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Aerogrow International, Inc. (AERO) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Aerogrow International, Inc.

CIK: 1316644 Ticker: AERO

Exhibit 99.1

 

AeroGrow Reports Record FY 2020 Results and Announces Significant Developments

 

 

Q4 Sales up 29% to $11.8M; Full Year Sales up 14% to $39.2M

 

Q4 Operating Profit of $1,226K; Full Year Operating Profit of $308K

 

Significant Sales Surge Due to COVID-19 with 3X + Sales Impact Expected in Q1, FY 2021

 

“Grow Anything” Cabinet Initiative Planned to Launch in Q2

 

Stifel Engaged as a Financial Advisor in Reviewing Strategic Alternatives Intended to Maximize Shareholder Value

 

Boulder, CO - (June 23, 2020) - AeroGrow International, Inc. (OTCQB: AERO) ("AeroGrow" or the "Company"), the manufacturer and distributor of AeroGardens - the world’s leading family of In-Home Garden Systems™ – announced today its results for the 4th Quarter and fiscal year (FY) ended March 31, 2020.

 

For the 4th Quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company recorded net revenue of $11.8 million, an increase of 29% over the same period in the prior year.  Income from Operations was $1,226K, up from $524K in the prior year. For the year ended March 31, 2020, the Company recorded total revenue of $39.2 million, an increase of 14% over the prior year.  Income from Operations for the full year period was $308K, up from $6K in the prior year.

 

“I am very pleased with our Q4 and FY 2020 results, both of which posted record sales and profitability,” said President and CEO J. Michael Wolfe.  “All three of our distribution channels – Amazon, Direct-to-Consumer and Retail – performed very well during the 4th quarter, continuing their strong performance from the Holiday season. In addition, we continued to gain momentum on all of our key metrics, with our marketing efficiencies, gross margin and overall profitability making notable gains.

 

“Over the past several months the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant and positive impact on our business that will further accelerate our sales in Q1 of FY 2021 – with sales in the quarter tracking to more than 3X over the prior year. Traffic on our web site and our product rankings on Amazon.com began spiking in mid-to-late March as consumers with an increased interest in at-home meal preparation began looking for access to fresh, safe food sources...and the AeroGarden certainly meets these needs. However, relatively few of these sales were recognized in March due to temporary product backorders and shipping backlogs. We have expanded our supply chain and steadily improved our order fill rates during Q1, and by early July we expect to be consistently in stock to support what we anticipate will be continued strong demand across our entire product line.

 

“I also want to update you on the Grow Anything Appliance. This initiative, which features a fully automated and self-contained indoor gardening system, will be marketed under the name “Bloom by Botanicare.”   As we’ve previously disclosed, our research indicates this is a substantial and under-served market – a market we’ve sized at well over a billion dollars world-wide. Our product testing is on track, we have placed our first manufacturing orders and we expect to launch during our 2nd quarter.

 

“I think the overall state of the business as we begin FY 2021 is at an all-time high. Not only are our sales, profitability and other key metrics all on a significant upward trend, our balance sheet has never been stronger with $10.3 million in cash on hand and $3.8 million in receivables as of 6/15/20 while carrying little debt. As disruptive as the COVID-19 pandemic has been across the world, it appears to have had a profound positive impact on consumers’ interest in the AeroGarden. While the awareness of the AeroGarden in the minds of consumers has been steadily increasing over the past several quarters, we believe that the pandemic has further increased this awareness and may be moving our products from being considered somewhat discretionary to being more of a consumer staple.

 

“I look forward to updating you on our progress on these many fronts.”

 

The Company is also announcing that the Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee consisting of the Independent Directors and this committee is conducting a broad review of strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value.  We have engaged Stifel to serve as our exclusive financial advisor to assist in this process.

 

The Company has not set a timetable for the conclusion of its review of strategic alternatives and does not expect to comment further or update the market with any additional information on this matter unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise deems disclosure necessary or appropriate. There is no certainty that the review of strategic alternatives will result in the Company pursuing a particular transaction or completing any such transaction.

 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements by J. Michael Wolfe and/or the Company, statements regarding growth of the AeroGarden product line, ability to raise capital, optimism related to the business, expanding sales, market acceptance of developments and enhancements to our product line, improved margins and profitability, and other statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company’s business. Words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, sees, estimates and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Actual results could vary materially from the description contained herein due to many factors including continued market acceptance of the Company’s products or the need to raise additional capital. In addition, actual results could vary materially based on changes or slower growth in the indoor garden market; the potential inability to realize expected benefits and synergies; domestic and international business and economic conditions; changes in customer demand or ordering patterns; changes in the competitive environment including pricing pressures or technological changes; technological advances; shortages of manufacturing capacity; future production variables impacting excess inventory and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including in “Item 1A Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

 

Additional detailed information concerning a number of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this release is readily available in the Company’s publicly filed quarterly, annual and other reports. The Company disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

 

 

 

AEROGROW INTERNATIONAL, INC.

BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

   

March 31,

   

March 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 

(in thousands, except share and per share data) 

               

ASSETS

               

Current assets

               

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 9,046     $ 1,741  

Restricted cash

    15       15  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $376 and $89 at March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively

    3,422       4,921  

Other receivables

    257       207  

Inventory, net

    4,788       8,440  

Prepaid expenses and other

    1,392       490  

Total current assets

    18,920       15,814  

Property and equipment and intangible assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $5,467 and

$4,828 at March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively

    1,229       1,006  

Operating lease right of use asset

    1,229       -  

Deposits

    669       39  

Total assets

  $ 22,047     $ 16,859  
                 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

               

Current liabilities

               

Accounts payable

  $ 2,332     $ 1,508  

Accounts payable related party

    2,396       1,102  

Accrued expenses

    2,308       1,437  

Finance lease liability

    29       72  

Operating lease liability

    58       -  

Debt associated with sale of intellectual property-current portion

    17       25  

Total current liabilities

    7,140       4,144  

Long term liabilities

               

Operating lease liability

    1,201       -  

Notes payable related party

    900       -  

Other liability

    297       263  

Total liabilities

    9,538       4,407  

Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)

               

Stockholders’ equity

               

Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, 0 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively

    -       -  

Common stock, $.001 par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 34,328,036 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and 2019

    34       34  

Additional paid-in capital

    140,817       140,817  

Accumulated deficit

    (128,342

)

    (128,399

)

Total stockholders’ equity

    12,509       12,452  

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

  $ 22,047     $ 16,859  

 

 

 

AEROGROW INTERNATIONAL, INC.

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   

Years ended March 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

               

Net revenue

  $ 39,214     $ 34,366  

Cost of revenue

    25,185       22,395  

Gross profit

    14,029       11,971  
                 

Operating expenses

               

Research and development

    877       590  

Sales and marketing

    8,852       8,462  

General and administrative

    3,992       2,913  

Total operating expenses

    13,721       11,965  
                 

Income from operations

    308       6  
                 

Other income (expense), net

               

Interest expense – related party

    (232

)

    (301

)

Other (expense) income, net

    (19

)

    4  

Total other (expense), net

    (251

)

    (297

)

                 

Net income (loss)

  $ 57     $ (291

)

                 

Net income (loss) per common share, basic and diluted

  $ 0.00     $ (0.01

)

                 

Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding, basic

    34,328       34,328  
                 

Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding, diluted

    34,328       34,328  

 

 

 

About AeroGrow International, Inc. 

 

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, AeroGrow International, Inc. is the leader in the rapidly growing indoor gardening category. AeroGardens allow anyone to grow farmer’s market fresh herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, chili peppers, flowers and more, indoors, year-round, so simply and easily that no green thumb is required. With an AeroGarden…you can grow anything! In April 2013, AeroGrow entered into a strategic partnership with Scotts Miracle-Gro to continue to expand the indoor gardening market. For more information, visit http://www.aerogrow.com.

 

 

Investor Relations: 

 

Grey Gibbs

Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting

grey@aerogrow.com

303-444-7755

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ticker: AERO
CIK: 1316644
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0001185185-20-000886
Submitted to the SEC: Tue Jun 23 2020 5:04:26 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Tue Jun 23 2020
Period: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Industry: Retail Building Materials Hardware Garden Supply
Events:
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  2. Financial Exhibit

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