Lifeway Foods Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results First Quarter Gross Sales Increase 16% to $32.1 Million

First Quarter Net Sales Increase 20% to $29.1 Million

MORTON GROVE, Ill., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc., (Nasdaq: LWAY), a leading supplier of cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. 

"We are pleased to report our results for the first quarter in which we achieved robust sales growth," said Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc. "I am impressed with our team's ability to closely manage expenses despite increased margin pressure due to record high milk prices. The progress we have made in product innovation and the positive consumer response to our products has positioned us well to capitalize on our growth opportunities. We continue to add new distribution in the US and to expand Lifeway's kefir probiotic reach. Looking ahead, our team remains committed to delivering increased financial results and we expect fiscal 2014 to be another record year."

First Quarter Results
First quarter of 2014 gross sales increased approximately 16% to $32.1 million compared to $27.6 million for the first quarter of 2013.  This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and awareness of the Company's flagship line, Kefir, as well as ProBugs® Organic Kefir for kids and BioKefir™.

First quarter total consolidated net sales increased approximately 20% to $29.1 million from $24.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Net sales are recorded as gross sales less promotional activities such as slotting fees paid, couponing, spoilage and promotional allowances as well as early payment terms given to customers.  The total allowance for promotions and discounts in the first quarter of 2014 was approximately $2.9 million or 9% of gross sales, compared to $3.2 million or approximately 12% of gross sales in the same period last year.

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales, excluding depreciation expense, were approximately 74% during the first quarter of 2014, compared to approximately 63% during the same period in 2013. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2014 decreased 18% to approximately $7.1 million, compared to approximately $8.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The gross profit margin decreased to 24% in the first quarter 2014 versus 35% in the first quarter of 2013. The decrease was primarily attributable to the increased cost of conventional milk, the Company's largest raw material.  The total cost of milk was approximately 35% higher during the first quarter 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013. 

Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were approximately 21% during the first quarter of 2014, compared to approximately 20% during the same period in 2013.  This was primarily attributable to an increase in selling related expenses, which increased approximately 24% to $3.5 million during the first quarter of 2014, from $2.8 million during the same period in 2013.

The Company reported income from operations of $1.0 million during the first quarter of 2014 compared to $3.7 million during the same period in 2013.

Provision for income tax was $0.3 million or a 34% effective tax rate for the first quarter compared to a provision for income tax of $1.4 million or a 37% effective tax rate during the same period in 2013.

Total net income was $0.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 compared to $2.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the same period in 2013.

Balance Sheet/Cash Flow Highlights
The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.5 million as of March 31, 2014 compared to cash and cash equivalents of $3.3 million as of December 31, 2013.

Total stockholder's equity was $43.6 million as of March 31, 2014, which is an increase of $0.7 million when compared to December 31, 2013.  This is primarily due to the increase in retained earnings of $0.7 million when compared to December 31, 2013.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Lifeway Foods' website at www.lifeway.net, and will be archived online through May 26, 2014. In addition, listeners may dial 877-407-3982 in North America, and international listeners may dial 201-493-6780. Participants from the Company will be Julie Smolyansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Edward Smolyansky, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

About Lifeway Foods
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY), recently named one of Fortune Small Business' Fastest Growing Companies for the sixth consecutive year, is America's leading supplier of the cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir. Lifeway Kefir is a dairy beverage that contains 10 exclusive live and active probiotic cultures plus ProBoost™. In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of Frozen Kefir and probiotic cheese products. Lifeway also sells frozen kefir, kefir smoothies and kefir parfaits through its Starfruit™ retail stores.

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Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, competitive pressures and other important factors detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Phone: 877.281.3874
Email: info@Lifeway.net

Investor Relations:

ICR

Katie Turner
John Mills
646.277.1228

 

 

LIFEWAY FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

March 31, 2014 and 2013 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2013




March 31,


December 31,



2014


2013


2013

ASSETS














Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$     2,474,708


$     2,739,957


$     3,306,608

Investments


2,790,935


2,062,343


2,516,380

Certificates of deposits in financial institutions


-


250,000


15,373

Inventories


7,355,884


7,080,899


6,899,008

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts and discounts ($1,300,000 and $1,350,000 and $1,050,000)








10,794,866


11,915,981


10,444,839

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


39,855


92,827


128,323

Other receivables


91,628


5,165


103,272

Deferred income taxes


360,110


295,701


322,071

Refundable income taxes


2,580,323


84,828


1,014,947

Total current assets


26,488,309


24,527,701


24,750,821








Property and equipment, net


21,248,982


14,917,260


20,824,448








Intangible assets







Goodwill and other non amortizable brand assets


14,068,091


14,068,091


14,068,091

Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $4,734,478, $4,020,598 and $4,555,559 at March 31, 2014 and 2013 and at December 31, 2013, respectively














3,571,522


4,285,403


3,750,441

Total intangible assets


17,639,613


18,353,494


17,818,532








Other Assets







Long-term accounts receivable net of current portion


273,000


294,000


280,000

Total assets


$65,649,904


$58,092,455


$63,673,801















LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY














Current liabilities







Current maturities of notes payable


$        879,354


$        543,591


$        875,002

Accounts payable


6,958,999


6,465,801


6,723,179

Accrued expenses


2,732,170


1,197,883


1,284,060

Accrued income taxes


---


462,593


---

Total current liabilities


10,570,523


8,669,868


8,882,241








Notes payable


8,775,587


4,820,160


8,999,012








Deferred income taxes


2,689,167


2,909,134


2,843,426

Total liabilities


22,035,277


16,399,162


20,724,679








Stockholders' equity







Common stock, no par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 17,273,776 shares issued; 16,346,017 shares outstanding

at March 31, 2014; 17,273,776 shares issued; 16,346,017 shares outstanding at March 31, 2013 and 16,346,017 shares outstanding at December 31, 2013














6,509,267


6,509,267


6,509,267

Paid-in-capital


2,032,516


2,032,516


2,032,516

Treasury stock, at cost


(8,187,682)


(8,187,682)


(8,187,682)

Retained earnings


43,247,392


41,270,416


42,587,214

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes


13,134


68,776


7,807

Total stockholders' equity


43,614,627


41,693,293


42,949,122








Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$65,649,904


$58,092,455


$63,673,801

 

LIFEWAY FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 (Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



March 31,



2014


2013

Sales


$ 32,061,147




$ 27,590,622



Less: discounts and allowances


(2,929,436)




(3,203,591)



Net sales


29,131,711


29,131,711


24,387,031


24,387,031










Cost of goods sold




21,681,910




15,402,875

Depreciation expense




383,361




394,125










Total cost of goods sold




22,065,271




15,797,000










Gross profit




7,066,440




8,590,031










Selling expenses




3,479,688




2,813,572

General and administrative




2,380,631




1,868,100

Amortization expense




178,919




177,842










Total operating expenses




6,039,238




4,859,514










Income from operations




1,027,202




3,730,517










Other income (expense):









Interest and dividend income




28,698




15,009

Rental income




500




3,269

Interest expense




(65,569)




(36,299)

Gain (loss) on sale of investments, net reclassified from OCI












4,808




64,335

Total other income (expense)




(31,563)




46,314










Income before provision for income taxes












995,639




3,776,831










Provision for income taxes




335,461




1,411,192










Net income




$    660,178




$ 2,365,639










Basic and diluted earnings









per common share




0.04




0.14










Weighted average number of shares outstanding












16,346,017




16,346,017










COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


















Net income




$    660,178




$ 2,365,639










Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

















    Unrealized gains (losses) on investments (net of tax)












8,044




51,535

    Less reclassification adjustment for (gains) losses included in net income (net of taxes)




















(2,717)




(36,349)










Comprehensive income




$    665,505




$ 2,380,825

 

 

LIFEWAY FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 (Unaudited)




March 31,



2014


2013






Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$    660,178


$ 2,365,639

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net





cash flows from operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization


562,280


571,967

Loss (gain) on sale of investments, net


(4,808)


(64,335)

Deferred income taxes


(196,401)


(192,090)

Bad Debt Expense


126,049


51,819

Loss (Gain) on sale of equipment


---


---

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:





Accounts receivable


(468,826)


(3,244,063)

Other receivables


11,644


3,660

Inventories


(456,876)


(1,141,713)

Refundable income taxes


(1,565,376)


---

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


88,468


4,311

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:





Accounts payable


235,820


2,209,076

Accrued expenses


1,448,110


42,206

Income taxes payable


---


208,282

Net cash provided by operating activities


440,262


814,759






Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchases of investments


(814,804)


(1,271,516)

Proceeds from sale of investments


554,609


1,170,271

Investments in certificates of deposits


---


---

Redemption of certificates of deposits


15,000


200,000

Purchases of property and equipment


(807,894)


(324,608)

Proceeds from sale of equipment


---


---

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities


(1,053,089)


(225,853)






Cash flows from financing activities:





Repayment of notes payable


(219,073)


(135,175)

Net cash provided (used in) financing activities


(219,073)


(135,175)






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(831,900)


453,731






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


3,306,608


2,286,226






Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


$ 2,474,708


$ 2,739,957

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SOURCE Lifeway Foods, Inc.



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