Delray Beach, FL—November 10, 2010—Celsius Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: CELH) the creator and marketer of Celsius®, Your Ultimate Fitness Partner™, today reported results of operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Revenue for the quarter totaled $1.8 million as compared to $1.3 million for the same quarter in 2009, an increase of 32%. The Company recorded a net loss of $5.0 million for the 2010 quarter as compared to $2.7 million for the same period last year, or ($0.27) and ($0.36) per share, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Company recorded a net loss of $13.9 million or ($0.81) per share on net revenues of $8.2 million, as compared to a net loss of $5.3 million or ($0.71) on net revenues of $3.5 million, during the 2009 period.
Commenting on the results of the quarter, Steve Haley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celsius, stated, “Seeing that we got off to a slower start in the first half of the year than anticipated, we strategically decided to aggressively increase our discounts, promotions, coupons, and enhanced shelf placement fees. The cost of these efforts, which reduce reported revenue, was $1.8 million or roughly half of our total invoiced revenue of $3.5 million for the third quarter. In addition the company spent $725,000 on sampling and a total of $2.4 million for consumer advertising.
“These combined efforts were successful as our consumer retail takeaway for the third quarter was 125,000 case equivalents for an increase of 468% over the same quarter in 2009. Sequentially, consumer retail sales increased 24% in the third quarter compared to the second quarter.”
Haley continued, “Retail sales increased, but we won’t know the true base line impact until we get more scan data in the 4th quarter where our marketing spend will be reduced to more normal levels. We now believe that our sales are not at levels that will bring the company to cash flow positive in the first quarter of 2011 as we previously planned. We are now projecting net revenue for this year to approximate $11 million dollars, which is about twice that of 2009. Accordingly, as announced last month, we have engaged Zenith International to evaluate strategic capital alternatives.
“We are disappointed that our increased marketing efforts have not quickly led to a corresponding significant rise in revenue. But, we are pleased with the progress made on the underlying foundation for the brand and the company. During the quarter, the emerging pre-exercise category began evolving and picked up momentum. With the NAD’s review and acceptance of our claims, we believe we are in a strong position to capitalize on this growing segment. As recently announced the launching of two new flavors and an all natural Stevia based Celsius based on our proven MetaPlus technology, Celsius is getting more publicity, as in just the last few weeks, several Celsius consumer success stories have been aired on each of the major television news networks around the country. While its taking more time and capital than we originally planned, the same basic concepts of why Celsius should be successful remain intact. “
Conference Call Information:
Celsius Holdings will host a conference call to review its third quarter 2010 results on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. The call will be hosted by Steve Haley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Geary Cotton, Chief Financial Officer. Interested parties may access the conference call via web cast at www.celsius.com. The call will also be available by dialing the following numbers: (877) 407-9205 (domestic) or (201) 689-8054 (international), conference ID 360326.
The webcast will be archived after the call and will be available at the original webcast link at www.celsius.com under the investor page for thirty days thereafter. A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the call and for five business days thereafter (November 18, 2010) by dialing domestically: 877-660-6853 or internationally: 201-612-7415 and entering account code: 286 and the conference ID: 360326.
About Celsius Holdings, Inc.
Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) markets Celsius®, Your Ultimate Fitness PartnerTM, a great tasting pre-exercise supplement drink that has been scientifically shown to burn calories, reduce body fat, energize metabolism, and provide lasting energy. Celsius is dedicated to providing healthier, everyday refreshment through science and innovation. Information about Celsius Holdings, Inc. and Celsius®, Your Ultimate Fitness PartnerTM, is available at http://dev.celsius.com
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