10-23-13 8:00 AM EDT | Email Article

UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2013. Revenues were $352.9 million, up 13.0% from $312.4 million in the year ago period. Net income was $30.6 million ($1.52 per diluted share), compared to $22.5 million ($1.13 per diluted share) reported in the year ago period.

The fourth quarter as well as the full fiscal year included an extra week of operations compared to fiscal 2012 as fiscal 2013 was a 53 week year for the Company. The extra week in fiscal 2013 accounted for revenue growth of approximately 8.1% and 2.0% compared to the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2012, respectively.

Full year revenues were $1.356 billion, up 7.9% from $1.256 billion in fiscal 2012. Net income per diluted share for the full year was $5.81 compared to $4.76 in the same period a year ago. Full year results in fiscal 2012 included an environmental litigation settlement which resulted in a $6.7 million pre-tax gain in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The gain was recorded as a reduction of selling and administrative expenses. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2012 adjusted to eliminate the effect of the gain were $4.55. Fiscal 2013 diluted earnings per share increased 27.7% compared to the adjusted earnings from a year ago.

Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are very pleased with our results for the quarter and the full fiscal year which saw the company once again reach new heights for revenues and profits. Our success continues to be the result of the teamwork and execution by our thousands of employees who provide what we believe are industry leading products and service.”

Fourth quarter revenues in the Core Laundry Operations were $320.4 million, up 13.8% from those reported in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Excluding the impact of the extra week of operations, acquisitions and a slightly weaker Canadian dollar, revenues grew 5.3%. Operating margin in the Core Laundry Operations for the quarter was 14.2% compared to 12.3% a year ago. This increase in the quarterly operating margin was primarily the result of lower merchandise amortization, plant labor and bad debt expense as a percentage of revenues compared to the prior year. These favorable comparisons were partially offset by higher health care claims and other payroll related costs as a percentage of revenues.

Both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 also benefited from reductions in reserves for worker’s compensation and other insurance related liabilities of approximately $2.3 million and $1.9 million, respectively, based on changes in third-party actuarial estimates.

Revenues for the Specialty Garments segment, which consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, were $19.9 million, up slightly from $19.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. This segment had income from operations for the quarter of $1.0 million, compared to a loss from operations of $0.7 million in the same quarter a year ago. This improvement in profitability was primarily the result of several non-recurring expense items in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

The effective income tax rate was 36.5% for both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012.

UniFirst continues to maintain a solid balance sheet and financial position. Cash and cash equivalents at year end totaled $197.5 million, up from $120.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012. Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2013 was $211.6 million, up 30.8% compared to $161.7 million for fiscal 2012. The improved cash flows were primarily the result of higher earnings as well as lower cash outflows related to merchandise in service investments. In addition, the Company’s cash position also benefited from a change in tax regulations impacting the timing of deductions allowable for certain merchandise in service. Subsequent to the fiscal year end, the Company used cash on hand to pay down $100 million in private placement notes that came due during September.


Mr. Croatti continued, “As we look towards fiscal 2014, we continue to experience economic uncertainty as well as prospective customers that are hesitant to make new buying decisions. Based on the current environment, we expect fiscal 2014 revenues to be between $1.372 billion and $1.385 billion and full year EPS to be between $5.60 and $5.85. As a reminder, fiscal 2014 will be a 52 week year for the Company compared to fiscal 2013 which was a 53 week year. This guidance assumes a further decline in our Specialty Garments’ revenues and operating income of 9% and 15%, respectively, as well as no deterioration in the U.S. economy.”

Conference Call Information

UniFirst will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss its quarterly financial results, business highlights and outlook. A simultaneous live webcast of the call will be available over the Internet and can be accessed at www.unifirst.com.

About UniFirst Corporation

UniFirst Corporation is one of the largest providers of workplace uniforms, protective clothing, and facility services products in North America. The Company employs approximately 11,500 Team Partners who serve more than 250,000 customer locations in 45 U.S. states, Canada, and Europe from over 200 customer service, distribution, and manufacturing facilities. UniFirst is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UNF and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 600 Small Cap Index.

Forward Looking Statements

This public announcement may contain forward looking statements that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward looking statements contained in this public announcement are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding the Company’s ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, uncertainties regarding any existing or newly-discovered expenses and liabilities related to environmental compliance and remediation, any adverse outcome of pending or future contingencies or claims, the Company’s ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in its margin rates, seasonal fluctuations in business levels, our ability to preserve positive labor relationships and avoid becoming the target of corporate labor unionization campaigns that could disrupt our business, the effect of currency fluctuations on our results of operations and financial condition, our dependence on third parties to supply us with raw materials, any loss of key management or other personnel, increased costs as a result of any future changes in federal or state laws, rules and regulations or governmental interpretation of such laws, rules and regulations, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the impact of adverse economic conditions and the current tight credit markets on our customers and such customers’ workforce, the level and duration of workforce reductions by our customers, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, demand and prices for our products and services, rampant criminal activity and instability in Mexico where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate our new CRM computer system, additional professional and internal costs necessary for compliance with recent and proposed future changes in Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange and accounting rules, strikes and unemployment levels, the Company’s efforts to evaluate and potentially reduce internal costs, economic and other developments associated with the war on terrorism and its impact on the economy, general economic conditions and other factors described under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 25, 2012 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When used in this public announcement, the words “anticipate,” “optimistic,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company are included to identify such forward looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which such statements are made.


UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

Fourteen Thirteen Fifty-three Fifty-two
weeks ended weeks ended weeks ended weeks ended
August 31, August 25, August 31, August 25,
(In thousands, except per share data) 2013 (2) 2012 (2) 2013 (2) 2012
Revenues $ 352,876 $ 312,374 $ 1,355,515 $ 1,256,289
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues (1) 218,136 198,935 836,174 797,944
Selling and administrative expenses (1) 68,640 61,369 263,531 240,798
Depreciation and amortization 18,542 16,824 69,607 66,439
Total operating expenses 305,318 277,128 1,169,312 1,105,181
Income from operations 47,558 35,246 186,203 151,108
Other (income) expense:
Interest expense 327 493 1,651 2,132
Interest income (729 ) (702 ) (3,201 ) (2,738 )
Exchange rate (gain) loss (177 ) (48 ) 144 980
(579 ) (257 ) (1,406 ) 374
Income before income taxes 48,137 35,503 187,609 150,734
Provision for income taxes 17,576 12,971 70,924 55,745
Net income $ 30,561 $ 22,532 $ 116,685 $ 94,989
Income per share – Basic
Common Stock $ 1.61 $ 1.19 $ 6.14 $ 5.02
Class B Common Stock $ 1.29 $ 0.95 $ 4.91 $ 4.01
Income per share – Diluted
Common Stock $ 1.52 $ 1.13 $ 5.81 $ 4.76
Income allocated to – Basic
Common Stock $ 24,123 $ 17,717 $ 91,916 $ 74,643
Class B Common Stock $ 6,033 $ 4,416 $ 22,913 $ 18,630
Income allocated to – Diluted
Common Stock $ 30,178 $ 22,153 $ 114,927 $ 93,358
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Basic
Common Stock 15,017 14,912 14,975 14,882
Class B Common Stock 4,694 4,647 4,666 4,643
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Diluted
Common Stock 19,882 19,664 19,789 19,616

(1) Exclusive of depreciation on the Company’s property, plant and equipment and amortization on its intangible assets

(2) Unaudited


UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands) August 31,

2013 (1)

August 25,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 197,479 $ 120,123
Receivables, net 142,217 135,327
Inventories 74,351 75,420
Rental merchandise in service 132,630 138,284
Prepaid and deferred income taxes 7,079 12,785
Prepaid expenses 7,618 5,741
Total current assets 561,374 487,680
Property, plant and equipment:
Land, buildings and leasehold improvements 376,222 355,568
Machinery and equipment 474,402 425,274
Motor vehicles 153,219 141,370
1,003,843 922,212
Less - accumulated depreciation 546,157 510,008
457,686 412,204
Goodwill 302,363 288,137
Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net 49,344 50,531
Other assets 2,658 1,982
$ 1,373,425 $ 1,240,534
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Loans payable and current maturities of long-term debt $ 111,253 $ 6,831
Accounts payable 54,221 52,340
Accrued liabilities 86,994 78,174
Accrued and deferred income taxes 6,421 8,180
Total current liabilities 258,889 145,525
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 155 100,155
Accrued liabilities 45,037 43,420
Accrued and deferred income taxes 55,946 54,509
Total long-term liabilities 101,138 198,084
Shareholders' equity:
Common Stock 1,513 1,506
Class B Common Stock 487 488
Capital surplus 51,445 42,984
Retained earnings 958,508 844,676
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,445 7,271
Total shareholders' equity 1,013,398 896,925
$ 1,373,425 $ 1,240,534

(1) Unaudited


UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Detail of Operating Results



Fourteen Thirteen
weeks ended weeks ended
August 31, August 25, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2013 (1) 2012 (1) Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 320,447 $ 281,662 $ 38,785 13.8 %
Specialty Garments 19,884 19,726 158 0.8
First Aid 12,545 10,986 1,559 14.2
Consolidated total $ 352,876 $ 312,374 $ 40,502 13.0 %
  Fifty-three     Fifty-two      
weeks ended weeks ended
August 31, August 25, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2013 (1) 2012 Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 1,214,365 $ 1,112,323 $ 102,042 9.2 %
Specialty Garments 96,688 102,758 (6,070 ) -5.9
First Aid 44,462 41,208 3,254 7.9
Consolidated total $ 1,355,515 $ 1,256,289 $ 99,226 7.9 %

Income from Operations

      Fourteen     Thirteen    
weeks ended weeks ended
August 31, August 25, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2013 (1) 2012 (1) Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 45,451 $ 34,579 $ 10,872 31.4 %
Specialty Garments 984 (715



1,699 237.6
First Aid 1,123 1,382 (259 ) -18.7
Consolidated total $ 47,558 $ 35,246 $ 12,312 34.9 %
      Fifty-three     Fifty-two      
weeks ended weeks ended
August 31, August 25, Dollar Percent
(In thousands, except percentages) 2013 (1) 2012 Change Change
Core Laundry Operations $ 170,662 $ 133,285 $ 37,377 28.0 %
Specialty Garments 10,539 13,460 (2,921 ) -21.7
First Aid 5,002 4,363 639 14.6
Consolidated total $ 186,203 $ 151,108 $ 35,095 23.2 %

(1) Unaudited


UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Fifty-three Fifty-two
weeks ended weeks ended

(In thousands)

August 31,

2013 (1)

    August 25,


Cash flows from operating activities:  
Net income $ 116,685 $ 94,989
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 59,810 55,877
Amortization of intangible assets 9,797 10,562
Amortization of deferred financing costs 238 238
Share-based compensation 6,315 6,714
Accretion on environmental contingencies 542 631
Accretion on asset retirement obligations 676 632
Deferred income taxes 20,666 (330 )
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Receivables (6,666 ) (7,595 )
Inventories 1,146 590
Rental merchandise in service 7,079 (12,017 )
Prepaid expenses (939 ) (1,763 )
Accounts payable 2,130 (3,688 )
Accrued liabilities 9,452 5,518
Prepaid and accrued income taxes (15,360 ) 11,360
Net cash provided by operating activities 211,571 161,718
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of businesses (30,714 )
Capital expenditures (103,526 ) (74,549 )
Other 54 (508 )
Net cash used in investing activities (134,186 ) (75,057 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from loans payable and long-term obligations 4,533 40,410
Payments on loans payable and long-term obligations (24 ) (55,851 )
Proceeds from exercise of Common Stock options, including excess tax benefits 5,488 2,410
Taxes withheld and paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (3,332 )
Payment of cash dividends (2,851 ) (2,840 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 3,814 (15,871 )
Effect of exchange rate changes (3,843 ) 521
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 77,356 71,311
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 120,123 48,812
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 197,479 $ 120,123

(1) Unaudited

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