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Aerogrow International, Inc. (AERO) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Aerogrow International, Inc.

CIK: 1316644 Ticker: AERO

Exhibit 99.1

 

AeroGrow Reports Record 1st Quarter Results

 

 

Revenue Increases 267% to $16.4M

 

Operating Profit Rises to $2.7M – the Company’s First Ever Q1 Profit

 

Gross Margin Improves 1,200+ basis points to 45%

 

Favorable Sales Trends Continue – Accelerated by COVID-19

  “Grow Anything” Appliance Set to Launch in Q2

 

Boulder, CO - (August 11, 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 Quarter ended June 30, 2020.

 

For the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 ended June 30, 2020 the Company recorded net revenue of $16.4 million, an increase of 267% from $4.5M in the same period in the prior year.  Income from Operations was $2.7M, up from a loss of $1.1M in the prior year period. 

 

“Our 1st Quarter results were exceptional by every measure,” said President and CEO J. Michael Wolfe.  “Sales across all three of our distribution channels – Amazon, Direct-to-Consumer and Retail – were extremely strong throughout the quarter. This is our third consecutive quarter with record sales and profitability, and we saw further acceleration of our results due to the Covid-19 pandemic beginning in March. This was driven by increased interest in gardening, at-home meal preparation and access to fresh, safe food sources...and the AeroGarden certainly meets all of these needs. We experienced an increase in sales across all product types, including gardens, seed pod kits and accessories.

 

“During the quarter we were able to refine our pricing model, which primarily drove our gross margin up to 44.8%, an increase of 1,230 bps from 32.5% in the same period last year. Our gross margin also benefited from a larger portion of our sales coming through our Direct-to-Consumer channel (AeroGarden.com), which affords us better margins. In addition, we continued to see very good results and improved efficiencies in our digital marketing programs which played an important role in our sales growth. We believe these programs are further scalable as we enter what is traditionally our peak sales periods. These factors, in addition to increased sales, drove the significant improvement in our operating profit and demonstrate the leverage in our business as it continues to scale.

 

“We have also successfully expanded capacity with all of our critical suppliers to keep up with what appears to be continued strong demand for our products. Our July sales – while having moderated from the original surge we experienced during the early days of the pandemic – have remained at a considerably higher level on a YOY basis. If this sales trend continues, we believe our expanded supply chain and distribution infrastructure will be prepared to meet it.

 

“Looking ahead, we have three new product introductions planned for the coming months. We will be introducing a new Farm model and an all new Sprout into our AeroGarden product line, as well as launching the Grow Anything Appliance, our most ambitious product to date. To be known as the “Bloom by Botanicare,” we believe this refrigerator-sized, large-plant growing system is the most advanced in the world. Bloom monitors and dynamically adjusts key environmental factors for each stage of a plant’s development – maximizing the speed of growth, yields, flavor and consistency of thousands of potential plant varieties. Bloom will launch later in our 2nd Quarter with an initial release designed to begin cultivating our community of growers, followed by distribution ramping throughout the fall. Apply to be a part our initial release program at Launch.BloomGrows.com.

 

“Our balance sheet as of June 30 had $10.3 million in cash on hand and $3.8 million in receivables. In addition, on August 3rd we secured a $7.5 million working capital line of credit from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. We believe the combination of our strong balance sheet and working capital line will support our efforts to have sufficient inventory for the upcoming season and take full advantage of additional upside opportunities that may present themselves. Finally, I want to recognize our incredible team here at AeroGrow, all of whom have worked tirelessly to deliver these results while preparing for our upcoming holiday season.

 

“Thank you for your interest in AeroGrow and I look forward to updating you on our progress.”

 

 

 

 

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

 

   

June 30,

2020

   

March 31,

2020

 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

(Unaudited)

   

(Derived from

Audited Statements)

 

ASSETS

               

Current assets

               

Cash

  $ 10,304     $ 9,046  

Restricted cash

    15       15  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $540 and $376

    at June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively

    3,869       3,422  

Other receivables

    334       257  

Inventory, net

    6,328       4,788  

Prepaid expenses and other

    2,684       1,392  

Total current assets

    23,534       18,920  

Property and equipment and intangible assets, net of accumulated depreciation of 

$5,624 and $5,467 at June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively

    1,219       1,229  

Operating lease right of use

    1,193       1,229  

Deposits

    655       669  

Total assets

  $ 26,601     $ 22,047  
                 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

               

Current liabilities

               

Accounts payable

  $ 2,962     $ 2,332  

Accounts payable related party

    3,019       2,396  

Accrued expenses

    3,234       2,308  

Debt associated with sale of intellectual property

    19       17  

Finance lease liability

    18       29  

Operating lease liability-current portion

    126       58  

Total current liabilities

    9,378       7,140  

Long term liabilities

               

Notes payable related party

    900       900  

Operating lease liability

    1,166       1,201  

Other liability

    -       297  

Total liabilities

    11,444       9,538  

Commitments and contingencies

               

Stockholders' equity

               

Common stock, $.001 par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 34,328,036 shares 

issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020

    34       34  

Additional paid-in capital

    140,817       140,817  

Accumulated deficit

    (125,694

)

    (128,342

)

Total stockholders' equity

    15,157       12,509  

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

  $ 26,601     $ 22,047  

 

 

 

AEROGROW INTERNATIONAL, INC.

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   

Three Months ended June 30,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

               

Net revenue

  $ 16,411     $ 4,475  

Cost of revenue

    9,054       3,020  

Gross profit

    7,357       1,455  
                 

Operating expenses

               

Research and development

    301       210  

Sales and marketing

    2,815       1,404  

General and administrative

    1,574       894  

Total operating expenses

    4,690       2,508  
                 

Income (loss) from operations

    2,667       (1,053

)

                 

Other (expense) income, net

               

Interest expense-related party

    (23

)

    (2

)

Other (expense) income, net

    4       (3

)

Total other (expense) income, net

    (19

)

    (5

)

                 

Net income (loss)

  $ 2,648     $ (1,058

)

                 

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

  $ 0.08     $ (0.03

)

                 

Weighted average number of common

    shares outstanding, basic

    34,328       34,328  
                 

Weighted average number of common

    shares outstanding, diluted

    34,339       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: 0001185185-20-001125
Submitted to the SEC: Tue Aug 11 2020 5:06:22 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Tue Aug 11 2020
Period: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Industry: Retail Building Materials Hardware Garden Supply
Events:
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  2. Financial Exhibit

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