SOURCE: Eldorado Artesian Springs

November 17, 2008 08:30 ET

Eldorado Artesian Springs Announces 17.3% Increase in Second Quarter Revenue

Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water and New Supplier Agreement With Nation's Largest Retailer Are Primary Growth Drivers

LOUISVILLE, CO--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. (OTCBB: ELDO) today announced higher revenue for its fiscal second quarter and six-month period ended September 30, 2008.

Second quarter revenue increased 17.3% to $2.8 million from $2.4 million in the same quarter last year. The increase was attributable to two factors: One, the Company's unique Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water line, introduced in September 2007, continued to show strong momentum with sales gains of 280% over the first quarter of 2008. All six flavors of Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water are now available in major regional retailers such as Whole Foods, Albertson's, Vitamin Cottage, K&G (Jenny's Markets), Kroger's (King Soopers and City Markets), and many other retail outlets. Additionally, near the end of the second quarter the Company made its first shipment of Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water outside of the Rocky Mountain region as part of a new distribution agreement with United Natural Foods in Northern California as a prelude to a full Western/Southwestern United States rollout.

The other key factor in the second quarter revenue increase was a new supplier agreement with America's largest retailer under which Eldorado is now providing private label, one-gallon purified drinking water to the retailer's Colorado distribution center that serves 90 of the chains regional locations. In addition to potential for further growth of the one-gallon product, Eldorado has the opportunity to leverage the relationship with additional product lines such as Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water. Additionally, due to the new filtration equipment and water rights agreement put in place to service the new one-gallon customer, Eldorado has substantial excess capacity with which to pursue additional one-gallon business, either under private label or Eldorado branding.

The Company reported a net loss of $33,500 in the third quarter, which included $122,400 in non-cash depreciation and amortization, down from a net loss of $61,000, including $107,700 in non-cash depreciation and amortization, in the same quarter a year ago. Total operating expenses increased to $2.0 million from $1.8 million in the same quarter last year due to a combination of higher revenue and increased delivery and fuel costs as well as higher salary and insurance costs. However, operating expenses as a percent of revenue declined to 70% in the third quarter from 76% in the same quarter last year, contributing to positive income from operations of $26,000 versus an operating loss of $7,600 in the comparable quarter a year ago.

"We are very pleased with our double digit revenue gains, particularly in light of prevailing economic conditions," said Doug Larson, president and CEO. "We are achieving excellent results with our Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water. In addition, our introduction of a new one-gallon, private label product made a significant contribution to revenue and, perhaps more importantly, established a relationship for Eldorado with America's largest retailer that we are hopeful will result in shelf space for our Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water.

"Moving forward, we will remain focused on our strategic priorities of expanding our core operations, product lines and distribution using internally generated cash while maintaining our bottom line at or near breakeven on a cash basis," Larson added. "We believe our expanded product mix, distribution agreements and available bottling capacity will allow us to increase revenue depending upon the severity of the economic downturn and be in a position to further accelerate sales once the economy begins to rebound."

About Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc.

Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. is a leading bottler, marketer, and distributor of natural spring water beverages in the Rocky Mountains. The Company's growing product portfolio includes the nation's only Organic Vitamin Charged Spring Water, which was recently introduced in six flavors and has generated strong market acceptance. The Company also markets five-gallon and three-gallon bottles of water directly to homes and businesses, national retail grocery chains, and regional distributors. Additionally, the Company markets its water in smaller, more convenient size packaging to retail food stores. The source of the natural spring water is located on property owned by the Company in Eldorado Springs, Colorado. More information about the Company can be found at http://www.eldoradosprings.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Some portions of this press release, particularly those describing Eldorado's goals and strategies, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. While Eldorado is working to achieve those goals and strategies, actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties, including difficulties in marketing its products and services, need for capital, competition from other companies and other factors, any of which could have an adverse effect on the business plans of Eldorado, its reputation in the industry or its expected financial return from operations and results of operations. In light of significant risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by Eldorado that it will achieve such forward-looking statements. For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see our most recent reports on Form 10-KSB and Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as they may be amended from time to time. Eldorado undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)                   Three months ended       Six months ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                               2008        2007        2008        2007
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues

  Water and related         $2,734,821  $2,311,041  $4,909,871  $4,429,864
  Resort operations             83,552      92,395     125,840     138,598
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Net revenue              2,818,373   2,403,436   5,035,711   4,568,462
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Cost of goods sold             817,616     585,836   1,339,312   1,032,083
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Gross profit                 2,000,757   1,817,600   3,696,399   3,536,379
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Operating expenses

  Salaries and related       1,034,506     946,127   2,005,828   1,845,908
  Administrative and
   general                     470,193     466,802     976,589     896,743
  Delivery                     262,771     213,765     501,336     413,736
  Advertising and
   promotions                   84,906      90,838     181,524     160,927
  Depreciation and
   amortization                122,353     107,665     238,921     211,986
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total operating
     expenses                1,974,729   1,825,197   3,904,198   3,529,300
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Operating income (loss)       26,028      (7,597)   (207,799)      7,079
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Other income (expense)

  Interest income               15,166      15,519      21,909      30,746
  Interest expense             (92,429)    (87,944)   (181,885)   (172,863)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total other expense        (77,263)    (72,425)   (159,976)   (142,117)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss before provision
 for income taxes              (51,235)    (80,022)   (367,775)   (135,038)
Income tax benefit              17,700      19,000     127,700      25,000
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss                    $  (33,535) $  (61,022) $ (240,075) $ (110,038)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Basic loss per common
 share                      $    (0.01) $    (0.01) $    (0.04) $    (0.02)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Diluted loss per common
 share                      $    (0.01) $    (0.01) $    (0.04) $    (0.02)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Weighted average common
 shares outstanding, basic
 and dilutive                6,696,914   6,109,207   6,638,468   6,070,936
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========



Balance Sheet
                                                   September 30,  March 31,
                                                      2008          2008
                                                    ----------  ----------
ASSETS

Current Assets

  Cash                                              $  241,949  $  389,440
  Accounts receivable - trade, net                   1,202,837     893,660
  Inventories                                          507,910     437,171
  Prepaid expenses and other                            49,102     107,144
  Deferred tax asset                                    29,648      29,648
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total current assets                             2,031,446   1,857,063
                                                    ----------  ----------

Non-current assets

  Property, plant and equipment - net                4,437,420   4,177,350
  Notes receivable - related party                     330,208     318,138
  Water rights - net                                   432,871     432,871
  Deposits                                             140,447     135,785
  Long-term deferred tax asset - net                   163,646      35,944
  Other - net                                           63,361      72,878
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total non-current assets                         5,567,953   5,172,966
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total assets                                    $7,599,399  $7,030,029
                                                    ==========  ==========


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

  Accounts payable                                  $  791,358  $  417,929
  Accrued expenses                                     235,943     318,352
  Customer deposits                                     87,310      80,530
  Line of credit                                       215,000           -
  Current portion of capital lease obligations          79,228           -
  Current portion of long-term debt                     82,938      56,748
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total current liabilities                        1,491,777     873,559

Non-current liabilities

  Capital lease obligations, less current portion      228,441           -
  Long-term debt, less current portion               4,347,675   4,403,789
  Deferred gain on the sale of real estate             178,822     178,822
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total non-current liabilities                    4,754,938   4,582,611
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total liabilities                                6,246,715   5,456,170
                                                    ----------  ----------

Stockholders' equity

  Preferred stock                                            -           -
  Common stock                                           6,699       6,426
  Additional paid-in capital                         1,652,786   1,634,159
  Accumulated deficit                                 (306,801)    (66,726)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total stockholders' equity                           1,352,684   1,573,859
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity          $7,599,399  $7,030,029
                                                    ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Doug Larson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc.
    303-499-1316
    Email Contact

    Jay Pfeiffer
    Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc.
    303-393-7044
    Email Contact