PORTLAND, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT,
OTCBB: NADVF, TSXV: NAT), reported results for its second quarter ended June
"We have achieved significant milestones to drive commercialization of
our Crailar(R) Fiber Technology platform, including joint development
agreements with Hanesbrands Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
(GP), as well as a manufacturing agreement with G.J. Littlewoods & Son and a
spinning and trademark agreement with Patrick Yarns," stated Ken Barker, NAT's
CEO. "As previously announced, we are shuttering our HTnaturals(TM) business,
which impacted our cost of sales. We are also excited our research has
advanced our enzymatic process. We believe we are now well positioned to
pursue our goal of using hemp and other bast fibers to produce knit fabric,
denim, work wear and related apparel markets, as well as the home furnishings,
carpeting and industrial markets."
During the quarter the company deemed some existing equipment and
inventory obsolete, writing down $163,000 and $110,000. The charge to
inventory was recorded in cost of sales.
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2009, HTnaturals posted sales of
approximately $401,000, compared to $580,000 in the second quarter of 2008.
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2009, net loss was $967,000, which
includes $88,500 of research and development for the CRAILAR technology
platform and $87,000 of stock-based compensation, as compared to the 2008
second quarter net loss of $659,000, which included $121,000 of research and
development for the CRAILAR technology platform and $91,200 of stock-based
compensation. Net loss was $0.03 per share for the 2009 second quarter and
$0.02 per share the second quarter of 2008.
The Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements for its second
quarter ended June 30, 2009 were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally
accepted accounting principles and all currency amounts are presented in U.S.
About Naturally Advanced Technologies, Inc.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. is committed to unlocking the
potential of renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from
hemp and other bast fibers. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary,
Crailar Fiber Technologies Inc., is developing proprietary technologies for
production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products, in
collaboration with Canada's National Research Council and the Alberta Research
Council. Crailar(R) technology offers cost-effective and environmentally
sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers such as hemp and
flax, resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in textile,
industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The company
was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially
responsible clothing and adheres to a "triple bottom line" philosophy,
respecting the human rights of employees, the environmental impact of the
company's operations and fiscal responsibility to its shareholders. See
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changes in consumer preferences, market acceptance and technological changes,
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operations, competition, regulatory restrictions and the loss of key
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