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Boston Beer Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results


October 29, 2015
By PRN NewsWire

BOSTON, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported third quarter 2015 net revenue of $293.1 million, an increase of $23.4 million or 9% over the same period last year, mainly due to core shipment growth of 4% and increased revenue per barrel due to product mix. Net income for the third quarter was $38.6 million, or $2.85 per diluted share, an increase of $0.06 per diluted share from the third quarter of 2014. This increase was primarily due to increased net revenue, increased gross margin and a lower income tax rate, partially offset by increases in advertising, promotional and selling expenses.

Earnings per diluted share for the 39-week period ended September 26, 2015 were $6.02, an increase of $0.73 from the comparable 39-week period in 2014. Net revenue for the 39-week period ended September 26, 2015 was $744.8 million, an increase of $59.6 million, or 9%, from the comparable 39-week period in 2014.

Highlights of this release include:

— Depletions grew 6% from the comparable 13 and 39 week periods in 2014. — Third quarter gross margin is 53.6% and year-to-date gross margin is 52.7%; with the Company maintaining its full-year gross margin target of between 51% and 53%. — Advertising, promotional and selling expenses increased by $13.2 million or 20% in the quarter and increased $17.6 million or 9% year-to-date, primarily due to increased investments behind the Company’s brands. — Full-year 2015 depletion growth is now estimated at between 3% and 6%, a decrease in the range from the previously communicated estimate of between 6% and 9%. — Full-year 2015 earnings per diluted share are now estimated at $7.00 to $7.40, a decrease in the range from the previously communicated estimate of $7.10 to $7.50. — Full-year 2015 capital spending is now estimated to be between $60 million and $80 million, a decrease in the range from the previously communicated estimate of $70 million to $100 million.

Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, “Our total company depletion trends of 6% in the third quarter of 2015 matched our year to date trends but represent a slowing from our expectations, primarily as a result of weakness in our Samuel Adams brand due to increased competition and a slowing in the cider category. While our total growth is testament to our strategy of a diversified brand portfolio, our Samuel Adams trends appear to represent a very competitive category, where drinkers are seeing greatly increased choices and established brands are being impacted. We believe that quality, freshness, innovation and variety will be the basic requirements for success in this environment. During the fourth quarter, we expect to introduce new styles to the Samuel Adams Rebel IPA family including the national draft launch of Rebel Grapefruit, a grapefruit IPA featuring Mosaic hops, and the introduction of Rebel Raw, an unfiltered double IPA that will be available on a very limited basis and only in 16 ounce cans with 35 day freshness coding. We’re energized by the challenges and excited by the planned introduction of our Samuel Adams Nitro series in the first quarter of 2016. We remain confident about the long-term outlook for the craft category and our Samuel Adams brand.”

Martin Roper, the Company’s President and CEO stated, “In the third quarter, our depletions growth benefited from strength in our Coney Island, Twisted Tea, Traveler and Angry Orchard brands that offset a decline in some of our Samuel Adams styles. This decline, particularly in our Samuel Adams Seasonal Beers and Boston Lager, is due to increased competition, most notably in off premise sales, where the drinker sees more choices and we believe our share of displays and features has been impacted. We are working hard to improve the Samuel Adams brand trends and have plans to introduce new beers and a new advertising message supporting beer education. During the third quarter, we completed our national rollout of our Coney Island Hard Root Beer, which was well-supported by distributors, retailers and drinkers. The Hard Root Beer category is early in its development and it is unclear how it will develop long term, as innovation and new competitors emerge. During the third quarter, we also saw a slowing of the cider category, but believe Angry Orchard maintained its share even as competitors continue to enter or increase investment. We remain positive about the long term cider category potential, but short term growth is less certain. We are planning continued investments in advertising, promotional and selling expenses, as well as in innovation, commensurate with the opportunities and the increased competition that we see.”

Mr. Roper went on to say, “We continued to make supply chain improvements intended to further increase the freshness of our beers and ciders and enhance our customer service. Despite some glass bottle supply challenges in the quarter, we believe we have improved our service level. Our focus in 2016 will be on innovation within the Samuel Adams family, integrated programming across point of sale, promotions and media for all our brands, and prioritizing the core styles of Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea for increased distribution and promotion, and maximizing the Coney Island Hard Root Beer opportunity. It is too early to predict accurately our 2016 growth rates, but we are increasing investment in our new beer and cider development capabilities, so we can maintain the pace of innovation and also be positioned to react quickly to any opportunities that emerge. We expect to maintain a high level of brand investment, as we pursue sustainable growth, and we continue to be prepared to forsake the earnings that may be lost as a result of these investments in the short term, as we pursue long term profitable growth.”

3rd Quarter 2015 Summary of Results

Depletions grew 6% from the comparable 13-week period in the prior year, primarily due to depletion increases across our Coney Island, Twisted Tea, Traveler and Angry Orchard brands, partially offset by declines in our Samuel Adams brand.

Core shipment volume was approximately 1.3 million barrels, a 4% increase over the third quarter of 2014.

The Company believes distributor inventory levels at September 26, 2015 were at appropriate levels. Inventory at distributors participating in the Freshest Beer Program at September 26, 2015 decreased slightly in terms of days of inventory on hand when compared to September 27, 2014. The Company has over 70% of its volume on the Freshest Beer Program and it believes participation in the Program could reach 73% of its volume by the end of 2015.

Gross margin at 53.6% increased from 53.0% in the third quarter of 2014, primarily due to price increases and lower ingredient costs that were partially offset by product mix effects.

Advertising, promotional and selling expenses were $13.2 million higher than costs incurred in the third quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily a result of increased investments in media advertising, increased salary and benefit expenses, increased local marketing and point of sale, and increased freight to distributors due to higher volumes.

General and administrative expenses were $2.0 million higher than costs incurred in the third quarter of 2014, primarily due to increases in salary and benefit expenses and facilities and consulting costs.

The Company’s third quarter effective tax rate decreased to 36.0% from the 37.1% rate in the third quarter of 2014. The 2015 rate decrease was primarily the result of an increased federal manufacturing deduction and lower state tax rates.

Impairment of assets was $1.4 million lower than was incurred in the third quarter of 2014, primarily due to the write-down in 2014 of certain Pennsylvania Brewery assets.

Year to Date 2015 Summary of Results

Depletions grew by 6% from the comparable 39-week period in 2014, primarily due to increases in the Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea, Coney Island, and Traveler brands, partially offset by declines in the Samuel Adams brand.

Core shipment volume was approximately 3.3 million barrels, a 6% increase from the comparable 39-week period in 2014.

Advertising, promotional and selling expenses were $17.6 million higher than costs incurred in the comparable 39-week period in 2014. The increase was primarily a result of increased investments in media advertising, increased salary and benefit expenses, increased local marketing and point of sale, and increased freight to distributors due to higher volumes.

General and administrative expenses increased by $4.7 million from the comparable 39-week period in 2014, primarily due to increases in salary and benefit expenses, facilities and consulting costs.

The Company’s effective tax rate decreased to 36.2% from the 37.3% rate in the comparable 39-week period in 2014. The 2015 rate decrease was primarily the result of an increased federal manufacturing deduction and lower state tax rates.

The Company expects that its cash balance of $134.6 million as of September 26, 2015, along with future operating cash flow and the Company’s unused line of credit of $150.0 million, will be sufficient to fund future cash requirements.

During the 39-week period ended September 26, 2015 and the period from September 27, 2015 through October 27, 2015, the Company repurchased approximately 431,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $99.2 million. On October 15, 2015, the Board of Directors approved an increase of $50.0 million to the previously approved $475.0 million share buyback expenditure limit, for a new limit of $525.0 million. As of October 27, 2015 the Company had approximately $118.4 million remaining on the $525.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors.

Depletion estimates

Year-to-date depletions through the 42 weeks ended October 17, 2015 are estimated by the Company to be up approximately 6% from the comparable period in 2014.

2015 Outlook

The Company’s 2015 earnings per diluted share are now projected to be between $7.00 and $7.40. The Company’s actual 2015 earnings per share could vary significantly from the current projection. Underlying the Company’s current projection are the following estimates and targets:

— Depletions and shipments growth of between 3% and 6%. — National price increases of between 1% and 2%. — Gross margins of between 51% and 53%. — Increased investment in advertising, promotional and selling expenses of between $30 million and $35 million. This does not include any increases in freight costs for the shipment of products to the Company’s distributors. — Increased expenditures of between $12 million to $15 million for continued investment in Traveler and other existing brands developed by Alchemy & Science, which are included in the full year estimated increases in advertising, promotional and selling expenses. — Effective tax rate of approximately 37%. — Capital spending of between $60 million and $80 million. These estimates include capital investments for existing Alchemy & Science projects of between $3 million and $5 million.

2016 Outlook

The Company is completing its 2016 planning process and will provide further detailed guidance when the Company presents its full-year 2015 results. The Company is currently using the following preliminary assumptions and targets for 2016, which represents a 53 week fiscal year compared to the 52 week fiscal year in 2015:

— Depletions and shipments percentage growth of mid to high single digits. — National price increases of between 1% and 2%. — Full-year 2016 gross margins of between 52% and 54%. — Increased investment in advertising, promotional and selling expenses of between $15 million and $25 million for the full year 2016. This does not include any increases in freight costs for the shipment of products to the Company’s distributors. — Full-year effective tax rate of approximately 37%. — Estimated full-year 2016 capital spending of between $70 million and $90 million, which could be significantly higher, if deemed necessary to meet future growth.

About the Company

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) began in 1984 and today brews more than 60 styles of Samuel Adams beer. Our portfolio of brands also includes Angry Orchard Hard Cider and Twisted Tea, as well as several other craft beer brands brewed by Alchemy & Science, our craft beer incubator. For more information, please visit our investor relations website at www.bostonbeer.com, which includes links to all of our respective brand websites.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state the Company’s or management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company’s report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 27, 2014 and December 28, 2013. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website, www.bostonbeer.com, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Thirteen weeks ended Thirty-nine weeks ended ——————– ———————– September 26, September 27, September 26, September 27, 2015 2014 2015 2014 —- —- —- —- Barrels sold 1,284 1,229 3,298 3,120 Revenue $312,638 $288,777 $794,193 $733,511 Less excise taxes 19,544 19,043 49,392 48,321 —— —— —— —— Net revenue 293,094 269,734 744,801 685,190 Cost of goods sold 136,084 126,738 351,950 328,579 ——- ——- ——- ——- Gross profit 157,010 142,996 392,851 356,611 Operating expenses: Advertising, promotional and selling expenses 78,205 65,024 209,823 192,202 General and administrative expenses 17,707 15,748 52,972 48,300 Impairment of assets 218 1,577 218 1,577 Total operating expenses 96,130 82,349 263,013 242,079 —— —— ——- ——- Operating income 60,880 60,647 129,838 114,532 Other income (expense), net: Interest income (expense), net – 31 7 23 Other income (expense), net (527) (371) (798) (307) —- —- —- —- Total other income (expense), net (527) (340) (791) (284) —- —- —- —- Income before income tax provision 60,353 60,307 129,047 114,248 Provision for income taxes 21,729 22,381 46,748 42,579 —— —— —— —— Net income $38,624 $37,926 $82,299 $71,669 ======= ======= ======= ======= Net income per common share – basic $2.93 $2.91 $6.20 $5.50 ===== ===== ===== ===== Net income per common share – diluted $2.85 $2.79 $6.02 $5.29 ===== ===== ===== ===== Weighted-average number of common shares – Class A basic 9,655 9,248 9,667 9,148 ===== ===== ===== ===== Weighted-average number of common shares – Class B basic 3,467 3,727 3,539 3,801 ===== ===== ===== ===== Weighted-average number of common shares – diluted 13,507 13,495 13,602 13,472 ====== ====== ====== ====== Net income $38,624 $37,926 $82,299 $71,669 ——- ——- ——- ——- Other comprehensive income, net of tax: Foreign currency translation adjustment (14) – (13) – — — — — Comprehensive income $38,610 $37,926 $82,286 $71,669 ======= ======= ======= =======

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except share data) (unaudited) September 26, December 27, 2015 2014 —- —- Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $134,612 $76,402 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $91 and $144 as of September 26, 2015 and December 27, 2014, respectively 57,121 36,860 Inventories 57,317 51,307 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,716 12,887 Income tax receivable 2,168 21,321 Deferred income taxes 6,335 8,685 —– —– Total current assets 272,269 207,462 Property, plant and equipment, net 405,415 381,569 Other assets 9,550 12,447 Goodwill 3,683 3,683 —– —– Total assets $690,917 $605,161 ======== ======== Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $48,518 $35,576 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 84,274 74,594 —— —— Total current liabilities 132,792 110,170 Deferred income taxes 47,355 50,717 Debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion 471 528 Other liabilities 15,499 7,606 —— —– Total liabilities 196,117 169,021 Commitments and Contingencies Stockholders’ Equity: Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value; 22,700,000 shares authorized; 9,514,599 and 9,452,375 issued and outstanding as of September 26, 2015 and December 27, 2014, respectively 95 95 Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value; 4,200,000 shares authorized; 3,467,355 and 3,617,355 issued and outstanding as of September 26, 2015 35 36 and December 27, 2014 Additional paid-in capital 285,074 224,909 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (1,146) (1,133) Retained earnings 210,742 212,233 Total stockholders’ equity 494,800 436,140 ——- ——- Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $690,917 $605,161 ======== ========

THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASHFLOWS (in thousands) (unaudited) Thirty-nine weeks ended September 26, September 27, 2015 2014 —- —- Cash flows provided by operating activities: Net income $82,299 $71,669 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 31,577 24,990 Impairment of assets 218 1,577 Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 342 91 Bad debt expense 12 160 Stock-based compensation expense 5,218 5,324 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements (13,113) (9,158) Deferred income taxes (1,012) 157 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (20,273) (7,830) Inventories (6,010) (3,213) Prepaid expenses, income tax receivable and other assets 20,662 (4,862) Accounts payable 12,167 2,029 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 22,609 21,650 Other liabilities 7,777 (20) — Net cash provided by operating activities 142,473 102,564 ——- ——- Cash flows used in investing activities: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (55,606) (128,292) Cash paid for other intangible assets (100) (100) Decrease in restricted cash 57 55 Net cash used in investing activities (55,649) (128,337) ——- ——– Cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities: Repurchase of Class A Common Stock (83,794) – Proceeds from exercise of stock options 41,000 23,441 Cash paid on note payable (54) (53) Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation arrangements 13,113 9,158 Net proceeds from sale of investment shares 1,121 881 — Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (28,614) 33,427 ——- —— Change in cash and cash equivalents 58,210 7,654 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 76,402 49,524 —— —— Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $134,612 $57,178 ======== ======= Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information: Income taxes paid $23,992 $23,191 ======= ======= Income taxes refunded $17,225 $ – ======= ======================= Increase in accounts payable for purchase of property, plant and equipment $775 $3,390 ==== ====== Copies of The Boston Beer Company’s press releases, including quarterly financial results, are available on the Internet at www.bostonbeer.com —————————————————

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The Boston Beer Company, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact: Jennifer Larson, (617) 368-5152;Media Contact: Jessica Paar, (617) 368-5060

Web site: http://www.bostonbeer.com/