CRAiLAR Technologies, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Apr 18, 2013, 16:05 ET from Crailar Technologies Inc.

First Quarter, 2013 Highlights:

  • Adjusted EBITDA for Q1 was a loss $1.8 million.
  • Commenced CRAiLAR production in Pamplico, S.C.
  • Completed $4.4 million (net) financing

VICTORIA, BC and PORTLAND, OR, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. ("CRAiLAR" 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 first quarter ended March 30, 2013 of $3.4 million or $0.08 per share compared with a net loss of $2.8 million or $0.07 per share for Q1 2012. This quarter's loss included a $0.4 million non-cash impairment loss. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was a loss of $1.8 million unchanged from Q-1 2012. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

"Q1 2013 is an important milestone for us as a company, in that we started production of our first full scale CRAiLAR production facility" stated Kenneth C. Barker, Chief Executive Officer. "Fiber processed at our Pamplico facility was sent to our third party enzyme processor for CRAiLAR processing, and was still in enzyme processing at the end of the quarter. We therefore are looking forward to the current quarter as the first quarter in which we will generate CRAiLAR revenue. In addition, the harvest for flax begins in May and runs through June which will provide additional feedstock for future production."

Cash and cash equivalents and investments at March 30, 2013 were $2.9 million unchanged from December 31, 2012. Changes in cash equivalents were the result of $2.8 million of cash used in operations and $1.9 million of cash invested in property and equipment. This was partially offset by $4.4 million of cash from financing activities through the issuance of $4.7 million of convertible debentures (net $4.2 million after expenses) and $0.2 million of common stock and exchange gains of $0.3 million.

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):

  Thirteen Weeks Ended
  March 30
  2013 2012
Net loss $(3,378) $(2,789)
Interest expense, net 312 -
Income tax (benefit) provision - -
Depreciation and amortization 294 50
EBITDA (2,772) (2,739)
Share-based compensation 555 929
Impairment loss 396 -
Adjusted EBITDA $(1,821) $(1,810)

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company's first quarter ended March 30, 2013 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 1:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Participants may access the call by dialing 888-329-8862 (North America) or 719-325-2495 (international), 5 to 10 minutes before the call, and use conference ID number 3645532. In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the investor section of the CRAiLAR website: For those unable to participate in the live call, an audio replay will be available until midnight on May 2, 2013 by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers, and entering pin number 3645532. 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

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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 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)
March 30,
December 31,





Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents



Accounts receivable






Prepaid expenses and other


Total current assets




Deferred Debt Issuance Costs


Property and Equipment, net




Intangible Assets, net


Total assets





Current liabilities:



Accounts payable



Accrued liabilities



Derivative Liability


Total current liabilities




Long Term Debt


Total liabilities




Stockholders' equity:


Common stock, authorized: 100,000,000 common shares without par value

Issued and outstanding : 44,435,198 common shares



(March 31, 2012 - 42,442,804)




Subscription receivable


Additional Paid-in Capital




Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss






Deficit accumulated in the development stage


Total stockholders' equity



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


Crailar Technologies Inc.
Consolidated Income Statement
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Thirteen Weeks Ended
  March 30
  2013 2012
Operating expenses:    
     Advertising and promotion $144 $60
     Amortization and depreciation 52 50
     Consulting and contract labour 204 216
     General and administrative 277 186
     Professional fees 253 138
     Production costs 731 -
     Research and development 56 138
     Salaries and benefits 878 1,108
Loss from operations 2,596 1,897
Other (income) expense:    
     Impairment of assets 396 -
     Interest 312 -
     Fair value adjustment to derivative liabilities 74 892
              Total other expense, net 782 892
Net loss $(3,378) $(2,789)
EPS - basic and diluted $(0.08) $(0.07)
Shares used in computation of basic and diluted net loss per share 43,029,135 42,028,271

Crailar Technologies Inc.    
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows    
(in thousands)    
            Thirteen Weeks Ended
            March 30
            2013 2012
Operating activities                  
Net loss           $(3,378) $(2,789)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operating activities                  
   Amortization and depreciation           294 50
   Interest           86 -
   Rent           37 -
   Stock based compensation           555 744
   Impairment of assets           396 -
   Fair value adjustment of derivative liability           (74) 892
Changes in working capital assets and liabilities                
  Decrease in accounts receivable   19 90
  (Increase)  in inventory     (106) (165)
  (Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses   (112) 8
  Increase in accounts payable     254 211
  (Decrease) in  accrued liabilities   (772) (345)
  Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations (2,802) (1,303)
  Net cash flows used in operating activities           (2,802) (1,303)
Investing activities                  
  Purchase of property and equipment           (1,895) (756)
  Acquisition of intangible assets           (2) (15)
Net cash flows used in investing activities           (1,897) (772)
Financing activities                
  Issuance of capital stock and warrants           193 842
  Convertible Debenture           4,713 -
  Deferred issuance costs for convertible debenture           (482) -
Net cash flows from financing activities           4,424 842
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
346 58
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents           70 (1,175)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning     2,877 6,341
Cash and cash equivalents, ending     $2,947 $5,166
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:                  
  Cash paid for interest           277 -
  Capital stock issued as share issue costs           - -






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