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 Craft Brew Alliance Reports Record Performance in 2017 and Expects Continued Improvements in 2018
   Wednesday, March 07, 2018 4:01:00 PM ET

--2018 outlook reflects growing confidence and increasing momentum in leveraging our enhanced AB partnership as we continue to harness Kona’s potential, sharpen the role of our strategic local brands, strengthen revenue management, and drive value through operational improvements

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. ("CBA") (BREW ), a leading craft brewing company, today announced final financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 in line with preliminary results reported Feb. 1, 2018. CBA’s strong full-year results reflect significant and anticipated progress against our long-term strategy to strengthen our topline and improve the core health of our business. Highlights from the year include continued double-digit depletion growth for Kona amidst unprecedented market dynamics that challenged our industry, record gross margin expansion driven by net revenue per barrel growth and ongoing operational improvements, and robust GAAP earnings per diluted share ("EPS") performance of $0.49. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS was $0.14, excluding the effect of a favorable one-time, non-cash tax benefit of $0.35 per share related to 2017 U.S. tax reform.

Delivering 10% growth for Kona in 2017

CBA maintained double-digit growth for Kona in 2017, delivering a 10% increase in Kona depletions, which includes 23% depletions growth for Kona flagship Big Wave Golden Ale and 45% shipment growth for Kona internationally. Hanalei Island IPA, which Kona debuted nationally in 2017, ended the year in the top five of all new craft brands in the U.S. as measured in grocery sales by Nielsen. For the first eight weeks of 2018, Kona depletions have increased 10% over the same period in 2017.

Driving incremental value through AB partnership

We achieved several strategic objectives as part of our enhanced agreements with Anheuser-Busch ("AB") in 2017, including aligning our brands in AB’s wholesaler planning processes, starting up brewing operations in AB’s Fort Collins brewery to drive incremental cost savings, and continuing to seed Kona’s international expansion in a deliberate and thoughtful way.

Achieving record improvement in core business fundamentals

CBA delivered net sales growth of 2%, gross profit improvement of 9%, and record gross margin of 31.5%, including beer gross margin of 35.3%, in 2017. These improvements were achieved while simultaneously shutting down brewing operations in Memphis and Woodinville, starting up brewing operations in Fort Collins, and reducing wholesaler inventories by 10 days, which impacted shipment growth. The inventory reduction effort represented approximately 25,000 barrels, which equates to 3% of shipments. In 2018, we will continue to leverage our headway in cost reduction and operating efficiencies to reinvest in our sales and marketing infrastructure.

Select financial results for the full year 2017:

-- Depletions decreased 1% compared to 2016, in line with updated guidance. -- Kona depletions grew 10%, which includes strong 5% growth in its home market of Hawaii.

-- Through ongoing efforts to focus and strengthen our regional brands in their home markets, Widmer Brothers grew share in Oregon despite depletions being down 7%, and our partner brands each grew share in their respective markets. Over the prior year, our partner brands, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing grew depletions 41%.

-- While Omission depletions decreased by 2% compared to 2016, the launch of Omission Ultimate Light, a new 99-calorie, 5-carb, gluten-removed golden ale, in the second half of 2017 drove a 10% depletions increase in the fourth quarter. For the first eight weeks of 2018, Omission depletions increased 19% compared to the same period in 2017.

-- Shipments decreased 3.5% compared to 2016, which is in line with updated guidance and reflects the significant 2017 wholesaler inventory reduction of 10 days, which equated to a 3% decrease in shipments as described above.

-- Net sales were $207.5 million, a 2% increase over 2016, primarily due to increases in average unit pricing, alternating proprietorship sales, international distribution fees earned from AB, and Pabst contract shortfall fees.

-- Total gross margin expanded 210 basis points to 31.5%, compared to 29.4% in 2016, in line with guidance. -- CBA’s beer gross margin expanded 320 basis points to 35.3%, underscoring record achievements in improving our operating performance.

-- Pub gross margin decreased 690 basis points to 6.7%, primarily reflecting the impact of the closure of our Woodinville brewery as we put the facility and pub up for sale, as well as the temporary closure of our Portland pub for a remodel.

-- Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") increased by $1.2 million to $60.5 million and was 29.1% of net sales. The total reflects a favorable $1.0 million Pabst contract settlement fee, partially offset by an impairment charge of $0.5 million related to the sale of our Woodinville brewery.

-- EPS was $0.49, compared to a loss of $0.02 per share in 2016. -- Due to the change in federal tax law, we adjusted our deferred tax liabilities, resulting in a favorable non-cash income tax adjustment of $6.9 million, or $0.35 per share.

-- CBA’s adjusted EPS improvement to $0.14 per share for the year also reflects 9% growth in gross profit driven by 2% growth in net sales and 210-basis-point gross margin expansion.

-- Capital expenditures were $18.3 million, compared to $15.7 million in 2016, and primarily represent investments in Kona’s new brewery, Redhook’s new Seattle brewpub, and our Portland brewery to support our footprint optimization.

Select financial results for the fourth quarter 2017:

-- Depletions decreased 3% from the fourth quarter of 2016, partially offset by Kona, which increased by 6%.

-- Shipments decreased 5.6% over the same period last year.

-- Net sales were $46.0 million and flat compared to the fourth quarter in 2016.

-- Total gross margin increased by 310 basis points to 32.4% over the fourth quarter last year. Beer gross margin for the fourth quarter was 37.6%, or 540 basis points higher than the same period in 2016.

-- SG&A increased by $0.2 million to $13.1 million, and was 28.5% of net sales. Fourth quarter SG&A reflects a favorable $1.0 million Pabst contract settlement fee to CBA, partially offset by an impairment charge of $0.5 million related to the sale of our Woodinville brewery.

-- Diluted EPS for the quarter was $0.40, compared to zero earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2016. -- Due to the change in federal tax law, we adjusted our deferred tax liabilities, resulting in a favorable income tax adjustment of $6.9 million, or $0.35 per share.

-- Our adjusted EPS improvement to $0.05 for the fourth quarter was also driven by 11% growth in gross profit related to a 300-basis-point increase in gross margin.

"2017 was a very good year for CBA. We combined strong progress in our strategic initiatives with record results operationally to deliver the best financial year in our company’s history...all within the most competitive beer market in recent memory," said CBA CEO Andy Thomas.

Confirming financial guidance for 2018:

Our outlook for 2018 reflects growing confidence and increasing momentum in leveraging our enhanced AB partnership as we harness Kona’s growth potential, sharpen the role of our strategic local brands, and strengthen revenue management, while continuing to drive operational improvements.

We are confirming our previously reported guidance for 2018 as follows:

-- Depletions are expected to range between a decline of 2% and an increase of 3%. As evidence of our continued progress harmonizing our supply chain, we also expect shipments to range between a decline of 2% and an increase of 3%.

-- Average price increases of 1% to 3%, reflecting improved revenue management capabilities and lower federal excise taxes.

-- Gross margin rate of 32.0% to 35.0%, reflecting increases in net revenue per barrel, continued improvements in brewery operations, lower fixed overhead, and ongoing efforts to stabilize our pub operations.

-- SG&A expense ranging from $59 million to $61 million, primarily reflecting reinvestment of cost savings into our sales and marketing infrastructure, as well as expanded consumer and trade programming.

-- Capital expenditures of approximately $16 million to $19 million, including our new Kona brewery and the addition of a new can line in our Portland brewery to address consumer demand.

-- Effective tax rate of 27%.

"CBA’s 2017 financial results demonstrate continued traction in delivering on our strategy to strengthen the topline while improving the core health of our business," said CBA CFO Joe Vanderstelt. "In 2018, we are focused on leveraging our advancements in operational efficiencies and revenue management capabilities to continue improving our financial fundamentals and ability to invest in our brands."

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 and shipments, price increases, and gross margin rate improvement, the level and effect of SG&A expense and business development, anticipated capital spending, effective tax rate, 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 may 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, 2017. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website, www.craftbrew.com, 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 top national craft beer brand, with strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands 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 www.craftbrew.com.

 
                                                                                                                                                            Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                             Condensed Consolidated
                                                                                                                                                            Statements of Operations
                                                                                                                                                             (Dollars and shares in
                                                                                                                                                      thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                                                                                                                                   (Unaudited)
 
                                                                                                      Three Months Ended                                                                                                            Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                            December 31,                                                                                                                                     December 31,
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                                                                                         2017                                                   2016                                                                       2017                                                2016
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Sales                                                                                $  48,537                                                              $         48,880                                                              $ 219,547                                                              $ 215,627
Less excise taxes                                                     2,571                                   3,076                           12,091                           13,120  
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Net sales                                                                               45,966                                                                        45,804                                                                207,456                                                                202,507
Cost of sales                                                        31,090                                  32,394                          142,198                          142,908  
                                                                  -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Gross profit                                                                            14,876                                                                        13,410                                                                 65,258                                                                 59,599
      As percentage of net sales                                                          32.4 %                                                                        29.3 %                                                                 31.5 %                                                                 29.4 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses                         13,106                                  12,876                           60,463                           59,224  
                                                                  -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Operating income                                                                         1,770                                                                           534                                                                  4,795                                                                    375
Interest expense                                                                          (182 )                                                                        (189 )                                                                 (715 )                                                                 (709 )
Other income (expense), net                                               7                                       9                              (39 )                                                28  
                                                                  -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Income (loss) before income taxes                                                        1,595                                                                           354                                                                  4,041                                                                   (306 )
Income tax provision (benefit)                                       (6,240 )                                                      278                           (5,482 )                                                14  
                                                                  -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Net income (loss)                                                                    $   7,835                                           $             76                                           $   9,523                                           $    (320 )
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Income (loss) per share:
   Basic                                                                             $    0.41                                           $ --                                           $    0.49                                           $   (0.02 )
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   Diluted                                                                           $    0.40                                           $ --                                           $    0.49                                           $   (0.02 )
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Weighted average shares outstanding:
   Basic                                                             19,302                                  19,259                           19,284                           19,225  
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   Diluted                                                           19,507                                  19,361                           19,447                           19,225  
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Total shipments (in barrels):
   Core Brands                                                                         158,000                                                                       165,400                                                                730,600                                                                748,900
   Contract Brewing                                                   4,000                                   6,200                           17,700                           26,700  
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Total shipments                                                     162,000                                 171,600                          748,300                          775,600  
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Change in depletions (1)                                                 -3 %                                                       -3 %                                                -1 %                                                 0 %
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(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)
                                                                                                      (Unaudited)
 
                                                                                                              December 31,
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                                                                                                                                                2017                             2016
                                                                                                                                    -----------------------------                     --------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                           $     579                                         $        442
   Accounts receivable, net                                                                                                                               27,784                                               24,008
   Inventory, net                                                                                                                                         13,844                                               19,091
   Assets held for sale                                                                                                                                   22,946                                                    -
   Other current assets                                                                                                                 4,335                             2,495
                                                                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ----------
      Total current assets                                                                                                                                69,488                                               46,036
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net                                                                                                      106,283                                              121,970
Goodwill                                                                                                                                                  12,917                                               12,917
Intangible, equity method investment and other assets, net                                                                             20,949                            19,482
                                                                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ----------
      Total assets                                                                                                                                     $ 209,637                                         $    200,405
                                                                                                                                    ==================== =======                      ==================== ==========
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                                                                                                                                    $  14,338                                         $     16,076
   Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes                                                                                                               5,877                                                4,967
   Refundable deposits                                                                                                                                     4,816                                                6,486
   Other accrued expenses                                                                                                                                  5,753                                                4,108
   Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations                                                                        699                             1,317
                                                                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ----------
      Total current liabilities                                                                                                                           31,483                                               32,954
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion                                                                                      32,599                                               27,946
Other long-term liabilities                                                                                                                               14,764                                               19,844
Total common shareholders’ equity                                                                                                     130,791                           119,661
                                                                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ----------
      Total liabilities and common shareholders’ equity                                                                                                $ 209,637                                         $    200,405
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                                                                                              Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
                                                                                               Condensed Consolidated
                                                                                              Statements of Cash Flows
                                                                                                   (In thousands)
                                                                                                     (Unaudited)
 
                                                                                                                           Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                                                 December 31,
                                                                                           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                  2017                                                2016
                                                                                           --------------------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                   
Cash Flows From operating activities:
Net income (loss)                                                                                             $   9,523                                                              $    (320 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by
operating activities:
   Depreciation and amortization                                                                                 10,457                                                                 10,862
   Loss on sale or disposal of Property, equipment and leasehold                                                    428                                                                     96
   improvements
   Deferred income taxes                                                                                         (5,400 )                                                                  360
   Other, including stock-based compensation and impairment of assets                                             2,348                                                                  1,741
   held for sale
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
      Accounts receivable, net                                                                                   (3,776 )                                                               (5,082 )
      Inventories                                                                                                 5,500                                                                 (1,614 )
      Other current assets                                                                                       (1,840 )                                                                  (55 )
      Accounts payable and other accrued expenses                                                                   277                                                                  1,515
      Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes                                                                     910                                                                   (501 )
      Refundable deposits                                                                     (1,649 )                                               442  
                                                                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
         Net cash provided by operating activities                                                               16,778                                                                  7,444
Cash Flows from investing activities:
Expenditures for Property, equipment and leasehold improvements                                                 (18,342 )                                                              (15,722 )
Proceeds from sale of Property, equipment and leasehold improvements                                                 95                                                                     75
Expenditures for long-term deposits                                                                                   -                                                                   (925 )
Investment in Wynwood                                                                         (2,101 )                                                 -  
                                                                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
         Net cash used in investing activities                                                                  (20,348 )                                                              (16,572 )
Cash Flows from financing activities:
Principal payments on debt and capital lease obligations                                                           (709 )                                                                 (605 )
Net borrowings under revolving line of credit                                                                     4,224                                                                  9,198
Proceeds from issuances of common stock                                                                             219                                                                    172
Tax payments related to stock-based awards                                                       (27 )                                              (106 )
                                                                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
         Net cash provided by financing activities                                             3,707                            8,659  
                                                                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                                                    137                                                                   (469 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                                   442                              911  
                                                                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                                      $     579                                           $     442  
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Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

 
                                                                                                                                                         Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                        Reconciliation of Adjusted
                                                                                                                                                        EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)
                                                                                                                                                              (In thousands)
                                                                                                                                                                (Unaudited)
 
                                                                            Three Months Ended                                                                                            Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                                        December 31,                                                                                                                     December 31,
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                                                                                                                    2017                                    2016                                                       2017                                               2016
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Net income (loss)                                                                                                $  7,835                                                              $    76                                         $  9,523                                                              $   (320 )
Interest expense                                                                                                      182                                                                  189                                              715                                                                   709
Income tax provision (benefit)                                                                                     (6,240 )                                                                278                                           (5,482 )                                                                  14
Depreciation expense                                                                                                2,488                                                                2,737                                           10,197                                                                10,663
Amortization expense                                                                                                   65                                                                   69                                              260                                                                   199
Stock-based compensation                                                                                              371                                                                  446                                            1,316                                                                 1,087
Loss on impairment of assets                                                                                          493                                                                    -                                              493                                                                     -
Loss on disposal of assets                                                                         264                             80                           428                              96  
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   Adjusted EBITDA                                                                                               $  5,458                                           $ 3,875                                         $ 17,450                                           $ 12,448  
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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 compensation and other non-cash charges, including loss on impairment of assets and 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 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).

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SOURCE: Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. 
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Director of Communications 
jenny.mclean@craftbrew.com


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