KAILUA KONA, Hawaii, Sep 21, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cyanotech Corporation (CYAN , a world leader in producing high-value nutrition and health products from microalgae, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, ended June 30, 2007.
Sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 were $2,583,000, compared to sales of $2,444,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Gross profit for the first quarter was $746,000, with gross profit margin of 29%, compared to a gross profit of $471,000 and gross profit margin of 19% reported for the same quarter of the prior year. Net loss for the first quarter was $382,000, or ($0.07) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $347,000, or ($0.07) per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2007.
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $733,000 as of June 30, 2007 compared to the March 31, 2007 balance of $1,444,000. Working capital was $2,990,000 at June 30, 2007 compared to $3,361,000 at March 31, 2007.
"Although revenues were only slightly higher in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, the product mix shows positive changes related to our goals," said Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., Cyanotech's Chairman, President and CEO. "Sales of Spirulina were flat while sales of astaxanthin were up 14%. More encouraging was the 79% increase in sales of our branded BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin products.
"Another indicator of favorable change was the shift in international sales from 54% in 1Q07 to 41% in 1Q08, reflecting the movement in sales between animal nutrition products and human nutrition products. These results track with our plan to focus on human nutrition products and higher-margin branded products, particularly BioAstin.
"For fiscal 2008, we will continue to emphasize the business-to-business wholesale market for the products and compounds that we produce, but beginning in the second quarter will also put greater effort into our Nutrex Hawaii consumer products with the introduction of new product lines beginning in the second quarter."
About Cyanotech -- Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology, produces BioAstin(R) Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica(R)--all natural, functional nutrients that enhance human health and nutrition. Cyanotech's spirulina, FDA reviewed and accepted as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a food ingredient, augments energy and immune response. BioAstin's benefits derive from its superior antioxidant activity and from its ability to support and maintain natural inflammatory response, enhancing skin, muscle and joint health. NatuRose(R) Natural Astaxanthin is a natural pigment source that also promotes animal health and nutrition, primarily in aquaculture. Phycobiliproteins are fluorescent pigments used in medical diagnostic testing and research. Cyanotech produces these products from microalgae grown at its 90-acre facility in Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology and distributes them to nutritional supplement, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, and animal feed makers and marketers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Cyanotech was the first microalgae company in the world to obtain ISO 9001:2000. Visit www.cyanotech.com for more information.
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Except for statements of historical fact, the statements in this press release are forward-looking. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, forecasts of sales in future periods, changes in sales levels to our largest customers, weather patterns, production problems caused by contamination, risks associated with the acceptance of new products, competition, foreign exchange fluctuations, government regulation, and other factors more fully detailed in the Company's recent Form 10-Q and annual form 10-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.