iPower Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2022 Results
- Fiscal Q1 Revenue up 16% to $17.4 Million; In-House Branded Product Sales Drive Continued Gross Margin Expansion Despite Supply Chain Headwinds
- iPower Management to Host Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
DUARTE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iPower Inc. (Nasdaq:IPW) (“iPower” or the “Company”), one of the leading online hydroponic equipment suppliers and retailers in the United States, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Fiscal Q1 2022 Results vs. Year-Ago Quarter
- Total revenue increased 16% to a record $17.4 million.
- Gross profit increased 31% to $7.3 million. As a percentage of revenue, gross margin increased 490 basis points to 42.1%.
- Net income increased 16% to $0.89 million or $0.03 per share.
“We continued to execute on our growth initiatives during the quarter, as reflected by another period of double-digit year over year revenue growth and gross margin expansion,” said Lawrence Tan, CEO of iPower. “Given the broader industry weakness in commercial hydroponics and comping a record quarter last year, we were pleased with our top-line performance. We continued to emphasize in-house product sales, which grew by 21% to approximately $13 million and accounted for 75% of revenue in fiscal Q1 compared to 72% in the year-ago quarter. This helped offset the rapid increase in freight costs we experienced over the summer.
“From a product perspective, our in-house ventilation line was our strongest category during the quarter. This was a much smaller category for us prior to the pandemic, and its growth is a reflection of our superior product design and merchandising capability, as well as the work we put in to effectively manage our supply partner network.”
We have started to see lower shipping costs in fiscal Q2 as congestion in the California ports has begun to ease, however the supply chain more broadly remains volatile, particularly around input costs and COVID-19 disruptions that continue to impact our partners overseas.
iPower CFO Kevin Vassily
Our focus is nevertheless unchanged. We will continue to bring new in-house SKUs to market and plan to continue working with our suppliers to navigate this unique supply chain environment as we deliver on our various growth objectives in fiscal 2022.
Fiscal First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Total revenue in the fiscal first quarter of 2022 increased 16% to $17.4 million compared to $15.0 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase was primarily driven by greater in-house product sales, as well as increased sales of ventilation and nutrient products.
Gross profit in the fiscal first quarter of 2022 increased 31% to $7.3 million compared to $5.6 million. As a percentage of revenue, gross margin increased 490 basis points to 42.1% compared to 37.2%. The increase was driven by a greater mix of in-house product sales, partially offset by increased freight and product input costs.
Total operating expenses in the fiscal first quarter were $6.0 million compared to $4.5 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase was primarily driven by increased sales volumes, increases in advertising, and an increase in expenses associated with being a publicly traded company.
Net income in the fiscal first quarter of 2022 increased 17% to $0.89 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.76 million or $0.04 per diluted share for the same period in fiscal 2021.
Cash and cash equivalents were $1.2 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $6.7 million as June 30, 2021. The decrease was attributed to the timing of receivables with the Company’s largest channel partner and is not an indication of any other business or operating trend. Total debt as of September 30, 2021 was $0.5 million compared to $0.7 million as of June 30, 2021.
The Company will conduct a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the results for its fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2021.
iPower management will host the conference call, followed by a question-and-answer period.
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Toll-free dial-in number: (888) 705-0179
International dial-in number: (409) 981-0009
Conference ID: 5848879
Webcast: iPower FQ1 2022 Conference Call
Please call the conference call dial-in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Elevate IR at (949) 200-4603.
The conference call will also be broadcast live and available for replay in the Events & Presentations section of the Company’s website at www.meetipower.com.
About iPower Inc.
iPower Inc. is one of the leading online retailers and suppliers of hydroponics equipment and accessories in the United States. iPower offers thousands of stock keeping units from its in-house brands as well as hundreds of other brands through its website, www.zenhydro.com, and its online platform partners. All orders are fulfilled from its two fulfillment centers in Southern California. iPower has a diverse customer base that includes both commercial businesses and individuals. For more information, please visit iPower’s website at https://ir.meetipower.com/.
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