Dean Foods Company announced fourth quarter and full year 2014 results. For the full year the company reported a net loss of $20 million, or $0.22 of loss per share.
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This compared to net income of $813 million, or $8.58 of earnings per diluted share, for the full year 2013.
On an adjusted basis, the Company's net loss of $13 million, or $0.14 of loss per share for the full year 2014, compared to net income of $82 million, or $0.86 of earnings per diluted share, for the full year 2013.
Fourth quarter 2014 net income of $5 million, or $0.06 of earnings per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2013 loss of $38 million, or $0.40 of loss per share.
On an adjusted basis, the fourth quarter 2014 net income was $7 million, or $0.08 of earnings per diluted share, compared to fourth quarter 2013 net income of $17 million, or $0.18 of earnings per diluted share.
Full year 2014 operating income totaled $9 million, compared to full year 2013 operating income of $131 million. Full year 2014 adjusted operating income totaled $36 million, compared to adjusted operating income of $228 million in the year-ago period.
Fourth quarter 2014 operating income totaled $8 million, compared to fourth quarter 2013 operating income of $35 million. Fourth quarter 2014 adjusted operating income totaled $26 million, compared to adjusted operating income of $48 million in the year-ago period.
Total volume across all products was 683 million gallons for the fourth quarter of 2014, a 2% decline compared to total volume of 699 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2013.
For full year 2014, total volume for all products was 2.7 billion gallons, a 4% decline compared to total volume of 2.8 billion gallons in the year-ago period. Excluding the negative impact of the RFP-driven volume loss from a significant customer in 2013, Dean Foods' fluid milk volumes decreased 0.6% for the year, significantly better than the overall category.
The USDA recently reported industry fluid volumes for the months through October and restated certain published category data for prior periods. Industry fluid volume declines increased sequentially from a 3.5% decline in the second quarter to a 3.7% decline in the third quarter.
As compared to the second quarter, Dean Foods' share of U.S. fluid milk sales volume remained flat at 35.9%, during the third quarter. For the quarter to date ending November 2014, industry fluid milk volumes declined approximately 4.5% year-over-year, on an unadjusted basis. On this same quarter to date basis, Dean Foods' share increased to 35.6%, from 35.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The fourth quarter 2014 average Class I Mover, a measure of raw milk costs, was $23.59 per hundred-weight, an increase of 18% from the fourth quarter of 2013.
The fourth quarter 2014 average was the second highest quarterly Class I Mover average in the history of the U.S. dairy industry, only $0.07 below the second quarter of 2014. The Class I Mover declined $3.95 per hundred-weight, to $18.58 per hundred-weight, in January 2015, and another $2.34, to $16.24 per hundred-weight, in February 2015. ■