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Laird Superfood Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Laird Superfood, Inc. (NYSE American: LSF) (“Laird Superfood,” the "Company", “we”, and “our”), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024. Jason Vieth, Ch...

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Net Sales grew 22%. Achieved 40% Gross Margin for the second consecutive quarter.

BOULDER, Colo.: Laird Superfood, Inc. (NYSE American: LSF) (“Laird Superfood,” the "Company", “we”, and “our”), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

Jason Vieth, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "After more than 18 months of executing a turnaround on our business, I am pleased to announce first quarter results that demonstrate the achievement of our growth and margin goals. Our 22% Net Sales growth during Q1 is among the best results for public companies within the food industry, and we achieved this through double-digit growth in each of our measured channels. Combined with another quarter of at least 40% Gross Margin, it’s becoming clear that our strategy is working as we continue to build Laird Superfood into a leading plant-based brand of natural, functional food products."

Anya Hamill, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Laird Superfood’s first quarter financial results showcase our team’s work against our strategic initiatives. Net Sales grew 22% and we achieved 40% Gross Margin, representing 17-point improvement over the same period in 2023. At the same time, operating expenses were reduced by $1.1 million and Net Loss improved by $3.1 million. Our balance sheet remains strong with no debt and $7.3 million of cash as of March 31, 2024, and we continue to project that we have enough cash to fund our operations into 2026 and beyond. Given the strength of our Q1 results, we are raising the upper end of our 2024 outlook for Net Sales to $38-42 million and are now projecting Gross Margin will reach 37 to 41%. Our full year guidance reflects the confidence that we have in our near-term financial results as well as the long-term strategies and financial future of Laird."

First Quarter 2024 Highlights

  • Net Sales of $9.9 million compared to $9.2 million in the prior quarter, and $8.1 million in the corresponding prior year period.
  • Wholesale sales increased by 10% year-over-year and contributed 41% of total Net Sales, driven by sales growth in club, velocity improvement and distribution expansion in grocery, and more efficient promotional spend.
  • E-commerce sales increased by 33% year-over-year and contributed 59% of total Net Sales, despite a significant, planned reduction in media spend in this channel. Sales through Amazon increased by 48% year-over-year, building on the strong performance in the fourth quarter of 2023, and continued strong inventory levels and media efficiency, as compared to the reduced sales volume during the first quarter of 2023 stemming from out-of-stock products associated with the quality event last year. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) achieved double-digit growth of 25% year-over-year driven by strong performance in both subscription and repeat orders, higher average order value, and improved discount rates due to strategic shifts in our promotional strategies.
  • Gross Margin was 40.0%, compared to 40.4% in the fourth quarter of 2023 and 23.1% in the corresponding prior year period. This margin expansion was driven by the full realization of the cost savings due to our transition to a variable cost third-party co-manufacturing business model, as well as planned reductions in trade spend intended to improve promotional effectiveness.
  • Net Loss was $1.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to Net Loss of $4.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the corresponding prior year period. The improvement was driven by Gross Margin expansion, and lower marketing, and general and administrative (G&A) spend.
  • Adjusted Net Loss, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $1.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share in the corresponding prior year period. This improvement was driven by significantly expanded Gross Margins and lower marketing and G&A costs. For more details on non-GAAP financial measures, refer to the information in the non-GAAP financial measures section of this press release.

Revenue Disaggregation

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

$

 

% of Total

 

$

 

% of Total

Coffee creamers

 

$

5,570,321

 

 

 

56

%

 

$

5,132,143

 

 

 

63

%

Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate products

 

 

2,175,265

 

 

 

22

%

 

 

1,955,140

 

 

 

24

%

Hydration and beverage enhancing supplements

 

 

2,025,272

 

 

 

20

%

 

 

670,851

 

 

 

8

%

Harvest snacks and other food items

 

 

1,304,060

 

 

 

13

%

 

 

1,752,397

 

 

 

22

%

Other

 

 

122,012

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

29,729

 

 

 

%

Gross sales

 

 

11,196,930

 

 

 

112

%

 

 

9,540,260

 

 

 

117

%

Shipping income

 

 

111,428

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

303,226

 

 

 

4

%

Returns and discounts

 

 

(1,399,420

)

 

 

(13

)%

 

 

(1,730,548

)

 

 

(21

)%

Sales, net

 

$

9,908,938

 

 

 

100

%

 

$

8,112,938

 

 

 

100

%

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

 

$

 

% of Total

 

$

 

% of Total

E-commerce

 

$

5,868,337

 

 

59

%

 

$

4,427,681

 

 

55

%

Wholesale

 

 

4,040,601

 

 

41

%

 

 

3,685,257

 

 

45

%

Sales, net

 

$

9,908,938

 

 

100

%

 

$

8,112,938

 

 

100

%

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

The Company had $7.3 million of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash as of March 31, 2024, and no outstanding debt.

Cash used in operating activities was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2023 and cash used in operating activities of $6.1 million in the prior year period. The improvement in cash used relative to the corresponding prior year period was driven by Gross Margin expansion and significant reductions in G&A costs. The decrease in cash burn in the first quarter of 2024 relative to the fourth quarter of 2023 was due to an increase in marketing investment as well as working capital timing, specifically the timing of accounts receivables collections and the distribution of 2023 employee bonuses.

2024 Outlook

Based on management's best assessment of the environment today, the Company is providing the following outlook for the full year 2024:

  • Net Sales are expected to be in the range of approximately $38 to $42 million, representing growth of 11% to 23% compared to 2023.
  • Gross Margin is expected to expand to approximately 37% to 41%, excluding any one-time charges, representing a 7 to 11-point improvement compared to 2023.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. ET today to discuss our financial results. Participants may access the live webcast on the Laird Superfood Investor Relations website at https://investors.lairdsuperfood.com under “Events”.

About Laird Superfood

Laird Superfood, Inc. creates award-winning, plant-based superfood products that are clean, delicious, and functional. The Company's products are designed to enhance a consumer's daily ritual and keep them fueled naturally throughout the day. The Company was co-founded in 2015 by the world's most prolific big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. Laird Superfood's offerings are environmentally conscientious, responsibly tested and made with real ingredients. Shop all products online at www.lairdsuperfood.com and join the Laird Superfood community on social media for the latest news and daily doses of inspiration.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the conference call referencing this press release contain “forward-looking” statements, as that term is defined under the federal securities laws, including but not limited to statements regarding Laird Superfood’s anticipated cash runway, future financial performance, and growth. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "continues," "could," "estimates," "expects" "intends," "may," "outlook," "plans," "potential," predicts," "projects," "seeks," "should," "will," "would", or the antonyms of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on Laird Superfood’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Laird Superfood’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to: (1) the effects of global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases or fear of such outbreaks, including on our supply chain, the demand for our products, and on overall economic conditions and consumer confidence and spending levels; (2) volatility regarding our revenue, expenses, including shipping expenses, and other operating results; (3) our ability to acquire new direct and wholesale customers and successfully retain existing customers; (4) our ability to attract and retain our suppliers, distributors and co-manufacturers, and effectively manage their costs and performance; (5) effects of real or perceived quality or health issues with our products or other issues that adversely affect our brand and reputation; (6) our ability to innovate on a timely and cost-effective basis, predict changes in consumer preferences and develop successful new products, or updates to existing products, and develop innovative marketing strategies; (7) adverse developments regarding prices and availability of raw materials and other inputs, a substantial amount of which come from a limited number of suppliers outside the United States, including in areas which may be adversely affected by climate change; (8) effects of changes in the tastes and preferences of our consumers and consumer preferences for natural and organic food products; (9) the financial condition of, and our relationships with, our suppliers, co-manufacturers, distributors, retailers and food service customers, as well as the health of the food service industry generally; (10) the ability of ourselves, our suppliers and co-manufacturers to comply with food safety, environmental or other laws or regulations; (11) our plans for future investments in our business, our anticipated capital expenditures and our estimates regarding our capital requirements, including our ability to continue as a going concern; (12) the costs and success of our marketing efforts, and our ability to promote our brand; (13) our reliance on our executive team and other key personnel and our ability to identify, recruit and retain skilled and general working personnel; (14) our ability to effectively manage our growth; (15) our ability to compete effectively with existing competitors and new market entrants; (16) the impact of adverse economic conditions; (17) the growth rates of the markets in which we compete, and (18) the other risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

LAIRD SUPERFOOD, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Sales, net

 

$

9,908,938

 

 

$

8,112,938

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

(5,944,837

)

 

 

(6,239,062

)

Gross profit

 

 

3,964,101

 

 

 

1,873,876

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

Salaries, wages, and benefits

 

 

922,407

 

 

 

1,315,449

 

Other general and administrative

 

 

1,235,341

 

 

 

1,766,861

 

Total general and administrative expenses

 

 

2,157,748

 

 

 

3,082,310

 

Sales and marketing

 

 

 

 

Marketing and advertising

 

 

2,053,258

 

 

 

2,203,035

 

Selling expenses

 

 

779,156

 

 

 

853,204

 

Related party marketing agreements

 

 

62,501

 

 

 

37,809

 

Total sales and marketing expenses

 

 

2,894,915

 

 

 

3,094,048

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

5,052,663

 

 

 

6,176,358

 

Operating loss

 

 

(1,088,562

)

 

 

(4,302,482

)

Other income

 

 

110,997

 

 

 

170,994

 

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(977,565

)

 

 

(4,131,488

)

Income tax expense

 

 

(38,957

)

 

 

(12,422

)

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