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 Neptune Announces Third Quarter Results
   Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:05:00 PM ET

Cannabis Extraction Ramp Up Now Underway

Q3 Financial and Operational Highlights for the 3-month period ended December 31, 2018 compared to the 3-month period ended December 31, 20171 

  • Standard Cannabis Processing Licence received from Health Canada on January 4th, 2019.
  • Cannabis inventories on site and initial production underway.
  • Ethanol (solvent) processing capacity expansion toward 200,000 kg on track for completion by the end of March 2019, with startup expected early next fiscal year upon regulatory approval.
  • Expansion of manufacturing capability to offer cannabis oil speciality capsules in partnership with Lonza announced on December 21, 2018 – consistent with value-added, differentiated strategy.
  • Comparable nutraceutical revenues increased 2% to $6.5 million in the current quarter versus revenues of $6.4 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 (excluding krill oil manufacturing business).
  • Net loss of $3.7 million versus a net income of $5.9 million in the comparative quarter reflecting investment in cannabis business development in the current quarter, and a gain of $8.8 million realized from the deconsolidation of Acasti Pharma (non-control position) in the comparative quarter.
  • Non-IFRS operating loss2 was $1.9 million compared to $1.3 million in the comparative quarter reflecting investment in cannabis business development and corporate development expenses.
  • Cash balance of $15.6 million as at December 31, 2018.
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, on February 13, 2019, Neptune filed a base shelf prospectus intended to give added flexibility to finance future business opportunities by accessing the capital markets on a timely and cost-effective basis.


LAVAL, QC, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Corporation") (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), today announced its financial and operating results for the 3-month period ended December 31, 2018. All amounts are in Canadian dollars.

Logo: Neptune Wellness Solutions (CNW Group/Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc.)

"We are excited to have achieved licencing by Health Canada to process cannabis. Cannabis inventories are in-house and production is now ramping up!" stated Jim Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neptune. "Our Phase II investments to expand our plant's capacity to 200,000 kg are on track for completion by the end of this fiscal year with start-up expected early in the next fiscal year, subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals. Additionally, based on customer feedback and market developments, we have increased our projected processing sales volumes for the first year of commercialization to between 30 and 50 metric tons. We have also initiated planning for our Phase III expansion toward 6,000 MT (6 million kg) of processing capability. We therefore continue to expect volumes to cover our cannabis business operation costs and to achieve positive EBITDA and operational cash flow next fiscal year."






 

"We ended the quarter with a strong cash position of $15.6 million. The base shelf prospectus that we filed today is designed to increase our financial flexibility and readiness to respond in a timely manner to possible future growth and investment opportunities in addition to our current plans. We believe Neptune's combination of long-standing expertise in extraction and purification, our current research and development for proprietary formulations, and our ability to offer unique, value-added delivery forms positions us to emerge as a differentiated provider of science-based cannabis products. We are very excited to be moving ahead with Neptune Wellness Solutions' new growth trajectory in this expanding global market," Hamilton concluded.

Financial Results Highlights

Cannabis investments were initiated during the three-month period ended December 31, 2017. Therefore, 3 months of cannabis results are included in the comparative results indicated below.

Third Quarter Financial Results

  • Revenues increased at $6.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2018, versus revenues excluding krill oil manufacturing business sold on August 7, 2017 of $6.4 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017.
  • Net loss was $3.7 million for the current quarter, versus a net income of $5.9 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017.
  • Non-IFRS operating loss1 was $1.9 million for the current quarter, compared to $1.3 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017. The variation of $0.6 million is mostly coming from the investment into the cannabis business.

Year-to-Date Financial Results

  • Revenues increased at $18.8 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2018, versus revenues excluding krill oil manufacturing business sold on August 7, 2017 of $17.6 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017.
  • Net loss was $10.8 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2018, versus a net income of $24.7 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017.
  • Non-IFRS operating loss1 was $5.4 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2018, compared to $0.8 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017. The variation of $4.6 million is mostly coming from the investment into the cannabis business.

Consolidated Results

On a consolidated basis, until the loss of control on December 27, 2017, the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 includes a net loss of $5.2 million and a Non-IFRS operating loss1 of $4.2 million for Neptune's subsidiary, Acasti, which is actively engaged in clinical studies and research and development. The nine-month period ended December 31, 2017 includes a net loss of $12.4 million and a Non-IFRS operating loss1 of $9.7 million for Acasti.

Cash and cash equivalents were $15.6 million as at December 31, 2018. Neptune's current cash position is sufficient to execute its existing business plan.






 

About Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc.
Neptune Wellness Solutions specializes in the extraction, purification and formulation of health and wellness products. Licensed by Health Canada to process cannabis at its 50,000 square foot facility located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Neptune brings decades of experience in the natural products sector to the legal cannabis industry. Leveraging its scientific and technological expertise, Neptune focuses on the development of value-added and differentiated products for the Canadian and global cannabis markets. Neptune's activities also include the development and commercialization of turnkey nutrition solutions and patented ingredients such as MaxSimil®, and of a variety of marine and seed oils. Its head office is located in Laval, Quebec.

Caution Regarding Non-IFRS Financial Measures
The Corporation uses two adjusted financial measures, Adjusted Segment Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) called non-IFRS operating segment loss when a segment is in a loss position, and Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) called non-IFRS operating loss when the Corporation is in a loss position, to assess its operating performance. These non-IFRS financial measures are directly derived from the Corporation's financial statements and are presented in a consistent manner. The Corporation uses these measures for the purposes of evaluating its historical and prospective financial performance, as well as its performance relative to competitors. These measures also help the Corporation to plan and forecast for future periods as well as to make operational and strategic decisions. The Corporation believes that providing this information to investors, in addition to IFRS measures, allows them to see the Corporation's results through the eyes of management, and to better understand its historical and future financial performance.

Securities regulations require that companies caution readers that earnings and other measures adjusted to a basis other than IFRS do not have standardized meanings and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation. The Corporation uses Adjusted Segment EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating segment loss when in a loss position) and Adjusted EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating loss when in a loss position) to measure its performance from one period to the next without the variation caused by certain adjustments that could potentially distort the analysis of trends in our operating performance, and because the Corporation believes it provides meaningful information on the Corporation's financial condition and operating results. Neptune's method for calculating Adjusted Segment EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating segment loss) and Adjusted EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating loss) may differ from that used by other corporations.

Neptune obtains its Adjusted Segment EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating segment loss) measurement by adding depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation to segment income (loss) from operating activities before corporate expenses. Neptune obtains its Adjusted EBITDA (or non-IFRS operating loss) measurement by adding to net income (loss), net finance costs, depreciation and amortization, income tax expense and by subtracting income tax recovery and net finance income. Other items such as stock-based compensation, impairment loss on inventories, net gain on sale of assets, gain on loss of control of subsidiary and legal fees related to royalty settlements that do not impact core operating performance of the Corporation are excluded from the calculation as they may vary significantly from one period to another. Excluding these items does not imply they are non-recurring.

Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. securities laws and Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other unknown factors that could cause the actual results of Neptune to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements labeled with the terms "believes," "belief," "expects," "intends," "projects," "anticipates," "will," "should," or "plans" to be uncertain and forward-looking. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, information or statements about our ability to successfully develop, produce, supply, promote or generate any revenue from the sale of any cannabis-based products in the legal cannabis market.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information" section contained in Neptune's latest Annual Information Form (the "AIF"), which also forms part of Neptune's latest annual report on Form 40-F, and which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com , on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml and on the investor section of Neptune's website at www.neptunecorp.com . All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. Neptune does not undertake to update any such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in Neptune public securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities commissions. Additional information about these assumptions and risks and uncertainties is contained in the AIF under "Risk Factors".

Neither NASDAQ nor the Toronto Stock Exchange accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Conference Call Details
Neptune will be holding a conference call on February 13, 2019, at 5:00 PM (EST) to discuss its third quarter results for the three months period ended December 31, 2018.

 

A replay of the call will be available for replay shortly after the call's completion, until March 13, 2019. The replay can be accessed online in the Investors section of Neptune's website under Investor Events and Presentations. It is also under this section that you will find the archive of the webcast, along with its accompanying presentation.

Reconciliation of Segment income (loss) from operating activities before corporate expenses to Adjusted Segment EBITDA1 (non-IFRS operating segment loss)1 and net loss to non-IFRS operating loss1
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