PURCHASE, N.Y., May 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Nutrition 21, Inc. (NXXI) , the developer and marketer of nutritional supplements under the Iceland Health(R), Chromax(R), Advanced Memory Formula(TM) and Diabetes Essentials(TM) -- brands that help consumers manage blood sugar levels, improve cardiovascular health, enhance memory and reduce chronic joint pain, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 ended March 31, 2008.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the company reported total revenues of $10.8 million compared to $15.8 million in the comparable quarter a year ago. The year-ago quarter included a large one-time sale of Selenomax(R) High Selenium Yeast -- without this sale, the year-ago revenues would have been $13.2 million.
The company reported a net loss of $8.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 or ($0.13) per fully diluted share compared to a loss of $2.2 million or ($0.04) per fully diluted share in the comparable quarter a year ago. Financial results for the quarter were impacted by approximately $3.2 million of one-time expenses, including a provision for inventory obsolescence within the retail business unit, a provision for possible settlements of outstanding litigations, and costs associated with the resignation of the former CEO.
At March 31, 2008, the company had $5.6 million in cash, investments and restricted cash compared to $9.5 million on December 31, 2007. For the quarter, net cash used in operating activities was ($2.4 million).
Total revenues for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 were $36.0 million compared to $29.6 million in the same period a year ago. The company's net loss for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 was $16.0 million, or $(0.26) per fully diluted share, compared to $11.0 million, or $(0.19) per fully diluted share, in the comparable period a year ago.
During the quarter the Company appointed Gerard Butler and Michael Fink as interim co-chief executive officers. Both Mr. Butler and Mr. Fink were executives at Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc., a marketer and distributor of brand name over-the-counter healthcare, personal care and household cleaning products sold throughout the U.S., Canada, and in certain international markets. They previously worked for Block Drug Company. They have extensive experience in the consumer and nutraceutical industry.
Peter Mann, a Director and consultant to the Company, said, "Nutrition 21 has reached an important inflexion point in its development. Over the past 18 months, the company has invested heavily in developing its formulas, its patent positions and its consumer business -- both in the retail and direct response business units. All of this accomplishment has come at a significant cost. We are now ready to begin reaping the fruits of that investment. Our new top management has been tasked with achieving positive EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined as net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and positive cash flow while maintaining steady revenue growth. We're pleased with the progress already made after only six weeks and are optimistic that future financial results will show an immediate and significant improvement."
"Our strategic vision," Michael Fink, co-chief executive officer of Nutrition 21, Inc., said, "is to leverage the Company's significant expertise in the direct response business to more aggressively build the Iceland Health franchise. Over the next 12 months, we plan to support the Iceland Health business with strong marketing spends consistent with achieving profitability. Additionally, we plan to introduce new products into the direct response business. As these products prove successful in direct response, we will introduce them into retail distribution. We believe this strategy will generate greater efficiencies from the marketing dollars that we spend, enabling us to successfully create brand identity in a cost-effective manner."
Gerard Butler, co-chief executive officer of Nutrition 21, said, "Over the course of the next six months, we intend to re-brand all of our existing products in the food, mass and drug channels under the Iceland Health name. Iceland Health has developed a strong franchise with consumers over the years, and this represents a significant opportunity for our existing products to benefit from Iceland Health's reputation for quality and consumer loyalty. We believe this is another opportunity to leverage our marketing spend in a more efficient manner. Our expectation is to support the Iceland Health brand in direct and retail channels with strong marketing spending consistent with profitability."
"On another front," continued Mr. Butler, "in the future, we plan to expand our ingredient portfolio with unique formulations. Our customers have a large group of brand name products that feature our ingredients as 'value-added' components, including a number of brands that use our Chromax trademark on their labels. We expect to market our ingredients portfolio on a wider scale and attract more brand name products that can be enhanced by the addition of a Nutrition 21 ingredient."
Mr. Fink added, "With a strong focus on managing cost and increasing operating efficiencies, we expect to successfully drive our products through both the direct-to-market and the retail channels in the most cost-efficient manner with the goal of achieving profitability at the earliest possible date."
Mr. Mann concluded, "While it is the policy of Nutrition 21 not to provide detailed forward-looking financial guidance, the Company believes it is important for all investors to have reasonable visibility into the future outlook for the business. The Company expects that EBITDA will approach breakeven in the June 2008 quarter, while June quarter revenues are estimated to be in the same general range as the preceding quarter. Looking forward to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, the Company anticipates relatively stable revenues with consistently positive EBITDA."
About Nutrition 21
Nutrition 21, Inc. (NXXI) , headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and the maker of chromium picolinate-based and omega-3 fish oil-based supplements with health benefits substantiated by clinical research. Nutrition 21 holds more than 30 patents for nutrition products and uses. Nutrition 21's portfolio of health and wellness brands include: Chromax(R), Advanced Memory Formula(TM), Diabetes Essentials(TM), Iceland Health(R) Maximum Strength Omega-3 and Iceland Health(R) Joint Relief. The company also manufactures private label supplements and ingredients for third parties. Nutrition 21 distributes its products nationally through more than 29,000 major food, drug and super center retailers as well as internationally. For more information please visit http://www.nutrition21.com.
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