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· Shakeup at US Foods
Leading foodservice company taps Andrew Iacobucci as interim CEO upon departure of Pietro Satriano
· Media Release: US Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 Earnings
Gross profit increased 19.1%
Shakeup at US Foods
Leading foodservice company taps Andrew Iacobucci as interim CEO upon departure of Pietro Satriano
Lynn Petrak, Progressive Grocer
The current CEO of US Foods is exiting the foodservice company and a search is on for a replacement. US Foods Holding Corp. reported that Pietro Satriano is leaving the CEO position he has held since 2011 and Andrew Iacobucci has been appointed interim CEO.
“It has been an honor to have led such a remarkable team committed to making US Foods one of America’s great food companies, and I am proud of all that we have achieved together,” Satriano said in a statement.
In his most recent role as chief commercial officer, Iacobucci led the company’s merchandising, pricing and local sales functions to drive market share and optimize gross margins. He previously served as chief merchandising officer, joining the company in 2017 after working for Ahold USA as EVP of merchandising.
“US Foods is off to a great start in 2022 and our recent financial performance highlights the strong early progress we are making against the initiatives that support our long-range plan,” Iacobucci remarked.
Also part of the reshuffling is the ascension of Robert M. Dutkowsky to executive chair of the organization, from his most recent role as non-executive chairman of the board. Among other positions over the years, Dutkowsky served as executive chairman and CEO at Tech Data Company and was president, CEO and chair at software company Egenera, Inc. In addition, US Foods welcomes new independent directors James J. Barber, Jr., Scott D. Ferguson and David A. Toy, who are now part of the 13-person board of directors...
US Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 Earnings
Source: US Foods Holding Corp.
via Business Wire - May 12, 2022
ROSEMONT, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced results for the first quarter fiscal year 2022.
First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights
Total case volume increased 4.1% versus the same period in fiscal year 2021; independent restaurant case volume increased 9.2% versus the same period in fiscal year 2021
Net sales increased 23.9% to $7.8 billion
Gross profit increased 19.1% to $1.2 billion
Net loss available to common shareholders improved to $16 million
Adjusted EBITDA increased 40.1% to $241 million
Diluted EPS loss was $0.07; Adjusted Diluted EPS1 was $0.36
“Our results this quarter are a promising affirmation of our progress in implementing our long-range plan to profitably grow market share, further optimize gross margins and improve operational efficiencies,” said Executive Chairman Bob Dutkowsky. “The significant changes we made during the pandemic to bolster our team, enhance our operating model and evolve how we deliver for our customers are enhancing our ability to deliver stronger results and I look forward to working with the leadership team to drive value for our shareholders.”
Interim CEO Andrew Iacobucci added, “Despite continuing challenges impacting our industry, we delivered one of our strongest quarters since the pandemic began. Our entire team is focused on advancing both tested and new initiatives to further strengthen our business and I am confident we will continue to build on our momentum.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results
Total case volume increased 4.1% from the prior year driven by a 3% increase in total restaurant volume, a 64% increase in hospitality volume and a 1% increase in healthcare volume. Total restaurant volume growth was driven by a 9.2% increase in independent restaurant case volume and the successful onboarding of profitable chain business acquired over the last year. Net sales were $7.8 billion for the quarter, an increase of 23.9% from the prior year, driven by higher total case volume and food cost inflation of 17.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago.
Gross profit was $1.2 billion, an increase of 19.1% from the prior year. Key drivers included an increase in total case volume, optimized pricing and increased freight income from improved inbound logistics. Food cost inflation in multiple product categories also contributed to increased Gross profit. The increase in Gross profit was partially offset by an unfavorable year-over-year LIFO adjustment. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 15.3%. Adjusted Gross profit was $1.3 billion, a 23.7% increase from the prior year. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 16.2%. Adjusted Gross profit per case in the first quarter of 2022 continued at record levels due to the aforementioned factors.
Operating expenses of $1.2 billion increased $186 million, or 19.1% from the prior year. Operating expenses increased primarily due to greater volume and higher distribution costs, in part due to higher temporary labor costs and higher than normal wage inflation. These increases were partially offset by cost savings initiatives outlined in the long range plan including: (1) routing improvements that expanded from a pilot to enterprise-wide implementation, (2) continued deployment of new warehouse selection technology that is expected to be completed in the beginning of Q3, and (3) the rollout of new warehouse process enhancements tested in 2021. Operating expenses as a percent of Net sales were 14.9%. Adjusted Operating expenses for the quarter were $1.0 billion, an increase of $173 million or 20.1% from the prior year due to the aforementioned factors. Adjusted Operating expenses as a percent of Net sales were 13.2%.
Adjusted EBITDA was $241 million, an increase of $69 million or 40.1%, compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 3.1%, an increase of 40 basis points compared to the prior year and reflecting the operating leverage from Adjusted Gross profit increasing greater than Adjusted Operating expenses. Net loss available to common shareholders was $16 million, an improvement of $23 million compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS loss was $0.07; Adjusted Diluted EPS1 was $0.36.
Cash Flow and Debt
Cash flow provided by operating activities in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $158 million, a decrease of $18 million from the prior year. Cash capital expenditures for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 totaled $72 million, an increase of $26 million from the prior year period due to investments in information technology, new construction and expansion of distribution facilities and property and equipment for fleet replacement.
Net Debt at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $4.8 billion. The ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 4.3x at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to 4.6x at the end of fiscal 2021 and 7.5x at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Outlook for Fiscal Year 20222
The Company reaffirms the fiscal year 2022 guidance provided on February 17, 2022.
1 Due to the expected Net loss reported in Q1 FY22 and the Net loss reported in Q1 FY21, the company’s share count for its Adjusted Diluted EPS calculation for these quarters does not assume conversion of the outstanding Series A preferred stock, held by KKR, into 24.8 million shares of common stock.
2 The Company is not providing a reconciliation of certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted EPS, because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the financial impact of certain significant items, including restructuring costs and asset impairment charges, share-based compensation expenses, non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, losses on extinguishments of debt, business transformation costs, other gains and losses, business acquisition and integration related costs and diluted earnings per share. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the guidance periods. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
US Foods will host a live webcast to discuss first quarter fiscal 2022 results on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 9 a.m. CDT. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (844) 292-0976; the conference ID number is 8092455. The presentation slides reviewed during the webcast will be available shortly before the webcast begins. The webcast, slides, and a copy of this press release can be found in the Investor Relations section of our website at https://ir.usfoods.com.
About US Foods
With a promise to help its customers Make It, US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 69 broadline locations and more than 80 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 28,000 associates provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.
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For a detailed discussion of these risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those anticipated or expressed in any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2022, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 17, 2022. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed from time to time in current, quarterly and annual reports filed by the Company with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additionally, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment; new risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks nor identify all uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on information and estimates available to us at this time. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income (loss), Adjusted Diluted EPS, Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio are non-GAAP financial measures regarding our operational performance and liquidity. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with GAAP.
We use Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expenses as supplemental measures to GAAP measures to focus on period-over-period changes in our business and believe this information is helpful to investors. Adjusted Gross profit is Gross profit adjusted to remove the impact of the LIFO inventory reserve adjustments. Adjusted Operating expenses are Operating expenses adjusted to exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance.
We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because they exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. EBITDA is Net income (loss), plus Interest expense-net, Income tax provision (benefit), and Depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for (1) Restructuring costs and asset impairment charges; (2) Share-based compensation expense; (3) the non-cash impact of LIFO reserve adjustments; (4) loss on extinguishment of debt; (5) Business transformation costs; and (6) other gains, losses or costs as specified in the agreements governing our indebtedness.
We use Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio as supplemental measures to GAAP measures to review the liquidity of our operations. Net Debt is defined as total debt net of total Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash remaining on the balance sheet as of the end of the most recent fiscal quarter. Net Leverage Ratio represents Net Debt divided by Trailing Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA. We believe that Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio are useful financial metrics to assess our ability to pursue business opportunities and investments. Net Debt is not a measure of our liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Cash Flows Provided by Operations or Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities.
We believe that Adjusted Net income (loss) is a useful measure of operating performance for both management and investors because it excludes items that are not reflective of our core operating performance and provides an additional view of our operating performance including depreciation, interest expense, and Income taxes on a consistent basis from period to period. Adjusted Net income (loss) is Net income (loss) excluding such items as restructuring costs and asset impairment charges, Share-based compensation expense, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, loss on extinguishment of debt, Business transformation costs and other items, and adjusted for the tax effect of the exclusions and discrete tax items. We believe that Adjusted Net income (loss) may be used by investors, analysts, and other interested parties to facilitate period-over-period comparisons and provides additional clarity as to how factors and trends impact our operating performance.
We use Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, which is calculated by adjusting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, Diluted Earnings per Share, by excluding the same items excluded in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to the extent that each such item was included in the applicable GAAP financial measure. We believe the presentation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because the measurement excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. We also believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because these metrics may be used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of the operating performance of companies in our industry.
Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance as well as our performance relative to our competitors as they assist in highlighting trends, (b) to set internal sales targets and spending budgets, (c) to measure operational profitability and the accuracy of forecasting, (d) to assess financial discipline over operational expenditures, and (e) as an important factor in determining variable compensation for management and employees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used in connection with certain covenants and restricted activities under the agreements governing our indebtedness. We also believe these and similar non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.
We caution readers that our definitions of Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income (loss), Adjusted Diluted EPS, Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio may not be calculated in the same manner as similar measures used by other companies. Definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the schedules attached to this press release.
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