BROWN-FORMAN CORP CL A 10-Q 2011
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
For the quarterly period endedJULY 31, 2011
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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION>
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in millions)
See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Dollars in millions)
See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
In these notes, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Brown-Forman Corporation.
1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements>
We prepared the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for interim financial information. In accordance with those rules and regulations, we condensed or omitted certain information and disclosures normally included in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). We suggest that you read these condensed financial statements together with the financial statements and footnotes included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 (the “2011 Annual Report”).
In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements include all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair statement of our financial results for the periods covered by this report.
We prepared the accompanying financial statements on a basis that is substantially consistent with the accounting principles applied in our 2011 Annual Report.
We use the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method to determine the cost of most of our inventories. If the LIFO method had not been used, inventories at current cost would have been $203.5 million higher than reported as of April 30, 2011, and $207.8 million higher than reported as of July 31, 2011. Changes in the LIFO valuation reserve for interim periods are based on a proportionate allocation of the estimated change for the entire fiscal year.
3. Income Taxes>
Our consolidated quarterly effective tax rate is based upon our expected annual operating income, statutory tax rates, and income tax laws in the various jurisdictions in which we operate. Significant or unusual items, including adjustments to accruals for tax uncertainties, are recognized in the quarter in which the related event occurs. The effective tax rate of 34.0% for the three months ended July 31, 2011, is based on an expected tax rate of 33.1% on ordinary income for the full fiscal year, the recognition of additional tax expense related to discrete items arising during the period, and interest on previously provided tax contingencies. Our expected tax rate includes current fiscal year additions for existing tax contingency items.
We believe there will be no material change in our gross unrecognized tax benefits in the next twelve months.
We file income tax returns in the United States, including several state and local jurisdictions, as well as in several other countries in which we conduct business. The major jurisdictions and their earliest fiscal years that are currently open for tax examinations are 1998 in the United States, 2007 in Australia, Ireland and Italy, 2005 in Poland and Finland, 2003 in the U.K. and 2002 in Mexico. Audits of our fiscal 2008, 2009, and 2010 U.S. federal tax returns commenced during fiscal 2011. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service has accepted our application to participate in its Compliance Assurance Program for our fiscal 2012 tax year.
4. Earnings Per Share
We calculate basic earnings per share by dividing net income available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of all unrestricted common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share further includes the dilutive effect of stock options, stock-settled appreciation rights (“SSARs”), restricted stock units (“RSUs”), and deferred stock units (“DSUs”). We calculate that dilutive effect using the “treasury stock method” (as defined by GAAP).
We have granted restricted shares of common stock to certain employees as part of their compensation. These restricted shares, which have varying vesting periods, contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends declared on common stock. As a result, the unvested restricted shares are considered participating securities in the calculation of earnings per share.
The following table presents information concerning basic and diluted earnings per share:
SSARs for approximately 428,000 common shares and 388,000 common shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the periods ended July 31, 2010 and 2011, respectively, because they were not dilutive for those periods under the treasury stock method.
5. Other Intangible Assets>
On June 30, 2011, we acquired the trademarks and related intellectual property rights (“brand name”) to Maximus Vodka for $7.0 million. We consider this brand name to have an indefinite life.
6. Dividends Payable>
On July 28, 2011, our Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share on Class A and Class B Common Stock. The dividend will be paid on October 3, 2011 to stockholders of record as of September 6, 2011.
We operate in a litigious environment, and we are sued in the normal course of business. Sometimes plaintiffs seek substantial damages. Significant judgment is required in predicting the outcome of these suits and claims, many of which take years to adjudicate. We accrue estimated costs for a contingency when we believe that a loss is probable and we can make a reasonable estimate of the loss, and then adjust the accrual as appropriate to reflect changes in facts and circumstances. We do not believe these loss contingencies, individually or in the aggregate, would have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations, or liquidity. No material accrued loss contingencies are recorded as of July 31, 2011.
8. Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits>
The following table shows the components of the pension and other postretirement benefit expense recognized for our U.S. benefit plans during the periods covered by this report. Information about similar international plans is not presented due to immateriality.
9. Comprehensive Income>
Comprehensive income is a broad measure of the effects of all transactions and events (other than investments by or distributions to stockholders) that are recognized in stockholders' equity, regardless of whether those transactions and events are included in net income. The following table adjusts net income for the other items included in the determination of comprehensive income:
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, consisted of the following:
10. Fair Value Measurements>
Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. We categorize the fair values of assets and liabilities into three levels based upon the assumptions (inputs) used to determine those values. Level 1 provides the most reliable measure of fair value, while Level 3 generally requires significant management judgment. The three levels are:
The following table summarizes the assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis in the accompanying balance sheet as of July 31, 2011:
We determine the fair values of our commodities derivatives (futures and options) primarily using quoted contract prices on futures exchange markets. For these instruments, we use the closing contract price as of the balance sheet date. We determine the fair values of our currency derivatives (forwards and options) and interest rate swaps using standard valuation models. The significant inputs used in these models are readily available in public markets or can be derived from observable market transactions. Inputs used in these standard valuation models include the applicable exchange rate, forward rates and discount rates for the currency derivatives and include interest rate yield curves for the interest rate swaps. The standard valuation model for foreign currency options also uses implied volatility as an additional input. The discount rates are based on the historical U.S. Treasury rates, and the implied volatility specific to individual foreign currency options is based on quoted rates from financial institutions.
We measure some assets and liabilities at fair value on a nonrecurring basis; that is, we do not measure them at fair value on an ongoing basis, but we do adjust them to fair value in certain circumstances (for example, when we determine that an asset is impaired). The fair values of assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis during fiscal 2012 were not material as of July 31, 2011.
11. Fair Value of Financial Instruments>
The fair value of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term borrowings approximates the carrying amount due to the short maturities of these instruments. We estimate the fair value of long-term debt based on the prices at which our debt has recently traded in the market and considering the overall market conditions on the date of valuation. We determine the fair value of derivative financial instruments as discussed in Note 10. As of July 31, 2011, the fair values and carrying amounts of these instruments were as follows:
12. Derivative Financial Instruments>
Our multinational business exposes us to global market risks, including the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates, commodity prices, and interest rates. We use derivatives to help manage financial exposures that occur in the normal course of business. We formally document the purpose of each derivative contract, which includes linking the contract to the financial exposure it is designed to mitigate. We do not hold or issue derivatives for trading purposes.
We use currency derivative contracts to limit our exposure to the currency exchange risk that we cannot mitigate internally by using netting strategies. We designate most of these contracts as cash flow hedges of forecasted transactions (expected to occur within three years). We record all changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges (except any ineffective portion) in accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) until the underlying hedged transaction occurs, at which time we reclassify that amount into earnings. We designate some of our currency derivatives as hedges of net investments in foreign subsidiaries. We record all changes in the fair value of net investment hedges (except any ineffective portion) in the cumulative translation adjustment component of AOCI.
We assess the effectiveness of our hedges based on changes in forward exchange rates. The ineffective portion of the changes in fair value of our hedges (recognized immediately in earnings) during the periods presented in this report was not material.
We do not designate some of our currency derivatives as hedges because we use them to at least partially offset the immediate earnings impact of changes in foreign exchange rates on existing assets or liabilities. We immediately recognize the change in fair value of these contracts in earnings.
As of July 31, 2011, we had outstanding currency derivatives with a total notional amount of $465.8 million, related primarily to our euro, British pound, and Australian dollar exposures.
We also had outstanding exchange-traded futures and options contracts on approximately four million bushels of corn as of July 31, 2011. We use these contracts to mitigate our exposure to corn price volatility. Because we do not designate these contracts as hedges for accounting purposes, we immediately recognize changes in their fair value in earnings.
We manage our interest rate risk with swap contracts. As of July 31, 2011, we had fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps outstanding with a notional value of $375.0 million with maturities matching those of our bonds. These swaps are designated as fair value hedges. The change in fair value of the swaps not related to accrued interest is offset by a corresponding adjustment to the carrying values of the bond.
The following table presents the fair values of our derivative instruments as of July 31, 2011. The fair values are presented below on a gross basis, while the fair values of those instruments that are subject to master settlement arrangements are presented on a net basis in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet, in conformity with GAAP.
The following table presents the amounts affecting our consolidated statement of operations for the periods covered by this report:
We expect to reclassify $12.8 million of deferred net losses recorded in AOCI as of July 31, 2011, to earnings during the next 12 months. This reclassification would offset the anticipated earnings impact of the underlying hedged exposures. The actual amounts that we ultimately reclassify to earnings will depend on the exchange rates in effect when the underlying hedged transactions occur. The maximum term of our contracts outstanding at July 31, 2011 is 24 months.
We are exposed to credit-related losses if the other parties to our derivative contracts breach them. This credit risk is limited to the fair value of the contracts. To manage this risk, we enter into contracts only with major financial institutions that have earned investment-grade credit ratings; we have established counterparty credit guidelines that are regularly monitored and that provide for reports to senior management according to prescribed guidelines; and we monetize contracts when we believe it is warranted. Because of these safeguards, we believe the risk of loss from counterparty default to be immaterial.
Some of our derivative instruments require us to maintain a specific level of creditworthiness, which we have maintained. If our creditworthiness were to fall below that level, then the counterparties to our derivative instruments could request immediate payment or collateralization for derivative instruments in net liability positions. As of July 31, 2011, the aggregate fair value of all derivatives with creditworthiness requirements that were in a net liability position was $15.9 million.
13. Recent Accounting Pronouncements>
In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new guidance for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair values. This new guidance will become effective for us during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
In June 2011, the FASB issued new guidance for the presentation of comprehensive income. This new guidance will become effective for us during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
We do not expect our adoption of any of the guidance described above to have a material impact on our financial statements.
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition
and Results of Operations
You should read the following discussion and analysis along with our 2011 Annual Report. Note that the results of operations for the three months ended July 31, 2011, do not necessarily indicate what our operating results for the full fiscal year will be. In this Item, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Brown-Forman Corporation.
Important Information on Forward-Looking Statements:
This report contains statements, estimates, and projections that are "forward-looking statements" as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “aspire,” “believe,” “envision,” “estimate,” “expect,” “expectation,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “pursue,” “see,” “will,” “will continue,” and similar words identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date we make them. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors (many beyond our control) that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or from our current expectations or projections. These risks and other factors include, but are not limited to:
Results of Operations:
First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Compared to First Quarter Fiscal 2011
A summary of our operating performance (dollars expressed in millions, except per share amounts) is presented below.
On a reported basis, net sales for the three months ended July 31, 2011 were $840.3 million, up $95.4 million, or 13%, compared to the same prior year period. A weaker U.S. dollar, which improved net sales by approximately $50 million, and underlying growth in net sales fueled the growth in the quarter.
The primary factor contributing to our underlying growth in net sales for the quarter was the strong performance of the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands, reflecting the introduction of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey in the U.S. and higher demand for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey globally. The net sales performance for the rest of our portfolio was mixed, as net sales gains for several brands including Chambord Vodka, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Woodford Reserve were offset by declines for some brands including Southern Comfort, Korbel, el Jimador, and Canadian Mist. On a geographic basis, several markets including the U.S., Germany, Turkey, the U.K., Russia, and Brazil contributed to the underlying growth in net sales for the quarter and more than offset declines in Poland, Spain, and Australia.
The following discussion highlights net sales and depletion4 results in the first quarter for several brands compared to the same prior period:
Cost of sales for the three months ended July 31, 2011 was $217.5 million, an increase of $26.9 million, or 14%, compared to the same period a year ago. Cost of sales was hurt $5.7 million by a weaker U.S. dollar. Growth in net sales, higher input costs, including corn and glass, and an increase in fuel expenses also contributed to the growth in cost of sales for the three month period.
Gross profit for the three months ended July 31, 2011 was $420.3 million, an increase of $41.5 million compared to the first quarter of last year. Gross profit was hurt by the reduction in gross profit associated with the Hopland-based wine business sale and was helped by a weaker U.S. dollar, underlying growth in gross profit, and an increase in estimated net trade inventories. The same factors that drove the increase in underlying net sales for the quarter also contributed to the underlying growth in gross profit for the same period. However, higher cost of sales driven by higher corn prices, an increase in glass costs and higher fuel expense partially offset the underlying growth in net sales for the three month period. The higher cost of sales also was the primary factor driving gross margin of 50.0% down from to 50.9% in the prior year period.
1 Underlying change represents the percentage increase or decrease in reported financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States, exclusive of other items impacting period-over-period results. We believe presenting the underlying change helps provide transparency to our comparable business performance.
2 Refers to net gains and losses incurred by the company relating to sales and purchases in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. We use the measure to understand the growth of the business on a constant dollar basis, as fluctuations in exchange rates can distort the underlying growth of our business (both positively and negatively). To neutralize the effect of foreign exchange fluctuations, we have translated current year results at prior year rates. We believe it is important to separately identify the impact that foreign exchange has on each major line item of our consolidated statement of operations.
3 Refers to the April 2011 sale of our Hopland, California-based wine business to Vina Concha y Toro S.A. Included in this sale were the Fetzer winery, bottling facility, and vineyards, as well as the Fetzer brand and other Hopland, California-based wines, including Bonterra, Little Black Dress, Jekel, Five Rivers, Bel Arbor, Coldwater Creek, and Sanctuary. We believe that excluding the gain on the sale and operating results from the first quarter of fiscal 2012 versus the same period in fiscal 2011 provides helpful information in forecasting and planning the growth expectations of the company.
4 Depletions are shipments direct to retail or from distributors to wholesale and retail customers, and are commonly regarded in the industry as an approximate measure of consumer demand.
5 Constant currency represents reported net sales with the cost/benefit of currency movements removed. Management uses the measure to understand the growth of the business on a constant dollar basis, as fluctuations in exchange rates can distort the underlying growth of the business both positively and negatively.
The following table shows the major factors influencing the change in gross profit for the quarter:
Advertising expenses increased $14.5 million, or 19%, for the three month period on a reported basis. A weaker U.S. dollar increased advertising expense by nearly $6 million. Excluding foreign exchange, advertising expense increased 12% due largely to support the introduction of line extensions (notably Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in the U.S. and Jack Daniel’s & Soda in Japan). We continued to strive to optimize our mix of total brand investment by reallocating resources among brands, geographies, and channels that we believe enabled us to effectively and efficiently reach consumers around the world. We expect to remain flexible in directing brand spending and resources to activities that support the business in the current environment while positioning our company for long-term growth.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $7.1 million, or 5%, for the first quarter, reflecting higher costs associated with a weaker U.S. dollar and inflation on salary and related expenses.
Operating income of $185.9 million increased $13.2 million, or 8%, for the three months ended July 31, 2011 compared to the same period last year. Operating income benefited from the underlying growth in our business, a weaker U.S. dollar, which increased operating income by approximately $8 million, and an increase in estimated trade inventory levels. Operating income was hurt by the reduction in profits associated with the Hopland-based wine business which was sold in April 2011. The underlying growth in operating income was driven by higher net sales.
Net interest expense increased by $0.9 million compared to a year ago reflecting higher long term debt offset partially by lower short term borrowings and additional swaps to a floating rate on our bonds due 2014.
The effective tax rate in the quarter was 34.0% compared to 33.1% reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The increase in our effective tax rate was primarily driven by the absence of the tax benefit of certain amortization.
Reported diluted earnings per share of $0.81 for the quarter increased 7% from the $0.76 earned in the same prior year period. Performance in the quarter was helped by the underlying growth in operating income, the weaker U.S. dollar, and a reduction in the number of shares outstanding. Higher net interest expense and an increase in the effective tax rate only partially offset these factors.
Our fiscal 2012 full-year outlook remains unchanged from the earnings guidance provided in early June 2011 of $3.45 to $3.85 per share. We remain cautious given the many uncertainties that we believe will continue to influence our overall financial performance for the year, including the ongoing volatile macroeconomic conditions and the resulting effect on consumer spending, the sluggish performance for several brands in our portfolio, including Southern Comfort in the U.S., continued success of recent innovation activities, and changes in distributor and retail inventory levels. We continue to anticipate underlying operating income growth in the mid-to-high-single digits.
6 Refers to the estimated financial impact of changes in wholesale trade inventories for our brands. We compute this effect by using our estimated depletion trends and separately identifying trade inventory changes in the variance analysis for our key measures. Based on the estimated depletions and the fluctuations in trade inventory levels, we then adjust the percentage variances from prior to current periods for our key measures. We believe it is important to separately identify the impact of this item in order for management and investors to understand the results of our business that can arise from varying levels of wholesale inventories.
Liquidity and Financial Condition
Cash and cash equivalents declined $14.6 million during the three months ended July 31, 2011, compared to an increase of $29.2 million during the same period last year. Cash provided by operations was $64.0 million, down from $96.6 million for the same period last year, reflecting a higher seasonal increase in working capital, offset partially by higher earnings (excluding non-cash items). Cash used for investing activities increased from last year by $17.2 million, largely reflecting last year’s receipt of $11.0 million in proceeds from the sale of property, plant, and equipment and this year’s acquisition of the Maximus brand name for $7.0 million. Cash used for financing activities was $6.3 million less than last year, primarily reflecting a $29.4 million decline in share repurchases, offset partially by a $20.2 million decrease in net proceeds from debt. The impact on cash and cash equivalents as a result of exchange rate changes was a decline of $3.8 million for the three months ended July 31, 2011, compared to a decline of $3.5 million for the same period last year.
We have access to several liquidity sources to supplement our cash flow from operations. Our commercial paper program, supported by our bank credit facility, continues to fund our short-term credit needs. We could also satisfy our liquidity needs by drawing on our $800.0 million bank credit facility (currently unused). This facility expires April 30, 2012, and carries favorable terms compared with current market conditions. Under extreme market conditions, one or more participating banks may not be able to fully fund this credit facility. While we are alert to this uncertainty, we believe the banking market has improved considerably. We anticipate negotiating a replacement bank credit facility in fiscal 2012, as bank market conditions have continued to improve steadily. Also, we believe that the markets for investment-grade bonds and private placements are very accessible and provide a source of long-term financing that, in addition to our cash flow from operations, we could use to meet any additional liquidity needs.
We have high credit standards when initiating transactions with counterparties and closely monitor our counterparty risks with respect to our cash balances and derivative contracts (that is, foreign currency, commodity, and interest rate hedges). If a counterparty’s credit quality were to deteriorate below our credit standards, we would either liquidate exposures or require the counterparty to post appropriate collateral.
We believe our current liquidity position is strong and sufficient to meet all of our financial commitments for the foreseeable future. Our $800.0 million bank credit facility’s most restrictive covenant requires our ratio of consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the agreement) to consolidated interest expense to be at least 3 to 1. At July 31, 2011, with a ratio of 31 to 1, we were within the covenant’s parameters.
As of July 31, 2011, we have total cash and cash equivalents of $552.5 million. Of this amount, $250.5 million is held by certain foreign subsidiaries whose earnings we expect to permanently reinvest outside of the United States. We do not expect to need the cash generated by those foreign subsidiaries to fund our domestic operations. However, in the unforeseen event that we repatriate cash from those foreign subsidiaries, we would be required to provide for and pay U.S. taxes on the repatriated funds.
As we announced on March 25, 2011, our Board of Directors has authorized us to repurchase up to $250.0 million of our outstanding Class A and Class B common shares through November 30, 2011, subject to market conditions. Under this program, we may repurchase shares from time to time for cash in open market purchases, block transactions, and privately negotiated transactions in accordance with federal securities laws. As of July 31, 2011, we have repurchased 475,062 shares (67,853 of Class A and 407,209 of Class B) for approximately $33.3 million. The average repurchase price per share, including broker commissions, was $70.71 for Class A and $70.02 for Class B.
On July 28, 2011, our Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share on Class A and Class B Common Stock. The dividend will be paid on October 3, 2011 to stockholders of record as of September 6, 2011.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
We hold debt obligations, foreign currency forward and option contracts, and commodity futures contracts that are exposed to risk from changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, and commodity prices, respectively. Established procedures and internal processes govern the management of these market risks.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Brown-Forman (its principal executive and principal financial officers) have evaluated the effectiveness of the company's "disclosure controls and procedures" (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that the company's disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the company in the reports filed or submitted by it under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms; and include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the company in such reports is accumulated and communicated to the company’s management, including the CEO and the CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. There has been no change in the company's internal control over financial reporting during the most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the company's internal control over financial reporting.
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
The following table provides information about shares of our common stock that we repurchased during the quarter ended July 31, 2011:
As we announced on March 25, 2011, our Board of Directors has authorized us to repurchase up to $250.0 million of our outstanding Class A and Class B common shares before December 1, 2011, subject to market and other conditions. 219,523 of the shares included in the above table were acquired as part of this program.
The remaining 37,145 shares included in the above table were received from employees to satisfy income tax withholding obligations triggered by the vesting of restricted shares.
Item 6. Exhibits
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.