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Press Release: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage -3-

· 02/04/2021 16:10
-- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; -- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; -- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any impact for single lease expense for leases classified as finance leases; -- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt; -- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes; and -- although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.EBITDA 12,839 10,555 Lease exit costs 405 -- Adjusted EBITDA $ 13,244 10,555

EBITDA increased 21.6% to $12.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $10.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. EBITDA as a percentage of sales was 4.8% and 4.6% in the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 25.5% to $13.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $10.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales was 5.0% and 4.6% for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Management believes some investors' understanding of our performance is enhanced by including EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP financial measures. We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide additional information about: (i) our operating performance, because it assists us in comparing the operating performance of our stores on a consistent basis, as it removes the impact of non-cash depreciation and amortization expense as well as items not directly resulting from our core operations such as interest expense and income taxes and (ii) our performance and the effectiveness of our operational strategies. Additionally, EBITDA is a component of a measure in our financial covenants under our credit facility.

Furthermore, management believes some investors use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry. Management believes some investors' understanding of our performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for comparing our ongoing results of operations. By providing these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a reconciliation from net income, we believe we are enhancing analysts' and investors' understanding of our business and our results of operations, as well as assisting analysts and investors in evaluating how well we are executing our strategic initiatives.

Our competitors may define EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently, and as a result, our measure of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to those of other companies. Items excluded from EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent, and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for, net income or other financial statement data presented in the consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative to, or as a substitute for, analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations are:

Due to these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information.

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SOURCE Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

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February 04, 2021 16:10 ET (21:10 GMT)