SodaStream Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

Feb 18, 2016, 07:30 ET from SodaStream International Ltd.

AIRPORT CITY, Israel, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA), the leading manufacturer of home beverage carbonation systems, announced today its results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015.

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015, on an Adjusted basis (including comparative figures) *

  • Revenue was $112.9 million compared to $126.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014; Revenue on a constant currency basis was $124.4 million
  • Adjusted operating income was $6.2 million compared to $8.1 million in the fourth quarter 2014; Adjusted operating income on a constant currency basis was $11.5 million
  • Adjusted operating income excluding shares-based payment and on a constant currency basis increased 176% to $14.2 million compared to $5.1 million in the fourth quarter 2014
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million compared to $16.4 million in the fourth quarter 2014; Adjusted EBITDA on a constant currency basis was $15.9 million
  • Adjusted net income was $5.0 million compared to $7.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.24 compared to $0.35 in the fourth quarter 2014

*Adjusted revenue, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-IFRS financial measures that eliminate the effect of restructuring costs, which include $2.2 million of pre-tax charges incurred as part of the company's restructuring and growth plan announced on October 29, 2014. These charges represent the final restructuring costs incurred in connection with this plan and were related primarily to activities associated with the transition to the new Lehavim plant in southern Israel which increased cost of revenue. Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before financial expense (income), income tax, depreciation and amortization, and further eliminates the effect of restructuring costs. Reconciliations of the non-IFRS measures included in this press release to the IFRS results are included at the end of this press release.

Daniel Birnbaum, Chief Executive Officer of SodaStream, commented, "The past year was a period of significant change as we sought to set the company on a course for renewed growth moving forward. We began repositioning SodaStream as a healthy water brand and launched our new portfolio of enhanced better-for-you flavors, completed the consolidation of our manufacturing base in our new state-of-the-art plant in Lehavim, and reconfigured our regional management structure including new leadership in key markets. During the fourth quarter, we began to witness the benefits of our efforts to create a stronger, more efficient organization and capture the market opportunity as consumers rapidly shift from sugared soft drinks to healthier water-based products. Fourth quarter sales were up sequentially and roughly flat year-over-year on a constant currency basis, while operating income was ahead of plan as we meaningfully leveraged selling and marketing expenses. There is still work ahead of us in order to position the company for consistent profitable growth, but I am confident that our recent actions have us heading in the right direction and will create value for shareholders over the long-term."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Review
(The financial review relates to the Non-IFRS Consolidated Statements of Operations. All U.S. dollar values are in accordance with IFRS unless stated otherwise.)

Geographical Revenue Breakdown










Revenue


Three Months Ended










December 31,

2014



December 31,

2015



(Decrease)



(Decrease)




In Millions USD



%


Western Europe


$

66.9



$

63.2



$

(3.7)




(5.4)

%

The Americas



37.2




30.0




(7.2)




(19.3)

%

Asia-Pacific



16.4




13.7




(2.7)




(16.8)

%

Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa



6.0




6.0




(0.0)




(0.5)

%

Total


$

126.5



$

112.9



$

(13.6)




(10.7)

%



































Geographical Revenue Breakdown - constant currency basis










Revenue


Three Months Ended










December 31,
2014



December 31,
2015 - at
Q4-2014
average rates



Increase

(Decrease)



Increase

(Decrease)




In Millions USD



%


Western Europe


$

66.9



$

71.0



$

4.1




6.1

%

The Americas



37.2




31.4




(5.8)




(15.6)

%

Asia-Pacific



16.4




15.6




(0.8)




(4.9)

%

Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa



6.0




6.4




0.4




6.7

%

Total


$

126.5



$

124.4



$

(2.1)




(1.7)

%



































Product Segment Revenue Breakdown


Three Months Ended










December 31,

2014



December 31,

2015



(decrease)



(decrease)




In millions USD



%


Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kits


$

53.1



$

41.5



$

(11.6)




(22)

%

Consumables



72.5




70.5




(2.0)




(3)

%

Other



0.9




0.9




(0.0)




(1)

%

Total


$

126.5



$

112.9



$

(13.6)




(11)

%



































Product Segment Unit Breakdown


Three Months Ended










December 31,

2014



December 31,

2015



Increase

(decrease)



Increase

(decrease)




In thousands



%


Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kits



1,018




769




(249)




(24)

%

CO2 Refills



6,289




6,749




460




7

%

Flavors



6,054




5,573




(481)




(8)

%


















The decrease in revenue compared to the fourth quarter 2014 was mainly due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, which reduced revenue by $11.5 million. Since the same period a year ago, several foreign currencies have weakened compared to the U.S. dollar, including the Euro by 12%, the Australian dollar by 16% and the Canadian dollar by 14%.

Gross margin (before the impact of restructuring costs) was 48.0% compared to 50.4% for the same period in 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 gross margin was negatively impacted by changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared to the same period last year, partially offset by higher share of CO2 refills in the product mix.

Sales and marketing expenses were $35.0 million, or 31.0% of revenue, compared to $42.9 million, or 33.9% for the fourth quarter 2014. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower advertising and promotion expenses, which decreased $5.5 million to 11.7% of revenue from 14.9% of revenue in the same period in 2014, and lower distribution costs driven by lower sales volume. Sales and marketing expenses also decreased compared to the same period last year due to changes in foreign currency rates, mainly the weakening of the Euro and the Australian dollar.

General and administrative expenses were $12.4 million, or 11.0% of revenue, compared to $9.4 million, or 7.5% of revenue, in the fourth quarter 2014. The increase was mainly due to $2.1 million of share-based payment expenses related to the stock options granted to our Chief Executive Officer in December 2015 and a reversal of share-based payment expenses in the fourth quarter 2014.

Operating income (before the impact of restructuring costs) was $6.2 million, or 5.4% of revenue, compared to $8.1 million, or 6.4% of revenue, in the fourth quarter 2014. The decrease in operating income was driven primarily by the negative impact on revenue from changes in foreign currency exchange rates and the increase in share-based payments, partially offset by lower operating expenses, mainly due to a reduction in sales and marketing expenses and a reduction in expenses deriving from impairment of intangible assets.

The net negative impact on Adjusted operating income from changes in foreign currency exchange rates in comparison with the same period in 2014 was approximately $5.4 million. Adjusted operating income on a constant currency basis and excluding share-based payments increased 176% to $14.2 million from $5.1 million in the fourth quarter 2014.

Net financial expense was $0.3 million compared to net financial income of $0.5 million in the same period in 2014. Financial expense in the fourth quarter 2015 was mainly due to an increase in hedging expenses.

Tax expense was $0.8 million with an effective tax rate of 14.5% on a Non-IFRS basis, excluding the impact of restructuring, compared to $1.2 million with an effective tax rate of 13.8% in the fourth quarter 2014. The increase in the effective tax rate is due to the geographical allocation of profit before income tax.

Balance Sheet Review

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2015 were $34.5 million compared to $46.9 million at December 31, 2014. The decrease is mainly due to investments in the new plant and repayment of bank debt, partially offset by cash generated from operations. The company generated positive free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operating activities less cash flow for investment activities, of $1.5 million compared to negative free cash flow of $2.4 million in the fourth quarter 2014. The company had $36.8 million of bank debt at December 31, 2015 mainly for financing the investment in its new production facility, compared to $43.9 million of bank debt at December 31, 2014.

Working capital at December 31, 2015 decreased by 11.4% to $140.7 million compared to $158.8 million at December 31, 2014 largely due to rationalization of inventory and the impact of the restructuring. Inventories at December 31, 2015 decreased by 18.4% to $113.0 million compared to $138.4 million at December 31, 2014.

Conference Call and Management Commentary

Detailed CFO commentary and a supplemental slide presentation have been furnished as Exhibits 99.2 and 99.3 to the Form 6-K furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be posted on the company's website, http://sodastream.investorroom.com.

The company has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S. time) today (Thursday, February 18, 2016) to review the company's financial results. The conference call will be broadcast over the Internet as a "live" listen only Webcast. To listen, please go to:  http://sodastream.investorroom.com. Listeners are urged to login approximately 20 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin in order to register, as well as download and install any necessary audio software. An archive of the Webcast will be available for 30 days after the call.

About SodaStream International

SodaStream is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of Sparkling Water Makers, which enable consumers to easily transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water in seconds. By making ordinary water more exciting and fun to drink, SodaStream helps consumers drink more water. Sparkling Water Makers offer a highly differentiated and innovative solution to consumers of bottled and canned carbonated soft drinks. The products promote health and wellness, are environmentally friendly, cost effective, and are customizable and fun to use. Products are available at more than 70,000 retail stores across 45 countries, including approximately 13,000 retail stores in the United States. To learn more about how SodaStream makes water exciting and follow SodaStream on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, visit http://www.sodastream.com.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-IFRS measures, including Adjusted revenue, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted diluted earnings per share ("Adjusted diluted EPS").

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before financial expense (income), income tax, depreciation and amortization, and further eliminates the effect of restructuring costs. Adjusted revenue, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted EPS eliminate the effect of restructuring costs.

The company believes that the Adjusted revenue, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted diluted EPS, as described above, should be considered in evaluating the company's performance. Adjusted revenue, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted diluted EPS exclude restructuring costs because most of this charge is a non-cash expense that does not reflect the performance of the company's underlying business and operations. Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting financial expenses (income), net), tax positions (such as the impact of changes in effective tax rates) and the age and depreciation charges and amortization of fixed and intangible assets, respectively (affecting relative depreciation and amortization expense, respectively).

These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for the IFRS results. The non-IFRS measures included in this press release have been reconciled to the IFRS results.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our business and financial condition, as well as the results of operations, liquidity, plans and objectives. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "plan," "expect," "predict," "potential," or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions: Such statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to: our ability to maintain or expand sales in our target markets, including the United States; our ability to maintain or continue to develop our presence in retail networks; our ability to develop and implement production and operating infrastructure to effectively support our growth; the success of our marketing campaigns and media spending in terms of increased sales or increased product and brand name awareness; our ability to maintain our customer base in markets where we have an established presence; the risks associated with our reliance on exclusive arrangements for the distribution of our beverage carbonation systems and consumables in each of the markets in which we use third-party distributors; our ability to compete effectively with other companies which currently offer, or may offer in the future, competing products; our ability to maintain margins due to decline in product selling price and/or rising costs; potential product liability claims if any component of our beverage carbonation systems is misused; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our being found to have a dominant position in certain markets which may place limits on our ability to operate; risks associated with our being a multinational corporation, including fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our potential exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities; our products being subject to extensive governmental regulation in the markets in which we operate; adverse conditions in the global economy which could negatively impact our customers' demand for our products; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Annual Report on the Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014 and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contact:
Brendon Frey
ICR
Phone: + 1 203-682-8200
brendon.frey@icrinc.com

Consolidated Statements of Operations

In thousands (other than per share amounts)




For the year ended



For the three months ended




December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015



2014



2015




(Audited)



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)



 (Unaudited)


Revenues


$

511,774



$

413,135



$

126,526



$

112,942


Cost of revenues



258,686




216,364




71,018




60,909



















Gross profit



253,088




196,771




55,508




52,033



















Operating expenses


































Sales and marketing



177,668




138,641




42,945




35,031


General and administrative



49,795




47,258




9,437




12,389


Other expenses



10,654




631




10,654




631



















Total operating expenses



238,117




186,530




63,036




48,051



















Operating income (loss)



14,971




10,241




(7,528)




3,982



















Interest expense (income), net



401




350




(151)




286


Other financial expenses (income), net



(1,593)




(5,192)




(383)




20



















Total financial expenses (income), net



(1,192)




(4,842)




(534)




306



















Income (loss) before income taxes



16,163




15,083




(6,994)




3,676



















Income tax expense



3,868




3,006




1,196




848



















Net income (loss) for the period


$

12,295



$

12,077



$

(8,190)



$

2,828



















Net income (loss) per share

















Basic


$

0.59



$

0.57



$

(0.39)



$

0.13


Diluted


$

0.58



$

0.57



$

(0.39)



$

0.13



















Weighted average number of shares

















Basic



20,968




21,037




21,007




21,064


Diluted



21,251




21,117




21,076




21,151


 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of
















December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015




(Audited)



(Unaudited)




(In thousands)


Assets









Cash and cash equivalents


$

46,880



$

34,534


Inventories



138,392




112,973


Trade receivables



94,217




76,566


Other receivables



34,789




29,099


Derivative financial instruments



1,035




631


Total current assets



315,313




253,803











Property, plant and equipment



124,817




155,294


Intangible assets



44,389




42,095


Deferred tax assets



2,506




1,106


Other receivables



273




431


Total non-current assets



171,985




198,926











Total assets



487,298




452,729











Liabilities









Loans and borrowings



9,239




11,917


Derivative financial instruments



491




-


Trade payables



79,966




50,549


Income tax payable



11,740




7,505


Provisions



2,469




2,407


Other current liabilities



14,927




18,118


Total current liabilities



118,832




90,496











Loans and borrowings



34,645




24,905


Employee benefits



2,174




2,152


Other non-current liabilities



122




156


Deferred tax liabilities



750




832


Total non-current liabilities



37,691




28,045











Total liabilities



156,523




118,541











Shareholders' equity









Share capital



3,400




3,414


Share premium



198,918




205,527


Translation reserve



(14,908)




(29,993)


Retained earnings



143,365




155,240


Total shareholders' equity



330,775




334,188











Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

487,298



$

452,729


 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows















For the year ended



For the three months ended




December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015



2014



2015




(Audited)



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)



 (Unaudited)


Cash flows from operating activities

















Net income (loss) for the period


$

12,295



$

12,077



$

(8,190)



$

2,828



















Adjustments:

















Amortization of intangible assets



2,948




3,710




906




945


Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments



(906)




(2,678)




418




362


Exchange rate differences on short-term loans and borrowing



-




(1,386)




-




-


Exchange rate differences on long-term loans and borrowing



(2,986)




(3,675)




(1,956)




(805)


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment



14,099




13,233




4,014




3,411


Restructuring costs



15,649




6,930




15,649




394


Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets



3,312




631




3,312




631


Share-based payments



3,760




6,471




(2,972)




2,706


Interest expense (income), net



401




350




(151)




286


Income tax expense



3,868




3,006




1,196




848





52,440




38,669




12,226




11,606


Decrease (increase) in inventories



(12,658)




19,860




2,946




9,743


Decrease (increase) trade and other receivables



21,471




12,211




(1,954)




(5,162)


Decrease in trade payables and other liabilities



(22,054)




(24,680)




(4,106)




(3,637)


Increase (decrease) in employee benefits



49




(89)




119




(48)


Increase (decrease) in provisions



855




(62)




462




(215)





40,103




45,909




9,693




12,287


Interest paid



(438)




(479)




(145)




(297)


Income tax received



956




565




241




16


Income tax paid



(5,036)




(5,987)




(675)




(479)


Net cash from operating activities



35,585




40,008




9,114




11,527



















Cash flows from investing activities

















Interest received



87




129




45




11


Proceeds from investment grants



-




2,252




-




-


Proceeds from derivative financial instruments, net



797




2,591




1,324




20


Acquisition of property, plant and equipment



(55,174)




(49,466)




(11,208)




(8,673)


Acquisition of intangible assets



(5,684)




(4,236)




(1,630)




(1,411)


Net cash used in investing activities



(59,974)




(48,730)




(11,469)




(10,053)



















Cash flows from financing activities

















Proceeds from exercise of employee share options



860




153




40




-


Receipts of long-term loans and borrowings



49,253




10,000




19,043




10,000


Repayments of long-term loans and borrowings



(2,383)




(16,248)




(2,383)




(2,222)


Change in short-term debt



(15,452)




4,247




(6,622)




(17,766)


Net cash from (used in) financing activities



32,278




(1,848)




10,078




(9,988)



















Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



7,889




(10,570)




7,723




(8,514)


Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period



40,885




46,880




39,901




43,480


Effect of exchange rates fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents



(1,894)




(1,776)




(744)




(432)



















Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


$

46,880



$

34,534



$

46,880



$

34,534


 

 

 

Information about Adjusted revenue in reportable segments

























Western Europe



The Americas



Asia-Pacific



Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa



Total




(In thousands)


Year ended:
















December 31, 2014 (Audited)


$

281,690




142,301




53,837




33,946



$

511,774


December 31, 2015 (Unaudited)



251,496




102,104




40,711




21,644



$

415,955























Three months ended:





















December 31, 2014 (Unaudited)


$

66,885




37,160




16,441




6,040



$

126,526


December 31, 2015 (Unaudited)


$

63,258




30,006




13,671




6,007



$

112,942


 

 

 

The following tables present the company's Adjusted revenue, by

product type for the periods presented, as well as such revenue

by product type as a percentage of total Adjusted revenue:




Year ended



Three months ended




December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015



2014



2015




(Audited)



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)




Revenue




(in thousands)















Sparkling Water Maker starter kits (including exchange cylinders)


$

172,614



$

133,033



$

53,080



$

41,534


Consumables



327,400




275,645




72,565




70,512


Other



11,760




7,277




881




896


Total


$

511,774



$

415,955



$

126,526



$

112,942


















Year ended



Three months ended




December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015



2014



2015




(Audited)



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)




As a percentage of revenue















Sparkling Water Maker starter kits (including exchange cylinders)



33.7

%



32.0

%



42.0

%



36.8

%

Consumables



64.0

%



66.3

%



57.4

%



62.4

%

Other



2.3

%



1.7

%



0.6

%



0.8

%

Total



100.0

%



100.0

%



100.0

%



100.0

%


 

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of Non-IFRS to IFRS

financial data for the three months ended December 31, 2015:




Non-IFRS



Restructuring



IFRS




In Thousands USD


Revenue


$

112,942



$




$

112,942


Cost of revenue



58,738




(2,171)




60,909


Gross profit



54,204




2,171




52,033


Operating income



6,153




2,171




3,982


Net income for the period


$

4,999



$

2,171



$

2,828


Net income per share













Basic and diluted (in USD)



0.24




0.11




0.13



The following table provides a reconciliation of Non-IFRS to IFRS

financial data for the year ended December 31, 2015:




Non-IFRS



Restructuring



IFRS



In Thousands USD

Revenue


$

415,955



$

2,820



$

413,135

Cost of revenue



209,666




(6,698)




216,364

Gross profit



206,289




9,518




196,771

Operating income



19,759




9,518




10,241

Net income for the period


$

21,595



$

9,518



$

12,077

Net income per share diluted (in USD)



1.02




0.45




0.57



























EBITDA















Year ended



Three months ended




December 31,



December 31,




2014



2015



2014



2015




(Unaudited)




(In thousands)















Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

















Net income


$

12,295



$

12,077



$

(8,190)



$

2,828


Financial expense (income), net (*)



(1,192)




(4,842)




(534)




306


Income tax expense



3,868




3,006




1,196




848


Depreciation and amortization



17,047




16,943




4,920




4,356


EBITDA


$

32,018



$

27,184



$

(2,608)



$

8,338


Restructuring



15,649




9,518




15,649




2,171


Impairment of goodwill



3,312




-




3,312




-


Adjusted EBITDA



50,979




36,702




16,353




10,509


(*)

Starting in Q1 2015, the company presents EBITDA excluding total financial expense (income), net, as compared to 2014, in which EBITDA was presented excluding only interest expense. The three months ended December 31, 2014 and the year ended December 31, 2014 EBITDA were also Adjusted to exclude the total financial expense.

 

 

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