Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Reports Very Strong Growth for Fiscal 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year – Robust Earnings Driven by Success of Keurig(r) Brewers and K-Cup Demand- Fourth Quarter EPS up 96% over Prior Year- 2008 Fiscal Year EPS up 68%WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)November 12, 2008 –Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced its fiscal 2008 and fiscal fourth quarter results for the thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2008, reporting strong sales and even stronger earnings growth. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, 273 million K-Cup portion packs were shipped system-wide by all Keurig licensed roasters, up 62% over the year-ago quarter.Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 totaled $134.8 million as compared to $93.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, representing an increase of 45% year over year.Net income for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2008 increased 99% to $7.1 million or $0.28 per diluted share, from $3.6 million or $0.14 per diluted share in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2007.For the fifty-two weeks ended September 27, 2008, the Company recorded net sales of $500.3 million, up 46% from $341.7 million for the year ended September 29, 2007. Net income for fiscal 2008 increased 74% to $22.3 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $12.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share for the prior year.Excluding the impact of the non-cash amortization expense related to the Keurig intangibles of approximately $4.8 million (pre-tax) or $0.11 per diluted share in both fiscal 2008 and 2007, non-GAAP net income totaled $25.2 million in fiscal 2008 compared to non-GAAP net income of $15.7 million for the comparable year-ago period.Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO, said, “I am thrilled with our employees’ ability to execute and innovate, building for the future and delivering the strong financial results we are reporting today. Some people feel that coffee is a basic need in all economic times, yet still in today’s business environment, I am proud of the strong top and bottom line growth we have delivered to our stockholders. With our proprietary Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system, we are truly turning opportunity into success, driving sales growth and profitability. Looking forward, our great coffee, our long history of success in focusing on innovation, our passion for socially responsible initiatives, and the opportunities presented by single-cup brewing create very exciting prospects for our Company in terms of brand expansion, continued growth, and helping make the world a better place.”Fiscal 2008 Fourth Quarter Financial ReviewNet Sales* For the Green Mountain Coffee segment, net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 were up 38% to $84.5 million, prior to the elimination of inter-company sales, as compared to $61.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Dollar sales growth was strongest in the channels that benefit from sales of the Keurig K-Cup portion packs including reseller, office coffee service (OCS), consumer direct and supermarket channels. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa pounds shipped increased 12% this quarter over the prior period. As previously announced, the Company increased prices in May 2008 by 8 to 12 percent on average across business channels and package types for coffee products sold by its Green Mountain Coffee division because of rising green coffee costs and increases in prices of other raw materials, and higher energy and transportation costs. The net impact of the price increase in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 was an increase in net sales of approximately 10% over the prior year period.* For the Keurig segment, net sales (prior to the elimination of inter-company sales) included in the Company’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 were $74.6 million, up 75% from net sales of $42.6 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2007. This increase in sales was primarily due to higher K-Cup and brewer sales and royalty income from the sales of K-Cups. Keurig announced a royalty rate increase of a penny on all system-wide K-Cup portion packs that went into effect on August 1st. This increase contributed to an approximate 4% increase in Keurig segment’s fourth quarter net sales over the prior year. Further detail on shipments of Keurig brewers and K-Cup portion packs is provided in the chart accompanying this press release.* As part of the consolidation, $11.4 million of inter-company Keurig segment sales and $12.8 million of inter-company Green Mountain Coffee segment sales were eliminated in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.Costs, Margins and Income* Consolidated cost of sales increased a little less than 100 basis points to 65.6% of total net sales compared to 64.7% for the corresponding quarter last year. The increase over last year primarily is due to the significant increase in sales of Keurig At Home Single-Cup Brewers where these brewers are sold at approximately cost (no gross margin) as part of the Company’s strategy to increase the installed base of Keurig brewers. In addition, higher green coffee and other commodity costs contributed to the increase in cost of sales as compared to the year ago fourth quarter. Partially offsetting the increase in cost of sales was the $0.01 increase in the K-Cup royalty rate paid by all Keurig licensed roasters effective August 1, 2008.* More than offsetting the decline in gross margin, selling, general and administrative (S,G& A) expenses improved as a percentage of net sales by 250 basis points to 24.8% from 27.3% in the prior year quarter. This improvement was the result of leveraging selling and organizational resources on a higher sales base. Additionally, included in this quarter’s S,G& A are approximately $1,000,000 in litigation expenses related to the patent infringement suit filed against Kraft which was recently settled, as detailed below.* The Company’s operating income was $13.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, as compared to $7.5 million reported in the prior year period, and improved as a percentage of net sales to 9.6% from 8.0%.* Interest expense was $1.3 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008 and 2007.* Income before taxes for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 increased 92% to $11.7 million as compared to $6.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.* The Company’s tax rate was 39.2% as compared to 41.3% in the prior year quarter. The difference primarily was due to foreign tax credits associated with royalties earned on K-Cup portion packs from the Canadian licensed roasters for fiscal 2008.* Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 was $7.1 million or 5.3% of net sales as compared to $3.6 million or 3.8% of net sales in the corresponding quarter last year.Balance Sheet Highlights* Inventories increased as planned by 119% to $85.3 million at September 27, 2008 from $38.9 million at September 29, 2007 in order to meet expected strong holiday sales of At Home Single-Cup Keurig brewers and K-Cups. The Company anticipates selling more than double the amount of At Home Single-Cup Keurig brewers and K-Cups during this holiday season in retail stores. In addition, the product line of At Home brewers has expanded to include the new “Keurig Mini” and other models contributing to the build in inventories.* Long-term debt increased to $123.5 million at 9/27/08 from $90 million at 9/29/07 primarily to fund capital expenditures of $48 million in fiscal 2008. Annual cash from operations funded the Company’s working capital needs in fiscal 2008.Subsequent EventAs previously announced on October 23, 2008, the Company’s Keurig subsidiary entered into a Settlement and License Agreement to settle its patent litigation with Kraft Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Global, Inc., and Tassimo Corporation (collectively “Kraft”). Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement and License Agreement, Kraft paid to Keurig, after the fourth quarter ended, a lump sum of $17,000,000 and Keurig granted to Kraft and its affiliates a limited, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, fully paid up license of Keurig’s United States Patents Numbered 6,607,762 (the “762 Patent”) and 7,377,162 (the “162 Patent”), and United States and foreign counterpart patents connected to the 762 Patent or 162 Patent, for use in connection with the manufacture, distribution and sale of beverage brewing machines and certain beverage filter cartridges. This settlement will be recorded in the Company’s first quarter of fiscal 2009 as a non-recurring item in operating income of $17 million and will be taxed at the annual effective tax rate. Upon receipt of this lump sum payment at the end of October, the Company used the majority of these funds to pay down debt outstanding under its existing credit facility.Business Outlook and Other Forward-Looking InformationCompany Estimates for Fiscal Year 2009:* Total consolidated net sales growth of 40% to 45%.* Total K-Cup portion packs shipped system-wide by all Keurig licensed roasters to increase in the range of 50% to 60%.* An operating margin in the range of 8.5% to 9.3%, including $4.8 million or $0.11 per diluted share for non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles, and excluding the pre-tax $17 million Kraft patent litigation settlement.* Interest expense of $7.5 million to $8.5 million excluding any additional interest expense associated with financing the Tully’s acquisition.* A tax rate of 41.0% as compared to 38.9% in fiscal 2008.* Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.58 to $1.68 per share, including the pre-tax $17 million or $0.38 per diluted share Kraft patent litigation settlement, and including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles mentioned above of $4.8 million or approximately $0.11 per share. Excluding the Kraft litigation settlement, fully diluted non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share.* As previously announced on September 15, 2008, the Company executed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the Tully’s coffee brand and wholesale business from Tully’s Coffee Corporation for a cash purchase price of $40.3 million, subject to adjustment at closing. The Company intends to finance the purchase through its existing $225 million senior revolving credit facility and has received consent from the lenders under its existing revolving credit agreement. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Tully’s shareholders, and is expected to close in the next few months. The Company anticipates the acquisition will be neutral to modestly accretive to its earnings per share for the first twelve months of ownership following the closing of the transaction, and accretive thereafter.Company Estimates Relating to Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:* Capital expenditures for fiscal 2009 in the range of $50 to $57 million.* Depreciation and amortization expenses in the range of $22 to $24 million including $4.8 million for amortization of identifiable intangibles.Company Estimates for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009:* Total consolidated net sales growth of 45% to 55%.* An operating margin in the range of 3.7% to 4.4% including non-cash amortization expenses for identifiable intangibles of approximately $1.2 million or $0.03 per share, and excluding the pre-tax $17 million patent litigation settlement. The Company anticipates selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of net sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 to be about the same as a year ago. Operating margins are expected to be less than a year ago due to the planned increase in net sales of At Home Single-Serve Keurig brewers with no contribution to gross margins.* Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.48 to $0.52 per share, including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles that are estimated to reduce EPS by approximately $0.03 per share, and including the pre-tax $17 million or $0.38 per diluted share patent litigation settlement. Excluding the Kraft litigation settlement, fully diluted non-GAAP EPS in the range of $0.10 to $0.14 per share.Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn 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 and information regarding non-cash related items such as amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Keurig acquisition completed on June 15, 2006 and also excludes one time operating income related to the Company’s Kraft litigation. These amounts are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company’s management believes that these measures provide investors with greater 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.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will be discussing these financial results and future prospects with analysts and investors in a conference call available via the internet. The call will take place today at 5:00 PM ET and will be available, with accompanying slides, via live webcast on the Company’s website at www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external) and other major portals. The Company archives the latest conference call on the Investor Services section of its website for a period of time. A replay of the conference call also will be available by telephone at 719-457-0820, confirmation code 2846968 from 9:00 PM ET on November 12th through 9:00 PM ET on Sunday, November 16th, 2008.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Services section of its website, including 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 investor alerts, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR, via e-mail, as it is released.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cup(r) portion packs through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cup(r) portion packs are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company’s success in receiving required approvals for the acquisition of Tully’s wholesale business and then in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Green Mountain Coffee segment, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, the unknown impact of management changes, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the office and at home markets, the impact of the loss of one or more major customers for Green Mountain Coffee or reduction in the volume of purchases by one or more major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, Green Mountain Coffee’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC.Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.
BED to Hold Off on Rate IncreaseBurlington Electric Department, which had received approval from the Electric Commission to seek up to a 5.9 percent rate increase, has agreed to withdraw the request at this time.The need for the rate hike, largely driven by increased power and transmission costs, still exists, but short-term borrowing will take place while the financial markets settle down. Jonathan Leopold, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, said that because of the current chaos in the financial market, it would be impossible to sell a revenue bond with affordable terms. BED will place an item on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking the voters to change their approval of a revenue bond, which was favorably voted on last March, to a general obligation bond. This would lower the cost of BED’s long-term debt and influence the size of a rate increase going forward. Once these actions have taken place the rate increase will be decided upon, and the ratepayers will be notified of the date and the amount of the increase; this most likely will happen after the March vote.Both the City Administration and the Finance Board realize that BED will still be in need of a rate increase in the near term because of these expenses beyond its control.In the meantime, BED has advanced its ongoing major capital projects, the McNeil air quality improvements and the East Avenue reliability upgrade, through favorable short-term borrowing arranged through the City. This allows BED to reap the benefits of these projects in lowered operating costs as it moves into 2009 without fully absorbing the cost of the debt the projects will require. “These projects will still need long-term financing in a bond market that is very uncertain, given the current financial turmoil,” said BED General Manager Barbara Grimes. “Though thankfully we have voter support to obtain bond funding, and we prefer long-term to short-term debt, the bond market is currently expensive. It is difficult to say today when the time will be right. But by implementing these cost-effective projects now, we can count on reaping their benefits to lower the amount needed when we do go for long-term financing.”Ms. Grimes said, “Energy efficiency steps remain a customer’s best tool in controlling their electric costs.” All BED customers are encouraged to explore what’s available for reducing their bills by visiting BED’s web site, www.burlingtonelectric.com(link is external), or by calling 658-0300.BED will continue to monitor closely the revenues and the expenses of the department.#30 read more
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications from farmers, agricultural producers and owners of rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).The funding notice dated April 26, 2010 notes the deadline of June 30, 2010 for nation-wide applications, however, states have also been given funding for in-state competition. Applicants wishing to be considered for the in-state funding must submit applications no later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Friday, May 21, 2010. A second round of applications will be accepted for in-state funding and must be received by 4:30 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2010. All applications received after Friday, June 4, 2010, will be submitted for national competition. These applications must be received in the Montpelier Area Office, not later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered for funding in FY 2010, regardless of the postmark on the application. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the April 26, 2010 Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-9580.pdf(link is external). Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean, or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, adding insulation, and improving heating and cooling systems. In fiscal year 2009, this program helped fund 1,485 REAP projects in 50 states, the territory of Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific Islands.For more information about USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program in Vermont contact Cheryl Ducharme, Rural Energy Coordinator, at 802-828-6083 or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external). Under REAP, grants are also available to intermediaries to help owners of rural businesses and farms to conduct energy audits. Eligible applicants include a unit of State, tribal, or local government; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or a public power entity. The program is designed to provide energy audit assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. USDA Rural Development has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is implementing an energy audit program for farms, to minimize duplication of services by sharing information about funding recipients. The NRCS initiative (the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – EQIP) will provide approximately 1,000 on-farm energy audit evaluations in selected states. Information about EQIP is available by visiting the following website: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/EQIP_signup/2009_signup/index.html(link is external) USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs visit the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).Source: USDA. 5.3.2010 read more
This week, hundreds of Vermont hospitality industry professionals from across the state, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT for the 68th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference. During the conference’s awards ceremony, VTIC honored the Town of Killington for excellence in marketing; Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution, for Vermont Travel Person of the Year; and Morgan Goodyear, junior at Johnson State College, as recipient of the VTIC Scholarship.After a series of educational and motivational workshops led by industry specialists representing hotels, state tourist attractions, PR and marketing firms and more, the opening day, May 12, concluded with an awards banquet honoring some of the great people and projects in Vermont hospitality. The first award presented was the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence. As Master of Ceremonies, Josie Leavitt, owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, told the audience, the award is given to ‘a tourism-related business, region, or association that has shown a clear understanding of the Vermont Brand and has successfully incorporated it into one or more marketing initiatives.’ The award also gives recognition to the ‘ongoing commitment to Vermont’s tourism industry.’ The judges were asked to base their votes on the following criteria: strategy, creativity, innovation or utilization of a new approach, and achievement of stated bbjectives. The nominees were each unique and excellent in their own way and choosing just one proved to be an incredibly challenging task but the winning project successfully met all of the criteria for marketing excellence. Through their rebranding initiative, the Town of Killington, winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence, developed a strategy from the grassroots level that collaborated events, marketing & special projects. They successfully were able to reach multiple audiences via various channels of communication and relied heavily on the public for private partnerships to leverage additional resources. The Town of Killington used Vermont’s intrinsic qualities while still retaining elements unique to Killington. Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Killington accepted the award. Honorable mention for the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence was given to the Vermont Convention Bureau for their meeting planners guide ‘ a beautiful, comprehensive directory of the Vermont’s event and convention facilities; Ski Vermont for their 5th Grade Passport Program, a project designed to get kids involved in snow sports, and to encourage their allegiance to Vermont products, and again to Ski Vermont for their Digital Travel Initiative, a unique mobile phone application. The second award presented was the VTIC Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1994 to enable Vermont college students to further their education in a tourism-related field. The VTIC Scholarship Award helps a deserving student become a future leader of the Vermont hospitality industry. The 2011 scholarship recipient, Morgan Goodyear, is a junior at Johnson State College and currently works part-time as Conference Planning Assistant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe. The final award presented was the Vermont Travel Person of the Year. This award honors a member of the Vermont community who exemplifies and ongoing dedication to what makes Vermont such a special place to visit. The Vermont Travel Person of the Year award is presented to an individual who contributes significantly to Vermont’s travel & tourism industry, enforces the Vermont brand, helps position Vermont as a friendly and fun place to visit, promotes the value of tourism to the state’s economy, and exemplifies what is good within the travel industry and within our local communities. The 2011 Vermont Travel Person of the Year award was presented to Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution and Chair of the 2011 Vermont Travel Industry Conference. Bill’s services, as his nominees stated, ‘have become an integral part of the marketing plan of travel related businesses throughout Vermont.’ With over two million brochures distributed last year in hundreds of locations across the state, Bill has made a living promoting and supporting what is good in Vermont. For more information on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference, please visit the website at www.VTIC.org(link is external) or the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VTIC802(link is external). read more
Two student teams from Browns River Middle School, both coached by math teacher Suzanne McDevitt, won the spring 2011Vermont Stock Market Game competition. The winning elementary school team was sixth graders Jacob Cann, Michael Phalen, and Cameron Main and the middle school team was seventh graders Connor Morway and Easton Baker. All five of the students are from Jericho. Teams start with $100,000 and buy and sell stocks for ten weeks, learning how to analyze financial statements, graph stock prices, and research company history and information. The elementary school team ended $103,394 and the middle school team ended the competition with $122,543. An awards presentation will be held at Browns River Middle School on Wednesday, May 18 at 11:50 am for the elementary school team and 12:35 pm for the middle school team. The winning high school team was from Mill River Union High School in Clarendon. Students Garrett Stearns, Ryan Hammond, and Alan Patch, working with business teacher Cindy Roberts, turned their initial $100,000 into $116,489 over the ten week period. The date of their award presentation has not yet been finalized. Nearly 1,000 students from 37 schools around the state participated in the spring competition, which ran from January 31 to April 8. The Stock Market Game, coordinated in Vermont by the Vermont Council on Economic Education, is an on-line teaching tool, which aims to educate Vermont students about personal finance at an early age so they are prepared to make smarter financial decisions and are less likely to have debt in the future. ‘The Stock Market Game is one of many opportunities that Vermont teachers at all grade levels are using to teach their students about economic reasoning and financial literacy,’ said Art Woolf, executive director of VCEE. ‘The game, while played for only a few months, teaches students the value of long-term investing and how to balance long term gains with short term risk.’The Vermont Council on Economic Education (VCEE) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting economic education and literacy to Vermont students by providing economic instruction and resource materials to Vermont teachers at all grade levels in public and private schools. The Stock Market Game is a national game organized and run by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation. May 17’Burlington, Vermont ‘ read more