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B&G Foods Delivers Strong Net Sales and Earnings Growth for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011

— Board Increases Dividend 17.4%; Third Increase in Last 12 Months —

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2012-- B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2011.

Highlights:

  • Net sales increased 5.7% to $150.0 million for the quarter and 6.0% to $543.9 million for the year
  • Net income increased 55.2% to $50.2 million for the year
  • Adjusted net income* increased 22.8% to $53.1 million for the year
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 55.2% to $1.04 for the year
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share* increased 21.1% to $1.09 for the year
  • Adjusted EBITDA* increased 11.8% to $36.7 million for the quarter and 9.5% to $131.1 million for the year
  • The Company expects to deliver 2012 adjusted EBITDA of $166.0 million to $170.0 million

David L. Wenner, President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods, stated, “2011 was the third consecutive year of strong results for our business, producing solid organic and acquisition sales growth, and strong earnings and adjusted EBITDA growth. We believe our acquisition of the Culver Specialty Brands on November 30th sets the stage for another year of strong top and bottom line growth in 2012.”

“We continue to believe that returning cash to our shareholders is a key component of B&G Foods’ approach to generating total return for shareholders, and consistent with that our Board of Directors yesterday increased our quarterly dividend, the third increase since the start of 2011.”

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2011

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased 5.7% to $150.0 million from $141.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. This $8.1 million increase was attributable to an increase in unit volume of $5.6 million and pricing of $3.1 million, partially offset by an increase in coupon and slotting expenses of $0.6 million. Net sales of the Culver Specialty Brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the end of November 2011, contributed $6.5 million to the overall fourth quarter increase and net sales of the Company’s Don Pepino and Sclafani brands, which B&G Foods acquired during the fourth quarter of 2010, contributed $1.9 million to the overall fourth quarter increase.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased 4.7% to $49.3 million from $47.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased 0.3 percentage points to 32.9% for the fourth quarter of 2011 from 33.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to an increase in commodity and distribution costs partially offset by increased pricing of $3.1 million and a sales mix shift to higher margin products. Operating income increased 7.2% to $31.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, from $28.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Net interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased $3.3 million or 39.3% to $11.8 million from $8.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in net interest expense for the fourth quarter was primarily attributable to additional debt incurred for the Culver Specialty Brands acquisition and a $2.1 million write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to an interest rate swap due to the Company’s prepayment and termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings under its prior credit agreement.

The Company’s reported net income under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was $12.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to reported net income of $14.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010. The Company’s adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $14.7 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.30, as compared to adjusted net income of $13.7 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.28 for the fourth quarter of 2010.

For the fourth quarter of 2011, adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of transaction costs related to the Culver Specialty Brands acquisition, increased 11.8% to $36.7 million from $32.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. There were no adjustments to EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Financial Results for Full-Year 2011

Net sales for fiscal 2011 increased 6.0% to $543.9 million from $513.3 million for fiscal 2010. This $30.5 million increase was attributable to an increase in unit volume of $29.6 million and pricing of $1.7 million, respectively, offset by an increase in coupon and slotting expenses of $0.8 million. Net sales of the Company’s Don Pepino and Sclafani brands, which B&G Foods acquired during the fourth quarter of 2010, contributed $12.5 million to the overall increase for fiscal 2011 and net sales of the Culver Specialty Brands, which B&G Foods acquired at the end of November 2011, contributed $6.5 million to the overall increase for fiscal 2011.

Gross profit for fiscal 2011 increased 6.0% to $177.8 million from $167.7 million in fiscal 2010. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales remained consistent at 32.7% in fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, attributable to pricing gains of $1.7 million and a sales mix shift to higher margin products offset by higher input and distribution costs. Operating income increased 8.4% to $113.5 million in fiscal 2011, from $104.7 million in fiscal 2010.

Net interest expense for fiscal 2011 decreased $3.7 million or 9.1% to $36.7 million from $40.3 million in fiscal 2010. The decrease in net interest expense in fiscal 2011 was due to the termination of an interest rate swap, which reduced the effective interest rate on $130.0 million of term loan borrowings under the Company’s prior credit agreement and eliminated the unfavorable fair market value adjustment relating to the interest rate swap. This was partially offset by an increase in interest expense from additional debt incurred for the Culver Specialty Brands acquisition and a $2.1 million charge relating to the write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss on the interest rate swap due to the Company’s early termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings under its prior credit agreement.

The Company’s reported net income under U.S. GAAP was $50.2 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, for fiscal 2011, as compared to reported net income of $32.4 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for fiscal 2010. The Company’s adjusted net income for fiscal 2011 was $53.1 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.09, as compared to adjusted net income of $43.2 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.90 for fiscal 2010.

For fiscal 2011, adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of transaction costs related to the Culver Specialty Brands acquisition, increased 9.5% to $131.1 million from $119.7 million for fiscal 2010. There were no adjustments to EBITDA for fiscal 2010.

Guidance

Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2012 is expected to be approximately $166.0 million to $170.0 million. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2012 are expected to be approximately $12.0 million. Cash interest expense for fiscal 2012 is expected to be approximately $44.0 million.

Quarterly Dividend Increased 17.4%

On February 15, 2012, B&G Foods’ Board of Directors increased the Company’s quarterly dividend 17.4% from $0.23 to $0.27 per share of common stock. On an annualized basis, the dividend increases from $0.92 to $1.08 per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable on April 30, 2012 to shareholders of record as of March 30, 2012. At the closing market price of the common stock on February 15, 2012, the new dividend rate represents an annualized yield of 4.8%. This is the 3rd quarterly dividend increase since the start of 2011 and is the 30th consecutive quarterly dividend declared by the Board of Directors since B&G Foods’ initial public offering in October 2004.

Conference Call

B&G Foods will hold a webcast and conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET today, February 16, 2012. The call will be webcast live from B&G Foods’ website at www.bgfoods.com under “Investor Relations—Company Overview.” The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 515-2880 for U.S. callers or (719) 457-2637 for international callers.

A replay of the call will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the password is 1400744. The replay will be available from February 16, 2012, through March 1, 2012. Investors may also access a web-based replay of the call at the Investor Relations section of B&G Foods’ website, www.bgfoods.com.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Items Affecting Comparability

“Adjusted net income,” “adjusted diluted earnings per share,” “EBITDA” (net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and loss on extinguishment of debt) and “adjusted EBITDA” (EBITDA as adjusted for acquisition-related transaction costs incurred in fiscal 2011) are “non-GAAP financial measures.” A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in B&G Foods’ consolidated balance sheets and related consolidated statements of operations and cash flows. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

The Company uses “adjusted net income” and “adjusted diluted earnings per share,” which are calculated as reported net income and reported diluted earnings per share adjusted for certain items that affect comparability. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments to reported net income and diluted earnings per share to eliminate the items identified below. This information is provided in order to allow investors to make meaningful comparisons of the Company’s operating performance between periods and to view the Company’s business from the same perspective as the Company’s management. Because the Company cannot predict the timing and amount of charges associated with realized and unrealized gains or losses on the Company’s interest rate swap, acquisition-related transaction costs and gains or losses on extinguishment of debt, management does not consider these costs when evaluating the Company’s performance or when making decisions regarding allocation of resources.

A reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income and to net cash provided by operating activities is included below for fiscal 2011 and 2010, along with the components of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. Also included below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP terms adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share to reported net income and reported diluted earnings per share.

About B&G Foods, Inc.

B&G Foods and its subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute a diversified portfolio of high-quality, shelf-stable foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. B&G Foods’ products include hot cereals, fruit spreads, canned meats and beans, spices, seasonings, marinades hot sauces, wine vinegar, maple syrup, molasses, salad dressings, Mexican-style sauces, taco shells and kits, salsas, pickles, peppers and other specialty food products. B&G Foods competes in the retail grocery, food service, specialty, private label, club and mass merchandiser channels of distribution. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods’ products are marketed under many recognized brands, including Ac’cent, B&G, B&M, Baker’s Joy, Brer Rabbit, Cream of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Don Pepino, Emeril’s, Grandma’s Molasses, Joan of Arc, Las Palmas, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Molly McButter, Mrs. Dash, Ortega, Polaner, Red Devil, Regina, Sa-són, Sclafani, Sugar Twin, Trappey’s, Underwood, Vermont Maid and Wright’s. B&G Foods also sells and distributes two branded household products, Static Guard and Kleen Guard.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute “forward-looking statements.” The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements related to B&G Foods’ expectations regarding top and bottom line growth in 2012, cash flow generation, and adjusted EBITDA, capital expenditures and cash interest expense for fiscal 2012. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the actual results of B&G Foods to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties readers are urged to consider statements labeled with the terms “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in B&G Foods’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. B&G Foods undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  December 31, 2011   January 1, 2011
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,738 $ 98,738
Trade accounts receivable, less allowance for
doubtful accounts and discounts of $723 and
$765 in 2011 and 2010 39,476 34,445
Inventories 85,234 74,563
Prepaid expenses 4,551 1,715
Income tax receivable 2,529 171
Deferred income taxes   1,696     5,439  
Total current assets 150,224 215,071
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 61,930 60,812
Goodwill 262,827 253,744
Other intangibles, net 634,522 332,001
Other assets   23,420     10,095  
Total assets $ 1,132,923   $ 871,723  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 24,427 $ 15,531
Accrued expenses 26,719 25,584
Interest rate swap 12,012
Current portion of long-term debt 9,750
Dividends payable   10,971     8,099  
Total current liabilities 71,867 61,226
 
Long-term debt 710,357 477,748
Other liabilities 9,409 4,232
Deferred income taxes   105,743     97,932  
Total liabilities 897,376 641,138
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share.
Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no shares issued
or outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share.
Authorized 125,000,000 shares; 47,700,132 and
47,639,924 issued and outstanding as of
December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011,
respectively 477 476
Additional paid-in capital 159,916 201,770
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (10,430 ) (7,002 )
Retained earnings   85,584     35,341  
Total stockholders’ equity   235,547     230,585  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,132,923   $ 871,723  
 
B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended
December 31,   January 1, December 31,   January 1,
2011 2011 2011 2011
 
Net sales $ 149,998 $ 141,866 $ 543,866 $ 513,337
Cost of goods sold   100,708   94,807   366,090   345,668
Gross profit 49,290 47,059 177,776 167,669
 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses 16,549 16,545 57,618 56,495
Amortization expense   1,766   1,619   6,679   6,457
Operating income 30,975 28,895 113,479 104,717
 
Other expenses:
Interest expense, net 11,821 8,487 36,675 40,342
Loss on extinguishment of debt         15,224
Income before income tax expense 19,154 20,408 76,804 49,151
Income tax expense   6,899   6,130   26,561   16,772
Net income $ 12,255 $ 14,278 $ 50,243 $ 32,379
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 47,712 47,643 47,856 47,584
Diluted 48,665 48,644 48,541 48,283
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.26 $ 0.30 $ 1.05 $ 0.68
Diluted $ 0.25 $ 0.29 $ 1.04 $ 0.67
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.23 $ 0.17 $ 0.86 $ 0.68
 
B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income and to Net Cash Provided by

Operating Activities

(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended
December 31,  

January 1,

December 31,   January 1,
2011

2011

2011 2011
 
Net income $ 12,255 $ 14,278 $ 50,243 $ 32,379
Income tax expense 6,899 6,130 26,561 16,772
Interest expense, net(1) 11,821 8,487 36,675 40,342
Depreciation and amortization 4,265 3,905 16,229 15,023
Loss on extinguishment of debt(2)               15,224  
EBITDA(3) 35,240 32,800 129,708 119,740
Acquisition-related transaction costs   1,418         1,418      
Adjusted EBITDA(3) 36,658 32,800 131,126 119,740
Income tax expense (6,899 ) (6,130 ) (26,561 ) (16,772 )
Interest expense, net (11,821 ) (8,487 ) (36,675 ) (40,342 )
Acquisition-related transaction costs (1,418 ) (1,418 )
Deferred income taxes 882 3,868 13,529 9,452
Amortization of deferred financing costs and
bond discount 751 501 2,251 2,016
Unrealized (gain) loss on interest rate swap (1,384 ) 436
Realized gain on interest rate swap (612 )
Reclassification to net interest expense for
interest rate swap 2,399 423 3,669 1,693
Share-based compensation expense 1,401 1,334 4,098 3,747
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 70 4 (1,047 ) (326 )
Changes in assets and liabilities   10,717     14,807     (16,327 )   19,233  
Net cash provided by operating activities,
net of effects of business combinations $ 32,740   $ 37,736   $ 72,033   $ 98,877  
(1)   Net interest expense for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 includes a charge of $0.3 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to an interest rate swap and a $2.1 million charge relating to the write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap due to our prepayment and termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings. Net interest expense for fiscal 2011 includes a benefit of $0.6 million related to the realized gain on the interest rate swap, a charge of $1.6 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap and a $2.1 million charge relating to the write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap due to our prepayment and termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings. Net interest expense in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 includes a benefit of $1.4 million related to the unrealized gain on the interest rate swap and a charge of $0.4 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap. Net interest expense in fiscal 2010 includes a charge of $0.4 million related to the unrealized loss on the interest rate swap and a charge of $1.7 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap.
 
(2) During fiscal 2011 B&G Foods did not have any loss on extinguishment of debt. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, we did not have any loss on extinguishment of debt. Loss on extinguishment of debt for fiscal 2010 includes costs relating to the Company’s repurchase and redemption of $69.5 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes and $240.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes, including the repurchase premium of $10.7 million and the write-off of deferred financing costs of $4.5 million.
 
(3) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to measure operating performance. A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of our financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in our consolidated balance sheets and related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and comprehensive income, and cash flows. We define EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and loss on extinguishment of debt. We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA adjusted for acquisition-related transaction costs incurred in fiscal 2011. Management believes that it is useful to eliminate net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, loss on extinguishment of debt and acquisition-related transaction costs because it allows management to focus on what it deems to be a more reliable indicator of ongoing operating performance and our ability to generate cash flow from operations. We use EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in our business operations, among other things, to evaluate our operating performance, develop budgets and measure our performance against those budgets, determine employee bonuses and evaluate our cash flows in terms of cash needs. We also present EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because we believe they are useful indicators of our historical debt capacity and ability to service debt and because covenants in our credit agreement and our senior notes indenture contain ratios based on these measures. As a result, internal management reports used during monthly operating reviews feature the EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA metrics. However, management uses these metrics in conjunction with traditional GAAP operating performance and liquidity measures as part of its overall assessment of company performance and liquidity and therefore does not place undue reliance on these measures as its only measures of operating performance and liquidity.
 
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be an alternative to operating income or net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP measure. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not complete net cash flow measures because EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are measures of liquidity that do not include reductions for cash payments for an entity’s obligation to service its debt, fund its working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions and pay its income taxes and dividends. Rather, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are two potential indicators of an entity’s ability to fund these cash requirements. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not complete measures of an entity’s profitability because they do not include costs and expenses for depreciation and amortization, interest and related expenses, loss on extinguishment of debt, acquisition-related transaction costs and income taxes. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. However, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA can still be useful in evaluating our performance against our peer companies because management believes these measures provide users with valuable insight into key components of GAAP amounts.
 
B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Items Affecting Comparability — Reconciliation of Adjusted Information to GAAP Information
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended
December 31,   January 1, December 31,   January 1,
2011 2011   2011 2011
Reported net income $ 12,255 $ 14,278 $ 50,243 $ 32,379
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax(1) 9,530
Acquisition-related transaction costs, net of tax 906 906
Non-cash adjustments on interest rate swap,

net of tax(2)

  1,533   (602 )   1,953   1,333
Adjusted net income $ 14,694 $ 13,676   $ 53,102 $ 43,242
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.30 $ 0.28   $ 1.09 $ 0.90

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(1)   During fiscal 2011 B&G Foods did not have any loss on extinguishment of debt. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, we did not have any loss on extinguishment of debt. Loss on extinguishment of debt for fiscal 2010 includes costs relating to the Company’s repurchase and redemption of $69.5 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes and $240.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes, including the repurchase premium of $10.7 million and the write-off of deferred financing costs of $4.5 million.
 
(2) Net interest expense for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 includes a charge of $0.3 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to an interest rate swap and a $2.1 million charge relating to the write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap due to our prepayment and termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings. Net interest expense for fiscal 2011 includes a benefit of $0.6 million related to the realized gain on the interest rate swap, a charge of $1.6 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap and a $2.1 million charge relating to the write-off of the remaining amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap due to our prepayment and termination of $130.0 million of term loan borrowings. Net interest expense in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 includes a benefit of $1.4 million related to the unrealized gain on the interest rate swap and a charge of $0.4 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap. Net interest expense in fiscal 2010 includes a charge of $0.4 million related to the unrealized loss on the interest rate swap and a charge of $1.7 million for the reclassification of the amount recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the swap.
*   Please see “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Items Affecting Comparability” below for definitions of the terms adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, as well as information concerning certain items affecting comparability and reconciliations of the non-GAAP terms adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.

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