US Foods Beats Expectations for Q4 and Fiscal 2016 Report
ROSEMONT, IL – US Foods’ fiscal year for 2016 has come to a close with its latest Q4, bringing with it five acquistions throughout the year, and reportings for the company’s first year after becoming public. With these considerations under its belt, the company came out with strong findings and increases across the board.
“Our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy drove our strong performance, resulting in increased case volumes and improved profitability,” stated CEO Pietro Satriano. “In our first year as a public company, we grew volumes with Independent Restaurant customers well above market rates and expanded profit margins in a challenging, deflationary environment. We also expanded both our broadline and specialty distribution capabilities through the successful integration of five acquisitions in the last year. Our focus on driving higher volumes with our targeted customers, expanding Gross profit, and reducing our operating costs resulted in full year Adjusted EBITDA above the high end of our guidance range.”
According to a press release, the company noted that during its fourth quarter, its net income increased to $87 million, with a 3.9% increase of its Adjusted EBITDA to $265 million. The company also saw a net sales decrease of 4.3% to $5.7 billion, and a gross profit decrease of 4.7% to $1.0 billion.
These findings contributed to US Foods’ fundamental measures marking improvement throughout the course of fiscal 2016. Notable aspects to the year-end report include the following, when compared to last year:
- Gross profit of $4.1 billion increased 1.0%
- Operating income increased from $224 million to $414 million
- Net income increased to $210 million
- Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.1% to $972 million
- Total case volume increased 1.4%
- Restaurant volume increased 4.7%
- Net sales decreased 0.9% to $22.9 billion
Highland Mirror noted that Wall Street estimated US Foods to hold a profit of $0.49 Earnings per Share when posting its results, US Foods reported an EPS of $0.53 beating that expectation. As of today at 10:25 a.m. (PST), the company reported a stock price of $27.65 per share, and a price-to-earning ratio of 29.91.
So, what strategies is the company looking to utilize for 2017, to keep up its momentous growth?
“Looking ahead to 2017, we will remain disciplined in our efforts to drive improved volumes and profitability and expect to deliver full year results in line with our mid-term guidance,” Satriano continued.
US Foods expects an Adjusted Diluted EPS to be between $1.26 and $1.40, with a net sales growth of 1-3%, and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7-10%.