ImmuCell Announces Preliminary, Unaudited Sales Results for Q1 2023
ImmuCell Announces Preliminary, Unaudited Sales Results for Q1 2023
PORTLAND, Maine, April 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ImmuCell Corporation (Nasdaq: ICCC) (“ImmuCell” or the “Company”), a growing animal health company that develops, manufactures and markets scientifically-proven and practical products that improve the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle, today announced preliminary, unaudited sales results for the first quarter of 2023, which ended March 31, 2023.
|2023||2022||($ Decrease)||(% Decrease)|
|During the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31,||$3.45 million||$6.00 million||($2.55 million)||(43%)|
|During the Twelve-Month Periods Ended March 31,||$16.01 million||$21.14 million||($5.12 million)||(24%)|
Actual sales during the first quarter of 2023 slightly exceeded the previously projected range of $3.2 million to $3.4 million. Sales were significantly below prior periods because a production slowdown was implemented during the first quarter of 2023 in response to previously disclosed contamination events impacting the Company’s manufacturing process. As of March 31, 2023, the backlog of orders was equal to approximately $7.5 million, representing a significant increase from approximately $2.5 million as of December 31, 2022.
“During the production slowdown, we implemented significant process improvements and performed a deep sanitization of our production facilities and equipment. We also extended our production cycle to provide time for the complete analysis of all standard quality control test data before work-in-process inventory is progressed to the next stage of production. No product that tests below specification moves to the next stage of production,” commented Michael F. Brigham, President and CEO of ImmuCell. “Since the production slowdown, the first quality control test of incoming milk batches has passed approximately 82% of the time and failed approximately 13% of the time with the remaining approximately 5% pending final testing and disposition. While there is still room for needed improvement, the trend is in the right direction. Further, we have seen a 100% success rate with the two subsequent standard quality control tests later in the production process. This has given us the confidence needed to begin ramping up production as we head into the second quarter.”
“We continue to work to achieve FDA approval to commercialize Re-Tain®,” Mr. Brigham concluded. “As disclosed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, we expect to make our third submission of the CMC Technical Section around the end of April 2023. When made, this submission will be subject to a six-month review by the FDA.”
Since the first quarter of 2020, the Company has been providing a preliminary look at its top line results soon after the close of the quarter. The Company expects to provide this prompt, preliminary report on product sales until further notice going forward. The Company will host a conference call on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 9:00 AM ET to discuss the full financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (844) 855-9502 (toll free) or (412) 317-5499 (international) at 9:00 AM ET. A teleconference replay of the call will be available until May 19, 2023 at (877) 344-7529 (toll free) or (412) 317-0088 (international), utilizing replay access code #3163870. Investors are encouraged to review the Company’s updated Corporate Presentation slide deck that provides an overview of the Company’s business and is available under the “Investors” tab of the Company’s website at www.immucell.com, or by request to the Company.
ImmuCell Corporation’s (Nasdaq: ICCC) purpose is to create scientifically-proven and practical products that improve the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle. ImmuCell manufactures and markets First Defense®, providing Immediate Immunity™ to newborn dairy and beef calves, and is in the late stages of developing Re-Tain®, a novel treatment for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows without a milk discard requirement that provides an alternative to traditional antibiotics. Press releases and other information about the Company are available at: http://www.immucell.com.
Michael F. Brigham, President and CEO
Joe Diaz, Robert Blum and Joe Dorame
Lytham Partners, LLC
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