Turning Point Brands Zig-Zag Products Q1 Revenue Decreases 1% Sequentially to $45.7 Million

Net Sales for Q1 2022 Zig-Zag and Stoker’s Products Increased 10.1 Percent Year-Over-Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Turning Point Brands, Inc. (“TPB” or “the Company”) (NYSE: TPB), a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded consumer products, including alternative smoking accessories and consumables with active ingredients, announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Q1 2022 vs. Q1 2021

  • Net sales decreased 6.3 percent to $100.9 million
    • Net sales for Zig-Zag and Stoker’s Products increased 10.1 percent
  • Gross profit decreased 2.8 percent to $51.8 million
  • Net income decreased 6.7 percent to $11.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 9.8 percent to $25.3 million (see Schedule A for a reconciliation to net income)
  • Diluted EPS of $0.55 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.71 as compared to $0.57 and $0.80 in the same period one year ago, respectively (see Schedule B for a reconciliation to Diluted EPS)

Our first quarter results were in-line with our expectations as we continued to grow our market share for both Zig-Zag and Stoker’s while navigating a difficult consumer and regulatory environment to drive profitability in each of our segments, including NewGen. Sales decreased 6 percent from the previous year driven by a 37 percent decline in NewGen sales but showed double-digit growth excluding NewGen.

Yavor Efremov, President and CEO, Turning Point Brands.

Zig-Zag delivered another strong growth quarter led by our U.S. Papers business which built on its market leading share during the quarter. At the same time, Stoker’s maintained its growth trajectory driven by double-digit growth in the Moist Snuff Tobacco (MST) business which benefited from consumer trade-down as a leading value brand. Despite the expected sales decline, NewGen maintained positive profitability during the quarter while improving the distribution reach for its regulated products.

Continued Mr. Efremov, “We continue to monitor FDA developments. While added regulation may cause short-term disruption, this is a necessary step to fully regulate the industry, create a level playing field, and provide consumers with additional reduced-risk alternatives to cigarettes.”

Mr. Efremov concluded, “We maintain a strong balance sheet that is allowing us to deploy a substantial amount of our free cash flow towards share repurchases which continued during the quarter. While inflationary pressures, including a spike in gas prices, are impacting the consumer wallet, we remain favorably positioned as we continue to execute and outpace the overall industry. In addition to solid execution on the business side, we have completed both the ERP and CRM scopes we discussed on our last earnings call. I am particularly proud of the fact that the organization undertook a detailed review of the business with heavy involvement from every level of the Company while delivering a solid quarter.”

Zig-Zag Products Segment (45 percent of total net sales in the quarter)

For the first quarter, Zig-Zag Products net sales increased 11.4 percent to $45.7 million. TPB’s U.S. rolling papers and e-commerce business grew double-digits, aided by approximately $2 million in sales from an inventory load with certain customers. A low-single-digit decline in the cigar wraps business and double-digit decline in the Canadian business partially offset this growth. The decline in the cigar wraps business was partially due to a trade inventory adjustment compared to the prior year period. Order timing that benefitted the prior year period contributed to the decline in the Canadian business. Wild Hemp sales moved into the Zig-Zag Products segment during the current quarter which contributed $0.2 million, or 0.6 percent to the segment growth. For the first quarter, total Zig-Zag Products segment volume increased 7.1 percent, while price / mix increased 4.3 percent.

For the quarter, the Zig-Zag Products segment gross profit increased 5.8 percent to $26.3 million. The segment’s gross margin contracted 300 basis points to 57.7 percent driven primarily by growth in lower gross margin products and lower margin contribution from the inclusion of the DVW acquisition in the current period.

“Paper cones and Zig-Zag’s e-commerce business continued to drive the growth within our U.S. papers business,” said Graham Purdy, Chief Operating Officer, Turning Point Brands. “We introduced a new line of Zig-Zag rough cut natural leaf cigars and ramped up Zig-Zag hemp wraps and natural leaf tobacco wraps distribution during the quarter. Meanwhile, our marketing team continues to launch exciting programs to strengthen the Zig-Zag brand including its recent partnership with luxury fashion line AMIRI for its Spring 2022 collection. We are also eager to launch CLIPPER lighters distribution in the second half of the year which has the potential to be a meaningful contributor to the segment’s long-term growth.”

Stoker’s Products Segment (32 percent of total net sales in the quarter)

For the first quarter, Stoker’s Products net sales increased 8.4 percent to $31.7 million on double-digit growth of MST. This was partially offset by a mid-single-digit decline of loose-leaf chewing tobacco. MST represented 65 percent of Stoker’s Products revenues in the quarter, up from 63 percent a year earlier. FRE nicotine pouch products’ sales moved into the Stoker’s Products segment during the current quarter and contributed $0.7 million or 2.5 percent to segment growth. For the first quarter, total Stoker’s Products segment volume increased 0.3 percent, while price / mix increased 8.1 percent.

For the quarter, the Stoker’s Products segment gross profit increased 11.3 percent to $17.7 million. The segment’s gross margin expanded 150 basis points to 55.8 percent.

“Stoker’s delivered solid growth during the quarter led by continued market share gains in MST,” continued Purdy. “As mentioned above, with the backdrop of inflationary pressures impacting the consumer, Stoker’s is well positioned within its categories as a leading value brand.”

NewGen Products Segment (23 percent of total net sales in the quarter)

For the first quarter, NewGen Products net sales decreased 37.1 percent to $23.5 million. The regulatory environment for the vape businesses continues to impact sales.

For the quarter, the NewGen Products segment gross profit decreased 37.7 percent to $7.8 million. The segment gross margin contracted 40 basis points from the previous year to 33.0 percent.

“Our vape business remained profitable even with the expected weakness during the quarter as it continues to navigate challenges presented by the regulatory environment,” concluded Purdy. “Encouragingly, we continued to ramp our last mile logistics and distribution capabilities through the quarter. We will continue to adapt to the market environment as it goes through another transition period with the FDA expanding regulation of nicotine products. TPB’s applications for our vapor products remain under review.”

Recent Events

To give better visibility on our vape business, certain non-vape products’ sales along with the associated and other costs have been moved from the NewGen Products segment into our other TPB reporting segments. Specifically, Wild Hemp sales have been moved to the Zig-Zag Products segment where TPB’s other smoking products sales are recognized. Additionally, the Company’s FRE nicotine pouch products’ sales moved to the Stoker’s Products segment where TPB’s other smokeless products sales are recognized. Both were marginal contributors to the Company’s overall performance. In addition, certain personnel and other non-vape related costs previously allocated to the Nu-X subsegment related to marketing, new product development, product sourcing and other corporate functions moved from the NewGen Products segment primarily into the Corporate segment for reporting purposes. In effect, Nu-X operations are being absorbed by other TPB reporting segments and the NewGen Products segment now primarily represents operations related to our proprietary vape products and vape distribution business.

Performance Measures in the First Quarter

First quarter consolidated selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $32.6 million compared to $28.9 million in the first quarter of 2021.

The first quarter SG&A included the following notable items:

  • $1.3 million of restructuring expenses compared to none in the previous year
  • $0.3 million of ERP / CRM scoping expenses compared to none in the previous year
  • $1.1 million of stock options, restricted stock and incentive expense compared to $1.5 million in the year-ago period
  • $0.4 million of transaction expenses compared to $0.6 million in the year-ago period
  • $1.1 million of FDA PMTA-related expenses compared to $0.3 million in the year-ago period
  • $4.2 million in outbound freight expense compared to $3.7 million in the year-ago period with the increase due to higher shipping costs on vapor products related to PACT Act implementation and higher freight costs across all segments
  • $1.5 million from the accounting consolidation of Turning Point Brands Canada compared to $0.8 in the year-ago period with the increase driven by the inclusion of the DVW acquisition in the current period

Total gross debt as of March 31, 2022 was $422.5 million. The corresponding net debt (total gross debt less cash) at March 31, 2022 was $296.5 million. The Company ended the quarter with total liquidity of $147.4 million, comprised of $126.0 million in cash and $21.4 million of revolving credit facility capacity.

During the quarter, the Company spent $10.6 million to repurchase 310,224 shares at an average price of $34.24 per share.

2022 Outlook

TPB is maintaining the guidance provided on February 22, 2022.

Earnings Conference Call

As previously disclosed, a conference call with the investment community to review TPB’s financial results has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Investment community participants should dial in 10 minutes ahead of time using the toll-free number 888-330-2502 (international participants should call 240-789-2713), and follow the audio prompts after typing in the event ID: 6640134. A live listen-only webcast of the call will be available on the Events and Presentations section of the investor relations portion of the Company website (www.turningpointbrands.com). A replay of the webcast will be available on the site two hours following the call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures accompanies this release.

About Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Turning Point Brands (NYSE: TPB) is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded consumer products including alternative smoking accessories and consumables with active ingredients through its iconic Zig-Zag® and Stoker’s® brands, and its emerging brands within the NewGen segment. TPB’s products are available in more than 215,000 retail outlets in North America, and on sites such as www.zigzag.com and www.solacevapor.com. For the latest news and information about TPB and its brands, please visit www.turningpointbrands.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, we use non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS, and Adjusted Operating Income. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS, and Adjusted Operating Income are used by management to compare our performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses and planning purposes and are presented to our board of directors. We believe that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income are appropriate measures of operating performance because they eliminate the impact of expenses that do not relate to business performance.

We define “EBITDA” as net income before interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net income before interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-cash items and other items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance. We define “Adjusted diluted EPS” as diluted earnings per share excluding items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance. We define “Adjusted Operating Income” as operating income excluding other non-cash items and other items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance.

Non-U.S. GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income exclude significant expenses that are required by U.S. GAAP to be recorded in our financial statements and is subject to inherent limitations. In addition, other companies in our industry may calculate this non-U.S. GAAP measure differently than we do or may not calculate it at all, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In accordance with SEC rules, we have provided, in the supplemental information attached, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the next directly comparable GAAP measures.

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