Orange 21 turned a profit of $408,000 in the quarter ended June 30 after losing $254,000 in the same quarter last year. For six months, a loss of $1.058 million was reduced to $529,000. For the quarter, they did it by increasing sales 4.5% and increasing their gross profit margin from 45.9% to 57.8%. And they did it while incurring two hundred thousand dollars of expenses for new sales initiatives that haven’t generated the first dollar of revenue.
If you’ve followed my earlier comments on Orange, you know that they had a lawsuit with a big shareholder and former CEO, some problems with inventory (at the end of the quarter they had an allowance for obsolete inventory of $966,000), expenses that needed to be brought under control, losses that resulted in cash flow issues (managed at least partly by a rights offering to existing shareholders and a $3.0 million loan from the biggest shareholder), a factory in Italy that needed to be better managed, and some pretty heavy duty management transitions. Oh, and there was (is?) a little recession going on, but I guess we all have to deal with that.