Inventure Foods Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

PHOENIX, Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNAK) (“Inventure Foods” or the “Company”), a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 24, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights:

  • Boulder Canyon net revenues increased 8.6%
  • Jamba net revenues increased 8.6%
  • Rader Farms branded net revenues increased 37.2%
  • Snack products segment gross margin increased 300 basis points to 17.7%

(All comparisons above are to the third quarter of fiscal 2015)

“Although our business continued to face certain challenges, our efforts to drive improvement across key areas of our business resulted in increased revenues for our Boulder Canyon, Jamba, and Rader Farms brands,” said Terry McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer of Inventure Foods. “Additionally, we achieved margin expansion of approximately 300 basis points in the Snack products segment, as a result of the strategic investments we made to increase kettle capacity at our Bluffton, Indiana facility to meet strong consumer demand.”

Mr. McDaniel continued, “Our management team continues to evaluate opportunities for growth, increased productivity, operational improvements, and in turn profitability expansion. Our team remains focused on expanding distribution of our frozen and snack product portfolios to drive sales, strengthen our business, and drive long-term value creation for our shareholders.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2016

Consolidated net revenues decreased 4.8% to $66.5 million, compared to $69.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Frozen products segment net revenues decreased 6.2% and snack products segment net revenues decreased 2.8%, which is discussed further under “Segment Review” below.

Gross profit was $7.9 million, compared to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2015. This decrease in gross profit was attributable to a $1.5 million decrease in the frozen products segment, partially offset by an increase of $0.7 million in the snack products segment, which is discussed further under “Segment Review” below.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $9.2 million for the third quarter of 2016. Excluding the $0.6 million of product recall expenses recorded in SG&A in the third quarter of 2015, adjusted SG&A expenses* increased $0.6 million and as a percentage of net revenues increased 140 basis points to 13.8% compared to 12.4% in the third quarter of 2015 as a result of increased legal fees associated with the Company’s previously announced strategic and financial review and other legal matters.

Interest expense was $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of $0.6 million, compared to $1.7 million in the prior-year period as a result of increased borrowings and higher interest rates.

Net loss was $(2.6) million, or $(0.13) loss per share, for the third quarter of 2016, compared to net loss of $(1.7) million, or $(0.09) loss per share, for the prior-year period. Excluding the costs associated with the product recall in 2015, adjusted net loss* was $(1.0) million, or $(0.05) adjusted diluted loss per share*, in the third quarter of 2015.

EBITDA* for the third quarter of 2016 was $0.6 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA* of $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2015. EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 was adjusted to exclude product recall expenses, net of insurance recoveries, of $1.0 million.

Year-to-Date Fiscal 2016

Consolidated net revenues decreased 3.9% to $205.6 million for the nine months ended September 24, 2016, compared to $213.9 million in the prior-year period. Frozen products segment net revenues decreased 1.6% and snack products segment net revenues decreased 7.1%.

Net loss was $(3.9) million, or $(0.20) diluted loss per share, for the first nine months of 2016, compared to net loss of $(18.3) million, or $(0.94) diluted loss per share, in the prior-year period. Excluding the costs of the product recall and the impairment of an intangible asset, adjusted net loss* was $(0.1) million, or $(0.00) adjusted diluted earnings per share*, for the first nine months of 2015.

EBITDA* was $6.7 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA* of $9.0 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted net loss* and adjusted EBITDA* for the first nine months of 2015 was adjusted to exclude product recall expenses, net of insurance recoveries, of $18.9 million, pre-tax, and an intangible asset impairment of $9.3 million, pre-tax.

Segment Review

The Company has two reportable segments: frozen products and snack products. The frozen products segment includes frozen fruits, vegetables, beverages and desserts, for sale primarily to grocery stores, club stores and mass merchandisers. The snack products segment includes manufactured potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products, popcorn and extruded product for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers.

Frozen Products Segment: Net revenues for the third quarter of 2016 decreased 6.2% to $37.9 million, compared to $40.5 million in the prior-year period. This decrease was driven by lower revenues for the Company’s most significant frozen berry product due to reduced sales distribution and a market price decrease, which was partially offset by increased net revenues for frozen vegetables and branded frozen fruit as compared to the prior-year period. For the third quarter of 2016, gross profit was $2.9 million, compared to $4.4 million in the prior-year period. For the third quarter of 2016, adjusted frozen products segment gross profit* was $2.9 million compared to $4.8 million, and as a percentage of net revenues decreased 430 basis points to 7.6% compared to 11.9%, excluding $0.4 million of product recall expenses, net of insurance recoveries, recorded in cost of revenues in the third quarter of 2015. This decrease in gross margin was primarily driven by the Company’s frozen fruit products as a result of packing higher priced purchased fruit remaining from 2015 purchase commitments, as well as sales pricing pressure attributable to decreasing market prices as compared to the prior-year period. The frozen products segment gross margin decline was also due to incremental costs incurred in our Fresh Frozen business to enhance product testing and improve manufacturing operations implemented throughout the second half of 2015.

Net revenues during the nine months ended September 24, 2016 were $124.7 million, a decrease of 1.6%, from $126.7 million in the prior-year period, primarily as a result of lower revenues for the Company’s most significant frozen berry product due to reduced sales distribution and a market price decrease, which was partially offset by increased net revenues for frozen vegetables and branded frozen fruit as compared to the prior-year period. For the nine months ended September 24, 2016, gross profit was $12.0 million compared to $(0.5) million in the prior-year period. For the first nine months of 2016, adjusted frozen products segment gross profit* was $12.0 million compared to $16.3 million, and as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 9.7% compared to 12.9% in the prior year, excluding $16.8 million of product recall expenses, net of insurance recoveries, recorded in cost of revenues in the first nine months of 2015. This decrease in frozen products segment gross margin was attributable to incremental costs incurred in the Fresh Frozen business to enhance product testing and improve manufacturing operations, as well as pricing pressure for the Company’s frozen fruit products attributable to decreasing market prices as compared to the prior-year period.

Snack Products Segment: Net revenues during the third quarter of 2016 decreased 2.8% to $28.6 million, compared to $29.4 million in the prior-year period, primarily driven by a decline in production of products for third parties and increased trade promotional investments to support future growth, partially offset by increased Boulder Canyon net revenues. For the third quarter of 2016, gross profit was $5.1 million compared to $4.3 million, and as a percentage of net revenues increased 300 basis points to 17.7%, compared to 14.7% in prior-year period, primarily due to increased capacity eliminating the need for co-packers used in the prior year to supplement production. The increased capacity also allows for improved efficiency and overhead absorption. The snack products segment gross margin was also negatively affected by product and sales channel mix.

Net revenues during the nine months ended September 24, 2016 were $81.0 million, a 7.1% decrease from $87.2 million in the prior-year period. This decrease was driven by a decline in production of product for third parties and license brand net revenues, partially offset by a slight increase in Boulder Canyon net revenues. Gross profit for the nine months ended September 24, 2016 was $15.0 million, compared to $13.5 million in the prior-year period, and as a percentage of net revenues increased 300 basis points to 18.5% compared to 15.5% in the prior-year period, primarily due to increased capacity eliminating the need for co-packers used in the prior year to supplement production. The increased capacity also allowed for improved efficiency and overhead absorption. The snack products segment gross margin was also negatively affected by product and sales channel mix.

*Please see the tabular reconciliations of financial measures prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial measures included at the end of this press release for the definition and information concerning certain items affecting comparability and reconciliations of the non-GAAP terms.

Strategic and Financial Review
On July 27, 2016, Inventure Foods announced that the Company and its Board of Directors will conduct a strategic and financial review with the objective to increase shareholder value. This review will include a thorough evaluation of the Company's current operating plan and may result in the Company continuing to pursue value enhancing initiatives as a standalone company, capital structure optimization, a sale of the Company, a sale of certain assets of the Company or other business combination. A committee of three independent directors has been established to oversee the review. There can be no assurance that this strategic and financial review will result in any specific action, or any assurance as to its outcome or timing. The Company does not intend to comment further regarding the strategic and financial review until the Board of Directors approves a specific action or concludes its review.

Conference Call
The Company will hold an investor conference call today, Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. ET. To participate on the live call listeners in North America may dial (877) 853-7702 and international listeners may dial (408) 940-3848; the conference ID is 94529882. In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the “Investor Relations” section of the Company's website at www.inventurefoods.com and will be archived online for one year.

About Inventure Foods
With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana, Washington, Oregon and Georgia, Inventure Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNAK) is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands in better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of Company owned and licensed brand names, including Boulder Canyon Foods™, Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, TGI Fridays™, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™, Bob's Texas Style® and Sin In A Tin™. For further information about Inventure Foods, please visit www.inventurefoods.com.

Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to drive improvement across key areas of its business to improve financial performance, evaluate opportunities for growth, increased productivity, operational improvements, and profitability expansion, and expand distribution of its frozen and snack product portfolios to drive sales and long-term value creation for its shareholders and strengthen the business. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect the Company's prospects in general include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, increases in cost or availability of ingredients, packaging, energy and employees, price competition and industry consolidation, ability to execute strategic initiatives, product recalls or safety concerns, disruptions of supply chain or information technology systems, customer acceptance of new products and changes in consumer preferences, food industry and regulatory factors, interest rate risks, dependence upon major customers, dependence upon existing and future license agreements, the possibility that the Company will need additional financing due to future operating losses or in order to implement the Company's business strategy, acquisition and divestiture-related risks, the volatility of the market price of the Company's common stock, and such other factors as are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.


INVENTURE FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Quarters Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 24,
2016
September 26,
2015
September 24,
2016
September 26,
2015
Net revenues$ 66,529 $ 69,865 $ 205,647 $ 213,894
Cost of revenues 58,605 61,165 178,639 200,869
Gross profit 7,924 8,700 27,008 13,025
Selling, general & administrative expenses 9,190 9,233 25,792 28,602
Impairment of intangible asset - - - 9,277
Operating income (loss) (1,266) (533) 1,216 (24,854)
Interest expense, net 2,387 1,742 7,063 3,400
Loss before income taxes (3,653) (2,275) (5,847) (28,254)
Income tax benefit (1,089) (538) (1,987) (9,931)
Net loss$ (2,564) $ (1,737) $ (3,860) $ (18,323)
Loss per common share:
Basic$ (0.13) $ (0.09) $ (0.20) $ (0.94)
Diluted$ (0.13) $ (0.09) $ (0.20) $ (0.94)
Weighted average number of common shares:
Basic 19,671 19,594 19,634 19,580
Diluted 19,671 19,594 19,634 19,580

INVENTURE FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
September 24,
2016
December 26,
2015
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 956 $ 2,319
Accounts receivable, net allowance 21,274 19,928
Inventories 78,307 81,807
Other current assets 3,376 6,262
Total current assets 103,913 110,316
Property and equipment, net 66,681 59,963
Goodwill 23,286 23,286
Trademarks and other intangibles, net 14,470 14,718
Deferred income tax asset 3,300 1,228
Other assets 1,234 962
Total assets$ 212,884 $ 210,473
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$ 31,097 $ 35,983
Accrued liabilities 13,625 8,629
Line of credit 31,631 -
Current portion of long-term debt 84,843 1,826
Total current liabilities 161,196 46,438
Long-term debt, less current portion - 83,300
Line of credit - 25,951
Other liabilities 2,039 2,296
Total liabilities 163,235 157,985
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 200 200
Additional paid-in capital 35,292 34,271
Retained earnings 14,628 18,488
50,120 52,959
Less: treasury stock (471) (471)
Total shareholders’ equity 49,649 52,488
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$ 212,884 $ 210,473


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, the Company presents certain non-GAAP measures in this earnings announcement to provide transparency to investors and to assist investors in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. The Company presents EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because it believes they provide useful information regarding the Company’s ability to meet its future debt payment requirements, capital expenditures and working capital requirements and they provide an overall evaluation of the Company’s financial condition. The Company also presents adjusted net income (loss), adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share, adjusted SG&A expenses and adjusted frozen products segment gross profit because it believes they provide useful information regarding the Company’s normal operating results and allow for better comparability with current period operating results. These non-GAAP measures are intended to provide additional information only and have certain inherent limitations as analytical tools and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for results reported under GAAP. Further, non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided below.


INVENTURE FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP MEASURE RECONCILIATION
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) with net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization added back. We further adjust EBITDA to exclude the impact of 2015 Fresh Frozen product recall costs and the impairment of an intangible asset recorded in 2015, which are not related to our core business, to arrive at adjusted EBITDA. The GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to EBITDA is net cash provided by operating activities.

Quarters Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015

September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015
Reconciliation – EBITDA:
Reported net loss$(2,564) $(1,737) $(3,860) $(18,323)
Add back: Interest, net 2,387 1,742 7,063 3,400
Add back: Income tax benefit (1,089) (538) (1,987) (9,931)
Add back: Depreciation 1,827 1,804 5,208 5,209
Add back: Amortization of intangible assets 83 83 248 466
EBITDA$644 $1,354 $6,672 $(19,179)
Adjustments:
Add back: Product recall costs - 5,184 - 23,071
Add back: Impairment of intangible asset - - - 9,277
Less: Insurance recovery of product recall costs - (4,172) - (4,172)
Adjusted EBITDA$644 $2,366 $6,672 $8,997


Adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the 2015 Fresh Frozen product recall costs and the impairment of intangible asset recorded in 2015 to make a more meaningful comparison of our 2016 operating performance. A reconciliation of adjusted net loss to net loss is as follows (in thousands):

Quarters Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015

September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015
Reported net loss$(2,564) $(1,737) $(3,860) $(18,323)
Product recall costs, net of tax - 3,957 - 14,962
Impairment of intangible asset, net of tax - - - 6,016
Insurance recovery of product recall costs, net tax - (3,185) - (2,706)
Adjusted net loss$(2,564) $(965) $(3,860) $(51)
Adjusted diluted loss per share$(0.13) $(0.05) $(0.20) $(0.00)


A reconciliation of adjusted SG&A expenses, which exclude product recall costs, to SG&A expenses is as follows (in thousands):

Quarters Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 24,
2016
September 26,
2015

September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses$9,190 $8,639 $25,792 $26,508
Product recall costs included in SG&A - 594 - 2,094
Selling, general and administrative expenses$ 9,190 $ 9,233 $ 25,792 $ 28,602


A reconciliation of adjusted frozen products segment gross profit, which excludes products recall costs, to frozen products segment gross profit is as follows (in thousands):

Quarters Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015

September 24,
2016

September 26,
2015
Frozen products segment:
Adjusted frozen products segment gross profit $2,870 $4,804 $12,039 $16,294
Product recall costs included in cost of revenues - (4,590) - (20,977)
Insurance recovery of product recall costs, net tax - 4,172 - 4,172
Frozen products segment gross profit$2,870 $4,386 $12,039 $(511)


Contact Katie Turner, ICR (646) 277-1200

Source:Inventure Foods, Inc.