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The International Food and Beverage Group’s Sales Rise 6.9% in Q3 2021

16/11/2021

(Organic growth excluding foreign currency effects)

Strauss Group announces a strong quarter with NIS 2.3 billion in revenue

Strauss Group has maintained its growth momentum as Strauss Israel, Strauss Water and Strauss Coffee deliver solid revenue growth. The Group recorded NIS 52 million in profit from its FoodTech business.
Net profit attributable to shareholders in the third quarter was NIS 204 million

This morning, the international food and beverage company Strauss Group published its financial statements for the third quarter of 2021. The financial statements demonstrate that the Group has continued the growth momentum as in the past quarters, with revenues for the quarter amounting to NIS 2.3 billion, an increase of 6.9% compared to the corresponding period last year. Sales growth is evident in most of the company’s operations: Strauss’s activity in Israel, Strauss Water’s business, and the worldwide operations of Strauss Coffee. Sales of the dips and spreads company Sabra in the US in the quarter were stable.

Strauss Group President & CEO, Giora Bardea: “Strauss is making strides in its growth journey while coping with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on world economy. Among other things, these effects are expressed in global increases in commodity prices, worldwide shipping and handling costs and industrial energy prices. Group management is working to preserve resilience and stability, while making investments to ensure that the company is well-aligned and will maintain its growth momentum in the future. This is reflected in the growth delivered by the Group in its core businesses, along with initial returns on its strategic investment in innovation and in the FoodTech industry, which had a positive effect on the Group’s profit in the quarter. ESG remains a core focus in our business and the Group is constantly improving its ESG scores. Together, these components will secure the Group’s continuing resilience and growth in the future”.

Despite the rise in revenues, the company reported stability in gross profit, which amounted to NIS 828 million, and a slight drop in operating profit (before inclusion of the profits of the FoodTech incubator), which amounted to NIS 248 million. Erosion of the gross and operating margins is largely the result of the increase in raw material prices, notably green coffee and milk, as well as rising global manufacturing and shipping costs as part of the fallout as the world emerges from the pandemic. Strauss reported a 20% increase in operating profit, which rose to NIS 300 million, and a 28.1% increase in net profit, which was NIS 204 million. This increase is due to a gain of NIS 52 million recorded by the company in its FoodTech business, which is largely the result of the impressive funding round closed by cultured meat developer, Aleph Farms. Furthermore, the incubator was recently joined by a new startup active in the manufacture of cultured fish products.

Strauss Israel continued to grow its business and market share and ended the quarter with a 2.4% sales growth, bringing sales to NIS 976 million. In the third quarter, the food industry in Israel recorded a drop of 3.6%, meaning that Strauss increased its market share by 0.4 percentage points to 12.3% according to StoreNext. During the quarter, the company launched the ready-to-heat frozen meals category (under the “Delicious” brand), the oat-based “Not Milk” drink, delivering innovation in the plant-based milk category, and the XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Doritos and Cheetos snack food series. The company improved its operating margin due to sales growth and operating cost savings. Sales growth largely originated in the dairy and dairy alternative product category as well as the salty snack category. The salads category remained stable, whereas confectionery sales dropped compared to the corresponding period last year, among other things due to the timing of the Jewish high holidays, which this year fell entirely in September.

In the third quarter, Strauss Coffee’s business was marked by rising world green coffee prices, which increased at higher rates compared to the corresponding period, among other things due to freak frost that damaged coffee plantations in various Brazilian states. Following the increase in the cost of green coffee, retail coffee prices were revised in Brazil (Três Corações (JV)). The company in Brazil also delivered growth in quantities sold, and in total, reported a 37.1% sales growth in local currency. However, the joint venture’s gross and operating margins eroded. In Israel, the coffee business experienced a slight drop of 1.7% in sales due to the timing of the holidays in September. During the quarter, the coffee company launched its new aluminum capsules as well as the new Turkish Coffee “Tastes of the Market” limited edition offering – Galilee and Jerusalem – containing exotic blends of spices and herbs. The coffee business in Eastern Europe was marked by stability, with a slight drop in sales in Russia and Ukraine. In the third quarter and in the months of October and November, prices were raised in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Poland.

Strauss Water continued to grow with sales rising by 4.9% to approximately NIS 192 million. The company, which in the past quarter launched its new tami4edge water bar, has reported growth in both the number of customers and in the number of new appliances sold. The water business in China (Haier Strauss Water (HSW)), where the fight against COVID-19 continues, grew 8.9% in the third quarter.

Sabra, which has experienced challenges posed by the effects of the pandemic, reported a slight recovery in sales and moderate growth of 1.3% in the third quarter in local currency, with sales increasing to USD 97 million along with market share growth compared to the corresponding period last year. However, the company reported that its operating profit declined by 26% as a result of rising raw material prices, manufacturing and shipping costs.

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The data in this document are based on the company’s non-GAAP figures, which include the proportionate consolidation of jointly controlled businesses and do not include share-based payment, mark-to-market at end-of-period of open positions in the Group in respect of financial derivatives used to hedge commodity prices and all adjustments necessary to delay recognition of gains and losses arising from commodity derivatives until the date when the inventory is sold to outside parties, other income and expenses, net, and the tax effect of excluding those items, unless stated otherwise.

 

Following are key financial data for the first nine months and third quarter of 2021, according to the Management (Non-GAAP) Reports:

Net Sales – First Nine Months and Third Quarter

 

Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin – First Nine Months and Third Quarter

Financial data were rounded to NIS millions.

 

Operating Profit and Operating Profit Margin – First Nine Months and Third Quarter

 

Profit and Profit Margin – First Nine Months and Third Quarter

 

Operating Activities and Free Cash Flow – First Nine Months and Third Quarter

Financial data were rounded to NIS millions.

* Restated.

 

Non GAAP Figures (1)

Third Quarter
20212020Change
Total Group Sales (NIS mm)2,2972,1745.7%
Organic Sales Growth excluding FX6.9%3.9%
Gross Profit (NIS mm)8288240.4%
Gross Margins (%)36.0%37.9% -190 bps
EBITDA (NIS mm)38933914.5%
EBITDA Margins (%)16.9%15.6%+130 bps
EBIT (NIS mm)30025020.0%
EBIT Margins (%)13.1%11.5%+160 bps
Net Income Attributable to the Company’s Shareholders (NIS mm)20415828.1%
Net Income Margin (Attributable to the Company’s Shareholders) (%)8.9%7.3%+160 bps
EPS (NIS)1.751.3727.9%
Operating Cash Flow (NIS mm)304183*66.0%
Capex (NIS mm) (2)7273-1.4%
Net debt (NIS mm)1,9261,993-3.4%
Net debt / annual EBITDA1.4x1.6x(0.2x)

* Restated.

(1)  The data in this document are based on the company’s non-GAAP figures, which include the proportionate consolidation of jointly controlled businesses and do not include share-based payment, mark-to-market at end-of-period of open positions in the Group in respect of financial derivatives used to hedge commodity prices and all adjustments necessary to delay recognition of gains and losses arising from commodity derivatives until the date when the inventory is sold to outside parties, other income and expenses, net, and the tax effect of excluding those items, unless stated otherwise.

(2)  Investments include the acquisition of fixed assets, investment in intangible assets and proceeds from the sale of fixed assets.

Note: Financial data were rounded to NIS millions. Percentages changes were calculated on the basis of the exact figures in NIS thousands.

 

Non GAAP Figures (1)

Third Quarter
Sales (NIS mm)Sales Growth vs. Last YearOrganic Sales Growth excluding FXEBIT (NIS mm)NIS Change in EBIT% Change in EBITEBIT marginsChange in EBIT margins vs. 2020
Sales and EBIT by Operating Segments and Activities
Strauss Israel:
Health & Wellness7054.3%4.3%971111.6%13.6%+90 bps
Fun & Indulgence (2)271-2.5%-2.5%16-4-15.4%6.3% -90 bps
Total Strauss Israel9762.4%2.4%11376.5%11.6%+50 bps
Strauss Coffee:
Israel Coffee173-1.7%-1.7%35-5-13.3%19.8% -270 bps
International Coffee (2)78015.4%18.1%61-2-1.8%8.0% -140 bps
Total Strauss Coffee95311.9%13.9%96-7-6.5%10.1% -200 bps
International Dips & Spreads:
Sabra (50%) (2)156-4.3%1.3%13-5-29.9%8.5% -300 bps
Obela (50%) (2)20-10.7%-8.3%189.9%NMNM
Total International Dips & Spreads176-4.9%0.1%134-23.8%7.4% -180 bps
 
Strauss Water (2)1924.9%4.8%2611.5%13.2% -50 bps
OtherNMNM52537,332.0%NMNM
Total Group2,2975.7%6.9%3005020.0%13.1%+160 bps

(1)  The data in this document are based on the company’s non-GAAP figures, which include the proportionate consolidation of jointly controlled businesses and do not include share-based payment, mark-to-market at end-of-period of open positions in the Group in respect of financial derivatives used to hedge commodity prices and all adjustments necessary to delay recognition of gains and losses arising from commodity derivatives until the date when the inventory is sold to outside parties, other income and expenses, net, and the tax effect of excluding those items, unless stated otherwise.

(2)  Fun & Indulgence figures include Strauss’s 50% share in the salty snacks business. International Coffee figures include Strauss’s 50% share in the Três Corações joint venture (3C) – Brazil – a company jointly held by the Group (50%) and by the local São Miguel Group (50%). International Dips & Spreads figures reflect Strauss’s 50% share in Sabra and Obela. Strauss Water EBIT figures include Strauss’s share in Haier Strauss Water (HSW) in China (49%).

Note: Financial data were rounded to NIS millions. Percentages changes were calculated on the basis of the exact figures in NIS thousands. Total figures for International Dips & Spreads were calculated on the basis of the exact figures for Sabra and Obela in NIS thousands.

 

Non GAAP Figures (1)

First Nine Months
20212020Change
Total Group Sales (NIS mm)6,4906,2803.3%
Organic Sales Growth excluding FX5.6%4.5%
Gross Profit (NIS mm)2,4352,445-0.4%
Gross Margins (%)37.5%38.9% -140 bps
EBITDA (NIS mm)1,0581,0025.5%
EBITDA Margins (%)16.3%16.0%+30 bps
EBIT (NIS mm)8017418.0%
EBIT Margins (%)12.3%11.8%+50 bps
Net Income Attributable to the Company’s Shareholders (NIS mm)53646415.4%
Net Income Margin (Attributable to the Company’s Shareholders) (%)8.3%7.4%+90 bps
EPS (NIS)4.614.0115.1%
Operating Cash Flow (NIS mm)612581*5.3%
Capex (NIS mm) (2)199206-3.4%
Net debt (NIS mm)1,9261,993-3.4%
Net debt / annual EBITDA1.4x1.6x(0.2x)

* Restated.

(1)  The data in this document are based on the company’s non-GAAP figures, which include the proportionate consolidation of jointly controlled businesses and do not include share-based payment, mark-to-market at end-of-period of open positions in the Group in respect of financial derivatives used to hedge commodity prices and all adjustments necessary to delay recognition of gains and losses arising from commodity derivatives until the date when the inventory is sold to outside parties, other income and expenses, net, and the tax effect of excluding those items, unless stated otherwise.

(2)  Investments include the acquisition of fixed assets, investment in intangible assets and proceeds from the sale of fixed assets.

Note: Financial data were rounded to NIS millions. Percentages changes were calculated on the basis of the exact figures in NIS thousands.

 

Non GAAP Figures (1)

First Nine Months
Sales (NIS mm)Sales Growth vs. Last YearOrganic Sales Growth excluding FXEBIT (NIS mm)NIS Change in EBIT% Change in EBITEBIT marginsChange in EBIT margins vs. 2020
Sales and EBIT by Operating Segments and Activities
Strauss Israel:
Health & Wellness2,0085.1%5.1%2612610.5%12.9%+60 bps
Fun & Indulgence (2)859-2.0%-2.0%89-4-3.6%10.4% -20 bps
Total Strauss Israel2,8672.9%2.9%350226.5%12.2%+40 bps
Strauss Coffee:
Israel Coffee5450.3%0.3%120-6-4.7%22.0% -110 bps
International Coffee (2)2,0075.5%11.9%152-5-2.7%7.6% -70 bps
Total Strauss Coffee2,5524.4%9.2%272-11-3.7%10.7% -90 bps
International Dips & Spreads:
Sabra (50%) (2)460-8.0%-1.7%42-17-29.6%9.0% -280 bps
Obela (50%) (2)634.3%0.7%-58.2%NMNM
Total International Dips & Spreads523-6.7%-1.4%37-17-31.7%7.0% -260 bps
         
Strauss Water (2)54812.6%12.3%700-1.1%12.7% -180 bps
Other NMNM72661046.2%NMNM
Total Group6,4903.3%5.6%801608.0%12.3%+50 bps

(1)  The data in this document are based on the company’s non-GAAP figures, which include the proportionate consolidation of jointly controlled businesses and do not include share-based payment, mark-to-market at end-of-period of open positions in the Group in respect of financial derivatives used to hedge commodity prices and all adjustments necessary to delay recognition of gains and losses arising from commodity derivatives until the date when the inventory is sold to outside parties, other income and expenses, net, and the tax effect of excluding those items, unless stated otherwise.

(2)  Fun & Indulgence figures include Strauss’s 50% share in the salty snacks business. International Coffee figures include Strauss’s 50% share in the Três Corações joint venture (3C) – Brazil – a company jointly held by the Group (50%) and by the local São Miguel Group (50%). International Dips & Spreads figures reflect Strauss’s 50% share in Sabra and Obela. Strauss Water EBIT figures include Strauss’s share in Haier Strauss Water (HSW) in China (49%).

Note: Financial data were rounded to NIS millions. Percentages changes were calculated on the basis of the exact figures in NIS thousands. Total figures for International Dips & Spreads were calculated on the basis of the exact figures for Sabra and Obela in NIS thousands.

 

Condensed Financial Accounting (GAAP)

Third Quarter
20212020Change
Sales1,5461,5410.3%
Cost of sales excluding impact of commodity hedges9339320.2%
Adjustments for commodity hedges10-19
Cost of sales9439133.3%
Gross profit603628-3.9%
% of sales39.0%40.7%
Selling and marketing expenses332336-1.2%
General and administrative expenses106978.9%
Total expenses4384331.0%
Share of profit of equity-accounted investees62*66-7.6%
Share of profit (loss) of equity-accounted incubator investees52*-22,127.2%
Operating profit before other expenses2792597.7%
% of sales18.1%16.8%
Other expenses, net-3
Operating profit after other expenses2762596.8%
Financing expenses, net-25-250.2%
Income before taxes on income2512347.5%
Taxes on income-42-48-12.0%
Effective tax rate16.8%20.5%
Income for the period20918612.5%
Attributable to the Company’s shareholders18916812.6%
Attributable to non-controlling interests201811.8%

 

Condensed Financial Accounting (GAAP)

First Nine Months
20212020Change
Sales4,5134,4192.1%
Cost of sales excluding impact of commodity hedges2,6862,6232.4%
Adjustments for commodity hedges-1-1
Cost of sales2,6852,6222.4%
Gross profit1,8281,7971.8%
% of sales40.5%40.7%
Selling and marketing expenses9819721.0%
General and administrative expenses3133013.9%
Total expenses1,2941,2731.7%
Share of profit of equity-accounted investees150*189-20.9%
Share of profit (loss) of equity-accounted incubator investees75*-71,208.4%
Operating profit before other expenses7597067.5%
% of sales16.8%16.0%
Other expenses, net
Operating profit after other expenses7597067.6%
Financing expenses, net-47-82-43.0%
Income before taxes on income71262414.2%
Taxes on income-134-12110.8%
Effective tax rate18.8%19.4%
Income for the period57850315.0%
Attributable to the Company’s shareholders52245016.2%
Attributable to non-controlling interests56535.1%

Financial data were rounded to NIS millions. Percentages changes were calculated on the basis of the exact figures in NIS thousands.

* Reclassified.

 

Conference Call

Strauss Group will host a Zoom conference call in Hebrew on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 14:00 (Israel time) with the participation of company management to review the financial statements of the company for the third quarter of 2021. Following is information for those wishing to join the conference:

Meeting URL:https://straussgroup.zoom.us/j/98971616758?pwd=TFNIK2JwZHF5azg3M2ZPRDA0R3Uxdz09
Meeting ID:989 7161 6758
Password:444140

 

Strauss Group will also host a Zoom conference call in English on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 15:30 (Israel time) (13:30 UK, 08:30 EST) with the participation of company management to review the financial statements of the company for the third quarter of 2021.

Meeting URL:https://straussgroup.zoom.us/j/98896664839?pwd=eVhFRkZqb040cXZjNU9nSmhWOU92Zz09
Meeting ID:988 9666 4839
Password:588327

 

A recording of the calls will subsequently be available on the company’s website at:

https://ir.strauss-group.com/company-presentations/conference-call-recordings/

 

The financial statements of the company for the third quarter of 2021 and the presentation that will accompany the conferences will be available prior to the conference calls on the following websites:

https://ir.strauss-group.com/company-presentations/quarterly-presentations/

https://ir.strauss-group.com/earning-releases/

 

For further information, please contact: 

Osnat Golan

VP Communications, Corporate Brand & Sustainability

Strauss Group Ltd.

972-52-828-8111

972-3-675-2281

Osnat.Golan@Strauss-Group.com

Daniella Finn

Director of Investor Relations

Strauss Group Ltd.

972-54-577-2195

972-3-675-2545

Daniella.Finn@Strauss-Group.com

Or
 Shlomi Sheffer

External Communications Director

Strauss Group Ltd.

972-50-620-8000

972-3-675-6713

Shlomi.Sheffer@Strauss-Group.com