This excerpt taken from the HSY 10-K filed Mar 7, 2005.
Cash Flow Activities
Over the past three years, cash from operating activities provided approximately $2.0 billion. Over this period, cash used by or provided from accounts receivable and inventories has tended to fluctuate as a result of sales during December and inventory management practices. The change in cash required for or provided from other assets and liabilities between the years was primarily related to hedging transactions, the timing of payments for accrued liabilities, including income taxes, and variations in the funded status of pension plans. In 2004, the adjustment of deferred income taxes primarily reflects the deferred tax benefit resulting from the $61.1 million adjustment to income tax contingency reserves recorded in the second quarter of 2004 and an increase resulting from the Mauna Loa acquisition.
Investing activities included capital additions, capitalized software additions, and several business acquisitions and divestitures. Capital additions during the past three years included the purchase of manufacturing equipment, and expansion and modernization of existing facilities. Capitalized software additions over the past three years were associated primarily with the ongoing enhancement of information systems.
In December 2004, the Company acquired Mauna Loa, a leading processor and marketer of macadamia snacks, for $127.8 million and in October 2004, the Companys Mexican subsidiary, Hershey Mexico, acquired Grupo Lorena, one of Mexicos top confectionery companies, for $39.0 million.
In July 2004, the Company purchased 11,281,589 shares of its Common Stock from the Milton Hershey School Trust in a privately negotiated transaction. The Company paid $44.32 per share, or approximately $500.0 million, for the shares and fees of $1.4 million associated with the transaction.
In August 2003, the Company completed the sale of a group of gum brands to Farleys & Sathers for $20.0 million in cash as part of its business realignment initiatives and in June 2002, the Company completed the sale of certain confectionery brands to Farleys & Sathers for $12.0 million in cash as part of its 2001 business realignment initiatives.
Financing activities included debt borrowings and repayments, payments of dividends, the exercise of stock options, incentive plan transactions and the repurchase of Common Stock. During the past three years, short-term borrowings in the form of commercial paper or bank borrowings were used to fund seasonal working capital requirements and finance share repurchase programs, including the purchase of Common Stock from the Milton Hershey School Trust. During the past three years, a total of 20,138,634 shares of Common Stock have been repurchased for $1.0 billion. Cash used for incentive plan transactions of $325.8 million during the past three years was partially offset by cash received from the exercise of stock options of $221.2 million. Cash used by incentive plan transactions reflected purchases of the Companys Common Stock in the open market to replace Treasury Stock issued for stock options exercises. The Company intends to repurchase shares to replace shares issued for stock options exercises. The value of shares purchased in a given period will vary based upon stock options exercises over time and market conditions. As of December 31, 2004, approximately 1.9 million shares issued for stock options exercises in 2004 and 2003 remained to be repurchased. Most of these shares were repurchased in early 2005.
Net cash provided from operating activities was $797.5 million for 2004, an increase of $204.5 million compared with the prior year. The primary contributors to the increase were higher net income and increases in cash provided from other assets and liabilities and accounts receivable. These
Cash provided from changes in other assets and liabilities was $132.8 million in 2004 compared with a use of cash of $81.4 million in 2003. The change in cash flows reflected reduced cash contributions to the Companys pension plans which were $112.2 million lower in 2004 compared with 2003, increased cash provided from commodity transactions, primarily reflecting higher commodity futures market prices in 2004, and cash provided from higher liabilities primarily associated with incentive plans in 2004. An increase in cash provided by accounts receivable in 2004 compared with cash used by accounts receivable in 2003 was primarily attributable to improved cash collections.
Net cash provided from operating activities was $592.9 million for 2003, a decrease of $32.4 million compared with 2002. The primary contributors to the decrease were reductions in cash provided from deferred income taxes and higher accounts receivable balances at year-end. The decrease in cash provided from deferred income taxes principally reflected the tax impact of the lower pension plan contributions in 2003 versus 2002.
The decreases above were partially offset by higher net income and increases in cash provided from other assets and liabilities and accounts payable. Cash used by other assets and liabilities was $81.4 million in 2003 compared with $106.5 million in 2002. The reduction in the use of cash reflected reduced cash contributions to the Companys pension plans which were $187.8 million lower in 2003 compared with 2002, decreased cash provided from commodity transactions primarily reflecting lower commodity futures market prices in 2003, and an increase in cash provided by higher liabilities primarily associated with selling and marketing programs in 2003. The increase in cash provided from accounts payable reflected the timing of payments.