Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

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  • Net sales in the second quarter of 2017 increased 39.1% and comparable(a) net sales increased 2.8% compared to the second quarter of 2016
  • Income from operations in the second quarter of 2017 decreased 13.6% and comparable(a) income from operations increased 7.1% compared to the second quarter of 2016
  • Basic net income per share in the second quarter of 2017 decreased to $0.68 from basic net income per share of $1.68 in the second quarter of 2016 and comparable(a) basic net income per share increased to $2.36 from comparable basic net income per share of $2.11 in the second quarter of 2016
  • Equivalent unit case volume in the second quarter of 2017 increased 33.3% and comparable(a) equivalent unit case volume increased 1.3% compared to the second quarter of 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coca‑Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) today reported operating results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2017 and the first half of fiscal 2017.

Frank Harrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We maintained our momentum in the second quarter of 2017 as we continued the expansion of our distribution territory and manufacturing capacity while producing solid financial results. I continue to be impressed with the dedication and passion our teammates exhibit in extending our Company’s influence and purpose into the communities, customers and consumers we serve every day.”

Hank Flint, President and Chief Operating Officer, added, “We are pleased with our second quarter and first half results. Significant growth from acquisitions has been complemented with consistent growth in comparable sales volume and revenue. We believe our growth will allow us to leverage core capabilities and improve performance in expansion distribution territories and manufacturing facilities without sacrificing performance in our legacy operations. We look forward to completing our multi-year series of expansion transactions by the end of 2017 and thank our teammates for their ongoing commitment to growing our Company and its purpose.”

Second Quarter 2017 Operating Review

  Second Quarter 2017
% Change Compared to
Second Quarter 2016
  First Half 2017
% Change Compared to
First Half 2016
 
  Consolidated Comparable(a)  Consolidated Comparable(a) 
               
Net sales  39.1% 2.8%  38.8% 2.3%
Income from operations  -13.6% 7.1%  -9.3% 2.0%
Net income per share - basic  -59.5% 11.8%  -76.7% 9.8%
Equivalent unit case volume(b)  33.3% 1.3%  35.4% 1.9%
Sparkling  29.8% 0.8%  32.3% 1.0%
Still  41.2% 2.6%  43.1% 4.1%

(a)  The discussion of the second quarter and first half results includes selected non-GAAP financial information, such as “comparable” results. See discussion of “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for descriptions and reconciliations.
(b)  Equivalent unit case volume is defined as 24 8-ounce servings or 192 ounces.

  • Consolidated net sales increased $328.9 million, or 39.1%, to $1.17 billion in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to $840.4 million in the second quarter of 2016. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by acquisitions and an increase in comparable net sales of 2.8%. The increase in comparable net sales in the second quarter of 2017 was driven by an increase in comparable equivalent unit case volume of 1.3%. The sparkling product portfolio and the still product portfolio, which has a higher sales price per unit than the sparkling portfolio, both contributed to the increase in comparable net sales.
     
  • Consolidated income from operations decreased $7.4 million, or 13.6%, to $47.3 million in the second quarter of 2017 from $54.7 million in the second quarter of 2016. The decrease was primarily driven by a $4.6 million increase in expansion transaction expenses and $2.8 million of amortization expense related to the conversion of distribution rights from indefinite lived intangible assets to long lived intangible assets in the first quarter of 2017.

    Comparable income from operations, which represents the same geographic territories in all periods presented, increased $3.2 million, or 7.1%, to $47.5 million in the second quarter of 2017 from $44.4 million in the second quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily driven by a $19.1 million increase in comparable net sales.
  • Other expense is primarily comprised of the quarterly mark-to-market fair value adjustment for the Company’s acquisition related contingent consideration liability for territories acquired from Coca‑Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. (“CCR”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca‑Cola Company, since May 2014. These mark-to-market adjustments are non-cash and reflect changes in underlying assumptions used to calculate the estimated liability in the acquired territories subject to sub-bottling fees. These assumptions include long-term interest rates; projected future operating results; and final settlements of territory values, as agreed upon with CCR, which generally occur beyond one year from the individual territory acquisition dates.

    The mark-to-market adjustment was $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to $16.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. The adjustment in the second quarter of 2017 was primarily a result of a change in the risk-free interest rate. The adjustment in the second quarter of 2016 was driven primarily by a change in projected future operating results of the acquired territories subject to sub-bottling fees and a change in the risk-free interest rate.

    Additionally, Other expense in the second quarter of 2017 included a $9.4 million charge related to net working capital and other fair value adjustments for the Easton and Salisbury, Maryland and Richmond and Yorktown, Virginia expansion territories acquisitions and the Sandston, Virginia expansion facility acquisition (the “January 2016 Expansion Transactions”). As these adjustments for the January 2016 Expansion Transactions were made beyond one year from the acquisition date, the Company recorded these adjustments through its consolidated condensed statements of operations. This amount remains payable to The Coca‑Cola Company.
  • Consolidated basic net income per share was $0.68 in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to consolidated basic net income per share of $1.68 in the second quarter of 2016. Comparable basic net income per share was $2.36 in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to $2.11 in the second quarter of 2016.
     
  • Cash flows provided by operating activities were $179.0 million in the first half of 2017, which was an increase of $117.8 million as compared to the first half of 2016. In addition to the cash generated from the newly acquired expansion territories, the increase was driven by a one-time fee of $87.1 million received from CCR in the first quarter of 2017 for the conversion of the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ then existing bottling agreements with The Coca‑Cola Company or CCR to a new and final form comprehensive beverage agreement.

    In the first half of 2017, cash payments by the Company for the acquired territories and related assets totaled $235.0 million, which includes $227.8 million for expansion transactions and $15.6 million for the rights to market, promote, distribute and sell glacéau products in certain geographic territories, partially offset by $8.4 million in proceeds from cold drink equipment acquired in the Expansion Transactions. Additions to property, plant and equipment during the first half of 2017 were $79.6 million, which excludes $161.2 million in property, plant and equipment acquired in the Company’s expansion transactions completed during the first half of 2017.

    The Company expects to be a net user of cash in 2017 as it continues to acquire distribution rights in additional territories and manufacturing facilities as part of the Company’s previously announced Coca‑Cola system transformation transactions with The Coca‑Cola Company.

About Coca‑Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca‑Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. For 115 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca‑Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 16 states to over 64 million consumers.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coke Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COKE. More information about the company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coke Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. The words “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause Coke Consolidated’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: our inability to integrate the operations and employees acquired in expansion transactions; lower than expected selling pricing resulting from increased marketplace competition; changes in how significant customers market or promote our products; changes in our top customer relationships; changes in public and consumer preferences related to nonalcoholic beverages, including concerns related to obesity and health concerns; unfavorable changes in the general economy; miscalculation of our need for infrastructure investment; our inability to meet requirements under beverage agreements; material changes in the performance requirements for marketing funding support or our inability to meet such requirements; decreases from historic levels of marketing funding support; changes in The Coca‑Cola Company’s and other beverage companies’ levels of advertising, marketing and spending on brand innovation; the inability of our aluminum can or plastic bottle suppliers to meet our purchase requirements; our inability to offset higher raw material costs with higher selling prices, increased bottle/can sales volume or reduced expenses; consolidation of raw material suppliers; incremental risks resulting from increased purchases of finished goods; sustained increases in fuel costs or our inability to secure adequate supplies of fuel; sustained increases in the cost of labor and employment matters, product liability claims or product recalls; technology failures or cyberattacks; changes in interest rates; the impact of debt levels on operating flexibility and access to capital and credit markets; adverse changes in our credit rating (whether as a result of our operations or prospects or as a result of those of The Coca‑Cola Company or other bottlers in the Coca‑Cola system); changes in legal contingencies; legislative changes affecting our distribution and packaging; adoption of significant product labeling or warning requirements; additional taxes resulting from tax audits; natural disasters and unfavorable weather; global climate change or legal or regulatory responses to such change; issues surrounding labor relations with unionized employees; bottler system disputes; our use of estimates and assumptions; changes in accounting standards; the impact of volatility in the financial markets on access to the credit markets; the impact of acquisitions or dispositions of bottlers by their franchisors; changes in the inputs used to calculate our acquisition related contingent consideration liability; and the concentration of our capital stock ownership. These and other factors are discussed in the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in the Company’s fiscal 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A. Risk Factors. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update them except as required by law.

—Enjoy Coca‑Cola—

Financial Statements


COCA‑COLA BOTTLING CO. CONSOLIDATED
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
  Second Quarter  First Half 
(in thousands, except per share data) 2017  2016  2017  2016 
Net sales $1,169,291  $840,384  $2,034,993  $1,465,840 
Cost of sales  754,113   520,677   1,287,794   902,235 
Gross profit  415,178   319,707   747,199   563,605 
Selling, delivery and administrative expenses  367,865   264,971   686,278   496,468 
Income from operations  47,313   54,736   60,921   67,137 
Interest expense, net  10,440   9,808   19,910   19,169 
Other expense, net  25,549   16,274   37,795   33,425 
Loss on exchange of franchise territory  -   692   -   692 
Income before income taxes  11,324   27,962   3,216   13,851 
Income tax expense  3,743   10,638   52   5,560 
Net income  7,581   17,324   3,164   8,291 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest  1,233   1,672   1,867   2,680 
Net income attributable to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated $6,348  $15,652  $1,297  $5,611 
                 
Basic net income per share based on net income attributable to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated:                
Common Stock $0.68  $1.68  $0.14  $0.60 
Weighted average number of Common Stock shares outstanding  7,141   7,141   7,141   7,141 
                 
Class B Common Stock $0.68  $1.68  $0.14  $0.60 
Weighted average number of Class B Common Stock shares outstanding  2,193   2,172   2,185   2,164 
                 
Diluted net income per share based on net income attributable to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated:                
Common Stock $0.68  $1.67  $0.14  $0.59 
Weighted average number of Common Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution  9,374   9,353   9,366   9,345 
                 
Class B Common Stock $0.67  $1.67  $0.13  $0.59 
Weighted average number of Class B Common Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution  2,233   2,212   2,225   2,204 


COCA‑COLA BOTTLING CO. CONSOLIDATED
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
 (in thousands) July 2, 2017  January 1, 2017 
ASSETS        
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $43,514  $21,850 
Trade accounts receivable, net  383,434   267,213 
Accounts receivable, other  117,115   97,361 
Inventories  200,441   143,553 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  66,871   63,834 
Total current assets  811,375   593,811 
Property, plant and equipment, net  977,553   812,989 
Leased property under capital leases, net  30,689   33,552 
Other assets  99,587   86,091 
Franchise rights  -   533,040 
Goodwill  160,427   144,586 
Other identifiable intangible assets, net  811,810   245,415 
Total assets $2,891,441  $2,449,484 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current Liabilities:        
Current portion of obligations under capital leases $7,875  $7,527 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  594,213   450,380 
Total current liabilities  602,088   457,907 
Deferred income taxes  146,649   174,854 
Pension, postretirement and other liabilities  658,884   505,251 
Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases  1,117,729   948,448 
Total liabilities  2,525,350   2,086,460 
         
Equity:        
Stockholders' equity  278,331   277,131 
Noncontrolling interest  87,760   85,893 
Total liabilities and equity $2,891,441  $2,449,484 



COCA‑COLA BOTTLING CO. CONSOLIDATED
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
  First Half 
(in thousands) 2017  2016 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:        
Consolidated net income $3,164  $8,291 
Depreciation expense and amortization of intangible assets and deferred proceeds  77,047   52,329 
Deferred income taxes  (24,918)  (1,476)
Proceeds from conversion of Legacy Territories bottling agreements  87,066   - 
Stock compensation expense  4,577   2,896 
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration  28,365   33,425 
Change in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisition)  1,114   (37,890)
Other  2,556   3,622 
Net cash provided by operating activities  178,971   61,197 
         
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:        
Acquisition of Expansion Territories, net of cash acquired, glacéau distribution agreement
consideration and proceeds from cold drink equipment acquired in Expansion Transactions
  (234,957)  (174,695)
Additions to property, plant and equipment (exclusive of acquisition)  (79,607)  (79,625)
Other  (617)  (6,352)
Net cash used in investing activities  (315,181)  (260,672)
         
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:        
Borrowings under Revolving Credit Facility, Term Loan Facility and Senior Notes  363,000   610,000 
Payment on Revolving Credit Facility and Senior Notes  (190,000)  (399,757)
Cash dividends paid  (4,662)  (4,652)
Payment on acquisition related contingent consideration  (6,556)  (7,926)
Principal payments on capital lease obligations  (3,695)  (3,488)
Other  (213)  (877)
Net cash provided by financing activities  157,874   193,300 
         
Net increase (decrease) during the period  21,664   (6,175)
Cash at beginning of period  21,850   55,498 
Cash at end of period $43,514  $49,323 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users with additional meaningful financial information that should be considered when assessing the Company’s ongoing performance. Further, given the transformation of the Company’s business through expansion transactions with The Coca‑Cola Company, the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures allow users to better appreciate the impact of these transactions on the Company’s performance. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s non-GAAP financial information does not represent a comprehensive basis of accounting.

The following tables reconcile reported GAAP results to comparable results for the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2016:

  Second Quarter 2017 
(in thousands, except per share data) Net
sales
  Income from
operations
  Income before
income taxes
  Net
income
  Basic net income
per share
 
Reported results (GAAP) $1,169,291  $47,313  $11,324  $6,348  $0.68 
Fair value adjustments for commodity hedges  -   1,187   1,187   729   0.08 
Amortization of converted distribution rights  -   2,760   2,760   1,695   0.18 
January 2016 Expansion Transactions settlement  -   -   9,442   5,797   0.62 
2017 & 2016 acquisitions impact  (472,649)  (15,320)  (15,320)  (9,406)  (1.00)
Expansion transaction expenses  -   11,574   11,574   7,106   0.75 
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration  -   -   16,119   9,897   1.05 
Total reconciling items  (472,649)  201   25,762   15,818   1.68 
Comparable results (non-GAAP) $696,642  $47,514  $37,086  $22,166  $2.36 
                     
  Second Quarter 2016 
(in thousands, except per share data) Net
sales
  Income from
operations
  Income before
income taxes
  Net
income
  Basic net income
per share
 
Reported results (GAAP) $840,384  $54,736  $27,962  $15,652  $1.68 
Fair value adjustments for commodity hedges  -   (2,770)  (2,770)  (1,704)  (0.18)
2016 acquisitions impact  (162,819)  (13,502)  (13,502)  (8,304)  (0.89)
Expansion transaction expenses  -   7,005   7,005   4,308   0.46 
Exchange of franchise territories  -   -   692   426   0.05 
Impact of changes in product supply governance  -   (1,105)  (1,105)  (680)  (0.07)
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration  -   -   16,274   10,009   1.06 
Total reconciling items  (162,819)  (10,372)  6,594   4,055   0.43 
Comparable results (non-GAAP) $677,565  $44,364  $34,556  $19,707  $2.11 

The following tables reconcile reported GAAP results to comparable results for the first half of 2017 and the first half of 2016:

  First Half 2017 
(in thousands, except per share data) Net
sales
  Income from
operations
  Income before
income taxes
  Net
income
  Basic net income
per share
 
Reported results (GAAP) $2,034,993  $60,921  $3,216  $1,297  $0.14 
Fair value adjustments for commodity hedges  -   860   860   528   0.06 
Amortization of converted distribution rights  -   2,760   2,760   1,695   0.18 
January 2016 Expansion Transactions settlement  -   -   9,442   5,797   0.62 
2017 & 2016 acquisitions impact  (737,555)  (19,770)  (19,770)  (12,138)  (1.29)
Expansion transaction expenses  -   19,226   19,226   11,804   1.24 
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration  -   -   28,365   17,416   1.86 
Total reconciling items  (737,555)  3,076   40,883   25,102   2.67 
Comparable results (non-GAAP) $1,297,438  $63,997  $44,099  $26,399  $2.81 


  First Half 2016 
(in thousands, except per share data) Net
sales
  Income from
operations
  Income before
income taxes
  Net
income
  Basic net income
per share
 
Reported results (GAAP) $1,465,840  $67,137  $13,851  $5,611  $0.60 
Fair value adjustments for commodity hedges  -   (3,810)  (3,810)  (2,344)  (0.25)
2016 acquisitions impact  (198,130)  (14,708)  (14,708)  (9,046)  (0.97)
Expansion transaction expenses  -   13,428   13,428   8,258   0.89 
Special charitable contribution  -   4,000   4,000   2,460   0.26 
Exchange of franchise territories  -   -   692   426   0.05 
Impact of changes in product supply governance  -   (3,318)  (3,318)  (2,041)  (0.22)
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration  -   -   33,425   20,557   2.20 
Total reconciling items  (198,130)  (4,408)  29,709   18,270   1.96 
Comparable results (non-GAAP) $1,267,710  $62,729  $43,560  $23,881  $2.56 

 

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