United Natural Foods, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020

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PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (the "Company" or "UNFI") today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 (13 weeks) ended May 2, 2020.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Net Sales increased 12% to $6.67 billion compared to $5.96 billion in last year's fiscal third quarter
  • Net income increased 54% to $88 million; Adjusted EBITDA increased 32% to $222 million
  • Earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.60; Adjusted EPS increased 130% to $1.40
  • Net debt reduced by $302 million compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Updates fiscal 2020 guidance, which includes the impact of Retail included in Continuing Operations

"UNFI's ability to successfully manage the strong increase in customer demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to the dedication of our associates, our strong industry position, and the critical role we play in the North American food supply chain," said Steven L. Spinner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We expect elevated consumer demand for our wide variety of natural, conventional and fresh perimeter products, along with our ongoing synergy and integration initiatives, to result in a strong finish to the fiscal year.  I am so proud of our team of front line associates who continue to amaze us with their commitment to excellence.  Our first priority will continue to be their safety."


13-Week Period Ended



($ in millions, except per share data)

May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019


% Change

Net Sales

$

6,668



$

5,963



11.8

%

Supermarkets channel(1)

$

4,267



$

3,701



15.3

%

Supernatural channel

$

1,279



$

1,102



16.1

%

Independents channel(1)

$

684



$

707



(3.3)

%

Other channel(1)

$

438



$

453



(3.3)

%

Net Income

$

88



$

57



54.4

%

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$

222



$

168



32.1

%

Earnings Per Diluted Share (EPS)

$

1.60



$

1.12



42.9

%

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share (EPS)(2)

$

1.40



$

0.61



129.5

%



(1)

During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, the presentation of net sales by customer channel was adjusted to reflect reclassification of customer types resulting from management's determination that a customer serviced by both legacy Supervalu and UNFI should be classified as a Supermarket customer given that customer's operations. During the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the presentation of net sales by customer channel was adjusted to reflect conventional military sales within Other instead of Independents based on management's determination to better reflect the focus of its ongoing business and the definition of customer channels above. There was no impact to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations as a result of the reclassification of customer types. As a result of these adjustments, net sales to the Company's Supermarkets channel for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased approximately $26 million, compared to the previously reported amounts, while net sales to the Other channel for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased $96 million, compared to previously reported amounts. Net sales to the Company's Independents channel for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $122 million, compared to the previously reported amounts. The change in independent channel sales includes a 900 basis point decline associated with customer bankruptcies in the second quarter.

(2)

Please refer to the tables in this press release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. 

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Summary

Net sales from continuing operations benefited from strong customer demand driven by responses to COVID-19, including the benefits from cross selling, partially offset by the impact from customer bankruptcies that occurred in the second quarter.

Gross margin rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was 12.85% of net sales compared to 13.22% of net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease in gross margin rate was primarily driven by a mix shift toward lower margin conventional products and lower levels of vendor funding, partially offset by lower levels of inventory shrink.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 were $774.4 million, or 11.61% of net sales, compared to $737.7 million, or 12.37% of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019.  The decrease in operating expenses as a percent of net sales was driven by leveraging fixed operating and administrative expenses and the benefit of synergy and integration efforts, partially offset by incremental costs related to COVID-19, including the impact of temporary pandemic-related incentives, additional labor support and additional costs for safety protocols and procedures at the Company's distribution centers.

Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 were $10.4 million, including closed property reserve charges and costs, compared to $19.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $71.7 million and included $10.4 million of restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses.  When excluding the restructuring, acquisition and integration expenses, operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $82.2 million, or 1.23% of net sales. Operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $69.7 million and included a favorable goodwill impairment adjustment of $38.3 million, and restructuring, acquisition, and integration related expenses of $19.4 million.  When excluding these items, operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $50.9 million, or 0.85% of net sales.  The remaining increase in operating income, as a percent of net sales, was driven by higher net sales and a lower operating expense rate partially offset by a lower gross margin rate.

Interest expense, net for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $47.1 million. Interest expense, net for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $54.9 million.  The decrease in interest expense, net was driven by lower amounts of outstanding debt and lower average interest rates.

Effective tax rate for continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was a benefit of 38.7% compared to a benefit of 32.4% for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The third quarter effective tax rate for both fiscal years reflects a tax benefit based on consolidated pre-tax loss from continuing operations.  The change in the effective tax rate for the quarter was primarily driven by an estimated tax benefit resulting from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which allows net operating losses to be carried back into tax years with higher statutory rates.

Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $88.1 million compared to $57.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Net income per diluted share (EPS) was $1.60 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $1.12 for the third quarter of fiscal 2019.  Adjusted EPS was $1.40 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to adjusted EPS of $0.61 in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting the benefits of higher net sales and the leveraging of fixed costs which were partially offset by a lower gross margin rate and incremental costs related to COVID-19.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $222.2 million compared to $168.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 reflecting the benefits of higher net sales and the leveraging of fixed costs, as well as the benefit of integration synergies, which were partially offset by a lower gross margin rate and incremental costs related to COVID-19.

Total Outstanding Debt, net of cash, decreased $302 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 (compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2020) driven by net cash provided by operations, including the benefit of lower levels of working capital, partially offset by the addition of an approximately $94 million finance lease associated with a purchase option exercised for a distribution center.

Fiscal 2020 Outlook (1)

On May 12, 2020 UNFI withdrew its previous fiscal 2020 full year guidance based on the strength of its fiscal 2020 year-to-date financial performance.  The following table presents the Company's updated outlook for fiscal 2020.  The Company now expects to continue to operate its Cub Foods banner and certain of its Shoppers Food Warehouse stores for up to 24 months.  Accordingly, the Company is also presenting its guidance reflecting the impact of moving Cub Foods and certain Shoppers Food Warehouse stores into continuing operations, consistent with how it expects to report its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 results. The outlook for Net Loss and Loss Per Share includes the $425 million pre-tax, or $7.95 per share, non-cash Goodwill and asset impairment charges incurred in the first quarter.

Fiscal Year Ending August 1, 2020(1)

Previous Full Year
Outlook


Full Year 2020
Outlook (Retail in
Discontinued
Operations)


Impact of Moving
Majority of Retail
to Continuing
Operations


Full Year 2020
Outlook (Retail in
Continuing
Operations)









Net Sales ($ in billions)

$23.5 -$24.3


$25.2 -$25.4


$1.2


$26.4 - $26.6

Net Loss ($ in millions)(2) (3)

$(395) - $(363)


$(279) - $(267)


$(38)


$(317) - $(305)

Loss Per Share (EPS) (3)

$(7.39) - $(6.79)


$(5.15) - $(4.95)


$(0.70)


$(5.85) - $(5.65)

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share (EPS)(4) (5)

$0.85 - $1.45


$2.60 - $2.80


$(0.30)


$2.30 - $2.50

Adjusted EBITDA(5) ($ in millions)

$520 - $560


$655 - $670



$655 - $670



(1)

The outlook provided above is for fiscal 2020.  This outlook is forward-looking, is based on management's current estimates and expectations and is subject to a number of risks, including many that are outside of management's control. References to "Retail" relate to Cub Foods and certain Shoppers Food Warehouse stores.  See cautionary language below. 

(2)

The $(38) million after-tax impact is composed of pre-tax depreciation and amortization expense for fiscal 2019 of $25 million and fiscal 2020 of $23 million, the sum of which is presented net of tax at the estimated GAAP tax rate.

(3)

Net loss and loss per share include the non-cash goodwill and asset impairment charges incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $425 million pre-tax, or $7.95 per share.

(4)

Beginning with periods ending after August 3, 2019, the Company is using an adjusted effective tax rate in calculating Adjusted EPS.  The adjusted effective tax rate will be calculated based on adjusted net income before tax.  It also excludes the potential impact of changes to uncertain tax positions, valuation allowances, stock compensation accounting (ASU 2016-09) and discrete GAAP tax items which could impact the comparability of the operational effective tax rate.  The Company believes using this adjusted effective tax rate will provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods since each of these discrete items can cause volatility in the GAAP tax rate that is not indicative of the underlying ongoing operations of the Company.  By providing this non-GAAP measure, management intends to provide investors with a meaningful, consistent comparison of the Company's effective tax rate on ongoing operations.

(5)

Please refer to the tables in this press release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company's third quarter fiscal 2020 conference call and audio webcast will be held today, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET.  A webcast of the conference call (and supplemental materials) will be available to the public, on a listen only basis, via the internet at the Investors section of the Company's website www.unfi.com.  An online archive of the webcast (and supplemental materials) will be available for 120 days.

About United Natural Foods

UNFI is North America's premier food wholesaler delivering the widest variety of products to customer locations throughout North America including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, ecommerce retailers, and food service customers. By providing this deeper 'full-store' selection and compelling brands for every aisle, UNFI is uniquely positioned to deliver great food, more choices, and fresh thinking to customers everywhere. Today, UNFI is the largest publicly-traded grocery distributor in America. To learn more about how UNFI is Moving Food Forward, visit www.unfi.com.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Steve Bloomquist
Vice President, Investor Relations
952-828-4144

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding the Company's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and management estimates; actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties which could impact these statements are described in the Company's filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 3, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on October 1, 2019 and other filings the Company makes with the SEC, and include, but are not limited to, the impact and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak; the Company's dependence on principal customers; the potential for additional asset impairment charges; the Company's sensitivity to general economic conditions including changes in disposable income levels and consumer spending trends; the Company's ability to realize anticipated benefits of its acquisitions and dispositions, in particular, its acquisition of SUPERVALU; the possibility that restructuring, asset impairment, and other charges and costs we may incur in connection with the sale or closure of our retail operations will exceed our current expectations; the Company's reliance on the continued growth in sales of higher margin natural and organic foods and non-food products in comparison to lower margin conventional grocery products; increased competition in the Company's industry as a result of increased distribution of natural, organic and specialty products and direct distribution of those products by large retailers and online distributors; increased competition as a result of continuing consolidation of retailers in the natural product industry and the growth of supernatural chains; the Company's ability to timely and successfully deploy its warehouse management system throughout its distribution centers and its transportation management system across the Company and to achieve efficiencies and cost savings from these efforts; the addition or loss of significant customers or material changes to the Company's relationships with these customers; volatility in fuel costs; volatility in foreign exchange rates; the Company's sensitivity to inflationary and deflationary pressures; the relatively low margins and economic sensitivity of the Company's business; the potential for disruptions in the Company's supply chain or its distribution capabilities by circumstances beyond its control, including a health epidemic (such as the recent outbreak of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus); the risk of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, work stoppages or otherwise; moderated supplier promotional activity, including decreased forward buying opportunities; union-organizing activities that could cause labor relations difficulties and increased costs; and our ability to identify and successfully complete asset or business acquisitions. Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. The Company is not undertaking to update any information in the foregoing reports until the effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws. Any estimates of future results of operations are based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These estimates are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. The Company may from time to time update these publicly announced estimates, but it is not obligated to do so.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: To supplement the financial information presented on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") basis, the Company has included in this press release non-GAAP financial measures for adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per diluted common share, and adjusted effective tax rate.  The non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted common share measure is a consolidated measure, which the Company reconciles by adding Net income attributable to UNFI plus goodwill and asset impairment charges, restructuring, acquisition, and integration related expenses, certain legal charges and gains, surplus property depreciation and interest expense, losses on debt extinguishment, discontinued operations store closures and other charges, net, the impact of diluted shares when GAAP earnings is presented as a loss and non-GAAP earnings represent income, and the tax impact of adjustments and the adjusted effective tax rate, which tax impact for fiscal 2020 is calculated using the adjusted effective tax rate, and certain other non-cash charges or items, as determined by management. The non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate excludes the potential impact of changes to various uncertain tax positions and valuation allowances, as well as stock compensation accounting (ASU 2016-09). The non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA measure is defined as a consolidated measure inclusive of continuing and discontinued operations results, which we reconcile by adding Net (loss) income from continuing operations, plus Total other expense, net and (Benefit) provision for income taxes, plus Depreciation and amortization calculated in accordance with GAAP, plus  adjustments for Share-based compensation, Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses, goodwill and asset impairment charges, certain legal charges and gains, certain other non-cash charges or items, as determined by management, plus Adjusted EBITDA of discontinued operations calculated in a manner consistent with the results of continuing operations outlined above.

The reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the tables appearing below. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for any measure prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that presenting non-GAAP financial measures aids in making period-to-period comparisons, assessing the performance of our business and understanding the underlying operating performance and core business trends, and is a meaningful indication of its actual and estimated operating performance. The Company currently expects to continue to exclude the items listed above from non-GAAP financial measures. Management utilizes and plans to utilize these non-GAAP financial measures to compare the Company's operating performance during the 2020 fiscal year to the comparable periods in the 2019 fiscal year and to internally prepared projections.

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(In thousands, except for per share data)



13-Week Period Ended


39-Week Period Ended


May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019


May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019

Net sales

$

6,667,681



$

5,962,620



$

18,824,870



$

14,979,982


Cost of sales

5,811,151



5,174,070



16,421,838



13,017,318


Gross profit

856,530



788,550



2,403,032



1,962,664


Operating expenses

774,376



737,681



2,300,635



1,852,768


Goodwill and asset impairment (adjustment) charges



(38,250)



425,405



332,621


Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses

10,449



19,438



54,385



134,567


Operating income (loss)

71,705



69,681



(377,393)



(357,292)


Other expense (income):








Net periodic benefit income, excluding service cost

(12,758)



(10,941)



(27,419)



(22,691)


Interest expense, net

47,108



54,917



145,247



121,149


Other, net

(973)



958



(1,539)



231


Total other expense, net

33,377



44,934



116,289



98,689


Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

38,328



24,747



(493,682)



(455,981)


Benefit for income taxes

(14,849)



(8,027)



(106,330)



(104,091)


Net income (loss) from continuing operations

53,177



32,774



(387,352)



(351,890)


Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

37,192



24,370



64,253



47,847


Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

90,369



57,144



(323,099)



(304,043)


Less net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,238)



(52)



(3,407)



116


Net income (loss) attributable to United Natural Foods, Inc.

$

88,131



$

57,092



$

(326,506)



$

(303,927)










Basic earnings (loss) per share:








Continuing operations

$

0.99



$

0.64



$

(7.24)



$

(6.93)


Discontinued operations

$

0.65



$

0.48



$

1.14



$

0.95


Basic earnings (loss) per share

$

1.64



$

1.12



$

(6.10)



$

(5.99)


Diluted earnings (loss) per share:








Continuing operations

$

0.96



$

0.64



$

(7.24)



$

(6.93)


Discontinued operations

$

0.63



$

0.48



$

1.12



$

0.94


Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

1.60



$

1.12



$

(6.10)



$

(5.99)


Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

53,718



50,846



53,485



50,748


Diluted

55,217



50,964



53,485



50,748


 

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

(In thousands, except for per share data)



May 2,
2020


August 3,
2019

ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$

56,425



$

42,350


Accounts receivable, net

1,232,612



1,065,699


Inventories

2,025,694



2,089,416


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

279,886



226,727


Current assets of discontinued operations

128,855



143,729


Total current assets

3,723,472



3,567,921


Property and equipment, net

1,534,270



1,639,259


Operating lease assets

984,039




Goodwill

19,148



442,256


Intangible assets, net

956,717



1,041,058


Deferred income taxes

67,690



31,087


Other assets

94,181



107,319


Long-term assets of discontinued operations

321,256



352,065


Total assets

$

7,700,773



$

7,180,965


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Accounts payable

$

1,716,263



$

1,476,857


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

271,633



249,426


Accrued compensation and benefits

182,029



148,296


Current portion of operating lease liabilities

138,698




Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease liabilities

33,440



112,103


Current liabilities of discontinued operations

135,503



122,265


Total current liabilities

2,477,566



2,108,947


Long-term debt

2,541,657



2,819,050


Long-term operating lease liabilities

877,229




Long-term finance lease liabilities

145,672



108,208


Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations

191,105



237,266


Deferred income taxes

979



1,042


Other long-term liabilities

289,706



393,595


Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations

8,899



1,923


Total liabilities

6,532,813



5,670,031


Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 5,000 shares; none issued or outstanding




Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 100,000 shares; 55,292 shares issued and 54,677 shares outstanding at May 2, 2020; 53,501 shares issued and 52,886 shares outstanding at August 3, 2019

553



535


Additional paid-in capital

558,738



530,801


Treasury stock at cost

(24,231)



(24,231)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(151,645)



(108,953)


Retained earnings

786,400



1,115,519


Total United Natural Foods, Inc. stockholders' equity

1,169,815



1,513,671


Noncontrolling interests

(1,855)



(2,737)


Total stockholders' equity

1,167,960



1,510,934


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

7,700,773



$

7,180,965


 

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)



39-Week Period Ended

(In thousands)

May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net loss including noncontrolling interests

$

(323,099)



$

(304,043)


Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

64,253



47,847


Net loss from continuing operations

(387,352)



(351,890)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

214,002



169,780


Share-based compensation

15,088



18,827


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets

1,784



(1,147)


Closed property and other restructuring charges

24,976



21,368


Goodwill and asset impairment charges

425,405



332,621


Net pension and other postretirement benefit income

(27,419)



(22,691)


Deferred income tax benefit

(17,381)



(65,552)


LIFO charge

19,256



13,686


Provision for doubtful accounts, net

44,238



12,486


Loss on debt extinguishment

73



2,562


Non-cash interest expense

10,993



6,375


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquired businesses

(12,525)



(130,051)


Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

311,138



6,374


Net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations

141,141



70,816


Net cash provided by operating activities

452,279



77,190


CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Capital expenditures

(118,245)



(136,953)


Purchases of acquired businesses, net of cash acquired



(2,282,327)


Proceeds from dispositions of assets

19,592



169,274


Proceeds from disposal of investments

9,434




Payments for long-term investment



(110)


Payments of company owned life insurance premiums

(1,335)




Other

(1,045)



299


Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations

(91,599)



(2,249,817)


Net cash provided by investing activities of discontinued operations

18,569



50,065


Net cash used in investing activities

(73,030)



(2,199,752)


CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from borrowings of long-term debt

2,050



1,912,178


Proceeds from borrowings under revolving credit line

3,244,573



3,313,014


Proceeds from issuance of other loans

6,266



22,719


Repayments of borrowings under revolving credit line

(3,508,573)



(2,306,104)


Repayments of long-term debt and finance leases

(111,923)



(736,949)


Proceeds from the issuance of common stock and exercise of stock options

5,662



1,589


Payment of employee restricted stock tax withholdings

(1,015)



(3,253)


Payments for debt issuance costs



(62,587)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities of continuing operations

(362,960)



2,140,607


Net cash used in financing activities of discontinued operations

(2,525)



(254)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(365,485)



2,140,353


EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH

(290)



(226)


NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

13,474



17,565


Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period

45,263



23,315


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

58,737



40,880


Less: cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations

(2,312)



(3,019)


Cash and cash equivalents

$

56,425



$

37,861


Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$

139,040



$

115,378


Cash (refunds) payments for federal and state income taxes, net

$

(24,236)



$

71,643


 

SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.


Reconciliation of Net income (loss) from continuing operations and Income from discontinued operations, net of tax to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)



13-Week Period Ended


39-Week Period Ended

(in thousands)

May 2, 2020


April 27,
2019


May 2, 2020


April 27,
2019

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

$

53,177



$

32,774



$

(387,352)



$

(351,890)


Adjustments to continuing operations net income (loss):








Total other expense, net

33,377



44,934



116,289



98,689


Benefit for income taxes(1)

(14,849)



(8,027)



(106,330)



(104,091)


Depreciation and amortization

69,642



71,787



214,002



169,780


Share-based compensation

12,755



9,251



21,307



27,763


Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses(2)

10,449



19,438



54,385



134,567


Goodwill and asset impairment (adjustment) charges(3)



(38,250)



425,405



332,621


Note receivable charges(4)





12,516




Inventory fair value adjustment(5)







10,463


Legal reserve charge, net of settlement income(6)



2,200



1,196



2,200


Adjusted EBITDA of discontinued operations(7)

57,657



34,068



123,594



76,840


Adjusted EBITDA

$

222,208



$

168,175



$

475,012



$

396,942










Income from discontinued operations, net of tax(7)

$

37,192



$

24,370



$

64,253



$

47,847


Adjustments to discontinued operations net income:








Less net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,238)



(52)



(3,407)



116


Total other expense, net

2,242



(369)



1,192



(957)


Provision for income taxes

12,071



7,772



20,447



13,759


Other expense



591





829


Share-based compensation

238



774



744



1,306


Restructuring, store closure and other charges, net(8)

8,152



982



40,365



13,940


Adjusted EBITDA of discontinued operations(7)

$

57,657



$

34,068



$

123,594



$

76,840




(1)

Fiscal 2020 includes the tax benefit from the CARES Act, which includes the impact of tax loss carrybacks to 35% tax years allowed under the CARES Act.

(2)

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date primarily reflects integration charges, closed property reserve charges and administrative and operational restructuring costs. Fiscal 2019 year-to-date primarily reflects expenses resulting from the acquisition of SUPERVALU and acquisition and integration expenses, including employee-related costs.

(3)

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date reflects a goodwill impairment charge attributable to a reorganization of our reporting units and a sustained decrease in market capitalization and enterprise value of the Company, resulting in a decline in the estimated fair value of the U.S. Wholesale reporting unit. In addition, this charge includes a goodwill finalization charge attributable to the SUPERVALU acquisition and an asset impairment charge. Fiscal 2019 year-to-date reflects a goodwill impairment charge attributable to the SUPERVALU acquisition.

(4)

Reflects reserves and charges for notes receivable issued by the SUPERVALU business prior to its acquisition to finance the purchase of stores by its customers.

(5)

Reflects a non-cash charge related to the step-up of inventory values as part of purchase accounting.

(6)

Reflects a charge to settle a legal proceeding and a charge related to our assessment of legal proceedings, net of income received to settle a legal proceeding.

(7)

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax and Adjusted EBITDA of discontinued operations excludes rent expense of $8.9 million and $11.6 million in the third quarters of fiscal 2020 and 2019, respectively, and $32.5 million and $24.3 million in fiscal 2020 and 2019 year-to-date, respectively, of operating lease rent expense related to stores within discontinued operations, but for which GAAP requires the expense to be included within continuing operations, as we expect to remain primarily obligated under these leases. Due to these GAAP requirements to show rent expense, along with other administrative expenses of discontinued operations within continuing operations, UNFI believes the inclusion of discontinued operations results within Adjusted EBITDA provides investors a meaningful measure of total performance.

(8)

Amounts represent store closure charges and costs, operational wind-down and inventory charges, and asset impairment charges related to discontinued operations.

 

Reconciliation of Net income / (loss) per Diluted Common Share to Adjusted Net income per Diluted Common Share (unaudited)



13-Week Period Ended


39-Week Period Ended


May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019


May 2,
2020


April 27,
2019

Net income /(loss) attributable to UNFI per diluted common share

$

1.60



$

1.12



$

(6.10)



$

(5.99)


Goodwill and asset impairment charges(1)



(0.75)



7.95



6.55


Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses(2)

0.19



0.38



1.02



2.65


Pension settlement charge(3)





0.19




Surplus property depreciation and interest expense(4)

0.03





0.16




Note receivable charges(5)





0.23




Loss on debt extinguishment(6)



0.01





0.05


Interest expense on senior notes(7)







0.06


Inventory fair value adjustment(8)







0.21


Legal reserve charge, net of settlement income(9)



0.04



0.02



0.04


Discontinued operations store closures and other charges, net(10)

0.19



0.01



0.79



0.26


Tax impact of adjustments and adjusted effective tax rate(11)

(0.61)



(0.20)



(2.37)



(2.17)


Impact of dilutive shares(12)





(0.02)




Adjusted net income per diluted common share(11)(12)

$

1.40



$

0.61



$

1.87



$

1.66




(1)

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date reflects a goodwill impairment charge attributable to a reorganization of our reporting units and a sustained decrease in market capitalization and enterprise value of the Company, resulting in a decline in the estimated fair value of the U.S. Wholesale reporting unit. In addition, this charge includes a goodwill finalization charge attributable to the SUPERVALU acquisition and an asset impairment charge. Fiscal 2019 year-to-date reflects a goodwill impairment charge attributable to the SUPERVALU acquisition.

(2)

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date primarily reflects integration charges, closed property reserve charges and administrative and operational restructuring costs. Fiscal 2019 year-to-date primarily reflects expenses resulting from the acquisition of SUPERVALU and acquisition and integration expenses, including employee-related costs.

(3)

Reflects a non-cash pension settlement charge associated with the acceleration of a portion of the accumulated unrecognized actuarial loss as a result of the lump sum settlement payments.

(4)

Reflects surplus, non-operating property depreciation and interest expense, including accelerated depreciation related to a location on which we recognized a gain that is included in Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses.

(5)

Reflects reserves and charges for notes receivable issued by the SUPERVALU business prior to its acquisition to finance the purchase of stores by its customers.

(6)

Reflects non-cash charges related to the acceleration of unamortized debt issuance costs due to term loan prepayments and extinguishment charges from the Company's term loan, which was in place prior to the acquisition of SUPERVALU.

(7)

Interest expense recorded on the SUPERVALU senior notes in the mandatory 30-day redemption notice period.

(8)

Reflects a non-cash charge related to the step-up of inventory values as part of purchase accounting.

(9)

Reflects a charge to settle a legal proceeding and a charge related to our assessment of legal proceedings, net of income received to settle a legal proceeding.

(10)

Amounts represent store closure charges and costs, operational wind-down and inventory charges, and asset impairment charges related to discontinued operations.

(11)

Represents the tax effect of the pre-tax adjustments and beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 an adjustment to utilize an adjusted effective tax rate to calculate Adjusted EPS. The adjusted effective tax rate is calculated based on adjusted net income before tax, and its impact reflects the exclusion of changes to uncertain tax positions, valuation allowances, tax impacts related to the exercise of share-based compensation awards and discrete GAAP tax items which could impact the comparability of the operational effective tax rate. The Company believes using this adjusted effective tax rate will provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods since each of these discrete items can cause volatility in the GAAP tax rate that is not indicative of the true operations of the Company. By providing this non-GAAP measure, management intends to provide investors with a meaningful, consistent comparison of the Company's effective tax rate on ongoing operations. For the third quarter of fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2020 year-to-date, the use of the effective tax rate methodology used in fiscal 2019 to calculate Adjusted EPS would have resulted in the tax impact of adjustments being ($0.54) and ($2.39) per diluted share, respectively, and Adjusted EPS of $1.47 and $1.85, respectively. If the Company had utilized an adjusted effective tax rate in calculating Adjusted EPS in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2019 year-to-date, the tax impact of adjustments using the adjusted effective tax rate would have been ($0.21) and ($2.34) per diluted share, respectively, and Adjusted EPS would have been $0.60 and $1.49 per diluted share, respectively.

(12)

The computation of diluted earnings per share is calculated using diluted weighted average shares outstanding, which includes the net effect of dilutive stock awards.

 

Reconciliation of 2020 Guidance for Estimated Net Loss per diluted Common Share to Estimated Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income per diluted Common Share (unaudited)



Fiscal Year Ending August 1, 2020


Low Range


Estimate


High Range

Net loss attributable to United Natural Foods, Inc. per diluted common share

$

(5.85)





$

(5.65)


Goodwill and asset impairment charges



7.95




Restructuring, acquisition and integration related expenses



1.02




Note receivable charges



0.23




Pension settlement charge



0.19




Surplus property depreciation and interest expense



0.19




Legal reserve charge, net of settlement income



0.02




Discontinued operations store closures and other charges, net



0.79




Retail depreciation and amortization expense attributable to fiscal 2019(1)



0.45




Tax impact of adjustments and adjusted effective tax rate(2)



(2.62)




Impact of diluted shares(3)



(0.07)




Adjusted net income per diluted common share (Retail in Continuing Operations)

$

2.30





$

2.50


Retail Depreciation and amortization expense attributable to fiscal 2020, net of tax(4)



0.30




Adjusted net income per diluted common share (Retail in Discontinued Operations)(5)

$

2.60





$

2.80




(1)

Reflects estimated pre-tax depreciation and amortization expense required to be recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which the Company attributes to the time period from the SUPERVALU acquisition date through the end of fiscal 2019 based on useful lives assigned to the underlying retail assets expected to be brought back into Continuing Operations.

(2)

The estimated adjusted effective tax rate excludes the potential impact of changes in uncertain tax positions, tax impacts related to ASU 2006-09 regarding stock compensation and valuation allowances. Refer to the reconciliation for adjusted effective tax rate. The impact of the adjusted effective tax rate as compared to the GAAP effective tax rate represents approximately $0.57 of the $2.62.

(3)

The computation of diluted earnings per share is calculated using diluted weighted average shares outstanding, which includes the net effect of dilutive stock awards.

(4)

Reflects estimated after-tax depreciation and amortization expense required to be recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which the Company attributes to fiscal 2020 based on useful lives assigned to the underlying retail assets expected to be brought back into continuing operations. These assets were previously included in Discontinued Operations and were not being depreciated.

(5)

Fiscal year ending August 1, 2020 Adjusted net income per diluted common share includes results of operations of Cub Foods and certain Shoppers Food Warehouse stores included in Continuing Operations with an estimated $0.30 per share in annual depreciation and amortization expense. These assets were previously included in Discontinued Operations and were not being depreciated.

 

Reconciliation of 2020 Guidance for Net loss Attributable to United Natural Foods, Inc. to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)



Fiscal Year Ending August 1, 2020

(in thousands)

Low Range


Estimate


High Range

Net loss attributable to United Natural Foods, Inc. (Retail in Continuing Operations)

$

(317,000)





$

(305,000)


Depreciation and amortization on retail assets, net of tax(1)



38,000




Net loss attributable to United Natural Foods, Inc. (Retail in Discontinued Operations)

(279,000)





(267,000)


Benefit for income taxes

(72,000)





(69,000)


Goodwill and asset impairment charges



425,000




Restructuring, acquisition and integration related costs



54,000




Note receivable charges



13,000




Pension settlement charge



10,000




Closed property depreciation and interest expense



10,000




Legal settlement income, reserve charge



2,000




Discontinued operations store closures and other charges, net



40,000




Net interest expense



190,000




Other (income) expense, net



(2,000)




Depreciation and amortization (excluding Retail)



279,000




Share-based compensation



35,000




Net periodic benefit income, excluding service costs



(50,000)




Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$

655,000





$

670,000




(1)

Reflects estimated after-tax depreciation and amortization expense required to be recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which the Company attributes to the time period from the SUPERVALU acquisition date through fiscal 2020 based on useful lives assigned to the underlying retail assets expected to be brought back into continuing operations. These assets were previously included in Discontinued Operations and were not being depreciated.

(2)

There was no change to fiscal year ending August 1, 2020 Adjusted EBITDA due to the inclusion of Cub Foods and Shoppers Food Warehouse.

 

Reconciliation of Estimated 2020 and Actual 2019 U.S. GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (unaudited)




Estimated

Fiscal 2020


Actual Fiscal
2019

U.S. GAAP Effective Tax Rate


21

%


18

%

Discrete quarterly recognition of GAAP items(1)


1

%


(2)

%

Tax impact of other charges and adjustments(2)


3

%


%

Changes in valuation allowances(3)


(3)

%


%

Impact of Goodwill Impairment


13

%


11

%

Impact of CARES Act(4)


(8)

%


%

Other(5)


2

%


%

Adjusted Effective Tax Rate


29

%


27

%


Note: As part of the year-end reconciliation, we will update the reconciliation of the GAAP effective tax rate for actual results.


(1)

Reflects changes in tax laws excluding the CARES Act, uncertain tax positions, the tax impacts related to the exercise of share-based compensation awards and any prior-year Internal Revenue Service or other tax jurisdiction audit adjustments.

(2)

Reflects the tax impact of pre-tax adjustments other than the goodwill impairment that are excluded from pre-tax income when calculating Adjusted EPS.

(3)

Reflects changes in valuation allowances related to changes in judgment regarding the realizability of deferred tax assets or current year operations.

(4)

Reflects the impact of tax loss carrybacks to 35% tax years allowed under the CARES Act as compared to the 21% tax rate applicable to tax loss carryforwards.

(5)

Tax impacts related to full-year forecasted tax opportunities and related costs.  The Company establishes an estimated adjusted effective tax rate at the beginning of the fiscal year based on the best available information. The Company will re-evaluate its estimated adjusted effective tax rate as appropriate throughout the year and adjust for any material changes. The actual adjusted effective tax rate at the end of the fiscal year will be based on actual results and may differ from the estimated adjusted effective tax rate used during the year.

 

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