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Hain Celestial (HAIN)

Participants
Katie Turner Investor Relations
Irwin Simon Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gary Tickle Chief Executive Officer, Hain Celestial-North America
James Langrock Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rupesh Parikh Oppenheimer
Scott Mushkin Wolfe Research
Ken Goldman JPMorgan
Akshay Jagdale Jefferies
David Palmer RBC Capital Markets
Bill Chappell SunTrust
Steve Strycula UBS
Anthony Vendetti Maxim Group
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Hain Celestial Group Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Earnings Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Katie Turner. begin. may you Ma’am,

Katie Turner

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Irwin Simon

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execute invest on work and XX U.S. will initiatives. on the later. top our SKU to while reduction SKUs, brands cost you continues to and XXX and the Project these through efficiency diligently to on focus top Our team business continuing take in Terra rationalization, simplifying Gary

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Gary Tickle

Thank you, everyone. Irwin. Good morning

take our Our on to U.S. steps fourth during plan execute strategic continued the to quarter. team

XX priorities of focused and secondly portfolio, core and in growth certain thirdly U.S. simplify strategic headwinds progress business business. cost our growth. top on brands our and areas our XXXX from make to remain drive SKUs firstly in to We are proactively our reshaping we In incremental the reduce complexity XXX investments long-term cost We investments. our achieved disciplined core mitigate planned

into Although across on for quarter have reviews, positive distribution a of in in internal will were quarter distribution based seeing of our begin broad to most core from our distribution positive momentum timing round XX,XXX we XXXX and results recent time take translating The efforts show of have of of our impact the for channel numbers. are points these new on most fourth retailer top measured tangible to a these our seven brands already we gains of transformation outlook two These channels. impact net expectations, and improvements range results, line building resets. confirmed below fiscal initiatives the but our are retailers recent of customer

trend MULO+C is trends better improving MULO+C seeing now With trend. latest since overall our basis are XXX our points XX August We a March showing than four-week XX-week XXXX. read

in and the the impact SKU Focusing sales before snacks divestiture were In million net were rationalization. our million the flat. excluding gross sales for down increased essentially position rationalization on U.S. fourth the Taking Care from quarter, net Terra account Rosetta results more in sales increased our U.S. X.X% quarter $XX or XX%, and four XX%, up Reported rationalization, the incremental quarter. were of both marketing in Personal in of implemented club X.X% Botanica SKU into SKU in detail, $XX.X and shopper the personal $XX trade trial growth channel Terra Baby four growth brand affected in year-over-year, and programs for quarter and Sensible included customers strategic increased driving Portions channel unmeasured net across million driving Better-for-You X.X%. This business our programs which sales by care X.X%. X We Alba investments the incremental and snacks brands in penetration. our household majority

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driving in major XX, a Better-for-You invested channel latest customer single-digit the marketing natural ended July We XX-week growth in Baby platform. read our XXXX in high for programs also shopper

by customer double-digit in the the by growth. Portions negatively latest X-week read from the XXXX, and in encouraged were same of further which quarter large sales affected also the channel mass our for million. are natural distribution period March sales $X.X in one Net showing Sensible We by loss in affected net quarter the

inflation on and new the this of through with oil coconut innovations end a infused this new expect to translating segment. XX the look this off bottle weeks. decline XXXX, driven of reduce Spectrum these In is as XXXX. $X our to rollout program continues oil in continued for since been oil, costs. XXXX. patented front-of-store brand program sales also in We high to incurred Since restaging higher including bottle net net sales headwinds, reliance latest roll the Spectrum The impact on a and down running in the which the June as quarter, design category mass Please and the related coconut successful customer million XX% of significant cost March the infused by have the well great inception of try the X, logistics primarily cost to were in approximately freight today we we same oils. during by shelf pallet August $X.X million operations down warehousing

Our year. $XX.X operational quarter cost resulted combined to the last EBITDA issues in pressures compared and four million sales results with down

in to mitigated these including Terra currently spend in quarter headwinds year. the As increases that are through partially from benefit begin further Project we price with along throughout second to to as quarter optimization and offset flow fiscal improving one ‘XX move beginning expect we costs, fiscal fiscal that the of initiatives, to trade underway, XXXX these begin see we

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in channel fiscal SKUs, measured our expect we the entire trends in uneven take the continue we drive While results the core out to will to help ‘XX. we to gains in distribution MULO+C non-core continue term be believe as in improved aggressively SKU

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now are the brands our Turning getting Amazon, Natural Whole to stores, channel, Foods, includes club non-measured channels, stronger. the strong which and and specialty

are in net continuation up U.S. the business at XXXX. our X.X% weeks in excluding across business XX measured XX, non-measured weeks our single-digits in portfolio We channels to for rationalization pleased and non-measured SKU our SKU the read XX both consumption see the was of growth In rationalization. transformation. In results reflected ending total, dollars the July QX, high of latest latest channels

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Looking fiscal we of the points of different brands formats. the XX ‘XX, an versus X-week our read seeing in to XX-week channels consumption first quarter of top retail trend solid ongoing momentum grade. the we forward our now with across the XXX measured trend are MULO+C, the have XX broad growth August in improvement In in basis latest

in year-over-year continue brands with will support We our incremental XX% this one. momentum an to of in XX top investment quarter

the one impact investments are of headwind $XX that is which ‘XX expected anticipate fiscal equals will approximately which be X% While to our versus quarter in highlight approximately expanded to we of year fiscal line. drive these a in moment, I top distribution the worth will for XXXX SKU noting it rationalization prior million

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James Langrock

morning Thank you, good Gary and everyone.

to I the flows As are continuing the position in as half Pure my operations our noted. and operation periods Today, on reminder Hain of XXXX. a to the current focus fiscal results discussion operations, as we and divestiture segment will plan of financial complete the a results discontinued the prior first cash for presented financial otherwise unless Protein related from

was XX.X%, freight gross and other basis costs items, revised was was profit UK a net with currency flat prior increased investments constant by compared percentage we year. year EBITDA constant numbers million and last $X.XX from basis our partially for the was provide divestitures essentially or This higher X% adjusted I fiscal and a guidance in due million reported net will basis. Project segments. offset $XXX partially in the as adjusted Terra to a investment point were sales financial the of cost savings. of would sales Project to We in down of fourth decline Terra $XXX increased Canada, $XX.X XX $XX.X XX.X%, quarter XX% EPS primarily the currency the trade have period. increased to year, and net million increase decline you results for X%. For year-over-year. certain quarter. the to to $X.XX offset point Adjusted key headcount each sales due last and in SG&A year-over-year a provided marketing met Adjusted QX higher million U.S., by commodity U.S. business consolidated acquisitions, on XXX now When In primarily savings.

will while increased X% million year over savings XX% adjusted to on Terra $XX.X trade on results. for XX.X% income Adjusted U.S. currency was $X.X as the in Project UK, gross gross growing the due SG&A by the highlights, Gary to and discuss due with inflation in $XX.X and offset discussed million net increased costs. was decreased investments to X% decreased and freight rates. decreased the flat adjusted operating top million basis of operating world margin invest investments XXX constant U.S. underlying adjusted $XXX U.S., world higher and million Terra so a the the gross points to and prior over to declined basis. XXX profitability decreased $XXX UK the Rest from largely commodity points XXX of higher adjusted period from basis U.S. a period, margin our year adjusted as business. year driven to gross flat million X% decreased In Europe increased U.S. I $XX.X prior year million year-over-year profit Adjusted realization. to was compared cost $XX.X to and by offset single-digits cultivate. performance continued sales period. high income prior prior to million by XX.X% Europe. in to to adjusted basis line the sales the an or And For promotional as price XX% the financial essentially constant margin mid profit of savings. marketing Project we at result basis and operating headcount Canada within partially rest increased the margin and primarily Canada gross strong to points $X.X Net million

flow cash balance our and to sheet. turning Now,

primarily XX, June the ended was in due decrease resulted making was cash year and cash prior $XX $XXX capital pricing. million, to strategic million free capital from year, free million of current $XX increased to fiscal the take in due flow operating XXXX, accounts change company year. The timing inventories the flow For operating expenditures of increased and advantage expenditures to receivable a increased from commodity purchases the

in addition wins personal In inventory we in advance of and to building the in U.S., new inventories our manufacturing are the facility distribution increasing care support transition.

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was for is operation Plainville. the charge below of company require which reduce The FreeBird lowering was with negative reported below for QX, bank XXXX. X.XX the FreeBird, of XXXX projections. Protein’s and growth and Hain at business. market times results projected The included for value. primarily continuing Similar that were Pure in projections compared results profitability in operations. our In fourth X.XX impairment fiscal associated fourth This quarter, resulted the to from ratio quarter carrying indicated conditions in Our results and the the fair leverage fiscal earnings end are well as to as times a Plainville business the internal and the not our discontinued value as sector are the to rate in the long-term Plainville

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from is operations. adjusted or As our non-GAAP guidance a a continuing reminder, basis provided on

our and identify questions. our are prospects and our non-recurring Excluding acquisitions, we execution XXXX will and Irwin, we divestitures With very the for team now results. fiscal the excited remains impact focused for beyond. future our about future In other on your Operator? summary, strategic available continue I Gary that of which any are or of initiatives items with financial

Operator

[Operator question you. first Instructions] Rupesh Our with Thank Oppenheimer. Parikh comes from

open. line Your is

Rupesh Parikh

thanks and for taking morning my Good questions.

had bottomed two operating U.S. the that related and where operating year, clearly do for see are to you then the your operating potential margins over I have going this margins feel So do margins, time? questions U.S. rebates now you

James Langrock

this is ‘XX will the will the we in believe QX year, for So went we we that’s are investments of James, FY starting as be through so operating will throughout QX that QX be that margins ‘XX. making. so down the But year-over-year will down, improve see and continued the the profitability just we starting in QX of improved

So QX U.S. is I bottom for would the business. say the

Rupesh Parikh

path as do you a Then digits look to Okay. for your you business? see forward U.S. back double

James Langrock

Yes.

Irwin Simon

Yes, that’s sure. for

Rupesh Parikh

great. to that then you doing those year, distribution differently have wins expect gains? with Okay, what you to the And distribution actually sustain all this are

Gary Tickle

Yes.

So, it’s a great question, it’s Gary.

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Rupesh Parikh

housekeeping a of does your share proceeds then buybacks deployment HPP or to all And question, quick at pay-downs? debt the guidance assume Great. the

Irwin Simon

not does guidance. proceeds any it in our assume No,

Rupesh Parikh

great. Okay, you. Thank

Operator

you. Thank

question comes Rob with Our Deutsche Bank. Dickerson from next

line open. Your is

Unidentified Analyst

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Gary Tickle

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Unidentified Analyst

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Gary Tickle

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Unidentified Analyst

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Operator

Thank you.

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Scott Mushkin

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Gary Tickle

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Scott Mushkin

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Irwin Simon

ahead Scott, go Go Scott. ahead.

Scott Mushkin

much. very Thanks

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James Langrock

business, attractive sale half this But HPP XXXX. complete we first an in believe of to continue at asset. an is we of time attractive Scott, expect the that to the HPP

is any process. comment this However, as we on of the where are be that it appropriate ongoing process to are in middle not we would us value an the for in

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Operator

Thank you.

from Our next comes question JPMorgan. Ken Goldman with

Your open. line is

Ken Goldman

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Irwin Simon

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Ken Goldman

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Irwin Simon

you, Thank Ken.

Ken Goldman

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James Langrock

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Ken Goldman

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James Langrock

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Ken Goldman

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James Langrock

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Ken Goldman

Understood. appreciate much it. and Thanks so I

Operator

you. Thank

next with question from comes Akshay Jefferies. Our Jagdale

is open. line Your

Akshay Jagdale

and Irwin calls more a over morning chat. your have help the will Good for Hopefully, thank we to years. couple

Irwin Simon

Thank you.

Akshay Jagdale

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Gary Tickle

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So forward of all cycling ‘XX. in this for fiscal the our net are that distribution looking we is reviews

Akshay Jagdale

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Gary Tickle

are Well, Akshay, just concluded mind, bear in fiscal ‘XX. we in

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Akshay Jagdale

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Gary Tickle

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as a extremely doing So brand it’s well.

retailer, we some one where had yes, We have challenges. have

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Akshay Jagdale

the down EBIT going right savings implies your is again the $XX disclosure I Got cost it. have etcetera, so extra things, million. incremental million actually EBITDA to but or but other on savings, on cost one because cost impact was appreciate your had guidance a One actually are what your year you amongst last $XX profitability, on savings this here positive

that that happen year? this what happened one that to point going allow So, there reversal after XQ. are happen is sometime going to be relative to Can a will you things pretty big two to to Thanks. or

James Langrock

Yes.

into year we this had So, obviously headwinds going some year. weren’t foreseeing we that the

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So lot ‘XX. savings to the that’s what clear FY in and line sight gives comfort we of have us a of

Akshay Jagdale

you. Perfect. it Thank will on. pass I

Irwin Simon

you. Thank

Operator

from Our Palmer next Capital David Markets. comes with question RBC

Your line is open.

David Palmer

Great. Thanks.

from and term ‘XX brands longer what brands, assume growth? your U.S. in terms your top U.S. fiscal in guidance long-term core on expect you drag with what question for line brands a Just without growth rationalization your U.S. terms you SKU your in in core do core the do of of or

Gary Tickle

Yes.

the for thanks question. So

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comes we As the in here, to times distribution would the is see quarter on-stream. two start new as several being mentioned that really anticipation accelerate that

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well. low business expectation term expected longer should to this be single-digit mid we So as the growth of

David Palmer

what some your the of was the top slide in with U.S. costs, gross mentioned but lacks Hain decline, balanced Hain into growth there, margin general, here and question, in you power what showed even Hain decline a spending that’s algorithm? is isn’t you concerns And to promotional promotion spending big we would say return line before it’s and the and trade facing bottom this this in companies trucking and you to pricing a and points of take something would that basis food trade have that XXX concerns U.S. margin just

Gary Tickle

it. but think business. points I in Well, quarter, are know understand building targeted proof in investment we to Yes. are it’s I we business behind momentum are absolutely making fix building we one important the that can’t momentum. seeing the the we And are

it the in business live seeing are We today.

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quarter around that the in distribution then the the to we the over rate building very totally in a And that really much is that through this this the of that one of distribution spend. I short-term. suggests momentum at normal of is run steady medium-term is targeted get lot state the and sustainable coming gain. end have support We believe ultimately back a investment This

David Palmer

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

you. Thank

with Our Chappell next from Bill SunTrust. question comes

is open. line Your

Bill Chappell

Thanks. Good morning.

Irwin Simon

Good morning.

Bill Chappell

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James Langrock

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Gary Tickle

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Bill Chappell

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James Langrock

million to and So, translational, to just as SKU make $X inflationary that $XX $X about FX probably rat million to other is million. $XX million is the that’s out other then cost it’s there $XX some million, well roughly transactional costs that The up difference. there number inflationary in and is

Bill Chappell

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Irwin Simon

No.

this end said of fiscal the Our plan to look the the to sorry. of by end we calendar our is continue year, or by year have as divested

Bill Chappell

Thanks it. much. so Got

Irwin Simon

you. Thank

Operator

with Our UBS. comes from question next Strycula Steve

Your line open. is

Steve Strycula

morning. good Hi,

Irwin Simon

Good morning.

Steve Strycula

that maybe for the the XX a the this softer X end next key question if you months? as would year, full like little it’s variables on world be year low at at Irwin the XX in it the seeing of are you fiscal us are and that outlook the looks to First what Can speak – what QX. EBITDA high-end up range of at especially kind to we maybe what for like to the in the just looks the of walk through over are end

Irwin Simon

that, to going James I do let Steve. am

James Langrock

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so the at hopefully will high-end. be we And

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Irwin Simon

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Steve Strycula

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James Langrock

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Irwin Simon

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Steve Strycula

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Irwin Simon

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Operator

Thank you.

next Vendetti Anthony with Group. comes question Maxim from Our

is line Your open.

Anthony Vendetti

Yes. morning. Thanks. Good

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Irwin Simon

Thank you, Anthony. I appreciate it.

Anthony Vendetti

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James Langrock

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Anthony Vendetti

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James Langrock

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Anthony Vendetti

Understood. Alright, thank you.

Operator

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Operator

Ladies and Thanks a gentlemen, day. and this for today’s concludes your participation have conference. wonderful