Flowers Foods, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Sales Up 2.6 Percent

Flowers Foods, Inc. reported results for its 16-week first quarter ended April 19, 2014. 

First Quarter Highlights:

  • First quarter sales increased 2.6 percent compared to the first quarter last year, reflecting positive net price/mix of 2.9 percent, an acquisition contribution of 1.2 percent, partially offset by decreased volume of 1.5 percent.
  • Sales for the DSD segment were up 5.0 percent; warehouse segment sales were down 8.3 percent.
  • EBITDA margin for the quarter was 11.9 percent.
  • Income from operations (EBIT) was 8.5 percent of sales.
  • Net income for the quarter was $61.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, including the negative impact of $0.03 per share of acquired facilities' carrying costs and interest expense to fund the acquisition.
  • Generated $121.8 million in cash flow from operations.
  • Sales of the reintroduced Hostess bread brands WonderHome PrideMerita, and Butternut were approximately $41.8 million in the quarter.
  • Opened a bread line in Modesto, Calif., to help provide product for the California market.
  • Opened the former Hostess bakery in Knoxville, Tenn., this week.
  • Increased Flowers' bread, bun and roll branded market share to 14.1 dollar share from 12.8 dollar share in the year-ago quarter, as per IRi market data.
  • Announced goal for direct-store-delivery (DSD) segment to reach 90 percent of the U.S. population by 2018 and achieve a 20 share of bread, buns and rolls and a 12 share in snack cake in the IRi U.S. market, driven by market expansion and future strategic acquisitions. Full report.

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