http://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMember200900000317800000365900000http://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpense444000000http://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#PropertyPlantAndEquipmentAndFinanceLeaseRightOfUseAssetAfterAccumulatedDepreciationAndAmortizationhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#LongTermDebtAndCapitalLeaseObligationsCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#LongTermDebtAndCapitalLeaseObligations0000001679273FYfalsehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://www.lambweston.com/20220529#GlobalSegmentMemberhttp://www.lambweston.com/20220529#GlobalSegmentMemberhttp://www.lambweston.com/20220529#GlobalSegmentMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#ProductMemberP3Y1800000180000005.04.752.752032-01-31P1YP18YP1Yhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#PropertyPlantAndEquipmentAndFinanceLeaseRightOfUseAssetAfterAccumulatedDepreciationAndAmortizationhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AccruedLiabilitiesCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#LongTermDebtAndCapitalLeaseObligationsCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#OtherLiabilitiesNoncurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#LongTermDebtAndCapitalLeaseObligationshttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpensehttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#SellingGeneralAndAdministrativeExpenseP6Yhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#PrepaidExpenseAndOtherAssetsCurrenthttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#PrepaidExpenseAndOtherAssetsCurrent0http://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMemberhttp://fasb.org/us-gaap/2022#AllOtherSegmentsMember0001679273lw:TermLoanFacilityDue2021Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:ValuationAllowanceOfDeferredTaxAssetsMember2019-05-260001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsPartnerGrowersMemberlw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:UnrecordedUnconditionalPurchaseObligationExcludingPotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:StateAndLocalJurisdictionMember2022-05-2900016792732018-12-200001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedDefinedBenefitPlansAdjustmentMember2022-05-290001679273lw:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeOtherAttributableToParentMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedDefinedBenefitPlansAdjustmentMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2020-05-310001679273srt:CumulativeEffectPeriodOfAdoptionAdjustmentMemberus-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2019-05-260001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2019-05-260001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2019-05-260001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2019-05-260001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2019-05-260001679273srt:CumulativeEffectPeriodOfAdoptionAdjustmentMember2019-05-260001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMemberus-gaap:ShareBasedPaymentArrangementNonemployeeMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMemberus-gaap:ShareBasedPaymentArrangementEmployeeMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:NonUsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:VegetableProductMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:DairyProductMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:ByproductMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:NonUsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:VegetableProductMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:DairyProductMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:ByproductMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:NonUsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:VegetableProductMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:DairyProductMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:ByproductMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:MachineryAndEquipmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:LandImprovementsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:BuildingMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:MachineryAndEquipmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:LandImprovementsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:BuildingMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:LandAndLandImprovementsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:BuildingAndBuildingImprovementsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:LandAndLandImprovementsMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FurnitureAndFixturesMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:BuildingAndBuildingImprovementsMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedTranslationAdjustmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedDefinedBenefitPlansAdjustmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeOtherAttributableToParentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonRdoFrozenMemberus-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonAlimentosModernosS.a.Memberus-gaap:SubsequentEventMember2022-07-050001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsPartnerGrowersMemberus-gaap:GuaranteeOfIndebtednessOfOthersMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:CapitalAdditionsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:CapitalAdditionsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:WeightedAverageMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273srt:MinimumMember2022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:ConstructionInProgressMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:IncreaseDecreaseInValuationAllowanceIncludingNetOperatingLossCarryforwardsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:IncreaseDecreaseInValuationAllowanceIncludingNetOperatingLossCarryforwardsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:IncreaseDecreaseInValuationAllowanceIncludingNetOperatingLossCarryforwardsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvestmentNonconsolidatedInvesteeOrGroupOfInvesteesMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvestmentNonconsolidatedInvesteeOrGroupOfInvesteesMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvestmentNonconsolidatedInvesteeOrGroupOfInvesteesMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2022-05-290001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2022-05-290001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2022-05-290001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2021-05-300001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2021-05-300001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2021-05-300001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2020-05-310001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2020-05-310001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2020-05-310001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2020-05-310001679273lw:SeniorNotesNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-182021-11-180001679273srt:WeightedAverageMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:WeightedAverageMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:OtherEquityMethodInvestmentMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonRdoFrozenMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonAlimentosModernosS.a.Member2022-05-290001679273lw:OtherEquityMethodInvestmentMember2021-05-300001679273lw:LambWestonRdoFrozenMember2021-05-300001679273lw:LambWestonAlimentosModernosS.a.Member2021-05-300001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Member2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanDebtSecurityMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:USTreasurySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesUsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesNonUsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanCashAndCashEquivalentsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:USTreasurySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesUsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesNonUsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanCashAndCashEquivalentsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:USTreasurySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesUsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesNonUsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanCashAndCashEquivalentsMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:USTreasurySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel1Memberus-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesUsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesNonUsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanCashAndCashEquivalentsMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:QualifiedPlanMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:QualifiedPlanMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:ScenarioForecastMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-302023-05-280001679273srt:ScenarioForecastMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2023-05-280001679273srt:ScenarioForecastMemberus-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2023-05-280001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:OtherNoncurrentAssetsMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:OtherNoncurrentAssetsMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:FairValueMeasurementsRecurringMember2021-05-300001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-300001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2026Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-180001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2024Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-180001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2026Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-182021-11-180001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2024Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-182021-11-180001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:DebtInstrumentRedemptionPeriodThreeMemberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2020-05-122020-05-120001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:DebtInstrumentRedemptionPeriodFourMemberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2020-05-122020-05-120001679273lw:RmbTermLoanFacilityDueFebruary2027Memberus-gaap:LoansPayableMember2022-02-182022-02-180001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2032Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-082021-11-080001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2030Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-082021-11-080001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:LeaseFinancingObligationsDueThrough2040Member2022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:LeaseFinancingObligationsDueThrough2040Member2022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2026Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2024Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:LeaseFinancingObligationsDueThrough2040Member2021-05-300001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:LeaseFinancingObligationsDueThrough2040Member2021-05-300001679273lw:OtherCreditFacilitiesMemberus-gaap:LineOfCreditMember2022-05-290001679273lw:OtherCreditFacilitiesMemberus-gaap:LineOfCreditMember2021-05-300001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:RmbTermLoanFacilityDueFebruary2027Memberus-gaap:LoansPayableMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:FixedRateDebtMemberus-gaap:FairValueInputsLevel2Memberus-gaap:EstimateOfFairValueFairValueDisclosureMember2022-05-290001679273lw:VariableRateDebtMemberus-gaap:CarryingReportedAmountFairValueDisclosureMember2022-05-290001679273lw:FixedRateDebtMemberus-gaap:CarryingReportedAmountFairValueDisclosureMember2022-05-290001679273lw:RmbTermLoanFacilityDueFebruary2027Memberus-gaap:LoansPayableMember2022-02-180001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2032Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-080001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2030Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-080001679273us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-09-170001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2020-05-120001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-04-200001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2019-06-280001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2032Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNotesDueJanuary2030Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2022-05-290001679273lw:RmbTermLoanFacilityDueFebruary2027Memberus-gaap:LoansPayableMember2022-05-290001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-300001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-05-300001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2026Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-05-300001679273lw:SeniorNotesDue2024Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-05-300001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-05-300001679273lw:RmbTermLoanFacilityDueFebruary2027Memberus-gaap:LoansPayableMemberus-gaap:PrimeRateMember2022-02-182022-02-180001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MaximumMemberus-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2020-04-202020-04-200001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2020-04-202020-04-200001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2020-04-202020-04-200001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2020-04-202020-04-200001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2019-06-282019-06-280001679273srt:MinimumMemberlw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2019-06-282019-06-280001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:LondonInterbankOfferedRateLIBORMember2019-06-282019-06-280001679273srt:MaximumMemberlw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMemberus-gaap:BaseRateMember2019-06-282019-06-280001679273lw:McDonaldsCorporationMemberus-gaap:RevenueFromContractWithCustomerMemberus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:WorkforceSubjectToCollectiveBargainingArrangementsMemberus-gaap:LaborForceConcentrationRiskMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:McDonaldsCorporationMemberus-gaap:RevenueFromContractWithCustomerMemberus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:McDonaldsCorporationMemberus-gaap:RevenueFromContractWithCustomerMemberus-gaap:CustomerConcentrationRiskMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RetainedEarningsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:AccumulatedOtherComprehensiveIncomeMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2021-05-300001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2020-05-310001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2019-05-2600016792732022-05-302022-08-280001679273us-gaap:AccountingStandardsUpdate202004Member2022-05-2900016792732020-05-3100016792732019-05-260001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvestmentNonconsolidatedInvesteeOrGroupOfInvesteesMember2022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvestmentNonconsolidatedInvesteeOrGroupOfInvesteesMember2021-05-300001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Member2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AdditionalPaidInCapitalMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Memberus-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Memberus-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2021-05-300001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsPartnerGrowersMemberlw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsPartnerGrowersMemberlw:PotatoPurchaseSupplyAgreementsMember2020-06-012021-05-3000016792732021-12-012021-12-310001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:TreasuryStockCommonMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:CommonStockMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:RestrictedStockUnitsRSUMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:EmployeeStockOptionMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:PerformanceSharesMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Memberus-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:EquityMethodInvesteeMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:DefinedBenefitPlanEquitySecuritiesMemberus-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:ForeignCountryMember2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Member2022-05-290001679273lw:LambWestonMeijerV.o.f.Member2021-05-300001679273lw:LambWestonAlimentosModernosS.a.Memberus-gaap:SubsequentEventMember2022-07-052022-07-0500016792732016-11-092016-11-090001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:PensionPlansDefinedBenefitMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273us-gaap:OtherPostretirementBenefitPlansDefinedBenefitMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2019-06-282019-06-280001679273lw:SeniorNotesNovember2021Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2021-11-080001679273us-gaap:RevolvingCreditFacilityMemberlw:RevolvingCreditFacilityNovember2016Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2020-09-172020-09-170001679273lw:CreditFacilitiesNovember2016Member2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-08-112021-08-110001679273lw:TermOneLoanFacilityDue2024Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2021-08-112021-08-110001679273lw:CreditFacilitiesNovember2016Member2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:SeniorNoteDue2028Memberus-gaap:SeniorNotesMember2020-05-122020-05-120001679273lw:TermTwoLoanFacilityDue2025Memberus-gaap:SecuredDebtMember2022-05-2900016792732021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2021-05-312022-05-290001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2020-06-012021-05-300001679273us-gaap:AllOtherSegmentsMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:RetailSegmentMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:GlobalSegmentMember2019-05-272020-05-310001679273lw:FoodserviceSegmentMember2019-05-272020-05-3100016792732020-06-012021-05-3000016792732019-05-272020-05-3100016792732021-11-260001679273us-gaap:NonUsMember2022-05-2900016792732022-05-2900016792732022-07-1800016792732021-05-312022-05-29xbrli:sharesiso4217:USDxbrli:shareslw:employeeiso4217:USDxbrli:purelw:Votelw:paymentiso4217:CNYlw:segment

Table of Contents

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

       ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended May 292022

OR

       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: 1-37830

Graphic

LAMB WESTON HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

61-1797411

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

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

599 S. Rivershore Lane
Eagle, Idaho

83616

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(208) 938-1047

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

    

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $1.00 par value

LW

New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes     No 

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     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.    

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

The aggregate market value of the voting common stock of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. held by non-affiliates as of November 26, 2021 (the last trading day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter) was approximately $7.6 billion based upon the closing sale price of the common stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on such date. As of July 18, 2022, the registrant had 143,748,274 shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, outstanding.

Documents Incorporated by Reference

Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I

Item 1

Business

3

Item 1A

Risk Factors

11

Item 1B

Unresolved Staff Comments

24

Item 2

Properties

24

Item 3

Legal Proceedings

25

Item 4

Mine Safety Disclosures

25

Part II

Item 5

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

26

Item 6

Reserved

27

Item 7

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

28

Item 7A

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

39

Item 8

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

40

Item 9

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

78

Item 9A

Controls and Procedures

78

Item 9B

Other Information

79

Item 9C

Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions That Prevent Inspections

79

Part III

Item 10

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

79

Item 11

Executive Compensation

80

Item 12

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

80

Item 13

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

80

Item 14

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

80

Part IV

Item 15

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

81

Item 16

Form 10-K Summary

84

Signatures

85

2

Table of Contents

Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as “will,” “continue,” “may,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “would,” “could,” “believe,” “estimate,” “increase,” “implement,” “mitigate,” “resume,” “grow,” “drive,” “support,” “evaluate,” “enhance,” “maintain,” “improve,” “invest,” “outlook,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our plans, execution, capital investments, operational costs, pricing actions, cash flows, liquidity, dividends, share repurchases, enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system implementation and business outlook and prospects, as well as supply chain constraints, inflation, our industry, and the global economy. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Readers of this report should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. Many factors could affect our actual financial results and cause them to vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements, including those set forth in this report. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the availability and prices of raw materials; labor shortages and other operational challenges; disruptions in the global economy caused by the war in Ukraine and the possible related heightening of our other known risks; impacts on our business due to health pandemics or other contagious outbreaks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts on demand for our products, increased costs, disruption of supply, other constraints in the availability of key commodities and other necessary services or restrictions imposed by public health authorities or governments; levels of pension, labor and people-related expenses; our ability to successfully execute our long-term value creation strategies; our ability to execute on large capital projects, including construction of new production lines or facilities; the competitive environment and related conditions in the markets in which we and our joint ventures operate; political and economic conditions of the countries in which we and our joint ventures conduct business and other factors related to our international operations; disruption of our access to export mechanisms; risks associated with possible acquisitions, including our ability to complete acquisitions or integrate acquired businesses; our debt levels; changes in our relationships with our growers or significant customers; the success of our joint ventures; actions of governments and regulatory factors affecting our businesses or joint ventures; the ultimate outcome of litigation or any product recalls; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; and other risks described in our reports filed from time to time with the United States (“U.S.”) Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including those described under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in this Form 10-K. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included in this report, which speak only as of the date of this report. We undertake no responsibility for updating these statements, except as required by law.

PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” “the Company,” or “Lamb Weston”), along with our joint ventures, is a leading global producer, distributor, and marketer of value-added frozen potato products and is headquartered in Eagle, Idaho. We, along with our joint ventures, are the number one supplier of value-added frozen potato products in North America. We, along with our joint ventures, are also a leading supplier of value-added frozen potato products internationally, with a strong presence in high-growth emerging markets. Together with our joint ventures, we offer a broad product portfolio to a diverse channel and customer base in over 100 countries. French fries represent the majority of our value-added frozen potato product portfolio.

We were organized as a Delaware corporation in July 2016, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Conagra Brands, Inc. (formerly, ConAgra Foods, Inc., “Conagra”). On November 9, 2016, we separated from Conagra and became an independent publicly traded company through the pro rata distribution by Conagra of 100% of our outstanding common stock to Conagra stockholders. Our common stock trades under the ticker symbol “LW” on the New York Stock Exchange.

Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

3

Table of Contents

Segments

We have four reportable segments: Global, Foodservice, Retail, and Other. For segment financial information see Note 13, Segments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Global

Our Global segment includes frozen potato products sold in North America and international markets generally to the top 100 North American based restaurant chains and international customers comprised of global and regional quick service and full-service restaurant chains, foodservice distributors, and retailers. We have included foodservice and retail customers outside of North America in the Global segment due to efficiencies associated with coordinating sales to all customer types within specific markets, as well as due to these customers’ smaller scale and dependence on local economic conditions. The Global segment’s product portfolio includes frozen potatoes and appetizers sold under the Lamb Weston brand, as well as many customer labels.

Foodservice

Our Foodservice segment includes frozen potato products sold throughout the U.S. and Canada to commercial distributors, restaurant chains generally outside the top 100 North American based restaurant chains, and non-commercial channels. The Foodservice segment’s primary products are frozen potatoes, commercial ingredients, and appetizers sold under the Lamb Weston brand, as well as many customer labels.

Retail

Our Retail segment includes consumer-facing frozen potato products sold primarily to grocery, mass merchants, club, and specialty retailers. The Retail segment’s primary products are frozen potatoes sold under our owned or licensed brands, including Grown in Idaho and Alexia, other licensed equities comprised of brand names of major North American restaurant chains, and the retailers’ own brands.

Other

The Other reporting segment primarily includes our vegetable and dairy businesses, as well as unrealized mark-to-market adjustments associated with commodity hedging contracts.

Joint Venture Relationships

We conduct some of our business through three unconsolidated joint ventures and include our share of the earnings of these affiliates as equity method investment earnings in our consolidated financial statements based on our economic ownership interest in each of these joint ventures. These joint ventures produce and market value-added frozen potato products for our customers:

We hold a fifty percent ownership interest in Lamb-Weston/Meijer v.o.f. (“LWM”), a joint venture with Meijer Frozen Foods B.V., that is headquartered in the Netherlands and manufactures and sells frozen potato products principally in Europe and the Middle East.

We hold a fifty percent ownership interest in Lamb-Weston/RDO Frozen (“Lamb Weston RDO”), a joint venture with RDO Frozen Co., that operates a single potato processing facility in the U.S. We provide all sales and marketing services to Lamb Weston RDO and receive a fee for these services based on a percentage of the net sales of the venture.

During fiscal 2022, we held a fifty percent ownership interest in Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. (“LWAMSA”), a joint venture with Selprey S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sociedad Comercial del Plata S.A., that is headquartered in Argentina. LWAMSA manufactures and sells frozen potato products

4

Table of Contents

principally in South America. We included our share of the earnings of this unconsolidated joint venture as equity method investment earnings in our consolidated financial statements based on our economic ownership interest in LWAMSA. In July 2022, we acquired an additional forty percent interest in LWAMSA, increasing our total ownership of LWAMSA from fifty percent to ninety percent. Following this acquisition, we will consolidate LWAMSA’s results in our consolidated financial statements.

For more information, see Note 4, Equity Method Investments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Sales, Distribution and Customers

We benefit from strong relationships with a diverse set of customers. We sell our products through a network of internal sales personnel and independent brokers, agents, and distributors to chain restaurants, wholesale, grocery, mass merchants, club retailers, specialty retailers, and foodservice distributors and institutions, including businesses, educational institutions, independent restaurants, regional chain restaurants, and convenience stores. We have long-tenured relationships with leading quick service and fast casual restaurant chains, global foodservice distributors, large grocery retailers, and mass merchants.

Our largest customer, McDonald’s Corporation, accounted for approximately 10% of our consolidated net sales in fiscal 2022, 11% of our consolidated net sales in fiscal 2021, and 10% of our consolidated net sales in fiscal 2020. Sales to McDonald’s Corporation are included in our Global segment. No other customer accounted for more than 10% of our fiscal 2022, 2021, or 2020 consolidated net sales.

Research and Development

We leverage our research and development resources for both growth and efficiency initiatives. We seek to drive growth through innovation by creating new products, enhancing the quality of existing products, and participating in joint menu planning exercises with our customers. We also evaluate the sustainability impacts of our manufacturing processes and products in our research and development activities and continue to drive processing innovations aimed at reducing waste and water usage and improving food safety and quality.

Trademarks, Licenses and Patents

Our trademarks are material to our business and are protected by registration or other means in the U.S. and most other geographic markets where the related food items are sold. Depending on the country, trademarks generally remain valid for as long as they are in use and their registrations are maintained. Trademark registrations generally are for renewable, fixed terms. Our significant trademarks include: Lamb Weston, Lamb Weston Supreme, Lamb Weston Seeing Possibilities in Potatoes (and design), Lamb Weston Seasoned, Lamb Weston Private Reserve, Lamb Weston Stealth Fries, Lamb Weston Colossal Crisp, Lamb Weston Crispy on Delivery, and Sweet Things. We also sell certain products, such as Grown in Idaho and Alexia, which we license from third parties.

We own numerous patents worldwide. We consider our portfolio of patents, patent applications, patent licenses, proprietary trade secrets, technology, know-how processes, and related intellectual property rights to be material to our operations. Patents, issued or applied for, cover inventions, including packaging, manufacturing processes, equipment, formulations, and designs. Our issued patents extend for varying periods according to the date of the patent application filing or grant and the legal term of patents in the various countries where patent protection is obtained. The actual protection afforded by a patent, which can vary from country to country, depends upon the type of patent, the scope of its coverage as determined by the patent office or courts in the country, and the availability of legal remedies in the country.

Raw Materials

Our primary raw materials are potatoes, edible oils, packaging, grains, starches, and energy inputs. We source a significant amount of our raw potatoes under both strategic, long-term grower relationships and short-term annual contracts. In the U.S., most of the potato crop used in our products is grown in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. For LWM,

5

Table of Contents

European growing regions for the necessary potatoes are concentrated in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. We also have potato growing regions in Canada, China, Australia, and Argentina that support our processing facilities in those countries. We believe that the grower networks to which we have access provide a sufficient source of raw potato inputs year-to-year. We source edible oils through strategic relationships with key suppliers, and we source packaging and energy inputs through multiple suppliers under a variety of agreement types.

The prices paid for these raw materials, as well as other raw materials used in making our products, generally reflect factors such as weather, commodity market fluctuations, currency fluctuations, tariffs, and the effects of governmental agricultural programs. The prices of raw materials can fluctuate as a result of these factors.

During fiscal 2022, we faced increased costs for our primary raw materials, including potatoes, edible oils, packaging, grains, starches, and energy inputs. We seek to mitigate higher input costs through long-term relationships, contract strategies, and hedging activities where an active market for an input exists, as well as through our pricing and productivity initiatives. See “Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” of this Form 10-K for further discussion.

Manufacturing

We operate 18 production facilities for our products. See "Item 2. Properties" for more information about our production facilities. Our joint ventures operate a total of eight production facilities.

In addition to our own production facilities, we source a portion of our products under “co-packing” agreements, a common industry practice in which manufacturing is outsourced to other companies. We regularly evaluate our co-packing arrangements to ensure the most cost-effective manufacturing of our products and to utilize company-owned production facilities most effectively.

International Operations

At May 29, 2022, we had operations in seventeen countries, with sales support in each of these countries and production and processing facilities in four countries. See Note 13, Segments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K for additional information on our U.S. and non-U.S. operations. Also see “Item 2. Properties,” for more information on our production and other facilities. For a discussion of risks related to our operations outside the U.S., see “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Form 10-K.

Competition

The value-added frozen potato products industry in North America, Europe and other international markets is highly competitive. Competitors include large North American and European frozen potato product companies that compete globally, as well as local and regional companies. Significant competitors include Agristo NV, Aviko B.V., Cavendish Farms Corporation, Clarebout Potatoes NV, Farm Frites International B.V., J.R. Simplot Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, McCain Foods Limited, and Mydibel S.A. Some of our competitors are larger and have substantially more financial, sales and marketing, and other resources. We compete with producers of similar products on the basis of, among other things, customer service, value, product innovation, product quality, brand recognition and loyalty, price, and the ability to identify and satisfy customer preferences. The markets in which we operate are expected to remain highly competitive for the foreseeable future. See also “Item 1A. Risk Factors – Industry Risks – Increased competition may result in reduced sales or profits” of this Form 10-K.

Seasonality

Our product contribution margin percentage, inventory levels, net sales, and cash flows are affected by seasonality. In general, our product contribution margin percentage tends to be highest in our fiscal third quarter, reflecting the cost benefit of freshly-harvested potatoes. We typically harvest potatoes in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. in July through October, which is primarily in our fiscal second quarter. While the quality of potatoes affects production

6

Table of Contents

efficiency, overall, freshly-harvested potatoes process more efficiently in our production lines and are not subject to storage or secondary transport costs. We typically hold 50 to 60 days of finished goods inventory on a first-in-first-out basis, so the costs incurred from our fiscal second quarter harvest, which are generally favorable, will flow through our income statement in our fiscal third quarter. Inventory levels also tend to be higher in our fiscal third quarter, requiring more working capital at that time. In general, net sales and cash flows tend to be higher in our fiscal fourth quarter, reflecting customer and consumer buying patterns.

Due to severe impacts of the government mandated shutdowns in response to COVID-19, seasonal variation in the demand for our products in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 2021, differed from prior years.

Human Capital Resources

We believe that our employees and our workplace culture are among our most important assets, and that our employees are integral to our ability to achieve our strategic objectives. Attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent globally with the right skills to drive our mission, vision, and values are central components of our strategies for long-term growth. As of July 18, 2022, we had approximately 8,000 employees, of which approximately 800 employees work outside of the U.S. As of July 18, 2022, approximately 22% of our employees are parties to collective bargaining agreements with terms that we believe are typical for the industry in which we operate. Most of the union workers at our facilities are represented under contracts that expire at various times over the next several years. Of the hourly employees who are represented by these contracts, 18% are party to a collective bargaining agreement scheduled to expire over the course of the next twelve months. As the agreement expires, we believe it will be renegotiated on terms satisfactory to the parties.

Health and Safety. Our employees’ health, safety, and well-being are our highest priority. We strive for world-class safety at every one of our facilities. This means we continuously focus on creating a zero-incident culture, where every employee goes home every day, accident free. To help achieve this goal, we foster safety leadership throughout the organization as part of our comprehensive environment, health, safety, and sustainability management system. Through ongoing communications, routine assessments of our safety programs, safety and job-related training, daily risk assessments at facilities, defined standards, and safety measures, we strive to improve our safety performance each year.

Total Rewards. Our compensation and benefits are designed to support the financial, mental, and physical well-being of our employees. We are committed to equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics. To deliver on that commitment, we benchmark and set pay ranges based on market data and consider various factors such as an employee’s role and experience, job location, and performance. We also regularly review our compensation practices to promote fair and equitable pay, and in fiscal 2022, applied a mid-year base salary increase for certain employees in response to the current competitive labor market. In addition to base salaries, many employees also participate in an annual short-term incentive program and may also receive long-term equity awards. Benefits for employees include an employee savings 401(k) plan and company matching contributions, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, health savings and flexible spending accounts, wellness incentives, annual on-site health screenings, paid time-off, family leave, parental leave, employee assistance programs, and tuition reimbursement opportunities. In fiscal 2022, we also adopted a flexible work policy for office-based employees intended to allow employees flexibility in work location while maintaining productivity and performance expectations, as well as enhanced our vacation policy to add additional days of paid time-off for certain employee groups to better align with competitive market practice. Eligibility for, and the level of, compensation and benefits vary depending on an employee’s full-time or part-time status, work location, job and career level, and tenure with the Company. We regularly review our compensation and benefit programs with the aim of keeping them competitive and designed to meet our employees’ health and wellness needs, which we believe is important to attract and retain the best available talent.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a global company, we honor and celebrate the diversity in our team, which we believe enriches our work lives and drives diversity of perspectives in our decision-making. We define diversity as the unique abilities, experiences, and cultural backgrounds our employees bring to our Company’s workplace. We are committed to providing a work environment that fosters respect, inclusion, fairness, and dignity, and is free of harassment, discrimination, or fear of retaliation.

7

Table of Contents

Recruitment, Training, and Development. We believe maintaining a robust pipeline of talent is crucial to our ongoing success and is a key aspect of succession planning efforts across the organization. We use recruitment vehicles, including partnerships with universities and communities, local and national organizations, and various social media outlets, to attract strong talent to our organization. Our leadership and people teams are responsible for attracting and retaining top talent by facilitating an environment where employees feel supported and encouraged in their professional and personal development. Specifically, we promote employee development by regularly reviewing strategic positions and identifying potential internal candidates to fill those roles, evaluating job skill sets to identify competency gaps, and creating developmental plans to facilitate employee professional growth. We invest in our employees through training and development programs, including both custom internal training and external learning resources, utilizing both live and virtual learning experiences, on the job experiences, rotational assignments, annual and mid-year manager reviews and coaching. These offerings are designed to position employees to execute with excellence in their current roles, accelerate their learning curves, and grow their careers by taking advantage of continuing learning opportunities. For example, in our production facilities, we provide multiple training sessions focused on quality and safety. We also hold multi-day courses focused on leadership development for managers throughout our organization. In addition, with our e-learning resources, employees can also focus on timely and topical development areas, including leadership, management excellence, functional capabilities, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Employee Engagement. We believe that having a workplace culture that supports and values all employees is critical to our success. To understand employee sentiments, we conduct a bi-annual engagement survey of our global workforce. This survey was completed in fiscal 2022 and was administered and analyzed by an independent third-party. The survey results are then reviewed by our executive leadership team and our Compensation and Human Capital Committee of the Board of Directors. Department leaders are also given the engagement survey results and are tasked with taking action based on their employees’ anonymous feedback (both quantitative and qualitative). By paying close attention to the results, both at an aggregate enterprise level as well as at department, business, and work group levels, we believe that we have been able to enhance our workplace culture and improve overall employee engagement levels.

We are also committed to creating and building a culture of giving. We encourage and enable our employees to support many charitable causes. This includes engaging in volunteer programs promoted by the Company or employees. Our locations also manage their own community outreach programs through local giving committees, which provide opportunities for employees to financially engage with local nonprofits and volunteer their time. Annually, we make cash grants through the Lamb Weston Foundation, including through our Pay it Forward program, which gives our employees a role in directing some of the Foundation’s funds. In addition, we offer a matching gifts program to employees, paid volunteer time off, non-profit board service grants, and an employee dependent scholarship program.

Information About Our Executive Officers

The following are our executive officers as of July 18, 2022:

Name

Title

Age

Thomas P. Werner

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

56

Bernadette M. Madarieta

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

47

Sharon L. Miller

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Business Unit

56

Gerardo Scheufler

Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

54

Michael J. Smith

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Foodservice, Retail, Marketing and Innovation

45

Eryk J. Spytek

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer

54

Steven J. Younes

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

56

Thomas P. Werner has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since November 2016. Prior to that, he served as President, Commercial Foods, for Conagra, a food company, since May 2015. In that role, he led the company’s Lamb Weston and Foodservice businesses, as well as its previously divested Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings and J.M. Swank operations. Mr. Werner also served as interim President of Conagra’s Private Brands from June 2015 through its divestiture in February 2016. Before his appointment as President, Commercial

8

Table of Contents

Foods, Mr. Werner served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Conagra’s Private Brands and Commercial Foods operating segments from June 2013 to April 2015, and Senior Vice President of Finance for Lamb Weston from May 2011 until June 2013.

Bernadette M. Madarieta has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2021. She joined Lamb Weston in October 2016 as our Vice President and Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. Before that, Ms. Madarieta served as Vice President and Controller of Packaging Corporation of America, a containerboard and corrugated packaging manufacturer, from October 2013 to March 2016, and Vice President and Controller at Boise Inc., a packaging and paper products manufacturer, from February 2011 to October 2013. Ms. Madarieta has 25 years of finance management and leadership experience spanning public and privately held companies and Big 4 public accounting firms.

Sharon L. Miller has served as our Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Business Unit since September 2016. Before that, she served as Conagra’s Vice President and General Manager, Lamb Weston Global Business Unit since 2015. Since joining Conagra in 1999, Ms. Miller has held various leadership positions, including Vice President of Sales for LWM. Prior to that, Ms. Miller was a key sales and business leader within Lamb Weston in both the U.S. and Canada. She also has held various sales positions with North American food manufacturers and foodservice distributors.

Gerardo Scheufler has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer since August 2019. Prior to joining Lamb Weston, Mr. Scheufler served as Vice President of Global Operations at Mondelēz International, Inc., a food and beverage company, from July 2014 until August 2019. During his tenure at Mondelēz International, Mr. Scheufler oversaw a major global restructuring program to optimize the global supply chain footprint, including the manufacturing, customer service, quality, logistics, health, safety and environment, and innovation functions. Prior to that, Mr. Scheufler spent more than 20 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, a consumer goods corporation, in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility after starting his career in manufacturing operations in 1990.

Michael J. Smith has served as our Senior Vice President and General Manager of Foodservice, Retail, Marketing and Innovation since April 2018. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Growth and Strategy beginning in September 2016. Mr. Smith also served as Vice President and General Manager of Lamb Weston Retail from May 2011 to September 2016, Vice President and General Manager of Conagra’s Private Brands from March 2014 to February 2016, and Vice President of Global Marketing of Lamb Weston from July 2012 to March 2014. Prior to joining Conagra in 2007, Mr. Smith held various brand management roles at Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, and its WhiteWave division from May 2003 until December 2007.

Eryk J. Spytek has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer since October 2016. He also served as our Corporate Secretary from October 2016 to November 2020. From June 2015 until October 2016, Mr. Spytek was Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, a law firm. Before returning to Winston & Strawn LLP, he served from December 2009 until April 2015 in a variety of roles with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, a manufacturer of infant formula, including as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from April 2013 to April 2015 and as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from December 2009 to April 2013. Before that, Mr. Spytek served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at SIRVA, Inc., a moving and relocation services provider, from February 2006 to February 2009. Before joining SIRVA, Inc., Mr. Spytek was a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, which he joined as an associate in 1996.

Steven J. Younes has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since January 2022. He joined Lamb Weston from Loews Hotels & Co., a hospitality company, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from April 2019 through December 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Younes was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Ascension, a not-for-profit healthcare company, from July 2013 to December 2018. An employment lawyer by background, he spent 12 years in private practice and served as employment counsel to a number of organizations earlier in his career. Mr. Younes has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and employment law.

9

Table of Contents

Ethics and Governance

We have adopted a code of conduct that applies to all of our employees, as well as a code of ethics for senior corporate financial officers that applies to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Controller. These codes are available on our website at www.lambweston.com through the “Investors – Corporate Governance” link. We will disclose any waiver we grant to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Controller under our codes, or certain amendments to the codes, on our website at www.lambweston.com.

In addition, we adopted Corporate Governance Principles and charters for the Audit and Finance Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Compensation and Human Capital Committee. All of these materials are available on our website at www.lambweston.com and will be provided free of charge to any stockholder requesting a copy by writing to: Corporate Secretary, Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc., 599 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, Idaho 83616.

The information on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this Form 10-K or incorporated into any other filings we make with the SEC.

Food Safety and Labeling

We are subject to extensive regulation, including, among other things, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). This comprehensive and evolving regulatory program governs, among other things, the manufacturing, composition and ingredients, labeling, packaging, and safety of food, including compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices. In addition, the Nutrition Label Reform Act of 2016 and regulations promulgated thereunder by the FDA prescribe the format and content in which specific nutrition information is required to appear on the labels of food products. We are also subject to regulation by certain other governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Our operations and products are also subject to state and local regulation, including the registration and licensing of production facilities, enforcement by state health agencies of various state standards, and the registration and inspection of facilities. Compliance with federal, state, and local regulation is costly and time-consuming. Enforcement actions for violations of federal, state, and local regulations may include seizure and condemnation of products, cease and desist orders, injunctions, voluntary or mandatory recalls or market withdrawals of products, and monetary penalties. We believe that our practices are sufficient to maintain compliance with applicable government regulations.

Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations

We are subject to a number of foreign, domestic, federal, state, and local laws and other regulations relating to the protection of human health, the environment and the safety and health of personnel. These requirements apply to a broad range of our activities, including: the regulation and discharge of pollutants into the air, land and water; the identification, generation, storage, handling, transportation, disposal, recordkeeping, labeling, spill prevention and reporting of, and emergency response in connection with, hazardous materials and chemical substances; noise and odor emissions from our facilities; and safety and health standards, practices, and procedures that apply to the workplace and the operation of our facilities.

In order to comply with these requirements, we may need to spend substantial amounts of money and other resources from time to time to: (i) construct or acquire new equipment, (ii) acquire or amend permits to authorize facility operations, (iii) modify, upgrade, or replace existing and proposed equipment, and (iv) clean up or decommission our facilities or other locations in accordance with regulatory requirements. Our capital and operating budgets include costs and expenses associated with complying with these laws and other requirements.

10

Table of Contents

Available Information

We make available, free of charge on our website at www.lambweston.com, our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file them with, or furnish them to, the SEC. We use our website, through the “Investors” link, as a channel for routine distribution of important information, including news releases, analyst presentations, and financial information. The information on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this Form 10-K or incorporated into any other filings we make with the SEC unless expressly noted in other such filings.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

Our business is subject to various risks and uncertainties. Any of the risks and uncertainties described below could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations and should be considered in evaluating us. Although the risks are organized by heading, and each risk is described separately, many of the risks are interrelated. While we believe we have identified and discussed below the material risks affecting our business, there may be additional risks and uncertainties that we do not presently know or that we do not currently believe to be material that may adversely affect our business, financial condition, or results of operations in the future.

Business and Operating Risks

Our business, financial condition, and results of operations may be adversely affected by inflationary pressures, increased costs, disruption of supply or interruptions or other constraints in the availability of key commodities and other necessary services.

A significant portion of our cost of goods comes from commodities such as raw potatoes, edible oil, grains, starches, and energy. These commodities are subject to price volatility and fluctuations in availability caused by many factors, including: changes in global supply and demand, weather conditions (including any potential effects of climate change), fire, natural disasters (such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire or flooding), disease or pests, agricultural uncertainty, water stress, health epidemics or pandemics or other contagious outbreaks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, governmental incentives and controls (including import/export restrictions, such as new or increased tariffs, sanctions, quotas or trade barriers including the financial and economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and certain foreign governments in response to the war in Ukraine), limited or sole sources of supply, inflation, political uncertainties, acts of terrorism, governmental instability, war, or currency exchange rates. Despite our ability to source raw materials necessary to meet demand for our products, certain ingredients and packaging, including edible oils, grains, starches, and other commodities, have been and may continue to be adversely impacted by shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine. Although we are unable to predict the impact to our ability to source these materials in the future, we expect these supply pressures to continue in the near future.

Recently, the costs of labor, raw materials, energy, fuel, packaging materials and other inputs necessary for the production and distribution of our products have rapidly increased. For example, due to reduced availability of trucking capacity and shipping containers, global supply chain issues, labor shortages and inflation, we have experienced increases in transportation and warehousing costs. Additionally, we expect to face continued industry-wide cost inflation for various inputs, including commodities, ingredients, packaging materials, other raw materials, transportation, warehousing, and labor. Commodity price increases, or a sustained interruption or other constraints in the supply or availability of key commodities, including necessary services such as transportation and warehousing, could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Our attempts to offset these cost pressures, such as through increases in the selling prices of some of our products, may not be successful. Higher product prices may result in reductions in sales volume. To the extent that price increases are not sufficient to offset these increased costs adequately or in a timely manner, and/or if they result in significant decreases in sales volume, our business, financial condition, or results of operations may be adversely affected.

We may not be able to offset any cost increases through productivity initiatives or through our commodity hedging activity. Our future success and earnings growth depend in part on our ability to maintain the appropriate cost

11

Table of Contents

structure and operate efficiently in the highly competitive value-added frozen potato product category. We continue to implement profit-enhancing initiatives that improve the efficiency of our supply chain and general and administrative functions. These initiatives are focused on cost-saving opportunities in procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and customer service, as well as general and administrative functions. However, gaining additional efficiencies may become more difficult over time. In addition, there is currently no active derivatives market for potatoes in the U.S. Although we have experience in hedging against commodity price increases, these practices and experience reduce, but do not eliminate, the risk of negative profit impacts from commodity price increases. As a result, the risk management procedures that we use may not always work as we intend. To the extent we are unable to offset present and future cost increases, our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

In addition, we may have significant supply chain disruptions due to a number of factors outside of our control, including public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages, increased fuel costs, and the war in Ukraine, which have disrupted production and increased transportation and warehousing costs. These factors may lead to our inability to access or deliver products that meet requisite quality and safety standards in a timely and efficient manner, which have led and could lead to increased warehouse and other storage costs. Our failure to reduce costs through productivity gains or the elimination of redundant costs, or the occurrence of a significant supply chain disruption or the inability to access or deliver products, could adversely affect our profitability and weaken our competitive position or otherwise harm our business.

Our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be adversely affected by disruptions in the global economy caused by the war in Ukraine.

The global economy has been negatively impacted by increasing tensions related to the war in Ukraine. Such adverse and uncertain economic conditions have caused, and may continue to cause, supply chain disruptions and increased costs for transportation, energy, and raw materials, including edible oil, grains, and starches. Furthermore, the U.S. and certain foreign governments have imposed financial and economic sanctions on certain industry sectors and parties in Russia. We are monitoring the conflict and the potential impact of financial and economic sanctions on the regional and global economy. In addition, some of our customers, including our largest customer, McDonald’s Corporation, have exited from Russia. Further, in May 2022, our LWM joint venture announced its intent to withdraw from its joint venture that operates a production facility in Russia. As a result, LWM determined that its net investment in the joint venture was impaired and wrote-off its investment in Russia; our portion of the non-cash impairment charge was $62.7 million.

Increased trade barriers or restrictions on global trade also could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Though LWM intends to exit the Russian market, the destabilizing effects of the war in Ukraine could have other effects on our business. Further escalation of geopolitical tensions related to military conflict could result in loss of property, expropriation, cyberattacks, supply disruptions, plant closures and an inability to obtain key supplies and materials, as well as adversely affect our business and our supply chain, our international subsidiaries and joint ventures, business partners or customers in the broader region, including our European growing regions for potatoes. Prior to the war in Ukraine, Ukraine was one of the largest exporters of sunflower oil, which we use for our products. Supply chains that were already disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic have been further impacted by the war in Ukraine, which has caused shortages in some raw materials, including sunflower oil, and higher prices for substitute ingredients, such as other edible oils. LWM operates processing facilities in Europe, including Austria, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In many instances, these sites depend on the availability of natural gas for use in the production of products, which may originate from Russia. Destabilizing effects that military conflict may pose for the European continent or the global oil and natural gas markets could adversely impact LWM’s ability to operate these facilities. In addition, the effects of military conflict could heighten many of our other risks described in this Form 10-K.

Pandemics or other contagious outbreaks and government actions taken in response thereto, may adversely impact, and in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, have adversely impacted and are likely to continue to adversely impact, our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

The ultimate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and any future pandemic or other contagious outbreak will have on our business, financial condition, and results of operations is uncertain. While vaccines are more widely available, the presence of new variants and increasing case figures in many countries create continued uncertainty about the duration

12

Table of Contents

and extent of the impact from the pandemic. The efforts by governmental and regulatory authorities worldwide to control the spread of COVID-19 and variants of the virus have resulted in widespread measures aimed at containing the disease such as quarantines, travel bans, shutdowns, and shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders. Although COVID-19-related restrictions have generally been loosened or lifted, these restrictions and measures, and our efforts to act in the best interests of our employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, joint ventures, and other business partners, have affected and are continuing to affect our business and operations. Some of the impacts our business has experienced, is continuing to experience, and may experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or any future pandemic or other contagious outbreak, include, but are not limited to, the following:

decreased sales to our foodservice customers resulting from the closure or reduction in capacity of many full-service restaurants and other commercial operations (e.g., hotels, schools and universities, sporting venues), which caused and can cause a significant reduction in consumer traffic;
reduced demand at quick service restaurants, in particular in our international markets where most consumption is dine-in or carry-out as drive-thru options are more limited;
shutdowns of one or more of our production facilities or lines, or disruption in our production timing and operations, including but not limited to, as a result of illness, labor shortages, government restrictions, or other workforce disruptions;
continued commodity cost volatility, including higher edible oil, grain, and starch costs, which may not be sufficiently offset by our commodity hedging activities;
increased transportation and warehousing costs, as well as disruptions in the transport of goods, including limited availability of shipping containers, from our supply chain to us and from us to our customers, which caused us to rely more heavily on higher cost transportation to maintain customer service levels;
disruptions to our distribution capabilities or to our distribution channels, including those of our suppliers, logistics service providers, or independent distributors;
failure of third parties on which we rely, including but not limited to, those that supply our packaging, ingredients, equipment and other necessary operating materials, co-manufacturers and independent contractors, to meet their obligations to us, or significant disruptions in their ability to do so;
a change in demand for, or availability of, one or more of our products as a result of restaurants, other foodservice providers, retailers, or distributors, modifying their inventory, fulfillment or shipping practices;
increased reliance on our information technology system as a result of work-from-home Company policies, causing us to be more vulnerable to cyberattacks or other disruptions as a result of team members accessing our networks and systems from off-site; and
continued business disruptions and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic for a sustained period of time could result in additional delays or modifications to our strategic plans, capital expansion projects and other initiatives and hinder our ability to achieve anticipated cost savings and productivity initiatives on the original timelines.

These impacts have caused, and may continue to cause, changes in the mix of products sold, decreases in revenue, and increases in costs resulting in decreased profitability and cash flows from operations, which have caused, and may continue to cause, an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations that may be material. In addition, resurgences of COVID-19 variants after restrictions are lifted could cause governments to impose new or stricter closures, and limits on capacity or social distancing requirements. These restrictions could cause consumer demand for food away from home to decline. COVID-19 has disrupted, and the spread of future pandemics or other contagious outbreaks may also disrupt, our customers, suppliers, vendors and joint venture and other business partners, and each of their financial conditions. Any material adverse effect on these parties could adversely impact us. In this regard, the potential duration and impacts of pandemics or other contagious outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, including the emergence and spread of COVID-19 variants and the continued availability and effectiveness of vaccines in the markets where we operate, on the global economy and on our business, financial condition, and results of operations are difficult to predict and cannot be estimated with any degree of certainty. The pandemic has resulted in significant disruption of global financial markets, labor shortages, supply chain interruptions, increased commodity costs, inflation, and economic uncertainty, which has adversely impacted our business and may continue to do so.

The impact of COVID-19 may also exacerbate other risks discussed in this Form 10-K. The ultimate impact depends on the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the emergence and spread of variants, the

13

Table of Contents

continued availability and effectiveness of vaccines, and actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response, each of which is uncertain, rapidly changing and difficult to predict. Any of these disruptions could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Labor shortages or stoppages, an inability to attract and retain key personnel, increased turnover or increases in labor and pension costs could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Labor is a primary component of operating our business. A number of factors may adversely affect the labor force available to us or increase labor costs, including high employment levels, federal unemployment subsidies, including unemployment benefits offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other government regulations. The labor market has become increasingly tight and competitive, and we may face sudden and unforeseen challenges in the availability of labor, such as we have experienced during fiscal 2022 at some of our production facilities, which reduced our production run-rates and increased our manufacturing costs. A sustained labor shortage or increased turnover rates within our workforce, caused by COVID-19 or as a result of general macroeconomic factors, have led and could in the future lead to production or shipping delays, increased costs, such as increased overtime to meet demand and increased wage rates to attract and retain employees, and could negatively affect our ability to efficiently operate our production and distribution facilities and overall business. Further, our success depends on our ability to attract and retain personnel with professional and technical expertise, such as agricultural and food manufacturing experience, as well as finance, marketing, and other senior management professionals. The loss of the services of these persons could deplete our institutional knowledge and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. The market for these employees is competitive, and we could experience difficulty from time to time in hiring and retaining the personnel necessary to support our business. If we are unable to hire and retain employees capable of performing at a high-level, develop adequate training and succession plans for leadership positions, or if mitigation measures we may take to respond to a decrease in labor availability, such as overtime and third-party outsourcing, have unintended negative effects, our business could be adversely affected. Similarly, we have been negatively impacted and may in the future continue to be negatively impacted by labor shortages or increased labor costs experienced by our third-party business partners, including our logistics providers, suppliers and customers. For example, reduced availability of trucking capacity due to shortages of drivers, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has caused an increase in the cost of transportation for us and our suppliers. An overall labor shortage, lack of skilled labor, increased turnover or labor inflation, caused by COVID-19 or as a result of general macroeconomic factors, could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

In addition, health care, workers’ compensation, postretirement welfare, and pension costs are increasing. Inflationary pressures and any shortages in the labor market could continue to increase labor costs, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Our labor costs include the cost of providing employee benefits in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, including pension, health and welfare, and severance benefits. Changes in interest rates, mortality rates, health care costs, early retirement rates, investment returns, and the market value of plan assets can affect the funded status of our defined benefit plans and cause volatility in the future funding requirements of the plans. A significant increase in our obligations or future funding requirements could have a negative impact on our results of operations and cash flows from operations. Additionally, the annual costs of benefits vary with increased costs of health care and the outcome of collectively-bargained wage and benefit agreements.

Changes in our relationships with our growers could adversely affect us.

We expend considerable resources to develop and maintain relationships with many potato growers. In some instances, we have entered into long-term agreements with growers; however, a portion of our potato needs are sourced on an annual contracted basis. To the extent we are unable to maintain positive relationships with our long-term growers, contracted growers deliver less supply than we expect, or we are unable to secure sufficient potatoes from uncontracted growers in a given year, we may not have sufficient potato supply to satisfy our business opportunities. To obtain sufficient potato supply, we may be required to purchase potatoes at prices substantially higher than expected, or forgo sales to some market segments, which would reduce our profitability. If we forgo sales to such market segments, we may lose customers and may not be able to regain or replace them later.

14

Table of Contents

Our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be adversely affected by the political and economic conditions of the countries in which we conduct business and other factors related to our international operations, including foreign currency risks and trade barriers.

We conduct a substantial and growing amount of business with customers located outside the U.S., including through our joint ventures. During each of fiscal 2022, 2021 and 2020, net sales outside the U.S., primarily in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan, accounted for approximately 17% of our net sales. These amounts do not include any impact of unconsolidated net sales associated with our joint ventures, which are also subject to risks associated with international operations.

Many factors relating to our domestic and international sales and operations, many of which are outside of our control, have had, and could continue to have, a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations, including:

pandemics and other public health crises, such as the flu, which may lead, and in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, have led, to measures that decrease revenues, disrupt our supply chain or otherwise increase our storage, production or distribution costs and adversely affect our workforce, local suppliers, customers and consumers of our products;
foreign exchange rates, foreign currency exchange and transfer restrictions, which may unpredictably and adversely impact our combined operating results, asset and liability balances, and cash flow in our consolidated financial statements, even if their value has not changed in their original currency;
our consolidated financial statements are presented in U.S. dollars, and we must translate the assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses into U.S. dollars for external reporting purposes;
changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. and foreign governments, including modification or termination of existing trade agreements or treaties (e.g. the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement), creation of new trade agreements or treaties, trade regulations, and increased or new tariffs, quotas, import or export licensing requirements, and other trade barriers imposed by governments. In particular, changes in U.S. trade programs and trade relations with other countries, including the imposition of trade protection measures by foreign countries in favor of their local producers of competing products, such as governmental subsidies, tax benefits, and other measures giving local producers a competitive advantage over Lamb Weston, may adversely affect our business and results of operations in those countries;
negative economic developments in economies around the world and the instability of governments, including the actual or threat of wars, terrorist attacks, epidemics or civil unrest, including the war in Ukraine;
earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods or other major disasters that may limit the supply of raw materials that are purchased abroad for use in our international operations or domestically;
increased costs, disruptions in shipping or reduced availability of freight transportation and warehousing, such as the reduced availability of shipping containers that we encountered in fiscal 2022;
differing employment practices and labor standards in the international markets in which we operate;
differing levels of protection of intellectual property across the international markets in which we operate;
difficulties and costs associated with complying with U.S. laws and regulations applicable to entities with overseas operations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
the threat that our operations or property could be subject to nationalization and expropriation;
varying regulatory, tax, judicial and administrative practices in the international markets in which we operate;
difficulties associated with operating under a wide variety of complex foreign laws, treaties and regulations; and
potentially burdensome taxation.

Any of these factors could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Changes in our relationships with significant customers could adversely affect us.

We maintain a diverse customer base across our four reporting segments. Customers include global, national and regional quick service and fast casual restaurants as well as small, independently operated restaurants, multinational, broadline foodservice distributors, regional foodservice distributors, and major food retailers. Some of these customers

15

Table of Contents

independently represent a meaningful portion of our sales. In addition, we depend on foodservice distributors to help us create end-customer demand, provide technical support and other value-added services to customers, fill customer orders, and stock our products. A material change in our relationship with one or more of these distributors or their failure to perform as expected could reduce our revenue. The foodservice distributors also sell products that compete with our products, and we sometimes need to reduce prices or provide rebates and other incentives to focus them on the sale of our products.

Our largest customer, McDonald’s Corporation, accounted for approximately 10% of our consolidated net sales during fiscal 2022. There can be no assurance that our customers will continue to purchase our products in the same quantities or on the same terms as in the past. The loss of a significant customer or a material reduction in sales to a significant customer could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. In addition, the financial condition of our significant customers, including restaurants, distributors and retailers, are affected by events that are largely beyond our control, such as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and possible future pandemics or other contagious outbreaks, and political or military conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine. Specifically, some customers, including McDonald’s Corporation, have exited from Russia. Deterioration in the financial condition of significant customers could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Disruption of our access to export mechanisms could have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

To serve our customers globally, we rely in part on our international joint ventures, but also on exports from the U.S. During fiscal 2022, 2021, and 2020, export sales from the U.S. accounted for approximately 12%, 13% and 16%, respectively, of our total net sales. Circumstances beyond our control, such as a labor dispute at a port, or workforce disruption, including those due to the COVID-19 pandemic or future pandemics or other contagious outbreaks, could prevent us from exporting our products in sufficient quantities to meet customer opportunities. During the latter half of fiscal 2022, limited shipping container availability along the U.S. West Coast and disruptions to ocean freight networks across the Pacific Ocean resulted in lower export volumes in our Global segment. We have access to production outside of the U.S. through our facilities in Australia, Canada and China and joint ventures in Argentina and Europe, but we may be unsuccessful in mitigating any future disruption to export mechanisms. If this occurs, we may be unable to adequately supply all of our existing customers’ needs and new customer opportunities, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our operations are dependent on a wide array of third parties.

The success of our end-to-end supply chain relies on the continued performance of a wide array of third parties. Suppliers, co-packers, third-party outsourcers, warehousing partners, and transportation providers are among our critical partners. Although we take steps to qualify and audit third parties with whom we do business, we cannot guarantee that all third parties will perform dependably or at all. It is possible that events beyond our control, such as operational failures, labor issues, cybersecurity events, global geopolitical conflict, such as the war in Ukraine, pandemics or other health issues, such as COVID-19, or other issues could impact our third parties. If our third parties fail to deliver on their commitments, introduce unplanned risk to our operations (e.g., through cyber activity), or are unable to fulfill their obligations, we could experience manufacturing challenges, shipment delays, increased costs, or lost revenue, which could also impact our relationships with customers and our brand image.

In addition to our own production facilities, we source a portion of our products under co-packing agreements. 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.

16

Table of Contents

Damage to our reputation as a trusted partner to customers and good corporate citizen could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our customers rely on us and our co-manufacturers to manufacture safe, high quality food products. Product contamination or tampering, the failure to maintain high standards for product quality, safety, and integrity, or allegations of product quality issues, mislabeling or contamination, even if untrue, may damage the reputation of our customers, and ultimately our reputation as a trusted industry partner. Damage to either could reduce demand for our products or cause production and delivery disruptions.

Our reputation could also be adversely impacted by any of the following, or by adverse publicity (whether or not valid) relating thereto: the failure to maintain high ethical, social, and environmental standards for our operations and activities, including the health, safety and security of our employees; our research and development efforts; our environmental impact, including use of agricultural materials, packaging, energy use, and waste management; our failure to comply with local laws and regulations; our failure to maintain an effective system of internal controls; or our failure to provide accurate and timely financial information. Damage to our reputation or loss of customer confidence in our products for any of these or other reasons could result in decreased demand for our products and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations, as well as require additional resources to rebuild our reputation.

If we are unable to execute on large capital projects, complete potential acquisitions that strategically fit our business objectives, or integrate acquired businesses, our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

Demand for frozen potato products is growing, and we believe that this demand will continue to grow over the long-term. To support our customers’ growth, we believe we must invest in our production capabilities either through capital expansion or acquisitions. In 2021, we announced capital investments in a new french fry processing line in American Falls, Idaho and a new french fry processing facility in China. If we are unable to complete these or other large capital projects, or encounter unexpected delays, higher costs or other challenges, including those related to supply chain disruptions and availability of necessary labor, materials, and equipment, our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

In addition, from time to time, we evaluate acquisition candidates that may strategically fit our business objectives. Our acquisition activities may present financial, managerial, and operational risks. Those risks include: (i) diversion of management attention from existing businesses, (ii) difficulties integrating personnel and financial and other systems, (iii) difficulties implementing effective control environment processes, (iv) adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers, (v) inaccurate estimates of fair value made in the accounting for acquisitions and amortization of acquired intangible assets, which would reduce future reported earnings, (vi) potential loss of customers or key employees of acquired businesses, and (vii) indemnities and potential disputes with the sellers. If we are unable to complete acquisitions or successfully integrate and develop acquired businesses or execute on large capital projects, such as new production lines or facilities, our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

A portion of our business is, and several of our growth strategies are, conducted through joint ventures that do not operate solely for our benefit.

We have built our company, in part, through the creation of joint ventures, some of which we do not control. In these relationships, we share ownership and management of a company that operates for the benefit of all owners, rather than our exclusive benefit. Through our extensive experience in operating a portion of our business through joint ventures, we understand that joint ventures often require additional resources and procedures for information sharing and decision-making. If our joint venture partners take actions that have negative impacts on the joint venture, or disagree with the strategies we have developed to grow these businesses, we may have limited ability to influence and mitigate those actions or decisions and our ability to achieve our growth strategies may be negatively impacted. In addition, we and our respective partners may be liable for certain obligations or liabilities of the joint ventures. As a result, we may be subject to additional obligations or liabilities over which we may not have complete control.

17

Table of Contents

Our substantial debt may limit cash flow available to invest in the ongoing needs of our business and could prevent us from fulfilling our debt obligations.

We have incurred substantial indebtedness. As of May 29, 2022, we had $2,728.0 million of long-term debt, including current portion, recorded on our Consolidated Balance Sheet. Our level of debt could have important consequences. For example, it could:

make it more difficult for us to make payments on our debt;
require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to the payment of debt service, reducing the availability of our cash flow to fund working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, and other general corporate purposes;
increase our vulnerability to adverse economic or industry conditions;
limit our ability to obtain additional financing in the future to enable us to react to changes in our business; or
place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to businesses in our industry that have less debt.

The agreements governing our debt contain various covenants that impose restrictions on us that may affect our ability to operate our business.

The credit agreements governing our term loans and revolving credit facility and the indentures governing our senior notes contain covenants that, among other things, limit our ability to:

borrow money or guarantee debt;
create liens;
pay dividends on or redeem or repurchase stock;
make specified types of investments and acquisitions;
enter into agreements that limit the ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends or other payments to us;
enter into transactions with affiliates; and
sell assets or merge with other companies.

These restrictions on our ability to operate our business could harm our business by, among other things, limiting our ability to take advantage of financing, merger and acquisition, or other corporate opportunities.

Various risks, uncertainties, and events beyond our control could affect our ability to comply with these covenants. Failure to comply with any of the covenants in our existing or future financing agreements could result in a default under those agreements and under other agreements containing cross-default provisions. A default would permit lenders to accelerate the maturity of the debt under these agreements and to foreclose upon any collateral securing the debt. Under these circumstances, we might not have sufficient funds or other resources to satisfy all of our obligations. Also, the limitations imposed by these financing agreements on our ability to incur additional debt and to take other actions might significantly impair our ability to obtain other financing.

In addition, the restrictive covenants in our credit agreements require us to maintain specified financial ratios and satisfy other financial condition tests. We cannot provide assurance that we will continue to be in compliance with these ratios and tests. Our ability to continue to meet those financial ratios and tests will depend on our ongoing financial and operating performance, which, in turn, will be subject to economic conditions and to financial, market, and competitive factors, many of which are beyond our control. A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under one or more of our debt instruments, including as a result of cross default provisions and, in the case of our revolving credit facility, permit the lenders thereunder to cease making loans to us. Upon the occurrence of an event of default under our credit facilities, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding thereunder to be immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. Such action by the lenders could cause cross-defaults under our senior notes indentures.

18

Table of Contents

Any failure to meet required payments on our debt, or failure to comply with any covenants in the instruments governing our debt, could result in a downgrade to our credit ratings. A downgrade in our credit ratings could limit our access to capital and increase our borrowing costs.

Technology Risks

We are significantly dependent on information technology, and we may be unable to protect our information systems against service interruption, misappropriation of data, or breaches of security.

We rely on information technology networks and systems, including the Internet, to process, transmit, and store electronic and financial information, to manage and support a variety of business processes and activities, and to comply with regulatory, legal, and tax requirements. We also depend upon our information technology infrastructure for digital marketing activities and for electronic communications among our locations, personnel, customers, third-party manufacturers and suppliers. The importance of such networks and systems has increased due to our adoption of flexible work-from-home policies for functional support areas, which in turn has heightened our vulnerability to cyberattacks or other disruptions. Despite careful security and controls design, implementation and updating, independent third-party verification and annual training of employees on information security and data protection, our information technology systems, some of which are dependent on services provided by third parties, may be vulnerable to, among other things, damage, invasions, disruptions, or shutdowns due to any number of causes such as catastrophic events, natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health crises, fires, power outages, systems failures, telecommunications failures, security breaches, computer viruses, ransomware and malware, hackers, employee error or malfeasance, and other causes. While we have experienced threats to our data and systems, to date, we are not aware that we have experienced a material breach to our systems. However, third parties, including our partners and vendors, could also be a source of security risk to us, or cause disruptions to our normal operations, in the event of a breach of their own products, components, networks, security systems, and infrastructure. For example, in December 2021, our third-party service provider for our workforce management software, the Ultimate Kronos Group (“Kronos”), experienced a ransomware attack that resulted in Kronos temporarily decommissioning the functionality of certain of its cloud software, requiring us to find and implement other procedures to continue our payroll processes, which was time consuming and burdensome but did not have a material adverse impact on our business. In addition, over time, and particularly recently, as evidenced by the attack on Kronos, the sophistication of the cyber threats continues to increase. Sophisticated cybersecurity threats, including potential cyberattacks from Russia targeted against the U.S., pose a potential risk to the security and viability of our information technology systems, as well as the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data stored on those systems, including cloud-based platforms. In addition, new technology that could result in greater operational efficiency may further expose our computer systems to the risk of cyberattacks. If we do not allocate and effectively manage the resources necessary to build and sustain the proper technology infrastructure and associated automated and manual control processes, we could be subject to billing and collection errors, business disruptions, or damage resulting from security breaches. If any of our significant information technology systems suffer severe damage, disruption, or shutdown and our business continuity plans do not effectively resolve the issues in a timely manner, our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations may be materially and adversely affected, and we could experience delays in reporting our financial results. Any interruption of our information technology systems could have operational, reputational, legal, and financial impacts that may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

In addition, if we are unable to prevent security breaches or unauthorized disclosure of non-public information, we may suffer financial and reputational damage, litigation or remediation costs, fines, or penalties because of the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information belonging to us or to our partners, customers, or suppliers. Misuse, leakage, or falsification of information could result in violations of data privacy laws and regulations, potentially significant fines and penalties, damage to our reputation and credibility, loss of strategic opportunities, and loss of ability to commercialize products developed through research and development efforts and, therefore, could have a negative impact on net sales. In addition, we may face business interruptions, litigation, and financial and reputational damage because of lost or misappropriated confidential information belonging to us, our current or former employees, or to our suppliers or customers, and may become subject to legal action and increased regulatory oversight. We could also be required to spend significant financial and other resources to remedy the damage caused by a security breach or to repair or replace networks and information systems.

19

Table of Contents

Problems with the transition, design, or implementation of our new ERP system could interfere with our business and operations and adversely affect our financial condition.

We are in the process of building a new ERP system to replace our existing operating and financial systems. The ERP system is designed to accurately maintain our financial records, enhance operational functionality, and provide timely information to our management team related to the operation of the business. The ERP system implementation process has required, and will continue to require, the investment of significant personnel and financial resources. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we paused ERP work in fiscal 2021, after completing the first phase of implementation. We recently resumed designing the next phase of our ERP implementation and are in the build stage. We have experienced, and may continue to experience, difficulties as we transition to new upgraded systems and business processes. These difficulties have and may include loss of data; difficulty in making payments to third-parties; difficulty in completing financial reporting and filing reports with the SEC in a timely manner; or challenges in otherwise running our business. We may also experience decreases in productivity as our personnel implement and become familiar with new systems and processes. Any disruptions, delays, or deficiencies in the transition, design, and implementation of a new ERP system, particularly any disruptions, delays, or deficiencies that impact our operations, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Even if we do not encounter adverse effects, the transition, design, and implementation of a new ERP system, may be much more costly than we anticipated.

Industry Risks

Our business is affected by potato crop performance.

Our primary input is potatoes and every year, we must procure potatoes that meet the quality standards for processing into value-added products. Environmental and climate conditions, such as soil quality, moisture, and temperature, affect the yield and quality of the potato crop on a year-to-year basis. As a result, we source potatoes from specific regions of the U.S. and specific countries abroad, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, where we believe the optimal potato growing conditions exist. However, severe weather conditions, including protracted periods of extreme heat or cold, during the planting and growing season in these regions can significantly affect potato crop performance, such as the extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2021 and the drought in Europe during fiscal 2019, both of which resulted in poor crop and significantly limited supply. Further, because of the poor quality of the crop in the Pacific Northwest that was harvested in fall 2021, we encountered lower raw potato utilization rates in our production facilities during the second half of fiscal 2022, which increased our production costs. Potatoes are also susceptible to pest diseases and insects that can cause crop failure, decreased yields, and negatively affect the physical appearance of the potatoes. We have deep experience in agronomy and actively work to monitor the potato crop. However, if a weather or pest-related event occurs in a particular crop year, and our agronomic programs are insufficient to mitigate the impacts thereof, we may have insufficient potatoes to meet our existing customers’ needs and new customer opportunities, or we may experience manufacturing inefficiencies and higher costs, and our competitiveness and profitability could decrease. Alternatively, overly favorable growing conditions can lead to high per acre yields and over-supply. An increased supply of potatoes could lead to overproduction of finished goods and associated increased storage costs or destruction of unused potatoes at a loss.

Our business relies on a potato crop that has a concentrated growing region.

Ideal growing conditions for the potatoes necessary for our value-added products (e.g., french fries) are concentrated in a few geographic regions globally. In the U.S., most of the potato crop used in value-added products is grown in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. European growing regions for the necessary potatoes are concentrated in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Recent agronomic developments have opened new growing regions, but the capital-intensive nature of our industry’s production processes has kept production highly concentrated in the historical growing regions noted above. Unfavorable crop conditions in any one region could lead to significant demand on the other regions for production, which occurred in connection with the drought in Europe during fiscal 2019. Our inability to mitigate any such conditions by leveraging our production capabilities in other regions could negatively impact our ability to meet existing customers’ needs and new customer opportunities and could decrease our profitability.

20

Table of Contents

The sophistication and buying power of some of our customers could have a negative impact on profits.

Some of our customers are large and sophisticated, with buying power and negotiating strength. These customers may be more capable of resisting price increases and more likely to demand lower pricing, increased promotional programs, or specialty tailored products. In addition, some of these customers (e.g., larger distributors and supermarkets) have the scale to develop supply chains that permit them to operate with reduced inventories or to develop and market their own brands. Shelf space at food retailers is not guaranteed, and large retail customers may choose to stock their own retailer and other economy brands that compete with some of our products. This could be exacerbated with a shift in consumer spending as a result of an economic downturn and consumers moving to private label or lower priced products. If the initiatives we undertake to counteract these pressures, including efficiency programs and investments in innovation and quality, are unsuccessful and we are unable to counteract the negotiating strength of these customers, our profitability could decline.

Increased competition may result in reduced sales or profits.

Our business, value-added frozen potato products, is highly competitive. Competitors include large North American and European frozen potato product companies that compete globally, local and regional companies, and retailers and foodservice distributors with their own branded and private label products. Some of our competitors are larger and have substantial financial, sales and marketing, and other resources. We compete based on, among other things, customer service, value, product innovation, product quality, brand recognition and loyalty, price, and the ability to identify and satisfy customer preferences. A strong competitive response from one or more of our competitors to our marketplace efforts could result in us reducing pricing, increasing spend on promotional activity, or losing market share. Competitive pressures may restrict our ability to increase prices, including in response to commodity and other input cost increases or additional improvements in product quality. Our profits could decrease if a reduction in prices or increased costs are not counterbalanced with increased sales volume.

Increased industry capacity may result in reduced sales or profits.

In recent years, market demand for value-added frozen potato products has exceeded industry capacity to produce these products. As additional industry capacity comes online, or market demand otherwise decreases, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or future pandemics or other contagious outbreaks, we may face competitive pressures that would restrict our ability to increase or maintain prices, or we may lose market share. For example, during fiscal 2021, we faced increased pricing pressure for private label products due to excess production capacity in Europe that resulted from decreased demand following government-imposed COVID-related social restrictions, which caused us to lose some private label volume. Our profits would decrease as a result of a reduction in prices or sales volume.

We must identify changing consumer preferences and consumption trends and develop and offer food products to our customers that help meet those preferences and trends.

Consumer preferences evolve over time and our success depends on our ability to identify the tastes and dietary habits of consumers and offer products that appeal to those preferences. We need to continue to respond to these changing consumer preferences and support our customers in their efforts to evolve to meet those preferences. For example, as consumers continue to focus on freshly prepared foods, some restaurants may choose to limit the frying capabilities of their kitchens. As a result, we must evolve our product offering to provide alternatives that work in such a preparation environment. In addition, our products contain carbohydrates, sodium, genetically modified ingredients, added sugars, saturated fats, and preservatives, the diet and health effects of which remain the subject of public scrutiny. We must continue to reformulate our products, introduce new products and create product extensions without a loss of the taste, texture, and appearance that consumers demand in value-added potato products. All of these efforts require significant research and development and marketing investments. If our products fail to meet consumer preferences or customer requirements, or we fail to introduce new and improved products on a timely basis, then the return on those investments will be less than anticipated, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

21

Table of Contents

In addition, we compete against branded products as well as private label products. Our products must provide higher value and/or quality to our customers and consumers than alternatives, particularly during periods of economic uncertainty. Consumers may not buy our products if relative differences in value and/or quality between our products and private label products change in favor of competitors’ products or if consumers perceive this type of change. If consumers prefer private label products, which are typically sold at lower prices, then we could lose market share or sales volumes or shift our product mix to lower margin offerings. During an economic downturn, factors such as increased unemployment, decreases in disposable income, inflation, and declines in consumer confidence could cause a decrease in demand for our overall product offerings, particularly higher priced products, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Distributors, restaurants and retailers may also become more conservative in response to these conditions and seek to reduce their inventories. A change in consumer preferences could also cause us to increase capital, marketing, and other expenditures, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Legal and Regulatory Risks

We may be subject to product liability claims and product recalls, which could negatively impact our relationships with customers and harm our business.

We sell food products for human consumption, which involves risks such as product contamination or spoilage, product tampering, other adulteration of food products, mislabeling, and misbranding. We may voluntarily recall or withdraw products from the market in certain circumstances, which would cause us to incur associated costs; those costs could be meaningful. We may also be subject to litigation, requests for indemnification from our customers, or liability if the consumption or inadequate preparation of any of our products causes injury, illness, or death. A significant product liability judgment or a widespread product recall may negatively impact our sales and profitability for a period of time depending on the costs of the recall, the destruction of product inventory, product availability, competitive reaction, customer reaction, and consumer attitudes. Even if a product liability claim is unsuccessful or is not fully pursued, the negative publicity surrounding any assertion that our products caused illness or injury could adversely affect our reputation with existing and potential customers and our corporate and brand image.

Additionally, as a manufacturer and marketer of food products, we are subject to extensive regulation by the FDA and other national, state and local government agencies. The Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, other laws and their respective regulations govern, among other things, the manufacturing, composition and ingredients, packaging and safety of food products. Some aspects of these laws use a strict liability standard for imposing sanctions on corporate behavior, meaning that no intent is required to be established. If we fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations, we may be subject to civil remedies, including fines, injunctions, recalls, or seizures, as well as criminal sanctions, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

New regulations imposed by the FDA or EFSA around acrylamide formation in potato products could adversely affect us.

The regulation of food products, both within the U.S. and internationally, continues to be a focus for governmental scrutiny. The presence and/or formation of acrylamide in potato products cooked at high temperatures has become a global regulatory issue as both the FDA and the European Food Safety Authority (‘‘EFSA’’) have issued guidance to the food processing industry to work to reduce conditions that favor the formation of this naturally occurring compound. Acrylamide formation is the result of heat processing reactions that give ‘‘browned foods’’ their desirable flavor. Acrylamide formation occurs in many food types in the human diet, including but not limited to breads, toast, cookies, coffee, crackers, potatoes, and olives. The regulatory approach to acrylamide has generally been to encourage the industry to achieve as low as reasonably achievable content levels through process control (e.g., temperature) and material testing (e.g., low sugar and low asparagine). However, limits for acrylamide exposure have been established in the State of California, and point of sale consumer warnings are required if products exceed those limits. In addition, the EFSA has promulgated regulations establishing specific mitigation measures, sampling and analysis procedures and benchmark levels for acrylamide in certain food products. If the global regulatory approach to acrylamide becomes more stringent and

22

Table of Contents

additional legal limits are established, our manufacturing costs could increase. In addition, if consumer perception regarding the safety of our products is negatively impacted due to regulation, sales of our products could decrease.

If we fail to comply with the many laws and regulations applicable to our business, we may face lawsuits or incur significant fines and penalties.

Our facilities and products are subject to many laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FDA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal, state, local, and foreign governmental agencies relating to the processing, packaging, storage, distribution, advertising, labeling, quality, and safety of food products, and the health and safety of our employees. Our failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could subject us to additional costs, product detentions, substantial delays or a temporary shutdown in manufacturing, lawsuits, administrative penalties, and civil remedies, including fines, injunctions, and recalls of our products.

Our operations are also subject to extensive and increasingly stringent regulations administered by foreign government agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and comparable state agencies, which pertain to the protection of human health and the environment, including, but not limited to, the discharge of materials into the environment and the handling and disposition of wastes. Failure to comply with these regulations can have serious consequences, including civil and administrative penalties and negative publicity. Changes in applicable laws or regulations or evolving interpretations thereof, including increased government regulations to limit the emissions of toxic air pollutants and carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions as a result of concern over climate change, may result in increased compliance costs, capital expenditures, and other financial obligations for us, which could affect our profitability or impede the production or distribution of our products, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Climate change, or legal, regulatory, or market measures to address climate change, may negatively affect our business and operations.

There is growing concern that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may have an adverse impact on global temperatures, weather patterns, and the frequency and severity of extreme weather and natural disasters. In the event that climate change has a negative effect on agricultural productivity, we may be subject to decreased availability or less favorable pricing for certain commodities that are necessary for our products, such as potatoes and edible oils. Adverse weather conditions and natural disasters can reduce crop size and crop quality, which in turn could reduce our supplies of raw potatoes, lower recoveries of usable raw potatoes, increase the prices of our raw potatoes, increase our cost of transporting and storing raw potatoes, or disrupt our production schedules or efficiencies. Natural disasters and extreme weather conditions may disrupt the productivity of our facilities or the operation of our supply chain. In addition, water is an important part of potato processing. In times of water stress, we may be subject to decreased availability or less favorable pricing for water, which could impact our manufacturing and distribution operations. Further, a decrease in the availability of water in certain regions caused by droughts or other factors could increase competition for land and resources in areas that have more favorable growing conditions, and thereby increase costs for such land and resources.

The increasing concern over climate change also may result in more regional, federal, and/or global legal and regulatory requirements to reduce or mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases, as well as more stringent regulation of water rights. In the event that such regulation is enacted and is more aggressive than the sustainability measures that we are currently undertaking to monitor our emissions, improve our energy efficiency, and reduce and reuse water, we may be subject to curtailment or reduced access to resources or experience significant increases in our costs of operation and delivery. In particular, increasing regulation of utility providers, fuel emissions, or fuel suppliers could substantially increase the distribution and supply chain costs of our products. Also, consumers and customers may place an increased priority on purchasing products that are sustainably grown and made, requiring us to incur increased costs for additional transparency, due diligence, and reporting. Further, any failure to achieve our goals with respect to reducing our impact on the environment or perception of a failure to act responsibly with respect to the environment or to effectively respond to regulatory requirements concerning climate change can lead to adverse publicity, which could damage our reputation. As a result, climate change could negatively affect our business and operations. See also “Industry Risks – Our business is affected by potato crop performance,” in this Item 1A. Risk Factors above.

23

Table of Contents

Our intellectual property rights are valuable, and any inability to protect them could reduce the value of our products and brands.

We consider our intellectual property rights to be a significant and valuable aspect of our business. We attempt to protect our intellectual property rights through a combination of trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret protection, contractual agreements and policing of third-party misuses of our intellectual property. Our failure to obtain or adequately protect our intellectual property or any change in law that lessens or removes the current legal protections of our intellectual property may diminish our competitiveness and adversely affect our business and financial results. We also license certain intellectual property, most notably Grown in Idaho and Alexia, from third parties. To the extent that we are not able to contract with these third parties on favorable terms or maintain our relationships with these third parties, our rights to use certain intellectual property could be impacted.

Competing intellectual property claims that impact our brands or products may arise unexpectedly. Any litigation or disputes regarding intellectual property may be costly and time-consuming and may divert the attention of our management and key personnel from our business operations. We also may be subject to significant damages or injunctions against development, launch and sale of certain products. Any of these occurrences may harm our business and financial results.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

We are headquartered in Eagle, Idaho. The following table sets forth our principal production and processing facilities as of May 29, 2022:

Location

Type of Facility and Number

Owned/ Leased

Domestic:

American Falls, ID

Production Facility and Cold Storage

Owned (1)

Boardman, OR

Production Facility (2), Production Facility and Cold Storage

Owned (3)

Connell, WA

Production Facility, Cold Storage

Owned (1), Leased (1)

Delhi, LA

Production Facility, Cold Storage, Farm

Owned (1), Leased (2)

Hermiston, OR

Production Facility

Owned (1)

Pasco, WA

Production Facility (2)

Owned (2)

Paterson, WA

Production Facility, Farm (4)

Owned (2), Leased (3)

Quincy, WA

Production Facility

Owned (1)

Richland, WA

Production Facility

Owned (1)

Twin Falls, ID

Production Facility

Owned (1)

Warden, WA

Production Facility

Owned (1)

International:

Hallam, Australia

Production Facility and Cold Storage (2)

Leased (2)

Shangdu, China

Production Facility

Owned (1)

Taber, Canada

Production Facility and Cold Storage

Owned (1)

We use our farms as a source of raw materials, to better understand the costs of growing potatoes, and to deploy agronomic research. Our facilities vary in age and condition, and each of them has an active maintenance program to ensure a safe operating environment and to keep the facilities in good condition. We believe all our buildings are in satisfactory operating condition to conduct our business as intended. We also own and lease general office/support facilities in the regions in which we operate, including Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, and the U.S.

24

Table of Contents

Our manufacturing assets are shared across all reportable segments. Therefore, we do not identify or allocate assets by reportable segment. For more information, see Note 13, Segments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K. 

In addition to the facilities noted above, our joint ventures own or lease processing facilities in Argentina, Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

For information regarding our legal proceedings, see Note 14, Commitments, Contingencies, Guarantees, and Legal Proceedings, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

25

Table of Contents

PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “LW.” At July 18, 2022, there were 11,015 holders of record of our common stock. The majority of holders of Lamb Weston common stock are “street name” or beneficial holders, whose shares of record are held by banks, brokers, and other financial institutions.

Dividends

Our Board of Directors intends to continue to consider declaring and paying dividends on Lamb Weston common stock based on our financial condition and results of operations, as well as applicable covenants under our debt agreements. Our Board of Directors has no obligation under Delaware law or our amended and restated certificate of incorporation to declare or pay dividends, and dividends on Lamb Weston common stock are limited to legally available funds.

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer

The following table presents information related to total shares purchased during the periods presented below:

Approximate Dollar

Total Number of

Value of Maximum

Total Number

Average

Shares (or Units)

Number of Shares that

of Shares (or

Price Paid

Purchased as Part of

May Yet be Purchased

Units)

Per Share

Publicly Announced

Under Plans or Programs

Period

    

Purchased (a)

    

(or Unit)

    

Plans or Programs (b)

    

(in millions) (b)

February 28, 2022 through March 27, 2022

1,114

$

63.68

$

293.6

March 28, 2022 through April 24, 2022

72,675

$

67.70

72,365

$

288.7

April 25, 2022 through May 29, 2022

306,928

$

64.25

306,928

$

268.9

Total

380,717

(a)Represents repurchased shares of our common stock under our publicly announced share repurchase program, which were repurchased at a weighted average price of $64.91, and shares withheld from employees to cover income and payroll taxes on equity awards that vested during the period.

(b)On December 20, 2018, we announced that our Board of Directors had authorized a $250.0 million share repurchase program with no expiration date. On December 17, 2021, we announced that our Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional $250.0 million of our common stock under this program. Repurchases may be made at our discretion from time to time on the open market, subject to applicable laws, including pursuant to a repurchase plan administered in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or through privately negotiated transactions.

26

Table of Contents

Performance Graph

The following graph and table compare the cumulative total return on our common stock with the cumulative total return of the Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) 500 Index, the S&P 400 Packaged Food Index, which we consider to be our peer group, and the S&P 500 Packaged Food Index. This graph and table cover the period from May 26, 2017 through May 27, 2022 (the last trading day of our fiscal year). The graph and table assume that $100 was invested in our common stock, the S&P 500 Index, the S&P 400 Packaged Food Index, and the S&P 500 Packaged Food Index on May 26, 2017, and that all dividends were reinvested. The cumulative total return shown below are based on the last trading day in Lamb Weston’s fiscal year.

Graphic

May 26,

May 25,

May 24,

May 29,

May 28,

May 27,

    

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Lamb Weston

$

100

$

145

$

140

$

137

$

190

$

159

S&P 500 Index

$

100

$

115

$

122

$

134

$

188

$

188

S&P 400 Packaged Foods Index

$

100

$

99

$

124

$

118

$

138

$

133

S&P 500 Packaged Foods Index

$

100

$

84

$

94

$

101

$

120

$

125

The above performance graph and other information furnished under this Part II, Item 5 of this Form 10-K shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC or subject to Regulation 14A or 14C, or to the provisions of Section 18, of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

ITEM 6. RESERVED

27

Table of Contents

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis is intended to provide a summary of significant factors relevant to our financial performance and condition. The discussion and analysis should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and related notes in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K. Results for the fiscal year ended May 29, 2022 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be attained in the future.

The following generally discusses fiscal 2022 and 2021 items and fiscal year comparisons between fiscal 2022 and 2021. Discussions of fiscal 2020 items and fiscal year comparisons between fiscal 2021 and 2020 that are not included in this Form 10-K can be found in “Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 30, 2021, which we filed with the SEC on July 27, 2021.

Overview

Lamb Weston, along with our joint ventures, is a leading global producer, distributor, and marketer of value-added frozen potato products. We, along with our joint ventures, are the number one supplier of value-added frozen potato products in North America. We, along with our joint ventures, are also a leading supplier of value-added frozen potato products internationally, with a strong and growing presence in high-growth emerging markets. We, along with our joint ventures, offer a broad product portfolio to a diverse channel and customer base in over 100 countries. French fries represent the majority of our value-added frozen potato product portfolio.

Management’s discussion and analysis of our results of operations and financial condition, which we refer to in this filing as “MD&A,” is provided as a supplement to the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Form 10-K to help provide an understanding of our financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of our operations. Our MD&A is based on financial data derived from the financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and certain other financial data (including product contribution margin on a consolidated basis, Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures, Adjusted Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), and Adjusted Net Income) that is prepared using non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for the definitions of product contribution margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures, Adjusted Diluted EPS, and Adjusted Net Income, and a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to gross profit, net income or diluted EPS, as applicable.

Executive Summary

In fiscal 2022, we delivered a solid financial and operating performance in a highly challenging environment that was characterized by severe input and transportation cost inflation, a historically poor potato crop in the Pacific Northwest, and constraints in labor availability and logistics networks. We drove strong net sales growth by executing pricing actions and improving product and customer mix. These actions, along with our supply chain productivity initiatives, served to offset some, but not all, of the cost and operating headwinds that we faced throughout the year. Specifically, compared with the prior year:

Net sales increased 12% to $4,098.9 million
Income from operations decreased 6% to $444.4 million
Net income decreased 37% to $200.9 million and Adjusted Net Income decreased 4% to $304.1 million
Diluted EPS decreased 36% to $1.38 and Adjusted Diluted EPS decreased 4% to $2.08
Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures decreased 3% to $725.7 million
Net cash provided by operating activities declined 24% to $418.1 million

Compared with fiscal 2021, the increase in net sales was primarily driven by higher price/mix and sales volumes. The increase in price/mix reflected the benefit of multiple product pricing actions across each of our business segments to offset input cost inflation, as well as higher prices charged for product delivery. The increase in sales volumes reflected

28

Table of Contents

higher shipments to restaurant and foodservice channels in North America as demand continued to rebound towards pre-pandemic levels. The increase was most pronounced in our Foodservice segment, which has a higher proportion of its sales to on-premise dining establishments, while shipments to our large chain quick service restaurant (“QSR”) and casual dining restaurant customers in the U.S., which are included in our Global segment, also increased. The sales volume increase was partially offset by lower export volumes, which are included in our Global segment, and lower shipments in our Retail segment. Our sales growth was also tempered by widespread industry supply chain constraints that resulted in lower production run-rates and throughput in our production facilities.

Outside of North America, the recovery in frozen potato demand varied and generally lagged U.S. demand. Shipments to customers in China fell as restaurant traffic and consumer demand was negatively affected by government-imposed restrictions geared towards reducing the spread of COVID-19-related variants, while shipments to other key markets in Asia and Oceania were negatively affected by global logistics constraints. In Europe, which is served by our LWM joint venture, sales volumes increased as restaurant traffic continued to improve, although earnings were negatively affected by inflation, production, and transportation challenges.

Gross profit in fiscal 2022 was flat compared to fiscal 2021, as favorable price/mix offset higher manufacturing and distribution costs on a per pound basis, while income from operations declined $30.4 million to $444.4 million as a result of higher selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses.

Compared to fiscal 2021, net income declined $116.9 million to $200.9 million, while Diluted EPS declined $0.78 to $1.38. Most of the declines were due to a $62.7 million (before and after-tax, or $0.43 per share) non-cash impairment charge associated with LWM’s announced intent, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, to withdraw from its joint venture in Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, as well as a loss of $53.3 million ($40.5 million after-tax or $0.27 per share) associated with a transaction to lower the interest rates and extend the maturities on some outstanding debt (see Liquidity and Capital Resources below).

We generated full-year cash from operations of $418.1 million and cash flow after investing activities of $107.6 million. We ended the year with $525.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and no borrowings on our revolving credit facility. In addition, we returned $289.1 million to our stockholders, including $138.4 million in cash dividends and $150.7 million of share repurchases. In July 2022, we used approximately $42 million to acquire an additional forty percent interest in our joint venture in Argentina, LWAMSA, increasing our total ownership from fifty percent to ninety percent. Following the acquisition, we will consolidate LWAMSA’s results in our consolidated financial statements.

Outlook

In fiscal 2023, we expect price/mix to increase largely due to pricing actions that we began to implement in fiscal 2022 in an effort to mitigate manufacturing and distribution cost inflation. We also expect sales volumes to grow largely due to the expected continuation in the rise of U.S. demand for frozen potato products, although our volume growth may be tempered by production capacity and logistics constraints. In addition, we expect that U.S. restaurant traffic, demand, and volume growth may be increasingly volatile as consumers respond to the current inflationary environment. We expect the rate of recovery of demand in our key international markets will be mixed, and that our international shipments will continue to be tempered by limited shipping container availability and disruptions to ocean freight networks.

During the first half of fiscal 2023, we expect our gross margins will be pressured as compared to normalized seasonal rates as we continue to manage through significant inflation as well as higher raw potato costs on a per pound basis due to the impact of extreme summer heat that negatively affected the yield and quality of potato crops in the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2021. We also expect our gross margins in the first half of fiscal 2023 will be pressured by ongoing industrywide operational challenges, including labor and commodities shortages, resulting from volatility in the broader supply chain. During the second half of fiscal 2023, we expect our gross margins will improve if the potato crop harvested in fall 2022 is in line with historical averages, we continue to successfully implement our pricing actions to offset input and transportation costs inflation, and we realize a broad easing of labor and logistics pressures that have been constraining our production and shipments. We expect overall SG&A to be higher as a result of increased compensation and benefits expenses and investments to improve our information technology infrastructure over the long-term, including our efforts to design and implement the next phase of a new ERP system.

29

Table of Contents

Results of Operations

We have four reportable segments: Global, Foodservice, Retail, and Other. We report net sales and product contribution margin by segment and on a consolidated basis. Product contribution margin, when presented on a consolidated basis, is a non-GAAP financial measure. Net sales and product contribution margin are the primary measures reported to our chief operating decision maker for purposes of allocating resources to our segments and assessing their performance. Product contribution margin represents net sales less cost of sales and advertising and promotion (“A&P”) expenses. Product contribution margin includes advertising and promotion expenses because those expenses are directly associated with the performance of our segments. For additional information on our reportable segments and product contribution margin, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below and Note 13, Segments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this Form 10-K.

Fiscal Year Ended May 29, 2022 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended May 30, 2021

Net Sales and Product Contribution Margin

Year Ended

    

May 29,

    

May 30,

    

%

(in millions, except percentages)

 

2022

2021

 

Inc/(Dec)

Segment net sales

Global

$

2,064.2

$

1,911.5

 

8%

Foodservice

 

1,318.2

  

1,017.3

  

30%

Retail

 

594.6

 

603.4

 

(1%)

Other

 

121.9

 

138.7

 

(12%)

$

4,098.9

$

3,670.9

 

12%

Segment product contribution margin

Global

$

252.2

$

306.2

 

(18%)

Foodservice

449.3

  

340.0

  

32%

Retail

 

109.4

 

120.2

 

(9%)

Other

 

2.2

 

47.8

 

(95%)

813.1

814.2

 

0%

Add: Advertising and promotion expenses

18.9

17.8

6%

Gross profit

$

832.0

$

832.0

0%

Net Sales

Lamb Weston’s net sales for fiscal 2022 increased $428.0 million, or 12%, to $4,098.9 million, compared with $3,670.9 million in fiscal 2021. Price/mix increased 9%, primarily reflecting the benefit of pricing actions across each of our business segments to offset input, manufacturing, and transportation cost inflation, as well as favorable mix. Volume increased 3%, reflecting higher shipments to restaurant and foodservice channels in North America, partially offset by lower exports due to limited shipping container availability and disruptions to ocean freight networks, as well as lower shipments to retail channels. Our volume growth was tempered by an inability to fully serve customer demand due to widespread industry supply chain constraints, including labor and commodities shortages, that resulted in lower production run-rates and throughput in our production facilities.

Global net sales increased $152.7 million, or 8%, to $2,064.2 million, compared with $1,911.5 million in fiscal 2021. Price/mix increased 6% and volume increased 2%. The benefit of domestic and international product and freight pricing actions to offset inflation, as well as favorable mix, drove the increase in price/mix. A strong increase in sales volumes to North American large QSR and casual dining restaurant chain customers was partially offset by lower export shipments due to limited shipping container availability and disruptions to ocean freight networks.

30

Table of Contents

Foodservice net sales increased $300.9 million, or 30%, to $1,318.2 million, compared with $1,017.3 million in fiscal 2021. Volume and price/mix each increased 15%. The benefits of product and freight pricing actions taken throughout the year to offset inflation, as well as favorable mix, drove the increase in price/mix. The segment’s strong volume growth reflects the progressive recovery in demand in its restaurant and non-commercial channels, although growth was tempered by an inability to fully serve customer demand due to widespread industry supply chain constraints, including labor shortages, that resulted in lower production run-rates and throughput in our production facilities.

Retail net sales decreased $8.8 million, or 1%, to $594.6 million, compared with $603.4 million in fiscal 2021. Volume declined 8% while price/mix increased 7%. Lower shipments of private label products, resulting from incremental losses of certain low-margin business, as well as lower shipments of branded products, drove the sales volume decline. The decline in branded product volume reflected an inability to fully serve customer demand due to lower production run-rates and throughput in our production facilities. Product and freight pricing actions across the branded and private label portfolios to offset inflation, as well as improved mix, drove the increase in price/mix.

Net sales in our Other segment declined $16.8 million, or 12%, to $121.9 million, compared with $138.7 million in fiscal 2021. The decline primarily reflects lower volume in our vegetable business, reflecting the negative effect of the extreme summer heat on the yield and quality of the vegetable crops, partially offset by the benefit of pricing actions.

Gross Profit and Product Contribution Margin

Gross profit in fiscal 2022 was flat compared to fiscal 2021 at $832.0 million, as the benefits from higher price/mix and volume were offset by the impact of higher manufacturing and distribution costs on a per pound basis. The higher costs per pound primarily reflected double-digit cost inflation from key inputs, including: edible oils; ingredients such as grains and starches used in product coatings; packaging; labor; and higher transportation costs. The increase in costs per pound also reflected higher raw potato costs due to the impact of extreme summer heat that negatively affected the yield and quality of potato crops in the Pacific Northwest in fall 2021, the effects of labor and commodities shortages on production run-rates, as well as lower raw potato utilization rates. The increase in per pound costs was partially offset by securing changes to product specifications, portfolio simplification, and driving supply chain savings behind our Win as 1 productivity program. Gross profit also included a $28.9 million decrease in unrealized mark-to-market adjustments associated with commodity hedging contracts, which includes a $9.5 million loss in the current year, compared with a $19.4 million gain related to these items in the prior year.

Lamb Weston’s overall product contribution margin in fiscal 2022 declined $1.1 million to $813.1 million, compared with $814.2 million in fiscal 2021. The decline was largely due to a $1.1 million increase in A&P expenses as gross profit was flat (as described above).

Global product contribution margin declined $54.0 million, or 18%, to $252.2 million in fiscal 2022. Higher manufacturing and distribution costs per pound more than offset the benefit of favorable price/mix and higher sales volumes. Global segment cost of sales was $1,806.6 million, up 13% compared to fiscal 2021, primarily due to higher manufacturing and distribution costs and higher sales volumes.

Foodservice product contribution margin increased $109.3 million, or 32%, to $449.3 million in fiscal 2022. Favorable price, volume and mix drove the increase, and were partially offset by higher manufacturing and distribution costs per pound. Cost of sales was $863.8 million, up 28% compared to fiscal 2021, primarily due to higher manufacturing and distribution costs and higher sales volumes.

Retail product contribution margin declined $10.8 million, or 9%, to $109.4 million in fiscal 2022. Higher manufacturing and distribution costs per pound and lower sales volumes drove the decline, partially offset by favorable price/mix and a $0.8 million decrease in A&P expenses. Cost of sales was $477.1 million, up 1% compared to fiscal 2021, primarily due to higher manufacturing and distribution costs, partially offset by lower sales volumes.

Other product contribution margin declined $45.6 million to $2.2 million in fiscal 2022, as compared to $47.8 million in fiscal 2021. These amounts include a $10.4 million loss related to unrealized mark-to-market adjustments and realized settlements associated with commodity hedging contracts in fiscal 2022, and a $27.8 million gain related to the

31

Table of Contents

contracts in fiscal 2021. Excluding these mark-to-market adjustments, Other segment product contribution margin declined $7.4 million, largely due to higher manufacturing costs and lower sales volumes in our vegetable business.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

SG&A expenses were $387.6 million, up $30.4 million, or 9%, in fiscal 2022 compared with fiscal 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher compensation and benefits expense; higher travel, employee relations and in-person meeting expenses; higher information technology infrastructure costs, including expenses related to the planning and design of our new ERP system, and a $3.5 million contribution to the Lamb Weston charitable foundation. The increase in SG&A was partially offset by lower consulting expenses associated with improving our commercial and supply chain operations.

Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net was $161.0 million in fiscal 2022, an increase of $42.7 million compared with fiscal 2021. The increase reflects a $53.3 million ($40.5 million after-tax) loss on extinguishment of debt associated with the redemption of our previously outstanding senior notes due 2024 and 2026. Excluding this loss, interest expense, net declined $10.6 million, reflecting a lower weighted average interest rate. For more information, see Note 7, Debt and Financing Obligations, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this Form 10-K.

Income Taxes

Our effective tax rate was 26.3% for fiscal 2022, compared to 22.2% in fiscal 2021. The difference between our effective tax rates in fiscal 2022 and 2021 is primarily due to the Russia impairment charge treated as a non-deductible permanent difference. Our effective tax rate varies from the U.S. statutory tax rate of 21% principally due to the impact of U.S. state taxes, foreign taxes, permanent differences, and discrete items, and was elevated in fiscal 2022 relative to our historical rate due to the Russia impairment charge. Excluding the Russia impairment charge, our effective tax rate for fiscal 2022 was 21.4%.

For further information on income taxes, see Note 3, Income Taxes, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this Form 10-K.

Equity Method Investment Earnings (Loss)

We conduct meaningful business through unconsolidated joint ventures and include our share of the earnings (loss) based on our economic ownership interest in them. Lamb Weston’s share of earnings (loss) from its equity method investments was a loss of $10.7 million and earnings of $51.8 million for fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively. Equity method investment earnings in fiscal 2022 included a $62.7 million non-cash impairment charge to write-off our portion of LWM’s net investment in Russia resulting from LWM’s announced intent to withdraw from its joint venture in response to the war in Ukraine. Equity method investment earnings also included a $26.5 million unrealized gain related to mark-to-market adjustments associated with currency and commodity hedging contracts in fiscal 2022 and an $11.3 million gain related to these items in fiscal 2021. The increase in mark-to-market adjustments in 2022 primarily relates to changes in the value of natural gas derivatives at LWM as commodity markets in Europe have experienced significant volatility.

Excluding the charge associated with the write-off of our portion of LWM’s net investment in Russia and the mark-to-market adjustments, earnings from equity method investments decreased $15.0 million compared to the prior year. The decrease reflects input cost inflation and higher manufacturing and distribution costs in both Europe and the U.S., partially offset by the benefit of favorable price/mix and higher sales volumes.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We ended fiscal 2022 with $525.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and $994.6 million of availability on our revolving credit facility, which is net of outstanding letters of credit of $5.4 million. We believe we have sufficient liquidity to meet projected capital expenditures, service existing debt and meet working capital requirements for the next 12 months

32

Table of Contents

with current cash balances and cash from operations, supplemented as necessary by available borrowings under our existing revolving credit facility.

Cash Flows

Below is a summary table of our cash flows, followed by a discussion of the sources and uses of cash through operating, investing, and financing activities:

For the Fiscal Years Ended May

(in millions)

    

2022

    

2021

Net cash flows provided by (used for):

 

  

 

  

Operating activities

$

418.1

$

553.2

Investing activities

 

(310.5)

 

(162.5)

Financing activities

 

(363.4)

 

(974.0)

 

(255.8)

 

(583.3)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(2.7)

  

 

2.8

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$

(258.5)

$

(580.5)

Operating Activities

During fiscal 2022, cash provided by operating activities decreased $135.1 million to $418.1 million, compared to $553.2 million for fiscal 2021. The decrease related to $130.4 million of cash used for unfavorable changes in working capital, and a $4.7 million decrease in net income, adjusted for non-cash income and expenses. Unfavorable changes in working capital primarily related to a decrease in accounts payable due to timing, an increase in receivables attributable to higher sales at the end of fiscal 2022, compared with the end of fiscal 2021, and higher finished goods inventories due to increased input costs and global disruption in freight networks. These unfavorable changes were partially offset by a favorable change in accrued liabilities, which was primarily due to a shift in the timing of accrued interest payments for our senior notes. Specifically, our senior notes due 2030 and 2032, which were issued in fiscal 2022, have payments due in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, whereas the now-redeemed senior notes due 2024 and 2026 had interest payments due in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. See “Result of Operations” in this MD&A for more information related to the decrease in income from operations.

Investing Activities

Investing activities used $310.5 million of cash in fiscal 2022, compared with $162.5 million in fiscal 2021. The increase primarily relates to our concentrated effort in the prior year to control spending during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to preserve liquidity. In addition to maintenance capital expenditures, fiscal 2022 also reflected increased investments to support capacity expansion projects in Idaho and China.

We expect capital investments in fiscal 2023 to be approximately $475 million to $525 million, depending on timing of projects, which include among other items: construction of a previously announced french fry production line and plant modernization investments in Idaho, construction of a greenfield french fry processing facility in China, and capital investments to upgrade information systems and ERP infrastructure. These expenditures could increase or decrease as a result of a number of factors, including our financial results, future economic conditions, supply chain constraints for equipment, and our regulatory compliance requirements. At May 29, 2022, we had commitments for capital expenditures of $304.7 million.

In July 2022, we acquired an additional forty percent interest in our Argentina joint venture, LWAMSA, for approximately $42 million, increasing our total ownership of LWAMSA from fifty percent to ninety percent. Following this acquisition, we will consolidate LWAMSA’s results in our consolidated financial statements.

33

Table of Contents

Financing Activities

During fiscal 2022, cash used for financing activities decreased $610.6 million to $363.4 million, compared with $974.0 million used during fiscal 2021. During fiscal 2022, financing activities primarily related to issuing U.S. dollar-denominated senior notes and a RMB-denominated loan facility for combined net proceeds of $1,676.1 million, offset by $1,698.1 million of debt and financing obligation repayments, including cash used to redeem our previously outstanding senior notes due 2024 and 2026 (including the payment of a call premium of $39.6 million), and the payment of $138.4 million of cash dividends to common stockholders. In addition, we used $158.4 million of cash to repurchase 2,407,184 shares of our common stock at an average price of $62.59 and withheld 118,204 shares from employees to cover income and payroll taxes on equity awards that vested during the year. As of May 29, 2022, $268.9 million remained authorized for repurchase under our share repurchase program.

During fiscal 2021, we repaid the $495.0 million we borrowed under our revolving credit facility at the onset of the pandemic, and we repaid $305.5 million of other debt and financing obligations (including the repayment of the $271.9 million term loan facility that was scheduled to mature in November 2021). We also paid $135.3 million in cash dividends to common stockholders. During fiscal 2021, we repurchased 328,918 shares of our common stock at an average price of $78.19 and withheld 164,992 shares of common stock from employees to cover income and payroll taxes on equity awards that vested during the period. 

For more information about our debt, including among other items, interest rates, maturity dates, and covenants, see Note 7, Debt and Financing Obligations, of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K. At May 29, 2022, we were in compliance with all covenants contained in our credit agreements.

Investments in Joint Ventures

We conduct some of our business through three unconsolidated joint ventures and account for these investments using equity method accounting. For more information about our investments in joint ventures, see Note 4, Equity Method Investments, of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Obligations and Commitments

As part of our ongoing operations, we enter into arrangements that obligate us to make future payments under contracts such as debt agreements, lease agreements, potato supply agreements, and unconditional purchase obligations. The unconditional purchase obligation arrangements are entered into in the normal course of business in order to ensure adequate levels of sourced product are available.

A summary of our material cash requirements for our known contractual obligations as of May 29, 2022 are as follows:

(in millions)

Total

Payable within 12 Months

Long-term debt, including current portion (a)

 

$

2,745.0

 

$

31.3

Interest on long-term debt (b)

829.2

126.7

Leases (a)

157.8

26.4

Purchase obligations and capital commitments (a)

956.5

387.6

Total

 

$

4,688.5

 

$

572.0

(a)See the below Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K for more information.

Long-term debt, including current portion. See Note 7, Debt and Financing Obligations, for more information on debt payments and the timing of expected future payments.
Leases. See Note 8, Leases, for more information on our operating and finance lease obligations and timing of expected future

34

Table of Contents

payments.
Purchase obligations and capital commitments. See Note 14, Commitments, Contingencies, Guarantees, and Legal Proceedings, for more information on our purchase obligations and the timing of future payments and capital commitments in connection with the expansion and replacement of existing facilities and equipment.

(b)Amounts represent estimated future interest payments assuming our long-term debt is held to maturity and using interest rates in effect as of May 29, 2022.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as of May 29, 2022 that are reasonably likely to have a current or future material effect on our financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, or capital resources.

Critical Accounting Estimates

Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are based upon the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including those related to our trade promotions, income taxes, and impairment, among others. We base our estimates on historical experiences combined with management’s understanding of current facts and circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

Critical accounting estimates are those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and operating results. These estimates require management’s most difficult, subjective, or complex judgments. We review the development, selection, and disclosure of our critical accounting estimates with the Audit and Finance Committee of our Board of Directors.

We have made appropriate accounting estimates based on the facts and circumstances available as of the reporting date. To the extent there are differences between these estimates and actual results, our consolidated financial statements may be affected.

Sales Incentives and Trade Promotion Allowances

We promote our products with advertising, consumer incentives, and trade promotions. Sales promotions include, but are not limited to, discounts, coupons, rebates, and volume-based incentives. The estimates for sales incentives are based principally on historical sales and redemption rates, influenced by judgments about current market conditions such as competitive activity in specific product categories.

Trade promotion programs include introductory marketing funds such as slotting fees, cooperative marketing programs, temporary price reductions, and other activities conducted by our customers to promote our products. The costs of these programs are recognized as a reduction to revenue with a corresponding accrued liability. The estimate of trade promotions is inherently difficult due to information limitations as the products move beyond distributors and through the supply chain to operators. Estimates made by management in accounting for these costs are based primarily on our historical experience with marketing programs, with consideration given to current circumstances and industry trends and include the following: quantity of customer sales, timing of promotional activities, current and past trade-promotion spending patterns, the interpretation of historical spending trends by customer and category, and forecasted costs for activities within the promotional programs.

The determination of sales incentive and trade promotion costs requires judgment and may change in the future as a result of changes in customer demand for our products, promotion participation, particularly for new programs related to the introduction of new products. Final determination of the total cost of promotion is dependent upon customers

35

Table of Contents

providing information about proof of performance and other information related to the promotional event. Because of the complexity of some of these trade promotions, the ultimate resolution may result in payments that are different from our estimates. As additional information becomes known, we may change our estimates. At May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, we had $41.2 million and $39.9 million, respectively, of accrued trade promotions payable recorded in “Accrued liabilities” on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Income Taxes

We compute the provision for income taxes using the asset and liability method, under which deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, and for operating losses and tax credit carryforwards. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using the currently enacted tax rates that apply to taxable income in effect for the years in which those tax assets and liabilities are expected to be realized or settled.

Inherent in determining the annual tax rate are judgments regarding business plans, planning opportunities, and expectations about future outcomes. Management judgments are required for the following items:

Management reviews deferred tax assets for realizability. Valuation allowances are established when management believes that it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Changes in valuation allowances from period to period are included in the tax provision.

We establish accruals for unrecognized tax benefits when, despite the belief that our tax return positions are fully supported, we believe that an uncertain tax position does not meet the recognition threshold of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 740, Income Taxes. These contingency accruals are adjusted in light of changing facts and circumstances, such as the progress of tax audits, the expiration of the statute of limitations for the relevant taxing authority to examine a tax return, case law and emerging legislation. While it is difficult to predict the final outcome or timing of resolution for any particular matter, we believe that the accruals for unrecognized tax benefits at May 29, 2022, reflect the estimated outcome of known tax contingencies as of such date in accordance with accounting for uncertainty in income taxes under ASC 740.

We recognize the tax impact of including certain foreign earnings in U.S. taxable income as a period cost. We have not recognized deferred income taxes for local country income and withholding taxes that could be incurred on distributions of certain non-U.S. earnings or for outside basis differences in our subsidiaries, because we plan to indefinitely reinvest such earnings and basis differences. Remittances of non-U.S. earnings are based on estimates and judgments of projected cash flow needs, as well as the working capital and investment requirements of our non-U.S. and U.S. operations. Material changes in our estimates of cash, working capital, and investment needs in various jurisdictions could require repatriation of indefinitely reinvested non-U.S. earnings, which could be subject to applicable non-U.S. income and withholding taxes. While we believe the judgments and estimates discussed above and made by management are appropriate and reasonable under the circumstances, actual resolution of these matters may differ from recorded estimated amounts. Further information on income taxes is provided in Note 3, Income Taxes, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Equity Method Investments

Long lived assets. Our manufacturing assets are shared across all reporting segments, which are grouped together for long-lived asset impairment assessment. We review these long-lived assets for impairment upon the occurrence of events or changes in circumstances which indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be fully recoverable, measured by comparing their net book value to the undiscounted projected future cash flows generated by their use. Impaired assets are recorded at their estimated fair value.

In evaluating impairment of long-lived assets, we consider events or changes in circumstances related to market prices, physical condition of assets, legal actions, construction costs, future operating cash flows, remaining depreciable

36

Table of Contents

lives, and potential asset disposal. At May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, we did not identify any triggering events that would indicate that the carrying amounts of our assets groups may not be recoverable.

Equity method investments. We conduct some of our business through unconsolidated joint ventures and include our share of the earnings based on our economic ownership interest in them. At May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, we held 50% equity interests in three potato processing joint ventures, including LWM, Lamb Weston RDO, and LWAMSA. These investments are accounted for under the equity method of accounting. We are required to assess our equity method investments for other-than-temporary impairment when events or circumstances suggest the carrying amount of the investment may be impaired. We perform our assessment of other-than-temporary impairment for each investment individually.

In evaluating other-than-temporary impairment of equity method investments, we consider events or changes in circumstances related to investee operating losses, investee future cash flows, and the ability to retain our investment in the investee. In May 2022, in response to the war in Ukraine, LWM announced its intent to withdraw from its investment in Russia and recorded a charge to write-off its net investment in the market. Our portion of the non-cash impairment charge was $62.7 million. There were no indications of other-than-temporary impairment in any of our other equity method investments.

New and Recently Issued Accounting Standards

For a listing of new and recently issued accounting standards, see Note 1, Nature of Operations and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial information included in this report, we have presented product contribution margin on a consolidated basis, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures, Adjusted Diluted EPS, and Adjusted Net Income, each of which is considered a non-GAAP financial measure.

Product contribution margin is one of the primary measures reported to our chief operating decision maker for purposes of allocating resources to our segments and assessing their performance. Product contribution margin represents net sales less cost of sales and advertising and promotion expenses. Product contribution margin includes advertising and promotion expenses because those expenses are directly associated with the performance of our segments. Our management also uses Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures, Adjusted Diluted EPS, and Adjusted Net Income, to evaluate our performance excluding the impact of certain non-cash charges and other special items in order to have comparable financial results to analyze changes in our underlying business between reporting periods. We include these non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in that they provide for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, is a useful financial analysis tool that can assist investors in assessing our operating performance and underlying prospects. These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as alternatives for, GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies, and other companies may not define these non-GAAP financial measures the same way. These measures are not a substitute for their comparable GAAP financial measures, such as gross profit, net income or diluted earnings per share, as applicable, and there are limitations to using non-GAAP financial measures.

See “Results of Operations – Fiscal Year Ended May 29, 2022 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended May 30, 2021 – Net Sales and Product Contribution Margin” above for a reconciliation of product contribution margin on a consolidated basis to gross profit.

37

Table of Contents

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures.

For the Fiscal Years Ended May

(in millions)

    

2022 (a)

    

2021

Net income

$

200.9

$

317.8

Equity method investment (earnings) loss

10.7

(51.8)

Interest expense, net

161.0

118.3

Income tax expense

71.8

90.5

Income from operations

444.4

474.8

Depreciation and amortization

187.3

182.7

Adjusted EBITDA

631.7

657.5

Unconsolidated Joint Ventures

Equity method investment earnings (loss)

(10.7)

51.8

Interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and

amortization included in equity method investment earnings (loss)

42.0

39.1

Item impacting comparability

Write-off of net investment in Russia (a)

62.7

Add: Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated joint ventures

94.0

90.9

Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures

$

725.7

$

748.4

(a)In May 2022, LWM announced its intent to withdraw from its investment in Russia and wrote-off its net investment. Our portion of the non-cash impairment charge was $62.7 million.

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted Net Income, and diluted EPS to Adjusted Diluted EPS:

For the Fiscal Years Ended May

2022

2021

2022 (a)

2021 (a)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Net Income

Diluted EPS

As reported

$

200.9

$

317.8

$

1.38

$

2.16

Items impacting comparability:

Write-off of net investment in Russia (b)

62.7

0.43

Loss on extinguishment of debt (c)

40.5

0.27

Total items impacting comparability

103.2

0.70

Adjusted

$

304.1

$

317.8

$

2.08

$

2.16

(a)Diluted weighted average common shares were 145.9 million and 147.1 million in fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(b)See footnote (a) to the reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated joint ventures above for a discussion of the item impacting comparability.

(c)The fiscal year ended May 29, 2022, includes a loss on the extinguishment of debt of $53.3 million ($40.5 million after-tax), which consists of a call premium of $39.6 million related to the redemption of our senior notes due 2024 and 2026 and the write-off of $13.7 million of debt issuance costs associated with those notes.

38

Table of Contents

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Our operations are exposed to market risks from adverse changes in commodity prices affecting the cost of raw materials and energy, foreign currency exchange rates, and interest rates. In the normal course of business, we may periodically enter into derivatives to minimize these risks, but not for trading purposes. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions in the global economy caused by the war in Ukraine have resulted in volatility and uncertainty in the markets in which we operate. At the time of this filing, we are unable to predict or determine the impacts that these events may continue to have on our exposure to market risk from commodity prices, foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates, among other factors. For additional discussion, refer to “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Liquidity and Capital Resources” within “Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” as well as “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Form 10-K.

Based on our open commodity contract hedge positions as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, a hypothetical 10 percent decline in market prices applied to the fair value of the instruments would result in a charge to “Cost of sales” of $4.5 million ($3.5 million after-tax) and $7.7 million ($5.9 million after-tax), respectively. Additionally, based on our LWM joint venture’s open commodity contract hedge positions as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, a hypothetical 10 percent decline in market prices applied to the fair value of the instruments would result in a charge to “Equity method investment earnings” of $6.1 million ($4.6 million after-tax) and $1.5 million ($1.1 million after-tax), respectively. It should be noted that any change in the fair value of the contracts, real or hypothetical, would be substantially offset by an inverse change in the value of the underlying hedged item.

Including our joint ventures, we transact business in multiple currencies and are subject to currency exchange rate risk through investments and businesses owned and operated in foreign countries. At May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, we had no financial instruments to hedge foreign currency risk.

At May 29, 2022, we had $2,170.0 million of fixed-rate and $575.0 million of variable-rate debt outstanding. At May 30, 2021, we had $2,166.0 million of fixed-rate and $586.6 million of variable-rate debt outstanding. We have interest rate risk associated with our variable-rate debt. A one percent increase in interest rates related to variable-rate debt would result in an increase in interest expense and a corresponding decrease in income before taxes of $5.8 million annually ($4.5 million after-tax) and $5.9 million annually ($4.6 million after-tax) at May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, respectively.

For more information about our market risks, see Note 7, Debt and Financing Obligations, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

39

Table of Contents

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (KPMG, LLP, Seattle, WA, PCAOB ID No. 185)

41

Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the fiscal years ended May 29, 2022, May 30, 2021, and May 31, 2020

44

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the fiscal years ended May 29, 2022, May 30, 2021, and May 31, 2020

45

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021

46

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the fiscal years ended May 29, 2022, May 30, 2021, and May 31, 2020

47

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended May 29, 2022, May 30, 2021, and May 31, 2020

48

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

49

40

Table of Contents

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Stockholders and Board of Directors

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.:

Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. and subsidiaries (the Company) as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended May 29, 2022, and the related notes and consolidated financial statement schedule (collectively, the consolidated financial statements). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the fiscal years in the three-year period ended May 29, 2022, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of May 29, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, and our report dated July 27, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

Basis for Opinion

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Critical Audit Matter

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of a critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

41

Table of Contents

Evaluation of certain sales incentives and trade promotion allowances

As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company offers sales incentives and trade promotion allowances through various programs. The Company records accruals based on sales incentive agreements and expectations regarding customer participation and performance levels. Customer participation and performance levels are primarily based on historical sales and redemption rates, current customer sales, and industry trends.

We identified the evaluation of certain accruals for sales incentive and trade promotion allowances as a critical audit matter. Subjective and complex auditor judgment was required in evaluating these accruals as a result of the timing difference between when the product is delivered and when the incentive will be claimed by the end consumer, coupled with customer participation expectations. This specifically related to the impact of historical sales, payments, and redemption rates on the Company’s accrual.

The following are the primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter. We evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of certain internal controls over the Company’s sales incentive and trade promotion allowance process, including the accrual methodology, and evaluation of the use of historic data. To evaluate the Company’s accrual for certain sales incentives and trade promotions allowances we (1) assessed the Company’s ability to accurately estimate its sales incentive accrual by comparing previously established accruals to actual settlements, (2) evaluated conditions in the current operating environment which may affect the use of historical sales, payments, and redemption rates as inputs to the projected accrual, (3) evaluated a sample of customer and end consumer incentive payments, which are the basis for certain portions of the Company’s accrual for sales incentives and trade promotions, based on volumes sold and the terms of the sales incentives to validate the accuracy of the payment made and the lag time between product invoice and incentive redemption, and (4) evaluated certain customer and end consumer incentive accruals based on volumes sold, historic payments, and the terms of the sales incentives to test the basis of the specific customer’s projected accrual.

/s/ KPMG LLP

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2016.

Seattle, Washington

July 27, 2022

42

Table of Contents

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Stockholders and Board of Directors

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.:

Opinion on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

We have audited Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. and subsidiaries’ (the Company) internal control over financial reporting as of May 29, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of May 29, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheets of the Company as of May 29, 2022 and May 30, 2021, the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended May 29, 2022, and the related notes and consolidated financial statement schedule (collectively, the consolidated financial statements), and our report dated July 27, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements.

Basis for Opinion

The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Seattle, Washington

July 27, 2022

43

Table of Contents

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

For the Fiscal Years Ended May

2022

2021

2020

Net sales

$

4,098.9

$

3,670.9

$

3,792.4

Cost of sales

3,266.9

2,838.9

2,897.2

Gross profit

832.0

832.0

895.2

Selling, general and administrative expenses

387.6

357.2

338.3

Income from operations

444.4

474.8

556.9

Interest expense, net

161.0

118.3

108.0

Income before income taxes and equity method earnings (loss)

 

283.4

 

356.5

 

448.9

Income tax expense

71.8

90.5

112.3

Equity method investment earnings (loss)

(10.7)

51.8

29.3

Net income

$

200.9

$

317.8

$

365.9

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

1.38

$

2.17

$

2.50

Diluted

$

1.38

$

2.16

$

2.49

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

145.5

146.4

146.2

Diluted

145.9

147.1

147.1

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

44

Table of Contents

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(dollars in millions)

For the Fiscal Years Ended May

2022

2021

2020

Tax

Tax 

Tax 

Pre-Tax

(Expense)

After-Tax

Pre-Tax 

(Expense) 

After-Tax 

Pre-Tax 

(Expense) 

After-Tax 

Amount

    

Benefit

    

Amount

    

Amount

    

Benefit

    

Amount

Amount

    

Benefit

    

Amount

Net income

$

272.7

$

(71.8)

$

200.9

$

408.3

$

(90.5)

$

317.8

$

478.2

$

(112.3)

$

365.9

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

Reclassification of post-retirement benefits out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

0.4

(0.1)

 

0.3

 

0.3

(0.1)

 

0.2

 

0.8

(0.3)

 

0.5

Unrealized pension and post-retirement benefit obligations gain (loss)

 

3.7

 

(0.8)

 

2.9

 

(3.2)

 

0.7

 

(2.5)

 

0.4

 

(0.1)

 

0.3

Unrealized currency translation gains (losses)

 

(51.0)

 

2.1

 

(48.9)

 

76.1

 

(3.8)

 

72.3

 

(17.4)

 

1.4

 

(16.0)

Other

0.8

(0.2)

0.6

Comprehensive income

$

226.6

$

(70.8)

$

155.8

$

481.5

$

(93.7)

$

387.8

$

462.0

$

(111.3)

$

350.7

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

45

Table of Contents

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in millions, except share data)

May 29,

May 30,

    

2022

    

2021

ASSETS

 

 

  

  

Current assets:

 

 

  

  

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

525.0

$

783.5

Receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $1.1 and $0.9