Weber Inc. (“Weber” or “the Company”) (NYSE: WEBR), the global leader in outdoor cooking products, innovation, and technology, today announced that Alan Matula, the Company’s current Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Chris Scherzinger is departing from his roles on the management team and Board of Directors. A search for a permanent CEO will commence immediately.
Matula brings more than 40 years of experience to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer. He has served as Chief Information Officer at Weber since 2015 and was named Chief Technology Officer in March of this year, leading the company’s R&D organization, IoT, and digital initiatives, as well as global IT organization. Prior to Weber, Matula served as Chief Information Officer for Royal Dutch Shell plc.
“We are taking decisive action to better position Weber to navigate historic macroeconomic challenges, including inflationary and supply chain pressures that are impacting consumer confidence, spending patterns, and margins,” said Kelly Rainko, Non-Executive Chair of the Weber Board of Directors. “The management team is well positioned to guide Weber through this transitional period and execute a transformation of the Company’s cost base.”
Rainko continued, “Weber is the clear global category leader, and our promise of quality and innovation lives at the center of everything we do. We remain committed to delivering the very best outdoor cooking experiences to our customers around the world. The Board thanks Chris for his contributions to Weber over the past four years.”
PRELIMINARY FISCAL THIRD QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Weber has announced the below preliminary estimates for results for the three months ended June 30, 2022. The Company’s unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022, are not yet complete, and results may vary from these preliminary estimates upon completion of closing procedures.
- Net Sales of $525M to $530M. Net Sales performance was affected by slower retail traffic, both in-store and online, in all key markets, as well as continued foreign currency devaluations that impact our reported results. Management believes that the slower retail traffic patterns are the result of pressured consumer shopping behaviors globally, due to rising inflation, supply chain constraints, fuel prices, and geopolitical uncertainty. The Company expects these market headwinds to continue into the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022.
- The Company now expects Adjusted EBITDA to be marginally profitable, which is materially lower than the internal budget related to the previously announced fiscal year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA guidance. The Company also expects to have a net loss in the period ending June 30, 2022. Profitability was negatively impacted by significant currency devaluations within the quarter, promotional activity to enhance retail sell through, lower margin country, and product mix, as well as substantial freight cost increases.
Weber further announced that it is pursuing a number of financial transformation initiatives, which may include workforce reductions, reducing other COGS and SG&A expenses, as well as tightening its global inventory levels and working capital positions. The Company will provide additional detail, as well as its final fiscal third quarter results, on its earnings call on August 15, 2022.
As a result of the uncertainty created by the previously referenced market factors, the Company is withdrawing its fiscal year 2022 Net Sales and Adjusted EBITDA guidance.
The Weber Board of Directors has also suspended the quarterly cash dividend and is committed to working with lending partners to remain in compliance with the covenants in its credit facilities.News Source: Businesswire