Annie's Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

Annie's Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Annie's, Inc. (NYS: BNNY) , a leading natural and organic food company, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2014, ended June 30, 2013.

Highlights:

  • Net sales for the first quarter were $39.0 million, an increase of 13.8%; Retail consumption remained strong, increasing approximately 20%1

  • Diluted EPS for the first quarter was $0.12; adjusted diluted EPS2was $0.13, an increase of 5.0%

  • Management reaffirms full-year guidance, including adjusted net sales growth of 18% to 20% and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.97 to $1.01, an increase of 21% to 26%


"Our products continue to perform exceptionally well in the marketplace, as we benefit from the strength of the Annie's brand, the quality of our products, and our efforts to expand and improve distribution," commented John Foraker, CEO of Annie's. "Our strong retail execution is reflected in our consumption growth, which accelerated during the first quarter. While our financial results were negatively impacted by the timing of Easter deliveries and the implementation of an inventory optimization system by a large customer, we expect results for future periods to better reflect our underlying business momentum. We are encouraged by a strong start to our fiscal second quarter and remain on track to achieve our full-year financial targets.

"In addition to a healthy base business, we expect innovation to be a larger contributor to net sales growth over the balance of the year," continued Foraker. "Retailer acceptance of our new microwavable mac & cheese cups has been strong, and initial orders are ahead of our expectations. Today, we also announced an exciting addition to our frozen line-up with our entry into family-size frozen entrées. Our introduction of frozen entrées is the latest example of our efforts to increase the relevance of the Annie's brand by developing great-tasting, high-quality products that meet the needs of the entire family," concluded Foraker.

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter, Annie's reported net sales of $39.0 million, a 13.8% increase over last year's first quarter. Shipments lagged consumption growth, which accelerated to approximately 20%1 in the quarter with all sales channels contributing double-digit growth. Net sales growth in the first quarter was led by snacks. Meals also contributed to net sales growth, but declined slightly as a percentage of net sales due to shipment timing associated with distributor inventory reductions. Dressings, condiments and other products experienced improved growth trends but declined as a percentage of net sales compared to the prior year.

EBITDA for the quarter was $3.8 million, with adjusted EBITDA increasing 6.9% to $4.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA grew at a slower rate than net sales due to a year-over-year decrease in gross margin percentage, which more than offset improved selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales.

Net income for the quarter was $2.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, as compared to $2.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Adjusted net income was $2.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, as compared to adjusted net income of $2.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Fiscal 2014 Outlook

Annie's continues to expect the following financial results for fiscal 2014:

  • Adjusted net sales growth of 18% to 20%

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $31 to $32 million

  • Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.97 to $1.01, representing 21% to 26% growth, based on an estimated 17.5 million diluted shares outstanding

Conference Call Information for Today, August 8, 2013

Annie's will host a conference call and live webcast today, August 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-941-2333, or 1-480-629-9821 (outside the U.S. and Canada). A live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of Annie's corporate website at www.annies.com and via replay beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the call for 90 days. An audio replay of the call will also be available to all interested parties beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, August 8, 2013 until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, August 15, 2013, by dialing 1-800-406-7325 or 1-303-590-3030 (outside the U.S. and Canada) and entering pass code 4634035#.

About Annie's

Annie's (NYS: BNNY) is a natural and organic food company that offers great-tasting products in large packaged food categories. Annie's products are made without artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and preservatives regularly used in many conventional packaged foods. Additionally, Annie's sources ingredients so as to avoid synthetic growth hormones and genetically modified food ingredients. Today, Annie's offers over 135 products and is present in over 26,500 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1989, Annie's is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. For more information, visit www.annies.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and the accompanying conference call, including Annie's statements regarding expected fiscal 2014, second quarter and second half results; strong consumption trends, consumer trends and the related impact on our business; momentum in our business; results of our growth strategies, marketing and retail programs and other initiatives; expanding and improving distribution; building awareness and trial; innovation and new products, including our single-serve microwavable cup, frozen entrées and frozen pizza products; anticipated savings from fat rabbit and other initiatives; the impact of the product recall and expected insurance proceeds; and opportunities ahead are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "future," "will," "seek" and similar terms or phrases.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release and the accompanying conference call are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and are subject to significant risks. We cannot assure you that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global, national, regional or local economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. We believe that these factors include those disclosed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2013 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 14, 2013 and in our other filings with the SEC, including risks relating to competition; new product introductions; our growth strategy; our brand; reputation; product liability claims; recalls and related insurance proceeds; economic disruptions; changes in consumer preferences; ingredient and packaging costs and availability; reliance on a limited number of distributors, retailers, contract manufacturers and third-party suppliers and on an outside warehouse facility; efficiency projects; intellectual property and related disputes; regulatory compliance; transportation; supply-chain; inventory levels; and seasonality. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release or the accompanying conference call speaks only as of the date hereof. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted EPS are not financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. As used in this press release: (1) adjusted net sales represents net sales adjusted for impact on net sales due to product recall; (2) adjusted operating income represents income from operations adjusted for the impact on net sales, cost of sales, and selling, general and administrative expenses due to product recall and shelf registration costs; (3) adjusted net income represents net income adjusted for impact on net sales, cost of sales, selling, general and administrative expenses and provision for income taxes due to product recall; the change in fair value of convertible preferred stock warrant liability; and shelf registration costs; (4) EBITDA represents net income plus interest expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization; (5) adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for impact on net sales, cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses due to product recall; shelf registration costs; stock-based compensation; and change in fair value of convertible preferred stock warrant liability; and (6) adjusted diluted EPS represents adjusted net income divided by weighted average shares of common stock.

We present adjusted net sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted EPS because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our operations and, when considered with both our GAAP results and the related reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use adjusted net sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted diluted EPS together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP to assess our operating performance, to provide meaningful comparisons of operating performance across periods, to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance and to compare our performance to that of our peers and competitors. We also believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in assessing the operating performance of our business without the effect of the items described above. Adjusted net sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted EPS are subject to inherent limitation as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management in determining how they are formulated. Further, our computation of these non-GAAP measures is likely to differ from methods used by other companies in computing similarly titled or defined terms, limiting the usefulness of these measures. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to GAAP measures and do not purport to be alternatives to either net income as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. We urge investors to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included in this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

1 Source: Syndicated and proprietary retail sales data for most applicable 12-week period.

2 EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures and must be read in conjunction with the important information about these measures and the full reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measures set forth below.

Annie's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

Net sales

$

39,040

$

34,293

Cost of sales (including costs associated with product recall of $217 during
the three months ended June 30, 2013)

24,278

20,486

Gross profit

14,762

13,807

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative expenses (including costs associated
product recall of $43 during three months ended June 30, 2013)

11,327

10,211

Income from operations

3,435

3,596

Interest expense

(71

)

(40

)

Other income (expense), net

26

49

Income before provision for income taxes

3,390

3,605

Provision for income taxes

1,361

1,474

Net income

$

2,029

$

2,131

Net income per share

—Basic

$

0.12

$

0.13

—Diluted

$

0.12

$

0.12

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding used in computing
net income per share

—Basic

16,869,557

16,936,007

—Diluted

17,353,222

17,600,908

Non-GAAP results:

Adjusted operating income

$

3,729

$

3,596

Adjusted net income

$

2,219

$

2,144

Adjusted diluted net income per share

$

0.13

$

0.12

Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,357

$

4,074

Annie's, Inc.

Net Sales by Product Category

(unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

Product Categories:

Meals

$

16,554

$

14,667

Snacks

15,821

13,463

Dressings, condiments and other

6,665

6,163

Total

$

39,040

$

34,293

Annie's, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

(in thousands)

`

June 30,

March 31,

2013

2013

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash

$

1,562

$

4,930

Accounts receivable, net

15,409

20,015

Inventory

18,473

15,147

Deferred tax assets

2,558

2,558

Income tax receivable

-

588

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,690

5,050

Total current assets

41,692

48,288

Property and equipment, net

6,142

6,138

Goodwill

30,809

30,809

Intangible assets, net

1,101

1,116

Deferred tax assets, long-term

3,673

3,704

Other non-current assets

162

157

Total assets

$

83,579

$

90,212

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable

$

2,501

$

4,342

Accrued liabilities

11,046

12,021

Total current liabilities

13,547

16,363

Credit facility

7

7,007

Other non-current liabilities

949

913

Total liabilities

14,503

24,283

Commitments and contingencies

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Preferred stock

-

-

Common stock

17

17

Additional paid-in capital

94,308

93,190

Accumulated deficit

(25,249

)

(27,278

)

Total stockholders' equity

69,076

65,929

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

83,579

$

90,212

Annie's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net Income

$

2,029

$

2,131

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating

activities:

Depreciation and amortization

309

200

Stock-based compensation

293

216

Inventory reserves

239

(112

)

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

(370

)

(4,201

)

Accretion of imputed interest on purchase of intangible asset

36

35

Change in fair value of convertible preferred stock warrant liability

-

13

Amortization of deferred financing costs

3

5

Deferred taxes

31

146

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

4,606

4,482

Inventory

(3,565

)

(4,282

)

Income tax receivable

588

164

Prepaid expenses, other current and non-current assets

1,415

(352

)

Accounts payable

(1,867

)

284

Related-party payable

-

(1,305

)

Accrued expenses and other non-current liabilities

(605

)

3,526

Net cash provided by operating activities

3,142

950

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchase of property and equipment

(272

)

(735

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(272

)

(735

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from credit facility

4,449

735

Payments to credit facility

(11,449

)

(13,531

)

Proceeds from common shares issued in initial public offering,

net of issuance costs

-

11,146

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation