Jones Soda Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results
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SEATTLE, March 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jones Soda Co. (OTCQB: JSDA) (“Jones Soda” or the “Company”), the original craft soda company known for its unconventional flavors and user-designed label artwork, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter
- Revenue increased 14% to $2.5 million compared to $2.2 million.
- Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased 670 basis points to 23.9% compared to 17.2%.
- Net loss improved to $918,000 or $(0.01) per share, compared to a net loss of $930,000, or $(0.02) per share.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 improved to $(806,000) compared to $(828,000).
Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights vs. Year Ago
- Revenue increased 3% to $11.9 million compared to $11.5 million.
- Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased 180 basis points to 22.5% compared to 20.7%.
- Net loss was $3.0 million or $(0.05) per share, compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or $(0.05) per share.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 was $(2.6) million compared to $(2.2) million.
“We made solid progress in 2020 with our newly implemented turnaround strategy, even in the face of unique challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Mark Murray, president and CEO of Jones Soda. “Thanks to the continued dedication of our employees, we saw year-over-year revenue growth of 14% and bottom-line improvements in the fourth quarter, and we are continuing to build our brand’s presence across all of our markets through the unique digital marketing initiatives we’ve introduced.
“In fact, we recently launched our latest campaign, ‘Unsung Heroes,’ which is a limited edition, eight-bottle collection that hit stores in January. The new ‘Unsung Heroes’ collection features photographs of various people or groups who have taken extraordinary steps to help others during this past difficult year, and we are incredibly proud to highlight these honorees. In addition, we also launched two new 12-packs, the ‘Fan Faves Variety Pack,’ which features our top four selling flavors, as well as the ‘Mixer Variety Pack,’ which includes popular cocktail mixers like Ginger Beer, Cola, and Lemon Lime. Finally, we announced the release of two exclusive flavors as part of our rotating series of special releases that will change every six months, starting with the return of Birthday Cake Soda, a fan favorite being reintroduced to coincide with Jones’ 25th anniversary celebration. Through these initiatives, we intend to build excitement among our current loyal fan base while also garnering positive attention from new customers and the media.
“With 2021 in full swing, we are continuing our strong focus on digital marketing initiatives, while driving sales in our core Jones Soda bottled business across key accounts and introducing our products to new partners in the grocery, club, drugstore and specialty channels. Although there is still much work to be done, the progress we have made allows us to be optimistic about the future as we continue to seek to drive revenue growth and improve profitability.”
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 14% to $2.5 million compared to $2.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The revenue increase was mainly due to the increase in sales of Jones Soda’s core bottled soda products as the Company continues to focus on its core competencies.
Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased 670 basis points to 23.9% for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to 17.2% in the same year-ago quarter. The margin improvement was a result of the continued shift to a more favorable product mix and further optimizing supply chain costs.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 improved to $918,000, or $(0.01) per share, compared to a net loss of $930,000, or $(0.02) per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
Adjusted EBITDA1 in the fourth quarter of 2020 improved to $(806,000) compared to $(828,000) in the same quarter a year ago.
At December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.6 million compared to $4.3 million at September 30, 2020, and $6.0 million at December 31, 2019. Apart from an outstanding convertible debt instrument and its loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, the Company did not have any substantial debt and continues to actively evaluate a new line of credit.
Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Revenue in 2020 increased 3% to $11.9 million compared to $11.5 million in 2019. This increase was attributable to a return to growth in bottled soda sales, which the Company believes resulted from the momentum gained by shifting the sales and marketing focus to the Company’s core competencies and its revitalized digital market campaigns.
Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 180 basis points to 22.5% in 2020 compared to 20.7% in 2019. The improvement was driven by the aforementioned product mix shift and cost optimization efforts throughout the past several quarters. This will remain a key area of focus and the Company anticipates that margins will continue to improve in 2021.
Net loss was $3.0 million, or $(0.05) per share, in 2020 compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or $(0.05) per share,in 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA1 in 2020 was $(2.6) million compared to $(2.2) million in 2019.
__________________1 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss from operations before interest expense, interest income, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation and is a non-GAAP measure (reconciliation provided below).
Jones Soda will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time)Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-437-2398International dial-in number: 1-323-289-6576Conference ID: 7654889
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through March 17, 2021.
Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921International replay number: 1-412-317-6671Replay ID: 7654889
Presentation of Non-GAAP Information
This press release contains disclosure of the Company's Adjusted EBITDA, which is a not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) financial measure. The difference between Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) and Net Loss (the most comparable GAAP financial measure) is the exclusion of interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense and stock-based compensation. We have included a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss in our Non-GAAP Reconciliation in this press release. This non-GAAP measure should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not take into account the impact of certain expenses to our consolidated statements of operations. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors about the Company's results attributable to operations, in particular by eliminating the impact of non-cash charges related to stock-based compensation, amortization and depreciation that is consistent with the manner in which we evaluate the Company's performance. These adjustments to the Company's GAAP results are made with the intent of providing a more complete understanding of the Company's underlying operational results and provide supplemental information regarding our current ability to generate cash flow. This non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a replacement for, or superior to net loss as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or cash flow, as a measure of its liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA should be reviewed in conjunction with Net Loss as calculated in accordance with GAAP.
About Jones Soda Co.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jones Soda Co.® (OTCQB: JSDA) markets and distributes premium beverages under the Jones® Soda and Lemoncocco® brands. A leader in the premium soda category, Jones Soda is made with cane sugar and other high-quality ingredients, and is known for packaging that incorporates ever-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones’ diverse product line offers something for everyone – cane sugar soda, zero-calorie soda and Lemoncocco non-carbonated premium refreshment. Jones is sold across North America in glass bottles, cans and on fountain through traditional beverage outlets, restaurants and alternative accounts. For more information, visit www.jonessoda.com or www.myjones.com or www.drinklemoncocco.com.
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing words such as “will,” “aims,” “anticipates,” “becoming,” “believes,” “continue,” “estimates,” “expects,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “targets,” or “upcoming.” Forward-looking statements also include any other passages that are primarily relevant to expected future events or that can only be evaluated by events that will occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results, including its financial condition and results of operations and its ability to continue as a going concern, include, among others: its ability to successfully execute on its growth strategies and operating plans for the future; the ongoing negative impact that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have on the Company’s business operations and sales; the Company’s ability to continue to effectively utilize the proceeds from its 2019 strategic financing from HeavenlyRx; the Company’s ability to manage operating expenses and generate sufficient cash flow from operations; the Company’s ability to create and maintain brand name recognition and acceptance of its products; the Company’s ability to adapt and execute its marketing strategies, especially in light of the closures and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to compete successfully against much larger, well-funded, established companies currently operating in the beverage industry generally and in the craft beverage segment specifically; the Company’s ability to respond to changes in the consumer beverage marketplace, including potential reduced consumer demand due to health concerns (including obesity) and legislative initiatives against sweetened beverages (including the imposition of taxes); its ability to develop and launch new products and to maintain brand image and product quality; the Company’s ability to maintain and expand distribution arrangements with distributors, independent accounts, retailers or national retail accounts; its ability to manage inventory levels and maintain relationships with manufacturers of its products; its ability to maintain a consistent and cost-effective supply of raw materials and flavors and manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its supply chain; the Company’s ability to develop CBD-infused beverages; its ability to attract, retain and motivate key personnel; its ability to protect its intellectual property; the impact of future litigation and the Company’s ability to comply with applicable regulations; its ability to maintain an effective information technology infrastructure, fluctuations in freight and fuel costs; the impact of currency rate fluctuations; its ability to access the capital markets for any future equity financing and to manage the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the Company’s ability to access capital; the Company’s ability to maintain disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting; dilutive and other adverse effects from future potential securities issuances; and any actual or perceived limitations by being traded on the OTCQB Marketplace. More information about factors that potentially could affect the Company’s operations or financial results is included in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 30, 2020 and in the other reports filed with the SEC since that that date. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements that speak only as to the date of this release. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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JONES SODA CO.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three months ended December 31,||Twelve months ended December 31,|
|(In thousands, except share data)||(In thousands, except share data)|
|Cost of goods sold||1,875||1,792||9,216||9,125|
|Gross profit %||23.9%||17.2%||22.5%||20.7%|
|Selling and marketing||655||655||2,579||2,447|
|General and administrative||792||589||2,928||2,288|
|Loss from operations||(858||)||(873||)||(2,828||)||(2,352||)|
|Other income (loss), net||(18||)||(6||)||(15||)||(5||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(910||)||(918||)||(2,970||)||(2,749||)|
|Income tax expense, net||(8||)||(12||)||(27||)||(29||)|
|Net loss per share - basic and diluted||$||(0.01||)||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.05||)||$||(0.05||)|
|Weighted average basic and diluted common shares outstanding||61,975,748||61,369,855||61,792,285||51,109,086|
JONES SODA CO.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|December 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|ASSETS||(In thousands, except share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||4,614||$||5,969|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $93 and $44||1,581||1,573|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||193||310|
|Total current assets||8,244||9,640|
|Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $554 and $484||305||162|
|Right of use lease asset||471||17|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)|
|Lease liability, current portion||102||18|
|Current portion of SBA Loan||140||-|
|Total current liabilities||2,486||1,245|
|Convertible subordinated notes payable, net||1,386||1,333|
|Accrued interest expense||232||147|
|SBA loan, net of current portion||195||-|
|Lease liability, net of current portion||375||-|
|Shareholders’ equity (deficit):|
|Common stock, no par value:|
|Authorized — 100,000,000; issued and outstanding shares — 61,975,748 shares and 61,566,076 shares, respectively||73,953||73,773|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||411||342|
|Total shareholders’ equity||4,379||7,127|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||9,053||$||9,852|
JONES SODA CO.NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(Unaudited, in thousands)
|Three months ended December 31,||Twelve months ended December 31,|
|GAAP net loss||$||(918||)||$||(930||)||$||(2,997||)||$||(2,778||)|
|Stock based compensation||44||38||174||141|
|Income tax expense, net||8||12||27||29|
|Depreciation and Amortization||26||13||71||46|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA||$||(806||)||$||(828||)||$||(2,598||)||$||(2,170||)|
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