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Boston Beer Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

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BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported fourth quarter 2016 net revenue of $219.4 million for the 14-week fiscal period ended December 31, 2016, an increase of $4.2 million or 2% from the 13-week fourth quarter 2015 fiscal period, mainly due to an increase in shipments of 2%.  Net income for the fourth quarter was $22.2 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, an increase of $6.1 million or $0.54 per diluted share from the fourth quarter of 2015.  This increase was primarily due to the increase in net revenue and decreases in operating expenses that were only partially offset by decreased gross margin. 

Earnings per diluted share for the 53-week fiscal period ended December 31, 2016 were $6.79, a decrease of $0.46, or 6%, from the comparable 52-week fiscal period in 2015.  Net revenue for the 53-week period ended December 31, 2016 was $906.4 million, a decrease of $53.5 million, or 6%, from the comparable 52-week period in 2015.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Depletions decreased 1% for the fourth quarter and 5% for the full year.
  • Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 49.1% and for the full year 2016 was 50.7%, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points compared to the respective 2015 periods.
  • Advertising, promotional and selling expenses in the fourth quarter decreased $5.9 million or 9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and decreased $29.4 million or 11% for the full year, primarily due to lower freight to distributors and lower media and point-of sale spending.
  • Year-to-date 2017 depletions through the six weeks ended February 11, 2017 are estimated by the Company to have decreased approximately 15% from the comparable weeks in 2016.
  • Full-year 2017 depletion and shipment change is now estimated between minus 7% and plus 1%, a decrease in the range from the previously communicated estimate of a change between minus low single digits and plus low single digits.
  • Based on current spending and investment plans, full year 2017 earnings per diluted share are estimated to be between $4.20 and $6.20, excluding the impact of the new Accounting Standard "Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting" ("ASU 2016-09") which is effective for the company on January 1, 2017.

Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "We are disappointed with our depletion trends in 2016, which have remained weak so far in 2017.  These trends are affected by the general softening of the craft beer category and cider category and a more challenging retail environment with a lot of new options for our drinkers.  New craft brewers continue to enter the market and existing craft brewers are expanding their distribution and tap rooms, with the result that drinkers are seeing more choices, including a wave of new beers in all markets.  We were particularly disappointed with the performance of the first of our new spring seasonal beers, Samuel Adams Hopscape.  We are introducing later this month our second spring seasonal, Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles, a bright Helles lager with orange blossom and also releasing a refreshed Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, featuring a new packaging design and a new recipe with experimental hops that create a more tropical and piney IPA.  We are also executing the national rollout of Rebel Juiced IPA in bottles and cans in the first quarter of 2017 to complement the national draft release in the fourth quarter of 2016.  We believe that the history, authenticity and quality of the Samuel Adams brand, our unique beers, and our ability and willingness to continue to invest behind our brand position us well for future growth and we are committed to improving our current trends."

Mr. Koch went on to say, "As previously announced, Martin Roper, President and Chief Executive Officer, plans to retire in 2018 after leading the Company for more than 17 years.  The Board of Directors has created a search committee and retained Korn Ferry to assist in identifying and evaluating the best candidates to succeed Martin as CEO. Martin will remain fully engaged and committed to leading the business as CEO until a successor is found and a seamless transition is completed.  We are appreciative that his continued commitment to Boston Beer affords us the time to conduct a comprehensive search for his successor, while continuing to make progress against our 2017 business objectives."

Martin Roper, the Company's President and CEO stated, "Fourth quarter depletions trends were driven by a decline in Samuel Adams, largely due to increased competition in the craft beer category, and by declines in Angry Orchard, mainly due to general weakness in the cider category.  Partially offsetting these declines were the growth of Twisted Tea, which continues to grow distribution and pull, and the impact of the launch of Truly Spiked & Sparkling, which established itself as a leader in the emerging segment of hard sparkling water.  During the quarter we also saw some early benefits of our cost savings initiatives.  Thus far in 2017, we are seeing particular weakness in our Samuel Adams seasonal depletion trends due to the slow pull of our new seasonal beer, Samuel Adams Hopscape, which we believe is primarily due to executional misses, with the additional impact of the greater number of new options available to our drinkers at retail and general weakness in the seasonal sub-category.  We are taking our learnings from Hopscape and applying them to our planned seasonal transitions to Fresh as Helles and then to Summer Ale in the second quarter.  We like our new Samuel Adams packaging and our media advertising message, 'Pursue Better' and our plans for the summer.  Angry Orchard and cider trends year to date are similar to the declines we saw in 2016.  We are prioritizing returning the cider category and Angry Orchard to growth with a new media campaign and the first quarter national launch of Angry Orchard Easy Apple, an unfiltered refreshing hard cider that was well received in limited test markets last fall."

Mr. Roper continued, "Our number one priority in 2017 is returning both Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard to growth through continued packaging, innovation, promotion and brand communication initiatives.  Our brand and sales teams are conducting a comprehensive review of our core brand strategies and activation plans to ensure that all our investments are effective and efficient in building long-term brand equities.  We will continue testing strategies and validating effectiveness, so that we can focus our investment on activities that turn around our trends.  Our second priority is a focus on cost savings and efficiency projects to fund the investments needed to grow our brands.  We have adjusted our organization to the new volume environment, including resizing short-term brewery capacity, and have implemented changes to our spending policies and behaviors.  We are working to simplify and optimize our processes, and to improve ingredient and material yields across all our brands.  Based on these efforts, we are maintaining our previously stated goal of increasing our gross margins by about one percentage point per year over the next three years, ignoring mix or volume impacts, while preserving our quality and improving our service levels. Our third priority is long-term innovation, where our current focus is ensuring that Truly Spiked & Sparkling maintains its leadership position in its segment and reaches its full potential."

Mr. Roper went on to say, "Over the last 12 months we have rebuilt our Leadership team and realigned the organization. We have reoriented our brand and sales teams to better align with our opportunities and to provide brand leadership, and have improved our digital marketing and experiential promotion capabilities to support all our brands.  I am very excited by the team's progress on insights into our challenges and the urgency with which they have developed potential solutions and significant cost improvements to fund our planned investments. We believe we have strong brands in attractive categories and that the best long-term value creation is continued investment to return our brands to growth. With that perspective, we intend to maintain our planned brand investment levels, even as we have adjusted our volume guidance down to reflect the volume declines we have seen thus far in 2017. Our larger than usual guidance ranges reflect the uncertain volume outlook. Projecting full year depletions volumes and profitability will remain very difficult until we have better visibility into the success of our key initiatives after the second quarter. We are optimistic for future craft beer and cider category growth and we are taking steps to ensure that we are well positioned to benefit from that growth. We are committed to investing in reaction to the opportunity that we see with all our brands and remain prepared to forsake short-term earnings, as we invest to return to long-term profitable growth."

4th Quarter 2016 Summary of Results

Depletions decreased by 1% for the fourth quarter of 2016, reflecting decreases in our Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Coney Island and Traveler brands that were only partially offset by increases in our Twisted Tea and Truly Spiked & Sparkling brands.  The 2016 fiscal fourth quarter included 14 weeks compared to the 2015 fiscal fourth quarter, which included only 13 weeks.

Shipment volume was approximately 974 thousand barrels, a 2% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Company believes distributor inventory as of December 31, 2016 was at an appropriate level. Inventory as of December 31, 2016 at distributors participating in the Freshest Beer Program decreased in terms of days of inventory on hand when compared to December 26, 2015. The Company has approximately 77% of its volume on the Freshest Beer Program.

Gross margin of 49.1% decreased from 50.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to package and product mix effects and increased returns which were partially offset by price increases and cost saving initiatives in the Company breweries.

Advertising, promotional and selling expenses decreased $5.9 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to decreases in point-of-sale costs, lower freight rates to distributors, and lower media advertising costs, supported by our initiatives to reduce inefficient and ineffective spend.

General and administrative expenses decreased by $2.9 million from the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to a favorable impact of $3.6 million in stock compensation related to the planned retirement of the Company's Chief Executive Officer in 2018 partially offset by increases in salary and benefits costs.

The Company's effective tax rate for the fourth quarter decreased to 34.9% from 37.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The higher 2015 rate was primarily due to the unfavorable tax rate impact of bonus depreciation, which was enacted during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Full Year 2016 Summary of Results

Depletions decreased by 5% for the full year of 2016, reflecting decreases in our Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Traveler and Coney Island brands that were only partially offset by increases in our Twisted Tea and Truly Spiked & Sparkling brands. The 2016 fiscal year included 53 weeks compared to the 2015 fiscal year, which included only 52 weeks.

Shipment volume was approximately 4.0 million barrels, a 6% decrease compared to fiscal 2015.

Gross margin of 50.7% decreased from 52.3% in the prior year, primarily due to package and product mix effects, unfavorable absorption impacts due to lower volumes in our breweries, and increased returns, which were partially offset by price increases and cost saving initiatives in the Company breweries.

Advertising, promotional and selling expenses decreased $29.4 million compared to those incurred in prior year, primarily due to decreases in freight to distributors due to lower volumes and rates, and lower media advertising and point-of-sale spending.

General and administrative expenses increased by $6.5 million compared to those incurred in prior year, primarily due to increases in salary and benefits and facilities costs.

The Company's effective tax rate decreased slightly to 36.3% from the 36.5% rate in the prior year.

Full year 2016 capital spending totaled $49.9 million, primarily for continued investments in the Company's breweries to drive efficiencies and cost reductions, support product innovation and further growth.

The Company expects that its cash balance of $91.0 million as of December 31, 2016, along with future operating cash flow and the Company's unused line of credit of $150.0 million, will be sufficient to fund future cash requirements.

During the fourth quarter and the period from January 1, 2017 through February 17, 2017, the Company repurchased 275,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $45.1 million. As of February 17, 2017 the Company had approximately $154.7 million remaining on the $781.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors.

2017 Outlook

The Company currently projects full year 2017 earnings per diluted share to be between $4.20 and $6.20, reflecting the uncertain volume outlook.  The Company's actual 2017 earnings per share could vary significantly from the current projection.  The 2017 fiscal year includes 52 weeks compared to the 2016 fiscal year which included 53 weeks.  Underlying the Company's current 2017 projection are the following full-year estimates and targets:

  • Depletions and shipments percentage change of between minus 7% and plus 1%.
  • National price increases of between 1% and 2%.
  • Gross margin of between 51% and 52%. Increasing during the year due to progress on the cost initiatives.
  • Increased investment in advertising, promotional and selling expenses of between $20 million and $30 million.  This does not include any changes in freight costs for the shipment of products to the Company's distributors.
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 37%, excluding the impact of the new Accounting Standard ASU 2016-09, which is effective for the company on January 1, 2017.  The Company is not currently planning to provide forward guidance on the impact that ASU 2016-09 will have on the Company's 2017 financial statements and full-year effective tax rate as this will mainly depend upon unpredictable future events, including the timing and value realized upon exercise of stock options versus the fair value when those options were granted.
  • Estimated capital spending of between $40 million and $60 million, most of which relates to continued investments in the Company's breweries.

About the Company

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) began in 1984 and today brews more than 60 styles of Samuel Adams beer.  Our portfolio of brands also includes Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Twisted Tea, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, as well as several other craft beer brands brewed by A&S Brewing, our craft beer incubator.  For more information, please visit our investor relations website at www.bostonbeer.com, which includes links to all of our respective brand websites.

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 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 years ended December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015.  Copies of these documents may be found on the Company's website, www.bostonbeer.com, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)










(unaudited)






December 31,


December 26,


December 31,


December 26,


2016 (14 weeks)


2015 (13 weeks)


2016 (53 weeks)


2015 (52 weeks)

Barrels sold

974


958


4,019


4,256









Revenue

$               234,535


$               229,847


$               968,994


$            1,024,040

Less excise taxes

15,165


14,714


62,548


64,106

      Net revenue

219,370


215,133


906,446


959,934

Cost of goods sold

111,714


106,366


446,776


458,317

      Gross profit

107,656


108,767


459,670


501,617

Operating expenses:








   Advertising, promotional and selling expenses

57,895


63,806


244,213


273,629

   General and administrative expenses

15,708


18,583


78,033


71,556

   Impairment (gain on sale) of assets, net

(272)


40


(235)


258

      Total operating expenses

73,331


82,429


322,011


345,443

Operating income

34,325


26,338


137,659


156,174

Other income (expense), net:








Interest income

103


48


168


56

Other expense, net

(112)


(422)


(706)


(1,220)

      Total other income (expense), net

(9)


(374)


(538)


(1,164)

Income before provision for income tax

34,316


25,964


137,121


155,010

Provision for income taxes

12,150


9,849


49,772


56,596

Net income

$                 22,166


$                 16,115


$                 87,349


$                 98,414









Net income per common share - basic

$                     1.77


$                     1.25


$                     6.93


$                     7.46

Net income per common share - diluted

$                     1.75


$                     1.21


$                     6.79


$                     7.25









Weighted-average number of common shares - Class A basic

9,184


9,477


9,189


9,619

Weighted-average number of common shares - Class B basic

3,280


3,400


3,344


3,504

Weighted-average number of common shares - diluted

12,638


13,275


12,796


13,520









Net income

$                 22,166


$                 16,115


$                 87,349


$                 98,414

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:








      Currency translation adjustment

(9)


(9)


(99)


(22)

      Defined benefit plans liability adjustment

(53)


204


(53)


204

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

(62)


195


(152)


182

Comprehensive income

$                 22,104


$                 16,310


$                 87,197


$                 98,596









 

 

 

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)





December 31,


December 26,




2016


2015







Assets




     Current Assets:






          Cash and cash equivalents



$                 91,035


$                 94,193

          Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 and





               $244 as of December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015, respectively


36,694


38,984

          Inventories



52,499


56,462

          Prepaid expenses and other current assets



8,731


12,053

          Income tax receivable 



4,928


14,928

          Deferred income taxes



7,351


6,983

               Total current assets



201,238


223,603







     Property, plant and equipment, net



408,411


409,926

     Other assets



9,965


8,188

     Goodwill



3,683


3,683

               Total assets



$               623,297


$               645,400







Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




     Current Liabilities:






          Accounts payable



$                 40,585


$                 42,718

          Current portion of debt and capital lease obligations



60


58

          Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



60,874


68,384

               Total current liabilities



101,519


111,160







     Deferred income taxes



64,612


56,001

     Debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion



411


471

     Other liabilities



10,173


16,547

               Total liabilities



176,715


184,179







     Commitments and Contingencies












     Stockholders' Equity:






          Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value; 22,700,000 shares authorized;





               9,170,956 and 9,389,005 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016





               and December 26, 2015, respectively



92


94

          Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value; 4,200,000 shares authorized;





              3,197,355 and 3,367,355 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016


32


34

               and December 26, 2015, respectively






          Additional paid-in capital



349,913


290,096

          Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax



(1,103)


(951)

          Retained earnings



97,648


171,948

               Total stockholders' equity



446,582


461,221

               Total liabilities and stockholders' equity



$               623,297


$               645,400







 

 

 

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(in thousands)









December 31, 


December 26,






2016 (53 weeks)


2015 (52 weeks)











Cash flows provided by operating activities:








     Net income



$                 87,349


$                 98,414



     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







          Depreciation and amortization



49,557


42,885



          Impairment of assets



716


258



          Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment



616


515



          Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment



(951)


-



          Bad debt (recovery) expense



(244)


165



          Stock-based compensation expense



6,148


6,665



          Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements


(12,524)


(15,350)



          Deferred income taxes



8,243


6,986



     Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








          Accounts receivable



2,534


(2,289)



          Inventories



445


(5,155)



          Prepaid expenses, income tax receivable and other assets



14,936


11,858



          Accounts payable



(1,811)


5,985



          Accrued expenses and taxes and other current liabilities



5,479


9,014



          Other liabilities



(6,304)


8,732



               Net cash provided by operating activities



154,189


168,683











Cash flows used in investing activities:








     Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(49,913)


(74,187)



     Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment



3,855


-



     Cash paid for intangible assets



-


(100)



     Change in restricted cash



40


57



               Net cash used in investing activities



(46,018)


(74,230)











Cash flows used in financing activities:








     Repurchase of Class A Common Stock



(164,658)


(135,705)



     Proceeds from exercise of stock options



40,127


42,339



     Cash paid on note payable and capital lease



(58)


(54)



     Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements



12,524


15,350



     Net proceeds from sale of investment shares



736


1,408



               Net cash used in financing activities



(111,329)


(76,662)











Change in cash and cash equivalents



(3,158)


17,791











Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year



94,193


76,402











Cash and cash equivalents at end of period



$                 91,035


$                 94,193











Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:








Income taxes paid



$                 30,978


$                 45,078



Income taxes refunded



$                 12,064


$                 17,252



(Decrease) Increase in accounts payable for repurchase of Class A Common Stock


$                 (3,000)


$                   3,000



Increase (Decrease) in accounts payable for purchase of property, plant and equipment

$                   2,678


$                 (1,843)












Copies of The Boston Beer Company's press releases, including quarterly financial results,



are available on the Internet at www.bostonbeer.com



 

 

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