United Natural 4Q profit up, gross margin falls

Associated Press Published: September 11, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — United Natural Foods' fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 46 percent from year-ago results that were weighed down by restructuring charges. The food distributor's gross margin declined and its fiscal 2013 guidance was weaker than expected.

Shares of United Natural Foods Inc. dropped $4.80, or 7.9 percent, to $55.63 in midday trading Tuesday after sinking as low as $53.35 earlier in the session. Over the past year, the stock has traded in a range of $32.83 to $61.21.

United Natural also announced Tuesday that it plans to consolidate four existing distribution plants in Denver into a new facility in Aurora, Colo. No jobs are expected to be impacted by the consolidation.

The new plant is expected to start its operations next summer

For the three months ended July 28, the Providence, R.I.-based company earned $25.1 million, or 51 cents per share. That compares with $17.2 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier. The prior-year period included $6.3 million in expenses related to a division's restructuring.

The latest results met the expectations of analysts polled by FactSet.

Quarterly revenue increased 16 percent to $1.34 billion from $1.16 billion, topping Wall Street's estimate of $1.32 billion.



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