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Washington, DC 20549





to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):    March 5, 2020


National Beverage Corp.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


1-14170 59-2605822
(Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)


8100 SW Tenth Street, Suite 4000  
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33324
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


(954) 581-0922

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


Title of each Class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share FIZZ The NASDAQ Global Select Market


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition


On March 5, 2020, National Beverage Corp. issued a press release announcing financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended January 25, 2020. The information in Item 2.02 of this report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibit 99.1

Press release dated March 5, 2020 announcing the Company’s financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended January 25, 2020.


Exhibit 104

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL)





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


National Beverage Corp.





/s/ George R. Bracken

George R. Bracken

Executive Vice President – Finance

(Principal Financial Officer)




Date: March 6, 2020







Press release dated March 5, 2020 announcing the Company’s financial results for the three and nine- month periods ended January 25, 2020.



Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL)



Exhibit 99.1



For Immediate Release

Contact: Office of the Chairman, Grace Keene







FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 5, 2020 . . . National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) today announced progress of its recently adopted ‘Stimulus’ action plan and released financial results for its third quarter ended January 25, 2020:



Net sales were $223 million, an increase of 1% from the prior year;



Gross margin was 36.8% of sales, also improved from the prior year;



Earnings per share was $ .57, an increase of 7% from the prior year; and


Cash was $262 million, an increase of $105 million for the nine months.



Stimulus Action Results:


“The numbers reflect the effects of a strategy that generated increased momentum of brand LaCroix. LaCroix has returned to positive growth in a much different sparkling water category that existed prior to October 2018, when litigation slowed the growth of LaCroix, which also affected the growth of the total sparkling water category.


These third quarter financial results clearly state that LaCroix retained its distinction as the leader of the premium sparkling water category in North America. While sparkling water category growth has slowed from October 2018, the vitality of LaCroix as the masthead of the sparkling water category remains ‘authentic’.










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Components of our Stimulus Action:





Operating Margin






Cash Flow


Healthy Functionality



Recent Information:



February 19, 2020 – LaCroix Victorious in Litigation . . . Claims Retracted



March 4, 2020 LaCroix’s Spring Taste Is . . . UP!!



Our stimulus action is producing similar positive results all across our brands of carbonated soft drinks, juices and sparkling waters. Two new LaCroix flavors, LimonCello and Pastèque (Watermelon), are currently being launched nationwide. We are excited about these two new flavors and, according to early indications, so are our consumers. We remain extremely passionate about our future and strongly believe progress is rapidly advancing toward innovative growth opportunities for functional, healthier, hydration beverages, stated a company spokesperson.








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National Beverage Corp.

Consolidated Results for the Periods Ended

January 25, 2020 and January 26, 2019



    (in thousands, except per share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  

Jan. 25, 2020


Jan. 26, 2019


Jan. 25, 2020


Jan. 26, 2019


Net Sales

  $ 222,814     $ 220,891     $ 737,993     $ 774,190  

Net Income

  $ 26,563     $ 24,809     $ 93,759     $ 114,717  

Earnings Per Common Share



  $ .57     $ .53     $ 2.01     $ 2.46  


  $ .57     $ .53     $ 2.00     $ 2.44  

Average Common Shares Outstanding



    46,600       46,638       46,633       46,628  


    46,802       46,934       46,853       46,927  



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.