CRAiLAR REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Highlights

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  • Sales increase to $1.2 million, up 71% sequentially.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for Q3 2014 was a loss $0.9 million.
  • Victoria B.C.

    (November 12, 2014) CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. ("CL" or the "Company") (TSXV: CL) (OTCQB: CRLRF), which produces and markets
    CRAiLAR® Flax fiber The Friendliest Fiber On The Planet™, today reported sales of $1.2 million and a net loss of $1.5 million or $0.02 per share for the Third Quarter ended September 27, 2014 which includes a non-cash derivative liability gain of $0.7 million. This compares with nil sales and a net loss of $5.7 million or $0.13 per share for the Third Quarter 2013, which includes a non-cash inventory impairment charge of $2.5 million. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA for the Quarter was a loss of $0.9 million, a reduction of $0.5 million from Third Quarter 2013's Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.4 million. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, see non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

    Sales for Third Quarter 2014 increased 71% from Second Quarter 2014 despite the quarter being shortened by a government-mandated three-week summer vacation in Belgium. Variable margin was 11% but was impacted by labor inefficiencies and rework caused by equipment downtime. General and administrative spending for the quarter declined by $0.4 million or 25% from the same period last year. Cash and cash equivalents and investments at Sept 27, 2014 were $4.8 million up from $1.2 million at December 31, 2013. Cash at the end of the Third Quarter

    does not include collection of $1 million of Third Quarter billings from a large customer. We have since developed a billing and payment procedure with that customer to remove this bottleneck going forward. The increase in cash equivalents of $3.6 million resulted from $6.4 million of cash used in operations and $1.1 million of cash invested in property and equipment offset by $11.1 million of cash from financing activities from the sale of equity of $9.1 million and a $3.0 million from the IKEA working capital and equipment financing loan partially offset by loan pay-downs of $0.8 million and deferred issuance costs of $0.1 million.

    During the second half of Q-3 the Company launched projects to increase production capacity, including hiring additional employees; upgrading kiers; installing a second dryer; installing a chemical delivery system; and installing a heat exchanger. When completed, these projects will allow the Company to boost plant capacity and reduce conversion costs. Also during the Quarter the Company's 40 year-old plant experienced equipment failures as production was increased, some of which was caused by lack of preventative maintenance. The Company has hired a new plant manager and a fulltime mechanic to operate the facility in a proactive manner. The mechanic is performing break-fix repairs and instituted a preventive maintenance regime and gradually the plant is experiencing fewer disruptions. Commissioning of the second dryer this month will also alleviate a production choke and add important redundancy.

    The Company also co-developed two technology breakthroughs to bleach and lighten flax fibers. Bleaching, desired by many customers, increases production time by 50% and conversion costs by over 40%. Both co-developed bleaching technologies when implemented will significantly reduce cycle time, chemicals, water and cost; creating a substantial competitive barrier. Finally, the Company had separate production planning sessions with two large customers, which evolved into dedicated facility discussions. The Company is encouraged by interest in dedicated facilities, but these discussions, while very promising, are in the early stages.

    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 "EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure that consists of net income (loss) before (a) interest expense, net (b) accretion expense, and (c) depreciation and amortization. "Adjusted EBITDA" further adjusts EBITDA to exclude share-based compensation expense, facility commissioning expense, gain on settlement of debt, gain on disposal of assets, impairment loss on inventory, rent inducement expense, and fair value adjustment to derivative liabilities.

    We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors. These non-GAAP financial measures reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with the U.S. GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business and results of operations.

    Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of our Company's operating performance because it assists in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, these non-GAAP measures are 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 our capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand our business. We also believe that analysts and investors use these measures as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of development stage companies. Additionally, we believe that lenders or potential lenders use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our ability to repay loans.

    These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of U.S. GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review our 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, we expect to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from our non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

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    The table below reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):

    For the thirteen weeks ended

    Sept 27,

    Sept 28,

    2014

    2013

    Net loss

    ($1,472)

    ($5,674)

    Interest expense, net

    563

    588

    Accretion expense

    64

    -

    Amortization and depreciation

            141

            289

    EBITDA

     

     

    (704)

    (4,797)

    Share-based compensation

    393

    607

    Facility commissioning

    89

    149

    Gain on settlement of debt

    -

    -

    Gain on disposal of assets

    -

    -

    Impairment loss on inventory

    -

    2,549

    Rent inducement expense

    8

    40

    Fair value adjustment to derivative liabilities

          (652)

              28

    Adjusted EBITDA

        ($866)

     ($1,424)

     

    Conference Call

    A conference call to discuss the company's Third Quarter ended September 27, 2014 results is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time (5:00 am Pacific Standard Time) on Thursday November 13, 2014. Participants may access the call by dialing 877-705-6003 (North America) or 201-493-6725 (international), 5 to 10 minutes before the call and ask for the CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. Third Quarter 2014 Conference Call. In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through website:

    http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=111892

    If you are unable to participate during the live call, an audio replay will be available until midnight on November 27, 2014 by dialing 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 for international callers, and entering pin number 13595267. A transcript will be available approximately 24 hours after the call on CRAiLAR's investor page.

    About CRAiLAR Technologies Inc.

    CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. is focused on bringing cost-effective, sustainable bast fiber-based products to market that are environmentally friendly natural fiber alternatives with equivalent or superior performance characteristics to cotton, wood or fossil-fuel based fibers. The Company's business operations consist primarily of the production of its natural and proprietary CRAiLAR®Flax fibers targeted at the natural yarn and textile industries, as well as the deployment of its CRAiLAR® processing technologies in the cellulose pulp and composites industries. For more information, visit www.crailar.com.

     

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    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 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 www.sec.gov. These are among the primary risks we foresee at the present time. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

    Investor Relations Contact:

    Ted Sanders, CFO
    866-436-7869

    ir@crailar.com

    Genesis Select Corp:
    Budd Zuckerman 

    bzuckerman@genesisselect.com

    Jeffery Fowlds
    jfowlds@genesisselect.com
    303-415-0200

    ir@crailar.com

    Media Contact:
    Jay Nalbach, CMO
    (503) 387 3941
    pr@crailar.com


    The following information was filed by Crailar Technologies Inc (CRLRF) on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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