IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2003--Naturade Inc. (OTC BB:NRDC), a leading marketer of soy protein products under the brand name Naturade Total Soy(R), today reported net sales for 2002 of $14,416,351, down 13.4% from 2001, while reflecting the softness in the overall economies of the United States and Canada.
Net loss for the year was reduced by $830,535 to $1,896,618, reflecting reduced interest expenses and management's efforts to significantly reduce expenses.
These numbers reflect the company's accounting adoption of Emerging Issues Task Force issue No. 01-9 requiring reclassification of $454,552 in payments to customers as a reduction of 2001 sales with an offsetting reduction of selling expenses.
Fourth quarter 2002 net sales of $4,210,509 increased by 17.0% versus the third quarter. The net loss for the fourth quarter was reduced by $366,760 to $89,951, 2.1% of net sales, versus a loss of 10.1% of net sales for the same period of 2001. Fourth quarter net sales were down 6.6% compared with the fourth quarter of 2001.
Highlights for the year 2002 include the following:
1. Maintained Naturade leadership as the #1 natural brand in soy
protein meal replacement powders with 3.9% growth and a 24.5%
market share as reported by Information Resources Inc. (IRI).
2. Reduced annual sales of Naturade Total Soy(R), which accounted
for 53% of sales in fiscal 2002, as pipeline orders from new
distribution ended in 2001;
3. Revitalized the Naturade Total Soy(R) brand with a new formula
and weight loss positioning;
4. Decision to drop unprofitable accounts where minimum profit
standards were not met; and
5. Significant ($775,252) reduction in brand expenses and interest
expense ($443,000) through focus on cost cutting and
completion of a private equity transaction in January.
"We streamlined our business in 2002 by reducing promotional expenses, restructuring our balance sheet and eliminating accounts where our profit standards could not be met," said Naturade CEO Bill Stewart. "The results were evident in the fourth quarter where we cut our operating loss to a level well below any of the seven prior quarters.
"Our drive toward profitability is strongly enhanced by new weight loss positioning and formula improvements on our Naturade Total Soy(R) brand which are delivering measurable increases in consumer sales at the cash register."
With headquarters in Irvine, Naturade -- since 1926 -- has been committed to marketing innovative natural products to improve the health and well being of consumers. Well-known for its 50 years of leadership in soy protein, Naturade is the number one brand name of natural soy protein powders sold in food, drug and mass merchandise stores.
Its premier product, Naturade Total Soy(R), is a complete line of ready-to-drink, bars and shake mix meal replacement products sold at major supermarkets and drug, health food, club and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States. The company's other products include, Naturade(R) protein booster powders, Power Shake(R), Quick Fizz(TM) and Aloe Vera 80(R). For more information, visit www.naturade.com.
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