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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the quarter ended June 30, 2012
Commission File Number 0-398
SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
North Carolina
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  
56-0292920
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Suite 900
Charlotte, North Carolina
  
28277
(Address of principal executive offices)
  
(Zip Code)
704-554-1421
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes þ         No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes þ         No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
 
Large accelerated filer þ
Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer ¨
Smaller reporting company ¨
 
 
 
 
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes ¨         No þ
The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s $0.83-1/3 par value Common Stock, its only outstanding class of Common Stock as of July 26, 2012, was 68,568,265 shares.

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INDEX
 
 
 
  
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CAUTIONARY INFORMATION ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements about our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies for the future, and the assumptions underlying such statements. We use the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” and similar expressions to identify our forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or our present expectations. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties set forth in Part II, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this report and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and those described from time to time in our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which reflect our management’s expectations only as of the time such statements are made. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
For the Quarters and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and July 2, 2011
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Net revenue
$
399,400

 
$
412,541

 
$
792,243

 
$
801,011

Cost of sales
267,482

 
268,904

 
532,942

 
516,202

Gross margin
131,918

 
143,637

 
259,301

 
284,809

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative
107,649

 
137,134

 
218,352

 
258,040

Gain on sale of route businesses, net
(10,882
)
 
(237
)
 
(20,169
)
 
(326
)
Other (income)/expense, net
(445
)
 
10,382

 
(534
)
 
10,510

Income/(loss) before interest and income taxes
35,596

 
(3,642
)
 
61,652

 
16,585

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
2,303

 
2,367

 
4,566

 
5,026

Income/(loss) before income taxes
33,293

 
(6,009
)
 
57,086

 
11,559

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income tax expense/(benefit)
13,828

 
(2,303
)
 
23,296

 
4,222

Net income/(loss)
19,465

 
(3,706
)
 
33,790

 
7,337

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
140

 
142

 
251

 
336

Net income/(loss) attributable to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.
$
19,325

 
$
(3,848
)
 
$
33,539

 
$
7,001

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share
$
0.28

 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.49

 
$
0.10

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
68,294

 
67,365

 
68,103

 
67,048

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.28

 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.49

 
$
0.10

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted*
69,319

 
67,365

 
69,086

 
68,168

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.16

 
$
0.16

 
$
0.32

 
$
0.32

* Refer to Note 4 for additional information regarding the calculation of diluted shares outstanding.
See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
For the Quarters and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and July 2, 2011
(in thousands)
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Net income/(loss)
$
19,465

 
$
(3,706
)
 
$
33,790

 
$
7,337

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net unrealized (losses)/gains on derivative instruments, net of income tax benefit/(expense) of $235, ($73), $180 and ($311), respectively
(427
)
 
89

 
(293
)
 
455

Foreign currency translation adjustment
(1,263
)
 
376

 
326

 
2,765

Total other comprehensive (loss)/income
(1,690
)
 
465

 
33

 
3,220

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total comprehensive income/(loss)
17,775

 
(3,241
)
 
33,823

 
10,557

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of income tax of $66, $94, $96 and $154, respectively
(140
)
 
(142
)
 
(251
)
 
(336
)
Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.
$
17,635

 
$
(3,383
)
 
$
33,572

 
$
10,221

See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).


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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011
(in thousands, except share data)
ASSETS
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
25,310

 
$
20,841

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $1,612 and $1,884, respectively
148,557

 
143,238

Inventories
111,341

 
106,261

Income tax receivable

 
18,119

Deferred income taxes
10,748

 
21,042

Assets held for sale
20,088

 
57,822

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
19,241

 
20,705

Total current assets
335,285

 
388,028

 
 
 
 
Noncurrent assets:
 
 
 
Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $326,675 and $328,648, respectively
314,445

 
313,043

Goodwill
367,686

 
367,853

Other intangible assets, net
380,246

 
376,062

Other noncurrent assets
21,738

 
21,804

Total assets
$
1,419,400

 
$
1,466,790

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
$
4,399

 
$
4,256

Accounts payable
56,921

 
52,930

Accrued compensation
23,068

 
29,248

Income tax payable
6,483

 

Other payables and accrued liabilities
48,139

 
68,712

Total current liabilities
139,010

 
155,146

 
 
 
 
Noncurrent liabilities:
 
 
 
Long-term debt
213,424

 
253,939

Deferred income taxes
181,889

 
196,244

Other noncurrent liabilities
23,522

 
22,870

Total liabilities
557,845

 
628,199

 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies

 

 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 
 
 
Common stock, 68,564,532 and 67,820,798 shares outstanding, respectively
57,135

 
56,515

Preferred stock, no shares outstanding

 

Additional paid-in capital
740,909

 
730,338

Retained earnings
47,262

 
35,539

Accumulated other comprehensive income
13,752

 
13,719

Total Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. stockholders’ equity
859,058

 
836,111

Noncontrolling interests
2,497

 
2,480

Total stockholders’ equity
861,555

 
838,591

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
1,419,400

 
$
1,466,790

See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and July 2, 2011
(in thousands)
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Operating activities
 
 
 
Net income
$
33,790

 
$
7,337

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
25,956

 
27,928

Stock-based compensation expense
2,266

 
969

(Gain)/loss on sale of fixed assets
(123
)
 
235

Gain on sale of route businesses, net
(20,169
)
 
(326
)
Impairment of fixed assets
127

 
10,119

Changes in operating assets and liabilities
(11,412
)
 
10,692

Net cash provided by operating activities
30,435

 
56,954

 
 
 
 
Investing activities
 
 
 
Purchases of fixed assets
(33,106
)
 
(32,297
)
Purchases of route businesses
(26,683
)
 
(3,821
)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets
6,803

 
642

Proceeds from sale of route businesses
80,055

 
2,971

Proceeds from sale of investments

 
960

Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities
27,069

 
(31,545
)
 
 
 
 
Financing activities
 
 
 
Dividends paid to stockholders
(21,815
)
 
(21,238
)
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests
(234
)
 
(281
)
Acquisition of additional interest in Melisi Snacks, Inc.

 
(1,500
)
Issuances of common stock
9,260

 
6,335

Repurchases of common stock
(333
)
 

Repayments of long-term debt
(1,127
)
 

Net repayments of existing credit facilities
(38,805
)
 
(25,583
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(53,054
)
 
(42,267
)
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
19

 
135

 
 
 
 
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
4,469

 
(16,723
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
20,841

 
27,877

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
25,310

 
$
11,154

 
 
 
 
Supplemental information:
 
 
 
Cash paid/(received) for income taxes, net of refunds of $12,329 and $7,251, respectively
$
249

 
$
(6,176
)
Cash paid for interest
$
5,125

 
$
5,701

See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)
1.
BASIS OF PRESENTATION
The accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (the "Company") have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. These condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 2012. In our opinion, these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements reflect all adjustments, consisting of only normal, recurring accruals, necessary to present fairly our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the interim periods presented herein. The consolidated results of operations for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.
The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments about future events that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty. Therefore, management’s determination of estimates and judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities requires the exercise of judgment in the selection and application of assumptions based on various factors, including historical experience, current and expected economic conditions and other factors believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. We routinely evaluate our estimates, including those related to customer returns and promotions, allowances for doubtful accounts, inventory valuations, useful lives of fixed assets and related impairment, long-term investments, hedge transactions, postemployment benefits including severance, intangible asset valuations and impairments, incentive compensation, income taxes, self-insurance, contingencies and litigation. Actual results may differ from these estimates.
Prior year amounts shown in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been reclassified for consistent presentation.
 
2.
NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
In June 2011, the FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) regarding the presentation of comprehensive income. The new standard requires comprehensive income to be reported either as a single statement or in two consecutive statements reporting net income and other comprehensive income. In addition, the standard eliminates the option to report other comprehensive income and its components in the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity. The ASU requires retrospective application and became effective for us in the first quarter of 2012. We adopted this standard in 2011 and have included the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income in our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
3.
MERGER AND INTEGRATION ACTIVITIES
On December 6, 2010, Lance, Inc. and Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc. completed a merger (“Merger”) to create Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. The primary focus of our integration activities has been on the continued execution of our plan to convert the vast majority of company-owned routes to an independent business owner (“IBO”) distribution structure. This conversion was complete by the end of the second quarter of 2012. However, the sale and associated financing of certain route businesses are still in process and are expected to close in the second half of the year.
During the quarters ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011, we incurred $0.2 million and $13.2 million, respectively, in severance costs and professional fees related to Merger and integration activities, which are included in selling, general and administrative expenses on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. In addition, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, we recorded a net gain of $10.9 million from the sale of route businesses associated with the conversion to an IBO distribution structure. This compared to only $0.2 million in net gains on the sale of routes businesses in the second quarter of 2011 as the conversion to an IBO distribution structure had just begun at that time.
During the six months ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011, costs incurred associated with the Merger and integration activities included severance and professional fees of $1.7 million and $14.8 million, respectively. These costs are included in selling, general and administrative expenses on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. In addition, we recorded a net gain of $20.2 million from the sale of route businesses associated with the conversion to an IBO distribution structure for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared with a gain of only $0.3 million in the first six months of 2011.

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

The closure of the Corsicana, Texas manufacturing facility was completed during the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Upon closure of the facility, many assets were relocated to other manufacturing locations. Expenses incurred as part of the relocation process were $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $2.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, and were included in cost of sales in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. This asset relocation project was completed in the second quarter of 2012. The land and building in Corsicana, Texas of $1.9 million remains in assets held for sale in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
During the quarter ended July 2, 2011, we recorded $10.1 million in asset impairment charges in the other income/expense, net line in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. This non-cash impairment was recorded in connection with the IBO conversion due to the decision to sell the route trucks prior to the end of their useful lives. In order to determine an appropriate fair value for the route trucks, we reviewed market pricing for similar assets from multiple sources, including trucks sold at auction.

4.
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income attributable to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during each period. Diluted earnings per share gives effect to all securities representing potential common shares that were dilutive and outstanding during the period. In the calculation of diluted earnings per share, the denominator includes the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if our outstanding dilutive stock options had been exercised, as determined pursuant to the treasury stock method.
For the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, no shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share because their effects were antidilutive. For the quarter ended July 2, 2011, due to the net loss, basic weighted average shares outstanding were required to be utilized for the diluted earnings per share calculation. Therefore, approximately 1,125,000 shares were excluded from diluted weighted average shares outstanding. Approximately 45,000 shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the six months ended July 2, 2011, because their effects were antidilutive.

5.
EQUITY-BASED INCENTIVES
Compensation expense related to equity-based incentive plans of $1.3 million and $0.7 million was recognized for the quarters ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011, respectively, and was $2.3 million and $1.0 million, respectively, for the six months then ended. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, we issued 533,994 non-qualified stock options at $22.41 per share and 159,867 restricted shares to employees. During the six months ended July 2, 2011, we issued 1,042,473 non-qualified stock options at a weighted-average grant price of $17.36 per share and 193,407 restricted shares to employees.
During the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, we repurchased 467 and 14,803 shares of common stock, respectively, from employees to cover withholding taxes payable by employees upon the vesting of restricted stock. There were no share repurchases during the quarter or six months ended July 2, 2011.

6.
INVENTORIES
Inventories as of June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
Finished goods
 
$
66,681

 
$
60,488

Raw materials
 
18,071

 
19,968

Maintenance parts and supplies
 
26,589

 
25,805

Total inventories
 
$
111,341

 
$
106,261

 











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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

7.
INVESTMENTS
We own a non-controlling equity interest in Late July Snacks LLC (“Late July”), an organic snack food company. Equity earnings, which are not material, are included in other income/(expense), net on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. We also manufacture products for Late July. Contract manufacturing revenue from Late July was approximately $1.2 million and $1.1 million during the second quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively, and approximately $2.5 million and $2.2 million during the first six months of 2012 and 2011, respectively. As of June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, accounts receivable due from Late July totaled $0.6 million and $0.4 million, respectively. During the first quarter of 2011, we purchased manufacturing equipment from Late July for $2.0 million.
As of June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, we had $6.2 million and $7.0 million, respectively, in long-term investments consisting of limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts. During the six months ended July 2, 2011, one of these investments was sold for approximately $1.0 million resulting in an immaterial loss. No investments were sold in the first six months of 2012. Since our ownership interests are less than 5%, these investments are recorded at cost and adjusted for impairments considered other than temporary. Distributions received are recorded as either a return of capital or as investment income if in the form of a dividend.

8.
GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS
The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill for the six months ended June 30, 2012, are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
Carrying
Amount
Balance as of December 31, 2011
 
$
367,853

Goodwill acquired in the purchase of route businesses
 
7,118

Goodwill attributable to the sale of route businesses
 
(19,703
)
Change in goodwill allocated to route businesses held for sale
 
12,214

Change in foreign currency exchange rate
 
204

Balance as of June 30, 2012
 
$
367,686

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, other intangible assets consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
Gross  Carrying
Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Net Carrying
Amount
As of June 30, 2012:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Customer and contractual relationships – amortized
 
$
69,468

 
$
(7,464
)
 
$
62,004

Reacquired rights – amortized
 
3,100

 
(350
)
 
2,750

Routes – unamortized
 
21,231

 

 
21,231

Trademarks – unamortized
 
294,787

 
(526
)
 
294,261

Balance as of June 30, 2012
 
$
388,586

 
$
(8,340
)
 
$
380,246

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2011:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Customer and contractual relationships – amortized
 
$
69,468

 
$
(5,252
)
 
$
64,216

Reacquired rights – amortized
 
3,100

 
(156
)
 
2,944

Routes – unamortized
 
14,641

 

 
14,641

Trademarks – unamortized
 
294,787

 
(526
)
 
294,261

Balance as of December 31, 2011
 
$
381,996

 
$
(5,934
)
 
$
376,062

The intangible assets related to customer and contractual relationships are being amortized over a weighted average useful life of 17.6 years and will be amortized through November 2029. Reacquired rights are being amortized over eight years. Amortization expense related to intangibles was $1.2 million and $0.9 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011, respectively and $2.4 million and $1.8 million, respectively, for the six months then ended. We estimate that annual amortization expense for these intangible assets will be approximately $4.8 million per year for 2012, 2013 and 2014, $4.7 million for 2015, and $4.6 million for 2016.

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SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Routes and trademarks are deemed to have indefinite useful lives because they are expected to generate cash flows indefinitely. Although not amortized, they are reviewed for impairment as conditions change or at least on an annual basis. While our annual impairment testing of trademarks in the fourth quarter of 2011 did not result in impairment, there were several trademarks that had a fair value which approximated the book value given the close proximity to the Merger. As such, any changes in the use of these trademarks or the sales volumes of the associated products could result in an impairment charge.
 
For the six months ended June 30, 2012, changes in the carrying value of routes are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
Carrying
Amount
Balance of routes as of December 31, 2011
 
$
14,641

Purchases of route businesses, exclusive of goodwill acquired
 
19,709

Sales of route businesses
 
(40,188
)
Change in routes allocated to assets held for sale
 
27,069

Balance of routes as of June 30, 2012
 
$
21,231

Routes and associated goodwill allocated to assets held for sale represent assets available for sale in their present condition and for which actions to complete a sale have been initiated. As of June 30, 2012, $10.7 million of route intangibles and $4.6 million of goodwill are included in assets held for sale on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of December 31, 2011, $37.8 million of route intangibles and $16.8 million of goodwill were included in assets held for sale.
 
9.
INCOME TAXES
We have recorded gross unrecognized tax benefits as of June 30, 2012 totaling $6.1 million and related interest and penalties of $2.5 million in other noncurrent liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. Of this amount, $7.0 million would affect the effective tax rate if subsequently recognized. As of December 31, 2011, we recorded gross unrecognized tax benefits totaling $6.1 million and related interest and penalties of $2.3 million in other noncurrent liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The increase is related to the accrual of interest and penalties on existing positions. We expect that statutes of limitation will likely expire in the next twelve months and may result in a $1.2 million decrease in the unrecognized tax benefit amount. We record interest and penalties associated with income tax positions within income tax expense.
The effective income tax rate increased from 36.5% for the first six months of 2011 to 40.8% for the first six months of 2012. The increase in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to non-deductible goodwill associated with the sale of route businesses.
We have open years for income tax audit purposes in our major taxing jurisdictions according to statutes as follows:
 
Jurisdiction
 
Open Years
U.S. federal
 
2008 and forward
Canada federal
 
2007 and forward
Ontario provincial
 
2005 and forward
Massachusetts
 
2008 and forward
North Carolina
 
2008 and forward
New York
 
2008 and forward
Illinois
 
2008 and forward
Georgia
 
2008 and forward
 
10.
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
We have classified assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value into the fair value hierarchy as set forth below:
Level 1
–    quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 2
–    observable inputs other than quoted prices for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 3
–    unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data available, which requires us to develop our own assumptions.

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

We measure our derivative instruments at fair value using Level 2 inputs. See Note 11 for additional information about our derivative instruments. There were no changes among the levels during the first six months of 2012.
 
The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents, receivables and accounts payable approximates fair value due to their short-term nature. The fair value of outstanding debt, including current maturities, was approximately $227 million and $269 million at June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, respectively. These Level 2 fair value estimates were based on values of similar debt with the same maturities, debt rating and interest rates.
 
11.
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
We are exposed to certain risks relating to our ongoing business operations. We use derivative instruments to manage interest rate and foreign exchange rate risks.
The fair value of the derivative instrument asset/(liability) in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets using Level 2 inputs is as follows:
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
Interest rate swaps (included in Other noncurrent liabilities)
 
$
(1,657
)
 
$
(1,309
)
Foreign currency forwards (included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets)
 
91

 
126

Total fair value of derivative instruments
 
$
(1,566
)
 
$
(1,183
)
Interest Rate Swaps
Our variable-rate debt obligations incur interest at floating rates based on changes in the Eurodollar rate and the U.S. base rate. To manage exposure to changing interest rates, we selectively enter into interest rate swap agreements to maintain a desirable proportion of fixed to variable-rate debt. The notional amount of the interest rate swaps designated as hedging instruments as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 was $55.3 million and $56.3 million, respectively.
Foreign Currency Forwards
We have exposure to foreign exchange rate fluctuations through the operations of our Canadian subsidiary. A majority of the revenue of our Canadian operations is denominated in U.S. dollars and a substantial portion of its costs, such as raw materials and direct labor, are denominated in Canadian dollars. We have entered into a series of derivative forward contracts to mitigate a portion of this foreign exchange rate exposure. These contracts have maturities through December 2012. The notional amount for foreign currency forwards decreased to $11.7 million at June 30, 2012, from $18.1 million at December 31, 2011, due to contracts that matured in 2012.
The pre-tax income/(expense) effect of derivative instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income is as follows:
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Six Months Ended
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Interest rate swaps (included in Interest expense, net)
 
$
(193
)
 
$
(661
)
 
$
(384
)
 
$
(1,331
)
Foreign currency forwards (included in Net revenue)
 
104

 
151

 
230

 
348

Foreign currency forwards (included in Other income/(expense), net)
 
(27
)
 

 
(25
)
 
(14
)
Total net pre-tax expense from derivative instruments
 
$
(116
)
 
$
(510
)
 
$
(179
)
 
$
(997
)
 

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

The change in unrealized pre-tax losses included in other comprehensive income due to fluctuations in interest rates and foreign exchange rates were as follows:
 
 
Gain/(Loss) for the
Quarter Ended
 
Gain/(Loss) for the
Six Months Ended
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Interest rate swaps
 
$
(378
)
 
$
320

 
$
(438
)
 
$
999

Foreign currency forwards
 
(284
)
 
(158
)
 
(35
)
 
(233
)
Total change in unrealized pre-tax gains/(losses) from derivative instruments (effective portion)
 
$
(662
)
 
$
162

 
$
(473
)
 
$
766

The counterparty credit risk associated with our derivative instruments in an asset position is considered to be low because we limit our exposure by using creditworthy counterparties.
 
12.
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Contractual Obligations
In order to mitigate the risks of volatility in commodity markets to which we are exposed, we have entered into forward purchase agreements with certain suppliers based on market prices, forward price projections, and expected usage levels. Purchase commitments for certain ingredients, packaging materials and energy decreased from $184.7 million as of December 31, 2011, to $183.5 million as of June 30, 2012. We have contracts for all of our major ingredients and packaging through the end of 2012 with some contracts extending into 2013.
Guarantees
We currently guarantee loans made to IBOs by third party financial institutions for the purchase of distribution routes and trucks. The outstanding aggregate balance on these loans was approximately $100.7 million as of June 30, 2012. The annual maximum amount of future payments we could be required to make under the guarantee equates to 25% of the outstanding loan balance on the first day of each calendar year plus 25% of the amount of any new loans issued during such calendar year. These loans are collateralized by the routes and trucks for which the loans are made. Accordingly, we have the ability to recover substantially all of the outstanding loan value.
Legal Matters
On January 19, 2012, a purported class action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by Joseph A. McPeak individually and allegedly on behalf of other similarly situated individuals against S-L Distribution Company, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. The complaint alleges a single cause of action for damages for violations of New Jersey’s Franchise Practices Protection Act. S-L Distribution Company, Inc. believes it has meritorious defenses to this claim and intends to vigorously defend against this action.
In addition, we are currently subject to various lawsuits and environmental matters arising in the normal course of business. In our opinion, such claims should not have a material effect upon our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements taken as a whole.

13.
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
We own 51% of Patriot Snacks Real Estate, LLC (“Patriot”) and consolidate its balance sheet and operating results into our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The remaining 49% is owned by an employee.
We own 80% of Michaud Distributors, which distributes our products in the northeastern United States. The remaining 20% is owned by two employees. As of June 30, 2012, we have notes receivable from stockholders and employees of Michaud Distributors of $0.2 million. The notes are unsecured, due upon demand, and bear interest at the best rate available to Michaud Distributors by its primary commercial lenders.
ARWCO Corporation, MAW Associates, LP and Warehime Enterprises, Inc. are significantly owned or controlled by the Chairman of the Board of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. or direct family members. Among other unrelated business activities, these entities provide financing to IBOs for the purchase of trucks and routes. We have entered into loan service agreements with these related parties that allow us to repurchase certain distribution assets in the event an IBO defaults on a loan with the related party. We have the right to repurchase the assets 30 days after default at the value as defined in the loan service agreement which should approximate

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

fair market value. As of June 30, 2012, there were outstanding loans made to IBOs by the related parties for the purchase of distribution routes and trucks with an aggregate principal balance of approximately $36.8 million. Our Chairman of the Board also serves as an officer and/or director of these entities. Transactions with these related parties are primarily related to the collection and remittance of loan payments on notes receivable held by the affiliates. We are reimbursed for certain overhead and administrative functions performed which are associated with the services provided to these related parties. The receivables from, payables to, and administrative fees received from these entities are not significant for any period presented.
One of our directors, C. Peter Carlucci, Jr., is a member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC (“Eckert”), which serves as one of our outside legal firms. Payments made to Eckert during the first six months of 2012 were $0.1 million.
 
14.
ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
Accumulated other comprehensive income presented in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011 consists of the following: 
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
$
14,515

 
$
14,189

Net unrealized loss on derivative instruments, net of tax
 
(763
)
 
(470
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
 
$
13,752

 
$
13,719


Noncontrolling Interests
As of June 30, 2012, our noncontrolling interests are associated with our 51% ownership of Patriot and 80% ownership of Michaud Distributors. As of July 2, 2011, our noncontrolling interests consisted of our 51% ownership of Patriot, 80% ownership of Michaud Distributors, and 90% ownership of Melisi Snacks, Inc. During the second quarter of 2011, we acquired an additional 10% ownership interest in Melisi Snacks, Inc. for $1.5 million, increasing our total ownership to 90%. During the third quarter of 2011, we acquired the remaining ownership interest in Melisi Snacks, Inc.

15.
SEGMENT REPORTING
We operate in one business segment: the manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sale of snack food products. We define business segments as components of an organization for which discrete financial information is available and operating results are evaluated on a regular basis by the chief operating decision maker (“CODM”) in order to assess performance and allocate resources. Our CODM is the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Characteristics of our organization which were relied upon in making this determination include the similar nature of all of the products that we sell, the functional alignment of our organizational structure, and the reports that are regularly reviewed by the CODM for the purpose of assessing performance and allocating resources.
Net revenues by product category are as follows:
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Six Months Ended
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
Branded
 
$
233,573

 
$
241,377

 
$
464,350

 
$
469,977

Private brands
 
68,904

 
77,403

 
138,260

 
149,013

Partner brands
 
72,849

 
70,676

 
142,829

 
136,286

Other
 
24,074

 
23,085

 
46,804

 
45,735

Net revenue
 
$
399,400

 
$
412,541

 
$
792,243

 
$
801,011

Customer Concentration
Sales to our largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., were approximately 17% for the quarters and six months ended June 30, 2012 and July 2, 2011. In addition, third-party distributors, which account for approximately 13% of sales, purchase and resell our products to customers including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. thereby increasing our sales attributable to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. by an amount we are unable to reasonably estimate. Accounts receivable at June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, included receivables from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. totaling $26.6 million and $24.8 million, respectively.


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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The following discussion provides an assessment of our financial condition, results of operations, liquidity and capital resources and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying consolidated financial statements, and notes to the financial statements. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our industry, business and future financial results. Our actual results could differ materially from the results contemplated by these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those discussed under Part II, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this report and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and those described from time to time in our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Management’s discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments about future events that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. The consolidated results of operations for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty. Therefore, management’s determination of estimates and judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities requires the exercise of judgment in the selection and application of assumptions based on various factors, including historical experience, current and expected economic conditions and other factors believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. We routinely evaluate our estimates, including those related to customer returns and promotions, allowances for doubtful accounts, inventory valuations, useful lives of fixed assets and related impairment, long-term investments, hedge transactions, postemployment benefits including severance, intangible asset valuations and impairments, incentive compensation, income taxes, self-insurance, contingencies and litigation. Actual results may differ from these estimates.
Overview
During the second quarter of 2012, we continued to focus on our plan of converting routes, increasing the distribution of our products and lowering our operating costs. The conversion of the vast majority of company-owned routes to an independent business owner (“IBO”) distribution structure was complete by the end of the second quarter of 2012. However, the sale and associated financing of certain route businesses are still in process and are expected to close in the second half of the year. The conversion to an IBO distribution structure and other significant activities have impacted our results as follows:
 
Net Revenue – Total branded revenue decreased compared to the second quarter of 2011 primarily because of lower revenue per unit sold as the majority of our distribution network had shifted from a company-owned to an IBO distribution structure. We continue to expect revenue per unit sold to be lower than 2011 due to the change in the distribution structure. However, we expect to largely offset this decline in revenue through increased product distribution and new product introductions.
Gross margin – The IBO conversion is driving lower revenue per unit sold, and accordingly lower gross margin as a percentage of net revenue compared to 2011, and these lower gross margins are expected through the remainder of the year. Additionally, in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, $0.6 million and $2.0 million, respectively, in additional expenses were recorded in cost of sales due to the relocation of assets from the Corsicana, Texas facility to other manufacturing locations. This asset relocation project was completed in the second quarter and no additional expenses associated with the asset relocation project are anticipated during the remainder of the year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses – Significant declines in selling, general and administrative expenses were realized during the second quarter and first six months of 2012. However, these declines included the $13.2 million and $14.8 million in severance and professional fee expenses recognized as a result of the Merger in the second quarter and first six months of 2011, respectively. This compared to only $0.2 million and $1.7 million, respectively, of these expenses in the same periods for 2012. We expect additional efficiencies throughout 2012 as we continue to see the benefits of the completed conversion to an IBO distribution structure.
Gains on the sale of route businesses – We recorded net gains of $10.9 million and $20.2 million, respectively, for the second quarter and first half of 2012, from the sale of route businesses to IBOs. As of June 30, 2012, we have completed the sale of the majority of the routes associated with the conversion to an IBO distribution structure.
 


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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Quarter Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Quarter Ended July 2, 2011
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Favorable/
(Unfavorable) Variance
(in thousands)
 
June 30, 2012
 
July 2, 2011
 
Net revenue
 
$
399,400

100.0
%
 
$
412,541

100.0
%
 
$
(13,141
)
(3.2
%)
Cost of sales
 
267,482

67.0
%
 
268,904

65.2
%
 
1,422

0.5
%
Gross margin
 
131,918

33.0
%
 
143,637

34.8
%
 
(11,719
)
(8.2
%)
Selling, general and administrative
 
107,649

27.0
%
 
137,134

33.2
%
 
29,485

21.5
%
Gain on sale of route businesses, net
 
(10,882
)
(2.7
%)
 
(237
)
(0.1
%)
 
10,645

nm

Other (income)/expense, net
 
(445
)
(0.2
%)
 
10,382

2.5
%
 
10,827

104.3
%
Income before interest and taxes
 
35,596

8.9
%
 
(3,642
)
(0.9
%)
 
39,238

nm

Interest expense, net
 
2,303

0.5
%
 
2,367

0.6
%
 
64

2.7
%
Income tax expense/(benefit)
 
13,828

3.5
%
 
(2,303
)
(0.6
%)
 
(16,131
)
(700.4
%)
Net income/(loss)
 
$
19,465

4.9
%
 
$
(3,706
)
(0.9
%)
 
$
23,171

625.2
%
nm = not meaningful.
Net Revenue
Net revenue decreased $13.1 million, or 3.2%, compared to the second quarter of 2011. Branded net revenue declined approximately 3.2% compared to the second quarter of 2011. The impact of the IBO conversion was approximately 7% which was attributable to lower revenue per unit sold. Excluding the decline as a result of the IBO conversion, branded revenue increased approximately 4% due to volume growth in our national brands because of increased distribution as well as pricing actions taken primarily during the second half of 2011.

Private brand revenue declined 11.0% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011. As anticipated, volume was negatively impacted in 2012 by the loss of business associated with certain customers who did not accept price increases. In addition, retail price increases in certain private brand products appeared to negatively impact consumer demand. The impact of the volume decline in private brand products was slightly offset by pricing actions taken during the second half of 2011. We expect improved private brand revenues in the second half of 2012 compared to the first half of the year. Partner brand revenue increased 3.1% in the second quarter of 2012 due to increased distribution as a result of the Greer acquisition.

Net revenues by product category are as follows:
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Favorable/
(Unfavorable) Variance
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
Branded
 
$
233,573

 
$
241,377

 
$
(7,804
)
(3.2
%)
Private brands
 
68,904

 
77,403

 
(8,499
)
(11.0
%)
Partner brands
 
72,849

 
70,676

 
2,173

3.1
%
Other
 
24,074

 
23,085

 
989

4.3
%
Net revenue
 
$
399,400

 
$
412,541

 
$
(13,141
)
(3.2
%)
Gross Margin
Gross margin decreased $11.7 million, or 1.8% as a percentage of net revenue, during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter last year. The decrease in gross margin was primarily driven by the reduction in selling prices as a result of the conversion to an IBO distribution structure but was significantly offset by improved operating efficiencies and price increases which more than compensated for higher commodity costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $29.5 million, or 6.2% as a percentage of net revenue, during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011. During the second quarter of 2011, we recognized $13.2 million of severance and professional fee charges associated with Merger integration activities compared to only $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2012. The remainder of the decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily driven by reduced

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

infrastructure costs and lower compensation and benefit expenses due to the conversion to an IBO distribution structure and synergies recognized as a result of our Merger integration activities. We expect selling, general and administrative costs to continue to decline as a percentage of net revenue as we recognize the benefits of the conversion to an IBO distribution structure and fully realize synergies.

Gain on Sale of Route Businesses, Net
During the second quarter of 2012, we recognized gains of $10.9 million from the sale of route businesses associated with the IBO conversion. Gains on the sale of route businesses were significantly higher in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to 2011 as the route conversion was just beginning in the second quarter of 2011. Additional gains on the sale of route businesses are anticipated during the remainder of the year, but the gains are expected to be significantly less than those recognized in the first half of the year.
Interest Expense
Interest expense decreased $0.1 million during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of lower average interest rates.
Income Tax Expense
The effective income tax rate increased from 38.3% for the second quarter of 2011 to 41.5% for the second quarter of 2012. The increase in the effective income tax rate was due to higher non-tax deductible expenses, primarily related to the goodwill associated with the sale of route businesses, but somewhat offset by increased utilization of federal and state income tax credits.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Six Months Ended July 2, 2011
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
Favorable/
(Unfavorable) Variance
(in thousands)
 
June 30, 2012
 
July 2, 2011
 
Net revenue
 
$
792,243

100.0
%
 
$
801,011

100.0
%
 
$
(8,768
)
(1.1
%)
Cost of sales
 
532,942

67.3
%
 
516,202

64.4
%
 
(16,740
)
(3.2
%)
Gross margin
 
259,301

32.7
%
 
284,809

35.6
%
 
(25,508
)
(9.0
%)
Selling, general and administrative
 
218,352

27.6
%
 
258,040

32.2
%
 
39,688

15.4
%
Gain on sale of route businesses, net
 
(20,169
)
(2.5
%)
 
(326
)
0.0
%
 
19,843

nm

Other (income)/expense, net
 
(534
)
(0.2
%)
 
10,510

1.3
%
 
11,044

105.1
%
Income before interest and taxes
 
61,652

7.8
%
 
16,585

2.1
%
 
45,067

271.7
%
Interest expense, net
 
4,566

0.6
%
 
5,026

0.6
%
 
460

9.2
%
Income tax expense
 
23,296

2.9
%
 
4,222

0.5
%
 
(19,074
)
(451.8
%)
Net income
 
$
33,790

4.3
%
 
$
7,337

0.9
%
 
$
26,453

360.5
%
nm = not meaningful.
Net Revenue
Net revenue decreased $8.8 million, or 1.1% compared to the first six months of 2011. Branded net revenue declined 1.2% compared to the first six months of 2011. The impact of the IBO conversion was approximately 7% and was attributable to lower revenue per unit sold. Excluding the decline as a result of the IBO conversion, branded revenue increased approximately 6% because of volume growth in our national brands due to increased distribution as well as pricing actions taken primarily in the second half of 2011.

Private brand revenue declined 7.2% in the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. As anticipated, volume was negatively impacted in 2012 by the loss of business associated with certain customers who did not accept price increases. In addition, retail price increases in certain private brand products appeared to negatively impact consumer demand. The impact of the volume decline in private brand products was slightly offset by pricing actions taken during the second half of 2011. Partner brand revenue increased 4.8% in the first six months of 2012 due to increased distribution as a result of the Greer acquisition.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Net revenues by product category are as follows:
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
Favorable/
(Unfavorable) Variance
(in thousands)
 
June 30,
2012
 
July 2,
2011
 
Branded
 
$
464,350

 
$
469,977

 
$
(5,627
)
(1.2
%)
Private brands
 
138,260

 
149,013

 
(10,753
)
(7.2
%)
Partner brands
 
142,829

 
136,286

 
6,543

4.8
%
Other
 
46,804

 
45,735

 
1,069

2.3
%
Net revenue
 
$
792,243

 
$
801,011

 
$
(8,768
)
(1.1
%)

Gross Margin
Gross margin decreased $25.5 million, or 2.9% as a percentage of net revenue, during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. The decrease in gross margin was primarily driven by the reduction in selling prices as a result of the conversion to an IBO distribution structure, but was partially offset by improved operating efficiencies and price increases.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $39.7 million, or 4.6% as a percentage of net revenue, during the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. The decrease was primarily driven by reduced infrastructure costs and lower compensation and benefit expenses due to the conversion to an IBO distribution structure and synergies recognized as a result of our Merger integration activities. During the first six months of 2012, we recognized $1.7 million of severance and professional fee charges associated with Merger integration activities which were comparable to $14.8 million in the first six months of 2011.

Gain on Sale of Route Businesses, Net
During the first six months of 2012, we recognized gains of $20.2 million from the sale of route businesses associated with the conversion to an IBO distribution structure. Gains on the sale of route businesses were significantly higher in the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011 as the route conversion was just beginning in the second quarter of 2011.
Interest Expense
Interest expense decreased $0.5 million during the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011, primarily as a result of lower average interest rates.
Income Tax Expense
The effective income tax rate increased from 36.5% for the first six months of 2011 to 40.8% for the first six months of 2012. The increase in the effective income tax rate was due to higher non-tax deductible expenses, primarily related to the goodwill associated with the sale of route businesses.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Liquidity
Liquidity represents our ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operating activities to meet our obligations as well as our ability to obtain appropriate financing. Therefore, liquidity should not be considered separately from capital resources that consist primarily of current and potentially available funds for use in achieving our objectives. Currently, our liquidity needs arise primarily from working capital requirements, capital expenditures for fixed assets, purchases of route businesses, and dividends. We believe we have sufficient liquidity available to enable us to meet these demands.
We have a universal shelf registration statement that, subject to our ability to consummate a transaction on acceptable terms, provides the flexibility to sell up to $250 million of debt or equity securities, which is effective through February 27, 2015.
Operating Cash Flows
Net cash provided by operating activities was $30.4 million during the first six months of 2012 and $57.0 million during the first six months of 2011. Cash used in changes in operating assets and liabilities was $11.4 million during the first six months of 2012, a decrease from cash provided by changes in operating assets and liabilities of $10.7 million in the first six months of 2011. During the first six months of 2012, the increased use of cash came primarily from decreases in accrued compensation and other payables and accrued liabilities, but was partially offset by the $18.1 million in cash provided by the reduction in the income tax receivable.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Investing Cash Flows
Net cash provided by investing activities was $27.1 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to net cash used in investing activities of $31.5 million for the first six months of 2011. Capital expenditures for fixed assets, principally manufacturing equipment, totaled $33.1 million during the first six months of 2012, partially offset by proceeds from the sale of fixed assets of $6.8 million. Capital expenditures for 2012 are projected to be between $77 and $82 million, which is higher than the historical rate of expenditures for fixed assets. The increased investment in capital expenditure projects for 2012, which will likely continue into 2013, is being used to upgrade equipment and enhance capacity. Expenditures for the purchase of route businesses were $26.7 million in the first six months of 2012, and were more than offset by proceeds from the sale of route businesses of $80.1 million. The majority of route purchases required for the IBO conversion have been completed, but we do expect additional proceeds from the sale of route businesses throughout the remainder of the year of approximately $10 to $20 million. Net cash used in investing activities during the first six months of 2011 represented capital expenditures of $32.3 million, partially offset by proceeds from the sale of fixed assets of $0.6 million. Capital expenditures for purchases of fixed assets were $57.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Financing Cash Flows
Net cash used in financing activities was $53.1 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to $42.3 million in the first six months of 2011. Dividends of $0.32 per common share totaling $21.8 million and $21.2 million were paid in the first six months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, with the slight increase in 2012 due to the change in number of shares outstanding. We received cash and related tax benefits of $9.3 million and $6.3 million during the first six months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, as a result of stock option exercises. Net repayments of long-term debt and credit facilities totaling $39.9 million and $25.6 million for the first six months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, were primarily funded by cash on hand and cash provided by operating and investing activities.
On August 3, 2012, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per share, payable on August 31, 2012, to stockholders of record on August 22, 2012.
Debt
Additional borrowings available under our existing credit facility totaled $159.0 million as of June 30, 2012. We have complied with all financial covenants contained in the credit agreement. We also maintain standby letters of credit in connection with our self-insurance reserves for casualty claims. The total amount of these letters of credit was $18.5 million as of June 30, 2012.
Contractual Obligations
In order to mitigate the risks of volatility in commodity markets to which we are exposed, we have entered into forward purchase agreements with certain suppliers based on market prices, forward price projections, and expected usage levels. Purchase commitments for certain ingredients, packaging materials and energy decreased from $184.7 million as of December 31, 2011, to $183.5 million as of June 30, 2012. We have contracts for all of our major ingredients and packaging through the end of 2012 with some contracts extending into 2013.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a current or future material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Market Risks
The principal market risks that may adversely impact results of operations and financial position relate to ingredient, packaging and energy costs, interest and foreign exchange rates, and credit risks.
See the “Contractual Obligations” section above for a discussion of market risks associated with ingredient, packaging and energy costs.
Our variable-rate debt obligations incur interest at floating rates based on changes in the Eurodollar rate and the U.S. base rate. To manage exposure to changing interest rates, we selectively enter into interest rate swap agreements to maintain a desirable proportion of fixed to variable-rate debt. While these interest rate swap agreements fixed a portion of the interest rate at a predictable level, pre-tax interest expense would have been $0.4 million lower without these agreements during the first six months of 2012.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

We are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations through the operations of our Canadian subsidiary. A majority of the revenue of our Canadian operations is denominated in U.S. dollars and a substantial portion of the operations’ costs, such as raw materials and direct labor, are denominated in Canadian dollars. We have entered into a series of derivative forward contracts to mitigate a portion of this foreign exchange rate exposure. These contracts have maturities through December 2012. The effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, net of the effect of derivative forward contracts, was unfavorable by $0.2 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011.
We do not have or use market risk sensitive instruments for trading or speculative purposes. See Note 11 to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about our derivative instruments.
We are exposed to credit risks related to our accounts receivable. We perform ongoing credit evaluations of our customers to minimize the potential exposure. For the first six months of 2012 and 2011, net bad debt expense was $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively. Allowances for doubtful accounts were $1.6 million and $1.9 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
Quantitative and qualitative disclosures about these market risks are included under “Market Risks” in Item  2 above, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
As of the end of the period covered by this report and pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), we conducted an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act. Based upon that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of June 30, 2012.
There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended June 30, 2012, that have materially affected, or that are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
On January 19, 2012, a purported class action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by Joseph A. McPeak individually and allegedly on behalf of other similarly situated individuals against S-L Distribution Company, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. The complaint alleges a single cause of action for damages for violations of New Jersey’s Franchise Practices Protection Act. S-L Distribution Company, Inc. believes it has meritorious defenses to this claim and intends to vigorously defend against this action.
We are also currently subject to various lawsuits and environmental matters arising in the normal course of business. In our opinion, such matters should not have a material effect upon our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements taken as a whole.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the risk factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which factors could materially affect our business, financial condition or future results. There have been no material changes to such risk factors.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Our revolving credit agreement restricts our payment of cash dividends and repurchases of our common stock if, after payment of any such dividends or any such repurchases of our common stock, our consolidated stockholders’ equity would be less than $200 million. As of June 30, 2012, our consolidated stockholders’ equity was $861.6 million. We were in compliance with these covenants at June 30, 2012. The private placement agreement for $100 million of senior notes assumed as part of the Merger has provisions no more restrictive than the revolving credit agreement.
The following table presents information with respect to purchases of common stock of the Company made during the quarter ended June 30, 2012, by the Company or any “affiliated purchaser” of the Company as defined in Rule 10b-18(a)(3) under the Exchange Act:
 
Period
 
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased(1)
 
Average
Price Paid
Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares
Purchase as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
 
Maximum Number
of Shares that May Yet
Be Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs(1)
April 1, 2012 — April 30, 2012
 

 

 

 

May 1, 2012 — May 31, 2012
 
467

 
$
26.04

 

 
185,197

June 1, 2012 — June 30, 2012
 

 

 

 

Total
 
467

 
$
26.04

 

 
185,197

 
(1)
In November 2011, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 200,000 shares of common stock from employees. The purpose of the repurchase program is to permit the Company to acquire shares of common stock from employees to cover withholding taxes payable by employees upon the vesting of shares of restricted stock. The repurchase program expires in February 2014. All of the shares reflected in the table were repurchased by the Company in accordance with the repurchase program.
 
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities
Not applicable.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.
Item 5. Other Information
Not applicable.
 

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Item 6. Exhibits
Exhibit Index
 
 
No.
Description
 
 
 
 
3.1
Restated Articles of Incorporation of Snyder's-Lance, Inc. as amended through April 17, 1998, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3 to the Registrant's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the twelve weeks ended June 13, 1998 (File No. 0-398).

 
 
 
 
3.2
Articles of Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Snyder's-Lance, Inc., incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 6, 2010 (File No. 0-398).

 
 
 
 
3.3
Bylaws of Snyder's-Lance, Inc., as amended through December 6, 2010, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 6, 2010 (File No. 0-398).

 
 
 
 
10.1
Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. 2012 Key Employee Incentive Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Annex A attached to the Registrant's Definitive Proxy Statement filed on March 28, 2012 (File No. 0-398).
 
 
 
 
10.2
Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. 2012 Associate Stock Purchase Plan, incorporated by reference to Annex B attached to the Registrant's Definitive Proxy Statement filed on March 28, 2012 (File No. 0-398).
 
 
 
 
31.1
Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), filed herewith.
 
 
 
 
31.2
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), filed herewith.
 
 
 
 
32
Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b), as required by 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, filed herewith.
 
 
 
 
101
The following financial information from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, and (iv) the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


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Signature
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

SNYDER'S-LANCE, INC.
 
 
By:    
/s/ Rick D. Puckett
 
Rick D. Puckett
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 

Dated: August 7, 2012


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