08/07/2013 02:09 EDT | Updated 10/07/2013 05:12 EDT

High Liner Foods posts higher profit despite lower sales volumes

LUNENBURG, N.S. - High Liner Foods Inc. (TSX:HLF) says it recorded a profit of US$9.9 million in the second quarter, up from $1 million a year ago as lower raw material costs offset a decrease in sales volumes.

The quarterly results also got a boost from synergies related to the company's acquisition of Icelandic USA.

The frozen seafood company reported sales of US$204.9 million for the quarter, down slightly from US$216.8 million in the same period last year due to headwinds from the U.S. food service business because of soft restaurant sales, as well as weakness in its retail private labels.

Sales volume in the Canadian food service business, however, experienced an increase in the second quarter compared to last year. The earnings amounted to 63 cents per share, compared with six cents in the quarter last year.

Adjusted net income increased in the second quarter to $9.2 million or 59 cents per share, compared with $5.5 million or 35 cents in the second quarter.

That excluded the after-tax impact of certain items, including one-time integration costs, stock-based compensation expense, the revaluation of the embedded derivative associated with the long-term debt LIBOR floor, and certain other non-recurring expenses.