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Where Food Comes From, Inc. Reports 2019 First Quarter Financial Results

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo., May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Where Food Comes From, Inc. (WFCF) (OTCQB:WFCF), the most trusted resource for independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

"Although Q1 is our seasonally slowest quarter of the year, we generated 9% overall revenue growth that included year-over-year gains in all four revenue segments," said John Saunders, Chairman and CEO. "Product sales increased by 81% in the quarter, reflecting growing momentum around traceability that sets us up for recurring revenue as those cattle move through the system over the next few years. We're also pleased with the momentum in our SureHarvest software businesses, which combined for 7% growth year over year.

"Our profit metrics came under pressure in the first quarter due to the timing of large marketing and auditor training initiatives that we didn't experience in the first quarter last year," Saunders added.  "Specifically, we invested heavily in an expanded presence at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association event in January – an investment that we believe contributed to new customer wins and higher tag sales in the quarter.  We also invested in a company-wide training seminar that included auditors from all our divisions, which differed from our usual practice of spreading training out over the course of a given year.  Those factors aside, we remain optimistic about extending our track record of profitable growth in 2019 and look forward to a strong finish to the year."

First Quarter Results
Revenue in the first quarter increased 9% to $4.0 million from $3.6 million in the first quarter last year.  All revenue components showed year over year increases, including:

  • Verification and certification services, up slightly to $2,811,700 from $2,796,200.
  • Product revenue, up 81% to $641,100 from $353,900.
  • Software license, maintenance and support services, up 3% to $295,000 from $287,400.
  • Software consulting services, up 13% to $206,800 from $183,300.

Gross profit in the first quarter decreased 4% year over year to $1,665,700 from $1,731,300.  Gross margin declined to 42.1% from 47.8% year over year.  The lower gross margin was partly attributable to product pricing programs for several dairy customers who placed large tag orders.

Sales, general and administrative expense increased 15% in the first quarter to $1,966,300 from $1,704,500 in the first quarter last year due to increased marketing, training and public company costs, including year-end audit fees that were 50% higher than expected due to costs of complying with new revenue recognition standards.

Net loss attributable to Where Food Comes From, Inc. in the first quarter was $143,100, or less than one cent per share, compared to net income of $35,500, or less than one cent per share, in the same quarter last year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $81,700 versus $355,000 in the first quarter last year.

The Company generated $1,251,900 in net cash from operations in the first quarter, slightly down from $1,314,700 in the same quarter last year.

Cash, cash equivalents and short- and long-term investments at March 31, 2019, totaled $2,953,200, up from $1,981,000 at December 31, 2018.

Conference Call
The Company will conduct a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time.

Call-in numbers for the conference call:
Domestic Toll Free: 1-877-407-8289
International: 1-201-689-8341
Conference Code: 13690723

Phone replay:
A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through June 4, 2019, as follows:
Domestic Toll Free: 1-877-660-6853
International: 1-201-612-7415
Conference Code: 13690723

About Where Food Comes From, Inc.
Where Food Comes From, Inc. is America's trusted resource for third party verification of food production practices.  Through proprietary technology and patented business processes, the Company supports more than 15,000 farmers, ranchers, vineyards, wineries, processors, retailers, distributors, trade associations, consumer brands and restaurants with a wide variety of value-added services. Through its IMI Global, International Certification Services, Validus Verification Services, SureHarvest, A Bee Organic and Sterling Solutions units, Where Food Comes From solutions are used to verify food claims, optimize production practices and enable food supply chains with analytics and data driven insights. In addition, the Company's Where Food Comes From® retail and restaurant labeling program uses web-based customer education tools to connect consumers to the sources of the food they purchase, increasing meaningful consumer engagement for our clients. 

*Note on non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include a discussion of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to the results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The term "EBITDA" refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings (net income or loss) plus or minus net interest plus taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA excludes from EBITDA stock-based compensation and, when appropriate, other items that management does not utilize in assessing WFCF's operating performance (as further described in the attached financial schedules). None of these non-GAAP financial measures are recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be an alternative to net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP measure. We have reconciled Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income in the Consolidated Statements of Income table at the end of this release.  We intend to continue to provide these non-GAAP financial measures as part of our future earnings discussions and, therefore, the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures will provide consistency in our financial reporting.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on current expectations, estimates and projections that are subject to risk.  Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and actual events could differ materially from the Company's predictions.  Important factors that could cause actual events to vary from predictions include those discussed in our SEC filings.  Specifically, statements in this news release about industry leadership and demand for, and impact and efficacy of, the Company's products and services on the marketplace; and ability to extend the track record of profitable growth in 2019 and achieve a strong finish to the year are forward-looking statements that are subject to a variety of factors, including availability of capital, personnel and other resources; competition; governmental regulation of the agricultural industry; the market for beef and other commodities; and other factors.  Financial results for the first quarter are not necessarily indicative of future results.  Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  The Company assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.  For a more extensive discussion of the Company's business, please refer to the Company's SEC filings at www.sec.gov.

Company Contacts:

John Saunders
Chief Executive Officer
303-895-3002

Jay Pfeiffer
Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc.
303-880-9000

       
       
Where Food Comes From, Inc.      
Statements of Income (unaudited)      
           
      Three months ended March 31,
       2019 
   2018 
               
Revenues: (unaudited)
  Verification and certification service revenue $ 2,811,694     $ 2,796,194  
  Product sales   641,058       353,894  
  Software license, maintenance and support services revenue   295,029       287,444  
  Software-related consulting service revenue     206,759         183,270  
    Total revenues     3,954,540         3,620,802  
Costs of revenues:              
  Costs of verification and certification services   1,562,090       1,450,609  
  Costs of products   443,185       225,975  
  Costs of software license, maintenance and support services   154,003       137,434  
  Costs of software-related consulting services     129,536         75,461  
    Total costs of revenues     2,288,814         1,889,479  
  Gross profit   1,665,726       1,731,323  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     1,966,339         1,704,474  
Income (loss) from operations   (300,613 )     26,849  
Other expense (income):              
  Dividend income from Progressive Beef   (30,000 )     -  
  Other income, net   (2,696 )     (2,918 )
  Gain on sale of assets   (1,000 )     -  
  Interest expense     3,047         1,079  
Income before income taxes   (269,964 )     28,688  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (83,000 )       8,000  
  Net income (loss)   (186,964 )     20,688  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest     43,835         14,796  
  Net income (loss) attributable to Where Food Comes From, Inc. $   (143,129 )   $   35,484  
               
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