Transformational Strategic Plan Remains On Track
Reiterates Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN) (“Hain Celestial” or the “Company”), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, reported financial results for the first quarter, which ended September 30, 2019. The results contained herein are presented with the Hain Pure Protein and Tilda operating segments being treated as discontinued operations.
“We are pleased to report strong first quarter results that are consistent with both our fiscal year 2020 guidance and the long-term strategy we announced at our Investor Day last February,” commented Mark L. Schiller, Hain Celestial’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our transformational strategic plan to simplify the portfolio and strengthen capabilities, while expanding margins and cash flow is on track and we are confident in our ability to reinvigorate top-line growth over time. We are reiterating our fiscal year 2020 guidance and look forward to creating shareholder value as we continue to execute on our initiatives.”
Summary of First Quarter Results from Continuing Operations2
- Net sales decreased 7% to $482.1 million or 5% on a constant currency basis compared to the prior year period.
- When adjusted for Foreign Exchange and Acquisitions, Divestitures and certain other items, including the Stock Keeping Unit (“SKU”) rationalization3, net sales decreased 1% compared to the prior year period.
- Gross margin of 20.3%, a 320 basis point increase over the prior year period.
- Adjusted gross margin of 20.9%, a 240 basis point increase over the prior year period.
- Operating income of $2.5 million compared to operating loss of $28.0 million in the prior year period.
- Adjusted operating income of $16.9 million compared to $17.0 million in the prior year period.
- Net loss of $5.0 million compared to a net loss of $23.1 million in the prior year period.
- Adjusted net income of $8.4 million compared to $9.0 million in prior year period.
- EBITDA of $17.7 million compared to a loss of $11.3 million in the prior year period.
- EBITDA margin of 3.7%, a 590 basis point improvement over the prior year period.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $32.1 million compared to $28.7 million in the prior year period.
- Adjusted EBITDA margin of 6.7%, a 110 basis point increase compared to the prior year period.
- Loss per diluted share of $0.05 compared to $0.22 in the prior year period.
- Adjusted earnings per diluted share (“EPS”) of $0.08 compared to $0.09 in the prior year period.
1. This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, which are intended to supplement, not substitute for, comparable GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided herein in the tables “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Measures.”
2. Unless otherwise noted all results included in this press release are from continuing operations.
3. Refer to “Net Sales Growth at Constant Currency and Adjusted for Acquisitions, Divestitures and Other” provided herein.
SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Historically, the Company had three reportable segments: United States, United Kingdom and Rest of World. Effective July 1, 2019, the Company reassessed its segment reporting structure, pursuant to which the Company’s Canada and Hain Ventures operating segments, which were included within the Rest of World reportable segment, were moved to the United States reportable segment and renamed the North America segment. Additionally, the Europe operating segment, which was included in the Rest of World reportable segment, was combined with the United Kingdom reportable segment and renamed the International reportable segment. Accordingly, the Company now operates under two reportable segments: North America and International. Prior period segment information included herein has been adjusted to reflect the Company’s new reporting structure.
North America net sales in the first quarter were $271.7 million, a decrease of 7% over the prior year period. When adjusted for Acquisitions, Divestitures and certain other items including the SKU rationalization3, net sales decreased 1% over the prior year period.
Segment gross profit in the first quarter was $62.4 million, a 26% increase over the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit was $64.1 million, an increase of 17% over the prior year period. Gross margin was 23.0%, a 600 basis point increase over the prior year period and adjusted gross margin was 23.6%, a 470 basis point increase over the prior year.
Segment operating income in the first quarter was $15.1 million, a 236% increase from the prior year period. Adjusted operating income was $19.0 million, a 68% increase over the prior year period.
Segment EBITDA in the first quarter was $20.1 million, a 131% increase from the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was $24.0 million, a 54% increase from the prior year period. As a percent of sales on a constant currency basis, North America adjusted EBITDA margin was 8.8%, a 350 basis point increase over the prior year period.
International net sales in the first quarter were $210.4 million, a decrease of 7% over the prior year period. When adjusted for Foreign Exchange and Acquisitions, Divestitures and certain other items3, net sales were flat compared to the prior year period.
Segment gross profit in the first quarter was $35.5 million, a 10% decrease over the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit was $36.5 million, a decrease of 10% over the prior year period. Gross margin was 16.9%, a 40 basis point decrease over the prior year period and adjusted gross margin was 17.4%, a 60 basis point decrease over the prior year period.
Segment operating income was $9.1 million, a 61% increase over the prior year period. Adjusted operating income was $11.5 million, a decrease of 7% over the prior year period.
Segment EBITDA in the first quarter was $17.5 million, a 3% decrease from the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was $19.7 million, a 1% decrease over the prior year period. As a percent of sales on a constant currency basis, International adjusted EBITDA margin was 9.4%, a 60 basis point increase over the prior year period.
FISCAL YEAR 2020 GUIDANCE
The Company expects the following for fiscal year 2020 pro forma results excluding the contribution from its sale of Tilda®:
|Fiscal Year 2020|
|Adjusted EBITDA||$168 Million to $192 Million||$173 Million to $198 Million|
|% Growth||+2% to +16%||+5% to +20%|
|Adjusted EPS||$0.59 to $0.72||$0.62 to $0.75|
|% Growth||-2% to +20%||+3% to +25%|
Guidance, where adjusted, is provided on a non-GAAP basis and excludes: acquisition and divestiture related expenses; integration charges; restructuring charges, start-up costs, consulting fees and other costs associated with the Company’s productivity and transformation initiatives; unrealized net foreign currency gains or losses; and other non-recurring items that may be incurred during the Company’s fiscal year 2020, which the Company will continue to identify as it reports its future financial results. Guidance also excludes the impact of any future acquisitions, divestitures, or share repurchases.
The Company cannot reconcile its expected Adjusted EBITDA to net income or adjusted earnings per diluted share to earnings per diluted share under “Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance” without unreasonable effort because certain items that impact net income and other reconciling metrics are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted at this time.
Hain Celestial’s conference call and webcast discussing its results and business outlook is available under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.hain.com.
About The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
The Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), headquartered in Lake Success, NY, is a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Almond Dream®, Bearitos®, Better Bean®, BluePrint®, Casbah®, Celestial Seasonings®, Clarks™, Coconut Dream®, Cully & Sully®, Danival®, DeBoles®, Earth’s Best®, Ella’s Kitchen®, Europe’s Best®, Farmhouse Fare™, Frank Cooper’s®, Gale’s®, Garden of Eatin’®, GG UniqueFiber®, Hain Pure Foods®, Hartley’s®, Health Valley®, Imagine®, Johnson’s Juice Co.™, Joya®, Lima®, Linda McCartney® (under license), MaraNatha®, Mary Berry (under license), Natumi®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Orchard House®, Rice Dream®, Robertson’s®, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™, Rudi’s Organic Bakery®, Sensible Portions®, Spectrum® Organics, Soy Dream®, Sun-Pat®, Sunripe®, Terra®, The Greek Gods®, Walnut Acres®, Yorkshire Provender®, Yves Veggie Cuisine® and William’s™. The Company’s personal care products are marketed under the Alba Botanica®, Avalon Organics®, Earth’s Best®, JASON®, Live Clean® and Queen Helene® brands.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures, including net sales adjusted for the impact of Foreign Exchange, Acquisitions and Divestitures and certain other items, including SKU rationalization, as applicable in each case, adjusted operating income, adjusted gross margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and operating free cash flow. The reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the tables “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Measures” for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 in the paragraphs below. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented provide useful additional information to investors about current trends in the Company’s operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures provided by other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded. They should be read only in connection with the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations presented in accordance with GAAP.