Why Did Snyder’s-Lance Recall Some of Its Products?

Snyder’s-Lance (LNCE) has a market cap of $3.4 billion. It fell by 1.0% to close at $35.42 per share on August 30, 2016.

Gabriel Kane - Author

Aug. 31 2016, Published 4:13 p.m. ET

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Price movement

Snyder’s-Lance (LNCE) has a market cap of $3.4 billion. It fell by 1.0% to close at $35.42 per share on August 30, 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and year-to-date (or YTD) price movements were -0.34%, 3.0%, and 4.8%, respectively, on the same day.

LNCE is trading 1.1% above its 20-day moving average, 3.2% above its 50-day moving average, and 7.6% above its 200-day moving average.

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Related ETFs and peers

The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) invests 0.34% of its holdings in LNCE. The ETF tracks an index of US small-cap value stocks. The index selects value stocks from a universe of stocks ranked 1,001–3,000 by market cap. The YTD price movement of IWN was 15.2% on August 30.

The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) invests 0.17% of its holdings in LNCE. The ETF tracks a market cap–weighted index of US small-cap stocks. The index selects stocks ranked 1,001–3,000 by market cap.

The market caps of Snyder’s-Lance’s competitors are as follows:

  • PepsiCo (PEP) — $154.9 billion
  • J&J Snack Foods (JJSF) — $2.3 billion

Latest news on Snyder’s-Lance

According to Snyder’s-Lance, the company “has voluntary recalled 4oz Diamond of California Chopped Macadamia Nuts and 2.25oz Diamond of California Macadamia Halves and Pieces, distributed in retail stores nationwide, due to possible Salmonella contamination.”

The company added, “Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.”

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Performance in 2Q16

Snyder’s-Lance reported 2Q16 net revenue of $609.5 million, a rise of 41.3% compared to its net revenue of $431.4 million in 2Q15. The company’s gross profit margin and EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) rose by 2.0% and 36.9%, respectively, in fiscal 2Q16, compared to the same period last year. It reported impairment charges of $0.49 million in 2Q16.

LNCE’s net income rose to $19.7 million, and its EPS (earnings per share) fell to $0.20 in 2Q16, compared to net income and EPS of $17.3 million and $0.24, respectively, in 2Q15. It reported adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) and adjusted EPS of $78.6 million and $0.28, respectively, in 2Q16, rises of 56.6% and 3.7%, respectively, compared to 2Q15.

Snyder’s-Lance’s cash and cash equivalents fell by 3.6%, and its inventories rose by 106.0% in 2Q16 compared to 4Q15. Its current ratio fell to 1.7x, and its DE (debt-to-equity) ratio rose to 1.1x in 2Q16, compared to 2.2x and 0.63x, respectively, in 4Q15.


LNCE expects net revenue of $2.29 billion–$2.33 billion in 2016. This excludes contributions from Diamond Foods’ net revenue growth of flat to 2%.

Diamond Foods’ revenue contribution of ~$630 million–$650 million for the ten months starting on February 29, 2016, reflects the negative impact of unfavorable foreign currency and the net price realization from lower commodity costs.

More of the company’s 2016 projections include the following:

  • adjusted EBITDA of $313 million–$325 million
  • capital expenditure of $80 million–$85 million
  • EPS of $1.22–$1.30. This excludes special items and charges from the Diamond Foods acquisition. This projection includes the impact of -$0.10 to -$0.12 per share from purchase accounting adjustments.
  • net interest expense of $33 million–$35 million
  • effective tax rate of 34%–35%

LNCE expects its EPS $0.28–$0.31 in 3Q16.

In the next article, we’ll look at Pinnacle Foods (PF).


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