Launches Second Line of Products for Continued Growth
Boca Raton, FL (May 11, 2017) – (OTCQX: CELH) Celsius Holdings Inc., the maker of CELSIUS®, the leading global fitness drink, today reported financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2017.
First Quarter 2017 Highlights:
- Revenue of $6.0 million, up 63.1% compared to $3.7 million in the year ago quarter
‒ Domestic revenue increased 81% to a record $4.8 million, up from $2.7 million in the year ago quarter
‒ International revenue increased 18% to $1.2 million, up from $1.0 million in the year ago quarter
- Gross profit of $2.4 million, inclusive of a one-time charge of $235,000 for the write-down of old packaging and fees associated with label changes, compared to $1.5 million in the year ago quarter
- Net loss to common stockholders of $(2.0) million compared to $(1.3) million in the year ago quarter
- Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA* of $(322,000), excluding $725,000 of non-recurring expenses, including CEO retirement and transition expenses of $490,000, inventory write-down of $194,000 and packaging label changes of $41,000, compared to $(886,000) in the year ago quarter
- Launched the second line in the product portfolio, CELSIUS HEAT™, a new trainer’s grade dietary supplement targeting athletic trainers, body builders, military personnel and endurance athletes
“Our financial results reflect a robust start to our ongoing business operations in 2017 with total revenue up 63% on increased volume in both domestic and international markets,” said John Fieldly, Interim President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “During the first quarter of 2017 we completed our rebranding, pioneering our position as the leading global fitness drink by adding a global brand mark iconic “C” to our packaging and the tagline “Live Fit”. We launched our second product line, CELSIUS HEAT™, as scheduled late in the first quarter, and it is being well received among the personal training, body building and elite athlete communities. CELSIUS HEAT™ is initially available in Vitamin Shoppe®, 24Hour Fitness®, Gold’s Gym®, hi-health®, Youfit, and other fine retailers.
“Our efforts to improve profitability by controlling and reducing our cost of goods continue, while we execute our plans for global expansion, broader distribution and entry into new markets against a backdrop of strong and growing consumer demand for healthy beverages,” concluded Fieldly.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 was $6.0 million and $3.7 million, respectively, an increase of 63%. This increase was driven primarily by a 81% growth in domestic revenue associated from blended growth rates of 47% in retail accounts arising mainly from growth in existing accounts and expansion of convenience store distribution initiatives, 88% growth in internet retailer accounts and 237% in health and fitness accounts mainly derived from growth in existing account and the initial launch of Celsius Heat™ into the channel from the same period in 2016.
Gross profit was $2.4 million, or 39.7% of revenue, in the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $1.5 million, or 41.3% of revenue, for the same period in 2016. The increase in gross profit is primarily due to increases in revenue and reductions in the cost of raw materials. The decrease in gross profit margin is due to a one-time charge of $235,400 associated with a write-down of old packaging and fees associated with label changes. Excluding this one-time charge, gross profit margin increased 230 basis points to 42.0% compared to the prior year period.
Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 were $2.2 million and $1.8 million, respectively. The 20% increase is due primarily to increases in investments in human resources of $247,000, warehousing of $41,000 and increases in marketing programs of $69,000.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 were $2.1 million and $875,000, respectively. The increase was primarily the result of non-recurring expenses including $490,000 for CEO retirement and transition expenses, $328,000 of stock-based compensation for directors as well as an increase in options expense of $200,000 and investments in human resources, professional fees and research and development, all of which were partially offset by a reduction in travel expenses.
Total other expense was $48,000 and $57,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016, respectively as a result of lower interest expense on a lower outstanding debt balance.
For the three months ended March 31, 2017, Celsius had a net loss of $1.9 million, and after giving effect to preferred stock dividends of $90,245, a net loss to common stockholders of $2.0 million or $0.05 per share based on a weighted average of 41,783,853 shares outstanding. In comparison, for the three months ended March 31, 2016 the company had a net loss of $1.2 million, and after giving effect to preferred stock dividends of $86,652, a net loss to common stockholders of $1.3 million or $0.03 per share based on a weighted average of 38,380,380 shares outstanding.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2017, the company had cash of $20.9 million compared to $11.7 million as of December 31, 2016. The company had working capital of $24.2 million and $15.4 million as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
Cash used in operations during the three months ended March 31, 2017 totaled $861,000. The company incurred a net loss of $2.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2017, increasing the accumulated deficit to $55.3 million as of March 31, 2017.
Management will host a conference call today, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm ET to discuss the results with the investment community.
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An audio replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website at http://celsiusholdinginc.com/news/.
Disclosures can be found on the Company’s online disclosure portal at: http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/CELH/filings.
About Celsius Holdings, Inc.
Celsius Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: CELH), founded in April, 2004, is a global company with a proprietary, clinically-proven formula for flagship brand CELSIUS®. Celsius Holdings, Inc., has a corporate mission to become the global leader of a branded portfolio which is proprietary, clinically-proven or patented in its category, and offers significant health benefits.
CELSIU®S’ original line comes in seven delicious sparkling and non-carbonated flavors, and in powder stick packets which can be mixed with water. CELSIUS® has no preservatives, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, is non-gmo, with no artificial flavors or colors, and has no added sodium. The CELSIUS line of products is kosher and vegan certified, soy, gluten, and sugar free. CELSIUS®’ new natural line is available in six refreshing flavors (three sparkling): grapefruit, cucumber lime, orange pomegranate, and (three non-carbonated): pineapple coconut, watermelon berry and strawberries & cream.
For additional information, please visit www.CELSIUS.com, and for all press inquiries and product samples, please contact John Filizzola at email@example.com.
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