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Hain Celestial (HAIN)

Participants
Katie Turner ICR
Mark Schiller President, CEO & Director
James Langrock EVP & CFO
Andrew Lazar Barclays Bank
Alexia Howard Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
Kenneth Goldman JPMorgan Chase & Co.
William Chappell SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Michael Lavery Piper Jaffray Companies
John Baumgartner Wells Fargo Securities
David Palmer Evercore ISI
Call transcript
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Operator

Greetings. Welcome to Hain Celestial's Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. Please note, this conference is being recorded.

I will now turn the conference over to Katie Turner. you. Thank

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Katie Turner

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Mark Schiller

Thank you, Katie, good and morning, everyone.

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With that, will to back call turn Mark. the I

Mark Schiller

Thank committed confidence strategy consistent to James. our for remain In all and our strong, summary, stakeholders. in you, we delivering results have

With to your we questions. happy that take said, we're Operator?

Operator

[Operator Instructions].

Our from Barclays. first question Andrew is Lazar with

Andrew Lazar

phase. might a bit wide. key reach early about still two guess, I in or to push fairly end understanding I the fiscal to us range start to that go right you range So tell lower higher you the of the with turnaround as the what is that either some the end well. of maybe needs in range EBITDA could the you're factors off yes, of we'll on And my The hoping 'XX questions, for was

Mark Schiller

a at So let me that, take Andrew. shot

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Andrew Lazar

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And gone has been retailers distribution that as I gone customers how shelf to for just may sort on to of of But has some this of Some you've conversation guess, period relative losses and how lead of space that the process? expectations? time. with the through is going conversion your

Mark Schiller

question. Yes. Good

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categories about and That's velocity As higher-margin replace and things to replacing have that assortment of about a higher optimizing things at have Investor we right out. fairly is the challenging -- and TeaWell well. SKUs. proactively we so nonperforming In then, our little which we our SKUs program some well. have SKUs don't talked making that bit hold Day, with aren't We're bottom is coming called are max very now, secondly, mix, to with much much resetting tea, to that small fast But have percentage key to of the turning there put onto very the shelf minimizing so big quartile, becomes doing looking innovation a a some the -- the have we category are space categories, ultimately when to it In SKUs be more honestly, retailer that's in going that our progress other that proposition at again as it, innovation, the us in .and we a is like and we to growing there. number that space. going as

Operator

from Alexia is Howard Bernstein. Our next question with

Alexia Howard

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Mark Schiller

Yes.

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Operator

Our JPMorgan. is Goldman with next question from Ken

Kenneth Goldman

is had To Andrew Lazar's a guidance, mentioned Brexit question your on risk. that the downside of you

obviously you're looking to and I and about what's And you baked is everyone hard forecasting think that. numbers. your more of give results bit I are wanted that's predict, Brexit worst guess that. aware what color, I little of just color bit in actually could, get the your numbers, so it's your wanted the guidance more of terms little from I I to I just but Brexit a a I that. if into for scenario But in to know for in assume a case analyze hard from

Mark Schiller

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Kenneth Goldman

of get there's coming way in on hoping a Okay. trade bit maybe want the I public in on -- on. some on again, a where more you're meaningful today, plan a of categories a that the I Can little you the any innovation of you of secrets focused maybe flowing the benefits terms help so we question on assume sort focus have, some Mark, And to about my of to know through I we second it's some can some get broad maybe. to give more don't a expect the little idea market how investment can just of is later. some was a give But color too you brands of question. obviously start sort that's timing of and talked in then of us more innovation. And call, bit but you

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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And You'll I 'XX, robust F categories. see when then and think all see the more innovation across the innovation brands second hit in half. we you'll

Operator

next with question from Robinson SunTrust is Chappell Humphrey. Our Bill

William Chappell

it the bit it was highly I to to understand. business a want a valuable and decision that Just guess and back Tilda obviously just was little else, was growing. to go to valuable -- trying someone

along? other to part look total just would sell a Was And urgency make you really so sense of Tilda I'm to sell as just real business? growth not understand, -- -- the right businesses or the if came of there price did to trying being sense and

Mark Schiller

Yes.

So a couple points.

close to would the time that would was cash tell Tilda a But we'll And the forced decision it. the at and with "It's time to unsolicited to sell Day, very felt when the to what all any and First, at now One did on Tilda the when us premium told working capital were what this $X.XX. in an a it sell. pretty take I several million we and say, which the sell was offer get were at business." we there obviously now valuation, at our to to like, were it going close was look And $X.XX paid transaction, we this you, which XX.Xx. is business not in it, fit for paid Investor brands that which $XXX honestly, by factors valuation, we settles at you that we not for But was for bucket. we to net accretive it's is what we be it. did currency,

this time valuation good over gone on the that and was some premium a created to market. have we've So felt that other deals very value in

has and significant specs regulations India, around you The second government source we controls makes headwinds the supply. which in of far country the was rice importing has which some it increase to been There a rice, fewer factor like difficult around its for that have that very business. of some on that the from need

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of was headwinds. the from see it while any these business, our becoming And dilutive it margin future. in we to didn't relief headwinds So anytime a was near because those premium algorithm

and risks given the of currency a that our obviously, I was in U.K. fluctuation mitigate is think the some time the to Brexit, feeling the third, this good

And those to so led decide to make sale. is us what of the combination factors that

is regard focus that your businesses I to tell you -- are which the With is we of uneconomic part other on our growing. are question, your preference was would to sell What second around that would brands each come their to and algorithm. the offers with a time accretive merits. we But people company, them be our that all as businesses, buy evaluate of on to and us one potential have to to public don't

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William Chappell

it. And on clarification. then Got one followup just

most of in falls XXXX, that XXX is of over time, XXXX Or Should million fall we So to represent from revenue. out? you're out will that assume Just that modeling and in XXXX? SKUs just, trying $XX a reducing this understand that standpoint.

Mark Schiller

yes. Yes,

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just holes. stuff go pull off and and leave to shelf can't a You retailer their

they for wait we throughout the and category the year. reset reset, So

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in of would SKUs. out and all million, to $XX other But drop XX% so, you will assume I for that of money-losing drops That's 'XX XX% XX% these 'XX. out or to in SKUs the about XX% are F So understand. important

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Operator

question next with Jaffray. Lavery is Michael Piper from Our

Michael Lavery

that status on you believe, think of the the had to today versus Tilda more to touch to necessarily some portfolio? one much anticipated. just mentioned work ways you you we might see obviously, remaining be even go? how of Can I should of And you deal the there where the wasn't come? But how

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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to them. said, to billion. $X.X we we've them a -- And of the our that that them doing always can remain rationalization, them stabilize and of fixed we have brands. fourth the on get everything of while we working attractive over maximize much the within fruition selling those of if in double-digit like value, explore improve them. in we and and et that them profitability quarter. pricing, of some potential cetera, we're WestSoy, get are expect more their that year. businesses, become can't to we SKU to EBITDA said There businesses to tail. we're We will I conversations design sold will have some margin, some would But are on we will those portfolio come And also course the other I expect

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Michael Lavery

And a that. little bit related to

specific you're You what's maybe X-or-so still to up for not that potentially slower? 'XX. the said trending at of it fiscal generally about know little that down Investor or fiscal top a Day way ahead fiscal Is bucket? Investor that guidance, Would like 'XX you sort line between anything expected just 'XX, and be yellow 'XX? past of line sideways looking Day, somewhere there it's in think trending, top same fiscal about months but in arrows I in giving right

Mark Schiller

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Operator

from question John with Wells is Baumgartner Our next Fargo.

John Baumgartner

you could for savings touch through Terra the James, The program. more wondering XXXX. came on if $XX million

Then phasing aggregate $XXX million it think year. line so, sound to of savings 'XX? the actually how from the expected if this we the dropping You Is bottom the lot through savings confirmed still fiscal I about are cumulative $XXX a doesn't here? the do million. guess But of

helpful. So on the any comments phasing would be

James Langrock

had capital budgeting we architecture, inflation our to from Terra for gross we productivity offsetting our productivity to savings, this doing XXXX. in price Board improve some zero-based SG&A. And in our lot in the network the that be it -- where for and value, and the a to We're Project cost come similar And have savings. will we our savings and So of to be invest optimization will then cost. obviously, believe that productivity. these what we have on is We'll continue Board focus supply continue going design year

roughly gross to to up inflationary it million. going that the get be against but we'll it's headwinds There's some $XXX the same. we're So obviously against,

John Baumgartner

organic And revenue sustaining then to on high just Okay. Mark, Europe, to I the U.K., collectively, the follow mid- they're F end up international businesses. of 'XX. mean to Canada, the all single-digit

think you in this morning going saw mean, X% as is QX, now down year, fairly you long-term at I this algo X% But the I past sounded again the forward. to upbeat. broke comments

the some with maybe year, slowdown the you just comments? positive how happening sharp can forward So what's bridge going reconciles last and algo lower the that with of more

Mark Schiller

has at all. The problem bad was would ForEx. not the is been say I the What constant currency, Yes. fourth in quarter

we've you how local devaluation you and absolute, if declining. which in So XX% been in currency, U.K. the is look at growing. are the the way in performing the Europe a they business when pound But it's are reporting, have in

both that's in the given are very with Markets because at to how very it going you So fluctuate. very going look onion and local into the currency in F just the to we margin line, very if what's versus one currency 'XX, is we're bottom and performing to well said like uncertainty prime on terms pound the currency, in well, currency, guidance from of horizon. peel know minister and potential on currency top a don't here hard they're constant Brexit absolute to expansion, back going in don't and new But look constant you the the businesses I of happen doing provide well the absolute going on and well the currency at reasons line.

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John Baumgartner

with some Because algo, So along I still X% past? maybe guess, I the rates basis we if in the the future X%, what pretty plus in drives sales tie versus that the the mean smaller. to stuff are deceleration the

the just think to algo. SKU you do there's Is So trying conservative Just grow to long-term as there well? opportunity a rationalization more this of more stance, bridge the off base?

Mark Schiller

Yes.

the So looking at investments U.S., similar we short and there, uneconomic term, have brands too. internationally the are segmented to

short there there U.S. are line just So on term, as some will top the be in headwinds

it aside, investment got strip than time, plant-based McCartney. great managed growth is We've so the been better there substitute in U.S. you business over robust when of a obviously, smaller the meat amount uneconomic there potential. Although But is that they've Linda is here in

beverages are plant-based nicely. growing have very that We

high-margin We businesses Daniels in positioned competitively. have very Hain well that some are

currency, growth that in I are these businesses. So constant expect

year-over-year, negative currency, the going $XX currency, fine. local In again, top $X.XX versus pound million given 'XX to that currency, lost just absolute We the difference it's show just $X.XX and the in fluctuation. line. going currency absolute F it's 'XX on in due between to a be In F $X.XX to

of top currency. out million $XX to line So comes just due

look you robust and take local a more out it you it's you much that in if business. So at currency,

Operator

question Our with ISI. is Evercore next from Palmer David

David Palmer

and even of big a you're margin people on rationalization. moving gross And in ahead, thinking has better then in parts terms down fiscal decompose if specifically Obviously, because of margins. terms gross you But your follow-up. think stuff There margin break the Question you break in of impact. to thinking were -- of that SKU for do mix I have going gross down gross would margins quarter how terms I When 'XX. on for a best that had expected. must how than that could pretty be the lot and of ton impact a about that you

Mark Schiller

Yes.

are but of those combination don't SKU chain we've supply in they have improvement. So -- combination tactic our of that rationalization, huge the uneconomic specific the investment, of improvements then margin overlap, specific a are somewhat I it the numbers the all things P&L, by mix all is because driving made pricing, and middle the

get As much a sequential necessarily QX you F lower-margin as 'XX, than not we so to year-over-year QX expect is because every an improvement margin example. quarter, quarter

will be ago. be lower it than but So QX be higher year will than will QX, -- it

expansion quarter So margin versus year ago. would that I expect throughout every year the progression continued and

David Palmer

-- that another 'XX, that gear were even what as as ahead, get some co-packing might things are of out cycle you we that some What that to perhaps, can point? you would imagine, further we are things about 'XX along at fiscal the be network, you that innovation network beyond? If think internally. might into give on I you be the of point as see 'XX and hitting as your some will fiscal think at far

Mark Schiller

three top things. it's Yes. From line, primary the

which a Investor there's Day, distribution opportunity those about optimization, XX% at significant of highest-velocity Assortment ACV, in again, we only are talked highest-margin, our so SKUs on the SKUs.

to the be is third to call. about going little talked a on earlier the marketing. which And innovation, be bit is Second I've going

some haven't we've in that Conference the at formula new made evaluating show there. previously. we of that a that Investor marketing are you of and process the next ROI progress creating having Barclays some robust campaign week, We of I'll had for

it's chain. we of of important supply working co-manufacturers SKUs we that to our allow but the SKU manage, and It's number every full as to going very middle center, the distribution we we Less have simplify can In the truckloads. centers, number cost so each metric. get a ship savings us of to to into to the manage distribution have simplify P&L, be going to that

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of So pricing. there's the that to work you a 'XX, marketplace will back of towards hopeful will significant F half on, trajectory amount get see I'm the going improve in again, the our middle as the which, hit on we And the year. start of

Operator

I and the for remarks. conference Ladies to of gentlemen, management end closing session. back we turn have like our to would over question-and-answer reached the

Mark Schiller

thank guys, all and and support. your time I'd to for you, understanding like

very excited making. progress the are we're We about

at you than look things we you that if and, to go faster the a committed and Day on delivering frankly, Investor think, I of to. much what all them we're pretty we rate at promised, back

this we excited and we to continue forward you of I'm where on path look forward as I'm on I our all future, dialogue So confident move about are. with transformation.

to that, back turn with And you. thank operator. the So I'll it

Operator

conference. This today's concludes

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