Expanded distribution to 36 more of the top national grocery retailers propelled The Alkaline Water Company, Inc. (OTCQB: WTER) to reach revenues of $8,927,976 for the nine months ended December 31, 2016. This represents an increase of 78% compared to $5,010,547 generated during the same period in 2015. For its third quarter ended December 31, 2016, sales were $2,973,689, a 67% increase from its sales of $1,777,701 for the same period in 2015. The company is in the bottled water industry. Its fiscal year ends March 31.
For both periods, the company sharply cut its losses. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, the net loss was $498,374, compared to its loss of $1,094,721 during the same period in 2015. For the nine months ended December 31, 2016, the net loss was $2,787,681, compared to the net loss of $3,644,028 during the same period in 2015.
In its February 14, 2017, SEC 10-Q filing (http://nnw.fm/7kgSS), The Alkaline Water Company, Inc., stated that its jump in revenues for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016, was attributed to the increase in its distribution. In both 2016 and 2015 periods ending on December 31, the company’s products were available in all 50 states. However, for the year ended March 31, 2016, its water products were in 25,000 retail locations instead of just 20,000 the prior year. That increased distribution, the company reported to the SEC, generated the increased revenues for the most recent three- and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2016.
In the SEC filing, the company said that it sells to customers including the food chains of Albertson’s, Safeway, Kroger, Jewel-Osco and more. It also sells to convenience stores and natural foods product stores, the filing stated. It sold direct to large national distributors. In both the three-month and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2016, the company’s increased volume meant that its gross profit rate increased, as it was able to buy raw materials in larger volume from its suppliers. As a result, its losses for both the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2016, were reduced.
In the 10-Q, The Alkaline Water Company, Inc., reported that it had entered, on February 1, 2017, a $3 million, three-year, revolving credit agreement with SCM Specialty Finance Opportunities Fund, L.P. It has drawn $686,080.94 on that financial revolver to pay off the amount it borrowed earlier from Gibraltar Business Capital, LLC. Of the total, $628,782.94 was used to pay off the Gibraltar debt, and the remaining monies paid closing costs.
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