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Craft Brew Alliance Announces 9% Depletions Growth for Kona Brewing Co. in the Second Quarter and Reconfirms Full-Year Guidance

Continued robust growth for Kona, milestone accomplishments around brewery optimization, and progress advancing its partnership strategy underline strong performance gains for CBA year to date

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2017-- Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”) (Nasdaq: BREW), a leading craft brewing company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, highlighting continued strong depletions growth for Kona and the successful completion of several key initiatives that will drive substantial operational efficiencies and cost savings in the second half of the year.

Delivering Steady Growth for Kona Amidst Increasing Competition

Despite anticipated increasing market pressure that contributed to substantially slower growth for the craft beer industry overall, CBA increased depletions for Kona Brewing Co. by 9% in the second quarter and 11% for the first six months of the year. As the cornerstone of CBA’s distinctive portfolio strategy, Kona represents more than 50% of our total portfolio volume. Kona flagship Big Wave Golden Ale posted a 17% increase in depletions in the second quarter, and the newest national brand, Hanalei Island IPA, remains in the top 10 of all craft beer launches nationally as measured in grocery sales by Nielsen.

Tapping into a Strengthened AB Relationship

We continued to unlock value from our enhanced agreements with Anheuser-Busch (“AB”). As part of our brewing agreement, we began the first shipments of CBA beers from AB’s Fort Collins, Colo. brewery in the second quarter, positioning us to realize the full benefits of this arrangement in the second half of the year. We also continued to leverage our extended commercial agreement, with CBA brands participating in wholesaler volume incentive targets and building on the success we’ve realized through joint marketing and sampling programs. With the international agreement, we continue to be optimistic and deliberate in developing our long-term international strategy with AB to build on our success growing Kona around the world.

Advancing our Strategy for Improved Gross Margins

In the second quarter, we accomplished several key milestones as part of our strategy to increase efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and improve gross margins. We completed the closure of our Woodinville facility, ended our brewing partnership in Memphis, and shifted all remaining production out of those facilities, while continuing to keep wholesaler inventory levels 30% lower compared to 2016. In line with expectations and in completing these projects on schedule, CBA is positioned to realize substantial cost savings and improved utilization in the second half of the year.

Accelerating our Strategic Partnerships

CBA’s strategic craft brewery partnerships complement our diverse portfolio, anchored by Kona, with strong local brands in key beer markets. During the second quarter, we continued to expand Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB) across North Carolina; AMB is now the seventh largest local craft brewery in its home state. With Cisco Brewers, we remained focused on strengthening the Nantucket Island brand in New England and grew depletions by 8% over the second quarter in 2016. In July, we completed the acquisition of a 24.5% minority stake in Wynwood Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery based in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Wynwood Art District. Since announcing our strategic partnership in December 2016, CBA and Wynwood Brewing have been focused on growing distribution across the brewery’s home state of Florida, which is the third largest beer market in the U.S.

Second quarter and year-to-date 2017 financial highlights:

  • Overall depletions decreased 2% for the quarter and 1% year to date, compared to the same periods last year, while depletions for Kona increased 9% in the second quarter and 11% year to date.
  • Shipments decreased 8% in the second quarter and 4% year to date, compared to the same periods last year.
    • As anticipated, second quarter shipments reflect a challenging comparison to the prior-year period, as we had increased shipments in the second quarter of 2016 following the temporary closure of our Portland brewery in the first quarter of 2016.
    • The second quarter and year-to-date shipment decreases reflect the impact of ongoing work to reduce inventory levels by one third compared to 2016 levels.
  • Net sales decreased 3% to $60.6 million in the second quarter, and increased 3% to $104.9 million year to date, over the comparable periods in 2016.
    • The second quarter decrease is primarily attributed to a decline in overall shipment volume, partially offset by volume growth for Kona and our partner brands, our alternating proprietorship business, and a 1.5% increase in average unit pricing.
    • The year-to-date net sales increase is primarily due to shipment growth for Kona and our partner brands, our alternating proprietorship business, contract brewing shortfall fees, AB international distribution fees, and a 1.5% increase in average unit pricing. Our net sales increase also reflects the improvement over the first quarter in 2016, as shipments were impacted by the temporary closure of our Portland brewery.
      • Partially offsetting the first half increases were the impact of reducing days of inventory below 2016 levels and the challenging comparison to second quarter 2016 shipments as described above.
  • Second quarter gross profit decreased by 11%, to $18.3 million, while year-to-date gross profit increased by 6%, to $31.0 million, compared to the same periods last year.
    • Our second quarter gross margin decreased by 260 basis points to 30.3% compared to the second quarter of 2016, reflecting lower cost absorption due to lower shipment volumes as explained above, shifting production to Fort Collins, and lower foot traffic in the pubs, partially offset by a reduction in brewery labor costs and improved logistics operations.
    • Gross margin for the first six months increased by 80 basis points to 29.6% compared to the first half of 2016, reflecting improved brewery cost structure, partially offset by lower cost absorption and a decrease in pub foot traffic.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) for the second quarter was $15.6 million, a 6% decrease over the second quarter of 2016, and $31.0 million year to date, a 2% increase over the same period last year.
    • The second quarter decrease primarily reflects lower media and promotional costs due to timing, as well as lower labor costs, partially offset by an increase in professional fees.
    • The increase in year-to-date SG&A expense is primarily due to increases in employee related costs and professional fees, partially offset by the timing of media and promotional spend.
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.09 for the second quarter, a decline of $0.03 over the second quarter diluted net income per share of $0.12 in 2016. For the year to date, diluted net loss per share was $0.00, an improvement of $0.05 over the same period last year.

“In my nearly 25 years in the beer business, I have seen the industry evolve and adapt countless times but nothing has come close to the competition, complexity and consumer-driven change facing our market today,” said Andy Thomas, chief executive officer, CBA. “Against this backdrop, CBA’s ability to sustain robust growth for Kona, accelerate our partnership strategy, and make significant progress evolving our brewing footprint while stabilizing inventory levels is not just impressive, but highly encouraging as well.”

Reconfirmed financial guidance for full-year 2017:

  • Total CBA depletion change of flat to growth of 6%.
  • Shipments ranging between a decrease of 1% and an increase of 4%.
  • Average price increases of 1% to 2%.
  • Total gross margin rate of 30.5% to 32.5%.
  • SG&A ranging from $61 million to $63 million, including an increase in marketing spend and SG&A cost optimization, as we leverage investments made in prior years and seek to improve efficiencies.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $16 million to $20 million, reflecting continued work on previously disclosed projects, including the new Kona brewery and Redhook brewpub in Seattle.

“Our year-to-date performance is largely in line with expectations. We believe our plans for the balance of the year ensure CBA is well positioned to deliver on our objectives for 2017, particularly as it relates to continuing to advance our Kona Plus strategy and unlock the value of our AB agreements, while reducing brewing costs and improving overall efficiencies,” said Joe Vanderstelt, chief financial officer, CBA.

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, including depletions, shipments and sales growth, price increases, lower inventory levels, and gross margin rate improvement, the level and effect of SG&A expense and business development, anticipated capital spending, and the benefits or improvements to be realized from strategic initiatives and capital projects, 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 year ended December 31, 2016. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website,, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

About Craft Brew Alliance

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) is an independent craft brewing company that brews, brands, and brings to market world-class American craft beers.

Our distinctive portfolio combines the power of Kona Brewing Company, a dynamic, fast-growing national craft beer brand, with an expanding stable of strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands, including Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Square Mile Cider Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Co. CBA nurtures the growth and development of its brands in today’s increasingly competitive beer market through our state-of-the-art brewing and distribution capability, integrated sales and marketing infrastructure, and strong focus on partnerships, local community and sustainability.

Formed in 2008, CBA is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates breweries and brewpubs across the U.S. CBA beers are available in all 50 U.S. states and 30 different countries around the world. For more information about CBA and our brands, please visit

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2017     2016     2017     2016  
Sales $ 64,204 $ 66,294 $ 110,970 $ 108,087
Less excise taxes   3,654     4,016     6,118     6,587  
Net sales 60,550 62,278 104,852 101,500
Cost of sales   42,221     41,780     73,854     72,285  
Gross profit 18,329 20,498 30,998 29,215
As percentage of net sales 30.3 % 32.9 % 29.6 % 28.8 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses   15,560     16,548     31,029     30,472  
Operating income (loss) 2,769 3,950 (31 ) (1,257 )
Interest expense (173 ) (187 ) (354 ) (334 )
Other income, net   10     6     13     12  
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,606 3,769 (372 ) (1,579 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   882     1,508     (309 )   (631 )
Net income (loss) $ 1,724   $ 2,261   $ (63 ) $ (948 )
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share $ 0.09   $ 0.12   $   $ (0.05 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   19,278     19,216     19,270     19,198  
Diluted   19,389     19,232     19,270     19,198  
Total shipments (in barrels):
Core Brands 219,200 239,000 367,400 381,400
Contract Brewing   6,400     7,000     11,000     14,200  
Total shipments   225,600     246,000     378,400     395,600  
Change in depletions (1)   -2 %   3 %   -1 %   0 %
(1) Change in depletions reflects the period-over-period change in barrel volume sales of beer by wholesalers to retailers.
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
June 30,
  2017   2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,034 $ 335
Accounts receivable, net 27,342 27,330
Inventory, net 15,493 22,982
Assets held for sale 23,622 -
Other current assets   3,588   2,766
Total current assets 72,079 53,413
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 105,134 121,665
Goodwill 12,917 12,917
Intangible and other assets, net   19,061   18,649
Total assets $ 209,191 $ 206,644
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 26,600 $ 25,294
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes 4,918 4,383
Refundable deposits 6,690 7,164
Other accrued expenses 7,544 2,082
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   1,599   807
Total current liabilities 47,351 39,730
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion 21,826 30,250
Other long-term liabilities 19,727 18,909
Total common shareholders' equity   120,287   117,755
Total liabilities and common shareholders' equity $ 209,191 $ 206,644
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2017     2016  
Cash Flows From operating activities:
Net loss $ (63 ) $ (948 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 5,468 5,362
Loss on sale or disposal of Property, equipment and leasehold improvements 146 9
Deferred income taxes (378 ) (664 )
Other, including stock-based compensation 1,429 236
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net (3,334 ) (8,404 )
Inventories 3,323 (5,034 )
Other current assets (1,093 ) (327 )
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses 7,299 8,051
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes (49 ) (1,086 )
Refundable deposits   (397 )   625  
Net cash provided by operating (used in) operating activities 12,351 (2,180 )
Cash Flows from investing activities:
Expenditures for Property, equipment and leasehold improvements (4,920 ) (9,220 )
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and leasehold improvements   91     8  
Net cash used in investing activities (4,829 ) (9,212 )
Cash Flows from financing activities:
Principal payments on debt and capital lease obligations (261 ) (350 )
Net borrowings (repayments) under revolving line of credit (5,756 ) 11,237
Proceeds from issuances of common stock 87 -
Tax payments related to stock-based awards   -     (71 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (5,930 )   10,816  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,592 (576 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   442     911  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 2,034   $ 335  
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Select Financial Information on a Trailing Twelve Month Basis
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

  2017     2016   Change   % Change  
Net sales $ 205,859 $ 205,428 $ 431 0.2 %
Gross profit $ 61,382 $ 61,559 $ (177 ) (0.3 )%
As percentage of net sales 29.8 % 30.0 % (20 )



Selling, general and administrative expenses   59,781     59,188     593   1.0 %
Operating income $ 1,601   $ 2,371   $ (770 ) (32.5 )%
Net income $ 565   $ 1,043   $ (478 ) (45.8 )%
Basic and diluted net income per share $ 0.03   $ 0.05   $ (0.02 ) (40.0 )%
Total shipments (in barrels):
Core Brands 734,900 782,200 (47,300 ) (6.0 )%
Contract Brewing   23,500     31,200     (7,700 ) (24.7 )%
Total shipments   758,400     813,400     (55,000 ) (6.8 )%
Change in depletions (1)   -1 %   0 %
(1) Change in depletions reflects the period-over-period change in barrel volume sales of beer by wholesalers to retailers.
Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information  
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net income (loss)
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2017   2016   2017     2016  
Net income (loss) $ 1,724 $ 2,261 $ (63 ) $ (948 )
Interest expense 173 187 354 334
Income tax provision (benefit) 882 1,508 (309 ) (631 )
Depreciation expense 2,508 2,704 5,338 5,275
Amortization expense 65 43 130 87
Stock-based compensation 197 289 554 309
Loss on disposal of assets   143   7


146     9  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 5,692 $ 6,999 $ 6,150   $ 4,435  

CBA has presented Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) in these tables to provide investors with additional information to evaluate our operating performance on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by management. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and other non-cash charges, including net gain or loss on disposal of property, equipment and leasehold improvements. We use Adjusted EBITDA, among other measures, to evaluate operating performance, to plan and forecast future periods’ operating performance, and as an incentive compensation target for certain management personnel.

As Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this measure should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance, or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities as an indicator of liquidity. The use of Adjusted EBITDA instead of net income (loss) has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability; the exclusion of interest expense and associated cash requirements, given the level of our indebtedness; and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization which represent significant and unavoidable operating costs, given the capital expenditures needed to maintain our operations. We compensate for these limitations by relying on GAAP results. Our computation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies. As Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain financial information compared with net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded. The table above shows a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss).

Source: Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.

Craft Brew Alliance
Jenny McLean, Director of Communications