China Jo-Jo Drugstores Reports Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results

HANGZHOU, China, June 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (Nasdaq: CJJD) (“Jo-Jo Drugstores” or the “Company”), a leading online and offline retailer, wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products and healthcare provider in China, today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023.

Mr. Lei Liu, Chairman and CEO of Jo-Jo Drugstores, commented, “During the past fiscal year, we continued to provide high-quality services and products to our customers despite the challenging and uncertain market environment. I would like to thank our entire team for their collective efforts and dedication. In the new fiscal year, we are focusing on implementing strategic expansion initiatives to drive our growth including optimizing distribution channels, attracting new customers and enhancing our brand recognition. To further complement our expansion, the continued innovation of our business model and digital transformation remains at the forefront of our business. In addition, we expect to improve our operational efficiency and manage our costs effectively. We remain dedicated to our commitment to creating value for our customers by enriching our product portfolio and providing healthcare services to meet their evolving demand. We believe our concrete advantages in offering diversified product selections, delivering additional value to customers and extending sales network are powerful catalysts for a formidable presence in the healthcare market in the future. We are confident that Jo-Jo Drugstores will keep making a positive impact in China’s healthcare market and the communities we serve. We are looking forward to another fruitful fiscal year and we will keep making efforts in generating more value for our shareholders.”

Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Highlights

For the Year Ended March 31,

($ millions, except per share data)

2023

2022

% Change

Revenue

148.81

164.39

(9.5) %

      Retail drugstores

83.35

84.23

(1.0) %

      Online pharmacy

32.39

30.22

7.2 %

      Wholesale

33.07

49.94

(33.8) %

Gross profit

34.28

36.52

(6.1) %

Gross margin

23.0 %

22.2 %

0.8pp  

Loss from operations

(20.93)

(2.69)

-676.8 %

Net loss

(21.14)

(3.20)

-560.9 %

Loss per share

(2.07)

(0.92)

-125.0 %

*Notes: pp represents percentage points

Revenue was $148.81 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $164.39 million for the same period of last year. Gross profit was $34.28 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $36.52 million for the same period of last year. Gross margin increased by 0.8 percentage points to 23.0% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from 22.2% for the same period of last year. Net loss was $21.14 million, or $2.07 per basic and diluted share, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to net loss of $3.20 million, or $0.92 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of last year.

Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results

Revenue

Revenue for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 was $148.81 million, compared to $164.39 million for the same period of last year.

For the Year Ended March 31,

2023

2022

($ millions)

Revenue

Cost of
Goods

Gross
Margin

Revenue

Cost of
Goods

Gross
Margin

Retail drugstores

83.35

56.55

32.2 %

84.23

57.29

32.0 %

Online pharmacy

32.39

28.51

12.0 %

30.22

26.62

11.9 %

Wholesale

33.07

29.47

10.9 %

49.94

43.96

12.0 %

Total

148.81

114.53

23.0 %

164.39

127.87

22.2 %

Revenue from the retail drugstores business decreased by $0.88 million, or 1.0%, to $83.35 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from $84.23 million for the same period of last year. After excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuation, the actual retail drugstores sales increased by 5.6%. The actual increase in retail drugstore sales was primarily due to continuous efforts in promoting non-National Healthcare Security Administration (“NHSA”) covered products, close cooperation with major suppliers, and contribution from the new store sales.

Revenue from the online pharmacy business increased by $2.17 million, or 7.2%, to $32.39 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from $30.22 million for the same period of last year. The increase was primarily caused by an increase in sales via e-commerce platforms such as Tmall. The Company maintained a membership care program targeted at chronic disease customers. The Company has closely interacted with members via WeChat by providing healthcare knowledge and reminding customers to refill medicine. By implementing a personalized customer care program, the Company was able to promote sales. Additionally, the Company increasingly cooperates with certain manufacturers to promote their products such as Dendrobium Candidum. These manufacturers reward the Company with lower supply prices and more advertising supports. As a result, the Company is able to better promote sales.

Prescription drugs used to be prohibited from sales online due to safety concern. However, as the government of mainland China has lifted the ban order, online prescription drug sales become popular. As a result, the sale of prescription drugs was $10.61 million in the year ended March 31, 2023, as compared to $10.33 million in the year ended March 31, 2022.

Revenue from the wholesale business decreased by $16.86 million, or 33.8%, to $33.08 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from $49.94 million for the same period of last year. As a relatively small wholesale distributor in pharmaceutical products, the Company’s sales are subject to significant variance. Wholesale business usually carries low gross profit margin. However, we incurred labor, logistic and tax cost for our wholesale business. As a result, to keep reasonable profitability, we abandoned certain wholesales at low gross profit margin in the year ended March 31, 2023. As a result, the wholesale revenue declined.

Gross profit and gross margin

Total cost of goods sold decreased by $13.34 million, or 10.4%, to $114.53 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from $127.87 million for the same period of last year. Gross profit decreased by $2.24 million, or 6.1%, to $34.28 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 from $36.52 million for the same period of last year. Overall gross margin increased by 0.8 percentage points to 23.0% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, from 22.2% for the same period of last year, due to higher retail drugstores profit margins.

Gross margins for retail drugstores, online pharmacy and wholesale were 32.2%, 12.0%, and 10.9%, respectively, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to gross margins for retail drugstores, online pharmacy and wholesale of 32.0%, 11.9%, and 12.0%, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Loss from operations

Selling expenses decreased by $1.70 million, or 5.5%, to $29.18 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 from $30.88 million for the same period of last year. The decrease in selling expenses was primarily due to decrease in rent, partially offset by increase in the sales and marketing expenses.

General and administrative expenses increased by $7.48 million, or 91.4%, to $15.67 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 from $8.19 million for the same period of last year. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the increase in bad debt expense. Such expenses as a percentage of revenue increased to 10.5% from 5.0% for the same period a year ago. In the year ended March 31, 2023, the Company recorded an increase in the allowance for bad debts of $7.58 million as compared to the increase in the allowance for bad debts of $1.32 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

The Company recorded share based compensation of $10.36 million and $0 for the years ended March 31, 2023 and 2022. In April and December 2022, the Company issued a total of 3,000,000 ordinary shares and recorded share-based compensation of approximately $10.36 million.

The Company recorded an impairment of long-lived assets of $0 and $0.15 million for the year ended March 31, 2023 and 2022. In the year ended March 31, 2023, the Company evaluated the forest land use rights and did not record an impairment.  In the year ended March 31, 2022, the Company evaluated the forest land use rights and recorded an impairment of $0.15 million.

Loss from operations was $20.93 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $2.69 million for the same period of last year. Operating margin was (14.1)% and (1.6)% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

Net loss

Net loss was $21.14 million, or $2.07 per basic and diluted share for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to net loss of $3.20 million, or $0.92 per basic and diluted share for the same period of last year.

Financial Condition

As of March 31, 2023, the Company had cash of $18.81 million, compared to $18.46 million as of March 31, 2022. Net cash used in operating activities was $3.28 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $5.39 million for the same period of last year. The change is primarily attributable to a decrease in cash provided by inventories and biological assets of $2.05 million, a decrease in cash provided by customer deposits of $1.71 million, a decrease in cash due to net loss of $17.94 million offset by an increase of $10.36 million in stock compensation, an increase in cash provided by accounts payable of $5.32 million. Net cash used in investing activities was $0.32 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $0.31 million for the same period of last year. The change is primarily attributable to purchases of long term assets. Net cash provided by financing activities was $2.37 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, compared to $4.84 million for the same period of last year. The change is primarily due to repayment of notes payable and proceeds from equity financing such as private placement and debt financing.

As of March 31, 2023, the Company had a working capital deficit of $2.1 million, a net loss of approximately $21.1 million and net cash used in operating activities of $3.3 million. These factors raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. However, non-cash expenses such as stock-based compensation, bad debt direct write-off and provision, and investment loss accounts for approximately $10.4 million, $7.6 million and $2.3 million respectively. Excluding these non-cash expenses, the net loss is approximately $0.8 million.

In August and October 2022 the Company raised capital by issuing ordinary shares to private investors for a total proceeds of $4.7 million. In January 2023, the Company closed a registered direct offering with gross proceeds of $2.6 million from its effective shelf registration statement.

The Company has a credit line agreement from a local bank as described in detail in Note 16 of its annual report on Form 20-F to be filed the date hereto. As of March 31, 2023, approximately $0.29 million of the aforementioned bank credit line was available for further borrowing. As the economy growth slows down, the national interest continues to decrease. Local banks are encouraged to provide low interest rate loans to local enterprises.

In order to meet its capital demand, the Company may raise funds in the capital market, increase its credit line from the local banks, and improve its store performance in the near future. There can be no assurance that any additional financing will be available on acceptable terms, if at all.

The Company has also obtained additional government insurance reimbursement certificates for its stores opened in the last two years. In a mature store, nearly half of the revenue are generated by customers utilizing the government insurance program. With these certificates, mature stores are able to attract more customers who are eligible for the insurance program, and its sales may significantly increase in the next 12 months.

About China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.

China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (“Jo-Jo Drugstores” or the “Company”), is a leading online and offline retailer and wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products and a provider of healthcare services in China. Jo-Jo Drugstores currently operates an online pharmacy and retail drugstores with licensed doctors on site for consultation, examination and treatment of common ailments at scheduled hours. It is also a wholesale distributor of products similar to those carried in its pharmacies. For more information about the Company, please visit http://jiuzhou360.com. The Company routinely posts important information on its website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains information about the Company’s view of its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with its ability to raise additional funding, its ability to maintain and grow its business, variability of operating results, its ability to maintain and enhance its brand, its development and introduction of new products and services, the successful integration of acquired companies, technologies and assets into its portfolio of products and services, marketing and other business development initiatives, competition in the industry, general government regulation, economic conditions, dependence on key personnel, the ability to attract, hire and retain personnel who possess the technical skills and experience necessary to meet the requirements of its clients, and its ability to protect its intellectual property. The Company’s encourages you to review other factors that may affect its future results in the Company’s annual reports and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information, please contact:
Company Contact: 
Frank Zhao
Chief Financial Officer
+86-571-88077108
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contact:
Tina Xiao
Ascent Investor Relations LLC
+1-917-609-0333
[email protected]

 

CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31,

March 31,

2023

2022

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

   Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,807,936

$

18,458,575

   Restricted cash

12,762,708

16,881,002

   Trade accounts receivable

14,119,606

16,736,495

   Inventories

15,309,100

16,020,140

   Other receivables, net

2,725,015

5,764,660

   Advances to suppliers

142,417

571,577

   Other current assets

616,008

924,797

      Total current assets

64,482,790

75,357,246

OTHER ASSETS

   Property and equipment, net

5,100,264

5,922,179

   Long-term investment

1,772,072

4,511,539

   Farmland assets

666,721

722,283

   Long-term deposits

1,038,125

1,761,945

   Other noncurrent assets

790,056

822,950

   Operating lease right-of-use assets

13,924,826

13,738,081

   Intangible assets, net

3,195,748

3,547,986

     Total other assets

26,487,812

31,026,963

       Total assets

$

90,970,602

$

106,384,209

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

   Accounts payable

$

26,990,250

$

27,331,381

   Notes payable

29,255,776

34,189,022

   Other payables

1,314,919

2,268,967

   Other payables – related parties

683,560

1,561,244

   Customer deposits

695,931

1,873,062

   Taxes payable

1,706,909

1,381,108

   Accrued liabilities

866,173

556,037

   Loan payable – current portion

1,957,956

   Current portion of operating lease liabilities

5,131,373

3,329,619

     Total current liabilities

66,535,234

74,448,396

   Long-term operating lease liabilities

7,768,216

9,197,027

     Total liabilities

74,303,450

83,645,423

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

  Ordinary shares; $0.012 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 23,697,210
  and 3,479,316 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2023 and 2022,
  respectively

284,367

41,752

  Preferred shares; $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; nil issued and
     outstanding as of March 31, 2023 and 2022

  Additional paid-in capital

83,958,418

66,516,033

  Statutory reserves

1,309,109

1,309,109

  Accumulated deficit

(69,273,018)

(48,134,493)

  Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,735,135

4,352,992

     Total shareholders’ equity attributed to China Jo-Jo

18,014,011

24,085,393

     Noncontrolling interests

(1,346,859)

(1,346,607)

     Total shareholders’ equity

16,667,152

22,738,786

       Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

90,970,602

$

106,384,209

 

 

CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

For the years ended 

March 31,

2023

2022

2021

REVENUES, NET

$

148,811,976

$

164,392,555

$

133,134,633

COST OF GOODS SOLD

114,531,512

127,873,515

103,890,824

GROSS PROFIT

34,280,464

36,519,040

29,243,809

SELLING EXPENSES

29,177,163

30,876,959

26,954,914

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

15,668,684

8,187,176

6,956,029

STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

10,360,000

3,941,600

IMPAIRMENT OF LONG-LIVED ASSETS

148,795

228,506

TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES

55,205,847

39,212,930

38,081,049

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(20,925,383)

(2,693,890)

(8,837,240)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):

INTEREST INCOME

883,908

401,921

707,878

INTEREST EXPENSE

(65,854)

(262,218)

(455,187)

INVESTMENT LOSS

(2,316,994)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)

1,680,087

455,547

176,519

CHANGE IN FAIR VALUE OF PURCHASE OPTION AND
   WARRANTS LIABILITY

64,090

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(20,744,236)

(2,098,640)

(8,343,940)

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

394,541

1,099,726

31,638

NET LOSS

(21,138,777)

(3,198,366)

(8,375,578)

LESS: NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING
  INTEREST

(252)

(6,247)

(255,716)

NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES,
  INC.

(21,138,525)

(3,192,119)

(8,119,862)

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSLATION ADJUSTMENTS

(2,617,857)

1,534,807

1,377,761

COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(23,756,634)

(1,663,559)

(6,997,817)

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES:

   Basic

10,196,552

3,479,316

3,398,397

   Diluted

10,196,552

3,479,316

3,398,397

LOSS PER SHARES:

   Basic

$

(2.07)

$

(0.92)

$

(2.39)

   Diluted

$

(2.07)

$

(0.92)

$

(2.39)

 

 

CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the years ended  

March 31,

2023

2022

2021

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net loss

$

(21,138,777)

$

(3,198,366)

$

(8,375,578)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in
  operating activities:

  Bad debt direct write-off and provision

7,579,886

939,720

(706,862)

  Depreciation and amortization

718,002

1,256,491

1,750,890

  Impairment of long lived assets

148,795

228,506

  Share-based compensation

10,360,000

3,941,600

  Investment loss

2,316,994

  Change in fair value of purchase option derivative liability

(64,090)

  Change in operating assets and liabilities:

  Accounts receivable, trade

(2,531,755)

(2,657,283)

(3,307,946)

  Notes receivable

(20,861)

40,260

21,539

  Inventories and biological assets

(522,550)

1,523,098

(3,615,017)

  Other receivables

(958,671)

(1,927,692)

468,967

  Advances to suppliers

201,984

(171,783)

1,893,857

  Long term deposit

589,653

(159,508)

26,910

  Other current assets

331,426

376,134

1,004,448

  Other noncurrent assets

(30,483)

62,394

38,142

  Accounts payable, trade

1,765,488

(3,558,050)

6,380,115

  Other payables and accrued liabilities

(1,341,447)

99,132

(183,111)

  Customer deposits

(1,035,456)

678,601

368,690

  Taxes payable

433,054

1,162,084

66,648

     Net cash used in operating activities

(3,283,513)

(5,385,972)

(62,292)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

  Disposal of financial assets available for sale

75,973

  Acquisition of equipment and building

(118,272)

(89,960)

(126,766)

  Investment in a joint venture

(4,379)

(1,470,119)

  Purchases of intangible assets

(12,774)

(7,012)

(97,802)

  Additions to leasehold improvements

(180,672)

(209,166)

(379,611)

    Net cash used in investing activities

(316,097)

(306,138)

(1,998,325)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

  Proceeds from short-term bank loan

738,315

  Repayment of short-term bank loan

(779,059)

(1,476,630)

  Proceeds from third parties loan

  Repayment of third parties loan

(1,811,558)

(2,613,965)

(2,395,629)

  Proceeds from notes payable

57,965,013

65,370,181

48,292,231

  Repayment of notes payable

(60,273,598)

(57,829,269)

(51,295,776)

  Increase in financial liability

(73,832)

  Exercise of warrants

77,500

  Proceeds from issuance of shares and warrants in private
     placements

7,325,000

9,287,100

  Proceeds from other payable-related parties

43,785

689,010

  Repayment of other payable-related parties

(882,486)

(73,426)

     Net cash provided by financing activities

2,366,156

4,836,898

3,079,853

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH

(2,535,479)

1,522,146

2,670,802

INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AND
   RESTRICTED CASH

(3,768,933)

666,933

3,690,038

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED
   CASH, beginning of year

35,339,577

34,672,644

30,982,606

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED
   CASH, end of year

$

31,570,644

$

35,339,577

$

34,672,644

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW
   INFORMATION:

   Cash paid for income taxes

$

64,943

$

3,955

$

37,738

   Cash paid for interest

63,668

262,218

455,187

   NON-CASH ACTIVITIES:

   Cashless exercise  of warrants

$

135,118

$

$

 

 

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