Gross Profit Increased 10.6% on Net Sales Increase of 6.5%
Driven by Continued Growth of Jefferson’s and Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer
NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE American: ROX), a developer and international marketer of premium and super-premium drinks brands, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended September 30, 2017.
Operating highlights for the three and six months ended September 30, 2017:
- Net sales increased 14.8% to $41.7 million for the first six months of fiscal 2018, as compared to $36.4 million for the comparable prior-year period, with net sales increasing 6.5% to $20.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as compared to $19.6 million for the comparable prior-year period.
- Total gross profit increased 18.5% to $17.1 million for the first six months of fiscal 2018, as compared to $14.4 million for the comparable prior-year period, and increased 10.6% to $8.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as compared to $7.7 million for the comparable prior-year period.
- Income from operations increased to $1.2 million for the first six months of fiscal 2018 as compared to $0.1 million for the comparable prior-year period, with income from operations increased to $1.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as compared to $0.3 million for the comparable prior-year period.
- Continued strong growth of Jefferson’s bourbons and the Irish whiskies and the addition of the Arran scotch whiskey portfolio, led to a 21.0% increase in whiskey revenues for the first six months of fiscal 2018 from the comparable prior-year period.
- Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer case sales increased 37.2% to approximately 907,000 cases in the first six months of fiscal 2018 from approximately 660,000 in the comparable prior-year period.
- In addition to continuing its new fill programs, the Company purchased an additional 770 barrels of aged bourbon in the quarter to support the continued growth of Jefferson’s.
“We are again reporting strong growth of our lead brands, such as Jefferson’s, our Irish whiskeys and Goslings “Stormy Ginger Beer.” This resulted in solid revenue growth and even greater growth in gross profit, allowing us to increase income from operations, reduce net loss and increase EBITDA, as adjusted. We expect these trends of increasing sales and improving financial performance to continue over the balance of the fiscal year and beyond,” stated Richard J. Lampen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Brands.
“The acquisition in October of an additional 5.0% stake in Copperhead Distillery Company, the owner of the Kentucky Artisan Distillery, the home of Jefferson’s, demonstrates our continued commitment to our Jefferson’s brand. Further, by expanding our credit facility with our existing lender, we believe we have positioned ourselves to support the continued growth of our entire portfolio,” Mr. Lampen added.
“The combination of our new fill whiskey program, coupled with opportunistic purchases of aged whiskies, enables us to build substantial reserves of aged bourbon to support continued strong growth of our Jefferson’s brand. We released a limited-edition Jefferson’sPresidential Select in the second quarter and plan to expand our wine finishes program in the coming months. We are also preparing the launch of the next voyages of our Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea® bourbon, including Cask Strength and a “Wheated” Ocean,” said John Glover, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Brands.
“The continued growing popularity of ginger beer cocktails, including Goslings’ trademarked “Dark ‘n Stormy”® cocktail, has been an important growth driver of Goslings “Stormy Ginger Beer.” Ginger beer sales for the 12 months ended September 30, 2017exceeded 1.6 million cases, making “Stormy Ginger Beer“ the best-selling premium ginger beer in America. We are very pleased with the success of our first six months at Walmart, and look forward to continuing the overall growth of the brand,” Mr. Glover added.
For the Three and Six Months Ended September 30, 2017
In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company had net sales of $20.9 million, a 6.5% increase from net sales of $19.6 million in the comparable prior-year period. This sales growth was primarily driven by the U.S. sales growth of Jefferson’s bourbons and Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer. Net income was $0.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to a net loss of ($0.5) million in the comparable prior-year period. Net loss attributable to common shareholders was ($0.0) million, or ($0.00) per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as compared to ($0.7) million, or ($0.00) per basic and diluted share, in the prior-year period.
EBITDA, as adjusted, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 improved to $1.9 million as compared to $1.0 million for the comparable prior-year period.
For the six months ended September 30, 2017, the Company had net sales of $41.7 million, a 14.8% increase from net sales of $36.4 million in the comparable prior-year period. Net loss was ($0.6) million for the six months ended September 30, 2017, as compared to a net loss of ($1.1) million in the comparable prior-year period. Net loss attributable to common shareholders was ($0.9) million, or ($0.01) per basic and diluted share, for the six months ended September 30, 2017, as compared to ($1.5) million, or ($0.01) per basic and diluted share, in the prior-year period.
EBITDA, as adjusted, for the six months ended September 30, 2017 improved to $2.7 million as compared to $1.6 million for the comparable prior-year period.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Within the information above, Castle Brands provides information regarding EBITDA, as adjusted, which is not a recognized term under GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and does not purport to be an alternative to income (loss) from operations or net income (loss) as a measure of operating performance. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, adjusted for allowances for doubtful accounts and obsolete inventory, stock-based compensation expense, other expense (income), net, income from equity investment in non-consolidated affiliate, foreign exchange and net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is a key metric the Company uses in evaluating its financial performance on a consistent basis across various periods. EBITDA, as adjusted, is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G promulgated by the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Due to the significance of non-cash and non-recurring items, EBITDA, as adjusted, enables the Company’s Board of Directors and management to monitor and evaluate the business on a consistent basis. The Company uses EBITDA, as adjusted, as a primary measure, among others, to analyze and evaluate financial and strategic planning decisions regarding future operating investments and allocation of capital resources. The Company believes that EBITDA, as adjusted, eliminates items that are not indicative of its core operating performance or are based on management’s estimates, such as allowance accounts, are due to changes in valuation, such as the effects of changes in foreign exchange, or do not involve a cash outlay, such as stock-based compensation expense. EBITDA, as adjusted, should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, income from operations, net income and cash flows from operating activities. A reconciliation of net loss attributable to common shareholders to EBITDA, as adjusted, is presented below.
About Castle Brands
Castle Brands is a developer and international marketer of premium and super-premium brands including: Jefferson’s®, Jefferson’s Presidential SelectTM, Jefferson’s Reserve®, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon, Jefferson’s Wine Finish Collection and Jefferson’s Wood Experiments, Goslings® Rums, Goslings® Stormy Ginger Beer, Knappogue Castle Whiskey®, Clontarf® Irish Whiskey, Pallini® Limoncello, Boru® Vodka, Brady’s® Irish Cream, The Arran Malt® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Robert Burns Scotch Whisky and Machrie Moor Scotch Whisky. Additional information concerning the Company is available on the Company’s website, www.castlebrandsinc.com.
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