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ChromaDex Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Results

Total net sales of $67.4 million for the full year, up 14% from the prior year, with $56.7 million from Tru Niagen® and gross margin of 61.5%. Total net sales of $17.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, up 15% from the prior year quarter.

LOS ANGELES, March 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ChromaDex Corp. (NASDAQ:CDXC) today announced fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 financial results.

Fourth Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

  • Total net sales were $17.8 million, up 15% year over year.

  • Tru Niagen® net sales were $14.1 million, a 14% increase year over year.

  • Gross margin was 61.2%, up 20 basis points year over year.

  • Net loss was $5.3 million or $0.08 loss per share, an improvement of $0.02 per share year over year.

  • In January 2022, announced a supply agreement with Designs for Health to sell Niagen® in specially-formulated products, available exclusively through the company’s extensive healthcare practitioner network.

  • The ChromaDex External Research Program (CERP) celebrates 100 published peer-reviewed studies on Niagen® and other ingredients. This research conducted by independent investigators has expanded the understanding of nicotinamide riboside (NR) in key health areas including Ataxia-telangiectasia, skeletal muscle, liver health, and heart failure.

  • Clinical study published in Cell Metabolism finds that NR supplementation significantly increased cerebral NAD levels, and decreased levels of inflammatory cytokines in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients, building on positive preclinical research supporting NR’s positive impact on neurodegenerative diseases. Further studies are underway to understand the role of NR supplementation in Parkinson’s patients.

  • New U.S. continuation patent reinforces ChromaDex’s intellectual property portfolio of over 40 patents on NR and other NAD precursors by adding protection of a novel manufacturing process of NR and its various salt forms.

Full Year 2021 Highlights

  • Delivered on latest financial outlook to investors across all metrics. Slightly better than target on research and development, general and administrative expense.

  • Total net sales of $67.4 million, up 14% from $59.3 million year over year.

  • Tru Niagen® net sales of $56.7 million, a 20% increase from $47.1 million year over year.

  • Gross margins of 61.5%, a 200 basis point increase year over year.

  • Announced strategic supply agreements with Health & Happiness Group (H&H), a global leader in premium health, human and pet nutrition and personal care brands, and healthcare technology company, Ro, to sell Niagen® in exclusively formulated Swisse™ and Roman products, respectively. Roman Life launched in September 2021.

  • Launched Tru Niagen® in 3,800 Walmart stores across the United States in June.

  • Announced partnership with Sinopharm Xingsha, a subsidiary of one of China’s largest pharmaceutical companies, to conduct cross-border sales of Tru Niagen in mainland China, and collaborate to secure health food registration.

"ChromaDex achieved solid net sales growth in 2021 and recent scientific developments continue to validate the market opportunity for Tru Niagen®," said Rob Fried, ChromaDex Chief Executive Officer. "In 2022, we expect to introduce a new Tru Niagen® product, strengthen our presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and continue to grow the industry-leading ChromaDex External Research Program."

Results of operations for the three months ended December 31, 2021 compared to the prior year quarter

Net Sales for ChromaDex increased 15%, or $2.3 million, to $17.8 million. The increase in net sales was largely driven by growth in sales of Tru Niagen® (primarily e-commerce sales) paired with growth in Niagen® and other ingredient sales.

Gross Margin improved 20 basis points to 61.2% primarily driven by the positive impact of increased Tru Niagen® consumer product sales and product cost savings initiatives.

Operating Expense increased 4%, or $0.7 million, to $16.2 million.

  • Selling and marketing (S&M) expense increased 37%, or $2.3 million, largely due to brand building activities and efforts to increase consumer awareness and demand.

  • Increases were partially offset by a 22% decrease, or $1.8 million decline, in general and administrative (G&A) expense primarily related to lower legal expense.

Net Loss was $5.3 million, or $0.08 loss per share, compared to a net loss of $6.1 million or $0.10 loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense, a non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $1.8 million, an increase of $0.7 million from a loss of $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Operating Activities had a net cash outflow of $4.9 million compared to break-even operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2020 largely due to changes in working capital.

Results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to the prior year

Net Sales for ChromaDex increased 14%, or $8.2 million, to $67.4 million. The increase in net sales was largely driven by growth in sales of Tru Niagen® (primarily e-commerce sales and the launch in U.S. Walmart stores) partially offset by lower Niagen® and other ingredient sales.

Gross Margin improved 200 basis points to 61.5% as scale, product mix, and cost savings initiatives more than offset inflationary pressures across global supply chains.

Operating Expense increased 24%, or $13.4 million, to $68.6 million.

  • S&M expense increased 35%, or $7.4 million, largely due to brand building activities and efforts to increase consumer awareness and demand.

  • G&A expense increased 18%, or $5.6 million, primarily due to increased litigation activity which is now largely behind the Company.

  • Research and development expense increased 12%, or $0.4 million, driven by increased investments and timing of projects.

Net Loss was $27.1 million, or $0.40 loss per share, compared to a net loss of $19.9 million or $0.33 loss per share for fiscal year 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense, a non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $2.5 million, an increase of $1.5 million, compared to a loss of $1.0 million for fiscal year 2020 primarily driven by higher selling and marketing expense, partially offset by higher sales and increased gross margins. See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Operating Activities had a net cash outflow of $24.2 million compared to $10.6 million for fiscal year 2020 largely due to increases in legal expenditures and changes in working capital.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $28.2 million at December 31, 2021 compared to $16.7 million at December 31, 2020.

2022 Outlook

Looking forward, for the full year, the Company expects 15-20% revenue growth, driven by its global e-commerce business, as well as growth with existing and new strategic partners. The outlook does not include revenue upside from potential new partnerships in the pipeline. The outlook contemplates continued COVID-19 headwinds for international partners. The Company expects slightly better than 60% gross margin and a reduction in general and administrative expense of $5.0 to $6.0 million, as reported, for full year 2022, driven by lower legal expense. The Company expects to increase investments and resources to drive brand awareness and accelerate its research and development pipeline to capitalize on growth in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) market globally. Accordingly, the Company expects an increase in research and development expense of approximately $2.0 million. Selling and marketing expense is expected to be up in absolute dollars, but down slightly as a percentage of net sales, year-over-year.

Investor Conference Call

A live webcast will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss ChromaDex’s fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2021 financial results and provide a general business update.

To listen to the webcast, or to view the earnings press release and its accompanying financial exhibits, please visit the Investor Relations section of ChromaDex’s website at www.chromadex.com. The toll-free dial-in information for this call is 1-888-510-2008 with Conference ID: 4126168.

The webcast will be recorded, and will be available for replay via the website from 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 9, 2022 to 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 16, 2022. The replay of the call can also be accessed by dialing 800-770-2030, using the Replay ID: 4126168.

Important Note on Forward Looking Statements:

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects," "anticipates," "intends" "estimates," "plans," "potential," "possible," "probable," "believes" "seeks," "may," "will," "should," "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: the quotation from ChromaDex’s Chief Executive Officer, and statements related to the company’s 2022 financial outlook, including but not limited to revenue growth, gross margin, expenses, and investment plans. Other risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and the global economy; our history of operating losses and need to obtain additional financing; the growth and profitability of our product sales; our ability to maintain sales, marketing and distribution capabilities; changing consumer perceptions of our products; our reliance on a single or limited number of third-party suppliers; and the risks and uncertainties associated with our business and financial condition in general, described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and actual results may differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and ChromaDex undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

About ChromaDex:

ChromaDex Corporation is a global bioscience company dedicated to healthy aging. The ChromaDex team, which includes world-renowned scientists, is pioneering research on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) an essential coenzyme which is found in every cell of human bodies and levels of which decline with age. ChromaDex is the innovator behind NAD+ precursor nicotinamide riboside (NR), commercialized as the flagship ingredient Niagen®. Nicotinamide riboside and other NAD+ precursors are protected by ChromaDex’s patent portfolio. ChromaDex delivers Niagen® as the sole active ingredient in its consumer product Tru Niagen® available at www.truniagen.com and through partnerships with global retailers and distributors. Follow us on Twitter @ChromaDex and subscribe to our latest news via our website accessible at www.chromadex.com to which ChromaDex regularly posts copies of its press releases as well as additional updates and financial information about the Company.

ChromaDex Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(In thousands, except per share data)

Sales, net

$

17,759

$

15,445

$

67,449

$

59,257

Cost of sales

6,891

6,024

25,959

23,983

Gross profit

10,868

9,421

41,490

35,274

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing

8,641

6,319

28,352

20,948

Research and development

1,045

870

3,832

3,415

General and administrative

6,498

8,313

36,379

30,765

Total operating expenses

16,184

15,502

68,563

55,128

Operating loss

(5,316

)

(6,081

)

(27,073

)

(19,854

)

Interest expense, net

(9

)

(16

)

(55

)

(71

)

Net loss

$

(5,325

)

$

(6,097

)

$

(27,128

)

$

(19,925

)

Basic and diluted loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.40

)

$

(0.33

)

Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

68,297

61,869

67,185

61,067

ChromaDex Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31,

2021

2020

(In thousands except par values, unless otherwise indicated)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash of $0.2 million for both periods presented

$ 28,219

$ 16,697

Trade receivables, net of allowances of $65 and $189, respectively; Including receivables from Related Party of $2.1 million and $0.9 million, respectively.

5,226

2,694

Inventories

13,601

11,683

Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,859

1,145

Total current assets

48,905

32,219

Leasehold improvements and equipment, net

3,003

3,206

Intangible assets, net

857

1,082

Right-of-use assets

4,352

1,226

Other long-term assets

723

625

Total assets

$ 57,840

$ 38,358

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$ 10,423

$ 9,445

Accrued expenses

6,481

6,133

Current maturities of operating lease obligations

528

589

Current maturities of finance lease obligations

20

31

Customer deposits

161

278

Total current liabilities

17,613

16,476

Deferred revenue

4,346

4,441

Operating lease obligations, less current maturities

4,154

997

Finance lease obligations, less current maturities

20

Total liabilities

26,113

21,934

Commitments and Contingencies

Equity

ChromaDex Corporation and subsidiaries stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 150,000 shares; 68,126 shares and 61,881 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

68

62

Additional paid-in capital

200,614

158,190

Accumulated deficit

(168,953)

(141,825)

Cumulative translation adjustments

(2)

(3)

Total stockholders’ equity

31,727

16,424

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$ 57,840

$ 38,358

ChromaDex Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA

Q1 2021

Q2 2021

Q3 2021

Q4 2021

Full Year 2021

(In thousands)

Net loss, as reported

$

(7,381

)

$

(5,566

)

$

(8,856

)

$

(5,325

)

$

(27,128

)

Adjustments:

Interest expense, net

19

12

15

9

55

Depreciation

221

226

232

211

890

Amortization of intangibles

60

61

53

51

225

Amortization of right of use assets

126

128

131

126

511

Share-based compensation

1,284

1,616

1,822

1,473

6,195

Severance and restructuring

(10

)

13

342

6

351

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(5,681

)

$

(3,510

)

$

(6,261

)

$

(3,449

)

$

(18,901

)

Total legal expense

5,010

4,150

5,640

1,626

16,426

Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense

$

(671

)

$

640

$

(621

)

$

(1,823

)

$

(2,475

)

Adjusted EBITDA

Q1 2020

Q2 2020

Q3 2020

Q4 2020

Full Year 2020

(In thousands)

Net loss, as reported

$

(5,902

)

$

(3,711

)

$

(4,215

)

$

(6,097

)

$

(19,925

)

Adjustments:

Interest expense, net

12

24

19

16

71

Depreciation

214

218

220

219

871

Amortization of intangibles

62

60

60

61

243

Amortization of right of use assets

92

95

97

115

399

Share-based compensation

1,873

1,711

1,574

1,778

6,936

Severance and restructuring

953

284

224

329

1,790

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(2,696

)

$

(1,319

)

$

(2,021

)

$

(3,579

)

$

(9,615

)

Total legal expense

2,380

1,844

1,896

2,468

8,588

Adjusted EBITDA excluding total legal expense

$

(316

)

$

525

$

(125

)

$

(1,111

)

$

(1,027

)

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

ChromaDex discloses adjusted EBITDA excluding (a) interest, (b) depreciation, (c) amortization, (d) non-cash share-based compensation costs, (e) severance and restructuring expense and (f) total legal expense. ChromaDex uses this non-GAAP measure when evaluating its financial results as well as for internal resource management, planning and forecasting purposes. ChromaDex believes the presentation of its non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors and enhances the overall understanding of its historical and current financial operating performance. ChromaDex believes disclosure of adjusted EBITDA has substance because the excluded expenses are infrequent in nature, are variable in nature or do not represent current cash expenditures. Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed in isolation from or as a substitute for ChromaDex’s financial results in accordance with GAAP.

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Contacts

Investor Relations
Brianna Gerber
Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations
949-419-0288 ext. 127
briannag@chromadex.com

Media Relations
Alex Worsham
Vice President of Global Marketing & Communications
310-388-6706 ext. 689
alexw@chromadex.com