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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Nathan Annis Director of IR
Jim Snee Chairman, President, and CEO
Jim Sheehan Executive Vice President and CFO
Ben Bienvenu Stephens
Erica Eiler Oppenheimer
Ken Zaslow Bank of Montreal
Eric Larson Seaport Global
Peter Galbo Bank of America
Tom Palmer JPMorgan
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Ben Theurer Barclays
Sarah Davis Goldman Sachs
Ken Zaslow Bank of Montreal
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Hormel Foods First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] After today’s presentation, there will be an opportunities to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] Please note this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Nathan Annis. ahead. go Please

Nathan Annis

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Jim Snee

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Jim Sheehan

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Operator

question Please And Instructions] Ben the Stephens. go first [Operator come Bienvenu ahead. will from with

Ben Bienvenu

called you if to grain out want for want start question. pressures I to focus first related could, my we in And the to there, comments - I Jennie-O. cost

You about think you're able extent offset talked what wondering, you pricing. how higher or from severe meaningful, costs talk around to your for that you the the about increases, pricing of how the that to be could meaningful actions market prices? And you? as prices? And is I'm think about the the to are be expected higher higher to receptivity

Jim Snee

team that Thanks, I priority working the pricing of they've high that strong support. last we forward. rationale this lot going really, a tell have what's underlying while a not done, Ben. in Obviously, terms they're or through. you so month of the Store Jennie-O But the of there's success in Obviously, terms the is implement And to supports been grain Turkey been market for would very getting happened - in entirely over, pricing.

the difficult the know Jennie-O demand What as So has the for the there. to team Store And a see Turkey we've we idea we of job exceptional do elasticity go been something pandemic. retail is to with given forward, that is pricing has products. continued measure done nice

that remain the can very balance the the for we business on success have of year. So optimistic this

Jim Sheehan

of of some type Corn up meal soybean was while Cornmeal give type So about Ben, some up to XX%. is Nuts XX%, just you scope. up about scope. you

have at the significant of hedged we lower a ability position. half markets. less than have the price a our than current corn formula. we It's change the Now to And

the as to the a can you will more meal-based soybean from So of cost. That formula imagine, portion corn. formula a of we're moving away offset

probably we've increases. to six along with and price positions And taken. talked about a six increases, So of that risk the mitigate these positions Jim around the these approaches the taken - took we more feed approach than months the very really there's effective multiple we've shifting ago. on formula

Ben Bienvenu

you. the the investments several Okay. supply a question Thank years. That's number you've And related very helpful. made over to last second of My is obviously, chain.

with starting freight would Jim You've chain you gotten Sheehan, made you any headwinds supply of some - cost you through to supply cost the of of might here capacity - stood up freight quarter. on equation in about fixed a cost offset made chain higher get be afford that absorption, mature benefit in first improvements. And talk you to as this be few expect to capacity of the you relative comments these some terms Orion, that that by you expansions the helpful. Can enhancements some the that some inflation you see, expansion the

Jim Snee

that and Yes. we've But battled on year and freight a we're ship been challenged Project been Ben, how let is we've and chain of start trucks. costs, supply of I'll early to finish have our inefficiencies Jim has I'll one last in go - with Orion. terms that we able things number ahead is the this had over the of how year with

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with be there's So yes, opportunity some that internal again, us offset a good really efficiencies. for inflation. we be there'll some think But flip to freight to going

Jim Sheehan

us this benefit your that's I'll a Project Orion little in area. about second and Ben, portion your talk bit how of question, will

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some to that freight, business do we're can can levels across and analysis on running actually how benefits are load load as we improve on we organizations. able provide is where thing what to freight our levels, significant our other The our

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Operator

next The question be with Please from will Oppenheimer. Parikh Rupesh ahead. go

Erica Eiler

is Eiler Thanks Rupesh. our on actually This Erica for for questions. taking

first, hoping lastly, the in I So I and follow Planters wanted maybe margins last just Planters us quickly categories dynamics And to on was up made then could the commodity. actually give you week's acquisition. gross reference into some there. Kraft more private-label as insight also Planters a to

So about terms a its categories being of how in commodity? think do you

Jim Snee

and I'll Erica. morning, one. that take Good Yes. go ahead I'll

think the board, there's items different average private really seeing just putting when label just that. we for categories, how those job, store seeing private brand, the the the the percentage talked our about they label, process. top label. When And those think can mentioned. range team what board. when we're risks, can And they're center And not label, same XX%. again, that's subcategories. but is of existing is about phenomenal right other the you business, I plan the face a we in identifying we of at last was an across private range across about now, that private together mean own across shares did we as we Planters our thing about do that our list offset week I were the action diligence due And the the

label not the So a a new at being of risk, idea a a all. to competitor, threat, private us

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hopefully, that's So helpful.

Erica Eiler

Yes. very talk gears Grocery just just growth? would mean really you more lapping bit these can and I No, facing about about quarters. again, maybe little switching thinking that's here helpful. obviously And to in a of you're comparisons then couple challenging Products. next some the Can your confidence this you're Any helpful? puts laps, think, how with takes regards you share I be to

Jim Snee

Sure.

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we our absolute then demand meeting and in in from having we were getting - we so chain the are our customers. the recall, And talked you QX, difficulties supply and if that about

give of for lot a and there's three quarters. take So remaining the

our that business out allowing it’s achieve chain. of with and impact obviously our the business that this. and and think going to results the As we this the we units also all not us the optimism, optimism chain the business we've discount fuels And supply seeking their my reviewed laid of are to goal do and how is flow supply

much So run they our so business. difference made its - in really a better

increasingly guidance So the all those of things together Eric has really what about the year. business optimistic and for has reinstate our the become allowed us to balance

Operator

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

Ken Zaslow

Which the constraints? associated explore to talk capacity of And capacity scope cost of that side kind are won't with do then it, you Wanted capacity which was about products with constraint bit. now? what think in up were a that and be little products take capacity Can you that? And ones not on you the of, the what future? constraint the

Jim Snee

part. And I'll the numbers let first the Well, I'll Ken. CFO part take take the

biggest You we in about talked grocery really constraints we was products know QX in in saw, our and the our this that business.

business at that one time saw that knew we that's would the know, Hash. and constrained. capacity You helped a our general really we Chilly, online our business. spam spam expansion had call in that Stew, that capacity few come and the process we capacity But We was canning was of, were one, we in which

is over we we identified not the co-packer most balance but still where opportunities. of year. the expect And know we're - one that demand, You we to that in improve continue recently expect to

I has about pepperoni QX really speed. that new and pepperoni foodservice our think a opportunity that retail to we just done to did that we both that's the in business. us up and was getting talk that And afforded expand had line

you capacity the know, know, are optimism we to - far the future, as less of is we constrained. you So, part look

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Jim Sheehan

Sure. Ken. Good morning,

Ken Zaslow

morning. Good

Jim Sheehan

supply tremendously The XXXX was, chain of last impacted half as said, challenges. by Jim

some about idle weeks financial seen a the trends So few should we have foodservice. say, And as it last, is first in the we very We've from foodservice. talk interesting area at that let's standpoint, in look we on capacity foodservice.

no have foodservice filling we problem need. that So

foodservice and business. category is that for opportunity So us is any unrestrained growth great a the in

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so grow year. the foodservice. in Products of how to And allow going growth the that very be we're Grocery business. of actually talked additional in there, pepperoni that's some online Refrigerated nice we've half business and to that's in significant back we pepperoni seeing recovering have Foods, us had very pepperoni and in some the able And to Jim come the the about job doing constraints a capacity

we've and that during XXXX our constraint that we that helped haven't other opportunity in talked us a product time the is very significant produce of an we in the even found about XXXX. difficult think a things So have one of in efficiencies this some the time I of how lot hard period. constraint, to underestimate operations that in impact much it's have had And

actually Now it, be efficiency to increase and efficiencies and operations. as we'll issues take those able we drive issues throughout cost the

Ken Zaslow

there, Can fear not how and capacity. to how this add, I'll to and us give I you XXXX actually to really just I appreciate we leave might think it. that year some - underestimate I of could XXXX? it And but the dimension

Jim Snee

ability Well, seen growth we some be that I you've would important improvements. see think some in you if as fill full categories, our the There that demand. could

think, - growth about we back half good talked I chain. on in as I strictly I've think the in see Products, Grocery of the in supply XXXX - is Products based where benchmark, a improvements Grocery in

Jim Sheehan

Yes. dynamics. channel point And I just would at mean, this that's the Ken, the are factor really add, I other unknown

as demand. home people and foodservice that Jim - out, retail from so, our meet able eat as are and mentioned, capacity ready, perhaps is away looking as willing to to And get

as be think see into to half even that's we I part XXXX important an back more of get foodservice story we recovery continue. going of to and as XXXX So our the

Operator

Eric go And question Larson will next be Seaport Global. the with from Please ahead.

Eric Larson

taking for question. Thanks everyone. Thanks the

Jim you. Sheehan, So for quick question

financing rates for about the talked Planters. You

the just clarification, transaction? use to that debt going that incremental that borrow? the X.X% on for and the going finance to is the you're of debt Just it percentage is blended rate Or cash to you're between

Jim Sheehan

It's out of we'll X.XX% retiring rate. including that $X $XXX has that June for a in And the took instance, of blended April rate million a worth last be billion debt in the debt, of year. I

rates, level about think the be in current interest interest rate that we'll you replacing and high reasonably with some retiring rate. interest interest much if lower So debt it

Eric Larson

little time this - I of bit current rationalize Will that for industry, - has industry significantly. And We recover maybe with my the we second stronger thought, Jim, lower like, a Turkey - the have come oversupply the out pretty back you while. would structurally more? pandemic markets Snee. pandemic, that the seen been impacted foodservice a end supplied industry? Mr. And just the Will long the in obviously a for has pretty haven't potentially, a industry ago. maybe question the is supply significant of

Jim Snee

and I good of of our able you the the that want is work the do. mean, on success, that I pandemic, in the I if had. some wouldn't of attributed ground into our lean we before a don't feel had on we've that Eric, focus right we've that might team pandemic on, Yes. From lot achieve. effort the competitors believe perspective, really to directly I hit, distribution leading what about know. And growing the to some retail was to side comment the expanded then, back to But distribution done, the stumbles, go turkey, the strategic we

In like, meat. of used meat a the in terms of foodservice lot is look clearly, industry. mean, I breast Turkey inventories what breast

collapse, business, there What And strength has we entire that seen increase continued are the some had in the recent so across impact. that have business. foodservice a is implications industry. Jennie-O And retail to obviously, dramatic our in

about a And positive lot so our forward. Turkey with there's Store we to be Jennie-O believe, heading business that

Jim Sheehan

is down that item the But We've be, at where would decreases looking this that, and time placements egg the fundamentals months the and indication business been in down long that for placements that's the best of others industry seen pork pork XX%. reminding going. in January, Eric, a would in now. add I X% for several were placements probably we've are

of from industry indication where standpoint. that's going strong the a think a I capacity is

Operator

Please ahead. Peter from next be question of our go And Galbo Bank with will America.

Peter Galbo

question. two-parter. you maybe inflation. of gave a for And my the ask taking about the a Jim, it's pork Thanks around first bit color wanted just I question, to

appear whether and it fair you just that's, to any more U.S. thinking how internally. side pork of going ASF bit A, about consumer the or just if versus want around The when to or would like the that shipment of lot speculative first being, out seeing of XXXX tangible it I a part be not it guess, there be was but now a more more, see that inflation this the there was least ability you're feel maybe get pricing at I bacon, guess, statement seemed that I insights make to to on you're pepperoni Turkey, around a from more around pork And elasticity in that then on time behavior is your confident changes you're items? seeing B, your team those would consumer mentioned in anything on types consumer you of

Jim Sheehan

Well, in Peter, I first recovery is issue, the think going part on of this the foodservice. to depend is

in - take They now. been the right one mid-X.XX X.XX you bellies range. are running have up if bellies, the So

I is in an going that demand that, think is the an indication there that's there up. that is that some recovery foodservice, expectation pick to

levels. for run the - to prices mid-X.XXs, range, year's in year We is somewhere these which above in that full expect the these last

seeing, and One that of labor taken have in now, probably to not you're markets. things the to you're some the component Trim are that markets going the a that's XXs other is there's boning. think certain the still pressure off that though, of do I right fact enough of

a labor facilities, issue. just labor prices going are into That's down. these returns those As to go

as going are we going the to go by volatile to recovery. think be impacted And foodservice demand bellies is we the - So be have through.

Jim Snee

Turkey year, about SKIPPY. business our in price very pricing and taken to bacon Already Yes. really we this pricing We deli as ability on Store And We've Columbus, our Peter, price. has pricing. total talked Jennie-O confident taken remain the we've I mean, had well.

ability the price. very the what's happening business, confident feel follow see obviously we factors and in as inflationary So in to we our

Peter Galbo

make trust, clarifying there both. unlocked. an rebuild on was - that up inventory One, or the I a Okay. on quite Thank that investment just any to there retail quarter the some here. rabbi helpful. capacity sure, very quick was then And Grocery just just acceleration, wanted of like And - right? that bit. Products, guess in inventory was questions was first That's I number? income, two But just you the

the So model. very maybe it we something of rest we think much. XQ Just the for and reverse? about do in how put in the that have Does year? Thanks to

Jim Snee

and there would demand. I Peter, just Yes. hasn't rebuild. based on our to say demand seeing I ability retailer really we're say no, fill that been that And inventory that the any

then it strong so think it - opportunity But going speaks as still to at to that we are And demand. consumer have the pipeline point, I to well. the also very obviously, the fill fact do there's some

Jim Sheehan

line, interest much up compensation And expense that's gain thanks our our the that which have income. so interest coming that in gain interest Any deferred at the on offsets the our program. for from look an That's if you unallocated this backs rabbi in up is expense, trust, expense. we question that quarter corporate

an unallocated expense each of spots net offset I've seen different So interest appear and there. when the gain that two comp but is statements, the the income, you financial in at They deferred incurred the at they additional theirs look on I the in offset other.

So offset increase the there investment Does on no all? in at above-the-line benefit It's EPS the is line. that an income. help of you basis in unallocated

Peter Galbo

about just pretty number volatile from going it I we forward, does. as can it No, that guess quarter-to-quarter. be think Yes.

it? so best And guess what's to about way just think I the

Jim Snee

the way in and interest are best in because unallocated. The offset gain about accrue or results by Sure. losses has on company's to income think corporate impact it it gains whatever no losses is,

So P&L. no it has impact on my

Operator

comes question next from ahead. Palmer go Tom Please the with And JPMorgan.

Tom Palmer

on to just side. I ask the wanted First, CapEx

$XX think, by outlook, million morning. I cut You your this

that to what pushed CapEx Planters? XXXX? Just reduction? up this the Is or curious were free there drove Are halted into other for maybe projects some specific

Jim Sheehan

It's and gone that a into one - and Yes. we've is it big expense later to fall next expect project Tom. great question, And the year, we year. it's that back in majority the pushed ahead of

It's It's delay project a a complete. not need cancellation. capital. just a for not it's in a will that we additional So still

Tom Palmer

that what disclose project is? you Can

Jim Sheehan

No.

been hasn't announced that approved. It haven't yet. We

Tom Palmer

year. and ago, outlook And quarter be X% have then Sheehan, outlook a for should full Jim as EBIT we're thinking seeing input margin inflation as side, is Okay. pricing then instituted costs understood year? the just versus margin the I pricing. quarter an being you make being Do maybe just quarter timing how the toughest about the sure I of updated think Jennie-O And second that we during wanted that the an maybe now? Should given you cost on to about this mentioned that we quarter,

Jim Sheehan

Sure.

right, when be to to biggest Tom, wait Jennie-O the second there's know, as on, the ramp-up cost. effective. is absorb period bring exactly a period and you for pricing that the quarter be that they challenge But as going pricing You're for a you

that but as will impact as previously far in we talked margins have will significantly, it QX, Jennie-O. will but impact have minor impact slightly not for expectations So an a and my about it what on

Operator

The Moskow will come from with next Robert Please go ahead. Suisse. question Credit

Robert Moskow

mentioned you're think a you restaurant just foodservice Jim, and in more of mathematically, there's the International give expect COVID response to Jim year? that's you pricing secondly, what a throughout trends should give And last and you was for? little us on do specifics to - pricing you rates? more And lot the type mentioned questions. some you as I And then think of seeing quarter. declining pricing what is in weeks, the during Can we that from? pepperoni division of that that change the of couple level that Can over interesting a few one of A demand color being them.

Jim Snee

that I we mean, seeing where Yes. Rob, fast-casual mentioned, it I'll is we're in perspective, restaurants, traditional ahead your more strength business. go mean, QSRs, from start. I a the foodservice and pizzerias

first We But of quarter second improve of the a best of weeks in terms pandemic since pickup we've towards in travel the continue haven't venues quarter, the as hotels. some really our some seen began. end the of business the seen into to the

of It also began. had we second end have the been before early business. some seen probably would increased October, So November wave

now it's real, to pepperoni forward. been really we ongoing to sustain believe are business know that this that new going that and has So then going trends we we're the the And not to throughout an be down. and able up was Any slowed line because expectations. we capacity-driven, the that for slowdown meeting have those which us that speed, new just never area and is really we're our pandemic

Jim Sheehan

Rob. Good morning,

an China. It's result our operations business improvement in There in both exports, more our it pork. our business. and - in area within of and better branded this a Regarding isn't certainly pricing. results Brazil profitability hasn't it's our International improved, business, a of that and in not fresh is broad-based our It's

but in no aspects mix, really improved in So International. it's here. - the is business internationally driver of all an This isn't it's broad-based I just a improvement pricing mean

Jim Snee

International And strong business year, to Rob. we our balance remain of the for the expect

Robert Moskow

sales am if Okay. was XX%. reading I International, up were wrong? But I in but down this maybe volume I could, thought

driver? a it is mix So

Jim Snee

That's a issue. mix

Robert Moskow

Okay. What's Is the driving the positive? mix SKIPPY it SPAM drives mix? and

Jim Snee

I high it's is mean, that branded internationally mix. a - that Yes, products demand Yes. the the are driving better that have

Operator

question with go the is And ahead. next from Michael Lavery Sandler. Piper Please

Michael Lavery

Refrigerated make I trajectory Foods understand to some margins. sure for I and of want just the the

get before You've been puts called already Or are and the come lowest the half? and might worse second it between out of mentioned those have margins some maybe here? since What's some know the takes should that it we the upswing I - it of now into through. from But you some the Does expect the gets better? benefits of are half and an we looks like headwinds, catalysts around clear. or should second XQ XXXX.

Jim Snee

Refrigerated the Yes. for strength recovery. in obviously, the I Foods, are the positive mean, foodservice

we Refrigerated expect very continue hardest path a costs. if the on gets also impact. positive hit will so in COVID And - with we're to the that on, Foods be

hopefully balance be Foods the or to impact year the costs COVID mitigate see we will continue positive of as well. that Refrigerated as on so And over - a have

Michael Lavery

Sadler's are weather some we've production? affected. maybe risk there in moment, seen things some the - And maybe you know but maybe cattle, watchouts about second maybe just what doesn't quarter-to-date seen, to color the can reports impact is seem on a on follow-up And you've it Thanks. hogs any of Okay. also just any like give? like but any sort or I

So you're update just think maybe kind watching what on of any now.

Jim Snee

not to Yes. We impacted. made some of a week for are difficult all natural I gas. mean, for of was a other the decisions prices lot week spot this And then spike locations increase. thing mitigate large in our is We a obviously, saw people. the quick

the a So, that's really any have Michael, longer-term short-term broad-based, impact, is to and the on business. impact going nothing of

Operator

Please The Theurer be will next ahead. Ben with Barclays. question go from

Ben Theurer

and Jim morning Jim. Good

X.X quick ones. Just

still benefit you the first elaborate from could inorganic, all, right, growth Sadler. organic of versus how because was first did if on remember So, a little I quarter bit

give in releases, earnings couldn't this to but points You in found data one. used it past those I

So, how like underlying Sadler's, was performance the just the to dynamic understand without here?

Jim Snee

Well, volume and large without up not Sandler's - it's but Sadler's business, sales is Sadler's. obviously, without a still

are organic an our basis, on So, up. sales

Ben Theurer

on then just the up And international commentary around following the quickly piece.

you've on mentioned side. as some think the headwinds earlier well I freight of the

markets the good But serve you're on just international market business, just needs context. what the product understand your just comes to international been there recent and seeing freight because delivery what side a to most as in clearly, to And obviously, has So well. quarters. the the be when those surprisingly of International understand freight to are it on to expectations

Jim Snee

for difficult mean, really is that part, I secure the containers Yes. making that Ben, the most business. sure just we

that's the our we I of team. so mean been And single-digits. overall about freight, low we about talk focus that's When talked International. inclusive really of

per of thinking total we're So view that's about company our how freight.

Operator

ahead. Sachs. The next question will be from Samuelson Adam with Goldman Please go

Sarah Davis

Davis for is Sarah This on Adam.

Just so on about for I growth side, question me. a the around the implying of sales year-over-year. kind guidance guess, ranges, between quick and X% thinking the X%

can you high it. Appreciate provide, end about range low world you super anything of gets versus guess, helpful. I the would to us state just what be the think of So the helping

Jim Snee

foodservice for impact of to softness in I But might channels. It's some offsetting any Yes. significant is our aren't the you one it the an picks mean, key I have great going as is be that a to driver long Sarah. question, another. downturns of for really going mean, really as believe it's there us the balance expect as the year. to up, business we

that think to part play see large growth. a some our provide the also or going Products Refrigerated so, businesses, whether we recovery expect And still range. is actually our fall we to Foods in I Grocery what retail do looks But where it's business, like, retail in

and said, it's that It's thing going do with is scale is recover. going We rate So big to think The on what believe outlook. a impact biggest to I going happens the happens to the as I at for foodservice. us improve. really which that have

Operator

Montreal. Zaslow Please go next is Bank Ken the ahead. from of a follow-up And with question

Ken Zaslow

environment? ahead parts; increase, it the it the the taking is, the covering the increase in sort any price increase? volume Two is I from when follow-up. pre-buying Or anticipatory? was is of current one appreciate of you're And Jennie-O it pricing

Jim Snee

then current none environment. Yes. No, been performance the that it. Yes, of the by Ken. great have And questions, at to cover is Jennie-O no, would pricing

Operator

this for back over Ladies concludes turn Jim would any our to question-and-answer and to closing conference gentlemen, the session. remarks. like Snee I

Jim Snee

want of morning. I thank us all to for this you joining

lot all there discussed, across parts of momentum a of is we As our business.

have We our know to to and we there need. right that and the Stay also right warm is safe. year. deliver again But the work do Thanks the that us. portfolio to results know guidance deliver we for we this sales also people, stay joining earnings

Operator

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