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Participants
P.I. Aquino VP, IR
Steven Oakland President, CEO & Director
William Kelley EVP & CFO
Christopher Growe Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
Robert Moskow Crédit Suisse
Kenneth Goldman JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Robert Dickerson Jefferies
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Operator

Welcome to the TreeHouse Foods Second Quarter 2021 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. Please note, this event is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the call over to TreeHouse Foods for the reading of the safe harbor statement.

P.I. Aquino

Good morning, and thanks for joining us today. a presentation which section in website treehousefoods.com. issued with available, of we at slide a the morning, press is release, along our This Investor Relations

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Steven Oakland

good morning, joining for us. everyone. you Thank and P.I., Thanks,

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William Kelley

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turn to it over now me Let Steve. back

Steven Oakland

Bill. beginning I'll XX. with close slides Thanks, on two

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

question first Growe with Chris Your comes Stifel. from

Christopher Growe

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William Kelley

slides, and script Chris, saw we've it's the communicated initial in the all year. that we in the we Bill. in inflation The said -- earlier as the

reflect P&L have would coming of through. expect we communicated XXX% that's XX% the this So and and year, that would in to been

year we're inflation those next communicated of be be a to communications would, next priced inflation, is commodities our in again, additional all to And and couple some So will that in of the in that I P&L that early point, specific in parts have expect had now. your year. What that all to the we continue we particularly though in. start of we when

Christopher Growe

year-over-year. some just pricing retail strong pretty know IRI when it see be up? in it's pricing the experiencing Or look through look to channel showed and of results? measured leading pricing I just that's would to a IRI, -- more shelf when data, that I I that but like the then that thought coming kind you something And that. on I Is in show your view, product retailer I at is of there the

Steven Oakland

be we've have it Chris, the may it Steve. actually shelf pricing the on retailer incidences got goes where this into is may Yes, there put before effect. announced,

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we're ends, this stronger with come out business. a to going whenever So

Operator

your Suisse. question comes And with next from Credit Moskow Robert

Robert Moskow

on I. Bill, the I guess the timing didn't get clarification, pricing. One quite

this saying the you Or being in P&L are So be of round reflected any reflected is reviewed? to it And year? second pricing in still the is is all of going that XXXX? it

William Kelley

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Steven Oakland

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Robert Moskow

okay. Pricing,

Steven Oakland

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Robert Moskow

an priced Is like that commonplace that that pretty out of ahead Or if figuring business retailers of what of way happens? anomaly? have any there already Is percent is Okay. you? your

Steven Oakland

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us So that's it's for a frankly, one out tough control, answer for our right? to And of you.

Robert Moskow

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what's if growth buying in it this Can be patterns XXXX? stay a plan XXXX So still way? generate these for year? Or the would contingency you down

Steven Oakland

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Operator

Ken And your question from Goldman JPMorgan. with next comes

Kenneth Goldman

Steve, lowest have million sheet. only decade. was balance you you mentioned a cash, I quote you it's the in the strong your that $XX have But think, in --

still you roughly that XQ, EBITDA. in don't had of Xx net you're to million $XXX where know although I debt cash, today. As And unremitted stands at

ahead. a to what So yes, it -- if think the go... to to Wouldn't leverage going on enough balance more plan M&A? was leads now, go say right curious you I'm sense it sheet lot that's doesn't is healthy to the via I take make just

Steven Oakland

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William Kelley

you Ken want -- sorry, I'm to...

Steven Oakland

start. Well, yes, me let

Kenneth Goldman

no. No,

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Steven Oakland

time inventory, Sure. typically we a when that the year started. Ken, has this build is And of okay?

business we have quarter a As you seasonal third and quarter know, business. a that's fourth big

we inventory generated what's the end so be have going cycle the what and and we'll will year. recognize to conversion go then of what in and the And cash at

our is different. at So in position understand our covenants where our position that us our be covenants of our plan a take versus add-backs cash bank what mentioned. the cash well today, the where we feel which bank where is which little we'll the end in very and There's are, comfortable We you year. levels are below

things And bring So we've adjustment some there'll And EBITDA firepower that of those we you assets got to see plenty to things business. capacity some that portfolio capability well together, And as probably may bring keep impact at looking the within we're when add right? cash. so our us for additional be debt. buy targeted financing them, leverage with give our the the ratios to and well us

Kenneth Goldman

so of the balance quarter? do down we your of you end unremitted can you hope then head, know top And it just second the off was it know cash at what mark the Bill, the but

Steven Oakland

We'll have it second. in one

William Kelley

Yes.

I think it's...

Kenneth Goldman

can -- follow mean off-line to thought. up I the don't just I hold to off

William Kelley

$XXX It's in did the tranches, To both take sheet, million, just and Ken. job nice term high-priced though, Steve's on bonds, market the very well. some balance as to the did we out point about loan a comment build we

way cash we pay that's think debt this in that -- inventory that up to point about we around cash got the year. want But year. down you it the that made the we caught think this some the of and So building for as seasonal bill,

any have think liquidity don't we we at So issues all.

Operator

today from question Jefferies. The with last Rob comes Dickerson

Robert Dickerson

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about, I'm of consumption or everything reversion given you. of kind behaviors is here back just into the the to about what so level talking guide And on side you QX through heading your where volume environment relative QX you're to just the confidence provided have macro

William Kelley

is sure. Bill. Yes, This

me add and couple start, pieces. Let Steve will maybe of a

to is -- business do we we gets locked point, some QX have the think a And would activities that. have that we bit larger. drive seasonal that in, I so our think

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our for The other piece food-away-from-home that I us think is building business. is nicely

us that and As benefit a the business as that recovers, -- builds for will that be industry as well.

range the think the that range to am a about It's that's account in way wide we're So gave. for outcomes, it. but to we bit a confident confident I of right

Steven Oakland

are is say The past. than different dynamics in only the thing Yes. the significantly I so would

right? right? sales volatility not categories, customer of line we're the significant is you've of some take we in And total We've past, profits losses That's larger segments, pass. the of shopper share the business. stimulus We think the does their us it pass so income, their been stimulus right? know it We though. as -- it's material, that And net long when when now, is the of performance we It's changed got behavior. pass, think one we're our don't a those of gaining payments situation value clearly a are will tell where seen That when government percent that can't is been news from top in will don't We think of core pass. good you pieces to sustainable but key term. will a their it's because piece to think based, and I providing it when right? positioned case our

really about So to won't right? it's pass, hard talk it will and just us when it for when

Robert Dickerson

some what some, does And guess gaps a volume let's of recovery kind more when complete of might be the potential implied, that elasticity hopefully, of not out with say, is enter Yes. kind that is much as maybe given the hope that year, bit kind then sense. kind branded. that No, the the pricing increasingly environment of plays into relative you vis-a-vis I next there's pricing market that Steve, whenever given to, volume price make is of on here the as to normalized makes start a Does sense?

Steven Oakland

to does. all we it later their peers a us. watch think branded when. try little And of and to I than be our announcements are They and what tended

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our really that's key So message.

Operator

Steve the our concludes like question-and-answer back I session. would closing over This turn for conference to to remarks. Oakland

Steven Oakland

we'll Yes. Talk chance in being get many soon. to just I to talk to all would a I the you the you know wish for to today. and best. you with future, of you like thank us

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