La Croix Releases National Beverage Corp.’s First Half Performance

Lacroix Slim CanFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) today reported six-month results:

(In thousands, except EPS)
      Six Months Ended
     

Nov. 1, 2014

   

Oct. 26, 2013

             
— Sales     $338,212     $340,019
— EBITDA*     $49,182     $43,578
— Net Income     $28,321     $24,567
— Earnings per Share     $.61     $.52
             
             
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended November 1, 2014 –
(In millions, except EPS)
 

Sales

         

Net Income

         

EBITDA*

         

EPS

  $639.3           $47.4           $81.1           $ 1.01

“Reporting ‘best-ever’ first-half earnings creates much excitement,” stated Nick A. Caporella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Yes . . . LaCroix logged another quarter of spectacular performance; yes . . . the growth of our higher-margin Power+ portfolio continues to generate increased profits that more than offset soft demand for traditional carbonated soft drinks; and yes . . . strong operating cash flow further strengthens our balance sheet.”

“We, today, operate the Beverage Company of the Future,” Caporella shared with a group of management personnel recently. “EPS certainly is a strong indication of performance – but, should one wish to profoundly predict the future of a soft drink company – throw EPS in the trash basket. First, EPS is always a measure of ‘what’ happened! To predict the future, we must know what is ‘going’ to happen. The only true indicator of this is: Creative/Innovation that produces brands/products that the consumer certainly wants. Additionally, be certain by validation of authenticity that the beverages created explicitly confirm the wishes of a discriminating consumer! Finally – bet on a visionary who repeatedly hits the mark; designing with optically creative goodness like . . . LaCroix! That’s how it’s done.

“Consumer demand for healthy and refreshing alternatives to high-calorie colas will fundamentally change our industry in the coming years. Our results confirm the DNA of this Company today – providing our Shareholders and Team National their finest future possible,” concluded Caporella.

National Beverage’s iconic brands are the genuine essence . . . of America.

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National Beverage Corp.
Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended
November 1, 2014 and October 26, 2013
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Six Months Ended
November 1, October 26,
2014 2013
Net Sales $ 338,212 $ 340,019
Net Income $ 28,321 $ 24,567
Earnings Per Common Share
Basic $ .61 $ .52
Diluted $ .60 $ .52
Average Common Shares Outstanding
Basic 46,339 46,330
Diluted 46,536 46,514