PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF) today announced sales and earnings for the first quarter ended December 30, 2017.
Sales increased 18% to $265.2 million from $225.6 million in last year’s first quarter. Net earnings increased to $36.2 million in the current quarter from $13.6 million last year. Earnings per diluted share increased to $1.93 for the first quarter from $.72 last year. Operating income increased 10% to $21.2 million in the current quarter from $19.3 million in the year ago quarter.
Net earnings for the current year quarter benefited from a $20.9 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, gain on the re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities and a $2.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, reduction in income taxes related primarily to the lower corporate tax rate enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. Net earnings were impacted by a $1.2 million, or $.06 per diluted share, provision for the one-time repatriation tax required under the new tax law. Excluding the deferred tax gain and the one-time repatriation tax, our effective tax rate decreased to 28.6% from 34.0% in the prior year quarter reflecting the reduction in the federal statutory rate to 21% from 35% for the remaining three quarters of fiscal 2018. The gain on the re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities and the one-time repatriation tax are preliminary estimates.
Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our retail supermarket and frozen beverages segments had strong quarters; however, our food service segment was impacted for various reasons, some of which have passed or been corrected. We continue to focus on improving all of our business groups."
J&J Snack Foods Corp. is a leader and innovator in the snack food industry, providing nutritional and affordable branded niche snack foods and beverages to foodservice and retail supermarket outlets. Manufactured and distributed nationwide, our principal products include SUPERPRETZEL, BAVARIAN BAKERY and other soft pretzels, ICEE and SLUSH PUPPIE frozen beverages, LUIGI’S, MINUTE MAID* frozen juice bars and ices, WHOLE FRUIT sorbet and frozen fruit bars, MARY B’S biscuits and dumplings, DADDY RAY’S fig and fruit bars, TIO PEPE’S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO** Churros, PATIO Burritos and other handheld sandwiches, THE FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY funnel cakes, and several bakery brands within COUNTRY HOME BAKERS and HILL & VALLEY. For more information, please visit http://www.jjsnack.com.
*MINUTE MAID is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.
**OREO and the OREO wafer design are registered trademarks of Mondelez International group, used under license.
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