As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 31, 2005

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark one)

 

ý

 

Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

 

For the quarterly period ended October 1, 2005

 

 

 

or

 

 

 

o

 

Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the transition period from              to             

Commission file number 001-32316

B&G FOODS, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

 

13-3918742

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

incorporation or organization)

 

 

 

 

 

4 Gatehall Drive, Suite 110, Parsippany, New Jersey

 

07054

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (973) 401-6500

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant:  (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes ý No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes o No ý

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes o No ý

As of October 31, 2005, the registrant had 20,000,000 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and 7,556,443 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, outstanding.

 

 



 

B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Index

 

 

Page No.

PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

1

Item 1.

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

1

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

2

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

3

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

4

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

23

Item 3.

 Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

53

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

54

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

55

Item 1.

 Legal Proceedings

55

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

55

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

55

Item 4.

 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

55

Item 5.

 Other Information

55

Item 6.

Exhibits

55

SIGNATURE

56

 


 


 

PART I
FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Financial Statements (Unaudited)

B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

October 1, 2005

 

January 1, 2005

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

22,858

 

$

28,525

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

 

28,384

 

28,227

 

Inventories

 

92,123

 

79,109

 

Prepaid expenses

 

2,986

 

2,806

 

Deferred income taxes

 

1,782

 

1,782

 

Income tax receivable

 

7,748

 

7,006

 

Total current assets

 

155,881

 

147,455

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

41,069

 

43,774

 

Goodwill

 

188,629

 

188,629

 

Trademarks

 

193,481

 

193,481

 

Net deferred financing costs and other assets

 

20,519

 

22,613

 

Total assets

 

$

599,579

 

$

595,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Trade accounts payable

 

$

26,563

 

$

25,861

 

Accrued expenses

 

20,261

 

16,082

 

Dividends payable

 

4,240

 

3,728

 

Total current liabilities

 

51,064

 

45,671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

405,800

 

405,800

 

Other liabilities

 

263

 

317

 

Deferred income taxes

 

56,550

 

51,903

 

Total liabilities

 

513,677

 

503,691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share. Authorized 100,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 20,000,000 shares

 

200

 

200

 

Class B common stock, $0.01 par value per share. Authorized 25,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 7,556,443 shares

 

76

 

76

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

156,800

 

156,800

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(18

)

(25

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(71,156

)

(64,790

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

85,902

 

92,261

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

599,579

 

$

595,952

 

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1, 2005

 

October 2, 2004

 

October 1, 2005

 

October 2, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

92,316

 

$

91,941

 

$

276,543

 

$

276,353

 

Cost of goods sold

 

64,472

 

64,924

 

194,997

 

190,884

 

Cost of goods sold — restructuring charge

 

300

 

 

3,544

 

 

Gross profit

 

27,544

 

27,017

 

78,002

 

85,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales, marketing and distribution expenses

 

10,364

 

9,646

 

31,224

 

31,866

 

General and administrative expenses

 

1,697

 

1,227

 

5,024

 

3,582

 

Management fees-related party

 

 

125

 

 

375

 

Operating income

 

15,483

 

16,019

 

41,754

 

49,646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

10,458

 

8,195

 

31,320

 

23,801

 

Income before tax expense

 

5,025

 

7,824

 

10,434

 

25,845

 

Provision for income taxes

 

1,965

 

3,020

 

4,080

 

9,976

 

Net income

 

3,060

 

4,804

 

6,354

 

15,869

 

Less: preferred stock dividends accumulated and related charges

 

 

3,976

 

 

11,666

 

Net income available to common stockholders

 

$

3,060

 

$

828

 

$

6,354

 

$

4,203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share calculations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income available to common stockholders per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted distributed earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

0.21

 

$

 

$

0.64

 

$

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted Class A common stock

 

$

0.17

 

$

 

$

0.41

 

$

 

Basic Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.07

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.36

 

Diluted Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.05

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.27

 

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1, 2005

 

October 2, 2004

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

6,354

 

$

15,869

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

5,129

 

4,971

 

Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and bond discount

 

2,094

 

1,925

 

Deferred income taxes

 

4,647

 

4,534

 

Restructuring charge — property, plant, equipment and inventory impairment

 

2,951

 

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Trade accounts receivable

 

(157

)

(6,570

)

Inventories

 

(13,370

)

(8,216

)

Prepaid expenses

 

(180

)

(5,379

)

Due to related parties

 

 

(125

)

Income tax receivable

 

(742

)

 

Trade accounts payable

 

702

 

10,872

 

Accrued expenses

 

4,152

 

(9,931

)

Other liabilities

 

(54

)

(12

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

11,526

 

7,938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from sale of asset

 

 

52

 

Capital expenditures

 

(4,992

)

(5,285

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(4,992

)

(5,233

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Payments of long-term debt

 

 

(1,125

)

Dividends paid

 

(12,208

)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(12,208

)

(1,125

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents

 

7

 

70

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(5,667

)

1,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

28,525

 

8,092

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

22,858

 

$

9,742

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash interest

 

$

24,674

 

$

27,750

 

Cash income taxes

 

$

138

 

$

3,699

 

Non-cash transactions:

 

 

 

 

 

Accretion of Series C senior preferred stock warrants

 

$

 

$

12

 

Accretion of Series C senior preferred stock dividends

 

$

 

$

4,628

 

Dividends declared and unpaid

 

$

4,240

 

$

 

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

(1)           Nature of Operations

Organization

Prior to the consummation of our initial public offering on October 14, 2004, we were known as B&G Foods Holdings Corp. and were majority owned by Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., L.P. (BRS), a private equity investment firm, and minority owned by management, directors and certain other investors.  Our only asset and operations consisted of our ownership of B&G Foods, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

On October 7, 2004, our Registration Statement on Form S-1 in respect of a proposed initial public offering of 17,391,305 Enhanced Income Securities (EISs), an offering of $22,800 aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 separate from the EISs and an offering of $240,000 aggregate principal amount of 8.0% senior notes due 2011 was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Each EIS represents one share of a then new class of common stock, our Class A common stock, and $7.15 principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016.  The proceeds were allocated to the underlying Class A common stock and senior subordinated notes based upon the relative fair values of each.  Trading of the EISs began on the American Stock Exchange on October 8, 2004.  On October 14, 2004, the initial public offering, separate senior subordinated notes and senior notes transactions closed and we simultaneously entered into a new senior secured revolving credit facility (see Note 4).  From the initial public offering and concurrent offerings, we raised net proceeds (after deducting transaction fees and expenses of $35,313) of approximately $490,704 on October 14, 2004 and $36,783 on October 22, 2004 in connection with the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option for an additional 2,608,695 EISs.  We used the proceeds of the initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and cash on hand to repay all outstanding borrowings under, and terminate, our then existing senior secured credit facility, to repay $194,165 aggregate principal amount of our $220,000 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes due 2007, to repurchase all of our outstanding preferred stock from the existing stockholders, and to repurchase shares of our existing outstanding Class B common stock, options and warrants from the existing stockholders.  Also on such date, $26,968 in proceeds from the initial public offering was set aside to redeem the remaining $25,835 aggregate principal amount of the 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes on November 15, 2004 at a redemption price equal to 101.604%.  In connection with the initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, for the fifty-two week period ended January 1, 2005 we recorded charges that total approximately $23,766.  These costs include:  (i) $13,907 of costs relating to the early extinguishment of debt included in interest expense (including:  the write-off of existing deferred financing fees of $8,361, the write-off of existing bond discount of $655 and bond tender costs of $4,891), and (ii) transaction related compensation expense for the payment of transaction bonuses of $5,948 and the repurchase of employee stock options of $3,911.

Simultaneously with the completion of our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, on October 14, 2004, B&G Foods, Inc., our wholly owned subsidiary, was merged with and into us and we were renamed B&G Foods, Inc.  In addition, on such date and simultaneously with the offerings, our existing common stock was reclassified and converted into 109.8901 shares of Class B common stock.  Share, per share, option and warrant amounts for all periods presented give effect to this reclassification and conversion unless otherwise stated.

Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this report to “B&G Foods,” “the company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to B&G Foods, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Nature of Operations

We operate in one industry segment and manufacture, sell and distribute a diverse portfolio of high quality branded, shelf-stable food products.  Our products include pickles, peppers, jams and jellies, canned meats and beans, spices, syrups, hot sauces, maple syrup, salad dressings, taco shells, seasonings, dinner kits, taco sauces, refried beans, salsa and other specialty food products which are sold to retailers and food service establishments.  We distribute these products to retailers in the greater New York metropolitan area through a direct-store-organization sales and distribution system and elsewhere in the United States through a nationwide network of independent brokers and distributors.

Sales of a number of our products tend to be seasonal; however, in the aggregate, our sales are not heavily weighted to any particular quarter.  Sales during the first quarter of the fiscal year are generally below that of the following three quarters.

We purchase most of the produce used to make our shelf-stable pickles, relishes, peppers and other related specialty items during the months of July through October, and we purchase all of our maple syrup requirements during the months of April through July.  Consequently, our liquidity needs are greatest during these periods.

Business and Credit Concentrations

Our exposure to credit loss in the event of non-payment of accounts receivable by customers is estimated in the amount of the allowance for doubtful accounts.  We perform ongoing credit evaluations of our customers’ financial conditions.  As of October 1, 2005, we do not believe we have any significant concentration of credit risk with respect to our trade accounts receivable.  Our top ten customers accounted for approximately 41.7% and 39.8% of consolidated net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004, respectively.  No single customer accounted for more than 9.1% and 7.6% of consolidated net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004, respectively.

(2)           Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

Our unaudited consolidated interim financial statements contain all adjustments (consisting only of normal and recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly our consolidated financial position as of October 1, 2005 and the results of our operations and cash flows for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004.

Our results of operations for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.  The accompanying unaudited consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 2, 2005.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires our management to make a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Some of the more significant estimates and assumptions made by management involve trade and consumer promotion

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

expenses, allowances for excess, obsolete and unsaleable inventories, and the recoverability of goodwill, trademarks, property, plant and equipment, and deferred tax assets and the accounting for our EISs, including their treatment in computing our income tax expense.  Actual results could differ from those estimates and assumptions.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

For purposes of the consolidated statements of cash flows, all highly liquid debt instruments with maturities of three months or less when acquired are considered to be cash and cash equivalents.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out and average cost methods.  Inventories have been reduced by an allowance for excess, obsolete and unsaleable inventories.  The allowance is an estimate based on our management’s review of inventories on hand compared to estimated future usage and sales.

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Plant and equipment under capital leases are stated at the present value of the minimum lease payments. Depreciation on plant and equipment is calculated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets, 12 to 20 years for buildings and improvements, 5 to 10 years for machinery and equipment, and 3 to 5 years for office furniture and vehicles. Plant and equipment held under capital leases and leasehold improvements are amortized on a straight-line basis over the shorter of the lease term or estimated useful life of the asset. Expenditures for maintenance, repairs and minor replacements are charged to current operations. Expenditures for major replacements and betterments are capitalized.

Goodwill and Trademarks

Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives (trademarks) are tested for impairment at least annually and whenever events or circumstances occur indicating that goodwill or indefinite life intangibles might be impaired.

We perform the annual impairment tests on the last day of each fiscal year.  The annual goodwill impairment test involves a two-step process.  The first step of the impairment test involves comparing the fair value of our company with our company’s carrying value, including goodwill.  If the carrying value of our company exceeds our fair value, we perform the second step of the impairment test to determine the amount of the impairment loss.  The second step of the goodwill impairment test involves comparing the implied fair value of goodwill with the carrying value of that goodwill and recognizing a loss for the difference.  Calculating our fair value requires significant estimates and assumptions by management.  We estimate our fair value by applying third party market value indicators to our earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).  We test indefinite life intangible assets for impairment by comparing their carrying value to their fair value that is determined using a cash flow method and recognize a loss to the extent the carrying value is greater.

We completed our annual impairment tests for the year ended January 1, 2005 with no adjustments to the carrying values of goodwill and indefinite life intangibles.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Long-Lived Assets

Long-lived assets, such as property, plant and equipment, and intangibles with estimated useful lives are depreciated or amortized over their respective estimated useful lives to their estimated residual values, and reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable.  Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to be generated by the asset.  If the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its estimated future cash flows, an impairment charge is recognized by the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the fair value of the asset.

Accounting Treatment for EISs

Our EISs include Class A common stock and senior subordinated notes.  Upon completion of our initial public offering (including the exercise of the over-allotment option), we allocated the proceeds from the issuance of the EISs, based upon relative fair value at the issuance date, to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes.  We have assumed that the price paid in the EIS offering was equivalent to the combined fair value of the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes, and the price paid in the offering for the senior subordinated notes sold separately (not in the form of EISs) was equivalent to their initial stated principal amount.  We have concluded there are no embedded derivative features related to the EIS that require bifurcation under Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” as amended (SFAS No. 133).  We have determined the fair value of the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes with reference to a number of factors, including the sale of the senior subordinated notes sold separately from the EISs that have the same terms as the senior subordinated notes included in the EISs.  Therefore, we have allocated the entire proceeds of the EIS offering to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes, and the allocation of the EIS proceeds to the senior subordinated notes did not result in a premium or discount.

We have concluded that the call option and the change in control put option in the senior subordinated notes do not warrant separate accounting under SFAS No. 133 because they are clearly and closely related to the economic characteristics of the host debt instrument.  Therefore, we have allocated the entire proceeds of the offering to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes.  Upon subsequent issuances, if any, of senior subordinated notes, we will evaluate whether the call option and the change in control put option in the senior subordinated notes require separate accounting under SFAS No. 133.  We expect that if there is a substantial discount or premium upon a subsequent issuance of senior subordinated notes, we may need to separately account for the call option and the change in control put option features as embedded derivatives for such subsequent issuance.  If we determine that the embedded derivatives, if any, require separate accounting from the debt host contract under SFAS No. 133, the call option and the change in control put option associated with the senior subordinated notes will be recorded as derivative liabilities at fair value, with changes in fair value recorded as other non-operating income or expense.  Any discount on the senior subordinated notes resulting from the allocation of proceeds to an embedded derivative will be amortized to interest expense over the remaining life of the senior subordinated notes.

The Class A common stock portion of each EIS is included in stockholders’ equity, net of the related portion of the EIS transaction costs allocated to Class A common stock.  Dividends paid on the Class A common stock are recorded as a reduction to retained earnings when declared by us.  The senior subordinated note portion of each EIS is included in long-term debt, and the related portion of the EIS transaction costs allocated to the senior subordinated notes was capitalized as deferred financing costs and is being amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method.  Interest on the senior subordinated notes is charged to expense as accrued by us.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Other Comprehensive Income Recognition

Other comprehensive income includes the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents relating to our Canadian subsidiary.  Other comprehensive income was $3,112 and $6,361 respectively, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005.  Other comprehensive income was $4,828 and $15,939, respectively, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 2, 2004.

Revenue Recognition

Revenues are recognized when products are shipped. We report all amounts billed to a customer in a sale transaction as revenue, including those amounts related to shipping and handling. Shipping and handling costs are included in cost of goods sold.  Consideration from a vendor to a retailer is presumed to be a reduction to the selling prices of the vendor’s products and, therefore, should be characterized as a reduction of sales when recognized in the vendor’s income statement.  As a result, certain coupons and promotional expenses are recorded as a reduction of net sales.

Trade and Consumer Promotion Expenses

We offer various sales incentive programs to customers and consumers, such as price discounts, in-store display incentives, slotting fees and coupons.  The recognition of expense for these programs involves the use of judgment related to performance and redemption estimates.  Estimates are made based on historical experience and other factors.  Actual expenses may differ if the level of redemption rates and performance vary from estimates.

Pension Plans

We have defined benefit pension plans covering substantially all of our employees. Our funding policy is to contribute annually the amount recommended by our actuaries.

Income Tax Expense Estimates and Policies

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities of our company are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled.  A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that all or some portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.  The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in operations in the period that includes the enactment date.

As part of the income tax provision process of preparing our consolidated financial statements, we are required to estimate our income taxes.  This process involves estimating our current tax expenses together with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatment of items for tax and accounting purposes.  These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities.  We then assess the likelihood that our deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income and to the extent we believe the recovery is not likely, we establish a valuation allowance.  Further, to the extent that we establish a valuation allowance or increase this allowance in a financial accounting period, we include such charge in our tax provision, or reduce our tax benefits, in our consolidated statement of operations.  We use our judgment to determine our provision or benefit for income taxes, deferred tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred tax assets.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

We have recorded deferred tax assets, a portion of which represents net operating loss carryforwards.  A valuation allowance has been recorded for certain state net operating loss carryforwards.

There are various factors that may cause those tax assumptions to change in the near term, and we may have to record a valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets.  We cannot predict whether future U.S. federal and state income tax laws and regulations might be passed that could have a material effect on our results of operations.  We assess the impact of significant changes to the U.S. federal and state income tax laws and regulations on a regular basis and update the assumptions and estimates used to prepare our consolidated financial statements when new regulations and legislation are enacted.

We do not provide for U.S. federal income taxes or tax benefits on the unremitted earnings or losses of our foreign subsidiary as such earnings are intended to be indefinitely reinvested.

We have accounted for our issuance of EISs as an issuance of the separate securities evidenced by such EISs and have allocated the proceeds received for each EIS between the Class A common stock and senior subordinated note represented thereby in the amounts of their respective fair values at the time of issuance. Accordingly, we have accounted for the senior subordinated notes represented by the EISs as long-term debt bearing a stated interest rate and maturing on October 30, 2016.  In connection with the issuance and initial public offering of the EISs, we received an opinion from counsel that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes.  In accordance with the opinion we received, we continue to be of the view that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes (although we have not sought a ruling from the IRS on this issue), and we intend to deduct annually interest expense of approximately $19,896 on the senior subordinated notes from taxable income for United States federal and state income tax purposes. There can be no assurance that the classification of senior subordinated notes as debt (or the amount of interest expense deducted) will not be challenged by the IRS or other tax jurisdictions or will be sustained by a court of law if challenged.

If our treatment of the senior subordinated notes as debt is put at risk in the future as a result of a future ruling by the IRS or other tax jurisdiction or by a court of law, including an adverse ruling for EISs (or other similar securities) issued by other companies or as a result of a proposed adjustment by the IRS or other tax jurisdiction in an examination of our company or for any other reason, we will need to consider the effect of such developments on the determination of our future tax provisions and obligations.  In the event the senior subordinated notes are required to be treated as equity for income tax purposes, then the cumulative interest expense associated with the senior subordinated notes for prior tax periods that are open to assessment and for future tax periods would not be deductible from taxable income and we would be required to recognize additional tax expense and establish a related income tax liability for prior period treatment.  The additional tax due to the federal and state authorities would be based on our taxable income or loss for each of the years that we claimed the interest expense deduction and would materially and adversely affect our financial position, cash flow, and liquidity, and could affect our ongoing ability to make interest payments on the senior subordinated notes and dividend payments on the shares of common stock represented by the EISs and our ability to continue as a going concern.  In addition, non-U.S. holders of our EISs could be subject to withholding taxes on the payment of interest treated as dividends on equity, which could subject us to additional liability for the withholding taxes that we do not collect on such payments.  However, because in accordance with the opinion of counsel we received on the date of our initial public offering we continue to be of the view that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes, we do not record a liability for a potential disallowance of this interest expense deduction or for the potential imposition of these withholding taxes.

A factor in the ongoing determination that our consolidated financial statements should reflect deductions for income tax purposes of the interest on the senior subordinated notes is the veracity, at the time of the initial public offering, of the representations delivered by the purchasers of senior subordinated notes

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

sold separately (not in the form of EISs).  We may conduct procedures in the future to confirm the veracity, at the time of the offering, of the purchaser representations. In addition, other factors indicating the existence, at the time of the initial public offering, of any plan or pre-arrangement may also be relevant to this ongoing determination.  It is possible that we will at some point in the future, as a result of the findings of the procedures noted above, or IRS interpretations or other changes in circumstances, conclude that we should establish a reserve for tax liabilities associated with a disallowance of all or part of the interest deductions on the senior subordinated notes, although our present view is that no such reserve is necessary or appropriate.  If we decide to maintain such a reserve, our income tax provision, and related income tax payable, would be materially impacted.  As a result, our ability to pay dividends on the shares of our common stock could be materially impaired and the market price and/or liquidity for the EISs or our common stock could be adversely affected.

Dividends

Cash dividends, if any, are accrued as a liability on our consolidated balance sheet when declared.

Earnings Per Share

For the periods prior to our initial public offering, basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing net income  available to common stockholders (net income less dividends accumulated during the period for our 13% Series A and Series B cumulative preferred stock and Series C senior preferred stock and related charges) by the weighted average common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per share is calculated similarly, except that it includes the dilutive effect of the assumed exercise of outstanding options and warrants.

Following the consummation of our initial public offering, we have two classes of common stock, designated as Class A common stock and Class B common stock, and we present basic and diluted earnings per share using the two-class method.  The two-class method is an earnings allocation formula that determines earnings per share for each class of common stock according to dividends declared and participation rights in undistributed earnings.

Net income available to our common stockholders is allocated between our two classes of common stock based upon the two-class method.  Basic and diluted earnings per share for our Class A and Class B common stock is calculated by dividing allocated net income available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding.

 

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Thirteen
Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

3,060

 

$

4,804

 

$

6,354

 

$

15,869

 

Preferred stock dividends accumulated and related charges

 

 

3,976

 

 

11,666

 

Net income available to common stockholders

 

3,060

 

828

 

6,354

 

4,203

 

Less: Class A common stock dividends declared

 

4,240

 

 

12,720

 

 

Undistributed (loss) earnings available to Class A and Class B common stockholders

 

$

(1,180

)

$

828

 

$

(6,366

)

$

4,203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted Class A common shares outstanding

 

20,000,000

 

 

20,000,000

 

 

Basic Class B common shares outstanding

 

7,556,443

 

11,593,394

 

7,556,443

 

11,593,394

 

Diluted Class B common shares outstanding

 

7,556,443

 

15,492,115

 

7,556,443

 

15,492,115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted allocation of undistributed (loss) earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

(856

)

$

 

$

(4,620

)

$

 

Class B common stock

 

(324

)

828

 

(1,746

)

4,203

 

Total

 

$

(1,180

)

$

828

 

$

(6,366

)

$

4,203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undistributed (loss) earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

 

$

(0.23

)

$

 

Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.07

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.36

 

Distributed earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

0.21

 

$

 

$

0.64

 

$

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

0.17

 

$

 

$

0.41

 

$

 

Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.07

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted (loss) earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undistributed (loss) earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

 

$

(0.23

)

$

 

Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.05

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.27

 

Distributed earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

0.21

 

$

 

$

0.64

 

$

 

Diluted earnings (losses) per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

$

0.17

 

$

 

$

0.41

 

$

 

Class B common stock

 

$

(0.04

)

$

0.05

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.27

 

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Cash and cash equivalents, trade accounts receivable, income tax receivable, trade accounts payable, accrued expenses, dividends payable and due to related party are reflected in the consolidated balance sheets at carrying value, which approximates fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments.

We have outstanding $240,000 principal amount of 8.0% senior notes due 2011.  The fair value of the senior notes at October 1, 2005, based on quoted market prices, was $246,000.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

We also have outstanding $165,800 principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016.  Of such outstanding principal amount, $143,000 principal amount is represented by 20.0 million EISs.  Each EIS represents one share of our Class A common stock and $7.15 principal amount of our senior subordinated notes.  As of October 1, 2005, the fair value of the EISs, based on the per EIS closing price on the American Stock Exchange on September 30, 2005, was $12.65 per EIS.  It is not practicable to estimate the fair value of the $143,000 principal amount of senior subordinated notes represented by the EISs.  Of the $165,800 aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes outstanding, $22,800 principal amount is not represented by EISs and trades separately.  The fair value of the separate senior subordinated notes at October 1, 2005, based on quoted market prices, was $23,917.

Adoption of New Accounting Standards

In response to the enactment of the American Job Creation Act of 2004 (the “Jobs Act”) on October 22, 2004, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position (FSP) No. 109-1, “Application of FASB Statement No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes, for the Tax Deduction Provided to U.S. Based Manufacturers” (FSP 109-1).

FSP No. 109-1 clarifies how to apply SFAS No. 109 to the new law’s tax deduction for income attributable to “domestic production activities.” The fully phased-in tax deduction is up to nine percent of the lesser of taxable income or “qualified production activities income,” as defined by the Jobs Act. The staff position requires that the deduction be accounted for as a special deduction in the period earned, not as a tax-rate reduction. As a result, we will recognize a reduction in our income tax expense for the domestic production activities in the quarterly period(s) in which we are eligible for the deduction.

In November 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 151, “Inventory Costs—An Amendment of ARB No. 43, Chapter 4” (SFAS No. 151). SFAS No. 151 amends the guidance in ARB No. 43, Chapter 4, “Inventory Pricing,” to clarify the accounting for abnormal amounts of idle facility expense, freight, handling costs, and wasted material (spoilage). Among other provisions, the new rule requires that items such as idle facility expense, excessive spoilage, double freight, and rehandling costs be recognized as current-period charges regardless of whether they meet the criterion of “so abnormal” as stated in ARB No. 43.  Additionally, SFAS No. 151 requires that the allocation of fixed production overheads to the costs of conversion be based on the normal capacity of the production facilities. SFAS No. 151 is effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2005 and is required to be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, beginning on January 1, 2006. We are currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of SFAS No. 151 will have on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition but do not expect SFAS No. 151 to have a material impact.

In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment” (SFAS No. 123R), which replaces SFAS No. 123 and supercedes APB Opinion No. 25. SFAS No. 123R addresses the accounting for transactions in which an enterprise receives employee services in exchange for (a) equity instruments of the enterprise or (b) liabilities that are based on the fair value of the enterprise’s equity instruments or that may be settled by the issuance of such equity instruments.  SFAS No. 123R requires all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options and restrictive stock grants and units, to be recognized as a compensation cost based on their fair values.  The pro forma disclosures previously permitted under SFAS No. 123 no longer will be an alternative to financial statement recognition.  Based on a recent announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are required to adopt SFAS No. 123R no later than January 1, 2006.  Under SFAS No. 123R, we must determine the appropriate fair value model to be used for valuing share-based payments, the amortization method for compensation cost and the transition method to be used at the date of adoption.  The transition methods include prospective and retroactive adoption options.  Under the retroactive option, prior periods may be restated either as of the beginning of the year of adoption or for all periods presented.  The prospective method requires that compensation expense be recorded for all unvested stock options and restricted stock at the beginning of the first quarter of adoption of SFAS No. 123R, while the retroactive methods would record compensation

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

expense for all unvested stock options and restricted stock beginning with the first period restated.  The adoption of SFAS No. 123R will not have an impact on our consolidated results of operations and earnings per share, since we currently do not make any share-based payments and we are not applying the retroactive method to any prior share-based payments.

In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 153, “Exchanges of Nonmonetary Assets — An Amendment of APB Opinion No. 29, Accounting for Nonmonetary Transactions” (SFAS No. 153). SFAS No. 153 eliminates the exception from fair value measurement for nonmonetary exchanges of similar productive assets in paragraph 21(b) of APB Opinion No. 29, “Accounting for Nonmonetary Transactions,” and replaces it with an exception for exchanges that do not have commercial substance. SFAS No. 153 specifies that a nonmonetary exchange has commercial substance if the future cash flows of the entity are expected to change significantly as a result of the exchange. SFAS No. 153 is effective for the fiscal periods beginning after June 15, 2005 and was adopted by our company beginning July 3, 2005.  There was no impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial conditions.

In May 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued SFAS No. 154, “Accounting Changes and Error Corrections — a replacement of APB Opinion No. 20 and FASB Statement No. 3”. This statement applies to all voluntary changes in accounting principles and changes required by an accounting pronouncement where no specific transition provisions are included. SFAS No. 154 requires retrospective application to prior periods’ financial statements of changes in accounting principles, unless it is impracticable to determine either the period-specific effects or the cumulative effect of the change. Retrospective application is limited to the direct effects of the change; the indirect effects should be recognized in the period of the change. This statement carries forward without changing the guidance contained in Opinion No. 20 for reporting the correction of an error in previously issued financial statements and a change in accounting estimate. However, SFAS No. 154 redefines restatement as the revising of previously issued financial statements to reflect the correction of an error. The provisions of SFAS No. 154 are effective for accounting changes and correction of errors made in fiscal periods that begin after December 15, 2005, although early adoption is permitted. We are not currently contemplating any accounting changes, which would be impacted by SFAS No. 154.

In March 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued interpretation (FIN) No. 47, “Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations — an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 143.” The statement clarifies that the term conditional asset retirement obligation, as used in SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations,” refers to a legal obligation to perform an asset retirement activity in which the timing and (or) method of settlement are conditional on a future event that may or may not be within the control of the entity. This interpretation also clarifies when an entity would have sufficient information to reasonably estimate the fair value of an asset retirement obligation. The effective date of this interpretation is no later than the end of the fiscal year ending after December 15, 2005. The adoption of FIN No. 47 is not expected to have an impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

(3)           Inventories

Inventories consist of the following:

 

 

 

October 1, 2005

 

January 1, 2005

 

Raw materials and packaging

 

$

18,894

 

$

12,204

 

Work in process

 

3,082

 

1,870

 

Finished goods

 

70,147

 

65,035

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

92,123

 

$

79,109

 

 

(4)           Long-term Debt

Prior Senior Secured Credit Facility.  On August 21, 2003, we entered into a newly amended and restated $200,000 senior secured credit facility, which was further amended and restated as of September 9, 2003, comprised of a $50,000 five-year revolving credit facility and a $150,000 six-year term loan facility.  The proceeds of the term loan and of certain drawings under the revolving credit facility were used (i) to fund our acquisition of certain assets of The Ortega Brand of Business from Nestle Prepared Foods Company on August 21, 2003, and to pay related transaction fees and expenses and (ii) to fully pay off our remaining obligations under term loan B of our then-existing term loan agreement dated as of March 15, 1999.  In connection therewith, we capitalized approximately $5,300 of new deferred debt issuance costs related to the senior secured credit facility and, in accordance with the applicable guidance of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force, wrote off $1,831 of deferred financing costs related to our then-existing term loan B.  Under the senior secured credit facility, interest was determined based on several alternative rates, including the base lending rate per annum plus an applicable margin, or LIBOR plus an applicable margin.  The senior secured credit facility was secured by substantially all of our assets.

On October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the net proceeds of our initial public offering, offering of senior subordinated notes separate from the EISs and offering of senior notes as described in Note 1 and cash on hand to repay all outstanding borrowings under, and terminate our senior secured credit facility.  In connection with our termination of the senior secured credit facility, we wrote-off all of our previously capitalized deferred financing costs, which is included in interest expense in fiscal 2004.

Senior Secured Credit Facility.  Concurrently with our initial public offering and concurrent offerings, we entered into a $30,000 senior secured revolving credit facility.  Interest is determined based on several alternative rates as stipulated in the revolving credit facility, including the base lending rate per annum plus an applicable margin, or LIBOR plus an applicable margin.  The revolving credit facility is secured by substantially all of our assets except our real property.  The revolving credit facility provides for mandatory prepayment based on asset dispositions and certain issuances of securities, as defined.  The revolving credit facility contains covenants that restrict, among other things, our ability to incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends and create certain liens.  The revolving credit facility also contains certain financial maintenance covenants, which, among other things, specify maximum capital expenditure limits, a minimum interest coverage ratio and a maximum senior and total leverage ratio, each ratio as defined.  Proceeds of the revolving credit facility are restricted to funding our working capital requirements, capital expenditures and acquisitions of companies in the same line of business as our company, subject to specified criteria.  The revolving credit facility was undrawn on the date of consummation of our initial public offering and concurrent offerings and remained undrawn at October 1, 2005.  The available borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility, net of outstanding letters of credit of $922, was $29,078 at October 1, 2005.  The maximum letter of credit capacity under the revolving credit facility is $10,000, with a fee of 3.0% for all outstanding letters of credit.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

9 5/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2007.  Immediately prior to our initial public offering, we had outstanding $220,000 principal amount of 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes due August 1, 2007 with interest payable semiannually on February 1 and August 1 of each year, of which we issued $120,000 principal amount in August 1997 and $100,000 principal amount in March 2002.  The proceeds from the issuance of the senior subordinated notes issued in March 2002 were used to pay off, in its entirety, the then outstanding balance under our then-existing term loan A, and to reduce the amount outstanding under the our then-existing term loan B, and pay related deferred debt issuance costs.

On October 14, 2004, $194,165 aggregate principal amount of the 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes was repaid with the proceeds of the initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and cash on hand at the redemption price of 102.043% (which redemption price included a consent payment of 0.03%).  Also on such date, $26,968 in proceeds from the initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and cash on hand was set aside to redeem the remaining $25,835 aggregate principal amount of the 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes on November 15, 2004 at a redemption price equal to 101.604% of the remaining aggregate principal amount plus accrued interest.  The difference between the carrying value, including remaining bond discount of $655, and the redemption value of approximately $4,891 has been recognized as interest expense in our fiscal 2004 consolidated statement of operations.  In connection with the extinguishment of these notes, we wrote-off all of our previously incurred deferred financing costs, which is also included in interest expense in fiscal 2004.

12.0% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2016.  In connection with our initial public offering, we issued on October 14, 2004, $124,348 aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 in the form of EISs and an additional $22,800 aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 (not in the form of EISs).  In connection with the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option, on October 22, 2004 we issued an additional $18,652 aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes in the form of EISs.  Each EIS represents one share of our Class A common stock and $7.15 principal amount of our 12.0% senior subordinated notes.  As of October 1, 2005, $165,800 aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes was outstanding.

Interest on the senior subordinated notes is payable quarterly in arrears on each January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30 through the maturity date.  The senior subordinated notes will mature on October 30, 2016, unless earlier redeemed at our option as described below.

Upon the occurrence of a change of control (as defined in the indenture), unless we have retired the senior subordinated notes or exercised our right to redeem all senior subordinated notes as described below, each holder of the senior subordinated notes has the right to require us to repurchase that holder’s senior subordinated notes at a price equal to 101.0% of the principal amount of the senior subordinated notes being repurchased, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to the date of repurchase. In order to exercise this right, a holder must separate the senior subordinated notes and Class A common stock represented by such holder’s EISs.

We may not redeem the notes prior to October 30, 2009However, we may, from time to time, seek to retire the senior subordinated notes through cash repurchases of EISs or separate senior subordinated notes and/or exchanges of EISs or separate senior subordinated notes for equity securities, in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise.  Such repurchases or exchanges, if any, will depend on prevailing market conditions, our liquidity requirements, contractual restrictions and other factors.

In addition, on and after October 30, 2009, we may redeem for cash all or part of the senior subordinated notes upon not less than 30 or more than 60 days’ notice by mail to the owners of senior subordinated notes, at a redemption price of 106.0% beginning October 30, 2009 and thereafter at prices declining annually to 100% on or after October 30, 2012.  If we redeem any senior subordinated notes, the senior subordinated notes and Class A common stock represented by each EIS will be automatically separated.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

The senior subordinated notes are unsecured obligations and are subordinated in right of payment to all of our existing and future senior secured and senior unsecured indebtedness, including the indebtedness under our revolving credit facility and our senior notes. The senior subordinated notes rank pari passu in right of payment with any of our other subordinated indebtedness.

The senior subordinated notes are jointly and severally and fully and unconditionally guaranteed by all of our existing domestic subsidiaries and certain future domestic subsidiaries on an unsecured and subordinated basis on the terms set forth in the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes.  The senior subordinated note guarantees are subordinated in right of payment to all existing and future senior indebtedness of the guarantors, including the indebtedness under our revolving credit facility and the senior notes.  Our present foreign subsidiary, Les Produits Alimentaires Jacques et Fils Inc., is not a guarantor, and any future foreign or partially owned domestic subsidiaries will not be guarantors, of our senior subordinated notes.

The indenture governing the senior subordinated notes contains covenants with respect to us and restricts the incurrence of additional indebtedness and the issuance of capital stock; the payment of dividends or distributions on, and redemption of, capital stock; a number of other restricted payments, including certain investments; specified creation of liens, sale-leaseback transactions and sales of assets; fundamental changes, including consolidation, mergers and transfers of all or substantially all of our assets; and specified transactions with affiliates.

8.0% Senior Notes due 2011.  Concurrently with our initial public offering and offering of separate senior subordinated notes, we issued $240,000 aggregate principal amount of 8.0% senior notes due 2011.  Interest on the senior notes is payable on April 1 and October 1 of each year, commencing on April 1, 2005.  Our obligations under the senior notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by all of our existing and future domestic subsidiaries.  The senior notes and the subsidiary guarantees are our and the guarantors’ general unsecured obligations and are effectively junior in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ secured indebtedness and to the indebtedness and other liabilities of our non-guarantor subsidiaries; are pari passu in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ existing and future unsecured senior debt; and are senior in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ future subordinated debt, including the senior subordinated notes.  Our present foreign subsidiary, Les Produits Alimentaires Jacques et Fils Inc., is not a guarantor, and any future foreign or partially owned domestic subsidiaries will not be guarantors, of our senior notes.

On or after October 1, 2008, we may redeem some or all of the senior notes at a redemption price of 104.0% beginning October 1, 2008 and thereafter at prices declining annually to 100% on or after October 1, 2010.  Prior to October 1, 2007, we may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the senior notes issued in the senior note offering with the net proceeds of one or more equity offerings at the redemption price as described in the indenture governing the senior notes.  If we or any of the guarantors sell certain assets or experience specific kinds of changes in control, we must offer to purchase the senior notes at the prices as described in the indenture governing the senior notes plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of redemption.  The indenture governing the senior notes limits our ability and the ability of the guarantors to incur additional indebtedness and issue preferred stock; make restricted payments, including dividend payments on our common stock; allow restrictions on the ability of certain subsidiaries to make distributions; sell all or substantially all of our assets or consolidate or merge with or into other companies; enter into certain transactions with affiliates; or create liens and enter into sale and leaseback transactions.  Each of the covenants is subject to a number of important exceptions and qualifications.

Subsidiary Guarantees.  We have no assets or operations independent of our direct and indirect subsidiaries.  All of our domestic subsidiaries jointly and severally, and fully and unconditionally, guarantee our senior subordinated notes and our senior notes, and management has determined that our only subsidiary

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

that is not a guarantor of our senior subordinated notes and senior notes is a “minor” subsidiary as that term is used in Rule 3-10 of Regulation S-X promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  There are no significant restrictions on our ability and the ability of our subsidiaries to obtain funds from our respective subsidiaries by dividend or loan.  Consequently, separate financial statements have not been presented for our subsidiaries because management has determined that they would not be material to investors.

Deferred Financing Costs.  In connection with the issuance of the 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 and the 8.0% senior notes due 2011, we capitalized approximately $23,123 of financing costs, which will be amortized over their respective terms.  As of October 1, 2005 we had net deferred financing costs of $20,422.  During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 we wrote-off and expensed $8,361 relating to our then existing senior secured credit facility and our 9 5/8% senior subordinated notes.

At October 1, 2005 and January 1, 2005 accrued interest of $12,917 and $8,365, respectively, is included in accrued expenses in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

(5)           Redeemable Preferred Stock

Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides that we may issue 100,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share.  Prior to our initial public offering, 22,000,000 shares of which were designated as the 13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock, 35,000,000 shares of which were designated as the 13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock and 25,000,000 of which were designated as the Series C Senior Preferred Stock and were issued and outstanding (See Note 6).

With respect to dividend rights and rights on liquidation, winding up and dissolution of our company, the Series C Senior Preferred Stock ranked senior to the 13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock and each ranked senior to the 13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock.  The Series C Senior Preferred Stock, the 13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock and the 13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock each ranked senior to our common stock.

13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock.  Each holder of 13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock was entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by our board of directors, out of funds legally available therefor, cash dividends on each share of 13% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock at a rate per annum equal to 13%, which dividends were cumulative without interest, whether or not earned or declared, on a daily basis, and were payable annually in arrears.  These dividends amounted to $30,795 as of October 2, 2004.

13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock.  Each holder of 13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock was entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by our board of directors, out of funds legally available therefor, cash dividends on each share of 13% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock at a rate per annum equal to 13%, which dividends were cumulative without interest, whether or not earned or declared, on a daily basis, and were payable annually in arrears. These dividends amounted to $4,889 as of October 2, 2004.

On October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, and cash on hand, to repurchase all of our outstanding Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock and Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $32,736 and $24,481, respectively, which was recorded against stockholders’ equity.

Warrants.  The holders of the Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock received warrants exercisable to purchase an aggregate of 1,289,621 shares of our common stock, with an exercise price of $0.01 per share and an expiration date of December 22, 2009.  All of these warrants remained outstanding at October 2, 2004.  On or subsequent to October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering (including from the exercise of the over-allotment option) and the concurrent offerings, and cash on hand to

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

repurchase all of the outstanding warrants granted to the holders of our Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $6,733, which was recorded against stockholders’ equity.

(6)           Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock

Series C Senior Preferred Stock.  When and as declared by our board of directors and to the extent permitted under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, we paid preferential dividends to the holders of our Series C Senior Preferred Stock.  Dividends on each share of Series C Senior Preferred Stock accrued at a rate of 14% per annum.  Such dividends accrued whether or not they were declared and whether or not we had profits, surplus or other funds legally available for the payment of dividends.  To the extent that all accrued dividends were not paid on each June 30 and December 31 of each year beginning June 30, 2000 (which we refer to as the “dividend reference dates”), all dividends which had accrued on each share of Series C Senior Preferred Stock outstanding during the six-month period (or other period in the case of the initial dividend reference date) ending upon each such dividend reference date was accumulated and added to the liquidation value of such share.  These dividends amounted to $22,750 as of October 2, 2004.  Such dividends are charged to net income available to common stockholders.

On October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, and cash on hand to repurchase all of our outstanding Series C Senior Preferred Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $48,433, which was recorded against stockholders’ equity.

Warrants.  The holders of our Series C Senior Preferred Stock received warrants exercisable to purchase an aggregate of 1,805,477 shares of our common stock, with an exercise price of $0.01 per share and an expiration date of December 22, 2009.  All of these warrants remained outstanding at October 2, 2004.  On or subsequent to October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering (including from the exercise of the over-allotment option) and the concurrent offerings, and cash on hand to repurchase a portion of the outstanding warrants granted to the holders of our Series C Senior Preferred Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $2,173, which was recorded against stockholders’ equity.  The remaining 728,393 warrants that had been granted to the holders of our Series C Senior Preferred Stock were exercised for an equivalent number of shares of our Class B common stock as of October 22, 2004.

(7)           Capital Stock and Option Plan

Voting Rights.  The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote per share with respect to each matter on which the holders of our common stock are entitled to vote.  Shares of our Class A common stock and shares of our Class B common stock are entitled to the same voting rights per share and vote together as a single class on all matters with respect to which holders are entitled to vote, except that so long as our former sponsor investor, BRS, together with its affiliates, beneficially owns more than 10% of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock in the aggregate on a fully-diluted basis, the holders of our Class B common stock will have the exclusive right to elect two directors to the board of directors.  In accordance with the restated stockholders agreement, so long as the holders of Class B common stock have the right to elect two directors, the holders of our Class B common stock have agreed to vote for two director nominees nominated by our former sponsor investor.  The holders of our common stock are not entitled to cumulate their votes in the election of our directors.

Dividends.  The holders of our common stock are entitled to receive dividends, if any, as they may be lawfully declared from time to time by our board of directors, subject to any preferential rights of holders of any outstanding shares of preferred stock.  In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of our company, Class A and Class B common stockholders are entitled to share ratably in our assets available for distribution to the stockholders, subject to the prior rights of holders of any outstanding preferred stock.  With respect to rights to dividends and on liquidation, dissolution or winding up, there is no difference between our

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Class A and Class B common stock, except that:  (i) for periods ending on or before January 2, 2010, Class B dividends, if any, will be paid on an annual basis and will be equal, in the aggregate, to Class B Available Cash (as defined below) (subject to the subordination provision described below); and (ii) for each annual dividend payment period, after December 30, 2006 and through the dividend payment period ending on January 2, 2010, if we declare and pay dividends on our Class A common stock, the holders of Class B common stock will have the right to dividend payments (subject to the subordination provisions described below) equal to Class B Available Cash (up to 1.1 times the amount of dividends paid to the holders of our Class A common stock).  For quarterly periods subsequent to January 2, 2010, if we declare and pay dividends on our Class A common stock, the holders of our Class B common stock will be entitled to dividend payments of 1.1 times the amount paid per share to the holders of our Class A common stock.

Class B Available Cash” means the lesser of:  (i) “excess cash” (as defined in the indenture governing our senior subordinated notes) for the last four fiscal quarters, including the most recently completed fiscal quarter, minus the sum of the aggregate amount of the prior four Class A dividends, and minus dividend restricted cash of $6.0 million or (ii) the aggregate per share amount of dividends declared or to be declared on our Class A common stock (or 1.1 times such amount for dividends with respect to periods commencing after December 31, 2006) with respect to the annual period for which the dividends on our Class B common stock are to be paid multiplied by the number of shares of our Class B common stock issued and outstanding on the last day of such period.

Under our organizational documents, through the dividend payment dates with respect to the quarterly and annual dividend payment periods ending January 2, 2010, dividends on our Class B common stock will be subordinated to the payment of dividends on our Class A common stock.  Specifically:  (i) an annual dividend on our Class B common stock may only be declared if we have declared and paid dividends on our Class A common stock at no less than the quarterly rate of $0.212 per share for each of the four fiscal quarters corresponding to such annual dividend payment period of the Class B common stock and (ii) no dividends on our Class B common stock may be declared with respect to any annual period unless the “Class B Threshold Amount” (as defined below) as of the last day of such period is at least $10.0 million.

The subordination of dividends on our Class B common stock will be suspended upon the occurrence of any default or event of default under the indentures governing the senior notes and the senior subordinated notes and will become applicable again upon the cure of any default or event of default.  Dividends on our Class B common stock will not be subordinated to dividends on our Class A common stock for any period subsequent to January 2, 2010.  If for any dividend payment date after the February 20, 2010 dividend payment date the amount of cash to be distributed is insufficient to pay dividends at the levels intended by our dividend policy, any shortfall will reduce the dividends on the Class A and Class B common stock pro rata.

Class B Threshold Amount” as of any date means the amount of cash and cash equivalents on our consolidated balance sheet as of such date calculated on a pro forma basis giving effect to the payment of any previously declared but unpaid dividends on any class of our capital stock and the payment of any dividends to be declared with respect to any class of our capital stock with respect to the period for which the Class B Threshold Amount is being calculated less any actual or funded borrowings under our new revolving credit facility (or any successor or additional revolving credit facility) as of such date.

On December 27, 2004, our board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.1864 per share for our 20 million shares of Class A common stock for the partial quarterly dividend period commencing on October 14, 2004, the date of completion of our initial public offering, and ending on January 1, 2005.  We made this dividend payment on January 31, 2005 to holders of record as of December 31, 2005.  On March 8, 2005, our board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.2120 per share for our 20 million shares of Class A common stock for the quarterly dividend period ending on April 2, 2005.  We made this dividend payment on May 2, 2005 to holders of record as of March 31, 2005.  On May 17, 2005, our board of directors declared a cash

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

dividend of $0.2120 per share for our 20 million shares of Class A common stock for the quarterly dividend period ending on July 2, 2005.  We made this dividend payment on August 1, 2005 to holders of record as of June 30, 2005.  On August 16, 2005, our board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.2120 per share for our 20 million shares of Class A common stock for the quarterly dividend period ending on October 1, 2005.  We are scheduled to make this dividend payment on October 31, 2005 to holders of record as of September 30, 2005. No dividends were declared for our Class B common stock in the first three quarters of fiscal 2005 or in fiscal 2004.

Additional Issuance of Our Authorized Common Stock. Additional shares of our authorized common stock may be issued, as determined by our board of directors from time to time, without approval of holders of our common stock, except as may be required by applicable law or the rules of any stock exchange or automated quotation system on which our securities may be listed or traded.  However, according to our bylaws we may not issue any shares of Class A common stock unless:  (i) they are issued as part of an EIS, the issuance of which has been registered with the SEC, (ii) any EIS that may result from the combination of the shares of Class A common stock and our senior subordinated notes have been issued in a transaction registered with the SEC or (iii) no EISs are currently outstanding.

1997 Incentive Stock Option Plan.  In 1997, we adopted the 1997 Incentive Stock Option Plan for our and our subsidiaries’ key employees.  The option plan authorized for grant to key employees and officers options for up to 736,263 shares of our common stock.  The option plan authorized us to grant either (i) options intended to constitute incentive stock options under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or (ii) non-qualified stock options. The option plan provided that it may be administered by our board of directors or a committee designated by our board of directors.  Options granted under the option plan were exercisable in accordance with the terms established by the board of directors. Under the option plan, our board of directors determined the exercise price of each option granted, which in the case of incentive stock options, could not be less than fair value.  All option grants were made at fair value as determined by a third party valuation.  Options expired on the date determined by the board of directors, which expiration date was not permitted to be later than the tenth anniversary of the date of grant. The options vested ratably over 5 years.  No options were granted during fiscal 2004, 2003 or 2002.  Prior to our initial public offering, options to purchase 728,020 shares of our common stock, all of which were incentive stock options, had been granted since the inception of the option plan, and 8,243 additional shares were available for grant under the plan.  Upon the consummation of our initial public offering and following the option repurchases described below, we terminated the option plan.

Other Stock Options.  Pursuant to the terms of a license agreement with Emeril’s Food of Love Productions, LLC (EFLP) dated June 2000, we granted EFLP and William Morris Agency, Inc. 68,021 and 7,582 stock options, respectively.  Prior to our initial public offering, all such options were exercisable at a price of $0.09 per share of common stock, were fully vested and had an expiration date of June 9, 2010.  We recorded the options at fair value and expensed such options in 2000.

Option Repurchases.  On October 14, 2004, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings to repurchase all options outstanding under the option plan for an aggregate purchase price of $3,911, and terminated the option plan. The repurchase of stock options was charged to operations.  In addition, we used a portion of the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings and cash on hand to repurchase all options that we had granted to EFLP and William Morris Agency for an aggregate purchase price of $406.  The repurchase of non-employee stock options was charged to our stockholders’ equity up to the fair value of the stock options on the date of repurchase.

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

(8)           Pension Benefits

Net periodic costs for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004 include the following components:

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

Service cost — benefits earned during the period

 

$

390

 

$

326

 

$

1,144

 

$

1,002

 

Interest cost on projected benefit obligation

 

287

 

232

 

840

 

749

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

(244

)

(203

)

(768

)

(616

)

Amortization of unrecognized prior service cost

 

1

 

1

 

3

 

1

 

Amortization of unrecognized loss

 

61

 

31

 

157

 

124

 

Net pension benefit cost

 

$

495

 

$

387

 

$

1,376

 

$

1,260

 

 

We previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 that we expected to contribute $1,860 to our pension plans in 2005.  As of October 1, 2005, $541 in contributions have been made.  As of October 1, 2005, we anticipate our total contribution to be $1,000 for the plan year ended December 31, 2005 to fund our pension plan obligations.

(9)           Related-Party Transactions

Prior to the consummation of our initial public offering, we were party to a management agreement with BRS & Co., the manager of BRS, pursuant to which BRS & Co. was paid an annual fee of $500 per year for certain management, business and organizational strategy, and merchant and investment banking services.  BRS owned the majority of our capital stock prior to the completion of our initial public offering.  The management agreement was terminated as of October 14, 2004.

We are party to a transaction services agreement pursuant to which BRS & Co. will be paid a transaction fee for management, financial and other corporate advisory services rendered by BRS & Co. in connection with acquisitions by our company, which fee will not exceed 1.0% of the total transaction value.  No such fees were paid during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004.  In connection with our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, the transaction services agreement was amended to provide that transaction fees will be payable as described above unless a majority of our disinterested directors determines otherwise.  BRS & Co. did not receive any transaction fees in connection with the initial public offering and the concurrent offerings.

We lease a manufacturing and warehouse facility from a former chairman of our board of directors under an operating lease, which expires in April 2009.  Total rent expense associated with this lease was $576 for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004.

(10)         Commitments and Contingencies

We are subject to environmental laws and regulations in the normal course of business.  We did not make any material expenditures during the thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004 in order to comply with environmental laws or regulations.  Based on our experience to date, management believes that the future cost of compliance with existing environmental laws and regulations (and liability for known environmental conditions) will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  However, we cannot predict what environmental or health and safety legislation or regulations will be enacted in the future or how existing or future laws or regulations will be enforced, administered or interpreted, nor can we predict the amount of future expenditures

 

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B&G Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

that may be required in order to comply with such environmental or health and safety laws or regulations or to respond to such environmental claims.

We are involved in various claims and legal actions arising in the ordinary course of business.  In the opinion of our management, the ultimate disposition of these other matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or liquidity.

We have employment agreements with our executive officers.  The agreements generally continue until terminated by the executive or by us, and provide for severance payments under certain circumstances.  As of October 1, 2005, if all of our executives were to be terminated by us without cause (as defined) or as a result of the employees’ disability, our severance liability would be approximately $1,942.

(11)         Long-term Incentive Plan

In connection with our initial public offering, we adopted a long-term incentive plan (LTIP).  Our executive officers and other senior employees to be identified by the compensation committee of our board of directors will be eligible to participate in the LTIP.  The purpose of the LTIP is to strengthen the mutuality of interests between the LTIP participants and holders of our EISs.  The LTIP is administered by our compensation committee, which has the power to, among other things, determine those individuals who will participate in the LTIP; the level of participation of each participant in an incentive pool; the conditions that must be satisfied in order for the participants to vest in their allocated incentive pool amounts (including establishing specified performance targets that must be achieved in order for a pool to be created and amounts to be allocated to the participants); and other conditions that the participants must satisfy in order to receive payment of their allocated amounts.  Under the LTIP, the maximum amount that any one participant can receive in respect of a one-year performance period is $1,000.  The LTIP is an unfunded plan.  No amounts have been earned to date by participants under the LTIP and there was no expense related to the LTIP in the thirty-nine week period ending October 1, 2005.

(12)         Restructuring Charge

On July 1, 2005, we closed our New Iberia, Louisiana, manufacturing facility as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our production capacity utilization, productivity and operating efficiencies, and lower our overall costs.  In the thirteen weeks ended October 1, 2005, we recorded a charge in connection with the plant closing of $300.  This charge included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $161 and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $139.  In the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, we recorded a charge in connection with the plant closing of $3,544.  This charge included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $593 and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $2,951.  Management expects to have additional cash charges of approximately $200 during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

 

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Item 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including those set forth under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements” and elsewhere in this report.  The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated interim financial statements and related notes for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 included elsewhere in this report and the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 (fiscal 2004) included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 2, 2005.

General

We manufacture, sell and distribute a diversified portfolio of high quality, shelf-stable, branded food products, many of which have leading regional or national retail market shares.  In general, we position our branded products to appeal to the consumer desiring a high quality and reasonably priced branded product.

Our business strategy is to continue to increase sales, profitability and free cash flow by enhancing our existing portfolio of branded shelf-stable products and by capitalizing on our competitive strengths.  We intend to implement our strategy through the following initiatives: profitably growing our established brands, leveraging our unique multiple-channel sales and distribution system, introducing new products, capitalizing on the higher growth Mexican segment of the food industry, and expanding our brand portfolio with new licensing arrangements and through acquisitions.

Since 1996, we have successfully acquired and integrated 16 separate brands into our operations.  We believe that successful future acquisitions, if any, will enhance our portfolio of existing businesses, further leveraging our existing platform.

We are subject to a number of challenges that may adversely affect our businesses.  These challenges, which are discussed below and under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results” in this report include:

Fluctuations in Commodity Prices.  We purchase raw materials, including agricultural products, meat and poultry from growers, commodity processors, other food companies and packaging manufacturers.  Raw materials are subject to fluctuations in price attributable to a number of factors.  We have seen increasing prices in certain of these commodities, and we expect this trend may continue.  In the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, our commodity prices for maple syrup, meat, beans and cans were higher than those incurred during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 2, 2004.  Fluctuations in commodity prices can lead to retail price volatility and intensive price competition, and can influence consumer and trade buying patterns.  We manage this risk by entering into short-term supply contracts and advance commodities purchase agreements from time to time, and if necessary, by raising prices.  There can be no assurance, however, that any price increases by us will offset the increased cost of these raw material commodities, or that we will be able to raise prices at all.

Consolidation in the Retail Trade and Consequent Inventory Reductions.  As the retail grocery trade continues to consolidate and our retail customers grow larger and become more sophisticated, our retail customers may demand lower pricing and increased promotional programs.  These customers are also reducing their inventories and increasing their emphasis on private label products.

Changing Customer Preferences.  Consumers in the market categories in which we compete frequently change their taste preferences, dietary habits and product packaging preferences.

 

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Consumer Concern Regarding Food Safety, Quality and Health.  The food industry is subject to consumer concerns regarding the safety and quality of certain food products, including the health implications of genetically modified organisms, obesity and trans fatty acids.

Changing Valuations of the Canadian Dollar in Relation to the U.S. Dollar.  We purchase most of our maple syrup requirements from manufacturers located in Quebec, Canada.  Over the past year the U.S. dollar has weakened against the Canadian dollar, which has in turn increased our costs relating to the production of our maple syrup products.

To confront these challenges, we continue to take steps to build the value of our brands, to improve our existing portfolio of products with new product and marketing initiatives, to reduce costs through improved productivity and to address consumer concerns about food safety, quality and health.

Critical Accounting Policies; Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires our management to make a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Some of the more significant estimates and assumptions made by management involve trade and consumer promotion expenses, allowances for excess, obsolete and unsaleable inventories, and the recoverability of goodwill, trademarks, property, plant and equipment, and deferred tax assets, and the accounting for our EISs, including their treatment in computing our income tax expense and the accounting for earnings per share.  Actual results could differ from these estimates and assumptions.

Trade and Consumer Promotion Expenses

We offer various sales incentive programs to customers and consumers, such as price discounts, in-store display incentives, slotting fees and coupons.  The recognition of expense for these programs involves the use of judgment related to performance and redemption estimates.  Estimates are made based on historical experience and other factors.  Actual expenses may differ if the level of redemption rates and performance vary from estimates.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out and average cost methods.  Inventories have been reduced by an allowance for excess, obsolete and unsaleable inventories.  The allowance is an estimate based on our management’s review of inventories on hand compared to estimated future usage and sales.

Long-Lived Assets

Long-lived assets, such as property, plant and equipment, and intangibles with estimated useful lives are depreciated or amortized over their respective estimated useful lives to their estimated residual values, and reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable.  Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to be generated by the asset.  If the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its estimated future cash flows, an impairment charge is recognized by the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the fair value of the asset.

 

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Goodwill and Trademarks

Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives (trademarks) are tested for impairment at least annually and whenever events or circumstances occur indicating that goodwill or indefinite life intangibles might be impaired.

We perform the annual impairment tests on the last day of each fiscal year.  The annual goodwill impairment test involves a two-step process.  The first step of the impairment test involves comparing the fair value of our company with our company’s carrying value, including goodwill.  If the carrying value of our company exceeds our fair value, we perform the second step of the impairment test to determine the amount of the impairment loss.  The second step of the goodwill impairment test involves comparing the implied fair value of goodwill with the carrying value of that goodwill and recognizing a loss for the difference.  Calculating our fair value requires significant estimates and assumptions by management.  We estimate our fair value by applying third party market value indicators to our earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).  We test indefinite life intangible assets for impairment by comparing their carrying value to their fair value that is determined using a cash flow method and recognize a loss to the extent the carrying value is greater.

We completed our annual impairment tests for the year ended January 1, 2005 with no adjustments to the carrying values of goodwill and indefinite life intangibles.  We did not note any events or circumstances during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 that would indicate that goodwill or indefinite life intangibles might be impaired.

Accounting Treatment for EISs.

Our EISs include Class A common stock and senior subordinated notes.  Upon completion of our initial public offering (including the exercise of the over-allotment option), we allocated the proceeds from the issuance of the EISs, based upon relative fair value at the issuance date, to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes.  We have assumed that the price paid in the EIS offering was equivalent to the combined fair value of the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes, and the price paid in the offering for the senior subordinated notes sold separately (not in the form of EISs) was equivalent to their initial stated principal amount.  We have concluded there are no embedded derivative features related to the EIS that require bifurcation under Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” as amended (SFAS No. 133).  We have determined the fair value of the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes with reference to a number of factors, including the sale of the senior subordinated notes sold separately from the EISs that have the same terms as the senior subordinated notes included in the EISs.  Therefore, we have allocated the entire proceeds of the EIS offering to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes, and the allocation of the EIS proceeds to the senior subordinated notes did not result in a premium or discount.

We have concluded that the call option and the change in control put option in the senior subordinated notes do not warrant separate accounting under SFAS No. 133 because they are clearly and closely related to the economic characteristics of the host debt instrument.  Therefore, we have allocated the entire proceeds of the offering to the Class A common stock and the senior subordinated notes.  Upon subsequent issuances, if any, of senior subordinated notes, we will evaluate whether the call option and the change in control put option in the senior subordinated notes require separate accounting under SFAS No. 133.  We expect that if there is a substantial discount or premium upon a subsequent issuance of senior subordinated notes, we may need to separately account for the call option and the change in control put option features as embedded derivatives for such subsequent issuance.  If we determine that the embedded derivatives, if any, require separate accounting from the debt host contract under SFAS No. 133, the call option and the change in control put option associated with the senior subordinated notes will be recorded as derivative liabilities at fair value, with changes in fair value recorded as other non-operating income or expense.  Any discount on the senior

 

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subordinated notes resulting from the allocation of proceeds to an embedded derivative will be amortized to interest expense over the remaining life of the senior subordinated notes.

The Class A common stock portion of each EIS is included in stockholders’ equity, net of the related portion of the EIS transaction costs allocated to Class A common stock.  Dividends paid on the Class A common stock are recorded as a reduction to retained earnings when declared by us.  The senior subordinated note portion of each EIS is included in long-term debt, and the related portion of the EIS transaction costs allocated to the senior subordinated notes was capitalized as deferred financing costs and is being amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method.  Interest on the senior subordinated notes is charged to expense as accrued by us.

Income Tax Expense Estimates and Policies

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities of our company are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled.  A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that all or some portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.  The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in operations in the period that includes the enactment date.

As part of the income tax provision process of preparing our consolidated financial statements, we are required to estimate our income taxes.  This process involves estimating our current tax expenses together with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatment of items for tax and accounting purposes.  These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities.  We then assess the likelihood that our deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income and to the extent we believe the recovery is not likely, we establish a valuation allowance.  Further, to the extent that we establish a valuation allowance or increase this allowance in a financial accounting period, we include such charge in our tax provision, or reduce our tax benefits in our consolidated statement of operations.  We use our judgment to determine our provision or benefit for income taxes, deferred tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred tax assets.

We have recorded deferred tax assets, a portion of which represents net operating loss carryforwards.  A valuation allowance has been recorded for certain state net operating loss carryforwards.

There are various factors that may cause these tax assumptions to change in the near term, and we may have to record a valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets.  We cannot predict whether future U.S. federal and state income tax laws and regulations might be passed that could have a material effect on our results of operations.  We assess the impact of significant changes to the U.S. federal and state income tax laws and regulations on a regular basis and update the assumptions and estimates used to prepare our consolidated financial statements when new regulations and legislation are enacted.

We do not provide for U.S. federal income taxes or tax benefits on the unremitted earnings or losses of our foreign subsidiary as such earnings are intended to be indefinitely reinvested.

We have accounted for our issuance of EISs as an issuance of the separate securities evidenced by such EISs and have allocated the proceeds received for each EIS between the Class A common stock and senior subordinated note represented thereby in the amounts of their respective fair values at the time of issuance. Accordingly, we have accounted for the senior subordinated notes represented by the EISs as long-term debt bearing a stated interest rate and maturing on October 30, 2016.  In connection with the issuance and initial public offering of the EISs, we received an opinion from counsel that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes.  In accordance with the opinion we

 

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received, we continue to be of the view that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes (although we have not sought a ruling from the IRS on this issue), and we intend to deduct annually interest expense of approximately $19.9 million on the senior subordinated notes from taxable income for United States federal and state income tax purposes.  There can be no assurance that the classification of senior subordinated notes as debt (or the amount of interest expense deducted) will not be challenged by the IRS or other tax jurisdictions or will be sustained by a court of law if challenged.

If our treatment of the senior subordinated notes as debt is put at risk in the future as a result of a future ruling by the IRS or other tax jurisdiction or by a court of law, including an adverse ruling for EISs (or other similar securities) issued by other companies or as a result of a proposed adjustment by the IRS or other tax jurisdiction in an examination of our company or for any other reason, we will need to consider the effect of such developments on the determination of our future tax provisions and obligations.  In the event the senior subordinated notes are required to be treated as equity for income tax purposes, then the cumulative interest expense associated with the senior subordinated notes for prior tax periods that are open to assessment and for future tax periods would not be deductible from taxable income and we would be required to recognize additional tax expense and establish a related income tax liability for prior period treatment.  The additional tax due to the federal and state authorities would be based on our taxable income or loss for each of the years that we claimed the interest expense deduction and would materially and adversely affect our financial position, cash flow, and liquidity, and could affect our ongoing ability to make interest payments on the senior subordinated notes and dividend payments on the shares of common stock represented by the EISs and our ability to continue as a going concern.  In addition, non-U.S. holders of our EISs could be subject to withholding taxes on the payment of interest treated as dividends on equity, which could subject us to additional liability for the withholding taxes that we do not collect on such payments.  However, because in accordance with the opinion of counsel we received on the date of our initial public offering we continue to be of the view that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for United States federal income tax purposes, we do not record a liability for a potential disallowance of this interest expense deduction or for the potential imposition of these withholding taxes.

A factor in the ongoing determination that our consolidated financial statements should reflect deductions for income tax purposes of the interest on the senior subordinated notes is the veracity, at the time of the initial public offering, of the representations delivered by the purchasers of senior subordinated notes sold separately (not in the form of EISs).  We may conduct procedures in the future to confirm the veracity, at the time of the offering, of the purchaser representations. In addition, other factors indicating the existence, at the time of the initial public offering, of any plan or pre-arrangement may also be relevant to this ongoing determination.  It is possible that we will at some point in the future, as a result of the findings of the procedures noted above, or IRS interpretations or other changes in circumstances, conclude that we should establish a reserve for tax liabilities associated with a disallowance of all or part of the interest deductions on the senior subordinated notes, although our present view is that no such reserve is necessary or appropriate.  If we decide to maintain such a reserve, our income tax provision, and related income tax payable, would be materially impacted.  As a result, our ability to pay dividends on the shares of our common stock could be materially impaired and the market price and/or liquidity for the EISs or our common stock could be adversely affected.

Earnings Per Share

For the periods prior to our initial public offering, basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing net income available to common stockholders (net income less dividends accumulated during the period for our 13% Series A and Series B cumulative preferred stock and Series C senior preferred stock and related charges) by the weighted average common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earning per share is calculated similarly, except that it includes the dilutive effect of the assumed exercise of outstanding options and warrants.

 

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Following the consummation of our initial public offering, we have two classes of common stock, designated as Class A common stock and Class B common stock, and we present basic and diluted earnings per share using the two-class method.  The two-class method is an earnings allocation formula that determines earnings per share for each class of common stock according to dividends declared and participation rights in undistributed earnings.

Net income available to our common stockholders is allocated between our two classes of common stock based upon the two-class method.  Basic and diluted earnings per share for our Class A and Class B common stock is calculated by dividing allocated net income available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth the percentages of net sales represented by selected items for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004 reflected in our consolidated statements of operations.  The comparisons of financial results are not necessarily indicative of future results:

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1, 2005

 

October 2, 2004

 

October 1, 2005

 

October 2, 2004

 

Common Size Statement of Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of goods sold

 

69.8

%

70.6

%

70.5

%

69.1

%

Cost of goods sold — restructuring charge

 

0.3

%

0.0

%

1.3

%

0.0

%

Gross profit

 

29.8

%

29.4

%

28.2

%

30.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales, marketing and distribution expenses

 

11.2

%

10.5

%

11.3

%

11.5

%

General and administrative expenses

 

1.8

%

1.3

%

1.8

%

1.3

%

Management fees-related party

 

0.0

%

0.1

%

0.0

%

0.1

%

Operating income

 

16.8

%

17.4

%

15.1

%

18.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

11.3

%

8.9

%

11.3

%

8.6

%

Income before tax expense

 

5.4

%

8.5

%

3.8

%

9.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

2.1

%

3.3

%

1.5

%

3.6

%

Net income

 

3.3

%

5.2

%

2.3

%

5.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock dividend accumulated and related charges

 

0.0

%

4.3

%

0.0

%

4.2

%

Net income available to common stockholders

 

3.3

%

0.9

%

2.3

%

1.5

%

 

As used in this section the terms listed below have the following meanings:

Net Sales.  Our net sales represents gross sales of products shipped to customers plus amounts charged customers for shipping and handling, less cash discounts, coupon redemptions, slotting fees and trade promotional spending.

Gross Profit.  Our gross profit is equal to our net sales less cost of goods sold.  The primary components of our cost of goods sold are cost of internally manufactured products, purchases of finished goods from co-packers plus freight costs to our distribution centers and to our customers.

 

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Sales, Marketing and Distribution Expenses.  Our sales, marketing and distribution expenses include costs for marketing personnel, consumer programs, internal sales forces, brokerage costs and warehouse facilities.

General and Administrative Expenses.  Our general and administrative expenses include administrative employee compensation and benefit costs, as well as information technology infrastructure and communication costs, office rent and supplies, professional services, management fees and other general corporate expenses.

Net Interest Expense.  Net interest expense includes interest relating to our outstanding indebtedness and amortization of deferred debt issuance costs, net of interest income.

Thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 compared to thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.

Net Sales.  Net sales increased $0.4 million or 0.4% to $92.3 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $91.9 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Sales increased $2.9 million relating to price increases, which was offset by a decrease in unit volume of $2.5 million.  Sales of our lines of Ortega, Maple Grove Farms, and Las Palmas products increased in the amounts of $1.6 million, $0.7 million, and $0.6 million or 8.6%, 5.3%, and 12.7%, respectively.  These increases were offset by a reduction of sales in Emeril, B&G pickles and peppers and Accent products of $1.2 million, $0.4 million and $0.4 million or 18.6%, 4.0% and 10.3%, respectively.  All other brands decreased, in the aggregate, by $0.5 million or 1.3%.

Gross Profit.  Gross profit increased $0.5 million or 2.0% to $27.5 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $27.0 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Pro forma gross profit, which excludes the restructuring charge described below, increased $0.8 million or 3.1% to $27.8 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $27.0 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Pro forma gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales increased 0.8% to 30.2% in the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from 29.4% in the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Price increases accounted for 2.4% of the pro forma gross profit increase partially offset by higher costs for beans and packaging materials, maple syrup, and transportation costs, which decreased pro forma gross profit by 1.1%, 0.5% and 0.3%, respectively.

 On July 1, 2005, we closed our New Iberia, Louisiana, manufacturing facility as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our production capacity utilization, productivity, and operating efficiencies and lower our overall costs.  We recorded as cost of goods sold a restructuring charge associated with the plant closing, which included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $0.6 million and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $2.9 million.  In the thirteen-weeks ended October 1, 2005, we expensed $0.3 million of this $3.5 million charge.  The balance of the $3.5 million charge was expensed during the twenty-six week period ended July 2, 2005.  No restructuring charges were recorded or expensed during the thirteen weeks ended October 2, 2004.  Management expects to have additional cash charges of approximately $0.2 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

Sales, Marketing and Distribution Expenses.  Sales, marketing and distribution expenses increased $0.7 million or 7.4% to $10.4 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $9.6 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  These expenses as a percentage of net sales increased to 11.2% for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from 10.5% for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  This increase is primarily due to an increase in consumer marketing spending of $0.4 million and an increase in brokerage and salesmen commissions of $0.3 million.

General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses increased $0.3 million or 25.5% to $1.7 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $1.4 million in the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  The increase was primarily due to incremental costs associated with

 

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance of $0.3 million and additional public company costs of $0.2 million.  All other costs decreased, in the aggregate, by $0.2 million.

Operating Income.  As a result of the foregoing, operating income decreased $0.5 million or 3.4% to $15.5 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $16.0 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Operating income expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased to 16.8% in the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from 17.4% in the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.

Interest Expense.  Net interest expense increased $2.3 million or 27.6% to $10.5 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $8.2 million in the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  The average debt outstanding increased approximately $37.5 million in the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 as compared to the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  In addition, the effective interest rate for our outstanding debt during the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 under our post-initial public offering capital structure was higher than the effective interest rate for our outstanding debt during the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  See “—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Debt” below.

Income Tax Expense.  Income tax expense decreased $1.0 million or 34.9% to $2.0 million for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 from $3.0 million in the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.  Our effective tax rate was 39.1% for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005 and 38.6% for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004.

Preferred Stock Dividends Accumulated and Related Charges.  Preferred stock dividends accumulated and related charges for the thirteen-week period ended October 2, 2004 was $4.0 million.  All of our then outstanding preferred stock was repurchased on October 14, 2004 with the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings.  Accordingly, no preferred stock dividends were accumulated for the thirteen-week period ended October 1, 2005.

Thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 compared to thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.

Net Sales.  Net sales increased $0.2 million or 0.1% to $276.5 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $276.3 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Sales increased $5.2 million relating to price increases, which was offset by a decrease in unit volume of $5.0 million.  Sales of our lines of Maple Grove Farms, Polaner and Las Palmas products increased $3.1 million, $1.7 million, and $1.7 million or 8.6%, 6.3%, and 11.4%, respectively.  These increases were offset by a reduction of sales in Emeril, Underwood, B&G pickles and peppers, Vermont Maid, Accent, Trappey and Sason products in the amounts of $1.7 million, $1.3 million, $0.7 million, $0.6 million, $0.5 million, $0.4 million and $0.4 million or 8.5%, 7.6%, 2.1%, 29.6%, 3.7%, 3.7% and 12.3%, respectively.  All other brands decreased, in the aggregate, by $0.7 million or 0.7%.

Gross Profit.  Gross profit decreased $7.5 million or 8.7% to $78.0 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $85.5 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Pro forma gross profit, which excludes the restructuring charge described below, decreased $3.9 million or 4.6% to $81.6 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $85.5 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Pro forma gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased 1.4% to 29.5% in the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from 30.9% in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Higher costs for beans and packaging materials, maple syrup, pickle and peppers, trade spending and transportation decreased pro forma gross profit by 0.6%, 0.6%, 0.5%, 0.2% and 0.2%, respectively.  Net sales price increases improved pro forma gross profit by 1.3%.

On July 1, 2005, we closed our New Iberia, Louisiana, manufacturing facility as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our production capacity utilization, productivity, and operating efficiencies and lower our

 

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overall costs.  We recorded as cost of goods sold a restructuring charge, which included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $0.6 million and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $2.9 million.  In the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, we expensed all $3.5 million of this charge.  No restructuring charges were recorded or expensed during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 2, 2004.  Management expects to have additional cash charges of approximately $0.2 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

Sales, Marketing and Distribution Expenses.  Sales, marketing and distribution expenses decreased $0.6 million or 2.0% to $31.2 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $31.9 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  These expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased to 11.3% for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from 11.5% for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  This reduction is primarily due to a reduction in consumer marketing spending of $0.8 million and brokerage and salesmen commissions of $0.5 million, partially offset by an increase in trade spending of $1.0 million.  All other expenses decreased $0.3 million.

General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses increased $1.1 million or 27.0% to $5.0 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $4.0 million in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  The increase was primarily due to incremental costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance of $0.6 million and additional public company costs of $0.8 million, which were partially offset by the elimination of the management fees previously paid to BRS.

Operating Income.  As a result of the foregoing, operating income decreased $7.9 million or 15.9% to $41.7 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $49.6 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Operating income expressed as a percentage of net sales decreased to 15.1% in the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from 18.0% in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.

Interest Expense.  Net interest expense increased $7.5 million or 31.6% to $31.3 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $23.8 million in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  The average debt outstanding increased approximately $37.5 million in the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 as compared to the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  In addition, the effective interest rate for our outstanding debt during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 under our post-initial public offering capital structure was higher than the effective interest rate for our outstanding debt during the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  See “—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Debt” below.

Income Tax Expense.  Income tax expense decreased $5.9 million or 59.1% to $4.1 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $10.0 million in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Our effective tax rate was 39.1% for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 and 38.6% for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.

Preferred Stock Dividends Accumulated and Related Charges.  Preferred stock dividends accumulated and related charges for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004 was $11.7 million.  All of our then outstanding preferred stock was repurchased on October 14, 2004 with the proceeds from our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings.  Accordingly, no preferred stock dividends were accumulated for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary liquidity requirements include debt service, capital expenditures and working capital needs.  See also, “Dividend Policy” and “Commitments and Contractual Obligations” below.  We fund our liquidity needs primarily through cash generated from operations and to the extent necessary, through borrowings under our revolving credit facility.

 

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Cash Flows.  Cash provided by operating activities increased $3.6 million to $11.5 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 from $7.9 million in the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  The increase was due to a decrease in the change in accounts receivable and an increase in the change in accrued expenses, offset by an increase in the change in inventory, a decrease in net income and a decrease in the change in accounts payable.  Working capital at October 1, 2005 was $104.8 million, an increase of $3.0 million over working capital at January 1, 2005 of $101.8 million.

Net cash used in investing activities for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 was $5.0 million as compared to net cash used in investing activities of $5.2 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Capital expenditures during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 were $5.0 million and included purchases of manufacturing and computer equipment.  This compares to $5.3 million in similar capital expenditures for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.

Net cash used in financing activities for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 was $12.2 million as compared to $1.1 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Net cash used in financing activities for the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 consists of $12.2 million in dividends paid on our Class A common stock.  The net cash used in financing activities for the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004 consists of our required $1.1 million year-to-date payment under our then existing term loan.

Based on a number of factors, including our trademark and goodwill amortization for tax purposes from our prior acquisitions, and the income tax effects of our initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and related transactions, including our call premium on our outstanding senior subordinated notes, other write-offs of existing deferred financing costs and the compensation expense associated with our repurchase of certain management stock options, we realized a significant reduction in cash taxes in 2004 and we expect to realize significant reductions in 2005 as compared to our tax expense for financial statement purposes, and further, we believe we will realize a benefit to our cash taxes payable from amortization of our trademarks and goodwill for the taxable years 2005 through 2018.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain disclosures in this report include “non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures.”  A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of our financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in our consolidated balance sheets and related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and comprehensive income (loss), and cash flows.  We present EBITDA (net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA as adjusted for transaction related compensation expenses incurred in fiscal 2004 in connection with our initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and the related transactions and restructuring charges incurred in fiscal 2005) because we believe they are useful indicators of our historical debt capacity and ability to service debt.  We also present this discussion of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because covenants in the indenture governing our senior notes, our revolving credit facility and the indenture governing our senior subordinated notes contain ratios based on these measures.

A reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA with the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included below for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004 along with the components of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.

 

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Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities (dollars in thousands).

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

 

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

Net income

 

$

3,060

 

$

4,804

 

$

6,354

 

$

15,869

 

Depreciation

 

1,769

 

1,734

 

5,129

 

4,971

 

Income tax expense

 

1,965

 

3,020

 

4,080

 

9,976

 

Interest expense, net

 

10,458

 

8,195

 

31,320

 

23,801

 

EBITDA (1)

 

17,252

 

17,753

 

46,883

 

54,617

 

Adjustments to EBITDA (1)(2)

 

300

 

 

3,544

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

17,552

 

17,753

 

50,427

 

54,617

 

Income tax expense

 

(1,965

)

(3,020

)

(4,080

)

(9,976

)

Interest expense, net

 

(10,458

)

(8,195

)

(31,320

)

(23,801

)

Deferred income taxes

 

2,175

 

1,396

 

4,459

 

4,534

 

Amortization of deferred financing and bond discount

 

698

 

641

 

2,094

 

1,925

 

Changes in assets and liabilities

 

(1,570

)

(10,569

)

(9,461

)

(19,361

)

Restructuring charge, cash portion

 

(162

)

 

(593

)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

$

6,270

 

$

(1,994

)

$

11,526

 

$

7,938

 

_________________

(1)          We define EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA as adjusted for the transaction related compensation expenses incurred in fiscal 2004 in connection with our initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and related transactions and restructuring charges incurred in fiscal 2005.  We believe that the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA is net cash provided by (used in) operating activities.  We present EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because we believe they are useful indicators of our historical debt capacity and ability to service debt.  We also present this discussion of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because covenants in our revolving credit facility and the indentures governing the senior notes and the senior subordinated notes contain ratios based on these measures. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not substitutes for operating income or net income, as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not complete net cash flow measures because EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are measures of liquidity that do not include reductions for cash payments for an entity’s obligation to service its debt, fund its working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions, if any, and pay its income taxes and dividends, if any, and in the case of adjusted EBITDA, cash used to pay transaction related bonuses and repurchase of employee stock options and the cost to restructure our operations.  Rather, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are two potential indicators of an entity’s ability to fund these cash requirements.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA also are not complete measures of an entity’s profitability because they do not include costs and expenses for depreciation and amortization, interest and related expenses and income taxes and in the case of adjusted EBITDA, the cost of transaction related bonuses and repurchase of employee stock options and the cost to restructure our operations.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, as we define them, may differ from similarly named measures used by other entities.

(2)          On July 1, 2005, we closed our New Iberia, Louisiana, manufacturing facility as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our production capacity utilization, productivity, and operating efficiencies and lower our overall costs.  In the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, we recorded a charge of $3.5 million, of which $0.3 million was recorded during the thirteen weeks ended October 1, 2005.  The charge associated with the plant closing included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $0.6 million and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $2.9 million.

 

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Dividend Policy.

Prior to the completion of our initial public offering, our board of directors adopted a dividend policy that reflects a basic judgment that our stockholders would be better served if we distributed our cash available to pay dividends to them instead of retaining it in our business.  Under this policy, cash generated by our company in excess of operating needs, interest and principal payments on indebtedness, capital expenditures sufficient to maintain our properties and other assets and $6.0 million of dividend restricted cash (that can be used for the payment of dividends on Class A common stock or for any other purpose other than the payment of dividends on the Class B common stock) would in general be distributed as regular quarterly cash dividends (up to the intended dividend rate as determined by our board of directors) to the holders of our Class A common stock and as regular annual cash dividends (up to the dividend rate permitted under our debt agreements and our organizational documents) to the holders of our Class B common stock and not be retained by us as cash on our consolidated balance sheet.

Dividend payments are not mandatory or guaranteed and holders of our common stock do not have any legal right to receive, or require us to pay, dividends.  Furthermore, our board of directors may, in its sole discretion, amend or repeal this dividend policy with respect to the Class A and Class B common stock at any time.  Our board of directors may decrease the level of dividends for the Class A and Class B common stock below the intended dividend rates or discontinue entirely the payment of dividends.  Future dividends with respect to shares of our capital stock, if any, depend on, among other things, our results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions, business opportunities, provisions of applicable law and other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant.  The indenture governing our senior subordinated notes, the terms of our revolving credit facility and the indenture governing the senior notes contain significant restrictions on our ability to make dividend payments.  In addition, certain provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may limit our ability to pay dividends.

As a result of our dividend policy, we may not retain a sufficient amount of cash to finance growth opportunities or unanticipated capital expenditure needs or to fund our operations in the event of a significant business downturn.  We may have to forego growth opportunities or capital expenditures that would otherwise be necessary or desirable if we do not find alternative sources of financing.  If we do not have sufficient cash for these purposes, our financial condition and our business will suffer.

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, we had cash flows provided by operations of $11.5 million.  If our cash flows from operations for future periods were to fall below our minimum expectations (or if our assumptions as to capital expenditures or interest expense were too low or our assumptions as to the sufficiency of our revolving credit facility to finance our working capital needs were to prove incorrect), we would need either to reduce or eliminate dividends or, to the extent permitted under the indenture governing our senior notes, the indenture governing our senior subordinated notes and the terms of our revolving credit facility, fund a portion of our dividends with borrowings or from other sources.  If we were to use working capital or permanent borrowings to fund dividends, we would have less cash and/or borrowing capacity available for future dividends and other purposes, which could negatively impact our financial condition, our results of operations, our liquidity and our ability to maintain or expand our business.

 

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The table below illustrates for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 and the latest twelve months ended October 1, 2005, respectively, the amount of cash that we had available for distribution to our stockholders.

 

 


Fiscal Year
Ended

 

Less:
Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

Plus:
Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

 

Latest Twelve Months
Ended

 


Cash Available to Pay Dividends

 

January 1,
2005

 

October 2,
2004

 

October 1,
2005

 

October 1,
2005
(a)

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities (b)

 

$

19,302

 

$

7,938

 

$

11,526

 

$

22,890

 

Interest expense, net (c)

 

48,148

 

23,801

 

31,320

 

55,667

 

Income taxes

 

2,126

 

9,976

 

4,080

 

(3,770

)

Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and bond discount

 

(2,532

)

(1,925

)

(2,094

)

(2,701

)

Costs relating to the early extinguishment of debt (c)

 

(13,906

)

 

 

(13,906

)

Deferred income taxes

 

(7,462

)

(4,534

)

(4,459

)

(7,387

)

Restructuring charge — property, plant, equipment and inventory impairment(d)

 

 

 

(2,951

)

(2,951

)

Changes in assets and liabilities (b)

 

14,616

 

19,361

 

9,461

 

4,716

 

EBITDA

 

60,292

 

54,617

 

46,883

 

52,558

 

Restructuring charge (d)

 

 

 

3,544

 

3,544

 

Transaction related compensation expenses (e)

 

9,859

 

 

 

9,859

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

70,151

 

54,617

 

50,427

 

65,961

 

Reduction for cash income tax expense

 

 

 

(138

)

(138

)

Pro forma cash interest expense (f)

 

(39,096

)

(29,322

)

(29,226

)

(39,000

)

Capital expenditures

 

(6,598

)

(5,285

)

(4,992

)

(6,305

)

Restructuring charge, cash portion (d)

 

 

 

(593

)

(593

)

Cash available to pay dividends

 

$

24,457

 

$

20,010

 

$

15,478

 

$

19,925

 

 

(a)              Our unaudited consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data for the latest twelve months ended October 1, 2005 was derived from our audited consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 and (i) subtracting from it our unaudited consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 2, 2004 and (ii) adding to it our unaudited consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005.

 

(b)             Dividends declared and unpaid during the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 of $3.7 million, which had previously been reported as part of “net cash provided by operating activities” in our consolidated statements of cash flows in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 2, 2005 has been reclassified as a non-cash financing activity.

 

(c)              Net interest expense for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 includes $13.9 million of costs relating to the early extinguishment of debt incurred in connection with our initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and the related transactions.  Included in these costs are:  $8.4 million for the write-off of deferred financing costs, $4.9 million for bond tender costs and $0.6 million for the payment of bond discount.

 

(d)             On July 1, 2005, we closed our New Iberia, Louisiana manufacturing facility as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our production capacity utilization, productivity, and operating efficiencies and lower our overall costs.  In the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005, we recorded a charge of $3.5 million.  The charge associated with the plant closing included a cash charge for employee compensation and other costs of $0.6 million and a non-cash charge for the impairment of property, plant, equipment and inventory of $2.9 million.

 

(e)              Transaction related compensation expenses, which were incurred in connection with our initial public offering, the concurrent offerings and the related transactions, include:  $6.0 million for transaction bonuses and $3.9 million for our repurchase of employee stock options.

 

(f)                The fiscal year ended January 1, 2005 pro forma cash interest expense under our post-initial public offering capital structure assuming the initial public offering, concurrent offerings and related transactions occurred on January 4, 2004.  Accordingly, the cash interest expense includes, respectively, 12.0% interest on $165.8 million of senior subordinated notes and 8.0% interest on $240.0 million of senior notes.  Pro forma cash interest expense for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 2, 2004 is an amount equal to three quarters of the pro forma cash interest expense for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005.  Pro forma cash interest expense for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 is our actual interest expense, for such period less the non-cash amortization of deferred debt issuance costs, which is included in net interest expense for such period.

 

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There can be no assurance that we will continue to pay dividends at historical levels, or at all.  Dividend payments are not mandatory or guaranteed, are within the absolute discretion of our board of directors and will be dependent upon many factors and future developments that could differ materially from our current expectations.  Over time, our EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditure, working capital and other cash needs will be subject to uncertainties, which could impact the level of dividends, if any, we pay in the future.

Acquisitions.

Our liquidity and capital resources have been significantly impacted by acquisitions and may be impacted in the foreseeable future by additional acquisitions.  We have historically financed acquisitions with borrowings and cash flows from operations.  Our interest expense will increase with any additional indebtedness we may incur to finance potential future acquisitions, if any.  To the extent future acquisitions, if any, are financed by additional indebtedness, the resulting increase in debt and interest expense could have a negative impact on liquidity.

Environmental Clean-Up Costs.

We have not made any material expenditures during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 in order to comply with environmental laws or regulations.  Based on our experience to date, we believe that the future cost of compliance with existing environmental laws and regulations (and liability for known environmental conditions) will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  However, we cannot predict what environmental or health and safety legislation or regulations will be enacted in the future or how existing or future laws or regulations will be enforced, administered or interpreted, nor can we predict the amount of future expenditures that may be required in order to comply with such environmental or health and safety laws or regulations or to respond to such environmental claims.

Debt.

Senior Secured Credit Facility.  Concurrently with our initial public offering and concurrent offerings, we entered into a $30.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility.  Interest is determined based on several alternative rates as stipulated in the revolving credit facility, including the base lending rate per annum plus an applicable margin, or LIBOR plus an applicable margin.  The revolving credit facility is secured by substantially all of our assets except our real property.  The revolving credit facility provides for mandatory prepayment based on asset dispositions and certain issuances of securities, as defined.  The revolving credit facility contains covenants that restrict, among other things, our ability to incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends and create certain liens.  The revolving credit facility also contains certain financial maintenance covenants, which, among other things, specify maximum capital expenditure limits, a minimum interest coverage ratio and a maximum senior and total leverage ratio, each ratio as defined.  Proceeds of the revolving credit facility are restricted to funding our working capital requirements, capital expenditures and acquisitions of companies in the same line of business as our company, subject to specified criteria.  The revolving credit facility was undrawn on the date of consummation of our initial public offering and concurrent offerings and remained undrawn at October 1, 2005.  The available borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility, net of outstanding letters of credit of $0.9 million, was $29.1 million at October 1, 2005.  The maximum letter of credit capacity under the revolving credit facility is $10.0 million, with a fee of 3% for all outstanding letters of credit.

12.0% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2016.  In connection with our initial public offering, we issued on October 14, 2004, $124.3 million aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 in the form of EISs and an additional $22.8 million aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due 2016 (not in the form of EISs).  In connection with the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option, on October 22, 2004 we issued an additional $18.7 million aggregate principal amount of 12.0% senior

 

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subordinated notes in the form of EISs.  Each EIS represents one share of our Class A common stock and $7.15 principal amount of our 12.0% senior subordinated notes.  As of October 1, 2005, $165.8 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes was outstanding.

Interest on the senior subordinated notes is payable quarterly in arrears on each January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30 through the maturity date.  The senior subordinated notes will mature on October 30, 2016, unless earlier retired or redeemed at our option as described below.

Upon the occurrence of a change of control (as defined in the indenture), unless we have retired the senior subordinated notes or exercised our right to redeem all senior subordinated notes as described below, each holder of the senior subordinated notes has the right to require us to repurchase that holder’s senior subordinated notes at a price equal to 101.0% of the principal amount of the senior subordinated notes being repurchased, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to the date of repurchase.  In order to exercise this right, a holder must separate the senior subordinated notes and Class A common stock represented by such holder’s EISs.

We may not redeem the notes prior to October 30, 2009.  However, we may, from time to time, seek to retire the senior subordinated notes through cash repurchases of EISs or separate senior subordinated notes and/or exchanges of EISs or separate senior subordinated notes for equity securities, in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise.  Such repurchases or exchanges, if any, will depend on prevailing market conditions, our liquidity requirements, contractual restrictions and other factors.  We expect that any repurchase of EISs or senior subordinated notes would be funded with our existing cash balances and cash from operations. The amounts involved may be material.

In addition, on and after October 30, 2009, we may redeem for cash all or part of the senior subordinated notes upon not less than 30 or more than 60 days’ notice by mail to the owners of senior subordinated notes, at a redemption price of 106.0% beginning October 30, 2009 and thereafter at prices declining annually to 100% on or after October 30, 2012.  If we redeem any senior subordinated notes, the senior subordinated notes and Class A common stock represented by each EIS will be automatically separated.

The senior subordinated notes are unsecured obligations and are subordinated in right of payment to all of our existing and future senior secured and senior unsecured indebtedness, including the indebtedness under our revolving credit facility and our senior notes.  The senior subordinated notes rank pari passu in right of payment with any of our other subordinated indebtedness.

The senior subordinated notes are jointly and severally and fully and unconditionally guaranteed by all of our existing domestic subsidiaries and certain future domestic subsidiaries on an unsecured and subordinated basis on the terms set forth in the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes.  The senior subordinated note guarantees are subordinated in right of payment to all existing and future senior indebtedness of the guarantors, including the indebtedness under our revolving credit facility and the senior notes.  Our present foreign subsidiary, Les Produits Alimentaires Jacques et Fils Inc., is not a guarantor, and any future foreign or partially owned domestic subsidiaries will not be guarantors, of our senior subordinated notes.

The indenture governing the senior subordinated notes contains covenants with respect to us and restricts the incurrence of additional indebtedness and the issuance of capital stock; the payment of dividends or distributions on, and redemption of, capital stock; a number of other restricted payments, including certain investments; specified creation of liens, sale-leaseback transactions and sales of assets; fundamental changes, including consolidation, mergers and transfers of all or substantially all of our assets; and specified transactions with affiliates.

Although we believe that the senior subordinated notes should be treated as debt for U.S. federal income tax purposes in accordance with the opinion of our tax counsel issued on the date of our initial public

 

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offering, this conclusion cannot be assured.  If all or a portion of the senior subordinated notes were treated as equity rather than debt for U.S. federal income tax purposes, then a corresponding portion of the interest on the senior subordinated notes would not be deductible by us for U.S. federal income tax purposes.  In addition, we would be subject to liability for U.S. withholding taxes on interest payments to non-U.S. holders if such payments were determined to be dividends. Our inability to deduct interest on the senior subordinated notes could materially increase our taxable income and, thus, our U.S. federal and applicable state income tax liability. Our liability for income taxes (and withholding taxes) if the senior subordinated notes were determined to be equity for income tax purposes would materially reduce our after-tax cash flow and would materially and adversely impact our ability to make interest and/or dividend payments and could impact our ability to continue as a going concern.  See “Critical Accounting Policies; Use of Estimates—Income Tax Expense Estimates and Policies” for further discussion of income tax matters relating to our senior subordinated notes.

8.0% Senior Notes due 2011.  Concurrently with our initial public offering and offering of separate senior subordinated notes, we issued $240.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.0% senior notes due 2011.  Interest on the senior notes is payable on April 1 and October 1 of each year, commencing on April 1, 2005.  Our obligations under the senior notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by all of our existing and future domestic subsidiaries.  The senior notes and the subsidiary guarantees are our and the guarantors’ general unsecured obligations and are effectively junior in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ secured indebtedness and to the indebtedness and other liabilities of our non-guarantor subsidiaries; are pari passu in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ existing and future unsecured senior debt; and are senior in right of payment to all of our and the guarantors’ future subordinated debt, including the senior subordinated notes.  Our present foreign subsidiary, Les Produits Alimentaires Jacques et Fils Inc., is not a guarantor, and any future foreign or partially owned domestic subsidiaries will not be guarantors, of our senior notes.

On or after October 1, 2008, we may redeem some or all of the senior notes at a redemption price of 104.0% beginning October 1, 2008 and thereafter at prices declining annually to 100% on or after October 1, 2010.  Prior to October 1, 2007, we may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the senior notes issued in the senior note offering with the net proceeds of one or more equity offerings at the redemption price as described in the indenture governing the senior notes.  If we or any of the guarantors sell certain assets or experience specific kinds of changes in control, we must offer to purchase the senior notes at the prices as described in the indenture governing the senior notes plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of redemption.  The indenture governing the senior notes limits our ability and the ability of the guarantors to incur additional indebtedness and issue preferred stock; make restricted payments, including dividend payments on our common stock; allow restrictions on the ability of certain subsidiaries to make distributions; sell all or substantially all of our assets or consolidate or merge with or into other companies; enter into certain transactions with affiliates; or create liens and enter into sale and leaseback transactions.  Each of the covenants is subject to a number of important exceptions and qualifications.

Future Capital Needs

We are highly leveraged.  On October 1, 2005, our total long-term debt and stockholders’ equity was $405.8 million and $85.9 million, respectively.

Our ability to generate sufficient cash to fund our operations depends generally on our results of operations and the availability of financing.  Our management believes that the cash on our consolidated balance sheet and our cash flow from operations in conjunction with the available borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility, net of outstanding letters of credit, of approximately $29.1 million at October 1, 2005, will be sufficient for the foreseeable future to fund operations, meet debt service requirements, fund capital expenditures, make future acquisitions within our line of business, if any, and pay our anticipated dividends.  We expect to make capital expenditures of between $6.5 million and $7.0 million for fiscal 2005.

 

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Seasonality

Sales of a number of our products tend to be seasonal.  In the aggregate, however, our sales are not heavily weighted to any particular quarter due to the diversity of our product and brand portfolio.  Sales during the first quarter of the fiscal year are generally below those of the following three quarters.

We purchase most of the produce used to make our shelf-stable pickles, relishes, peppers and other related specialty items during the months of July through October, and we purchase all of our maple syrup requirements during the months of April through July.  Consequently, our liquidity needs are greatest during these periods.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In response to the enactment of the American Job Creation Act of 2004 (the “Jobs Act”) on October 22, 2004, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position (FSP) No. 109-1, “Application of FASB Statement No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes, for the Tax Deduction Provided to U.S. Based Manufacturers” (FSP 109-1).

FSP No. 109-1 clarifies how to apply SFAS No. 109 to the new law’s tax deduction for income attributable to “domestic production activities.” The fully phased-in tax deduction is up to nine percent of the lesser of taxable income or “qualified production activities income,” as defined by the Jobs Act. The staff position requires that the deduction be accounted for as a special deduction in the period earned, not as a tax-rate reduction. As a result, we will recognize a reduction in our income tax expense for the domestic production activities in the quarterly period(s) in which we are eligible for the deduction.

In November 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 151, “Inventory Costs—An Amendment of ARB No. 43, Chapter 4” (SFAS No. 151). SFAS No. 151 amends the guidance in ARB No. 43, Chapter 4, “Inventory Pricing,” to clarify the accounting for abnormal amounts of idle facility expense, freight, handling costs, and wasted material (spoilage). Among other provisions, the new rule requires that items such as idle facility expense, excessive spoilage, double freight, and rehandling costs be recognized as current-period charges regardless of whether they meet the criterion of “so abnormal” as stated in ARB No. 43.  Additionally, SFAS No. 151 requires that the allocation of fixed production overheads to the costs of conversion be based on the normal capacity of the production facilities. SFAS No. 151 is effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2005 and is required to be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, beginning on January 1, 2006. We are currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of SFAS No. 151 will have on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition but do not expect SFAS No. 151 to have a material impact.

In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment” (SFAS No. 123R), which replaces SFAS No. 123 and supercedes APB Opinion No. 25. SFAS No. 123R addresses the accounting for transactions in which an enterprise receives employee services in exchange for (a) equity instruments of the enterprise or (b) liabilities that are based on the fair value of the enterprise’s equity instruments or that may be settled by the issuance of such equity instruments.  SFAS No. 123R requires all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options and restrictive stock grants and units, to be recognized as a compensation cost based on their fair values.  The pro forma disclosures previously permitted under SFAS No. 123 no longer will be an alternative to financial statement recognition.  Based on a recent announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are required to adopt SFAS No. 123R no later than January 1, 2006.  Under SFAS No. 123R, we must determine the appropriate fair value model to be used for valuing share-based payments, the amortization method for compensation cost and the transition method to be used at the date of adoption.  The transition methods include prospective and retroactive adoption options.  Under the retroactive option, prior periods may be restated either as of the beginning of the year of adoption or for all periods presented.  The prospective method requires that compensation expense be recorded for all unvested stock options and restricted stock at the beginning of the first quarter of adoption of SFAS No. 123R, while the retroactive methods would record compensation expense for all unvested stock options and restricted stock beginning with the first period restated.  The

 

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adoption of SFAS No. 123R will not have an impact on our consolidated results of operations and earnings per share, since we currently do not make any share-based payments and we are not applying the retroactive method to any prior share-based payments.

In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 153, “Exchanges of Nonmonetary Assets — An Amendment of APB Opinion No. 29, Accounting for Nonmonetary Transactions” (SFAS No. 153). SFAS No. 153 eliminates the exception from fair value measurement for nonmonetary exchanges of similar productive assets in paragraph 21(b) of APB Opinion No. 29, “Accounting for Nonmonetary Transactions,” and replaces it with an exception for exchanges that do not have commercial substance. SFAS No. 153 specifies that a nonmonetary exchange has commercial substance if the future cash flows of the entity are expected to change significantly as a result of the exchange. SFAS No. 153 is effective for the fiscal periods beginning after June 15, 2005 and was adopted by our company beginning July 3, 2005.  There was no impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial conditions.

In May 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued SFAS No. 154, “Accounting Changes and Error Corrections — a replacement of APB Opinion No. 20 and FASB Statement No. 3”. This statement applies to all voluntary changes in accounting principles and changes required by an accounting pronouncement where no specific transition provisions are included. SFAS No. 154 requires retrospective application to prior periods’ financial statements of changes in accounting principles, unless it is impracticable to determine either the period-specific effects or the cumulative effect of the change. Retrospective application is limited to the direct effects of the change; the indirect effects should be recognized in the period of the change. This statement carries forward without changing the guidance contained in Opinion No. 20 for reporting the correction of an error in previously issued financial statements and a change in accounting estimate. However, SFAS No. 154 redefines restatement as the revising of previously issued financial statements to reflect the correction of an error. The provisions of SFAS No. 154 are effective for accounting changes and correction of errors made in fiscal periods that begin after December 15, 2005, although early adoption is permitted. We are not currently contemplating any accounting changes, which would be impacted by SFAS No. 154.

In March 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued interpretation (FIN) No. 47, “Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations — an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 143.” The statement clarifies that the term conditional asset retirement obligation, as used in SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations,” refers to a legal obligation to perform an asset retirement activity in which the timing and (or) method of settlement are conditional on a future event that may or may not be within the control of the entity. This interpretation also clarifies when an entity would have sufficient information to reasonably estimate the fair value of an asset retirement obligation. The effective date of this interpretation is no later than the end of the fiscal year ending after December 15, 2005. The adoption of FIN No. 47 is not expected to have an impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

Related-Party Transactions

Prior to the consummation of our initial public offering on October 14, 2004, we were party to a management agreement with BRS & Co., the manager of Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., L.P. (BRS), pursuant to which BRS & Co. was paid an annual fee of $500,000 per year for certain management, business and organizational strategy, and merchant and investment banking services.  BRS owned the majority of our capital stock prior to the consummation of our initial public offering.  The management agreement was terminated as of October 14, 2004.

We are also party to a transaction services agreement pursuant to which BRS & Co. will be paid a transaction fee for management, financial and other corporate advisory services rendered by BRS & Co. in connection with acquisitions by our company, which fee will not exceed 1.0% of the total transaction value.  No such fees were paid during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004.  In connection with our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings, the transaction services agreement was

 

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amended to provide that transaction fees will be payable as described above unless a majority of our disinterested directors determines otherwise.  BRS & Co. did not receive any transaction fees in connection with the initial public offering and the concurrent offerings.

We are a party to a lease for our Roseland manufacturing and warehouse facility with 426 Eagle Rock Avenue Associates, a real estate partnership of which Leonard S. Polaner, our former chairman of the board of directors, is the general partner.  Total rent expense associated with this lease was approximately $577,000 for the thirty-nine week periods ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004.  The lease expires in April 2009.

Off-balance Sheet Arrangements

As of October 1, 2005, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

Commitments and Contractual Obligations

Our contractual obligations and commitments principally include obligations associated with our outstanding indebtedness and future minimum operating lease obligations as set forth in the following table as of January 1, 2005.   

 

 

Payments Due by Period

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands)

 

Contractual Obligations:

 

Total

 

2005

 

2006

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009 and Thereafter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt (1)

 

$

772,436

 

$

39,096

 

$

39,096

 

$

39,096

 

$

39,096

 

$

616,052

 

Operating leases

 

9,567

 

3,804

 

2,203

 

1,506

 

1,432

 

622

 

Other long-term obligations (2)

 

1,860

 

1,860

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

783,863

 

$

44,760

 

$

41,299

 

$

40,602

 

$

40,528

 

$

616,674

 

________

(1)                                  Includes interest obligations on our senior notes at an interest rate of 8.0% per annum through maturity on October 1, 2011 and on our senior subordinated notes of 12.0% per annum through maturity on October 30, 2016.

 

(2)                                  Represents expected contributions under our defined benefit pension plans (see below).  The expected contributions beyond 2005 are not currently determinable.

 

During the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005, there were no material changes outside the ordinary course of business in the specified contractual obligations set forth in the table above, except that our expected contributions under our defined benefit pension plans decreased from $1.9 million to $1.0 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report includes forward-looking statements, including without limitation the statements under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”  The words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.  We believe important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include the following:

 

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·                  our substantial leverage;

·                  intense competition, changes in consumer preferences, demand for our products, the effects of changing prices for our raw materials and local economic and market conditions;

·                  our continued ability to promote brand equity successfully, to anticipate and respond to new consumer trends, to develop new products and markets, to broaden brand portfolios in order to compete effectively with lower priced products and in markets that are consolidating at the retail and manufacturing levels, to improve productivity and to maintain access to credit markets;

·                  the risks associated with the expansion of our business;

·                  our possible inability to integrate any businesses we acquire;

·                  our borrowing costs and credit ratings, which may be influenced by the credit ratings of our competitors;

·                  factors that affect the food industry generally, including:

·                  recalls if products become adulterated or misbranded, liability if product consumption causes injury, ingredient disclosure and labeling laws and regulations and the possibility that consumers could lose confidence in the safety and quality of certain food products, as well as recent publicity concerning the health implications of obesity and trans fatty acids; and

·                  the effects of currency movements in Canada and fluctuations in the level of our customers’ inventories and credit and other business risks related to our customers operating in a challenging economic and competitive environment; and

·                  the risk that our senior subordinated notes may be treated as equity for U.S. federal income tax purposes; and

·                  other factors discussed elsewhere in this report, under the section captioned “Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results” and in our public filings with the SEC.

Developments in any of these areas could cause our results to differ materially from results that have been or may be projected by or on our behalf.

All forward-looking statements included in this report are based on information available to us on the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained in this report.

We caution that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive.  We urge investors not to unduly rely on forward-looking statements contained in this report.

Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results

Any investment in our company will be subject to risks inherent to our business. Before making an investment decision, investors should carefully consider the risks described below together with all of the other information included in this report.  The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones facing our company.  Additional risks and uncertainties that we are not aware of or focused on or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations.  This report is qualified in its entirety by these risk factors.

Any of the following risks could materially and adversely affect our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  In that case, holders of our securities may lose all or part of their investment.

 

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Risks Specific to Our Company

The packaged food industry is highly competitive.

The packaged food industry is highly competitive.  Numerous brands and products, including private label products, compete for shelf space and sales, with competition based primarily on product quality, convenience, price, trade promotion, consumer promotion, brand recognition and loyalty, customer service, effective advertising and promotional activities and the ability to identify and satisfy emerging consumer preferences.  We compete with a significant number of companies of varying sizes, including divisions or subsidiaries of larger companies.  Many of these competitors have multiple product lines, substantially greater financial and other resources available to them and may have lower fixed costs and/or are substantially less leveraged than our company.  If we are unable to continue to compete successfully with these companies or if competitive pressures or other factors cause our products to lose market share or result in significant price erosion, our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity could be materially and adversely affected.

We may be unable to maintain our profitability in the face of a consolidating retail environment.

Our largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., accounted for 9.1% of our net sales during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 compared to 7.6% of our net sales during the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  Our ten largest customers together accounted for approximately 41.7% of our net sales during the thirty-nine week period ended October 1, 2005 compared to 39.8% of our net sales during the thirty-nine week period ended October 2, 2004.  As the retail grocery trade continues to consolidate and our retail customers grow larger and become more sophisticated, our retail customers may demand lower pricing and increased promotional programs.  Further, these customers are reducing their inventories and increasing their emphasis on private label products.  If we fail to use our marketing expertise and unique products and category leadership positions to respond to these trends, or if we lower our prices or increase promotional support of our products and are unable to increase the volume of our products sold, our profitability may be adversely affected.

If we are unable to retain our key management personnel, our growth and future success may be impaired and our financial condition could suffer as a result.

Our success depends to a significant degree upon the continued contributions of senior management, certain of whom would be difficult to replace.  In addition, we do not maintain key-man life insurance on any of our executive officers.  As a result, departure by our executive officers could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Most of our food product categories are mature and certain categories have experienced declining consumption rates from time to time.  We may be unable to offset any reduction in, or increase, net sales through an increase in trade spending for these categories or an increase in net sales in other categories.

If consumption rates and sales in our mature food product categories continue to decline, our revenue and operating income may be adversely affected, and we may not be able to offset this decrease in business with increased trade spending or an increase in sales or profitability of other products and product categories.

We may have difficulties integrating any future acquisitions or identifying new licensing arrangements.

We may pursue additional acquisitions of food product lines and businesses.  However, we may be unable to identify additional acquisitions or may be unable to integrate and manage any acquired product lines or businesses successfully or achieve a substantial portion of any anticipated cost savings from these acquisitions or other anticipated benefits in the timeframe we anticipate, or at all.  In addition, any acquired product lines or businesses may require a greater amount of trade and promotional spending than we anticipate. 

 

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Historically, we have grown net sales for some but not all of the brands we have acquired.  Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in the assimilation of the operations, technologies, services and products of the acquired companies, personnel turnover and the diversion of management’s attention from other business concerns.  Any inability by us to integrate and manage any acquired product lines or businesses in a timely and efficient manner, any inability to achieve a substantial portion of any anticipated cost savings or other anticipated benefits from these acquisitions in the time frame we anticipate or any unanticipated required increases in trade or promotional spending could adversely affect our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  Moreover, future acquisitions by us could result in our incurring substantial additional indebtedness, being exposed to contingent liabilities or incurring the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, all of which could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.  In addition, we intend to pursue licensing arrangements with third parties to expand our brand and product offerings.  However, we may be unable to identify additional licensing arrangements or achieve benefits anticipated from these arrangements.

We are vulnerable to fluctuations in the supply and price of raw materials and labor, manufacturing and other costs, and we may not be able to offset increasing costs by increasing prices to our customers.

We purchase agricultural products, meat and poultry, other raw materials and packaging supplies from growers, commodity processors, other food companies and packaging manufacturers.  While all such materials are available from numerous independent suppliers, raw materials and packaging supplies are subject to fluctuations in price attributable to a number of factors, including changes in crop size, federal and state agricultural programs, export demand, energy and fuel costs, weather conditions during the growing and harvesting seasons, insects, plant diseases and fungi.  Although we enter into advance commodities purchase agreements from time to time, these contracts do not protect us from all increases in raw material costs.  In addition, the cost of labor, manufacturing, energy, fuel, packaging materials and pork and chicken and other costs related to the production and distribution of our food products have risen in recent years, and we believe that they may continue to rise in the foreseeable future.  Over the past several years, due primarily to an increase in price competition, we and other manufacturers throughout the packaged food industry have been unable to offset increased costs by raising prices to our customers.  If the cost of labor, raw materials or manufacturing or other costs of production and distribution of our food products continue to increase, and we are unable to offset these increases by raising prices or other measures, our profitability and financial condition could be negatively impacted.

We rely on co-packers for a significant portion of our manufacturing needs, and the inability to enter into additional or future co-packing agreements may result in our failure to meet customer demand.

We rely upon co-packers for a significant portion of our manufacturing needs.  The success of our business depends, in part, on maintaining a strong sourcing and manufacturing platform.  We believe that there are a limited number of competent, high-quality co-packers in the industry, and if we were required to obtain additional or alternative co-packing agreements or arrangements in the future, we can provide no assurance that we would be able to do so on satisfactory terms or in a timely manner.  Our inability to enter into satisfactory co-packing agreements could limit our ability to implement our business plan or meet customer demand.

The loss of our exclusive license with Emeril’s Food of Love Productions, L.L.C. or events or rumors relating to the Emeril’s brand could adversely impact our operating results.

The value of our exclusive license agreement with Emeril’s Food of Love Productions, L.L.C. (EFLP) depends in part on the reputation and integrity of Emeril Lagasse, under whose name the Emeril’s products are marketed.  Mr. Lagasse is a widely recognized chef who currently enjoys celebrity status for his ability to prepare gourmet foods.  Consumer and customer recognition of Mr. Lagasse and the Emeril’s brand and the association of this brand with safe and high quality food products form an integral part of our Emeril’s products.  Should Mr. Lagasse’s popularity decline, or should our exclusive license with EFLP be lost or

 

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compromised for any reason, our operating results could be adversely impacted.  In addition, EFLP may terminate the license agreement at any point if we fail to meet our obligations under the agreement.

We rely on the performance of major retailers, wholesalers, specialty distributors and mass merchants for the success of our business, and should they perform poorly or give higher priority to other brands or products, our business could be adversely affected.

We sell our products principally to retail outlets and wholesale distributors including, traditional supermarkets, food service outlets, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, non-food outlets and specialty food distributors.  The replacement by or poor performance of our major wholesalers, retailers or chains or our inability to collect accounts receivable from our customers could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.  In addition, our customers offer branded and private label products that compete directly with our products for retail shelf space and consumer purchases.  Accordingly, there is a risk that our customers may give higher priority to the products of our competitors.  In the future, our customers may not continue to purchase our products or provide our products with adequate levels of promotional support.

We may be unable to anticipate changes in consumer preferences, which may result in decreased demand for our products.

Our success depends in part on our ability to anticipate and offer products that appeal to the changing tastes, dietary habits and product packaging preferences of consumers in the market categories in which we compete.  If we are not able to anticipate, identify or develop and market products that respond to these changes in consumer preferences, demand for our products may decline and our operating results maybe adversely affected.  In addition, we may incur significant costs related to developing and marketing new products or expanding our existing product lines in reaction to what we perceive to be increased consumer preference or demand.  Such development or marketing may not result in the volume of sales or profitability anticipated.

Severe weather conditions and natural disasters can affect crop supplies and reduce our operating results.

Severe weather conditions and natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, frosts, earthquakes or pestilence, may affect the supply of the raw materials that we use for our products.  Our maple syrup products, for instance, are particularly susceptible to severe freezing conditions in Quebec, Canada and Vermont during the season in which the syrup is produced.  Competing manufacturers can be affected differently by weather conditions and natural disasters depending on the location of their supplies.  If our supplies of raw materials are reduced, we may not be able to find enough supplemental supply sources on favorable terms, which could adversely affect our business and operating results.

We are subject to environmental laws and regulations relating to hazardous materials, substances and waste used in or resulting from our operations.  Liabilities or claims with respect to environmental matters could have a significant negative impact on our business.

As with other companies engaged in similar businesses, the nature of our operations expose us to the risk of liabilities and claims with respect to environmental matters, including those relating to the disposal and release of hazardous substances.  Furthermore, our operations are governed by laws and regulations relating to workplace safety and worker health which, among other things, regulate employee exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  Any material costs incurred in connection with such liabilities or claims could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  Any environmental or health and safety legislation or regulations enacted in the future, or any changes in how existing or future laws or regulations will be enforced, administered or interpreted may lead to an increase in compliance costs or expose us to additional risk of liabilities and claims, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

 

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Our operations are subject to numerous laws and governmental regulations, exposing us to potential claims and compliance costs that could adversely affect our business.

Our operations are subject to extensive regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other national, state and local authorities.  For example, we are subject to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and regulations promulgated thereunder by the FDA.  This comprehensive regulatory program governs, among other things, the manufacturing, composition and ingredients, packaging and safety of foods.  Under this program the FDA regulates manufacturing practices for foods through its current “good manufacturing practices” regulations and specifies the recipes for certain foods.  Furthermore, our processing facilities and products are subject to periodic inspection by federal, state and local authorities.  Any changes in these laws and regulations could increase the cost of developing and distributing our products and otherwise increase the cost of conducting our business, which would adversely affect our financial condition.  In addition, failure by us to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including future laws and regulations, could subject us to civil remedies, including fines, injunctions, recalls or seizures, as well as potential criminal sanctions, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

We may be subject to significant liability should the consumption of any of our products cause injury, illness or death.

The sale of food products for human consumption involves the risk of injury to consumers.  Such injuries may result from tampering by unauthorized third parties or product contamination or spoilage, including the presence of foreign objects, substances, chemicals, other agents or residues introduced during the growing, storage, handling or transportation phases of production.  We have from time to time been involved in product liability lawsuits, none of which have been material to our business.  While we are subject to governmental inspection and regulations and believe our facilities comply in all material respects with all applicable laws and regulations, if the consumption of any of our products causes, or is alleged to have caused, a health-related illness in the future we may become subject to claims or lawsuits relating to such matters.  Even if a product liability claim is unsuccessful or is not fully pursued, the negative publicity surrounding any assertion that our products caused injury, illness or death could adversely affect our reputation with existing and potential customers and our corporate and brand image.  Moreover, claims or liabilities of this sort might not be covered by our insurance or by any rights of indemnity or contribution that we may have against others.  We maintain product liability insurance in an amount that we believe to be adequate.  However, we cannot be sure that we will not incur claims or liabilities for which we are not insured or that exceed the amount of our insurance coverage.

Furthermore, our products could potentially suffer from product tampering, contamination or spoilage or be mislabeled or otherwise damaged.  Under certain circumstances, we may be required to recall products, leading to a material adverse effect on our business.  Even if a situation does not necessitate a recall, product liability claims might be asserted against us.  A product liability judgment against us or a product recall could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Consumer concern regarding the safety and quality of food products or health concerns could adversely affect sales of certain of our products.

If consumers in our principal markets lose confidence in the safety and quality of certain food products, our business could be adversely affected.  The food industry is also subject to recent publicity concerning the health implications of obesity and trans fatty acids.  Developments in any of these areas could cause our results to differ materially from results that have been or may be projected.  For example, negative publicity about genetically modified organisms, whether or not valid, may discourage consumers from buying certain of our products or result in production and delivery disruptions.

 

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Litigation regarding our trademarks and any other proprietary rights may have a significant negative impact on our business.

We own 104 trademarks which are registered in the United States, 23 trademarks which are registered with certain U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and 224 trademarks which are registered in foreign countries.  In addition, we have ten trademark applications pending in the United States and foreign countries.  We consider our trademarks to be of significant importance in our business.  If the actions we take to establish and protect our trademarks and other proprietary rights are not adequate to prevent imitation of our products by others or to prevent others from seeking to block sales of our products as an alleged violation of their trademarks and proprietary rights, it may be necessary for us to initiate or enter into litigation in the future to enforce our trademark right or to defend ourselves against claimed infringement of the rights of others.  Any legal proceedings could result in an adverse determination that could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Our financial well-being could be jeopardized by unforeseen changes in our employees’ collective bargaining agreements or shifts in union policy.

As of October 1, 2005, approximately 274 of our 708 employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements.  Approximately 53 of our employees at our Roseland, New Jersey facility were represented by a collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen & Helpers of America (Local No. 863).  Approximately 135 of our employees at our Portland and Biddeford, Maine facilities were represented by a collective bargaining agreement with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (AFL-CIO, Local No. 334).  Approximately 86 of our employees at our Stoughton, Wisconsin facility were represented by a collective bargaining agreement with the Drivers, Salesmen, Warehousemen, Milk Processors, Cannery, Dairy Employees and Helpers Union (Local No. 695).  Although we consider our employee relations to be generally good, a prolonged work stoppage or strike at any facility with union employees could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.  In addition, if upon the expiration of existing collective bargaining agreements we are unable to reach new agreements without union action or any such new agreements are not on terms satisfactory to us, our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity could be materially and adversely affected.

Future labor disruptions in the food industry could significantly impact our sales and profitability.

The grocer’s strike in California, which began in October 2003 and ended March 2004, in response to proposed healthcare cuts by several large retail grocers, affected over 70,000 grocery workers in California, and had a negative impact on our net sales.  Should a similar strike or other labor disruption occur in California or elsewhere in the future, it may have a significant impact on our sales revenue and operating profits.

Risks Relating to our Securities

Holders of our EISs, Class A common stock and Class B common stock, may not receive the level of dividends provided for in the dividend policy our board of directors adopted in connection with our initial public offering, or any dividends at all.

Dividend payments are not mandatory or guaranteed and holders of our common stock do not have any legal right to receive, or require us to pay, dividends.  Furthermore, our board of directors may, in its sole discretion, amend or repeal the dividend policy it adopted in connection with our initial public offering.  Our board of directors may decrease the level of dividends provided for in this dividend policy or entirely discontinue the payment of dividends.  Future dividends with respect to shares of our capital stock, if any, depend on, among other things, our results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions, business opportunities, provisions of applicable law and other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant.  The indenture governing our senior subordinated notes, the terms of our revolving credit

 

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facility and the indenture governing the senior notes contain significant restrictions on our ability to make dividend payments.  In addition, certain provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may limit our ability to pay dividends.

Our dividend policy may negatively impact our ability to finance our working capital requirements, capital expenditures or operations.

In connection with our initial public offering, our board of directors has adopted a dividend policy under which cash generated by our business in excess of operating needs, interest and principal payments on indebtedness, capital expenditures sufficient to maintain our properties and assets and $6.0 million of dividend restricted cash (that can be used for the payment of dividends on the Class A common stock or for any other purpose other than the payment of dividends on the Class B common stock), would in general be distributed as regular quarterly cash dividends (up to the intended dividend rates as determined by our board of directors) to the holders of our Class A common stock and as regular annual cash dividends (up to the dividend rate permitted under our debt agreements and our organizational documents) to the holders of our Class B common stock and not be retained by us as cash on our consolidated balance sheet.  As a result, we may not retain a sufficient amount of cash to finance growth opportunities or unanticipated capital expenditure needs or to fund our operations in the event of a significant business downturn.  We may have to forego growth opportunities or capital expenditures that would otherwise be necessary or desirable if we do not find alternative sources of financing.  If we do not have sufficient cash for these purposes, our financial condition and our business will suffer.

If we have insufficient cash flow to cover the intended dividend payments under the dividend policy adopted by our board of directors we would need to reduce or eliminate dividends or, to the extent permitted under our debt agreements, fund a portion of our dividends with additional borrowings.

For the latest twelve months ended October 1, 2005, we had cash provided by operating activities of $22.9 million.  If our cash flows from operations for future periods were to fall below our minimum expectations (or if our assumptions as to capital expenditures or interest expense were too low or our assumptions as to the sufficiency of our revolving credit facility to finance our working capital needs were to prove incorrect), we would need either to reduce or eliminate dividends or, to the extent permitted under the indenture governing our senior notes, the indenture governing our senior subordinated notes and the terms of our revolving credit facility, fund a portion of our dividends with borrowings or from other sources.  If we were to use working capital or permanent borrowings to fund dividends, we would have less cash and/or borrowing capacity available for future dividends and other purposes, which could negatively impact our financial condition, our results of operations, our liquidity and our ability to maintain or expand our business.

Our certificate of incorporation authorizes us to issue without stockholder approval preferred stock that may be senior to our common stock in right of dividend payment.

Our certificate of incorporation authorizes the issuance of preferred stock without stockholder approval and upon such terms as the board of directors may determine.  The rights of the holders of shares of our common stock will be subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of holders of any class or series of preferred stock that may be issued in the future.  The right of the holders of our common stock to receive dividends as they may be lawfully declared from time to time by our board of directors is subject to any preferential rights that we may grant to the holders of preferred stock that we may issue.  The terms of any preferred stock we issue may place restrictions on the payment of dividends to the holders of our common stock.  If we issue preferred stock that is senior to our common stock in right of dividend payment, and our cash flows from operations or surplus are insufficient to support dividend payments to the holders of preferred stock and to the holders of EISs and Class A and Class B common stock, we may be forced to reduce or eliminate dividends to the holders of EISs and Class A and Class B common stock.

 

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We have substantial indebtedness, which could:

·                                         restrict our ability to pay interest on our senior subordinated notes and our senior notes;

·                                         restrict our ability to pay dividends with respect to shares of our Class A and Class B common stock; and

·                                         impact our financing options and liquidity position.

At October 1, 2005, we had $240.0 million of senior indebtedness, and $165.8 million of senior subordinated indebtedness.

Our ability to pay dividends is subject to applicable law and contractual restrictions contained in the instruments governing any indebtedness of ours and our subsidiaries, including our revolving credit facility, which is secured on a senior basis by substantially all of our and our subsidiaries’ assets except our real property, and our senior notes.  The degree to which we are leveraged on a consolidated basis could have important consequences to the holders of our securities, including:

·                                            our ability in the future to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures or acquisitions may be limited;

·                                            we may not be able to refinance our indebtedness on terms acceptable to us or at all;

·                                            a significant portion of our cash flow is likely to be dedicated to the payment of interest on our indebtedness, thereby reducing funds available for future operations, capital expenditures and/or dividends on our Class A and Class B common stock; and

·                                            we may be more vulnerable to economic downturns and be limited in our ability to withstand competitive pressures.

Despite current indebtedness levels, we and our subsidiaries may still be able to incur substantially more debt.  This could further exacerbate risks associated with our substantial indebtedness.

While our revolving credit facility contains total leverage, senior leverage and cash interest coverage maintenance covenants and the indentures governing the senior notes and senior subordinated notes contain incurrence covenants that restrict our ability to incur debt, as long as we meet these financial covenant tests we will be allowed to incur additional indebtedness.  In addition, the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes allows us to issue additional senior subordinated notes with terms identical (other than issuance date) to our existing senior subordinated notes under certain circumstances.

To service our indebtedness, we require a significant amount of cash.  Our ability to generate cash depends on many factors beyond our control.  We may not be able to repay or refinance the senior subordinated notes, the revolving credit facility or our senior notes upon terms acceptable to us if at all.

Our ability to make payments on and to refinance our indebtedness, including the senior subordinated notes, and to fund planned capital expenditures depends on our ability to generate cash flow from operations in the future.  This ability, to a certain extent, is subject to general economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors that are beyond our control.

A significant portion of our cash flow from operations is dedicated to servicing our debt requirements.  In addition, we currently intend to distribute a significant portion of any remaining cash flow to our stockholders in the form of dividends.  Moreover, prior to the maturity of our senior notes, we are not required to make any payments of principal on our senior subordinated notes.

 

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Our ability to continue to expand our business is, to a certain extent, dependent upon our ability to borrow funds under our revolving credit facility and to obtain other third-party financing, including through the sale of EISs or other securities.  The revolving credit facility is subject to periodic renewal or must otherwise be refinanced.  Likewise, we expect that we will refinance our senior notes at or prior to maturity, which will be substantially prior to the maturity date of the senior subordinated notes.  If we are unable to refinance our indebtedness, including our revolving credit facility or our senior notes, on commercially reasonable terms or at all, we would be forced to seek other alternatives, including:

·                                          sales of assets;

·                                          sales of equity; and

·                                          negotiations with our lenders or noteholders to restructure the applicable debt.

In addition, if we are unable to refinance the senior subordinated notes or the senior notes, our failure to repay all amounts due on the applicable maturity date would cause a default under the applicable indentures.

If we are forced to pursue any of the above options, our business and/or the value of an investment in our securities could be adversely affected.

Credit ratings may affect our ability to obtain financing and the cost of such financing.

Our ability to obtain external financing and, in particular, debt financing is affected by our debt ratings, which are periodically reviewed by the major credit rating agencies.  Moody’s and S&P have provided ratings to the senior subordinated notes of Caa1 and CCC+ respectively.  In determining our credit ratings, the rating agencies generally consider a number of both quantitative and qualitative factors.  These factors include earnings, fixed charges such as interest, cash flows, total debt outstanding, off-balance sheet obligations and other commitments, total capitalization and various ratios calculated from these factors.  The ratings provided to us by Moody’s and S&P for the senior subordinated notes indicate that these rating agencies have determined that our senior subordinated notes have a currently identifiable vulnerability to default and that we are dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet timely payment of interest and repayment of principal on the senior subordinated notes.

We are a holding company and we rely on dividends, interest and other payments, advances and transfers of funds from our subsidiaries to meet our debt service and other obligations.

We are a holding company and all of our assets are held by our direct and indirect subsidiaries and we rely on dividends and other payments or distributions from our subsidiaries to meet our debt service obligations and to enable us to pay dividends.  The ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends or make other payments or distributions to us depends on their respective operating results and may be restricted by, among other things, the laws of their jurisdiction of organization (which may limit the amount of funds available for the payment of dividends), agreements of those subsidiaries, the revolving credit facility, the terms of the indenture governing the senior notes and the covenants of any future outstanding indebtedness we or our subsidiaries incur.

We may amend our revolving credit facility, the indenture governing the senior notes or the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes, or we may enter into new agreements that govern senior indebtedness.  The amended or new terms may significantly affect our ability to pay interest and dividends to holders of our securities, as applicable.

Our revolving credit facility and the indenture governing the senior notes contain significant restrictions on our ability to pay interest on the senior subordinated notes and dividends on the shares of Class A and Class B common stock based on meeting specified financial ratios, and compliance with other

 

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conditions.  As a result of general economic conditions, conditions in the lending markets, the results of our business or for any other reason, we may elect or be required to amend or refinance our revolving credit facility or our senior notes, at or prior to maturity, or enter into additional agreements for senior indebtedness.  Regardless of any protection holders of our securities have in the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes, any such amendment, refinancing or additional agreement may contain covenants which could limit in a significant manner our ability to pay interest payments and dividends to holders of the EISs, our Class A and Class B common stock and our senior subordinated notes.

We are subject to restrictive debt covenants and other requirements related to our debt that limit our business flexibility by imposing operating and financial restrictions on our operations.

The agreements governing our indebtedness impose significant operating and financial restrictions on us.  These restrictions prohibit or limit, among other things:

·                                           the incurrence of additional indebtedness and the issuance of certain preferred stock or redeemable capital stock;

·                                          the payment of dividends on, and purchase or redemption of, capital stock;

·                                          a number of other restricted payments, including investments;

·                                          specified sales of assets;

·                                          specified transactions with affiliates;

·                                          the creation of a number of liens; and

·                                          consolidations, mergers and transfers of all or substantially all of our assets.

Our revolving credit facility and the indenture governing the senior notes include other and more restrictive covenants and prohibit us from prepaying our other indebtedness, including the senior subordinated notes, while senior indebtedness is outstanding.  The revolving credit facility requires us to maintain specified financial ratios and satisfy financial condition tests, including, without limitation, the following:  a maximum leverage ratio, a minimum interest coverage ratio and a maximum senior leverage ratio.

Our ability to comply with the ratios or tests may be affected by events beyond our control, including prevailing economic, financial and industry conditions.  A breach of any of these covenants, or failure to meet or maintain ratios or tests could result in a default under the revolving credit facility, the terms of the indenture governing the senior notes and/or the indenture governing the senior subordinated notes.  Certain events of default under the revolving credit facility and the terms of the indenture governing the senior notes would prohibit us from making payments on the senior subordinated notes, including payment of interest when due.  In addition, upon the occurrence of an event of default under the revolving credit facility or the terms of the indenture governing the senior notes, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under the revolving credit facility and the senior notes, together with accrued interest, to be immediately due and payable.  If we were unable to repay those amounts, the lenders could proceed against the security granted to them to secure that indebtedness.  If the lenders accelerate the payment of the indebtedness, our assets may not be sufficient to repay in full this indebtedness and our other indebtedness, including the senior subordinated notes.

 

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Interest on the senior subordinated notes may not be deductible by us for U.S. federal income tax purposes, which could significantly reduce our future cash flow and impact our ability to make interest and dividend payments.

If all or a portion of the senior subordinated notes were treated as equity rather than debt for U.S. federal income tax purposes, then a corresponding portion of the interest on the senior subordinated notes would not be deductible by us for U.S. federal income tax purposes.  In addition, we would be subject to liability for U.S. withholding taxes on interest payments to non-U.S. holders if such payments were determined to be dividends.  Our inability to deduct interest on the senior subordinated notes could materially increase our taxable income and, thus, our U.S. federal and applicable state income tax liability.  Our liability for income taxes (and withholding taxes) if the senior subordinated notes were determined to be equity for income tax purposes would materially reduce our after-tax cash flow and would materially and adversely impact our ability to make interest and/or dividend payments and could impact our ability to continue as a going concern.  In the case of foreign holders, treatment of the senior subordinated notes as equity for U.S. federal income tax purposes would subject such holders in respect of the senior subordinated notes to withholding or estate taxes in the same manner as with regard to common stock and could subject us to liability for withholding taxes that were not collected on payments of interest.  Therefore, foreign holders would receive any such payments net of the tax withheld.

Even if the IRS does not challenge the tax treatment of the senior subordinated notes, it is possible that we will at some point in the future, as a result of changes in circumstances or facts that come to light in the future, conclude that we should establish a reserve for contingent tax liabilities associated with a disallowance of all or part of the interest deductions on the senior subordinated notes, although our present view is that no such reserve is necessary or appropriate.  If we decide to maintain such a reserve, our ability to pay dividends on the shares of our common stock could be materially impaired and the market price and/or liquidity for the ElSs or our common stock could be adversely affected.

For discussion of these tax related risks, see “Critical Accounting Policies; Use of Estimates—Income Tax Expense Estimates and Policies” above.

Future changes that increase cash taxes payable by us could significantly decrease our future cash flow available to make interest and dividend payments with respect to our securities.

We are able to amortize goodwill and certain intangible assets within the meaning of Section 197 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  This enables us to amortize for tax purposes approximately $16.0 million annually through 2011, approximately $14.4 million for fiscal 2012, approximately $12.9 million for fiscal 2013 and 2014, and approximately $7.1 million for fiscal 2015 through 2018.  If there is a change in U.S. federal tax policy that reduces any of these available deductions or results in an increase in our corporate tax rate, our cash taxes payable may increase, which could significantly reduce our future cash and impact our ability to make interest and dividend payments.  As of January 1, 2005, we had net operating loss, or NOL, carryforwards for U.S. federal income tax purposes of approximately $2.9 million which are available to offset future U.S. federal taxable income, if any, through 2020 subject to certain limitations under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  The realizable amount of these NOLs could be reduced in the near term if estimates of future taxable income during future periods are reduced.

If interest rates rise, the trading value of our ElSs and senior subordinated notes may decline.

Should interest rates rise or should the threat of rising interest rates develop, debt markets may be adversely affected.  As a result, the trading value of our EISs and senior subordinated notes may decline.

 

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Future sales or the possibility of future sales of a substantial amount of EISs, shares of our Class A common stock, our senior subordinated notes or other securities may depress the price of our securities.

Future sales or the availability for sale of substantial amounts of EISs, shares of our Class A common stock, a significant principal amount of our senior subordinated notes or other securities in the public market could adversely affect the prevailing market price of our securities and could impair our ability to raise capital through future sales of our securities.

We may issue shares of our Class A common stock and senior subordinated notes, which may be in the form of EISs, or other securities from time to time in future financings or as consideration for future acquisitions and investments.  In the event any such future financing, acquisition or investment is significant, the number of shares of our Class A common stock and the aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes, which may be in the form of EISs, or the number or aggregate principal amount, as the case may be, of other securities that we may issue may in turn be significant.  In addition, we may also grant registration rights covering those EISs, shares of our Class A common stock, senior subordinated notes or other securities in connection with any such future financing, acquisitions and investments.

In addition, following the fifth anniversary of the closing of our initial public offering or earlier under certain circumstances, holders of Class B common stock may demand registration of their Class B common stock.

Our certificate of incorporation and bylaws and several other factors could limit another party’s ability to acquire us and deprive our investors of the opportunity to obtain a takeover premium for their securities.

Our certificate of incorporation and bylaws contain certain provisions that may make it difficult for another company to acquire us and for holders of our securities to receive any related takeover premium for their securities.  For example, our certificate of incorporation authorizes the issuance of preferred stock without stockholder approval and upon such terms as the board of directors may determine.  The rights of the holders of shares of our common stock will be subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of holders of any class or series of preferred stock that may be issued in the future.

Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

In the normal course of operations, we are exposed to market risks arising from adverse changes in interest rates.  Market risk is defined for these purposes as the potential change in the fair value of a financial asset or liability resulting from an adverse movement in interest rates.  As of October 1, 2005, our revolving credit facility entered into concurrently with our initial public offering and the concurrent offerings was undrawn, and we have no outstanding variable rate borrowings.  Interest under our revolving credit facility is determined based on several alternative rates as stipulated in the revolving credit facility, including the base lending rate per annum plus an applicable margin, or LIBOR plus an applicable margin.

We also have outstanding $240.0 million principal amount of 8.0% senior notes due October 1, 2011, with interest payable semiannually on April 1 and October 1 of each year.  The fair value of the senior notes at October 1, 2005, based on quoted market prices, was $246.0 million.

We also have outstanding $165.8 million principal amount of 12.0% senior subordinated notes due October 30, 2016, with interest payable quarterly on January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30 of each year.  Of such outstanding principal amount, $143.0 million principal amount is represented by approximately 20.0 million EISs.  Each EIS represents one share of our Class A common stock and $7.15 principal amount of our senior subordinated notes.  As of October 1, 2005, the fair value of the EISs, based on the per EIS closing price on the AMEX on July 1, 2005, was $12.65 per EIS.  It is not practicable to estimate the fair value of the $143.0 million principal amount of senior subordinated notes represented by the EISs.  Of the $165.8 aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes outstanding, $22.8 million principal amount is not

 

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represented by EISs and trades separately.  The fair value of the separate senior subordinated notes at October 1, 2005, based on quoted market prices, was $23.9 million.

We purchase raw materials, including agricultural products, meat and poultry from growers, commodity processors, other food companies and packaging manufacturers.  Raw materials are subject to fluctuations in price attributable to a number of factors.  We are faced with increasing prices in certain of these commodities, particularly in packaging materials, pork and chicken and we expect this trend may continue.  We manage this risk by entering into short-term supply contracts and advance commodities purchase agreements from time to time, and if necessary, by raising prices.  There can be no assurance, however, that any price increases by us will offset the increased cost of these raw material commodities, or that we will be able to raise prices at all.

Item 4.    Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures.  As required by Rule 13a-15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, our management, including our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report.  As defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that we use that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.  Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Based on that evaluation, our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.  It should be noted that any system of controls, however well designed and operated, is based in part upon certain assumptions and can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the system are met.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.  As required by Rule 13a-15(d) under the Exchange Act, our management, including our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer, also conducted an evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting to determine whether any change occurred during the quarter covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.  Based on that evaluation, our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer concluded that there has been no change during the quarter covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II
OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.    Legal Proceedings

We are involved in various claims and legal actions arising in the ordinary course of business.  In the opinion of our management, the ultimate disposition of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or liquidity.

Item 2.    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Not applicable.

Item 3.    Defaults Upon Senior Securities

Not applicable.

Item 4.    Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

Not applicable.

Item 5.    Other Information

Not applicable.

Item 6.    Exhibits

 

EXHIBIT
NO.


DESCRIPTION

 

 

31.1

Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of the Chief Executive Officer.

31.2

Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of the Chief Financial Officer.

32.1

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, of the Chief Executive Officer.

32.2

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, of the Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

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SIGNATURE

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.

Dated: October 31, 2005

 

B&G FOODS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Robert C. Cantwell

 

 

Robert C. Cantwell
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer and Authorized Officer)

 

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBIT
NO.


DESCRIPTION

 

 

31.1

Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of the Chief Executive Officer.

31.2

Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of the Chief Financial Officer.

32.1

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, of the Chief Executive Officer.

32.2

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, of the Chief Financial Officer.