Snyder's-Lance, Inc.
LANCE INC (Form: 10-Q, Received: 07/26/2010 17:07:39)
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarter ended June 26, 2010

Commission File Number 0-398

LOGO

LANCE, INC.
 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
North Carolina
 (State or other jurisdiction of
 incorporation or organization)
 
56-0292920
 (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place
   
Suite 900
   
Charlotte, North Carolina
 
28277
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
704-554-1421
 (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes þ       No o

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 o       No o
 
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 definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer þ              Accelerated filer ¨              Non-accelerated filer ¨              Smaller reporting company ¨
             (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

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

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s $0.83-1/3 par value Common Stock, its only outstanding class of Common Stock as of July 21, 2010, was 32,448,669 shares.
 


 
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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.  Financial Statements

LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
For the Quarters and Six Months Ended June 26, 2010 and June 27, 2009
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

   
Quarter Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
                         
Net revenue
  $ 235,417     $ 236,355     $ 457,034     $ 452,163  
Cost of sales
    138,180       139,630       276,048       271,042  
Gross margin
    97,237       96,725       180,986       181,121  
                                 
Selling, general and administrative
    77,682       80,473       158,101       153,977  
Other expense, net
    174       547       3,785       608  
Earnings before interest and income taxes
    19,381       15,705       19,100       26,536  
                                 
Interest expense, net
    862       910       1,722       1,722  
Income before income taxes
    18,519       14,795       17,378       24,814  
                                 
Income tax expense
    6,245       5,267       5,874       8,834  
Net income
  $ 12,274     $ 9,528     $ 11,504     $ 15,980  
                                 
Basic earnings per share
  $ 0.38     $ 0.30     $ 0.36     $ 0.51  
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
    31,978,000       31,552,000       31,868,000       31,477,000  
                                 
Diluted earnings per share
  $ 0.38     $ 0.30     $ 0.36     $ 0.50  
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted
    32,502,000       32,293,000       32,370,000       32,163,000  
                                 
Cash dividends declared per share
  $ 0.16     $ 0.16     $ 0.32     $ 0.32  

See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).
 
 
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of June 26, 2010 (Unaudited) and December 26, 2009
(in thousands, except share data)

   
June 26,
2010
   
December 26, 2009
 
ASSETS
           
             
Current assets:
           
  Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 7,015     $ 5,418  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $1,274 and $972, respectively
    92,401       87,172  
  Inventories
    56,209       58,037  
  Prepaid income taxes
    3,466       238  
  Deferred income taxes
    5,701       9,790  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    13,258       18,227  
Total current assets
    178,050       178,882  
                 
Other assets:
               
  Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $290,454 and $281,191, respectively
    220,168       225,981  
  Goodwill, net
    91,464       90,909  
  Other intangible assets, net
    34,798       35,154  
  Other noncurrent assets
    5,807       5,365  
    Total assets
  $ 530,287     $ 536,291  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
                 
Current liabilities:
               
  Accounts payable
  $ 29,738     $ 29,777  
  Other payables and accrued liabilities
    56,007       66,589  
Total current liabilities
    85,745       96,366  
                 
Other liabilities:
               
  Long-term debt
    116,000       113,000  
  Deferred income taxes
    37,237       35,515  
  Other noncurrent liabilities
    14,470       16,723  
Total liabilities
    253,452       261,604  
                 
Commitments and contingencies
    -       -  
                 
Stockholders’ equity:
               
  Common stock, 32,409,886 and 32,093,193 shares outstanding, respectively
    27,007       26,743  
  Preferred stock, no shares outstanding
    -       -  
  Additional paid-in capital
    60,750       60,829  
  Retained earnings
    177,511       176,322  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income
    11,567       10,793  
Total stockholders' equity
    276,835       274,687  
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  $ 530,287     $ 536,291  
 
See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).
 
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
For the Six Months Ended June 26, 2010 and June 27, 2009
(in thousands)

   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
             
Operating activities
           
Net income
  $ 11,504     $ 15,980  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
               
    Depreciation and amortization
    19,188       17,162  
    Stock-based compensation expense
    3,609       3,512  
    Provision for doubtful accounts
    508       952  
    Loss on sale of fixed assets
    195       189  
    Impairment of long-lived assets
    584       -  
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities
    (12,675 )     (17,487 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities
    22,913       20,308  
                 
Investing activities
               
  Purchases of fixed assets
    (13,220 )     (14,592 )
  Proceeds from sale of fixed and intangible assets
    224       462  
  Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale
    1,843       -  
Net cash used in investing activities
    (11,153 )     (14,130 )
                 
Financing activities
               
  Dividends paid
    (10,314 )     (10,158 )
  Issuances of common stock
    1,720       2,158  
  Repurchases of common stock and net-settlement of restricted stock units
    (4,668 )     (127 )
  Net proceeds from existing credit facilities
    3,000       5,000  
Net cash used in financing activities
    (10,262 )     (3,127 )
 
               
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
    99       150  
                 
Increase in cash and cash equivalents
    1,597       3,201  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    5,418       807  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 7,015     $ 4,008  
                 
Supplemental information:
               
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds of $22 and $154, respectively
  $ 2,885     $ 3,702  
Cash paid for interest
  $ 1,689     $ 1,818  

See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited).
 
 
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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1.  
BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Lance, Inc. have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.  These condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 23, 2010.  In our opinion, these condensed consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments, consisting of only normal, recurring accruals, necessary to present fairly our condensed consolidated financial statements for the interim periods presented herein.  The consolidated results of operations for the quarter and six months ended June 26, 2010, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.

Preparing financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions about future events that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.  Examples include customer returns and promotional activity, allowances for doubtful accounts, inventory valuations, self-insurance reserves, impairment analysis of goodwill and other intangible assets, useful lives and impairment of fixed assets, incentive compensation, and income taxes.  Actual results may differ from our estimates.

Prior year amounts shown in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been reclassified for consistent presentation.

2.  
EARNINGS PER SHARE

The following table provides a reconciliation of the common shares used for basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share:

   
Quarter Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
                         
Weighted average number of common
  shares used for basic earnings per share
    31,978       31,552       31,868       31,477  
Effect of potential dilutive shares
    524       741       502       686  
Weighted average number of common
  shares and potential dilutive shares used
  for diluted earnings per share
    32,502       32,293       32,370       32,163  
Anti-dilutive shares excluded from the
  above reconciliation
    733       251       466       251  

3.  
EQUITY-BASED INCENTIVES

Compensation expense related to equity-based incentive plans of $1.8 million and $1.9 million was recognized for the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.  Compensation expense related to equity-based incentive plans of $3.6 million and $3.5 million was recognized for the six months of 2010 and 2009, respectively.  During the first quarter of 2009, we granted 73,356 restricted shares related to a long-term incentive plan for key employees that were previously accounted for as a liability.  This resulted in an increase in equity and a decrease in accrued liabilities of $1.6 million during the first quarter of 2009.

During the second quarter of 2010, 300,000 restricted stock units vested, which were originally granted in 2005.  We net-settled 172,650 of these units as common stock shares and withheld the remaining 127,350 units to cover the payment of $2.5 million of employee withholding taxes.   Accrued dividends on these restricted stock units of $0.9 million were settled in cash.

During the first quarter of 2010, we repurchased 56,152 shares of common stock from employees to cover withholding taxes payable by employees upon the vesting of restricted stock.  No repurchases were made during the second quarter of 2010.
 
 
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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)
 
4.  
INVENTORIES

 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
December 26,
2009
 
             
Finished goods                                                                                                      
  $ 34,388     $ 33,060  
Raw materials                                                                                                      
    10,064       11,732  
Supplies, etc.                                                                                                      
    17,917       19,081  
  Total inventories at FIFO cost.                                                                                                      
    62,369       63,873  
Less adjustments to reduce FIFO cost to LIFO cost                                                                                                      
    (6,160 )     (5,836 )
   Total inventories                                                                                                      
  $ 56,209     $ 58,037  

5.  
RESTRUCTURING

On June 4, 2010, we announced a reduction in our workforce, which resulted in $3.0 million of pre-tax charges being recognized in the second quarter of 2010.  This included severance expense of approximately $2.8 million (net of a reduction in accrued vacation of $0.4 million), and job placement and medical coverage expenses of approximately $0.2 million.  We recorded $1.1 million in Cost of sales and $1.9 million in Selling, general and administrative on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income.  We paid $2.5 million of these expenses during the second quarter, resulting in a remaining liability at June 26, 2010 of $0.9 million.  The workforce reduction efforts are complete and we expect to settle the outstanding liability in the third quarter of 2010.

6.  
EQUITY INVESTMENT

We own a non-controlling equity interest in Late July Snacks LLC (“Late July”), an organic snack food company.  Equity losses, which are not material, are included in Other expense, net.  We also manufacture products for Late July.  Contract manufacturing revenue from Late July was approximately $1.0 million during both the second quarters of 2010 and 2009, and $1.8 and $2.1 during the first six months of 2010 and 2009, respectively.  Accounts receivable due from Late July totaled $0.5 million at both June 26, 2010 and December 26, 2009.

7.  
INCOME TAXES

We have recorded gross unrecognized tax benefits as of June 26, 2010 totaling $0.9 million and related interest and penalties of $0.3 million in Other noncurrent liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.  Of this amount, $0.9 million would affect the effective tax rate if subsequently recognized.  No taxing authorities’ statutes of limitations related to the computation of our unrecognized tax benefits have expired since the beginning of 2010.  We expect that certain income tax audits will be settled, and additional statutes of limitations will likely expire before the end of 2010 and may result in a potential $0.8 million reduction in the unrecognized tax benefit amount.  We classify interest and penalties associated with income tax positions within income tax expense.

We have open years for income tax audit purposes in our major taxing jurisdictions according to statutes as follows:

Jurisdiction
Open Years
US federal
2007 and forward
Canada federal
2005 and forward
Ontario provincial
2004 and forward
Massachusetts
2001 and forward
North Carolina
2006 and forward
Iowa
2006 and forward

8.  
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

We have classified assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value into the fair value hierarchy as set forth below:

Level 1
-   quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 2
-   observable inputs other than quoted prices for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 3
-   unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data available, which requires us to develop our own assumptions.
 
 
 
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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

We measure our derivative instruments at fair value using Level 2 inputs.  There were no changes among the levels during the first six months of 2010.

The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents, receivables and accounts payable approximates fair value due to their short-term nature.  The carrying amount of debt approximates fair value since its variable interest rate is based on current market rates and interest payments are made monthly.

During the first quarter of 2010, recent market value declines for commercial real estate resulted in an impairment charge of $0.6 million related to assets held for sale in Little Rock, Arkansas.  This property was sold in the second quarter of 2010 for net proceeds of $1.8 million.

9.  
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS

We are exposed to certain risks relating to our ongoing business operations.  We use derivative instruments to manage interest rate and foreign exchange rate risks.

Interest Rate Swaps
Our variable-rate debt obligations incur interest at floating rates based on changes in the Eurodollar rate, Canadian Bankers’ Acceptance discount rate, Canadian prime rate and U.S. base rate interest.  To manage exposure to changing interest rates, we selectively enter into interest rate swap agreements to maintain a desirable proportion of fixed to variable-rate debt.  The notional amount of interest rate swaps as of both June 26, 2010 and December 26, 2009, was $65.0 million.

Foreign Currency Forwards
We are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations through the operations of our Canadian subsidiary.  A majority of the revenue of our Canadian operations is denominated in U.S. dollars and a substantial portion of the operations’ costs, such as raw materials and direct labor, are denominated in Canadian dollars.  We have entered into a series of derivative forward contracts to mitigate a portion of this foreign exchange rate exposure.  These contracts have maturities through December 2010.  The notional amount for foreign currency forwards increased from $7.2 million at December 26, 2009, to $8.1 million at June 26, 2010.

All of our derivative instruments are accounted for as cash flow hedges.  The effective portion of the change in fair value is included in Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of related tax effects, with the corresponding asset or liability recorded in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The pre-tax income/(expense) effect of derivative instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income is as follows:
   
Quarter Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
                         
Interest rate swaps (included in Interest
   expense, net)
  $ (604 )   $ (588 )   $ (1,218 )   $ (1,132 )
Foreign currency forwards (included in Net
    revenue)
    467       (479 )     1,103       (1,262 )
Foreign currency forwards (included in Other
   expense, net)
    (94 )     (30 )     (102 )     (53 )
     Total net pre-tax expense from
        derivative instruments
  $ (231 )   $ (1,097 )   $ (217 )   $ (2,447 )

The fair value of derivative instruments in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets using Level 2 inputs is as follows:
   
Fair Value of Asset/(Liability) at
 
 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
December 26, 2009
 
             
Interest rate swaps (included in Other noncurrent liabilities)
  $ (2,865 )   $ (3,461 )
Foreign currency forwards (included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets)
    122       839  
   Total fair value of derivative instruments
  $ (2,743 )   $ (2,622 )
 
 
 
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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

The change in unrealized pre-tax gains/(losses) included in other comprehensive income due to fluctuations in interest rates and foreign exchange rates were as follows:

   
Quarter Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
                         
Interest rate swaps
  $ 340     $ 623     $ 596     $ 585  
Foreign currency forwards
    (349 )     1,610       (717 )     2,136  
 Total change in unrealized pre-tax
   gains/(losses) from derivative instruments
   (effective portion)
  $ (9 )   $ 2,233     $ (121 )   $ 2,721  

The counterparty risk associated with our derivative instruments in an asset position is considered to be low, because we limit our exposure to strong, creditworthy counterparties.

10.  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Contractual Obligations
In order to mitigate the risks of volatility in commodity markets to which we are exposed, we have entered into forward purchase agreements with certain suppliers based on market prices, forward price projections, and expected usage levels.  Purchase commitments for inventory increased from $88.2 million as of December 26, 2009, to $127.4 million as of June 26, 2010, due to varying contractual obligations.  Our practice is to contract at least six months in advance for all major ingredients and packaging.

Customer Concentration
Sales to our largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., were 24% and 21% of revenue for both the quarters and six months ended June 26, 2010 and June 27, 2009, respectively.  Accounts receivable at June 26, 2010 and December 26, 2009, included receivables from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. totaling $26.1 million and $22.6 million, respectively.

11.  
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Comprehensive income consisted of the following:

   
Quarter Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
 
(in thousands)
 
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
   
June 26,
2010
   
June 27,
2009
 
                         
Net income
  $ 12,274     $ 9,528     $ 11,504     $ 15,980  
Foreign currency translation adjustment
    (575 )     4,216       901       3,327  
Net unrealized (loss)/gain on derivatives, net of tax
    (31 )     1,552       (127 )     1,881  
Actuarial loss recognized in net income, net of tax
    -       (37 )     -       (73 )
 Total comprehensive income
  $ 11,668     $ 15,259     $ 12,278     $ 21,115  

12.  
SUBSEQUENT EVENT

On July 21, 2010, Lance, Inc. (“Lance”) entered into a definitive merger agreement with Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc. (“Snyder’s”), a privately-held company that is currently one of our customers and distributors, providing for a “merger of equals” business combination of Lance and Snyder’s.  The merger agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the merger agreement, Snyder’s will merge with and into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lance, and each outstanding share of capital stock of Snyder’s will be converted into the right to receive 108.25 shares of Lance common stock.  The merger is expected to result in Snyder’s stockholders and Lance stockholders holding approximately 50.1% and 49.9%, respectively, of the combined company.  In connection with the merger, Lance will change its name to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.
 

 
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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Under the terms of the merger agreement, if the merger is completed, Lance stockholders prior to the merger will receive a special cash dividend of $3.75 per share, and Lance will issue approximately 32.7 million shares to the holders of outstanding common stock of Snyder’s.  The transaction, which is intended to be structured as a tax-free exchange of shares, is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2010, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including obtaining certain regulatory approvals and approvals from the stockholders of both companies.
 
The merger agreement contains certain termination rights for both Lance and Snyder’s, including termination rights if the merger is not consummated on or before April 1, 2011 and if the approval of the stockholders of either Lance or Snyder’s is not obtained. The merger agreement further provides that, upon termination of the merger agreement under specified circumstances, including termination of the merger agreement by Lance or Snyder’s as a result of an adverse change in the recommendation of the other party’s board of directors, Lance may be required to pay to Snyder’s, or Snyder’s may be required to pay to Lance, a termination fee of $25 million.
 
We are expected to incur significant expenses in connection with the merger.  While we have assumed that a certain level of expenses will be incurred, there are many factors that could affect the total amount or the timing of the expenses, and many of the expenses that will be incurred are, by their nature, difficult to estimate. These expenses could result in the combined company taking significant charges against earnings following the completion of the merger. The amount and timing of such charges are uncertain at the present time.   The merger may result in a “change in control” for purposes of outstanding awards under our equity and incentive plans, which would result in accelerated vesting of all outstanding equity-based awards granted under the our equity and incentive plans and pro rata cash payouts of outstanding annual and long-term incentive awards assuming target performance under such awards.  We incurred $0.3 million in professional fees associated with the proposed merger during the second quarter of 2010.
 
Snyder’s is a leader in pretzels and specialty snacks and one of our current customers and distributors.

 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors

We, from time to time, make “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements include statements about our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies for the future, and the assumptions underlying such statements.  We use the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” and similar expressions to identify our forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or our present expectations.  Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, those set forth under Item 1A – Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2009.

Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which reflect our management’s expectations only as of the time such statements are made.  Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Proposed Merger with Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc.

On July 21, 2010, Lance, Inc. (“Lance”) entered into a definitive merger agreement with Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc. (“Snyder’s”), a privately-held company, providing for a “merger of equals” business combination of Lance and Snyder’s.  The merger agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the merger agreement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lance will merge with and into Snyder’s, with Snyder’s surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lance. Upon completion of the merger, Lance’s name will be changed to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.  Subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement which was approved by the boards of directors of Lance and Snyder’s, each outstanding share of Snyder’s common stock will be converted into the right to receive 108.25 shares of Lance common stock, if the merger is completed.  See Note 12, “Subsequent Event,” to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

Results of Operations

Management’s discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon the condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.  The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments about future events that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.  Future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty.  Therefore, management’s determination of estimates and judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities requires the exercise of judgment in the selection and application of assumptions based on various factors, including historical experience, current and expected economic conditions and other factors believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.  We routinely evaluate our estimates, including those related to customer returns and promotional activity, allowance for doubtful accounts, inventory valuations, self-insurance reserves, impairment analysis of goodwill and other intangible assets, useful lives and impairment of fixed assets, incentive compensation, and income taxes.  Actual results may differ from these estimates.


 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Quarter Ended June 26, 2010 Compared to Quarter Ended June 27, 2009

   
Quarter Ended
       
 
(In thousands)
 
June 26, 2010
   
June 27, 2009
   
Favorable/
(Unfavorable)
Variance
 
                               
Net revenue
  $ 235,417     100.0 %   $ 236,355     100.0 %   $ (938 )   -0.4 %
Cost of sales
    138,180     58.7 %     139,630     59.1 %     1,450     1.0 %
  Gross margin
    97,237     41.3 %     96,725     40.9 %     512     0.5 %
Selling, general and administrative
    77,682     33.0 %     80,473     34.0 %     2,791     3.5 %
Other expense, net
    174     0.1 %     547     0.2 %     373  
nm
 
  Earnings before interest and taxes
    19,381     8.2 %     15,705     6.6 %     3,676     23.4 %
Interest expense, net
    862     0.4 %     910     0.4 %     48     5.3 %
Income tax expense
    6,245     2.7 %     5,267     2.2 %     (978 )   -18.6 %
  Net income
  $ 12,274     5.2 %   $ 9,528     4.0 %   $ 2,746     28.8 %
   
nm = not meaningful.
 

Second Quarter Summary
During the second quarter of 2010, net revenue was $235.4 million, a slight decline from the second quarter of 2009.  Despite this decline, there was solid growth in our most profitable channels and core brands.  The net revenue decline was largely a result of the anticipated loss of a non-branded temporary contract sales agreement that began in the second quarter of 2009.  We continued to experience softness in the convenience store channel, although some improvements were apparent late in the quarter.  With the DSD transformation completed late in the first quarter of 2010, we continued to have some impact on revenue due to these changes during the second quarter.  The negative impact on revenue from the DSD transformation project was minimal at the end of second quarter.  In addition, there were declines in certain core private brands in the second quarter of 2010.

The economic environment continues to negatively impact our net revenues across many channels and product categories.  The geographic regions that have been hit the hardest by unemployment overlap significantly within our core markets.  This drove revenue softness in our convenience store channel, an important channel for us.  In addition, as more retailers drive value offerings to consumers, our promotional pricing activity has increased significantly as compared to the second quarter of 2009.  Our non-branded product categories continue to experience pressure from increased and deeper promotions from competitive branded companies.  These pressures have created a highly competitive environment requiring increases in our own promotional pricing activity to maintain market share in the branded product category.

During the second quarter of 2010, net income increased $2.7 million, or 29%, compared to the second quarter of 2009.   These results reflect the effect of a more profitable sales mix, lower advertising and other controllable operating expenses, lower ingredient costs, increased efficiencies from our DSD transformation initiative, and improved production efficiencies, partially offset by higher promotional costs.  Net income for the second quarter included $3.0 million of pre-tax expenses related to the recently announced reduction in workforce effected in the quarter.

Revenue
Total revenue decreased slightly from the second quarter of 2009 as follows:

(dollars in millions)
 
Quarter Ended
June 26, 2010
   
Change from Quarter Ended June 27, 2009
 
             
Branded Products
  $ 140.4       1 %
Non-Branded Products
    95.0       -2 %
   Total Revenue
  $ 235.4       0 %


 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

As a percentage of total revenue, revenue by product category was as follows:
   
Quarter Ended
 
   
June 26, 2010
   
June 27, 2009
 
             
Branded Products
    60 %     59 %
Non-Branded Products
    40 %     41 %
   Total Revenue
    100 %     100 %

Compared to the second quarter of 2009, revenue from branded products increased 1%.  Sales of certain branded products to distributors, mass merchandisers and dollar stores increased compared to the same quarter of last year due to acquisitions, new product offerings and growth with new and existing customers.  These increases were offset by revenue declines from certain channels, including up-and-down the street and convenience store customers, food service establishments, club stores and grocery stores resulting from the impact of lower consumer spending and competitive pressures in these channels.  We also experienced strong sales in the second quarter of 2009 due to the peanut butter recall, especially in the club, mass and grocery channels.  Sales of branded products were also significantly impacted by increased promotional pricing for certain core product categories during the second quarter of 2010.  One of the drivers of increased promotional pricing was due to increased competition to preserve market share between snack food producers and between product categories.

Non-branded products consist of private brands and contract manufacturing.  Revenue from private brand products increased approximately 3% compared to the second quarter of 2009.  Growth in this category was driven by new product offerings.  We continued to experience competitive pressures from higher promotional pricing from branded competitors, especially where branded competitor’s products closely compete with our premium private brand products.  Contract manufacturing revenue decreased compared to the second quarter of 2009 primarily due to the expected termination of a short-term manufacturing contract.

Gross Margin
Gross margin increased $0.5 million, or 0.4% as a percentage of revenue, compared to the second quarter of 2009.  The increase in gross margin was primarily due to increased branded revenue mix, lower ingredient costs, especially flour and vegetable oil, and improved manufacturing efficiencies as compared to the second quarter of 2009.  Our lean manufacturing initiatives brought about many improvements in our facilities that improved overall profitability.  Partially offsetting these improvements was higher promotional spending and $1.1 million of costs related to workforce reductions in the second quarter of 2010.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general, and administrative expenses decreased $2.8 million, or 1.0% as a percentage of revenue, as compared to the second quarter of 2009.  Lower discretionary advertising expenses of approximately $2.7 million favorably impacted our results as compared to the second quarter of 2009, as well as reduced employee incentive costs and cost reduction efforts from our DSD transformation initiative.  Higher shipping and distribution costs, such as fuel costs, partially offset these favorable impacts, in addition to $1.9 million of costs related to workforce reductions announced during the second quarter of 2010.

Income Tax Expense
Our effective income tax rate was 33.7% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 35.6% in the second quarter of 2009.  The decrease in the effective income tax rate was the result of lower unfavorable permanent tax differences.

 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Six Months Ended June 26, 2010 Compared to Six Months Ended June 27, 2009

   
Six Months Ended
       
 
(In thousands)
 
June 26, 2010
   
June 27, 2009
   
Favorable/
(Unfavorable)
Variance
 
                                   
Net revenue
  $ 457,034       100.0 %   $ 452,163       100.0 %   $ 4,871     1.1 %
Cost of sales
    276,048       60.4 %     271,042       59.9 %     (5,006 )   -1.8 %
  Gross margin
    180,986       39.6 %     181,121       40.1 %     (135 )   -0.1 %
Selling, general and administrative
    158,101       34.6 %     153,977       34.1 %     (4,124 )   -2.7 %
Other expense, net
    3,785       0.8 %     608       0.1 %     (3,177 )
nm
 
  Earnings before interest and taxes
    19,100       4.2 %     26,536       5.9 %     (7,436 )   -28.0 %
Interest expense, net
    1,722       0.4 %     1,722       0.4 %     -     0.0 %
Income tax expense
    5,874       1.3 %     8,834       2.0 %     2,960     33.5 %
  Net income
  $ 11,504       2.5 %   $ 15,980       3.5 %   $ (4,476 )   -28.0 %
   
nm = not meaningful.
 

Six Months Summary
During the first six months of 2010, net income decreased $4.5 million.  Significant drivers included pre-tax expenses of $3.0 million related to workforce reductions announced during the second quarter of 2010 and $2.9 million related to an unsuccessful bid for a targeted acquisition during the first quarter of 2010.  Additional significant drivers included higher shipping and distribution costs from higher fuel rates and higher infrastructure costs as compared to the first six months of last year, offset by lower advertising spending and improved DSD efficiencies.

Furthermore, economic pressures continued to negatively impact our net revenues across many channels and product categories.  The geographic regions that were hit the hardest by unemployment overlap significantly within our core markets.  This drove revenue softness in our convenience store channel, an important channel for us.  In addition, as more retailers drive value offerings to consumers, our promotional pricing activity increased significantly as compared to the first six months of 2009.  Our non-branded product categories continued to experience pressure from increased and deeper promotions from competitive branded companies.  These pressures created a highly competitive environment requiring increases in our own promotional pricing activity to maintain market share in the branded product category.

While we continued to invest in our brand-building efforts through advertising and core infrastructure during the first quarter, we reacted to the continued softness in revenue.  During the second quarter of 2010, we announced workforce reductions and continued to make other changes to improve our profit margins.

Revenue
Total revenue increased $4.9 million, or approximately 1%, from the first six months of 2009 as follows:

(dollars in millions)
 
Six Months Ended
June 26, 2010
   
Change from Six Months Ended June 27, 2009
 
             
Branded Products
  $ 267.0       0 %
Non-Branded Products
    190.0       3 %
   Total Revenue
  $ 457.0       1 %

As a percentage of total revenue, revenue by product category was as follows:
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 26, 2010
   
June 27, 2009
 
             
Branded Products
    58 %     59 %
Non-Branded Products
    42 %     41 %
   Total Revenue
    100 %     100 %


 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Compared to the first six months of 2009, revenues from branded products declined slightly. Sales of branded products were significantly impacted by increased promotional pricing for certain core product categories during the first six months of 2010.  Sales of branded products to distributors, dollar stores and grocery and mass merchandisers increased compared to the first six months of 2009 due to acquisitions, new product offerings and growth with new and existing customers.  These increases were more than offset by revenue declines from certain channels, including convenience stores, up-and-down the street customers and food service establishments, resulting from the impact of lower consumer spending in these channels.  We also experienced higher sales to club stores in the first six months of 2009 due to the impact of the peanut butter recall on our competitors’ products.

Non-branded products consist of private brands and contract manufacturing.  Revenue from non-branded products increased approximately 3% compared to the first six months of 2009.  Growth in this category was driven by new product offerings but has experienced competitive pressures from higher promotional pricing from branded competitors, especially where branded competitor’s products closely compete with our premium private brand products.  Contract manufacturing revenue was lower than the first six months of 2009 primarily due to the expected termination of a short-term manufacturing contract.

Gross Margin
Gross margin decreased $0.1 million, or 0.5% as a percentage of revenue, compared to the first six months of 2009.  The decrease in gross margin was largely due to higher promotional spending and $1.1 million of costs related to workforce reductions announced during the second quarter of 2010, partially offset by lower ingredient costs, especially flour and vegetable oil, and increased sales volume as compared to the first six months of 2009.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased $4.1 million, or 0.5% as a percentage of revenue, as compared to the first six months of 2009.  Shipping and distribution expenses increased due to increases in fuel costs.  Additionally, certain fixed infrastructure costs, such as rent and depreciation, increased compared to the first six months of 2009.  Approximately $1.9 million of costs were incurred in the second quarter 2010 related to the recently announced workforce reductions.  Offsetting these costs was lower advertising spending as compared to the first six months of 2009, as well as lower employee incentives.

Other Expense, Net
Other expense, net increased $3.2 million primarily due to financing commitment fees in the first quarter of 2010 of $2.7 million associated with an unsuccessful bid for a targeted acquisition.  Additionally, we recorded an impairment charge of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 related to the assets held for sale in Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
Income Tax Expense
Our effective income tax rate was 33.8% in the first six months of 2010 compared to 35.6% in the first six months of 2009.  The decrease in the effective income tax rate was the result of lower unfavorable permanent tax differences.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Liquidity
Liquidity represents our ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operating activities to meet our obligations as well as our ability to obtain appropriate financing.  Therefore, liquidity cannot be considered separately from capital resources that consist primarily of current and potentially available funds for use in achieving our objectives.  Currently, our liquidity needs arise primarily from working capital requirements, capital expenditures and dividends.  Sufficient liquidity is expected to be available to enable us to meet these demands.

We have a universal shelf registration statement that, subject to our ability to consummate a transaction on acceptable terms, provides the flexibility to sell up to $250 million of debt or equity securities.

Operating Cash Flows
Net cash provided by operating activities was $22.9 million during the first six months of 2010 and $20.3 million during the first six months of 2009.  Cash used from changes in operating assets and liabilities decreased from $17.5 million during the first six months of 2009 to $12.7 million in the first six months of 2010, due primarily to lower levels of inventory at June 26, 2010 compared to December 26, 2009.
 
 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Investing Cash Flows
Net cash used in investing activities was $11.2 million for the first six months of 2010.  Capital expenditures for fixed assets, principally manufacturing equipment and building improvements, totaled $13.2 million during the first six months of 2010, partially funded by proceeds from the sale of fixed assets and assets held for sale of $2.0 million.  Capital expenditures are expected to continue at a level sufficient to support our strategic and operating needs.  Capital expenditures for fiscal 2010 are projected to be between $35 million and $40 million and funded by net cash flow from operating activities, cash on hand, and our existing credit facilities.

Net cash used in investing activities during the first six months of 2009 represented capital expenditures of $14.6 million, partially offset by proceeds from the sale of fixed assets of $0.5 million.  Capital expenditures for purchases of fixed assets were $40.7 million for the year ended December 26, 2009.

Financing Cash Flows
During both of the first six months of 2010 and 2009, we paid dividends of $0.32 per common share totaling $10.3 million and $10.2 million, respectively.  We received cash and related tax benefits of $1.7 million and $2.2 million during the first six months of 2010 and 2009, respectively, as a result of stock option exercises.  During the first six months of 2010, we repurchased 56,152 shares of common stock from employees and net-settled 172,650 of the 300,000 restricted stock units that vested in May 2010, to cover $3.8 million of withholding taxes payable by employees upon the vesting of restricted stock and restricted stock units.  We also paid $0.9 million of accrued dividends on restricted stock units.  Net proceeds from our existing credit facilities were $3.0 million.  On July 21, 2010, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per share, payable on August 10, 2010, to stockholders of record on August 2, 2010.

Debt
Additional borrowings available under our existing U.S. and Canadian credit facilities totaled $48.5 million as of June 26, 2010.  We have complied with all financial covenants contained in the credit agreement.  We also maintain standby letters of credit in connection with our self-insurance reserves for casualty claims.  The total amount of these letters of credit, which was $15.7 million as of June 26, 2010, no longer reduces our available borrowings under our credit facilities because they were transferred to another banking institution outside of our credit group.

Contractual Obligations
In order to fix a portion of our ingredient, packaging and energy costs, we have entered into forward purchase agreements with certain suppliers based on market prices, forward price projections and expected usage levels.  Purchase commitments increased from $88.2 million as of December 26, 2009, to $127.4 million as of June 26, 2010, due to varying contractual obligations.  We are currently contracted at least six months in advance for all major ingredients and packaging.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a current or future material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Market Risks

The principal market risks that may adversely impact results of operations and financial position relate to ingredient, packaging and energy costs, interest and foreign exchange rates, and credit risks.

See the “ Contractual Obligations” section above for a discussion of market risks associated with ingredient, packaging and energy costs.

Our variable-rate debt obligations incur interest at floating rates based on changes in the Eurodollar rate, Canadian Bankers’ Acceptance discount rate, Canadian prime rate and U.S. base rate interest.  To manage exposure to changing interest rates, we selectively enter into interest rate swap agreements to maintain a desirable proportion of fixed to variable-rate debt.

In November 2006, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement on $35 million of debt in order to fix the interest rate at 4.99%, plus applicable margin. The applicable margin on June 26, 2010 was 0.40%.  In July 2008, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement on an additional $15 million of debt in order to fix the interest rate at 3.87%, plus applicable margin. The applicable margin on this agreement on June 26, 2010, was 0.40%.  In February 2009, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement on an additional $15 million of debt in order to fix the interest rate at 1.68%, plus applicable margin. The applicable margin on this agreement on June 26, 2010, was 0.32%.
 
 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
 
While these interest rate swap agreements fixed a portion of the interest rate at a predictable level, pre-tax interest expense would have been $1.2 million lower without these agreements during the first six months of 2010.
 
We are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations through the operations of our Canadian subsidiary.  A majority of the revenue of our Canadian operations is denominated in U.S. dollars and a substantial portion of the operations’ costs, such as raw materials and direct labor, are denominated in Canadian dollars.  We have entered into a series of derivative forward contracts to mitigate a portion of this foreign exchange rate exposure.  These contracts have maturities through December 2010.  During the first six months of 2010, foreign currency fluctuations unfavorably impacted pre-tax earnings by $2.0 million compared to the first six months of 2009.  However, the decrease in pre-tax earnings was more than offset by the favorable effect of derivative forward contracts of $2.3 million during the first six months of 2010 compared to the first six months of 2009, resulting in a net favorable impact of foreign currency of $0.3 million.  Due to foreign currency fluctuations during the first six months of 2010 and 2009, we recorded gains of $0.9 million and $3.3 million, respectively, in other comprehensive income because of the translation of the subsidiary’s financial statements into U.S. dollars.

We are exposed to credit risks related to our accounts receivable.  We perform ongoing credit evaluations of our customers to minimize the potential exposure.  For the first six months of 2010 and 2009, net bad debt expense was $0.5 million and $1.0 million, respectively.  Allowances for doubtful accounts were $1.3 million at June 26, 2010 and $1.0 million at December 26, 2009.

Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Quantitative and qualitative disclosures about these market risks are included under “Market Risks” in Item 2 above, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures

As of the end of the period covered by this report, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).  Based upon that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective for the purpose of providing reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act (1) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (2) is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended June 26, 2010, that have materially affected, or that are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.
 
 
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PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.  Legal Proceedings

We are currently subject to various routine legal proceedings and claims incidental to our business.  In our opinion, such routine litigation and claims should not have a material adverse effect upon our consolidated financial statements taken as a whole.

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

In addition to the risk factors disclosed in Item 1A – Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2009, the following additional risks related to the proposed merger with Snyder’s should be carefully considered.
 
The merger may present certain risks to our business prior to the closing of the merger, including, among other things, risks that:
·  
employees may experience uncertainty, which might adversely affect our ability to retain, recruit and motivate key personnel;
·  
management’s attention and other company resources may be directed toward the completion of the merger and may be diverted from day-to-day business operations, including pursuing other opportunities beneficial to Lance;
·  
vendors, suppliers, customers and other third parties with business relationships with us may seek to terminate and/or renegotiate their relationships as a result of the merger;
·  
the outcomes of any legal proceedings to the extent initiated against Lance or Snyder’s or its respective directors or officers following the announcement of the merger are uncertain; and
·  
failure to complete the merger may require us to pay a termination fee or negatively impact our stock price.

In addition, certain risks may continue to exist after the closing of the merger, including, among other things, risks that:
·  
we may not be able to fully realize the anticipated synergies and benefits of the merger;
·  
we may incur significant expenses or charges  in connection with the closing of the merger, including expenses under our employee incentive plans if a change in control is deemed to occur under those plans;
·  
we may be unable to integrate our businesses and workforce successfully;
·  
the completion of the merger will require us to obtain a waiver under or refinance our existing credit facilities, and we may be forced to raise funds in an alternative manner which could be more costly or unavailable;
·  
the merger will result in changes to our board of directors and management that may affect the combined company’s strategy; and
·  
we may not be able to retain key employees after the merger.
   
These risks, as they relate to Lance as part of the combined company and additional risks associated with the merger, will be described in more detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the joint proxy statement/prospectus to be filed by Lance with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Item 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Our Credit Agreement dated October 20, 2006, restricts our payment of cash dividends and repurchases of common stock if, after payment of any dividends or any repurchases of common stock, our consolidated stockholders’ equity would be less than $125.0 million.  At June 26, 2010, our consolidated stockholders’ equity was $276.8 million.

In December 2008, the Board of Directors approved the repurchase of up to 100,000 shares of common stock for the purpose of acquiring shares of common stock from employees to cover withholding taxes payable by employees upon the vesting of shares of restricted stock when sales of common stock by employees are not permitted.  There were no repurchases of common shares during the second quarter of 2010.  The maximum number of shares that could be purchased under the plans or programs at June 26, 2010 was 37,107.

Item 3.  Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.
 
 
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Item 4.  (Removed and Reserved)

Item 5.  Other Information

None.

Item 6.  Exhibits

Exhibit Index

No.
 
Description
     
3.1
 
Restated Articles of Incorporation of Lance, Inc. as amended through April 17, 1998, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3 to the Registrant's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the twelve weeks ended June 13, 1998 (File No. 0-398).
     
3.2
 
Bylaws of Lance, Inc., as amended through November 1, 2007, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2007 (File No. 0-398).
     
31.1
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), filed herewith.
     
31.2
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a), filed herewith.
     
32
 
Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b), as required by 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, filed herewith.
 

 
 
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
   
 
LANCE, INC.
   
   
 
By:
  /s/ Rick D. Puckett
 
 
Rick D. Puckett
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
 
 
Treasurer and Secretary
 
 
Dated:  July 26, 2010
 
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EXHIBIT 31.1

MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

I, David V. Singer, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Lance, Inc.;

2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 
a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 
b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;

 
c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 
d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant's fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

5.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 
a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 
b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 
Date:  July 26, 2010



  /s/ David V. Singer  
David V. Singer
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


EXHIBIT 31.2

MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

I, Rick D. Puckett, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Lance, Inc.;
 
2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 
a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 
b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;

 
c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 
d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant's fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

5.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 
a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 
b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 
Date:  July 26, 2010



  /s/ Rick D. Puckett  
Rick D. Puckett
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
 


 
 
LANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


EXHIBIT 32


CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO
18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,
AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO
SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002


In connection with the Quarterly Report of Lance, Inc. (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 26, 2010 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), we, David V. Singer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and Rick D. Puckett, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350, as adopted pursuant to § 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:
 
 
(1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the
 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 
(2) The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the
 
financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 has been provided to Lance, Inc. and will be retained by Lance, Inc. and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.



  /s/ David V. Singer     /s/ Rick D. Puckett
David V. Singer
 
Rick D. Puckett
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
July 26, 2010
 
Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
   
July 26, 2010