10-K 1 hwkn10k2015.htm 10-K HWKN 10K 2015

 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
Form 10-K
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended March 29, 2015
Commission File No. 0-7647
 
 
 
HAWKINS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
 
 
 
MINNESOTA
 
41-0771293
(State of Incorporation)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
2381 Rosegate, Roseville,
Minnesota
 
55113
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(612) 331-6910
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
 
 
 
 
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:    
 
COMMON STOCK, PAR VALUE $.05 PER SHARE
Name of exchange on which registered:    
 
NASDAQ Global Market
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  þ
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  þ
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 twelve 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  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.     ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer  
¨
 
Non-accelerated filer
¨
 
Accelerated filer
þ
 
Smaller reporting company
o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  þ
The aggregate market value of voting stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant on September 28, 2014 (the last business day of the Registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter) was approximately $335.8 million based upon the closing sale price for the Registrant’s common stock on that date as reported by The NASDAQ Stock Market, excluding all shares held by officers and directors of the Registrant and by the Trustees of the Registrant’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Trust.
As of May 22, 2015, the Registrant had 10,615,623 shares of common stock outstanding.
 
 
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of our Proxy Statement for the annual meeting of shareholders to be held July 30, 2015, are incorporated by reference in Part III.
 



FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The information presented in this Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements have been made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections, and our beliefs and assumptions. We intend words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “will” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described in the risk factors and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect our management’s view only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We are not obligated to update these statements or publicly release the result of any revisions to them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

As used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, except where otherwise stated or indicated by the context, “Hawkins,” “we,” “us,” “the Company,” “our,” or “the Registrant” means Hawkins, Inc. References to “fiscal 2016” mean our fiscal year ending April 3, 2016, “fiscal 2015” means our fiscal year ended March 29, 2015, “fiscal 2014” means our fiscal year ending March 30, 2014 and “fiscal 2013” means our fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

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Hawkins, Inc.
Annual Report on Form 10-K
For the Fiscal Year Ended March 29, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PART I
ITEM 1.
ITEM 1A.
ITEM 1B.
ITEM 2.
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PART II
ITEM 5.
ITEM 6.
ITEM 7.
ITEM 7A.
ITEM 8.
ITEM 9.
ITEM 9A.
ITEM 9B.
PART III
ITEM 10.
ITEM 11.
ITEM 12.
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PART IV
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PART I
 
ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Hawkins, Inc. distributes, blends and manufactures chemicals for our customers in a wide variety of industries. We began our operations primarily as a distributor of bulk chemicals with a strong customer focus. Over the years, we have maintained our strong customer focus and have expanded our business by increasing our sales of value-added chemical products, including manufacturing, blending and repackaging certain products. We believe that we create value for our customers through superb service and support, quality products, personalized applications and trustworthy, creative employees.

We currently conduct our business in two segments: Industrial and Water Treatment. Financial information regarding these segments is reported in Items 7 and 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Industrial Segment.  Our Industrial Group operates this segment of our business, which specializes in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to industries such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics, energy, food, pharmaceutical, plating and power generation. The group’s principal products are acids, alkalis and industrial and food-grade salts.

The Industrial Group:

Receives, stores and distributes various chemicals in bulk quantities, including liquid caustic soda, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, potassium hydroxide and aqua ammonia;

Manufactures sodium hypochlorite (bleach), agricultural products and certain food-grade products, including liquid phosphates, lactates and other blended products;

Repackages water treatment chemicals for our Water Treatment Group and bulk industrial chemicals to sell in smaller quantities to our customers;

Performs custom blending of certain chemicals for customers according to customer formulas; and

Performs contract and private label bleach packaging.

The group’s sales are concentrated primarily in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin while the group’s food-grade products are sold nationally. The Industrial Group relies on a specially trained sales staff that works directly with customers on their specific needs. The group conducts its business primarily through distribution centers and terminal operations.

Water Treatment Segment.  Our Water Treatment Group operates this segment of our business, which specializes in providing chemicals, equipment and solutions for potable water, municipal and industrial wastewater, industrial process water and non-residential swimming pool water. The group has the resources and flexibility to treat systems ranging in size from a single small well to a multi-million-gallon-per-day facility.

The group utilizes delivery routes operated by our employees who typically serve as route driver, salesperson and trained technician to deliver our products and diagnose our customers’ water treatment needs. We believe that the high level of service provided by these individuals allows us to serve as the trusted water treatment expert for many of the municipalities and other customers that we serve. We also believe that we are able to obtain a competitive cost position on many of the chemicals sold by the Water Treatment Group due to the volumes of these chemicals purchased by our Industrial Group.

The group operates out of warehouses in 28 cities supplying products and services to customers primarily in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. We entered the Florida market in fiscal 2015 through our acquisition of substantially all the assets of The Dumont Company, Inc. (“Dumont”), with seven operating locations. We added one new branch in each of fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 and will be adding one in early fiscal 2016. We expect to continue to invest in existing and new branches to expand the group’s geographic coverage. Our Water Treatment Group has historically experienced higher sales during April to September, primarily due to a seasonal increase in chemicals used by municipal water treatment facilities.

Raw Materials.  We have numerous suppliers, including many of the major chemical producers in the United States. We typically have written distributorship agreements or supply contracts with our suppliers that are periodically renewed. We believe that most of the products we purchase can be obtained from alternative sources should existing relationships be terminated. We are dependent

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upon the availability of our raw materials. While we believe that we have adequate sources of supply for our raw material and product requirements, we cannot be sure that supplies will be consistently available in the future. In the event that certain raw materials become generally unavailable, suppliers may extend lead times or limit or cut off the supply of materials to us. As a result, we may not be able to supply or manufacture products for our customers.

Intellectual Property.  Our intellectual property portfolio is of economic importance to our business. When appropriate, we have pursued, and we will continue to pursue, patents covering our products. We also have obtained certain trademarks for our products to distinguish them from our competitors’ products. We regard much of the formulae, information and processes that we generate and use in the conduct of our business as proprietary and protectable under applicable copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition laws.

Customer Concentration.  In fiscal 2015, none of our customers accounted for 10.0% or more of our total sales. Sales to our largest customer represented 6.1% of our total sales in fiscal 2015, 6.9% of our total sales in fiscal 2014 and 7.4% of our total sales in fiscal 2013. Aggregate sales to our five largest customers, all of which are in our Industrial segment, represented 18.0% of our total sales in fiscal 2015, 20.8% of our total sales in fiscal 2014 and 21.8% of our total sales in fiscal 2013. No other customer represented more than 2.0% of our total sales in fiscal 2015. The loss of any of our largest customers, or a substantial portion of their business, could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

Competition.  We operate in a competitive industry and compete with many producers, distributors and sales agents offering chemicals equivalent to substantially all of the products we offer. Many of our competitors are larger than we are and may have greater financial resources, although no one competitor is dominant in our industry. We compete by offering quality products at competitive prices coupled with outstanding customer service. Because of our long-standing relationships with many of our suppliers, we are often able to leverage those relationships to obtain products when supplies are scarce or to obtain competitive pricing.

Geographic Information.  Substantially all of our revenues are generated by sales to customers within, and long-lived assets are located in, the United States. Approximately 0.7% of our total revenues were from sales to customers outside of the U.S. in fiscal 2015 and 0.5% of our revenues were from sales to customers outside of the U.S. in both fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013.

Working Capital. Due to the nature of our operations, which includes purchases of large quantities of bulk chemicals, the timing of purchases can result in significant changes in working capital and the resulting operating cash flow. Historically, our cash requirements for working capital increase during the period from April through November as caustic soda inventory levels increase as the majority of barges are received during this period. Additionally, due to seasonality of the Water Treatment business, our accounts receivable balance is generally higher during the period of April through September.

Employees.  We had 419 employees as of March 29, 2015, including 51 covered by collective bargaining agreements.

About Us.  Hawkins, Inc. was founded in 1938 and incorporated in Minnesota in 1955. We became a publicly-traded company in 1972. Our principal executive offices are located at 2381 Rosegate, Roseville, Minnesota.

Available Information.  We have made available, free of charge, through our Internet website (http://www.hawkinsinc.com), our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and, if applicable, amendments to those reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file these materials with, or furnish them to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reports of beneficial ownership filed by our directors and executive officers pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act are also available on our website. We are not including the information contained on our website as part of, or incorporating it by reference into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

You should consider carefully the following risks when reading the information, including the financial information, contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We operate in a highly competitive environment and face significant competition and price pressure.

We operate in a highly competitive industry and compete with producers, manufacturers, distributors and sales agents offering chemicals equivalent to substantially all of the products we offer. Competition is based on several key criteria, including product price, product performance, product quality, product availability and security of supply, breadth of product offerings, geographic reach, responsiveness of product development in cooperation with customers, technical expertise and customer service. Many of our competitors are larger than we are and may have greater financial resources, more product offerings and a greater geographic reach. As a result, these competitors may be able to offer a broader array of products to a larger geographic area and may be better able than us to withstand changes in conditions within our industry, changes in the prices and availability of raw materials, changes in general economic conditions and be able to introduce innovative products that reduce demand for or the profit of our products. Additionally, competitors’ pricing decisions could compel us to decrease our prices, which could adversely affect our margins and profitability. Our ability to maintain or increase our profitability is dependent upon our ability to offset competitive decreases in the prices and margins of our products by improving production efficiency, investing in infrastructure to reduce freight costs, identifying and selling higher margin chemical products, providing higher levels of technical expertise and customer service, and improving existing products through innovation and research and development. If we are unable to maintain our profitability or competitive position, we could lose market share to our competitors and experience reduced profitability.

Fluctuations in the prices and availability of our chemical raw materials, which may be cyclical in nature, could have a material adverse effect on our operations and the margins we receive on sales of our products.

We experience regular and recurring fluctuations in the pricing of our raw materials. Those fluctuations can be significant and occur rapidly. The cyclicality of commodity chemical markets, such as caustic soda, primarily results from changes in the balance between supply and demand and the level of general economic activity. We cannot predict whether the markets for our chemical raw materials will favorably impact or negatively impact the margins we can realize.

Our principal raw materials are generally purchased under supply contracts. The prices we pay under these contracts generally lag the market prices of the underlying raw material and the cost of inventory we have on hand generally will lag the current market pricing of such inventory. The pricing within our supply contracts generally adjusts quarterly or monthly. While we attempt to maintain competitive pricing and stable margin dollars, the potential variance in our cost of inventory from the current market pricing can cause significant volatility in our margins realized. In periods of rapidly increasing market prices, our inventory cost position will tend to be favorable, possibly by material amounts, which may positively impact our margins. Conversely, in periods of rapidly decreasing market prices, our inventory cost position will tend to be unfavorable, possibly by material amounts, which may negatively impact our margins. We do not engage in futures or other derivatives contracts to hedge against fluctuations in future prices. We may enter into sales contracts where the selling prices for our products are fixed for a period of time, exposing us to volatility in raw materials prices that we acquire on a spot market or short-term contractual basis. We attempt to pass commodity pricing changes to our customers, but we may be unable to or be delayed in doing so. Our inability to pass through price increases or any limitation or delay in our passing through price increases could adversely affect our profit margins.

We are also dependent upon the availability of our raw materials. In the event that raw materials are in short supply or unavailable, raw material suppliers may extend lead times or limit or cut off supplies. As a result, we may not be able to supply or manufacture products for some or all of our customers. Constraints on the supply or delivery of critical raw materials could disrupt our operations and adversely affect the performance of our business.

Demand for our products is affected by general economic conditions and by the cyclical nature of many of the industries we serve, which could cause significant fluctuations in our sales volumes and results.

Demand for our products is affected by general economic conditions. A decline in general economic or business conditions in the industries served by our customers could have a material adverse effect on our business. Although we sell to areas traditionally considered non-cyclical, such as water treatment and food products, many of our customers are in businesses that are cyclical in nature, such as the industrial manufacturing, surface finishing and energy industries which include the ethanol and agriculture industries. Downturns in these industries could adversely affect our sales and our financial results by affecting demand for and pricing of our products.


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Changes in our customers’ needs or failure of our products to meet customers’ specifications could adversely affect our sales and profitability.

Our chemicals are used for a broad range of applications by our customers. Changes in our customers’ product needs or processes may enable our customers to reduce or eliminate consumption of the chemicals that we provide. Customers may also find alternative materials or processes that no longer require our products. Consequently, it is important that we develop new products to replace the sales of products that mature and decline in use.

Our products provide important performance attributes to our customers’ products. If our products fail to meet the customers’ specifications, perform in a manner consistent with quality specifications or have a shorter useful life than required, a customer could seek replacement of the product or damages for costs incurred as a result of the product failure. A successful claim or series of claims against us could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations and could result in a loss of one or more customers.

Our business is subject to hazards common to chemical businesses, any of which could interrupt our production and adversely affect our results of operations.

Our business is subject to hazards common to chemical manufacturing, storage, handling and transportation, including explosions, fires, severe weather, natural disasters, mechanical failure, unscheduled downtime, transportation interruptions, traffic accidents involving our delivery vehicles, chemical spills, discharges or releases of toxic or hazardous substances or gases and other risks. These hazards could cause personal injury and loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment, and environmental contamination. In addition, the occurrence of material operating problems at any of our facilities due to any of these hazards may make it impossible for us to make sales to our customers and may result in a negative public or political reaction. Many of our facilities are near significant residential populations which increases the risk of negative public or political reaction should an environmental issue occur and could lead to adverse zoning or other regulatory actions that could limit our ability to operate our business in those locations. Accordingly, these hazards and their consequences could have a material adverse effect on our operations as a whole, including our results of operations and cash flows, both during and after the period of operational difficulties.

We are highly dependent upon transportation infrastructure to ship and receive our products and delays in these shipments could adversely affect our results of operations.
Although we maintain a number of owned trucks and trailers, we rely heavily upon transportation provided by third parties (including common carriers, barge companies and rail companies) to deliver products to us and to our customers. Our access to third-party transportation is not guaranteed, and we may be unable to transport our products in a timely manner, or at all, in certain circumstances, or at economically attractive rates. Disruptions in transportation are increasingly common, are often out of our control, and can happen suddenly and without warning.  Rail limitations, such as limitations in rail capacity, availability of railcars and adverse weather conditions have disrupted or delayed rail shipments in the past and we expect they will continue into the future.  Barge shipments are delayed or impossible under certain circumstances, including during times of high or low water levels and when waterways are frozen.  Truck transportation has been negatively impacted by a number of factors, including limited availability of qualified drivers and equipment, and limitations on drivers’ hours of service, and we expect these conditions will continue into the future.  Our failure to ship or receive products in a timely and efficient manner could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Environmental, health and safety, transportation and storage laws and regulations cause us to incur substantial costs and may subject us to future liabilities and risks.

We are subject to numerous federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate, including the management, storage, transportation and disposal of chemicals and wastes; product regulation; air water and soil contamination; and the investigation and cleanup of any spills or releases that may result from our management, handling, storage, sale, or transportation of chemicals and other products. The nature of our business exposes us to risks of liability under these laws and regulations. Ongoing compliance with such laws and regulations is an important consideration for us and we invest substantial capital and incur significant operating costs in our compliance efforts. In addition, societal concerns regarding the safety of chemicals in commerce and their potential impact on the environment have resulted in a growing trend towards increasing levels of product safety and environmental protection regulations. These concerns have led to, and could continue to result in, more stringent regulatory intervention by governmental authorities. In addition, these concerns could influence public perceptions, impact the commercial viability of the products we sell and increase the costs to comply with increasingly complex regulations, which could have a negative impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.


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In addition, we operate a fleet of more than 100 vehicles, primarily in our Water Treatment Group, which are highly regulated, including by the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). The DOT governs transportation matters including authorization to engage in motor carrier service, including the necessary permits to conduct our business, equipment operation, and safety. We are audited periodically by the DOT to ensure that we are in compliance with various safety, hours-of-service, and other rules and regulations. If we were found to be out of compliance, the DOT could severely restrict or otherwise impact our operations, which could have a material adverse effect on our operations as a whole, including our results of operations and cash flows.

If we violate applicable laws or regulations, in addition to being required to correct such violations, we could be held liable in administrative, civil or criminal proceedings for substantial fines and other sanctions that could disrupt, limit or halt our operations, which could have a material adverse effect on our operations as a whole, including our results of operations and cash flows. Liabilities associated with the investigation and cleanup of releases of hazardous substances, as well as personal injury, property damages or natural resource damages arising out of such releases of hazardous substances, may be imposed in many situations without regard to violations of laws or regulations or other fault, and may also be imposed jointly and severally (so that a responsible party may be held liable for more than its share of the losses involved, or even the entire loss). Such liabilities can be difficult to identify and the extent of any such liabilities can be difficult to predict. We use, and in the past have used, hazardous substances at many of our facilities, and have generated, and continue to generate, hazardous wastes at a number of our facilities. We have in the past been, and may in the future be, subject to claims relating to exposure to hazardous materials and the associated liabilities may be material.
Our business exposes us to potential product liability claims and recalls, which could adversely affect our financial condition and performance.
The repackaging, blending, mixing and distribution of chemical products by us, including products used in food or food ingredients or with medical, pharmaceutical or nutritional supplement applications, involve an inherent risk of exposure to product liability claims, product recalls, product seizures and related adverse publicity, including, without limitation, claims for exposure to our products, spills or escape of our products, personal injuries, food-related claims and property damage or environmental claims. A product liability claim, judgment or recall against our customers could also result in substantial and unexpected expenditures for us, affect consumer confidence in our products and divert management’s attention from other responsibilities. Although we maintain product liability insurance, there can be no assurance that the type or level of coverage is adequate or that we will be able to continue to maintain our existing insurance or obtain comparable insurance at a reasonable cost, if at all. A product recall or a partially or completely uninsured judgment against us could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our business, particularly that of our Water Treatment Group and our agricultural product sales, is subject to seasonality and weather conditions, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

Our Water Treatment Group has historically experienced higher sales during April to September, primarily due to a seasonal increase in chemicals used by municipal water treatment facilities. Our agricultural product sales are also seasonal, primarily corresponding with the planting and harvesting seasons. Demand in both of these areas is also affected by weather conditions, as either higher or lower than normal precipitation or temperatures may affect water usage and the timing and the amount of consumption of our products. We cannot assure you that seasonality or fluctuating weather conditions will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

The insurance that we maintain may not fully cover all potential exposures.

We maintain property, business interruption and casualty insurance, but such insurance may not cover all risks associated with the hazards of our business and is subject to limitations, including deductibles and limits on the liabilities covered. We may incur losses beyond the limits or outside the coverage of our insurance policies, including liabilities for environmental remediation. In addition, from time to time, various types of insurance for companies in the chemical industry have not been available on commercially acceptable terms or, in some cases, have not been available at all. In the future, we may not be able to obtain coverage at current levels, and our premiums may increase significantly on coverage that we maintain.

If we are unable to retain key personnel or attract new skilled personnel, it could have an adverse impact on our business.

Because of the specialized and technical nature of our business, our future performance is dependent on the continued service of, and on our ability to attract and retain, qualified management, scientific, technical and support personnel. The unanticipated departure of key members of our management team could have an adverse impact on our business.


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We may not be able to successfully consummate future acquisitions or integrate acquisitions into our business, which could result in unanticipated expenses and losses.

As part of our business growth strategy, we have acquired businesses and may pursue acquisitions in the future. Our ability to pursue this strategy will be limited by our ability to identify appropriate acquisition candidates and our financial resources, including available cash and borrowing capacity. The expense incurred in consummating acquisitions, the time it takes to integrate an acquisition or our failure to integrate businesses successfully could result in unanticipated expenses and losses. Furthermore, we may not be able to realize the anticipated benefits from acquisitions.

The process of integrating acquired operations into our existing operations may result in unforeseen operating difficulties and may require significant financial resources that would otherwise be available for the ongoing development or expansion of existing operations. The risks associated with the integration of acquisitions include potential disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management, unforeseen claims, liabilities, adjustments, charges and write-offs, difficulty in conforming the acquired business’ standards, processes, procedures and controls with our operations, and challenges arising from the increased scope, geographic diversity and complexity of the expanded operations.

Our business is subject to risks stemming from natural disasters or other extraordinary events outside of our control, which could interrupt our production and adversely affect our results of operations.

Natural disasters have the potential of interrupting our operations and damaging our properties, which could adversely affect our business. Since 1963, flooding of the Mississippi River has required the Company’s terminal operations to be temporarily shifted out of its buildings seven times, including three times since the spring of 2010. We can give no assurance that flooding or other natural disasters will not recur or that there will not be material damage or interruption to our operations in the future from such disasters.

Chemical-related assets may be at greater risk of future terrorist attacks than other possible targets in the United States. Federal law imposes site security requirements, specifically on chemical facilities, which have increased our overhead expenses. Federal regulations have also been adopted to increase the security of the transportation of hazardous chemicals in the United States. We ship and receive materials that are classified as hazardous and we believe we have met these requirements, but additional federal and local regulations that limit the distribution of hazardous materials are being considered. Bans on movement of hazardous materials through certain cities could adversely affect the efficiency of our logistical operations. Broader restrictions on hazardous material movements could lead to additional investment and could change where and what products we provide.

The occurrence of extraordinary events, including future terrorist attacks and the outbreak or escalation of hostilities, cannot be predicted, but their occurrence can be expected to negatively affect the economy in general, and specifically the markets for our products. The resulting damage from a direct attack on our assets, or assets used by us, could include loss of life and property damage. In addition, available insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover all of the damage incurred or, if available, may be prohibitively expensive.

We may not be able to renew our leases of land where four of our operations facilities reside.

We lease the land where our three main terminals are located and where another significant manufacturing plant is located. We do not have guaranteed lease renewal options and may not be able to renew our leases in the future. Our current lease renewal periods extend out to 2018 (2 leases), 2023 (one lease) and 2029 (one lease). We are currently in negotiations to extend the two leases expiring in 2018 for a period of 15-20 years. The failure to secure extended lease terms on any one of these facilities may have a material adverse impact on our business, as they are where a significant portion of our chemicals are manufactured and where the majority of our bulk chemicals are stored. While we can make no assurances, based on historical experience and anticipated future needs, we intend to extend these leases and believe that we will be able to renew our leases as the renewal periods expire. If we are unable to renew three of our leases (two relate to terminals and one to manufacturing) any property remaining on the land becomes the property of the lessor, and the lessor has the option to either maintain the property or remove the property at our expense. The fourth lease provides that we turn any property remaining on the land over to the lessor for them to maintain or remove at their expense. The cost to relocate our operations could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.
 

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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
Our corporate office is located in Roseville, Minnesota, where we lease approximately 40,000 square feet under a lease with an initial term through December 31, 2021. We own our principal manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution location in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which consists of approximately 11 acres of land, with six buildings containing a total of 177,000 square feet of office and warehouse space primarily used by our Industrial Group. We have installed sprinkler systems in substantially all of our warehouse facilities for fire protection. We believe that we carry customary levels of insurance covering the replacement of damaged property.
In addition to the facilities described previously, our other facilities are described below. We believe that these facilities, together with those described above, are adequate and suitable for the purposes they serve. Unless noted, each facility is owned by us and is primarily used as office and warehouse.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Group
Location
 
Approx.
Square Feet
 
Industrial
Camanche, IA
 
95,000
 
 
Centralia, IL(1)
 
77,000
 
 
Dupo, IL(2)
 
64,000
 
 
Minneapolis, MN(3)
 
9,000
 
 
St. Paul, MN(4)
 
32,000
 
 
Rosemount, MN(5)
 
63,000
 
 
St Louis, MO
 
6,000
 
Water Treatment
Ft. Smith, AR(6)
 
17,000
 
 
Apopka, FL(6)
 
32,100
 
 
Big Pine Key, FL(6)
 
4,200
 
 
Hollywood, FL(6)
 
5,400
 
 
LaBelle, FL(6)
 
8,200
 
 
Monticello, FL(6)
 
5,000
 
 
Starke, FL(6)
 
4,000
 
 
Webster, FL(6)
 
6,500
 
 
Eldridge, IA
 
6,000
 
 
Slater, IA
 
12,000
 
 
Centralia, IL
 
39,000
 
 
Havana, IL
 
16,000
 
 
Peotone, IL(6)
 
18,000
 
 
Muncie, IN
 
12,000
 
 
Garnett, KS
 
18,000
 
 
Frankfort, KY(7)
 
20,000
 
 
Columbia, MO(6)
 
14,000
 
 
Billings, MT
 
9,000
 
 
Fargo, ND
 
20,000
 
 
Washburn, ND
 
14,000
 
 
Lincoln, NE(6)
 
16,000
 
 
Tulsa, OK
 
7,300
 
 
Sioux Falls, SD
 
27,000
 
 
Rapid City, SD
 
9,000
 
 
Fond du Lac, WI
 
24,000
 
 
Superior, WI
 
17,000
 
Industrial and Water Treatment
St. Paul, MN(8)
 
59,000
 
 
Memphis, TN
 
41,000

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(1)
This facility includes 10 acres of land located in Centralia, Illinois owned by the Company. The facility includes manufacturing capacity and primarily serves our food-grade products and agriculture businesses.
(2)
The land for this manufacturing and packaging facility is leased from a third party, with the lease expiring in May 2023.
(3)
This facility is leased from a third party and is warehouse space.
(4)
Our terminal operations, located at two sites on opposite sides of the Mississippi River, are made up of three buildings, outside storage tanks for the storage of liquid bulk chemicals, including caustic soda, as well as numerous smaller tanks for storing and mixing chemicals. The land is leased from the Port Authority of the City of St. Paul, Minnesota. The applicable leases run through 2018. We are in negotiations to extend these leases for a period of 15-20 years.
(5)
This facility includes 28 acres of land owned by the Company. This manufacturing facility was constructed by us and has outside storage tanks for the storage of bulk chemicals, as well as numerous smaller tanks for storing and mixing chemicals.
(6)
This facility is leased from a third party and is warehouse space.
(7)
This facility was purchased in fiscal 2015 and will begin operations in early fiscal 2016.
(8)
Our Red Rock facility, which consists of a 59,000 square-foot building located on approximately 10 acres of land, has outside storage capacity for liquid bulk chemicals, as well as numerous smaller tanks for storing and mixing chemicals. The land is leased from the Port Authority of the City of St. Paul, Minnesota and the lease runs until 2029.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

There are no material pending legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, to which we or any of our subsidiaries are a party or of which any of our property is the subject.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.

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PART II
 
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR THE COMPANY’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS, AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
 
 
Quarterly Stock Data
 
High
 
Low
 
Fiscal 2015
 
 
 
 
 
4th Quarter
 
$
44.30

 
$
36.93

 
3rd Quarter
 
45.13

 
33.22

 
2nd Quarter
 
38.00

 
34.00

 
1st Quarter
 
37.75

 
32.98

 
Fiscal 2014
 
 
 
 
 
4th Quarter
 
$
37.29

 
$
33.25

 
3rd Quarter
 
38.21

 
35.29

 
2nd Quarter
 
44.00

 
36.50

 
1st Quarter
 
41.00

 
35.92

 
 
Cash Dividends
 
Declared
 
Paid
 
Fiscal 2016
 
 
 
 
 
1st Quarter
 

 
$
0.38

 
Fiscal 2015
 
 
 
 
 
4th Quarter
 
$
0.38

 

 
3rd Quarter
 

 
$
0.38

 
2nd Quarter
 
$
0.38

 

 
1st Quarter
 

 
$
0.36

 
Fiscal 2014
 
 
 
 
 
4th Quarter
 
$
0.36

 

 
3rd Quarter
 

 
$
0.36

 
2nd Quarter
 
$
0.36

 

 
1st Quarter
 

 
$
0.34


Our common shares are traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “HWKN.” The price information represents sales prices as reported by The NASDAQ Global Market. As of May 22, 2015, shares of our common stock were held by approximately 464 shareholders of record.

We first started paying cash dividends in 1985 and have continued to do so since. Future dividend levels will be dependent upon our consolidated results of operations, financial position, cash flows and other factors, and are subject to approval by our Board of Directors.

On May 29, 2014, our Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of up to 300,000 shares of our outstanding common stock. The shares may be repurchased on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions subject to applicable securities laws and regulations. The following table sets forth information concerning purchases of our common stock for the quarter ended March 29, 2015:


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Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased
Average Price Paid Per Share
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of a Publicly Announced Plan or Program
Maximum Number of Shares that May Yet be Purchased under Plans or Programs
12/29/2014-1/25/2015



259,980

1/26/2015-2/22/2015



259,980

2/23/2015-03/29/2015
19,582

37.76

19,582

240,398

         Total
19,582


19,582

 

The following graph compares the cumulative total shareholder return on our common shares with the cumulative total returns of the NASDAQ Industrial Index, the NASDAQ Composite Index, the Russell 2000 Index and the Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) Small Cap 600 Index for our last five completed fiscal years. The graph assumes the investment of $100 in our stock, the NASDAQ Industrial Index, the NASDAQ Composite Index, the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index on March 30, 2010, and reinvestment of all dividends.



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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

Selected financial data for the Company’s continuing operations is presented in the table below and should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in Item 7 and the Company’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Item 8 herein. Total assets shown below are for the Company’s total operations.
 
 
Fiscal Years
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
Sales
 
$
364,023

 
$
348,263

 
$
350,387

 
$
343,834

 
$
297,641

 
Gross profit
 
65,791

 
61,600

 
56,936

 
65,868

 
61,902

 
Income from continuing operations
 
19,214

 
18,094

 
17,108

 
21,628

 
20,314

 
Basic earnings per common share
 
1.82

 
1.72

 
1.64

 
2.09

 
1.98

 
Diluted earnings per common share
 
1.81

 
1.71

 
1.62

 
2.08

 
1.96

 
Cash dividends declared per common share
 
0.76

 
0.72

 
0.68

 
0.64

 
0.70

 
Cash dividends paid per common share
 
0.74

 
0.70

 
0.66

 
0.62

 
0.68

 
Total assets
 
$
248,462

 
$
237,193

 
$
222,148

 
$
204,081

 
$
185,005

 

We acquired substantially all the assets of The Dumont Company, Inc. in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and we acquired substantially all the assets of Vertex Chemical Corporation in late fiscal 2011. The results of these operations since the acquisition dates are included in our consolidated results of operations.


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

The following is a discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations for fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Overview

We derive substantially all of our revenues from the sale of chemicals to our customers in a wide variety of industries. We began our operations primarily as a distributor of bulk chemicals with a strong customer focus. Over the years, we have maintained the strong customer focus and have expanded our business by increasing our sales of value-added chemical products, including manufacturing, blending and repackaging certain products.

Recent Acquisitions and Business Expansion

On October 20, 2014, we acquired substantially all of the assets of The Dumont Company, Inc. (“Dumont”) under the terms of an asset purchase agreement with Dumont and its shareholders. We paid $10.1 million in cash including a working capital adjustment, using available cash on hand to fund the acquisition. Dumont was a water treatment chemical distribution company with revenues of approximately $14.0 million in calendar year 2013. Through this acquisition we added seven operating locations across Florida serving municipal water and wastewater treatment, private utilities, commercial swimming pools, irrigation water treatment and food processing chemical markets. The results of operations since the acquisition date are included in our Water Treatment Segment.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2014, we acquired substantially all the assets of Advance Chemical Solutions, Inc. (“ACS”). We paid $2.4 million in cash at closing, and have paid an additional $0.4 million of a potential $0.5 million earnout. We may be obligated to pay the remainder of the earnout over the next two years based on the achievement of certain financial performance targets. ACS had revenues of approximately $4.0 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2013. The results of its operations since the acquisition date are included in our Water Treatment segment.

During fiscal 2013, we completed construction of a new Industrial manufacturing facility in Rosemount, Minnesota. The site provides capacity for future business growth and lessens our dependence on our flood-prone sites on the Mississippi River. We

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incurred incremental costs to operate this new facility during fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013 of approximately $1.7 million, which have been recorded in cost of sales in our Industrial segment.

Through the acquisitions described above, we opened seven new branches for our Water Treatment Group in fiscal 2015 and one in fiscal 2014. We are opening one new branch in early fiscal 2016 and opened one in fiscal 2013. We expect to continue to invest in existing and new branches to expand our Water Treatment Group’s geographic coverage. The cost of any one of these expansion branches is not expected to be material. In addition, in fiscal 2015 and continuing into fiscal 2016, we have proactively added route sales and other support personnel to Water Treatment Group branch offices within our existing geographic coverage area. While these additions will add costs in the near term, we expect these investments to better position us for future growth.

Share Repurchase Program

In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, our Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of up to 300,000 shares of our outstanding common stock. The shares may be repurchased on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions subject to applicable securities laws and regulations. The primary objective of the share repurchase program is to offset the impact of dilution from issuances relating to employee and director equity grants and our employee stock purchase program. During fiscal 2015 we repurchased 59,602 shares of common stock with an aggregate purchase price of $2.2 million.

Other Events

In fiscal 2014, we moved into a new corporate headquarters located in Roseville, Minnesota. The move was necessary because we had outgrown our former corporate headquarters that had been our home for over 60 years. As a result of this move, we incurred incremental costs during fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013 of approximately $1.0 million, recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses and allocated among both our Water Treatment and Industrial segments.
 
In fiscal 2013, we recorded a pre-tax charge of $7.2 million in our Industrial segment (approximately $4.5 million after tax, or $0.43 per fully diluted share). This charge represented the discounted value of our estimated withdrawal payment obligation from the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund (“CSS”), a collectively bargained multiemployer pension plan. The withdrawal liability will be paid over 20 years and our payments began in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

In fiscal 2013, we entered into a settlement agreement with a chemical supplier to us, pursuant to which we mutually resolved previously disclosed litigation and all disputes between us. The settlement agreement provided for a cash payment by us to the supplier and provided that both parties enter into new contracts for the supply by the supplier of certain chemicals to us. Our obligations under the settlement agreement resulted in a $3.2 million charge to pre-tax income recorded in cost of sales in our Industrial segment (approximately $2.0 million after tax, or $0.19 per fully diluted share).

Financial Overview

An overview of our financial performance in fiscal 2015 is provided below:

    Sales of $364.0 million, a 4.5% increase from fiscal 2014;

Gross profit of $65.8 million, or 18.1% of sales, an increase of $4.2 million in gross profit dollars from fiscal 2014;

    Net cash provided by operating activities of $20.7 million; and

Cash and cash equivalents and investments available for sale of $50.4 million as of the end of fiscal 2015.

We seek to maintain relatively constant gross profit dollars per unit sold on each of our products as the cost of our raw materials increase or decrease, subject to competitive pricing pressures that may negatively impact our gross profit dollars per unit sold. Since we expect that we will continue to experience fluctuations in our raw material costs and resulting prices in the future, we believe that gross profit dollars is the best measure of our profitability from the sale of our products, as opposed to gross profit as a percentage of sales.

We use the last in, first out (“LIFO”) method of valuing the vast majority of our inventory, which causes the most recent product costs to be recognized in our income statement. The valuation of LIFO inventory for interim periods is based on our estimates of fiscal year-end inventory levels and costs. The LIFO inventory valuation method and the resulting cost of sales are consistent with our business practices of pricing to current chemical raw material prices. Our LIFO reserve increased by $0.4 million in fiscal 2015 due to an increase in inventory volumes on hand, resulting in a decrease to our reported gross profit for the year. In fiscal

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2014, our LIFO reserve decreased by $1.9 million, increasing our reported gross profit for that year. The reduction in the LIFO reserve in fiscal 2014 was primarily due to lower volumes of inventory on hand at year-end, driven by cold and wintry weather that resulted in rail car and barge shipment delays during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

We disclose the sales of our bulk commodity products as a percentage of total sales dollars. Our definition of bulk commodity products includes products that we do not modify in any way, but receive, store, and ship from our facilities, or direct ship to our customers in large quantities. We review our sales reporting on a periodic basis to ensure we are including all products that meet this definition. The disclosures in this document referring to sales of bulk commodity products have been updated for all periods presented based on the most recent review.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth certain items from our statement of income as a percentage of sales from period to period: 
 
 
Fiscal
2015
 
Fiscal
2014
 
Fiscal
2013
Sales
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
Cost of sales
 
(81.9
)%
 
(82.3
)%
 
(81.7
)%
Pension withdrawal
 
 %
 
 %
 
(2.1
)%
Gross profit
 
18.1
 %
 
17.7
 %
 
16.2
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
(9.7
)%
 
(9.6
)%
 
(9.0
)%
Operating income
 
8.4
 %
 
8.1
 %
 
7.2
 %
Interest (expense) income, net
 
 %
 
 %
 
0.1
 %
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
8.4
 %
 
8.1
 %
 
7.3
 %
Income tax provision
 
(3.1
)%
 
(2.9
)%
 
(2.4
)%
Income from continuing operations
 
5.3
 %
 
5.2
 %
 
4.9
 %
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
 %
 
 %
 
 %
Net income
 
5.3
 %
 
5.2
 %
 
4.9
 %

Fiscal 2015 Compared to Fiscal 2014

Sales

Sales increased $15.8 million, or 4.5%, to $364.0 million for fiscal 2015, as compared to sales of $348.3 million for fiscal 2014. Sales of bulk commodity products were approximately 22% of sales in fiscal 2015 and 23% in fiscal 2014.

Industrial Segment.  Industrial segment sales increased $4.2 million, or 1.7%, to $249.1 million for fiscal 2015. Volumes increased year-over-year; however, lower raw material prices and competitive pricing pressures in certain product lines resulted in lower per-unit selling prices.

Water Treatment Segment.  Water Treatment segment sales increased $11.6 million, or 11.2%, to $115.0 million for fiscal 2015. Our recently acquired Florida and Oklahoma locations accounted for $7.9 million of the total increase. In addition, growth in our newer branches and increased sales of specialty chemicals were partially offset by the impact of lower raw material prices.

Gross Profit

Gross profit was $65.8 million, or 18.1% of sales, for fiscal 2015, as compared to $61.6 million, or 17.7% of sales, for fiscal 2014. The LIFO method of valuing inventory decreased gross profit by $0.4 million for fiscal 2015, while it increased gross profit by $1.9 million for fiscal 2014.

Industrial Segment.  Gross profit for the Industrial segment was $33.6 million, or 13.5% of sales, for fiscal 2015, an increase of $1.6 million from $32.0 million, or 13.1% of sales, for fiscal 2014. The increase in gross profit dollars was driven by higher sales volumes in fiscal 2015 as compared to fiscal 2014, partially offset by lower per-unit margins due to continued competitive pricing pressures in certain product lines. Gross profit for fiscal 2015 as compared to fiscal 2014 was favorably impacted by $0.3 million, as costs incurred in fiscal 2014 to exit a leased facility were partially offset by accelerated depreciation on assets incurred in fiscal

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2015 in connection with a construction project. The LIFO method of valuing inventory decreased gross profit in our industrial segment by $0.3 million in fiscal 2015, while it increased gross profit by $1.6 million in fiscal 2014.

Water Treatment Segment.  Gross profit for the Water Treatment segment increased $2.6 million to $32.2 million, or 28.0% of sales, for fiscal 2015, as compared to $29.6 million, or 28.6% of sales, for fiscal 2014. The increase in gross profit dollars was a result of higher sales volumes across most of our branches, in particular the addition of our recently acquired Florida and Oklahoma locations, along with increased sales of specialty chemicals. Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased primarily due to the addition of and growth in our newer branches that have lower per-branch revenues, and the costs to operate these branches represent a higher percentage of their sales than many of our existing branches. The LIFO method of valuing inventory decreased gross profit by $0.1 million in fiscal 2015, while it increased gross profit by $0.3 million in fiscal 2014.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $35.4 million, or 9.7% of sales, for fiscal 2015, as compared to $33.5 million, or 9.6% of sales, for fiscal 2014. The expenses increased in our Water Treatment segment, with $1.6 million of the increase due to our recently acquired Florida and Oklahoma locations, and the remainder of the increase driven by the addition of sales personnel in existing locations.

Operating Income

Operating income was $30.4 million, or 8.4% of sales, for fiscal 2015, as compared to $28.1 million, or 8.1% of sales, for fiscal 2014. Operating income for the Industrial segment increased by $1.6 million as a result of the gross profit increases discussed above. Operating income for the Water Treatment segment increased $0.8 million, as increased selling, general and administrative expenses partially offset increases in gross profit as discussed above.

Interest Income (Expense), Net

Interest income on cash and investments of $0.2 million was offset by interest expense related to our pension withdrawal liability of $0.2 million during both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014.

Income Tax Provision

Our effective income tax rate was 36.9% for fiscal 2015 compared to 35.5% for fiscal 2014. Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 was reduced by a non-recurring state tax benefit of $0.4 million. The effective tax rate is generally impacted by projected levels of taxable income, permanent items, and state taxes.
 
Fiscal 2014 Compared to Fiscal 2013

Sales decreased $2.1 million, or 0.6%, to $348.3 million for fiscal 2014, as compared to sales of $350.4 million for fiscal 2013. Sales of bulk commodity products were approximately 23% of sales in fiscal 2014 and 24% in fiscal 2013.

Industrial Segment.  Industrial segment sales decreased $3.7 million, or 1.5%, to $244.9 million for fiscal 2014. Overall volumes increased slightly year-over-year, with the increase driven by higher volumes of bulk commodity products sold, which generally carry lower per-unit selling prices and margins. In addition, competitive pricing pressures resulted in lower overall per-unit selling prices.

Water Treatment Segment.  Water Treatment segment sales increased $1.5 million, or 1.5%, to $103.4 million for fiscal 2014. Sales volumes in this segment were largely unchanged as compared to the prior year. Sales growth in our newer branches, including the recently acquired Oklahoma location, together with increased sales of certain specialty chemical products and equipment, more than offset the negative impact of unfavorable weather conditions during the majority of the spring and summer months and reduced sales volumes of bulk commodity products.

Gross Profit

Gross profit was $61.6 million, or 17.7% of sales, for fiscal 2014, as compared to $56.9 million, or 16.2% of sales, for fiscal 2013. The prior year’s gross profit was adversely impacted by the $7.2 million CSS pension withdrawal charge and the $3.2 million charge resulting from the litigation settlement, both of which were recorded in our Industrial segment. Together, these charges constituted 3.0% of sales for fiscal 2013. The LIFO method of valuing inventory increased gross profit by $1.9 million for fiscal 2014 and $0.4 million for fiscal 2013, primarily due to lower levels of inventory of many of our products at year-end.

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Industrial Segment.  Gross profit for the Industrial segment was $32.0 million, or 13.1% of sales, for fiscal 2014, as compared to $28.9 million, or 11.6% of sales, for fiscal 2013. The prior year’s gross profit for this segment was negatively impacted by the $7.2 million CSS pension withdrawal charge and the $3.2 million charge resulting from the litigation settlement, which charges together constituted 4.2% of Industrial segment sales for the fiscal year. Gross profit for fiscal 2014 was adversely impacted by $1.7 million in incremental costs to operate our new Rosemount manufacturing facility as compared to fiscal 2013, and a $0.4 million year-over-year difference in costs incurred to exit the leased facility used to serve our bulk pharmaceutical customers. Despite slightly higher overall sales volumes, gross profit was also negatively impacted by competitive pricing pressures and higher volumes of lower margin products sold as compared to the prior year. The LIFO method of valuing inventory increased gross profit by $1.6 million in fiscal 2014 and increased gross profit by $0.4 million in fiscal 2013.

Water Treatment Segment.  Gross profit for the Water Treatment segment was $29.6 million, or 28.6% of sales, for fiscal 2014, as compared to $28.1 million, or 27.6% of sales, for fiscal 2013. Growth at our newer branches, including the recently acquired Oklahoma location, along with a favorable product mix shift to specialty chemical products from bulk commodities, more than offset the impact to gross profit of unfavorable weather conditions during the spring and summer months. The LIFO method of valuing inventory increased gross profit by $0.3 million in fiscal 2014 and had a nominal impact on gross profit in fiscal 2013.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $33.5 million, or 9.6% of sales, for fiscal 2014, as compared to $31.6 million, or 9.0% of sales, for fiscal 2013. The increase in expenses was driven by incremental costs of $1.0 million related to our new headquarters facility, as well as additional sales and infrastructure support staffing costs in the Water Treatment segment, including our recently acquired Oklahoma location.

Operating Income

Operating income was $28.1 million, or 8.1% of sales, for fiscal 2014, as compared to $25.3 million, or 7.2% of sales, for fiscal 2013. Operating income for the Industrial segment increased by $3.3 million as a result of the $7.2 million CSS pension withdrawal charge and the $3.2 million litigation settlement charge recorded in the prior year, largely offset by the reductions in gross profit in fiscal 2014 as discussed above. Operating income for the Water Treatment segment decreased $0.5 million primarily as a result of higher selling, general and administrative expenses, more than offsetting increases in gross profit as discussed above.

Interest Income (Expense), Net

Interest income on cash and investments of $0.2 million was offset by interest expense related to our pension withdrawal liability of $0.2 million during fiscal 2014. Interest income of $0.1 million for fiscal 2013 consisted primarily of interest income on cash and investments.

Income Tax Provision

Our effective income tax rate was 35.5% for fiscal 2014 compared to 32.7% for fiscal 2013. Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 was reduced by a non-recurring state tax benefit of $0.4 million. During fiscal 2013, we amended previously filed U.S. Federal tax returns resulting in an increase of $0.8 million in the benefits related to the domestic manufacturing deduction and investment tax credits, which reduced our tax rate for that year. The effective tax rate is generally impacted by projected levels of taxable income, permanent items, and state taxes.
 
Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash provided by operating activities in fiscal 2015 was $20.7 million compared to $34.6 million in fiscal 2014 and $35.5 million in fiscal 2013. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to the timing of inventory purchases, with increased inventory levels on hand at March 29, 2015 as compared to March 30, 2014. Our inventory levels on hand at the end of fiscal 2014 were unusually low, driven by cold and wintry weather that resulted in rail car and barge shipment delays during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Due to the nature of our operations, which includes purchases of large quantities of bulk chemicals, the timing of purchases can result in significant changes in working capital and the resulting operating cash flow. Historically, our cash requirements for working capital increase during the period from April through November as caustic soda inventory levels increase as the majority of barges are received during this period. Additionally, due to seasonality of the Water Treatment business, our accounts receivable balance is generally higher during the period of April through September.


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Cash used in investing activities was $26.4 million in fiscal 2015 compared to $23.1 million in fiscal 2014 and $30.4 million in fiscal 2013. Capital expenditures were $14.6 million in fiscal 2015, $12.3 million in fiscal 2014 and $26.7 million in fiscal 2013. Capital expenditures in fiscal 2015 included $5.5 million related to business expansion, inventory storage, and process improvement projects and $5.9 million related to facility improvements, replacement equipment, new and replacement containers and water treatment trucks. We are projecting an increased level of capital spending in fiscal 2016 as compared with fiscal 2015 as we invest in business growth and infrastructure related projects including site development and rail work at one of our terminal facilities. Total capital spending in fiscal 2016 is currently projected to be approximately $33.0 million. We also used $10.1 million of cash for the Dumont acquisition in fiscal 2015 and $2.4 million of cash for the ACS acquisition in fiscal 2014, with nominal cash expended for acquisitions in fiscal 2013.

Cash used in financing activities was $9.1 million in fiscal 2015 compared to $6.7 million in fiscal 2014 and $4.9 million in fiscal 2013. The increase in cash used in financing activities in fiscal 2015 was driven by $2.2 million of common stock repurchases during fiscal 2015. Dividend payments were $7.9 million in fiscal 2015, $7.4 million in fiscal 2014 and $6.9 million in fiscal 2013. During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, our Board of Directors increased our semi-annual cash dividend by 5.6% to $0.38 per share, from $0.36 per share. We have paid cash dividends continuously since 1985. Future dividend levels will be dependent upon our results of operations, financial position, cash flows and other factors, and are subject to approval by our Board of Directors.

Cash and investments available-for-sale was $50.4 million at March 29, 2015, a decrease of $12.8 million as compared with March 30, 2014, primarily due to the cash outflows associated with the Dumont acquisition, dividend payments, capital expenditures, and the share repurchase program described above exceeding the cash flows generated from operations during fiscal 2015. Investments available-for-sale as of March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014 consisted of certificates of deposit and municipal bonds with maturities ranging from three months to three years. We expect cash balances and our cash flows from operations will be sufficient to fund our cash requirements in fiscal 2016.

As part of our business growth strategy, we have acquired businesses and may pursue acquisitions or other strategic relationships in the future that we believe will complement or expand our existing businesses or increase our customer base. We expect our cash balances and cash flows from operations will be sufficient to fund our cash requirements including acquisitions or other strategic relationships for the foreseeable future. We periodically evaluate opportunities to borrow funds or sell additional equity or debt securities for strategic reasons or to further strengthen our financial position.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements.
Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments
The following table provides aggregate information about our contractual payment obligations and the periods in which payments are due: 
 
 
Payments Due by Period
Contractual Obligation
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
More than
5  Years
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Operating lease obligations
 
$
2,139

 
$
1,916

 
$
1,740

 
$
1,555

 
$
1,388

 
$
4,198

 
$
12,936

Pension withdrawal liability (1)
 
$
467

 
$
467

 
$
467

 
$
467

 
$
467

 
$
6,307

 
$
8,642


(1)
The amounts shown in the table above relate to our withdrawal from the CSS multiemployer pension plan. Payments on this obligation began in fiscal 2014 and will continue through 2034.
Critical Accounting Policies

In preparing the financial statements, we follow U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, sales and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. We re-evaluate our estimates on an on-going basis. Our estimates are based on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions and conditions. We consider the following policies to involve the most judgment in the preparation of our financial statements.


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Revenue Recognition - We recognize revenue when there is evidence that the customer has agreed to purchase the product, the price and terms of the sale are fixed, the product has shipped and title has passed to our customer, performance has occurred, and collection of the receivable is reasonably assured.

LIFO Reserve - Inventories are primarily valued at the lower of cost or market with cost being determined using the LIFO method. We may incur significant fluctuations in our LIFO reserve and, as a result, gross margins, due primarily to changes in the level of inventory on hand and the per-unit cost of a single, large-volume component of our inventory. The price of this inventory component fluctuates depending on the balance between supply and demand. Management reviews the LIFO reserve on a quarterly basis. Inventories not valued used the LIFO method are valued at the lower of cost or market with cost being determined using the FIFO method.

Goodwill and Infinite-life Intangible Assets - Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of acquired businesses over the fair value of identifiable tangible net assets and identifiable intangible assets purchased. Goodwill is tested at least annually for impairment, and is tested for impairment more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. As of January 1, 2015, the company performed an analysis of qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. Based on management’s analysis of qualitative factors, we determined that it was not necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test for either reporting unit.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

See Item 8, “Note 1 - Nature of Business and Significant Accounting Policies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding recently adopted accounting standards or accounting standards to be adopted in the future.


ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURE ABOUT MARKET RISK

We are subject to the risk inherent in the cyclical nature of commodity chemical prices. However, we do not currently purchase forward contracts or otherwise engage in hedging activities with respect to the purchase of commodity chemicals. We attempt to pass changes in the cost of our materials on to our customers; however, there are no assurances that we will be able to pass on the increases in the future.


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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Board of Directors and Stockholders of Hawkins, Inc.:

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Hawkins, Inc. and subsidiaries (the Company) as of March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended March 29, 2015. In connection with our audits of the consolidated financial statements, we also have audited the financial statement schedule for each of the years in the three-year period ended March 29, 2015, listed in schedule II of this Form 10-K. We also have audited the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of March 29, 2015, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, 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 these consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule and an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. 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 audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
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.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Hawkins, Inc. and subsidiaries as of March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended March 29, 2015, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule referred to above, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein. Also in our opinion, Hawkins, Inc. and subsidiaries maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 29, 2015, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
Our report dated May 28, 2015 on internal control over financial reporting as of March 29, 2015, contains an explanatory paragraph that states management excluded from its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of March 29, 2015, Dumont Company, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting that comprise total assets of 4.3% and 1.6% of total revenues included in the consolidated financial statements of Hawkins, Inc. and subsidiaries as of and for the year ended March 29, 2015. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting of Hawkins, Inc. also excluded an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of Dumont Company, Inc.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 28, 2015


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HAWKINS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
 
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
CURRENT ASSETS:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
18,639

 
$
33,486

Investments available-for-sale
 
14,485

 
13,843

Trade receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $445 for 2015 and $477 for 2014
 
40,355

 
37,946

Inventories
 
37,028

 
26,192

Income taxes receivable
 
732

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
3,101

 
3,160

Total current assets
 
114,340

 
114,627

PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT:
 
 
 
 
Land
 
8,038

 
8,038

Buildings and improvements
 
73,095

 
68,801

Machinery and equipment
 
60,077

 
53,089

Transportation equipment
 
19,596

 
17,764

Office furniture and equipment including computer systems
 
11,966

 
11,183

 
 
172,772

 
158,875

Less accumulated depreciation
 
79,042

 
68,406

Net property, plant, and equipment
 
93,730

 
90,469

OTHER ASSETS:
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 
11,750

 
7,392

Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization of $3,933 for 2015 and $3,069 for 2014
 
11,154

 
8,509

Long-term investments
 
17,249

 
15,852

Other
 
239

 
344

Total other assets
 
40,392

 
32,097

Total assets
 
$
248,462

 
$
237,193

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable — trade
 
$
20,083

 
$
18,306

Dividends payable
 
4,038

 
3,823

Accrued payroll and employee benefits
 
6,122

 
5,555

Deferred income taxes
 
2,698

 
2,900

Income tax payable
 

 
1,444

Other current liabilities
 
3,402

 
3,801

Total current liabilities
 
36,343

 
35,829

PENSION WITHDRAWAL LIABILITY
 
6,589

 
6,887

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
 
1,588

 
1,878

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES
 
9,978

 
10,186

Total liabilities
 
54,498

 
54,780

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
 
 
 
 
Common stock; authorized: 30,000,000 shares of $0.05 par value; 10,564,949 and 10,562,400 shares issued and outstanding for 2015 and 2014, respectively
 
528

 
528

Additional paid-in capital
 
50,901

 
50,502

Retained earnings
 
142,567

 
131,427

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(32
)
 
(44
)
Total shareholders’ equity
 
193,964

 
182,413

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 
$
248,462

 
$
237,193


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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HAWKINS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
  
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014
 
March 31, 2013
Sales
 
$
364,023

 
$
348,263

 
$
350,387

Cost of sales
 
(298,232
)
 
(286,663
)
 
(286,241
)
Pension withdrawal
 

 

 
(7,210
)
Gross profit
 
65,791

 
61,600

 
56,936

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
(35,375
)
 
(33,510
)
 
(31,606
)
Operating income
 
30,416

 
28,090

 
25,330

Interest income (expense), net
 
38

 
(29
)
 
84

Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
30,454

 
28,061

 
25,414

Income tax provision
 
(11,240
)
 
(9,967
)
 
(8,306
)
Income from continuing operations
 
19,214

 
18,094

 
17,108

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax
 

 

 
18

Net income
 
$
19,214

 
$
18,094

 
$
17,126

Weighted average number of shares outstanding-basic
 
10,568,582

 
10,544,467

 
10,464,820

Weighted average number of shares outstanding-diluted
 
10,633,554

 
10,599,755

 
10,541,142

Basic earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share from continuing operations
 
$
1.82

 
$
1.72

 
$
1.64

Earnings per share from discontinued operations
 

 

 

Basic earnings per share
 
$
1.82

 
$
1.72

 
$
1.64

Diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share from continuing operations
 
$
1.81

 
$
1.71

 
$
1.62

Earnings per share from discontinued operations
 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share
 
$
1.81

 
$
1.71

 
$
1.62

Cash dividends declared per common share
 
$
0.76

 
$
0.72

 
$
0.68



See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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HAWKINS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except share data)
 
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
March 29, 2015

 
March 30, 2014

 
March 31, 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
19,214

 
$
18,094

 
$
17,126

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments
11

 
(47
)
 
12

Unrealized gain on post-retirement liability
1

 
109

 
5

Total other comprehensive income
12

 
62

 
17

Total comprehensive income
$
19,226

 
$
18,156

 
$
17,143



See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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HAWKINS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(In thousands, except share data)

 
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
 
Total
Shareholders’
Equity
Shares
 
Amount
 
BALANCE — April 1, 2012
 
10,430,874

 
$
522

 
$
45,169

 
$
111,039

 
$
(123
)
 
$
156,607

Cash dividends
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(7,191
)
 
 
 
(7,191
)
Stock compensation expense
 
 
 
 
 
1,630

 
 
 
 
 
1,630

Tax benefit on share-based compensation plans
 
 
 
 
 
510

 
 
 
 
 
510

Vesting of restricted stock
 
6,120

 


 
(1
)
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
Shares surrendered for payroll taxes
 


 


 


 
 
 
 
 

Stock options exercised
 
27,999

 
1

 
514

 
 
 
 
 
515

ESPP shares issued
 
30,434

 
2

 
957

 
 
 
 
 
959

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17

 
17

Net income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17,126

 
 
 
17,126

BALANCE — March 31, 2013
 
10,495,427

 
$
525

 
$
48,779

 
$
120,974

 
$
(106
)
 
$
170,172

Cash dividends declared
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(7,641
)
 
 
 
(7,641
)
Share-based compensation expense
 
 
 
 
 
1,322

 
 
 
 
 
1,322

Tax benefit on share-based compensation plans
 
 
 
 
 
(214
)
 
 
 
 
 
(214
)
Vesting of restricted stock
 
41,906

 
2

 
(2
)
 
 
 
 
 

Shares surrendered for payroll taxes
 
(12,480
)
 
(1
)
 
(484
)
 
 
 
 
 
(485
)
Stock options exercised
 
9,333

 
1

 
185

 
 
 
 
 
186

ESPP shares issued
 
28,214

 
1

 
916

 
 
 
 
 
917

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
62

 
62

Net income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18,094

 
 
 
18,094

BALANCE — March 30, 2014
 
10,562,400

 
$
528

 
$
50,502

 
$
131,427

 
$
(44
)
 
$
182,413

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(8,074
)
 
 
 
(8,074
)
Share-based compensation expense
 
 
 
 
 
1,631

 
 
 
 
 
1,631

Tax benefit on share-based compensation plans
 
 
 
 
 
92

 
 
 
 
 
92

Vesting of restricted stock
 
29,355

 
1

 
(1
)
 
 
 
 
 

Shares surrendered for payroll taxes
 
(7,920
)
 


 
(295
)
 
 
 
 
 
(295
)
Stock options exercised
 
9,333

 


 
186

 
 
 
 
 
186

ESPP shares Issued
 
31,383

 
2

 
986

 
 
 
 
 
988

Shares repurchased
 
(59,602
)
 
(3
)
 
(2,200
)
 
 
 
 
 
(2,203
)
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12

 
12

Net income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19,214

 
 
 
19,214

BALANCE — March 29, 2015
 
10,564,949

 
$
528

 
$
50,901

 
$
142,567

 
$
(32
)
 
$
193,964



See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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HAWKINS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
  
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014
 
March 31, 2013
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
19,214

 
$
18,094

 
$
17,126

Reconciliation to cash flows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
13,015

 
12,605

 
10,248

Deferred income taxes
 
(418
)
 
2,150

 
(2,985
)
Pension withdrawal
 

 

 
7,210

Share-based compensation expense
 
1,631

 
1,322

 
1,621

Loss from property disposals
 
45

 
111

 
153

Changes in operating accounts (using) providing cash, net of effects of acquisition:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trade receivables
 
(1,051
)
 
(1,698
)
 
2,149

Inventories
 
(9,977
)
 
2,122

 
(573
)
Accounts payable
 
563

 
335

 
(1,185
)
Accrued liabilities
 
(506
)
 
141

 
(1,319
)
Income taxes
 
(2,177
)
 
(2
)
 
3,893

Other
 
325

 
(568
)
 
(864
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
20,664

 
34,612

 
35,474

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additions to property, plant, and equipment
 
(14,552
)
 
(12,261
)
 
(26,660
)
Purchases of investments
 
(15,303
)
 
(25,161
)
 
(18,755
)
Sale and maturities of investments
 
13,280

 
16,612

 
14,900

Proceeds from property disposals
 
223

 
115

 
233

Acquisitions
 
(10,068
)
 
(2,416
)
 
(100
)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(26,420
)
 
(23,111
)
 
(30,382
)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends paid
 
(7,859
)
 
(7,410
)
 
(6,936
)
New shares issued
 
988

 
917

 
968

Stock options exercised
 
186

 
186

 
515

Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation
 
92

 
62

 
510

Shares surrendered for payroll taxes
 
(295
)
 
(485
)
 

Shares repurchased
 
(2,203
)
 

 

Net cash used in financing activities
 
(9,091
)
 
(6,730
)
 
(4,943
)
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
(14,847
)
 
4,771

 
149

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS-
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning of year
 
33,486

 
28,715

 
28,566

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS-
 
 
 
 
 
 
End of year
 
$
18,639

 
$
33,486

 
$
28,715

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION-
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash paid during the year for income taxes
 
$
13,801

 
$
7,757

 
$
6,900

Noncash investing activities-
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures in accounts payable
 
$
1,126

 
$
699

 
$
1,401


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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HAWKINS, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Note 1 — Nature of Business and Significant Accounting Policies

Nature of Business - We have two reportable segments: Industrial and Water Treatment. The Industrial Group operates our Industrial segment and specializes in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to industries such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics, energy, food, pharmaceutical, plating and power generation. The group also manufactures and sells certain food-grade products, including liquid phosphates, lactates and other blended products. The Water Treatment Group operates our Water Treatment segment and specializes in providing chemicals, equipment and solutions for potable water, municipal and industrial wastewater, industrial process water and non-residential swimming pool water. The group has the resources and flexibility to treat systems ranging in size from a single small well to a multi-million-gallon-per-day facility.

Fiscal Year - Our fiscal year is a 52/53-week year ending on the Sunday closest to March 31. Our fiscal years ended March 29, 2015 (“fiscal 2015”), March 30, 2014 (“fiscal 2014”), and March 31, 2013 (“fiscal 2013”) were 52 weeks. The fiscal year ending April 3, 2016 (“fiscal 2016”) will be 53 weeks.

Principles of Consolidation - The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Hawkins, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and accounts have been eliminated.

Estimates - The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reported period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Revenue Recognition - We recognize revenue when there is evidence that the customer has agreed to purchase the product, the price and terms of the sale are fixed, the product has shipped and title has passed to our customer, performance has occurred, and collection of the receivable is reasonably assured.

Shipping and Handling - All shipping and handling amounts billed to customers are included in revenues. Costs incurred related to the shipping and the handling of products are included in cost of sales.

Fair Value Measurements - The financial assets and liabilities that are re-measured and reported at fair value for each reporting period include marketable securities, as well as contingent consideration payable related to the acquisition of Advance Chemical Solutions, Inc. (“ACS”). There are no fair value measurements with respect to nonfinancial assets or liabilities that are recognized or disclosed at fair value in our consolidated financial statements on a recurring basis.

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value are classified using the following hierarchy, which is based upon the transparency of inputs to the valuation as of the measurement date:

Level 1:  Valuation is based on observable inputs such as quoted market prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.

Level 2:  Valuation is based on inputs such as quoted market prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or other inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument.

Level 3:  Valuation is based upon other unobservable inputs that are significant to the fair value measurement.

In making fair value measurements, observable market data must be used when available. When inputs used to measure fair value fall within different levels of the hierarchy, the level within which the fair value measurement is categorized is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

Cash Equivalents - Cash equivalents include all liquid debt instruments (primarily cash funds and money market accounts) purchased with an original maturity of three months or less. The balances maintained at financial institutions may, at times, exceed federally insured limits.



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HAWKINS, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)


Investments - Available-for-sale securities consist of certificates of deposit (“CD’s”) and municipal bonds and are valued at current market value, with the resulting unrealized gains and losses excluded from earnings and reported, net of tax, as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized. Any impairment loss to reduce an investment’s carrying amount to its fair market value is recognized in income when a decline in the fair market value of an individual security below its cost or carrying value is determined to be other than temporary.

Trade Receivables and Concentrations of Credit Risk - Financial instruments, which potentially subject us to a concentration of credit risk, principally consist of trade receivables. We sell our principal products to a large number of customers in many different industries. There are no concentrations of credit risk with a single customer from a particular service or geographic area that would significantly impact us in the near term. To reduce credit risk, we routinely assess the financial strength of our customers. We record an allowance for doubtful accounts to reduce our receivables to an amount we estimate is collectible from our customers. Estimates used in determining the allowance for doubtful accounts are based on historical collection experience, current trends, aging of accounts receivable and periodic evaluations of our customers’ financial condition. We invest our excess cash balances at times in CD’s, municipal bonds and money market accounts at two separate financial institutions where the cash balances may exceed federally insured limits. The institutions are two of the largest commercial banking institutions in the country and both have maintained strong credit ratings.

Inventories - Inventories, consisting primarily of finished goods, are primarily valued at the lower of cost or net realizable value, with cost for the vast majority of our inventory determined using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method. The amount of inventory valued using the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method represents approximately 8% of the total FIFO inventory balance at March 29, 2015.

Property, Plant and Equipment - Property is stated at cost and depreciated or amortized over the lives of the assets, using the straight-line method. Estimated lives are: 10 to 40 years for buildings and improvements; 3 to 20 years for machinery and equipment; 3 to 10 years for transportation equipment; and 3 to 10 years for office furniture and equipment including computer systems. Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the lesser of their estimated useful lives or the remaining lease term.

Significant improvements that add to productive capacity or extend the lives of properties are capitalized. Costs for repairs and maintenance are charged to expense as incurred. When property is retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost and related accumulated depreciation or amortization are removed from the accounts and any related gains or losses are included in income.

We review the recoverability of long-lived assets to be held and used, such as property, plant and equipment, when events or changes in circumstances occur that indicate the carrying value of the asset group may not be recoverable, such as prolonged industry downturn or significant reductions in projected future cash flows. The assessment of possible impairment is based on our ability to recover the carrying value of the asset group from the expected future pre-tax cash flows (undiscounted) of the related operations. If these cash flows are less than the carrying value of such asset group, an impairment loss would be measured by the amount the carrying value exceeds the fair value of the long-lived asset group. The measurement of impairment requires us to estimate future cash flows and the fair value of long-lived assets. No long-lived assets were determined to be impaired during fiscal years 2015, 2014 or 2013.

Goodwill and Identifiable Intangible Assets - Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of acquired businesses over the fair value of identifiable tangible net assets and identifiable intangible assets purchased. Goodwill is tested at least annually for impairment, and is tested for impairment more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. As of January 1, 2015, the company performed an analysis of qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. Based on management’s analysis of qualitative factors, we determined that it was not necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test for either reporting unit.

Our primary identifiable intangible assets include customer lists, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, trademarks, and trade names acquired in previous business acquisitions. Identifiable intangible assets with finite lives are amortized whereas identifiable intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized. The values assigned to the intangible assets with finite lives are being amortized on average over approximately 13 years. Identifiable intangible assets that are subject to amortization are evaluated for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. Identifiable intangible assets not subject to amortization are tested for impairment annually or more frequently if events warrant. The impairment test consists of a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the asset is impaired. Based on management’s analysis of qualitative factors, we determined that it was not necessary to perform a quantitative impairment test for fiscal 2015.

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HAWKINS, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)



Impairment assessments were also completed in the fourth quarters of fiscal 2014 and 2013, which resulted in no impairment charges for either of these fiscal years.

Income Taxes - In the preparation of our consolidated financial statements, the calculation of income taxes by management is based upon the estimated effective rate applicable to operating results for the full fiscal year. This includes estimating the current tax liability as well as assessing differences resulting from different treatment of items for tax and book accounting purposes. Differences that are temporary in nature result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are recorded on the balance sheet, while differences that are permanent in nature impact the income tax expense recorded on the income statement and impact the effective tax rate for the fiscal year. The deferred tax assets and liabilities are analyzed regularly and management assesses the likelihood that deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income. We record any interest and penalties related to income taxes as income tax expense in the statements of income.

The effect of income tax positions are recognized only if those positions are more likely than not of being sustained. Changes in recognition or measurement are made as facts and circumstances change.

Stock-Based Compensation - We account for stock-based compensation on a fair value basis. The estimated grant date fair value of each stock-based award is recognized in expense over the requisite service period (generally the vesting period). Non-vested share awards are recorded as expense over the requisite service periods based on the market value on the date of grant.

Earnings Per Share - Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) are computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted EPS are computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding including the incremental shares assumed to be issued upon the exercise of stock options and the incremental shares assumed to be issued as performance units and restricted stock. Basic and diluted EPS were calculated using the following:
 
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014
 
March 31, 2013
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic
 
10,568,582

 
10,544,467

 
10,464,820

Dilutive impact of stock performance units, restricted stock, and stock options
 
64,972

 
55,288

 
76,322

Weighted average common shares outstanding — diluted
 
10,633,554

 
10,599,755

 
10,541,142


There were no shares or stock options excluded from the calculation of weighted average common shares for diluted EPS for fiscal 2015, 2014 or 2013.

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities - We do not have any freestanding or embedded derivatives and it is our practice to not enter into contracts that contain them.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued new accounting requirements for recognition of revenue from contracts with customers. The requirements of the new standard will be effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016 (our fiscal year ending April 1, 2018), and interim periods within those annual periods. We are currently evaluating the impact of this accounting pronouncement.
Note 2 — Business Combinations

Acquisition of The Dumont Company, Inc.: On October 20, 2014, we acquired substantially all of the assets of The Dumont Company, Inc. (“Dumont”) under the terms of an asset purchase agreement with Dumont and its shareholders. We paid $10.1 million in cash including a working capital adjustment in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, using available cash on hand to fund the acquisition. Dumont was a water treatment chemical distribution company with revenues of approximately $14.0 million in calendar year 2013. Through this acquisition we added seven operating locations across Florida. The results of operations since the acquisition date, and the assets, including the goodwill associated with this acquisition, are included in our Water Treatment segment. Costs associated with this transaction were not material to our company and were expensed as incurred.

The acquisition has been accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting, under which the total purchase price is allocated to the net tangible and intangible assets of Dumont acquired in connection with the acquisition based on their estimated fair values.

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We estimated the fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed using a discounted cash flow analysis (income approach). The following table summarizes the preliminary allocation of the purchase price to the fair values assigned to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of the Dumont acquisition:
(In thousands)
Amount
Accounts receivable
$
1,358

Inventory
859

Other assets
159

Property, plant, and equipment
702

Intangible assets
3,509

Current liabilities
(877
)
    Net assets acquired
5,710

Goodwill
4,358

Total purchase price
$
10,068


The goodwill recognized as a result of this acquisition is primarily attributable to strategic and synergistic benefits, as well as the assembled workforce. Such goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

The preliminary allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed resulted in the recognition of the following intangible assets:
(In thousands)
Amount
Life (in years)
Customer relationships
$
2,810

20
Trade name
699

4
 
$
3,509

 

Acquisition of Advance Chemical Solutions, Inc.: On October 1, 2013, we acquired substantially all of the assets of ACS. We paid $2.4 million in cash at closing, and have paid an additional $0.4 million of a potential $0.5 million earnout in fiscal 2015. We may be obligated to pay the remainder of the earnout over the next two years based on the achievement of certain financial performance targets.

The ACS acquisition was accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting, under which the total estimated purchase price is allocated to the net tangible and intangible assets acquired based on their estimated fair values. We estimated the fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed to be $2.8 million using a discounted cash flow analysis (income approach). ACS had revenues of approximately $4.0 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2013. The results of its operations since the acquisition date, and the assets, are included in our Water Treatment segment.



















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Note 3 — Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments

The following table presents information about our financial assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014, and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation techniques utilized to determine such fair value. 
Description
 
March 29, 2015
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
(In thousands)
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
18,639

 
$
18,639

 
$

 
$

Certificates of deposit
 
29,136

 

 
29,136

 

Municipal Bonds
 
2,598

 

 
2,598

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description
 
March 30, 2014
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
(In thousands)
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
33,486

 
$
33,486

 
$

 
$

Certificates of deposit
 
24,437

 

 
24,437

 

Municipal Bonds
 
5,258

 

 
5,258

 

 
Our financial assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis are CD’s and municipal bonds, with maturities ranging from three months to three years, which fall within valuation technique Level 2. The CD’s and municipal bonds are classified as investments in current assets and noncurrent assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. As of March 29, 2015, the CD’s and municipal bonds had a fair value of $14.5 million in current assets and $17.2 million in noncurrent assets.

The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents accounts approximates fair value, as maturities are three months or less.
The contractual maturities of available-for-sale securities at March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014 are shown in the table below:
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014
(In thousands)
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Fair Value
 
Unrealized
Gain/(loss)
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Fair Value
 
Unrealized
Gain/(loss)
Within one year
 
$
14,491

 
$
14,485

 
$
(6
)
 
$
13,864

 
$
13,843

 
$
(21
)
Between one and three years
 
17,285

 
17,249

 
(36
)
 
15,890

 
15,852

 
(38
)
Total available-for-sale securities
 
$
31,776

 
$
31,734

 
$
(42
)
 
$
29,754

 
$
29,695

 
$
(59
)
Realized gains and losses were not material for fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Note 4 — Inventories

Inventories at March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014 consisted of the following:
 
 
2015
 
2014
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
Inventory (FIFO basis)
 
$
42,567

 
$
31,344

LIFO reserve
 
(5,539
)
 
(5,152
)
Net inventory
 
$
37,028

 
$
26,192


The FIFO value of inventories accounted for under the LIFO method was $39.0 million at March 29, 2015 and $28.5 million at March 30, 2014. The remainder of the inventory was valued and accounted for under the FIFO method.

We increased the LIFO reserve by $0.4 million in fiscal 2015 due primarily to higher levels of inventory at the end of the year, and decreased the reserve $1.9 million in fiscal 2014 due primarily to lower levels of inventory at the end of that year.


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Note 5 — Goodwill and Other Identifiable Intangible Assets

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill were as follows:
(In thousands)
Amount
Balance as of March 31, 2013
$
6,495

ACS Acquisition
897

Balance as of March 30, 2014
7,392

Dumont Acquisition
4,358

Balance as of March 29, 2015
$
11,750

 
 
The increases in goodwill shown above have been recorded as part of our Water Treatment segment.
The following is a summary of our intangible assets as of March 29, 2015 and March 30, 2014:
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
Gross Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Net
 
Gross Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Net
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finite-life intangible assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Customer relationships
 
$
9,723

 
$
(1,697
)
 
$
8,026

 
$
6,913

 
$
(1,292
)
 
$
5,621

Trademarks and trade names
 
2,034

 
(667
)
 
1,367

 
1,335

 
(421
)
 
914

Trade secrets
 
962

 
(896
)
 
66

 
962

 
(768
)
 
194

Carrier relationships
 
800

 
(337
)
 
463

 
800

 
(257
)
 
543

Other finite-life intangible assets
 
341

 
(336
)
 
5

 
341

 
(331
)
 
10

Total finite-life intangible assets
 
13,860

 
(3,933
)
 
9,927

 
10,351

 
(3,069
)
 
7,282

Indefinite-life intangible assets
 
1,227

 

 
1,227

 
1,227

 

 
1,227

Total intangible assets, net
 
$
15,087

 
$
(3,933
)
 
$
11,154

 
$
11,578

 
$
(3,069
)
 
$
8,509

 

Intangible asset amortization expense was $0.9 million during fiscal 2015, $0.7 million during fiscal 2014, and $0.6 million during fiscal 2013.

The estimated future amortization expense for identifiable intangible assets during the next five years is as follows:
(In thousands)
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
Estimated amortization expense
 
$
932

 
$
885

 
$
873

 
$
791

 
$
690

Note 6 — Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Components of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on our balance sheet, net of tax, were as follows:
(In thousands)
 
2015
 
2014
Unrealized gain (loss) on:
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale investments
 
$
(25
)
 
$
(36
)
Post-retirement plan liability adjustments
 
(7
)
 
(8
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
$
(32
)
 
$
(44
)
Note 7 — Share-Based Compensation 

Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units.  Our Board of Directors has approved a performance-based equity compensation arrangement for our executive officers. This performance-based arrangement provides for the grant of performance-based restricted stock units that represent a possible future issuance of restricted shares of our common stock based on our pre-tax income target for the applicable fiscal year. The actual number of restricted shares to be issued to each executive officer will be determined when our final financial information becomes available after the applicable fiscal year and will be between zero shares and 50,874 shares

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in the aggregate for fiscal 2015. The restricted shares issued will fully vest two years after the last day of the fiscal year on which the performance is based. We are recording the compensation expense for the outstanding performance share units and then-converted restricted stock over the life of the awards.

The following table represents the restricted stock activity for fiscal 2015:
 
 
Shares
 
Weighted-
Average Grant
Date Fair Value
Outstanding at beginning of year
 
52,104

 
$
36.99

Granted
 
24,932

 
34.45

Vested
 
(23,300
)
 
33.01

Forfeited or expired
 
(156
)
 
33.01

Outstanding at end of year
 
53,580

 
$
37.55


The weighted average grant date fair value of restricted shares issued in fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013 was $34.45, $40.25, and $33.01, respectively. We recorded compensation expense on performance-based restricted stock of approximately $1.1 million for fiscal 2015, $0.8 million for fiscal 2014 and $1.1 million for fiscal 2013, substantially all of which was recorded in selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The total fair value of performance-based restricted stock units vested in fiscal 2015 was $0.8 million compared to $1.3 million in fiscal 2014 and zero in fiscal 2013.    

Until the performance-based restricted stock units result in the issuance of restricted stock, the amount of expense recorded each period is dependent upon our estimate of the number of shares that will ultimately be issued and our then current common stock price. Upon issuance of restricted stock, we record compensation expense over the remaining vesting period using the award date closing price. Unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested restricted stock and non-vested restricted share units as of March 29, 2015 was $1.0 million and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.1 years .

The benefits of tax deductions in excess of recognized compensation costs from share-based compensation are recorded as a change in additional paid-in capital rather than a deduction of taxes paid. The amount of excess tax benefit (expense) recognized and recorded in additional paid-in capital resulting from share-based compensation cost was $0.1 million in fiscal 2015, $(0.2) million in fiscal 2014 and $0.5 million in 2013.

Restricted Stock Awards.  As part of their retainer, the non-employee directors receive restricted stock for their Board services. The restricted stock awards are expensed over the requisite vesting period, which begins on the date of issuance and ends on the date of the next Annual Meeting of Shareholders, based on the market value on the date of grant. The following table represents the Board’s restricted stock activity for fiscal 2015:
 
 
Shares
 
Weighted-
Average Grant
Date Fair Value
Outstanding at beginning of period
 
6,055

 
$
40.42

Granted
 
7,077

 
34.61

Vested
 
(6,055
)
 
40.42

Forfeited or expired
 

 

Outstanding at end of period
 
7,077

 
$
34.61


Annual expense related to the value of restricted stock was $0.2 million for each of fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013, all of which was recorded in SG&A expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income. Unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested restricted stock awards as of March 29, 2015 was $0.1 million and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 0.3 years.

Stock Option Awards. Our Board of Directors (the “Board”) previously approved a long-term incentive equity compensation arrangement for our executive officers that provided for the grant of non-qualified stock options that vested at the end of a three-year period, although no stock options have been granted under this arrangement since the fiscal year ended March 28, 2010.

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During fiscal 2015, 9,333 options were exercised with an exercise price of $19.90. As of March 29, 2015 we had no stock options outstanding. No expense was recorded in fiscal 2015, 2014 or 2013 related to the value of stock options.
Note 8 — Share Repurchase Program

On May 29, 2014, our Board authorized a share repurchase program of up to 300,000 shares of our outstanding common shares. Under the program, we are authorized to repurchase shares for cash on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions subject to applicable securities laws and regulations. Upon repurchase of the shares, we reduce our common stock for the par value of the shares with the excess applied against additional paid-in capital. During fiscal 2015 we repurchased 59,602 shares of common stock with an aggregate purchase price of $2.2 million.
Note 9 — Profit Sharing, Employee Stock Ownership, Employee Stock Purchase and Pension Plans

Company sponsored plans. Substantially all of our non-bargaining unit employees are eligible to participate in a company sponsored profit sharing plan. Contributions are made at our discretion subject to a maximum amount allowed under the Internal Revenue Code. The profit sharing plan contribution level for each employee depends upon date of hire, with those employees hired after April 1, 2012 eligible to receive a contribution that is 50% of the contribution made for employees hired on or before April 1, 2012. Our contribution to the profit sharing plan for fiscal 2015, fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 was 5% of each employee’s eligible compensation for employees hired on or before April 1, 2012. In addition to the discretionary employer contribution described above, the profit sharing plan includes a 401(k) plan that allows employees to contribute pre-tax earnings up to the maximum amount allowed under the Internal Revenue Code, with an employer match of up to 5% of the employee’s eligible compensation.
We have an employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”) covering substantially all of our non-bargaining unit employees. Contributions are made at our discretion subject to a maximum amount allowed under the Internal Revenue Code. The ESOP contribution level for each employee depends upon date of hire, with those employees hired after April 1, 2012 eligible to receive a contribution that is 50% of the contribution made for employees hired on or before April 1, 2012. Our contribution to the ESOP for fiscal 2015, fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 was 5% of each employee’s eligible compensation for employees hired on or before April 1, 2012.
We have an employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”) covering substantially all of our employees. The ESPP allows employees to purchase newly-issued shares of the Company’s common stock at a discount from market. The number of new shares issued under the plan was 31,383 in fiscal 2015, 28,214 in fiscal 2014 and 30,434 in fiscal 2013.
In March 2013, concurrent with our withdrawal from a multiemployer pension plan described below, we established a retirement plan and ESOP for our collective bargaining unit employees. Each of these plans is subject to a maximum amount allowed under the Internal Revenue Code. The retirement plan provides for a contribution of 5% of each employee’s eligible wages annually for employees who were eligible to enter the plan on March 1, 2013 and a contribution of 2.5% of each employee’s eligible wages annually for employees who entered the plan subsequent to March 1, 2013. Additionally, the retirement plan includes a 401(k) plan that will allow employees to contribute pre-tax earnings up to the maximum amount allowed under the Internal Revenue Code, with an employer match of up to 5% of the employee’s eligible compensation. The ESOP provides for contributions of 5% of each employee’s eligible wages annually for employees who were eligible to enter the plan on March 1, 2013, and a contribution of 2.5% of each employee’s eligible wages annually for employees who enter the plan subsequent to March 1, 2013.
 
The following represents the contribution expense for the company sponsored profit sharing, ESOP, ESPP and 401(k) plans for fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013:
Benefit Plan
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-bargaining unit employee plans:
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Profit sharing
 
$
1,266

 
$
1,231

 
$
1,204

   401(K) matching contributions
 
1,216

 
980

 
1,206

   ESOP
 
1,266

 
1,231

 
1,203

Bargaining unit employee plans
 
450

 
500

 

ESPP - all employees
 
253

 
257

 
289

Total contribution expense
 
$
4,451

 
$
4,199

 
$
3,902



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Multiemployer pension plan. In fiscal 2013, we concluded negotiations with two collective bargaining units to discontinue our participation in the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund (“CSS” or “the plan”), a collectively bargained multiemployer pension plan, and as a result we recorded a pre-tax charge of $7.2 million ($4.5 million after tax, or $0.43 per fully diluted share). This charge represents the discounted value of our estimated withdrawal payment obligation and was recorded as a charge to cost of sales in our Industrial segment in fiscal 2013.

Payment of our share of the unfunded vested benefit liability will be made over 20 years and is subject to a cap. At the end of the 20-year period we will have no further liability, even if our share of the unfunded vested benefit liability has not yet been paid in full. The cash payments to be made total approximately $9.3 million, or $467,000 per year. Our payments began in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

We made contributions to CSS of approximately $0.4 million in fiscal 2013 prior to discontinuing our participation in the plan. No contributions were made to CSS for fiscal 2014 or fiscal 2015.
Note 10 — Commitments and Contingencies

Leases — We have various operating leases for buildings and land on which some of our operations are located as well as trucks utilized for deliveries in certain branches. Future minimum lease payments due under operating leases with an initial term of one year or more at March 29, 2015 are as follows:
(In thousands)
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
Thereafter
Minimum lease payment
 
$
2,139

 
$
1,916

 
$
1,740