SOURCE: Nutrition 21

Nutrition 21

November 12, 2010 14:35 ET

Nutrition 21 Announces Financial Results for 1st Quarter Fiscal Year 2011

PURCHASE, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) - Nutrition 21, Inc. (OTCBB: NXXI), the developer and marketer of clinically substantiated nutritional ingredients for dietary supplements, foods and beverages, and animal nutrition, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2010 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

The Company reported total revenues of $1.6 million for the first quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared to $2.3 million in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 was $0.9 million, or ($0.1) per diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or $(0.01) per diluted common share, in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Net income from discontinued operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 was $21 thousand or $ 0.00 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $26 thousand or $0.00 per diluted common share in the comparable period a year ago.

Michael Zeher, president and chief executive officer, said, "We are pleased that our operating income from continuing operations has been positive since the divestiture of the Branded Products Group in the second quarter of 2010, and that we continue to deliver positive EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). In short, we think that the refocusing of our energies on our core ingredients business is working according to plan. We look forward to developing new business opportunities as we continue to work on achieving consistent profit and revenue growth."

About Nutrition 21

Nutrition 21, Inc., headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and holds over 30 issued and pending patents associated with chromium picolinate as well as combinations of chromium compounds with other dietary supplement ingredients. Its ingredients are sold to leading dietary supplement, and functional food and beverage manufacturers. For more information please visit

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                            NUTRITION 21, INC.
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                          (Dollars in thousands)

                                                September 30,   June 30,
                                                    2010          2010
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                                                 (unaudited)    (Note 1)

Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $       1,200 $         935
  Accounts receivable, net                                867         1,495
  Other receivables, net                                  259           224
  Inventories, net                                        145           173
  Other current assets                                    115           104
Property and equipment, net                                68            57
Patents, trademarks and other intangibles, net            521           588
Other assets                                              309           104
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TOTAL ASSETS                                    $       3,484 $       3,962
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Accounts payable                                $        536  $        719
Accrued expenses                                         986         1,321
8% Series J convertible preferred stock subject
 to mandatory redemption                              15,570        15,068
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     Total liabilities                                17,092        17,108
                                                ------------  ------------
Stockholders' Deficit                                (13,608)      (13,146)
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                            NUTRITION 21, INC.
              (in thousands, except share and per share data)

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                      September 30,
                                                    2010          2009
                                                ------------  ------------

Net sales                                       $      1,555  $      2,216

Other revenues                                            66            94
                                                ------------  ------------

Total Revenues                                         1,621         2,310
                                                ------------  ------------

Costs and Expenses

Cost of Revenues                                         517           650

General and Administrative                               667           980

Advertising and Promotion                                228           166

Research and Development                                 101            79

Depreciation and Amortization                             84           105
                                                ------------  ------------

Total Costs and Expenses                               1,597         1,980
                                                ------------  ------------

Operating Income                                          24           330

Interest expense, net                                   (943)         (999)
                                                ------------  ------------

Loss from Continuing Operations                         (919)         (669)

Discontinued Operations, net                              21            26
                                                ------------  ------------

Net Loss                                        $       (898) $       (643)
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Basic and diluted loss per common share         $      (0.01) $      (0.01)
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Weighted average number of common shares -
 basic and diluted                                   123,488        72,455
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Contact Information

    Nutrition 21, Inc.
    Alan Kirschbaum