Atlanta, Georgia, January 20, 2017 – Luvu Brands, Inc., (OTCQB: LUVU), a manufacturer and marketer of premium consumer brands in the categories of sexual wellness, comfort top-of-bed accessories and lifestyle fashion furniture, today announced preliminary, unaudited, net sales for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016.
- Preliminary net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2016, were a record $5.1 million, an increase of 5% from the comparable prior year quarter. This is on top of a 14% increase last year.
- Preliminary net sales for the six months ended December 31, 2016, were a record $9.2 million, an increase of 7% from the comparable prior year period and on top of a 9% increase last year.
These preliminary net sales results represent the most current information available to management and are subject to change as the company completes its quarterly close process, including review procedures of its independent external auditor.
Louis Friedman, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are pleased with the growth in net sales for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016. To further accelerate the sales growth we are making several changes to our business model that we believe will position the business for further growth in the second half of 2017 and beyond”.
Mr. Friedman added, “Effective third quarter 2017, we will concentrate our focus on the manufacturing and marketing of our own unique brands of “vacuum and roll compressed” consumer products and phase out the distribution of certain lower margin adult toys. The Liberator brand has developed a unique category in the sexual wellness space, allowing access into many new countries and markets where adult products are generally prohibited, including India and the Middle East.”
As part of this plan, and in an effort to reduce staff, shipping expense, inventory, and rationalize our SKU count, Mr. Friedman added, “By the end of January 2017 we will phase-out and no longer distribute products from Tenga Japan, including their male pleasure products and personal massagers. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, sales of Tenga products resulted in $838,000 of revenues, a gross margin of $153,000 with an estimated net contribution of $86,000, after expenses. The termination of the Tenga relationship enables us to reallocate warehouse space, sales personnel, and employees to focus on expanding the Liberator, Jaxx and Avana brands, which are sold at significantly higher gross margins than Tenga products”.
About Luvu Brands
Luvu Brands, Inc. designs, manufactures, licenses, and markets a portfolio of premium consumer lifestyle brands including products for intimacy enhancement, fashion seating and furniture, and top-of-bed comfort products. The Company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in a 140,000 square foot vertically-integrated manufacturing facility that employs over 160 people. Bringing manufacturing back to the USA, sustainable manufacturing practices, and decreasing the overall impact on the environment are core to the Company’s operating principles. Luvu Brands promotes its products in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and globally. The Company’s brand sites include: liberator.com, jaxxliving.com, avanacomfort.com plus other global e-commerce sites. For more information about Luvu Brands, please visit luvubrands.com.
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