Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread, and other bakery foods, today reported financial results for the company's 12-week third quarter ended October 6, 2018.
Compared to the prior year third quarter where applicable
- Sales decreased 1.0% to $923.4 million.
- Diluted EPS increased to $0.19 from a loss of $0.16.
- Adjusted diluted EPS (1) was unchanged at $0.23.
- Revised earnings guidance for fiscal 2018: The company now expects adjusted diluted EPS in the range of $0.90 to $0.95.
(1) See reconciliations of non-GAAP measures in the financial statements following this release.
"In the third quarter, our strong brand portfolio achieved record market share. We also made additional organizational changes designed to enhance performance and increase accountability," said Allen Shiver, Flowers Foods' president and CEO. "We are continuing to take steps to optimize our supply chain, including the start-up of a high-speed production bun line in Oxford, Pa., and the closing of an inefficient bakery in Brattleboro, Vt. Extending our portfolio into adjacent product segments is a strategic priority, and today, we announced the acquisition of Canyon Bakehouse, a leading producer of gluten-free bakery products. Gluten-free is a growing segment of the category, and one where we believe we can leverage our powerful distribution network to grow enterprise value."
"Despite progress on our strategic priorities, we are not satisfied with our performance this quarter. We continue to face a challenging operating environment that impacted our third quarter financial results and our full-year outlook. Sales in the quarter were down, compared to the prior year, due to expected losses of low-margin foodservice business, lower hurricane-related volumes, and disruptions related to inferior yeast. We expect these headwinds to be transitory. Also impacting results in the quarter were inflationary cost pressures from commodities and transportation. We are working to address these higher costs through pricing actions and our ongoing savings initiatives."
Mr. Shiver continued, "Flowers' competitive advantages lie in our leading brands, efficient bakeries, and flexible distribution platform. Through our multi-year transformational plan, we intend to maximize these advantages to improve margins, reinvigorate core brands, and grow profitably in adjacent product segments. We are on track to achieve the upper end of our gross savings targets for 2018, and are confident that our plan will enable Flowers to achieve long-term success and deliver sustainable, top-tier shareholder returns."