Hostess Brands, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

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Provides 2020 Outlook, Including Voortman Cookies Limited

Executes Relocation of Primary Distribution Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK) (NASDAQ: TWNKW) (“Hostess” or the “Company”), today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Business Highlights as Compared to the Prior Year Period1:

  • Net revenue was $216.7 million, an increase of 6.7% excluding the impact of the sale of the In-Store Bakery (“ISB”) business, driven primarily by strong performance of Hostess® branded products across retail channels.
  • Point of sale increased 8.3% and market share was 18.6%, up 113 basis points.
  • Gross profit was $70.8 million, an increase of 6.7% excluding ISB, due to higher sales volume and pricing actions as well as continued operating efficiencies. Adjusted gross profit was $75.3 million, a 5.7% increase excluding a $2.5 million decline from the sale of ISB.
  • Net income increased 44.0% to $23.6 million and diluted EPS increased 41.7% to $0.17 per share primarily due to a foreign currency contract gain, partially offset by transaction and other facility transition costs and the sale of ISB. Adjusted net income was $22.8 million, compared to $23.5 million and adjusted EPS was $0.16 per share, compared to $0.17 per share. Improved operating performance was offset by the sale of ISB, and higher depreciation and stock compensation expense.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $52.4 million, or 24.2% of net revenue, compared to $51.4 million, or 23.9% of net revenue. Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.3%, excluding the $2.2 million decline due to the sale of ISB.

Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights as Compared to the Prior Year Period1:

  • Net revenue increased 8.7%, excluding the ISB business, driven primarily by Hostess® branded growth.
  • Point of sale increased 6.5% and market share was 18.8%, up 80 basis points.
  • Gross profit increased 13.4% and adjusted gross profit increased 12.4%, excluding any impact of ISB.
  • Net income was $77.6 million and adjusted EBITDA was $204.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.4%, excluding any impact of ISB.
  • Reduced leverage to 3.4x.

Transformative Operational Accomplishments:

  • Implemented operational enhancements to drive significant profitability improvement of Cloverhill Business.
  • Completed strategic changes to portfolio through disposition of ISB business on August 30, 2019 and acquisition of Voortman Cookies, Limited (“Voortman”) on January 3, 2020.
  • Executed transition of distribution capabilities to Kansas, expanding our capabilities and capacity for growth.
  • Advanced capabilities through addition of key talent and enhanced tools and data analytics to improve performance.

Andy Callahan, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited by the transformative operational progress our team achieved during the year, which will continue to fuel sustainable long-term profitability and value for our stockholders. Our fourth quarter and full year financial results reflect meaningful growth in net revenue with a solid increase in market share and strong gross profit margin expansion resulting from gains in volume and distribution of Hostess® branded core products and breakfast innovation. We expect 2020 to continue this positive momentum driving another year of meaningful growth, including the continued growth of our Hostess® branded products, execution of operating enhancements and the integration of our recently completed acquisition of Voortman.”

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1 This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income, and adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”). Please refer to the schedules in the press release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measure. Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons of financial measures in this press release are to the fourth quarter or full year of 2018, as applicable. All measures of market performance contained in this press release, including point of sale and market share, include all Company branded products within the SBG category as reported by Nielsen but do not include other products sold outside of the SBG category. All market data in this press release refer to the 13-week period ended December 28, 2019 and the prior-year comparable period. The Company’s leverage ratio is net debt (total long-term debt less cash) divided by adjusted EBITDA.

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2020 Outlook Summary:

  • The Company expects organic revenue growth ahead of the SBG category in 2020 driven by expansion of core products as well as new innovation.
  • Full year 2020 adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $225 million to $240 million, an increase of 13% to 20% over 2019, excluding the $5 million of 2019 ISB adjusted EBITDA, primarily driven by organic growth, continued operating efficiencies and the contribution of approximately $20 million from the acquisition of Voortman.
  • The Company expects a leverage ratio of approximately 4x at the end of 2020, increased by the additional debt incurred to finance the Voortman acquisition partially offset by strong operating cash flows.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2018

Net revenue was $216.7 million, an increase of 0.9%, or $1.9 million, compared to $214.8 million. Excluding the impact of the sale of ISB, net revenue increased $13.5 million or 6.7%. Growth was driven by increased sales volume of Hostess® core products such as Donettes®, strong performance from core and breakfast innovation products and continued growth of our Dolly Madison® branded products. These increases were achieved across sales channels, with growth most notably driven within the club, convenience and mass retail channels.

Gross profit was $70.8 million, or 32.7% of net revenue, compared to $68.8 million, or 32.0% of net revenue. Excluding ISB, gross profit increased 6.7%. Adjusted gross profit was $75.3 million, or 34.8% of net revenue, compared to $73.8 million or 34.3% of net revenue. Adjusted gross profit, excluding ISB, increased 5.7%. Gross margin increased as a result of increased sales volume and operating efficiencies, partially offset by higher input costs.

Operating costs and expenses were $31.2 million, or 14.4% of net revenue, compared to $38.5 million, or 17.9% of net revenue. The Company recognized a $7.1 million gain on the valuation of a foreign currency contract originated during the quarter to hedge the January 2020 purchase of Voortman in Canadian dollars. In 2018, the Company recognized a $3.3 million asset impairment. Excluding these items, operating costs and expenses increased due to costs incurred for the Voortman acquisition and facility transition costs.

The Company’s effective tax rate was 20.2%, compared to 18.2%. The increase in the effective tax rate is due to the Class A for Class B share exchanges during 2019. Subsequent to these exchanges, more income from Hostess Holdings, L.P. was allocated to Hostess Brands, Inc.

Net income was $23.6 million compared to $16.4 million and dilutive EPS was $0.17 compared to $0.12. Adjusted net income was $22.8 million, compared to $23.5 million and adjusted EPS was $0.16, compared to $0.17. Improved operating performance was offset by the sale of ISB, and higher depreciation and stock compensation expense. Additionally, adjusted EPS declined as a result of the dilutive impact of the warrants.

Adjusted EBITDA was $52.4 million, or 24.2% of net revenue, compared to $51.4 million, or 23.9% of net revenue. Excluding the impact of ISB, adjusted EBITDA increased $3.1 million or 6.3%.

Cash from operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $144.0 million compared to $143.7 million for the same period last year.

Relocation to New Distribution Facility

In November 2019, the Company executed its previously announced relocation of its primary distribution center from Illinois to Kansas. The new location is closer to the Company’s largest bakery and more centrally located within the United States providing the Company with the ability to reach customers faster, reduce transportation costs and improve service levels. This critical transition provides enhanced infrastructure for future profitable growth.

2020 Outlook

On January 3, 2020, the Company completed its purchase of Voortman, a manufacturer of premium, branded wafers as well as sugar-free and specialty cookies with distribution mainly in the United States and Canada. Voortman® is a leading brand with a well-defined consumer position that complements and extends the growing Hostess® portfolio into the growing cookie and better-for-you sweet snacking categories with meaningful runway for future growth. As the Company transitions Voortman to unlock meaningful distribution expansion in key growth channels, it expects 2020 net revenue and adjusted EBITDA contribution of approximately $90 million and $20 million, respectively.

The Company expects the following consolidated financial results for the full year 2020:

  • Organic net revenue growth above the SBG category;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $225 million to $240 million, an increase of 13% to 20% from 2019 excluding the $5 million of 2019 ISB adjusted EBITDA;
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.65 to $0.75, an increase of 7% to 23%;
  • Leverage ratio of approximately 4x at the end of 2020 compared to 3.4x at December 31, 2019, absent any additional acquisitions or optional debt reductions;
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $50 million to $60 million, including $20 million expected for the Voortman integration;
  • Income tax rate of 24% to 26% giving effect to the non-controlling interest.

The Company provides guidance only on a non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) basis and does not provide a reconciliation of the Company’s forward-looking financial expectations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation; including adjustments that could be made for deferred taxes; remeasurement of the Tax Receivable Agreement, changes in allocation to the non-controlling interest, transformation expenses and other non-operating gains or losses reflected in the Company’s reconciliation of historic non-GAAP financial measures, the amount of which could be material. Please refer to the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures included in this press release for further information about the use of these measures.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast with an accompanying presentation today, February 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the results for the fourth quarter. Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial (877) 451-6152 from the U.S. and (201) 389-0879 internationally. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through March 13, 2020, by dialing (844) 512-2921 from the U.S., or (412) 317-6671 from international locations, and entering confirmation code 13698714. The simultaneous, live webcast and presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.hostessbrands.com. The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

About Hostess Brands, Inc.

Hostess Brands, Inc. is a leading packaged food company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing fresh baked sweet goods in North America. The Hostess® brand’s history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess® CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies® in 1930. Today, the Company produces a variety of new and classic treats in addition to Twinkies® and CupCakes, including Donettes®, Ding Dongs®, Zingers®, Danishes, Honey Buns and Coffee Cakes. In January 2020, the Company acquired Voortman Cookies, Limited which produces a variety of cookies and wafers products, including sugar-free products under the Voortman® brand. For more information about Hostess® products and Hostess Brands, please visit hostesscakes.com. Follow Hostess on Twitter: @Hostess_Snacks; on Facebook: facebook.com/Hostess; on Instagram: Hostess_Snacks; and on Pinterest: pinterest.com/hostesscakes.

The Company has two reportable segments: SBG and In-Store Bakery. The SBG segment consists of sweet baked goods, bread and buns and frozen retail products that are sold under the Hostess®, Dolly Madison®, Cloverhill® and Big Texas® brands. The In-Store Bakery segment consists of Superior on Main® and private label products sold through the in-store bakery section of grocery and club stores. The Company divested its In-Store Bakery segment’s operations on August 30, 2019.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements reflecting the Company’s views about its future performance that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are generally identified through the inclusion of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “will,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” or similar language. Statements addressing the Company’s future operating performance and statements addressing events and developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur are also considered as forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

These statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, maintaining, extending and expanding the Company’s reputation and brand image; protecting intellectual property rights; leveraging the Company’s brand value to compete against lower-priced alternative brands; correctly predicting, identifying and interpreting changes in consumer preferences and demand and offering new products to meet those changes; operating in a highly competitive industry; the ability to maintain or add additional shelf or retail space for the Company’s products; the continued ability to produce and successfully market products with extended shelf life; our ability to successfully integrate, achieve expected synergies and manage our acquired businesses and brands; the ability to drive revenue growth in key products or add products that are faster-growing and more profitable; volatility in commodity, energy, and other input prices and the ability to adjust pricing to cover increased costs; dependence on major customers; geographic focus could make the Company particularly vulnerable to economic and other events and trends in North America; increased costs in order to comply with governmental regulation; general political, social and economic conditions; a portion of the workforce belongs to unions and strikes or work stoppages could cause the business to suffer; product liability claims, product recalls, or regulatory enforcement actions; unanticipated business disruptions; dependence on third parties for significant services; insurance may not provide adequate levels of coverage against claims; failures, unavailability, or disruptions of the Company’s information technology systems; dependence on key personnel or a highly skilled and diverse workforce; and the Company’s ability to finance indebtedness on terms favorable to the Company; and other risks as set forth from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

As a result of a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, the Company’s actual results or performance may be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Item 1A-Risk Factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2019. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on the Company’s behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except shares and per share data)

 

 

December 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

285,087

 

 

 

$

146,377

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

104,892

 

 

 

105,679

 

Inventories

 

47,608

 

 

 

38,580

 

Prepaids and other current assets

 

15,569

 

 

 

8,806

 

Total current assets

 

453,156

 

 

 

299,442

 

Property and equipment, net

 

242,384

 

 

 

220,349

 

Intangible assets, net

 

1,853,315

 

 

 

1,901,215

 

Goodwill

 

535,853

 

 

 

575,645

 

Other assets, net

 

12,993

 

 

 

14,062

 

Total assets

 

$

3,097,701

 

 

 

$

3,010,713

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt and lease obligations payable within one year

 

$

11,883

 

 

 

$

11,268

 

Tax receivable agreement obligations payable within one year

 

12,100

 

 

 

4,400

 

Accounts payable

 

68,566

 

 

 

65,288

 

Customer trade allowances

 

45,715

 

 

 

42,010

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

21,661

 

 

 

18,137

 

Total current liabilities

 

159,925

 

 

 

141,103

 

Long-term debt and lease obligations

 

975,405

 

 

 

976,736

 

Tax receivable agreement obligations

 

126,096

 

 

 

64,663

 

Deferred tax liability

 

256,051

 

 

 

277,954

 

Total liabilities

 

1,517,477

 

 

 

1,460,456

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 122,108,086 and 100,046,392 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

 

12

 

 

 

10

 

Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 8,409,834 and 30,255,184 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

 

1

 

 

 

3

 

Additional paid in capital

 

1,152,055

 

 

 

925,902

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(756

 

 

2,523

 

Retained earnings

 

334,480

 

 

 

271,365

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

1,485,792

 

 

 

1,199,803

 

Non-controlling interest

 

94,432

 

 

 

350,454

 

Total liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interest

 

$

3,097,701

 

 

 

$

3,010,713

 

HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except shares and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

December 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

December 31,
2018

Net revenue

 

$

216,666

 

 

 

$

214,815

 

 

$

907,675

 

 

 

$

850,389

 

Cost of goods sold

 

145,890

 

 

 

146,014

 

 

607,841

 

 

 

583,112

 

Gross profit

 

70,776

 

 

 

68,801

 

 

299,834

 

 

 

267,277

 

Operating costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing

 

9,589

 

 

 

7,697

 

 

39,775

 

 

 

35,069

 

Selling expense

 

6,897

 

 

 

7,464

 

 

30,719

 

 

 

30,071

 

General and administrative

 

14,940

 

 

 

13,445

 

 

69,423

 

 

 

52,760

 

Amortization of customer relationships

 

5,628

 

 

 

6,074

 

 

23,377

 

 

 

24,057

 

Business combination transaction costs

 

1,914

 

 

 

250

 

 

1,914

 

 

 

297

 

Tax receivable agreement liability remeasurement

 

(1,110

 

 

(114

 

186

 

 

 

(1,866

Gain on foreign currency contract

 

(7,128

 

 

 

 

(7,128

 

 

 

Other operating expenses

 

512

 

 

 

3,641

 

 

5,472

 

 

 

5,331

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

31,242

 

 

 

38,457

 

 

163,738

 

 

 

145,719

 

Operating income

 

39,534

 

 

 

30,344

 

 

136,096

 

 

 

121,558

 

Other expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

9,519

 

 

 

10,341

 

 

39,870

 

 

 

39,404

 

Gain on buyout of tax receivable agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12,372

Other expense

 

483

 

 

 

15

 

 

1,769

 

 

 

146

 

Total other expense

 

10,002

 

 

 

10,356

 

 

41,639

 

 

 

27,178

 

Income before income taxes

 

29,532

 

 

 

19,988

 

 

94,457

 

 

 

94,380

 

Income tax expense

 

5,977

 

 

 

3,636

 

 

16,892

 

 

 

12,954

 

Net income

 

23,555

 

 

 

16,352

 

 

77,565

 

 

 

81,426

 

Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest

 

1,834

 

 

 

4,522

 

 

14,450

 

 

 

18,531

 

Net income attributable to Class A shareholders

 

$

21,721

 

 

 

$

11,830

 

 

$

63,115

 

 

 

$

62,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per Class A share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.18

 

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.57

 

 

 

$

0.63

 

Diluted

 

$

0.17

 

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.55

 

 

 

$

0.61

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

121,219,637

 

 

 

100,034,285

 

 

110,540,264

 

 

 

99,957,049

 

Diluted

 

126,108,531

 

 

 

100,113,695

 

 

114,699,447

 

 

 

103,098,394

 

Results of Operations by Segment

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

(In thousands)

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

December 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

December 31,
2018

Net Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet baked goods

 

$

216,666

 

 

 

$

203,132

 

 

$

878,973

 

 

 

$

808,355

 

In-Store Bakery

 

 

 

 

11,683

 

 

28,702

 

 

 

42,034

 

 

 

$

216,666

 

 

 

$

214,815

 

 

$

907,675

 

 

 

$

850,389

 

Gross Profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet baked goods

 

$

70,776

 

 

 

$

66,311

 

 

$

293,648

 

 

 

$

258,995

 

In-Store Bakery

 

 

 

 

2,490

 

 

6,186

 

 

 

8,282

 

 

 

$

70,776

 

 

 

$

68,801

 

 

$

299,834

 

 

 

$

267,277

 

HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

December 31,
2018

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

77,565

 

 

 

$

81,426

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

43,334

 

 

 

41,411

 

Impairment of property, goodwill and intangibles

 

1,505

 

 

 

4,717

 

Non-cash loss on debt modification

 

531

 

 

 

 

Debt premium amortization

 

(747

 

 

(1,079

)

Tax receivable agreement remeasurement and gain on buyout

 

185

 

 

 

(14,237

)

Non-cash fees on sale of business

 

1,414

 

 

 

 

Gain on foreign currency contract

 

(7,128

 

 

 

Share-based compensation

 

9,231

 

 

 

5,600

 

Loss on sale/abandonment of property and equipment

 

471

 

 

 

253

 

Deferred taxes

 

14,121

 

 

 

10,255

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(2,570

 

 

(3,667

)

Inventories

 

(12,477

 

 

3,569

 

Prepaids and other current assets

 

265

 

 

 

(510

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

14,072

 

 

 

14,418

 

Customer trade allowances

 

4,202

 

 

 

1,499

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

143,974

 

 

 

143,655

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(34,875

 

 

(44,585

)

Acquisition of business, net of cash

 

 

 

 

(23,160

)

Proceeds from sale of business, net of cash

 

63,345

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

 

 

 

639

 

Acquisition and development of software assets

 

(5,609

 

 

(3,839

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

22,861

 

 

 

(70,945

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

 

(9,894

 

 

(10,105

)

Debt refinancing costs

 

(7,433

 

 

 

Distributions to non-controlling interest

 

(6,658

 

 

(9,551

)

Payment of taxes related to the net issuance of employee stock awards

 

(1,431

 

 

(1,025

)

Payments on tax receivable agreement

 

(2,732

 

 

(41,353

)

Proceeds from the exercise of warrants

 

23

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(28,125

 

 

(62,034

)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

138,710

 

 

 

10,676

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

146,377

 

 

 

135,701

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

285,087

 

 

 

$

146,377

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for:

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

$

43,986

 

 

 

$

37,617

 

Taxes paid

 

$

1,840

 

 

 

$

3,422

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing:

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued capital expenditures

 

$

2,910

 

 

 

$

7,858

 

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