Vancouver, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eat Well Investment Group Inc., (the “Company” or “Eat Well Group”) (CN:EWG) (US:EWGFF) (FRA:6BC0)a listed investment company, is pleased to report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.
Eat Well Investment Group 2021 Highlights
Acquisition of all outstanding shares of Belle Pulses Ltd. (“Beautiful legumes“) and Sapientia Technology, LLC (“sapientia‘) and a 51 percent majority stake in Pata Foods (dba ‘Amara organic food’), laying the foundation for the Eat Well Group plant-based food investment platform
Eat Well Group’s total assets at the Company’s fiscal year end, including its portfolio companies, increased 1,082% from $5,043,430 as of November 30, 2020 to $59,627,414 as of November 30, 2021
Raised $33,500,000 in debt with a leading Canadian institution and completed two subsequent event equity financings of $5,100,000 and $5,018,000
Strengthening the Company’s Board of Directors and expanding the Company’s senior management team with additional expertise in plant-based food investments, consumer packaged goods investments and strong corporate governance, bringing over 150 years of collective experience to the table
Build an exceptional advisory board of seasoned leaders from around the world with significant backgrounds in consumer products and experience in plant-based food innovation, technology and commercialization
Portfolio company highlights
As reported in the unaudited financial statements of Belle Pulses, Sapientia Technology and Amara Organic Foods for the 12 month period ended 31 DecemberStAs of December 2021, Eat Well’s portfolio companies had combined 2021 sales of C$57,936,019
Together, Belle Pulses, Sapientia and Amara delivered positive net income of $1,478,420 despite challenging geopolitical conditions, an enhanced inflationary environment, adverse weather conditions, multiple COVID-19 waves and a global supply chain crisis
Belle Pulses expects improved margin performance in 2022 due to supply chain normalization and improvements from COVID-19 related restrictions as well as strong global demand fueled by the Russia-Ukraine conflict disrupting overseas pulse supplies
Sapientia launched its first white-label protein twists with Federated CO-OP stores in western Canada, which have rolled out to 350 stores as of December 21, with ongoing discussions to increase the number of stores by an additional several hundred stores to increase. The Protein Twists were recognized as a finalist in the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards
For fiscal 2021, Amara delivered sales increases of 320% over 2020, led by its successful “Toddler Melts” product launch in North American retail
Amara Organic Foods continues to expand its reach to new consumers, ending the year with a total of approximately 6,000 North American retail distribution points at highly strategic retail locations including Walmart Canada, Sobeys, HEB, Loblaws and more
Reaffirms 2022 revenue guidance for its investee companies of $90,000,000 to $110,000,000 with profitability on the combined investments expected to improve over the calendar year
Since completing Eat Well Group’s three plant-based investments, the portfolio companies have continued to execute on their respective growth plans. Belle Pulses was able to manage multiple challenges related to COVID-19 and supply chain, Sapientia launched several flavors of its first white label products with Federated CO-OP, and Amara continued to grow its distribution and footprint at some of the largest brick and mortar and e-commerce stores in North America, surpassing a total of 6,000 outlets.
“We have laid a strong foundation within the Eat Well Group’s investment platform and are very excited about the development of our portfolio,” commented Marc Aneed, the firm’s director, president and CEO. “The global plant-based foods market continues to grow rapidly as consumers make healthier choices for themselves and their families. Our portfolio companies are well positioned to meet global demand for pulses and to accelerate the scale of their Better-Your-Your-Consumer products in the years to come,” continued Aneed.
The importance of high-quality, transparent and sustainably produced agricultural products and pulses has become crucial worldwide. Eat Well Group’s investments are well positioned to take its foundational propositions to the next level and continue to meet plant-based consumption needs worldwide. Portfolio investment will continue to drive capacity, innovation, scale, distribution and fiscal discipline.
The Company’s previously announced interest in a listing on the US public markets, including a potential NASDAQ or NYSE listing, continues as opportunities are explored with Roth Capital.
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ABOUT THE EAT WELL GROUP
Eat Well Group is a publicly traded investment company primarily focused on high growth companies in the Agribusiness, Food Tech, Plant Based and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) sectors. The Eat Well Group management team has extensive experience in sourcing, financing and building successful businesses across a variety of industries and has a current investment mandate in the health/wellness industry. The team has funded and invested in early-stage venture companies for more than 25 years, resulting in unparalleled access to deal flow and the ability to build a portfolio of opportunistic investments aimed at delivering superior risk-adjusted returns.
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