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*UPDATE: BioLargo Breaks New Revenue Record in 2018 and Forecasts Positive Cash Flow This Year

Dennis Calvert, CEO, Bio Largo

In a letter to stockholders today, the CEO of a chemical company that develops innovative products for a range of industries, announced that the company broke a revenue record last year, and forecasts positive cash flow this year.

In the letter, BioLargo CEO Dennis Calvert said the company, with HQ in Westminster, “substantially increased our revenues, pulled in more cash from grants, tightened our R&D belts, and secured direct investment of $1 million into Clyra as we acquired a stem cell therapy technology”

BioLargo also advanced the position of its patented technology to “a state where we expect it will soon bear the fruits of our significant investments of time, money and labor.”

Its mission is to now capitalize on the “significant” opportunities it’s created.

See a comprehensive Q&A with Calvert from December on the company’s finances here. https://www.ocstartupsnow.com/home/biolargo/

Looking back at 2018

Calvert delineated these notable milestones in his letter today:

  • Our odor division Odor-No-More, Inc. topped $1.1 million in revenue. It recently signed agreements with the leading company in the solid waste management industry for our patented industrial odor eliminator CupriDyne Clean. It has also been featured by the waste water treatment industry as a ‘best practices’ and continues to find new markets anxious for a solution like ours. ONM also launched a full-service design, build, installation, and maintenance team for the odor market. All these achievements combine to set us up to hit a growth rate of two to three times or more for the odor and VOC control business in 2019, assuming basic working capital is in place.
  • AOS water treatment technology has entered into its first pre-commercial pilots to prove its operational and capital costs (OPEX/CAPEX) and to pave the way for commercial trials and market entry. The importance of this step in its development cannot be overstated – it is the cornerstone for the commercialization of the AOS for water treatment.
  • Our Canadian research team achieved technical milestones in AOS development, secured funding for pre-commercial pilots, developed a new a “spiral” AOS reactor, reported results of third-party study that showed the AOS can treat and reduce the toxicity of micropollutants associated with municipal wastewater, and was awarded its 66th grant.
  • Total cash from all revenues and grant support (to us and to third parties supporting our research projects) in 2018 was almost $2 million. We expect these numbers will increase dramatically in 2019, primarily as a result of rising revenues in our odor and engineering business units.
  • Clyra has multiple product designs and continues to progress through the FDA 510(k) review process on its first (which we remain confident about).
  • We acquired a revolutionary stem cell therapy technology and raised $1M in direct investments into the Clyra subsidiary.
  • Engineering subsidiary BLEST completed its first year in business trending toward profitability, and its third-party service billings even exceeded expenses during Q4 2018.

Overcoming Hurdles

Our journey to success requires us to overcome barriers to entry, capital constraints and events beyond our control,” Calvert wrote. “You don’t have to look far to see the impact of a government shut-down, regulatory hurdles that cost time and money, and extreme volatility in the global capital markets.”

 

  • We have focused on serving our clients, growing revenue, and adding strategic services to lock in a leadership role in the odor and VOC control market
  • We have refocused our efforts in Canada towards our pre-commercial pilot opportunities at a poultry processing plant, micro-brewery, and storm wastewater treatment plant, reducing our R&D budget and staff at the end of 2018 (and thus our operating costs)
  • We have created and are executing on a specific plan to complete requests made by the FDA to complete Clyra’s 510(k) application in review
  • Our senior management continued to demonstrate confidence in our future by foregoing substantial cash compensation and instead accepting restricted (locked up) shares of common stock (still no stock sales from management since inception) to preserve capital
  • We continue the ongoing search for longer-term investment capital to support our vision of tremendous growth, positive cash flow and high impact.

Looking forward to 2019

BioLargo “believes that with proper capital resources we can grow top line revenues and achieve a cash flow positive status in 2019,” Calvert wrote.

We are definitely heading in the right direction – increasing revenues from our business units have reduced demands on capital support from the corporate office.”

Goals for the coming year are:

  • Increase odor product sales to generate positive cash flow and cover all base operations. We forecast that sales in the $350k – $450k range per month could generate sufficient cash flow to support Odor-No-More, the base operations of the corporate office, and the current low level of capital support for R&D to complete the current pilot work planned for our water business unit
  • Secure distribution partners for our odor products in the wastewater treatment segment
  • Achieve approval of our FDA 510(k) application, secure more direct investment into Clyra, and launch the product. Clyra has been funded by direct investment into the subsidiary from outside investors and this is expected to continue going forward
  • Complete pre-commercial pilots for the AOS, paving the way for commercial pilots, manufacturing, and market entry
  • Secure direct investment into BioLargo Water
  • Complete uplist to Nasdaq or equivalent national market;
  • Pay off all debt.
About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a veteran journalist, who's covered OC startups for two-plus years.

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