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National Beverage Corp. Sees Q2 Growth, Set To Launch New Products

National Beverage Corp.

In its second quarter ended Oct. 26, National Beverage Corp. had net sales of $252 million and its gross margin was 36.9 percent of sales, a continued stair-step improvement. Earnings per share were 70 cents vs. 74 cents for the prior sequential quarter; and cash was $234 million.

“One of the most profound occurrences in a company is when key indicators significantly create an atmosphere that motivates the entire team…we are at this place. Our November orders were ahead of last year’s pace and our recently introduced Hi-Biscus is expanding across the country and has been met with enthusiastic responses from both consumers and retailers,” said a spokesperson of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company. “With European finesse and unique flavor innovation, our exciting new LimonCello and Pastèque are joining the LaCroix family of flavors and will be launched nationally in early 2020. Consumer engagement with LaCroix is strong and we are seeing steadfast social media support from the legions of loyal LaCroix fans.”

National Beverage Corp.

“In the past, the carbonated soft drink business in the U.S. and throughout the world needed combating brands to convince consumers and retailers that no one entity or brand could control the cola business. Today, the sparkling water category is totally different with the primary difference being the changing lifestyle of the health-conscious consumer. Therefore, it is not how many sparkling waters that exist nor the competitive difference between them, but which brand remains within the mindset and health barometer of its consumer base.

“LaCroix will remain the leading sparkling water brand of the core health-conscious consumer phenomenon. It’s not what LaCroix is going to do in the future that makes it different, it’s what LaCroix has been doing all along. LaCroix is the leading domestic premium sparkling water brand and plans to stay that way,” said the National Beverage Corp. spokesperson.

National Beverage Corp.

Consolidated Results for the Periods Ended

October 26, 2019 and October 27, 2018

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Oct. 26, 2019 Oct. 27, 2018 Oct. 26, 2019 Oct. 27, 2018
Net Sales $ 251,611 $ 260,709 $ 515,179 $ 553,299
Net Income $ 32,654 $ 41,078 $ 67,196 $ 89,908
Earnings Per Common Share
Basic $ .70 $ .88 $ 1.44 $ 1.93
Diluted $ .70 $ .88 $ 1.43 $ 1.92
Average Common Shares Outstanding
Basic 46,653 46,628 46,650 46,623
Diluted 46,877 46,928 46,879 46,923


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