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Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ:HAIN)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings and welcome to The Hain Celestial, First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instruction]. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions].

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Anna Kate Heller from Investor Relations. Thank you. You may begin.

Anna Kate Heller -- Investor Relations

Thank you. Good morning, and thank you for joining us on Hain Celestial's first quarter fiscal year 2021 earnings conference call. On the call today are Mark Schiller, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Javier Idrovo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During the course of this call, management may make forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These include expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's future operations and financial performance, including expectations and assumptions related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These statements are based on management's current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could differ materially from actual events and those described in these forward-looking statements. Please refer to Hain Celestial's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and its press release issued this morning for a detailed discussion of the risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made today.

The Company has also prepared a few presentation slides and additional supplemental financial information, which are posted on Hain Celestial's website under the Investor Relations heading. Please note, management's remarks today will focus on non-GAAP or adjusted financial measures. Reconciliations of GAAP results to non-GAAP financial measures are available in the earnings release and the slide presentation accompanying this call.

As a reminder, beginning in Q1 of fiscal year 2020, the Company changed its segment reporting to focus on North America, International and Corporate, which had previously been reported as the U.S., UK and Rest of World segments. This call is being webcast, and an archive of it will also be available on the website. I would also like to note that we are conducting our call today from our respective remote locations. As such, there may be brief delays, cross talks or other minor technical issues during this call. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

And now, I'd like to turn the call over Mark Schiller.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Anna Kate, and good morning. I hope everyone is safe and doing well in these turbulent times. On today's call, I will give some color on our first quarter strong results, explain how we continue to position ourselves for a sustainable, long-term growth and provide some context around our expectations for the rest of fiscal 2021.

Let me start with our Q1 results. On our last earnings call, I stated that for the first quarter, we expect mid-single-digit topline growth after adjusting for divestitures and discontinued brands, several hundred basis points of margin improvement and adjusted EBITDA growth, comparable to the 25% we delivered in the second half of fiscal 2020.

At Barclays Investor Conference later in the quarter, I told you that adjusted EBITDA would likely come in above that. I'm pleased to report that we have over delivered on all of these projections and turned in our best quarter in several years. Sales growth for the quarter was 5.2% in constant currency excluding divestitures and discontinued brands. Gross margin was up 326 basis points from last year while adjusted EBITDA margin was up a very strong 435 basis points and adjusted EBITDA dollars was up 71% versus last year. That's the fifth straight quarter of double-digit EBITDA dollar growth.

Clearly our transformation strategy continues to work, and as I will discuss, there's plenty of opportunity for growth in our core brands and for further margin improvement. Looking geographically, North America sales excluding divestitures and discontinued brands grew 10% versus year ago. Adjusted gross margin percentage grew almost 350 basis points, adjusted EBITDA margin percentage grew over 500 basis points and adjusted EBITDA dollars were up a very strong 63%, that's on top of 55% growth in Q1 last year.

Our Get Bigger brands which represent nearly two-thirds of North America sales delivered strong top line growth of almost 16% this quarter and we expect continued strong double-digit growth in the current quarter. Our consumption grew double-digits in the Get Bigger category and has been relatively stable at that level over the last eight months after the initial stock upsurge last March. We picked up market share in tea, snacks, yogurt, and continue to deliver strong double-digit consumption growth in personal care, inclusive of unmeasured channels where it's harder for us to assess market share gains.

Within the quarter, Sensible Portions, Celestial Seasonings, The Greek Gods, Alba and Live Clean were all particularly strong. Sales on the Get Better brands, adjusted for divestitures and discontinuances grew slightly in the quarter. Importantly, as you'll recall, our goal for these brands is to drive increased profitability and in Q1 adjusted EBITDA dollars and margin doubled versus the previous year.

Turning to International, net sales grew 4% adjusting for the sale of the Danival business with several hundred basis points of forex contributing to our growth. We had strong growth in most of our number one and number two share brands with our non-dairy beverages and plant based proteins growing more than 20%. As we saw last quarter, our foodservice oriented fruit business continued to struggle in Q1 as many offices and restaurants remain closed or had limited service.

Excluding the $16 million decline in the fruit business, Q1 International sales delivered solid double-digit top line growth in constant currency. So clearly, the remainder of our international business is performing well. International adjusted gross and EBITDA margins improved almost 300 basis points compared with last year. Those are both significant improvements compared to our second half performance last year and the largest margin increases in the last several years.

Adjusted EBITDA dollars excluding the Danival divestiture also grew a very strong 33%. As mentioned at the Barclay's conference, we are now executing the North American playbook in our international business. The opportunity is significant and we've already started restructuring and identifying a robust list of productivity initiatives that will continue to drive margin expansion later in '21 and 2022 as our productivity initiatives come to fruition.

Within the quarter, the fruit business was also a 270 basis point drag on total International adjusted EBITDA margins. As we've discussed on previous calls, we're in the process of selling the fruit business, there are many interested parties currently doing due diligence and we expect to have it sold well before the end of the fiscal year.

Excluding fruit, the remaining international businesses delivered 15% adjusted EBITDA margins in the quarter, up 290 basis points versus year ago. I'm very proud of the strong results the team has delivered in the quarter and the growth momentum of our business. Our transformation plan is clearly working and we continue to believe there is significant upside both in North America and our international businesses.

Now let's shift to discussing how we've set ourselves up for continued growth going forward. There's two primary factors that give us confidence in our ability to continue driving robust growth. One, we've strengthened the foundation and made investments in our brands and two, the consumers made behavioral changes which favor our brands. Starting with our actions, remember that our transformation started well before the pandemic, when we made the decision to eliminate money-losing SKUs and poor ROI investments, even if it meant giving up top line growth.

Importantly, those decisions and actions are behind us and we now have a strong foundation to grow from. We also increased marketing spending and readied significant innovation on the Get Bigger brands before the pandemic to accelerate our performance in the second half of the year. Since COVID began, we've continued investments in the Get Bigger brands and have driven an 11% increase in household penetration and 17% increase in repeat rate.

In Q1 this year, those numbers were even stronger with household penetration up 15% and repeat rate up 20%. Depth of repeat, which is the number of times a buyer makes repeat purchases also grew materially versus last year. Given that eating occasions migrated back out of home as the economy reopened in Q1, the increase in household penetration and repeat rates reinforces that our brands are getting stronger. We're also seeing material gains in distribution, driven by our innovation and strong service levels. In the most recent quarter, the Get Bigger brands had a 9% increase in total distribution points and an 8% increase in average items per store with Sensible Portions, Celestial Seasonings, Greek Gods and Live Clean particularly strong.

With regards to second driver of future growth, we believe that macro trends created by this pandemic are permanently driving people toward our brands and categories. First, people are more aware of and concerned about their health. As a result, they're making significant lifestyle changes by exercising more and eating better. Since Hain is clearly focused on healthier eating, we expect to disproportionally benefit.

Second, consumers have become less price sensitive during this pandemic. Unlike other recessions, consumers are willing to pay more for brands they know, love and trust and are trading up to the products that meet their physical and emotional needs. Since our products have many health attributes like being organic, non-GMO and preservative-free, our products often cost more. That cost barrier has become less important resulting in strong trial for our categories and our brand.

Third, consumers have significantly increased food purchases online. Given its increased convenience and assortment, we expect this trend to endure even after the pandemic. This too should benefit Hain since healthy offerings are highly developed in this channel and we have a much higher percentage of our sales online than most CPGs. We have a strong understanding of what the consumer wants and how to engage them and as a result, have delivered consistent online sales growth above 50% throughout the pandemic.

In summary, we're doing the right things to drive the top line and the marketplace trends demonstrate Hain is well positioned for where the consumer is headed. The disruption of the market caused by the pandemic along with our proactive management focus on what matters to our retailers and consumers has enabled us to gain shelf space, capture new consumers and increase market share.

As a result, we expect our momentum to continue going forward. Now let's spend a few minutes discussing our margins and why our transformation playbook and productivity culture will continue to drive margin expansion regardless of the macro environment. In North America where we've delivered several hundred basis points of margin improvement every quarter since we began our transformation journey, we still have plenty of opportunities ahead. For the next two years, we will be focusing on many sizable initiatives including automation in our plants, rightsizing of our infrastructure, redesigning of our engineered products, driving synergies between the U.S. and Canada, optimizing pricing across sizes and channels and consolidating orders to fill up trucks.

In International, we are now also implementing the North American playbook. Late last year we started consolidating operating entities and building a productivity culture and we're now also pursuing a very robust list of productivity projects which include automation, labor scheduling efficiency, vendor consolidation, leveraging purchasing scale, redesigning products and rightsizing our infrastructure.

In Q1 this year, we delivered almost 300 basis points of adjusted gross and EBITDA margin improvement in our international business, and we fully expect to see continued strong profit growth as we build capabilities and increased focus in execution around these initiatives. As we turn to look ahead for the remainder of 2021 consistent with most of our peers, we have elected not to provide specific guidance for second half.

Given the unprecedented volatility and uncertainty of COVID's impact on consumers, customers and the economy, as well as Brexit and foreign currency exchange, there are too many unknowns that make it difficult to provide specific guidance. Having said that, I have complete confidence in our team, our brands and our business plans, such that we can provide you with confidence some additional direction.

For the second quarter, we plan to again increase marketing spending and reduce non-working dollars to drive continued mid single-digit adjusted top line growth. Of note, we do expect some of the third quarter volume to move into second quarter as retailers built inventory in anticipation of the potential COVID resurgence and Brexit disruption in the U.K. In Q2, we also expect several hundred basis points of gross margin improvement and adjusted EBITDA growth, comparable to what we delivered in the second half of last year.

Despite the many unknowns in the second half of the year, we expect to continue to excel at marketing, innovation, supply chain execution and productivity and our scrappy entrepreneurial culture is second to none. So for the year, we continue to reaffirm our expectation of strong double-digit EBITDA dollar and double-digit operating free cash flow growth with solid margin expansion.

With that, let me turn it over to Javier who will give you more details on our financial performance and fiscal '21 expectations.

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Mark, and good morning everyone. There are five key aspects of the first quarter financial information that I want to highlight in today's call that demonstrate continued strong performance from the execution of our transformation plan. First, we delivered strong top line growth versus prior year for the third consecutive quarter with double-digit adjusted revenue growth in North America.

Second, our growth was supported by significant continued margin expansion. Third, we are generating much stronger cash flows. Fourth, our balance sheet remained strong with excellent capital allocation flexibility. And finally, our business is well positioned for continued success. So let's drill into each of these aspects starting with the top line. Keep in mind, I will focus my discussion on our financial results from continuing operations. First quarter consolidated net sales increased 3% year-over-year to $499 million, modestly above internal expectations.

Foreign exchange benefited first quarter net sales by around 200 basis points while divestitures and brand discontinuations were a 380 basis point headwind. After adjusting to exclude these factors, net sales increased a little over 5% versus the prior year period falling right in line with previously provided guidance. On profitability, for the first quarter, adjusted gross profit increased nearly 20% versus the prior year period to $120 million. Currency impact on gross profit was a tailwind of about $2 million.

Exceeding our guidance, gross margin improved roughly 325 basis points, driven by our significant supply chain productivity initiatives, improved product mix from our SKU rationalization efforts and better overhead absorption in our plants. Distribution and warehousing costs as a percentage of sales improved versus the prior year due to the consolidation of shipping locations, and improved utilization of trucks contributing to improved gross margin.

SG&A came in at 16.4% of net sales, 100 basis points lower than the prior year period as we lowered broker commissions, reduced headcount as we consolidated our North American operations into one entity and reduced travel. These improvements were partially offset by higher marketing spending to support our North America Get Bigger brands and our U.K. businesses. First quarter adjusted EBITDA increased to $55 million compared to $32 million in the prior year period, representing a 71% increase versus Q1 last year. Currency impact on adjusted EBITDA was a tailwind of just over $1 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11% represented a significant improvement of 435 basis points year-over-year driven by gross margin improvement and lower SG&A.

We more than tripled our adjusted EPS to $0.27 based on an effective tax rate of 23.4% compared to $0.08 in the prior year with an effective tax rate of 27.4%. The lower tax rate was mainly driven by the Company's ability to claim deductions and foreign tax credits on foreign taxable income.

Now, to provide some detail on the individual reporting segments and starting with our North American business where net sales, profit growth, and margin rate expansion all exceeded expectations. On the topline, first quarter net sales increased 3% year-over-year to $281 million. Foreign exchange impact on the quarter wasn't material, once adjusting for divestitures and brand discontinuations, net sales increased 10% versus the prior year. From a profitability perspective, Q1 results were strong as we delivered year-over-year adjusted gross margin and dollar expansion and adjusted EBITDA margin and dollar expansion. Specifically our North America business expanded adjusted gross margin by nearly 350 basis points resulting in adjusted gross profit of $76 million or an increase of 19% versus Q1 last year.

This improvement was mostly driven by a stronger top line and lower supply chain costs driven by our SKU rationalization effort, productivity initiatives and efficiencies in our supply chain system. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $39 million, a 63% increase. Currency impact on adjusted EBITDA was minimal. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 13.9% represented an improvement of over 500 basis points versus the prior year period, driven by both gross margin and SG&A improvement.

Now, let me shift to our international business where results for the quarter were also ahead of our earnings expectations. Net sales increased 4% on a reported basis, but declined 1% when adjusted for a $10 million foreign exchange tailwind compared to Q1 of last year. Strength in our non-dairy brands such as Joya and Natumi as well as most of our Hain Daniels' business including our leading market share Linda McCartney and Hartley's brands in the U.K. was largely offset by continued weakness in our food business due to its foodservice exposure.

Net sales for our International segment excluding the food business increased by 10% in constant currency versus year ago. That said, the year-over-year decline in food sales was a little less pronounced than last quarter's decline given improved return to office work patterns and more favorable weather conditions.

Given the adoption of the North American playbook in our international business, adjusted gross margin and dollars and adjusted EBITDA margin and dollars were all up considerably in the quarter versus the prior year period. Adjusted gross margin improved by almost 300 basis points versus year ago driven by lower trade spending and productivity measures that were implemented in our Hain Daniels and Continental European businesses.

Adjusted EBITDA grew by 35% versus year ago to $27 million, supported by an adjusted EBITDA margin improvement of about 290 basis points, driven by higher adjusted gross margin. In Q1, due to the classification of our food business as an asset held for sale, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of about $33 million.

Shifting to cash flow and balance sheet, Q1 operating cash flow improved by $44 million to $41 million and operating free cash flow defined as operating cash flow minus capex was $29 million, a $45 million improvement from the prior year period. These improvements resulted primarily from stronger earnings, the decrease in cash used in the working capital accounts and a modest decrease in our capital expenditures because of timing.

At the end of Q1, our inventory was $45 million higher than the levels at the end of June 2020 to ensure strong service as customers build inventory in anticipation of a COVID surge and potential supply disruptions due to Brexit. That said, we expect to be at normalized levels as we enter the second half of 2021.

The Q1 inventory replenishment resulted in a 54-day cash conversion cycle that was slightly higher than the prior quarter, but below our target of 60 days due to improvements in accounts receivable days outstanding. Cash on hand at the end of the quarter was $28 million, while net debt stood at $262 million and gross debt leverage was 1.7 times.

Consistent with our efforts to simplify our business, and as previously communicated, in Q1, we sold our Danival business in Europe, a $22 million net sales business with about $1 million in adjusted EBITDA. Also in Q1, we sold Better Bean in the United States, a small brand with about $2 million in annual sales.

Our balance sheet is the strongest it has been in years, and as a result, we have significant capital allocation flexibility. Given our healthy balance sheet, as well as our expectations to continue to generate strong free cash flow, we remain well positioned to both reinvest in the business and return value to shareholders.

The Company's capital allocation philosophy is to deploy capital to its highest and best use. We, in conjunction with our Board, routinely evaluate all opportunities to create value with our cash and balance sheet capacity. All investment opportunities whether internal or external are benchmarked against each other on a risk adjusted basis as well as against the value of investing in our Company through share repurchases or distributing capital through dividends.

Consistent with our capital allocation principles, during the quarter, we bought back $42 million of our shares at an average share price of $32.81, leaving us with about $148 million of additional repurchases remaining under our 2017 program. Finally, as it relates to guidance, given our strong Q1 performance and confidence in managing the controllable aspects of our business, the Company is reaffirming its fiscal 2021 outlook that calls for gross and adjusted EBITDA margin expansion as well as strong double digit, adjusted EBITDA and operating free cash flow growth.

As part of this full-year outlook, we have assumed the following: Foreign exchange translation will continue to be a tailwind; cost of goods inflation of around 2%, which is being more than offset by our productivity initiatives; capital expenditures of approximately 4% of net sales, an increase over prior year to drive multiple productivity projects and to carry out projects that was delayed from last year due to COVID. Close to 75% of our planned capital expenditures are targeted toward capacity improvements or profit improvement projects, an adjusted effective tax rate between 24% and 25%.

In summary, the momentum illustrated during the second half of 2020 has continued into Q1. We exceeded expectations both on the top and bottom line and we continue to believe that we are well positioned to deliver on another strong year. I will now turn the call back to Mark.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

As you can see we had another very strong quarter. On behalf of our Board of Directors and management team, I'd like to thank our global team at Hain Celestial for how well they have continued to execute, especially in this dynamic operating environment.

We're pleased that we've achieved terrific results in the quarter of fiscal '21 and have strong confidence in our plan, our team and our future progress. With that, let me turn it over to the operator for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. We will now be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]. Thank you. Our first question comes from the line of Alexia Howard with Bernstein. Please proceed with your question.

Alexia Howard -- Bernstein -- Analyst

Good morning, everybody.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Alexia.

Alexia Howard -- Bernstein -- Analyst

I hope you can hear me OK. So I guess a question on the topline, you didn't mention the SKU rationalization this quarter. Does that mean that that's largely behind you now? And can you quantify what proportion of the sales headwinds are the divestments and the discontinuances? And is there more of that to come? Do you think you're going to be getting rid of more of those smaller brands, particularly in the U.S. going forward?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So let me take the first part and Javier you can address the drag from the divestitures. So on SKU rat, look, it's an ongoing process for us to continue to refine our portfolio and remove SKUs. The difference now versus last year was we had no innovation last year, so when we were taking out SKUs, there was nothing going in its place. It was a smart move, because those were money-losing SKUs with low velocities. But now, as we see underperforming SKUs, we've replaced them with innovations such that it's no longer a drag on the algorithm. So there was some slight headwind from SKU rationalization in the first quarter, but it was more than offset by the innovation that replaced it.

Relative to brand divestitures, we continue to reshape the portfolio, we continue to look at the Get Better part of the portfolio and say is -- are these assets better in somebody else's portfolio than ours? But we're very pleased with the margin expansion that we've been able to generate in that Get Better portfolio. In the quarter we doubled the profitability from year ago and we had mid teens EBITDA margins for the Get Better brands.

So, I think because of the pandemic, we're being much more choiceful in terms of which assets we want to shed. But we are still in conversations with people, there are still some very small brands in there that adds to complexity without really adding a lot of benefit and certainly won't get nurtured in a Company of our size.

So there will be some more rationalization going forward, but the vast majority of it has been done. Javier, do you want to take the -- how much of a drag comes from divestitures?

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. For the quarter it was about 380 basis point that was the headwind from divestitures and brand shutdowns.

Alexia Howard -- Bernstein -- Analyst

Great. Thank you very much. And then just a quick follow-up, you've obviously been expanding margins very rapidly over the last year or -- more than a year at this point. What innings are you in on that? You've listed a lot more levels going forward, but are we sort of, is it going to slow down at some point in the foreseeable future or is that still quite a lot more to go?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

There is still quite a lot more to go. What I would say is that we have captured the lowest hanging fruit on the tree and that the things that we're going after now are more complex, so whether it's automation within the plants or consolidating all of our orders to fill up trucks, which requires us to work with our retail partners, the initiatives that we're going after now, I would say are bigger, but certainly more complex.

So they take longer to execute, they take more resources to execute. But we are still in the middle of the ballgame in terms of margin expansion and we believe that you will continue to see 100 basis point plus margin expansion for the next several years every quarter.

Alexia Howard -- Bernstein -- Analyst

Perfect. Thank you very much. I'll pass it on.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Bill Chappell with Truist. Please proceed with your question.

Grant -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Hi, this is actually Grant on for Bill. Thanks for taking the question. Had one on the distribution gains that you noted in the quarter and then a little bit more on the outlook going forward. Just a question on those were some of that may be delayed from shelf resets in the spring or were they really more in the fall here? And then looking out going forward, how would you expect distribution to trend? I don't know if you have any early reads on spring resets next year right now.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So, you'll recall that we spent the first 15 months of the journey rationalizing underperforming SKUs and really looking at things that were -- that had velocities in the bottom quartile of their category and were exiting those SKUs, such that now when we come out with innovation, it's very likely to go in incrementally, because we don't have too many underperforming things left on the shelf.

So the gains that you've seen which are really primarily tea, snacks, yogurt where we've had the most innovation that's where we're seeing the biggest gains and I would expect that as customers reset more and more, and as we continue to come out with more innovation that we will be a net gainer on space going forward.

I would tell you the things that we've launched are doing very well, but because of COVID and because of delays in resets, we still may be only have 25% distribution on some of these things. So there is a lot more runway on the things that we've already launched and then we continue to have a pipeline of new items coming on top of that. So we would expect to see distribution gains continuing for the foreseeable future.

Grant -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

That's great. Thanks. And then, one on the margin profile in those Get Better brands, obviously you doubled margins this quarter, could you maybe bridge some of those improvements there, cutting tail SKUs versus operational improvements and where do you see that going from here on those Get Better brands? Thank you.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, most of the Get Better brands are co-manufactured, so the gains that you're seeing are not really driven by manufacturing improvements, they're driven by elimination of poor performing SKUs, elimination of poor ROI investments, reformulating products that are over-engineered relative to what the consumer is willing to pay for, or what the consumer values, improvements in our distribution and warehousing system which benefits all brands, improved forecasting, which reduces old age discards and customer fines from poor service, which again benefits all of our brands. Reallocation of marketing dollars to the Get Bigger brands has been part of it as well. So there is a lot of elements that have contributed to that margin expansion.

I would tell you, we continue to see opportunity going forward. There is pricing opportunities in quite a few of those brands, there is opportunities to continue to reformulate as I mentioned and to make sure that the things that we are spending money on are generating higher ROI. So we expect that we'll continue to see margin expansion there going forward.

Grant -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Thanks. Very helpful. I'll pass it on.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of David Palmer with Evercore. Please proceed with your question.

David Palmer -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thanks. What -- just a cleanup question on consumption, how are trends in your consumption beyond what we see in the measured channel? And then relatedly in this -- in this measured channel data, we see the growth contribution is largely coming from Sensible Portions and Celestial tea, I'm wondering just thinking through your portfolio if you're going to see a broadening of growth contribution and I have a follow-up.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. And so the first thing I would tell you is six weeks into the second quarter, every single Get Bigger brand is growing quarter-to-date. So it is -- it's much more universal than just a couple of brands that you see with really high growth in the IRI data. As far as the channel part of the question, remember that we are very over-developed in e-commerce and we're seeing 50% plus growth in that channel. Our personal care business in particular skews very heavily in the e-commerce channel and unmeasured channels like TJ Maxx and Sally Beauty and up and down the street accounts that you don't really ever see in the data.

We have a very large club business that has performed exceptionally well throughout the pandemic, and then obviously we have the natural channel and Whole Foods, which has performed very well for many of the brands also. So it -- unfortunately that you're only going to see about 60% of the data when you look at the measured channels, and we are doing very well outside of that such that the growth rates are higher than what you're seeing in the measured channels alone.

David Palmer -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

And do you have a sense about what that consumption is versus the mid-single digits, that we're seeing in IRI lately?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I'd have to aggregate it for you, it's higher in e-commerce and club, it's a little bit lower in the natural channel primarily because again a lot of the SKU rationalization was done in the natural channel where we were very over proliferated. But I'd have to aggregate it for you. I don't know off the top of my head.

David Palmer -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Yeah, no problem. And I guess the big picture question, longer term, you know, there is so much COVID related noise in the data right now, and then we're -- obviously it's keeping you from giving guidance for the second half of this fiscal year even. But looking ahead into fiscal '22 and '23, The Street is more or less saying that you're going to get to the low end of your long-term targets both in terms of your organic revenue growth, they are thinking the low end of the 3% to 6% and they're also expecting the low end of your 13% to 16% EBITDA margin.

So I guess my question is, how do you, what's the big picture for you as far as how you feel like you're going or tracking against those long-term trends? Do you think that the high-end could be more at play? Thanks.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, obviously, I'm just going to stick within the range that we gave. I would tell you, I think one of the upsides versus the original range is what's going on in International right now with them adopting the North America playbook, I think that's going to deliver some higher outcome in the International business than what we originally contemplated. I think for the North America business, we are really right on track with what we said we are going to do, we're a little bit ahead on the margin side, we're obviously proving our way on the revenue side and we've got a lot of momentum there given the share gains and the distribution expansion and some of the things that we've talked about.

We feel good about where we are. One of the key variables remember is that we had assumed in the original algorithm that the Get Bigger brands were about 80% of the volume in North America and the Get Better ended up being about 20%. It started at 50-50. We're now at two-thirds, one-third. So we've got more to do in terms of growing the Get Bigger brands and shrinking the Get Better brands and that's why Alexia's question earlier around, is there still some things that we want to shed in that tail, yes. But as the Get Bigger gets bigger and the Get Better becomes a smaller percentage of the total, we feel good about our ability to deliver what we laid out on Investor Day.

David Palmer -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Anthony Vendetti with Maxim. Please proceed with your question.

Anthony Vendetti -- Maxim Group -- Analyst

Thanks. Mark, I was wondering if you can elaborate a little bit more on the product innovations, what you have in the pipeline, have the retail has been receptive to some of the innovations that you're talking about, and I know you talked a little bit about the resets, but have any of those been delayed because of COVID or not really impacted?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So the -- no question, all resets have been impacted by COVID and so we have terrific innovation that's being very well received and actually where we have it in market it's performing exceptionally well. I'll give you a couple of examples in a second. But what has happened is, our customers have delayed resets. So for example, Sensible Portions, Screamin' Hot Veggie Straws which brought kind of heat to healthy products and brings in a lot of millennial males and people that normally weren't buying our Sensible Portions business it's been 90%-plus incremental to the brand, it's got velocities in the top quartile. But we only have 25% distribution because many are not resetting the category till March.

So it's a little bit slower build than we would have liked, but the good news is, where we have it, the innovation is performing well. Tea Well is performing well. We just launched keto yogurt on Greek Gods. We have a robust pipeline on snacks coming including more hot items on some of our other snack items. And so, we feel pretty good about what we're doing. We're getting into the incremental space, it's turning well, it's incremental to the category. So everybody is winning. We just need the resets to happen.

And so that -- that will take a little bit longer than we originally planned, but we'll use the results from the places where we have it to drive further distribution at the places that don't, because they're pretty compelling results.

Anthony Vendetti -- Maxim Group -- Analyst

Mark, just really bigger picture, can you talk about the amount of inefficiencies that you discovered when you came in and whether that has surprised you or is this sort of the pace you expected and just sort of where you're at, did you think you're ahead of schedule or -- you just talk about the general big picture of where you're at with...

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, the headline is this was really a holding Company, when I got here. We had acquired many brands over 25 years and never integrated any of them. And so there really were no processes, we had 20-something IT systems, we had five different sales forces. It was just complexity on top of complexity. And so, what we've been trying to do over the last 18 months and what we'll continue to do is turn this into an operating Company and that means putting an efficient structure in place, having the right leaders leading the change initiatives, making sure that we are prioritizing and focusing our resources in the right places that we're building capabilities to be a world-class operator.

And so, I would say that we've come a very long way, very quickly, I'm actually very proud of the amount of margin enhancement that we've been able to generate in a very short period of time. And I'm equally optimistic about how much is still in front of us. We have a huge amount of productivity initiatives and a very robust pipeline that will serve us well for the next several years.

I think on the top-line, we really weren't doing much in terms of marketing and innovation, we were just buying brands and moving onto the next one. And so some of these brands had been passed over by other brands and companies that had been more aggressive in terms of understanding and meeting consumer needs.

So, we were playing a little bit of catch-up on the marketing side, but you're now starting to see that with the innovation that's coming out, the market share gains that we're starting to achieve, the robust trial and repeat data that I articulated in the script. And the fact that it's accelerating. So we feel like all the guns are blazing and that we're moving in the right direction. And, I think really everything that we have within our control, we feel like we're executing very well right now.

Anthony Vendetti -- Maxim Group -- Analyst

Excellent. Keep up the great work. Thanks, Mark. Appreciate it.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Ken Goldman with JPMorgan. Please proceed with your question.

Kenneth Goldman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Kenneth Goldman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Javier, just a very quick one. I heard you mention that you sold a brand. I didn't hear which brand it was. Do you mind just repeating that quickly?

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, it was Better Bean, it's a small brand, it's about $2 million in sales. So that was sold in Q1 of this quarter, or in Q1 of this year.

Kenneth Goldman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you. And then Mark, just a quick clarification on something, obviously things are going great for you guys, good to see. You were talking about online maintaining its strength, obviously that's an advantage for you given you are over-indexed to that channel per se. But over the next year, if we have a successful vaccine, if consumers shift back to brick and mortar a little bit, is that a potentially temporary maybe a modest headwind for you at all, meaning is there that one time sort of channel reversal as consumers get more comfortable going back to -- into stores again?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean, it's hard for me to speculate on that, what I would say is, look the calorie count in the U.S. isn't really changing. So it's just shifting between channels. If it shifts away from e-commerce to other channels as long as we have robust distribution and people can find the products that they love, I think we'll do just fine.

I think the consumer is gravitating toward healthier eating, which is a tailwind for us and I think that, that will be a benefit in all channels. Certainly, we've had 50% consistent growth in the e-commerce channel, which has served us well. But I don't think e-commerce is going away. I think once you -- once you buy online whether it's furniture or presents for Christmas or food and you have a good experience, you tend to repeat it because it's a lot more convenient when you have a lot more assortment.

So I don't anticipate that it's going to change dramatically. I think what we've seen is a turbo charging of the inevitable migration to e-commerce that people have been saying, what's going to happen, but it was going to take ten years to happen, and it happened very, very quickly, and I think it's here to stay.

Kenneth Goldman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Makes sense. Thanks so much.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Michael Lavery with Piper Sandler. Please proceed with your question.

Michael Lavery -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Michael Lavery -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Just to follow-up on the e-commerce piece, you over-indexed there I believe your margins are roughly comparable, can you confirm if that's the case and where you've pointed to some of the levers for more margin momentum broadly, how much upside can you also see on the e-commerce side of the business is that one where there's similar levers to pull as well?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So, e-commerce is margin neutral for us, which is a good thing because for many companies, it's margin dilutive, given that you end up doing a lot of case picking as opposed to shipping full truckloads of individual products like you do to a retailer.

There is margin potential in everything that we do. And, I would say in the e-commerce, one of the reasons that we had a 1,000 basis points of margin improvement last year was working with retailers to take out SKUs that were unprofitable and replace them with SKUs that were more profitable.

And so the example I gave before was in personal care, we have pump tops on some of our lotions and the e-commerce retailers were concerned that the pumps were going to open and that they -- the lotion would spray all over the case and they'd end up having to throw it out. So they were requiring us to put a massive amount of packaging, imagine almost bubble wrap around every individual unit to make sure that it didn't open. That adds tremendous complexity in cost and the solve was, we just took the pump tops off and put regular tops on.

And so, dramatic improvement in margin, the consumer is still happy, they get a product that they love and it was -- again it's just having the right conversation with the retailer to say you like this item, but we've got to figure out how to solve this incredible cost issue based on your needs and we did.

And so we're doing a lot of that, we're doing that in club as well, where again we have a lot of lower margin programs that have been replaced by higher margin programs just by working with the retailer and saying how do we configure this differently to meet the needs of your consumer as well as the needs of us as their supplier.

Michael Lavery -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Helpful color. And then on the buybacks, you did in the quarter, can you just give us a sense of some of your thinking there and why that was the best use of capital, is there M&A still on your radar or should we construe this to mean that maybe there is not a deal brewing and you want to simply buy back some shares or how do we think about your capital allocation?

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So, let me take a shot at it, and then Javier, you can chime in. You know, what I would tell you is, we are generating a lot of cash obviously as the Company gets stronger, our EBITDA gets better. Our debt level is extremely low. And so, as we assess how to best use the cash that's coming in and knowing that we don't have a debt problem and that we have plenty of capital to run our business, as Javier said, we're looking at where do we get the best return for that -- for that capital.

So our shares we believe have been relatively undervalued and so we have been buying. But at the same time, we are in the market looking at acquisitions. If the right one comes along, we are ready to be an acquirer, now that we've got a stable foundation. So it really is just continuing to monitor the marketplace and decide how to best utilize the available cash.

Javier, you want to add anything there?

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So the only thing that I would add is that I wouldn't view share repurchases on M&A as mutually exclusive. I think we have a strong balance sheet. And so, if the right opportunity were to come along, we would evaluate that opportunity based on what return we think we can get out of that opportunity. So that's how we would think about M&A versus share repurchases versus internal investments.

Michael Lavery -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you very much.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Scott Mushkin with our R5 Capital. Please proceed with your question.

Scott Mushkin -- R5 Capital -- Analyst

Hey guys, thanks. Thanks for taking my questions. So -- and I know we already talked about the Get Better versus Get Bigger. I was just wondering, do you guys anticipate that there will eventually be a transition of the Get Better brands to balancing revenue growth and profit growth or is that just not something we should think about, and then I actually have one more question.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So within the Get Better brands, obviously given the surge in at home cooking, there is a number of those brands that have performed considerably better during the pandemic than they were previously. And so we are looking at -- the Get Better bucket, if you go back to Investor Day was really an amalgamation of sustainable contributors as well as brands that we were going to manage for profit.

So we are doing some rebalancing between which of these brands that we think can be sustainable contributors long term, where the margins are good, where we think there is top-line potential, but not necessarily the same kind of margin or top-line potential of the Get Bigger brands. And so some of those brands will likely be retained for the long haul and managed for stable consistent profit growth. But there were still others in that portfolio that likely don't have a role for Hain in long term.

So we are reevaluating that. Similarly within the Get Bigger brands where initially we just positioned them as hey, they've all got to get bigger and we got to grow the heck out of them. There were some brands within there that also need to continue to focus on margin expansion. And so, we're getting a little bit more targeted in terms of the role of individual brands, and we are constantly reevaluating the portfolio based on the competitive marketplace and the changes in the consumer dynamics and our performance overall.

Scott Mushkin -- R5 Capital -- Analyst

That's terrific. And I think I may have lied or misspoken a little bit, I actually had two more, which I'll roll into one. So I know we talked about this already, but how confident are you in the back half of 2021 that if the additional facings you were thinking you were going to get at retail are on track or will that spill into 2022 and then also, thinking about the margin question, margin answers you've given, how should we think about reinvesting some of these gross margin dollars into growing revenues at a faster pace after the pandemic? Thanks.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So we are -- we have been reinvesting in marketing and we will continue to reinvest in marketing our Get Bigger brands in the quarter, I believe our marketing expenditure was 6.5% of sales, which is almost double what it was when I got here. So we will continue to reinvest in our brand growth and we believe that we will continue to expand margins that will allow us to do so. With regard to the second half question, regardless of the pandemic, we have such a robust pipeline of productivity that we are confident in the margin expansion.

We gave lots of examples in the script, but I'm telling you we have a very robust domestic and international productivity agenda and those things are within our control. If you're going to automate your plans, if you're going to reformulate your products, if you're going to consolidate warehouses and fill up trucks, a lot of that is within our control, whether the pandemic occurs or not. But the thing that's harder to call is the top-line because there are many things that we don't have control over. When does the retailer reset the shelves? That's something we don't have control over.

How does the consumer behave, are they eating at home or are they eating out of restaurants, that's something we don't control. So, we haven't given guidance because of the volatility on the top-line, but we've continued to reinforce that you're going to see robust margin expansion and you're going to see strong double-digit EBITDA growth this year because we have so many of the margin things within our control and we're executing very well against them.

Scott Mushkin -- R5 Capital -- Analyst

Perfect, guys. Thanks for the clarity on those answers. Really appreciate it.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Operator

Thank you. We have reached the end of the question-and-answer session. Mr. Schiller, I would now like to turn the floor back over to you for closing comments.

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Again, on behalf of the Board and the Company I thank everybody in this organization who is working exceptionally hard under very difficult circumstances to achieve outstanding results. We are confident in our team, we're confident in our plan and we look forward to continuing to deliver robust numbers as we go forward.

So thanks everyone, and look forward to talking to you all later today.

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks].

Duration: 54 minutes

Call participants:

Anna Kate Heller -- Investor Relations

Mark L. Schiller -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Javier H. Idrovo -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Alexia Howard -- Bernstein -- Analyst

Grant -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

David Palmer -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Anthony Vendetti -- Maxim Group -- Analyst

Kenneth Goldman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Michael Lavery -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Scott Mushkin -- R5 Capital -- Analyst

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