National Beverage Corp. engages in the development, manufacture, market, and sale of flavored beverage products. Its brands include Big Shot, Clear Fruit, Crystal Bay, Everfresh, Faygo, Nicola, Ohana, Ritz and Shasta. The company was founded by Nick A. Caporella in 1985 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Net sales for fiscal year ended April 27, 2019 (“Fiscal 2019”) increased 3.9% to $1,014 million compared to $975.7 million for fiscal year ended April 28, 2018 (“Fiscal 2018”). Adjusted for private label carbonated soft drinks no longer produced, net sales increased 6.2% . The increase in sales resulted primarily from a 5.0% increase in branded case volume and a higher average selling price. Power+ Brands volume increased 8.9%; branded carbonated soft drinks volume declined 3.0%.
Net sales for Fiscal 2018 increased 18.0% to $975.7 million compared to $826.9 million for the fiscal year ended April 29, 2017 (“Fiscal 2017”). The increase in sales resulted primarily from a 19.8% increase in branded case volume and, to a lesser extent, a higher average selling price. Power+ Brands volume increased 38.9%; branded carbonated soft drinks volume declined 6.2%. The Company concluded production of lower-margin, private-label carbonated soft drinks in the third quarter of Fiscal 2018, allowing greater focus on brand equity appreciation.
Gross profit for Fiscal 2019 decreased 1.7% to $384.4 million compared to $391.1 million for Fiscal 2018. The decrease in gross profit is due to increased costs per case offset in part by volume growth in higher-margin Power+ Brands. Cost of sales per case increased 7.7% primarily due to higher aluminum and manufacturing costs. Manufacturing costs were temporarily impacted by production disruptions as a result of capital projects designed to increase production capacity and efficiency. Gross margin declined to 37.9%.