Lifeway Foods Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

MORTON GROVE, Ill., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc., (Nasdaq: LWAY), a leading supplier of cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. 

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Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 24% to $20.8 million for the quarter, and net sales increased 16% to $81.4 million for the year
  • Gross profit increased 86% from the fourth quarter 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011, and 29% for 2012 when compared to 2011
  • Gross profit margin increased to 33% for the fourth quarter 2012, from 22% in 2011, and to 34% for the year, from 30% in 2011
  • Record earnings per diluted share of $0.07 for the quarter, and record earnings per diluted share of $0.34 for the year

"In 2012, we continued to execute on our strategic goals as we increased awareness and distribution of Lifeway's kefir products to report record sales and earnings results," said Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc.  "We are confident about our future growth and we expect 2013 to be another year of strong sales and profitability as new and existing consumers choose Lifeway Foods as a provider of wholesome, nutritious kefir products for themselves and their families.  Additionally, we expect gross revenues for our first quarter 2013, which ended March 29, 2013, to be approximately 30% higher when compared to the same period in 2012, and we expect to continue this momentum throughout the year."

Fourth Quarter Results
Fourth quarter of 2012 gross sales increased 22% to $22.9 million compared to $18.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  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™.

Fourth quarter total consolidated net sales increased 24% to $20.8 million from $16.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  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 fourth quarter of 2012 was approximately $2.0 million or 10% of gross sales, compared to $2.0 million or 10.5% of gross sales in the same period last year. 

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales, excluding depreciation expense, were approximately 65% during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to approximately 76% during the same period in 2011. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 86% to approximately $6.8 million, compared to approximately $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. The gross profit margin increased to 33% in the fourth quarter 2012 versus 22% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to lower costs of transportation and other petroleum-based production supplies, and the decreased cost of conventional milk, the Company's largest raw material.  The total cost of milk was approximately 5% lower during the fourth quarter 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011. 

Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were approximately 24% during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to approximately 25% during the same period in 2011.  This was primarily attributable to an increase in selling expenses, which increased by $0.6 million to $3.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2012, from $2.6 million during the same period in 2011.

The Company reported income from operations of $1.80 million during the fourth quarter of 2012, an improvement of $2.3 million from a loss of $0.5 million during the same period in 2011.

Provision for income tax was $0.7 million or a 40% effective tax rate for the fourth quarter compared to a benefit of $0.1 million during the same period in 2011.

Total net income was $1.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012 compared to a net loss of $0.4 million, or a loss of $0.02 per diluted share, in the same period in 2011.

2012 Year End Results
Total consolidated gross sales increased 16% or $12.6 million to approximately $89.8 million during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 from $77.1 during the same twelve-month period in 2011.  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™. 

Total consolidated net sales increased 16% or $11.4 million to $81.4 million during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 from $70.0 million during the same twelve month period in 2011.

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales, excluding depreciation expense, were approximately 64% during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012, compared to approximately 67% during the same period in 2011. Gross profit for 2012 increased 29% to $27.4 million, compared to $21.3 million in 2011. The Company's gross profit margin increased to 34% versus 30% in 2011.

Total operating income increased $3.8 million, or approximately 74%, to $8.8 million during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $5.1 million during the same period in 2011.

Total net income was $5.6 million, or $0.34 per share, for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 compared to $2.9 million, or $0.17 per share, in the same period in 2011.

On March 29, 2013, the Company concluded that the consolidated statements of income for the year-to-date periods ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, including comparatively presented periods, that were previously included in its Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q filed in 2012 should be restated as a result to update the accounting presentation of production activity within cost of goods sold from general and administrative operating expenses. These restatements result in increases in cost of goods sold and corresponding decreases in general and administrative operating expenses. These restatements had no impact on the Company's previously reported net income, condensed consolidated balance sheets or consolidated statements of cash flows. Further information regarding this restatement can be found in the Company's Form 8-K filing dated April 1, 2013. 

Balance Sheet/Cash Flow Highlights
The Company had a net increase in cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 million during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 compared to a net decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $2.1 million during the same period in 2011.  The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.3 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to cash and cash equivalents of $1.1 million as of December 31, 2011.

Total stockholder's equity was $39.3 million as of December 31, 2012, which is an increase of $4.0 million when compared to December 31, 2011.  This is primarily due the increase in retained earnings of $4.5 million when compared to December 31, 2011.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details today, Monday, April 1, 2013 at 4:35 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 April 15, 2013.  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.

About Lifeway Foods

Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY), recently named one of Fortune Small Business' Fastest Growing Companies for the fifth 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

For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011






December 31



2012


2011

ASSETS










Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$     2,286,226


$     1,115,150

Investments


1,869,888


1,695,044

Certificates of deposits in financial institutions


450,000


300,000

Inventories


5,939,186


4,954,475

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful





accounts and discounts


8,723,737


7,950,276

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


97,138


79,630

Other receivables


8,825


224,204

Deferred income taxes


234,687


338,690

Refundable income taxes


84,828


41,316

Total current assets


19,694,515


16,698,785






Property and equipment, net


14,986,776


15,198,822






Intangible assets





Goodwill and other non amortizable brand assets


14,068,091


14,068,091

Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of





$3,842,757 and 3,087,940 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively


4,463,244


5,218,060

Total intangible assets


18,531,335


19,286,151






Other Assets





Long-term accounts receivable net of current portion


294,000


289,550

Total assets


$53,506,626


$51,473,308











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities





Checks written in excess of bank balances 


$                 ---


$        592,040

Current maturities of notes payable


542,981


1,540,716

Accounts payable


4,256,725


4,386,239

Accrued expenses


1,155,677


553,725

Accrued income taxes


254,311


---

Total current liabilities


6,209,694


7,072,720






Notes payable


4,955,945


5,539,836






Deferred income taxes


3,028,518


3,503,595

Total liabilities


14,194,157


16,116,151






Stockholders' equity





Common stock, no par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized;





17,273,776 shares issued; 16,346,017 shares outstanding





at December 31, 2012; 17,273,776 shares issued; 16,409,317





shares outstanding at December 31, 2011


6,509,267


6,509,267

Paid-in-capital


2,032,516


2,032,516

Treasury stock, at cost


(8,187,682)


(7,606,974)

Retained earnings


38,904,777


34,431,296

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes


53,591


(8,948)

Total stockholders' equity


39,312,469


35,357,157






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$53,506,626


$51,473,308






 

 

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011






Years Ended



December 31,



2012


2011










Sales


$ 89,754,007




$ 77,122,999



Less: discounts and allowances


(8,402,742)




(  7,152,590)



Net sales


81,351,265


81,351,265


69,970,409


69,970,409










Cost of goods sold




52,295,464




47,151,776

Depreciation expense




1,629,594




1,552,961










Total cost of goods sold




53,925,058




48,704,737










Gross profit




27,426,207




21,265,672










Selling expenses




11,506,707




10,114,902

General and administrative




6,319,972




5,290,446

Amortization expense




754,817




783,833










Total operating expenses




18,581,496




16,189,181










Income from operations




8,844,711




5,076,491










Other income (expense):









Interest and dividend income




85,383




70,611

Rental income




12,285




7,150

Interest expense




(177,622)




(247,342)

Impairment of Investment




---




(36,032)

Gain (loss) on sale of investments, net




71,286




(29,256)

Loss on disposition of assets




(11,169)




---

Other Expense




---




(8,364)

Total other income (expense)




(19,837)




(243,233)










Income before provision for









   income taxes




8,824,874




4,833,258










Provision for income taxes




3,205,076




1,977,837










Net income




$ 5,619,798




$ 2,855,421










Basic and diluted earnings









per common share




0.34




0.17










Weighted average number of 









  shares outstanding




16,373,224




16,442,948










COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


















Net income




$ 5,619,798




$ 2,855,421










Other comprehensive income









    (loss), net of tax:









    Unrealized gains (losses) on 









      investments (net of tax)




102,816




17,616

    Less reclassification adjustment 









      for (gains) losses included in









      net income (net of taxes)




(40,277)




16,530










Comprehensive income




$ 5,682,337




$ 2,889,567










 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011






December 31,



2012


2011






Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$ 5,619,798


$ 2,855,421

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net





cash flows from operating activities, net of acquisition:





Depreciation and amortization


2,384,411


2,336,794

Loss (gain) on sale of investments, net


(71,286)


29,256

Loss on disposition of equipment


11,169


20,135

Impairment of Investment


---


36,032

Deferred income taxes


(434,896)


68,217

Bad Debt Expense


435,344


48,240

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:





Accounts receivable


(1,213,253)


(1,494,790)

Other receivables


215,379


(119,524)

Inventories


(984,711)


(969,101)

Refundable income taxes


(43,512)


865,432

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(17,508)


78,685

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:





Accounts payable


(129,514)


202,758

Accrued expenses


601,952


84,466

Income taxes payable


254,311


-

Net cash provided by operating activities


6,627,684


4,042,021






Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchases of investments


(1,452,672)


(2,434,340)

Proceeds from sale of investments


1,475,730


1,810,816

Investments in certificates of deposits


(150,255)


(50,000)

Purchases of property and equipment


(1,428,717)


(1,439,133)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities


(1,555,914)


(2,112,657)






Cash flows from financing activities:





Proceeds of note payable


250,000


2,000,000

Checks written in excess of bank balances


(592,040)


(749,170)

Purchases of treasury stock


(580,708)


(1,181,428)

Dividends paid


(1,146,317)


---

Repayment of notes payable


(1,831,626)


(4,113,555)

Net cash used in financing activities


(3,900,691)


(4,044,153)






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


1,171,079


(2,114,789)






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


1,115,150


3,229,939






Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


$ 2,286,229


$ 1,115,150

 

SOURCE Lifeway Foods, Inc.



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