BOULDER, Colorado, November 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
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 Vegasfrom 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 $455,000warranty 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.
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