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Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Reports Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2014-- Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ: COKE) today announced it earned $27.7 million, or basic net income per share of $2.99, on net sales of $1.6 billion for fiscal 2013, compared to net income of $27.2 million, or basic net income per share of $2.95, on net sales of $1.6 billion for fiscal 2012. The results for 2013 included $7.3 million of after-tax losses due to a lump-sum pension buy-out, $0.3 million of after-tax losses due to mark-to market adjustments on commodity hedges, $0.9 million decrease to tax expense related to changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the lapse of statute of limitations, a $0.4 million decrease to tax expense due to certain favorable tax items associated with the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R.8), and a $2.3 million decrease to income tax expense due to recent legislation requiring a change in the blended deferred state income tax rate. The results for 2012 included $0.3 million of after-tax gains due to mark-to-market adjustments on commodity hedges, $0.2 million decrease to tax expense related to changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the lapse of statute of limitations, and a $2.9 million increase in income tax expense due to changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets and other income tax changes.

On a comparable basis, the Company earned $31.9 million in fiscal 2013, or comparable basic net income per share of $3.44, versus $29.6 million in fiscal 2012, or comparable basic net income per share of $3.21. The following table reconciles reported GAAP net income and basic net income per share to comparable net income and basic net income per share for fiscal 2013 and 2012:

  Fiscal Year

Net Income

 

Basic Net Income

Per Share

In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts   2013       2012     2013       2012  
 
Reported net income (GAAP) $ 27,675 $ 27,217 $ 2.99 $ 2.95
 
Net (gain) loss on commodity hedges, net of tax 305 (304 ) 0.03 (0.03 )
Settlement charge for lump-sum pension buy-out, net of tax 7,317 - 0.79 -
Change in reserves for uncertain tax positions due to lapse of statute of limitations
(895 ) (217 ) (0.10 ) (0.02 )
Benefit associated with the American Taxpayer Relief Act (374 ) - (0.04 ) -
Change in deferred state income tax rate due to legislation (2,261 ) - (0.24 ) -
Changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, valuation
allowance for certain deferred tax assets and other
income tax changes   103     2,876     0.01     0.31  
 
Total   4,195     2,355     0.45     0.26  
 
Comparable net income (a) $ 31,870   $ 29,572   $ 3.44   $ 3.21  

(a) This non-GAAP financial information is provided to allow investors to more clearly evaluate operating performance and business trends on a comparable basis for fiscal 2013 and 2012. Management uses this information to review results after excluding items that are not necessarily indicative of ongoing results.

The Company had a net loss of $4.6 million, or basic net loss per share of $0.50, on net sales of $394.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $1.8 million, or basic net income per share of $0.20, on net sales of $386.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter results for 2013 included $7.3 million of after-tax losses due to early settlement of certain pension obligations, and a $0.3 million increase in income tax expense due to changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets and other income tax changes. The fourth quarter results for 2012 included $0.3 million of after-tax losses due to mark-to-market adjustments on commodity hedges and a $0.9 million increase in income tax expense due to changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets and other income tax changes.

On a comparable basis, the Company earned $3.1 million or comparable basic net income per share of $0.33, in the fourth quarters of both 2013 and 2012. The following table reconciles reported GAAP net income and basic net income per share to comparable net income and basic net income per share for the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012:

  Fourth Quarter
Net Income  

Basic Net Income

Per Share

In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts   2013       2012   2013       2012
 
Reported net income (GAAP) $ (4,585 ) $ 1,826 $ (0.50 ) $ 0.20
 
Loss on commodity hedges, net of tax - 327 - 0.03
Settlement charge for lump-sum pension buy-out, net of tax 7,317 - 0.79 -
Changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, valuation
allowance for certain deferred tax assets and other
income tax changes   326     904   0.04     0.10
 
Total   7,643     1,231   0.83     0.13
 
Comparable net income (a) $ 3,058   $ 3,057 $ 0.33   $ 0.33

(a) This non-GAAP financial information is provided to allow investors to more clearly evaluate operating performance and business trends on a comparable basis for the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012. Management uses this information to review results after excluding items that are not necessarily indicative of ongoing results.

J. Frank Harrison, III, Chairman and CEO, said, “We remain steadfast in our focus on creating value for our customers, consumers, shareholders, and employees. Despite challenging industry conditions throughout the year, a combination of revenue growth, more favorable raw material cost trends, and lower financing costs allowed us to grow comparable net income by almost eight percent. While delivering these results, we continued to work on a definitive agreement to expand our franchise territories, as announced in our Letter of Intent with The Coca-Cola Company in April 2013.”

Henry W. Flint, President and COO, added, “Importantly, our results include revenue growth of almost two percent and earnings per share on a comparable basis increasing 7.2% over the prior year. These results include the additional costs we incurred as part of our franchise territory expansion work with The Coca-Cola Company, as well as a number of investments in operational capabilities for driving long-term growth in revenue, operating profit, cash flow, and continued debt reduction. We are pleased with our 2013 results and excited about the opportunities in 2014. We are also thankful for our more than 6,000 employees and the outstanding work they continue to do.”

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Included in this news release and other information that we make publicly available from time to time are forward-looking management comments and other statements that reflect management’s current outlook for future periods. These statements include, among others, statements regarding our commitment and focus on profitably growing our business and our plans for continuing to innovate and evolve packaging and marketing strategies to respond to ever-changing consumer tastes. They also include statements regarding proposed transactions with The Coca-Cola Company that would expand the territory we serve.

These statements and expectations are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data along with our operating plans and are subject to future events and uncertainties that could cause anticipated events not to occur or actual results to differ materially from historical or anticipated results. Among the events or uncertainties which could adversely affect future periods are: lower than expected selling pricing resulting from increased marketplace competition; changes in how significant customers market or promote our products; changes in our top customer relationships; changes in public and consumer preferences related to nonalcoholic beverages; unfavorable changes in the general economy; miscalculation of our need for infrastructure investment; our inability to meet requirements under current or future beverage agreements; material changes in the performance requirements for marketing funding support or our inability to meet such requirements; decreases from historic levels of marketing funding support; changes in The Coca-Cola Company’s and other beverage companies’ levels of advertising, marketing and spending on brand innovation; the inability of our aluminum can or plastic bottle suppliers to meet our purchase requirements; our inability to offset higher raw material costs with higher selling prices, increased bottle/can sales volume or reduced expenses; consolidation of raw material suppliers could impact our profitability; increased purchases of finished goods subject us to incremental risks that could impact our profitability; sustained increases in fuel costs or our inability to secure adequate supplies of fuel; sustained increases in workers’ compensation, employment practices and vehicle accident claims costs; sustained increases in the cost of employee benefits; product liability claims or product recalls; technology failures; changes in interest rates; the impact of debt levels on operating flexibility and access to capital and credit markets; adverse changes in our credit rating (whether as a result of our operations or prospects or as a result of those of The Coca-Cola Company or other bottlers in the Coca-Cola system); changes in legal contingencies; legislative changes affecting our distribution and packaging; adoption of significant product labeling or warning requirements; additional taxes resulting from tax audits; natural disasters and unfavorable weather; global climate change or legal or regulatory responses to such change; issues surrounding labor relations; bottler system disputes; our use of estimates and assumptions; changes in accounting standards; impact of obesity and health concerns on product demand; public policy challenges regarding the sale of soft drinks in schools; the impact of volatility in the financial markets on access to the credit markets; the impact of acquisitions of bottlers by their franchisors; and the concentration of our capital stock ownership. The forward-looking statements in this news release should be read in conjunction with the more detailed descriptions of the above factors located in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2012 under Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” as well as those additional factors we may describe from time to time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments.

—Enjoy Coca-Cola—

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
In Thousands (Except Per Share Data)
       
 
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year
  2013     2012   2013   2012
 
Net sales $ 394,337 $ 386,700 $ 1,641,331 $ 1,614,433
Cost of sales   235,823     232,326   982,691   960,124
Gross margin 158,514 154,374 658,640 654,309
Selling, delivery and administrative expenses   157,454     140,308   584,993   565,623
Income from operations 1,060 14,066 73,647

88,686

Interest expense, net   7,254     8,155   29,403   35,338
Income before income taxes (6,194 )

5,911

44,244 53,348
Income taxes   (2,408 )   2,661   12,142   21,889
Net income (3,786 ) 3,250 32,102 31,459
Less: Net income attributable to

 

noncontrolling interest   799     1,424   4,427   4,242
Net income attributable to Coca-Cola
Bottling Co. Consolidated $ (4,585 ) $ 1,826 $ 27,675 $ 27,217
 
 
Basic net income per share based on net

 

income attributable to Coca-Cola
Bottling Co. Consolidated:
Common Stock $ (0.50 ) $ 0.20 $ 2.99 $ 2.95
Weighted average number of Common
Stock shares outstanding 7,141 7,141 7,141 7,141
 
Class B Common Stock $ (0.50 ) $ 0.20 $ 2.99 $ 2.95
Weighted average number of Class B
Common Stock shares outstanding 2,109 2,089 2,105 2,085
 
Diluted net income per share based on net
income attributable to Coca-Cola
Bottling Co. Consolidated:
Common Stock $ (0.50 ) $ 0.20 $ 2.98 $ 2.94
Weighted average number of Common
Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution 9,250 9,270 9,286 9,266
 
Class B Common Stock $ (0.50 ) $ 0.19 $ 2.97 $ 2.92
Weighted average number of Class B Common
Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution 2,109 2,129 2,145 2,125

Source: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
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