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Farmer Bros. Co. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ:FARM) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Highlights:

  • Net sales decreased 1.7% to $142.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, as compared to the prior year period;
  • Net income was $5.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, as compared to $2.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share in the prior year period;
  • Non-GAAP net income and Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $5.7 million and $0.35, respectively, as compared to $3.9 million and $0.24, respectively, in the prior year period; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $12.8 million and 9.0%, respectively, as compared to $12.1 million and 8.4%, respectively, in the prior year period.

(The foregoing non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this press release).

Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results:

Net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 decreased $2.5 million, or 1.7%, to $142.3 million from $144.8 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year primarily due to decreases in sales of our coffee, tea and culinary products, resulting primarily from the effects of pricing and product mix changes offset, in part, by an increase in unit sales of coffee (roast & ground). In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, green coffee processed and sold was approximately 23.2 million pounds, compared to approximately 23.1 million pounds in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

Gross profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 decreased $0.2 million, or 0.4%, to $52.9 million as compared to $53.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Gross margin increased 50 basis points to 37.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 from 36.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to the decrease in net sales. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to supply chain efficiencies realized primarily through the consolidation of our former Torrance coffee production volumes into our Houston manufacturing facility, partially offset by the decrease in net sales. Gross profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively, also included the beneficial effect of the liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities in the amount of $0.3 million and $2.2 million.

Michael H. Keown, President and CEO said, “Overall, I am pleased with the continued progress we are making across the business, and the transition to Northlake, Texas. He added, “Increases in supply chain efficiencies are paying off in enhanced profitability. We executed well during a period of high throughput allowing us to maintain our high quality and customer service standards while ramping up several new customers during the quarter.”

Operating expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 decreased $2.1 million, or 4.2%, to $47.5 million, as compared to $49.6 million, in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year primarily due to $5.1 million in net gain from the sale of the spice assets, $1.7 million decrease in selling expenses and $0.4 million decrease in general and administrative expenses, partially offset by $5.2 million in restructuring and other transition expenses relating to the Company's corporate relocation plan. The decrease in selling expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to lower fuel and freight expenses and lower depreciation expense as compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. The decrease in the general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to lower accrual for anticipated bonus payments to eligible employees and consulting expense, partially offset by an increase in retiree medical costs, as compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year.

Income from operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $5.4 million as compared to $3.5 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, primarily due to the $5.1 million net gain from the sale of spice assets, offset by restructuring and other transition expenses of $5.2 million incurred in connection with the Company's corporate relocation plan.

Total other income in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $0.6 million, primarily due to lower interest expense of $0.1 million and net gains on coffee-related derivative instruments of $32,000, as compared to total other expense of $0.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 which included higher interest expense of $0.2 million and net losses on coffee-related derivative instruments of $0.9 million.

As a result, net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $5.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $2.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Non-GAAP net income, Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures; a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their corresponding GAAP measures is included at the end of this press release.

Non-GAAP net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $5.7 million, as compared to Non-GAAP net income of $3.9 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share was $0.35 in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, as compared to Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share of $0.24 in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $12.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, from $12.1 million in the prior year period, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin increased to 9.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, from 8.4% in the prior year period.

Treasurer and CFO, Isaac N. Johnston, Jr. said, “The financial results for the second quarter were strong, and we are pleased with the progress in improving Non-GAAP net income, along with the positive change in volume growth. We will continue to focus on driving efficiencies from the corporate relocation plan and on accelerating volume growth.”

About Farmer Bros. Co.

Founded in 1912, Farmer Bros. Co. is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, and distributor of tea and culinary products. The Company's customers include restaurants, hotels, casinos, offices, quick service restaurants (“QSR's”), convenience stores, healthcare facilities and other foodservice providers, as well as private brand retailers in the QSR, grocery, drugstore, restaurant, convenience store, and independent coffee house channels. The Company's product line includes roasted coffee, liquid coffee, coffee-related products such as coffee filters, sugar and creamers, assorted iced and hot teas, cappuccino, cocoa, spices, gelatins and puddings, soup bases, dressings, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and jellies and preserves.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Farmer Bros. Co. generated net sales of over $500 million in fiscal 2015 and has approximately 1,750 employees nationwide. The Company's primary brands include Farmer Brothers®, Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers, Superior®, Metropolitan , Cain's and McGarvey®. For more information, visit: www.farmerbros.com.

Investor Conference Call

Michael H. Keown, President and CEO, and Isaac N. Johnston, Jr., Treasurer and CFO will host an investor conference call today, February 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (4:00 p.m. Central time) to review the Company’s results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2015 and to provide an update on the Company's second quarter events. The call will be open to all interested investors through a live audio web broadcast via the Internet at—http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/rjvnpfon—and at the Company’s website www.farmerbros.com under “Investor Relations.” The call also will be available to investors and analysts by dialing (844) 423-9890. The passcode/ID is 31083663 within the U.S. and Canada.

The audio-only webcast will be archived for approximately 30 days on the Investor Relations section of the Farmer Bros. Co. website, and will be available approximately two hours after the end of the live webcast.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release, including the Company’s plans and expectations regarding the corporate relocation plan, are not based on historical fact and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations. These statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and observations of future events and include any statements that do not directly relate to any historical or current fact. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words like “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects, ” “expects, ” “plans, ” “believes, ” “intends, ” “will, ” “could,” “assumes” and other words of similar meaning. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those set forth in forward-looking statements. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only at the time of this press release and does not undertake to update or revise these statements as more information becomes available except as required under federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the timing and success of implementation of the Company's corporate relocation plan, the timing and success of the Company in realizing estimated savings from third party logistics and vendor managed inventory, the realization of the Company’s cost savings estimates, the extent to which the Company’s final budget for the new facility may exceed the estimated preliminary budget and result in an increase in the rent payments or the option exercise price under the lease agreement for the facility, the relative effectiveness of compensation-based employee incentives in causing improvements in Company performance, the capacity to meet the demands of the Company’s large national account customers, the extent of execution of plans for the growth of Company business and achievement of financial metrics related to those plans, the success of the Company to retain and/or attract qualified employees, the effect of the capital markets as well as other external factors on stockholder value, fluctuations in availability and cost of green coffee, competition, organizational changes, changes in the strength of the economy, business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, the Company's continued success in attracting new customers, variances from budgeted sales mix and growth rates, weather and special or unusual events, changes in the quality or dividend stream of the third parties' securities and other investment vehicles in which the Company has invested its assets, as well as other risks described in this press release and other factors described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC.


FARMER BROS. CO.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended December 31, Six Months Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales$142,307 $144,809 $275,752 $280,793
Cost of goods sold89,399 91,667 172,265 179,530
Gross profit52,908 53,142 103,487 101,263
Selling expenses37,853 39,599 74,294 78,049
General and administrative expenses9,509 9,860 18,974 16,869
Restructuring and other transition expenses5,236 10,686
Net gain from sale of spice assets(5,106) (5,106)
Net losses (gains) from sales of assets55 178 (159) 239
Operating expenses47,547 49,637 98,689 95,157
Income from operations5,361 3,505 4,798 6,106
Other income (expense):
Dividend income259 291 552 585
Interest income116 90 220 179
Interest expense(109) (208) (230) (415)
Other, net297 (530) (578) (594)
Total other income (expense)563 (357) (36) (245)
Income before taxes5,924 3,148 4,762 5,861
Income tax expense363 252 275 450
Net income$5,561 $2,896 $4,487 $5,411
Net income per common share—basic$0.34 $0.18 $0.28 $0.34
Net income per common share—diluted$0.34 $0.18 $0.27 $0.33
Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic16,313,312 16,030,167 16,291,324 16,016,984
Weighted average common shares outstanding—diluted16,452,499 16,184,138 16,426,837 16,158,725


FARMER BROS. CO.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
December 31, 2015 June 30, 2015
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$13,046 $15,160
Restricted cash 1,002
Short-term investments24,313 23,665
Accounts and notes receivable, net45,589 40,161
Inventories53,036 50,522
Income tax receivable610 535
Prepaid expenses4,447 4,640
Total current assets141,041 135,685
Property, plant and equipment, net98,739 90,201
Goodwill and intangible assets, net6,591 6,691
Other assets7,299 7,615
Deferred income taxes751 751
Total assets$254,421 $240,943
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$26,199 $27,023
Accrued payroll expenses22,356 23,005
Short-term borrowings under revolving credit facility185 78
Short-term obligations under capital leases2,522 3,249
Short-term derivative liabilities79 3,977
Deferred income taxes1,390 1,390
Other current liabilities5,934 6,152
Total current liabilities58,665 64,874
Accrued pension liabilities47,380 47,871
Accrued postretirement benefits23,273 23,471
Accrued workers’ compensation liabilities11,383 10,964
Other long-term liabilities—capital leases1,583 2,599
Other long-term liabilities8,384 225
Deferred income taxes1,000 928
Total liabilities$151,668 $150,932
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 500,000 shares authorized and none issued$ $
Common stock, $1.00 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized; 16,738,237 and 16,658,148 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015, respectively16,738 16,658
Additional paid-in capital37,021 38,143
Retained earnings111,351 106,864
Unearned ESOP shares(6,434) (11,234)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(55,923) (60,420)
Total stockholders’ equity$102,753 $90,011
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$254,421 $240,943


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to net income determined in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our operating performance:

Non-GAAP net income” is defined as net income excluding the impact of:

  • restructuring and other transition expenses, net of tax; and
  • net gains and losses from sales of assets, net of tax.

Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share” is defined as Non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, inclusive of the dilutive effect of common equivalent shares outstanding during the period.

Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income excluding the impact of:

  • income taxes;
  • interest expense;
  • depreciation and amortization expense;
  • ESOP and share-based compensation expense;
  • non-cash impairment losses;
  • non-cash pension withdrawal expense;
  • other similar non-cash expenses;
  • restructuring and other transition expenses; and
  • net gains and losses from sales of assets.

Adjusted EBITDA Margin” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA expressed as a percentage of net sales.

Restructuring and other transition expenses are expenses that are directly attributable to the Company's corporate relocation plan, consisting primarily of employee retention and separation benefits, facility-related costs and other related costs such as travel, legal, consulting and other professional services.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide a useful measure of the Company’s operating results, a meaningful comparison with historical results and with the results of other companies, and insight into the Company's ongoing operating performance. Further, management utilizes these measures, in addition to GAAP measures, when evaluating and comparing the Company's operating performance against internal financial forecasts and budgets. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, we modified previously reported non-GAAP financial measures to exclude net gains and losses on sales of assets because we believe these gains and losses are not reflective of our ongoing operating results. As a result, we began referring to the measures previously titled “Net income excluding restructuring and other transition expenses” and “Net income excluding restructuring and other transition expenses per common share-diluted” as “Non-GAAP net income” and “Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share.” In addition, we redefined “Adjusted EBITDA” to also exclude net gains and losses from sales of assets. The historical presentation of these measures has been recast to conform to the revised definitions and the current year presentation. Non-GAAP net income, Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, as defined by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We do not intend for non-GAAP financial measures to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net income to Non-GAAP net income, and reported net income per common share—diluted to Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share (unaudited):

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
($ in thousands, except per share data) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income, as reported(1) $5,561 $2,896 $4,487 $5,411
Restructuring and other transition expenses, net of tax of zero(2) 5,236 784 10,686 974
Net gain from sale of spice assets, net of tax of zero (5,106) (5,106)
Net losses (gains) from sales of assets, net of tax of zero 55 178 (159) 239
Non-GAAP net income $5,746 $3,858 $9,908 $6,624
Net income per common share—diluted, as reported $0.34 $0.18 $0.27 $0.33
Impact of restructuring and other transition expenses, net of tax of zero $0.32 $0.05 $0.65 $0.06
Impact of net gain from sale of spice assets $(0.31) $ $(0.31) $
Impact of losses (gains) from sales of assets, net of tax of zero $ $0.01 $(0.01) $0.01
Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share $0.35 $0.24 $0.60 $0.40

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(1) Includes $0.3 million and $2.2 million in beneficial effect of liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities in the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Includes $0.3 million and $2.5 million in beneficial effect of liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities in the six months ended December 2015 and 2014, respectively.

(2) Restructuring and other transition expenses in the three and six months ended December 31, 2014 represent consulting expenses incurred prior to the approval of the corporate relocation plan and are appropriately presented as general and administrative expense in the consolidated statements of operations.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of reported net income to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited):

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
($ in thousands) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income, as reported(1) $5,561 $2,896 $4,487 $5,411
Income tax expense 363 252 275 450
Interest expense 109 208 230 415
Depreciation and amortization expense(2) 5,192 6,163 10,487 12,419
ESOP and share-based compensation expense 1,422 1,622 2,651 2,880
Restructuring and other transition expenses(3)(4) 5,236 784 10,686 974
Net gain from sale of spice assets (5,106) (5,106)
Net losses (gains) from sales of assets 55 178 (159) 239
Adjusted EBITDA $12,832 $12,103 $23,551 $22,788
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 9.0% 8.4% 8.5% 8.1%

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(1) Includes $0.3 million and $2.2 million in beneficial effect of liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities in the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Includes $0.3 million and $2.5 million in beneficial effect of liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities in the six months ended December 2015 and 2014, respectively.

(2) Excludes in the three and six months ended December 31, 2015, respectively, $0.3 million and $0.6 million in depreciation expense associated with the Torrance production facility resulting from the consolidation of coffee production operations with the Houston and Portland production facilities.

(3) Includes in the three and six months ended December 31, 2015, respectively, $0.3 million and $0.6 million in depreciation expense associated with the Torrance production facility resulting from the consolidation of coffee production operations with the Houston and Portland production facilities.

(4) Restructuring and other transition expenses in the three and six months ended December 31, 2014 represent consulting expenses incurred prior to the approval of the corporate relocation plan and are appropriately presented as general and administrative expense in the consolidated statements of operations.


Investor Contact: Isaac N. Johnston, Jr. (682) 549-6663

Source:Farmer Bros. Co.