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CRAiLAR Technologies, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

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Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Adjusted EBITDA for Q4 was a loss $1.8 million.
  • Commissions Pamlico production facility.
  • Completes name change to CRAiLAR Technologies, Inc.

VICTORIA, BC and PORTLAND, OR, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. ("CL" or the "Company") (TSXV: CL) (OTCBB: CRLRF), which produces and markets CRAiLAR® Flax fiber The Friendliest Fiber On The Planet™, today reported a net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 of $3.1 million or $0.07 per share compared with a net loss of $2.6 million or $0.05 per share for Q4 2011. This quarter's loss included a $0.6 million write-off of the Company's pilot scale decortication facility that was deemed not commercially viable. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was a loss of $1.8 million slightly above last year's $1.6 million fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA loss resulting from increased compensation spending in preparation for commissioning the first large scale CRAiLAR Flax Fiber production facility. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $9.3 million or $0.22 per share compared with last year's net loss of $7.0 million or $0.18 per share. This year's loss included a $0.6 million non-cash write-down of decortication equipment not commercially viable at a pilot research facility. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA for the year was a loss of $5.9 million compared with an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $4.3 million last year. The Adjusted EBITDA loss increase from the prior year was largely due to increased spending on salaries and benefits due in part to additional hiring as the company prepared for commercialization. In addition, the Company spent $0.8 million on professional fees this year reflecting costs incurred in financing activities, applying for listing on a senior exchange, name change and reorganization costs.

"During 2012 we financed and built the first large scale production facility for CRAiLAR Flax fiber and expanded our partner relationships with many leading companies in the textile industry," stated Kenneth C. Barker, Chief Executive Officer. "We are now at an inflection point where we transform from a developmental company to an operating company in 2013 as we scale-up production of CRAiLAR Flax fiber."

Cash and cash equivalents and investments at December 31, 2012 were $2.9 million down from $6.3 million at December 31, 2011. The decrease in cash equivalents of $3.5 million resulted from $5.7 million of cash used in operations and $10.7 million of cash invested in property and equipment partially offset by $12.9 million of cash from financing activities through the issuance of $10 million of convertible debentures (net $9.0 million after expenses) and $3.9 million of common stock.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We provide "Adjusted EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest income (expense), (b) income tax provision (benefit), (c) amortization of intangibles and impairment loss, (d) depreciation and amortization, (e) share-based compensation expense, and (f) non-cash write-downs of equipment and inventory.

The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparing the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, this non-GAAP measure is also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; for allocating resources to enhance financial performance; for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies; and for evaluating the Company's capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand its business. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of developemental companies. Additionally, lenders or potential lenders use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's ability to repay loans.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

The table below reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):

            Three Months
Ended
  Twelve Months
Ended
            December 31,   December 31,
            2012     2011   2012     2011
Net loss           $(3,051)     $(2,614)   $(9,315)     $(6,999)
Interest expense, net           58     10   100     97
Income tax (benefit) provision           -     -   -     -
Depreciation and amortization           114     24   279     62
EBITDA           (2,879)     (2,581)   (8,937)     (6,840)
Share-based compensation           453     929   2,398     2,561
Impairment loss on equipment           594     3   594     3
Adjusted EBITDA           $(1,831)     (1,649)   $(5,945)     $(4,276)
                             

Conference Call
A conference call to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 results, as well as an update on the Company's financing activities, production schedule and ramp up, partner activities, and agricultural activities, is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Participants may access the call by dialing 888-481-2877(North America) or 719-325-2329 (international), 5 to 10 minutes before the call, and use conference ID number 8477532. In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the investor section of the CRAiLAR website: www.crailar.com/company/investors If you are unable to participate during the live call, an audio replay will be available until midnight on March 28, 2013 by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers, and entering pin number 8477532. A transcript will be available approximately 24 hours after the call on CRAiLAR's investor page.

About CRAiLAR Technologies Inc.
CRAiLAR(R) Technologies Inc. offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable natural fiber in the form of flax, hemp and other bast fibers for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. Produced using a fraction of water and chemical inputs compared with other natural fibers, CRAiLAR Flax is the newest natural fiber introduction to the market in decades. The Company supplies its CRAiLAR Flax to HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Brilliant Global Knitwear, Tuscarora Yarns, Target Corp. and Kowa Company for commercial use, and to Levi Strauss & Co., Cintas, Carhartt, Ashland, PVH Corp., Cotswold Industries, Cone Mills and Lenzing for evaluation and development. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. For more information, visit www.crailar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Safe Harbor Statement
This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information and including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: any market interruptions that may delay the trading of the Company's shares, technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital, changes in consumer preferences, market acceptance and technological changes, dependence on manufacturing and material supplies providers, international operations, competition, regulatory restrictions and the loss of key employees. In addition, the Company's business and operations are subject to the risks set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at www.sec.gov. These are among the primary risks we foresee at the present time. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

Crailar Technologies Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
         
    December 31,   December 31,
    2012   2011
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
  Cash and cash equivalents $2,877   $6,341
  Accounts receivable 72   151
  Inventory 2,905   1,036
  Prepaid expenses and other 107   47
       Total current assets 6,206   7,575
Deferred Debt Issuance Costs 1,024   -
Property and Equipment, net 13,249   3,203
Intangible Assets, net 95   107
       Total assets $20,329   $10,884
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER'S EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable $1,406   $236
  Accrued liabilities 1,481   352
  Derivative liability 488   1,053
       Total current liabilities 3,375   1,642
Long Term Debt 10,051   -
       Total liabilities 13,426   1,642
Stockholders' equity:      
  Common stock, authorized: 100,000,000 common shares without par value      
  Issued and outstanding : 44,239,198 common shares 32,617   27,429
  (December 31, 2011 - 41,701,604)      
Subscription receivable (64)   -
Additional Paid-in Capital 7,061   5,175
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (459)   (423)
Deficit (11,731)   (11,485)
Deficit accumulated in the development stage (20,522)   (11,452)
       Total stockholders' equity 7,148   9,243
                Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $20,329   $10,884
         

Crailar Technologies Inc.
Consolidated Income Statement
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
      Three Months
Ended
  Twelve Months
Ended
      December 31,   December 31,
      2012 2011   2012 2011
Operating expenses:              
     Advertising and promotion     $64 $58   $407 $236
     Amortization and depreciation     114 24   279 62
     Consulting and contract labour     172 406   763 1,305
     General and Administrative     215 344   887 606
     Interest     58 10   100 97
     Professional Fees     303 104   798 401
     Research and development     15 130   660 757
     Salaries and benefits     1,302 1,345   4,426 2,965
Loss from operations     2,244 2,420   8,320 6,430
Other (income) expense:              
     Write down of equipment     594 3   594 3
     Write down of inventory     304 -   304                 -
     Fair Value adjustment derivative liabilities     (91) 191   98 566
            Total other expense, net     561 194   750 569
Net loss     $(3,051) $(2,614)   $(9,315) $(6,999)
Loss per share (basic and diluted)             $(0.07)         $(0.05)           $(0.22)         $(0.18)
Shares used in computation of basic and diluted net loss per share       44,174,814   49,226,961     43,009,226   38,582,587
               

Crailar Technologies Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
 
              Twelve Months Ended
              December 31,
              2012 2011
Operating activities                
Net loss             $(9,315) $(6,999)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operating activities                
   Amortization and depreciation             279 62
   Interest             90 -
   Rent             120 -
   Stock based compensation             2,398 2,561
   Write down of equipment             594 3
   Write down of inventory             304 -
   Fair value adjustment of derivative liability             98 566
Changes in working capital assets and liabilities                
  (Increase) decrease in accounts receivable             79 (120)
  (Increase) decrease in inventory             (2,172) (1,036)
  (Decrease) increase in prepaid expenses             (60) 28
  Increase in accounts payable             1,171 (291)
  Increase in customer deposits             - (125)
  Increase (decrease) in  accrued liabilities             731 28
  Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations             (5,685) (5,324)
  Net cash provided  by discontinued operations             - 2
  Net cash flows used in operating activities             (5,685) (5,321)
Investing activities                
  Purchase of property and equipment             (10,629) (3,180)
  Acquisition of intangible assets             (30) (62)
Net cash flows used in investing activities             (10,659) (3,242)
Financing activities                
  Issuance of capital stock and warrants             3,949 16,340
  Notes payable             - (200)
  Convertible Debenture             10,051 -
  Deferred issuance costs for convertible debenture             (1,084) -
  Related parties payments             - (957)
Net cash flows from financing activities             12,916 15,183
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents             (36) (298)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents             (3,463) 6,322
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning             6,341 18
Cash and cash equivalents, ending             $2,877 $6,341
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:                
  Cash paid for interest             9 290
  Capital stock issued as share issue costs             - 563

 

SOURCE Crailar Technologies Inc.



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