LAVAL, QC, Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company focused on plant-based, sustainable and purpose-driven lifestyle brands, today announced its financial and operating results for the three-month period ended on June 30, 2021.
First Quarter Financial Highlights
- Revenues of $12.4 million compared to $11.2 million in the comparable period in fiscal year 2021, and exceeded our pre-announced revenue range of $10 to $12 million. First quarter revenues of $12.4 million increased 83% versus revenues of $6.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.
- Gross profit loss of $2.9 million or (23.0%) compared to gross profit of $3.3 million or 29.0% for the comparable period in fiscal 2021. By excluding from costs of sales: depreciation and amortization expenses, various fixed and indirect costs, as well as costs related to SugarLeaf, a consolidated gross profit of 13% could be derived, a positive difference of 36 percentage points when compared to the 23% gross profit loss of the quarter.
- Net loss of $23.0 million compared to a net loss of $11.4 million in the first quarter of the previous year.
- Adjusted EBITDA loss was $15.9 million compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.5 million in the comparable period in fiscal year 2021.
“Our first quarter revenue exceeded our expectations with sequential improvement of 83% as we delivered innovative products across multiple verticals and expanded our Sprout distribution” said Michael Cammarata, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Wellness. “The executive team recognized more needs to be done to maximize shareholder value, and we asked the Board of Directors to establish a Strategic Review Committee to explore options to accelerate our path to profitability.”
First Quarter Business Highlights
- Neptune’s cannabis brand, PanHash™, was launched in Quebec.
- Neptune announced a multi-year licensing agreement between Sprout® and CoComelon, the world’s leading children’s entertainment brand, owned and operated by Moonbug Entertainment.
- Neptune announced Mood Ring™ cannabis product launches, including flower, in British Columbia.
Subsequent Events and Business Updates
- The Company launched Forest Remedies’ plant-based Omega 3-6-9 gummies and soft gels.
- Sprout products launched into Canada, in Metro grocery stores in the province of Ontario.
- The Mood Ring™ branded flower product was launched in Alberta.
Strategic Review Committee
The company’s executive management team asked the Board of Directors to form a Strategic Review Committee to evaluate the company’s business plan, capital deployment, and long-term strategy to identify alternatives to enhance shareholder value. These strategic options could include, but are not limited to, changes in strategy or operations, strategic business combinations, divestitures, or spin off a portion of the company, or continuing to execute the company’s current business plan.
Conference Call Details
Neptune will host a conference call with management on Thursday, August 12th at 10:00 AM EDT. The call will be webcast and can be accessed at www.investors.neptunewellness.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be archived for approximately 30 days.
The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements of Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc., which were prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), on a basis consistent with those accounting policies followed by the Corporation in the most recent audited consolidated annual financial statements, and the management discussion and analysis report for the three-month period ended on June 30, 2021 have been filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml, and may also be found on our investor relations website at www.investors.neptunewellness.com. All amounts are in Canadian dollars except if specified otherwise.
This news release contains a non-IFRS measure, specifically Adjusted EBITDA. We use Adjusted EBITDA to provide investors with a supplemental measure of our operating performance and thus highlight trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. We believe that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, prepare annual operating budgets and assess our ability to meet our capital expenditure and working capital requirements. Adjusted EBITDA is not recognized, defined or standardized measures under IFRS. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA will likely differ from that used by other companies (including our peers) and therefore comparability may be limited. Non-IFRS measures should not be considered a substitute for or in isolation from measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Investors are encouraged to review our financial statements and disclosures in their entirety and are cautioned not to put undue reliance on non-IFRS measures and view them in conjunction with the most comparable IFRS financial measures. For more information on our Adjusted EBITDA, please refer to our Management Discussion and Analysis for the quarter.
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