Reed's reports Q2 EPS (13c), consensus (10c)
Reports Q2 revenue $9.48M, consensus $10.45M. We are pleased to have generated strong core sales growth with Virgil's showing solid double digit growth and the Reed's brand returning to sales growth for the first time in several quarters. The sales growth would have been even stronger if we were able to fill all the sales orders we had in hand. Unfortunately, we experienced one time supply chain transition challenges that led to an inability to fill all orders and delayed some of our planned innovation launches and sales ramp-up," stated Val Stalowir CEO of Reed's, Inc. "Our enhanced sales and marketing efforts, new product news and rebranding efforts are delivering the increased demand we anticipated. The short-term supply chain challenge we faced in the second quarter was driven by the delayed upgrade and operation of the former LA facility (now California Custom Beverage) and the production downtime due to issues transitioning to the new pressure sensitive labels for our glass bottles. Unfortunately, there were not sufficient redundancies built into our co-packing supply chain infrastructure to quickly react to and compensate for the production shortfall. As a company, we are re-doubling our efforts to enhance our supply chain infrastructure and build in redundancies through additional co-packing relationships. Our current co-packer partners are focused on ramping up production on our core products to help close remaining inventory gaps and this will likely delay the full ramp-up of some of our new product introductions such as the new Reed's Zeros and cans. Additionally, we incurred obsolescence and inventory adjustment costs relating to our rebranding efforts and formulation enhancements that suppressed our gross margin during the second quarter."