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Hain Celestial (HAIN)

Participants
Anna Kate Heller Investor Relations
Mark Schiller President & Chief Executive Officer
Javier Idrovo Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
David Palmer Evercore ISI
Matt Fishbein Jefferies
Anoori Naughton JPMorgan
Jon Andersen William Blair
Eric Larson Seaport Research Partners
Anthony Vendetti Maxim Group
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Rebecca Scheuneman Morningstar
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the Hain Celestial Group Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Conference 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'll now turn the conference over to your host, Ms. Relations Celestial Investor Heller, Kate for Group. Hain Anna you. Thank

You may begin.

Anna Kate Heller

conference morning Thank and for earnings and joining Good fiscal us XXXX quarter you fourth thank you. Celestial’s on year call. Hain

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

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Mark Schiller

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Javier Idrovo

morning, and you, Thank Mark, good everyone.

continued execution four our strong aspects by Let of plan. that highlighting transformation performance the of key demonstrate quarter fourth from me start our results

results expansion First, delivered and other in guidance, industry profit solid face again continued with headwinds. of including we in the operating line inflation margin

American excellent a performance, North operations environment. managed through Second, our challenging macro business delivered International our while

into discussion well Third, I with excellent sheet with results, strong our strong top aspects. fiscal of our XXXX. to each finally, will business a our and of then balance drill allocation remains And will these start year flexibility. line I positioned capital is deliver a

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this Directors existing after authorization million XXXX repurchases have In the fully additional will commence XXXX $XXX repurchase Share Board authorization. authorization addition, of utilized. our share is under an approved

our to outlook. Now let's turn

basis we margin basis with compared XXXX single-digit fiscal adjusted most reflecting growth, brand single-digit discontinuations, respectively. we recent single-digit gross year high XX% from high full pre-pandemic and year headwind fiscal from least EBITDA sales sales dollars basis For low growth Relative growth expect a of and to currency point XXXX, XX mid and XXXX, adjusted EBITDA adjusted adjusted points, point the divestitures to and period, continued net a at margin benefit XXX year and expect expansion growth. net XXX to adjusted

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Mark Schiller

Thank you, Javier.

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Operator

question Evercore you. question-and-answer be the a proceed time, your comes this of Our first with Instructions] question. ISI. Thank Please At from conducting Palmer session. line with we’ll [Operator David

David Palmer

in and and inflation that of in what inflation? the see side about benefit you Question morning. Good comparing do productivity 'XX. second fiscal the fourth half year-over-year you have the quarter, half And fiscal How Thanks. follow-up. and I cost productivity the a first cost of experienced to

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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continue stream that's at pace have So that's a historically. seen pretty to we similar what steady going to a

the change than into on of as you don't off we year be think contracts those other went than them go fiscal in materially well inflationary, advance a that quarter saw quarter inflation we second July. effect year and year, expect the our inflation, up. in contracts new the there. much what to expect you should have to don't to is commodity first in regard of in had I I So inflation different With fourth as imagine bunch going roll quarter are went can because end costs at And last and lock the we the or

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David Palmer

us acute which we're particular. And obviously would pass When at shortages point, commodities for when realized of would and just your labor difficult the it in some shortages this fiscal about 'XX, impact guidance halves it is comes forecast. And I of guess to thinking to labor thing. I to costs, your some on big have you obviously – a dynamic gave you sense be I'll how net And how that talked X you're a imagine you reaction you and about consumer about too. much to be how the taking retailers pricing, of on. thinking pricing, you're taking, to impact be pricing give that there's will going the Could but pricing

Mark Schiller

Yes.

time meaning level specific at environment, productivity got all net given did not a cover the whole will pricing of us But but for and we by on you've regard think we hit that the gross robust it. there's more given of so shortages, on number than in top pricing, then the quickly that stick. competitive – and haven't that, I should So on in but plan, which taken a in surprise, consumer our of reaction, we're With the our of the elasticities, it. control that get more got the expecting the pricing industry we've to labor to pricing, than inflation,

centers, our in of becomes benefit some whether the as was get So, well. where, higher that our as consumption consolidation, of We've shipments. in comes issues that the then productivity sourcing we're actual those And had centers of actually points inhibited the rectified some than place supply that manufacturers that the some or our of situation. got got regard. place elongated continues there's from we've to orders facilities. labor that we fourth robust supply other there and sources of for ability really it's make And But part labor progress our plenty further of manufacturing sure upstream, distribution on is flow. distribution remember labor well. product agenda again, manufacturing to shortages the in made has is backup our out, good middle to why are having Doing ingredient home obviously, backup finding suppliers, where quarter we X all which upstream have challenges crisis that of out labor And in facilities, Within of well. we've labor that been consolidation. sources productivity that that that operating We've that in consolidating our the our in they're

the totally pick drivers who and woods. the see are to We've shipping. challenges getting you'll -- so much It's up having a we're got customers them still shortage. done have labor not job to we of first we've -- flipping So orders, in we are better of out that quarter the the managing not

much in was dynamic So the it better the now of August situation, quarter. than here there's -- pretty sitting a it's last is middle at of end it but sitting

David Palmer

you. Thank

Operator

you. Thank

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

Matt Fishbein

on Hey, the good morning. Thanks for It's Matt Fishbein question. Rob. for

that distributors is Just ruining expected looks first your are said know health here. And has categories view, point the rates much situation on And capacity rates just stabilized if how labor experiencing follow right I now. internal sounds for distribution from to -- supplier you your of still I it from you fill if that The retailers of know up, curious what are any, the to guess. but an like fill overall pretty chain, constraints? that to the to and supply improve

Mark Schiller

what to scheduled been trucks. don't show is similar up pick brands from and where again get and transportation appointed and side, the very specific on up distribution our into inflationary, we're now want has are I which standpoint, struggling. a will say trucks is, challenge biggest orders having getting the our say that are that challenges side. The to But Yes. categories pickup partners transportation it's to I hard on would time, right on been go I'd to suggest

ship to the So products and the truck which on staged costs. flip we product at spot market truck we've the show doesn't door, have that to dock up, to got adds a buy then them,

We're place to they and in plan a that the is energy got that solution the to to find scheduled we've going not lot where shortages the backup to in time, a show show facing. everybody able that sure industry to a in going If to on make trucks be that's So that focus time. the getting economic has of more are up they're ahead been. further up are the

We're to be QX things So challenges, over completely QX, get not as it's may the But the in but it's was definitely the stimulus contributing that the environment labor away going better. hope some of some go in level see to that will and shortages. my labor checks of better continue yet. is to than it

Matt Fishbein

with I in Thanks. of feel expecting heading the the trucks too, let's trucks for stabilized outpace low still retail? fair. of for frequency, retailers centers, terms consumption, bit Obviously, is would related And but kind question can say, And out, forward? squeeze pandemic QX area a to maybe clarification, up you inventories the pandemic? to sending out I or work pushed are those was there, fill pandemic was do it That's kind How that supply distribution situation. less the need margin in those there given fuller to at some shipments But that labor prior opportunity of way, Okay. rates becomes changed an of about trucks of the your consumption been and a more, the if by fullness chain be to just you going one that is beyond, an to situation that know you are to little of the out opportunity issue there. for improvement there account current opportunity normalizing,

Mark Schiller

Yes.

the we trucks, we truckloads. pallets when full two averaging this -- actually, are on more where the journey than truck. a were started filling of So per in place we're now at XXXX, of shipments XX% Remember, our

go the retailers less the the is quite have orders, the consolidate 'Let's that so have to the thing. good tight, many frankly, us now can fact the trucks and shortage full fuller say, And we trucks are, don't because market half is to So trouble trucks are a to road. the having is If that that helping your and on we as labor be schedule getting trucks they're the trucks.' of

an incentive and enabler, those trucks actually place sell it bracket So to it's now that's in an pricing our gives -- everybody up.

labor catalyst will a So the And continued happening. there. more progress I shortage urgency think to we create see is that around frankly,

your of part again, Second me? remind question

Matt Fishbein

QX was consumption? outpace expected shipments, they just to It are

Mark Schiller

Yes.

in we interesting prices manufacturers lower pricing, advance in demand. what's buying many extra is, So right the inventory dynamic go get pent-up pricing, definitely price as retailers What's now the so before are of taking have an up. -- the they are interesting

are So retailers' full. warehouses pretty

we in inventory low so, And terms in actually at warehouses. of are point a customer

others, it that work after the bounces whether exactly At we're -- those -- it that, the inventory expect quarter all in quarter can't some their first Whether some I the warehouses, or hasn't back. customers, yet. in do bounce retailers at seeing will will happens orders the but you starting second we when, so, tell it we're back that way happened It's exceed down to of And in see shipments. happen.

Operator

Thank you.

Our of your comes next proceed question. with question Anoori Naughton JPMorgan. the from Please line with

Anoori Naughton

guys. Hey. Good morning,

Mark Schiller

Hi.

Anoori Naughton

sales year-over-year first timing mentioned, of some do headwinds you the slight of wondering clarify still be if something. and be up. will will in help be appreciate first the divestitures divestitures, the don't namely so EBITDA the I you margins second will the inflation to they said you much were And punitive I'm in I quarter. gross But the down XXXX, unless think lag, why can I'm more pricing the pricing of half in cost. than quarter versus your missing much

better to build the EBITDA possible. trying just I'm if bridge, So

Mark Schiller

Yes.

lapping growth challenged. So how gross of the be acceleration and lower We're seeing its remember innovation will seeing we're lower that's reason into the translates But well. XX% mean, be profit that margin seeing be lower, And revenue, business last it EBITDA health dollars I lower. means it be will Revenue performing gross is that while terrific. year. underlying That's We're in growth. consumption. up, EBITDA. which will will the we're TDP our primary

elements are And It's depress are strength overlap, we have a going so, all there. underlying the and we massive have overlap, the line. of of to top just COVID which

Javier Idrovo

we Anoori, spend the marketing. do is thing other more expect that, to in

marketing line. So an embedded impacting growth also there's growth spending marketing that it's -- the EBITDA

Anoori Naughton

Okay, or the Have spending year? -- the you'll for in quantify be marketing much great. quarter any you you of how given can terms

Mark Schiller

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Anoori Naughton

Thank great. you. Okay,

Operator

Thank you.

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Jon Andersen

everybody. morning Good

Mark Schiller

Hi Jon.

Javier Idrovo

Jon. morning Good

Jon Andersen

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move there So, just update into fiscal seeing on you're relative to an XXXX. expectations what as your we

Mark Schiller

Sure.

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Jon Andersen

Two points of That's clarification. quick helpful. Thanks.

programs are make sight line and might some sure more perspective on volume still mentioned the then kind good comparisons rationalization SKU the Is is times the understand of to to in XXXX, locked to of want in provide I And I of referenced what's you overall comments. programs or SKU second that half second also Just the of, there of because the several rationalization question they Could is kind prepared of incremental that? and status year. what the that? be, those You Thanks. loaded? have you going on,

Mark Schiller

Yeah.

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refine continuing portfolio. our are to always We

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Jon Andersen

Thanks so much.

Operator

you. Thank

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Eric Larson

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Mark Schiller

Yes.

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Eric Larson

to when Okay. a talk is And you as generally, opposed generally grabbing sprint. about a distribution journey

to that is distribution? I out think gaining how years? available should we it Is mean for far So think that? you you to several runway your about

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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biggest ACV. have Our brands XX% only

fastest-growing So have that brands yet. don't in there's the ubiquity we $XXX that biggest, sales, have million on retail we are still even opportunities

opportunity. one that's So

you're penetrated We're us the way. with then third with starting we're businesses, big drug in We're big in gas channel in not not haven't with for convenience the opportunity for our snacks. obviously many because each We're any with TDPs get we Care innovation is really Dollar businesses. channel opportunity on us is that more channels. these expansion Personal way And items not in any which store and to our Second in to the per gaining. of see

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Eric Larson

right. you All the detail. it. very much Thank additional for Appreciate

Operator

you. Thank

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

Anthony Vendetti

couple Mark, you about? that product that Is you're traction? had quarters. looking that last then in the of there And of in growth to that in gained terms products pipeline mentioned just innovations is there excited any introduce, the particular the specific nice have anything product has new really you're of here

Mark Schiller

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Earth's the very there So and very, Street a of now are that straws well. also is veggie of puffs Sesame Best performing version

things launched. got pretty darn And across performance a we've so good the we've

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Anthony Vendetti

just that resets drag Okay. resets. like from quickly those real are you on all Is could there the then then just sounds on It COVID? talk itself And having. Great. than Or couple about the other And or months? shortage you that product happening. over is of that any still out insurance work if impacts COVID of or the are labor other stimulus any next unemployment to expecting the

Mark Schiller

we're we're not itself but that certainly it out, not -- Well, strategy. is hoping works hope a

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and labor magnifies labor you shortage people take And getting so exacerbate with you the sick, that a shortage. it the

through as less this have the And chain. I further will that shortages. under we expect labor So the to Delta as people pandemic supply filling of the positions open and vaccinated, Again, get within down just variant more we get all we it get COVID-related exist comes control,

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not around waiting go for on, lot working of, progress. it working to the away. and kind problem, terrific will. made activity on, you we're a going of we've if So There's We're

Anthony Vendetti

Thank Okay, you. queue. great. to back I’ll turn the

Operator

Thank you.

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

Michael Lavery

Thank you. morning. Good

Mark Schiller

morning. Good

Javier Idrovo

Good morning, Michael.

Michael Lavery

magnitude give this us Just And finding that that on may you trouble any if have indication the might a is acquisition expect? you the attractive sense buybacks. Can targets? you of

Mark Schiller

Yeah.

the the acquisition I'll first Javier, let target. buybacks, you discuss So, discuss let me but

So looking we in acquisitions. the for actively are market

it, previous organization I calls, acquisitions. to simplified As stabilized mentioned in well with we've positioned and we're make now We're people. on that very active the conversations

with reshaping thing getting our parts the a the to tail tail. was now money, us brand And half of you'll note so going portfolio bigger every have in certain and categories shed part is, of the losing whereas the that, be to I But strategy that certain forward, continued profitable. the expect, is on of that will Day, tail see of on important Investor we continuing

of businesses, the And those along. opportunity we right why our buybacks? capital to want that, With comes But and so, about fine don't we're is We're businesses. allocation be focused strategy if keeping fine those there. the part Javier, divesting acquirers, you talk

Javier Idrovo

Michael. Yeah,

get where look company highest of does the of risk-adjusted all we returns. the its lens opportunities investment through at So our

evaluating said, share whether investing buybacks a it external return. our opportunities. company shares opportunities, yielding includes through internal includes good Like that also Mark So are in the

when through priced. attractively share the And see the think we because, in marketplace is be you prices that so, us repurchases share active are

you that in the seen so, have fourth And happen quarter.

As to it signaling to, low to going other, versus one say, a trading debt. very little a one relates we is no, a have of this would -- I as bit you're the what

X. less closed is X.X than Our the year. with net debt we how actually It's

do the we do flexibility to lot buybacks if present of do a actually to So themselves. opportunities and have M&A

use. our don't take can good opportunities to -- being we a that you capital that should as put that I think have don't signal of we So a investment sort where that

Michael Lavery

with but follow-up know inflation specifically to great certainly, And the I really it That's clear, the there's in quarter, Would that help on could pricing maybe divestiture the absolute, the a margin to the Okay. you. hear Thank just that like us by International accretion sequentially, color. segment? business probably differentiates business business, still that margin pressure And you how can little is also segments be margins. the is from you sounds declines, it both the a your first rid what -- but of have up is to coming base? in be it International given fruit right but later. it just side lift on maybe that get bit understand a fruit the

Mark Schiller

Yes.

expect don't So, we margin declines.

significant the expansion expect that and margin are the are because are We the crop and the The crops inflation is is in expansion. coming we pricing some in of the inflation, on of of come reaction short some Part the in long, is we're and obviously rate the of the to of hit in, International. that had later that crops of some as crops going that pricing from dependent be some coming coming shortages reason pricing. to taking International the amount

we take takes It as information, pricing. have us it a we that accept bit the the So, present and of time little got to retailer for it.

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you'll see same as you significant what's at growth almost improvements look XX% at pricing, and pricing the Baby driving that on XX% we've a consumption got in of our velocity is about time. part If increase which business the data,

September, relatively the elasticity are only that So, in see hits see up, that modest is the and guy pricing price to has going rest as the changed because going we're optimistic people will of relative significantly. if you're it's that up if everybody we going than who's different your

from we're be will pricing So, nominal. that impact the optimistic the

who's with and a We to much consumer anyway. much less also, premium have higher price begin of income very elastic a wellness, in set and products health

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Michael Lavery

right? you sure I declines high-teens you with to on That's has right? what be helpful there, You full EBITDA That's think to I year, some said said declines. mid- would make quarter the Can color. first I -- just margin The expect margin don't correctly? decline the there there recall

Mark Schiller

Javier--

Javier Idrovo

decline to. yes, gross level some margin -- level. EBITDA Mark margin gross the The There the what be margin referring was is at at will

Michael Lavery

Makes sense.

very you much. Thank Okay.

Operator

Thank you.

proceed question last from question. of Morningstar. with with morning comes line this Please your Our Scheuneman the Rebecca

Rebecca Scheuneman

squeezing Good for in. morning. Thanks me

on trial. So, can had call, Thank on elaborate And And still a need few in-store if kind if plans sampling? COVID to you you I just are restrictions what prohibiting the are times wondering there. you. mentioned of this drive was your

Mark Schiller

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most be going inbox the shopper the sampling customer. that's But activities, mobile social and is marketing digital, in-store some occurring. marketing there's with So of to

Rebecca Scheuneman

you so Thank great. Okay, much.

Operator

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

Mark Schiller

health business the and I you. very left term, we industry short think some and of challenging the business headwinds that facing with folks. over everybody's and forward appreciate optimistic. you with is look Well, Thank time conversations underlying coming and I for to and we're this our enthusiasm optimism fact later the hope the is outstanding, the we this we today in days while

to So look later. talking thanks care. for all your Take to you time, forward and I

Operator

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