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Hain Celestial (HAIN)

Participants
Anna Kate Heller IR
Mark Schiller President and CEO
Javier Idrovo EVP and CFO
David Palmer Evercore ISI
Anoori Naughton JP Morgan
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Bill Chappell Truist Securities
Matthew Fishbein Jefferies
Alexia Howard Bernstein
John Baumgartner Wells Fargo
Anthony Vendetti Maxim Group
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Operator

Greetings and welcome to The Hain Celestial Group Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Ms. opening for Heller Kate remarks. Anna Thank you.

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Anna Kate Heller

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Executive are and President Financial Officer. President On Executive Chief Mark call Javier Idrovo, today and the Chief Officer; and Vice Schiller,

assumptions During of Exchange to on measures financial release this call. non-GAAP adjusted non-GAAP accompanying financial or in the which Investor Company of remarks detailed results few future discussion made including and expectations management’s assumptions any management on The XX-K, the current focus results the Company’s this Commission those Relations Securities available Hain to differ risks to described may and risks statements under within morning performance, prepared report and for also XX-Q quarterly forward-looking additional statements Annual those actual related refer filed uncertainties and include materially posted the meaning Celestial’s laws. the forward-looking cause of release a of these website press that forward-looking based presentation Celestial’s the statements. management’s Please measures. that could and presentation materially pandemic. or These and impact course on and slides operations implied expectations of financial are will from time the Form expectations could today. expressed heading. statements financial the with and These the Please slide today note reports to in involve time on call, this in the a make federal the are and GAAP securities supplemental to and other regarding earnings events has COVID-XX Form from from differ on issued its actual Hain and are Report information, Reconciliations

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Mark Schiller

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Javier Idrovo

key information There the transformation five aspects demonstrate and financial you, morning, Thank good today the everyone. will we performance Mark, execution from that significant are plan. of that fourth review our quarter of

second consecutive growth prior year top-line versus delivered for we First, the quarter.

margin was by growth expansion. supported our Second, continued

allocation built flows. continued better a Third, business sheet with cash And is we well-positioned are generating much flexibility. Fourth, healthy our finally, success. balance we capital excellent have for

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year a of debt healthy allocation X.X. balance and the cash gross we leverage debt million This excellent $XX So, of capital million, fiscal June net is flexibility. sheet of XXth with $XXX balance on a with closed

used fiscal performance, million attractive outstanding the leverage XXXX, with and Company’s we $XXX the X.X% internal have repurchases authorized leaves all due executed to the our share X.X in we market million also are $XX of repurchase Given price. attractive XXXX investing stock. million decrease In of in repurchase shares at opportunities, strong This common with authorization. Company under additional repurchases to our us share

aspect final of business. our our our to outlook financial the turn results, Now, for let’s key

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Mark Schiller

Hopefully, year. momentum and had for of our we see, you fiscal results, understanding good expectations a tremendous can XXXX this got a you morning. As

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Operator

of from Palmer comes [Operator David Instructions] ISI. Our lines Evercore first with question

David Palmer

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So, And you to the of Better versus Bigger improvement portfolio. think into pace we about break want down how Thanks. from should here? that Get Get maybe also the

Mark Schiller

Yes. take happy to I’ll be that one.

steady going look, see progress So, we’re on margin. to continued

You points had And in have the business, year, of the XX of of seen points expansion that growth XXX XXX points about on this something basis not saw another several quarter. you hundred margin would frankly, margin top fourth for it we been the fruit something delivered.

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David Palmer

Thank helpful. you. That’s

as Just were COVID do internal out, is year a year what’s a ago? that COVID the some ‘XX your beyond period, months higher the running post-COVID think and factors think terms the for just you Thanks. playing planning, versus in months that fiscal quick reality follow-up, parallel see EBITDA you itself is in six in first if after result own ago, for of EBITDA your how about say to of year, you own probably clean fiscal the portfolio your six versus of either or management, internally EBITDA about

Mark Schiller

got these what forecast post-COVID Yes. nobody incremental at It’s a great point going that triers that how we looks are question. this to like, and Very that remain. much hard of given to knows

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Operator

Morgan. next Our from the of question comes Goldman JP with Ken line

Anoori Naughton

and Good is one have for then Naughton Ken. morning. one This I question Anoori follow-up.

quarter. personal benefited hand sales from is, question fourth you’ve first The care, the sanitizer in within strong

guys quarter extent what continue in to into this and sales the expecting category remain first to strong to beyond? are So, you

Mark Schiller

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news on good sanitizer. permanent distribution the is, So, picking are we up

the whereas are and So, of and of sanitizer. these instances using been kind had their out, alcohol lot others where have wrong of there people and are many to kind recall a in

pandemic. beforehand we don’t the that incremental pandemic. we’re very nicely think was haul. long going addition have the And it before. makes as a personal we But, to nice of for grow business a business nice as that anticipate the very steady continues a didn’t great and going that to growing are be they elevated very were So, portfolio care sanitizer beginning We sales to through it’s to have the during nicely

Anoori Naughton

Thank just to categories expectations that maybe wanted you in that or lagging areas out fiscal can great. you. follow-up, or there I are a little where improve And any you’d bit for call Okay, your ask about, brands a then, ‘XX?

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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snacking formula margin is the and We innovation the higher and a which have particularly baby coming, than some pouches. food, in much

that start continue and we’re top-line So the we to turn to profitability optimistic see will will he expand.

Operator

Thank you.

the Piper your with question. question Please line next of with comes Michael Our from Sandler. Lavery proceed

Michael Lavery

the the that between in You takes still in digit some puts upside the U.S. at in around you virtually you the a single where called total Company had no have fruit and for had COVID on at the top-line the range. then quarter, net and UK mentioned impact level But, obviously level, total and company mid out

your growth you expectation that So, for top-line rate? a hear would run correctly that’s we normalized

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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the it growing the business, to were But, $XX that up But has basically as impact. that do I has had it we there no as lost the we with, other and it the COVID then the hard with zero quarter. million those all been So, in that know, been. says, million XX nothing gain to sounds $XX of netting was of believe, has the fact COVID for rapidly basically given that parts math drag from fruit to up on it fruits. we offset

Michael Lavery

Yes, I think the mechanics you’ve laid out really nicely.

rate the is a So, way depending X, and on plan same, level, expect you what of want a on to get good was to arguably I I just normalized bit maybe top-line thinking which what should to kind if this mid-single-digit a just measure we world normal is it think. X for growth pace the understand in I’m trying call you little at

Mark Schiller

Yes.

there declining XX% we to X% what were been So, Get expect of Day and we it quite been and on top-line. area Better said about the before promised was growing we low-single-digit COVID was half And minus Get ex-COVID. been business Investor hit. top-line Bigger to the was beginning rate range, to that in We X% going the its to that X% would X% International X%. We would it We to quarter had declining get had been on at into first mid were the not it minus mid-teens, the run moving single-digit The which have had brands, third turning brands. had yet. in

strip much the long-term toward guidance long-term the and guidance think do. already on on our we’re we and to with say I -- Get I the if more Get So, Bigger moving International work piece, everything on out, still at brands you we would our Better pretty were were top-line

pandemic, but to we’ve we’ve this in less So, muted Get because the Bigger the would been ability than I’ve bump resetting gotten now their before innovation have about when brands, and our really marketing sell is all customers right aren’t otherwise momentum has it been that had talking shelves. frankly that got biggest on great innovation we been by the

I and pandemic on low-single Get to about we and International be and on long So, were would now. top-line before performing mid Better about think short, we right high-single-digit where where COVID is digit story without Get Bigger the decline

Michael Lavery

quarter. on several know you expect lower quarter. Can called just hundred seasonally your portfolio true across for been give Okay. first I color. Just a That’s you trying this bit? a Would is year sense of basis-point lift margin rate or get margins. high a how be helpful know that run stabilizing in quick follow-up go. might little to sense? lift a has a quite your the you And historically That the quick has I out still evolved. just --

Mark Schiller

quarter. lowest typically is margin our QX Yes.

we’ve got soup a You business tea remember, business. big and

is hot in we the see And that winter. skew all retailers care, And only have so, to we the the sell through summer much sun to that they more then, spring. business sell heavily tend is during The you how oriented of months. really the and

we we’re very it momentum. plants it volume ‘XX have our really, strong lowest in said, That where with tends and our So, is because exiting be lowest less quarter, margin therefore quarter. the absorption to

then, of quarter. through we’re start. to that see margin the good some tell the the very a going are to nice And way quarter, within feel we I’ll We quarter. gave confident the pretty And the two-thirds you guidance around off that you’re expansion I

Operator

Thank you.

the your next Please Truist Our with proceed of comes from Securities. question. line question Chappell Bill with

Bill Chappell

Hey.

some you I have big North of momentum, COVID. kind strong mean, certainly picture, America excluding even Just in

Just spring I off the there retail look So -- that resonate reset, recognizing just are stuff terms that, the And trying there’s ways or it’s that know everything, now that? some it’s it the per a rush and innovation say your a planogram something there to retail but understand, is out that, winners of you mad the to shelf the I to gains your for like losers just is space such so partners? partners in when fall. to right is se but before kind chaotic, planogram as of reset, the pick for coming, in thoughts, tougher

So, any there? thoughts

Mark Schiller

Yes.

relationships with improved dramatically several for XX customers our So, reasons. months have last in the

talk nine and whatever, come months is were keep conversation in can personal we just foremost, keep number you had about an and months stocked, or to retailer care first any even in you a with the shelf servicing service until shelf First XX innovation I promotions business. business so the improved to when response their one. talk ago. Because don’t the our want service or our not you relationships, XX% as for ability has couldn’t to stocked the example. We We

checked that we’ve box. So,

Second, business serviced where we and pandemic. really struggled surge in the through the pandemic with the we came into nicely people other capacity, really the

able desperately So, something of hand on we points, some they when go things nobody and our kind to grounding a of people on are now to marketing and are pandemic and improved provide scrapping their the could business. at sanitizer a the when again All get we time we of is top Then, of service it, won things other ability pulling and were have service will, back the to with around ton on also their bringing like trying to innovation if you kinds them that, those the because needed. customers relationship. back innovation, they’re just pulling

exist And flavor they’re of probiotics, is things the we’re very, customers. for really that introducing XX So, another just XX% very well new within plus been growing a items tea, months, of last five example before that tea, Sleepytime we’ve received whole it’s in here’s being bunch by category melatonin, in it’s where the tea. it’s for it’s didn’t energy, not

bode the got well last the bringing we’re spending. say to at in versus others and is, we’ve to picking you eliminating bringing months, we’re aren’t remember, extensions. So, real us reducing going And last space. over terms And when would thing times SKUs I innovation just then, innovation uneconomic up is of and line been that XX

the So, we’re from what we are people are again, people pivoted the grow they that excited about on bringing. growth cutting good toward as you’re with category, the pulling very retailer money now back to we’ve a reception getting away and and from push

all up that I of just So, pandemic the to mentioned. set the and factors I very a during coming out are well be net a pandemic believe because that the winner net we winner of

Bill Chappell

Got just the back benefit you because it. margin mean, some extremely rates. gross a of gross is early No. the And high of I margin That’s follow-up, just to kind utilization clearly on, helpful. as have question

presumably, -- know so know like and it don’t will I but looks post-COVID, what we go And consumption down some.

you holding margin is margin gives or top on those I how CapEx? in of hold important you can over have, the gross the believe kind you to year on you the CapEx gross to it step this next improve actually -- do up gains, gains So, guess, that and can you of with what

Mark Schiller

will on I we of be think, what it top have.

look, we’ve -- the is if we’re that margins. that by given in fourth Investor innovation the the So, improve and all the been was will pricing. certainly They filling plant that got even have when we’re we no COVID that Get key of seeing things of we truck. marketing, here, going in should we the were and margins Day continue strong was an that one mean did been was And I are a minimum the built I on the the the driven businesses of fiscal in EBITDA lot there businesses Bigger Get to margin on in some Bigger up Even productivity the automation those those the volume pretty And there had is the grow The is do we still programs to quarter on in with manual said on ‘XX, When going things as on expansion end the future. margins seeing be we no Get there mid of back brands. mitigation bracket that further. very which to the Bigger high-single-digits EBITDA XX% was of surge in the into there that to be absorption to for bringing very is that drivers. one there lines. had theses robust then, we’ve in automation margins like seeing marketing we P&L, of with middle absorption investment demand, continued the doing

same a if whether truck. So, palette on put or was it one the truck you’ve a full you got price,

on hopefully we an being same has we with move the and people truck, to or for average moved incentive the forward one pallets for no gas now from same a full move paying was trucks, there same so, to a truck. driver, two maintenance, fill as half toward and that were up And the we’ll empty a truck

of there margin, of So, in still those plenty P&L innings middle left in delivered. that of already of will be we in terms game we’ve improvements expect top is the ball what the and on the

Operator

Please question your next comes from Our Dickerson with the Rob with line of proceed Jefferies. question.

Matthew Fishbein

this solid for team It’s on and question. on year, the Hey. Good things morning. much execution for Congrats And all thanks Rob. the considered. to very you the Matt

Mark Schiller

Thank you.

Matthew Fishbein

trends your the pointed and allows America-International North as split XX-XX, So, you successes to two compare before, strategy segments. out share between you’ve

hands look top-line significant abroad the America on potentially business trends margin getting while perspective, the like the to education North International more international a peers business on from relative pandemic trends future So, U.S. expansion you’re is without and trying to here exposure, and more in acceleration a

first, the between guess the generally, for what simply seeing European just pipe consumer So markets? World are versus the of Rest opinion, European the still the for and where the changes U.S.? situation best are that the you’re to behavior key down come COVID U.S. that in differences consumers perhaps post with And what’s macroeconomic and your lockdown

Mark Schiller

and Yes. It’s International, question. UK What’s us, a interesting Continental great for Europe. largely a do. U.S. business European the It lot behaves it’s like about states

nothing slow same in going of on. is like are states have you are lockdown and open are Europe. some that have to the there see you behavior states acting kind in So, and that very other We

one under back not lockdown, the people restaurants office. have UK, the still I most would is say So, are in the opened working yet, not the

I the very throughout much different open to very or the Restaurants When It’s pandemic. Austria it’s restrictions. is you little get business factories, masks. at like is have pandemic the And impact the as society. mean, full. People been the have They usual. office a places an going wear are through dynamic. they’ve There don’t where pandemic you we was and here. the Germany look so, more of like Europe beginning of Continental

do. depends tell together what think What So, I looking its on more than I it act would we overall really you’re has specifically. at you Europe

I versus keep out been figured where think that it’s You how the economy see or dollar. currencies and the they to have their the here. And more strengthening moving contain either of that pandemic the in

We’re or either doing one well other well. the

of And so, managing I learned think terms be they’re how it. there are lessons in to

be there Europe is into Continental Asia of have -- behind an us coming as are I -- move we’ll I don’t direction example. in indicator as usual. I think my back we the think the to is and business, getting probably is that’s think what’s of ahead and But, great and forward. us moving UK closer here. of visibility we to of society But, business best terms as leading I Europe of in kind Continental reopening and that’s for that

Matthew Fishbein

Okay. North America have forward? Yes, And North I into be repeat trends or Do International going businesses, a they visibility that’s how isolation, fair on very rates in would you topic. guess directionally and that to that any compare the proxy trends, helpful. even America would penetration household for

Mark Schiller

the we portion here. get In that panel private is Yes. which our business, is label. that driven don’t Europe data visibility I as have like much non-dairy the beverages, largely of good by a into

even don’t we So, buy data. syndicated the

anything has capacity get good some else. rally brands faster more than said, cry here. of have if we’re We relentless which XX%. grow we by I We could constrained is grow there. capacity could Like faster, our what been They kind

two one where I think from the think, than the we in brand, I share a have the number number pandemic was here. surge smaller we lot and UK of saw

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and of surge So, trends the I more are of similar. slower little a just consumer reopening muted think economy. certainly It’s the bit a a

Operator

next comes question. your Bernstein. Alexia the line question of Howard Please with with Our from proceed

Alexia Howard

CapEx to this all, of So, projects the quoting those are result are the how what dig plan pumped what then, -- over cost those alluded productivity I much I do of you’ve spend? going get that follow-up. year? think kind I can actually improvements be, [ph] as frame into out, time And first to you but just of a a have that saving to

Mark Schiller

Yes.

capital. I’d say looking payback the we So, to and of a three-year on at all look projects at -- obviously you’re NPV, the average, on the IRR the two

have than probably XX% capital We more year this last year.

productivity is are projects So, and robust the the throughout number year. a there those of we have, that projects staggered of implementation

already taken have place. of Some them

productivity year is, Canada, or of FXX. in with done others The start middle the as reap there line whole stream I of other will dividends projects we’ve toward on And year end the of mention divisions will and that is later. we take finalized that international, place are the integration a in to U.S. the will varying similar of to the in with thing this fiscal being just into what get big come the would

given similar projects productivity and acceleration a going algorithm, of timing you’re the productivity expansion several-hundred the of the to of into from So, I think basis FXX year this points spending see of this year. margin lot

Alexia Howard

this much spend a expect do how was up how as ‘XX? in your year, marketing And it fiscal much Great. you be and quick to follow-up, up

Mark Schiller

interesting how number. question. marketing, the lines Javier What’s that marketing, marketing. three hotels quarters last the is, -- answer you know, you Do the on up about three marketing in it if I aren’t other of is now in much the but knew get number we’ll cruise exact airlines think of right aren’t looking ‘XX? while it you it, I up aren’t year, was grew

marketing So, the has dropped dramatically. cost of

can I did than previous the So, I XX% spending, get in for dollar flat years. XX% for to more bang

more So, impact be spend year, cost, to for on So, Alexia, marketing this we’ll to I’m starts to dependant more But, can right? If I’ll I I’m get get spending, to is up, economy back costs the that whether the or increase I spending. very for not. and probably of add the back levels the to lot amount much spend at normalized go really year. comes more same everybody this the spending then XX% won’t going more if hell evaluate and my have need a a what going we

And number, So, it’s what little impression dynamic cost to I’ve the historically. bit this paying Javier? of a depending on relative been a year, per

Javier Idrovo

Yes.

this total dollar for grew for be amount Alexia, marketing overall our XXXX. that’s with grew XXXX, versus year, about XXXX will And consistent XXXX. the spending the So, in how X%, marketing we

Alexia Howard

Thank I’ll on. very pass much. it you Got it.

Mark Schiller

to comment of brands getting last but the it’s we’re close X% on sales for in North Better. marketing Bigger Alexia, The just Yes. news one and higher is, good America, lower for Get Get

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Operator

you. Thank

Our the from with Fargo. Baumgartner of question comes next Wells line John

John Baumgartner

I out is that explains to of or in sales why differential? I just stimulus the excluding seen trade you International at in in come guess, purely government label you private there of was mean the something the was Europe differences think U.S. is in seeing is going think I I’m out. quarter on wanted you retail haven’t curious, off, And benefiting yet, -- the highlighted trade you in as but the label that fruit do from really else do themes Europe, this And back the to first strength Mark, business. that last private one consumer

Mark Schiller

Yes.

much, private is sales percentage private is The is development double Europe label the a it than of in much, here. of is bigger in So, U.S. much what label it

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different And dynamic. so, it’s very a

business XX% of private label. the a So when because that is important tell you, is Europe, big got private category non-dairy I we’ve label in

be So, your of a label branded on have level to get even provide door want branded player, the some the probably you if you side. to to in private foot

they are trading label. a pandemic down in that where me to surprising not people they’re private cash-strapped, it’s future So, their that worried about to are

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John Baumgartner

from assets. I good the Okay, great. repurchase QX the on, where times, at a with moving wasn’t for now, are you terms is Thanks be share bolt activity of do I as in what activity here? like of at in do now M&A, all very of right there How X can Is that. you integrate at And buybacks think it have you moved usage. you. already? as the bottom? And the top restructuring higher. But, about will in much point in that of terms When place you M&A mean your follow-up leverage a new have list? mentioned. order stock bandwidth, you right importance still parts still cash Thank mean, don’t the on then, if just feel the on complete you

Mark Schiller

Yes.

allocation part strategy. answer Javier then about me I’ll and our the first have capital Let talk

still lifting two million there the tail lot continuing there our portfolio divestitures a last of So, additional while to $XXX And way. be of almost and are We’ve we of of has a four and to is the future. the along reshape has but in will this the is over look, lifting the we’re earlier worth at But, done, we going heavy years. gotten to been some done. fruit rid you and in the a something lot heavy -- in that have divested there the saw is that we with brands business deal that been divested QX point Danival sales quarter,

We right one are if acquisitions the ready for along. comes

of our got we’re let good number So, value we’ve capital ways to debt a looking in But, a talk allocation about now that at I’ll Javier shareholders. to strategy. return place,

Javier? So,

Javier Idrovo

said. repurchases that I So, necessarily come wouldn’t M&A. what echo Mark higher would share I than say

take into after -- our attractive, internal look look agnostic as we and money deep to of repurchases. a evaluate we M&A, think, our we otherwise, of and put we dive at opportunities, at we where if I that look to we all look and we’re I it’s at think -- sort share

of just a we our So, it’s money. attractive to most where do place it’s matter the put think

Operator

you. Thank

Our Vendetti with next comes Maxim question Anthony of Group. line from the

Anthony Vendetti

Thank you.

seen Just a know, you’re And decision trying online on on this aggressively the that? to fruit a just quick that. on during have I Mark, then, you on have a business. to there follow-up, you business, the Do quarter? you when a timeframe expect reach address follow-up what

Mark Schiller

Yes.

exploring So speak. optionality as look, are we we fruit, on

masking we it’s significant non-core some and it overall of very the drag International on terrific that’s muting and asset, very performance Company. a the it’s So, become different recognize our performance has low in set, it’s performance a skill a margin,

that there. more online, So, It’s but this our were looking XX% we regard at of close -- as the of of in consistently said have the are e-commerce. we to this more on since options pandemic. It’s And and than Company beginning the on future, natural calls, very channel aggressively in significant to our sales. growing -- is been XXX% part we I’ve previous started come the to With a business.

So, there. very positioned well are we

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Operator

and concludes back session. Ladies question-and-answer you. gentlemen, comments. for Schiller to Thank our floor I’ll that turn the final Mr. any

Mark Schiller

of very off have Thank you year Barclays all an hope feel for year a today. I on we are time a some strong couple a weeks. very bullish and we attend FXX. more But, you your look coming great forward Obviously, plan for the today you your all time dialog. opportunity to ahead. We’ll thank to continued in for and color bring day. Have our to

Operator

concludes Thank today’s conference. you. This

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