Turning Point Brands Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results
Net Sales for Q3 2022 Zig-Zag and Stoker’s Products Increased 17.7 Percent Year-Over-Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-October 26, 2022-(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 third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Q3 2022 vs. Q3 2021
- Net sales decreased 1.9% to $107.8 million
- Combined net sales increased 17.7% for Zig-Zag and Stoker’s Products (increased 23.3% and 10.0%, respectively)
- NewGen net sales declined by 40.3% (declined 3.9% sequentially)
- Gross profit decreased 2.9% to $52.7 million
- Net income decreased 14.3% to $11.5 million
- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 6.7% to $24.5 million (see Schedule A for a reconciliation to net income)
- Diluted EPS of $0.60 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.72 compared to $0.65 and $0.72 in the same period one year ago, respectively (see Schedule B for a reconciliation to Diluted EPS)
“Zig-Zag and Stoker’s segments demonstrated strong double-digit growth during the quarter despite a challenging economic backdrop with inflationary pressures continuing to impact consumers. Zig-Zag benefitted from solid growth in the U.S. papers and Canadian businesses during the quarter and the successful launch of CLIPPER lighters. Meanwhile, Stoker’s MST experienced continued share gains driven by consumer trade-down to the value category.”
NewGen sales decreased slightly compared to the previous quarter and the segment remained profitable as we monitor ongoing regulatory developments. We continued to return capital to our shareholders during the quarter while maintaining a strong cash balance that provides us with the ability to navigate the current financing environment.
Graham Purdy, President and CEO
While our competitive position remains strong and we outperformed our markets during the quarter, it is prudent to adjust our outlook for the year in light of the current economic environment. After 18 years with the Company, I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead our team to drive organic growth and create shareholder value.
Zig-Zag Products Segment (48% of total net sales in the quarter)
For the third quarter, Zig-Zag Products net sales increased 23.3% to $52.1 million. Both of TPB’s U.S. rolling papers and e-commerce, and other smoking accessories businesses grew by double-digits during the quarter. Continued strength in paper cones, strong receptivity to promotional programs, the launch of CLIPPER lighters, and timing shifts in Canadian deliveries contributed to strong performance during the quarter. In total, the Company believes approximately $5 million of sales was pulled forward from the fourth quarter across the Zig Zag portfolio. For the third quarter, total Zig-Zag Products segment volume increased 21.7%, while price / mix increased 1.6%.
For the quarter, the Zig-Zag Products segment gross profit increased 18.3% to $28.0 million. The segment’s gross margin declined 220 basis points to 53.9% driven primarily by product mix including the launch of our lighters business.
“New product offerings such as our paper cones and Zig-Zag’s fast growing alternative channel business continue to drive growth and market outperformance within our U.S. papers business,” said Purdy. “In addition, we are very excited by the launch of CLIPPER lighters during the quarter which resulted in one of the most successful new product roll-out in our company’s history. The initial reception supports our conviction that the lighters business will be a major driver of Zig-Zag segment growth for the foreseeable future.”
Stoker’s Products Segment (31% of total net sales in the quarter)
For the third quarter, Stoker’s Products net sales increased 10.0% to $33.5 million on strong double-digit growth of MST partially offset by a mid-single digit decline in loose-leaf chewing tobacco. FRE nicotine pouch product was a marginal contributor to segment sales. For the third quarter, total Stoker’s Products segment volume increased 2.4%, while price / mix increased 7.6%.
For the quarter, the Stoker’s Products segment gross profit increased 6.9% to $18.3 million. The segment’s gross margin contracted 160 basis points to 54.5% primarily due to the mix impact of FRE and stronger growth in discount looseleaf products.
“Stoker’s market share gains in both the MST and loose-leaf chewing tobacco categories continued during the quarter,” continued Purdy. “Stoker’s remains well-positioned within its categories as a leading value brand which we believe is helping drive sales due to consumer downtrading in the current economic environment. Our outlook for our MST business remains solid driven by continued growth in in-store market share, distribution gains, and favorable category pricing.”
NewGen Products Segment (21% of total net sales in the quarter)
For the third quarter, NewGen Products net sales decreased 40.3% to $22.2 million. The regulatory environment continues to impact sales. Net sales have been relatively steady sequentially within the current year period.
For the quarter, NewGen Products segment gross profit decreased 52.5% to $6.4 million. The segment gross margin contracted 740 basis points from the previous year to 28.8% due to product mix and the competitive environment.
“The NewGen Products business had another challenging quarter but remained profitable as we await developments from the FDA on the PMTA process,” concluded Purdy.
Performance Measures in the Third Quarter
Third quarter consolidated selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $32.9 million compared to $31.9 million in the third quarter of 2021.
The third quarter SG&A included the following notable items:
- $0.4 million of ERP / CRM scoping expenses and duplicative system costs compared to none in the previous year
- $1.4 million of stock options, restricted stock and incentive expense compared to $1.8 million in the year-ago period
- $1.2 million of FDA PMTA-related expenses compared to $1.0 million in the year-ago period
- $2.3 million Turning Point Brands Canada compared to $1.5 in the year-ago period
Total gross debt as of September 30, 2022 was $422.5 million. The corresponding net debt (total gross debt less cash) at September 30, 2022 was $316.8 million. The Company ended the quarter with total liquidity of $127.1 million, comprised of $105.7 million in cash and $21.4 million of revolving credit facility capacity.
During the quarter, the Company spent $7.6 million to repurchase 307,207 shares at an average price of $24.78 per share.
As previously disclosed in our October 17, 2022 press release, the Company expects the following full-year 2022 results:
- Zig-Zag Products sales of $186 to $191 million (compared to previous outlook of $193 to $200 million)
- Stoker’s Products sales of $128 to $132 million (compared to previous outlook of $127 to $133 million)
- Consolidated adjusted EBITDA of $96 to $99 million (compared to previous outlook of $97 to $103 million)
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, October 26, 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.