J&J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings of $1.29 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.25 by 3.2%. The reported figure also climbed 17.3% year over year.
Net sales of this leading snack food provider came in at $316.7 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $289.4 million by 9.4%. Sales also improved 21% year over year on strong sales of soft pretzels, churros, handhelds and certain bakery products.
The company’s total operating expenses increased 23.7% year over year to $60.7 million owing to higher marketing, distribution and administrative expenses.
Operating income was $36.9 million, showing an increase of 20% from $30.7 million a year ago.
J & J Snack Foods Corp. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Fiscal 2017 Highlights
J&J Snack’s earnings of $4.21 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.17 by about 1% in fiscal 2017. The figure also improved 4% year over year. Net sales came in at $1.08 billion, up 9% year over year
The company has three reportable segments — Food Service, Retail Supermarkets and Frozen Beverages.
Total Food Service reported sales of $701.8 million, were up 13% year over year. Retail Supermarket segment reported net sales of $119.2 million, up 1% from a year ago. The company’s Total Frozen Beverages division recorded $268.1 million in net sales, up 4% year over year.
J&J Snack Foods’ cash and cash equivalents were $90.9 million as of Sep 30, 2017, down from $140.7 million as on Sep 24, 2016.
Long-term obligations under capital leases were $904 million at the end of the year, down from $1.235 million as of Sep 24, 2016.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $125.3 million in the fiscal versus $121.2 million a year ago.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
J&J Snack Foods currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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