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Utz Brands Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

HANOVER, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, today reported financial results for the Company’s third fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2023.


3Q’23 Summary:

  • Net sales increased 2.5% year-over-year to $371.9 million
  • Organic Net Sales increased 3.1% year-over-year
  • Net income of $16.2 million vs. net income of $1.5 million in the year-ago period
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.2% year-over-year to $52.1 million

“We delivered solid results on both the top and bottom line in the third quarter, with strong growth of our Power Brands, particularly in our Expansion geographies. While Salty Snack category growth continues to normalize after several years of pricing actions, we also have seen some channel shifting due to a more value-conscious consumer. We will remain agile in this dynamic environment,” said Howard Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of Utz.

Friedman continued, “During the quarter we took aggressive actions to optimize our supply chain and portfolio for the future. These actions negatively impacted our second half volume greater than we anticipated, and coupled with the external environment, resulted in a near-term impact to our full-year net sales guidance. However, this stepped-up pace of supply chain and portfolio optimization has already delivered increased productivity and other costs savings, which has enabled us to maintain our full-year Adjusted EBITDA guidance. I believe we have now laid a strong foundation that well positions the Company for fiscal 2024 and beyond. We look forward to sharing more details on our accelerated value creation plans at our Investor Day in December.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

 

 

 

13-Weeks Ended

(in $millions, except per share amounts)

 

October 1, 2023

 

October 2, 2022

 

% Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

 

$

371.9

 

 

$

362.8

 

 

2.5

%

Organic Net Sales

 

 

374.2

 

 

 

362.8

 

 

3.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Profit

 

 

119.3

 

 

 

118.3

 

 

0.8

%

Gross Profit Margin

 

 

32.1

%

 

 

32.6

%

 

(52) bps

Adjusted Gross Profit

 

 

135.1

 

 

 

132.6

 

 

1.9

%

Adjusted Gross Profit Margin

 

 

36.3

%

 

 

36.5

%

 

(22) bps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

 

16.2

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

nm

Net Income Margin

 

 

4.4

%

 

 

0.4

%

 

nm

Adjusted Net Income

 

 

24.6

 

 

 

22.5

 

 

9.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

52.1

 

 

 

47.7

 

 

9.2

%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

14.0

%

 

 

13.1

%

 

86 bps

Basic (Loss) Earnings Per Share(1)

 

$

0.20

 

 

$

(0.01

)

 

nm

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share(1)

 

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.16

 

 

9.2

%

(1)

On an As-Converted Basis

See the description of the Non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release and reconciliations of such Non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures in the tables that accompany this press release.

Third Quarter 2023 Results

Net sales in the quarter increased 2.5% to $371.9 million compared to $362.8 million in the third quarter of 2022. The increase in net sales was driven by Organic Net Sales growth of 3.1%, and this was partially offset by the Company’s continued shift to independent operators (“IOs”) and the resulting increase in sales discounts which the Company estimates impacted net sales growth by (0.6%).

Organic Net Sales growth was driven by the flow through of pricing actions that were taken in fiscal 2022 in response to inflationary pressures, which accounted for a 3.7% increase in net sales, partially offset by volume/mix declines of (0.6%). The volume performance in the quarter was driven by strong growth of the Company’s Power Brands while also benefiting from earlier than planned holiday shipments. In addition, volume performance was adversely impacted by supply chain transitions related to the Company’s network optimization initiatives, and its ongoing SKU rationalization program focused on reductions in private label and partner brands. The Company estimates this SKU rationalization program impacted volumes in the third quarter of 2023 by approximately (3.3%). Excluding the impact from SKU rationalization, the Company estimates that volume/mix would have increased 2.7% in the third quarter of 2023 versus the prior year period.

For the 13-week period ended October 1, 2023, the Company’s retail sales, as measured by Circana (formerly IRI) MULO-C, increased 3.2% versus the prior-year period and the Company’s Power Brands’ retail sales increased 5.1% versus the prior-year period(1). Power Brands’ retail sales growth versus the prior-year period was led by Utz®, On The Border®, Zapp’s®, and Boulder Canyon®. The Company’s Foundation Brands’ retail sales decreased (9.1%)(2) versus the prior year period.

(1)

Circana (formerly IRI) Total US MULO-C, custom Utz Brands hierarchy, on a pro forma basis.

(2)

Circana does not include certain Partner Brands and Private Label sales that are not assigned to Utz Brands.

Gross profit margin was 32.1% compared to 32.6% in the prior year period. Adjusted Gross Margin was 36.3% compared to 36.5% in the prior year period. The benefits from net price realization, productivity, and favorable sales mix more than offset cost inflation and supply chain investments, however the continued shift to IOs impacted Adjusted Gross Margins as expected by approximately 60 basis points, but with offsetting benefits in Selling, Distribution, and Administrative (“SD&A”) expense.

SD&A expenses increased 3.0% compared to the prior-year period. Adjusted SD&A Expense decreased (1.8)% compared to the prior year period primarily due to a reduction in selling costs from the shift to IO’s, lower administrative expenses, and productivity benefits. These factors were partially offset by continued investments in brand marketing, selling infrastructure and people, systems, and supply chain capabilities to support growth.

The Company reported net income of $16.2 million compared to net income of $1.5 million in the prior-year period. The increase in net income compared to the prior year was primarily due to a $16.0 million gain from the remeasurement of private placement warrant liability in the third quarter of 2023 versus a loss of $3.7 million in the prior year period. Partially offsetting this improvement was interest expense of $15.5 million in the current period compared to $11.6 million in the prior year period. The increase in interest expense is primarily attributable to higher interest rates, which impacted the portion of the Company’s floating rate debt, and the Company’s Real Estate Term Loan issued in October 2022.

Adjusted Net Income in the quarter increased 9.5% to $24.6 million compared to $22.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. Adjusted Earnings per Share increased 9.2% to $0.17 compared to $0.16 in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.2% to $52.1 million, or 14.0% as a percentage of net sales, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $47.7 million, or 13.1% as a percentage of net sales, in the prior year period.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

  • As of October 1, 2023
    • Total liquidity of approximately $209.4 million, consisting of cash on hand of $60.1 million and $149.3 million available under the Company’s revolving credit facility.
    • Net debt of $875.9 million resulting in a Net Leverage Ratio of 4.8x based on trailing twelve months Normalized Adjusted EBITDA of $181.8 million.
  • For the 39-weeks ended October 1, 2023
    • Cash flow from operations was $49.1 million, which reflects strong working capital performance in the third quarter. This resulted in fiscal third quarter 2023 cash flow generation of $53.4 million vs $34.4 million in the prior year period.
    • Capital expenditures were $45.7 million, and dividend and distributions paid were $24.1 million.

Fiscal Year 2023 Outlook

The Company is today updating its previously-issued full-year fiscal 2023 financial outlook.

  • The Company now expects total net sales growth of 2% to 3% (previously 3% to 5%) and Organic Net Sales growth of 3% to 4% (previously 4% to 6%), with the Company’s continued shift to IOs expected to impact total net sales growth by approximately (-1.0%). The revised range reflects the impact of our aggressive supply chain optimization actions and normalizing Salty Snack category growth with some channel shifting by consumers. Net sales growth is expected to be driven by net price realization, increased marketing and innovation, and continued distribution gains of the Company’s Power Brands, partially offset by the estimated impact of approximately (-3%) from the Company’s SKU rationalization program. Based on these assumptions, the Company now expects volume / mix to be modestly lower than fiscal 2022.
  • The Company continues to expect Adjusted EBITDA growth of 8% to 11% driven by stronger operating performance led by the Company’s productivity programs, with continued investments in brand marketing, people, capabilities, and selling infrastructure.

The Company also expects:

  • An effective tax rate (normalized GAAP basis tax expense, which excludes one-time items) in the range of 17% to 18% (previously 20% to 22%);
  • Interest expense of approximately $55 million;
  • Capital expenditures in the range of $50 to $55 million; and
  • Net Leverage Ratio below 4.5x at year-end fiscal 2023.

With respect to projected fiscal 2023 Adjusted EBITDA, a quantitative reconciliation is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability, complexity, and low visibility with respect to certain items which are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA. We expect the variability of these items to have a potentially unpredictable, and potentially significant, impact on our future financial results.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Please visit the “Events & Presentations” section of Utz’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.utzsnacks.com to access the live listen-only webcast and presentation. Participants can also dial in over the phone by calling 1 (888) 510-2008. The Event Plus passcode is 1774171. The Company has also posted presentation slides and additional supplemental financial information, which are available now on Utz’s Investor Relations website.

A replay will be archived online and is also available telephonically approximately two hours after the call concludes through Thursday, November 16, 2023, by dialing 1-800-770-2030, and entering the Event Plus passcode 1774171.

About Utz Brands, Inc.

Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) manufactures a diverse portfolio of savory snacks through popular brands including Utz®, On The Border® Chips & Dips, Golden Flake®, Zapp’s®, Good Health®, Boulder Canyon®, Hawaiian Brand®, and TORTIYAHS!®, among others.

After a century with strong family heritage, Utz continues to have a passion for exciting and delighting consumers with delicious snack foods made from top-quality ingredients. Utz’s products are distributed nationally through grocery, mass merchandisers, club, convenience, drug, and other channels. Based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Utz has multiple manufacturing facilities located across the U.S. to serve our growing customer base. For more information, please visit www.utzsnacks.com or call 1‐800‐FOR‐SNAX.

Investors and others should note that Utz announces material financial information to its investors using its investor relations website (https://investors.utzsnacks.com/investors/default.aspx), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) filings, press releases, public conference calls, and webcasts. Utz uses these channels, as well as social media, to communicate with our stockholders and the public about the Company, the Company’s products and other Company information. It is possible that the information that Utz posts on social media could be deemed to be material information. Therefore, Utz encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the Company to review the information posted on the social media channels listed on Utz’s investor relations website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain statements made herein that are not historical facts but are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. The forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by or include, without limitation, statements such as “will”, “expect”, “intends”, “goal” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include future plans for the Company, the estimated or anticipated future results and benefits of the Company’s future plans and operations, the benefits of the Company’s productivity initiatives, the impact of the Company’s SKU rationalization program, the effects of the Company’s marketing and innovation initiatives, future capital structure, future opportunities for the Company, statements regarding the Company’s projected balance sheet and liabilities, including net leverage, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on the current expectations of the Company’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and the Company’s business and actual results may differ materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the risk that the Company’s gross profit margins may be adversely impacted by a variety of factors, including variations in raw materials pricing, retail customer requirements and mix, sales velocities and required promotional support; changes in consumers’ loyalty to the Company’s brands due to factors beyond the Company’s control; changes in demand for the Company’s products affected by changes in consumer preferences and tastes or if the Company is unable to innovate or market its products effectively; costs associated with building brand loyalty and interest in the Company’s products, which may be affected by actions by the Company’s competitors’ that result in the Company’s products not suitably differentiated from the products of their competitors; fluctuations in results of operations of the Company from quarter to quarter because of changes in promotional activities; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business or competitive factors; the risk that recently completed business combinations and other acquisitions recently completed by the Company (collectively, the “Business Combinations”) disrupt plans and operations; the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of such Business Combinations, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company following the consummation of such Business Combinations; changes in applicable law or regulations; costs related to the Business Combinations; the ability of the Company to maintain the listing of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange; the inability of the Company to develop and maintain effective internal controls; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission, for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2023 and other reports filed by the Company with the Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide the Company’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as otherwise required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Utz uses non-GAAP financial information and believes it is useful to investors as it provides additional information to facilitate comparisons of historical operating results, identify trends in our underlying operating results and provide additional insight and transparency on how we evaluate the business. We use non-GAAP financial measures to budget, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate our performance. These non-GAAP financial measures do not represent financial performance in accordance with generally accepted accounted principles in the United States (“GAAP”) and may exclude items that are significant in understanding and assessing financial results. Therefore, these measures should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operations or other measures of profitability, liquidity or performance under GAAP. You should be aware that the presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as supplements to the GAAP reported measures, should not be considered replacements for, or superior to, the GAAP measures and may not be comparable to similarly named measures used by other companies. We believe that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the financial condition and results of operations of the Company to date and that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors in the evaluation of our operating performance compared to other companies in the salty snack industry, as similar measures are commonly used by the companies in this industry. These non-GAAP financial measures are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expense and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance.

Utz uses the following non-GAAP financial measures in its financial communications, and in the future could use others:

  • Organic Net Sales
  • Adjusted Gross Profit
  • Adjusted Gross Profit as % of Net Sales (Adjusted Gross Profit Margin)
  • Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expense
  • Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expense as % of Net Sales
  • Adjusted Net Income
  • Adjusted Earnings Per Share
  • EBITDA
  • Adjusted EBITDA
  • Adjusted EBITDA as % of Net Sales (Adjusted EBITDA Margin)
  • Normalized Adjusted EBITDA
  • Net Leverage Ratio

Organic Net Sales is defined as net sales excluding the impact of acquisitions and excluding the impact of IO route conversions.

Adjusted Gross Profit represents Gross Profit excluding Depreciation and Amortization expense, a non-cash item. In addition, Adjusted Gross Profit excludes the impact of costs that fall within the categories of non-cash adjustments and non-recurring items such as those related to stock-based compensation, hedging and purchase commitments adjustments, asset impairments, acquisition, and integration costs, business transformation initiatives, and financing-related costs. Adjusted Gross Profit is one of the key performance indicators that our management uses to evaluate operating performance. We also report Adjusted Gross Profit as a percentage of Net Sales as an additional measure for investors to evaluate our Adjusted Gross Profit margins on Net Sales.

Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expense is defined as all Selling, Distribution, and Administrative expense excluding Depreciation and Amortization expense, a non- cash item. In addition, Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expenses exclude the impact of costs that fall within the categories of non-cash adjustments and non-recurring items such as those related to stock-based compensation, hedging and purchase commitments adjustments, asset impairments, acquisition and integration costs, business transformation initiatives, and financing-related costs. We also report Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expense as a percentage of Net Sales as an additional measure for investors to evaluate our Adjusted Selling, Distribution, and Administrative margin on Net Sales.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as Net Income excluding the additional Depreciation and Amortization expense, a non-cash item, related to the Business Combination with Collier Creek Holdings and the acquisitions of Kennedy Endeavors, Kitchen Cooked, Inventure, Golden Flake, Truco Enterprises, R.W. Garcia and Festida. In addition, Adjusted Net Income is also adjusted to exclude deferred financing fees, interest income, and expense relating to IO loans and certain non-cash items, such as those related to stock-based compensation, hedging, and purchase commitments adjustments, asset impairments, acquisition and integration costs, business transformation initiatives, remeasurement of warrant liabilities and financing-related costs. Lastly, Adjusted Net Income normalizes the income tax provision to account for the above-mentioned adjustments.

Adjusted Earnings Per Share is defined as Adjusted Net Income (as defined, herein) divided by the weighted average shares outstanding for each period on a fully diluted basis, assuming the Private Placement Warrants are net settled and the Shares of Class V Common Stock held by Continuing Members is converted to Class A Common Stock.

EBITDA is defined as Net Income before Interest, Income Taxes, and Depreciation and Amortization.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash items, such as stock-based compensation, hedging and purchase commitments adjustments, and asset impairments; acquisition and integration costs; business transformation initiatives; and financing-related costs. Adjusted EBITDA is one of the key performance indicators we use in evaluating our operating performance and in making financial, operating, and planning decisions. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to the users of this release and financial information contained in the release in the evaluation of Utz’s operating performance compared to other companies in the salty snack industry, as similar measures are commonly used by companies in this industry. We have historically reported an Adjusted EBITDA metric to investors and banks for covenant compliance. We also provide in this release, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net Sales, as an additional measure for readers to evaluate our Adjusted EBITDA margins on Net Sales.

Normalized Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBITDA after giving effect to pre-acquisition Adjusted EBITDA of the Festida Foods and R.W. Garcia acquisitions, and the buyout of Clem and J&D Snacks.

Net Leverage Ratio is defined as Normalized Adjusted EBITDA divided by Net Debt. Net Debt is defined as Gross Debt less Cash and Cash Equivalents.

Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures are meaningful to investors because they increase transparency and assist investors to understand and analyze our ongoing operational performance.

Contacts

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Kevin Powers

Utz Brands, Inc.

kpowers@utzsnacks.com

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Utz Brands, Inc.

kbrick@utzsnacks.com

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