Leading Brands, Inc. Announces Year End and Q4 Financial Results Fiscal 2012 Net Income $591,000 or $0.20 Per Share [$0.17 fully diluted] Fiscal 2012 EBITDAS $0.58 Per Share [$0.53 fully diluted] VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:LBIX),North America's only fully integrated healthy branded beverage company, announces results for its fourth quarter and Fiscal 2012 year end, which ended February 28, 2013. All financial amounts are denominated in Canadian dollars, with all financial figures rounded to the nearest $000 and, have been prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). Net income for the 2012 Fiscal Year was $591,000, or $0.20 per share [$0.17 fully diluted] versus a net income of 1,551,000 or $0.46 the prior year. Gross Revenue for the year dropped 5.6% to $18,366,000 from $19,457,000 as the company experienced lower branded beverage sales. Gross revenue for Q4 2012 was $3,650,000, versus $3,908,000 in the same period of last year, a decrease of 6.6%. Q4 2012 net loss was ($36,000) or ($0.01) per share [($0.01) fully diluted] versus net income of $212,000 or $0.06 per share [$0.06 fully diluted] in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. EBITDAS in Q4 increased to $180,000 or $0.06 per share [$0.06 fully diluted] from $51,000 or $0.02 per share [$0.02 fully diluted] in the prior year. 2012 net income before stock based compensation (SBC) decreased to $743,000 or $0.25 per share [$0.22 fully diluted] versus $1,966,000 or $0.58 per share [$0.55 fully diluted] in the same quarter last year. 2012 EBITDAS (Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation, Amortization and SBC) was $1,746,000 or $0.58 per share [$0.53 fully diluted], versus $2,843,000 or $0.84 per share [$0.80 fully diluted] last year. Non-GAAP Net Income before SBC is determined as follows: FY FY Q4 Q4 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net Income (loss) $591,000 $1,551,000 ($36,000) $212,000 Add back SBC 152,000 415,000 30,000 155,000 Net income before SBC $743,000 $1,966,000 ($6,000) $367,000 Non-GAAP Net Income per share before SBC is determined as follows: FY FY Q4 Q4 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net Income (loss) per share $0.20 $0.46 ($0.01) $0.07 Add back SBC per share 0.05 0.12 0.01 0.04 Net Income per share before SBC $0.25 $0.58 $0.00 $0.11 Pro-forma results for EBITDAS, as defined below, are determined as follows: FY FY Q4 Q4 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net Income (loss) $591,000 $1,551,000 ($36,000) $212,000 Add back: Interest 15,000 108,000 4,000 40,000 Depreciation and Amortization 681,000 676,000 183,000 171,000 Non-cash stock based compensation 152,000 415,000 30,000 155,000 Non-cash income tax expense 307,000 93,000 (1,000) (527,000) Total Add Backs 1,155,000 1,292,000 216,000 (161,000) EBITDAS $1,746,000 $2,843,000 $180,000 $51,000 EBITDAS per share reconciles to earnings per share as follows: FY FY Q4 Q4 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net Income (loss) per share $0.20 $0.46 ($0.01) $0.07 Add back: Interest 0.00 0.03 0.00 0.01 Depreciation and Amortization 0.23 0.20 0.06 0.05 Non-cash stock based compensation 0.05 0.12 0.01 0.05 Non-cash income tax expense 0.10 0.03 0.00 (0.16) EBITDAS per share $0.58 $0.84 $0.06 $0.02 Gross profit margin for the fiscal year was 37.2%, down slightly from 38.7% in the same period last year. Discounts, rebates and slotting fees were $1,126,000 in 2012, up from $1,052,000 the prior year.SG&A expenses were $4,740,000 in 2012, versus $4,656,000 in the previous year. The Company paid $1,544,000 to repurchase 326,187 of its common shares at an average price of $4.73 per share during fiscal 2012.Cash on hand net of non-trade obligations as at February 28, 2013 was ($165,000). As at February 28, 2013 the Company had outstanding 2,930,481 common shares.The Company believes that its common share price remains undervalued and will continue with the repurchase of its shares at appropriate times. About Leading Brands, Inc. Leading Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:LBIX) is North America's only fully integrated healthy beverage company.Leading Brands creates, designs, bottles, distributes and markets its own proprietary premium beverage brands such as Neurogenesis Happy Water™, TrueBlue^® Blueberry Juice, LiteBlue^® Blueberry Juice, TrueBlack™ Blackberry Juice, PureBlue^®, UnWine^®, PureRed^® and PureBlack^® via its unique Integrated Distribution System (IDS)™ which involves the Company finding the best and most cost-effective route to market. The Company strives to use the best natural ingredients hence its mantra: Better Ingredients – Better Brands. Non-GAAP Measures Any non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this release do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. EBITDAS is a non-GAAP financial measure.EBITDAS is defined as net income (loss) before income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation.EBITDAS should not be construed as a substitute for net income (as determined in accordance with GAAP) for the purpose of analyzing operating performance, as EBITDAS is not defined by GAAP.However, the Company regards EBITDAS as a complement to net income and income before taxes. Forward Looking Statements Certain information contained in this press release includes forward-looking statements.Words such as "believe", "expect," "will," or comparable terms, are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, objectives, future events or performance and other developments.All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof.Such statements speak only as of the date hereof.Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's estimations and projections are disclosed in the Company's securities filings and include, but are not limited to, the following:general economic conditions, weather conditions, changing beverage consumption trends, pricing, availability of raw materials, economic uncertainties (including currency exchange rates), government regulation, managing and maintaining growth, the effect of adverse publicity, litigation, competition and other risk factors described from time to time in securities reports filed by Leading Brands, Inc. For all such forward-looking statements, we claim the safe harbor for forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Better Ingredients | Better Brands™ ©2013 Leading Brands, Inc. This news release is available at www.LBIX.com (table follows) LEADING BRANDS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS) February 28, February 29, 2013 2012 Gross revenue $18,365,871 $19,456,504 Less: Discounts, rebates and slotting fees (1,125,529) (1,052,453) Net revenue 17,240,342 18,404,051 Expenses (Income) Cost of sales 10,832,783 11,287,079 Selling, general & administration expenses 4,740,375 4,656,298 Depreciation 681,045 676,464 Interest expense, net 18,165 115,627 Loss on disposal of assets 90,585 11,013 Change in fair value of derivative liability (18,252) 17,160 Foreign exchange loss (gain) 593 4,666 Interest income (2,908) (8,216) Total Expenses 16,342,386 16,760,091 Income before taxes 897,956 1,643,961 Income tax expense 306,652 93,103 Net income $591,304 $1,550,858 Earnings per share Basic income per share $0.20 $0.46 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 3,012,647 3,368,751 - basic Diluted income per share $0.17 $0.44 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 3,314,762 3,541,859 - diluted CONTACT: Leading Brands, Inc. Tel: (604) 685-5200 Email: info@LBIX.com Leading Brands, Inc. Company Logo
Leading Brands, Inc. Announces Year End and Q4 Financial Results
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