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.
USC Village will finish construction by the first week of July, program managers said. Following the construction, end-users including the Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Student Affairs, Auxiliary and Facilities and Management Services will have access to the buildings. Rooms will be ready for occupation in July, according to William Marsh, director of the USC Village. The $700 million project, the largest in University history, includes 134,000 square feet of retail space, 466 retail parking spaces and more than 1,500 bike racks. More than 34 percent of workers are local hires, USC media representative Ron Mackovich said. USC Village will house four residential colleges, including the McCarthy Honors Residential College, the “jewel box of the whole project,” according to Marsh. It will also be home to as many as 35 retailers, including restaurants and services such as Target Express and Trader Joe’s.Many retailers from the University Village, which was demolished in 2014, will reopen their branches on the new site, including Bank of America, Starbucks and Village Cobbler, Marsh said.USC Village will also house several business founded by partnerships with at least one USC graduate. These include Trejo’s Tacos, Rance’s Chicago Pizza, Sole Bicycles and URB-E Mobility Hub. Some of the new tenant vendors will include SunLife Organics, Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, Cava Grill, Rock and Reilly’s and Barilla Restaurant.“All of the tenants are working very hard to be open when the semester starts,” said Laurie Stone, associate senior vice president of USC Real Estate and Assets. “We expect a majority to hit the mid-August opening date. Some of the tenants will open later in the semester.” Despite the additions to USC Village, Aaron Flournoy’s bike shop, Lil Bill’s, will not be returning to campus after 40 years of service to students after the University agreed to a non-compete clause with a new bike shop at USC Village. Flournoy was given until April 30 to vacate.“I have so much love for this campus and this school,” Flournoy said to the Daily Trojan in March. “Everyone [who has] met me knows how much me and my family love this school and stand behind it. And for USC to tell me to go, or that I’m no longer needed or welcome, I think is an injustice.”When news of Lil Bill’s Bike Shop closing was first published in March, students started an online petition, which collected 6,500 signatures, to save the shop. “Many within and outside of USC looked for ways to assist Mr. Flournoy,” said Earl Paysinger, USC’s vice president of civic engagement. “He was offered a full-time job with benefits as a bicycle mechanic, which was not accepted. Additionally, USC offered Mr. Flournoy an alternative on-campus location near three residence halls, which also was not accepted.”Aside from the retailers at USC Village, all of the buildings have been approved by the city of Los Angeles, Marsh said, and the team has begun loading furniture into the residential rooms. Currently, four of the six buildings have been loaded with residence furniture, and three buildings have been loaded with laundry equipment. The bulk of the work left for May and June is off site, Marsh said.The team’s next step is to widen the sidewalks on the north and south sides of Jefferson Boulevard, according to Marsh. June will be the most disruptive month for traffic, he said, because the asphalt on Jefferson Boulevard between Orchard Avenue and Royal Street will have to be redone, and the median will be reconstructed.Marsh added that the project ran smoothly with no major delays partly due to the lack of rain. The team expected more rain days. “We never really had the El Niño that we expected,” Marsh said. “It was one of the big scheduled things that we were really concerned about.”Rain days cause major delays to construction sites because no construction can take place during a downpour and mitigating 15 acres of rain water takes immense effort, Marsh said. While Marsh, a USC alumnus, is hard at work ensuring the final steps of the project will go as planned, he is in awe of the new resources the University will have. “No question, this is a game-changer for the University,” Marsh said. “Having great housing, new fresh housing with apartment-style living … and then having the bonus of the retail component related to Target, Trader Joe’s and about 16 different food and beverage facilities will make it highly popular.” read more