Lifeway Foods Announces Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter 2011 Sales Increased 28% to $20 Million

Launches Lifeway Frozen Kefir

Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Nationwide Marketing Tour

MORTON GROVE, Ill., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc., (Nasdaq: LWAY), a leading supplier of cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir, today announced results for three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  

Second Quarter Results

Second quarter of 2011 gross sales increased 28% to $19.9 million compared to $15.5 million for the second quarter of 2010.  This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and growing awareness of benefits of Lifeway's flagship line, Kefir, as well as ProBugs® Organic Kefir for kids, and the successful introduction of new product lines such as Bio Kefir™.  In addition, Lifeway Frozen Kefir contributed approximately $0.2 million in sales during the second quarter of 2011.  The frozen kefir line was launched in April 2011.  

Second quarter total consolidated net sales increased $3.9 million, or approximately 27%, to $18.2 million from $14.3 million in the second quarter of 2010.  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.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2011 decreased 3% to $5.3 million, compared to $5.5 million in the second quarter of the prior year. The Company's gross profit margin decreased to 29% in the second quarter versus 39% in the second quarter of 2010. Gross profit was negatively impacted primarily by increased transportation and other petroleum based production supply costs, as well as the increased price of conventional milk, the Company's largest raw material.  The cost of milk was approximately 35 to 45% higher in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were approximately 25% during the second quarter of 2011 compared to approximately 24% during the same period in 2010.  The increase was primarily due to a $1.0 million increase in selling expenses to $2.8 million, of which $0.7 million was directly attributable to the Company's 25th Anniversary Cross Country Mobile Tour in the second quarter of 2011.  The Company views this as a non-recurring advertising expense.

Operating income decreased to $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $2.2 million in the same period last year. The decrease in operating income is due to the lower gross profit and increased operating expenses in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to the second quarter of 2011.

Provision for income taxes was $0.4 million, or a 59% effective tax rate, for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $1.0 million, or a 47% tax rate, during the same period in 2010.  In addition to the higher tax rate, the Company's tax expense was higher due to a Minnesota State Department of Revenue audit from tax years 2006 to 2009, which resulted in approximately $0.1 million in additional taxes being paid in the second quarter of 2011. 

The Company reported net income of $0.3 million or earnings of $0.02 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.2 million or earnings of $0.07 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010.

Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc. commented, "We are extremely pleased with our ability to continue to realize record sales results as we capitalized on the opportunity to increase customer awareness and further increase our retail distribution with our 25th anniversary mobile tour and the launch of our frozen kefir."

Smolyansky continued, "Going forward, we expect to achieve record sales and believe the cost and expense headwinds experienced in the second quarter are behind us.  We will continue to manage the controllable aspects of our business as we take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to expand distribution in the U.S. and internationally with Lifeway's leading market position which should lead to strong sales, profitability and cash flow generation long-term."

Six Month Results

Total consolidated gross sales increased by $7.4 million, or approximately 24%, to $39 million during the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 from $31.5 million during the same six-month period in 2010.  This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and awareness of Lifeway's flagship line, Kefir, as well as ProBugs® Organic Kefir for kids and BioKefir™.  In addition, Lifeway Frozen Kefir line, which was launched in April 2011, contributed to approximately $0.3 million to revenue during the second quarter 2011.

Total consolidated net sales increased by $6.3 million, or approximately 22%, to $35.5 million during the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 from $29.2 million during the same six-month period in 2010.  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.

Gross profit for the first six months of 2011 increased 5% to $12.5 million, compared to $12.0 million in the second quarter of the prior year. The Company's gross profit margin decreased to 35.3% in the first six months versus 41% in the same period last year. Gross profit was negatively impacted primarily by increased transportation and other petroleum based production supply costs, as well as the increased price of conventional milk, the Company's largest raw material.  The cost of milk was approximately 20 to 25% higher compared to the first six months of 2010.

Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were approximately 24% during the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 compared to approximately 24% during the same period in 2010.  Selling related expenses increased by $1.3 million, or approximately 34%, to $5.0 million during the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, from $3.7 million during the same period in 2010.  This increase is directly attributable to the Company recording an approximate $0.7 million expense related its 25th Anniversary Cross Country Mobile tour, which occurred in the second quarter of 2011 and was expensed during the second quarter of 2011.  The Company views this as a non-recurring advertising expense.  The Company also accrued for $0.1 million in bonuses the first six months of 2011 to be paid in the fourth quarter of 2011.  In 2011 the Company records expenses throughout the year for bonuses so the full impact is not taken in fourth quarter alone and rather spread out across each of the four quarters equally.  The Company accrued for all expenses in the fourth quarter last year.

Total operating income decreased by $0.9 million, or approximately 19%, to $4.0 million during the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, from $4.9 million during the same period in 2010.

Total net income was $2.2 million or $0.13 per share for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 compared to $3.0 million or $0.18 per share in the same period in 2010.

Balance Sheet/Cash Flow Highlights

Net cash provided by operating activities was $0.8 million during the three months ended June 30, 2011 which is a decrease of $1.4 million when compared to the same period in 2010.  This decrease is primarily attributable to the decrease in net income of $0.8 million.

The Company had a net increase in cash and cash equivalents of $0.5 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year.  The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.4 million as of June 30, 2011 compared to cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 million as of June 30, 2010.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details.   The conference call is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. 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 August 30, 2011.  In addition, listeners may dial 877-407-9039 in North America, and international listeners may dial 201-689-8470. Participants from the Company will be Julie Smolyansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Edward Smolyansky, Chief Financial Officer.

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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™. While most regular yogurt contains only two or three of these "friendly" cultures, Lifeway Kefir products offer greater nutritional benefits and support a healthier life. Lifeway produces various different flavors of its drinkable Kefir and Organic Kefir beverage, and recently introduced a series of innovative new products such as a children's line of Organic Kefir called ProBugs™ with a no-spill pouch and kid-friendly flavors like Goo Berry Pie and Strawnana Split. In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of probiotic cheese products. Lifeway also sells frozen kefir, kefir smoothies and kefir parfaits through its Starfruit™ retail stores.

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.

LIFEWAY FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 (Unaudited)




(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended


(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended



June, 30


June, 30



2011


2010


2011


2010


















Sales


$      19,913,003




15,546,556




38,960,269




$      31,510,715



Less: discounts and allowances


(1,715,085)




(1,261,195)




(3,458,448)




(2,336,208)



Net Sales


18,197,918


18,197,918


14,285,361


14,285,361


35,501,821


35,501,821


29,174,507


29,174,507


















Cost of goods sold




12,535,368




8,454,095




22,186,640




16,530,707

Depreciation expense




390,694




281,220




767,207




684,595


















Total cost of goods sold




12,926,062




8,735,315




22,953,847




17,215,302


















Gross profit




5,271,856




5,550,046




12,547,974




11,959,205


















Selling expenses




2,790,507




1,741,886




5,012,315




3,736,733

General and administrative




1,585,178




1,478,062




3,177,907




2,968,219

Amortization expense




195,957




175,761




391,916




351,521


















Total Operating Expenses




4,571,642




3,395,709




8,582,138




7,056,473


















Income from operations




700,214




2,154,337




3,965,836




4,902,732


















Other income (expense):

















Interest and dividend income




17,094




53,176




34,687




107,684

Rental income




650




2,800




650




4,035

Interest expense




(72,298)




(80,164)




(134,428)




(176,106)

Gain (loss) on sale of investments, net




541




84,043




(2,056)




54,784

Total other income (expense)




(54,013)




59,855




(101,147)




(9,603)


















Income before provision for

















  income taxes




646,201




2,214,192




3,864,689




4,893,129


















Provision for income taxes




380,659




1,029,688




1,673,376




1,939,936


















Net income




$          265,542




$       1,184,504




$       2,191,313




$       2,953,193


















Basic and diluted earnings

















per common share




0.02




0.07




0.13




0.18


















Weighted average number of

















 shares outstanding




16,434,314




16,701,539




16,461,981




16,731,549




















LIFEWAY FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Statement of Cash Flow

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 (Unaudited)




(Unaudited)
June 30,



2011


2010






Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$                     2,191,313


$                       2,953,193

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net





cash flows from operating activities, net of acquisition:





Depreciation and amortization


1,159,123


1,036,116

Loss (Gain) on sale of investments, net


2,056


(54,784)

Deferred income taxes


(156,040)


(290,465)

Treasury stock issued for compensation


---


62,317

Increase in allowance for doubtful accounts


20,000


---

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:





Accounts receivable


(2,117,792)


(1,780,774)

Other receivables


94,855


(92,631)

Inventories


(1,622,777)


(857,743)

Refundable income taxes


906,748


1,308,978

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(41,551)


(29,433)

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:





Accounts payable


(8,646)


(504,764)

Accrued expenses


42,599


(82,791)

Income taxes payable


378,482


604,323

Net cash provided by operating activities


848,370


2,271,542






Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchases of investments


(582,697)


(538,852)

Proceeds from sale of investments


532,640


1,502,724

Investments in certificates of deposits


(50,000)



Proceeds from redemption of certificates of deposit


---


102,545

Purchases of property and equipment


(747,250)


(1,292,741)

Acquisition of the assets of First Juice


---


---

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


(847,307)


(226,324)






Cash flows from financing activities:





Proceeds of note payable


250,000


250,000

Checks written in excess of bank balances


367,840


504,398

Purchases of treasury stock


(971,798)


(1,418,657)

Repayment of notes payable


(1,478,521)


(1,152,876)

Net cash used in financing activities


(1,832,479)


(1,817,135)






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(1,831,416)


228,083






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


3,229,939


630,407






Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


$                     1,398,523


$                          858,490



Contact:

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

Investor Relations:
ICR
Katie Turner
John Mills
646.277.1228

Press Contact:
SSPR – Erin O'Connor
eoconnor@sspr.com
847.415.9320

SOURCE Lifeway Foods, Inc.



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