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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Nathan Annis Director, Investor Relations
Jim Snee President, Chief Executive Officer
Jacinth Smiley EVP and CFO
Kenneth Zaslow Bank of Montreal
Thomas Palmer JPMorgan
Peter Galbo BofA Securities
Rupesh Parikh Oppenheimer
Benjamin Theurer Barclays
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
Benjamin Bienvenu Stephens Inc.
Adam Samuelson Goldman Sachs
Eric Larson Seaport Research Partners
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Hormel Foods First Quarter 2022 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]. is event this note, being recorded. Please now Nathan Annis, would like to to over conference the Director turn I of Relations. Investor ahead. go Please

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Operator

[Operator the Instructions] of of Zaslow Bank Ken is The first Montreal. question from

Kenneth Zaslow

of to seeing thinking it, talk how about where next it you for where you're you're XX about not elasticity, months? you're it and X seeing Can the

Jim Snee

haven't of we across really, elasticity I seen any Yes. Ken, portfolio. mean the any

yet. in said, categories. we've haven't really mean, noise As And and right just much I rates, being demand channels elasticity we fill there's now, and seen across us strong. distribution all all strong that just for demand so And

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Kenneth Zaslow

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Jim Snee

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Operator

from is of Palmer question JPMorgan. Tom next The

Thomas Palmer

want I to outlook. the kick to clarify just EBIT off, Maybe margin

looks of to see one of though, look, I year. throughout year basis then the bit improve said second quarter the weaker. stronger a think it is it the you you a the of seasonal typically If expect the and like ones on margin, on half EBIT sequentially I just kind second

even, year you it to is increases have So a looking expect progression progresses? the past of as of linear seasonality, kind

Jim Snee

Yes.

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Thomas Palmer

guess Okay. would side. margin kind And I be the follow-up gross on of the

I that's think we just talk But guidance. second I expansion ago, gross assume place, more year. quarter, for margin the quarter second margin for was given maybe the look in is a event? gross still the a Or to should year-over-year? that for the expand half

Jacinth Smiley

Yes.

year that exactly expectation, for as that see the we'll So the of Tom, quarter, the continuing to continue that, is expansion second but also through well. rest the

Operator

America. is Galbo Bank Peter of of question from next The

Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

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Jacinth Smiley

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Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

Yes.

Peter. So we'll one, tag-team this probably

which of what's with about all quarter, when the operating it's think fundamentals, some this you of what's we an become As Jennie-O see favorable. happened are dynamic in incredibly the happened obviously, environment,

this through here that's a takeaway that business remains line of this. strategy long-term all that environment. go by takeaway demand-oriented. so And alter to important key volatile to become more hard really the The in it's a really there's line so And such in most will

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talk a maybe about Jacinth let bit I'll takeaway. the key more prices. the really that's grain so And

Jacinth Smiley

Yes.

we're seeing prices, As that it costs relates to certainly, we included what in and have the that hedged. is you're the the seeing prices green

we normal. more so are And hedged than

some good to being feel down from headwind of just about that price perspective. a we cover able grain So

Operator

Oppenheimer. Parikh of is The from next question Rupesh

Rupesh Parikh

So retail, how down to just both coming you just curious now. the COVID normalization I food-at-home given guys and in going about was cases think of exposure maybe foodservice especially with your quarters, demand

Jim Snee

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Rupesh Parikh

one Okay. question. maybe Great. And just follow-up then

to quarter contribution a this contribution the So smaller you in cost future on quarters? of the MegaMex, improve that expect I Do know some to pressures. there's due

Jim Snee

mean better that to and year, we do think avocado for throughout business the bit out so was the the situation expect I do the ordinary of I year. this a get of time Yes.

Operator

Ben next The Theurer Barclays. is of from question

Benjamin Theurer

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Jim Snee

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Benjamin Theurer

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Jim Snee

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you really, so it. how And think about should that's

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Operator

Piper is Sandler. Lavery The Michael from question of next

Michael Lavery

back continue? you do back forward holding mentioned that to and if your going between? You modeling Or want they're to come in guidance, purposes elasticities are it and reverts you more guidance. at your the up. on to and assume I for elaborate how see can least expect that levels in what just Do or you, normal something to assumptions

Jim Snee

to know we've we'll supply the it's it all we -- about goes that's demand. expect never all right view is it of be distribution, elasticities until out, on point about some fill And expect there Michael. supply. mean to solve noise elasticities? work side we strong going we solve issues time. in because about the continue over Again, what there to Yes. elasticities. to out the have better I And to really no. now, Do is a back then really, that got themselves just prognosticate be rates, do to continue it mean, to those But hard the I of business, and

Michael Lavery

those this expectations but would that the shipments showing to make in certainly But I sales Okay. some called understand, And sure some you or are of I performing That's a supply you Planters, the seem that better helpful. see in Or than want is worse you scanner single-digit up supply for would data, it's you on you to where than kind on to that coming appreciate the expected? Do retailers there's think? even numbers make the more or levels, through point regions how your on disruptions our disruptions business have declines high slightly out are selectively your side January. or level basis doing following sell-through that what broadly. impact and than I also high see service where growth and this pretty the better would just as we are

Jim Snee

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Operator

question Robert Suisse. Moskow is Credit from next of The

Robert Moskow

looking. you retailers. assumption retailers time chain Hi, as challenges. continued that year? A of inflation progressively Can have when it costs did retailers year the And that time then wasn't you you for you hoped Jim, assumption this questions. supply a on? goes was couple margins backward is ad can decision Jacinth. it kind throughout of you know assume of prior to have on it, would? you the issues? talk about the But But ads at management. Super do this do yours, aggressively This it more goodwill that by regarding does Or the probably it those probably you around an a whether out typically, created Or secondly, better, your cause merchandise any getting at of Bowl But with the the level included did ad

Jim Snee

Yes. Thanks, Rob.

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As process I come. going said, margin to that's we've built-in pricing and to to That's that yet got pricing that's contribute improvement.

Robert Moskow

better just that Does follow-up. assume of And year, course issues labor a also Okay. sequentially it during get the the too? your

Jim Snee

Yes.

improvement, throughout continue For expect Rob. Absolutely. sure, year. We've seen but that we some to the

Operator

Ben is Bienvenu Stephens. from question next of The

Benjamin Bienvenu

prominent the business now business, know, M&A strategy. there. the you expect you specific to kind business which about the profile, the I opportunity disproportionately of And business, to has, by to for the of piece M&A of given you in I long-term driven that deploy the cash business growth? manageable become and right very organic flow expect terms M&A That the International a versus and profile strategy of in leverage Do that the are aggressive of be at your debt moment? want is how to ask growth pursuing the given

Jim Snee

questions of there. in couple A Ben. Sure,

the long over international the business term. are we about optimistic very So

the been China. business, we've these continue can feel part also that International the that of across same have what optimistic platform already up in entire we've about we logistics challenges we're have foundation where the throughout in And what we not to because in so that that The scale China and restrictions like to expect but built infrastructure COVID We continue about temporary, and done to with we've strongest added is the China. be business. a What learned is we've longest, leverage Asia continue business. the Pacific experienced we to build in lot of we just and China,

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opportunities And we have the continue right do in world the opportunity the the additional domestically. can all internationally we to structure for We and M&A. where right time. those of finding about parts It's at prospect

Benjamin Bienvenu

of breadth JOTS of of is $XX the that? you're million it to we million savings. like sounds taking some you that But Or the G&A think, of actions Revisiting think million referenced? actions chain incremental the just and characterized savings savings, G&A. to rationalization $XX top broader $XX a contained would baseline might extend within million $XX I the Great. Okay. beyond of to business, supply savings, $XX that on you that repositioning be million as $XX Should there of million the those stacked the and

Jim Snee

You're thinking and be there about opportunities. that, would baseline right way, will be the additional the it that

Operator

Samuelson Adam The of next from is Sachs. Goldman question

Adam Samuelson

line recent earnings back about was MegaMex contribution kind you in see in the talked in I corporate that part Planters of down you year-on-year obviously, level. acquisition have And go and the that can Yes. there. discrete equity the But the at of to you pressures being still grocery. to hoping some

there a ex get first the maybe profit to pretty to year-on-year on implied a significant trying results. seem sense by just ex I'm MegaMex, So Planters, quarter be would decline fiscal

that kind meats little you're But to margin just going and butters and what a between about maybe the from portfolio, seeing of about forward? especially inflation. bit packaging the think perspective rest we canned talked talk and of a how You the nut should there

Jim Snee

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had significant but And extremely, that extremely strong. demand inflationary so have they remains impact, the business across the

Adam Samuelson

And just volume about less and the it's then think on fresh I'm to trying time. help can supply that That's I'm mean were business, right. you pork new All organic Okay. pork a through volumes we over business. grow the year-on-year kind agreement trajectory basis. the But new us over I moving we of running down how imagine in And helpful. And of with be of to on pricing, elements get the about hit you just a organic trying about the you peak at got think the some having think refrigerated, some I there. that capacity there's volume just once have? forward to least way

Jim Snee

Yes.

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projects Omaha. started all network. different because, impact again, both the incredibly capacity very locations. a co-manufacturing building in additional of about retail out And and we've very, those having We've other a got positive demand We've pepperoni our running and strong. so capacity are And on bacon incredibly, up that's number talked remain and in Foods our Refrigerated foodservice of

Operator

of next Research Larson from is Seaport The question Eric Partners.

Eric Larson

Yes.

me just let on step the So ask little the Jim. pricing question question a -- differently, maybe and back

not further that revenue of have requires already? pricing a of highlighting may products not you priced. or grocery Maybe clarify maybe may were to you not that may have percentage taken kind way What better that's still So you specific it.

Jim Snee

I mean, we've everything. I -- to Yes. question, sure on pricing so just I want Eric. understand I look, make mean the taken

fully still some implemented. got the We've future that's So some to that's then there's, evaluating that's got yet pricing in And pricing pricing. come. pricing we're We've for again, process. need

front Refrigerated and pretty the aggressive we're So pricing GP in on Foods.

Eric Larson

Okay.

Okay.

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look give you for feel remainder and year? us can hog kind might So your for of a costs of the the pork how your

Jim Snee

Yes. there, I is Eric, thing they're mean going elevated. biggest to the be

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Operator

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

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