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Participants
Kevin Hourican CEO
Aaron E. Alt CFO
Neil Russell Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Mark Carden UBS
Alex Slagle Jefferies
Edward Kelly Wells Fargo
John Heinbockel Guggenheim Partners
Nicole Miller Piper Sandler
John Glass Morgan Stanley
Lauren Silberman Credit Suisse
Jeffrey Bernstein Barclays
Kelly Bania BMO Capital
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to Sysco First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Conference Call.

As a reminder, today's call is being recorded.

We will begin with opening remarks and introductions. I will now like to turn the call over to Neil Russell, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer. Please go ahead.

Neil Russell

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Kevin Hourican

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Aaron E. Alt

Kevin you, morning. and Thank good

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Operator

Carden And the the line comes first from Mark UBS. Instructions] [Operator of question of

Mark Carden

on my reaching hear. Thanks questions. morning. taking your some is sounds for good to hiring which a like lot Good It progress great you've targets, made

started on implementing the some necessarily more pressures structural pay in is we've some alignment been noted Without it seeing that competitor, we raises. more this broader of that Could competitors seeing commenting that Thanks. be environment? One your some recently base here?

Kevin Hourican

with Kevin. question. remarks; prepared answering Mark, made progress This lot from. We've in They staffing A said your health will the are start Morning, where of just a macro quarter. perspective. it's in things the I

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Aaron E. Alt

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Mark Carden

broader in than the you industry? any rate compares currently still stronger most, Presumably, changes do here? Thanks. fill guys Awesome. gap you're How your That's to the great. think but

Kevin Hourican

for follow-up. Mark, thanks the

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Mark Carden

so All right, much thanks and good luck.

Kevin Hourican

Mark. Thanks

Operator

question next Your of of comes Alex from Slagle the line Jefferies.

Alex Slagle

dynamics the fiscal even something, basis I growth good 'XX first the morning. may trend as seem decelerate into that you dragged during quarter local if versus on comparison. a U.S. observed the but I'm the case the we broadline momentum, than for local right. discuss to bit could more have sequentially the quarter a reading Hey, if the adjust Wonder they had where tougher X-year you missed more case

Kevin Hourican

well, making. business progress is we're that we're pleased Alex. really local the with Our performing

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Alex Slagle

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against you that? Just get and can many in obviously, some up tougher ways compares

Kevin Hourican

thanks of acceleration chart, saw question. is start for continuation our on Alex, our the with which performance. October as the headline, I'll was you of total

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As something concerned that far we're as not you. something. tough to comp that's over compares say holiday season Aaron to about. for rolling wants Aaron over

Aaron E. Alt

I October fiscal accelerating should QX. opportunity QX note portfolio would results we and just announcement and great both QX our significant and are as into that understand you Kevin for across we have our called particularly, add, of and our in take our up of

Alex Slagle

Congrats. thanks. Great,

Aaron E. Alt

Thanks, Alex.

Operator

from comes the Wells Kelly line of Edward question next Fargo. Your of

Edward Kelly

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Kevin Hourican

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Edward Kelly

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Kevin Hourican

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Edward Kelly

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Aaron E. Alt

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in year. For us, have the we confidence

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Edward Kelly

you. Thank Great.

Kevin Hourican

Ed. you, Thank

Operator

Your Guggenheim question of the line comes John from next of Heinbockel Partners.

John Heinbockel

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Kevin Hourican

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John Heinbockel

X higher drive will long-term business in we're of to the be profit seeing dynamics more of Which of -- less margins? the think better that structure lot a one some Maybe in those light confident is second likely been you macro are you historically right? longer-term XX-XX, about cost to view, being more margin or than the If lookout gross today. it's question, of a take

Kevin Hourican

not top continued disciplined is that really EBIT It's taking our believe structural come on going in John, will optimization move the expense drive from that by and we product that that I margin primarily investing expanding, capabilities will growth line. bullish what needle. come we've that out articulated do we're from to cost expansion. margin

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John Heinbockel

you. Thank

Kevin Hourican

John. Thanks

Operator

Miller question comes the Nicole of line Piper from of next Your Sandler.

Nicole Miller

Thank you. Good morning.

around question First centralized the is pricing tool.

think and have the makes maybe of taking but a not about pricing So market value going tool, pricing share with which you the proposition think about price down power I up. price neutral. of about me intuitively, lot commentary But

balance you So that tension? how do

Kevin Hourican

inflation. the what sales be. responsible And it's we in need we and through we that immediately. our it's it helping that double-digit in that managing if executed strategic way, basis question my a about very about environment because we recent a daily been make pricing large well. decisions software that strategic the the of Nicole, a those to unprecedented the those currently through and decision us narrative the and of through tools when right has just they're you're inflation that to period inflation of is pricing pass We we're and used update current thoughtful that It's work that unique. can great being on office do being impact force, how and in, is executed Then decisions manually confident can when monitor a do make a now

the the my on So, just for is inflation narrative reason because in. of we're environment

pricing sales very high-quality that that a dilution? the to more lower margin If got to pricing a of in is than For the not we've the the above-market are perspective, geography-based to telegraph select going -- I'm optimization. project the but to goal software, categories how we category. excuse with And slightly price pricing is -- following. the going versus system, prices pricing to offset longer to our margins I've make the for right term, tests. described name the and optimization it, me, and control price Does we category because a do optimize price to be is I move you tests strategic from a want where test don't run work we're we decent can growth

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has early of system XXXX we extremely our manage inflation. useful this this fiscal how during and been part However,

Nicole Miller

That's very helpful. Thank you.

could final turnover to the but is helpful I and is speak at you the wondering understand leading well. Could be question, both that some very turnover and drivers underlying trending, it's about that and like facilities distribution hiring Second that coming as am indicator. the for to of how back, thinking a

Kevin Hourican

the continue the requires quarter to increase this last business hiring us year, the on again, important And extraordinarily throughput we focused over able staffing to the that our because, were first health. years of been during post is fiscal to retention to extremely new Yeah, we've our capacity. X winning of

an bonus it referred that's we're together retention I Retention on time and are a a had run working. as focus on historical and investments Aaron in improving better bonus. averages, drivers facing investment again impact is for us lower on than QX pay even visible in spending noticeable our are type skilled type your to positive job. amount a role. retention. we it one The of And getting in We made extensive It it's is We of our rate driver transitory that retention more QX, for we've important that It's answer the to as is putting customer and retention. our but I's highly most population that question, to is paid a I retention, the of investment. driver going and population.

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Aaron E. Alt

add. I to have further nothing

Kevin Hourican

Thank you, Nicole.

Nicole Miller

Thank you. Thanks.

Operator

line the Stanley. next of of Morgan The John from question Glass comes

John Glass

much. very Thanks

understand restructuring s high? see or dollar certain higher. are Do too gross margin, per comments you are switching? your or Gross your Gross your I on first, margin. consumers demand Just, margins prices case per Gross customers about categories So, that case or maybe that within back factoring margin

Kevin Hourican

So far, no.

John Glass

know to talk you think it and door future, Thank this on how is How akin Kevin, or versus about you. but consumer open more loyalty loyalty this a the Is the you to work is discount? Is what more it it nuance? services a you would want loyalty do loyalty in business? about in high And I in adding think, value-added do industry program about this at level? you

Kevin Hourican

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in about future about excited we're it, bullish we'll it, it quarters. on talk more we're and So,

John Glass

Thank you.

Operator

Suisse. line question next from Lauren Silberman the comes of of Credit The

Lauren Silberman

question. for Thanks the

up cash talk your plans First the thinking allocation, for share on and about from and to the be to you capital resume you Can repurchases million year. allocation of $XXX think how just I about announced capital we use should here? priorities

Aaron E. Alt

do to happy Sure, so.

and is is We to allocation loyal focus growth. May, our we driving on the Getting the capital called first our remaining in to X.X-times out are Day which strategy at market X.X- Investor growth. the

for of us. the end sheet the first out. or feeling the with balance recent inorganically, Once that, We're cases our in a very and by business also so, the good a the it and to last of of that in at invested invest upgrade that focused small the couple the have maintaining actions rating And and took, and either strong recently certainly on we sheet particularly we're is you front the balance we about we've facilitated other use strong of Kevin that cash business are saw called business the of Greco fields against S&P. organically year, as

XXXX. twice, call first step there allocation announcement heard increased touch capital that repurchase We years. levels returning paid of this And as, the opportunities have about cash-on-hand, the during was capital feeling to our prior time versus continued us our as we of is it with that and given portfolio now far. start out, interest calendar against shareholders good beginning benefit to million dividend improve again And decided the our carrying quarter. leaves as so we're we'll shareholders. But we're course, of capital that, our $XXX well with you to return the We it we've the of debt share me

what Day at with recipe that's growth. the continue Investor So, manage very do for we we and consistent all to we how to had in, telegraphed going were

Kevin Hourican

Aaron described well. think I it very

Aaron I we updated guidance our this to is the is buyback that punch would line which quarter. activity, stock of we're when on ahead to on begin why think schedule

Lauren Silberman

back the costs. year, see transitory do then versus And a the follow-up is do your it Can are closer and what the as what if in target or investments could investments, you expenses nature on you confidence primarily to snapback permanent? OpEx reflecting half you taper that Great. of transitory those of you Can expand talk of I those expectations the more initiative? any and that on about within can some that levels of Thanks. transformation just staffing that elevated gives incremental

Kevin Hourican

Happy to.

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that now got in started can we time. relative confidence cost-down first So you sense we address a to have is two-fold, it It's what's of efforts. do the bucket. over early Why have I

in money will effort some continue the bank, put we forward. advance degree we a to and so, in And that need, as of carry

as we're cost we lastly is finally, helps or nature one, alluded which all benefit to which the element, if the out, definition transitory. against transformation onetime structure our as and -- carry us the are is chain overall of they And by just to can called productivity I forward. Kevin I doing and heard manage I Second of add investment categories incremental this supply you the the earlier,

Operator

Next Jeffrey Barclays. of the Bernstein question from comes line of

Jeffrey Bernstein

X much. Great. I you very Thank have questions.

were a to quarter which year. the ahead are fiscal times guess outside. the the the I mentioned X.X It's The harder, in for market few targeting the that gains, and sales times, it's from been follow-on assess momentum you first of share with first in the full the

how you wondering, you share and front? industry. small what to of growth do your success the even believe make claims Maybe at on just arrive than I'm know that So, peers faster often can industry some growing is. I the you similar large

relative you're quarterly we going forward if type how what to future to calls? should gauge industry's that growing expect the commentary that the Just maybe yours of to trying on able quarter, in first assess

Kevin Hourican

monthly-basis I Jeff. data upon Yeah once that. once the that other can sources weekly, The data can the data We that Technomics is relative that is a and our legitimate them is relative data to generally from. get but result data. statement from once X.X on only comes see growth. We Technomic see growth specifically get as point markets report data, through of that and from tied a that can we per quarter where per per quarter feed a of We quarter

Jeffrey Bernstein

I is follow-up service here. important guess Understood. for the inflation is big benefit margin I the dollar now, mentioned right And to the has historically the know and along what's then I the obviously pricing which And ability down, up, on is which but just in percentage the distribution the customers, pass been in drawer food investors attractive. inflation even with more think to it to you

long remain Thank to the or is accelerate for know Just inflation pushback really continue maybe much through. inflation ability wondering there think the where or whether but mention I the pushback, confidence was to in ability however is the to to double-digits it you'd wondering it not the you. pass and some on -- going pass expected your confident lasts. I if in of accelerating to you're the

Kevin Hourican

the is pass [Indiscernible], line the inflation. punch we are we on can that confident

accept. talked expected But to longer we opposite back than at take accurately find the our tapering away of during going And provide the originally we're his working It's lower to very clearly good for cost going down our double-digit just is that beginning of the aggressively customers. inflation And some that said, industry. is we We back do that However, about aren't suppliers, year, perpetuity can push on to begin alternative what experiencing It's with an it's from increases, for landing reason believe not slowing Aaron desire, consumption we push in tapering. will begin which alternative net inflation comment something we we in and items consumers to that home, find food comments. cost narrative. back don't from something and The customers. not primary I'm are fact end then editorial the think the color not their true. in is

tool that we material We our continue at in customers growth. to proprietary that we And Value-Added to overall like with of that built And should type are talking suggest changes that's about about a raw for thing like Services. specificity. they where by improvement items call not just And inflationary sequential have to on we costs item with do obvious make. And and products to menu shortenings, things is things out high them take obviously with cost calculator volume our tied what highly highlight price directly us then our also, a and many on that mean an see like can what we menu inflation levels, customers, increase. I'm are that results What a to can meat fats, from to inflation And perspective. right ingredient significantly raw we oils impacted particular there their poultry, are menu impacted inbound and elevated by are an inflationary talk now. different their

sales have raw trained customers to with material is and this been work Our them be reps increased. educate our to equipped that able to end

you with help the for what pushing And us they degree the can you successful reason might you suspect Jeff, do it's we a them to and what good our menu for consumer robust on back We're as this that's profitable that partnering that partner you because remained be our are. externally comments. with to the that Here's customers back that to and price. industry suggesting strong. for your has any news view and to and them aren't end further is

Jeffrey Bernstein

Thanks thorough. very Very much.

Kevin Hourican

good Thanks, Jeff, Day. for Okay.

Operator

And the of Bania Kelly Capital. line our last question BMO of from comes

Kelly Bania

volume wanted versus on back XXXX. Where particularly I go within for U.S. that, case of on share versus any And the our was XX morning. just core taking good customers to segments? detail Hi, non-restaurant broadline. restaurant quarter, business the industry you versus focusing for the for hospitality and can questions. Thanks those exactly the to that discussion volume,

Aaron E. Alt

get the the And our broadly that to North positive enterprise Good within portfolio. of what business, We're not or of beyond morning, or the level typically offer alluded that is Kelly, as said getting guess across be I to do have approaching in 'XX back it. Aaron. quickly U.S. that loud, to Enterprise Kevin back-half returning America, fiscal confidence area We into we're out then leverage disclose yet at I volume either to would that. we U.S. an the but into as the it's will detail. or levels up don't year, we starting that you the

will Now, -- calling we're there talking -- we're I'm some be mix of out. I'm not aggregated numbers. that. not

based to in of have the class October what aggregate, year. we trends what saw expect with respect. -- country, one to we've we carry customer are and in that But one so we on over We the this volume how out confidence or far seen

Kevin Hourican

breaking segment. And which it this we we're -- clear is to Kevin bolster, been just remain down not segments We've by behind.

good Travel profitable is significant The down and versus news levels. as XX Industry that within strength most in volume sector. Business obviously is remain restaurant notable have a which our local from offsets our X We specifically, sector, perspective, Hospitality, examples independent and there's sector,

time. said, the be here ultimately level restaurant levels core QX. volume point at will of And the strength in this the by positive is XX enterprise that at strength end as is ultimate the in that's Aaron So

Kelly Bania

about expecting. And or that penetration here for progressing and an XX% share helpful. you've up That's Okay. with you on the of several accounts the local independent on just, these from quarters follow how wanted with and update wallet also just Can customers. now new the talked the to comment that provide that's trajectory you're

Kevin Hourican

pivot not we're primary new source which on the been we're let's two that I I where steadily work customer has Share last, John The wallet doing, the primary drivers the are of the growth call it future net thank growth. to earlier. pricing that wins, the Kelly, has the in work earlier, asked program over it, the the work, of we'll a loyalty been the to source personalization do alluded has going growth. improving, believe of of the question years. but primary you. Yeah, been

of to to currently will of growth we increased that will go it's we're year the third for We delivering call we times growth. X.X for the from our strategy X-year will pivot the we from that have are X.X confident we market target wallet. of the recipe share more why times growth mathematically, be coming that And which the growth growth the

of [Indiscernible] So, the the coming percent years. fiscal contribution towards more will pivot growth the in

Kelly Bania

you. Thank

Kevin Hourican

Kelly. Thanks

Operator

you Thank conference participating. this And concludes for today's call.

now may You disconnect.