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Hain Celestial (HAIN)

Participants
Anna Kate Heller Vice President, Investor Relations
Mark Schiller President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris Boever Incoming Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Javier Idrovo Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Anoori Naughton JPMorgan
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
John Baumgartner Mizuho
Anthony Vendetti Maxim Group
Alexia Howard Bernstein
David Palmer Evercore ISI
Eric Larson Seaport Research
Rebecca Scheuneman Morningstar
Scott Mushkin R5 Capital
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to Hain Celestial's Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. At this time all participants are in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Anna Kate Heller, Investor Relations. Thank you.

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Anna Kate Heller

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Mark Schiller

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Chris Boever

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Mark Schiller

the Thank Chris, and again, team. welcome you, to

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Javier Idrovo

of I and wish and my to Hain journey, continued the thank Board I everyone, has also success. colleagues. take and this It the much, opportunity exciting an Mark. thank rest been you company the morning, Good very want to

Now turning to the financials.

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spending half were supply second operating the which lower flows $XX.X under half, lower than cash or Act year million from first net XXXX. expected than for While year tax the given half spending fiscal claim a availability. prior the the first was labor benefited CARES during refund quarter sales, first and challenges company Capital the of chain reflected X.X% of

we X% and under to on For the leverage amended X.X% spending sales. the X.X net be full net the was as calculated agreement credit at end now of of at million, capital stood was between expect Net while debt Cash debt $XXX million. hand year, times. $XX quarter

with of after authorization authorization end program has XXXX additional leaving repurchase is an authorization commence shares Our $XXX second the balance under share $XXX Consistent at to repurchases average price us authorization. its existing the an share result, strong, utilized. commissions, our with additional remains in the approximately million and the we capital Board million, company our company's both for Directors of or X.X% with sheet of a of principles total to and we excluding of remaining X Share quarter, at will the about a $XX.XX business today $XX significant of million flexibility stock also common outstanding this fully return value repurchased announced million shareholders. repurchase have the under reinvest quarter. as allocation during The that approved per

outlook. our to turning Now

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our guidance. Let me color give on some you updated

the earlier expect the in business. performance our our our deliver half versus in line top for optimism adjusted call. We growth the American Mark reasons mid- high range, second to North to single-digit the prior largely by explained year driven of

updated Given full for have the we adjusted EBITDA year. under, high inflationary we operating and adjusted margin environment that are the gross our guidance

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productivity these and will the X.X profitability along our extraordinary achieving pricing remain with Hain that targets. Given eventually in expectation actions confident our initiatives challenges

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Mark Schiller

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Operator

JPMorgan. Ladies question at Instructions] you. Naughton with will proceed be the [Operator comes your question. question-and-answer time with we Thank from a of Please first line gentlemen, and session. this conducting Our Anoori

Anoori Naughton

Hi, good morning.

Mark Schiller

Good morning.

Anoori Naughton

in new more environment? guidance understand -- for helpful today's conservative making? give are Like for wanted the you to that it us that this for It a assumptions what pretty half, the for the fourth for you're about enough a would to that's is I about back But volatile update cadence quarter, ramp providing guidance ask bit helpful. thank little EBITDA and growth. implies your you got significant be confidence enough

Mark Schiller

question. Thank for the Yes. you

been on this some have for we quite time. journey So obviously

in coming that's to second half. We productivity have fruition the

are second have EBITDA. We drive in acceleration volume that some will that we the half expecting that of

second We up. pricing because, the have coming will the before margins that half again, the inflation is pricing improve also catches in the hitting more

-- mix some the we well. we in and expect So half second improvements as

and significant will So our be confident we improvement quarter, EBITDA. also a have that together which also I helpful think to in And you this driving last that we're put overlap fourth all terms year, in remember, we we challenging which of get year, will that had EBITDA growth

Javier Idrovo

Mark, if I second to that of may, have cost visibility our going like for I would we to goods also forward strong half. add quite a the

more are spending. we So than visibility the probably than more having XX% -- for

second So the cost we we forces that half about as embedded the have feel pretty well. in good

Anoori Naughton

Great. the in inventory helpful. assumptions second then just embedded reload to on quarter, in stand? what's and where US. expected you can the us were -- for And customers in us you on your you update I you think the half? back some And just do That's super update Can

Mark Schiller

Yes.

is our most but So disruptions we -- our industry-wide that strong with. related across the are we inventories everybody supply to issues relatively of brands, some familiar had have

And within terms of of are some at what still gap where there inventory levels or customers couple they've our a so segments been historically. in brands have brands versus we

did half assumed as that expect we but those just that the the improvement half, haven't in on we we second issues We first some will that completely go make away. on

we help places fill in approach what of to challenges. have visibility have terms balanced a of we in where us kind what think pipeline place we and the So on again, we're have those I to taking

Anoori Naughton

you. Thank Great.

Operator

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

Michael Lavery

Good morning. Thank you.

Mark Schiller

Good morning, Mike.

Michael Lavery

does cost It on move energy like very sounds a or mean the piece. matter, options touch it upside obviously, significant locked pressure just you improves, it that is to or sounds to but Can can't clarify, speaking potentially where that and you've that worse you some of get numbers? your EU if it the in. have wanted might like Just cost obviously better, to

Mark Schiller

much in. pretty it's locked No,

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Michael Lavery

Okay. That's helpful. on And just another pricing. one Great.

any orders is you're just is characterize with said just real some it discussions the in sense of nature around us Is just of pricing You tweaks that? what the of edges. Can guess magnitude of more and you sort Can like? you feels has I there automatic like negotiating customers. the some give or it pushback, there a become or almost resistance in this dialogue environment.

Mark Schiller

Yes.

world. the the of it's little the think I in versus bit there's a different -- rest US

me labor their general feeling So challenges. challenges around everyone's because their recognition In customers and there's with US, inflation certainly the including those take the supply let chain separately. it,

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punitive. are more those retailers the to more conversations. pricing and more challenging resistant are just going to much there So be be much And can

in, pricing half of end but conversations of of for a the impact it to we had as that all that. a couple that for are distribution there's get general But first in in the happen. do now expect give the get It's year, again, the I just negotiate. that before lost day. We of pricing pricing as got action, the we what's get did the question having needs pricing a that, categories And half. Now in in. result some the we the We from continue recognition the of to second we a will

Michael Lavery

helpful. so Thanks much. Really

Operator

Our line Baumgartner of with Mizuho. next with question comes your proceed from question. John Please the

John Baumgartner

Good question. for the morning. Thanks

Mark Schiller

Good morning, John.

John Baumgartner

outlook. just the into I confidence off, can you for to and what terms target? you chain if reiteration of months here environment from How Omicron see about think six But materialize sales or supply supply walk think first do don't been or visibility tough as F forecast we XXXX, the doesn't or risk, next resets that innovation COVID chain mean so? that following to whether do just Maybe through net the shelf that you extent the launch? Obviously, about has for the we can in the of see.

Mark Schiller

Yes.

significant got at confidence getting the seeing place very consumption growing momentum. volume for time. or our distribution in and is particular, We're pricing North same high. We've in So America got unit We've US the momentum.

We have have some about talked programs that merchandising on previous calls. secured we've that big been

interesting North material year in store. versus grocery international, a a And In right in international the down are entire by what's in the sales store now ago, US business. so entire we acceleration UK, will America is, the driven see

the lost is, of And some period year their are So country were that in And gaining occasions a the the people our to we've share now of home the as those of categories and back home. in so lunch expectation everybody opened where while the from are they've up lack left as from travel. some work, ago was categories, we're and some going the occasion our lockdown in we down. kids and house, the school being

see and will will we third short brands the store there, again, that because entire but our as end through get will share. the the to mitigate lived. of we affecting it's we gaining So quarter, are that, expect that think we be continue that And

double-digit brands Our are velocity seeing growth.

the environment our the will have with entire our it. fact and as share kind as we come of confidence so that that in And normalizes store long volume

John Baumgartner

on the newer which the of for deli Great. Okay. is you Hain. just the to of acquisition, that a sort touch ParmCrisps part into store, And area gets

So this ideas you here? what for -- Thank these contributing the your Mark, to forward? opportunities? you. do for and from you business speak distribution your can EBITDA innovation? brand How Any for plans the can is for And of contribution you the think two the do the then see you about how brands going business to that duration year? also, assumption snacks What

Mark Schiller

Yes.

be So going part the costs. nominal starting pricing middle pricing They the haven't all that for with in the they second half through and were want of contribution The because process EBITDA offset to of to is to of these pretty going didn't the second question. yet take a taken process.

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are and So our forward. are where we're going given footprint it's And distribution terms we differentiated to customer terrific them said strategy when and innovation opportunities the of the we high those kind and core in you on that a think the protein across And we carb. ParmCrisps. really low distribution ParmCrisps, calling that I about for think with our to much X.X of would is journey bigger we because very just snack and help drive, exactly very the a are going can have add, things expansion. customers, resources board relationships

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our really attention. as opposed of We're our ParmCrisps with is And to so brands our we or upside. brands. manage growth see the putting fuel more and But we're resources most going where likely that to

John Baumgartner

Great. it. Thanks. Appreciate

Mark Schiller

Yes.

Operator

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

Anthony Vendetti

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Mark Schiller

Yes.

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that we of chain, the we've supply is, throughout shortages, find get as to last to and think shortages see I as labor abate, been I global the fourth we labor to supply of think now, challenges backup fourth that is continue quarter, that facing. really driven by kind of start will the started our a quarter this react The right year. those is can all to do we shortages. sources lap not lot normalize, but news labor it but things we of And good

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Anthony Vendetti

this at that expense require a but Hain, just could you outsource of is that only you at know whether said, anything doesn't quick these this else And costs, could quarter? quarter Okay. do I one today. some out Is of ride capital there everything you normalize, somewhat can more that you too starting concerns infrastructure, you should with a help elevated like much that, anything alleviate it's point, and there fiscal your of or -- follow-up investments shipping think maybe in basically, fourth

Mark Schiller

Yes.

not certainly we're So resting.

increasing the of disruption. cost, hope because, So it regard all automating trying out to it's even issues things had aggressively to the and We're kind on things our labor need to levels fill we've though jobs the for our in are also our is open again, some good stabilize, plants, that where service take alleviates with and inventory of these supply. we

disruptions from and disruptions, go but things that of else's ourselves in So and predict factory somebody protect crops. in further we're on to try mitigate terms hard to it's doing or

can can quickly things we're seen. reacting of we're kind And do that that with the challenges the internally so we that we've things see to responding to we some of mitigate and

the to would down that bottlenecks. marketplace, our of can And so continues the again, to will come a alleviate hit and bit as productivity as we those come expect we some costs that, fruition,

Anthony Vendetti

Excellent. for Thanks update. that

Operator

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

Alexia Howard

Good morning, everyone.

Mark Schiller

Alexia. morning, Good

Alexia Howard

Okay.

the So first side. on sales all, focus of

food quarter. growth shortfall? you forward was must guess, negative of you once then the growth channels. have Where channel to growth measured Brexit You stocking going Because the that I saw Europe, And very China saw this are measured up X% strong phenomenon? happened this and that lapped baby the America, but in improve around that the in North expecting time, the we've it was been, outside

Mark Schiller

Yes.

So run. couple example. the we on. basis, had of up short a XX% is last gap between shipments while an shifting still two-year really the Remember by is and year consumption that And growth in massive as e-commerce one, going been in things. Number it's there America a channel it's negative in North driven on

is is, Now our be quarter of part has news been e-commerce second it, trends than first better good the quarter again, seems it difference. were to trends, towards the that but our a in headwind moving and flat, back

And North years. in biggest still well of Canada, is That in We've been short-term sanitizer are from business one our the is plant-based that's and completed part some Canada, were a that's America slowdown in we success of Canada The also brands got overlapping. second publicized. the previous we there is is overlapping it, headwind. but now

gap last experienced And more the here a People to overlapping now the really between for allowed That's gone consumption. versus will and were those they are work US. I out they to not the is of the time, again, decision back long as that people of in much, is office. occasions and -- sick And down. it's are for a and immunity, significant store. we In where Brexit, the store have work what but the number life in -- as said, last our lockdowns complete go prolonged on supply would versus a the last of that Europe, as to go the much Omicron I the period the of going a have the much people a herd of have getting very significant means still of year, acceleration. the store severe and time difference normalized lockdowns Remember, by to that the bit but grocery left So of which we've gone on previously, Again, driven they've year. couple of normalize, were little between brands. had deaths and of they're that more that lower they which period a exit again, shipments expect the entire normalizes some made end people the consumption of kind that and to hospitalizations for had started left house of lockdown, QX, at grocery year, and back while kind the occasions in-home eating we had a to than led sales laps

just we So that have to lap another quarter. for

Alexia Howard

it and the Chris. Great. the to pass appreciate And I it. best new all role, with Javier, I’ll really welcome on.

Mark Schiller

you. Thank

Operator

proceed ISI. question comes Evercore your with from the Please line David of next Palmer question. with Our

David Palmer

not Thanks. Good also your timing, just just morning. And just be I as what check input in in about will with of and costs. margins but viewed wanted I'm light you costs long-term transitory COVID targets. gross pricing about thinking to

the having perhaps and we God for And thinking think you're just from the total as costs -- year of away. these maybe things, friction this willing, example, stick still go achieved can do around XXXX, past So the get is start that as era, these fiscal XX% about mid-XXs? longer-term gross about could and margins we and there in transitory you be friction in COVID think some we'll COVID much how pricing

So curious all commentary about that. on I'd be your

Mark Schiller

Yes.

Hain lots and of X.X destination, time we've so the there. get a that strategy remember got XXXX to was So

encouraging line momentum, of in bodes what's our the journey. is, which particularly dramatically is think United consumption, for terms top I -- I well in has very think accelerated that States,

these plus pricing inflation transitory things. productivity in million $XXX million we've of $XX and had As another of we've I and prepared those remarks, would of said costs, got to the to million about I XX% offset call about what about $XX million $XX

on this had because pricing to we're assumed going go expect expect continue industry. to down. see and margins why that our that's time planned, some off, will when seen been us do so we're costs they've that rest not pretty the to expect which, inflation. again, volume would slightly, the you've encouraging we I don't And do relative solid of very while will we're to unit seeing is that. top over that that down I there that gross fall of growth stick I And these double-digit be we originally pricing the seeing

volume In fact, we're seeing accelerating.

And can our that think several will will pricing. come So obviously, planned And we we we on as this hold have down. assuming time, to happens, margins expect, is I all up, these go out costs years. that productivity still for over

on will we a we're see there, to environment that some need of optimistic right we to volatile now, order these I'm things margins but those see back very relief in in up. go So some get and

David Palmer

everything, of think what terms should traditional how would pricing these of situation tough you transitory obviously after of a have I'm pricing would ahead where costs, transitory mean we because non-transitory. pricing the sure what to in away. is your and for costs then really it's disentangle costs? costs pricing transitory but -- how like is input your Do covering about -- the versus your you transitory for feel go you're plus I you plan for be

Mark Schiller

Yes.

productivity we're cover and our to the reinvest the to model productivity and inflation cover to X.X costs. has we've price is to the these we're Short model then term, -- to cover transitory and going brands use our used our bottom and going accelerate priced being line. So for to been is, inflation, in

the marketing transitory investing of all these we're not bottom in as taking and line because much we're as So much to costs.

as So over we'll expect to several this journey, as X.X into I next continue the years cover -- to again, inflation. price get we

but And to up costs our set EBITDA short opportunity the becomes significantly productivity. increase have term, so these transitory that that productivity growth,

David Palmer

Thank That’s helpful. you.

Operator

Our next with line question your comes Please with Seaport Eric Larson of question. Research. proceed from the

Eric Larson

aboard, to you, and welcome congratulations Javier, Thank everybody Chris. and Yes. you, and luck good

So two quick questions.

So consensus at million. now for estimates right if $XXX XXXX you look fiscal at EBITDA are where is for

of million. flat $XXX year, that's you're guiding year last so And sort this versus to

–d your the this costs adjustment seems all of wash to for way the energy like that going all puts of entire of to better a that out down of can we incremental kind Europe. just kind understand? So Is you to and million on here, of wash something fair this in EBITDA it takes is year guidance kind if the $XX

Mark Schiller

oversimplification, have Yes. the It's I core, do a pricing. costs, We said, its incremental bit decline. that little driving an but at as incremental what's we is have of do but

some costs. productivity incremental transitory of the covering that's have We

taking there's the simplest more guidance at and So lot a this $XX in down of puts takes and of yes, $XX environment, but level, million. we've cost its million got we're

-- are can I surprises puts but things there. a XX, basically surprises, tell at us explain about lot feet, there's There that million all the have And positive in certainly some out been would some takes more a so but and there water, those change. that XXX that underneath you, negative been it walks and things have $XX are to it

Eric Larson

again, simplify I'm trying best to, just the parts. see incremental to real change moving the was. of to lot a there's that Yes, it can Yes. what we are

second $XXX taken this million question you've So the got already pricing is, of year.

going product this? maybe opportunities of this, is maintain that goods increases than or that. a So at simplification billion actually price your competitive base, that's the use revenue through X%. how to forward to price looking and that just to great simple as It I'm more again, by are little a a over -- price $X higher seems your much trying productivity Are be some try other competitiveness companies of use packaged you to

Mark Schiller

a cost, as so Well, of we look a percentage our revenue. our percentage at pricing not as of

most percentage significantly if you'd XX weeks, than said. in see that data, it's up that's of the about our round as X%, at look we're recent take you the second So X% -- we And a pricing. you the we're costs, that retail and higher of the before

dramatically. said, aren't of getting to day, by gaps category our So sure a been about our XX% competitors took seeing we Baby And wider takes cases way that's have I you're thought, where fall increase. and but some And comment. in what, would sure it's this velocities on XX% velocities make And before do like where good price meant the by you up retail. pricing we're in where pricing off, make some we going haven't picked expect, we it's you'll and any velocity, would double-digit so that, aren't in than the we've taken to increases, a our planned, as that to picking increase going end detail other great by pricing units analyze and better at taken velocity I up but actually as that at there's my make significant then adjustments. retail and yet cases, And the of our despite know have see segment, puts balance, at see of the day. and all example It's what about I to exactly end be we're planned, dropping. we going not

Eric Larson

it. Got

question. real more One Thanks. quick Okay.

I lot a price like your that fair second it $XX XX. Is at like the a you at you observation? If would quarter, an average stock price in of assume

Mark Schiller

it's at to divulge. if not but in to stock strategy of conclusion going what the we the that mid-XXs. to value, the See, we to be as like like say price a We in mid-XXs, certainly it I our consider fair the am got internal stock relative we

Eric Larson

Thank you, it. everybody. Appreciate

Operator

from Rebecca Scheuneman question. of proceed line with question Our next with Please comes Morningstar. the your

Rebecca Scheuneman

question. for thanks and the morning Good

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new And in update warehouse retail still staffing, to of staffed, like that products. what your some ability had mentioned believe but been provide have if also there warehouse. quarter, your a might it's little in customers that the have but at the you there. you were you're shortages You are a could could I me give to manufacturing last, said and there returned full fully plants, picture launch and impairing shortages just the

Mark Schiller

Yes.

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Operator

line Capital. question your next Please question. Scott with the Mushkin from proceed Our comes with of RX

Scott Mushkin

guys. for Hey, Thanks question. my taking

gotten Europe earlier normal, more. said eating more that to out you have people about So back

the you yourself, maybe process, thought get get performs maybe in half to second maybe the competition we is, seeing we're the the some we calendar our and and price So ramp-up and asking this cycle even price we vis-à-vis from to start increases that promotions for cycle, through the but also of How things a volume do clients as and think if business XXXX see decreases. retailers hiccups.

Mark Schiller

consumer, of XXX% I as that. competitors of just and out going to people we're the people back where I the back very time, another going at consumer to recently, see There, all pendulum in, and things as swung obviously home, we're to expect, here will is a unlike we -- another half the a XX the consumer accept pointed are We're the study way kind or If here. But going left so the was the of watch working keep office bag some saw to bit the out, going while the increases, then that right? then XX% of the lap think prices, half XX% mixed be percent to down are are home. we there. trading responsive a are to willing a the all it is they are kind to little the of If way to increases to you people their right. normalize lowering it to do It's swung to in have And I work. start that

overlapping the a period home. that So lockdowns are we complete driving time occasions of out are of for

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on it. we're some would than XXXX, we're So yes, soon. challenges we to overlapping going We're been things because now get but it, those watching pretty these better certainly as into I be having F to of challenges going we've expect normalize are the

Operator

hand questions. for Schiller over remarks. have we back time for to the the all Mr. closing to I'd like is That call

Mark Schiller

incredibly very Obviously, in interest a we're seeing the by guys all that today. United to X.X said journey. I consumption thank Hain missing States. it's line That fact one been that our accelerating, We was your as been that's in set the for it's top line top in encouraged in of you've momentum about. proof growth excited heard the everyone. you challenging I'm we're environment, up very X.X, and the points has that from

again, one-on-one all forward So you today. calls I your look for the interest. And thank to later

Operator

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