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The Chefs' Warehouse Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHEF), a premier distributor of specialty food products in the United States and Canada, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 29, 2018.

Financial highlights for the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017:

  • Net sales increased 11.7% to $370.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 from $331.7 million for the second quarter of 2017.
  • GAAP net income was $6.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.24 for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $0.14 for the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $21.5 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $18.1 million for the second quarter of 2017.

"Coming off a solid first quarter, we saw continued strength across our network in the second quarter with year over year revenue growth of 11.7%. We also delivered strong gross profit dollar growth and improved operating expense leverage across our expanding platform," said Chris Pappas, chairman and chief executive officer of The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. "In addition, we made strategic investments in Texas and Pennsylvania, which we expect to contribute to the future growth of our brand and unique business model."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Net sales for the quarter ended June 29, 2018 increased 11.7% to $370.4 million from $331.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Organic growth contributed $14.2 million, or 4.3% to sales growth in the quarter. The remaining sales growth of $24.6 million, or 7.4% resulted from the acquisition of Fells Point Wholesale Meats Inc. and other specialty-related acquisitions. Organic case count grew approximately 7.5% in the Company's specialty category and growth in unique customers and placements grew 5.1% and 4.6%, respectively, compared to the prior year quarter. Excluding the impact of the Fells Point acquisition, pounds sold in the Company's center-of-the-plate category increased 0.6% compared to the prior year quarter. Estimated inflation was 2.2% in the Company's specialty categories and estimated deflation was 2.3% in the center-of-the-plate categories compared to the prior year quarter.

Gross profit increased approximately 12.9% to $93.2 million for the second quarter of 2018 from $82.6 million for the second quarter of 2017. Gross profit margin increased approximately 27 basis points to 25.2% from 24.9%, due in large part to deflation in certain center-of-the-plate categories. Gross margins in the Company's specialty category decreased 66 basis points and increased 129 basis points in the Company's center-of-the-plate category compared to the prior year quarter.

Total operating expenses increased by approximately 11.2% to $78.3 million for the second quarter of 2018 from $70.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses were 21.1% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 21.2% in the second quarter of 2017. The increase in the Company's operating expenses is driven by sales growth, partially offset by improved operating expense leverage.

Operating income for the second quarter of 2018 was $14.9 million compared to $12.2 million for the second quarter of 2017. The increase in operating income was driven primarily by increased gross profit, offset in part by higher operating expenses, as discussed above. As a percentage of net sales, operating income was 4.0% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 3.7% in the second quarter of 2017.

Total interest expense decreased to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $5.9 million for the second quarter of 2017 due to a reduction in interest rates charged on the Company's outstanding debt.

Net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $6.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA1 was $21.5 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $18.1 million for the second quarter of 2017. For the second quarter of 2018, adjusted net income1 was $7.0 million, or $0.24 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2017.

1Please see the Consolidated Statements of Operations at the end of this earnings release for a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS to these measures' most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Full Year 2018 Guidance

Based on current trends in the business, the Company is providing the following updated financial guidance for fiscal year 2018:

  • Net sales between $1.41 billion and $1.45 billion
  • Gross profit between $357.0 million and $367.0 million
  • Net income between $20.0 million and $22.5 million
  • Net income per diluted share between $0.69 and $0.78
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $75.0 million and $78.5 million
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share between $0.71 and $0.80

This guidance is based on an effective tax rate of approximately 28.5% and fully diluted shares of approximately 28.9 million shares.

Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2018 financial results today at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hosting the call will be Chris Pappas, chairman and chief executive officer, and Jim Leddy, chief financial officer. The conference call will be webcast live from the Company's investor relations website at http://investors.chefswarehouse.com/. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 407-4018, or for international callers (201) 689-8471. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international callers; the conference ID is 13681098. The replay will be available until Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and an online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's investor relations website for 30 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding the Company's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and management estimates; actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties which could impact these statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to successfully deploy its operational initiatives to achieve synergies from its acquisitions; the Company's sensitivity to general economic conditions, changes in disposable income levels and consumer discretionary spending on food-away-from-home purchases; the Company's vulnerability to economic and other developments in the geographic markets in which it operates; the risks of supply chain interruptions due to a lack of long-term contracts, severe weather or more prolonged climate change, work stoppages or otherwise; the risks of loss of revenue or reductions in operating margins in the Company's center-of-the-plate category as a result of competitive pressures within this segment of the Company's business; changes in the availability or cost of the Company's specialty food products; the ability to effectively price the Company's specialty food products and reduce the Company's expenses; the relatively low margins of the foodservice distribution industry and the Company's and its customers' sensitivity to inflationary and deflationary pressures; the Company's ability to successfully identify, obtain financing for and complete acquisitions of other foodservice distributors and to integrate and realize expected synergies from those acquisitions; increased fuel cost volatility and expectations regarding the use of fuel surcharges; fluctuations in the wholesale prices of beef, poultry and seafood, including increases in these prices as a result of increases in the cost of feeding and caring for livestock; the loss of key members of the Company's management team and the Company's ability to replace such personnel; and the strain on the Company's infrastructure and resources caused by its growth. Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. A more detailed description of these and other risk factors is contained in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 9, 2018 and other reports filed by the Company with the SEC since that date. The Company is not undertaking to update any information in the foregoing report until the effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws. Any projections of future results of operations are based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These projections are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. The Company may from time to time update these publicly announced projections, but it is not obligated to do so.

About The Chefs' Warehouse

The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (http://www.chefswarehouse.com) is a premier distributor of specialty food products in the United States and Canada focused on serving the specific needs of chefs who own and/or operate some of the nation's leading menu-driven independent restaurants, fine dining establishments, country clubs, hotels, caterers, culinary schools, bakeries, patisseries, chocolatiers, cruise lines, casinos and specialty food stores. The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. carries and distributes more than 48,000 products to more than 30,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Contact:
Investor Relations
Jim Leddy, CFO, (718) 684-8415

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited, in thousands except share amounts and per share data)

       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Net Sales $ 370,442     $ 331,656     $ 689,057     $ 619,346  
Cost of Sales 277,202     249,060     516,295     462,846  
Gross Profit 93,240     82,596     172,762     156,500  
               
Operating Expenses 78,292     70,433     152,074     141,216  
Operating Income 14,948     12,163     20,688     15,284  
               
Interest Expense 5,381     5,880     10,360     11,813  
Loss on Asset Disposal 30         30      
               
Income Before Income Taxes 9,537     6,283     10,298     3,471  
               
Provision for Income Tax Expense 2,718     2,609     2,935     1,439  
               
Net Income $ 6,819     $ 3,674     $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
               
Net Income Per Share:              
Basic $ 0.24     $ 0.14     $ 0.26     $ 0.08  
Diluted $ 0.24     $ 0.14     $ 0.26     $ 0.08  
               
Weighted Average Common Shares
Outstanding:
             
Basic 28,166,875     25,990,580     28,144,782     25,971,409  
Diluted 29,595,247     27,276,575     28,311,549     26,021,439  
                       

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
AS OF JUNE 29, 2018 AND DECEMBER 29, 2017
(in thousands)

 
  June 29, 2018   December 29, 2017
  (unaudited)    
Cash $ 39,593     $ 41,504  
Accounts receivable, net 143,766     142,170  
Inventories, net 115,902     102,083  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,686     11,083  
Total current assets 308,947     296,840  
       
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 71,992     68,378  
Software costs, net 5,104     6,034  
Goodwill 181,996     173,202  
Intangible assets, net 135,860     140,320  
Other assets 4,196     2,975  
Total assets $ 708,095     $ 687,749  
       
       
Accounts payable $ 83,321     $ 70,019  
Accrued liabilities 22,066     21,871  
Accrued compensation 10,797     12,556  
Current portion of long-term debt 3,219     3,827  
Total current liabilities 119,403     108,273  
       
Long-term debt, net of current portion 313,333     313,995  
Deferred taxes, net 7,114     6,015  
Other liabilities 12,146     10,865  
Total liabilities 451,996     439,148  
       
Preferred stock      
Common stock 287     284  
Additional paid in capital 168,332     166,997  
Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment (2,752 )   (1,549 )
Retained earnings 90,232     82,869  
Stockholders' equity 256,099     248,601  
       
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 708,095     $ 687,749  
 

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited, in thousands)

 
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
       
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation 4,500     4,227  
Amortization 5,983     5,731  
Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts 1,646     1,747  
Deferred credits 471     195  
Deferred taxes 185     588  
Amortization of deferred financing fees 1,102     1,064  
Stock compensation 1,909     1,614  
Loss on sale of assets 30      
Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability 228     48  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:      
Accounts receivable (173 )   (2,922 )
Inventories (10,182 )   (8,678 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,524     4,304  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 5,692     11,903  
Other liabilities (485 )   42  
Other assets (875 )   (219 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 18,918     21,676  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures (5,545 )   (6,370 )
Proceeds from asset disposals 30      
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash received (11,899 )    
Net cash used in investing activities (17,414 )   (6,370 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Payment of debt (2,248 )   (10,444 )
Cash paid for deferred financing fees (534 )    
Cash paid for contingent earn-out liability     (500 )
Surrender of shares to pay withholding taxes (571 )   (319 )
Net cash used in financing activities (3,353 )   (11,263 )
       
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents (62 )   99  
       
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,911 )   4,142  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 41,504     32,862  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 39,593     $ 37,004  
 

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
FOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)

       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Numerator:              
Net Income $ 6,819     $ 3,674     $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
Add effect of dilutive securities:              
Interest on convertible notes, net of tax 164     134          
Net Income available to common shareholders $ 6,983     $ 3,808     $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
Denominator:              
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 28,166,875     25,990,580     28,144,782     25,971,409  
Dilutive effect of unvested common shares 190,998     48,621     166,767     50,030  
Dilutive effect of convertible notes 1,237,374     1,237,374          
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 29,595,247     27,276,575     28,311,549     26,021,439  
               
Net Income Per Share:              
Basic 0.24     0.14     0.26     0.08  
Diluted 0.24     0.14     0.26     0.08  
                       

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET INCOME
FOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited; in thousands)

       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Net Income $ 6,819     $ 3,674     $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
Interest expense 5,381     5,880     10,360     11,813  
Depreciation 2,184     2,105     4,500     4,227  
Amortization 3,080     2,911     5,983     5,731  
Provision for income tax expense 2,718     2,609     2,935     1,439  
EBITDA (1) 20,182     17,179     31,141     25,242  
               
Adjustments:              
Stock compensation (2) 1,072     870     1,909     1,614  
Duplicate rent (3)             86  
Integration and deal costs/third party transaction costs (4) 115         290      
Change in fair value of earn-out obligation (5) 104     24     228     48  
Moving expenses (6)     24         374  
               
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 21,473     $ 18,097     $ 33,568     $ 27,364  
 
  1. We are presenting EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not measurements determined in accordance with the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our operations and which we believe, when considered with both our GAAP results and the reconciliation to net income, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure.  We use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance. The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as performance measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based upon GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.

  2. Represents non-cash stock compensation expense associated with awards of restricted shares of our common stock and stock options to our key employees and our independent directors.

  3. Represents duplicate rent expense for our Chicago, IL and Bronx, NY facilities.

  4. Represents transaction related costs incurred to complete and integrate acquisitions, including due diligence, legal and integration.

  5. Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions.

  6. Represents moving expenses for the consolidation of our Chicago, IL and Bronx, NY facilities.

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME TO NET INCOME
FOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)

       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Net Income $ 6,819     $ 3,674     $ 7,363     $ 2,032  
               
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Adjusted
Net Income (1):
             
Duplicate rent (2)             86  
Integration and deal costs/third party
transaction costs (3)
115         290      
Moving expenses (4)     24         374  
Change in fair value of earn-out obligations (5) 104     24     228     48  
Tax effect of adjustments (6) (62 )   (20 )   (148 )   (211 )
               
Total Adjustments 157     28     370     297  
               
Adjusted Net Income $ 6,976     $ 3,702     $ 7,733     $ 2,329  
               
Diluted Earnings per Share - Adjusted $ 0.24     $ 0.14     $ 0.27     $ 0.09  
               
Diluted Shares Outstanding - Adjusted 29,595,247     27,276,575     29,548,923     26,021,439  
                       
  1. We are presenting adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (EPS), which are not measurements determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our operations and which we believe, when considered with both our GAAP results and the reconciliation to net income available to common stockholders, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted EPS, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance.  The use of adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted EPS as performance measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based upon our GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.
     
  2. Represents duplicate rent expense for our Chicago, IL and Bronx, NY facilities.
     
  3. Represents transaction related costs incurred to complete and integrate acquisitions, including due diligence, legal and integration.
     
  4. Represents moving expenses for the consolidation of our Chicago, IL and Bronx, NY facilities.
     
  5. Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions.
     
  6. Represents the tax effect of items 2 through 5 above.

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
FOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDED JUNE 29, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)

       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 29, 2018   June 30, 2017
Numerator:              
Adjusted Net Income $ 6,976     $ 3,702     $ 7,733     $ 2,329  
Add effect of dilutive securities:              
Interest on convertible notes, net of tax 164     134     328      
Adjusted Net Income available to common shareholders $ 7,140     $ 3,836     $ 8,061     $ 2,329  
Denominator:              
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 28,166,875     25,990,580     28,144,782     25,971,409  
Dilutive effect of unvested common shares 190,998     48,621     166,767     50,030  
Dilutive effect of convertible notes 1,237,374     1,237,374     1,237,374      
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 29,595,247     27,276,575     29,548,923     26,021,439  
               
Adjusted Net Income per share:              
Diluted $ 0.24     $ 0.14     $ 0.27     $ 0.09  
                               

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA GUIDANCE FOR FISCAL 2018
(unaudited; in thousands)

 
  Low-End
Guidance
  High-End
Guidance
Net Income: $ 20,000     $ 22,500  
Provision for income tax expense 8,000     9,000  
Depreciation & amortization 22,500     22,500  
Interest expense 20,000     20,000  
EBITDA (1) 70,500     74,000  
       
Adjustments:      
Stock compensation (2) 4,000     4,000  
Change in fair value of earn-out obligation (3) 500     500  
       
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 75,000     $ 78,500  
 
  1. We are presenting estimated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not measurements determined in accordance with the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our currently estimated results  and which we believe, when considered with both our estimated GAAP results and the reconciliation to our estimated net income, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our performance relative to our performance based upon GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.

  2. Represents non-cash stock compensation expense expected to be associated with awards of restricted shares of our common stock to our key employees and our independent directors.

  3. Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions.

THE CHEFS' WAREHOUSE, INC.
2018 FULLY DILUTED EPS GUIDANCE RECONCILIATION TO 2018 ADJUSTED
FULLY DILUTED EPS GUIDANCE (1)(2)

       
  Low-End   High-End
  Guidance   Guidance
       
Net income per diluted share $ 0.69     $ 0.78  
       
Change in fair value of earn-out obligations (3) 0.02     0.01  
Integration and deal costs/third party transaction costs (4)     0.01  
       
Adjusted net income per diluted share $ 0.71     $ 0.80  
 
  1. We are presenting estimated adjusted EPS, which is not a measurement determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe this measure provides an additional metric to evaluate our currently estimated results and which we believe, when considered with both our estimated GAAP results and the reconciliation to estimated net income per diluted share, provides a more complete understanding of our expectations for our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use adjusted EPS, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance. The use of adjusted EPS as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our expectations regarding our estimated operating performance relative to our estimated operating performance based on our GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.
     
  2. Guidance is based upon an estimated effective tax rate of 28.5% and an estimated fully diluted share count of approximately 28.9 million shares.
     
  3. Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions.
     
  4. Represents transaction related costs incurred to complete and integrate acquisitions, including due diligence, legal and integration.

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