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Company Raises 2020 Guidance

FELTHAM, England - Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD), today reported financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2020.  Key operating highlights and financial performance for the first quarter 2020, when compared to the first quarter 2019, include:

• Reported revenue increased 10.5% to €683 million
• Organic revenue growth of 7.7%
• Reported Profit for the period of €47 million
• Adjusted EBITDA of €120 million
• Adjusted EPS of €0.33

Management Comments
Stéfan Descheemaeker, Nomad Foods’ Chief Executive Officer, stated, “First quarter revenues and earnings were significantly ahead of our expectations due to the unprecedented level of consumer demand for frozen food driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. This change in consumer behavior, which began in early March, has continued into the second quarter with in-home consumption the most meaningful driver. Our organization has collectively risen to the challenge by ensuring the continuous supply of our products and brands throughout this crisis while prioritizing the health and safety of our employees."

Noam Gottesman, Nomad Foods’ Co-Chairman and Founder, commented, “As Europe’s leading frozen food company, we are honored and humbled to serve our communities during this time of need. Our business model and supply chain are demonstrating extreme resilience as we all adapt to the current situation. As consumers eat more meals at home and gravitate towards brands they trust, we are addressing a growing need for quality, convenient, and reliable products. In addition, our financial and liquidity profiles have never been stronger, providing the flexibility to opportunistically repurchase shares during the first quarter of 2020."

Sir Martin E. Franklin, Nomad Foods’ Co-Chairman and Founder, added, “Nomad Foods has distinguished itself as a leader in the packaged foods sector with 13 consecutive quarters of organic revenue growth. Further, as a frozen food pure play, our company is uniquely positioned to service the extraordinary demand for food at home throughout this crisis. Noam and I are proud of the team’s effort and execution, especially these past few months, and are confident that we will emerge from this pandemic with an even stronger commercial foundation.”

First Quarter of 2020 results compared to the First Quarter of 2019
• Revenue increased 10.5% to €683 million. Organic revenue growth of 7.7% was comprised of 1.4% growth in price and a 6.3% increase in volume/mix.
• Gross profit increased 4% to €199 million. Gross margin declined 180 basis points to 29.1% as pricing, promotional efficiencies and mix were more than offset by cost of goods inflation.
• Adjusted operating expenses increased 14% to €97 million reflecting double-digit growth in both Advertising & Promotion and Indirect expenses as a result of phasing.
• Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2% to €120 million due to the aforementioned factors.
• Adjusted Profit after tax decreased 5% to €68 million, reflecting Adjusted EBITDA decline and higher finance costs.
• Adjusted EPS decreased 18% to €0.33, which includes the impact of the increased share count resulting from the public offering of ordinary shares in the first quarter of 2019. Reported EPS increased 77% to €0.23.

2020 Guidance
The Company is raising 2020 guidance and now expects Adjusted EBITDA of approximately €450 to €460 million versus the prior expectation of approximately €440 to €445 million. Adjusted EPS is now expected to be approximately €1.24 to €1.27 per share versus the prior expectation of approximately €1.19 to €1.21, reflecting a higher Adjusted EBITDA outlook and a lower share count as a result of recent share repurchase activity. Full year guidance now assumes organic revenue growth at a mid-single digit percentage range versus the prior expectation of low-single digit organic revenue growth.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results today, Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. BST (8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time). Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial +1-855-327-6837 from North America. International callers can dial +1-631-891-4304.

In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at The webcast will be archived for 30 days.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for two weeks following the event and can be accessed by listeners in North America by dialing +1-844-512-2921 and by international listeners by dialing +1-412-317-6671; the replay pin number is 10009311.

Nomad Foods Contacts
Investor Relations Contacts
Taposh Bari, CFA
Nomad Foods Limited

John Mills
ICR, Partner

Media Contact
Felipe Ucros
Gladstone Place Partners