Sovos Brands Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Nov 02, 2022 at 4:05 PM EDT

Organic Net Sales Growth of 16.9% and Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 14.5%
Driven by Strong Dollar and Unit Consumption Growth Across the Rao’s Franchise
Raising Full Year Net Sales Range to $840-$850 million and Reiterating Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sovos Brands, Inc. (“Sovos Brands” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SOVO), one of the fastest-growing food companies of scale in the United States, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 24, 2022.

Highlights:

  • Net sales were $208.9 million, a 16.9% increase over the prior year period behind continued strength in our core categories and driven primarily by strong pricing growth
  • Total Rao’s franchise continued on its path to $1 billion dollars of annual net sales
    • Sauce dollar and unit consumption increased 24.3% and 14.7%, respectively, driving dollar share up 100-basis points to 14.1%; growth was supported by year-over-year household penetration gains of 160-basis points to 11.8%1
    • Rao’s franchise outside of sauce - frozen, soup, and pasta - grew combined dollar consumption 45.5%, with strong double-digit volume-led growth across all categories
  • Rao’s, noosa and Michael Angelo’s net sales growth rates were 33.7%, 2.4%, and -3.7%, respectively; noosa and Michael Angelo’s performance were each impacted by the lapping of a single customer promotional event, which the Company did not repeat in the quarter
  • Net income was $1.5 million or $0.01 per diluted share; adjusted net income2 was $14.3 million or $0.14 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 was $29.5 million, a $3.7 million or 14.5% increase over the prior year period; Adjusted EBITDA margin2 was 14.1%, a 110-basis point improvement vs. 2Q22 and a 30-basis point decline year-over-year, as benefits from pricing, productivity and mix were offset by the impact of low double-digit inflation, investments to drive long-term growth and public company costs
  • Raising full year 2022 net sales guidance to $840-$850 million; maintaining adjusted EBITDA range of $116-$122 million with guidance at the lower end

“I am proud of our team’s continued strong execution, as Sovos Brands once again delivered double-digit top line growth in the quarter,” commented Todd Lachman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our growth continues to be led by the entire Rao’s franchise, where consumption trends have remained robust. Entering the fourth quarter, we are once again raising our full year net sales guidance to reflect 16.3% organic growth year-to-date and confidence in our growth trajectory, notably given Rao’s continued strong dollar and unit consumption growth and the massive opportunity we still have in front of us. While top line growth remains our number one priority, we are steadfastly focused on improving our margins over time.”

                    
 13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
 September 24,
2022
 September 25,
2021
 Change September 24,
2022
 September 25,
2021
 Change
Net sales ($ millions)$208.9  $178.7  16.9 % $616.3  $529.9  16.3 %
Net income (loss) ($ millions)$1.5  $(4.6)  % $(24.8) $5.8   %
Adjusted net income2$14.3  $7.1  100.2 % $40.8  $41.3  (1.2)%
Diluted EPS$0.01  $(0.06)  % $(0.25) $0.08  %
Adjusted diluted EPS2$0.14  $0.10  40.0 % $0.40  $0.56  (28.6)%
Adjusted EBITDA2($ millions)$29.5  $25.8  14.5 % $82.8  $88.7  (6.6)%
Adjusted EBITDA margin2(%) 14.1%  14.4% (30)bps  13.4%  16.7% (330)bps


Third Quarter 2022 Results

Net sales of $208.9 million represented an increase of $30.2 million, or 16.9%, compared to the prior year period. The organic increase in net sales was driven by 14.4% price and 2.5% volume. This includes the impact of lapping two key promotional events for the noosa and Michael Angelo’s brands in the year-ago quarter which were, in aggregate, an 8-point headwind to total company volume growth in the quarter. At the brand level, the primary driver of growth was the Rao’s franchise, which saw double-digit growth across all categories.

Gross profit of $61.8 million increased by $12.0 million or 24.0% versus the prior year period. Gross margin was 29.6% versus 27.9% for the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit2 of $62.3 million increased by $12.2 million or 24.2% versus the prior year period. Adjusted gross margin2 was 29.8%, reflecting a 170-basis point increase versus the prior year period. The year-over-year improvement was due to strong pricing, increased productivity savings, mix, and the benefit of lapping higher shipping and port congestion costs in the prior year period, partially offset by elevated inflation.

Total operating expenses of $51.2 million increased by $12.7 million or 33.2% versus the prior year period. Adjusted operating expenses of $35.8 million increased by $8.7 million or 32.3% versus the prior year period. The increase was primarily driven by investments in our talent, brands and capabilities, as well as public company costs. Specifically, growth investments (marketing plus R&D) were up nearly 20% versus the prior year period.

Net interest expense was $6.7 million compared to $12.5 million in the prior year period.

Net income was $1.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $4.6 million, or $(0.06) per diluted share in the prior year period. Excluding after-tax costs for non-recurring items detailed in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below, adjusted net income2 of $14.3 million increased by 100.2% compared to the prior year period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share2 were $0.14 per share versus $0.10 per share in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA2 of $29.5 million increased $3.7 million or 14.5% versus the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin2 was 14.1% versus 14.4% in the prior year period.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of September 24, 2022, the end of the third quarter, cash and cash equivalents were $81.9 million and total debt was $482.2 million, resulting in a net debt to last twelve months adjusted EBITDA ratio of 3.7x. The Company continues to expect that its leverage will be below 3.5x at year end.

Cash from operating activities was $26.8 million in the 39-week period ended September 24, 2022, compared to $18.3 million in the prior year period. The increase was driven primarily by an improvement in working capital. Year-to-date capital expenditures were $10.9 million versus $5.1 million in the prior year period.

Fiscal 2022 Outlook

The Company is raising net sales guidance and maintaining its adjusted EBITDA range with guidance at the lower end, inclusive of a 53rd week, as follows:

  
  
Net sales$840-$850 million
Adjusted EBITDA$116-$122 million

Sovos Brands cannot provide a reconciliation between its forecasted adjusted EBITDA and a forecasted net income without unreasonable effort due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting and providing reliable estimates for certain items. These items may reside outside the Company’s control and vary greatly between periods and could significantly impact future financial results. For more information regarding the use of non-GAAP measures, please see the discussion provided under Non-GAAP Financial Information in this press release and the Company’s public filings.

Footnotes:
(1) Source: Market performance refers to dollar sales and unit growth rates as reported by IRI MULO in the 13-week period ended September 25, 2022. Household penetration refers to data reported by IRI All Outlet for the 52-week period ended October 2, 2022 compared to the 52-week period ended October 3, 2021.

(2) Adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating expense, adjusted operating income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS are non-GAAP measures. Please note for the 13 and 39-week periods ended September 24, 2022, as well as for the comparable year ago periods, we have provided adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, and adjusted net income. This format presents the way that Sovos Brands' management views its P&L and summarizes previously provided information into a layout that better conforms with common industry practice. For additional information, including a reconciliation of adjusted results to the most directly comparable measures presented in accordance with GAAP, see the Non-GAAP Financial Information and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures sections of this release.

Earnings Conference Call Details

The Sovos Brands management team will host a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET today to discuss the results. The webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at ir.sovosbrands.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay. If you plan to ask a question during the live webcast, please join at https://register.vevent.com/register/BIdceb2aeddd8b41599b0f36cce70d5305.

About Sovos Brands, Inc.
Sovos Brands, Inc. is a consumer-packaged food company focused on acquiring and building disruptive growth brands that bring today’s consumers great tasting food that fits the way they live. The Company’s product offerings include a variety of pasta sauces, dry pasta, soups, frozen entrées, yogurts, pancake and waffle mixes, other baking mixes, and frozen waffles, all of which are sold in the United States under the brand names Rao’s, Michael Angelo’s, noosa, and Birch Benders. All Sovos Brands’ products are built with authenticity at their core, providing consumers with one-of-a-kind food experiences that are genuine, delicious, and unforgettable. The Company is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado. For more information on Sovos Brands and its products, please visit www.sovosbrands.com.

Contacts
Investors: 
Joshua Levine
IR@sovosbrands.com

Media:
Lauren Armstrong
media@sovosbrands.com

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the Company’s results which are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), the Company believes the following non-GAAP measures presented in this press release and/or discussed on the related teleconference call are useful in evaluating its operating performance: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income, and diluted earnings per share from adjusted net income. We define EBITDA as net income (loss) before net interest expense, income tax (expense) benefit, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA adjusted for non-cash equity-based compensation costs, non-recurring costs, foreign currency contracts loss, supply chain optimization costs, impairment of goodwill, transaction and integration costs and IPO readiness costs. EBITDA margin is determined by calculating the percentage EBITDA is of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin is determined by calculating the percentage Adjusted EBITDA is of net sales. Adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective tax rate and adjusted net income consists of gross profit, total operating expenses, operating income (loss), reported income tax (expense) benefit, reported effective tax rate and net income (loss) before non-cash equity-based compensation costs, non-recurring costs, foreign currency contracts loss, supply chain optimization costs, impairment of goodwill, transaction and integration costs, IPO readiness costs, acquisition amortization and tax-related adjustments that we do not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing operating performance from period to period as discussed further below. Diluted earnings per share from adjusted net income is determined by dividing adjusted net income by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP financial measures are included in this release because they are key metrics used by management to assess our operating performance. Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in highlighting performance trends because non-GAAP financial measures eliminate non-recurring and unusual items and non-cash expenses, which we do not consider indicative of ongoing operational performance. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed to imply that our future results will be unaffected by these items. By providing these non-GAAP financial measures, management believes we are enhancing investors’ understanding of our business and our results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well we are executing our strategic initiatives.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income and diluted earnings per share from adjusted net income are not defined under GAAP. Our use of the terms EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income and diluted earnings per share from adjusted net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry and are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is intended as supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to operating income (loss), net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share, net sales or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as measures of operating cash flows or liquidity.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the earnings call referencing this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements regarding Sovos Brands’ market opportunity, anticipated growth, and future financial performance, including management’s outlook for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 and longer-term. These forward-looking statements are based on Sovos Brands’ current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and changes in circumstances that may cause Sovos Brands’ actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions and the following: inflation, including our vulnerability to decreases in the supply of and increases in the price of raw materials, packaging and fuel, and labor, manufacturing, distribution and other costs, and our inability to offset increasing costs through cost savings initiatives or pricing; adverse consequences of the actions of the major retailers, wholesalers, distributors and mass merchants on which we rely, including if they give higher priority to other brands or products, take steps to maintain or improve their margins by, among other things, raising the on-shelf prices of our products or imposing surcharges on us, or if they perform poorly or declare bankruptcy; supply disruptions, including increased costs and potential adverse impacts on distribution and consumption; geopolitical tensions, including relating to Ukraine; our dependence on third-party distributors and third-party co-packers, including one co-packer for the substantial majority of our Rao’s Homemade sauce products; competition in the packaged food industry and our product categories; consolidation within the retail environment may allow our customers to demand lower pricing, increased promotional programs and increased deductions and allowances, among other items; our inability to accurately forecast pricing elasticities and the resulting impact on volume growth and/or distribution gains; the COVID-19 pandemic and associated effects; our inability to maintain our workforce; our inability to identify, consummate or integrate new acquisitions or realize the projected benefits of acquisitions; our inability to effectively manage our growth; our inability to successfully introduce new products or failure of recently launched products to meet expectations or remain on-shelf; our inability to expand household penetration and successfully market our products; erosion of the reputation of one or more of our brands; our vulnerability to the impact of severe weather conditions, natural disasters and other natural events such as herd, flock and crop diseases on our manufacturing facilities, co-packers or raw material suppliers; failure by us or third-party co-packers or suppliers of raw materials to comply with food safety, environmental or other laws or regulations, or new laws or regulations; failure to protect, or litigation involving, our tradenames or trademarks and other rights; fluctuations in currency exchange rates could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; our ability to effectively manage interest rate risk, including through the use of hedges and other strategies or financial products; a change in assumptions used to value our goodwill or our intangible assets, or the impairment of our goodwill or intangible assets; our level of indebtedness under our First Lien Credit Agreement, which as of September 24, 2022 was $480.8 million, and our duty to comply with covenants under our First Lien Credit Agreement; and the interests of our majority stockholder may differ from those of public stockholders.

These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Sovos Brands’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2021, and other filings and reports that Sovos Brands may file from time to time with the SEC. Moreover, Sovos Brands operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all risks, nor can Sovos Brands assess the impact of all factors on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements Sovos Brands may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, Sovos Brands cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance, achievements, or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will occur. Forward-looking statements represent managements’ beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Sovos Brands disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by law.



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

             
  13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
  September 24, 2022 September 25, 2021 September 24, 2022 September 25, 2021
Net sales $208,907  $178,733  $616,273  $529,942 
Cost of sales  147,090   128,878   445,525   368,642 
Gross profit  61,817   49,855   170,748   161,300 
Operating expenses:            
Selling, general and administrative  43,965   31,189   117,329   91,367 
Depreciation and amortization  7,209   7,236   21,612   21,631 
Impairment of goodwill        42,052    
Loss on extinguishment of debt           9,717 
Total operating expenses  51,174   38,425   180,993   122,715 
Operating income (loss)  10,643   11,430   (10,245)  38,585 
Interest expense, net  6,679   12,547   18,414   24,613 
Income (loss) before income taxes  3,964   (1,117)  (28,659)  13,972 
Income tax (expense) benefit  (2,500)  (3,497)  3,895   (8,213)
Net income (loss) $1,464  $(4,614) $(24,764) $5,759 
Earnings (loss) per share:            
Basic $0.01  $(0.06) $(0.25) $0.08 
Diluted $0.01  $(0.06) $(0.25) $0.08 
Weighted average shares outstanding:            
Basic  100,913,121   74,058,447   100,901,161   74,058,447 
Diluted  101,613,928   74,058,447   100,901,161   74,058,453 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except for par value and share data)
(Unaudited)

       
  September 24, 2022 December 25, 2021
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS:      
Cash and cash equivalents $81,926  $66,154 
Accounts receivable, net  83,964   70,729 
Inventories  84,086   51,615 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  5,865   6,685 
Total current assets  255,841   195,183 
Property and equipment, net  65,132   62,671 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  13,932   15,672 
Goodwill  395,399   437,451 
Intangible assets, net  444,225   464,655 
Other long-term assets  3,978   2,299 
TOTAL ASSETS $1,178,507  $1,177,931 
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
CURRENT LIABILITIES:      
Accounts payable $52,203  $37,254 
Accrued expenses  60,373   51,757 
Current portion of long-term debt  98   98 
Current portion of long-term lease liabilities  3,298   3,216 
Total current liabilities  115,972   92,325 
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs  482,114   481,420 
Deferred income taxes  65,736   76,976 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  14,912   17,302 
Other long-term liabilities  459   421 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  679,193   668,444 
       
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:      
Preferred Stock      
Common Stock  101   101 
Additional paid-in-capital  572,466   559,226 
Accumulated deficit  (74,604)  (49,840)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  1,351    
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  499,314   509,487 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $1,178,507  $1,177,931 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

       
  39 Weeks Ended
  September 24, 2022 September 25, 2021
Operating activities      
Net income (loss) $(24,764) $5,759 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization  29,184   28,302 
Equity-based compensation expense  13,240   2,084 
Loss on foreign currency contracts  3,255    
Deferred income taxes  (11,674)  6,516 
Amortization of debt issuance costs  949   1,566 
Non-cash operating lease expense  1,818   1,683 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory  2,350    
Loss on disposal of property and equipment     54 
Impairment of goodwill  42,052    
Loss on extinguishment of debt     9,717 
Other     229 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net  (13,234)  (18,931)
Inventories  (34,823)  (13,642)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  215   (6,588)
Other long-term assets  372   396 
Accounts payable  14,674   2,582 
Accrued expenses  5,504   649 
Other long-term liabilities  38   12 
Operating lease liabilities  (2,386)  (2,083)
Net cash provided by operating activities  26,770   18,305 
Investing activities      
Purchases of property and equipment  (10,939)  (5,111)
Net cash used in investing activities  (10,939)  (5,111)
Financing activities      
Payments of debt issuance costs     (3,046)
Proceeds from long-term debt     769,136 
Repayments of long-term debt     (374,146)
Repayments of capital lease obligations  (59)  (49)
Proceeds from stockholder's note receivable     6,000 
Contingent earn out consideration paid     (5,000)
Dividends Paid     (400,000)
Net cash used in financing activities  (59)  (7,105)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  15,772   6,089 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  66,154   37,026 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $81,926  $43,115 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(dollar amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

             
  13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
(In thousands) September 24,
2022
 September 25,
2021
 September 24,
2022
 September 25,
2021
Net income (loss) $1,464  $(4,614) $(24,764) $5,759 
Interest  6,679   12,547   18,414   24,613 
Income tax (expense) benefit  (2,500)  (3,497)  3,895   (8,213)
Depreciation and amortization  9,804   9,494   29,184   28,302 
EBITDA  20,447   20,924   18,939   66,887 
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)  4,606   979   13,240   2,084 
Non-recurring costs(2)  1,211   287   3,611   10,529 
Loss on foreign currency contracts(3)  2,758      3,255    
Supply chain optimization(4)  497      1,291    
Impairment of goodwill(5)        42,052    
Transaction and integration costs(6)     468   59   3,978 
Initial public offering readiness(7)     3,117   384   5,176 
Adjusted EBITDA $29,519  $25,775  $82,831  $88,654 
             
EBITDA margin  9.8 %  11.7 %  3.1 %  12.6 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin  14.1 %  14.4 %  13.4 %  16.7 %

 

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(1)Consists of non-cash equity-based compensation expense associated with the grant of equity-based compensation provided to officers, directors and employees.
  
(2)Consists of costs related to loss on extinguishment of debt, professional fees related to organizational optimization, costs for capital markets activities for our secondary offering and ERP conversion costs related to integrating acquisitions.
  
(3)Consists of unrealized loss on foreign currency contracts.
  
(4)Consists of write-downs associated with packaging optimization and a strategic initiative to move co-packaging production from an international supplier to a domestic supplier.
  
(5)Consists of expense from impairment of goodwill.
  
(6)Consists of transaction costs and certain integration costs associated with the Birch Benders Acquisition as well as costs associated with incomplete potential acquisitions and substantial one-time costs related to a large, uncompleted transaction.
  
(7)Consists of costs associated with preparing for an IPO and other professional fees associated with building the organizational infrastructure to support a public company environment.



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

                      
    13 Weeks Ended  
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September 24, 2022
  Gross
profit
 Operating
expenses
 Operating
income
 Interest
expense,
net
 Income
tax
(expense)
 Net income
As reported (GAAP) $61,817  $51,174  $10,643  $6,679  $(2,500) $1,464 
Adjustments:                     
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)     (4,606)  4,606         4,606 
Non-recurring costs(2)     (1,211)  1,211         1,211 
Loss on foreign currency contracts(3)     (2,758)  2,758         2,758 
Supply chain optimization(4)  497      497         497 
Acquisition amortization(8)     (6,810)  6,810         6,810 
Tax effect of adjustments(9)              (3,021)  (3,021)
One-time tax (expense) benefit items(10)              (26)  (26)
As adjusted $62,314  $35,789  $26,525  $6,679  $(5,547) $14,299 
                      
As adjusted (% of net sales)  29.8 %  17.1 %  12.7 %  3.2 %  (2.7)%  6.8 %
                      
Earnings per share:                     
Diluted                    0.01 
Adjusted Diluted                    0.14 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
Diluted for net income                   101,613,927 
Diluted for adjusted net income                   101,613,927 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

                      
    13 Weeks Ended  
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September 25, 2021
  Gross
profit
 Operating
expenses
 Operating
income
 Interest
expense,
net
 Income
tax
(expense)
 Net income
(loss)
As reported (GAAP) $49,855  $38,425  $11,430  $12,547  $(3,497) $(4,614)
Adjustments:                     
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)     (979)  979         979 
Non-recurring costs(2)     (287)  287         287 
Transaction and integration costs(6)  298   (170)  468         468 
Initial public offering readiness(7)     (3,117)  3,117         3,117 
Acquisition amortization(8)     (6,811)  6,811         6,811 
Tax effect of adjustments(9)              2,488   2,488 
One-time tax (expense) benefit items(10)              (2,394)  (2,394)
As adjusted $50,153  $27,061  $23,092  $12,547  $(3,403) $7,142 
                      
As adjusted (% of net sales)  28.1 %  15.1 %  12.9 %  7.0 %  (1.9)%  4.0 %
                      
Earnings (loss) per share:                     
Diluted                    (0.06)
Adjusted Diluted                    0.10 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
Diluted for net loss                   74,058,447 
Diluted for adjusted net income                   74,058,508 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

                     
    39 Weeks Ended  
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September 24, 2022
  Gross
profit
 Operating
expenses
 Operating
income
(loss)
 Interest
expense,
net
 Income tax
(expense)
benefit
 Net income
(loss)
As reported (GAAP) $170,748  $180,993  $(10,245) $18,414  $3,895  $(24,764)
Adjustments:                    
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)     (13,240)  13,240         13,240 
Non-recurring costs(2)     (3,611)  3,611         3,611 
Loss on foreign currency contracts(3)     (3,255)  3,255         3,255 
Supply chain optimization(4)  1,291      1,291         1,291 
Impairment of goodwill(5)     (42,052)  42,052         42,052 
Transaction and integration costs(6)     (59)  59         59 
Initial public offering readiness(7)     (384)  384         384 
Acquisition amortization(8)     (20,429)  20,429         20,429 
Tax effect of adjustments(9)              (8,472)  (8,472)
One-time tax (expense) benefit items(10)              (10,302)  (10,302)
As adjusted $172,039  $97,963  $74,076  $18,414  $(14,879) $40,783 
                     
As adjusted (% of net sales)  27.9%  15.9 %  12.0 %  3.0%  (2.4)%  6.6 %
                     
Earnings (loss) per share:                    
Diluted                   (0.25)
Adjusted Diluted                   0.40 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                    
Diluted for net loss                  100,901,161 
Diluted for adjusted net income                  101,226,086 



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

                      
    39 Weeks Ended  
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September 25, 2021
  Gross
profit
 Operating
expenses
 Operating
income
 Interest
expense,
net
 Income tax
(expense)
 Net income
As reported (GAAP) $161,300  $122,715  $38,585  $24,613  $(8,213) $5,759 
Adjustments:                     
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)     (2,084)  2,084         2,084 
Non-recurring costs(2)     (10,529)  10,529         10,529 
Transaction and integration costs(6)  298   (3,680)  3,978         3,978 
Initial public offering readiness(7)     (5,176)  5,176         5,176 
Acquisition amortization(8)     (20,430)  20,430         20,430 
Tax effect of adjustments(9)              (4,615)  (4,615)
One-time tax (expense) benefit items(10)              (2,074)  (2,074)
As adjusted $161,598  $80,816  $80,782  $24,613  $(14,902) $41,267 
                      
As adjusted (% of net sales)  30.5 %  15.2 %  15.2 %  4.6 %  (2.8)%  7.8 %
                      
Earnings per share:                     
Diluted                    0.08 
Adjusted Diluted                    0.56 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
Diluted for net income                   74,058,453 
Diluted for adjusted net income                   74,058,453 

 

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(1)Consists of non-cash equity-based compensation expense associated with the grant of equity-based compensation provided to officers, directors and employees.
  
(2)Consists of costs related to loss on extinguishment of debt, related to professional fees related to organizational optimization, costs for capital markets activities for our secondary offering and ERP conversion costs related to integrating acquisitions.
  
(3)Consists of unrealized loss on foreign currency contracts.
  
(4)Consists of write-downs associated with packaging optimization and a strategic initiative to move co-packaging production from an international supplier to a domestic supplier.
  
(5)Consists of expense for impairment of goodwill.
  
(6)Consists of transaction costs and certain integration costs associated with the Birch Benders Acquisition as well as costs associated with incomplete potential acquisitions and substantial one-time costs related to a large, uncompleted transaction.
  
(7)Consists of costs associated with preparing for an IPO and other professional fees associated with building the organizational infrastructure to support a public company environment.
  
(8)Amortization costs associated with acquired trade names and customer lists.
  
(9)Tax effect was calculated using the Company's adjusted annual effective tax rate.
  
(10)Represents the removal of the tax effect of impairment of goodwill, removal for remeasurement of deferred taxes related to intangibles for changes in deferred rate and the removal of the tax effect of non-deductible transaction costs.



SOVOS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(dollar amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

             
  13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
(In thousands) September 24, 2022 September 25, 2021 September 24, 2022 September 25, 2021
Reported income tax (expense) benefit $(2,500) $(3,497) $3,895  $(8,213)
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)  (393)     (1,095)   
Non-recurring costs(2)  42   2,324   (399)  (191)
Loss on foreign currency contracts(3)  (613)     (807)   
Supply chain optimization(4)  (197)     (319)   
Impairment of goodwill(5)        (10,276)   
Transaction and integration costs(6)  (1)  (116)  (15)  (978)
Initial public offering readiness(7)  (1)  (50)  (448)  (558)
Acquisition amortization(8)  (1,884)  (2,064)  (5,415)  (4,962)
Adjusted income tax expense $(5,547) $(3,403) $(14,879) $(14,902)
             
Reported effective tax rate  63.1%  (313.1)%  13.6%  58.8%
Non-cash equity-based compensation(1)  (4.9)     0.7    
Non-recurring costs(2)  0.5   8,520.7   0.3   (0.9)
Loss on foreign currency contracts(3)  (7.6)     0.5    
Supply chain optimization(4)  (2.4)     0.2    
Impairment of goodwill(5)        6.7    
Transaction and integration costs(6)     (422.6)     (4.7)
Initial public offering readiness(7)     (182.2)  0.3   (2.7)
Acquisition amortization(8)  (23.3)  (7,570.6)  3.5   (23.9)
Adjusted effective tax rate  25.4 %  32.2 %  25.8 %  26.6 %

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(1)Tax effect adjustment of non-cash equity-based compensation expense associated with the grant of equity-based compensation provided to officers, directors and employees.
  
(2)Tax effect adjustment of costs related to loss on extinguishment of debt, professional fees related to organizational optimization, costs for capital markets activities for our secondary offering and ERP conversion costs related to integrating acquisitions.
  
(3)Tax effect adjustments of unrealized loss on foreign currency contracts.
  
(4)Tax effect adjustments of write-downs associated with packaging optimization and a strategic initiative to move co-packaging production from an international supplier to a domestic supplier.
  
(5)Tax effect adjustment of impairment of goodwill.
  
(6)Tax effect adjustment of transaction costs and certain integration costs associated with the Birch Benders Acquisition as well as costs associated with incomplete potential acquisitions and substantial one-time costs related to a large, uncompleted transaction.
  
(7)Tax effect adjustment of costs associated with preparing for an IPO and other professional fees associated with building the organizational infrastructure to support a public company environment.
  
(8)Tax effect adjustment of amortization costs associated with acquired trade names and customer lists.