Operating and Financial Highlights for Third Quarter 2016 (as compared to Third Quarter 2015):

  • Reduced net loss to $1.4 million from $27.6 million;
  • Produced adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million;
  • Decreased total product net revenue by $3.3 million to $30.7 million;
  • MusclePharm and FitMiss product net revenue increased by $5.6 million or 22% to $30.7 million (excluding the impact of the discontinued Arnold Schwarzenegger product line and BioZone revenue);
  • Inventory reduced by 58%;
  • Cash increased by $2.4 million to $5.9 million;
  • Total operating expenses reduced by 69% to $11.5 million;
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 15% to $3.9 million;
  • Salaries and benefits decreased 60% to $2.3 million;
  • Settled Capstone litigation (subsequent to the third quarter 2016).

Ryan Drexler, MusclePharm’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “We believe that the strong results of the third quarter validate the immense strides we have made in the implementation of our strategic restructuring program. We have turned a corner on our plan to return the Company to profitability and value creation, and anticipate continued improvement in our operating margins and expense structure going forward.”

Mr. Drexler said he was most pleased that the Company’s brand has come out of the restructuring stronger than ever, and that MusclePharm continues to build upon its status as a leading nutritional supplement innovator focusing on the needs of all athletes. “While we still have work to do, the Company is on a much stronger financial foundation than when we began the restructuring,” said Mr. Drexler. “We are making significant progress in stabilizing the Company and positioning MusclePharm for future growth.”

The Company also announced that it executed a settlement agreement related to litigation involving Capstone Nutrition. Under terms of the settlement agreement, the Company has agreed to pay to INI Buyer Inc. (a company related to Capstone Nutrition) $11.0 million within five business days following the execution of the settlement agreement.  In addition, the Company has issued to INI Buyer Inc. a warrant to purchase 1,289,378 shares of the Company’s common stock. The exercise price of the warrant is $1.83 per share, subject to adjustment under certain circumstances provided for therein.  The warrant has a term of four years. The Company has estimated that the aggregate grant date fair market value of the warrant is approximately $1.9 million.

The Company had previously recorded approximately $21.9 million in accounts payable and accrued liabilities associated with the Capstone liability as of September 30, 2016. Based upon the settlement, the Company anticipates recording a gain of approximately $8.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2016.

In conjunction with the settlement and as further proof of Mr. Drexler’s confidence in MusclePharm, the Company entered into a convertible secured promissory note agreement with Mr. Drexler pursuant to which he has agreed to loan the Company $11.0 million (the “2016 Convertible Note”). Proceeds from the 2016 Convertible Note will be used to fund the settlement payment. The 2016 Convertible Note is secured by all assets and properties of the Company and its subsidiaries, whether tangible or intangible. The 2016 Convertible Note carries interest at a rate of 10% per annum, or 12% if there is an event of default. Both the principal and the interest under the 2016 Convertible Note are due on November 8, 2017, unless converted earlier. Mr. Drexler may convert the outstanding principal and accrued interest into shares of Company common stock for $1.83 per share at any time.

The Company concluded its restructuring plan announced in August 2015. In the third quarter of 2016, the Company closed its finance and administration office in Denver, CO, and a distribution center in Pittsburg, CA. The Company’s previous restructuring efforts include the sale of its subsidiary, BioZone Laboratories Inc. (“BioZone”), for $8.3 million (excluding the earn-out potential), a reduction in headcount from 310 employees to fewer than 90 employees, and the closure of seven facilities. The Company has also optimized product SKUs, eliminated unprofitable licensing agreements, migrated to new product suppliers and the Arnold Schwarzenegger product-line licensing agreement has been terminated. As the Company continues to execute its growth strategy and searches for additional cost savings opportunities, it anticipates continued improvement in its operating margins and expense structure.

Financial Results for Third Quarter 2016

Net revenue decreased $2.2 million, or 7%, sequentially to $30.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $32.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Net revenue decreased primarily due to higher sales-related discounts for the Company’s major customers, the elimination of unprofitable licensing agreement sales, and the loss of BioZone sales in the third quarter. However, the MusclePharm and FitMiss product net revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2016 increased by $5.6 million or 22% to $30.7 million as compared to $25.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, excluding the impact of the discontinued Arnold Schwarzenegger product line series and BioZone sales.

Gross profit for the third quarter 2016 was $10.2 million, or 33% of revenue, compared to $10.7 million, which was 33% of revenue in the second quarter 2016.

Operating expenses for the third quarter 2016 decreased to $11.5 million, compared to $12.2 million for the second quarter 2016 as we finalized the restructuring plan and continued to focus on optimizing our cost structure. Excluding restructuring and impairment charges, operating expenses for the third quarter 2016 decreased by $3.0 million to $9.7 million, compared to $12.7 million for the second quarter 2016.

Net loss for the third quarter 2016 was $1.4 million, compared to $4.2 million in the second quarter 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA, a financial measure outside of U.S Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), was income of $1.3 million for the third quarter 2016 compared to a loss of $43,000 for the second quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, amortization, interest, taxes, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and other expenses. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Conference Call Information

As a result of management’s focus on executing the Capstone litigation settlement and improving liquidity, there will be no third quarter conference call to discuss results.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, this earnings release discloses Adjusted EBITDA, which is loss from operations adjusted for income taxes, depreciation and amortization of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, provision for doubtful accounts, amortization of prepaid stock compensation, amortization of prepaid sponsorship fees, stock-based compensation, issuance of common stock warrants, other expense, net, loss on sale of subsidiary, restructuring and asset impairment charges. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with important additional perspectives into our ongoing business performance.

The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA is income (loss) from operations. The non–GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP and has important limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net earnings and is defined differently by different companies, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

About MusclePharm Corporation

MusclePharm® is a scientifically-driven, performance lifestyle company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes branded nutritional supplements. The Company offers a range of powders, capsules, tablets and gels. Its portfolio of recognized brands includes MusclePharm® Sport Series, Black Label and Core Series, and FitMiss™, which are available in more than 120 countries and over 50,000 retail outlets worldwide. The clinically-proven supplements are developed through a six-stage research process utilizing the expertise of leading nutritional scientists, doctors and universities. MusclePharm is the innovator of the sports nutrition industry. For more information, visit http://www.musclepharm.com. To sign up to receive MusclePharm news via email, please visit http://ir.musclepharmcorp.com/email-alerts.

Forward-Looking Statements

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