Healthier Choices Management Corp. Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Delivered Strong Sales Results With First Quarter Improvement of 21% Year-Over-Year

First Quarter Gross Profit Increase of 16% Year-Over-Year

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthier Choices Management Corp. (OTC Pink:  HCMC) today announced financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Results:

  • Net sales from continuing operations for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019 amounted to $4.4 million, compared to $3.6 million during the same period last year -- a 21% increase.
  • Gross profit from continuing operations increased by approximately $258,000 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019 amounting to $1.90 million, compared to $1.64 million for the same period last year -- a 16% increase.
  • Net loss from continuing operations for the three-months ended March 31, 2019 was approximately $1.1 million a reduction of roughly $157,000 for the same period in 2018 -- a 12% improvement.

Jeffrey Holman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Healthier Choices Management Corp., said, “We achieved strong improvement as evidenced by our first quarter results and are seeing continued momentum from our commitment to improving the fundamentals of the business.  Our businesses are now well positioned to continue to build long-term, sustainable growth.”

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Continuing Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:


  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2019  2018 
Total sales, net $4,380,106  $3,607,406 
Total cost of sales  2,477,212   1,962,940 
GROSS PROFIT  1,902,894   1,644,466 
Total operating expenses  2,990,455   3,135,490 
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS  (1,087,561)  (1,491,024)
Total other income (expense), net  (24,968)  221,388 

See non-GAAP financial measure discussion

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2019  2018 
Adjusted EBITDA        
Loss from operations $(1,087,561) $(1,491,024)
Depreciation and amortization  152,314   87,546 
Stock compensation  113,079   1,071,890 
Adjusted EBITDA $(822,169) $(331,588)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

The following table sets forth our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets for the periods ended March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018:


  March 31, 2019  December 31, 2018 
Cash and cash equivalents $5,994,672  $7,061,253 
Other current assets  2,492,792   2,442,405 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  8,487,464   9,503,658 
Other assets  9,534,977   5,669,005 
TOTAL ASSETS $18,022,442  $15,172,663 
Other current liabilities $4,212,942  $3,894,732 
Derivative liabilities - warrants  1,722,478   1,722,928 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES  5,935,421   5,617,660 
Other liabilities  4,762,267   1,128,234 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  10,697,688   6,745,894 
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  7,324,754   8,426,769 

Non-GAAP – Financial Measure

The above discussion and analysis contain a non-GAAP financial measure. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance, financial position or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally included or excluded in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed as supplemental to, and should not be considered as alternative to, net income, operating income, and cash flow from operating activities, liquidity or any other financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures may not be indicative of the historical operating results of the Company nor are they intended to be predictive of potential future financial results. Investors should not consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation or as substitutes for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Management believes stockholders benefit from referring to the Adjusted EBITDA in planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure in evaluating its financial and operational decision making and as a means of evaluating period to period comparison.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as loss from operations adjusted for non-cash charges from depreciation and amortization and stock compensation. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure of our operating performance because it allows management, investor and analysts to evaluate and assess our core operating results from period to period after removing the impact of significant non-cash charges that effect comparability between reporting periods. Our management recognizes that Adjusted EBITDA has inherent limitations because of the excluded items.

We have included a reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measure to loss from operations as calculated in accordance with GAAP. We believe that providing the non-GAAP financial measure, together with the reconciliation to GAAP, helps investors make comparisons between the Company and other companies. In making any comparisons to other companies, investors need to be aware that companies use different non-GAAP measures to evaluate their financial performance. Investors should pay close attention to specific definition being used and to the reconciliation between such measures and the corresponding GAAP measure provided by each company under applicable rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The table above presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to loss from operations, a GAAP financial measure:

About Healthier Choices Management Corp.

Healthier Choices Management Corp. is a holding company focused on providing consumers with healthier daily choices with respect to nutrition and other lifestyle alternatives.  One segment of our business is our natural and organic grocery operations in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Another segment is a U.S. based retailer of vaporizers and e-liquids.  HCMC sells direct to consumer via company-owned brick-and-mortar retail locations operating under "Ada's Natural Market" and "The Vape Store" brands.  The newest emerging source of revenue for HCMC is our technology and IP to the cannabis and CBD market.

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Forward Looking Statements.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of that term in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934).  Additional written or oral forward-looking statements may be made by the Company from time to time in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission or otherwise.  Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections and are not guarantees of future performance.  The Company assumes no obligation to update these statements.  Forward looking statements may include, but are not limited to, projections or estimates of revenue, income or loss, exit costs, cash flow needs and capital expenditures, statements regarding future operations, expansion or restructuring plans, including our recent exit from and winding down of our wholesale distribution operations.  In addition, when used in this release, the words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," and "plans" and variations thereof and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements.

Factors that may affect our future results of operations and financial condition include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in demand for our products, the introduction of new products, our ability to maintain customer and strategic business relationships, the impact of competitive products and pricing, growth in targeted markets, the adequacy of our liquidity and financial strength to support its growth, and other information that may be detailed from time-to-time in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information:
Healthier Choices Management Corp.
3800 North 28TH Way, #1 Hollywood, FL 33020
Office: 305-600-5004 / Fax: 954-272-7773