Boca Raton, FL (November 16, 2012) – Celsius Holdings, Inc., (Other OTC: CELH.PK) the creator and marketer of Celsius®, the world’s first calorie burning drink backed by clinical science, today reported its results of operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $1.4 million as compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2011, a 43% decrease. A significant portion of this decrease is attributable to a 2010 return reserve adjustment realized in 2011 which accounted for $508,000 of the difference, timing of international shipments, and a reduction in distribution outlets, which was offset in part by increased sales to existing domestic accounts. The Company recorded a net loss of $764,000 for the third quarter compared to a net loss of $278,000 for the same quarter a year ago, or ($0.04) and ($0.02) per share, respectively. The increase in net loss is associated with the return reserve adjustment discussed above, increased product input costs, and continued investments in human resources and marketing programs directed toward growth in the direct to consumer, international and retail segments of our business.
Net Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $5.8 million compared to $6.8 million for the same period in 2011, a 15% decrease. The decrease is attributable to an accumulative 2010 return reserve adjustments realized in 2011 which amounted to $560,000, and reductions in distribution outlets, which was offset in part by increased domestic and international existing account sales. The Company recorded a net loss of $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to a net loss of $1.2 million for the same period a year ago, or ($0.12) and ($0.06) per share respectively.
There were many complex decisions that had to be made during the first nine months of 2012 in order to ensure the long- term viability of Celsius, said Gerry David, Celsius CEO. We were very determined and extremely focused on building for growth in 2013 and identifying areas that will contribute to our future success. Some of those decisions included hiring the right team with significant experience who we expect will help direct our growth, relocating our manufacturing and warehousing to increase our profit margins, and the development and execution of a new brand strategy, which coincides with the launch of a new brand image and our singles distribution strategy.” “Celsius is now poised for growth with a solid foundation for us to build on. I am both confident and excited about the future of our company.
Notwithstanding the financial results, the third quarter of 2012 showed gains in distribution both domestically as well as internationally.
- Celsius saw strong sales growth within existing key accounts year to date, including Casey's (+54%), Vitamin Shoppe (+44%), Meijer (+49%), Publix (+9%), McLane (+12%) and the Health and Fitness Clubs (+12%).
- Celsius’ partner in Sweden, People's Choice AB, continues to show strong growth within the Health and Fitness Clubs, while successfully introducing the Celsius brand into mass retail.
In addition, Celsius has signed distribution agreements with:
- GNC (1,800 stores), where implementation of the singles strategy as well as 4-packs within GNC's A&B stores is scheduled to launch January 2013.
- K-Mart (1,000 stores), implementation of the singles strategy in the Diet and Nutrition section is scheduled for launch January 2013.
- Harris Teeter (210 stores), a leader in the Carolinas in the retail grocery channel, is now implementing the singles strategy.
- Winn Dixie (444 stores) is currently expanding chain-wide with the singles strategy.
- Shanghai Honglu International Trading Company Ltd., with whom we have reached an agreement for distribution of the Celsius ready-to-drink and powder products in China. Plan calls for distribution through fitness and health clubs, mass retail, DRTV and online.
Other noteworthy developments included:
- During our restructuring phase, Celsius lost shelf space within several retail chains including Albertson's LLC (California), Super Valu, Ahold and Target (test stores). Celsius is in the process of setting up meetings with these retailers to reintroduce the new packaging and singles marketing plan.
- Celsius announced its partnership with GBS Smash Brands to accelerate commercialization of the brand. Smash Brands initial focus will be Southern California and Texas. They have successfully built new brands for Coca Cola, Cinnabon, Wolfgang Puck, Honest Tea and others.
- Celsius’ new Director of Sales, Robbie Kotkosky, brings 17 years of experience from The Coca Cola Company where she held the National Account Executive role. She will manage the Polar Beverage and Smash Brands partnerships along with other key accounts
In addition, after 2 1/2 years of Celsius being offered through Costco, a decision was made to end the relationship. Costco is an outstanding organization that provides consumers the opportunity to join their club, and purchase name brand products that they are already buying through traditional retail channels at a lower price, stated Gerry David. Celsius sales within several Costco geographic markets, exceeded the thresholds established for success, but on a national basis, Celsius did not meet those criteria.
Mr. David continued, Celsius has several thousand loyal consumers who purchased Celsius through Costco, and we are confident that the majority of these loyal consumers will continue to purchase through other Celsius points of distribution. We look forward to having the opportunity to partner with Costco again at the appropriate time.
About Celsius Holdings, Inc.
Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Other OTC: CELH.PK) markets Celsius®, which is backed by science. Celsius is dedicated to providing healthier, everyday refreshment through science and innovation. For more information, please visit www.celsius.com.
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