PacificHealth Laboratories, Inc., a leading nutrition company, today reported financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008 and announced its plans to launch ForzeGPS(TM), the first weight management tool designed specifically for athletes.
The Company will launch the new brand of ForzeGPS ( www.forzegps.com) in two 50-calorie ready to drink flavors and additionally in bar formats directly into its existing channels of distribution (over 8,000 retail outlets). ForzeGPS products will be marketed initially to the users of PHLI's other sports nutrition tools of Endurox(R) R4(R) recovery drink, Accelerade(TM), and Accelerade Hydro(TM) fluid replacement drinks, Accel Gel(TM), and Endurox Excel(R) supplements ( www.pacifichealthlabs.com).
Jason Ash, President and Chief Executive Officer of PacificHealth Laboratories said, "The year of 2008 was one of great change and restructure for PHLI. Having reconfigured the business and brought in key executives from the Atkins Nutrition group ( http://www.pacifichealthlabs.com/web/management.html) in both the Sales and Product Development disciplines, we have been able to build upon the excellent science base of the Company. The launch plans for ForzeGPS have been eagerly welcomed by both our retail and consumer partners alike, with orders in place and continual requests for more product samples from those that have tasted the products while in development. ForzeGPS represents a category busting set of products that deliver both clinically proven appetite control efficacy and delicious snacking potential. It is this combination, coupled with our new commercial strategy that will yield a wider consumer and retailer base for us in due course. This is what gets us so excited about 2009 and I look forward to announcing more details in the coming weeks."
Mr. Ash commented that the financial results for 2008, in which revenues were $7,235,991 compared to $7,427,857 in 2007, and the Company's net loss was $1,994,353 (which included approximately $1,098,000 in non-cash charges) compared to $1,276,059, (which included approximately $714,000 in non-cash charges), were a result in large part to the restructuring of the Company under new management in 2008. He noted that he was appointed CEO in August 2008 and that the restructuring consisted of expanding both the Company's sales strategy and capability, coupled with a significant reduction in the overhead, to enable the Company to accomplish its goals in 2009 without requiring significant additional capital.
Year Ended December 31 Financial Results
For the year ended December 31, 2008, revenues were $7,235,991 compared to $7,427,857 for the same period in 2007. The Company recorded a net loss of $1,994,353, or $0.15 per share, for the year 2008 compared to a net loss of $1,276,059, or $0.10 per share, for the same period in 2007. The net losses included non-cash equity instrument-based expense of $423,986 and $274,890, respectively, for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007. In the third quarter of 2008, the Company restructured its operations to better support its base sports performance business. As part of this restructuring, a number of positions within the Company were eliminated and certain market sectors were exited. As a result, the Company recorded a $472,069 non-cash restructuring charge and reserved $84,669 of SATIATRIM(R) finished goods as obsolete in the third quarter of 2008. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company also wrote off an additional $117,028 of finished goods and raw materials as obsolete. The net loss for the third quarter of 2007 included a $439,208 reserve of SATIATRIM inventory as obsolete. The Company still has significant plans for this weight regulation technology under a new brand and platform in 2009. Excluding these non-cash items, the Company recorded net losses of $896,601 (non-GAAP measure), or $0.07 per share, and $561,961 (non-GAAP measure), or $0.04 per share, respectively, for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007.
Mr. Ash concluded, "2008 saw us significantly up weight our talent base, restructure to reduce ongoing overhead, increase our gross margin, and hold our revenue line. Management bought stock in the company throughout 2008 and we closed the year with 14.2 million shares outstanding, approximately $1.2 million in cash and other short-term investments, a $15 million federal net operating loss carryover, and only $59,000 of debt. We have developed the ForzeGPS Brand and product offer, the first weight management tool designed specifically for athletes, and we are ready to go to market with what we are confident is a blockbusting commercial proposition in 2009."
Three-Month Financial Results
Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2008 were $969,991 compared to $1,404,338 for the same period in 2007. The Company recorded a net loss of $726,372, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $491,462, or $0.04 per share, for the same period in 2007. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2008, non-cash equity instrument-based expense was $98,268 compared to $84,932 for the same period in 2007. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company also wrote off $117,028 of finished goods and raw materials as obsolete. Excluding these non-cash items, the Company's net loss was $511,076 (non-GAAP measure), or $0.04 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2008 and the net loss was $406,530 (non-GAAP measure), or $0.03 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2007.
About the Company:
PacificHealth Laboratories, Inc., is a leading sports nutrition company that focuses on marketing, developing and selling premium nutrition tools for exercisers and athletes seeking to improve their health and performance. We are highly active in the endurance sports arena. Our brands and patents are typically protein-based and extend to cover areas such as appetite regulation. PHLI's principle areas of focus are sports performance and recovery, including optimal weight management. To learn more, visit www.pacifichealthlabs.com.
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