Coca-Cola Consolidated reports Q3 net earnings of US$118.8M, up from year-ago earnings of US$68.9M, as net sales rise 12% to US$1.63B

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November 1, 2022 (press release) –

  • Third quarter of 2022 net sales increased 12% versus the third quarter of 2021, with physical case volume growth of 0.6%(a).
     
  • Gross profit in the third quarter of 2022 was $621 million, an increase of 20% versus the third quarter of 2021. Gross margin in the third quarter of 2022 improved by 260 basis points to 38.1%.
     
  • Income from operations for the first nine months of 2022 was $468 million, up $116 million, or 33%, versus the first nine months of 2021.

Key Results

  Third Quarter       First Nine Months    
(in millions)   2022       2021     Change     2022       2021     Change
Physical case volume   94.1       93.5     0.6 %     277.9       276.9     0.4 %
Net sales $ 1,628.6     $ 1,457.4     11.7 %   $ 4,628.2     $ 4,160.4     11.2 %
Gross profit $ 621.1     $ 517.7     20.0 %   $ 1,679.3     $ 1,461.4     14.9 %
Gross margin   38.1 %     35.5 %         36.3 %     35.1 %    
Income from operations $ 189.9     $ 137.0     38.6 %   $ 468.2     $ 352.1     33.0 %
                       
Beverage Sales Third Quarter       First Nine Months    
(in millions)   2022       2021     Change     2022       2021     Change
Sparkling bottle/can $ 917.2     $ 773.5     18.6 %   $ 2,573.4     $ 2,221.4     15.8 %
Still bottle/can $ 548.3     $ 504.0     8.8 %   $ 1,556.4     $ 1,424.1     9.3 %

Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2022 Review

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coca‑Cola Consolidated, Inc. (NASDAQ: COKE) today reported operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and the first nine months of fiscal 2022.

“Our 2022 performance has been comprised of an outstanding mix of solid volume, improved margins and strong free cash flow generation. Our team’s highly effective execution across all aspects of our business has enabled us to continue to strengthen our balance sheet through debt reduction, reward and recognize our teammates and invest in and serve our communities like never before,” said J. Frank Harrison, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are optimistic about the remainder of 2022 as we are actively developing plans for another year of solid performance in 2023.”

Net sales increased 12% to $1.63 billion in the third quarter of 2022, while physical case volume increased 0.6%. The increase in net sales was driven primarily by price increases taken on our Sparkling and Still beverages during the quarter and earlier this year. Sparkling beverage volume increased 0.8% in the quarter, outperforming the price elasticity we generally have experienced with higher pricing. Volume growth was particularly strong in our value, club and small store sales channels. We also experienced solid demand in our on‑premise sales channels, including restaurants, universities, sports venues, amusement parks and other immediate consumption outlets, as consumer traffic has increased compared to the prior year period. Still beverage volume increased 0.1% in the quarter, led by growth in Monster and smartwater. Net sales increased 11% and physical case volume increased 0.4% in the first nine months of 2022.

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2022 increased $103.4 million, or 20%, while gross margin improved 260 basis points to 38.1%. The improvement in gross profit resulted from strong price realization and solid volume growth in our Sparkling category. Gross margins also benefited during the quarter from a pullback in certain commodity prices. Gross profit in the first nine months of 2022 increased $218.0 million, or 15%.

“Our revenue growth management strategies continued to be effective in the third quarter as we took additional pricing to overcome higher costs and improve category profitability for us and our retail partners,” said Dave Katz, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Volume remained solid as consumers are adjusting to higher retail prices and are responding well to our value‑oriented packages. In addition, we achieved improved inventory levels and in‑store availability during the quarter allowing for even higher levels of in‑market execution.”

Selling, delivery and administrative (“SD&A”) expenses in the third quarter of 2022 increased $50.5 million, or 13%. SD&A expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 40 basis points to 26.5%. The increase in SD&A expenses related primarily to an increase in labor costs as compared to the third quarter of 2021. Over the last year, we have made certain compensation adjustments across our workforce to remain competitive in a challenging labor market and to reward our teammates for their contributions in achieving strong operating results. In addition, we experienced broad inflationary increases across a number of SD&A categories. SD&A expenses in the first nine months of 2022 increased $101.9 million, or 9%. SD&A expenses as a percentage of net sales in the first nine months of 2022 decreased 50 basis points to 26.2% as compared to the first nine months of 2021.

“Our strong operating results and cash flow generation are enabling us to reinvest in both our teammates and our infrastructure,” Mr. Katz continued. “While our investments in labor rates and teammate recognition have contributed to higher operating expense growth this year, we believe our long‑term success is highly dependent on attracting and retaining talent in this highly competitive labor market. In addition, our capital investments in manufacturing and warehousing are improving our supply chain flexibility and giving us additional capacity in small PET and mini can packages, which are central to our consumer value strategy.”

Income from operations in the third quarter of 2022 was $189.9 million, compared to $137.0 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $52.9 million, or 39%. On an adjusted(b) basis, income from operations in the third quarter of 2022 was $193.9 million, an increase of 41%. For the first nine months of 2022, income from operations increased $116.1 million to $468.2 million.

Net income in the third quarter of 2022 was $118.8 million, compared to $68.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, an improvement of $49.8 million. Net income in the third quarter of 2022 was adversely impacted by fair value adjustments to our acquisition related contingent consideration liability, driven primarily by changes in future cash flow projections. Fair value adjustments to this liability are routine and non‑cash in nature. Net income increased $141.2 million in the first nine months of 2022 to $311.7 million as compared to the first nine months of 2021.

Cash flows provided by operations for the first nine months of 2022 were $394.3 million, compared to $439.9 million for the first nine months of 2021. Cash flows from operations were impacted by the timing of certain working capital payments and receipts during the third quarter. We continue to invest in long‑term strategic projects to optimize our supply chain and reduce our debt obligations. During the third quarter, the Company repaid $125 million of senior notes prior to their stated maturity date of February 27, 2023.

(a) All comparisons are to the corresponding period in the prior year unless specified otherwise.
(b) The discussion of the operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and the first nine months of fiscal 2022 includes selected non-GAAP financial information, such as “adjusted” results. The schedules in this news release reconcile such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

About Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.

Coca‑Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca‑Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God in all we do, to serve others, to pursue excellence and to grow profitably. For over 120 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca‑Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors, across 14 states and the District of Columbia, to approximately 60 million consumers.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coca‑Cola Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “COKE”. More information about the Company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coca‑Cola Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties which we expect will or may occur in the future and may impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s best judgment based on current information, and, although we base these statements on circumstances that we believe to be reasonable when made, there can be no assurance that future events will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking information. As such, the forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may vary materially from the projected results and expectations discussed in this news release. Factors that might cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: increased costs (including due to inflation), disruption of supply or unavailability or shortages of raw materials, fuel and other supplies; the inability to attract and retain front-line employees in a tight labor market; the reliance on purchased finished products from external sources; changes in public and consumer perception and preferences, including concerns related to product safety and sustainability, artificial ingredients, brand reputation and obesity; the COVID-19 pandemic and other pandemic outbreaks in the future; changes in government regulations related to nonalcoholic beverages, including regulations related to obesity, public health, artificial ingredients and product safety and sustainability; decreases from historic levels of marketing funding support provided to us by The Coca‑Cola Company and other beverage companies; material changes in the performance requirements for marketing funding support or our inability to meet such requirements; decreases from historic levels of advertising, marketing and product innovation spending by The Coca‑Cola Company and other beverage companies, or advertising campaigns that are negatively perceived by the public; any failure of the several Coca‑Cola system governance entities of which we are a participant to function efficiently or on our best behalf and any failure or delay of ours to receive anticipated benefits from these governance entities; provisions in our beverage distribution and manufacturing agreements with The Coca‑Cola Company that could delay or prevent a change in control of us or a sale of our Coca‑Cola distribution or manufacturing businesses; the concentration of our capital stock ownership; our inability to meet requirements under our beverage distribution and manufacturing agreements; changes in the inputs used to calculate our acquisition related contingent consideration liability; technology failures or cyberattacks on our technology systems or our effective response to technology failures or cyberattacks on our customers’, suppliers’ or other third parties’ technology systems; unfavorable changes in the general economy; changes in our top customer relationships and marketing strategies; lower than expected net pricing of our products resulting from continued and increased customer and competitor consolidations and marketplace competition; the effect of changes in our level of debt, borrowing costs and credit ratings on our access to capital and credit markets, operating flexibility and ability to obtain additional financing to fund future needs; the failure to attract, train and retain qualified employees while controlling labor costs, and other labor issues; the failure to maintain productive relationships with our employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, including failing to renegotiate collective bargaining agreements; changes in accounting standards; our use of estimates and assumptions; changes in tax laws, disagreements with tax authorities or additional tax liabilities; changes in legal contingencies; natural disasters, changing weather patterns and unfavorable weather; and climate change or legislative or regulatory responses to such change. These and other factors are discussed in the Company’s regulatory filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update them, except as may be required by applicable law.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

    Third Quarter   First Nine Months
(in thousands, except per share data)     2022     2021     2022     2021
Net sales   $ 1,628,589   $ 1,457,432   $ 4,628,162   $ 4,160,375
Cost of sales     1,007,482     939,720     2,948,820     2,699,020
Gross profit     621,107     517,712     1,679,342     1,461,355
Selling, delivery and administrative expenses     431,177     380,681     1,211,134     1,109,279
Income from operations     189,930     137,031     468,208     352,076
Interest expense, net     6,083     8,097     20,928     25,208
Other expense, net     24,746     34,982     27,666     94,078
Income before taxes     159,101     93,952     419,614     232,790
Income tax expense     40,340     25,022     107,901     62,317
Net income   $ 118,761   $ 68,930   $ 311,713   $ 170,473
                 
Basic net income per share:                
Common Stock   $ 12.67   $ 7.36   $ 33.25   $ 18.19
Weighted average number of Common Stock shares outstanding     8,369     7,141     8,032     7,141
                 
Class B Common Stock   $ 12.67   $ 7.36   $ 33.29   $ 18.19
Weighted average number of Class B Common Stock shares outstanding     1,005     2,232     1,342     2,232
                 
Diluted net income per share:                
Common Stock   $ 12.63   $ 7.32   $ 33.13   $ 18.11
Weighted average number of Common Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution     9,406     9,409     9,410     9,413
                 
Class B Common Stock   $ 12.62   $ 7.31   $ 33.15   $ 18.10
Weighted average number of Class B Common Stock shares outstanding – assuming dilution     1,037     2,268     1,378     2,272
                         

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)   September 30, 2022   December 31, 2021
ASSETS        
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 163,244   $ 142,314
Trade accounts receivable, net     541,409     454,934
Other accounts receivable     116,913     91,615
Inventories     313,699     302,851
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     91,959     78,068
Assets held for sale     3,045     6,880
Total current assets     1,230,269     1,076,662
Property, plant and equipment, net     1,082,940     1,030,688
Right-of-use assets - operating leases     140,977     139,877
Leased property under financing leases, net     6,843     64,211
Other assets     112,474     120,486
Goodwill     165,903     165,903
Other identifiable intangible assets, net     857,872     847,743
Total assets   $ 3,597,278   $ 3,445,570
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current Liabilities:        
Current portion of obligations under operating leases   $ 26,465   $ 22,048
Current portion of obligations under financing leases     2,259     6,060
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     847,971     806,748
Total current liabilities     876,695     834,856
Deferred income taxes     147,976     136,432
Pension and postretirement benefit obligations and other liabilities     827,189     852,001
Noncurrent portion of obligations under operating leases     119,617     122,046
Noncurrent portion of obligations under financing leases     8,110     65,006
Long-term debt     598,778     723,443
Total liabilities     2,578,365     2,733,784
         
Equity:        
Stockholders’ equity     1,018,913     711,786
Total liabilities and equity   $ 3,597,278   $ 3,445,570
             

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)

    First Nine Months
(in thousands)     2022       2021  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:        
Net income   $ 311,713     $ 170,473  
Depreciation expense, amortization of intangible assets and deferred proceeds, net     128,383       135,341  
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration     21,132       90,905  
Deferred payroll taxes under CARES Act     (18,739 )     (18,739 )
Deferred income taxes     10,749       10,907  
Change in current assets and current liabilities     (61,657 )     60,546  
Change in noncurrent assets and noncurrent liabilities     (895 )     (17,565 )
Other     3,623       8,007  
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 394,309     $ 439,875  
         
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:        
Additions to property, plant and equipment   $ (183,929 )   $ (119,620 )
Acquisition of BODYARMOR distribution rights     (30,149 )     (1,998 )
Other     3,810       2,021  
Net cash used in investing activities   $ (210,268 )   $ (119,597 )
         
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:        
Payments on revolving credit facility, term loan facility and senior notes   $ (125,000 )   $ (272,500 )
Payments of acquisition related contingent consideration     (28,421 )     (28,640 )
Cash dividends paid     (7,030 )     (7,030 )
Payments on financing lease obligations     (2,441 )     (3,567 )
Debt issuance fees     (219 )     (1,456 )
Borrowings under term loan facility           70,000  
Borrowings under revolving credit facility           55,000  
Net cash used in financing activities   $ (163,111 )   $ (188,193 )
         
Net increase in cash during period   $ 20,930     $ 132,085  
Cash at beginning of period     142,314       54,793  
Cash at end of period   $ 163,244     $ 186,878  
                 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(c)
The following tables reconcile reported results (GAAP) to adjusted results (non-GAAP):

    Third Quarter 2022
(in thousands, except per share data)   Gross profit   SD&A
expenses
  Income from
operations
  Income
before taxes
  Net income   Basic net
income per
share
Reported results (GAAP)   $ 621,107     $ 431,177     $ 189,930   $ 159,101   $ 118,761   $ 12.67
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration                     22,568     16,993     1.82
Fair value adjustments for commodity derivative instruments     (1,100 )     (4,711 )     3,611     3,611     2,719     0.29
Supply chain optimization     369       (6 )     375     375     283     0.03
Total reconciling items     (731 )     (4,717 )     3,986     26,554     19,995     2.14
Adjusted results (non-GAAP)   $ 620,376     $ 426,460     $ 193,916   $ 185,655   $ 138,756   $ 14.81
                                         
Adjusted % change vs. Q3 2021     19.7 %     11.9 %     41.3 %                

 

    Third Quarter 2021
(in thousands, except per share data)   Gross profit   SD&A
expenses
  Income from
operations
  Income
before taxes
  Net income   Basic net
income per
share
Reported results (GAAP)   $ 517,712     $ 380,681     $ 137,031     $ 93,952     $ 68,930     $ 7.36  
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration                       33,924       25,488       2.72  
Fair value adjustments for commodity derivative instruments     (3,794 )     426       (4,220 )     (4,220 )     (3,169 )     (0.34 )
Supply chain optimization     4,360       (35 )     4,395       4,395       3,299       0.35  
Total reconciling items     566       391       175       34,099       25,618       2.73  
Adjusted results (non-GAAP)   $ 518,278     $ 381,072     $ 137,206     $ 128,051     $ 94,548     $ 10.09  

 

    First Nine Months 2022
(in thousands, except per share data)   Gross profit   SD&A
expenses
  Income from
operations
  Income
before taxes
  Net income   Basic net
income per
share
Reported results (GAAP)   $ 1,679,342     $ 1,211,134     $ 468,208     $ 419,614   $ 311,713   $ 33.25
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration                       21,132     15,912     1.70
Fair value adjustments for commodity derivative instruments     5,069       2,512       2,557       2,557     1,925     0.21
Supply chain optimization     458       (78 )     536       536     404     0.04
Total reconciling items     5,527       2,434       3,093       24,225     18,241     1.95
Adjusted results (non-GAAP)   $ 1,684,869     $ 1,213,568     $ 471,301     $ 443,839   $ 329,954   $ 35.20
                                           
Adjusted % change vs. 3Qs 2021     15.3 %     9.3 %     34.0 %                  

 

    First Nine Months 2021
(in thousands, except per share data)   Gross profit   SD&A
expenses
  Income from
operations
  Income
before taxes
  Net income   Basic net
income per
share
Reported results (GAAP)   $ 1,461,355     $ 1,109,279     $ 352,076     $ 232,790     $ 170,473     $ 18.19  
Fair value adjustment of acquisition related contingent consideration                       90,905       68,224       7.28  
Fair value adjustments for commodity derivative instruments     (6,210 )     1,491       (7,701 )     (7,701 )     (5,780 )     (0.62 )
Supply chain optimization     6,464       (793 )     7,257       7,257       5,446       0.58  
Total reconciling items     254       698       (444 )     90,461       67,890       7.24  
Adjusted results (non-GAAP)   $ 1,461,609     $ 1,109,977     $ 351,632     $ 323,251     $ 238,363     $ 25.43  

 

(c) The Company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of the financial statements with additional, meaningful financial information that should be considered when assessing the Company’s ongoing performance. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company’s performance. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s non-GAAP financial information does not represent a comprehensive basis of accounting.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: INVESTOR CONTACT:
Kimberly Kuo Scott Anthony
Senior Vice President
Public Affairs, Communications
& Sustainability
Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly.Kuo@cokeconsolidated.com Scott.Anthony@cokeconsolidated.com
(704) 557-4584 (704) 557-4633

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