Q2 2017 Financial and Operational Highlights:
Canada OTC sales of $1.12M for the quarter and $2.37M for the first half, representing a +7% and +16% growth over the comparative periods, respectively;
- Delivered third consecutive quarter of over $1M in revenue;
- Significant operating efficiencies in the first half of the year over the comparative period, through the optimization of expenses, resulting in a 30% reduction in operating expenditures, before termination costs, while continuing to grow OTC revenues;
- Continued to reduce cash flow expenditures in operating activities over the past three quarters, while delivering 16% growth in OTC sales in the first half of the year;
- Cash burn in the first half of 2017 significantly reduced by $1.2M over the comparative 2016 period, while delivering growth in OTC sales;
- Development pipeline continues to be very robust, including products targeted towards conditions which represent significant market opportunities, such as osteoarthritis, sleep, psoriasis, migraines, cardiovascular disease, and circulation;
- Completed a licensing agreement with ARA-Avanti RX Analytics Inc. for natural and medicinal products using hemp; and
- Added Board strength with the appointment of Ms. Louisa Greco, who brings significant healthcare sales and marketing expertise.
“We delivered another solid quarter driven by increased sales of our flagship pain and nerve products and our team’s disciplined focus on cost efficiencies. With increased sales, strong margins, and a robust consumer and pharmaceutical portfolio, Delivra has built a platform to grow both our consumer and pharmaceutical businesses,” said Dr. Joseph Gabriele, CEO of Delivra. “We believe there is significant opportunity for further growth of our OTC portfolio in Canada and will continue to focus on driving revenue and optimizing profitability through strong marketing and advertising programs. Our proprietary transdermal platform provides an additional opportunity for revenue growth within our pharmaceutical portfolio, specifically for diabetic wound healing.”
Selected Financial Summary
(except earnings per share and percentages)
|For the three
June 30, 2017
|For the three
June 30, 2016
|For the six
June 30, 2017
|For the six
June 30, 2016
|Gross profit margin||72%||71%||71%||69%|
|Net loss per share – basic||0.01||0.03||0.02||0.05|
Delivra’s unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion & analysis (“MD&A”), for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, are available via Delivra’s website at www.delivracorp.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Retention of Mackie Research Capital Corporation as Market Maintenance Service Provider
The Company is pleased to announce that, subject to regulatory approval, it has retained Mackie Research Capital Corporation to initiate its market making service to provide market making services to the Company in compliance with the policies and guidelines of the TSX Venture Exchange and other applicable legislation.
Mackie will trade shares of Delivra on the TSXV for the purposes of maintaining a reasonable market and improving the liquidity of the Company’s common shares. The agreement between Mackie and the Company is month to month and the Company has agreed to pay Mackie $4,000 per month during the term. The engagement may be terminated by either party with written notice of 60 days. The Company and Mackie act at arm’s length, but Mackie may provide investment banking services to Delivra and Mackie and/or its clients may have an interest, directly or indirectly, in the securities of Delivra. The agreement is principally for the purposes of maintaining market stability and liquidity for the Company’s common shares and is not a formal market making agreement. There are no performance factors contained in the agreement between Mackie and the Company and Mackie will not receive any shares or options from the Company as compensation for services it will render.
ABOUT DELIVRA CORP.
Delivra Corp. is a specialty biotechnology company that has a proprietary transdermal delivery system platform that can shuttle pharmaceutical and natural molecules, through the skin, in a targeted specific manner. Delivra manufactures and sells a growing line of natural topical creams with the proprietary transdermal delivery system platform under the LivReliefTM brand, for conditions such as joint and muscle pain, nerve pain, varicose veins, wound healing, and under the LivSportTM brand for sports performance. LivReliefTM products are available in pharmacies, grocery chains, and independent health food stores across Canada, and on-line at www.livrelief.com. LivReliefTM pain and nerve pain products are also available in the United States on Amazon and at www.livrelief.com/us. In parallel with its consumer products business, Delivra also has a mandate to license its over-the-counter products in other countries and its patent-pending proprietary transdermal delivery technology platform to pharmaceutical companies for the repurposing of pharmaceutical molecules in the treatment of a broad range of conditions. Delivra is headquartered in Burlington, Ontario and has a research and development laboratory in Charlottetown, PEI.
About Mackie Research Capital Corporation
Mackie is one of Canada’s largest independent full-service investment firms, and proudly traces its roots back to 1921. Mackie is privately owned by many of its 300 employees. As a fully integrated national investment dealer, Mackie offers a full complement of capital markets and wealth management services to private clients, institutions and growth companies.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Joseph Gabriele
Chief Executive Officer
416-238-1414 x 233