BOSTON, March 9, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported a fourth quarter core product depletions increase of 5% and a core product shipments increase of 5%. Net income for the fourth quarter was $7.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, an increase of $3.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily as a result of increased core shipments and improved gross margins. Depletions growth was driven by Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals, Twisted Tea(R) and the Samuel Adams(R) Brewmaster's Collection. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $107.2 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 3%, over the same period last year, primarily due to core volume gains. For the twelve months ended December 26, 2009, net revenue increased by 4% to $415.1 million and the Company's earnings per diluted share were $2.17, an increase of $1.61 compared to 2008, which included the impact of the product recall initiated in April 2008. Excluding the previously recorded impact of the product recall, earnings per share for 2009 increased $0.77, or 55%, compared to 2008.
Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "We reported 5% depletions growth in the fourth quarter, bringing depletions growth for the second half of 2009 to 6%, as compared to a decline of 1% in the first half of 2009. We believe that our fourth quarter depletions continued the improved trends that we identified at the end of the second quarter. Looking to 2010, we are excited about the introduction of our new spring seasonal, Samuel Adams(R) Noble Pils, a hoppy pilsner beer brewed with a recipe that calls for all five varieties of Noble hops, which has initially been well received by drinkers, retailers and wholesalers. While it is too early to judge repeat consumption, we believe that its introduction and our twenty-fifth anniversary celebration are helping us start 2010 strongly and our challenge is to maintain this momentum as we continue to face increased competition from expanded distribution of domestic specialty brands and regional craft brands. We continue to explore ways to improve our sales execution, our brand strength and our position within the craft category and remain positive about the future of craft beer and our potential for future growth."
Mr. Koch also noted that, "key highlights of the fourth quarter and year were:
- Depletions grew 5% for the quarter and approximately 3% for the year.
- Our breweries continued to improve the quality, efficiencies, capacity and costs, with significant improvements coming at our Pennsylvania Brewery that we purchased in 2008.
- Gross margin was 52% both for the fourth quarter and the full year.
- We finished the year with $55.5 million in cash and no debt.
Our current estimate of earnings per diluted share for 2010 is between $2.35 and $2.65."
Martin Roper, the Company's President and CEO, stated, "Since the end of the first half of 2009 we have seen an improvement in the trends of our brands. The brands may have responded positively to the redesign of our packaging and the increased investment in media advertising and our sales force, but it is also possible that some of the drinkers of the competitive variety introduced in the last 24 months may be returning to our beers. Looking forward, we have no certainty that these trends will continue, but we feel we are in a good position to compete effectively through the strength of our brands and our sales force. We are currently projecting that we should finish 2010 with depletions growth slightly lower than the second half 2009 trends. We continue to believe that it is a good time to invest in our brands and have increased our investment in our sales force and added year-round radio advertising in order to achieve this goal. We are prepared to forsake some earnings in the short term in order to make appropriate investments in brand-building activities that position us well for future growth as we remain confident about the long term prospect for the craft category and our brands."
Mr. Roper continued, "We completed our first full year of ownership of our Pennsylvania Brewery, which continues to brew great Samuel Adams(R) beer. During 2009 we continued to make high quality beers, while significantly improving our costs and efficiencies at our breweries, which have contributed to our improved gross margins. Most of these efficiency gains and margin improvements were achieved in the second half of the year after the completion of the Diageo contract in May 2009, which was at very low margins. We are focused on a multi-year program to identify and execute projects that will continue to reduce cost, drive efficiency and increase productivity at both our Pennsylvania Brewery and our Cincinnati Brewery. Looking forward to 2010, we expect that continued improvement in the efficiencies at our breweries and other resource efficiency projects will contribute to improved gross margins compared to 2009, but that this will not return us to the historic gross margins levels experienced prior to 2006 before the recent significant increases in brewery operating costs and packaging and ingredient costs."
4th Quarter Results
Core shipment volume for the three months ended December 26, 2009 was approximately 528,000 barrels, a 5% increase over the same period in 2008. Total Company depletions in the fourth quarter grew 5%, driven by growth in Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals, Twisted Tea(R) and the Samuel Adams(R) Brewmaster's Collection. The Company believes that wholesaler inventory levels at December 26, 2009 were at appropriate levels.
Bill Urich, Boston Beer Company CFO, said, "Our fourth quarter 2009 gross margin of 52% represented an increase of 5 percentage points over our fourth quarter 2008 gross margin. This increase is due primarily to price increases, improved costs of operating our breweries, driven by lower energy costs, and the impact of the low margin contract production for Diageo North America, Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2008, partially offset by increased costs of package materials."
The Company's net income of $7.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 26, 2009 represented an increase of $3.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, from the same period last year. The increase in net income is primarily due to increased core shipments, improved gross margin and a reduction of impairment charges, offset by increases in the provision for income taxes and general and administrative expenses. Fourth quarter 2009 advertising, promotional and selling expenses were flat with those incurred in the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily as a result of decreases in freight expenses for shipping beer to wholesalers, driven mostly by reduced fuel costs, offset by an increase in advertising and salary and benefit costs related to the addition of sales personnel. Fourth quarter 2009 general and administrative costs were $1.4 million higher than those incurred in the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily as a result of increased stock compensation expense and legal costs. The Company incurred impairment charges of $0.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 based upon its review of the carrying values of its fixed assets, compared to a $1.9 million impairment charge for machinery and equipment in the fourth quarter of 2008. The Company recorded a tax provision in the fourth quarter of 2009 of $5.4 million, compared to $2.7 million in the prior year. The Company's fourth quarter tax rate was approximately 42%.
Core shipment volume for the year ended December 26, 2009 was approximately 2 million barrels, a 1% decrease compared to the same period in 2008. Excluding the impact of the 2008 product recall, 2009 core shipment volume increased 1% from 2008 levels. In 2009, total Company depletions increased approximately 3%, due primarily to increases in Samuel Adams(R) Seasonals, Twisted Tea(R) and the Samuel Adams(R) Brewmaster's Collection, which were partially offset by decreases in Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R) and Sam Adams Light(R).
The Company's net income of $31.1 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, for the year ended December 26, 2009 represented an increase of $23.0 million, or $1.61 per diluted share, compared to the 2008 year. The increase in net income is primarily due to the impact of product recall costs of $22.8 million in 2008, improved gross margins of approximately 5% and lower advertising, promotional and selling costs in 2009, offset by increases in the provision for income taxes and general and administrative costs. Advertising, promotional and selling expenses incurred during 2009 decreased by $11.3 million, as compared to 2008. The decrease was primarily due to significant reductions in freight expenses to wholesalers and to a lesser extent better advertising rates and more efficient spending, partially offset by increases in salaries and benefits due to the addition of sales personnel. General and administrative costs increased by $1.9 million during 2009 as compared to 2008, driven by a full twelve months of operating costs at the Pennsylvania Brewery, compared to only seven months in the same period in 2008, and increased consulting costs. The Company incurred impairment charges of $1.0 million in 2009 based upon its review of the carrying values of its fixed assets, compared to a $1.9 million impairment charge for machinery and equipment in 2008. The Company's effective tax rate for the 2009 year decreased to 42.8% from the 2008 rate of 48.9% as a result of higher pretax income but with no corresponding increase in non-deductible expenses.
Year-to-date depletions reported to the Company through February 2010 increased approximately 9% from the same period in 2009, with one less selling day in 2010. The improvement in depletions trends is primarily due to the launch of Samuel Adams(R) Noble Pils.
Shipments and orders in-hand suggest that core shipments year-to-date through April 2010 will be up approximately 9% compared to the same period in 2009. Actual shipments may differ and no inferences should be drawn with respect to shipments in future periods.
Looking forward to 2010, based on information of which the Company is currently aware, the Company believes that the current competitive pricing environment is very challenging and has reduced its expectations for revenue per barrel increases. The Company currently projects increases of between 1% and 2% through minor price optimizations, as the competitive environment permits, but there can be no assurances that the Company will be able to achieve the planned revenue per barrel increases. The Company continues to forecast cost stability for packaging and ingredients and a continued improvement in operating costs at the Pennsylvania Brewery. If successful, the Company could have full year 2010 gross margins of approximately 54%. The Company intends to increase investment in its brands by between $5.0 million and $10.0 million in 2010 commensurate with the opportunities for growth that it sees, but there is no guarantee such increased investments will result in increased volumes. Based upon the Company's best estimates at this time, the Company is targeting 2010 earnings per diluted share to be between $2.35 and $2.65, but actual results could vary significantly from this target. The Company is committed to trying to grow market share and to maintain volume and healthy pricing, and is prepared to invest to accomplish this, even if this causes short term earnings decreases.
The Company is evaluating 2010 capital expenditures and, based on current information, its initial estimates are between $15.0 million and $25.0 million, most of which relate to continued investments in the Pennsylvania Brewery, as the Company pursues further efficiency initiatives and equipment upgrades. The actual amount spent may well be different from these estimates as the Company continues to analyze its investment opportunities. In addition, higher volumes than currently expected could require additional keg purchases that are not included in these estimates.
The Company expects that its cash balances as of December 26, 2009 of $55.5 million, along with future operating cash flow and the Company's unused line of credit of $50.0 million, will be sufficient to fund future anticipated cash requirements. The Company continues to be in compliance with all of the covenants under its credit facility.
During the twelve months ended December 26, 2009, the Company repurchased approximately 209,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock for a total cost of $7.1 million. From December 27, 2009 through March 5, 2010 the Company repurchased an additional 287,400 shares of its Class A Common Stock for a total cost of $13.5 million. On March 4, 2010 the Board of Directors approved an increase of $25.0 million to the previously approved $140.0 million share buyback expenditure limit for a new limit of $165.0 million. Through March 5, 2010, the Company has repurchased a cumulative total of approximately 9.0 million shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $134.6 million. The Company has approximately $30.4 million remaining on the $165.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors. As of March 5, 2010, the Company had 9.9 million shares of Class A Common Stock and 4.1 million shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding.
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.
Today, the Company brews more than 21 styles of beer. The Company uses the traditional four vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world's finest ingredients. While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the "extreme beer" movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers' perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While the Company's products are the country's largest-selling craft beer family, they account for only about nine-tenths of one percent of the U.S. beer market. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.
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 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008. 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.
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 26, December 27, December 26, December 27,
2009 2008 2009 2008
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Barrels sold 533 618 2,222 2,341
Revenue, net of
returns of $13,222
for the twelve
December 27, 2008 $117,479 $112,886 $453,446 $436,332
Less excise taxes 10,291 9,109 38,393 37,932
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Net revenue 107,188 103,777 415,053 398,400
Cost of goods sold 51,695 55,305 201,235 205,040
product recall - (73) - 9,473
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Gross profit 55,493 48,545 213,818 183,887
selling expenses 31,768 31,652 121,560 132,901
expenses 10,342 8,971 36,938 34,988
assets 496 1,936 1,049 1,936
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expenses 42,606 42,559 159,547 169,825
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Operating income 12,887 5,986 54,271 14,062
Other income, net:
Interest income 27 288 112 1,604
(expense), net (16) (26) (16) 174
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income, net 11 262 96 1,778
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income taxes 12,898 6,248 54,367 15,840
Income tax provision 5,438 2,651 23,249 7,752
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Net income $7,460 $3,597 $31,118 $8,088
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Net income per
common share -
basic $0.53 $0.26 $2.21 $0.58
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Net income per
common share -
diluted $0.52 $0.25 $2.17 $0.56
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number of common
shares - basic 14,075 14,039 14,059 13,927
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number of common
shares - diluted 14,458 14,365 14,356 14,341
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Consolidated Balance Sheets:
(in thousands, except share data)
December 26, December 27,
Cash and cash equivalents $55,481 $9,074
Accounts receivable, net of allowance
for doubtful accounts of $199 and $255
as of December 26, 2009 and
December 27, 2008, respectively 17,856 18,057
Inventories 25,558 22,708
Prepaid expenses and other assets 9,710 16,281
Deferred income taxes 4,425 2,734
Total current assets 113,030 68,854
Property, plant and equipment, net 147,021 147,920
Other assets 1,508 1,606
Goodwill 1,377 1,377
Total assets $262,936 $219,757
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable $25,255 $20,203
Accrued expenses 48,531 46,854
Total current liabilities 73,786 67,057
Deferred income taxes 13,439 9,617
Other liabilities 2,556 3,055
Total liabilities 89,781 79,729
Commitments and Contingencies
Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value;
22,700,000 shares authorized; 10,142,494
and 10,068,486 issued and outstanding as
of December 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008,
respectively 101 101
Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value;
4,200,000 shares authorized; 4,107,355
issued and outstanding 41 41
Additional paid-in capital 111,668 102,653
Accumulated other comprehensive loss,
net of tax (359) (431)
Retained earnings 61,704 37,664
Total stockholders' equity 173,155 140,028
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $262,936 $219,757
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:
Twelve Months Ended
December 26, December 27,
Cash flows provided by operating activities:
Net income $31,118 $8,088
Adjustments to reconcile net income to
net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 16,919 12,503
Impairment of long-lived assets 1,049 1,936
Loss on disposal of property, plant and
equipment 25 119
Bad debt expense 24 57
Stock-based compensation expense 4,106 4,148
Excess tax benefit from stock-based
compensation arrangements (1,640) (4,065)
Deferred income taxes 2,131 7,758
Proceeds from sale of trading securities - 16,200
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 177 (142)
Inventories (2,850) (4,618)
Prepaid expenses and other assets 6,483 (8,875)
Accounts payable 5,052 2,495
Accrued expenses 3,398 4,405
Other liabilities (427) (167)
Net cash provided by operating activities 65,565 39,842
Cash flows used in investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (16,997) (59,539)
Proceeds from disposal of property,
plant and equipment 8 11
Purchase of brewery assets - (44,960)
Net cash used in investing activities (16,989) (104,488)
Cash flows used in financing activities:
Repurchase of Class A common stock (7,080) (15,324)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 2,806 5,274
Excess tax benefit from stock-based
compensation arrangements 1,640 4,065
Net proceeds from sale of investment shares 465 416
Net cash used in financing activities (2,169) (5,569)
Change in cash and cash equivalents 46,407 (70,215)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 9,074 79,289
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $55,481 $9,074
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Income taxes paid $18,193 $8,837
Reclassification of deposits and costs
related to brewery acquisition to property
plant and equipment $- $11,507
Copies of The Boston Beer Company's press releases, including quarterly
financial results, are available on the Internet at www.bostonbeer.com
SOURCE Boston Beer Company, Inc.