updated 9/30/2010 12:46:18 PM ET 2010-09-30T16:46:18

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:LBIX), North America's only fully integrated healthy branded beverage company, announces results for the second quarter of its 2010 fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2010. All financial amounts are denominated in Canadian dollars.

Q2 net income before stock based compensation (SBC) was $632,000 or $0.16 per share versus $876,000 or $0.22 per share in the same quarter last year. Year to date net income before SBC was $1,110,000 or $0.28 per share as compared to $1,151,000 or $0.28 in the same period of fiscal 2009. Q2 net loss including SBC was $549,000 or $0.14 per share versus a net income including SBC of $809,000 or $0.20 per share in the same quarter of fiscal 2009.

As explained in our July 1, 2010 Q1 news release, the Company vested certain stock options in order to dramatically reduce future SBC expenses and eliminate the volatility caused by the variable pricing formula mandated under GAAP using the Black Scholes model on those options. Consequently, the Company recorded a onetime SBC charge of $948,000 in Q2. Therefore, YTD net loss including SBC was $141,000 or $0.04 per share as compared to a net income including SBC of $1,012,000 or $0.25 last year. 

Non-GAAP Income before SBC is determined as follows:


Non-GAAP earnings per share before SBC are determined as follows:


The Company will, for at least the balance of this fiscal year, report EBITDAS (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock based compensation) as a measure of its ability to generate cash and highlight this non-recurring, non-cash expense. 

Pro-forma results for non-GAAP EBITDAS are determined as follows:

Gross profit margin for the quarter was 49.1%, up from 48.7% in the same quarter last year.

Gross revenue for Q2 was $6,291,000, versus $6,624,000 last year, a decrease of 5.0%.   The decline in revenues is due to reduced sales of branded beverage products due principally to the Company reducing focus on some markets and lower co-pack volume due to a seasonal shift of some production into Q1.  YTD revenue decreased to $11,846,000 from $12,523,000 in fiscal 2009. The Company ceased its food distribution business in mid-Q1 of fiscal 2009.

Discounts, rebates and slotting fees were $424,000, down from $511,000 in Q2 of the prior year. SG&A expenses were $2,923,000, up 88.8% from $1,548,000 the previous year, primarily due to the onetime SBC charge. The Company also recorded non-cash income tax expense of $285,000 during the quarter.

As at quarter end, the Company had 3,908,586 shares outstanding and cash and available credit totaling $4,084,000. 

About Leading Brands, Inc.

Leading Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:LBIX) is North America's only fully integrated healthy beverage company. Leading Brands creates, designs, bottles, distributes and markets its own proprietary premium beverage brands such as TrueBlue® Blueberry Juice, LiteBlue® Blueberry Juice, PureBlue®, PureRed®, PureBlack® and PureWhite® SuperJuices, BabyBlue® childrens' superfruit blends and Caesar's® Cocktails via its unique Integrated Distribution System (IDS)™ which involves the Company finding the best and most cost-effective route to market. The Company strives to use the best natural ingredients hence its mantra: Better Ingredients – Better Brands.

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Non-GAAP Measures

Any non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this release do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this press release includes forward-looking statements. Words such as "believe", "expect," "will," or comparable terms, are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, objectives, future events or performance and other developments. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. Such statements speak only as of the date hereof. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's estimations and projections are disclosed in the Company's securities filings and include, but are not limited to, the following:  general economic conditions, weather conditions, changing beverage consumption trends, pricing, availability of raw materials, economic uncertainties (including currency exchange rates), government regulation, managing and maintaining growth, the effect of adverse publicity, litigation, competition and other risk factors described from time to time in securities reports filed by Leading Brands, Inc. For all such forward-looking statements, we claim the safe harbor for forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Better Ingredients | Better Brands™

©2010 Leading Brands, Inc.

This news release is available at www.LBIX.com

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