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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Jim Snee President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Sheehan President and Chief Financial Officer
Nathan Annis Director of Investor Relations
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Ben Bienvenu Stephens
Tom Palmer JPMorgan
Ben Theurer Barclays
Rupesh Parikh Oppenheimer
Ken Zaslow Bank of Montreal
Peter Galbo Bank of America
Carson Barnes Consumer Edge Research
Arthur Almeida Goldman Sachs
Jacob Nivasch Credit Suisse
Rebecca Scheuneman Morningstar
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Operator

Good day and welcome to the Hormel Foods Third Quarter 2021 Earnings 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]. Please note today's event is being recorded. turn Relations. over to Director Nathan like Investor of now the to conference Annis, I'd ahead. go Please

Nathan Annis

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Jim Sheehan

you, Good Thank Jim. morning.

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Operator

Thank you.

Michael go question-and-answer first We from now Piper ahead. Instructions]. Today's with Sandler. question Please [Operator begin comes will the session. Lavery

Michael Lavery

Good morning. Thank you.

Jim Snee

Morning.

Michael Lavery

-- this Can of you be one. this maybe what as pricing kind you product, know, some think don't of maybe, you of might finishing a broad literally just you one, if as enough the elaborate just brand give appropriate. every for -- determined how said on sense us well And but and magnitude it's or into and and obviously was and your order bit next you coverage it year well I

Jim Snee

only is no in I from and in move What commodity sure Good question. have morning, though, and Michael. we've That's on that be think think, costs is for is that this second we pricing environment the And, right across watching hit different been said rates, is is And quarter been And to that portfolio. really to we're making you complex what different to. Company watching, and obviously we're have is it away the freight and markets, that head it, those us. a when different but than third making talking continued that just And broad-based other packaging you us, sure that very, very throughout those ready. the timeframe. as the have prepared costs we been I just capturing food what's the you're any do not say, quarter

continue but continued to that markets broad-based we've taken do costs us. away that to we've have We continued to will have move as from and seen we have these to pricing, and to aggressive do

categories. We're what's really all by within elasticities categories. it's our the category vary the So and dynamics. we're brands watching It by with again, product, of Clearly, watching broad-based. happening could

we've is with that know pricing obviously the we're brand that though, it's we're forward. ready react and additional the a But pricing with pleased dynamic. complex really so that pleased the takeaway key very taken, And to performances, actions we're with some going we

Michael Lavery

accelerate? quarter, this it really should just report it helpful. that see was underway what to And so that's in clarify, pricing, pretty or the expect Okay, that just would third maybe we fully the from reflect getting to we

Jim Snee

you mean, depends brand can the that I again, a quarter. got, category, on place but took and as tell, pricing significant Well, we've in

go over that we but that Some being quarter, of will into will as effect well. to fourth take carry that the effect is have in into fourth the quarter prepared also pricing

pricing to a going So some actions into of QX. QX, it's really in and combination spillover QX from be then new

Operator

Thank you.

Bienvenu go question ahead. Stephens, next from Ben with comes Our today please

Ben Bienvenu

morning. Good thanks. Hey,

Jim Snee

Morning

Jim Sheehan

Morning.

Ben Bienvenu

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Jim Sheehan

closing Ben. only business that transaction, costs that we business There’re expenses adjustments accounting transitional obviously as occur the some were type you're any The referencing to bring of with $X.XX those made. morning, is related transfer. always this events related and online. those Good so to That the one-time

dilution X those XXXX So the believe included. is in still those reasonable. are We -- to are that $X.XX

Ben Bienvenu

improvement in fourth and you if efficiencies. then of about margin helpful. the Can trajectory that And But to from sense here if want of meaningful -- segment's market quarter, see about recovery, on based would about the the margin business, focus the to system, I I price, be the the extent, you to drive the improvement business. could the But you that sequentially that outlook, margin think on we're seeing working really from grocery contribution I grocery pace recovery some taking the Great. delineate you of between talked sequentially relative costs Okay. quarter? give products products the to third think us out of and the take obviously, current in implied

Jim Snee

I the you. business Ben. with could thing our portfolio. other the than more part Sure, start of do products lag to Probably mean, has think grocery longest I pricing. is any in the for We that first

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We in have another round that'll be really impact coming in have QX that the XXXX. of will QX

Operator

you. Thank

Our next JPMorgan. from today Tom Palmer, comes Please go question ahead.

Tom Palmer

Hi, the thanks question. for

Jim Snee

Tom. Hi,

Tom Palmer

circling Planters, XX about just in Maybe the million third to noted back you nonrecurring charges quarter.

on at to Planters to million so it fourth be that non-recurring look as clean considerations, I are includes embedded what's charges going for the is guidance credits And business? forward? these it's charges. Your or and related a either additional we quarter, extent then, mean, going pretty is or GAAP the there basis, XX

Jim Sheehan

some adjustments transaction you've at of all the we the that that related expenses included in the be will the you adjustments million, XX But in which accounting say are and can't have quarter, million. think to seen of adjustments, accounting taken accounting fourth complete until end all of your purchase place. you make probably the and included think I are XX the Well, the the finished

come expenses Does you? this help that expenses, the still through the of accounting as expenses, believe we process. So the majority we that close the could vast some purchase of one-time majority but the is be they're

Tom Palmer

this that guidance or be is point? it number in anything to embedded clarify, incremental Just would at

Jim Sheehan

That all-in is number. an

this that expenses that the is anytime The So that Planters. bringing into those GAAP is are with the Planters the transition expenses we occur that at basing pleased a into sales transactional we business We've on and transitional performance then called are you're and been your believe organization. what number period. we're with of rate out time that pleased or

that is number. an So all-in

Operator

Ben comes with Thank Barclays. And next our you. question Theurer from ahead. Please go today

Ben Theurer

you morning, Jim Thank much. very and Good Jim.

QX. something obviously, price about, you've to in and to Just back you've wanted done talked go increases the

You to in expect quarters. more coming do

offset the seen and of price you the increases. some On plans And terms consumers that to the price sort where very ones, have core reaction been some of brand those of for the customers initial strength has increases? you've and from in how sensitivity introduced by your

Jim Snee

all really Really outperforming price performance pleased with the in face -- models use, we're we've we the increases. The of the typically of businesses been that those. elasticity the

to the question But brands, strength continue comments, going is is watch one important sales really in so your the highlighted brand in in, one, point the elasticities it's is think over have, that the in categories, I that that forward. our last the we invested we've And we the important that ever than we'll more and time been.

key As sales with we're mind, really, a success sure environment inflationary on have resonate of drivers growth. that for and recognize such they the consumers day-to-day our them making basis that the an and that of with faced brands is in our is one

Ben Theurer

guidance then, been if reiterating range that's about clean you Planters? teens fourth about Planters, would that comfortable of things the talked is going to feel look quarter how there's high we into for fiscal But And on and XXXX, you. accretion initial Thank and be. your

Jim Snee

would we the we've we've out have other brand channel. business our the business, that X We said point, very I experiencing early. on is that seen convenience of Many iconic like satisfied in the all mean, in an already this are holding some got what? Maybe that parts in sales that We've weeks can the own -- At of quarter. X third or we're made up. with business the it then Yes. of But assumptions the the we're we performance. benefits

still with that range. very yes, feel early, it's at comfortable point, although So, we this

Operator

you. Thank

Please Our ahead. Oppenheimer. Parikh comes next question go today from with Rupesh

Rupesh Parikh

question. my taking for thanks and morning Good

given started within cases just So spiking I a any guess curious just we business. are you've on your see foodservice to of if COVID just that seeing number business, markets, that impact

Jim Snee

labor, I And need for challenge so how mean, foodservice portfolio our and accelerate. really it to its about as think they just of our back not, that you they goes pacing foodservice have right? to to honestly, caught. the to have that continues And what Rupesh. And labor, aligns with get compensate we business shortage perfectly these operators are

And those a operators is selling said we've of we're direct doing it organization. helping for with is this competency ever, again, overcome so more advantage. which a it And challenges than competitive our those force, distinct

accelerating going we be all. we going slow incredibly we We're on business seeing seen what our foodservice So to portfolio bullish able achieve it to are feel the haven't and and forward. at

Rupesh Parikh

mean, Great. is the we them can And as some this how to share XXXX, for you blocks Planters it sounds right year? there's possibilities, see not we still I'm in initial look just there look as the going like other but you buildings to that then of question. to one Okay. And next at is are you follow-up fiscal something takes, wondering but be [Indiscernible] much year? as if accretion fiscal now any maybe willing out that's share, next sure way range you'd of and puts the I share clearly, any

Jim Snee

going serve mean, Yes. be talked coming those and and that going qualify foodservice have of strength, additional it's our overcome our do well. to our early for pinpoint business that capacity labor business early. us saying is operators. great help the it an foodservice I operators. think continue what we're to it -- in to continue to I'm we as we bacon But I expansion, help some help mean, We that quantify going to But to incredible online 'XX we pepperoni to just question. foodservice going it's portfolio is our expect a -- about, or by for

as And our the we've Planters The offset impact all play. earlier, inflation, what from business, continued also news. mentioned that's generating. a of only international labor portfolio, run strength and facilities. in will with well. innovation what business And that with we're impact actions as our we that be the then, business the our the We You talked pricing but had would Mexican expect come the manufacturing base our good business, not that into happens to authentic MegaMex the some impact will happens will with great

about optimistic the on this unknowns And term. feel built we've side. of lot But business the a there's built think XXXX. good and we that how portfolio for really So how we're we've long about I

Operator

you. Thank

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

Ken Zaslow

guys. morning, good Hey,

Jim Snee

Ken. Hi,

Jim Sheehan

Morning, Ken.

Ken Zaslow

or us you smaller to know, the they that supply supply challenges? is Can and when feeling, chain And inflationary pressure will change chain are you be what the you're mitigated? than bigger challenges let doing

Jim Sheehan

margin look one, at we efficiencies relates brought inflation had action, morning, cannot our other the supply gross the throughout had shortages inflationary we've pressure suppliers our labor that pressure. as strained some been we and certainly input shortages Good say online, margin labor The really labor question. that gross Not to that But our on but when late, we inflation. pricing at that At we've we the times, change, facilities, The capacity, really offsetting mix, because packaging our either lines notified, been our improved not chain. plants, has shortages. had and we've Good have at us times, some we've provide running have full into relatively shortages in overheads have Ken. only our products. look our us is or at let's

the third quarter, labor as we've creating So now. as the inflation, issue is right very think at really we It's pressure forward, we this we managed look that well. look

say it's of labor a So issue. more I'd

Jim Snee

this linkage And and -- labor add the And Can to strong I inflationary mean, -- of in would between just all I is, you it? key to know, just as about said, what you doing are issues. there really the that, is, I like on you

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raising have, employee that how hire. we're to in more we pools wages. were being clearly, labor the finding starting For aggressive don't We're

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a our hand. in able one we victim really say, this what team all And that's that do is about so, to mentality, hand in do but And challenge. thing it? things those themselves the has to been Because really not find of are going go

Ken Zaslow

you does a do just first are bank have a it just the Great. margin, I to is question, to will know be appreciate distorted more how first out does for just important, And and year-ago progress kind by have margin on with long framing that way. Which think least catch divisions I is of levels ask because to trying that my and because par it pricing able fan but next Just Which but divisions? up? the then sales it which margins which the then other trying first? I'm big division divisions, of and I'm that it. how at you have this to about are it think not out will figure take? to the just figure I'm the going obviously to dollars I

Jim Snee

margin more is subset, seen it's the I but And within us also return through the obviously, Products provide to -- -- of only shift answer, and opportunity also in going time. for foodservice, really our structure some to, Refrigerated raw as moderation to depends. normalized think this Sure. it margin really a and to not going really Grocery to it over business give Foods, I a has hate we've is a we is I'm but growth the materials enhancement mix but good division,

So again, the fan answer, I've but not a to big give of got that.

Jim Sheehan

costs. we relief it's that thing the quarter, early but point of in you I to one see the the that, the Ken, input would side pork on is

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Operator

Thank you.

from Peter today question Please next with Galbo Our of Bank go ahead. America. comes

Peter Galbo

good questions. Jim morning. Thanks the Page, for taking and [Indiscernible]

Jim Snee

Peter. morning, Good

Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

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Peter Galbo

helpful. That's Jim And Thanks, questions. just No. maybe Sheehan, - Jim. cleanup A two

that margin guide down gross year-over-year? be for the to that includes said should the wanted we And I part, fourth the week, I XXrd sequentially, still On for the full the just improved make expecting but sure you correct? still quarter, the be sales second think year to

Jim Sheehan

the the have supply dealing that with are again, issues this said, all-in issues that on week. as XXrd And have quarter we we will GAAP we in same improve have margins the fourth have the third same includes guidance but guidance. process. and we an additional to is confident in And that be dealt action pricing everything again, labor we pressure quarter, still There's Yes, going the we been still with.

operations and increased we've employment to find that know rate had our we and to interrupted had our as solutions. surprises go less we suppliers, But alternative our have some what out So have of visibility and is. have actually we've cost

situation, be I an expect it's of its would So trend. year last the still fourth quarter they will The had but improving but last would own I trail think year. that challenges,

Operator

Thank ahead. you. Barnes And Carson Research. Please from our next question go from Consumer today comes Edge

Carson Barnes

for talk international the pork little a swine bit the about especially Good with fever. respect question. you morning. Thanks demand, African to Can

Are that. other As work any to countries risks you business moving the through and China forward? seeing demand changes in or

Jim Snee

at point, this really haven't We Carson.

supply, new on to really shifting that's to and pork open been our For international focused supply markets and us allowed price we've accordingly. really some us, ractopamine-free a up

on really business. side supply for that's driver been I the our the that's business, big So, mean, the of

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growth, of continues our branded forward. the availability be supply Although exports going risk chain to in shows some freight a

Carson Barnes

Thanks a That's helpful. lot.

Operator

Adam Please, today question Samuelson next Our comes at go Goldman Sachs. from ahead.

Arthur Almeida

This Arthur bit for was question is actually tackle morning. inflation Adam. a Good on hoping the could I we differently.

give for increased as that it's diluted also and actually you of in ranges, is attributable two what looking if $X.XX much business the take can bit about this the guidance imagine are pressures? inflationary color downward wide to updated a maybe both of to $X.XX the Thank range and a feed year. leaves much by Just impacting the As midpoint of we for of that revision. $X.XX How helpful. terms you how That'd at outside be some segment. if you. those could interpretation really And buckets is to in cost it

Jim Sheehan

the to year, third grow is anything, just last has be still The recover in we're there about is that to additional pressure significant above to as going if that that labor will recently. it's they moderate, now. on organization. going recover all? pork probably expenses taken with And the be to will isn't from are pressure it issue that pressure that a we've to I those inflation. of the at to What throughout up think the -- fourth addressed guidance. be going talked issues. quickly away, inputs with quarter, taken pressure putting will costs If Beef that an challenges. we the fair to how And the it those supply issue are will issues those increases talked We've on freight inflationary we believe but Jim think freight our that the the or And labor, chain approach there's the still exists challenges we've business, happen will stated. was the in freight. so continuing issue problems incurring It's we we've going right to hardest quarter. ocean overcome freight is seen and that The in read about

and it; look the bad. identify pork beef I would I and inputs at as the how far as think categorize you

the we're hand, in foodservice recovery seeing seeing the other the we are still And tremendous strong demand business. in On retail.

a demand. It's is appropriately. matter labor having to available priced product demand for there and We've that's produce to meet the the So our products. the of the

Arthur Almeida

guess you that shortages, due you. able shortages? with way the of there is And on labor to to weren't that point demand Thank meet these could labor any you magnitude I the quantify some

Jim Sheehan

were it's just not that have in being it's a talked it's we up. have didn't think think we the sometimes supply chain categories that going what Jim it to as labor as available, interruptions -- that it's we were we earlier, about to we And [Indiscernible] I depends challenged. that the pop problem said,

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Operator

Thank next Suisse. ahead. with our you. Please, And comes Jacob go Nivasch from question today Credit

Jacob Nivasch

the you question. much for very Thank

know is guys by the but trying quick said here, sticky. bit of subside. a here. it tends little think you to one lot pricing guys you presumably record on a once [Indiscernible] perspective about be pricing, but just pricing. inflation longer-term sales for Just to have driven in one a past of does that I'm I And

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Jim Snee

is price The Thanks, takeaway time. over our these to margins demonstrated through key Jacob. to ability we ability from cycles, our have expand

as if you'll what you the think premise, that with start we're get expecting happen. to good I So a read on

through of you each as be go the different channels, will Now, it and different. businesses

acts You which have our segment, Grocery products like and Products looks more a consumer organization.

that will step. So pricing

tied pricing. more got business the refrigerated foods that retail commodity elements has You've our to

though, going going expand level mean pricing moderate. raw that What time refrigerated pricing going up course, stickiness on raw of my to back so, based margins. Doesn't material and And do, what that original to in stay That's as being move the Understanding, effect, is statement, to able is those expand drives how about foods. a we the to us. -- able are over performance. really it for materials in our current that's especially that of and we have will history And see pricing that you comment. think stickiness that is down we

Jacob Nivasch

you. Thank Yeah. understand. I

Jim Snee

Okay.

Operator

from next Please, question the And Rebecca Scheuneman go ahead. with comes Morningstar.

Rebecca Scheuneman

for the and question. morning, thanks Good

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Jim Sheehan

think that Rebecca. I you have both,

exists. said confidence from First Planters very a we efficient And that manage has is we've acquisition, of about. I the the quarter the acquisition coming believe efficiency since that and given in -- we see talked we have you're we'd And to belief. in for that long able time that a of to there things the some this that knew starting the you in business do a manner. business be all, us an first here think Woodley(ph) did as

we at SG&A Jim As have higher added sales not we same said, base level. have that the a

that's first at. think thing look to So the I

other is One that provide Company. SG&A coming Orion XXXX The adding coming going brought believe a have make the quarter trend, doesn't It's forward is SG&A. about it benefit but to business our we've efficiencies efficiency in there and had into we of long thing that operation an we efficiency out for a a that in believe talked is that a in more time. We've long-term we the we Project that efficient that to with.

Rebecca Scheuneman

you much. Great. very Okay. Thank

Operator

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Jim Snee

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Operator

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