Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2018
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were
As a result of the Company’s adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the income tax expense on the statement of operations for the three months ended
Net income for the quarter reflects a one-time non-cash tax benefit of
“Our results for the first quarter reflect higher market prices for dark meat products sold from our big bird deboning plants compared with last year’s first quarter, offset by lower white meat prices,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of
According to Sanderson, overall market prices for poultry products were lower during the first quarter compared with the same period last year. Compared with the first fiscal quarter of 2017, the average prices of the Company’s retail tray pack products were approximately 2.1 percent higher, boneless breast meat prices were approximately 2.8 percent lower, bulk leg quarters increased by approximately 15.9 percent, and jumbo wing prices were lower by 9.0 percent. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased approximately one half cent per pound, or 1.9 percent, compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2017, and prices paid during the quarter for corn and soybean meal, the Company’s primary feed ingredients, increased 1.0 percent and decreased 3.5 percent, respectively, compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2017.
“Record corn and soybean crops harvested in
“Construction at our new
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions about future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the views, beliefs, projections and estimates expressed in such statements.These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to those discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2017, the Company’s subsequent reports on Form 10Q, and the following:
(1) Changes in the market price for the Company’s finished products and feed grains, both of which may fluctuate substantially and exhibit cyclical characteristics typically associated with commodity markets.
(2) Changes in economic and business conditions, monetary and fiscal policies or the amount of growth, stagnation or recession in the global or U.S. economies, any of which may affect the value of inventories, the collectability of accounts receivable or the financial integrity of customers, and the ability of the end user or consumer to afford protein.
(3) Changes in the political or economic climate, trade policies, laws and regulations or the domestic poultry industry of countries to which the Company or other companies in the poultry industry ship product, and other changes that might limit the Company’s or the industry’s access to foreign markets.
(4) Changes in laws, regulations, and other activities in government agencies and similar organizations applicable to the Company and the poultry industry and changes in laws, regulations and other activities in government agencies and similar organizations related to food safety.
(5) Various inventory risks due to changes in market conditions including, but not limited to, the risk that market values of live and processed poultry inventories might be lower than the cost of such inventories, requiring a downward adjustment to record the value of such inventories at the lower of cost or market value as required by generally accepted accounting principles.
(6) Changes in and effects of competition, which is significant in all markets in which the Company competes, and the effectiveness of marketing and advertising programs. The Company competes with regional and national firms, some of which have greater financial and marketing resources than the Company.
(7) Changes in accounting policies and practices adopted voluntarily by the Company or required to be adopted by accounting principles generally accepted in
(8) Disease outbreaks affecting the production, performance and/or marketability of the Company’s poultry products, or the contamination of its products.
(9) Changes in the availability and cost of labor and growers.
(10) The loss of any of the Company’s major customers.
(11) Inclement weather that could hurt Company flocks or otherwise adversely affect its operations, or changes in global weather patterns that could affect the supply and price of feed grains.
(12) Failure to respond to changing consumer preferences and negative or competitive media campaigns.
(13) Failure to successfully and efficiently start up and run a new plant or integrate any business the Company might acquire.
(14) Unfavorable results from currently pending litigation and proceedings, or litigation and proceedings that could arise in the future.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.Each such statement speaks only as of the day it was made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or to revise any forward-looking statements. The factors described above cannot be controlled by the Company.When used in this press release or in the related conference call, the words “believes,” “estimates,” “plans,” “expects,” “should,” “could,” “outlook,” and “anticipates” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements.Examples of forward-looking statements include statements of the Company’s belief about future earnings, grain prices, supply and demand factors, growth plans and other industry conditions.
SANDERSON FARMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost and expenses:|
|Cost of sales||702,101||606,391|
|Selling, general and administrative||52,575||46,070|
|Other income (expense):|
|Income before income taxes||17,170||35,650|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||(34,036||)||11,625|
|Earnings per share:|
|Dividends per share||$||0.32||$||0.24|
SANDERSON FARMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||388,896||$||419,285|
|Accounts receivable, net||134,045||138,868|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||43,497||38,620|
|Total current assets||819,519||849,538|
|Property, plant and equipment||1,700,092||1,657,084|
|Less accumulated depreciation||(804,382||)||(780,276||)|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accrued income taxes||6,649||6,649|
|Total current liabilities||175,550||198,721|
|Claims payable and other liabilities||10,481||9,762|
|Deferred income taxes||57,862||91,898|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Total stockholders’ equity||1,478,331||1,432,862|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||1,722,224||$||1,733,243|
(1) The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at October 31, 2017, was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Mike Cockrell, 601-649-4030
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer