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National Beverage Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

July 12, 2012 | About:

National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-04-28.

National Beverage Corp. has a market cap of $685.8 million; its shares were traded at around $14.52 with a P/E ratio of 15.8 and P/S ratio of 1.1. National Beverage Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 5.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated National Beverage Corp. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Net sales for the fiscal year ended April 28, 2012 (“Fiscal 2012”) increased 4.8% to $628.9 million as compared to $600.2 million for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 (“Fiscal 2011”). The sales improvement is due to case volume growth of 9.9% for our Power+ Brands and 1.4% for carbonated soft drinks. In addition, our unit pricing increased 1.3% due to price increases implemented to offset higher raw material costs.

Net sales for Fiscal 2011 increased 1.1% to $600.2 million as compared to $593.5 million for the fiscal year ended May 1, 2010 (“Fiscal 2010”). The sales improvement is due to case volume growth of 13.2% for our Power+ Brands, and a 1.2% increase in unit pricing resulting from favorable product mix changes. This sales improvement was partially offset by a 2.1% volume decline for branded carbonated soft drinks due to weak demand in certain regional markets.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $146.2 million or 23.2% of net sales for Fiscal 2012 compared to $155.9 million or 26.0% of net sales for Fiscal 2011. The decline in expenses is due to a decrease in marketing and administrative expenses.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $155.9 million or 26.0% of net sales for Fiscal 2011 compared to $145.2 million or 24.5% of net sales for Fiscal 2010. The increase in expenses was primarily due to additional investment in expanded distribution, including expanded marketing and selling programs. Marketing costs reflect increased cooperative advertising programs with customers and increased brand support expenditures.

During Fiscal 2012, our working capital increased $38.9 million to $69.8 million due to cash provided by operating activities. Trade receivables increased $5.7 million, which represents an increase in days sales outstanding from approximately 33.4 days to 33.9 days, and inventories increased $7.5 million, which represents a reduction in annual inventory turns from 11.7 to 11 times. These increases are primarily due to the commencement of a new Strategic Alliance agreement in the latter part of Fiscal 2012. The increase in inventory is also due to higher raw material costs and quantity increases related to anticipated sales growth. Prepaid and other assets decreased $4.0 million due to a decline in the fair value of derivative assets. See Note 6 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. At April 28, 2012, the current ratio was 1.9 to 1, as compared to 1.4 to 1 at April 30, 2011.

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