San Clemente, Calif., November 15, 2021—Concierge Technologies, Inc. (OTC: CNCG), a diversified global holding firm, today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Revenues for the three-month period totaled $9.7 million, compared with $10.7 million a year ago. Due to the settlement of a legal matter, the Company sustained a net loss of approximately $1.9 million, or a loss of $.05 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, versus net income of $2.2 million, equal to $.06 per fully diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Results were impacted primarily by a $2.5 million settlement in connection with the resolution of SEC / CFTC regulatory Wells notices against the Company’s indirect subsidiary, United States Commodity Funds, LLC (“USCF Investments”) and United States Oil Fund, LP, in which USCF Investments is the general partner, which are related business units of Concierge’s subsidiary Wainwright Holdings, Inc. (“Wainwright”), the Company’s primary operation in its financial services segment. Excluding the settlement, net income totaled approximately $600,000 for the current quarter.
For the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, Wainwright, had revenues of $5.7 million versus $7.0 million a year ago. Average assets under management (“AUM”) had gradually been declining over the course of the past year from $5.6 billion at September 30, 2020 to $4.2 billion at September 30, 2021. The lower AUM resulted in lower fund management revenue on a comparative basis. Excluding the settlement payment, Wainwright’s operating income totaled $2.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, versus operating income of $3.2 million a year ago. With the settlement payment, Wainwright recorded an operating loss of $368,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.
The Company’s “Other” operating segment – which consists of Gourmet Foods, Printstock, Brigadier Security Systems and Original Sprout – recorded higher total revenues for the quarter, increasing to $4.2 million from $3.7 million a year ago. Revenues increased slightly for each of the operating units in this segment over the prior year’s first quarter.
Income from operations attributed to the “Other” segment increased to $298,000 for the quarter, up slightly from $259,000 from the prior year comparison period. Income was impacted principally by global supply chain challenges at the Company’s Original Sprout business unit, including higher costs of raw materials and freight due, in part, to the impact of COVID-19.
Concierge Technologies’ balance sheet remains strong and furthered improved at September 30, 2021, with total assets of $32.2 million, compared with $31.5 million, at June 30, 2021. Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2021 advanced to $17.3 million from $16.1 million at June 30, 2021. The Company remains essentially debt free.
“Although we posted a net loss, we are pleased with the operational performance of our subsidiaries,” said David Neibert, Concierge Technologies’ Chief Operations Officer. “Original Sprout, Brigadier Security, Printstock and Gourmet Foods are in various stages of expanding their respective sales channels and product offerings. Subsequent to the close of the first quarter, USCF Investments launched its newest fund, and our fintech product at Marygold is nearing the operational stage. All operating companies posted a profit this quarter, and we’re looking forward to improving throughout the coming year.”
Nicholas Gerber, Chief Executive Officer, added, “We were pleased during the first quarter to have completed the formation of Marygold & Co. (UK) Limited, which subsequently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tiger Financial & Asset Management Limited, an established and certified investment advisor in the U.K., in a transaction that is expected to close before the end of the 2021 calendar year. Our entire team continues working diligently to grow our business profitably and achieve our collective long-term goal of increasing shareholder value.”
Gourmet Foods, https://gourmetfoodsltd.co.nz/, acquired in August 2015, is a commercial-scale bakery that produces and distributes iconic meat pies and pastries throughout New Zealand under the brand names Pat’s Pantry and Ponsonby Pies. Acquired by Gourmet Foods in July 2020, Printstock Products Limited https://www.printstocknz.com/ , is a printer of specialized food wrappers and is located in Napier, New Zealand. Its operations are consolidated with those of Gourmet Foods.
Brigadier Security Systems, www.brigadiersecurity.com, acquired in June 2016 and headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada, provides comprehensive security solutions to homes and businesses, government offices, schools and other public buildings throughout the province under the brands Brigadier Security Systems in Saskatoon and Elite Security in Regina, Canada.
The Company’s USCF Investments operation, www.uscfinvestments.com, acquired as part of the Wainwright Holdings transaction in December 2016 and based in Walnut Creek, Calif., serves as manager, operator or investment adviser to 10 exchange traded products, structured as limited partnerships or investment trusts that issue shares trading on the NYSE Arca.
Acquired by Concierge at the end of 2017, California-based Original Sprout, www.originalsprout.com, produces and distributes a full line of vegan, safe, non-toxic hair and skin care products, including a “reef safe” sun screen, in the U.S. and its territories, the U.K., E.U., Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Taiwan, Mexico, South America, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Canada among other areas.
Marygold & Co., formed in the U.S. during 2019 and operating from offices in Denver, CO, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, Marygold & Co. Advisory Services, LLC, was established to explore opportunities in the financial technology sector. The Company continues in the development stage as it works toward introduction of a fintech mobile banking app. https://marygoldandco.com/.
About Concierge Technologies, Inc.
Concierge Technologies, originally founded in 1996, was repositioned as a global holding firm in 2015, and currently has operating subsidiaries in financial services, food manufacturing, printing, security systems and beauty products. Offices and manufacturing operations are in the U.S., New Zealand, U.K., and Canada. For more information, visit www.conciergetechnology.net.
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” that include information relating to Concierge Technologies’ future events. Such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, expansion of the sales channels and product offerings of the Company’s business units and completion of Marygold & Co. (UK) Limited’s acquisition of Tiger Financial, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by which, that performance or those results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believe,” “expects,” “may,” “looks to,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “intend,” “on condition,” “target,” “see,” “potential,” “estimates,” “preliminary,” or “anticipates” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussion of strategy or goals or other future events, circumstances, or effects. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation, other than imposed by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that the Company makes due to a number of important factors, including business effects, including the effects of industry, market, economic, political or regulatory conditions, future exchange and interest rates, and changes in tax and other laws, regulations, rates and policies, including the impact of COVID-19 on the broader market. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by statements in this press release relating to the Company may be found in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors”, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or the Company’s website at www.conciergetechnology.net. The Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter forward-looking statements contained in this release, whether as a result of current information, future events or otherwise.
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