The Kraft Heinz Company Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

  • Integration of Kraft and Heinz on track with leadership and
    organizational structure in place
  • GAAP net sales increased 136% due to the merger of Kraft and Heinz;
    Pro Forma Organic Net Sales
    1 declined 2.0%
  • GAAP operating income declined 2.4%; Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA1
    grew 4.8% on a constant currency basis

PITTSBURGH & NORTHFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz” or the “Company”)
today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2015. During
the quarter, the company completed the merger of Kraft and Heinz.

“Our third quarter results reflect continued progress as we integrate
these two great companies while driving greater accountability,
discipline and efficiency,” said Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees. “As we
implement and expand methodologies such as Zero Based Budgeting,
Management by Objectives and revenue management, we expect to continue
creating the freedom to invest in our business and accelerating
long-term profitable sales growth.”

Q3 2015 Financial Summary

  For the Three Months Ended   Year-over-year Change

September 27,
2015

 

September 28,
2014

Actual   FX   Divestitures   Organic
(in millions, except per share data)
GAAP net sales $ 6,120 $ 2,594 135.9

 %

GAAP operating income 399 409 (2.4

)%

 

GAAP diluted EPS $ (0.27 ) $ (0.02 ) nm
 
Pro forma net sales $ 6,363 $ 6,993 (9.0

)%

6.7 pp 0.3 pp (2.0 )%
Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA 1,482 1,534 (3.4

)%

Adjusted Pro Forma EPS1 $ 0.44 $ 0.46 (4.3

)%

 

Pro forma net sales were $6.4 billion, down 9.0 percent from the
year-ago period, primarily driven by a negative 6.7 percentage point
impact from currency and a negative 0.3 percentage point impact from
divestitures. Pro Forma Organic Net Sales decreased 2.0 percent versus
the year-ago period. Net pricing increased 0.7 percentage points
reflecting pricing gains in all segments. These pricing gains were held
back by a negative impact of approximately 1.5 percentage points related
to lower overall key commodity costs in the United States and Canada.2
Volume/mix declined 2.7 percentage points due to lower shipments in
ready-to-drink beverages, foodservice, cheese and boxed dinners in the
United States and Canada, partially offset by strong growth in Rest of
World.

Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA declined 3.4 percent to $1.5 billion due to a
negative 8.2 percentage point impact from currency. Excluding currency,
gains from cost savings initiatives3 and favorable pricing
net of commodity costs were partially offset by unfavorable volume/mix.
Adjusted Pro Forma EPS declined 4.3 percent, primarily reflecting the
change in Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA as well as the impact of a higher
tax rate compared to prior year.

Q3 2015 Business Segment Highlights

United States

  For the Three Months Ended   Year-over-year Change

September 27,
2015

 

September 28,
2014

Actual   FX   Divestitures   Organic
(in millions)
Pro forma net sales $ 4,541 $ 4,716 (3.7

)%

(3.7 )%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA 1,061 1,046 1.4

 %

 

United States pro forma net sales were $4.5 billion, down 3.7 percent
versus the year-ago period. Net pricing increased 0.2 percentage points
driven by higher net pricing across most categories that was held back
by a negative impact of approximately 2.0 percentage points related to
lower overall key commodity costs. Volume/mix declined 3.9 percentage
points due to lower shipments in ready-to-drink beverages and boxed
dinners that reflected category trends and higher net pricing, as well
as lower foodservice shipments. These factors were partially offset by
favorable volume/mix from product innovation in Lunchables, P3,
coffee and cream cheese.

United States Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.4 percent to $1.1
billion driven by gains from cost savings initiatives and favorable
pricing net of commodity costs, primarily in cheese and meat, which were
partially offset by unfavorable volume/mix and higher marketing expense.

Canada

  For the Three Months Ended   Year-over-year Change

September 27,
2015

 

September 28,
2014

Actual   FX   Divestitures   Organic
(in millions)
Pro forma net sales $ 539 $ 665 (18.9 )% 16.3 pp (2.6

)%

Segment Adjusted EBITDA 110 138 (20.3 )%
 

Canada pro forma net sales were $539 million, down 18.9 percent versus
the year-ago period, primarily due to a negative 16.3 percentage point
impact from currency. Pro Forma Organic Net Sales declined 2.6 percent
versus the year-ago period. Net pricing increased 2.6 percentage points,
reflecting pricing actions across most categories related to higher
input costs in local currency. Additionally, net pricing was held back
by approximately 1.0 percentage point due to lower overall key commodity
costs, primarily in dairy. Volume/mix declined 5.2 percentage points due
to lower shipments in foodservice and the volume impact of higher net
pricing in coffee, partially offset by growth in pasta sauces.

Canada Segment Adjusted EBITDA declined 20.3 percent to $110 million,
primarily driven by a negative 17.9 percentage point impact from
currency. Excluding currency, lower volume/mix and unfavorable pricing
net of higher local input costs more than offset gains from cost savings
initiatives.

Europe

  For the Three Months Ended   Year-over-year Change

September 27,
2015

 

September 28,
2014

Actual   FX   Divestitures   Organic
(in millions)
Pro forma net sales $ 599 $ 696 (13.9

)%

11.1 pp 3.3 pp 0.5 %
Segment Adjusted EBITDA 222 205 8.3

 %

 

Europe pro forma net sales were $599 million, down 13.9 percent versus
the year-ago period, due to a negative 11.1 percentage point impact from
currency and a negative 3.3 percentage point impact from divestitures.
Pro Forma Organic Net Sales increased 0.5 percent versus the year-ago
period. Net pricing increased 0.4 percentage points driven by lower
promotional spending in beans and higher pricing in ketchup that was
partially offset by greater promotional activity in mayonnaise.
Volume/mix increased 0.1 percentage points due to growth in ketchup and
pasta, which was partially offset by lower volumes of infant nutrition
in Italy and soup in the U.K.

Europe Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.3 percent to $222 million due
to gains from cost savings initiatives, lower input costs and favorable
volume/mix, which were partially offset by a negative 15.4 percentage
point impact from currency and increased marketing investments.

Rest of World4

  For the Three Months Ended   Year-over-year Change

September 27,
2015

 

September 28,
2014

Actual   FX   Divestitures   Organic
(in millions)
Pro forma net sales $ 684 $ 916 (25.3 )% 32.4 pp 7.1 %
Segment Adjusted EBITDA 125 177 (29.4 )%
 

Rest of World pro forma net sales were $684 million, down 25.3 percent
versus the year-ago period, due to a negative 32.4 percentage point
impact from currency, including a negative 12.8 percentage point impact
from the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar taken in June. Pro Forma
Organic Net Sales increased 7.1 percent versus the year-ago period. Net
pricing increased 2.9 percentage points primarily due to input
cost-related price increases in RIMEA.4 Volume/mix increased
4.2 percentage points due to growth in Asia Pacific, particularly in
Indonesia and China.

Rest of World Segment Adjusted EBITDA declined 29.4 percent to $125
million due to a negative 43.7 percentage point impact from currency
that was partially offset by gains from cost savings initiatives.

End Notes

1.   Pro Forma Organic Net Sales, Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA and Adjusted
Pro Forma EPS are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see discussion
of non-GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations on Schedules
3, 4, 5 and 6 at the end of this press release for more information.
 
2. The Company’s key commodities in the United States and Canada are
dairy, meat, coffee and nuts.
 
3. Cost savings initiatives include the Company’s integration,
restructuring and ongoing productivity efforts.
 
4. Rest of World is comprised of three operating segments: Asia
Pacific; Latin America; and, Russia, India, the Middle East and
Africa (“RIMEA”).
 

Webcast and Conference Call Information

A webcast of The Kraft Heinz Company’s third quarter 2015 earnings
conference call will be available at ir.kraftheinzcompany.com.
The call begins today at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the third-largest food and
beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and
beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally
trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides
high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether
at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands
include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, ClassicoJell-OKool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell
House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon
, Quero,
Weight Watchers
Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft
Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our
planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Words such
as “continue,” “progress,” “drive,” “implement,” “expect,” “invest,”
“accelerate,” “create” and variations of such words and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding sales growth, integration, investments, impacts of certain
business methodologies and company performance. These forward-looking
statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to
predict and beyond the Company’s control.

Important factors that affect the Company’s business and operations and
that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, increased
competition; the Company’s ability to maintain, extend and expand its
reputation and brand image; the Company’s ability to differentiate its
products from other brands; the consolidation of retail customers;
changes in relationships with significant customers and suppliers; the
Company’s ability to predict, identify and interpret changes in consumer
preferences and demand; the Company’s ability to drive revenue growth in
its key product categories, increase its market share and add products;
an impairment of the carrying value of goodwill or other
indefinite-lived intangible assets; volatility in commodity, energy and
other input costs; changes in the Company’s management team or other key
personnel; execution of the Company’s international expansion strategy;
changes in laws and regulations; legal claims or other regulatory
enforcement actions; product recalls or product liability claims;
unanticipated business disruptions; failure to successfully integrate
the Company; the Company’s ability to complete or realize the benefits
from potential and completed acquisitions, alliances, divestitures or
joint ventures; economic and political conditions in the nations in
which it operates; the volatility of capital markets; increased pension,
labor and people-related expenses; volatility in the market value of all
or a portion of the derivatives the Company uses; exchange rate
fluctuations; disruptions in information technology networks and
systems; the Company’s inability to protect intellectual property
rights; impacts of natural events in the locations in which the Company
or its customers, suppliers or regulators operate; the Company’s
indebtedness and ability to pay such indebtedness; the Company’s
dividend payments on its Series A Preferred Stock; tax law changes or
interpretations; pricing actions; and other factors. For additional
information on these and other factors that could affect the
forward-looking statements, see the Company’s risk factors, as they may
be amended from time to time, set forth in the Company’s filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including its most
recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The Company disclaims and
does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statement in this release, except as required by
applicable law or regulation.

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information (the
“financial information”) presented in this release illustrates the
estimated effects of the merger (the “2015 Merger”) consummated on July
2, 2015 of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (“Kraft”) with and into a
wholly-owned subsidiary of H.J. Heinz Holding Corporation (“Heinz”), the
related equity investments and common stock conversion, the application
of the acquisition method of accounting, and conformance of accounting
policies. The financial information is presented as if the 2015 Merger
had been consummated on December 30, 2013, the first business day of the
Company’s 2014 fiscal year, and combine the historical results of Kraft
and Heinz. For additional information on the 2015 Merger, please refer
to the Company’s filings with the SEC.

The financial information was prepared using the acquisition method of
accounting, which requires, among other things, that assets acquired and
liabilities assumed in a business combination be recognized at their
fair values as of the completion of the acquisition. The Company
utilized estimated fair values at the closing date of the 2015 Merger
for the preliminary allocation of consideration to the net tangible and
intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed. During the
measurement period, the Company will continue to obtain information to
assist in determining the fair value of net assets acquired, which may
differ materially from these preliminary estimates.

The historical consolidated financial statements have been adjusted in
the accompanying financial information to give effect to unaudited pro
forma events that are (1) directly attributable to the transaction, (2)
factually supportable, and (3) are expected to have a continuing impact
on the results of operations of the combined company.

The financial information has been prepared based upon currently
available information and assumptions deemed appropriate by management.
This financial information is not necessarily indicative of what the
Company’s results of operations actually would have been had the 2015
Merger been completed as of December 30, 2013. In addition, the
financial information is not indicative of future results or current
financial conditions and does not reflect any anticipated synergies,
operating efficiencies, cost savings or any integration costs that may
result from the 2015 Merger.

This information should be read in conjunction with historical financial
statements and accompanying notes filed with the SEC. Certain
reclassifications have been made to the historical Kraft and Heinz
results to align accounting policies and eliminate intercompany sales in
all periods presented.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial information, the Company has presented Pro
Forma Organic Net Sales, Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA and Adjusted Pro
Forma EPS, which are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The
non-GAAP financial measures provided should be viewed in addition to,
and not as an alternative for, the financial measures prepared in
accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United
States of America (“GAAP”) that are provided.

The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release may differ
from non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies, and other
companies may not define these non-GAAP financial measures in the same
way. Pro Forma Organic Net Sales, Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA and Adjusted
Pro Forma EPS are not substitutes for their comparable GAAP financial
measures, such as net sales, operating income, diluted earnings per
share (“EPS”), or other measures prescribed by GAAP, and there are
limitations to using non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company defines Pro Forma Organic Net Sales as pro forma net sales
excluding the impact of currency, acquisitions and divestitures. The
Company calculates the impact of currency on net sales by holding
exchange rates constant at the previous year’s exchange rate, with the
exception of Venezuela following the Company’s June 28, 2015 devaluation
of the Venezuelan bolivar and remeasurement of assets and liabilities of
its Venezuelan subsidiary, for which it calculates the previous year’s
results using the current year’s exchange rate. Management believes that
presenting Pro Forma Organic Net Sales is useful to investors because it
(i) provides investors with meaningful supplemental information
regarding financial performance by excluding certain items; (ii) permits
investors to view performance using the same tools that management uses
to budget, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate
historical performance; and (iii) otherwise provides supplemental
information that may be useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s
results.

The Company defines Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA as pro forma operating
income/(loss) excluding the impacts of depreciation and amortization
(including amortization of postretirement benefit plans prior service
credits), integration and restructuring expenses, merger costs,
unrealized gains/(losses) on commodity hedges, equity award compensation
expense, impairment losses, gains/(losses) on the sale of a business,
and nonmonetary currency devaluation. We also present Adjusted Pro Forma
EBITDA on a constant currency basis. The Company calculates the impact
of currency on Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA by holding exchange rates
constant at the previous year’s exchange rate, with the exception of
Venezuela following the Company’s June 28, 2015 devaluation of the
Venezuelan bolivar and remeasurement of assets and liabilities of its
Venezuelan subsidiary, for which it calculates the previous year’s
results using the current year’s exchange rate. Adjusted Pro Forma
EBITDA is a tool intended to assist management in comparing the
Company’s performance on a consistent basis for purposes of business
decision-making by removing the impact of certain items that management
believes do not directly reflect core operations. The definition of
Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled
measures used by other companies.

The Company defines Adjusted Pro Forma EPS as pro forma diluted EPS
excluding the impacts of integration and restructuring expenses, merger
costs, unrealized gains/(losses) on commodity hedges, impairment losses,
gains/(losses) on the sale of a business, and nonmonetary currency
devaluation. Management uses Adjusted Pro Forma EPS to assess operating
performance on a consistent basis.

See the attached schedules for supplemental financial data, which
includes the financial information, the non-GAAP financial measures and
corresponding reconciliations for the relevant periods.

   

Schedule 1

The Kraft Heinz Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended

September 27,
2015

September 28,
2014

Net sales $ 6,120 $ 2,594
Cost of products sold 4,492   1,827  
Gross profit 1,628 767
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,229   358  
Operating income 399 409
Interest expense 460 167
Other expense, net 108   28  
(Loss)/income before income taxes (169 ) 214
(Benefit from)/provision for income taxes (49 ) 40  
Net (loss)/income (120 ) 174
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 3   2  
Net (loss)/income attributable to Kraft Heinz (123 ) 172
Preferred dividend 180   180  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (303 ) $ (8 )
 
Basic shares outstanding 1,142 377
Diluted shares outstanding 1,142 377
 
Per share data applicable to common shareholders:
Basic loss per share $ (0.27 ) $ (0.02 )
Diluted loss per share $ (0.27 ) $ (0.02 )
 
Note: The condensed consolidated statements of income for the three
months ended September 27, 2015 and September 28, 2014 reflect the
results for Heinz for both periods and the results of Kraft Heinz
for the period after the 2015 Merger occurred on July 2, 2015.
 
   

Schedule 2

The Kraft Heinz Company
Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statements of Income
(in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended

September 27,
2015

September 28,
2014

Net sales $ 6,363 $ 6,993
Cost of products sold 4,314   4,893
Gross profit 2,049 2,100
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,397   1,002
Operating income 652 1,098
Interest expense 460 274
Other expense, net 108   20
Income before income taxes 84 804
(Benefit from)/provision for income taxes 69   194
Net income 15 610
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 3   2
Net income attributable to Kraft Heinz $ 12 $ 608
Preferred dividend 180   180
Net (loss)/income attributable to common shareholders $ (168 ) $ 428
 
Basic common shares outstanding 1,213 1,192
Diluted common shares outstanding 1,213 1,222
 
Per share data applicable to common shareholders:
Basic (loss)/earnings per share $ (0.14 ) $ 0.36
Diluted (loss)/earnings per share $ (0.14 ) $ 0.35
 
Note: The pro forma condensed combined statements of income for the
three months ended September 27, 2015 and September 28, 2014 reflect
the results of operations of Kraft and Heinz as if they had been
combined in both periods presented. Refer to Schedules 8 and 9 for
additional information.
 
         

 

 

Schedule 3

The Kraft Heinz Company
Reconciliation of Pro Forma Net Sales to Pro Forma Organic Net Sales
For the Three Months Ended
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 

Pro Forma
Net Sales

Impact of
Currency

Impact of
Divestitures

Pro Forma
Organic Net
Sales

Price Volume/Mix
September 27, 2015
United States $ 4,541 $ $ $ 4,541
Canada 539 108 647
Europe 599 74 673
Rest of World   684     153         837  
$ 6,363   $ 335   $   $ 6,698  
 
September 28, 2014
United States $ 4,716 $ $ $ 4,716
Canada 665 665
Europe 696 (26 ) 670
Rest of World   916     (134 )       782  
$ 6,993   $ (134 ) $ (26 ) $ 6,833  
 
Year-over-year growth rates
United States (3.7 )% 0.0 pp 0.0 pp (3.7 )% 0.2 pp (3.9) pp
Canada (18.9 )% 16.3 pp 0.0 pp (2.6 )% 2.6 pp (5.2) pp
Europe (13.9 )% 11.1 pp 3.3 pp 0.5

 %

0.4 pp 0.1 pp
Rest of World   (25.3 )%   32.4 pp     0.0 pp     7.1

 %

2.9 pp 4.2 pp
  (9.0 )%   6.7 pp     0.3 pp     (2.0 )% 0.7 pp (2.7) pp
 
Note: The reconciliation of pro forma net sales to Pro Forma Organic
Net Sales reflects the results of Kraft and Heinz as if they had
been combined in both periods presented.
 
   

Schedule 4

The Kraft Heinz Company
Reconciliation of Pro Forma Operating Income to Adjusted Pro Forma
EBITDA
(in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended

September 27,
2015

September 28,
2014

Pro forma operating income $ 652 $ 1,098
Depreciation and amortization (excluding integration and
restructuring expenses)
193 222
Integration and restructuring expenses 482 163
Merger costs 139 15
Unrealized losses on commodity hedges 10
Equity award compensation expense 16   26  
Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA $ 1,482   $ 1,534  
 
Segment Adjusted EBITDA:
United States $ 1,061 $ 1,046
Canada 110 138
Europe 222 205
Rest of World 125 177
General corporate expenses (36 ) (32 )
Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA $ 1,482   $ 1,534  
 
Note: The reconciliation of pro forma operating income to Adjusted
Pro Forma EBITDA reflects the results of Kraft and Heinz as if they
had been combined in both periods presented.
 
   

Schedule 5

The Kraft Heinz Company
Reconciliation of Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA to Constant Currency
Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended

Adjusted Pro
Forma
EBITDA

Impact of
Currency

 

Constant
Currency
Adjusted Pro
Forma
EBITDA

September 27, 2015 $ 1,482 $ 76 $ 1,558
 
September 28, 2014 $ 1,534 $ (47) $ 1,487
 
Year-over-year growth rates (3.4)% 8.2 pp 4.8%
 

Contacts

The Kraft Heinz Company
Michael Mullen (media), 847-646-4538
Michael.Mullen@kraftheinzcompany.com
or
Christopher
Jakubik, CFA (investors), 847-646-5494
ir@kraftheinzcompany.com

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