Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY): Major Food Service Volume Declines and a Major Contract Win in the Eye of the Storm

In our Q1 2020 Earnings Season Highlight series we’ve analyzed calls across a variety of industries using our machine learning and natural language call transcript application, Smart SummaryTM.

Over the last week, we looked at a logistics company, UPS (NYSE: UPS), a healthcare testing provider, LabCorp (NYSE: LH), and the regional theme park operator Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX) and The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX), where the disinfectant business is doing extremely well. In our final installment before Thursday’s 2020 Earnings Season Recap Webinar, we’ll review Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY).

The Sysco results press release hit our inbox at 8:02 AM (ET), with the “old way” transcript coming in after the call, and the Smart Summary coming in a few minutes later. 

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Email

The Smart Summary begins with a word cloud using NLP keyword surfacing on top of the pdf. 

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Word Cloud

Similar to the other companies we’ve looked at over the last week (with the exception of Clorox), sentiment on the transcript is decidedly negative.

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Sentiment

The broad machine learning Category Heatmap indicates stress across everything (“redder” last column.)

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Categories Heatmap

The next section consists of clickable top terms for the last eight calls. We see “crisis,” “pandemic,” and “inventory” among the top new terms. 

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Top Terms

In the next section, we highlight several categories from the ML output, along with their sentiment scoring. The first category is Covid: all mentions are negative. 

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Top 5

The top Business sentences are positive, including a major contract win.

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Business

Guidance picks up negative FQ4 operating income as a negative but most others, like the state of Texas reopening, are positive. 

0520 Earnings Week Sysco Guidance

In the 12-minute video below, we provide a more detailed walkthrough (including the full version of the emailed Smart Summary). We discuss in greater detail the machine learning sentence classification with a focus on volume and the recent QSR win, and review the key terms. In our Equity Data Terminal, we highlight recent estimate revision trends along with the unusually wide range of estimates for the latest results, both for revenue and EPS. We also look at KPIs like Days Inventory and compare Sysco EBIT margin to those of their two major comparables, PFGC and USFD. 

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