Craft Brew Alliance Reports 2012 Results and Confirms 2013 Financial Outlook

Craft Brew Alliance Reports 2012 Results and Confirms 2013 Financial Outlook

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. ("CBA") (NAS: BREW) , an independent craft brewing company, reported final 2012 financial results and confirmed 2013 guidance. CBA's successful strategic focus on building a national portfolio strategy over the last three years has positioned the Company to expect strong sales and profit growth in 2013 and take advantage of the dynamic craft segment to achieve long-term value for its shareholders.

Highlights of 2012 results include:

  • A strong close to 2012 highlighted by 10% growth in depletions for the fourth quarter
  • Full year top- and bottom-line results in line with guidance provided during the last quarterly update:
    • Sales growth of 13%, reflecting the continued strength of the Kona, Redhook and Omission brands, as well as continued repositioning of the Widmer Brothers brand
    • Depletion growth of 6%
    • Shipment growth of nearly 8%, reflecting new initiatives such as the launch of the Omission brand and international export
    • Gross margin rate of 29.6%, a reduction of 70 basis points from 2011, reflecting higher brewery variable costs on a per barrel basis, partially offset by improved fixed cost coverage and a shift in mix to our higher-end beers
    • Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") of $44.9 million, an increase of $5.1 million from 2011, reflecting continued investments in brand development and sales capabilities
    • Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") of $0.13 versus 2011 EPS of $0.51; 2011 EPS included the one-time gain on sale of our equity interest in Fulton Street Brewery of $0.34 per share
    • Capital expenditures of approximately $9.1 million, reflecting continued investments in capacity, efficiency and quality initiatives

"As a follow-up to our release in late January, we want to confirm that we expect meaningful growth in both revenue and earnings resulting from the overall strength of our portfolio strategy, operating expense leverage and SG&A leverage in 2013," said Terry Michaelson, CBA's CEO. "As we enter the next phase in the development of our portfolio strategy, we are focusing on leveraging our recent investments, brand momentum and breadth, and geographic expansion, to deliver improved sales and profit growth. This is consistent with our phased approach to strengthening our model to ultimately deliver long-term value growth."

Components of anticipated 2013 results and developments

"We continue to believe our brand strategy is the most promising it has been in CBA's history. We expect strong growth tempered by unprecedented competition," said Terry Michaelson. Expectations for 2013 include (i) confidence in the continued growth in sales of Kona, Redhook and Omission, and clear positioning of Widmer Brothers offerings; (ii) expansion into new geographic markets for Kona and international expansion for all brand families; (iii) updates to packaging across all brand families, as well as introduction of unique can and bottle offerings; (iv) refined messaging on Omission beers, promoting the beer as specially crafted to remove gluten; (v) exploration of introducing additional or new brands to the CBA portfolio; and (vi) continued development of cross brand packages bringing the power of our portfolio to consumers in real and compelling ways.

"While we are providing full-year guidance for 2013, I want to emphasize that we anticipate significant differences in 2013 quarterly performance as compared to 2012," said Mark Moreland, CBA's CFO. "This is due to both normal changes to programs and new product timing, as well as uneven 2012 quarterly performance as a result of the implementation of new supply chain processes and systems that will drive improved supply chain control during 2013. Specifically, we expect relatively weak shipments in the first quarter of 2013 when compared to the volume generated by the 15% growth in shipments in the first quarter of 2012."

We are confirming previously provided anticipated full year 2013 results, as follows:

  • Depletion growth estimate of 7% to 11%, reflecting the continued strength of the Kona, Redhook and Omission brands and further stabilization of the Widmer Brothers brand
  • Average price increases of approximately 1% to 2%
  • Contract brewing revenue for 2013 will be approximately half of the 2012 level as a result of the mutual decision to unwind the Goose Island contract brewing arrangement
  • Gross margin rate of 28.5% to 30.5%, reflecting higher brewery variable costs on a per barrel basis, partially offset by better fixed cost coverage
  • SG&A expense ranging from $47 million to $49 million, reflecting leverage from the foundation built by more aggressive spending in prior years
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $11 million to $13 million, continuing our investments in capacity and efficiency improvements, quality initiatives and restaurant and retail

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state the Company's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future, including depletions and sales growth, the level or effect of SG&A expense, the amount of capital spending, and the benefits or improvements to be realized from strategic initiatives and capital projects, are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company's report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company's website,, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

About Craft Brew Alliance

CBA is an independent, publicly traded craft brewing company that was formed through the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers - Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery - in 2008. With an eye toward preserving and growing one-of-a-kind craft beers and brands, CBA was joined by Kona Brewing Company in 2010. Craft Brew Alliance launched Omission beer in 2012.

When Kurt & Rob Widmer founded Widmer Brothers Brewing in 1984, they didn't confine their brewing exploration to strict style guidelines. To this day, Widmer Brothers continues to create craft beers with a unique and unconventional twist on traditional styles that are award winning and please a wide range of craft beer lovers. Redhook began in a Seattle transmission shop in 1981 and those colorful roots are reflected in the brand's personality to this day. The eminently drinkable beers consistently win awards and please crowds across the United States. Kona Brewing was founded in 1994 by the father and son team of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who dreamed of crafting fresh, local-island brews with spirit, passion and quality. As the largest craft brewery in Hawaii, Kona personifies the laid-back, passionate lifestyle and environmental respect of the Hawaiian people and culture. Omission beer is the first craft beer brand in the United States focused exclusively on brewing great tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, that are specially crafted to remove gluten.

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Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share amounts and shipments)
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Years Ended

December 31,

 2012  2011  2012  2011 
Less excise taxes 2,961  2,631  12,731  11,803 
Net sales41,93634,927169,287149,197
Cost of sales 30,579  25,142  119,261  104,011 
Gross profit11,3579,78550,02645,186
as percentage of net sales27.1%28.0%29.6%30.3%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 10,388  9,253  44,890  39,742 
Operating income9695325,1365,444
Interest expense(167)(171)(663)(918)
Gain on sale of equity interest in Fulton Street Brewery, LLC3410,432
Income from equity investments, interest and other, net   1  4  734 
Income before income taxes8023964,47715,692
Income tax provision 481  152  1,951  6,041 
Net income$321 $244 $2,526 $9,651 
Earnings per share:
Basic and diluted earnings per share$0.01 $0.01 $0.13 $0.51 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Total shipments (in barrels):
Core Brands168,000141,400675,300623,300
Contract Brewing 7,200  10,700  49,600  49,300 
Total shipments 175,200  152,100  724,900  672,600 
Depletion growth rate (over the same period from the prior year) 10% 4% 6% 6%
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
December 31,
 2012 2011
Current assets:
Accounts receivable, net10,51213,326
Deferred income tax asset, net1,250894
Other current assets 3,809 2,816
Total current assets32,33327,277
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net102,852100,725
Intangible and other non-current assets, net 17,562 17,989
Total assets$165,664$158,908
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$12,255$10,994
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes5,2674,524
Refundable deposits7,8967,400
Other accrued expenses1,0661,436
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations 642 596
Total current liabilities27,12624,950
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net12,44013,188
Other long-term liabilities17,90316,261
Total common shareholders' equity 108,195 104,509
Total liabilities and common shareholders' equity$165,664$158,908
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Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
Years Ended

December 31,

 2012  2011 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
Net income$2,526$9,651
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization7,3697,204
Income from equity investments(691)
Gain on sale of equity interest in Fulton Street Brewery, LLC(10,432)
Deferred income taxes1,4585,025
Other, including stock-based compensation and excess tax benefit from employee stock plans(138)331
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable2,396(1,976)
Other current assets(994)418
Other assets(495)
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses1,269(2,773)
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes743471
Refundable deposits 331  635 
Net cash provided by operating activities13,1056,728
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Expenditures for property, equipment and leasehold improvements(9,138)(8,488)
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and leasehold improvements and other37120
Proceeds from the sale of equity interest in Fulton Street Brewery, LLC41815,527
Other   (28)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities(8,683)7,131
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Principal payments on debt and capital lease obligations(596)