- Second Quarter Net Sales Increase 137% Compared to Prior Year
- First Half Net Sales Increase 125% Compared to Prior Year
Hicksville, NY (August 16, 2016) — Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA) (the “Company”), a growth-oriented company focused on the ready-to-drink tea segment in the beverage industry, today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2016.
For the second quarter of 2016, the Company reported net sales of $1,603,667 and a net loss of $2,082,166, compared to the prior year’s second quarter net sales of $675,735 and net loss of $683,486, respectively. For the first six months of 2016, the Company reported net sales of $2,111,836 and a net loss of $3,499,236, compared to the prior year’s first six months net sales of $940,457 and net loss of $1,062,152, respectively. The increase in net sales was primarily due to continued brand momentum and an increase in distribution including the addition of new customers and expansion into new geographies. Net losses increased primarily as the result of increased operating expenses resulting from increased payroll costs (including stock based compensation), increased Advisory Board and Board of Director fees, and increased legal and consulting fees.
Philip Thomas, CEO of the Company, commented, “We are proud of achieving significant net sales growth in the second quarter and reaching several exciting milestones, including surpassing one-and-a-half million dollars in quarterly net sales for the first time. The Company continued to leverage its success in the northeast and made significant investments further expanding its customer base and distribution into new markets. The Company also received trademark protection of our mark “Long Island Iced Tea” on the supplemental register from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, allowing us to further protect our brand. We strengthened our balance sheet with a recently completed capital raise in which we saw our stock listed on the Nasdaq Capital Markets. We are very excited to build upon this momentum in the second half of 2016.”
Second Quarter Review - Comparison of Quarters Ended June 30, 2016 and 2015
• Net sales increased 137% to $1,603,667, compared to $675,735 in the prior year’s second quarter.
• Gross margin decreased to 1% of net sales, compared to 23% in the prior year’s second quarter.
• Operating expenses increased by $1,079,882, or 133%, to $1,893,659, compared to $813,777 in the prior year’s second quarter.
• Net loss was $2,082,166, or $(0.42) per share, compared to a net loss of $683,486, or $(0.21) per share, in the prior year’s second quarter.
Six Month Review - Comparison of Six-Months Ended June 30, 2016 and 2015
• Net sales increased 125% to $2,111,836, compared to $940,457 in the prior year’s first six months.
• Gross margin decreased to 3% of net sales, compared to 24% in the prior year’s first six months.
• Operating expenses increased by $1,916,886, or 154%, to $3,157,867, compared to $1,240,981 in the prior year’s first six months.
• Net loss was $3,499,236, or $(0.72) per share, compared to a net loss of $1,062,152, or $ $(0.36) per share in the prior year’s first six months.
About Long Island Iced Tea Corp.
Headquartered in Long Island, New York, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. operates in the ready-to-drink tea segment of the beverage industry. The Company has developed non-alcoholic, premium iced tea bottled beverages made with quality ingredients that are offered at an affordable price. The Company is currently organized around its flagship brand Long Island Iced Tea®, a premium, ready-to-drink iced tea sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of distributors. The Company’s website is www.longislandicedtea.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Long Island Iced Tea Corp.