NEW YORK, July 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iFresh, Inc. (“iFresh” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ:IFMK), a leading Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer, today announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2018.

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Highlights

  • iFresh’s net sales were $136.7 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, an increase of $5.8 million, or 4.4%, from $ 130.9 million for the year ended March 31, 2017.
  • Gross profit for the year ended March 31, 2018 increased by 4%, to $29 million, compared to $28 million in the prior year period.

Fiscal Year 2018 and Recent Operational Highlights

  • On July 13, 2017, the Company acquired assets from Mia Supermarket in Orlando FL, a 20,370 square-foot grocery store located at 2415 E. Colonial Drive. iFresh acquired the supermarket for $1,050,000 in cash. The purchase included equipment and inventory. The Company did not assume any liabilities. The supermarket started operating in August 2017.
  • On July 13, 2017, the Company acquired all the shares of iFresh Glen Cove Inc. (“Glen Cove”) from Long Deng, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for 50,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. Glen Cove is setting up a 22,859 square-foot brand new grocery store in Garden City, New York located at 192 Glen Cove Road. The Company expects  the Glen Cove supermarket to open in the last quarter of 2018.
  • On October 2, 2017, the Company acquired all the shares of New York Mart CT, Inc. (“NYM CT”) from Long Deng, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for $3,500,000. NYM CT owns a supermarket in Connecticut that is currently under renovation. The Company expects the Connecticut store to open in the last quarter of 2018.
  • On October 2, 2017, the Company acquired all of the shares of New York Mart N. Miami Inc. (“NYM N. Miami”) from Long Deng, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Yang Yu Gao for $3,500,000 and 45,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The Miami supermarket is currently under construction. The Company expects it to open in the last quarter of 2018.
  • iFresh’s online grocery initiative had 19,741 transactions and accumulated sales of approximately $1,585,120.71 from the commencement of the online store NYMart in January 2016 to March 31, 2018.

Mr. Long Deng, Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of iFresh, commented, “In fiscal year 2018, we achieved accelerated growth for both net sales and gross profit. Our vertically integrated structure enables us to supply 31% of the items sold in our retail supermarkets with ten self-owned brands. Also, live seafood and other perishables constituted 64.5% of total retail sales this year.” Mr. Deng added, “Three stores are currently under construction and expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2018. We will keep innovating and providing our customers with the freshest and the most authentic home-style gourmet food as well as vegetables and fruits delivered fresh every day.”

Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Net Sales

For the year ended March 31, 2018, net sales were $136.7 million, an increase of $5.8 million, or 4.4%, from $130.9 million for the year ended March 31, 2017.

Net retail sales to third parties increased by $2.5 million, or 2.3%, from $106.8 million for the year ended March 31, 2017, to $109.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2018. The increase resulted mainly from new stores opened in 2017, which contributed $3.0 million of retail sales, offset by a decrease of sales in our stores in Florida due to Hurricane Irma;

Net wholesale sales increased by $3.3 million from $24.1 million for the year ended March 31, 2017 to $27.4 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, which was attributable to an increase of $0.2 million in sales to related parties due to iFresh focusing on improving its central procurement system through its wholesale facilities and an increase of $3.1 million from its wholesale revenue to third parties due to expansion of the wholesales business.

Gross Profit

For the retail segment, gross profit was $21.8 and $22.5 million for the years ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Gross margin was 20.0% and 21.1% for the years ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Gross profit decreased due to the increase in occupancy cost, as well as the increased cost of sales discussed above.

For the wholesale segment, gross profit increased by $1.8 million, or 33.5%, from $5.4 million in 2017 to $7.2 million in 2018. Gross margin increased by 4.0%, from 22.4% to 26.4%. The increase was due to the relative proportion of related party sales to the total wholesale revenue, compared to 2017. Related party wholesale had relative lower gross profit.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general, and administrative expenses was $30.7 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, compared to $26.1 million for the year ended March 31, 2017, which was mainly attributable to an increase of $1.3 million in payroll and related insurance and taxes, and an increase of $1.9 million of selling, general, and administrative expenses from the acquired entities in this year, compared to 0.3 million in 2017, an increase of $0.5 million of rental and utility expenses, an increase of $0.2 million of depreciation expense due to the increase of property and equipment, and an increase of $0.5 million of bad debt expense. The remaining $0.5 million increase was from other general expense which was due to the expansion of our wholesales business.

Net Income (loss)

Net loss was $0.8 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, a decrease of $2.0 million, or 166%, from $1.2 million of net income for the year ended March 31, 2017, mainly attributable to the increase of selling, general, and administrative expenses as described above as well as damage to inventory from Hurricane Irma.

Cash, Liquidity and Financial Position

As of March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $0.6 million, compared to $2.5 million as of March 31, 2017. The Company had negative working capital of $2.6 million and $5.3 million as of March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, net cash used in operating activities was approximately $ 2.6 million. Net cash used in investing activities was $1.8 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was $2.5 million.

About iFresh Inc.

iFresh Inc., headquartered in Long Island City, New York, is a leading Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer. With nine retail supermarkets along the US eastern seaboard (with additional stores in Glen Cove, Miami and Connecticut opening soon), two in-house wholesale businesses strategically located in cities with a highly concentrated Asian population, and six iFresh-managed stores, iFresh aims to satisfy the increasing demands of Asian Americans (whose purchasing power has been growing rapidly) for fresh and culturally unique produce, seafood and other groceries that are not found in mainstream supermarkets. With an in-house proprietary delivery network, online sales channel and strong relations with farms that produce Chinese specialty vegetables and fruits, iFresh is able to offer fresh, high-quality specialty produce at competitive prices to a growing base of customers. For more information, please visit: http://www.ifreshmarket.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

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iFRESH INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  March 31,
2018
  March 31,
2017
 
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $640,915  $2,550,819 
Accounts receivable, net  4,903,340   2,272,011 
Inventories, net  10,905,484   9,796,984 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,925,893   1,404,631 
Total current assets  18,375,632   16,024,445 
Advances to related parties  10,019,688   12,044,154 
Property and equipment, net  17,818,805   15,467,802 
Intangible assets, net  1,166,669   1,300,001 
Security deposits  1,247,106   1,091,763 
Deferred income taxes  313,832   86,799 
Total assets $48,941,732  $46,014,964 
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $15,561,956   12,364,071 
Deferred revenue  326,459   206,737 
Borrowings against lines of credit, current, net  1,303,753   1,144,568 
Notes payable, current  135,203   262,578 
Capital lease obligations, current  55,634   56,847 
Accrued expenses  873,949   730,392 
Taxes payable  1,606,504   1,769,398 
Other payables, current  1,172,360   4,829,113 
Total current liabilities  21,035,818   21,363,704 
Borrowings against lines of credit & term loan-non-current, net  15,740,733   12,779,838 
Notes payable, non-current  231,095   379,376 
Capital lease obligations, non-current  70,724   77,694 
Deferred rent  6,319,386   5,475,362 
Other payables, non-current  78,500   34,801 
Total liabilities  43,476,256   40,110,775 
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Shareholders’ equity        
Preferred shares, $.0001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued.  -   - 
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 14,220,548 and 14,103,033 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2017, respectively  1,422   1,410 
Additional paid-in capital  9,428,093   9,075,525 
Accumulated deficit  (3,964,039)  (3,172,746)
Total shareholders’ equity  5,465,476   5,904,189 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $48,941,732   46,014,964 

iFRESH INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

  For the Year ended 
  March 31 2018  March 31 2017 
       
Net sales $126,874,761  $121,826,207 
Net sales-related parties  9,813,766   9,050,553 
Total net sales  136,688,527   130,876,760 
Cost of sales  91,241,612   87,610,152 
Cost of sales-related parties  8,877,854   8,162,545 
Retail occupancy costs  7,575,478   7,219,860 
Gross profit  28,993,583   27,884,203 
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses  30,738,330   26,087,868 
Income (Loss) from operations  (1,744,747)  1,796,335 
Interest expense, net  (817,227)  (303,894)
Other income  1,668,496   1,360,616 
Income (Loss) before income taxes  (893,478)  2,853,057 
Income tax provision (benefit)  (102,185)  1,656,334 
Net income (Loss) $(791,293) $1,196,723 
         
Net income (loss) per share:        
Basic $(0.06) $0.10 
Diluted $(0.06) $0.10 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  14,141,840   12,282,325 
Diluted  14,141,840   12,282,325 

iFRESH INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  For the Year Ended 
  March 31 2018  March 31 2017 
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net income (loss) $(791,293) $1,196,723 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation expense  1,729,852   1,562,043 
Amortization expense  315,832   178,957 
Share based compensation  297,536   - 
Deferred income taxes  (227,033)  (166,221)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  (2,631,329)  (457,478)
Inventories  (1,108,500)  (1,596,427)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (521,262)  (931,019)
Security deposits  (155,344)  (166,285)
Accounts payable  3,197,888   1,746,949 
Deferred revenue  119,722   61,240 
Accrued expenses  143,557   (296,479)
Taxes payable  (162,894)  75,526 
Deferred rent  844,024   545,208 
Other liabilities  (3,613,056)  4,171,936 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  (2,562,300)  5,924,673 
Cash flows from investing activities        
Repayment from (advances made to) related parties  2,079,511   (7,155,484)
Acquisition of property and equipment  (3,879,602)  (6,745,407)
Cash proceeds from acquisition of Ecompass  -   240 
Net cash used in investing activities  (1,800,091)  (13,900,651)
Cash flows from financing activities        
Borrowings against Term loan  1,050,000   15,000,000 
Borrowings against lines of credit  3,200,000   200,000 
Repayments on term loan  (1,312,420)  (3,791,794)
Repayments on lines of credit borrowings  -   (208,719)
Repayments on notes payable  (407,345)  (258,254)
Payments on capital lease obligations  (77,748)  (55,198)
Deferred financing cost  -   (912,500)
Net cash used in financing activities  2,452,487   9,973,535 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (1,909,904)  1,997,557 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year  2,550,819   553,262 
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year $640,915  $2,550,819 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information        
Cash paid for interest $763,231  $304,483 
Cash paid for income taxes $-  $1,747,028 
         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities        
Capital expenditures funded by capital lease obligations and notes payable $213,435  $345,567 

Contact:
Dragon Gate Investment Partners LLC
Tel: +1(646)-801-2803
Email: ifmk@dgipl.com