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AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) is a research-based biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a range of pharmaceutical products. Its products are focused on treating conditions, such as chronic autoimmune diseases in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology; oncology, including blood cancers; virology, including hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis; metabolic diseases, including thyroid disease and complications associated with cystic fibrosis, and other serious health conditions. It offers products in various categories, including HUMIRA (adalimumab), Oncology products, Virology Products, Additional Virology products, Metabolics/Hormones products, Endocrinology products and other products, which include Duopa and Duodopa (carbidopa and levodopa), Anesthesia products and ZINBRYTA (daclizumab).

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The Simply Good Foods Company Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results; Provides Full Fiscal Year 2021 Outlook

7:00 am ET April 7, 2021 (Globe Newswire) Print

The Simply Good Foods Company (Nasdaq: SMPL) ("Simply Good Foods," or the "Company"), a developer, marketer and seller of branded nutritional foods and snacking products, today reported financial results for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended February 27, 2021. The Company's fiscal second quarter 2021 and year-to-date period results include Quest results for the full period. The Company's fiscal second quarter 2020 results include thirteen-weeks of Quest and about twenty-three weeks for the year-to-date period.

Highlights:

  • Net Sales expected to be in the $930-940 million range

    "In the second quarter we executed well against our initiatives driving sales and earnings growth in a challenging operating environment due to continued reduced consumer mobility related to COVID-19," said Joseph E. Scalzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simply Good Foods. "Retail takeaway in measured channels was slightly better than the last quarter and our e-commerce momentum continued. Our earnings growth and strong cash flow have provided us with flexibility to invest in our business and deleverage. Our fiscal third quarter is off to a good start and we're positioned well to deliver on our plans over the remainder of the fiscal year."

    Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Results

    Net sales increased $3.5 million, or 1.5%, to $230.6 million. The core North America and international net sales increase contributed 1.0% and 1.7%, respectively, to total Company growth and the SimplyProtein(R) brand divestiture and the European business exit were a combined 1.2% headwind. As expected, trade promotion expense was greater than last year supporting higher levels of in-store merchandising and display. Additionally, as discussed last quarter, second quarter net sales were affected by the timing of shipments related to the seasonal inventory build by certain retailers that occurred in the first quarter.

    Total Simply Good Foods retail takeaway for the thirteen weeks ending February 28, 2021, increased 1.7% in the U.S. measured channels of IRI MULO + Convenience Stores, and outpaced the category. The Company estimates that its U.S. retail takeaway in measured and unmeasured channels increased mid-single-digits, on a percentage basis versus last year, driven by solid Quest measured channel performance and about a combined 60% year-over-year increase within the e-commerce channel for the Atkins(R) and Quest(R) brands.

    Gross profit was $90.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of $4.9 million. Gross margin was 39.1%, an increase of 150 basis points versus last year. The year ago period was negatively affected by a non-cash $5.1 million inventory purchase accounting step-up adjustment related to the Quest acquisition that was a 220 basis point headwind in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, gross profit growth was affected by higher trade promotion expense.

    In the second quarter of fiscal 2021 the Company reported net income of $19.1 million compared to net income of $10.7 million for the comparable period of 2020. The increase in net income was primarily due to lower transaction and integrations costs related to the Quest acquisition. Selling and marketing expense declined $0.9 million, due to lower selling costs as a result of the Quest integration. Total Company second quarter of fiscal 2021 marketing and advertising expense was about the same as the year ago period due primarily to the decline of investments in the SimplyProtein brand. In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, core North America and international marketing and advertising expense increased 8.0%. For the full year, the Company continues to anticipate that marketing and advertising expense related to its core businesses will increase at least in-line with organic sales growth. General and administrative expenses declined $1.5 million as cost control measures and Quest acquisition synergies more than offset an increase in incentive compensation.

    Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company that makes certain adjustments to net income calculated under GAAP, increased 2.2% to $42.6 million.

    Interest expense was $8.0 million, a decline of $2.6 million versus the second quarter of fiscal 2020, due to the repayment of term loan debt.

    In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company reported Diluted EPS of $0.19 versus $0.11 in the year ago period. Adjusted Diluted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company that makes certain adjustments to Diluted EPS calculated under GAAP, was $0.25 versus $0.23 in the year ago period.

    Year-to-Date Second Quarter 2021 Results Financial Highlights vs. Year-to-Date Second Quarter 2020

    Net sales increased $82.5 million, or 21.8%, to $461.8 million. The core North America and international net sales increase contributed 20.9% and 2.3%, respectively, to total Company growth and the SimplyProtein(R) brand divestiture and the European business exit were a 1.4% headwind.

    Gross profit was $184.3 million for the twenty-six weeks ending February 27, 2021, an increase of $36.7 million or 24.9%. The increase in gross profit was driven by the Quest acquisition. Gross margin was 39.9% in the first half of fiscal 2021, an increase of 100 basis points. Gross profit in the prior year was negatively affected by a non-cash $7.5 million inventory purchase accounting step-up adjustment related to the Quest acquisition. This non-cash inventory purchase accounting step-up was a 200 basis point headwind in the first half of fiscal 2020. Year-to-date second quarter fiscal 2021 gross profit growth was affected by the previously mentioned higher trade promotion expense as well as the effect of slightly unfavorable brand, channel and product mix.

    Net income was $41.6 million compared to net income of $5.9 million for the comparable period of 2020. The increase was driven by sales and gross profit growth and a $37.5 million decline of costs related to the Quest acquisition and integration. Additionally, the increase in gross profit was offset by:

    Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company that makes certain adjustments to net income calculated under GAAP, increased 24.2% to $91.3 million.

    For the first half of fiscal 2021, the Company reported Diluted EPS of $0.41, an increase of $0.35, versus $0.06 in the year ago period. Adjusted Diluted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company that makes certain adjustments to diluted earnings per share calculated under GAAP, was $0.54 versus $0.45 in the year ago period. Weighted average total diluted shares outstanding were approximately 100.6 million versus approximately 97.6 million in the year ago period.

    Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

    In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, combined cash flow from operations and the proceeds from the previously mentioned sale of the SimplyProtein brand, were about $45.6 million. In February 2021, the Company repaid $25.0 million of its term loan debt, and at the end of the second quarter the outstanding principal balance was $556.5 million. As of February 27, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $91.3 million and a trailing twelve month Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 2.7x.

    Outlook

    "Our business continues to perform well despite the significant effects over the last year due to reduced consumer mobility related to COVID-19. In the second half of the year, we anticipate overall marketplace trends will improve due to easier year ago comparisons, improving shopping trips in measured channels and an increase in consumer mobility. We have a portfolio of brands aligned with consumer mega-trends of both health and wellness, convenience and on-the-go nutrition. Over the remainder of the year we have solid plans in place for both the Atkins and Quest brands, including, innovation, advertising and in-store merchandising and display that we anticipate will drive solid sales and earnings growth."

    Assuming consumer mobility in the United States remains at current levels and broad lockdowns are not reimposed, the Company anticipates full year fiscal 2021 net sales of $930-940 million and Adjusted EBITDAof $180-185 million. The divestiture of SimplyProtein(R) and the European business exit is about a combined 1.5% headwind to full year fiscal 2021 net sales growth versus a previous estimate of 2%. Given year-to-date gross margin performance, and reinstated trade promotion expense related to in-store merchandising and display in the second half of the year, the Company expects full year gross margin, apart from the inventory purchase accounting step-up in the year ago period, to be slightly lower compared to fiscal 2020. The Company's previous outlook indicated full year gross margin would be about the same as fiscal 2020. Additionally, due to solid cost control and acquisition synergies, the Company continues to anticipate Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion in fiscal 2021.

    The Company anticipates 2021 Adjusted Diluted EPS to be in the range of $1.07 to $1.11 versus $0.91 in 2020.

    ___________________________________

    All comparisons for the second quarter ended February 27, 2021 versus the second quarter ended February 29, 2020.

    Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA" in this press release for an explanation and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure.

    Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company excludes acquisition related costs, such as business transaction costs, integration expense and depreciation and amortization expense in calculating Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share. Please refer to "Reconciliation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share" in this press release for an explanation and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure.

    Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Reconciliation of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA" in this press release for an explanation and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure.

    The Company does not provide a forward-looking reconciliation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to Earnings Per Share or Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, expected for 2021, because we are unable to provide such a reconciliation without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of reliable estimates for certain components of consolidated net income and the respective reconciliations, including the timing of and amount of integration costs and restructuring charges associated with the Quest acquisition, and the inherent difficulty of predicting what the changes in these components will be throughout the fiscal year. As these items may vary greatly between periods, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could significantly affect our future financial results.

    Conference Call and Webcast Information

    The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results today, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:30 a.m. Mountain time (8:30 a.m. Eastern time). Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial 877-407-0792 from the U.S. and International callers can dial 201-689-8263.

    In addition, the call and accompanying presentation slides will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at http://www.thesimplygoodfoodscompany.com. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and will be available through Wednesday, April 21, 2021, by dialing 844-512-2921 from the U.S., or 412-317-6671 from international locations, and entering confirmation code 13717697.

    About The Simply Good Foods Company

    The Simply Good Foods Company (Nasdaq: SMPL), headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a highly-focused food company with a product portfolio consisting primarily of nutrition bars, ready-to-drink shakes, sweet and salty snacks and confectionery products marketed under the Atkins(R), Quest(R), and Atkins Endulge(R) brand names. Simply Good Foods is poised to expand its wellness platform through innovation and organic growth along with investment opportunities in the snacking space and broader food category. Simply Good Foods aims to lead the nutritious snacking movement with trusted brands that offer a variety of convenient, innovative, great-tasting, better-for-you snacks and meal replacements. For more information, please refer to http://www.thesimplygoodfoodscompany.com.

    Forward Looking Statements

    Certain statements made herein are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by or include words such as "will", "expect", "intends" or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include the expected effects from the COVID-19 outbreak, statements regarding the integration of Quest, future plans for the Company, the estimated or anticipated future results and benefits of the Company's future plans and operations, future capital structure, future opportunities for the Company, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on the current expectations of the Company's management and are not predictions of actual performance. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and the Company's business and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Company's business, suppliers (including its contract manufacturing and logistics suppliers), customers, consumers and employees along with disruptions or inefficiencies in the supply chain resulting from any effects of the COVID-19 outbreak; achieving the anticipated benefits of the Quest acquisition; difficulties and delays in achieving the synergies and cost savings in connection with the Quest acquisition; changes in the business environment in which the Company operates including general financial, economic, capital market, regulatory and political conditions affecting the Company and the industry in which the Company operates; changes in consumer preferences and purchasing habits; the Company's ability to maintain adequate product inventory levels to timely supply customer orders; changes in taxes, tariffs, duties, governmental laws and regulations; the availability of or competition for other brands, assets or other opportunities for investment by the Company or to expand the Company's business; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the loss of one or more members of the Company's or Quest's management team; and other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. In addition, forward-looking statements provide the Company's expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date, and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication.

    Investor Contact

    Mark Pogharian

    Vice President, Investor Relations, Treasury and Business Development

    The Simply Good Foods Company

    (720) 768-2681

    mpogharian@simplygoodfoodsco.com

    The Simply Good Foods Company and Subsidiaries

    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    (Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except share data)

                                                                                                    February 27, 2021  August 29, 2020
    Assets
    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                                                                       $     91,307       $   95,847
    Accounts receivable, net                                                                        97,329             89,740
    Inventories                                                                                     82,771             59,085
    Prepaid expenses                                                                                4,894              3,644
    Other current assets                                                                            12,833             11,947
    Total current assets                                                                            289,134            260,263
    Long-term assets:
    Property and equipment, net                                                                     11,092             11,850
    Intangible assets, net                                                                          1,146,039          1,158,768
    Goodwill                                                                                        543,134            544,774
    Other long-term assets                                                                          32,119             32,790
    Total assets                                                                                    $     2,021,518    $   2,008,445
    Liabilities and stockholders' equity
    Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable                                                                                $     43,585       $   32,240
    Accrued interest                                                                                384                960
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                                  36,313             38,007
    Current maturities of long-term debt                                                            278                271
    Total current liabilities                                                                       80,560             71,478
    Long-term liabilities:
    Long-term debt, less current maturities                                                         548,884            596,879
    Deferred income taxes                                                                           92,536             84,352
    Other long-term liabilities                                                                     20,880             22,765
    Total liabilities                                                                               742,860            775,474
    See commitments and contingencies (Note 10)
    Stockholders' equity:
    Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, none issued                    --                 --
    Common stock, $0.01 par value, 600,000,000 shares authorized, 95,856,715 and 95,751,845 shares  959                958
    issued at February 27, 2021 and August 29, 2020, respectively
    Treasury stock, 98,234 and 98,234 shares at cost at February 27, 2021 and August 29, 2020,      (2,145          )  (2,145        )
    respectively
    Additional paid-in-capital                                                                      1,098,375          1,094,507
    Retained earnings                                                                               182,150            140,530
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                            (681            )  (879              )
    Total stockholders' equity                                                                      1,278,658          1,232,971
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity                                                      $     2,021,518    $   2,008,445
    

    The Simply Good Foods Company and Subsidiaries

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

    (Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except share data)

                                                  Thirteen Weeks Ended                  Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
                                                  February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020  February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020
    Net sales                                     $     230,607      $     227,101      $     461,759      $     379,254
    Cost of goods sold                            140,342            141,707            277,453            231,654
    Gross profit                                  90,265             85,394             184,306            147,600
    Operating expenses:
    Selling and marketing                         26,150             27,041             51,345             45,475
    General and administrative                    26,562             28,103             51,977             46,248
    Depreciation and amortization                 4,212              4,287              8,456              6,740
    Business transaction costs                    --                 694                --                 26,853
    Total operating expenses                      56,924             60,125             111,778            125,316
    Income from operations                        33,341             25,269             72,528             22,284
    Other income (expense):
    Interest income                               --                 85                 3                  1,464
    Interest expense                              (7,995        )    (10,589       )    (16,367       )    (15,558       )
    Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions  975                (194          )    984                (178          )
    Other income                                  112                8                  159                45
    Total other expense                           (6,908        )    (10,690       )    (15,221       )    (14,227       )
    Income before income taxes                    26,433             14,579             57,307             8,057
    Income tax expense                            7,313              3,922              15,687             2,193
    Net income                                    $     19,120       $     10,657       $     41,620       $     5,864
    Other comprehensive income:
    Foreign currency translation adjustments      243                (141          )    198                (141          )
    Comprehensive income                          $     19,363       $     10,516       $     41,818       $     5,723
    Earnings per share from net income:
    Basic                                         $     0.20         $     0.11         $     0.43         $     0.06
    Diluted                                       $     0.19         $     0.11         $     0.41         $     0.06
    Weighted average shares outstanding:
    Basic                                         95,734,591         95,339,489         95,712,057         92,524,061
    Diluted                                       101,152,896        100,336,571        100,604,137        97,597,614
    

    The Simply Good Foods Company and Subsidiaries

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    (Unaudited, dollars in thousands)

                                                                                                 Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
                                                                                                 February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020
    Operating activities
    Net income                                                                                   $     41,620       $     5,864
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization                                                                9,021              7,119
    Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount                                   2,108              1,569
    Stock compensation expense                                                                   3,594              3,795
    Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions                                      (985         )     178
    Deferred income taxes                                                                        8,119              2,485
    Amortization of operating lease right-of-use asset                                           2,253              1,652
    Loss on operating lease right-of-use asset impairment                                        681                --
    Gain on lease termination                                                                    (154         )     --
    Other                                                                                        216                789
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:
    Accounts receivable, net                                                                     (7,015       )     (19,062      )
    Inventories                                                                                  (24,502      )     768
    Prepaid expenses                                                                             (1,191       )     (873         )
    Other current assets                                                                         (674         )     (5,808       )
    Accounts payable                                                                             10,275             (2,953       )
    Accrued interest                                                                             (577         )     175
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                               (1,881       )     (8,760       )
    Other assets and liabilities                                                                 (1,144       )     (1,824       )
    Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities                                          39,764             (14,886      )
    Investing activities
    Purchases of property and equipment                                                          (449         )     (481         )
    Issuance of note receivable                                                                  --                 (1,250       )
    Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired                                                --                 (984,201     )
    Proceeds from sale of business                                                               5,800              --
    Investments in intangible assets                                                             (114         )     --
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities                                          5,237              (985,932     )
    Financing activities
    Proceeds from option exercises                                                               527                931
    Tax payments related to issuance of restricted stock units                                   (252         )     (80          )
    Payments on finance lease obligations                                                        (168         )     (157         )
    Principal payments of long-term debt                                                         (50,000      )     (21,000      )
    Proceeds from issuance of common stock                                                       --                 352,542
    Equity issuance costs                                                                        --                 (3,323       )
    Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt                                                     --                 460,000
    Deferred financing costs                                                                     --                 (8,208       )
    Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities                                          (49,893      )     780,705
    Cash and cash equivalents
    Net decrease in cash                                                                         (4,892       )     (220,113     )
    Effect of exchange rate on cash                                                              352                (113         )
    Cash at beginning of period                                                                  95,847             266,341
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                                   $     91,307       $     46,115
    

    Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

    Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in our industry and should not be construed as an alternative to net (loss) income as an indicator of operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity (each as determined in accordance with GAAP). Simply Good Foods defines Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) as net (loss) income before interest income, interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization with further adjustments to exclude the following items: business transaction costs, stock-based compensation expense, inventory step-up, integration costs, non-core legal costs, and other non-core expenses. The Company believes that the inclusion of these supplementary adjustments in presenting Adjusted EBITDA, when used in conjunction with net (loss) income, are appropriate to provide additional information to investors, reflects more accurately operating results of the on-going operations, enhances the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allows for greater transparency with respect to the key metrics the Company uses in its financial and operational decision making. The Company also believes that Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in its industry. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in the non-GAAP calculation.

    The following unaudited tables below provide a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, which is net income, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended February 27, 2021 and February 29, 2020:

    (In thousands)                    Thirteen Weeks Ended                  Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
                                      February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020  February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020
    Net income                        $     19,120       $     10,657       $     41,620       $     5,864
    Interest income                   --                 (85          )     (3           )     (1,464       )
    Interest expense                  7,995              10,589             16,367             15,558
    Income tax expense                7,313              3,922              15,687             2,193
    Depreciation and amortization     4,508              4,594              9,021              7,119
    EBITDA                            38,936             29,677             82,692             29,270
    Business transaction costs        --                 694                --                 26,853
    Stock-based compensation expense  2,484              2,122              3,594              3,795
    Inventory step-up                 --                 5,085              --                 7,522
    Integration of Quest              968                3,903              2,214              5,341
    Restructuring                     1,267              --                 3,786              --
    Non-core legal costs              --                 76                 --                 555
    Other                             (1,011       )     174                (945         )     190
    Adjusted EBITDA                   $     42,644       $     41,731       $     91,341       $     73,526
    

    Other items consist principally of exchange impact of foreign currency transactions and other expenses.

    Reconciliation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

    Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in our industry and should not be construed as an alternative to diluted earnings per share as an indicator of operating performance. Simply Good Foods defines Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share as diluted earnings per share before depreciation and amortization, business transaction costs, stock-based compensation expense, inventory step-up, integration costs, non-core legal costs, and other non-core expenses, on a theoretical tax effected basis of such adjustments. The tax effect of such adjustments to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share is calculated by applying an overall assumed statutory tax rate to each gross adjustment as shown in the reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA, as previously defined. The assumed statutory tax rate reflects a normalized effective tax rate estimated based on assumptions regarding the Company's statutory and effective tax rate for each respective reporting period, including the current and deferred tax effects of each adjustment, and is adjusted for the effects of tax reform, if any. The Company consistently applies the overall assumed statutory tax rate to periods throughout each fiscal year and reassesses the overall assumed statutory rate on annual basis. The Company believes that the inclusion of these supplementary adjustments in presenting Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, when used in conjunction with diluted earnings per share, are appropriate to provide additional information to investors, reflects more accurately operating results of the on-going operations, enhances the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allows for greater transparency with respect to the key metrics the Company uses in its financial and operational decision making. The Company also believes that Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in its industry. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share may not be comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in the non-GAAP calculation.

    The following unaudited tables below provide a reconciliation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, which is diluted earnings per share, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended February 27, 2021 and February 29, 2020:

                                         Thirteen Weeks Ended                  Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
                                         February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020  February 27, 2021  February 29, 2020
    Diluted earnings per share           $     0.19         $     0.11         $     0.41         $     0.06
    Depreciation and amortization        0.04               0.05               0.09               0.07
    Business transaction costs           --                 0.01               --                 0.28
    Stock-based compensation expense     0.02               0.02               0.04               0.04
    Inventory step-up                    --                 0.05               --                 0.08
    Integration of Quest                 0.01               0.04               0.02               0.05
    Restructuring                        0.01               --                 0.04               --
    Non-core legal costs                 --                 --                 --                 0.01
    Other                                (0.01       )      --                 (0.01       )      --
    Tax effects of adjustments           (0.02       )      (0.04       )      (0.05       )      (0.14       )
    Rounding                             0.01               (0.01       )      --                 --
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share  $     0.25         $     0.23         $     0.54         $     0.45
    

    Other items consist principally of exchange impact of foreign currency transactions and other expenses.

    This line item reflects the aggregate tax effect of all non-tax adjustments reflected in the preceding line items of the table. The tax effect of each adjustment is computed (i) by dividing the gross amount of the adjustment, as shown in the Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation, by the number of diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the applicable fiscal period and (ii) applying an overall assumed statutory tax rate of 27% for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended February 27, 2021 and 26% for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended February 29, 2020.

    Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share amounts are computed independently for each quarter. Therefore, the sum of the quarterly Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share amounts may not equal the year to date Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share amounts due to rounding.

    Reconciliation of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA

    Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which Simply Good Foods defines as the total debt outstanding under our credit agreement with Barclays Bank PLC and other parties ("Credit Agreement"), reduced by cash and cash equivalents, and divided by the trailing twelve months of Adjusted EBITDA, as previously defined.

    The following unaudited table below provides a reconciliation of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as of February 27, 2021:

    (In thousands)                                                        February 27, 2021
    Net Debt:
    Total debt outstanding under the Credit Agreement                     $     556,500
    Less: cash and cash equivalents                                       (91,307       )
    Net Debt as of February 27, 2021                                      $     465,193
    Trailing twelve months Adjusted EBITDA:
    Add: Adjusted EBITDA for the thirteen weeks ended February 27, 2021   $     91,341
    Add: Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal year ended August 29, 2020        153,912
    Less: Adjusted EBITDA for the thirteen weeks ended February 29, 2020  (73,526       )
    Trailing twelve months Adjusted EBITDA as of February 27, 2021        $     171,727
    Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA                                           2.7           x
    

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