G. Willi-Food International Reports A Record High Year With

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YAVNE, Israel, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ: WILC) (the "Company" or "Willi-Food"), a global company that specializes in the development, marketing and international distribution of kosher foods, today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights

  • Sales increased by 17.0% from fiscal year 2018 to NIS 395.6 million (US$ 114.5 million).
  • Gross profit increased by 26.1% from fiscal year 2018 to NIS 123.9 million (US$ 35.8 million).
  • Operating profit increased by 25.2% from fiscal year 2018 to NIS 47.3 million (US$ 13.7 million), or 12.0% of sales.
  • Income before taxes (Net income) increased by 98.8% from fiscal year 2018 to NIS 65.2 million (US$ 18.9 million).
  • Income after taxes increased by 106.3% from fiscal year 2018 to NIS 51.5 million (US$ 14.9 million).
  • Cash and securities balance of NIS 263.4 million (US$ 76.2 million) as of December 31, 2019.

Willi-Food's operating divisions include Willi-Food, a distributor of a broad variety of kosher foods, and its wholly-owned Euro European Dairies Ltd. (formerly "Gold Frost Ltd."), a designer, developer and distributor of innovative branded kosher dairy food products.

Management Comment

Zwi Williger & Joseph Williger, Co-Chairmen of Willi-Food, commented: "We are pleased to present fiscal year 2019 results which show our best financial results ever in sales, gross profit, operating profit and net profit.

"At the beginning of fiscal year 2020, we appointed a new CEO and other new officers whom we believe will initiate new management systems, routines and procedures. These management changes and new management initiatives allow for organizational stability and provide a solid basis for enhanced growth."

According to retail data analytics provided by StoreNext Ltd[1], the Company recorded a higher growth rate in 2019 for "sale out" sales (i.e., sales to the final consumer) than any other Israeli food and beverage company growing 30.6% compared to the 2.3% average growth of such companies.

Fiscal 2019 Summary

Revenues for fiscal year 2019 increased by NIS 57,392 thousand (USD 16,606 thousand), or 17.0%, to NIS 395,637 thousand (USD 114,478 thousand) from NIS 338,245 thousand (USD 97,872 thousand) recorded in fiscal year 2018. Revenues increased primarily due to a redirection of resources in favor of sales, increasing the variety of the Company's products and improved inventory management.

Cost of sales for fiscal year 2019 increased by 13.2% to NIS 271,784 thousand (USD 78,641 thousand), or 68.7% of revenues, from NIS 240,032 thousand (USD 69,454 thousand), or 71.0% of revenues, recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in cost of sales was primary due to increase in sales.

Gross profit for fiscal year 2019 increased by 26.1% to NIS 123,853 thousand (USD 35,837 thousand), or 31.3% of revenues, from NIS 98,213 thousand (USD 28,418 thousand), or 29.0% of revenues, recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in gross profit was primary due to the sales and the gross margin increase resulting from the Company's strategy of selling a favorable mix of products which generate a higher gross margin and depreciation of the Euro and USD exchange rates against the NIS.

Selling expenses for fiscal year 2019 increased by 26.6% to NIS 55,490 thousand (USD 16,056 thousand), or 14.0% of revenues from NIS 43,823 thousand (USD 12,680 thousand), or 13% of revenues, recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in selling expenses was primarily due to an increase of salary resulting from an increase in personnel in the sales department, increase in advertising expenses and sales promotion and increase of freight to customers' expenses.

General and administrative expenses for fiscal year 2019 increased by 26.3% to NIS 21,067 thousand (USD 6,096 thousand), or 5.3% of revenues, from NIS 16,686 thousand (USD 4,828 thousand), or 4.9% of revenues, recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to increases in personnel and management salaries.

Operating profit for fiscal year 2019 increased by NIS 9,523 thousand (USD 2,755 thousand), or by 25.2%, to NIS 47,296 thousand (USD 13,685 thousand), or 12.0% of revenues, from NIS 37,773 thousand (USD 10,930 thousand), or 11.2% of revenues, recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in operating profit was primarily due to increase in gross profit.

Financing expense, net, for fiscal year 2019 amounted to NIS 17,950 thousand (USD 5,194 thousand) compared to net income of NIS (4,956) thousand (USD (1,434) thousand) recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in financing income, net, consisted primarily of change in the fair value of financial assets at fair value.

Profit before taxes on income for fiscal year 2019 increased by NIS 32,429 thousand (USD 9,383 thousand), or by 98.8%, to NIS 65,246 thousand (USD 18,879 thousand) from NIS 32,817 thousand (USD 9,496 thousand) recorded in fiscal year 2018. The increase in profit before taxes on income was primarily due to increase in gross profit and increase in finance income, net.

Net profit for fiscal year 2019 was NIS 51.5 million (US$ 14.9 million), or NIS 3.90 (US$ 1.13) per share.

Willi-Food ended fiscal year 2019 with NIS 263.4 million (US$ 76.2 million) in cash and securities with no short-term debt. Net cash used to continuing operating activities in fiscal year 2019 was NIS 2.6 million (US$ 0.7 million). Willi-Food's shareholders' equity at the end of December 2019 was NIS 491.4 million (US$ 142.2 million).

NOTE A: NIS to US$ exchange rate used for convenience only

The conversion from New Israeli Shekels (NIS) into U.S. dollars was made at the exchange rate as of December 31, 2019, on which U.S. $1.00 equaled NIS 3.456 The use of US$ is solely for the convenience of the reader.

NOTE B: IFRS

The Company's consolidated financial results for fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

About G. Willi-Food International Ltd.

G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (http://www.willi-food.com) is an Israeli-based company specializing in high-quality, great-tasting kosher food products. Willi-Food is engaged directly and through its subsidiaries in the design, import, marketing and distribution of over 600 food products worldwide. As one of Israel's leading food importers, Willi-Food markets and sells its food products to over 1,250 customers and 2,500 selling points in Israel and around the world including large retail and private supermarket chains, wholesalers and institutional consumers. The Company's operating divisions include Willi-Food in Israel and Euro European Dairies Ltd. (Former: "Gold-Frost Ltd."), a wholly owned subsidiary who designs, develops and distributes branded kosher, dairy-food products.

During 2019, the company began to engage in the non-bank credit field. This activity is executed and managed through W.F.D (Import, Marketing and Trading) Ltd., a wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary of the Company. The activity is funded from the Willi-Food group's own resources and executed in parallel to the existing activity of importing, marketing and distributing of food products.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products and expected sales, operating results, and earnings. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to: monetary risks including changes in marketable securities or changes in currency exchange rates- especially the NIS/U.S. Dollar exchange rate, payment default by any of our major clients, the loss of one of more of our key personnel, changes in laws and regulations, including those relating to the food distribution industry, and inability to meet and maintain regulatory qualifications and approvals for our products, termination of arrangements with our suppliers, loss of one or more of our principal clients, increase or decrease in global purchase prices of food products, increasing levels of competition in Israel and other markets in which we do business, changes in economic conditions in Israel, including in particular economic conditions in the Company's core markets, our inability to accurately predict consumption of our products and changes in consumer preferences, our inability to protect our intellectual property rights, our inability to successfully integrate our recent acquisitions, insurance coverage not sufficient enough to cover losses of product liability claims, risks associated with product liability claims and risks associated with the start of credit extension activity. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2019. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

 

 

G. WILLI‑FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



December 31,

December 31,


2019

2018

2019

2018


NIS

US dollars (*)


(in thousands)

ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents

121,860

134,287

35,260

38,856

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

141,543

137,904

40,956

39,903

Loans to others

17,650

-

5,107

-

Trade receivables

133,039

98,017

38,495

28,361

Other receivables and prepaid expenses

9,360

3,744

2,708

1,083

Inventories

71,548

49,289

20,703

14,263

Current tax assets

-

862

-

249

Total current assets

495,000

424,103

143,229

122,715






Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment

81,402

79,611

23,554

23,036

Less -Accumulated depreciation

43,881

40,219

12,697

11,638


37,521

39,392

10,857

11,398






Right of use asset

3,860

-

1,117

-

Goodwill

36

36

10

10

Deferred taxes

818

2,882

237

834

Total non-current assets

42,235

42,310

12,221

12,242







537,235

466,413

155,450

134,957

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES





Current liabilities










Current maturities of lease liabilities

1,675

-

485

-

Trade payables

24,650

16,239

7,133

4,699

Employees Benefits

2,911

2,577

842

746

Current tax liabilities

3,750

-

1,085

-

Other payables and accrued expenses

9,195

5,882

2,661

1,701

Total current liabilities

42,181

24,698

12,206

7,146






Non-current liabilities





Lease liabilities

2,212

-

640

-

Retirement benefit obligation

1,486

836

430

242

Total non-current liabilities

3,698

836

1,070

242






Shareholders' equity 





Share capital NIS 0.1 par value (authorized - 50,000,000 shares,
 issued and outstanding – 13,217,017 shares at
 December 31, 2019 and 13,240,913 at December 31, 2018)

1,425

1,425

412

412

Additional paid in capital

128,354

128,354

37,139

37,139

Capital fund

247

247

71

71

Treasury shares

(628)

-

(182)

-

Retained earnings

362,987

311,476

105,031

90,127

Remeasurement of the net liability in respect of defined benefit

(1,029)

(623)

(297)

(180)

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

491,356

440,879

142,174

127,569







537,235

466,413

155,450

134,957






(*) Convenience translation into U.S. dollars. 





 

 

G. WILLI‑FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS





For the year ended

December 31,

For the year ended

December 31,


2019

2018

2019

2018


NIS

US dollars (*)


In thousands (except per share and share data)






Sales

395,637

338,245

114,478

97,872

Cost of sales

271,784

240,032

78,641

69,454






Gross profit

123,853

98,213

35,837

28,418

 

Operating costs and expenses:





 Selling expenses

55,490

43,823

16,056

12,680

 General and administrative expenses

21,067

16,686

6,096

4,828

 Other income

-

(69)

-

(20)

Total operating expenses

76,557

60,440

22,152

17,488











Operating profit

47,296

37,773

13,685

10,930






Financial income

20,966

(7,212)

6,067

(2,087)

Financial expense

3,016

(2,256)

873

(653)

Total Finance Income

17,950

(4,956)

5,194

(1,434)






 Profit before taxes on income

65,246

32,817

18,879

9,496

 Taxes on income

(13,735)

(7,850)

(3,975)

(2,271)






Income after taxes on income

51,511

24,967

14,904

7,225











Earnings per share:





Basic / diluted earnings per share

3.90

1.89

1.13

0.55






Shares used in computation of basic and diluted EPS

13,217,017

13,240,913

13,217,017

13,240,913






















(*) Convenience translation into U.S. dollars.


 

 

 

G. WILLI‑FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS







For the year ended

For the year ended



December 31,

December 31,



2019

2018

2019

2018



NIS

US dollars (*)



In thousands (except per share and share data)

CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Profit from continuing operations

51,511

24,967

14,904

7,224


Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash from (used to)
 continuing operating activities (Appendix A)

(54,077)

2,074

(15,647)

600


Net cash from (used to) continuing operating activities 

(2,566)

27,041

(743)

7,824














CASH FLOWS - INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Acquisition of property plant and equipment

(1,791)

(2,143)

(518)

(620)


Proceeds from sale of property plant and equipment

-

415

-

120


Loans granted to others

(43,650)

-

(12,630)

-


Proceeds from loans granted to others

26,000

-

7,523

-


Proceeds of non current financial assets

-

3,970

-

1,149


Proceeds from purchase of marketable securities, net

11,336

(8,058)

3,280

(2,332)


Net cash used to continuing investing activities

(8,105)

(5,816)

(2,345)

(1,683)








CASH FLOWS - FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Lease liability payments

(1,128)

-

(326)

-


Acquisition of treasury shares

(628)

-

(182)

-


Net cash used to continuing financing activities

(1,756)

-

(508)

-


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(12,427)

21,225

(3,596)

6,141


Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

134,287

113,062

38,856

32,715


Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 

121,860

134,287

35,260

38,856






























(*) Convenience Translation into U.S. Dollars.

 

 

G. WILLI-FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD.

APPENDIX TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS





For the year ended

For the year ended


December 31,

December 31,


2019

2018

2019

2018


NIS

US dollars (*)


In thousands (except per share and share data)






CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

A.  Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash from (used
to) continuing operating activities

 





Decrease (Increase) in deferred income taxes

2,064

(2,379)

597

(688)

Unrealized loss (gain) on marketable securities

(14,972)

13,673

(4,332)

3,956

Depreciation and amortization

4,815

3,614

1,393

1,046

Capital gain on disposal of property plant and equipment

-

(69)

-

(20)











Changes in assets and liabilities:





Increase in trade receivables and other receivables

(39,775)

(7,898)

(11,508)

(2,285)

Increase in inventories

(22,259)

(9,390)

(6,441)

(2,717)

Increase in trade and other payables, and other current liabilities

16,050

4,523

4,644

1,308


(54,077)

2,074

(15,647)

600






B.  Supplemental cash flow information:





Income tax paid

9,999

7,711

2,893

2,231






(*) Convenience Translation into U.S. Dollars.





 

 

1. StoreNext Ltd. has a direct connection to the cash register systems of over 2,200 points of sales, providing information regarding 80% of real time sales data in Israel.

Company Contact:
G. Willi - Food International Ltd.
Yitschak Barabi, Chief Financial Officer
(+972)-8-932-1000
[email protected]

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