KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (November 6, 2017) — Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market: CYAN), a world leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2018, ended September 30, 2017.
Second Quarter 2018
For the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales were $8,055,000 compared to $9,862,000. Gross profit was $3,620,000, with gross profit margin of 44.9%, compared to gross profit of $3,885,000 and gross profit margin of 39.4%. Operating income was $619,000 compared to $247,000. Net income was $475,000 or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $99,000 or $0.02 per diluted share.
“While net sales were lower compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2017, gross profit margin increased 5.5 percentage points due to our continuing focus on the marketing of our higher margin Nutrex Hawaii branded products at retail, as well as lower net overall product costs from improved Astaxanthin production practices,” said Gerry Cysewski, Ph.D., Cyanotech’s CEO.
Commenting on the second quarter results (changes shown vs. second quarter of fiscal 2017), Cyanotech’s President, Mawae Morton, added:
“On a year to date basis, sales of our packaged products remain stable, showing a 7% increase over last year. The company’s second quarter net sales decrease of 18% was driven by a 16% decrease in sales of our packaged products and a 28% decrease in sales of our bulk products. The packaged sales decrease is related to the quarterly variance year to year in the timing of orders, as well as the shift away from lower margin channels into higher margin ones. The 28% decrease in bulk sales was primarily the result of a lack of sufficient Spirulina supply. The company engaged in various alternative cultivation methods for Spirulina during the quarter prompted by self-imposed water conservation efforts related to county wide water restrictions. These alternative methods had a net negative impact on Spirulina production for the quarter. The county wide water restrictions were lifted at the end of the quarter.
“Operating expenses decreased by $0.6 million for the second quarter compared to the same period in last year. Included in this is a decrease in general and administrative costs of $0.6 million, primarily due to a reduction in legal fees of $0.9 million, offset by a $0.1 million increase in labor costs and a $0.1 million increase in incentive expense that have been accrued based on pretax profit earned to date.”
First Six Months 2018
For the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to the first six months of fiscal 2017, net sales were $16,864,000 compared to $17,184,000. Gross profit was $7,223,000, with gross profit margin of 42.8%, compared to $6,706,000 and 39.0%. Operating income was $1,239,000 compared to operating loss of ($363,000). Net income was $977,000 or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to net loss of ($592,000) or ($0.10) per diluted share.
Trailing 12 Months ended September 30, 2017
For the trailing 12 months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the trailing 12 months ended September 30, 2016, net sales were $31,722,000 compared to $32,914,000. Gross profit was $12,741,000, with gross profit margin of 40.2%, compared to gross profit of $12,548,000 and gross profit margin of 38.1%. Net income was $353,000 or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($4,896,000) or ($0.87) per diluted share.
Please review the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 for more detailed information.
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About Cyanotech — Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology for over 30 years, produces BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin® and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica®. These all natural, dietary ingredients and supplements leverage our experience and reputation for quality, building nutritional brands which promote health and well-being. The Company’s mission is to fulfill the promise of whole health through Hawaiian microalgae. Cyanotech’s BioAstin® offers superior antioxidant activity which supports skin, eye and joint health, as well as recovery from exercise*. Cyanotech’s Spirulina products offer nutrition that supports cardiovascular health and immunity.* All Cyanotech products are produced from microalgae grown at our 90-acre facility in Kona, Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology and are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in food products. Cyanotech sells its products direct to consumers at retail locations in the United States and online at www.nutrex-hawaii.com and also distributes to dietary supplement, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical manufacturers and marketers. The Company is regulated by the FDA. Visit www.cyanotech.com for more information.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
“Safe Harbor” Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Besides statements of present fact and historical fact, this press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to the future and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by forward-looking statements. We caution against relying on forward-looking statements. Important factors that could change actual, future results include: changes in sales levels to our largest customers, weather patterns in Hawaii, production problems, risks associated with new products, foreign exchange fluctuations, and availability of financing, as well as national and global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions. Other factors are more fully detailed in the Company’s annual Form 10-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Financial Tables Follow: The following tables do not contain footnotes or other information contained in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2017, which can be found on the Cyanotech website (www.cyanotech.com) under Investors>Investor Filings upon filing. As such the following Financial Tables are provided only as a guide and other factors are more fully detailed in the Company’s annual Form 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.)
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