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Turning Point Brands Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results, Increases 2020 Guidance

·24-min read

Turning Point Brands, Inc. ("TPB") (NYSE: TPB), a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded consumer products with active ingredients, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Results at a Glance

Third Quarter 2020

(Comparisons vs. same period year-ago)

  • Net sales increased 7.6% to $104.2 million;

  • Gross profit increased 12.8% to $48.3 million;

  • Net income increased $1.5 million to $7.8 million despite PMTA costs incurred during the current quarter;

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 27.4% to $23.9 million (see Schedule A for a reconciliation to net income);

  • Diluted EPS of $0.40 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.75 as compared to $0.31 and $0.61 in the year-ago period, respectively (see Schedule B for a reconciliation to Diluted EPS);

"Streamlining and repositioning the business at the end of 2019 has paid dividends throughout 2020. Smokeless saw continued same store sales momentum in MST and newfound strength in loose leaf chewing tobacco. Smoking (Zig-Zag) saw its highest growth rate in recent history driven by product and channel growth initiatives behind rolling papers, the benefits of greater control of our MYO cigar wraps business after the Durfort transaction closed in the second quarter, and a burgeoning e-commerce presence. The NewGen segment navigated admirably through significant market disruption caused by the PMTA application deadline," said Larry Wexler, President and CEO. "Overall, we are seeing ongoing benefits from re-shaping our business towards a more growth-oriented mindset and are able to raise our outlook once again for the remainder of the fiscal year."

Recent Events

As detailed in a separate press release, TPB today announced a $15 million strategic investment in leading global cannabinoid company dosist™ and an exclusive co-development and distribution agreement of a new national CBD brand, created in partnership with dosist’s thc-free business unit. Additionally, TPB has an option to invest another $15 million at pre-determined terms within the next 12 months. TPB has been issued a warrant to receive preferred shares of dosist that will automatically be exercised upon a change in federal laws in the United States to reschedule or deschedule cannabis and/or permit its general cultivation, distribution and possession. As part of this agreement, TPB will also have an option to fill a seat on the board of directors of dosist upon legalization.

On October 5, 2020, TPB announced the acquisition of a 20% stake in Wild Hempettes LLC ("Wild Hempettes"), a leading manufacturer of hemp cigarettes under the WildHemp™ and Hempettes™ brands, with options to increase its stake to a 100% ownership position based on certain milestones. As part of the transaction, TPB will be the exclusive distributor of Hempettes™ to U.S. bricks and mortar retailers.

On October 1, 2020, TPB sold the assets of its remaining owned retail stores in Oklahoma. As consideration for the transaction, TPB will receive a royalty from the acquiror, while also receiving rights to market and test products in the stores on a quarterly basis. Year-to-date sales and gross profit for those stores was $2.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively. This transaction continues our efforts to streamline the NewGen segment, as part of our announcement in the fourth quarter 2019 for the exploration of strategic alternatives for the third-party vaping distribution business.

On September 8, 2020, TPB announced it had submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") Premarket Tobacco Applications ("PMTAs") covering 250 products, an important and necessary step for TPB to offer adult consumers an extensive portfolio of products that serve as alternatives to combustible cigarettes and satisfy a wide variety of consumer preferences. The PMTAs covered a broad assortment of products in the vapor category including multiple proprietary e-liquid offerings in varying nicotine strengths, technologies and sizes; proprietary replacement parts and components of open system tank devices through partnerships with two leading manufacturers for exclusive distribution of products in the United States; and a closed system e-cigarette. The PMTAs provided clarity to customers and retail partners of TPB’s continued support behind products across multiple leading brands including Solace™, VaporFi®, South Beach Smoke™, HorizonTech®, FreeMaX® and other developing brands and partnerships.

Smokeless Products Segment (29% of total net sales in the quarter)

For the third quarter, Smokeless products net sales increased 13.7% to $29.8 million on double-digit growth of MST and loose leaf chewing tobacco. MST represented 59% of Smokeless revenues in the quarter, up from 58% a year earlier. In the quarter, total Smokeless segment volume increased 10.3% and price/mix advanced 3.4%.

"MST continued to gain market momentum driven by strong same store sales growth despite a tough comparable. The outlook continues to be bright for this product line with increasing consumer acceptance and further distribution gains," said Graham Purdy, Chief Operating Officer. "Our loose leaf chewing tobacco business saw accelerated growth during the quarter as targeted selling initiatives that began earlier in the year led to meaningful year-over-year market share growth according to MSAi."

For the quarter, Smokeless segment gross profit increased 18.1% to $16.0 million. Segment gross margin expanded 200 basis points to 53.9% primarily as a result of strong incremental margin contribution of MST.

Smoking Products Segment (34% of total net sales in the quarter)

For the third quarter, net sales of Smoking products increased 19.0% to $36.0 million. Growth was driven by double-digit advances in US rolling papers and MYO cigar wraps. This more than offset a $2.0 million decline in our Canadian papers business which compared against an inventory load-in during last year’s third quarter. Non-focus cigars and MYO pipe declined $0.3 million. In the quarter, total Smoking segment volume increased 18.0% while price/mix increased 1.0%.

"This segment of the business is benefitting from new product introductions and channel-specific sales efforts that are expanding market share and better aligning our growth to cannabis consumption trends. While increased consumption related to COVID-19 benefitted our US rolling papers business, we were encouraged to see our volumes grow significantly above the industry growth rate during the quarter. Our emerging e-commerce business demonstrated strong progress with sales roughly doubling from the previous quarter," said Purdy. "In addition, post-the Durfort transaction, we now have a stronger and more direct working relationship with our MYO cigar wrap manufacturer which is enabling us to ramp production better to align with consumer demand."

For the quarter, Smoking products gross profit increased 27.9% to $21.3 million. Segment gross margin expanded 410 basis points to 59.1% as a result of increased US rolling paper sales and increased margin in MYO cigar sales as a result of the Durfort transaction.

NewGen (New Generation) Products Segment (37% of total net sales in the quarter)

For the third quarter, NewGen segment net sales decreased 4.8% to $38.4 million. Flat performance in our vape distribution business and double-digit growth from Solace and other Nu-X products was offset by a decline in RipTide which compared against a trade load-in during its launch in the prior year period.

"Our NewGen business performed in-line with our expectations as the business managed through a challenging competitive environment created by the PMTA deadline with competitors liquidating inventories in anticipation of exiting the market. The recent sale of the remaining Vapor Shark stores continues the streamlining of the segment," said Purdy. "While we still expect short-term disruption related to the PMTA process to impact our fourth quarter, the extensive portfolio of products submitted through the PMTA process has us increasingly optimistic about our outlook going forward as the market consolidates."

For the quarter, NewGen gross profit decreased 12.8% to $11.0 million. Segment gross margin decreased 260 basis points to 28.6% primarily due to temporary pricing pressure as competitors liquidated inventories and inventory reserves. Third quarter 2020 included $2.3 million of tariff expense compared to $2.6 million a year-ago.

Other Events and Performance Measures in the Third Quarter

Third quarter consolidated selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $32.3 million compared to $29.8 million in 2019 with the increase primarily due to non-recurring PMTA-related expenses incurred during the quarter as detailed below.

The third quarter had notable non-recurring impacts:

  • $5.3 million of FDA PMTA-related expenses as compared to $0.2 million in the year-ago period; and

  • $0.6 million of transaction expenses principally related to M&A activity as compared to $0.5 million in the year-ago period.

The third quarter also included a $1.2 million non-cash charge within net periodic costs related to the termination of our defined benefit pension plan in 2019. We received net $1.7 million of cash related to the termination of the plan.

Total gross debt as of September 30, 2020, was $328.0 million. The corresponding net debt (total gross debt less cash) at September 30, 2020 was $260.6 million. The company ended the quarter with total liquidity of $113.8 million comprising $67.4 million of cash and $46.4 million of revolving credit facility capacity.

During the quarter, the company repurchased 82,097 shares at an average price of $28.95.

2020 Outlook Update

Taking into account the strength we have seen thus far this year and expected near-term volatility within our NewGen segment, we revise our guidance provided on July 28, 2020 as follows:

Absent any further acquisitions, the company projects 2020 net sales to be $395 to $401 million (up from previous guidance of $370 to $382 million). We project 2020 Adjusted EBITDA of $87 million to $90 million (up from previous guidance of $78 to $83 million).

Stock compensation and non-cash incentive expense in 2020 is projected to be $2.8 million.

The company spent a total of $16.6 million on the PMTA process, in-line with previous guidance of $16 to $18 million. This is inclusive of $2.2 million spent in 2019 and $14.4 million in the first three quarters of 2020.

Cash interest expense is projected to be $12 million and GAAP interest expense includes $7 million of debt discount amortization equal to the fair value of the equity components over the expected life of the 2024 convertible notes.

The company expects the 2020 effective income tax rate to be 23% to 24%.

Capital expenditures for 2020 are anticipated to be approximately $6 million (up from previous guidance of $4 to $6 million) as we have accelerated certain capital expenditure projects due to temporary tax code incentives.

Net Sales for the fourth quarter of 2020 are expected to be $95 to $101 million.

Earnings Conference Call

As previously disclosed, a conference call with the investment community to review TPB’s financial results has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Investment community participants should dial in ten minutes ahead of time using the toll-free number 844-889-4324 (International participants should call 412-317-9262). A live listen-only webcast of the call is available from the Events and Presentations section of the investor relations portion of the company website (www.turningpointbrands.com). A replay of the webcast will be available on the site three hours following the call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures accompanies this release.

About Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Turning Point Brands (NYSE: TPB) is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded consumer products with active ingredients through its iconic core brands Zig-Zag® and Stoker’s®, and its emerging brands within the NewGen segment. TPB’s products are available in more than 210,000 retail outlets in North America in addition to sites such as www.zigzag.com, www.nu-x.com and www.solacevapor.com. For the latest news and information about TPB and its brands, please visit www.turningpointbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements may generally be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan" and "will" or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. As a result, actual events may differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by TPB in this press release speaks only as of the date hereof. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for TPB to predict these events or how they may affect it. TPB has no obligation, and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to:

  • declining sales of tobacco products, and expected continuing decline of sales, in the tobacco industry overall;

  • our dependence on a small number of third-party suppliers and producers;

  • the possibility that we will be unable to identify or contract with new suppliers or producers in the event of a supply or product disruption;

  • the possibility that our licenses to use certain brands or trademarks will be terminated, challenged or restricted;

  • failure to maintain consumer brand recognition and loyalty of our customers;

  • our reliance on relationships with several large retailers and national chains for distribution of our products;

  • uncertainty and continued evolution of markets containing our NewGen products;

  • intense competition and our ability to compete effectively;

  • competition from illicit sources;

  • regulation of our products by the FDA, which has broad regulatory powers;

  • our products are subject to developing and unpredictable regulation, for example, current court action moving forward certain substantial Pre Market Tobacco Application obligations;

  • uncertainty related to the regulation and taxation of our NewGen products;

  • possible significant increases in federal, state and local municipal tobacco- and vapor-related taxes;

  • sensitivity of end-customers to increased sales taxes and economic conditions;

  • substantial and increasing U.S. regulation;

  • possible increasing international control and regulation;

  • failure to comply with certain regulations;

  • imposition of significant tariffs on imports into the U.S.;

  • the scientific community’s lack of information regarding the long-term health effects of certain substances contained in some of our products;

  • some of our products contain nicotine which is considered to be a highly addictive substance;

  • contamination of our tobacco supply or products;

  • requirement to maintain compliance with master settlement agreement escrow account;

  • our amount of indebtedness;

  • the terms of our credit facilities, which may restrict our current and future operations;

  • significant product liability litigation;

  • reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies may make our common stock less attractive to investors, potentially decreasing our stock price;

  • failure to maintain our status as an emerging growth company before the five-year maximum time period a company may retain such status;

  • our principal stockholders will be able to exert significant influence over matters submitted to our stockholders and may take certain actions to prevent takeovers;

  • our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as well as Delaware law and certain regulations, could discourage or prohibit acquisition bids or merger proposals, which may adversely affect the market price of our common stock;

  • our certificate of incorporation limits the ownership of our common stock by individuals and entities that are Restricted Investors. These restrictions may affect the liquidity of our common stock and may result in Restricted Investors being required to sell or redeem their shares at a loss or relinquish their voting, dividend and distribution rights;

  • our business may be damaged by events outside of our suppliers’ control, such as the impact of epidemics (e.g., coronavirus), political upheavals, or natural disasters;

  • our reliance on information technology;

  • security and privacy breaches;

  • infringement on our intellectual property;

  • third-party claims that we infringe on their intellectual property;

  • failure to manage our growth;

  • failure to successfully integrate our acquisitions or otherwise be unable to benefit from pursuing acquisitions;

  • fluctuations in our results;

  • exchange rate fluctuations;

  • adverse U.S. and global economic conditions;

  • departure of key management personnel or our inability to attract and retain talent;

  • future sales of our common stock in the public market could reduce our stock price, and any additional capital raised by us through the sale of equity or convertible securities may dilute your ownership in us; and

  • we may issue preferred stock whose terms could adversely affect the voting power or value of our common stock.

Financial Statements Follow:

Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Income

(dollars in thousands except share data)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Net sales

$

104,174

$

96,800

Cost of sales

55,867

53,984

Gross profit

48,307

42,816

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

32,286

29,784

Operating income

16,021

13,032

Interest expense, net

5,224

3,641

Investment income

(3

)

(265

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

1,158

Net periodic cost (income), excluding service cost

1,188

(12

)

Income before income taxes

9,612

8,510

Income tax expense

1,816

2,236

Consolidated net income

7,796

6,274

Basic income per common share:

Consolidated net income

$

0.41

$

0.32

Diluted income per common share:

Consolidated net income

$

0.40

$

0.31

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

19,240,187

19,659,217

Diluted

19,636,989

20,067,413

Supplemental disclosures of statement of income information:

Excise tax expense

$

5,810

$

5,503

FDA fees

$

135

$

158

Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheet

(dollars in thousands except share data)

(unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

ASSETS

2020

2019

Current assets:

Cash

$

67,403

$

95,250

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $156 in 2020 and $280 in 2019

8,783

6,906

Inventories

73,343

70,979

Other current assets

20,943

16,115

Total current assets

170,472

189,250

Property, plant, and equipment, net

14,003

13,816

Right of use assets

19,064

12,130

Deferred financing costs, net

715

890

Goodwill

154,282

154,282

Other intangible assets, net

79,900

33,469

Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) escrow deposits

32,074

32,074

Other assets

8,721

10,673

Total assets

$

479,231

$

446,584

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

10,958

$

14,126

Accrued liabilities

32,009

26,520

Current portion of long-term debt

12,000

15,240

Total current liabilities

54,967

55,886

Notes payable and long-term debt

283,792

268,951

Deferred income taxes

1,875

1,572

Lease liabilities

17,073

11,067

Other long-term liabilities

4,190

2,523

Total liabilities

361,897

339,999

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; authorized shares 40,000,000; issued and outstanding shares

-

-

Common stock, voting, $0.01 par value; authorized shares, 190,000,000; 19,483,861 issued shares,19,144,901 outstanding shares at September 30, 2020, and 19,680,673 issued and outstanding shares at December 31, 2019

195

197

Common stock, nonvoting, $0.01 par value; authorized shares, 10,000,000; issued and outstanding shares

-

-

Additional paid-in capital

127,758

125,469

Cost of repurchased common stock

(338,960 shares at September 30, 2020 and 0 shares at December 31, 2019)

(7,665

)

-

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,245

)

(3,773

)

Accumulated earnings (deficit)

291

(15,308

)

Total stockholders' equity

117,334

106,585

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

479,231

$

446,584

Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(dollars in thousands)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Consolidated net income

$

20,298

$

26,039

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

1,308

Pension settlement and curtailment loss

1,188

-

Impairment loss

149

-

Loss (gain) on sale of property, plant, and equipment

36

(12

)

Depreciation expense

2,482

1,855

Amortization of other intangible assets

1,304

1,079

Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

6,725

1,018

Deferred income taxes

876

(4

)

Stock compensation expense

1,986

2,480

Noncash lease expense

179

-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(1,877

)

(3,556

)

Inventories

(2,364

)

(6,704

)

Other current assets

(829

)

(801

)

Other assets

1,941

106

Accounts payable

(3,200

)

1,069

Accrued postretirement liabilities

(54

)

(125

)

Accrued liabilities and other

4,359

(3,739

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

33,199

$

20,013

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

$

(3,420

)

$

(4,060

)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(37,735

)

(7,703

)

Restricted cash, MSA escrow deposits

-

29,713

Proceeds on the sale of property, plant and equipment

3

117

Payments for investments

-

(1,421

)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

$

(41,152

)

$

16,646

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payments of 2018 first lien term loan

$

(8,000

)

$

(6,000

)

Payments of 2018 second lien term loan

-

(40,000

)

Payments of 2018 revolving credit facility

-

(26,000

)

Proceeds from Convertible Senior Notes

-

172,500

Payment of IVG note

(4,240

)

-

Proceeds from unsecured loan

7,485

-

Standard Diversified Inc. reorganization, net of cash acquired

(1,737

)

-

Payment of call options

-

(20,528

)

Payment of dividends

(2,846

)

(2,646

)

Payments of financing costs

(194

)

(6,997

)

Exercise of options

303

639

Surrender of restricted stock

-

(84

)

Redemption of options

-

(12

)

Common stock repurchased

(7,665

)

-

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

$

(16,894

)

$

70,872

Net (decrease) increase in cash

$

(24,847

)

$

107,531

Cash, beginning of period:

Unrestricted

95,250

3,306

Restricted

32,074

2,361

Total cash at beginning of period

127,324

5,667

Cash, end of period:

Unrestricted

67,403

81,124

Restricted

35,074

32,074

Total cash at end of period

$

102,477

$

113,198

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, we use non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS, and Adjusted Operating Income. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS, and Adjusted Operating Income are used by management to compare our performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses and planning purposes and are presented to our board of directors. We believe that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income are appropriate measures of operating performance because they eliminate the impact of expenses that do not relate to business performance.

We define "EBITDA" as net income before interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define "Adjusted EBITDA" as net income before interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-cash items and other items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance. We define "Adjusted diluted EPS" as diluted earnings per share excluding items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance. We define "Adjusted Operating Income" as operating income excluding depreciation, amortization, LIFO, other non-cash items and other items that we do not consider ordinary course in our evaluation of ongoing operating performance.

Non-U.S. GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Adjusted diluted EPS and Adjusted Operating Income exclude significant expenses that are required by U.S. GAAP to be recorded in our financial statements and is subject to inherent limitations. In addition, other companies in our industry may calculate this non-U.S. GAAP measure differently than we do or may not calculate it at all, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In accordance with SEC rules, we have provided, in the supplemental information attached, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the next directly comparable GAAP measures.

Schedule A

Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2020

2019

Consolidated net income

$

7,796

$

6,274

Add:

Interest expense, net

5,224

3,641

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

1,158

Income tax expense

1,816

2,236

Depreciation expense

809

692

Amortization expense

477

356

EBITDA

$

16,122

$

14,357

Components of Adjusted EBITDA

Other (a)

1,188

151

Stock options, restricted stock, and incentives expense (b)

772

1,314

Transaction expenses (c)

570

470

New product launch costs (d)

-

1,979

FDA PMTA (e)

5,271

241

Corporate and vapor restructuring (f)

-

265

Adjusted EBITDA

$

23,923

$

18,777

(a) Represents LIFO adjustment, non-cash pension expense (income) and foreign exchange hedging.

(b) Represents non-cash stock options, restricted stock, incentives expense and Solace PRSUs.

(c) Represents the fees incurred for transaction expenses.

(d) Represents product launch costs of our new product lines.

(e) Represents costs associated with applications related to FDA PMTA.

(f) Represents costs associated with corporate and vapor restructuring including severance and inventory reserves.

Schedule B

Turning Point Brands

Reconciliation of GAAP diluted EPS to Adjusted diluted EPS

(dollars in thousands except share data)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2020

2019

GAAP EPS

$

0.40

$

0.31

Other (a)

0.05

0.05

Stock options, restricted stock, and incentives expense (b)

0.03

0.05

Transaction expenses (c)

0.02

0.02

New product launch costs (d)

-

0.07

FDA PMTA (e)

0.22

0.01

Amortization of debt discount (f)

0.07

0.04

Corporate and vapor restructuring (g)

-

0.01

Tax (expense) benefit (h)

(0.04

)

0.05

Adjusted diluted EPS

$

0.75

$

0.61

Totals may not foot due to rounding

(a) Represents LIFO adjustment, non-cash pension expense (income), foreign exchange hedging reporting and Loss on Extinguishment of Debt tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(b) Represents non-cash stock options, restricted stock, incentives expense and Solace PRSUs tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(c) Represents the fees incurred for transaction expenses tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(d) Represents product launch costs of our new product lines tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(e) Represents costs associated with applications related to the FDA PMTA tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(f) Represents non-cash amortization of debt discount tax effected at the quarterly tax rate.

(g) Represents costs associated with corporate and vapor restructuring including severance and inventory reserves tax effected at the quarterly tax rate

(h) Represents adjustment from quarterly tax rate to annual projected tax rate of 23% in 2020 and 20% in 2019.

Schedule C

Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Gross Profit to Adjusted Gross Profit and GAAP Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Income

(dollars in thousands)

Consolidated

Smokeless

Smoking

NewGen

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

104,174

$

96,800

$

29,764

$

26,187

$

35,973

$

30,222

$

38,437

$

40,391

Gross profit

$

48,307

$

42,816

$

16,042

$

13,587

$

21,263

$

16,619

$

11,002

$

12,610

Adjustments:

LIFO adjustment

-

136

-

136

-

-

-

-

Adjusted gross profit

$

48,307

$

42,952

$

16,042

$

13,723

$

21,263

$

16,619

$

11,002

$

12,610

Operating income

$

16,021

$

13,032

$

11,466

$

9,392

$

16,827

$

12,931

$

745

$

(1,233)

Adjustments:

LIFO adjustment

-

136

-

136

-

-

-

-

Transaction expenses

570

470

-

-

-

-

-

-

New product launch costs

-

1,979

-

-

-

-

-

1,979

FDA PMTA

5,271

241

-

-

-

-

-

-

Corporate and vapor restructuring

-

265

-

-

-

-

-

265

Adjusted operating income

$

21,862

$

16,123

$

11,466

$

9,528

$

16,827

$

12,931

$

745

$

1,011

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201027005369/en/

Contacts

Robert Lavan, Senior Vice President, CFO
ir@tpbi.com (502) 774-9238