BOULDER, Colorado, November 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
- Increased gross margin to 35.6% from 18.7% in Q3 2015
- Improved operating loss 56% compared to Q3 2015
Surna Inc. (OTCQB: SRNA), a technology company that engineers equipment for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) with special expertise in cannabis cultivation, reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.
"Last week, eight states, including California, initiated legalization of cannabis or expanded their status to include adult recreational use. This is expected to fuel tremendous growth in the CEA equipment market as these states come online in the next few years," stated Surna's President and Chief Executive Officer Trent Doucet. "To prepare for this significant increase in demand, we have been strengthening our foundation by improving our infrastructure, customer service policies and project management procedures. Through more efficient cost management, in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, we increased our gross margin, improved our bottom line and grew our deferred revenue, even though our revenue decreased primarily due to delays in customer readiness to acceptance equipment.
"We are gaining recognition with our energy-efficient solutions coupled with our expertise in climate conditions necessary for optimal product yield. As energy is one of the largest cultivation operating expenses, we believe our technology will provide a significant competitive advantage as the market continues to grow dramatically. Additionally, we are in the process of establishing a regional sales organization and creating recurring revenue streams via service contracts. To that end, we are developing dynamic, proactive management systems to optimize energy usage, maximize equipment reliability, and leverage intelligent equipment that can be easily automated to reliably cultivate crops. Further, we expect to leverage our relationship with Surna-only Sterling Pharms to demonstrate our products and technology. We are very excited about our progress and the expanding opportunity."
ISIDEO, a LEEDs certified consultant, estimated, using a simulation of the current Surna model, the Hybrid Building may be able to reduce energy by 60% over the course of a year over traditional cultivation. A scale of the Hybrid Building will be exhibited in booth 329 at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo® in Las Vegas from November 16 to 18.
Results for Third Quarter: 2016 Compared to 2015
- Revenue was $1.2 million, compared to $3.6 million, primarily due to delays in customer readiness to acceptance equipment. Surna continues to expect quarterly sales will fluctuate due primarily to the timing of state legislation, procedural set up, licensing and general availability.
- Cost of revenue was $754,000, compared to $3.1 million, due to lower sales and the more efficient cost and supply chain management.
- Gross margin increased to 35.6%, compared to 14.0%.
- Operating expenses decreased to $654,000, compared to $1.0 million.
- SG&A and marketing expenses were reduced to $582,000, compared to $825,000, due to reduced personnel costs and cost containment.
- Product development costs decreased to $72,000, compared to $224,000 as the Surna Reflector and the Hybrid Building transitioned to production.
- Operating loss improved to $237,000 from $540,000.
- Net loss was $669,000, or $0.00 per share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.01 per share.
Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash on hand was $235,000 at September 30, 2016, compared to $331,000 at December 31, 2015. Deferred revenue increased to $1.4 million at September 30, 2016, from $986,000 at December 31, 2015.
Subsequent to quarter end, on October 31, Surna began private negotiations with certain holders of certain 10% convertible promissory notes and warrants with a view to converting the notes and amending the terms of the warrants, which would reduce outstanding indebtedness and make it more likely that holders would exercise the warrants. . Surna anticipates reporting on the results of these negotiations when they are completed.
Results for First Nine Months: 2016 Compared to 2015
Revenue was $5.6 million, compared to $6.2 million. Gross margin, which included the impact of the $455,000 warranty charge in the second quarter, increased to 32.7%, compared to 13.7%. Net loss was $2.1 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.03 per share.
Management will review the results on a conference call today, November 14, 2016, at
9:00 a.m. MT/ 11:00 a.m. ET. To access the conference call, please dial 855-327-6837, if calling from the United States or Canada, or 631-891-4304, if calling internationally, and use passcode 10001959.
A replay of the call will be available until November 18, 2016, which can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, if calling from the United States or Canada, or 412-317-6671, if calling internationally. Please use passcode 10001959 to access the replay.
The call will be webcast and available at http://www.surna.com/investor-relations where a transcript of the call will also be provided shortly after it concludes.
Surna Inc. (http://www.surna.com) develops innovative technologies and products that monitor, control and or address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Currently, the company's revenue stream is based on its main product offerings - supplying industrial technology and products to commercial indoor cannabis grow facilities.
Headquartered in Boulder, CO, Surna's diverse engineering team is tasked with creating novel energy and resource efficient solutions, including the company's signature water-cooled climate control platform. The company's engineers continuously seek to create technology that solves the highly specific demands of the cannabis industry for temperature, humidity, light and process control.
Surna's goal is to provide intelligent solutions to improve the quality, the control and the overall yield and efficiency of CEA. Though its clients do, the company neither produces nor sells cannabis.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's future business expectations, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including Surna's ability to monetize service components, Surna's support of premium prices for existing products, commercialization of research and development efforts and continued expansion of legal cannabis markets. Other risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to new products, services, and technologies, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect Surna's financial results is included in Surna's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company disclaims any obligation subsequently to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.
Statement About Cannabis Markets
The use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis is prohibited by federal law. This includes medical and recreational cannabis. Although certain states have legalized medical and recreational cannabis, companies and individuals involved in the sector are still at risk of being prosecuted by federal authorities. Further, the landscape in the cannabis industry changes rapidly. What was the law last week is not the law today and what is the law today may not be the law next week. This means that at any time the city, county, or state where cannabis is permitted can change the current laws and/or the federal government can supersede those laws and take prosecutorial action. Given the uncertain legal nature of the cannabis industry, it is imperative that investors understand that the cannabis industry is a high-risk investment. A change in the current laws or enforcement policy can negatively affect the status and operation of our business, require additional fees, stricter operational guidelines and unanticipated shut-downs.
Surna Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Sept. 30, 2016 Dec. 31, 2015 Unaudited ASSETS Current Assets Cash $ 235,455 $ 330,557 Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $85,000 and $40,873, respectively) 48,710 299,194 Notes receivable 187,218 207,218 Interest receivable 19,412 - Inventory 916,486 1,261,802 Prepaid expenses 176,758 193,969 Total Current Assets 1,584,039 2,292,740 Noncurrent Assets Property and equipment, net 100,738 162,530 Intangible assets, net 665,723 647,464 Total Noncurrent Assets 766,461 809,994 TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,350,500 $ 3,102,734 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT Current Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 1,223,296 $ 2,066,803 Deferred revenue 1,420,974 986,445 Current portion long term debt - 1,551 Amounts due shareholders 60,000 216,995 Accrued interest 2,263 - Convertible promissory notes, net 2,272,694 1,227,761 Convertible accrued interest 467,074 201,257 Derivative liability on conversion feature - 472,967 Derivative liability on warrants 287,406 139,192 Total Current Liabilities 5,733,707 5,312,971 Noncurrent Liabilities Amounts due shareholders-long term 15,989 - Convertible promissory notes, net - 523,822 Convertible accrued interest - 80,674 Vehicle loan - 32,564 Total Noncurrent Liabilities 15,989 637,060 TOTAL LIABILITIES 5,749,696 5,950,031 SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT Preferred stock, $0.00001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 77,220,000 shares issued and outstanding 772 772 Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 350,000,000 shares authorized; 145,268,135 and 125,839,862 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 1,452 1,259 Paid in capital 9,780,598 8,214,271 Accumulated deficit (13,182,018) (11,063,599) Total Shareholders' Deficit (3,399,196) (2,847,297) TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT $ 2,350,500 $ 3,102,734
Surna Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited) For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2016 2015 2016 2015 Revenue $ 1,170,760 $ 3,634,091 $ 5,560,837 $ 6,182,936 Cost of revenue 753,624 3,125,151 3,740,488 5,338,230 Gross margin 417,136 508,940 1,820,349 844,706 Operating expenses: Advertising and marketing expenses 14,319 148,656 56,852 324,110 Product development costs 72,184 224,365 272,410 533,808 Selling, general and administrativ e expenses 567,512 676,325 1,662,183 2,097,513 Total operating expenses 654,015 1,049,346 1,991,445 2,955,431 Operating income (loss) (236,879 ) (540,406 ) (171,096 ) (2,110,725 ) Other income (expense): Interest and other income, net 10,576 - 19,060 - Interest expense (89,203 ) (78,938 ) (282,657 ) (367,497 ) Amortization of debt discount on convertible promissory notes (291,000 ) (716,078 ) (1,335,429 ) (1,727,126 ) (Loss) gain on change in derivative liabilities (62,000 ) - (348,297 ) 474,873 Total other (expense) (431,627 ) (795,016 ) (1,947,323 ) (1,619,750 ) Loss from continuing operations before provision for income taxes (668,506 ) (1,335,422 ) (2,118,419 ) (3,730,475 ) Provision for income taxes - - - - Net loss (668,506 ) (1,335,422 ) (2,118,419 ) (3,730,475 ) Other comprehensive income (expense) - - Comprehensive loss $(668,506 ) $ (1,335,422 ) $ (2,118,419 ) $ (3,730,475 ) Loss per common share - basic and dilutive $ (0.00) $ (0.01 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.03 )
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