Dec 7 Diamond Foods Inc reported a
higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Friday, excluding
costs related to an accounting probe and earnings restatement.
The maker of Emerald nuts and Kettle chips also said it
incurred charges of $10.4 million related to a change in the
fair value of a warrant liability held by Oaktree Capital
Management and $10.1 million related to the closure of a plant.
In its earnings statement, which was not scheduled ahead of
time and took the market by surprise, Diamond did not provide
any earnings forecasts.
It also did not schedule a conference call, and said it
would hold a call upon filing its quarterly report with
Diamond shares fell 4.8 percent to $14.10 after hours.
On a net basis, Diamond posted a loss of $32.9 million, or a
loss of $1.52 per share, in the three months ended July 31. In
the year ago period it had a net profit of $2.8 million, or 12
cents per share.
Excluding charges related to restating its financial results
and a plant closure, the company earned 5 cents per share. On
that basis, analysts, on average, had been expecting a profit of
3 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Diamond, which also sells Pop Secret popcorn, said quarterly
net sales fell 5 percent to $224.0 million. Analysts had
The company was recently rocked by an accounting scandal
that ultimately led to restatement of financial results that
wiped away $56.5 million in profits from fiscal 2010 and 2011.