Deerfield, Illinois, August 2, 2012 - Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, today reported strong results for the second quarter of 2012 and increased its earnings target range for the full year.
Net sales increased 4% and were up 5% on a comparable basis despite a challenging comparison to results in the year-ago quarter. Strong growth in North America and demand for the company's Bourbon brands and innovations across categories helped drive the sales increase.
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.63, up 58% on a reported basis (GAAP). Excluding charges/gains, diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.58, up 16%, benefiting from volume growth, targeted price increases, and below-the-line items such as lower interest expense.
For the first half of 2012, net sales increased 8% on a comparable basis, with one-third of the increase driven by sales of new product innovations. On a reported basis, net sales grew 3% reflecting the adverse impact on comparisons of the initial sale of inventory in the first quarter of 2011 for the start-up of the company's Australia distribution agreement. Diluted EPS before charges/gains from continuing operations is up 23% year to date, and is up 42% on a reported basis.
Growth Strategy Delivering Results Ahead of Expectations
"Beam continued its momentum with quarterly results that exceeded our expectations, even as we lapped a very strong year-ago quarter that was boosted by our 2011 new product launches," said Matt Shattock, president and chief executive officer of Beam. "Our strong top-line results were driven by our Power Brands and Rising Stars - led by Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and Skinnygirl - and record quarterly sales from new products that improved our product mix. Sales in North America were particularly strong, while the top line in our EMEA and APSA regions in the quarter was adversely impacted by the timing of sales. Beam's profits grew faster than sales, and earnings per share grew at a solid double-digit rate.
"As we execute our successful growth strategy, we're encouraged by several dynamics that benefited Beam in the quarter, including the strong sell-in for our innovations, impactful brand activation in markets around the world, and strong worldwide demand for Bourbon. The Pinnacle Vodka acquisition is also off to a good start."
Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter and Year to Date:
Raising 2012 Earnings Target While Accelerating Investment in Long-Term Growth
"Beam enters the back half of 2012 with confidence," Shattock continued. "While we'll face some tough comparisons, we expect the underlying strength of our core business, augmented by our acquisitions, will deliver continued marketplace outperformance. As a result, we're raising our 2012 earnings target. We're now targeting diluted earnings per share before charges/gains to grow at a low-double-digit rate, up from our previous target range of high-single digits.
"In addition, consistent with our focus on high-return organic growth opportunities, we intend to make stepped up investments in two key areas to fuel our momentum and further enhance our prospects for long-term profitable growth: First, we will upweight marketing investment in the second half behind our most exciting brands and innovations; And second, we are accelerating investment to lay down more aged spirits to support future worldwide demand for our Bourbon, Scotch and Cognac brands. These investments, which include expanding our distillation and warehouse capacity, come on top of our sustained investment in new-product innovation, including our new Global Innovation Center in Kentucky which we'll open in the fourth quarter.
"Our confidence in boosting our level of investment is reinforced by the effectiveness of our growth strategy and the resilience of our global spirits market. Given the strength we've seen in the first half, we now expect our market will grow value in 2012 slightly above our previous estimate of 3%. Our expectation reflects uncertainty in international economies that is being offset by strength in our heartland U.S. spirits market.
"Looking to the balance of the year, we expect that EPS growth will moderate in the second half versus the first half reflecting our accelerated investments, and as we've previously indicated, third-quarter EPS growth will also be tempered by an unfavorable comparison due to replenishment of customer inventories for Skinnygirl in the prior-year quarter. At the same time, we now expect our 2012 acquisitions to be a few cents accretive to this year's earnings per share, rather than neutral," Shattock said.
The company also noted that it expects the deployment of free cash to barrel more aged spirits will result in an earnings-to-free-cash-conversion rate for 2012 of approximately 80% versus its long-term target in the 90% range.
Key Brand Performance
Comparable net sales growth, year-to-date 2012 (January - June):
Results include ready-to-drink products
Comparable net sales growth rate represents the percentage increase or decrease in reported net sales in accordance with U.S. GAAP, adjusted for certain items. A reconciliation from reported to comparable net sales growth rates, a non-GAAP measure, and the reasons why management believes these adjustments are useful are included in the attached financial tables.
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About Beam Inc.
As one of the world's leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, EFFEN Vodka, Pucker Flavored Vodka, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC, DeKuyper Cordials, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2011 sales of $2.8 billion, volume of 34 million 9-liter cases and some of the industry's fastest growing innovations.
Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company does not assume any obligation to update, amend or clarify them to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: general economic conditions and credit market instability, particularly in Europe; customer defaults and related bad debt expense; competitive market pressures (including pricing pressures); changes in customer preferences and trends; risks pertaining to strategic acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly financial and integration risks; any possible downgrades of the company's credit ratings; commodity and energy price volatility; risks associated with doing business outside the United States, including currency exchange rate risks; inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of excise tax increases and customs duties on distilled spirits; the status of the U.S. rum excise tax cover-over program; dependence on performance of distributors and other marketing arrangements; costs of certain employee and retiree benefits and returns on pension assets; tax law changes and/or interpretation of existing tax laws; potential liabilities, costs and uncertainties of litigation; ability to secure and maintain rights to trademarks and trade names; impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other acquired intangible assets; disruptions at production facilities; risks related to the Home & Security spin-off; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release includes measures not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), including comparable net sales, diluted EPS before charges/gains, operating income before charges/gains, adjusted return on invested capital, and earnings-to-free-cash-conversion rate. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for any measure derived in accordance with GAAP, and may also be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies. Reconciliation of these measures to the most closely comparable GAAP measures, and reasons for the company's use of these measures, are presented in the attached pages.