Company Reports Net Income of $327,000 Compared to Net Loss of $173,000 in Prior Year

CRANFORD, N.J., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TOFUTTI BRANDS INC. (OTCQB Symbol:TOFB) issued its results for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2018 today.

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2018 increased by $491,000, or 15%, to $3,774,000, from net sales of $3,283,000 for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2017. The Company reported net income of $327,000 ($0.06 per share) compared to a net loss of $173,000 ($0.03 per share) for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2017.  

 Sales of vegan-cheese products increased to $3,132,000 in the 2018 period from $2,628,000 in the 2017 period. Sales of the Company’s vegan cheese product line increased due to an increase in both its export and domestic cheese business.  Sales of frozen dessert and frozen food products, which consist primarily of frozen dessert products, decreased to $642,000 in the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2018 from $655,000 for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2017.  The frozen dessert business continues to be negatively impacted by the overall sluggish sales in the ice cream category.  Additionally, in September 2016, the co-packer who manufactured the Company’s frozen dessert novelty products ceased manufacturing its stick novelties and Yours Truly Cones in June 2017. The unavailability of these items negatively impacted sales of the Company’s frozen desserts.  The Company recently engaged a new manufacturing facility to produce these frozen dessert novelty products and expects to be in production in the second half of this year. Tofutti Cutie sales were not  impacted as a new production facility was secured for this product. 

The Company’s gross profit percentage increased to 34% for the period ending March 31, 2018 compared to 31% for the period ending April 1, 2017.  The increase in the gross profit percentage was primarily due to a decrease in sales allowance expense as a percentage of gross sales to 9% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 11% in the first quarter of 2017 and from the increase in sales of vegan cheese products whose profit margin is greater than the Company’s frozen dessert products. 

As of March 31, 2018, 2018, the Company had approximately $761,000 in cash and cash equivalents and working capital of $4,039,000, compared with approximately $1,414,000 in cash and cash equivalents and working capital of $3,721,000 at December 30, 2017. The decrease in cash during the first quarter of 2018 is due to the increase in inventories to support increased sales and an increase in accounts receivable arising from such sales.  

“I am pleased to report a strong first quarter on the heels of our improved results for fiscal 2017 as compared to fiscal 2016.  We continue to see strong growth and new opportunities for our vegan cheese product line, which is a category leader, and expect to introduce a new line of vegan dips and shredded cheddar and mozzarella soy cheeses in the third quarter of this year. The introduction of these new products and the realization of price increases that were instituted in the last year are expected to maintain our margins for the remainder of 2018.  We also expect to be able to offer a full line of frozen dessert products this summer season,” concluded David Mintz, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tofutti Brands.

About Tofutti Brands Inc. Founded in 1981, Tofutti Brands Inc. develops and distributes a complete line of dairy-free products.  The Company sells more than 40 milk-free foods including frozen desserts, vegan cheese products and prepared frozen dishes. Tofutti Brands Inc. is a proven innovator in the food industry and has developed a full line of delicious and healthy dairy-free foods.   Available throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries, Tofutti Brands answers the call of millions of people who are allergic to or intolerant of dairy or are diabetic, kosher or vegan. Tofutti's product line includes dairy-free ice cream pints, Tofutti Cutie® sandwiches, Better Than Cream Cheese®, Sour Supreme®, and Mintz's Blintzes®.  For more information, visit www.tofutti.com.

Forward-Looking Statements  Some of the statements in this press release concerning the Company’s future prospects are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to business conditions both domestic and international, competition, changes in product mix or distribution channels, resource constraints encountered in promoting and developing new products and other risk factors detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K.   

 
TOFUTTI BRANDS, INC.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share figures)
 
 Thirteen
weeks
ended
March 31, 2018
 Thirteen
weeks
ended
April 1, 2017
     
Net sales$3,774 $3,283 
Cost of sales2,494 2,269 
Gross profit1,280 1,014 
Operating expenses:    
Selling355 440 
Marketing82 97 
Research and development106 112 
General and administrative399 527 
 942 1,176 
Income (loss) before interest expense and income taxes338 (162)
Interest expense6 6 
Income (loss) before income taxes332 (168)
Income tax expense5 5 
Net income (loss)$327 $(173)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic and diluted5,154 5,154 
Earnings (loss) per common share:    
Basic and diluted$0.06 $(0.03)
     


TOFUTTI BRANDS INC.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share figures)
 
 March 31,
2018

 December 30,
2017*

 (Unaudited)
  
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$761 $1,414
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful 
  accounts and sales promotions of $401 and $386,
  respectively
2,384 1,770
Inventories1,980 1,483
Prepaid expenses and other current assets33
 72
Deferred costs82 86
Total current assets5,240 4,825
    
Fixed assets (net of accumulated depreciation of $21 and $19, respectively)8 10
Other assets26 16
Total assets$5,274 $4,851
    
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Note payable-current$5 $6
Accounts payable686 468
Accrued expenses420 536
Deferred revenue90 94
Total current liabilities1,201 1,104
    
Convertible note payable-long term-related party500 500
Note payable-long term3 4
Total liabilities1,704 1,608
    
Stockholders’ equity:   
Preferred stock - par value $.01 per share;
authorized 100,000 shares, none issued
-- --
Common stock - par value $.01 per share;
authorized 15,000,000 shares, issued and 
outstanding 5,153,706 shares at March 31, 2018
and December 30, 2017
52 52
Additional paid-in capital207 207
Retained earnings3,311 2,984
Total stockholders’ equity3,570 3,243
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$5,274 $4,851
    

* Derived from audited financial information.

Company Contact:
Steve Kass
Chief Financial Officer
(908) 272-2400
(908) 272-9492 (Fax)