-- the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including negative impacts on the global economy and capital markets, the health of BellRing's employees, BellRing's ability and the ability of its third party manufacturers to manufacture and deliver its products, operating costs, demand for its on-the-go products and its operations generally; -- BellRing's dependence on sales from its RTD protein shakes; -- BellRing's ability to continue to compete in its product categories and its ability to retain its market position and favorable perceptions of its brands; -- BellRing's dependence on a limited number of third party contract manufacturers and suppliers for the manufacturing of most of its products, including one manufacturer for the substantial majority of its RTD protein shakes; -- BellRing's reliance on a limited number of third party suppliers to provide certain ingredients and packaging; -- significant volatility in the cost or availability of inputs to BellRing's business (including freight, raw materials, packaging, energy and other supplies); -- BellRing's ability to anticipate and respond to changes in consumer and customer preferences and behaviors and introduce new products; -- disruptions or inefficiencies in BellRing's supply chain, including as a result of BellRing's reliance on third party suppliers or manufacturers for the manufacturing of many of its products, pandemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic) and other outbreaks of contagious diseases, fires and evacuations related thereto, changes in weather conditions, natural disasters, agricultural diseases and pests and other events beyond BellRing's control; -- consolidation in BellRing's distribution channels; -- BellRing's ability to expand existing market penetration and enter into new markets; -- allegations that BellRing's products cause injury or illness, product recalls and withdrawals and product liability claims and other litigation; -- legal and regulatory factors, such as compliance with existing laws and regulations, as well as new laws and regulations and changes to existing laws and regulations and interpretations thereof, affecting BellRing's business, including current and future laws and regulations regarding food safety, advertising and labeling; -- BellRing's ability to identify, complete and integrate or otherwise effectively execute acquisitions or other strategic transactions and effectively manage its growth; -- fluctuations in BellRing's business due to changes in its promotional activities and seasonality; -- risks associated with BellRing's international business; -- the loss of, a significant reduction of purchases by or the bankruptcy of a major customer; -- the ultimate impact litigation or other regulatory matters may have on BellRing; -- the accuracy of BellRing's market data and attributes and related information; -- changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments; -- economic downturns that limit customer and consumer demand for BellRing's products; -- changes in economic conditions, disruptions in the United States and global capital and credit markets, changes in interest rates, volatility in the market value of derivatives and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; -- BellRing's ability to protect its intellectual property and other assets and to continue to use third party intellectual property subject to intellectual property licenses; -- costs, business disruptions and reputational damage associated with information technology failures, cybersecurity incidents and/or information security breaches; -- impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other intangibles; -- BellRing's high leverage, its ability to obtain additional financing (including both secured and unsecured debt) and its ability to service its outstanding debt (including covenants that restrict the operation of its business); -- risks related to BellRing's ongoing relationship with Post, including Post's control over BellRing; -- ability to control the direction of BellRing's business, conflicts of interest or disputes that may arise between Post and BellRing and BellRing's obligations under various agreements with Post, including under the tax receivable agreement; -- risks associated with BellRing's public company status, including the additional expenses BellRing will continue to incur to create and maintain the corporate infrastructure to operate as a public company; -- BellRing's ability to satisfy the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; -- significant differences in BellRing's actual operating results from BellRing's guidance regarding its performance; -- BellRing's ability to hire and retain talented personnel, employee absenteeism, labor strikes, work stoppages or unionization efforts; and -- other risks and uncertainties described in BellRing's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Management uses certain of these non-GAAP measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, as key metrics in the evaluation of underlying company performance, in making financial, operating and planning decisions and, in part, in the determination of cash bonuses for its executive officers and employees. Additionally, BellRing LLC is required to comply with certain covenants and limitations that are based on variations of EBITDA in BellRing LLC's financing documents. Management believes the use of these non-GAAP measures provides increased transparency and assists investors in understanding the underlying operating performance of BellRing and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends. Non-GAAP measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, as they exclude certain items as described later in this release. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. For additional information regarding BellRing's non-GAAP measures, see the related explanations provided under "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" later in this release.
BellRing Conference Call to Discuss Earnings Results and Outlook
BellRing will host a conference call on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. EST to discuss financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and fiscal year 2021 outlook and to respond to questions. Darcy H. Davenport, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul A. Rode, Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the call.
Interested parties may join the conference call by dialing (833) 954-1568 in the United States and (409) 216-6583 from outside of the United States. The conference identification number is 1876009. Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the conference call, which can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of BellRing's website at www.bellring.com. A slide presentation containing supplemental material will also be available at the same location on BellRing's website.
A replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, February 19, 2021 by dialing (800) 585-8367 in the United States and (404) 537-3406 from outside of the United States and using the conference identification number 1876009. A webcast replay also will be available for a limited period on BellRing's website in the Investor Relations section.
Prospective Financial Information
Prospective financial information is necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions underlying the prospective financial information described above will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. For further discussion of some of the factors that may cause actual results to vary materially from the information provided above, see "Forward-Looking Statements" below. Accordingly, the prospective financial information provided above is only an estimate of what BellRing's management believes is realizable as of the date of this release. It also should be recognized that the reliability of any forecasted financial data diminishes the farther in the future that the data is forecasted. In light of the foregoing, the information should be viewed in context and undue reliance should not be placed upon it.
Certain matters discussed in this release and on BellRing's conference call are forward-looking statements, including BellRing's net sales, Adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditures outlook for fiscal year 2021 and statements regarding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on BellRing's business and BellRing's continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These forward-looking statements are sometimes identified from the use of forward-looking words such as "believe," "should," "could," "potential," "continue," "expect," "project," "estimate," "predict," "anticipate," "aim," "intend," "plan," "forecast," "target," "is likely, " "will," "can," "may" or "would" or the negative of these terms or similar expressions, and include all statements regarding future performance, earnings projections, events or developments. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:
These forward-looking statements represent BellRing's judgment as of the date of this release. BellRing disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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