WhiteWave Reports Increased Sales For Second Quarter 2013

The WhiteWave Foods Co. recently announced the following preliminary second quarter 2013 results. The company anticipates reporting second quarter 2013 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.16, a 28 percent increase compared to second quarter 2012. Net sales for the second quarter of 2013 are anticipated to be $616 million, a 10 percent increase from adjusted net sales of $558 million in the second quarter of 2012, driven primarily by volume growth across both the company’s North America and Europe segments.

Adjusted net sales in the North America segment are anticipated to have increased 10 percent in the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012, driven by growth across all platforms, with increases on a percentage basis for plant-based foods and beverages in the low-double digits, premium dairy in the mid-single digits and coffee creamers and beverages in the low-double digits. Growth in the North America segment continues to be propelled by strong categories, increased marketing investments and new product innovations.

The company expects to report 13 percent growth in net sales in its Europe segment for the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012, driven by strong volume growth of products launched in the prior year, including almond and hazelnut beverages, along with continued growth in non-dairy yogurt offerings. Volume growth in the Europe segment continues to be strongest in its core geographies located in Northern Europe. Excluding the impact of currency changes, net sales are also anticipated to have increased 13 percent in the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012.

For the second quarter of 2013, the company anticipates reporting adjusted operating income of approximately $46 million, representing a 16 percent increase compared to $40 million in the second quarter of 2012.

As of June 30, 2013, the company had outstanding borrowings of approximately $722 million under its $1.35 billion senior secured credit facilities, of which approximately $493 million consisted of term loan borrowings and approximately $229 million consisted of borrowings under the $850 million revolving portion of its senior secured credit facilities.

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