Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Announces Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results and Provides Fiscal Year 2014 Outlook

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC) today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2013 and provided its outlook for fiscal year 2014.

An Introduction

In addition to presenting the financial results of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NGVC) and its subsidiaries (collectively, the Company) for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year 2013 in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company has presented selected results:

  • on an adjusted basis in order to reflect the impact of certain share-based and incentive compensation expenses related to the Company's July 25, 2012 initial public offering (IPO) and subsequent awards of restricted stock units (RSUs) to certain employees who are not named executive officers in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013; and
  • on a pro forma basis to reflect the purchase of the 45% noncontrolling interest in Boulder Vitamin Cottage Group, LLC (BVC), which owned five Natural Grocers stores in Colorado, as if it had occurred at the beginning of fiscal year 2012.

Such adjustments to financial results and EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company describes the use of these non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this earnings release.  In addition, reconciliations of pro forma adjusted results and adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP measures are presented in schedules to this earnings release.

Descriptions of key metrics can be found in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," "Key Financial Metrics in Our Business" in the most recently filed Form 10-Q and Form 10-K.

Highlights for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Compared to Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012

  • Net sales increased 28.1% to $115.2 million in the fourth quarter and increased 28.0% to $430.7 million in the fiscal year.
  • Daily average comparable store sales increased 10.7% in the fourth quarter and increased 11.1% in the fiscal year. Daily average comparable store sales removes the effect of changes in the number of selling days during each period in the comparison. The 2013 fiscal year had one less selling day than fiscal year 2012 due to the fact that 2012 was a leap year.
  • Net income attributable to NGVC increased 129.0% to $2.2 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.10 in the fourth quarter and increased 58.7% to $10.6 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.47 in the fiscal year.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to NGVC compared to adjusted pro forma net income attributable to NGVC (which illustrates net income as if the Company owned 100% of BVC for the comparable period in fiscal year 2012 and excludes share-based and incentive compensation expenses associated with the IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013) increased 39.9% to $2.5 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.11 in the fourth quarter and increased 35.0% to $10.9 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.48 in the fiscal year.
  • EBITDA increased 95.2% to $8.4 million in the fourth quarter and increased 48.5% to $32.6 million in the fiscal year. Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes share-based and incentive compensation expenses associated with the IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013) increased 55.7% to $8.9 million for the fourth quarter and increased 41.7% to $33.1 million for the fiscal year. 

"We are very pleased with our performance this fiscal year," said Kemper Isely, NGVC Co-President. "Our five founding principles continue to drive our robust sales and we remain focused on our disciplined approach to cost controls. We delivered strong financial results this year and fully anticipate that we will carry this positive momentum into fiscal 2014."

Operating Results — Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Compared to Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2012

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, net sales increased $25.2 million, or 28.1% over the same period in fiscal year 2012 to $115.2 million due to a $15.7 million increase in sales from new stores and a $9.5 million, or 10.7%, increase in comparable store sales. Daily average comparable store sales increased 10.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 compared to a 13.0% increase in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. The 10.7% increase in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 was driven by a 5.5% increase in daily average transaction count and a 4.9% increase in average transaction size. Daily average mature store sales increased 6.1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Gross profit during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 increased 27.0% over the same period in fiscal year 2012 to $33.5 million driven by positive comparable store sales and new store growth. Gross profit reflects earnings after both product and occupancy costs. Gross margin was 29.1% during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 compared to 29.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. Gross margin decreased due to a shift in sales mix toward products with lower margins, partially offset by purchasing improvements. Additionally, there was a decrease in product margin for bulk products due to increased production costs as a result of the relocation to a larger bulk food repackaging and distribution center in September 2012. Occupancy costs as a percentage of sales decreased slightly due to the nine stores accounted for as capital and financing lease obligations (1). If these leases had qualified as operating leases, the straight-line rent expense would have been included in occupancy costs and the Company's gross margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 would have been approximately 85 basis points lower and interest expense as a percentage of sales would have been approximately 75 basis points lower. Additionally, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 the Company's gross margin would have been approximately ten basis points lower and interest expense as a percentage of sales would have been approximately five basis points lower. 

Store expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 50 basis points during the fourth quarter compared to the comparable period driven by a decrease in salary-related expenses as a percentage of sales at comparable stores. Additionally other store expenses decreased due to leverage on other store expenses offset by an increase in depreciation expense all as a percentage of sales.

Administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 185 basis points during the fourth quarter compared to the comparable period.  Excluding the share-based and incentive compensation expenses associated with the IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 55 basis points as a result of the Company's ability to support additional store investments and sales without proportionate investments in overhead.

Pre-opening and relocation expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 15 basis points during the fourth quarter compared to the comparable period primarily due to the timing of new store openings.

Interest expense increased $0.8 million in the fourth quarter compared to the comparable period, due to a $0.9 million increase in interest expense related to capital and financing lease obligations, partially offset by a decrease in interest expense related to the payoff of the term loan and all outstanding amounts under the revolving credit facility in July 2012.

As a result of the purchase of the remaining noncontrolling interest in BVC in July 2012, income from the five BVC stores is included in net income and there was no net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. The prior comparable quarter included $0.1 million of net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest.

Net income attributable to NGVC increased 129.0% to $2.2 million compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012 with diluted earnings per share of $0.10 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Adjusted net income attributable to NGVC compared to adjusted pro forma net income attributable to NGVC increased 39.9% to $2.5 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.11 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

EBITDA increased $4.1 million, or 95.2%, to $8.4 million, or 7.3% of sales, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012. Adjusted EBITDA increased 55.7% to $8.9 million, or 7.7% of sales, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012.  The stores that were accounted for as capital and financing lease obligations rather than being reflected as operating leases increased EBITDA as a percentage of sales by approximately 85 basis points in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 due to the impact on gross profit, as discussed above, as well as occupancy costs that would have been included in pre-opening expenses. In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 the capital and financing lease obligations increased EBITDA as a percentage of sales by approximately ten basis points.

Operating Results — Fiscal Year 2013 Compared to Fiscal Year 2012

In fiscal year 2013, net sales increased $94.3 million, or 28.0% over fiscal year 2012 to $430.7 million due to a $58.2 million increase in sales from new stores and a $36.1 million, or 10.8%, increase in comparable store sales. Daily average comparable store sales increased 11.1% in fiscal year 2013 compared to an 11.3% increase in fiscal year 2012. The 11.1% increase in fiscal year 2013 is due to a 5.9% increase in daily average transaction count and a 4.9% increase in average transaction size. Daily average mature store sales increased 6.4% in fiscal year 2013.

Gross profit in fiscal year 2013 increased 26.9% over the same period in fiscal year 2012 to $125.7 million driven by positive comparable store sales and new store growth. Gross profit reflects earnings after both product and occupancy costs. Gross margin was 29.2% in fiscal year 2013 compared to 29.4% in fiscal year 2012. Gross margin decreased due to a shift in sales mix toward products with lower margins, offset by purchasing improvements. Additionally, there was a decrease in product margin for bulk products due to increased production costs as a result of the relocation to a larger bulk food repackaging and distribution center in September 2012. Occupancy costs as a percentage of sales remained flat versus the comparable prior year period. During fiscal year 2013, nine of the Company's stores were accounted for as capital and financing lease obligations (1). If these leases had qualified as operating leases the straight-line rent expense would have been included in occupancy costs and the Company's gross margin in fiscal year 2013 would have been approximately 55 basis points lower and interest expense as a percentage of sales would have been approximately 50 basis points lower.

Store expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 55 basis points in fiscal year 2013 compared to the comparable period driven by a decrease in salary-related expenses as a percentage of sales. Additionally other store expenses and advertising decreased due to leverage on other store expenses offset by an increase in depreciation expense all as a percentage of sales.

Administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 65 basis points in fiscal year 2013 compared to the comparable period.  Excluding the share-based and incentive compensation expenses associated with the IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 30 basis points as a result of the Company's ability to support additional store investments and sales without proportionate investments in overhead.

Pre-opening and relocation expenses as a percentage of sales increased 10 basis points in fiscal year 2013 compared to the comparable period primarily due to the increased number and timing of new store openings and increased average per-store expense.

Interest expense increased $1.6 million in fiscal year 2013 compared to the comparable period due to a $2.1 million increase in interest expense related to capital and financing lease obligations partially offset by a decrease in interest expense related to the payoff of the term loan and all outstanding amounts under the revolving credit facility in July 2012.

As a result of the purchase of the remaining noncontrolling interest in BVC in July 2012, income from the five BVC stores is included in net income and there was no net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in the fiscal year 2013. The prior comparable period included $0.8 million of net income attributable to noncontrolling interest.

Net income attributable to NGVC increased 58.7% to $10.6 million compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012 with diluted earnings per share of $0.47 in fiscal year 2013. Adjusted net income attributable to NGVC compared to adjusted pro forma net income attributable to NGVC increased 35.0% to $10.9 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.48 in fiscal year 2013.

EBITDA increased $10.6 million, or 48.5%, to $32.6 million, or 7.6% of sales, in fiscal year 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012. Adjusted EBITDA increased 41.7% to $33.1 million, or 7.7% of sales, in fiscal year 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal year 2012. The stores that were accounted for as capital and financing lease obligations rather than being reflected as operating leases increased EBITDA as a percentage of sales by approximately 60 basis points in fiscal year 2013 due to the impact on gross profit as discussed above as well as occupancy costs that would have been included in pre-opening expenses. In fiscal year 2012 the capital and financing lease obligations increased EBITDA as a percentage of sales by approximately five basis points.

(1)

For leases accounted for as capital and financing lease obligations, the Company does not record straight-line rent expense in cost of goods sold and occupancy costs, but rather rental payments are recognized as a reduction of the capital and financing lease liabilities and as interest expense.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

In fiscal year 2013, the Company generated $25.7 million in cash from operating activities and invested $39.7 million in capital expenditures primarily for new stores. Additionally, the company received $5.0 million in proceeds from the sale of property and equipment.

As of September 30, 2013, the Company had $8.1 million in cash and cash equivalents, $0.5 million in restricted cash and $1.1 million in available-for-sale securities, as well as $15.0 million available under its revolving credit facility, with no amounts outstanding.

The Company has nine capital and financing lease obligations.

Growth and Development

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, the Company opened four new stores, bringing the total store count to 72 stores located in 13 states at the end of fiscal year 2013. During fiscal year 2013, the Company opened 13 new stores, a 22% unit growth. The new store compound annual growth rate is 21.2% from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2013. Additionally, the Company completed the remodel of two existing stores and relocated one existing store during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Since the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 the Company has opened two stores in Tulsa, OK and Idaho Falls, ID, respectively. Additionally as of this release, the Company has signed leases for ten stores planned to open in fiscal year 2014 for locations in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Store Level Economics

The Company anticipates that fiscal year 2014 new stores will require an average upfront capital investment of approximately $2.5 million consisting of capital expenditures of approximately $1.9 million (net of tenant allowances), initial inventory of approximately $300,000 (net of payables) and pre-opening expenses of approximately $250,000. The Company continues to target approximately four years to recoup the initial net cash investment and approximately 35% cash on cash returns by the end of the fifth year following the opening. 

Fiscal Year 2014 Outlook

For fiscal year 2014 the Company expects:



Fiscal Year

2014 Outlook

Number of new stores


15

Number of remodels


2

Daily average comparable store sales growth


8.5% to 9.5%

EBITDA as a percent of sales (1)


7.8% to 8.0%

Net income as a percent of sales


2.4% to 2.6%

Diluted earnings per share


$0.58 to $0.63

Capital expenditures (in millions)


$35 to $37



(1)

Includes approximately 55 basis points of EBITDA improvement from the nine capital and financing lease obligations.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss this earnings release. The dial-in number is US: 1-877-870-4263; Canada: 1-855-669-9657 or International: 1-412-317-0790. The conference ID is "Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage." A simultaneous audio webcast will be available at http://Investors.NaturalGrocers.com and archived for a minimum of 30 days.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC) is a rapidly expanding specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements whose products must meet strict quality guidelines. Grocery products may not contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, or partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils. Natural Grocers' flexible small-store format allows it to offer affordable prices in a shopper-friendly retail environment. The Company provides extensive, free, science-based nutrition education programs to help customers make informed health and nutrition choices. The Company, founded in 1955, has 74 stores in 13 states.

Visit www.NaturalGrocers.com for more information and store locations.

Forward-Looking Statements

The following constitutes a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" and are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements that are not statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements because of factors such as our industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning our market position, the economy, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources, other financial and operating information and other risks detailed in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, as amended by Form 10-K/A (Form 10-K) and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The information contained herein speaks only as of the date of this release and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with our business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012 and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting investor relations at 303-986-4600 or by visiting our website at http://Investors.NaturalGrocers.com.

 

NATURAL GROCERS BY VITAMIN COTTAGE, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 



Three months ended

September 30,


Year ended

September 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

 

Net sales

$

115,175


89,932


430,655


336,385

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs

81,689


63,558


304,922


237,328

Gross profit

33,486


26,374


125,733


99,057

Store expenses

24,388


19,490


89,935


72,157

Administrative expenses

3,569


4,448


13,479


12,733

Pre-opening and relocation expenses

955


861


3,231


2,173

Operating income

4,574


1,575


19,088


11,994

Other income (expense):








Dividends and interest income

2


1


9


6

Interest expense

(900)


(94)


(2,166)


(568)

Total other expense

(898)


(93)


(2,157)


(562)

Income before income taxes

3,676


1,482


16,931


11,432

Provision for income taxes

(1,448)


(582)


(6,379)


(3,955)

Net income

2,228


900


10,552


7,477

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest


73



(828)

Net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

$

2,228


973


10,552


6,649










Net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. per common share:









Basic

$

0.10


0.04


0.47


0.30

Diluted

$

0.10


0.04


0.47


0.30










Weighted average common shares outstanding:









Basic


22,429,196


22,372,184


22,399,346


22,372,184

Diluted


22,457,043


22,463,093


22,441,382


22,463,093










 

 

NATURAL GROCERS BY VITAMIN COTTAGE, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 



September 30,


2013


2012

Assets


Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,132


17,291

Restricted cash

500


Short term investments — available-for-sale securities

1,149


778

Accounts receivable, net

2,401


1,755

Merchandise inventory

45,472


37,544

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,097


696

Deferred income tax assets

1,114


843

Total current assets

59,865


58,907

Property and equipment, net

98,910


64,603

Other assets:




Long-term investments — available-for-sale securities


974

Deposits and other assets

203


196

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

900


927

Deferred financing costs, net

25


55

Total other assets

1,128


2,152

Total assets

$

159,903


125,662

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

28,918


26,032

Accrued expenses

9,306


7,783

Capital and financing lease obligations, current portion

174


12

Note payable—related party, current portion


260

Total current liabilities

38,398


34,087

Long-term liabilities:




Capital and financing lease obligations, net of current portion

19,648


5,514

Deferred income tax liabilities

6,877


4,144

Deferred rent

4,731


3,618

Leasehold incentives

5,716


5,328

Note payable—related party, net of current portion


22

Total long-term liabilities

36,972


18,626

Total liabilities

75,370


52,713

Commitments




Stockholders' equity:




Common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 50,000,000 shares, 22,441,253 and 22,372,184 issued and outstanding, respectively

22


22

Additional paid in capital

53,704


52,676

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(4)

Retained earnings

30,807


20,255

Total stockholders' equity

84,533


72,949

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

159,903


125,662

 

 

NATURAL GROCERS BY VITAMIN COTTAGE, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 



Year ended September 30,


2013


2012

Operating activities:




Net income

$

10,552


7,477

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

13,496


9,949

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

43


301

Share-based compensation (excluding cash portion of restricted stock award paid of $0 and $335, respectively)

602


780

Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

(592)


(620)

Deferred income tax expense

2,452


2,673

Non-cash interest expense

47


38

Interest accrued on investments and amortization of premium

27


(4)

Other amortization

26


68

Changes in operating assets and liabilities




(Increase) decrease in:




Accounts receivable, net

(546)


283

Income tax receivable

(601)


1,489

Merchandise inventory

(7,928)


(7,724)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

105


(170)

Increase in:




Accounts payable

4,480


6,860

Accrued expenses

2,283


2,561

Deferred rent and leasehold incentives

1,271


1,241

Net cash provided by operating activities

25,717


25,202

Investing activities:




Acquisition of property and equipment

(39,708)


(25,259)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

5,005


608

Purchase of available-for-sale securities

(521)


(1,751)

Proceeds from sale of available-for-sale securities

90


Proceeds from maturity of available-for-sale securities

1,010


Increase in restricted cash

(500)


Payments received on notes receivable, related party


270

Payments received for premiums paid on split-dollar life insurance


660

Notes receivable, related party—insurance premiums


(4)

Increase in split-dollar life insurance premiums


(82)

Net cash used in investing activities

(34,624)


(25,558)

Financing activities:




Borrowings under credit facility

81


Repayments under credit facility

(81)


(27,236)

Repayments under notes payable


Repayments under notes payable, related party

(282)


(924)

Capital and financing lease obligations payments

(121)


Distributions to noncontrolling interests


(810)

Purchase of remaining 45% noncontrolling interest in BVC


(10,051)

Proceeds from common stock issued in initial public offering, net of commissions


58,135

Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

592


620

Equity issuance costs and BVC transaction costs

(268)


(2,460)

Payments on withholding tax for restricted stock unit vesting

(155)


Loan fees paid

(18)


(5)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(252)


17,269

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(9,159)


16,913

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

17,291


378

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

$

8,132


17,291

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest of $0 and $25, respectively

$

7


524

Cash paid for interest on capital and financing lease obligations

2,036


39

Income taxes paid

3,916


519

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:




Acquisition of property and equipment not yet paid

$

3,545


5,007

Property acquired through capital and financing lease obligations

14,372


5,526

Equity issuance costs not yet paid


256

Tax benefit associated with acquisition of noncontrolling interest in BVC


3,592





NATURAL GROCERS BY VITAMIN COTTAGE, INC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, the Company provides information regarding pro forma net income, Adjusted pro forma net income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and additional information about its operating results.  These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP (i.e. they are non-GAAP measures). The Company's management believes that these presentations provide useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the Company as well as using EBITDA as a component of its incentive compensation. The Company defines:

  • Pro forma net income as what net income would have been had it owned 100% of BVC for all periods presented;
  • Adjusted pro forma net income as pro forma net income excluding share-based and incentive compensation expenses related to the July 25, 2012 IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs to certain employees who are not named executive officers in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013;
  • EBITDA as net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. before interest expense, provision for income tax, net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest and depreciation and amortization; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding share-based and incentive compensation expenses related to the July 25, 2012 IPO and subsequent awards of RSUs to certain employees who are not named executive officers in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

The following is a tabular presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures, including reconciliation from net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. to pro forma net income, Adjusted pro forma net income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

Pro Forma and Adjusted Pro Forma Statement of Income Data

In connection with the IPO in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company purchased the 45% noncontrolling interest in BVC not previously owned by the Company.  Prior to the purchase of the noncontrolling interest, the Company held a controlling 55% interest in BVC.  As such, the consolidated statements of income for the three months and year ended September 30, 2012 include the revenues and expenses of BVC as required by GAAP, with 45% of BVC's net income reported as net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in the Company's consolidated statements of income for the three months and year ended September 30, 2012 for the period through July 25, 2012. The pro forma financial data presented below illustrates what net income would have been had the Company owned 100% of BVC for the entire periods of the three months and year ended September 30, 2012. The Company's effective tax rate increased as a result of the BVC acquisition, as the income attributable to the noncontrolling interest was nontaxable income prior to the acquisition, but is included in taxable income after the acquisition. 

The following table reconciles net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. to pro forma net income and Adjusted pro forma net income, dollars in thousands, except per share data:


Three months ended

September 30,


Year ended

September 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

$

2,228


973


10,552


6,649

Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest


(73)



828

Net income

2,228


900


10,552


7,477

Provision for income taxes

1,448


582


6,379


3,955

Income before income taxes

3,676


1,482


16,931


11,432

Pro forma provision for income taxes

(1,448)


(556)


(6,379)


(4,264)

Pro forma net income

2,228


926


10,552


7,168

Share-based compensation of $475, $1,106, $489 and $1,106, net of income taxes of $187, $412, $184 and $412, respectively

288


694


305


694

IPO incentive compensation of $0, $286, $0 and $286, net of income taxes of $0, $107, $0 and $107, respectively


179



179

Adjusted pro forma net income

$

2,516


1,799


10,857


8,041

Per Share Data:









Adjusted pro forma net income per common share









Basic

$

0.11


0.08


0.48


0.36

Diluted

$

0.11


0.08


0.48


0.36

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. The Company believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information about (i) operating performance, because it assists in comparing the operating performance of stores on a consistent basis, as it removes the impact of non-cash depreciation and amortization expense as well as items not directly resulting from core operations such as interest expense and income taxes and (ii) the performance and the effectiveness of operational strategies. Additionally, EBITDA is a measure in the Company's debt covenants under the credit facility, and incentive compensation plans base incentive compensation payments on EBITDA performance.

Furthermore, some investors use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in the industry. Management believes that some investors' understanding of performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for comparing ongoing results of operations. By providing these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a reconciliation from net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., the Company believes it is enhancing investors' understanding of the business and results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well the Company is executing strategic initiatives.

The Company's competitors may define EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently, and as a result, the Company's measure of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA of other companies. Items excluded from EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are a supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for net income or other financial statement data presented in the consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to the Company to invest in the growth of the business.

The following table reconciles net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. to EBITDA and to Adjusted EBITDA, dollars in thousands:


Three months ended

September 30,


Year ended

September 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Net income attributable to Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

$

2,228


973


10,552


6,649

Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest


(73)



828

Net income

2,228


900


10,552


7,477

Interest expense

900


94


2,166


568

Provision for income taxes

1,448


582


6,379


3,955

Depreciation and amortization

3,806


2,719


13,496


9,949

EBITDA

8,382


4,295


32,593


21,949

Share-based compensation

475


1,106


489


1,106

IPO incentive compensation


286



286

Adjusted EBITDA

$

8,857


5,687


33,082


23,341

 

SOURCE Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc.



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