Press Release

The Simply Good Foods Company Completes Acquisition of Only What You Need (OWYN)

June 13, 2024 at 4:05 PM EDT

DENVER, June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 announced it has completed the acquisition of Only What You Need (“OWYN”), a leading plant-based ready-to-drink (“RTD”) protein shake brand, which was previously announced on April 29, 2024.

OWYN is the fastest growing1 RTD protein shake brand in the market and enhances Simply Good Foods’ portfolio with further diversification and provides the Company with a greater presence within the RTD protein shake portion of the nutritious snacking category. The addition of OWYN builds on Simply Good Foods’ leadership position within the nutritional snacking category.

“The acquisition of OWYN represents a significant strategic win for Simply Good Foods. It introduces a third complementary brand and opens the door to a new consumer segment, significantly strengthening our position in the rapidly expanding RTD shake market and solidifying our leading position with retail partners,” remarked Geoff Tanner, President and CEO of Simply Good Foods. "We are confident our market strategies will drive profitable growth through enhanced distribution, greater household penetration and a cost-efficient supply chain. We also plan to lean on the expertise of our combined R&D teams to improve fundamental product performance and explore new areas for innovation. OWYN has shown exceptional net sales growth in the nutritional snacking category in recent years, and we believe that will continue.”

“We continue to expect that in calendar year 2024 OWYN will achieve net sales of approximately $1202 million. We are building on our strong relationships with major customers in both traditional and natural markets and have a thriving, profitable and expanding eCommerce business," said Mark Olivieri, Senior Vice President and General Manager OWYN. “I look forward to continuing to lead the OWYN team as we look to grow the brand.”

Simply Good Foods funded the purchase price of $280 million, subject to certain customary post-closing purchase price adjustments and before transaction related fees, through a combination of cash on its balance sheet and incremental borrowings under its outstanding credit facility. The incremental $250 million term loan and the outstanding $240 million term loan balance will have an interest rate of SOFR plus a credit spread adjustment equal to 0.10% for one-month SOFR, 0.15% for up to three-month SOFR and 0.25% for up to six-month SOFR, subject to a floor of 0.50%, plus 2.50% margin. The incremental portion of the term loan was priced to lenders at par. The Company expects to pay down a portion of the $490 million in total term loan debt during the balance of fiscal year 2024 and is targeting a net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of around 1.25x by fiscal year-end August 2024.

Simply Good Foods base business, excluding OWYN, is tracking to the full fiscal year 2024 outlook provided on April 4, 2024. The Company will update its full fiscal year 2024 outlook, inclusive of the acquisition, when it issues its third quarter earnings report on June 27, 2024.

1Source: Total MULO Dollar Sales for the 52 Week Period Ending 3/24/24
2Estimated twelve months ending 12/31/24

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About The Simply Good Foods Company
The Simply Good Foods Company (Nasdaq: SMPL), headquartered in Denver, CO, is a consumer-packaged food and beverage company that is bringing nutritious snacking mainstream, with ambitious goals to raise the bar on what food can be with trusted brands and innovative products. Our product portfolio consists primarily of protein bars, ready-to-drink (RTD) shakes, sweet and salty snacks, and confectionery products marketed under the Atkins™, Quest™, and OWYN™ brands. We are a company that aims to lead the nutritious snacking movement and is poised to expand our healthy lifestyle platform through innovation, organic growth and investment opportunities in the snacking space. To learn more, visit

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EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures commonly used in our industry and should not be construed as alternatives to net income as an indicator of operating performance or as alternatives to cash flow provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity (each as determined in accordance with GAAP). Simply Good Foods defines EBITDA as net income or loss before interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA as further adjusted to exclude the following items: stock-based compensation expense, executive transition costs and other non-core expenses. The Company believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, when used in conjunction with net income, are useful to provide additional information to investors. Management of the Company uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to supplement net income because these measures reflect operating results of the on-going operations, eliminate items that are not directly attributable to the Company’s underlying operating performance, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to the key metrics the Company’s management uses in its financial and operational decision making. The Company also believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in its industry. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in the non-GAAP calculation. The Company does not provide a forward-looking reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, expected for 2024, 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, 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.

The Company does not provide a forward-looking reconciliation of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA to Net Debt to Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, expected for 2024, 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, 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.

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