— Net sales increase 13% to $8,071,000, operating income was $49,000 —
KAILUA KONA, Hawaii (August 13, 2019) — Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market: CYAN), a world leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, ended June 30, 2019.
First Quarter Fiscal 2020
Cyanotech reported net sales of $8,071,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $7,145,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Gross profit was $3,675,000, with gross profit margin of 45.5%, compared to gross profit of $1,836,000 and gross profit margin of 25.7%. Operating income was $49,000 compared to operating loss of ($1,167,000). Net loss was ($133,000) or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to net loss of ($1,275,000) or ($0.22) per diluted share.
Commenting on the first quarter fiscal 2020 results (changes shown vs. the first quarter of fiscal 2019), Cyanotech’s Chief Executive Officer, Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., said:
“We are pleased that our algae production stabilized and returned to more normal levels in the first quarter, as well as overall sales. Absent what we expect to be mostly non-recurring charges related to severance and associated payments tied to personnel organization, our first quarter pre-tax income would also have normalized at approximately $400,000.”
Providing further detail about the fiscal results, Cyanotech’s Vice President Finance and CFO, Brian Orlopp, added,
“Net sales increase of 13.0% for the current quarter compared to the same period last year was primarily driven by a 76% increase in Spirulina sales, as well as the contribution of third-party contract extraction services. Spirulina sales last year were significantly affected by production issues and the re-inoculation process. Since late last year, productivity levels have returned to normal levels allowing us to fulfill both bulk and Nutrex consumer product orders. These increases were partially offset by a 10.7% decrease in Astaxanthin sales, primarily due to a reduction in sales to one of our major customers.”
“Gross profit as a percent of net sales increased by 19.8 percentage points compared to the same period last year, primarily due to improvements in production for both Spirulina and Astaxanthin.”
“Operating expenses increased $0.6 million for the current quarter compared to the same period last year, primarily due to increased general and administrative expenses related to personnel organization.
Trailing 12 Months
For the trailing 12 months ended June 30, 2019 compared to the trailing 12 months ended June 30, 2018, net sales were $31,128,000 compared to $32,451,000. Gross profit was $12,304,000, with gross profit margin of 39.5%, compared to $11,604,000 and 35.8%. Net loss was ($2,454,000) or ($0.42) per diluted share, compared to net loss of ($751,000) or ($0.13) per diluted share.
Please review the Company’s Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2019 for more detailed information.
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About Cyanotech — Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology for more than 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 96-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.
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Financial Tables Follow: The following tables do not contain footnotes or other information contained in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the first quarter fiscal 2020 ended June 30, 2019, 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-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.