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Winter Quarter Heightens Momentum Despite Inclement Weather Reports National Beverage Corp.

March 8, 2018 at 5:16 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--()--National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) today announced results for its third quarter and nine months ended January 27, 2018. Compared to the prior year:

  • For the nine months ended January 27, 2018 –
    • Revenues grew to $731 million, up 19%
    • Gross Profit and Operating Profit grew 22% and 31%, respectively
    • Net Income and EPS increased 46% from prior year

For the Trailing Twelve Months ended January 27, 2018:

(Dollars in millions except EPS)
    Revenues   Op. Income   Net Income   EPS   EBITDA**
FY 2018   $ 943     $ 199     $ 142     $ 3.06     $ 212  
YOY Growth     19 %     37 %     49 %     49 %     35 %
FY 2017   $ 794     $ 145     $ 95     $ 2.05     $ 157  

• Cash was $155 million net of $140 million dividend distributions from January 27, 2017

Despite severe weather conditions which temporarily disrupted deliveries in certain markets, our third quarter top-line and bottom-line growth again led the industry,” stated Chairman and CEO Nick A Caporella. “The third quarter marked our 15th consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings growth, and the 11th consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth. While we are compelled by regulations to record a one-time adjustment to previous deferred tax liabilities by $4.3 million, and adjust prior year-to-date income tax to the estimated effective tax rate for the full year resulting in a $7 million reduction in tax expense; after these adjustments the third quarter produced after-tax earnings of $41.1 million or earnings per share of $.88.”

“While I certainly believe that the new tax code is beneficial for American enterprise, I may have desired alternative methods to report our stated results. We manage our consumer products and our investor business with focused dedication and passion. We believe in our philosophy and its proven results and continuously modify our business plan . . . to adjust for this tax modification was more than uncomfortable.

Throughout these past five years, we have repeatedly identified all of the authentic circumstances pertaining to the sustainability of our brand growth and performance . . . most especially, brand LaCroix. Due to its phenomenal prospects, we are questioned constantly about sustainability. The results included in this report further confirm our operating logic,” continued Caporella.

“Over the years, I have witnessed most major players in the carbonated soft drink (CSD) business educate retailers on ‘How to make less – Profits!’ These same players are now trying to do the same in the true sparkling water segment. But, today, the concerned retailers are rebuking these harmful efforts to destroy their opportunity to continue sustaining the high growth/better margin of the sparkling water segment. Additionally, they have resisted compromising this authentic, healthy segment of their business – with rigorous diligence . . . Advantage LaCroix!” concluded Caporella.

National Beverage Corp.
Consolidated Results for the Periods Ended
January 27, 2018 and January 28, 2017
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended

Jan. 27, 2018

  Jan. 28, 2017  

Jan. 27, 2018

  Jan. 28, 2017
Net Sales   $ 227,477   $ 194,564   $ 731,428   $ 614,852
Net Income   $ 41,080   $ 24,285   $ 113,332   $ 77,884
Earnings Per Common Share                        
Basic   $ .88   $ .52   $ 2.43   $ 1.67
Diluted   $ .88   $ .52   $ 2.42   $ 1.67
Common Shares Outstanding                        
Basic     46,603     46,566     46,594     46,561
Diluted     46,923     46,763     46,921     46,764



Operating Margin Growth

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings which may cause actual results or achievements to differ from the results or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. The Company disclaims an obligation to update or announce revisions to any forward-looking statements.

**Although the Company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), management believes that the disclosure of EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, may provide users with additional insights into the operating performance of the business. EBITDA (in millions) of $212 and $157 for the twelve months ended January 27, 2018 and January 28, 2017, respectively, is calculated by adding the following expenses back to Net Income: Depreciation and Amortization of $13.5 and $12.6; Net Interest (Income) of ($1.0) and ($.3); and Provision for Income Taxes of $57.0 and $49.3.



National Beverage Corp.
Grace Keene, 877-NBC-FIZZ