Hershey Announces Third-Quarter Results; Updates Outlook for 2017

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  • Third-quarter net sales increased 1.5%, including a contribution from favorable foreign currency exchange rates of 0.4 points
  • Third-quarter earnings per share-diluted of $1.28 as reported and $1.33 adjusted
  • Outlook for 2017 updated:
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    Full-year net sales expected to increase about 1.25%
       • foreign currency exchange rates expected to be about neutral
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    Reported earnings per share-diluted expected to be in the $3.54 to $3.68 range
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    Adjusted earnings per share-diluted expected to increase around the high end of the 7% to 9% range of $4.72 to $4.81

HERSHEY, Pa., Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced sales and earnings for the third quarter ended October 1, 2017. Consolidated net sales were $2,033.1 million compared with $2,003.5 million for the third quarter of 2016. Reported net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $273.3 million or $1.28 per share-diluted, compared with $227.4 million or $1.06 per share-diluted for the comparable period of 2016.

“Snacking continues to outpace the market in a rapidly changing environment,” said Michele Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company. “We’re executing against the right strategies and investing in the brands and channels that will continue to drive our business forward. Hershey’s solid third-quarter results were in-line with our expectations and we are on track to deliver on the goals we established earlier this year, including, core brand growth, the launch of successful innovation and progress against our multi-year productivity and cost savings initiatives. The implementation of our confectionery and snacks consumer-driven demand model continues. The investments we’re making in our power chocolate brands - Reese’s, Hershey’s, Kit Kat and Kisses - are resonating with consumers in the marketplace as evidenced by the third-quarter combined U.S. retail takeaway on these brands of about 5%. While early, our new warehouse-based snacks initiative is off to a good start with Hershey’s and Reese’s Popped Snack Mix and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels progressing as planned. Halloween seasonal sales are tracking as expected with solid programming, merchandising and promotions being executed in the marketplace.”

The Hershey Company’s board of directors approved a new $100 million stock repurchase authorization. Hershey’s solid balance sheet and strong cash flow generation gives the company continued flexibility against its cash priorities, including, returning cash to shareholders in the form of buy backs and dividends while also being able to participate in opportunistic merger and acquisition activity.

As described in the Note below, for the third quarter of 2017, these results, prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), included items impacting comparability of $7.8 million, or $0.05 per share-diluted. Reported gross margin of 46.2% represented an increase of 370 basis points versus the third quarter of 2016, while reported operating profit of $439.0 million in the third quarter of 2017 resulted in operating margin of 21.6%.  For the third quarter of 2016, items impacting comparability totaled $72.4 million, or $0.23 per share-diluted. As described in the Note, adjusted net income, which excludes these items, was $283.6 million, or $1.33 per share-diluted, for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $277.3 million, or $1.29 per share-diluted, for the same period of 2016. The following table presents a summary of items impacting comparability in each period (see Appendix I for additional information):

 Pre-Tax (millions) Earnings Per Share-Diluted
 Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
 October 1,
2017
 October 2,
2016
 October 1,
2017
 October 2,
2016
Derivative Mark-to-Market (Gains) Losses     $(22.0) $35.8  $(0.08) $0.10 
Business Realignment Activities8.3  28.0  0.03  0.10 
Acquisition Integration Costs  2.3    0.01 
Non-Service Related Pension Expense21.5  6.3  0.06  0.02 
Long-Lived Asset Impairment Charges*    0.04   
 $7.8  $72.4  $0.05  $0.23 

* There were no pre-tax impairment charges associated with long-lived assets during the three months ended October 1, 2017. However, the long-lived asset impairment charge in the first quarter of 2017 was not treated as a discrete tax item. Therefore, the tax impact was included in the estimated annual effective tax rate resulting in an earnings per share- (EPS) diluted impact for each of the quarters throughout 2017.

For the first nine months of 2017, consolidated net sales were $5,575.8 million compared with $5,469.9 million for the same period of 2016, an increase of 1.9%. Reported net income for the first nine months of 2017 was $601.8 million or $2.81 per share-diluted, compared with $603.2 million or $2.80 per share-diluted for the comparable period of 2016. For the first nine months of 2017 and 2016, these results, prepared in accordance with GAAP, included items impacting comparability of $253.3 million and $133.1 million, or $0.92 and $0.44 per share-diluted, respectively. Adjusted net income, which excludes these items, was $798.8 million, or $3.73 per share-diluted, for the first nine months of 2017, compared with $698.9 million, or $3.24 per share-diluted, for the same period of 2016, an increase of 15.1% in adjusted earnings per share-diluted.

The following table presents a summary of items impacting comparability in each period (see Appendix I for additional information):

 Pre-Tax (millions) Earnings Per Share-Diluted
 Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 October 1,
2017
 October 2,
2016
 October 1,
2017
 October 2,
2016
Derivative Mark-to-Market (Gains) Losses$(27.5) $30.9  $(0.11) $0.09 
Business Realignment Activities69.7  104.5  0.24  0.40 
Acquisition Integration Costs0.3  3.7    0.01 
Non-Service Related Pension Expense30.1  20.7  0.08  0.06 
Noncontrolling Interest Share of Business Realignment
and Impairment Charges (After-Tax)
(28.0)   (0.13)  
Settlement of Shanghai Golden Monkey (SGM) Liability       (26.7)   (0.12)
Long-Lived Asset Impairment Charges208.7    0.84   
 $253.3  $133.1  $0.92  $0.44 

In 2017, the company expects reported earnings per share-diluted of $3.54 to $3.68, including items impacting comparability of approximately $1.13 to $1.18 per share-diluted. This projection, prepared in accordance with GAAP, assumes business realignment costs of $0.16 to $0.21 per share-diluted, including Margin for Growth Program costs of $0.11 to $0.16 per share-diluted, long-lived asset impairment charges of $0.87 per share-diluted relating to the Margin for Growth Program, and non-service related pension expense (NSRPE) of about $0.10 per share-diluted. The total per share-diluted impact relating to the Margin for Growth Program, included in the amounts above, is currently estimated to be $0.98 to $1.03.

Third-Quarter Performance

Consolidated net sales were $2,033.1 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.5% versus the third quarter of 2016, including a 0.4 point benefit from foreign currency translation. Net sales growth was driven by the North America segment which benefited from core brand growth, innovation, including Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch, and the launch of Hershey’s and Reese’s Popped Snack Mix and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. Volume was a 0.7 point contribution to sales growth and net price realization was a 0.4 point benefit.

Adjusted gross margin was 45.3% in the third quarter of 2017, compared to 45.6% in the third quarter of 2016. Supply chain productivity and cost savings initiatives, as well as lower input costs, were more than offset by higher freight rates and increased manufacturing and distribution costs associated with an effort to maintain customer service targets, as well as unfavorable sales mix. Additionally, as discussed last quarter, the transition to new packaging formats continued and, as expected, pressured gross margin. Advertising and related consumer marketing expense increased 3.7% versus the third quarter of 2016. Advertising expense increased 10%, partially offset by lower consumer promotions. Selling, marketing and administrative expenses, excluding advertising and related consumer marketing, increased 0.2% in the quarter as previously discussed cost savings and efficiency initiatives were offset by investments in go-to-market capabilities and employee-related costs.  As a result, consolidated adjusted operating profit of $446.9 million in the third quarter of 2017 was about the same as the third quarter of 2016.

Outlook

The company continues to execute against the priorities outlined earlier in the year. Our seasonal business and programs are on track and the fourth quarter launch of Hershey's Gold, a caramelized crème with peanuts and pretzels, should enable us to deliver on our objectives. The company is committed to its business model of investing in its brands and go-to-market capabilities that should strengthen Hershey's leadership position and build upon marketplace results. The company reaffirms its full-year constant currency net sales growth of around 1.25% and expects foreign currency exchange rates to be about neutral, versus a prior estimate of 0.25 points unfavorable.

For the full year, we expect adjusted gross margin to increase about 25 basis points versus our previous outlook of about a 50 basis point increase. Productivity and cost savings initiatives, as well as lower input costs, are expected to be partially offset by the aforementioned higher freight, new packaging and customer service costs. Our brands typically respond positively to marketplace investments and there is no change to our full-year North America advertising and related consumer marketing outlook. International and Other segment advertising and related consumer marketing expense is estimated to be lower in 2017 versus 2016, resulting in total company spend that should be about the same as last year. In 2017, the company continues to anticipate its effective tax rate to be in the 26.5% to 27.0% range. As discussed earlier this year, the reduction in the 2017 tax rate versus 2016 is primarily driven by favorable foreign rate differential and investment tax credits, as well as the adoption of Accounting Standards update 2016-09 for the accounting of employee share-based payments. As a result, the company continues to expect the full year increase in adjusted earnings per share-diluted to be around the high end of its outlook of $4.72 to $4.81, or a 7% to 9% increase versus last year.

Business Segment Results

The following are comments about segment performance for the third quarter of 2017 versus the year ago period. See the attached schedule of supplementary information for additional information on segment net sales and profit.

North America (U.S. and Canada)

Hershey’s North America net sales were $1,792.4 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.6% versus the same period last year, including a 0.3 point benefit from foreign currency translation. Volume was a 1.6 point contribution to sales growth and net price realization was a 0.3 points headwind.

Total Hershey U.S. retail takeaway1 for the 12 weeks ended October 8, 2017 increased 1.0% in the expanded multi-outlet combined plus convenience store channels (IRI MULO + C-Stores). Hershey’s U.S. candy, mint and gum (CMG) retail takeaway for the 12 weeks ended October 8, 2017, in the MULO + C-Stores channels increased 1.4%, with market share off 0.3 points. Given our strong performance in the first half of the year, our year-to-date CMG market share is up 0.1 points.

Advertising and related consumer marketing expense increased 5.3% in the third quarter of 2017 versus the year ago period. The aforementioned increase in supply chain costs and slightly higher division selling, general and administrative expense pressured segment income. The company believes that these marketplace investments will be enablers of future profitable growth. As a result, North America segment income declined 1.7% to $554.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $563.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.

1Includes candy, mint, gum, salty snacks, snack bars, meat snacks and grocery items.

International and Other

Third-quarter net sales for Hershey’s International and Other segment increased 0.8% to $240.7 million. Net price realization was a 4.7 point benefit and volume a 5.2 point headwind. Excluding the 1.3 point impact of favorable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales declined 0.5%. Combined constant currency net sales growth in Mexico, Brazil and India was about 8%. As expected, China net sales were about the same as the year ago period. International and Other segment income of $16.4 million compares to segment income of $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, driven primarily by cost savings initiatives in China related to the Margin for Growth program discussed in previous quarters.

Unallocated Corporate Expense

Hershey's unallocated adjusted corporate expense in the third quarter of 2017 was $124.1 million, an increase of $2.3 million versus the same period of 2016 due primarily to higher employee-related costs.

Live Webcast

At 8:30 a.m. ET today, Hershey will host a conference call to elaborate on third-quarter results. To access this call as a webcast, please go to Hershey’s web site at http://www.thehersheycompany.com.

Note:  In this release, Hershey references income measures that are not in accordance with GAAP because they exclude business realignment activities, impairment of long-lived assets, acquisition integration costs, settlement of the SGM liability, NSRPE and gains and losses associated with mark-to-market commodity derivatives. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in evaluating results of operations for internal purposes and are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with GAAP. Rather, the company believes exclusion of such items provides additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of past and present operations. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this release to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures as presented in the Consolidated Statements of Income is provided below.

Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Consolidated results Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
In thousands except per share data October 1, 2017 October 2, 2016 October 1, 2017 October 2, 2016
Reported gross profit $940,222  $850,848  $2,609,992  $2,415,622 
Derivative mark-to-market (gains) losses (21,954) 35,791  (27,486) 30,851 
Business realignment activities 213  24,470  6,475  57,948 
NSRPE 2,779  2,620  8,344  9,132 
Non-GAAP gross profit $921,260  $913,729  $2,597,325  $2,513,553 
         
Reported operating profit $439,020  $374,024  $946,292  $976,295 
Derivative mark-to-market (gains) losses (21,954) 35,791  (27,486) 30,851 
Business realignment activities 8,257  27,962  69,699  104,487 
Acquisition integration costs   2,265  311  3,727 
NSRPE 21,540  6,360  30,123  20,666 
Long-lived asset impairment charges     208,712   
Non-GAAP operating profit $446,863  $446,402  $1,227,651  $1,136,026 
         
Reported provision for income taxes $126,788  $100,434  $275,291  $297,671 
Derivative mark-to-market (gains) losses * (3,078) 13,566  (2,726) 11,694 
Business realignment activities* 1,112  5,576  18,312  16,409 
Acquisition integration costs*   859  118  1,413 
NSRPE* 8,171  2,432  11,440  7,900 
Long-lived asset impairment charges** (8,710)   29,264   
Non-GAAP provision for income taxes $124,283  $122,867  $331,699  $335,087 
         
Reported net income $273,303  $227,403  $601,848  $603,191 
Derivative mark-to-market (gains) losses (18,876) 22,225  (24,760) 19,157 
Business realignment activities 7,145  22,386  51,387  88,073 
Acquisition integration costs   1,406  193  2,314 
NSRPE 13,369  3,928  18,683  12,766 
Long-lived asset impairment charges 8,710    179,448   
Noncontrolling interest share of business realignment   
and impairment charges
 (5)   (27,967)  
Settlement of SGM liability       (26,650)
Non-GAAP net income $283,646  $277,348  $798,832  $698,851 
         
Reported EPS - Diluted $1.28  $1.06  $2.81  $2.80 
Derivative mark-to-market (gains) losses (0.08) 0.10  (0.11) 0.09 
Business realignment activities 0.03  0.10  0.24  0.40 
Acquisition integration costs   0.01    0.01 
NSRPE 0.06  0.02  0.08  0.06 
Long-lived asset impairment charges 0.04    0.84   
Noncontrolling interest share of business realignment
and impairment charges
     (0.13)  
Settlement of SGM liability       (0.12)
Non-GAAP EPS - Diluted $1.33  $1.29  $3.73  $3.24 

* The tax effect for each adjustment is determined by calculating the tax impact of the adjustment on the company's quarterly effective tax rate.
** There were no pre-tax impairment charges associated with long-lived assets during the three months ended October 1, 2017. However, the long-lived asset impairment charge in the first quarter of 2017 was not treated as a discrete tax item. Therefore, the tax impact was included in the estimated annual effective tax rate resulting in an EPS-diluted impact for each of the quarters throughout 2017.

In the assessment of our results, we review and discuss the following financial metrics that are derived from the reported and non-GAAP financial measures presented above:

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  October 1, 2017 October 2, 2016 October 1, 2017 October 2, 2016
As reported gross margin        46.2%        42.5%        46.8%        44.2%
Non-GAAP gross margin (1) 45.3% 45.6% 46.6% 46.0%
         
As reported operating profit margin 21.6% 18.7% 17.0% 17.8%
Non-GAAP operating profit margin (2) 22.0% 22.3% 22.0% 20.8%
         
As reported effective tax rate 31.6% 30.6% 32.4% 33.0%
Non-GAAP effective tax rate (3) 30.4% 30.7% 29.3% 32.4%
             

(1) Calculated as non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of net sales for each period presented.
(2) Calculated as non-GAAP operating profit as a percentage of net sales for each period presented.
(3) Calculated as non-GAAP provision for income taxes as a percentage of non-GAAP income before taxes (calculated as non-GAAP operating profit minus non-GAAP interest expense, net plus or minus non-GAAP other (income) expense, net).

We present certain percentage changes in net sales on a constant currency basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency exchange.  To present this information for historical periods, current period net sales for entities reporting in other than the U.S. dollar are translated into U.S. dollars at the average monthly exchange rates in effect during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year, rather than at the actual average monthly exchange rates in effect during the current period of the current fiscal year. As a result, the foreign currency impact is equal to the current year results in local currencies multiplied by the change in average foreign currency exchange rate between the current fiscal period and the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.

A reconciliation between reported and constant currency growth rates is provided below:

 Three Months Ended October 1, 2017
 Percentage Change as
Reported
 Impact of Foreign
Currency Exchange
 Percentage Change
on Constant
Currency Basis
North America segment     
Canada           12.1 %               4.6 %                 7.5 %
Total North America segment1.6 % 0.3 % 1.3 %
      
International and Other segment     
Mexico15.5 % 5.9 % 9.6 %
Brazil6.4 % 3.1 % 3.3 %
India20.9 % 4.9 % 16.0 %
Greater China(7.3)% (0.2)% (7.1)%
Total International and Other segment   0.8 % 1.3 % (0.5)%
      
Total Company1.5 % 0.4 % 1.1 %

We also present the percentage change in projected 2017 net sales on a constant currency basis.  To determine this, projected 2017 net sales for entities reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar are translated into U.S. dollars at the company's average monthly exchange rates in effect during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year, and are compared to the 2016 results translated into U.S. dollars using the same 2016 average monthly exchange rates.

Below is a reconciliation of projected 2017 and full-year 2016 earnings per share-diluted calculated in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share-diluted:

 2017 (Projected)       2016      
Reported EPS – Diluted$3.54 - $3.68  $3.34 
Derivative mark-to-market losses  0.66 
Business realignment costs (including Margin for Growth Program costs)0.16 - 0.21  0.42 
Acquisition and integration costs  0.02 
Non-service related pension expense0.10  0.08 
Settlement of SGM liability  (0.12) 
Long-lived asset impairment charges0.87  0.01 
Adjusted EPS – Diluted$4.72 - $4.81  $4.41 

Our 2017 projected earnings per share-diluted, as presented above, does not include the impact of mark-to-market gains and losses on our commodity derivative contracts that will be reflected within corporate unallocated expenses in our segment results until the related inventory is sold, since we are not able to forecast the impact of the market changes.

Appendix I

Details of the charges included in GAAP results, as summarized in the press release (above), are as follows:

Mark-to-Market (Gains) Losses on Commodity Derivatives:  Commensurate with our discontinuance of hedge accounting treatment for commodity derivatives, we are adjusting the mark-to-market (gains) losses on such commodity derivatives, until such time as the related inventory is sold. Since we often purchase commodity contracts to price inventory requirements in future years, we make this adjustment to facilitate the year-over-year comparison of cost of sales on a basis that reflects the derivative gains and losses with the underlying economic exposure being hedged for the period.

Business Realignment Activities:  We periodically undertake restructuring and cost reduction activities as part of ongoing efforts to enhance long-term profitability.  During the first quarter of 2017, we commenced the Margin for Growth Program to drive continued net sales, operating income and earnings per share-diluted growth over the next several years.  This program is focused on improving global efficiency and effectiveness, optimizing the company’s supply chain, streamlining the company’s operating model and reducing administrative expenses to generate long-term savings.   For the three- and nine-month periods of 2017, business realignment charges related primarily to severance expenses, other third-party advisory costs and non-cash accelerated depreciation expense related to this program, in addition to severance expenses incurred under a voluntary separation plan included within the Operational Optimization Program, a program commenced in 2016 to optimize our production and supply chain network, including the integration of the China sales force and consolidation of production within certain facilities in China and North America.  During the three- and nine-month periods of 2016, we incurred costs relating primarily to non-cash accelerated depreciation expense, severance expense, and other third-party advisory costs relating to this program, in addition to pension settlement charges driven by individuals who departed under the 2015 productivity initiative receiving lump-sum pension distributions.

Acquisition Integration Costs:  Costs incurred during the three- and nine-month periods of 2017 and 2016 related to the integration of the 2016 acquisition of Ripple Brand Collective, LLC as we incorporate this business into our operating practices and information systems.

Non-Service Related Pension Expense:  Non-service related pension expense (NSRPE) includes interest costs, the expected return on pension plan assets, the amortization of actuarial gains and losses, and certain curtailment and settlement losses or credits. The NSRPE can fluctuate from year-to-year as a result of changes in market interest rates and market returns on pension plan assets. We believe that the service cost component of our total pension benefit costs closely reflects the operating costs of our business and provides for a better comparison of our operating results from year-to-year.  Therefore, we exclude the NSRPE from our internal performance measures. Our most significant defined benefit pension plans have been closed to new participants for a number of years, resulting in ongoing service costs that are stable and predictable.

Long-Lived Asset Impairment Charges:  During the first quarter of 2017, in conjunction with the Margin for Growth Program, we wrote-down certain intangible assets and property, plant and equipment.

Noncontrolling Interest Share of Business Realignment and Impairment Charges:  Certain of the business realignment and impairment charges recorded in connection with the Margin for Growth Program related to a joint venture in which we own a 50% controlling interest.  Therefore, we have also adjusted for the portion of these charges included within the loss attributed to the noncontrolling interest.

Settlement of SGM Liability:  In the fourth quarter of 2015, we reached an agreement with the SGM selling shareholders to reduce the originally-agreed purchase price for the remaining 20% of SGM, and we completed the purchase on February 3, 2016. In the first quarter of 2016, we recorded a $26.7 million gain relating to the settlement of the SGM liability, representing the net carrying amount of the recorded liability in excess of the cash paid to settle the obligation for the remaining 20% of the outstanding shares.

Safe Harbor Statement

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The Hershey Company
Consolidated Statements of Income
for the periods ended October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2016
(unaudited) (in thousands except per share amounts)
           
    Third Quarter Nine Months
    2017 2016 2017 2016
          
Net sales  $2,033,121  $2,003,454  $5,575,790  $5,469,937 
Cost of sales 1,092,899  1,152,606  2,965,798  3,054,315 
Gross profit  940,222  850,848  2,609,992  2,415,622 
        
Selling, marketing and administrative expense497,182  474,494  1,404,970  1,408,759 
Long-lived asset impairment charges    208,712   
Business realignment costs4,020  2,330  50,018  30,568 
         
Operating profit439,020  374,024  946,292  976,295 
Interest expense, net 24,589  24,387  72,456  66,730 
Other (income) expense, net 13,630  21,800  23,557  8,703 
         
Income before income taxes 400,801  327,837  850,279  900,862 
Provision for income taxes 126,788  100,434  275,291  297,671 
          
Net income including noncontrolling interest274,013  227,403  574,988  603,191 
          
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling     
      interest
710    (26,860)  
Net income attributable to The Hershey Company$273,303  $227,403  $601,848  $603,191 
          
Net income per share- Basic- Common$1.32  $1.09  $2.91  $2.88 
 - Diluted- Common$1.28  $1.06  $2.81  $2.80 
 - Basic- Class B$1.20  $0.99  $2.64  $2.63 
          
Shares outstanding- Basic- Common151,418  153,259  152,004  153,943 
 - Diluted- Common213,392  215,161  214,123  215,758 
 - Basic- Class B60,620  60,620  60,620  60,620 
        
Key margins:       
Gross margin 46.2% 42.5% 46.8% 44.2%
Operating profit margin 21.6% 18.7% 17.0% 17.8%
Net margin 13.4% 11.4% 10.8% 11.0%
           


The Hershey Company
Supplementary Information – Segment Results
for the periods ended October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2016
(unaudited) (in thousands of dollars)
              
   Third Quarter Nine Months
   2017 2016 % Change 2017 2016 % Change
Net sales:            
North America $1,792,377  $1,764,528  1.6 % $4,946,537  $4,842,840  2.1 %
International and Other 240,744  238,926  0.8 % 629,253  627,097  0.3 %
Total $2,033,121  $2,003,454  1.5 % $5,575,790  $5,469,937  1.9 %
             
Segment income (loss):            
North America $554,578  $563,946  (1.7)% $1,568,098  $1,519,059  3.2 %
International and Other 16,400  4,284  282.8 % 26,491  (12,411) NM 
Total segment income 570,978  568,230  0.5 % 1,594,589  1,506,648  5.8 %
Unallocated corporate expense (1) 124,115  121,828  1.9 % 366,938  370,622  (1.0)%
Mark-to-market adjustment for
commodity derivatives (2)
 (21,954) 35,791  NM  (27,486) 30,851  NM 
Long-lived asset impairment
charges
      % 208,712    NM 
Costs associated with business
realignment initiatives
 8,257  27,962  (70.5)% 69,699  104,487  (33.3)%
Non-service related pension 21,540  6,360  238.7 % 30,123  20,666  45.8 %
Acquisition integration costs   2,265  (100.0)% 311  3,727  (91.7)%
Operating profit 439,020  374,024  17.4 % 946,292  976,295  (3.1)%
Interest expense, net 24,589  24,387  0.8 % 72,456  66,730  8.6 %
Other (income) expense, net 13,630  21,800  (37.5)% 23,557  8,703  170.7 %
Income before income taxes $400,801  $327,837  22.3 % $850,279  $900,862  (5.6)%
              
 (1)  Includes centrally-managed (a) corporate functional costs relating to legal, treasury, finance, and human resources, (b) expenses
associated with the oversight and administration of our global operations, including warehousing, distribution and manufacturing,
information systems and global shared services, (c) non-cash stock-based compensation expense, and (d) other gains or losses that are
not integral to segment performance.

(2)  Net (gains) losses on mark-to-market valuation of commodity derivative positions recognized in unallocated derivative (gains) losses.

NM - not meaningful 


   Third Quarter Nine Months
           2017                 2016                 2017                 2016       
Segment income as a percent of net sales:                                     
North America 30.9% 32.0% 31.7% 31.4%
International and Other 6.8% 1.8% 4.2% (2.0)%


The Hershey Company
Consolidated Balance Sheets
as of October 1, 2017 and December 31, 2016
 (in thousands of dollars)
    
Assets                  2017                                2016                 
 (unaudited)  
Cash and cash equivalents$275,056  $296,967 
Accounts receivable - trade, net742,832  581,381 
Inventories938,187  745,678 
Prepaid expenses and other258,379  192,752 
    
Total current assets2,214,454  1,816,778 
    
Property, plant and equipment, net2,050,124  2,177,248 
Goodwill822,348  812,344 
Other intangibles375,455  492,737 
Other assets174,611  168,365 
Deferred income taxes18,485  56,861 
    
Total assets$5,655,477  $5,524,333 
    
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                                      
    
Accounts payable$529,442  $522,536 
Accrued liabilities673,435  750,986 
Accrued income taxes19,109  3,207 
Short-term debt815,588  632,471 
Current portion of long-term debt300,096  243 
    
Total current liabilities2,337,670  1,909,443 
    
Long-term debt2,054,132  2,347,455 
Other long-term liabilities402,396  400,161 
Deferred income taxes22,303  39,587 
    
Total liabilities4,816,501  4,696,646 
    
Total stockholders' equity838,976  827,687 
    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,655,477  $5,524,333 


     
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