There were 734 press releases posted in the last 24 hours and 156,506 in the last 365 days.

UniFirst Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2016

/EIN News/ -- WILMINGTON, Mass., Oct. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) today announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended August 27, 2016. Revenues for the quarter were $363.8 million, up 1.3% from $359.2 million in the same year ago period. Net income was $35.5 million ($1.74 per diluted share), compared to net income of $28.9 million ($1.43 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Full year revenues were $1.468 billion, up 0.8% from fiscal 2015. Net income for the full year was $125.0 million ($6.17 per diluted share) compared to net income of $124.3 million ($6.15 per diluted share) in the prior year.

These results include the positive effect of a settlement the Company entered into during the fourth quarter. The settlement related to environmental litigation and resulted in a $15.9 million gain that was recorded as a reduction of fourth quarter and full year selling and administrative expenses. Excluding the effect of this settlement, adjusted net income for the quarter was $25.8 million ($1.27 per diluted share), down 10.8% from a year ago. Full year adjusted net income was $115.3 million ($5.69 per diluted share) down 7.2% from net income in the prior fiscal year. (See reconciliation table for details)

The current quarter results also reflect a $3.5 million increase to the Company’s reserves for environmental contingencies. This charge, which is unrelated to the settlement discussed above, was also recorded in selling and administrative expense and decreased fourth quarter net income by $2.1 million ($0.11 per diluted share). By comparison, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company increased its reserves for environmental contingencies by $1.3 million, which reduced net income by $0.8 million ($0.04 per diluted share).

Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Our growth during the fourth quarter continued to be negatively affected by the loss of uniform wearers and customers in energy dependent markets in the United States and Canada. However, we are encouraged that the recent trend of wearer levels at our existing customers, although still negative, appears to be improving as we move into fiscal 2017. We continue to focus on matters within our control, such as providing high quality service to our broad customer base as well as selling prospective customers on the value of our products and services.”

Core Laundry revenues in the quarter were $331.7 million, up 1.6% from those reported in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Adjusting for the effect of acquisitions and a weaker Canadian dollar, revenues grew 1.1%. This segment’s operating income adjusted to exclude the positive affect of the settlement discussed above (see reconciliation for details) was $38.3 million in the quarter, a 10.6% decrease from the prior year. Its adjusted operating margin was 11.6%, down from 13.1% for the same period in fiscal 2015. This decline was partially the result of the increase made to reserves for environmental contingencies discussed earlier. In addition, many of this segment’s expenses, including those related to its production facilities as well as selling and administrative efforts, were higher as a percentage of revenues than in the prior year. These items were partially offset by lower energy expenses during the quarter compared to a year ago.

Revenues and operating income in the quarter for the Specialty Garments segment, which consists of nuclear decontamination and cleanroom operations, declined 2.8% and 18.5%, respectively, compared to a year ago. This segment’s results can vary significantly from period to period due to seasonality and the timing of reactor outages and projects. For the full year, this segment produced solid results, with revenues and operating income growing 4.3% and 38.7%, respectively, over the same period a year ago. 

UniFirst continues to maintain a strong balance sheet with no long-term debt and increasing cash balances. Net cash provided by operating activities for full year fiscal 2016 was $207.6 million and cash and equivalents at the end of fiscal 2016 totaled $363.8 million, up from $276.6 million at the end of fiscal 2015.

Mr. Croatti continued, “At this time, we expect that our fiscal 2017 revenues will be between $1.550 billion and $1.565 billion and full year diluted EPS will be between $5.00 and $5.15. The projected decline in our earnings next year is primarily the result of the slower top line growth we have recently been experiencing coupled with increases in labor and labor related costs as well as the impact of other investments we continue to make in our Company. Our guidance assumes no significant further deterioration in our wearer base as a result of additional layoffs in energy dependent markets that we service.” This guidance includes the results of Arrow Uniform, the acquisition which was completed in late September 2016. The Company expects this acquisition to add between $62 million and $65 million to its annual revenues and that it will be dilutive to fiscal 2017 earnings, partially due to non-cash purchase accounting charges. 

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

About UniFirst Corporation
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with 240 service locations, 300,000 customer locations, and 13,000 employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. UniFirst is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UNF and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 600 Small Cap Index. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit

Forward Looking Statements
This public announcement contains forward looking statements that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance, including projected revenues and earnings per share. Forward looking statements contained in this public announcement are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and may be identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “could,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative versions thereof, and similar expressions and by the context in which they are used. Such forward looking statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date made. Such statements are highly dependent upon a variety of risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to maintain and grow Arrow’s customer base and enhance its operating margins, our ability to compete successfully without any significant degradation in our margin rates, uncertainties caused by the continuing adverse worldwide economic conditions and their impact on our customers’ businesses and workforce levels, uncertainties regarding any existing or newly-discovered expenses and liabilities related to environmental compliance and remediation, any adverse outcome of pending or future contingencies or claims, uncertainties regarding our ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquired businesses, our ability to preserve positive labor relationships and avoid becoming the target of corporate labor unionization campaigns that could disrupt our business, the continuing increase in domestic healthcare costs, including the ultimate impact of the Affordable Care Act, our retention of customers and renewal of customer contracts, uncertainties regarding the price levels of natural gas, electricity, fuel and labor, the negative effect on our business from sharply depressed oil prices, fluctuation on our revenue and net income from our specialty garments segment, the effect of currency fluctuations on our results of operations and financial condition, rampant criminal activity and instability in Mexico where our principal garment manufacturing plants are located, the impact on our goodwill and intangibles that might result from adverse financial and economic changes, our ability to properly and efficiently design, construct, implement and operate our new customer relationship management (“CRM”) computer system, interruptions or failures of our information technology systems, including as a result of cyber-attacks, failure to comply with other state and federal regulations that might result in penalties or costs, seasonal and quarterly fluctuations in business levels, any loss of key management or other personnel,  our dependence on third parties to supply us with raw materials, increased costs as a result of any future changes in federal or state laws, rules and regulations or governmental interpretation of such laws, rules and regulations, demand and prices for our products and services, economic and other developments associated with the war on terrorism and its impact on the economy, general economic conditions and other factors described under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 29, 2015 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which such statements are made.

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income

      Thirteen weeks ended August 27,       Thirteen weeks ended August 29,       Fifty-two weeks ended August 27,       Fifty-two weeks ended August 29,  
(In thousands, except per share data)     2016       2015       2016       2015  
Revenues   $ 363,766     $ 359,208     $ 1,468,046     $ 1,456,605  
Operating expenses:                                
Cost of revenues (1)     223,220       219,442       900,427       884,664  
Selling and administrative expenses (1)     62,134       72,612       284,847       294,444  
Depreciation and amortization     21,656       21,262       81,612       77,113  
Total operating expenses     307,010       313,316       1,266,886       1,256,221  
Income from operations     56,756       45,892       201,160       200,384  
Other (income) expense:                                
Interest expense     277       225       927       873  
Interest income     (912 )     (778 )     (3,470 )     (3,310 )
Foreign exchange loss     76       230       332       1,553  
Total other income     (559 )     (323 )     (2,211 )     (884 )
Income before income taxes     57,315       46,215       203,371       201,268  
Provision for income taxes     21,821       17,274       78,345       76,969  
Net income    $ 35,494     $ 28,941     $ 125,026     $ 124,299  
Income per share – Basic                                
Common Stock    $ 1.84     1.51     $ 6.51     $ 6.50  
Class B Common Stock    $ 1.47     1.21     $ 5.21     $ 5.20  
Income per share – Diluted                                
Common Stock    $ 1.74     $ 1.43     $ 6.17     $ 6.15  
Income allocated to – Basic                                
Common Stock    $ 28,097     23,011     $ 99,282     $ 98,665  
Class B Common Stock    $ 7,139     5,803     $ 25,093     $ 24,761  
Income allocated to – Diluted                                
Common Stock    $ 35,250     $ 28,821     $ 124,409     $ 123,472  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Basic                                
Common Stock     15,268       15,210       15,245       15,182  
Class B Common Stock     4,850       4,795       4,816       4,763  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – Diluted                                
Common Stock     20,223       20,142       20,154       20,079  

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

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)       August 27, 2016 (1)     August 29, 2015  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 363,795   $ 276,553  
Receivables, net       156,578     151,851  
Inventories       78,887     80,449  
Rental merchandise in service       138,105     140,384  
Prepaid and deferred income taxes       10,418     204  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       29,831     12,382  
Total current assets       777,614     661,823  
Property, plant and equipment, net       539,818     513,853  
Goodwill       320,641     313,133  
Customer contracts and other intangible assets, net       38,664     40,049  
Deferred income taxes       97     1,475  
Other assets       25,173     2,904  
      $ 1,702,007   $ 1,533,237  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
Loans payable     $   $ 1,385  
Accounts payable       50,884     50,826  
Accrued liabilities       100,782     113,022  
Accrued and deferred income taxes       969     18,878  
Total current liabilities       152,635     184,111  
Long-term liabilities:                
Accrued liabilities       104,921     54,566  
Accrued and deferred income taxes       79,670     52,352  
Total long-term liabilities       184,591     106,918  
Shareholders' equity:                
Common Stock       1,542     1,525  
Class B Common Stock       485     485  
Capital surplus       72,561     67,611  
Retained earnings       1,319,142     1,197,000  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income       (28,949 )   (24,413 )
Total shareholders' equity       1,364,781     1,242,208  
      $ 1,702,007   $ 1,533,237  

(1) In the second fiscal quarter of 2016, the Company adopted updated accounting guidance on the presentation of deferred income taxes. This adoption required that deferred tax liabilities and assets be classified as noncurrent in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. The Company elected to account for this change in presentation prospectively and prior periods were not retroactively adjusted.  

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Detail of Operating Results


    Thirteen weeks
ended August 27,
    Thirteen weeks
August 29,
(In thousands, except percentages)   2016     2015     Change   Change  
Core Laundry Operations $ 331,749   $ 326,643   $ 5,106   1.6 %
Specialty Garments   19,955     20,522     (567 ) -2.8  
First Aid   12,062     12,043     19   0.2  
Consolidated total $ 363,766   $ 359,208   $ 4,558   1.3 %

    Fifty-two weeks
ended August 27,
    Fifty-two weeks
August 29,
(In thousands, except percentages)   2016     2015     Change   Change  
Core Laundry Operations $ 1,329,375   $ 1,322,328   $ 7,047   0.5 %
Specialty Garments   91,257     87,513     3,744   4.3  
First Aid   47,414     46,764     650   1.4  
Consolidated total $ 1,468,046   $ 1,456,605   $ 11,441   0.8 %

Income from Operations

    Thirteen weeks
ended August 27,
    Thirteen weeks
August 29,
(In thousands, except percentages)   2016     2015     Change   Change  
Core Laundry Operations $ 54,189   $ 42,855   $ 11,334   26.5 %
Specialty Garments   1,213     1,490     (277 ) -18.5  
First Aid   1,354     1,547     (193 ) -12.5  
Consolidated total $ 56,756   $ 45,892   $ 10,864   23.7 %

    Fifty-two weeks
ended August 27,
    Fifty-two weeks
August 29,
(In thousands, except percentages)   2016     2015     Change   Change  
Core Laundry Operations $ 186,074   $ 187,586   $ (1,512 ) -0.8 %
Specialty Garments   10,204     7,355     2,849   38.7  
First Aid   4,882     5,443     (561 ) -10.3  
Consolidated total $ 201,160   $ 200,384   $ 776   0.4 %

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(In thousands)
Fifty-two weeks ended August 27, 2016 Fifty-two weeks ended August 29, 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income     $ 125,026   $ 124,299  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation       72,983     68,164  
Amortization of intangible assets       8,629     8,949  
Amortization of deferred financing costs       184     209  
Share-based compensation       5,628     5,366  
Accretion on environmental contingencies       669     603  
Accretion on asset retirement obligations       826     690  
Deferred income taxes       9,899     (3,473 )
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:                
Receivables       (3,949 )   (3,494 )
Inventories       1,467     (2,236 )
Rental merchandise in service       3,945     4,900  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other assets       (38,443 )   (4,005 )
Accounts payable       49     (7,648 )
Accrued liabilities       31,954     17,832  
Prepaid and accrued income taxes       (11,231 )   16,761  
Net cash provided by operating activities       207,636     226,917  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired       (16,583 )   (22,359 )
Capital expenditures       (98,235 )   (101,163 )
Other       149     (747 )
Net cash used in investing activities       (114,669 )   (124,269 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from loans payable and long-term debt           6,866  
Payments on loans payable and long-term debt       (1,301 )   (13,055 )
Payment of deferred financing costs       (813 )    
Proceeds from exercise of Common Stock options, including excess tax benefits       5,313     7,799  
Taxes withheld and paid related to net share settlement of equity awards       (5,965 )   (5,002 )
Payment of cash dividends       (2,878 )   (2,869 )
Net cash used in financing activities       (5,644 )   (6,261 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash       (81 )   (11,603 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents       87,242     84,784  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period       276,553     191,769  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     $ 363,795   $ 276,553  

UniFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports its consolidated financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). To supplement these consolidated financial results, management believes that certain non-GAAP operating results provide a more meaningful measure on which to compare the Company’s results of operations for the periods presented. The Company believes these non-GAAP results provide useful information regarding the Company’s performance to both management and investors by excluding certain non-recurring amounts that impact the comparability of the results. A reconciliation of consolidated operating income, net income and earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis to adjusted earnings per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis is presented in the following tables. In addition, Core Laundry Operations operating income and operating margin on a GAAP basis to adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin on a non-GAAP basis are presented in the following tables.

    Thirteen weeks ended August 27, 2016
    Consolidated   Core Laundry Operations
(In thousands, except percentages)   Revenue   Operating
  Revenue   Operating
As reported $ 363,766 $ 56,756 $ 35,494 $ 1.74 $ 331,749 $ 54,189   16.3 %
Settlement of environmental litigation     (15,861 ) (9,691 ) (0.48 )   (15,861 ) -4.8  
As adjusted $ 363,766 $ 40,895 $ 25,803 $ 1.27 $ 331,749 $ 38,328   11.6 %

    Fifty-two weeks ended August 27, 2016
    Consolidated   Core Laundry Operations
(In thousands, except percentages)   Revenue   Operating
  Revenue   Operating
As reported $ 1,468,046 $ 201,160 $ 125,026 $ 6.17 $ 1,329,375 $ 186,074   14.0 %
Settlement of environmental litigation     (15,861 ) (9,691 ) (0.48 )   (15,861 ) -1.2  
As adjusted $ 1,468,046 $ 185,299 $ 115,335 $ 5.69 $ 1,329,375 $ 170,213   12.8 %

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

CONTACT: Steven S. Sintros, Senior Vice President & CFO

Primary Logo

Distribution channels: Banking, Finance & Investment, Technology