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iFresh, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2017 Financial Results


NEW YORK, June 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iFresh, Inc. ("iFresh" or "the Company") (NASDAQ:IFMK), a leading Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer in the United States, today reported audited financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

Fiscal 2017 Highlights:

  • Total net sales decrease of 0.3% to $130.9 million from $131.2 million compared to fiscal 2016
  • Retail segment net sales decrease of 5.0% to $106.8 million from $112.4 million compared to fiscal 2016
  • Total wholesale segment net sales increase of 27.7% to $24.1 million from $18.9 million compared to fiscal 2016
  • Gross margin increase to 21.3% from 20.3% in fiscal 2016
  • Net income of $1.6 million or $0.13 per diluted share compared to $3.6 million or $0.30 in fiscal 2016

Long Deng, Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of iFresh, commented, "We are pleased to see strong results in the competitive environment of fiscal 2017. Retail store sales dipped because of non-recurring interruptions in one of our bigger stores, impacting net income, but net sales remained stable due to robust growth in our wholesale business. Gross margin increased due to improved efficiencies in our procurement system, and our cash position is strong.

We are also proud of our public listing through the business combination with E-Compass Acquisition Corporation. While this impacted net income through a significant increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses, becoming a publicly listed company adds tremendous intangible value to our brand. We look forward to carrying this momentum through fiscal 2018, during which we will continue to drive growth by refining our vertically-integrated model, expanding our store presence along the I-95 corridor, and further promoting our online and mobile platforms to reach more customers. We expect to have a promising future ahead as we gain importance in a niche market and evolve to become a major player. We look forward to sharing our progress with our investors in the coming months ahead."

Fiscal Year 2017

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, total net sales were $130.9 million, a decrease of 0.3% as compared to $131.2 million in the previous year. This was driven by a retail segment net sales decrease of 5.0% to $106.8 million from $112.4 million compared to fiscal 2016 and a total wholesale segment net sales increase of 27.7% to $24.1 million from $18.9 million compared to fiscal 2016.

Gross profit for 2017 increased by 4.8% to $27.9 million compared to $26.6 million in the prior year driven by growth and efficiencies in the wholesale business. Gross margin was 21.3% and 20.3% for the fiscal years 2017 and 2016, respectively.

SG&A expense was $25.7 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $20.7 million in the same period last fiscal year due to an increase in payroll and fees related to the NYM/E-Compass business combination.

Income from operations was $2.1 million compared to $5.9 million in fiscal 2016. Profit margin was 1.6% and 4.5% for the fiscal years 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Net income was $1.6 million or $0.13 per basic and diluted share in fiscal 2017 compared to $3.6 million or $0.30 per basic and diluted share in fiscal 2016.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.5 million, compared to $0.6 million as of March 31, 2016. Working capital was a positive $13.4 million, compared to a negative $3.3 million as at the end of fiscal 2016. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $1.1 million of bank loans due within one year.

For the full year of 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was $2.6 million. Net cash used in investing activities was $10.6 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was $10.0 million.

Financial Outlook

In the coming months, as the Company continues to make investments in its business to expand, management expects its financial performance to remain stable. Costs may rise due to planned expansions, but these are expected to be offset in later quarters due to expected increases in sales. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the Company expects to see slightly lower sales in its fiscal 2018 first quarter than in the previous quarter due to the impact of seasonality --the Company's fiscal fourth quarter sales that concludes March 31st are typically sharply boosted by the Chinese Spring Festival, which in 2017 was celebrated at the end of January, and while the Dragon Boat Festival in June presents a sales bump, it does not present as sharp of a sales increase as the Spring Festival.

About iFresh, Inc.

iFresh Inc., headquartered in New York, New York, is a leading Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer. With eight retail supermarkets along the US eastern seaboard and two in-house wholesale businesses strategically located in cities with a highly concentrated Asian population, the Company 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 perishables at competitive prices to a growing base of customers. For more information, please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements

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Financial statements below:

    For the years ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
    2017     2016  
Net sales   $ 121,826,207     $ 125,021,947  
Net sales-related parties     9,050,553       6,203,277  
Total net sales     130,876,760       131,225,224  
Cost of sales     87,610,153       91,738,333  
Cost of sales-related parties     8,162,545       5,520,917  
Occupancy costs     7,219,860       7,367,155  
Gross profit     27,884,202       26,598,819  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     25,734,216       20,718,062  
Income from operations     2,149,986       5,880,757  
Interest expense, net     (303,894 )     (215,494 )
Other income     1,360,616       992,620  
Income before income taxes     3,206,708       6,657,883  
Income tax provision     (1,656,334 )     (3,016,874 )
Net income   $ 1,550,374     $ 3,641,009  
Net income per share:                
Basic   $ 0.13     $ 0.30  
Diluted   $ 0.13     $ 0.30  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic     12,282,325       12,000,000  
Diluted     12,282,325       12,000,000  

    March 31,     March 31,  
    2017     2016  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,508,362     $ 551,782  
Accounts receivable, net     2,272,011       1,814,533  
Inventories, net     9,796,984       8,200,557  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     981,017       473,608  
Advances to related parties     14,852,083       -  
Total current assets     30,410,457       11,040,480  
Property and equipment, net     9,290,674       9,770,382  
Intangible assets, net     1,300,001       1,433,333  
Security deposits     912,346       925,477  
Deferred income taxes     86,799       -  
Advances to related parties     -       5,368,002  
Total assets   $ 42,000,277     $ 28,537,674  
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable  
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