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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Nathan Annis Director, IR
Jim Snee Chairman, President, and CEO
Jim Sheehan EVP and CFO
Benjamin Theurer Barclays
Rupesh Parikh Oppenheimer & Company
Ben Bienvenu Stephens, Inc.
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Ken Zaslow BMO Capital Markets
Thomas Palmer J.P. Morgan
Heather Jones Heather Jones Research
Peter Galbo Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Adam Samuelson Goldman Sachs
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Hormel Foods Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions]. After today’s presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions]. is event this note being recorded. Please now Nathan Annis, would like Hormel to to over conference the Director Corporation. turn Foods I of Relations, Investor ahead. go Please

Nathan Annis

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Jim Sheehan

Thank Good you, Jim. morning.

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Operator

[Operator Instructions].

ahead. from question first comes Theurer Please Barclays. Ben The of go

Benjamin Theurer

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Jim Snee

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Benjamin Theurer

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Jim Snee

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Jim Sheehan

production on chats not all growth impact JOTS they of in is vertically it the only and the that Ben would that the the availability is what their product is to the products to I way sell lines, add goes side. and because integrated,

Benjamin Theurer

I'll Congrats it great. you. again, leave okay, thank here. Yeah,

Jim Snee

you. Thank

Operator

from comes Oppenheimer. Parikh of go question next Please The Rupesh ahead.

Rupesh Parikh

congrats quarter. thanks and morning, questions the my on taking nice Good also for

to I terms headwind? we clearly per profitability just go in plant the profit was And JOTS? you the the thoughts still Are in recovery unfolding or is year challenged to see Jennie-O, ongoing of just any for so how guess an quarter. that I want So back past curious, now pauses

Jim Sheehan

Yeah, your thanks for comment.

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Rupesh Parikh

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Jim Snee

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Rupesh Parikh

you. thank Great,

Operator

of Please from Inc. go question next ahead. Ben comes The Stephens, Bienvenu

Ben Bienvenu

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Jim Snee

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Ben Bienvenu

okay, you thanks. that your with you African swine of what perfect was in hogs, the meant of Jim for light hog what fever of materially? [ph] hedge light strategy XXXX expect fourth That's light in hedging in and sense out pretty some in called color hog expect hog look of continued around supposed to Would the great, quarter down you for Sheehan, would like hedges book, makes prices headwinds prices. from current still being your

Jim Sheehan

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Ben Bienvenu

Best okay, Understood, thanks. of luck. great,

Operator

Sandler. from The next go Piper ahead. comes Please question of Lavery Michael

Michael Lavery

just over of or morning. what how more that them? the food the you've since that the gave volatility terms color Good you the bit around you. channel Thank just momentum us really of little in course seen on service, splits give Can you of progressed some a and quarter helpful, maybe

Jim Snee

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more recovery to So continue starting recovery. it's bit the different year its still under states it I mean it a see is behind a But now, fact ago. do as didn't we that significantly get And are control.

foreseeable way, come itself, our For us, industry it in behavior that what some probably going ingrained food away from how that continue food for does look will look shape, the are future. form reimagine in home is will believe about society is that what it like do is service this. but We or does to the it just the the from future, in different segments such all emerging an

Michael Lavery

on M&A, that's follow-up to just I remarks. Okay, then And on helpful. prepared your want

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Jim Snee

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Michael Lavery

Alright, thank you very much.

Operator

Ken Zaslow Montreal. ahead. The of next go of Bank question Please comes from

Ken Zaslow

and expected. have reflecting I side How or grocery product the would little seems inability the higher to than relationships then a the the much terms implications morning customers and retailer, shelf guys. Hey, your looking get of you're versus to consumer lighter given when much get it demand are ability that space And your the in on levels operational the sales inventory how demand? that retailer? in The in is shorting addition of to at the is what to is to good longer-term

Jim Snee

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Jim Sheehan

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Ken Zaslow

to the this turkey business, And my industry the there legacy is leave I commentary? clarification normal be follow-up, thinking on working didn't I'll And point it margins whatever at just should operational is, understand relative there. a issues, is everything the still just and more now we or

Jim Snee

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since quarter. of the had haven't beginning pauses We the any

business if recovering, trailing still And so, don't Jim, year. know anything. really want lean is turkey service food but demand, the last The in the add area I really, retail ground especially you strong. to

Jim Sheehan

we Yeah, and as being -- integrated. you again vertically are

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Ken Zaslow

clarify will it were the sorry? I'm there, And running operating and really did I leave the have been if margins you plants what would

Jim Snee

see you he I with to you clarification. can -- can if Nathan that more Ken give offline and have want No,

Ken Zaslow

guys. you thank Great,

Operator

The comes ahead. go Please next Palmer Morgan. question J.P. from of Tom

Thomas Palmer

In refrigerated price Good pretty for Thanks mix segment the morning. was meaningfully. question. down the foods

sales lower thus least promo it like pricing could a bit is sounds think at as industry were the Just such make in factor what out, right now of reflected how pricing then understand some a as this fourth play a supply pullback quarter some proceed better of fresh and considering a wanted could that sense? to retail and constraint especially might extent we whether to higher how flow through pork the mix about prices commodity for at

Jim Sheehan

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Jim Snee

the are quarter, be feels all mean and as you mean going supplies the I at plants think levels going running supply it fourth very like And adequate about solid the I of on forward. the to are markets,

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Thomas Palmer

Okay, on co-packers. to thank I follow-up And just guess you.

it co-packer So driven over certain starts as how in-house overhang next demand do going issue demand the quarters for is or to time. you of is taking more Is products solve that can -- Thanks. essentially couple see by it away margin increased itself? this product the over ease that a

Jim Sheehan

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Thomas Palmer

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Please comes question Heather Heather Jones Jones ahead. next from go The of Research.

Heather Jones

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Jim Snee

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Heather Jones

that so the from the is that did you've for hedges correctly the XXXX? of I mentioned understand hog in costs the correctly last in think I some of understand Sheehan year, impact perfect. were but more they this thing Okay, prices put And in hog then you QX cash quarter, place hedge second were and you I hog QX have you then favorable did net-net impact was even comment, that Jim though, than lower

Jim Sheehan

Heather. correct That's

Heather Jones

Thank perfect. much. you Okay, so

Operator

from comes Please Peter Bank question next The go Galbo, of America. ahead.

Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

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Peter Galbo

of Sheehan that's you're would now of helpful, pretty you much. Okay, a on quick fourth very the this a one, Thanks just point, to end still into wide what month million? just low guys. million much, a quarter versus maybe the the XX kind for quarter, the have drive very COVID to just Jim end thanks XX And you range costs high the at the

Jim Sheehan

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Operator

Samuelson comes next of The question from Sachs. go Adam Goldman Please ahead.

Adam Samuelson

thanks. Hi, everyone, in. yes, me squeezing Good letting appreciate morning

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Jim Sheehan

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Adam Samuelson

related XXXX, that on do of have idea could fiscal imagine that incur that COVID just $XXX fiscal costs wouldn't one, repeating? on, and in you $XX any million necessarily what of is million you're bonuses of look you rough to the there's in XXXX, It that quick a of like expecting plan last to portion I

Jim Sheehan

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Adam Samuelson

you. thank Okay,

Operator

The Robert Suisse. Please go last from question today come Credit will Moskow of ahead.

Robert Moskow

all question. or to Believe not honor the an up wrap inventory it's about What be levels.

think XX% division grocery within growing So one manufacturing, the point learned of what clarification some I last is maybe that of I alternative contract channels we guess, also not that quarter, is are grocery.

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Jim Snee

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Robert Moskow

it. got Okay,

big we're fall like October that, to resale expectation? will ship like have going is quarter, fall not you in consumption or in the October the the anything it's related your to in to So season quarter the a

Jim Snee

exactly. Yes,

Robert Moskow

commodity are fresh refrigerated, used us as down, your ago kind then profits in you pork said higher normalizing and was of profits costs year being those to Okay, on are higher quarter also when last costs in fresh result question, past down? it versus the this you so give lower, that of pork a

Jim Sheehan

comparable. actually relatively They're

Robert Moskow

Comparable.

Jim Sheehan

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Robert Moskow

also about Okay, unfavorable the talking you're that and in those including well as when quarter? were hedges about fresh talking you're pork,

Jim Snee

true. That’s

Robert Moskow

Thank guys. you very much. Alright,

Jim Snee

Robert. thank Yup, you,

Operator

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Jim Snee

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