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Hostess Brands, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

August 7, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2018--Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK, TWNKW) (“Hostess” or the “Company”), today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 1.

Business Highlights:

Second quarter net revenue increased $12.7 million, or 6.2%, resulting from the $20.8 million of net revenue provided by the operations of the Chicago bakery, which the Company acquired in February 2018. Hostess® branded point of sale increased 2.4% for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2018. Point of sale for the top seven sub-brands increased 4.4%. These sub-brands represent 66.1% of the Company’s net revenue. The Hostess® brand’s market share for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2018 was 17.5%, up 42 basis points. Net income was $24.6 million compared to $28.2 million. Diluted EPS was $0.18 per share consistent with prior year. Adjusted EPS was $0.14 per share compared to $0.17 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $47.6 million, or 22.1% of net revenue, compared to $63.2 million or 31.1% of net revenue. Cash and cash equivalents were $115.3 million as of June 30, 2018 with a leverage ratio of 4.22x, both driven by year to date operating cash flows of $81.2 million compared to $66.2 million for the first half of 2017. The Company expects continued growth above the Sweet Baked Goods (“SBG”) category average in 2018. The updated full year adjusted EBITDA outlook has been reduced to $190 million to $200 million.

“During the second quarter I was pleased to continue to see overall point of sale and market share growth ahead of the SBG category giving us confidence in our growth potential moving forward. The overall growth was reduced by meaningful and larger than anticipated reductions in both promotional support and associated retail inventory from one of our largest retail partners. Additionally, the escalating inflationary pressures, including transportation and other supply chain costs, were more pronounced than we anticipated. The recently acquired Chicago bakery added significant revenue at negative margins as we continue to transform the bakery, further reducing our overall margins in the second quarter,” commented Andy Callahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hostess.

“We expect sequential improvement to our margins in the second half of 2018 and as we progress into 2019, anchoring our overall growth thesis. This includes a disciplined approach to strategically align our pricing and merchandising structure, recapture display volume and ensure the efficient alignment of our distribution and manufacturing network to support our growth. Additionally, as we complete the transformation of our Chicago bakery, we believe it will be a platform to profitably expand our presence in the Breakfast sub-category. We are confident that the fundamental strength of the Hostess® brand along with the results of these efforts will continue to create value for stockholders,” commented Andy Callahan.

Second Quarter 2018

Net revenue was $215.8 million, an increase of 6.2%, or $12.7 million, compared to $203.2 million. The Chicago bakery, which the Company acquired in the first quarter of 2018 to expand its breakfast product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities, contributed $20.8 million of net revenue, which was partially offset by reduced Hostess® branded display volume and corresponding retail inventory reduction at one of the Company’s largest retail partners. The Company continued to gain market share in the SBG category with strong growth in sub-brands including Donettes® and Hostess Bakery Petites®. The company gained 42 basis points of market share through strong performance in the convenience, food and club channels which contributed to overall point of sale growth of 2.4% for the Hostess® brand ahead of the total SBG category.

1 This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”) and adjusted EBITDA. Please refer to the schedules in the press release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measure. Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons are to the second quarter of 2017. All measures of market performance contained in this press release, including point of sale and market share, are specific to Hostess® branded products within the SBG category and do not include other brands or products sold outside of the SBG category.

Gross profit was $66.9 million, or 31.0% of net revenue, compared to $88.4 million, or 43.5% of net revenue. The decline was primarily attributed to a combination of the shift in mix of revenue to include Chicago non-Hostess branded products, which are currently unprofitable, and the continued efforts to transform the recently acquired Chicago bakery which collectively resulted in 709 basis points lower margin. Over the short term, the Company continues to invest in converting the operations and processes to be more streamlined and efficient. The Company believes this investment will provide the infrastructure necessary to deliver profitable growth in the breakfast subcategory. Also contributing to the lower gross profit this quarter were higher transportation costs and other inflationary pressures, which resulted in a 447 basis point decrease in gross margin and lower overhead absorption due to decreased production volume.

Advertising, selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $27.9 million, or 12.9% of net revenue, compared to $32.6 million, or 16.0% of net revenue. The decrease was attributed primarily to lower expenses related to corporate incentives.

The decrease in the Company’s effective tax rate from 28.6% to 0.8% was primarily attributed to a discrete tax benefit of $5.0 million resulting from a change in the Company’s estimated state tax rate based upon adjustments to the Company’s state apportionment factors. The lower federal statutory rate enacted by the legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”) also impacted the effective tax rate for the quarter.

Net income was $24.6 million, compared to net income of $28.2 million. Net income attributed to Class A stockholders was $19.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to $18.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.

Adjusted EPS was $0.14, compared to $0.17 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $47.6 million, or 22.1% of net revenue, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $63.2 million, or 31.1% of net revenue. The decreases in adjusted EPS and adjusted EBITDA were primarily attributable to higher costs as a result of the integration of the Chicago bakery and higher transportation costs and other inflationary pressures. Reduced Hostess® branded display volume also negatively impacted adjusted EBITDA. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in the schedules to this press release.

Cash from operations for the first half of the year was $81.2 million compared to $67.8 million for the first half of 2017. The increase was primarily attributed to the timing of vendor payments and customer receipts as well as lower income tax payments.

Sweet Baked Goods Segment: Net revenue was $204.2 million, an increase of $12.5 million, or 6.5%, compared to $191.7 million. The revenue increase driven by the addition of the Chicago bakery was partially offset by reduced Hostess® branded display volume and corresponding retail inventory reduction at one of the Company’s largest retail partners.

Gross profit was $64.4 million, or 31.5% of net revenue, compared to $85.5 million, or 44.6% of net revenue. The decline was primarily attributed to the addition of currently unprofitable products and higher costs as a result of the integration of the Chicago bakery and higher transportation costs and other inflationary pressures.

In-Store Bakery Segment: Net revenue was $11.6 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 1.1%, compared to net revenue of $11.5 million. Gross profit was $2.5 million, or 21.5% of net revenue, compared to gross profit of $3.0 million, or 25.8% of net revenue. The decrease in gross margin was primarily attributable to a shift in product and channel mix and higher transportation costs.

Outlook

Due to expected headwinds in the second half of 2018 from reduced promotional support from one of its largest retail partners and inflationary pressures, the Company has reduced its full year guidance for 2018 adjusted EPS to $0.52 to $0.58 from the prior guidance of $0.65 to $0.70 and now expects adjusted EBITDA of $190 million to $200 million compared to prior guidance of $220 million to $230 million. See the schedules in this press release for additional guidance and a reconciliation of anticipated 2018 adjusted EBITDA to anticipated net income of $73 million to $81 million for 2018.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast today, August 7, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the results for the second quarter. Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial 877-451-6152 from the U.S. and 201-389-0879 internationally. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through Tuesday, August 21, 2018, by dialing 844-512-2921 from the U.S., or 412-317-6671 from international locations, and entering confirmation code 13681719. There will also be a simultaneous, live webcast available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.hostessbrands.com. The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

About Hostess Brands, Inc.

Hostess® is the second leading brand by market share within the SBG category. For the 13-week period ended June 30, 2018, the Company’s market share was 17.5% per Nielsen’s U.S. SBG category data. The Company has a #1 leading market position within the two largest SBG Segments: Donut Segment and Snack Cake Segment, according to Nielsen U.S. Total Universe for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2018. The Donut and Snack Cake Segments together account for 47.1% of the SBG category’s total dollar sales.

The brand’s history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess® CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies® in 1930. Today, the Company produces a variety of new and classic treats including Ding Dongs®, Ho Hos®, Donettes®, Hostess Bakery Petites® and Fruit Pies, in addition to Twinkies® and CupCakes.

The Company has two reportable segments: SBG and In-Store Bakery. The SBG segment consists of sweet baked goods that are sold under the Hostess® and Dolly Madison® brands, Hostess® branded bread and buns and frozen retail products. The operations attributed to the Chicago Bakery including the Cloverhill® and Big Texas® brands are also included in the SBG segment. The In-Store Bakery segment consists of Superior® and Hostess® branded products sold through the in-store bakery section of grocery and club stores. Prior to the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company had two operating segments: SBG and Other. The analysis above reflects the new segment presentation for both the current and comparative periods.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements reflecting the Company’s views about its future performance that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are generally identified through the inclusion of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “will,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” or similar language. Statements addressing the Company’s future operating performance and statements addressing events and developments that the Company expects or anticipate will occur are also considered as forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

These statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, maintaining, extending and expanding the Company’s reputation and brand image; protecting intellectual property rights; leveraging the Company’s brand value to compete against lower-priced alternative brands; correctly predicting, identifying and interpreting changes in consumer preferences and demand and offering new products to meet those changes; operating in a highly competitive industry; the continued ability to produce and successfully market products with extended shelf life; the ability to drive revenue growth in key products or add products that are faster-growing and more profitable; volatility in commodity, energy, and other input prices; dependence on major customers; geographic focus could make the Company particularly vulnerable to economic and other events and trends in North America; increased costs in order to comply with governmental regulation; general political, social and economic conditions; a portion of the workforce belongs to unions and strikes or work stoppages could cause the business to suffer; product liability claims, product recalls, or regulatory enforcement actions; unanticipated business disruptions; dependence on third parties for significant services; insurance may not provide adequate levels of coverage against claims; failures, unavailability, or disruptions of the Company’s information technology systems; the Company’s ability to achieve expected synergies and benefits and performance from the Company’s strategic acquisitions; dependence on key personnel or a highly skilled and diverse workforce; and the Company’s ability to finance indebtedness on terms favorable to the Company; and other risks as set forth from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

As a result of a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, the Company’s actual results or performance may be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Item 1A-Risk Factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017 and its subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on the Company’s behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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