Freshii swings to US$2.5-million loss in first quarter as revenue falls

Cups of fresh squeezed juice are seen at a Freshii restaurant in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday January 24, 2018. Freshii Inc. swung to a US$2.5-million loss to start its fiscal year on an 11 per cent decrease in revenues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

TORONTO - Freshii Inc. swung to a US$2.5-million loss in its first quarter as revenue fell 11 per cent from a year ago.

The Toronto-based chain of eateries says it lost eight cents per share for the period ended March 29, when 37 per cent of its locations were closed because of the pandemic.

Freshii, which reports in U.S. dollars, earned US$103,000 or zero cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, Freshii lost US$1.21 million, compared with a profit of US$597,000 in the year-ago quarter.

Revenue fell to US$4.56 million from US$5.14 million as same-store sales decreased 14.3 per cent, compared with 0.9 per cent growth a year ago.

System-wide sales from its 467 locations in 16 countries came in at US$37.2 million down from US$43.2 million a year ago.

Freshii says more than 80 per cent of its North American locations and 69 per cent of its global stores have reopened in some capacity.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 26, 2020

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