The Chefs’ Warehouse Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., May 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHEF) (the “Company”), a premier distributor of specialty food products in the United States and Canada, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 27, 2020.

Financial highlights for the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019:

  • Net sales increased 5.2% to $375.4 million for the first quarter of 2020 from $357.0 million for the first quarter of 2019.
  • GAAP net loss was $14.1 million, or $(0.48) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted EPS1 was $(0.60) for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $0.05 for the first quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $(13.8) million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2019.
  • The Company had approximately $200.0 million of cash on the balance sheet and $33.4 million of availability on its asset-based loan facility as of April 30, 2020.

“The first quarter of 2020 began with strong organic revenue and gross profit growth in January and February with a solid contribution from Sid Wainer and Cambridge Packing Co., both acquired in that period,” said Chris Pappas, chairman and chief executive officer of The Company. “Obviously the world changed in March with the forced government shut-down. While volume declined significantly, many of our customers remain open for take-out and delivery and we continue to supply them during this unprecedented time. We have taken steps to strengthen our liquidity and we have partnered with multiple retail food outlets to supply both protein and specialty products. In addition, our team quickly launched our direct to consumer “Shop Like a Chef” online home delivery platform to operate alongside our Allen Brothers Premium Steakhouse Steaks site. We have seen significant growth in both platforms and look forward to continuing to build our direct to consumer business.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Net sales for the quarter ended March 27, 2020 increased 5.2% to $375.4 million from $357.0 million for the quarter ended March 29, 2019. Organic revenue declined $23.5 million, or 6.6% versus the prior year quarter. Sales growth of $41.9 million, or 11.8%, resulted from acquisitions. Organic case count declined approximately 5.0% in the Company’s specialty category with unique customers and placements declines at 1.9% and 9.6%, respectively, compared to the prior year quarter. Pounds sold in the Company’s center-of-the-plate category decreased approximately 10.0% compared to the prior year quarter. Estimated deflation was 2.1% in the Company’s specialty categories and inflation of 3.1% in the center-of-the-plate categories compared to the prior year quarter.

Gross profit increased approximately 0.8% to $90.9 million for the first quarter of 2020 from $90.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. Gross profit margin decreased approximately 105 basis points to 24.2% from 25.3%. Gross margins in the Company’s specialty category decreased 311 basis points and gross margins increased 157 basis points in the Company’s center-of-the-plate category compared to the prior year quarter. Specialty category gross profit results include an increase in reserves of approximately $3.3 million related to estimated inventory obsolescence due to the COVID-19 related government shut-down.

Total operating expenses increased by approximately 28.4% to $107.9 million for the first quarter of 2020 from $84.0 million for the first quarter of 2019. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses were 28.7% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 23.5% in the first quarter of 2019. Total operating expenses include an estimated non-cash charge of $15.8 million related to incremental bad debt expense due to the COVID-19 forced shut-down.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $17.0 million compared to operating income of $6.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. The decrease in operating income was driven primarily by higher operating expenses, offset in part by higher gross profit, as discussed above. As a percentage of net sales, operating loss was 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020 as compared to operating income of 1.8% in the first quarter of 2019.

Total interest expense increased to $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to the interest charged on our Convertible Senior Notes issued on November 22, 2019 and the $100.0 million draw on our asset-based loan facility on March 18, 2020, partially offset by lower effective interest rates charged on our outstanding debt.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $14.1 million, or $(0.48) per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA1 was $(13.8) million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. For the first quarter of 2020, adjusted net loss1 was $17.7 million, or $(0.60) per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $1.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2019.

Full Year 2020 Guidance

As mentioned in our press release dated March 18, 2020, we have suspended our full year 2020 guidance due to the uncertain economic environment created by the COVID-19 forced shutdown.

1EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted EPS are non-GAAP measures. Please see the schedules accompanying this earnings release for a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted EPS to these measures’ most directly comparable GAAP measure.

First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2020 financial results today at 5:00 p.m. EST. Hosting the call will be Chris Pappas, chairman and chief executive officer, and Jim Leddy, chief financial officer. The conference call will be webcast live from the Company’s investor relations website at http://investors.chefswarehouse.com/. An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s investor relations website for 30 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding the Company’s business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and management estimates; actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties which could impact these statements include, but are not limited to the following: our sensitivity to general economic conditions, including disposable income levels and changes in consumer discretionary spending; our ability to expand our operations in our existing markets and to penetrate new markets through acquisitions; we may not achieve the benefits expected from our acquisitions, which could adversely impact our business and operating results; we may have difficulty managing and facilitating our future growth; conditions beyond our control could materially affect the cost and/or availability of our specialty food products or center-of-the-plate products and/or interrupt our distribution network; our increased distribution of center-of-the-plate products, like meat, poultry and seafood, involves increased exposure to price volatility experienced by those products; our business is a low-margin business and our profit margins may be sensitive to inflationary and deflationary pressures; because our foodservice distribution operations are concentrated in certain culinary markets, we are susceptible to economic and other developments, including adverse weather conditions, in these areas; fuel cost volatility may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations; our ability to raise capital in the future may be limited; we may be unable to obtain debt or other financing, including financing necessary to execute on our acquisition strategy, on favorable terms or at all; our business operations and future development could be significantly disrupted if we lose key members of our management team; significant public health epidemics or pandemics, including COVID-19, may adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition; and other risks and uncertainties included under the heading Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 24, 2020  and other filings by the Company with the SEC since that date. The Company is not undertaking to update any information in the foregoing report until the effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws. Any projections of future results of operations are based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These projections are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. The Company may from time to time update these publicly announced projections, but it is not obligated to do so.

About The Chefs’ Warehouse

The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. (http://www.chefswarehouse.com) is a premier distributor of specialty food products in the United States and Canada focused on serving the specific needs of chefs who own and/or operate some of the nation’s leading menu-driven independent restaurants, fine dining establishments, country clubs, hotels, caterers, culinary schools, bakeries, patisseries, chocolateries, cruise lines, casinos and specialty food stores. The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. carries and distributes more than 55,000 products to more than 34,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Contact:
Investor Relations
Jim Leddy, CFO, (718) 684-8415

THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except share amounts and per share data)
 
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 March 27, 2020 March 29, 2019
Net Sales$375,431  $357,027 
Cost of Sales284,530  266,838 
Gross Profit90,901  90,189 
    
Operating Expenses107,917  84,039 
Operating (Loss) Income(17,016) 6,150 
    
Interest Expense5,124  4,551 
Loss on Asset Disposal42  34 
(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes(22,182) 1,565 
    
Provision for Income Taxes(8,097) 431 
    
Net (Loss) Income$(14,085) $1,134 
    
    
Net Loss (Income) Per Share:   
Basic$(0.48) $0.04 
Diluted$(0.48) $0.04 
    
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:   
Basic29,621,433  29,457,257 
Diluted29,621,433  29,840,979 


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
AS OF MARCH 27, 2020 AND DECEMBER 27, 2019
(in thousands)
 
 March 27, 2020 December 27, 2019
 (unaudited)  
Cash$193,517  $140,233 
Accounts receivable, net144,263  175,044 
Inventories, net129,999  124,056 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets24,914  13,823 
Total current assets492,693  453,156 
    
Equipment, leasehold improvements and software, net125,635  92,846 
Operating lease right-of-use assets127,255  127,649 
Goodwill212,510  197,743 
Intangible assets, net145,752  138,751 
Other assets3,069  3,534 
Total assets$1,106,914  $1,013,679 
    
    
Accounts payable$92,621  $94,097 
Accrued liabilities29,477  29,847 
Short-term operating lease liabilities18,091  17,453 
Accrued compensation8,172  8,033 
Current portion of long-term debt4,069  721 
Total current liabilities152,430  150,151 
    
Long-term debt, net of current portion495,860  386,106 
Operating lease liabilities119,786  120,572 
Deferred taxes, net8,983  10,883 
Other liabilities10,238  10,034 
Total liabilities787,297  677,746 
    
Preferred stock   
Common stock310  304 
Additional paid in capital210,381  212,240 
Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment(2,426) (2,048)
Retained earnings111,352  125,437 
Stockholders’ equity319,617  335,933 
    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,106,914  $1,013,679 
        


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED MARCH 27, 2020 AND MARCH 29, 2019
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
 March 27, 2020 March 29, 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net (loss) income$(14,085) $1,134 
    
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization4,762  2,881 
Amortization of intangible assets3,298  2,877 
Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts18,431  851 
Non-cash operating lease expense244  537 
Deferred taxes(1,900) 1,131 
Amortization of deferred financing fees762  522 
Stock compensation851  915 
Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities(6,812) 107 
Loss on asset disposal42  34 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:   
Accounts receivable33,141  13,778 
Inventories2,501  677 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(8,855) (207)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and accrued compensation(14,311) (18,010)
Other assets and liabilities3,916  164 
Net cash provided by operating activities21,985  7,391 
    
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Capital expenditures(3,093) (4,125)
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash received(63,450) (27,990)
Net cash used in investing activities(66,543) (32,115)
    
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Payment of debt, finance lease and other financing obligations(687) (37)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  412 
Surrender of shares to pay withholding taxes(838) (742)
Cash paid for contingent earn-out liability(500)  
Borrowings under asset based loan facility100,000   
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities97,975  (367)
    
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents(133) (2)
    
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents53,284  (25,093)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period140,233  42,410 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$193,517  $17,317 
        


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET (LOSS) INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)
        
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 March 27,
2020
 March 29,
2019
Numerator:   
Net (Loss) Income$(14,085) $1,134 
Denominator:   
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding29,621,433  29,457,257 
Dilutive effect of unvested common shares  383,722 
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding29,621,433  29,840,979 
    
Net (Loss) Income Per Share:   
Basic$(0.48) $0.04 
Diluted$(0.48) $0.04 


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET (LOSS) INCOME
(unaudited; in thousands)
 
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 March 27,
2020
 March 29,
2019
Net (Loss) Income$(14,085) $1,134 
Interest expense5,124  4,551 
Depreciation4,762  2,881 
Amortization3,298  2,877 
Provision for income taxes(8,097) 431 
EBITDA (1)(8,998) 11,874 
    
Adjustments:   
Stock compensation (2)851  915 
Duplicate rent (3)698   
Integration and deal costs/third party transaction costs (4)434  178 
Change in fair value of earn-out obligations (5)(6,812) 107 
Loss on asset disposal (6)42  34 
Moving expenses (7)  61 
    
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$(13,785) $13,169 
        
1.  We are presenting EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not measurements determined in accordance with the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our operations and which we believe, when considered with both our GAAP results and the reconciliation to net income, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance. The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as performance measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based upon GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.
 
2.  Represents non-cash stock compensation expense associated with awards of restricted shares of our common stock and stock options to our key employees and our independent directors.
 
3.  Represents duplicate rent and occupancy costs for our Los Angeles, CA facility.
 
4.  Represents transaction related costs incurred to complete and integrate acquisitions, including due diligence, legal and integration.
 
5.  Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions.
 
6.  Represents the non-cash charge related to the disposal of certain equipment.
 
7.  Represents moving expenses for the consolidation and expansion of our Ridgefield, CT and Toronto, Canada facilities.


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC. 
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET (LOSS) INCOME TO NET (LOSS) INCOME
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 March 27,
2020
 March 29,
2019
Net (Loss) Income$(14,085) $1,134 
    
Adjustments to Reconcile Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted Net (Loss) Income (1):   
Duplicate rent (2)698   
Integration and deal costs/third party transaction costs (3)434  178 
Moving expenses (4)  61 
Change in fair value of earn-out obligations (5)(6,812) 107 
Loss on asset disposal (6)42  34 
Tax effect of adjustments (7)2,058  (105)
    
Total Adjustments(3,580) 275 
    
Adjusted Net (Loss) Income$(17,665) $1,409 
    
Diluted Earnings per Share - Adjusted$(0.60) $0.05 
    
Diluted Shares Outstanding - Adjusted29,621,433  29,840,979 
        
1.  We are presenting adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (EPS), which are not measurements determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, because we believe these measures provide additional metrics to evaluate our operations and which we believe, when considered with both our GAAP results and the reconciliation to net income available to common stockholders, provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted EPS, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance our understanding of our core operating performance. The use of adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted EPS as performance measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based upon our GAAP results while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies.
        
2.  Represents duplicate rent and occupancy costs for our Los Angeles, CA facility. 
        
3.  Represents transaction related costs incurred to complete and integrate acquisitions, including due diligence, legal and integration.
        
4.  Represents moving expenses for the consolidation and expansion of our Ridgefield, CT and Toronto, Canada facilities.
        
5.  Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities related to our acquisitions. 
        
6.  Represents the non-cash charge related to the disposal of certain equipment. 
        
7.  Represents the tax effect of items 2 through 6 above. 


THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC. 
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET (LOSS) INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
(unaudited; in thousands except share amounts and per share data)
        
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 March 27,
2020
 March 29,
2019
Numerator:   
Adjusted Net (Loss) Income$(17,665) $1,409 
Denominator:   
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding29,621,433  29,457,257 
Dilutive effect of unvested common shares  383,722 
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding29,621,433  29,840,979 
    
Adjusted Net (Loss) Income per share:   
Diluted$(0.60) $0.05 

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