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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549 

 

FORM 8-K 
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2022

 

 

THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter) 

 
         
Delaware   001-35249   20-3031526

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

         
         

100 East Ridge Road,

Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(203) 894-1345

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code

______________________________________________

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report) 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

  Written communication pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)  
  Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)  
  Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
  Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value CHEF NASDAQ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

     

 

 

  

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On November 1, 2022 The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHEF) (the “Company”), a premier distributor of specialty food products, announced that as a result of the acquisition of Chef Middle East as described in Item 8.01 of this report, the Company is raising full year 2022 guidance as follows:

· Net sales to be in the range of $2.48 billion to $2.58 billion, compared to a range of $2.45 billion to $2.55 billion previously
· Gross profit to be in the range of $582.0 million to $606.0 million, compared to a range of $575.0 million to $599.0 million previously
· Adjusted EBITDA1 to be in the range of $147.0 million to $157.0 million, compared to a range of $145.0 million to $155.0 million previously
1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. Please see the accompanying schedule for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the measure’s most directly comparable GAAP measure.

The information contained herein is being furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K, “Regulation FD Disclosure.” This information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing. The furnishing of this information will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information contained herein.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this report regarding the Company business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and management estimates; actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties which could impact these statements include, but are not limited to the following: our sensitivity to general economic conditions, including disposable income levels and changes in consumer discretionary spending; our ability to expand our operations in our existing markets and to penetrate new markets through acquisitions; we may not achieve the benefits expected from our acquisitions, which could adversely impact our business and operating results; we may have difficulty managing and facilitating our future growth; conditions beyond our control could materially affect the cost and/or availability of our specialty food products or center-of-the-plate products and/or interrupt our distribution network; our distribution of center-of-the-plate products, like meat, poultry and seafood, involves exposure to price volatility experienced by those products; our business is a low-margin business and our profit margins may be sensitive to inflationary and deflationary pressures; because our foodservice distribution operations are concentrated in certain culinary markets, we are susceptible to economic and other developments, including adverse weather conditions, in these areas; fuel cost volatility may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations; our ability to raise capital in the future may be limited; we may be unable to obtain debt or other financing, including financing necessary to execute on our acquisition strategy, on favorable terms or at all; interest charged on our outstanding debt may be adversely affected by changes in the method of determining the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”); our business operations and future development could be significantly disrupted if we lose key members of our management team; and significant public health epidemics or pandemics, including COVID-19, may adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. A more detailed description of these and other risk factors is contained in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 22, 2022 and other reports filed by the Company with the SEC since that date. The Company is not undertaking to update any information until required by applicable laws. Any projections of future results of operations are based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These projections are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. The Company may from time to time update these publicly announced projections, but it is not obligated to do so.

     

 

 

 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On November 1, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the acquisition of Chef Middle East (CME), a specialty food distributor with operations in the United Arab Emirates (or The UAE), Qatar and Oman, representing its first acquisition outside North America.

 

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

 

(d) Exhibits

 

    
Exhibit
No.
  Description
99.1   Press Release of The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc., dated November 1, 2022
99.2   Reconciliation of non-GAAP measure
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE, INC.
     
  By: /s/ Alexandros Aldous
  Name:   Alexandros Aldous
  Title: General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Relations Officer

 

 

 

Date:   November 1, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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