BOSTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) achieved fourth quarter 2006 net revenue of $73.3 million, an increase of 13% over fourth quarter 2005. The increase was driven by a 12% increase in shipment volume and a 1.0% increase in net revenue per barrel as compared to the same quarter last year. Fourth quarter 2006 diluted earnings per share were $0.17 and net income was $2.5 million, an increase of $0.01 per diluted share and $0.2 million, respectively, from the same quarter last year. The earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2006 includes an after tax impact of $0.06 per diluted share from stock-based compensation expense due to the impact of performance-based stock options and the adoption of FAS 123R, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation. For the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006, the Company recorded diluted earnings per share of $1.27 and net income of $18.2 million, up $0.20 per diluted share and $2.6 million, respectively, from the 2005 fiscal year. The earnings per diluted share in 2006 includes an after tax impact of $0.11 per diluted share from stock-based compensation expense due to performance-based stock options and the adoption of FAS 123R. Net revenue increased by 20% to $285.4 million in 2006 compared to 2005 net revenue.
Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "We are excited with the 18% depletions growth achieved in the fourth quarter, which contributed to 17% growth for the full year 2006 and we believe that we gained share of both the Better Beer and the Craft beer categories during 2006. Craft Beer is benefiting from increased support from retailers and wholesalers, as they recognize the potential of this fast growing and profitable category. I am optimistic about craft beer trends and believe that, as the leading craft brewer, the Company should be able to benefit from them in 2007. I am delighted to find more beer drinkers sharing my passion for great full flavored beer. I believe that the quality of the Samuel Adams brand and our unique beers position us well to meet this growing drinker interest."
Martin Roper, Boston Beer Company President and CEO, added, "Our fourth quarter depletions growth reflected double digit growth in the Samuel Adams brand family and single digit growth for the Twisted Tea brand family. We believe that our Samuel Adams brand health continues to benefit from our significant brand support investment in media, our sales force, point of sale materials and promotions. We continue to evaluate incremental investments in order to maintain our leading position within the fastest growing category in beer." Mr. Roper continued, "Our Twisted Tea brand family depletions growth slowed in the fourth quarter mirroring the malternative category slowdown. We plan to continue our investment behind this brand in 2007."
Bill Urich, Boston Beer CFO, added, "Our gross margin for the fourth quarter 2006 decreased to 56.0% from 57.7% in the fourth quarter last year, due primarily to cost increases related to supply chain costs caused by the growth in demand for our beers, higher package material costs and a shift in product mix. Most of these cost pressures are expected to continue into 2007.
Fourth Quarter Results
Core shipment volume for the period was approximately 0.4 million barrels, a 12% increase from the same period in 2005. In the fourth quarter of 2006, total Company depletions grew 18%, with double digit increases in Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals and Brewmaster's Collection, offset slightly by single digit growth in Sam Adams Light(R). The Company also benefited from growth in Twisted Tea(R). The Company estimates that wholesaler inventory levels at year end 2006 are at appropriate levels given the current volumes and trends.
The Company's net income of $2.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 30, 2006, increased by $0.2 million or $0.01 per diluted share from the same period last year, primarily driven by an increase in net revenue mostly offset by increases in general and administrative expenses (including employee stock option expenses due to performance-based stock options and the adoption of FASB 123R) and an increase in income taxes. Net revenue increased by $8.6 million, or 13.3%, during the fourth quarter of 2006 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2005, due to the increase in shipment volume and a 1.0% increase in net revenue per barrel. The increase in net revenue per barrel is due to price increases offset by changes in package and product mix. Advertising, promotional and selling expenses decreased by $0.2 million during the quarter as compared to the prior year, primarily due to timing of point of sale expenditures offsetting increases in advertising and local marketing costs. General and administrative costs increased by $2.1 million during the quarter as compared to the prior year, driven by increases in salary, bonus and benefit costs (including employee stock option expenses of $1.3 million due to performance-based stock options and the adoption of FASB 123R) and bad debt expense. Income tax expense included an incremental accrual for state income taxes of $1.0 million for fiscal years 2003 to 2006.
Full Year 2006 Results
Core shipment volume for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006, was 1.6 million barrels, a 17% increase over 2005. Fiscal year 2006 distributor sales of the Boston Beer brands to retail (depletions) increased by approximately 17% over the 2005 fiscal year.
The Company recorded net income of $18.2 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006, an increase of $2.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, as compared to the 2005 fiscal year. The earnings per diluted share in 2006 of $1.27 includes an after tax impact of $1.6 million or $0.11 per diluted share from stock-based compensation expense due to the impact of performance-based options as well the adoption of FASB 123R. The 2005 earnings per share included $0.1 million in stock-based compensation expense after tax impact. Net revenue increased $47.1 million or 19.8% due to the increase in shipment volume and a 2.1% increase in net revenue per barrel for core products. The increase in net revenue per barrel for core products is due primarily to price increases and a slight shift in the package mix. Gross margin as a percent of net sales was 57.6% compared to 59.4% in the same period last year, principally due to net price increases that were more than offset by unfavorable packaging material and supply chain costs. Advertising, promotional and selling expenses increased by $12.8 million, or 12.7%, for the twelve months ended December 30, 2006 compared to the same period last year, driven by higher freight fuel costs, selling costs, promotional and advertising investment behind the brands. General and administrative expenses increased by $5.4 million compared to the same period last year, primarily due to increases in salaries and benefits (including stock based compensation of $1.9 million due to performance-based stock options and the adoption of FASB 123R), consulting, insurance and depreciation expense. Interest and other income increased by $1.6 million compared to the same period last year primarily due to interest income earned on cash investments. The effective tax rate for the full year 2006 increased to 42.7% from the 2005 rate of 39.0%, primarily as a result of the increase in state income taxes recorded in the fourth quarter. The Company's 2007 effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 40.5%.
Bill Urich, Boston Beer's Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are pleased with our growth in depletions accompanied by pricing increases of approximately 2% in 2006. We increased our advertising and selling investment behind our brands by almost 13%, and we achieved a 19% increase in earnings per share, while dealing with significant pressures on our supply chain costs which reduced gross margin by 1.8%." Mr. Urich continued, "We also continue to generate positive cash flow. For the full year 2006 our operating cash flow was $29.0 million. After taking into account capital expenditures of $9.1 million, our cash and short term investments as of the end of the year was $82.4 million."
Shipments and orders in-hand suggest that core shipments for the first fiscal quarter of 2007 could be up approximately 23% as compared to the same period in 2006. Actual shipments may differ, however, and no inferences should be drawn with respect to shipments in future periods.
Martin Roper stated, "January and February 2007 depletions are estimated to be up 23% over 2006 benefiting from an extra selling day. While there is no guarantee that these trends will continue, we are encouraged by the strong start to 2007. Our 2007 plan calls for depletion growth in the low double digits, which is slightly lower than 2006 trends. Our pricing plans include an overall 3% increase which we believe is attainable given the current market conditions."
Based on current known information, the Company is facing overall production cost increases of between 7% and 10% over full year 2006, which are driven primarily by malt increases, caused by poor worldwide barley crops, and potential glass cost increases driven by energy costs. These cost increases will be somewhat offset by price increases, but we anticipate that 2007 gross margin could be down two percentage points below full year 2006. Based on these assumptions, 2007 earnings per diluted share are expected to be between $1.42 and $1.55, absent any significant change in currently planned levels of brand support. Current plans are to increase brand support by $10.0 to $15.0 million including freight expense to wholesalers. The earnings per share range estimate does not include any significant brewery expenses associated with new brewery construction or ownership. As of December 31, 2006, the Company had capitalized $1.7 million of new brewery project expenses that would need to be expensed if a decision was made not to proceed with the new brewery. The Company's ability to achieve this type of earnings growth in 2007 is dependent on its ability to achieve challenging targets for volume, pricing and costs. The Company continues to pursue cost savings initiatives and pricing opportunities, and hopes to preserve its economics to allow for continued support of its brands with appropriate investment in order to grow volume and earnings.
As previously reported, the Company is assessing the viability of constructing a brewery in the Northeast and has secured an option on a site in Freetown, Massachusetts.
"We are working through a thorough evaluation of this site including obtaining the required permits, which we anticipate will be completed by mid year 2007," said Mr. Roper. "We continue to finalize engineering for production capacity in excess of 1.0 million barrels of Samuel Adams brand products and Twisted Tea. Our current best estimate is that total project costs could be between $170 million and $210 million, including land acquisition and development, facility construction, equipment and other startup costs and we believe financing for this to be available. The cost of the project will ultimately depend on the final specifications. We also continue to evaluate other supply strategies to ensure that any decision to build is the best decision for the Company, given the growth of the Craft beer category and known and unknown risks in supply chain alternatives."
The Company currently estimates total capital expenditures in 2007 to be between $8.0 and $12.0 million, approximately half of which is for purchases of kegs to support our on-premise depletions growth. This amount is exclusive of any further investment in the "new" brewery project or any other major investments that result from the Company's evaluation of its long term production strategy. The Company's capital investment would be significantly higher if major brewery investment projects are initiated.
During the three months ended December 30, 2006, the Company did not repurchase any of its Class A Common Stock. Through March 9, 2007, the Company has repurchased a cumulative total of approximately 7.8 million shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $92.6 million, and had $7.4 million remaining on the $100.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors. As of March 9, 2007, the Company had 10.2 million shares of Class A Common Stock and 4.1 million shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding.
The Boston Beer Company is America's leading brewer of handcrafted, full- flavored beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams(R) beers using the time-honored, traditional four-vessel brewing process, and the world's finest all-natural ingredients. With over 21 distinctive, award- winning styles of beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer drinkers a variety of brews. The brewery has won more awards in international beer-tasting competitions in the last five years than any other brewery in the world. Samuel Adams Brewery is an independent brewery and has slightly over half of a percent of the domestic beer market. Forbes magazine named The Boston Beer Company to its annual list of America's 200 Best Small Companies in 2006. The Company's flagship brand, Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), is brewed using the same recipe and processes that Jim Koch's great-great grandfather used in the mid 1800s. The result is a beer renowned by drinkers for its full flavor, balance, complexity, and consistent quality. For more information, visit www.samueladams.com or visit www.bostonbeer.com for financial information.
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, 2005 and December 25, 2004. 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 Financial Results (In thousands, except per share data) Operating Results: (unaudited) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 30, December 31, December 30, December 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Barrels sold 416 371 1,612 1,364 Revenue $81,013 $71,392 $315,250 $263,255 Less excise taxes 7,670 6,640 29,819 24,951 Net revenue 73,343 64,752 285,431 238,304 Cost of goods sold 32,267 27,414 121,155 96,830 Gross profit 41,076 37,338 164,276 141,474 Operating expenses: Advertising, promotional and selling expenses 29,010 29,173 113,669 100,870 General and administrative expenses 6,976 4,916 22,657 17,288 Total operating expenses 35,986 34,089 136,326 118,158 Operating income 5,090 3,249 27,950 23,316 Other income, net: Interest income 970 556 3,143 1,761 Other income, net 171 49 673 442 Income before provision for income taxes 6,231 3,854 31,766 25,519 Provision for income taxes 3,754 1,588 13,574 9,960 Net income $2,477 $2,266 $18,192 $15,559 Net income per common share - basic $0.18 $0.16 $1.31 $1.10 Net income per common share - diluted $0.17 $0.16 $1.27 $1.07 Weighted-average number of common shares - basic 13,971 13,915 13,900 14,126 Weighted-average number of common shares - diluted 14,520 14,328 14,375 14,516 Copies of The Boston Beer Company's press releases, including quarterly financial results, are available on the Internet at www.bostonbeer.com Consolidated Balance Sheets: (in thousands, except share data) December 30, December 31, 2006 2005 Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $63,147 $41,516 Short-term investments 19,223 22,425 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $451 and $116 as of December 30, 2006 and December 31, 2005, respectively 17,770 9,534 Inventories 17,034 13,649 Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,721 1,236 Deferred income taxes 667 829 Total current assets 120,562 89,189 Property, plant and equipment, net 30,699 26,525 Other assets 1,837 1,963 Goodwill 1,377 1,377 Total assets $154,475 $119,054 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $17,942 $11,378 Accrued expenses 22,928 17,361 Total current liabilities 40,870 28,739 Deferred income taxes 1,494 2,390 Other liabilities 3,522 1,946 Total liabilities 45,886 33,075 Commitments and Contingencies Stockholders' Equity: Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value; 22,700,000 shares authorized; 9,992,347 and 9,814,457 issued and outstanding as of December 30, 2006 and December 31, 2005, respectively 100 98 Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value; 4,200,000 shares authorized; 4,107,355 issued and outstanding 41 41 Additional paid-in capital 80,158 70,808 Unearned compensation - (353) Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (197) (196) Retained earnings 28,487 15,581 Total stockholders' equity 108,589 85,979 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $154,475 $119,054 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows: (in thousands) Year Ended December 30, December 31, 2006 2005 Cash flows provided by operating activities: Net income $18,192 $15,559 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 4,991 4,521 (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (8) 162 Bad debt expense (recovery) 365 (255) Stock-based compensation expense 2,751 146 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements (2,240) - Tax benefit from stock options exercised - 1,172 Deferred income taxes (731) 952 Purchases of trading securities (36,577) (9,075) Proceeds from sale of trading securities 39,779 10,650 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (8,601) 3,547 Inventories (3,385) (1,088) Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,506) (1,133) Accounts payable 6,564 1,634 Accrued expenses 7,807 867 Other liabilities 1,576 1,182 Net cash provided by operating activities 28,977 28,841 Cash flows used in investing activities: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (9,056) (13,973) Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment 42 129 Net cash used in investing activities (9,014) (13,844) Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities: Repurchase of Class A common stock (5,288) (12,537) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 4,500 2,952 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements 2,240 - Net proceeds from sale of investment shares 216 310 Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,668 (9,275) Change in cash and cash equivalents 21,631 5,722 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 41,516 35,794 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $63,147 $41,516 Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information: Income taxes paid $10,632 $7,901
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