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US Foods Reports Record Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Earnings

Drove Net Sales of $9.0 Billion, Up 2.1% from Q2 2022

Increased Gross Profit 15% to $1.6 Billion and Net Income to $182 Million

Delivered Record Adjusted EBITDA of $432 Million and Expanded Adjusted EBITDA Margin by 60 bps

Repurchased $166 Million of Shares and Prepaid $60 Million of Debt

Raises Adjusted EBITDA Guidance for Fiscal Year 2023 to $1.51 Billion – $1.54 Billion

ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced results for the second quarter fiscal year 2023.


Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders improved to $182 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.4% to $432 million
  • Diluted EPS was $0.73; Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.79
  • Net sales increased 2.1% to $9.0 billion
  • Total case volume increased 2.7%; independent restaurant case volume increased 4.8%

Six Month Fiscal 2023 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders was $257 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 26.3% to $769 million
  • Diluted EPS was $1.05; Adjusted Diluted EPS was $1.29
  • Net sales increased 5.6% to $17.6 billion
  • Total case volume increased 4.0%; independent restaurant case volume increased 6.2%

“I am proud that our team continued to build on our momentum by delivering another very strong quarter. The resiliency of our business model and laser focus on execution is driving sustained improvement and creating shareholder value,” said Dave Flitman, CEO. “We continue to drive healthy case volume growth overall and especially in our target customer types, with broadline independent restaurant customer case volume increasing 5.5%. This represents the ninth consecutive quarter we have taken share with independents. We also grew case volume 7% in both healthcare and hospitality. Adjusted EBITDA increased 17% versus prior year to $432 million, a record quarterly Adjusted EBITDA for US Foods. I am very pleased with our progress to date, and I am even more excited about the significant opportunity ahead as we continue to execute our strategy.”

“Our financial performance for the second quarter builds on our momentum,” added Dirk Locascio, CFO. “We drove meaningful improvement in operating leverage again this quarter, resulting in 60 basis points of Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion. Additionally, we remain steadfast with our stated priorities for capital. We deployed our strong free cash flow through a balanced approach of reinvesting in the business, executing $166 million of opportunistic share repurchases, prepaying $60 million of debt and acquiring Renzi Foodservice, which closed in the third quarter. Due to our strong financial results and continued effective execution of our strategy, we are raising our Adjusted EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2023 to a range of $1.51 billion to $1.54 billion.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

Net income available to common shareholders was $182 million, an improvement of $121 million compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $432 million, an increase of $64 million or 17.4%, compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 4.8%, an increase of 60 basis points compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS was $0.73; Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.79.

Net sales were $9.0 billion for the quarter, an increase of 2.1% from the prior year, driven by case volume growth partially offset by food cost deflation of 0.3%. Total case volume increased 2.7% from the prior year driven by a 4.8% increase in independent restaurant case volume, a 6.9% increase in hospitality volume and a 6.6% increase in healthcare volume, offset by a 4.5% decrease in chain volume. Independent restaurant case growth was negatively impacted by approximately 0.7% from slower growth in CHEF’STORE primarily due to system conversion challenges, which are largely resolved. Broadline independent restaurant customer case growth was 5.5%.

Gross profit was $1.6 billion, an increase of 15.0% from the prior year, primarily as a result of an increase in total case volume, cost of goods sold optimization, increased freight income from improved inbound logistics, optimized pricing and a favorable year-over-year LIFO adjustment. The Company’s LIFO method of inventory costing resulted in a benefit of $15 million in 2023, compared to expense of $65 million in 2022, related to a reduction in inventory values in multiple product categories. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 17.7%. Adjusted Gross profit was $1.6 billion, an 8.8% increase from the prior year. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 17.5% and adjusted Gross profit per case continued at strong levels due to the aforementioned factors.

Operating expenses of $1.3 billion increased by $36 million, or 2.9% from the prior year. Operating expenses increased primarily due to increased total case volume, higher seller compensation costs and higher incentive compensation costs, partially offset by lower distribution cost per case from lower fuel costs and cost savings initiatives including routing improvements and focused efforts positively impacting labor turnover and productivity. Operating expenses as a percentage of Net sales were 14.1%. Adjusted Operating expenses for the quarter were $1.1 billion, an increase of $61 million or 5.6% from the prior year due to the aforementioned factors. Adjusted Operating expenses as a percent of net sales were 12.7%.

Six Month Fiscal 2023 Results

Net income available to common shareholders was $257 million, an improvement of $212 million compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $769 million, an increase of $160 million or 26.3%, compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 4.4%, an increase of 70 basis points compared to the prior year. Diluted EPS was $1.05; Adjusted Diluted EPS was $1.29.

Net sales were $17.6 billion for the first six months of 2023, an increase of 5.6% from the prior year, driven by case volume growth and food cost inflation of 1.6%. Total case volume increased 4.0% from the prior year driven by a 6.2% increase in independent restaurant volume, a 12.1% increase in hospitality volume and a 6.3% increase in healthcare volume, partially offset by a 2.9% decrease in chain volume. Independent restaurant case growth was negatively impacted by approximately 0.9% from slower growth in CHEF’STORE primarily due to system conversion challenges, which are largely resolved. Broadline independent restaurant customer case growth was 7.1%.

Gross profit was $3.0 billion, an increase of 17.0% from the prior year primarily as a result of an increase in total case volume, cost of goods sold optimization, increased freight income from improved inbound logistics, optimized pricing and a favorable year-over-year LIFO adjustment. The Company’s LIFO method of inventory costing resulted in an expense of $5 million in 2023, compared to expense of $137 million in 2022, related to a reduction in inventory values in multiple product categories. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.2%. Adjusted Gross profit was $3.0 billion, an 11.3% increase from the prior year. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.2%.

Operating expenses of $2.5 billion increased $113 million, or 4.7% from the prior year. Operating expenses increased primarily due to increased total case volume, higher seller compensation costs and higher incentive compensation costs, partially offset by lower fuel costs and cost savings initiatives including routing improvements and focused efforts positively impacting labor turnover and productivity. Operating expenses as a percentage of Net sales were 14.3%. Adjusted Operating expenses for the first six months of 2023 were $2.3 billion, an increase of $138 million or 6.5% from the prior year due to the aforementioned factors. Adjusted Operating expenses as a percent of Net sales were 12.8%.

Cash Flow and Debt

Cash flow provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2023 was $653 million, an increase of $394 million from the prior year due to earnings growth and strong working capital management. Cash capital expenditures for the six months of fiscal 2023 totaled $108 million, a decrease of $35 million from the prior year period, and related to investments in information technology, property and equipment for fleet replacement and maintenance of distribution facilities.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2023, the Company used cash-on-hand to make a $60 million voluntary prepayment on the 2019 Incremental Term Loan Facility. Additionally, the Company entered into interest rate cap agreements totaling $450 million of notional value against the Company’s Term Loans with a term of two years. The Company’s maximum exposure to the variable component of interest will be 5% on the notional amount covered by the interest rate cap. This reduces the impact of any future interest rate increases.

Net Debt at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2023 was $4.4 billion. The ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 3.0x at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2023, compared to 3.5x at the end of fiscal 2022 and 4.2x at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2023, the Company repurchased 4.2 million shares of common stock at an aggregate purchase price of $166 million, including $150 million as part of the Series A Preferred Stock conversion on May 26, 2023. The Company has approximately $286 million in remaining funds authorized under its $500 million share repurchase program.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 20231

The Company is updating its previously announced fiscal year 2023 guidance to:

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.51-$1.54 billion, compared to previous guidance of $1.45-$1.51 billion
  • Adjusted Diluted EPS of $2.55-$2.65, compared to previous guidance of $2.45-$2.65
  • Interest expense of $320-$325 million, compared to previous guidance of $310-$325 million
  • Total capital expenditures of $410-$430 million, consisting of $290-$310 million of cash capital expenditures and ~$120 million of fleet capital leases
  • Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA leverage below 3.0x by end of fiscal year 2023

1 The Company is not providing a reconciliation of certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted EPS, because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the financial impact of certain significant items, including restructuring costs and asset impairment charges, share-based compensation expenses, non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, losses on extinguishments of debt, business transformation costs, other gains and losses, business acquisition and integration related costs and diluted earnings per share. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the guidance periods. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

US Foods will host a live webcast to discuss second quarter fiscal 2023 results on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 9 a.m. CDT. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 344-2001; the conference passcode is 2528845. The presentation slides reviewed during the webcast will be available shortly before the webcast begins. The webcast, slides and a copy of this press release can be found in the Investor Relations section of our website at https://ir.usfoods.com.

About US Foods

With a promise to help its customers Make It, US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 70 broadline locations and more than 85 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 29,000 associates provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release which are not historical in nature, including those under the heading “Outlook for Fiscal Year 2023,” are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “target,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “forecast,” “mission,” “strive,” “more,” “goal,” or similar expressions (although not all forward-looking statements may contain such words) and are based upon various assumptions and our experience in the industry, as well as historical trends, current conditions, and expected future developments. However, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results and there are a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including, among others: economic factors affecting consumer confidence and discretionary spending and reducing the consumption of food prepared away from home; cost inflation/deflation and commodity volatility; competition; reliance on third party suppliers and interruption of product supply or increases in product costs; changes in our relationships with customers and group purchasing organizations; our ability to increase or maintain the highest margin portions of our business; achievement of expected benefits from cost savings initiatives; increases in fuel costs; changes in consumer eating habits; cost and pricing structures; the impact of climate change or related legal, regulatory or market measures; impairment charges for goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets or other long-lived assets; the impact of governmental regulations; product recalls and product liability claims; our reputation in the industry; labor relations and increased labor costs and continued access to qualified and diverse labor; indebtedness and restrictions under agreements governing our indebtedness; interest rate increases; the replacement of LIBOR with an alternative reference rate; disruption of existing technologies and implementation of new technologies; cybersecurity incidents and other technology disruptions; risks associated with intellectual property, including potential infringement; effective integration of acquired businesses; potential costs associated with shareholder activism; changes in tax laws and regulations and resolution of tax disputes; certain provisions in our governing documents; health and safety risks to our associates and related losses; adverse judgments or settlements resulting from litigation; extreme weather conditions, natural disasters and other catastrophic events; and management of retirement benefits and pension obligations.

For a detailed discussion of these risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or expressed in any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed from time to time in current, quarterly and annual reports filed by the Company with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additionally, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment; new risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks nor identify all uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on information and estimates available to us at this time. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Net Debt, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures regarding our operational performance and liquidity. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with GAAP.

We use Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expenses as supplemental measures to GAAP measures to focus on period-over-period changes in our business and believe this information is helpful to investors. Adjusted Gross profit is Gross profit adjusted to remove the impact of the LIFO inventory reserve adjustments. Adjusted Operating expenses are Operating expenses adjusted to exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance.

We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because they exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. EBITDA is Net income (loss), plus Interest expense-net, Income tax provision (benefit), and Depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for (1) Restructuring costs and asset impairment charges; (2) Share-based compensation expense; (3) the non-cash impact of LIFO reserve adjustments; (4) loss on extinguishment of debt; (5) Business transformation costs; and (6) other gains, losses or costs as specified in the agreements governing our indebtedness. Adjusted EBITDA margin is Adjusted EBITDA divided by total net sales.

We use Net Debt as a supplemental measure to GAAP measures to review the liquidity of our operations. Net Debt is defined as total debt net of total Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash remaining on the balance sheet as of the end of the most recent fiscal quarter. We believe that Net Debt is a useful financial metric to assess our ability to pursue business opportunities and investments. Net Debt is not a measure of our liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Cash Flows Provided by Operations or Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities.

We believe that Adjusted Net income is a useful measure of operating performance for both management and investors because it excludes items that are not reflective of our core operating performance and provides an additional view of our operating performance including depreciation, interest expense, and Income taxes on a consistent basis from period to period. Adjusted Net income is Net income (loss) excluding such items as restructuring costs and asset impairment charges, Share-based compensation expense, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, amortization expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, Business transformation costs and other items, and adjusted for the tax effect of the exclusions and discrete tax items. We believe that Adjusted Net income may be used by investors, analysts, and other interested parties to facilitate period-over-period comparisons and provides additional clarity as to how factors and trends impact our operating performance.

We use Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, which is calculated by adjusting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, Diluted Earnings per Share, by excluding the same items excluded in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to the extent that each such item was included in the applicable GAAP financial measure. We believe the presentation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because the measurement excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. We also believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because these metrics may be used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of the operating performance of companies in our industry.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance as well as our performance relative to our competitors as they assist in highlighting trends, (b) to set internal sales targets and spending budgets, (c) to measure operational profitability and the accuracy of forecasting, (d) to assess financial discipline over operational expenditures, and (e) as an important factor in determining variable compensation for management and employees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used in connection with certain covenants and restricted activities under the agreements governing our indebtedness. We also believe these and similar non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

We caution readers that our definitions of Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Net Debt, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Diluted EPS may not be calculated in the same manner as similar measures used by other companies. Definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the schedules attached to this press release.

US FOODS HOLDING CORP.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 

($ in millions)

 

July 1, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

379

 

 

$

211

 

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $32 and $30

 

 

1,829

 

 

 

1,705

 

Vendor receivables, less allowances of $7 and $8

 

 

203

 

 

 

143

 

Inventories—net

 

 

1,531

 

 

 

1,616

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

121

 

 

 

124

 

Assets held for sale

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

Other current assets

 

 

17

 

 

 

19

 

Total current assets

 

 

4,082

 

 

 

3,820

 

Property and equipment—net

 

 

2,173

 

 

 

2,171

 

Goodwill

 

 

5,625

 

 

 

5,625

 

Other intangibles—net

 

 

763

 

 

 

785

 

Other assets

 

 

386

 

 

 

372

 

Total assets

 

$

13,029

 

 

$

12,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Cash overdraft liability

 

$

190

 

 

$

175

 

Accounts payable

 

 

2,137

 

 

 

1,855

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

601

 

 

 

650

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

120

 

 

 

116

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

3,048

 

 

 

2,796

 

Long-term debt

 

 

4,631

 

 

 

4,738

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

300

 

 

 

298

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

446

 

 

 

446

 

Total liabilities

 

 

8,425

 

 

 

8,278

 

Mezzanine equity:

 

 

 

 

Series A convertible preferred stock

 

 

 

 

 

534

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

3

 

 

 

2

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

3,621

 

 

 

3,036

 

Retained earnings

 

 

1,267

 

 

 

1,010

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(71

)

 

 

(73

)

Treasury Stock

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(14

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

4,604

 

 

 

3,961

 

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders’ equity

 

$

13,029

 

 

$

12,773

 

US FOODS HOLDING CORP.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

26 Weeks Ended

($ in millions, except share and per share data)

July 1, 2023

 

July 2, 2022

 

July 1, 2023

 

July 2, 2022

Net sales

$

9,013

 

 

$

8,827

 

 

$

17,555

 

 

$

16,625

 

Cost of goods sold

 

7,422

 

 

 

7,444

 

 

 

14,539

 

 

 

14,047

 

Gross profit

 

1,591

 

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

3,016

 

 

 

2,578

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution, selling and administrative costs

 

1,269

 

 

 

1,233

 

 

 

2,507

 

 

 

2,394

 

Total operating expenses

 

1,269

 

 

 

1,233

 

 

 

2,507

 

 

 

2,394

 

Operating income

 

322

 

 

 

150

 

 

 

509

 

 

 

184

 

Other income—net

 

(2

)

 

 

(5

)

 

$

(3

)

 

 

(11

)

Interest expense—net

 

82

 

 

 

60

 

 

$

163

 

 

 

115

 

Income before income taxes

 

242

 

 

 

95

 

 

 

349

 

 

 

80

 

Income tax provision

 

60

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

85

 

 

 

17

 

Net income

$

182

 

 

$

70

 

 

$

264

 

 

$

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income—net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in retirement benefit obligations

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1

 

 

 

 

Unrecognized gain on interest rate caps

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

$

1

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

183

 

 

 

70

 

 

 

266

 

 

 

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

182

 

 

$

70

 

 

$

264

 

 

$

63

 

Series A convertible preferred stock dividends

 

 

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(18

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

182

 

 

$

61

 

 

$

257

 

 

$

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.76

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

$

1.11

 

 

$

0.20

 

Diluted

$

0.73

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

$

1.05

 

 

$

0.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

238,302,347

 

 

 

224,061,295

 

 

 

232,277,995

 

 

 

223,590,260

 

Diluted

 

250,991,512

 

 

 

226,151,045

 

 

 

251,389,602

 

 

 

226,363,401

 

Contacts

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Adam Dabrowski

(847) 720-1688

Adam.Dabrowski@usfoods.com

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu

(847) 720-2392

Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

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