities   2,253       801  
       
Stockholders' Equity      
Preferred stock, $1 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; none issued   -       -  
Common stock, no par value; authorized, 50,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 18,663,000 and 18,668,000 respectively   17,382       25,332  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (8,875 )     (13,415 )
Retained Earnings   673,815       626,057  
Total stockholders' equity   682,322       637,974  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 867,228     $ 790,487  
       


           
J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
           
    Fiscal Year Ended
           
  September 30,   September 24,   September 26,
  2017   2016   2015
  (53 weeks)   (52 weeks)   (52 weeks)
           
Operating activities:          
Net earnings $ 79,174     $ 75,975     $ 70,183  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by          
operating activities:          
Depreciation of fixed assets   38,211       34,536       32,356  
Amortization of intangibles and deferred costs   4,234       5,587       5,915  
Gains from disposals of property & equipment   (346 )     (398 )     (334 )
Amortization of bond premiums   1,189       1,011       103  
Share-based compensation   3,048       2,375       2,166  
Deferred income taxes   7,847       7,700       (121 )
(Gain) loss on sale of marketable securities   (14 )     661       4,319  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from purchase          
of companies:          
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable, net   (20,370 )     3,571       (3,123 )
Increase in inventories   (7,410 )     (6,295 )     (4,959 )
Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other   10,265       (7,386 )     (2,871 )
Increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities   9,521       3,888       287  
Net cash provided by operating activities   125,349       121,225       103,921  
Investing activities:          
Payments for purchases of companies, net of cash acquired   (47,698 )     -       (615 )
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (72,180 )     (48,709 )     (48,641 )
Purchases of marketable securities   (39,923 )     (41,786 )     (90,240 )
Proceeds from redemption and sales of marketable securities   22,997       13,224       110,117  
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment   1,935       2,294       1,786  
Other   (450 )     375       (898 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (135,319 )     (74,602 )     (28,491 )
Financing activities:          
Payments to repurchase common stock   (18,229 )     (15,265 )     (8,011 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   7,231       6,570       4,663  
Payments on capitalized lease obligations   (356 )     (355 )     (243 )
Payment of cash dividend   (30,859 )     (28,523 )     (26,154 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (42,213 )     (37,573 )     (29,745 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents   2,493       (2,087 )     (3,756 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (49,690 )     6,963       41,929  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   140,652       133,689       91,760  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 90,962     $ 140,652     $ 133,689  
           


             
J & J SNACK FOODS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
             
             
    September 30,   September 24,   September 26,
      2017     2016   2015
    (53 weeks)   (52 weeks)   (52 weeks)
             
Sales to External Customers:            
Food Service            
Soft pretzels   $ 180,138     $ 170,155     $ 168,970  
Frozen juices and ices     49,469       51,798       54,454  
Churros     62,809       57,318       56,602  
Handhelds     36,913       27,427       21,817  
Bakery     351,357       294,518       301,135  
Other     21,108       20,313       13,657  
Total Food Service   $ 701,794     $ 621,529     $ 616,635  
             
Retail Supermarket            
Soft pretzels   $ 35,081     $ 33,279     $ 35,727  
Frozen juices and ices     71,325       68,924       72,174  
Handhelds     14,892       15,347       18,957  
Coupon redemption     (4,898 )     (4,430 )     (4,725 )
Other     2,847       4,469       1,244  
Total Retail Supermarket   $ 119,247     $ 117,589     $ 123,377  
             
Frozen Beverages            
Beverages   $ 160,243     $ 150,118     $ 142,705  
Repair and maintenance service     74,594       71,123       65,765  
Machines sales     27,073       31,155       26,413  
Other     1,273       1,267       1,361  
Total Frozen Beverages   $ 263,183     $ 253,663     $ 236,244  
             
Consolidated Sales   $ 1,084,224     $ 992,781     $ 976,256  
             
Depreciation and Amortization:            
Food Service   $ 24,629     $ 22,912     $ 21,289  
Retail Supermarket     949       1,031       1,132  
Frozen Beverages     16,867       16,180       15,850  
Total Depreciation and Amortization $ 42,445     $ 40,123     $ 38,271  
             
Operating Income:            
Food Service   $ 81,208     $ 76,539     $ 75,286  
Retail Supermarket     10,627       9,618       11,020  
Frozen Beverages     26,272       26,653       24,582  
Total Operating Income   $ 118,107     $ 112,810     $ 110,888  
             
Capital Expenditures:            
Food Service   $ 44,067     $ 24,759     $ 28,228  
Retail Supermarket     239       369       112  
Frozen Beverages     27,874       23,581       20,301  
Total Capital Expenditures   $ 72,180     $ 48,709     $ 48,641  
             
Assets:            
Food Service   $ 635,709     $ 589,854     $ 543,851  
Retail Supermarket     21,129       22,090       24,209  
Frozen Beverages     210,390       178,543       171,609  
Total Assets   $ 867,228     $ 790,487     $ 739,669  
             


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS:

Fiscal 2017 (53 weeks) Compared to Fiscal Year 2016 (52 weeks)

Net sales increased $91,443,000, or 9%, to $1,084,224,000 in fiscal 2017 from $992,781,000 in fiscal 2016. Excluding sales from the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 7% from 2016 to 2017.

Excluding sales from Hill & Valley, Inc., acquired in January 2017, an ICEE distributor located in the Southeast acquired in June 2017 and Labriola Bakery which was acquired in August 2017 and the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 3% for the year.

We have three reportable segments, as disclosed in the accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements: Food Service, Retail Supermarkets and Frozen Beverages.

The Chief Operating Decision Maker for Food Service and Retail Supermarkets and the Chief Operating Decision Maker for Frozen Beverages monthly review detailed operating income statements and sales reports in order to assess performance and allocate resources to each individual segment. Sales is considered to be the one and only key variable monitored by the Chief Operating Decision Makers and management when determining each segment's and the company's financial condition and operating performance.  In addition, the Chief Operating Decision Makers review and evaluate depreciation, capital spending and assets of each segment on a quarterly basis to monitor cash flow and asset needs of each segment.

FOOD SERVICE

Sales to food service customers increased $80,265,000 or 13%, to $701,794,000 in fiscal 2017. Excluding sales from the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 10% from 2016 to 2017. Excluding Hill & Valley and Labriola sales and the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 5% for the year. Soft pretzel sales to the food service market increased 6% to $180,138,000 for the year with strong sales to restaurant chains and with sales increases and decreases throughout our customer base. Our new line of BRAUHAUS pretzels contributed to the increased sales.  Excluding Labriola sales, soft pretzel sales increased 5%. Frozen juice bar and ices sales decreased $2,329,000, or 4%, to $49,469,000 for the year due primarily to lower sales to warehouse club stores.  Churro sales to food service customers were up 10% to $62,809,000 for the year with increased sales to restaurant chains and warehouse club stores.  Sales of bakery products increased $56,839,000, or 19%, for the year. Excluding Hill & Valley sales, bakery sales increased 7% for the year.  Although sales increases and decreases were spread across our customer base, increased sales to two customers accounted for the entire sales increase, exclusive of Hill & Valley.   Handheld sales to food service customers were up 35% to $36,913,000 in 2017 with sales increases to four customers accounting for about 75% of the increase.  Sales of funnel cake increased $780,000, or 4% to $19,959,000 due primarily to increased sales to school food service and despite a sharp decline in sales to one restaurant chain.  Overall food service sales to restaurant chains and school food service were strong for the year. Sales of new products in the first twelve months since their introduction were approximately $43 million for the year.  Volume increases, including new product sales and sales from acquired companies, accounted for virtually all of the food service sales increases.  Price increases had a marginal impact on sales for the year.  Operating income in our Food Service segment increased from $76,539,000 in 2016 to $81,208,000 in 2017 with primarily all of the increase coming in our fourth quarter because of strong sales of all product categories compared to last year's fourth quarter and about $551,000 of operating income from Hill & Valley.  Additionally, last year's fourth quarter was impacted by roughly $1.5 million of costs related to certain bakery products that were withdrawn from the market due to quality issues.  Operating income for the 2017 year benefitted from a $1.8 million gain on insurance recovery recorded in our third quarter related to last year's product quality issues. 

RETAIL SUPERMARKETS

Sales of products to retail supermarkets increased $1,658,000 or 1% to $119,247,000 in fiscal year 2017. Excluding sales from the extra week in 2017, sales decreased approximately 1/2 of 1 % from 2016 to 2017. Soft pretzel sales to retail supermarkets were $35,081,000 compared to $33,279,000 in 2016, an increase of 5%.  About 3/4 of the pretzel sales increase was from sales of AUNTIE ANNE'S products, under a license agreement entered into this year.  Sales of frozen juices and ices increased $2,401,000 or 3% to $71,325,000 primarily because of a reduction in trade spending which was higher than usual last year to introduce WHOLE FRUIT Organic juice tubes and new PHILLY SWIRL products and increased sales of the WHOLE FRUIT product line in general.  Coupon redemption costs, a reduction of sales, increased 11% to $4,898,000 for the year.  Handheld sales to retail supermarket customers decreased 3% to $14,892,000 for the year as sales of this product line in retail supermarkets continues its long-term decline. Sales of OREO churros, introduced last year, were approximately $2.5 million for the year compared to $4.0 million last year, with all of the decline in the fourth quarter.    

Sales of new products in the first twelve months since their introduction were approximately $2.8 million in fiscal year 2017.  Price increases were negligible in 2017. Operating income in our Retail Supermarkets segment increased from $9,618,000 to $10,627,000 for the year primarily because of approximately $2.5 million of higher trade spending in 2016 for the introduction of WHOLE FRUIT Organic juice tubes, OREO churros, PILLSBURY mini dessert pies and several PHILLY SWIRL products.

FROZEN BEVERAGES

Frozen beverage and related product sales increased 4% to $263,183,000 in fiscal 2017. Excluding sales from the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 2% from 2016 to 2017. Excluding the acquired ICEE distributor and the extra week in 2017, sales increased approximately 1% for the year. Beverage sales alone increased 7% or $10,125,000 for the year with increases and decreases throughout our customer base.  Gallon sales were up 6% in our base ICEE business, with sales increases spread throughout our customer base.  Service revenue increased 5% to $74,594,000 for the year with sales increases and decreases spread throughout our customer base.  Sales of beverage machines, which tend to fluctuate from year to year while following no specific trend, decreased from $31,155,000 in 2016 to $27,073,000 in 2017.  Operating income in our Frozen Beverage segment decreased from $26,653,000 in 2016 to $26,272,000 in 2017 due primarily to lower machine sales and higher payroll and payroll related costs.

CONSOLIDATED

Other than as commented upon above by segment, there are no material specific reasons for the reported sales increases or decreases.  Sales levels can be impacted by the appeal of our products to our customers and consumers and their changing tastes, competitive and pricing pressures, sales execution, marketing programs, seasonal weather, customer stability and general economic conditions.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 30.53% in 2017 from 30.67% in 2016. Without the lower gross profit percentage of the Hill & Valley business, gross profit percentage would have been 30.82% in 2017.  Gross profit percentage compared to the previous year benefitted from higher volumes throughout our business  and lower trade spending in our retail supermarket business but was negatively impacted by higher payroll and payroll related costs throughout our business.  Additionally this year's gross margin percentage benefitted from the $1.8 million gain on insurance recovery in contrast to the additional $1.5 million of related costs in last year.

Total operating expenses increased $21,259,000 to $212,916,000 in fiscal 2017 and as a percentage of sales increased to 19.64% of sales from 19.31% in 2016.  Marketing expenses were 8.71% and 8.66 of sales in 2017 and 2016, respectively.  Distribution expenses as a percent of sales increased to 7.55% from 7.36% in 2017 due in part to higher shipping costs.  Administrative expenses were 3.40% and 3.25% of sales in 2017 and 2016, respectively as we incur costs to upgrade our information systems.    

Operating income increased $5,297,000 or 5% to $118,107,000 in fiscal year 2017 as a result of the aforementioned items. 

Our investments generated before tax income of $5.3 million this year, up from $4.1 million last year. Last year's income was reduced by realized losses of $661,000 on sales of investments.  

Other expenses this year include $1,070,000 of expenses incurred to acquire Hill & Valley, the ICEE distributor and Labriola Bakery.   

The effective income tax rate increased to 35.2% from 35.0% last year.  We expect the effective income tax rate for 2018 to be approximately 36%.    
          
Net earnings increased $3,199,000 or 4%, in the 53 weeks fiscal 2017 to $79,174,000, or $4.21 per diluted share, from $75,975,000, or $4.05 per diluted share, in the 52 weeks fiscal 2016 as a result of the aforementioned items.

There are many factors which can impact our net earnings from year to year and in the long run, among which are the supply and cost of raw materials and labor, insurance costs, factors impacting sales as noted above, the continuing consolidation of our customers, our ability to manage our manufacturing, marketing and distribution activities, our ability to make and integrate acquisitions and changes in tax laws and interest rates.

Contact
Dennis G. Moore
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
(856) 532-6603

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