G. Willi-Food Reports Record Quarterly Revenues, Gross Profit and Operating Profit for First Quarter 2008

May 28, 2008, 01:00 ET from G. Willi-Food International Ltd

YAVNE, Israel, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- First Quarter 2008 Financial Highlights - 49% increase in sales over first quarter 2007 - 47% increase in gross profit over first quarter 2007 - 46% increase in operating income over first quarter 2007 - 68% increase in net income related to the Company Shareholders over first quarter 2007 - 52% increase in net income over first quarter 2007 G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ: WILC) (the "Company" or "Willi-Food"), one of Israel's largest food importers and a single-source supplier of one of the world's most extensive range of quality kosher food products, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. First quarter 2008 results include, for the first time, consolidated results of Shamir Salads, an Israeli distributor and manufacturer of Mediterranean style salads, as well as the results of a newly acquired dairy distributor and manufacturer based in Denmark. Willi-Food's operating divisions include Willi-Food in Israel, majority owned Gold Frost, Laish Israeli, and the Company's global kosher trade and export joint venture with the Baron family. Revenues for the first quarter of 2008 increased 49.0% to NIS 106.4 million (US$30.0 million) compared to revenues of NIS 71.4 million (US$20.1 million) in the first quarter of 2007. This increase was driven by the consolidation of the results of Shamir Salads and the dairy distributor based in Denmark, referred to above, as well as by growth in the Company's business. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2008 increased by 47.3% to NIS 30.4 million (US$8.5 million) compared to gross profit of NIS 20.6 million (US$5.8 million) in the first quarter of 2007. First quarter gross margins were 28.5%, in line with gross margins of 28.8% for the same period in 2007. Mr. Zwi Williger, President and COO of Willi-Food commented, "We returned record figures for the first quarter of 2008 and have further expanded our footprint, product lines and distribution capabilities organically and through mergers and acquisitions. 2007 was a very challenging year for Willi-Food, and the measures that we have taken to ensure that we were not overly hedged in any one operating business are beginning to show results. Furthermore first quarter's results demonstrate that we are beginning to regain the momentum that had been building over the past few years as we have been able to successfully pass on some of our costs to our customers. At the same time, we are successfully deploying other strategic operating initiatives, such as increasing our inventories to protect against future price increases." "We are very pleased with the performance of the new acquisitions which are the obvious drivers of our growth in the quarter," continued Mr. Williger. "The companies fit strategically with our goal to provide our customers a wide assortment of innovative kosher products that tap into popular consumer trends and demand in kosher and healthy eating. Shamir Salads' range of Mediterranean dips and spreads is widely popular in Israel, and our Danish dairy business continues to establish a solid base of customers for its kosher branded products globally. The quarter's consolidated results, however, were not solely driven by our acquisitions in the period. In addition, our numbers reflect blended margins that were only made possible through additional growth along our core organic businesses as well as strong results coming from activities with the Baron family joint venture." The Company also recently reported that the proposal for delisting Gold Frost's shares from the London AIM exchange was approved by Gold Frost shareholders; such delisting was effective on May 28, 2008. Gold Frost's financial results will no longer be reported separately and will be consolidated under Willi Food's financial statements. The Company is contemplating making an offer to purchase the remaining shares that it does not already own. In addition, the Company announced that Yaron Levy, CFO, will be leaving the Company on amenable terms, as of May 29 2008. The Company thanks Yaron for all his diligent efforts. He will be replaced by Ety Sabach, age 35. Ms. Sabach has extensive experience in the food retail market. Prior to joining Willi Food she was the CFO of Burger Ranch, one of the largest fast food chains in Israel, where she began working in May 2002. Between January 1998 and April 2002, Ety served as a Senior Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Israel. Ety is a certified public accountant (Israel), and she received her BA in Accounting and Business Management and MBA in Business Management from the College of Management, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Willi-Food's operating income for the first quarter of 2008 increased by 46.2% to NIS 14.8 million (US$4.2 million) from NIS 10.1 million (US$2.8 million) reported in the comparable quarter of last year. The Company's first quarter 2008 net income was NIS 9.7 million (US$2.7 million), or NIS 0.84 (US$0.24) per share compared to a net income of NIS 6.4 million (US$1.8 million), or NIS 0.50 (US$0.14) per share, recorded in the first quarter of 2007. Willi-Food ended the quarter with $15.9 million in cash and securities and approximately $4.2 million in short-term debt. Mr. Williger concluded, "We continue to work to expand the footprint and brand recognition of Willi-Food globally while diversifying our product base in order to hedge against any singular event impacting our results. The cost of commodities and other food materials is still very volatile, and we cannot gauge where prices will be at the end of the year. Therefore, we are foregoing guidance until a later date for when we have a better vision of the outlook ahead. For now, though, we comfortably expect to surpass the $100 million revenue mark in fiscal 2008." The Company will host a conference call to discuss results on May 29, at 11:00 EDT. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-877-407-8035 (US), or +1-201-689-8035 (International) 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available from 5:00 PM EDT on May 29 through 11:59 PM EDT on June 29, by dialing +1-877-660-6853 (US), or +1-201-612-7415 (International), and entering passcode #286 and conference ID# 286247 thereafter. A webcast link of the live and archived conference call will be available on the day of the call by following this link: http://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?mediaid=31681&c= WILC&mediakey=F6962455698D70EAA18674F8306B44ED&e=0 (Note, that you have to copy and paste the link in its entirety to a new webpage on your browser for it to work.) About G. Willi-Food International, Ltd. G. Willi-Food International Ltd. is one of Israel's largest food importers and a single-source supplier of one of the world's most extensive ranges of quality kosher food products. It currently imports, markets and distributes more than 600 food products manufactured by some 120 top-tier suppliers throughout the world to more than 2,000 customers. Willi Food excels in identifying changing tastes in its markets and sourcing high-quality kosher products to address them. The Company also operated several subsidiaries: Gold Frost Ltd. subsidiary develops and distributes kosher chilled and frozen dairy food products internationally; Laish Israeli subsidiary and joint venture with the Baron Family engage in the global import, export and distribution of kosher products worldwide; Shamir Salads is a leading international manufacture and distributor of pre-packaged Mediterranean foods. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.willi-food.co.il. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products and expected revenues, operating results, and earnings. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to: changes affecting currency exchange rates, including the NIS/U.S. Dollar exchange rate, payment default by any of our major clients, the loss of one of more of our key personnel, changes in laws and regulations, including those relating to the food distribution industry, and inability to meet and maintain regulatory qualifications and approvals for our products, termination of arrangements with our suppliers, in particular Arla Foods, loss of one or more of our principal clients, increasing levels of competition in Israel and other markets in which we do business, changes in economic conditions in Israel, including in particular economic conditions in the Company's core markets, our inability to accurately predict consumption of our products and risks associated with product liability claims. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release. Note A: Convenience Translation to Dollars The convenience translation of New Israeli Shekels (NIS) into U.S. dollars was made at the rate of exchange prevailing on March 31, 2008: U.S. $1.00 equals NIS 3.553. The translation was made solely for the convenience of the reader. Note B: IFRS The Company's consolidated financial results are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). In prior years the Company prepared its financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Israel ("IL GAAP"). The Company recasted the comparative amounts included in this financial results to IFRS.
G. WILLI-FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, December 31, March 31, December 31, 2 0 0 8 2 0 0 7 2 0 0 8 2 0 0 7 NIS US dollars (*) (in thousands) ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 26,189 61,649 7,371 17,351 Marketable securities 30,385 31,267 8,552 8,800 Trade receivables 99,871 63,728 28,109 17,936 Other receivables and prepaid expenses 8,737 4,374 2,459 1,231 Inventories 51,642 29,166 14,534 8,210 Total current assets 216,824 190,184 61,025 53,528 Fixed assets Cost 53,919 44,569 15,175 12,544 Less: accumulated 10,621 8,355 2,989 2,351 depreciation and amortization 43,298 36,214 12,186 10,193 Other assets, net 19,210 13,069 5,407 3,678 279,332 239,467 78,618 67,399 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Short-term loan 14,823 5,978 4,172 1,683 Trade payables 52,277 33,961 14,713 9,558 Related parties 2,490 3,945 701 1,110 Other payables and accrued expenses 13,814 3,655 3,888 1,029 Total current liabilities 83,404 47,539 23,474 13,380 Long term liabilities Long term loan 1,322 - 372 - Deferred tax 305 118 85 33 Accrued severance pay 532 163 150 46 Total long term liabilities 2,159 281 607 79 Warrants to issue shares of subsidiary 727 1,040 204 292 Shareholders' equity Ordinary shares NIS 0.10 par value (authorized - 50,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding - 10,267,893 shares 1,113 1,113 313 313 Additional paid-in capital 59,056 59,056 16,622 16,622 Capital fund relating to Goodwill 247 - 70 - Foreign currency translation reserve (669) (414) (188) (116) Retained earnings 120,828 112,233 34,007 31,589 Minority Interest 12,467 18,619 3,509 5,240 193,042 190,607 54,333 53,648 279,332 239,467 78,618 67,399 (*)Convenience translation into U.S. dollars G. WILLI-FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three months ended Three months ended March 31 March 31 2 0 0 8 2 0 0 7 2 0 0 8 2 0 0 7 NIS US dollars (*) (in thousands, except per share and share data) Sales 106,445 71,445 29,959 20,108 Cost of sales 76,094 50,838 21,417 14,308 Gross profit 30,351 20,607 8,542 5,800 Selling expenses 9,396 6,004 2,645 1,690 General and administrative expenses 6,149 4,478 1,731 1,260 Total operating expenses 15,545 10,482 4,376 2,950 Operating income 14,806 10,125 4,166 2,850 Financial income 819 791 231 222 Financial expense 2,529 1,882 711 530 Income before taxes on income 13,096 9,034 3,686 2,542 Taxes on income 3,438 2,668 968 751 Income after taxes on income 9,658 6,366 2,718 1,791 Related to: Company Shareholders' 8,595 5,123 2,419 1,441 Minority interest 1,063 1,243 299 350 Net income 9,658 6,366 2,718 1,791 Earnings per share data: Earnings per share: Basic 0.84 0.50 0.24 0.14 Diluted 0.84 0.50 0.24 0.14 Shares used in computing basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share: 10,267,893 10,267,893 10,267,893 10,267,893 (*) Convenience translation into U.S. dollars Company Contact: G. Willi-Food International Ltd. Gil Hochboim, Vice President +972-8-932-1000 gil@willi-food.co.il IR Contact: The Global Consulting Group Christopher Chu +1-646-284-9426 cchu@hfgcg.com

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