May 04, 2011 at 16:19 PM EDT
Central European Distribution Corporation Announces First Quarter 2011 Results

MT. LAUREL, N.J., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Central European Distribution Corporation (NASDAQ: CEDC) today announced its results for the first quarter of 2011.  Net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were $156.7 million as compared to $149.8 million reported for the same period in 2010.  CEDC also announced that net income on a U.S. GAAP basis (as hereinafter defined), for the quarter was $1.1 million or $0.02 per fully diluted share, as compared to net loss of $23.4 million or $0.34 per fully diluted share, for the same period in 2010.  On a comparable basis, CEDC announced a net loss of $17.4 million, or $0.24 per fully diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011, as compared to net profit of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per fully diluted share, for the same period in 2010. The number of fully diluted shares used in computing the earnings per share was 71.3 million for 2011 and 69.6 million for 2010.  For a complete reconciliation of comparable net income to net income reported under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP") please see the section "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures".

William Carey, President and CEO commented, "First quarter performance was in line with our expectations in all three of our markets of Poland, Russia and Hungary in terms of top line and bottom line performance.  We expect to see significant quarter on quarter improvement moving through the rest of the year in 2011.  We are meeting the challenges head on that are confronting us today and are making good progress in resolving these key challenges in our markets and strengthening the overall management team to target profitable market share gains over the medium term."

William Carey, President and CEO continued, "In Russia, we have been successful in obtaining the renewal of all of our required production and distribution licenses due so far, including for our main production facility, Topaz, which we received today.  As the wholesalers we work with in Russia continue to go through their relicensing we are not expecting any significant issues to arise from this process beyond the short term destocking effect as wholesalers reduce their inventory levels prior to license renewal.

William Carey, President and CEO continued, "We have numerous initiatives planned in June and July regarding two new products that will be launched in Russia as well as restyling and re-launching a new communication campaign behind our biggest brand, Green Mark.  We also completed the 100% buyout of the Whitehall Group in February, 2011 and strongly believe in the growth potential of spirits and wines over the next five years, as evidenced by the 19% growth of our import business in Russia in the first quarter."

William Carey, President and CEO continued, "In Poland, we saw an 8% volume increase in our vodka portfolio that sharply contrasted with an overall Polish vodka market that was down 6.5% for the quarter.  The strong growth was led by our new product Zubrowka Biala which accounted for approximately five percent market share after only five months on the market.  We also have strong new product development and product restyling/re-launch of existing brands that are scheduled to start from May and continue through the rest of the year.  We believe we have turned the corner regarding our vodka growth and continue to see strong import growth from our leading import portfolio which represents over 46% of our Polish revenue base today."

The Company also reconfirmed its full year 2011 net sales guidance of $880-$1,080 million and its full year comparable fully-diluted earnings per share guidance of $1.05-$1.25

CEDC has reported net income and fully diluted net income per share in accordance with GAAP and on a non-GAAP basis, referred to in this release as comparable net income. CEDC's management believes that the non-GAAP reporting giving effect to the adjustments shown in the attached reconciliation provides meaningful information and an alternative presentation useful to investors' understanding of CEDC's core operating results and trends. CEDC discusses results and guidance on a comparable basis in order to give investors better insight into underlying business trends from continuing operations. CEDC's calculation of these measures may not be the same as similarly named measures presented by other companies. These measures are not presented as an alternative to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a performance measure, and you should not place undue reliance on such measures. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures can be found in the section "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" at the end of this press release.

CEDC is one of the largest producers of vodka in the world and Central and Eastern Europe's largest integrated spirit beverage business.  CEDC produces the Green Mark, Absolwent, Zubrowka, Bols, Parliament, Zhuravli, Royal and Soplica brands, among others. CEDC currently exports its products to many markets around the world, including the United States, England, France and Japan.

CEDC also is a leading importer of alcoholic beverages in Poland, Russia and Hungary. In Poland, CEDC imports many of the world's leading brands, including brands such as Carlo Rossi Wines, Concha y Toro wines, Metaxa Liqueur, Remy Martin Cognac, Sutter Home wines, Grant's Whisky, Jagermeister, E&J Gallo, Jim Beam Bourbon, Sierra Tequila, Teacher's Whisky, Campari, Cinzano, and Old Smuggler. CEDC is also a leading importer of premium spirits and wines in Russia with such brands as Concha y Toro, among others.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, without limitation, statements regarding expected sales and earnings guidance, the anticipated acquisition of production and distribution or other regulatory licenses, expectations of increased consumer demand for our products, integration of our acquired companies, and expected results of, and synergies relating to, our Russian businesses. Forward looking statements are based on our knowledge of facts as of the date hereof and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of CEDC to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by our forward looking statements.

Investors are cautioned that forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. CEDC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements or to make any other forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by securities laws. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties included in CEDC's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, including statements made under the captions "Item 1A. Risks Relating to Our Business" and in other documents filed by CEDC with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

In the U.S.:
Jim Archbold
Investor Relations Officer
Central European Distribution Corporation
856-273-6980

In Europe:
Anna Zaluska
Corporate PR Manager
Central European Distribution Corporation
48-22-456-6000

CENTRAL EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET

Amounts in columns expressed in thousands

(Except share information)




March 31,


December 31,



2011


2010



(unaudited)



ASSETS





Current Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$168,112


$122,324

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $34,056 and $20,357 respectively


296,513


478,379

Inventories


137,504


93,678

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


70,415


35,202

Deferred income taxes


87,849


80,956

Debt issuance costs


2,739


2,739

Total Current Assets


763,132


813,278






Intangible assets, net


684,844


627,342

Goodwill, net


1,832,878


1,450,273

Property, plant and equipment, net


221,584


201,477

Deferred income taxes


43,805


44,028

Equity method investment in affiliates


0


243,128

Debt issuance costs


16,042


16,656

Total Non-Current Assets


2,799,153


2,582,904






Total Assets


$3,562,285


$3,396,182






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities





Trade accounts payable


$80,018


$114,958

Bank loans and overdraft facilities


72,496


45,359

Income taxes payable


3,325


5,102

Taxes other than income taxes


98,525


182,232

Other accrued liabilities


105,405


55,070

Current portions of obligations under capital leases


838


758

Deferred consideration


0


5,000

Total Current Liabilities


360,607


408,479






Long-term obligations under capital leases


1,096


1,175

Long-term obligations under Senior Notes


1,288,564


1,250,758

Long-term accruals


2,321


2,572

Deferred income taxes


183,000


168,527

Total Long-Term Liabilities


1,474,981


1,423,032






Stockholders' Equity





Common Stock ($0.01 par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 72,716,235 and 70,752,670 shares issued at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)


727


708

Additional paid-in-capital


1,367,509


1,343,639

Retained earnings


161,371


160,250

Accumulated other comprehensive income of continuing operations


197,240


60,224

Less Treasury Stock at cost (246,037 shares at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)  


(150)


(150)




Total CEDC Stockholders' Equity


1,726,697


1,564,671






Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$3,562,285


$3,396,182









CENTRAL EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Amounts in columns expressed in thousands

(Except per share information)



Three months ended March 31,


2011


2010








Sales

$336,139


$330,894

Excise taxes

(179,428)


(181,088)

Net sales

156,711


149,806

Cost of goods sold

97,374


75,674





Gross profit

59,337


74,132





Operating expenses

57,877


48,878

Gain on remeasurement of previously held equity interests

(7,898)


0





Operating income

9,358


25,254





Non operating income / (expense), net




Interest expense, net

(26,852)


(25,676)

Other financial income, net

31,046


34,912

Other non operating expenses, net

(976)


(17,990)





Income before taxes and equity in net income from unconsolidated investments

12,576


16,500

Income tax expense

(2,641)


(3,170)

Equity in net losses of affiliates

(8,814)


(1,821)





Income from continuing operations

1,121


11,509





Discontinued operations




Loss from operations of distribution business (including impairment charge of $28.2 million)

0


(34,722)

Income tax expense

0


(151)

Loss on discontinued operations

0


(34,873)





Net income / (loss)

1,121


(23,364)









Income from continuing operations per share of common stock, basic

$0.02


$0.17

Income / (loss) from discontinued operations per share of common stock, basic

$0.00


($0.50)

Net income / (loss) from operations per share of common stock, basic

$0.02


($0.34)





Income from continuing operations per share of common stock, diluted

$0.02


$0.17

Income / (loss) from discontinued operations per share of common stock, diluted

$0.00


($0.50)

Net income / (loss) from operations per share of common stock, diluted

$0.02


($0.34)




CENTRAL EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

Amounts in columns expressed in thousands




Three months ended March 31,



2011


2010











Cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations





Net income / (loss)


$1,121


($23,364)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:





Net loss from discontinued operations


0


34,873

Depreciation and amortization


5,131


4,370

Deferred income taxes


725


(4,865)

Unrealized foreign exchange gains


(31,651)


(35,478)

Cost of debt extinguishment


0


14,114

Stock options fair value expense


693


859

Equity loss in affiliates


8,814


1,821

Gain on fair value remeasurement of previously held equity interest, net of deferred tax


(6,397)


0

Other non cash items


1,780


8,576

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable


268,051


169,635

Inventories


(5,197)


(11,121)

Prepayments and other current assets


(16,860)


(9,871)

Trade accounts payable


(83,645)


(34,494)

Other accrued liabilities and payables


(58,176)


(81,784)

Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations


84,389


33,271






Cash flows from investing activities of continuing operations





Purchase of fixed assets


(505)


(1,306)

Purchase of trademarks


(17,473)


(6,000)

Changes in restricted cash


0


481,419

Acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired


(23,475)


(135,964)

Net cash provided by / (used in) investing activities from continuing operations


(41,453)


338,149






Cash flows from financing activities of continuing operations





Borrowings on bank loans and overdraft facility


0


18,568

Payment of bank loans, overdraft facility and other borrowings


(4,104)


(8,103)

Payment of Senior Secured Notes


0


(367,954)

Repayment of obligation to former shareholders


0


7,500

Decrease in short term capital leases payable


(102)


0

Increase in short term capital leases payable


0


9

Options exercised


66


1,214

Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations


(4,140)


(348,766)






Cash flows from discontinued operations





Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations


0


(9,303)

Net cash provided by investing activities of discontinued operations


0


328

Net cash provided by financing activities of discontinued operations


0


5,654

Net cash used in discontinued operations


0


(3,321)






Adjustment to reconcile the change in cash balances of discontinued operations


0


3,321

Currency effect on brought forward cash balances


6,992


(881)

Net increase in cash


45,788


21,773

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


122,324


126,439

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$168,112


$148,212









CENTRAL EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

Amounts in columns expressed in thousands

(Except per share information)




GAAP

A

B

C

D

Comparable



Q1-11

FX

APB 14

Restructuring Costs

Other Adjustments

Q1-11








Sales


$336,139

$0

$0

$0

$0

$336,139

Excise taxes


(179,428)

0

0

0

0

(179,428)

Net sales


156,711

0

0

0

0

156,711

Cost of goods sold


97,374

0

0

0

0

97,374









Gross profit


59,337

0

0

0

0

59,337



37.86%





37.86%

Operating expenses


57,877

0


(1,403)

(1,900)

54,574

Gain on remeasurement of previously held equity interests


(7,898)




7,898

0









Operating income / (loss)


9,358

0

0

1,403

(5,998)

4,763



5.97%





3.04%

Non operating income / (expense), net








Interest income / (expense), net


(26,852)

0

964

0

0

(25,888)

Other financial income / (expense), net


31,046

(31,046)

0

0

0

0

Other non operating loss, net


(976)


0

0

0

(976)









Income / (loss) before taxes and equity in net income from unconsolidated investments


12,576

(31,046)

964

1,403

(5,998)

(22,101)

Income tax benefit / (expense)


(2,641)

6,520

(183)

(295)

1,260

4,661

Equity in net earnings / (loss) of affiliates


(8,814)

0

0

0

8,814

0









Net income /(loss)


$1,121

($24,526)

$781

$1,108

$4,076

($17,440)









Net income / (loss) from continuing operations per share of common stock, basic


$0.02





($0.24)









Net income / (loss) from continuing operations per share of common stock, diluted


$0.02





(0.24)





[A] Represents the net after tax impact of the foreign currency revaluation related to our USD and EUR liabilities as a majority of these have been lent down to entities that have the Polish Zloty or Russian Ruble as their functional currency.  Also includes the proportional net after tax impact of the foreign currency revaluation related to the foreign currency liabilities included in the earnings of the Russian Alcohol Group as it has the Russian Ruble as its functional currency.  


[B] In May 2008, the FASB issued FSP APB 14-1, which impacts the accounting treatment for convertible debt instruments that allow for either mandatory or optional cash settlements. FSP APB 14-1 will impact the accounting associated with our $310.0 million senior convertible notes. This FSP requires us to recognize additional non-cash interest expense on a retrospective basis, based on the market rate for similar debt instruments without the conversion feature. Furthermore, it requires recognizing interest expense in prior periods pursuant to the retrospective accounting treatment. FSP APB 14-1 has become effective beginning in our first quarter of 2009 and is required to be applied retrospectively to all presented periods, as applicable.


[C] Represents one-off restructuring costs associated with the restructuring the Russian Alcohol Group, composed primarily of employee termination costs.


[D] Includes elimination of one time gain of $7.8 million related to the revaluation of the previously held equity interest in the Whitehall Group, recognized at the time of consolidation in February 2011, the $0.9 million loss in the first quarter of the Bravo business incurred due to the failure to get renewal of the production license (received back in the beginning of April 2011 and the $0.9 million reversal of management fees charged by the former management of the Whitehall group prior to the buy out in Q1 2011.  Also includes the elimination of equity in net earnings of affiliates which includes the results of the Moet Hennessey Joint Venture which was sold in March, 2011 as well as certain one-off costs associated with the acquisition of the Whitehall Group in February 2011.







GAAP

A

B

C

D

Comparable



Q1-10

FX

APB 14

Restructuring Costs

Cost associated with debt refinancing

Q1-10









Sales


$330,894

$0

$0

$0

$0

$330,894

Excise taxes


(181,088)

0

0

0

0

(181,088)

Net sales


149,806

0

0

0

0

149,806

Cost of goods sold


75,674

0

0

0

0

75,674









Gross profit


74,132

0

0

0

0

74,132



49.49%





49.49%

Operating expenses


48,878

0

0

(1,340)

0

47,538









Operating income


25,254

0

0

1,340

0

26,594



16.86%





17.75%

Non operating income / (expense), net








Interest income / (expense), net


(25,676)

0

1,008

0

0

(24,668)

Other financial income / (expense), net


34,912

(34,010)

0

0

0

902

Other non operating income / (expense), net


(17,990)

0

0

0

17,990

0









Income / (loss) before taxes and equity in net income from unconsolidated investments


16,500

(34,010)

1,008

1,340

17,990

2,828

Income tax benefit / (expense)


(3,170)

6,666

(353)

(268)

(3,418)

(543)

Equity in net earnings of affiliates


(1,821)

0

0

0

0

(1,821)

Net income / (loss) from continuing operations


$11,509

($27,344)

$655

$1,072

$14,572

$464









Discontinued operations








Loss from operations of distribution business (including impairment charge of $28.4 million)


(34,722)





(34,722)

Income tax (expense)


(151)





(151)

Loss on discontinued operations


($34,873)





($34,873)

















Net income /(loss)


($23,364)

($27,344)

$655

$1,072

$14,572

($34,409)









Net income from continuing operations per share of common stock, basic


$0.17





$0.01

Net loss from discontinued operations per share of common stock, basic


($0.50)





($0.50)









Net income from continuing operations per share of common stock, diluted


$0.17





$0.01

Net loss from discontinued operations per share of common stock, diluted


($0.50)





($0.50)





[A] Represents the net after tax impact of the foreign currency revaluation related to our USD and EUR liabilities as a majority of these have been lent down to entities that have the Polish Zloty or Russian Ruble as their functional currency.  Also includes the proportional net after tax impact of the foreign currency revaluation related to the foreign currency liabilities included in the earnings of the Russian Alcohol Group as it has the Russian Ruble as its functional currency.  


[B] In May 2008, the FASB issued FSP APB 14-1, which impacts the accounting treatment for convertible debt instruments that allow for either mandatory or optional cash settlements. FSP APB 14-1 will impact the accounting associated with our $310.0 million senior convertible notes. This FSP requires us to recognize additional non-cash interest expense on a retrospective basis, based on the market rate for similar debt instruments without the conversion feature. Furthermore, it requires recognizing interest expense in prior periods pursuant to the retrospective accounting treatment. FSP APB 14-1 has become effective beginning in our first quarter of 2009 and is required to be applied retrospectively to all presented periods, as applicable.


[C] Represents one-off restructuring costs associated with the integration of Parliament and the Russian Alcohol Group.


[D] Represents the net after tax impact associated with the early retirement of CEDC's outstanding Senior Secured Notes due 2012, including a 4% one-time redemption premium payment to the Note holders and write-off of prepaid financing costs.




Full Year 2011 Comparable EPS RECONCILIATION





Full Year Guidance, 12 Months Ending December 31,

2011

Range for GAAP Fully Diluted Earnings per Share

$1.27


$1.47

A. Foreign exchange impact related to USD and EUR                                                  


    denominated  financing

($0.34)

B. Impact of adoption of ABP14

$0.04

C. Restructuring Costs

$0.02

D. Other

$0.06

Range for Comparable non-GAAP Fully Diluted


Earnings per Share

$1.05


$1.25




[A] Represents the net after tax impact of the foreign currency revaluation related to our USD and EUR financing as a majority of these borrowings have been lent down to entities that have the Polish Zloty or Russian Ruble as their functional currency.   The impact of foreign exchange revaluation is inherently unpredictable and we have not forecasted the impact thereof; changes in foreign exchange revaluation may have a material effect on our financial results.


[B] In May 2008, the FASB issued FSP APB 14-1, which impacts the accounting treatment for convertible debt instruments that allow for either mandatory or optional cash settlements. FSP APB 14-1 will impact the accounting associated with our $310.0 million senior convertible notes. This FSP requires us to recognize additional non-cash interest expense on a retrospective basis, based on the market rate for similar debt instruments without the conversion feature. Furthermore, it requires recognizing interest expense in prior periods pursuant to the retrospective accounting treatment. FSP APB 14-1 has become effective beginning in our first quarter of 2009 and is required to be applied retrospectively to all presented periods, as applicable.


[C] Represents one-off restructuring costs associated with the restructuring of the Russian Alcohol Group.


[D] Includes elimination of one time gain of $7.8 million related to the revaluation of the previously held equity interest in the Whitehall Group, recognized at the time of consolidation in February 2011, the $0.9 million loss in the first quarter of the Bravo business incurred due to the failure to get renewal of the production license (received back in the beginning of April 2011 and the $0.9 million reversal of management fees charged by the former management of the Whitehall group prior to the buy out in Q1 2011.  Also includes the elimination of equity in net earnings of affiliates which includes the results of the Moet Hennessey Joint Venture which was sold in March, 2011 as well as certain one-off costs associated with the acquisition of the Whitehall Group in February 2011.




SOURCE Central European Distribution Corporation

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