CBA Depletions Up 3% in Qtr. 2

Craft Brewers Alliance reported net sales of $82.8 million and net income of $1.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, as compared with net sales of $73.8 million and net income of $8.2 million a year ago.

Depletions increased 5% for the YTD period, but were up only 3% for the second quarter period.

“While we would have preferred second quarter depletion growth above 3%, the result was in keeping with our expectations of quarterly volatility as we grow on a geographic and brand basis. We remain confident that our core strategy provides a compelling platform for long term-growth,” said Terry Michaelson, CBA’s CEO. “We have a model that is unique to the craft beer segment and provides unparalleled benefits that include four distinct authentic craft-beer brands, bi-coastal brewing capabilities, an established national sales and marketing footprint with seamless distribution, and pubs to interact intimately with customers. As we continue to grow our brands on a national basis, we expect to experience volatility in our results from quarter-to-quarter. Our year-to-date results demonstrate the ongoing success of our strategy while the standalone quarter, when compared with the second quarter of 2011, demonstrates the volatility. We are confident that we will deliver long-term profit growth for our shareholders by continuing to invest in the underlying strengths of our brands.”