Green Mountain Coffee Roasters reports fiscal Q4 earnings of US$75.4M, a 179% increase from year-ago period; net sales up 91% to US$711.9M

WATERBURY, Vermont , November 9, 2011 (press release) – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (GMCR) (NASDAQ:GMCR - News), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, today announced its full year and fiscal 2011 fourth quarter results for the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended September 24, 2011.

Performance Highlights

Fiscal 2011

* Net sales of $2,650.9 million, up 95% over fiscal 2010
* GAAP EPS of $1.31 increases 126% over fiscal 2010; non-GAAP EPS of $1.64 increases 113% over a year ago
* GAAP operating income of $368.9 million increases 166% over fiscal 2010; non-GAAP operating income of $428.7 million improves 148% over a year ago
* GAAP net income of $199.5 million increases 151% over 2010; non-GAAP net income of $248.9 million up 135% over 2010

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2011

* Net sales of $711.9 million, up 91% over the same period in fiscal 2010
* GAAP EPS of $0.47 increases 135% over fourth quarter fiscal 2010; non-GAAP EPS of $0.47 increases 96% over the year ago quarter
* GAAP operating income of $106.7 million increases 156% over fourth quarter fiscal 2010; non-GAAP operating income of $119.1 million improves 128% over the year ago quarter
* GAAP net income of $75.4 million increases 179% over Q4’10; non-GAAP net income of $75.3 million increases 126% over Q4’10

“With 95% annual revenue growth over last year the business continues to demonstrate extraordinary momentum as a result of broad consumer adoption of the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing system,” said Lawrence J. Blanford, president and CEO of GMCR. “We are seeing continued evidence of strong consumer demand for both brewers and portion packs from our customers and from third party sources that track consumer purchases such as NPD Group and SymphonyIRI Group, Inc. For instance, NPD reports Keurig® Single Cup Brewer unit sales increased 56% in our fiscal 2011 fourth quarter from the same period last year. As an indication of what we believe will be strong holiday consumer demand, for the month of September alone, NPD reports Keurig brewer unit sales are up 73% from the same month in 2010.”

“Our fiscal fourth quarter revenue growth of 91% was strong. This was off of our estimates as a result of a number of factors including changes in wholesale customer ordering patterns in our grocery and club channels despite steady consumer point-of-sale demand in those channels,” continued Blanford.

Blanford concluded, “While like most consumer products companies we are watchful of broader consumer sentiment going into the holidays, we remain confident in the Company’s growth potential and comfortable reiterating our estimate for fiscal year 2012 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in a range of $2.55 to $2.65.”

* Approximately 84% of consolidated net sales in fiscal 2011 were from the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing system and its recurring portion pack sales, including Keurig-related accessory sales, with the remainder of total sales consisting primarily of sales of bagged coffee and revenue from the office coffee services business.
o The increase in K-Cup® portion pack net sales is driven by a 76 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack sales volume, an 18 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack net price realization due to price increases implemented during fiscal 2011 to offset higher green coffee and other input costs, and a 10 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack net sales due to the acquisition of Van Houtte.
o Supporting continued growth in portion pack demand, GMCR sold 5.9 million Keurig® Single Cup Brewers during fiscal 2011. This brewer shipment number does not account for consumer returns to retailers. We estimate that GMCR brewer shipments represented approximately 91% of total brewers shipped with Keurig technology in the year.
o Royalty revenue declined from 2010 due to the acquisitions of Timothy’s, Diedrich and Van Houtte, all of which previously paid royalties to GMCR as third party licensed roasters.

* Revenue from the Canadian business unit segment, which includes the acquisition of Van Houtte completed on December 17, 2010, contributed approximately $321.4 million to net sales for the year.
* Gross profit for fiscal 2011 was $904.6 million, or 34.1% of net sales as compared to $425.8 million, or 31.4% of net sales, in fiscal 2010.
o The impact of price increases on K-Cup® portion packs during fiscal 2011 improved gross margin by approximately 400 basis points.
o The benefit from the K-Cup® portion pack price increases was offset by higher green coffee costs in fiscal 2011 as compared to fiscal 2010, which decreased the Company’s gross margin by approximately 330 basis points.
o Gross margin also increased due to a shift in the Company’s sales mix.
+ Net sales from Keurig® Single Cup Brewers and related accessories were lower as a percentage of total Company net sales in fiscal 2011 as compared to fiscal 2010.
+ The Company sells the majority of Keurig® Single Cup Brewers approximately at cost, or sometimes at a loss when factoring in the incremental costs related to sales, including fulfillment charges, returns and warranty expense.
+ In fiscal 2011, the decrease in Keurig® Single Cup Brewer and accessories net sales as a percentage of total net sales improved the Company’s gross margin by approximately 230 basis points.

* The Company’s effective income tax rate was 33.6% for fiscal 2011 compared to a 40.3% effective tax rate for fiscal 2010. The difference is primarily attributable to the release of valuation allowances related to a $17.7 million capital loss carryforward and a $5.4 million net operating loss carryforward in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. In addition, in fiscal 2011 as compared to fiscal 2010, the Company had a larger percentage of foreign-based sales in Canada which has a lower corporate tax rate.
* Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased 10% to 152.1 million in fiscal 2011 from 137.8 million in fiscal 2010 primarily due to the issuance of approximately 8.6 million shares of common stock to Luigi Lavazza S.p.A (“Lavazza”) on September 28, 2010 and approximately 10.1 million shares on May 11, 2011 from a public offering and concurrent private placement to Lavazza pursuant to its preemptive rights. The initial Lavazza sale raised $250.0 million and the May offering raised approximately $688.9 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses.
* The Company allocates at least 5% of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental programs. GMCR estimates that total resources allocated to social and environmental programs totaled approximately $15.2 million for fiscal 2011.

Balance Sheet Highlights

* Accounts receivable increased 80% year-over-year to $310.3 at September 24, 2011, from $172.2 million at September 25, 2010, reflecting continuing sales growth and the addition of Van Houtte-related accounts receivables.
* Inventories were $672.2 million at September 24, 2011 including $52.0 million of Van Houtte-related inventories. This compares to $262.5 million at September 25, 2010. The year-over-year increase is comprised of:
o a $136.5 million, or 295%, increase in raw materials most notably from an increase in green coffee volume and 65% average green coffee cost increase;
o a $273.3 million, or 126%, increase in finished goods inventory with approximately half of the increase due to K-Cup® portion packs on hand and the other half due to Keurig® Single Cup Brewers and accessories on hand.
* Debt outstanding increased to $582.6 million at September 24, 2011 from $354.5 million at September 25, 2010 as a result of an increase in the long-term revolver.
* On October 3, 2011, the Company completed the sale of the Filterfresh U.S.-based coffee services business portion of its Van Houtte acquisition to ARAMARK Refreshment Services, LLC for an aggregate cash purchase price of approximately $145.0 million. As of September 24, 2011, the business was classified as “assets held for sale” in the Company’s financial statements.

* Approximately 83% of consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter were from the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing system and its recurring portion pack sales, including Keurig-related accessory sales, with the remainder of total sales consisting primarily of sales of bagged coffee and revenue from the office coffee services business.
o The increase in K-Cup® portion pack net sales is driven by a 52 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack sales volume, a 29 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack net price realization due to price increases implemented during fiscal 2011 to offset higher green coffee and other input costs, and a 10 percentage point increase in K-Cup® portion pack net sales due to the acquisition of Van Houtte.
o GMCR sold 1.3 million Keurig® Single Cup Brewers during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. This brewer shipment number does not account for consumer returns to retailers. We estimate that GMCR brewer shipments represented approximately 92% of total brewers shipped with Keurig technology in the period.
o Royalty revenue declined from the fourth quarter of 2010 due to the acquisition of Van Houtte, which previously paid royalties to GMCR as a third party licensed roaster.

* Revenue from the Canadian business unit segment, which includes the acquisition of Van Houtte completed on December 17, 2010, contributed approximately $100.4 million to net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
* Fourth quarter fiscal 2011 gross margin was 35.7% of total net sales compared to 30.4% for the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2010. The elements of the gross margin improvement are primarily:
o The impact of price increases on K-Cup® portion packs during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 improved gross margin by approximately 710 basis points.
o The benefit from the K-Cup® portion pack price increases was offset by higher green coffee costs in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 as compared to the prior year quarter, which decreased the Company’s gross margin by approximately 860 basis points.
o Gross margin also increased due to a shift in the Company’s sales mix.
+ Net sales from Keurig® Single Cup Brewers and related accessories were lower as a percentage of total Company net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.
+ The Company sells the majority of Keurig® Single Cup Brewers approximately at cost, or sometimes at a loss when factoring in the incremental costs related to sales, including fulfillment charges, returns and warranty expenses.
+ In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, the decrease in Keurig® Single Cup Brewer and accessories net sales as a percentage of total net sales improved the Company’s gross margin by approximately 250 basis points over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.
* The Company’s effective income tax rate was 23.7% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to a 32.0% effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The difference is primarily attributable to the release of valuation allowances related to a $17.7 million capital loss carryforward and a $5.4 million net operating loss carryforward in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. In addition, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, the Company had a larger percentage of foreign-based sales in Canada, which has a lower corporate tax rate.
* Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased 15% to 159.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 from 138.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 primarily due to the issuance of approximately 8.6 million shares of common stock to Luigi Lavazza S.p.A (“Lavazza”) on September 28, 2010 and approximately 10.1 million shares on May 11, 2011 from a public offering and concurrent private placement to Lavazza pursuant to its preemptive rights.

Business Outlook and Other Forward-Looking Information

Company Estimates for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012

The Company is providing initial estimates for its first quarter of fiscal 2012:

* Fiscal first quarter consolidated net sales growth of 85% to 90%.
* Fiscal first quarter fully diluted non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.35 to $0.40 per share excluding any acquisition-related transaction expenses; legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry and the Company’s pending litigation; amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s acquisitions; and any gain from sale of the Filterfresh U.S.-based coffee services business.

Company Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012

The Company provided the following estimates for its fiscal year 2012:

* Total consolidated net sales growth of 60% to 65% from fiscal 2011.
* Fiscal 2012 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in a range of $2.55 to $2.65 per diluted share, excluding any acquisition-related transaction expenses; legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry and the Company’s pending litigation; amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s acquisitions; and any gain from sale of the Filterfresh U.S.-based coffee services business.
* For fiscal 2012, we currently expect to invest between $630.0 million to $700.0 million in capital expenditures to support the Company’s future growth. We expect approximately $225.0 million will be spent to increase our portion pack packaging capacity related to our current Keurig® Single Cup Brewing platform, approximately $100.0 million will be spent for portion pack packaging capacity related to our next-generation Keurig® Single Cup Brewing platform, approximately $175.0 million will be spent to expand our physical plants, research and development facilities and office space, approximately $100 million will be spent for coffee processing equipment, and approximately $65.0 million will be spent for information technology infrastructure and systems.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP operating results that exclude certain charges or credits such as transaction expenses related to the Company’s acquisitions including the foreign exchange impact of hedging the risk associated with the Canadian dollar purchase price of the Van Houtte acquisition; any gain from sale of the Fitlerfresh U.S.-based coffee services business; legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry and pending litigation; non-cash related items such as amortization of identifiable intangibles and losses incurred on the extinguishment of debt; and the effect of net operating and capital loss carryforwards, each of which include adjustments to show the tax impact of excluding these items. These amounts are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company’s management believes that these measures provide investors with transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to the Company’s results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Management uses the measures to establish and monitor budgets and operational goals and to evaluate the performance of the Company. Please see the “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations” tables that accompany this document for a full reconciliation the Company’s GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Conference Call and Webcast

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will be discussing these financial results with analysts and investors in a conference call and live webcast available via the Internet at 5:00 p.m. ET today, November 9, 2011. Management’s prepared remarks on its quarterly results will be provided via a Current Report on Form 8-K and also posted under the events link in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.GMCR.com. As a result, the conference call will include only brief remarks by management followed by a question and answer session. The call along with accompanying slides is accessible via live webcast from the events link in the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website at http://investor.gmcr.com/events.cfm. The Company archives the latest conference call for a period of time. A replay of the conference call also will be available by telephone at (719) 457-0820, Passcode 7944796 from 9:00 p.m. ET on November 9, 2011 through 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 13, 2011.

About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ:GMCR - News), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.

GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.


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