MINNEAPOLIS, MN – May 20, 2024 – Lendway, Inc. (Nasdaq:LDWY) (“Lendway” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the first quarter (“Q1”) ended March 31, 2024.

Strategic Business Operations Update

The Company has strategically evolved into a specialty agricultural and finance company with an operational focus on its agricultural investments. These developments include:

  • April 2023: The Company launched its lending business (the “Lending Business”) through the hiring of Randy Uglem. The Company is seeking to build a scalable non-bank lending business to purchase existing loans or originate and fund new loans, all of which will be secured by collateral.
  • August 2023: The Company completed the sale of certain assets and certain liabilities relating to the Company’s legacy business of providing in-store advertising solutions to brands, retailers, shopper marketing agencies and brokerages (the “In-Store Marketing Business”). The operations of the In-Store Marketing Business are presented as discontinued operations.
  • February 2024: The Company became a majority owner of Bloomia B.V. and its affiliated entities (“Bloomia”).

Lendway acquired its interest in Bloomia (www.bloomia.com), for a purchase price of $53.4 million, comprised of $34.9 million in cash, $15.5 million of seller bridge loans and $3.0 million of equity in the acquired business. Bloomia’s primary business is purchasing tulip bulbs, hydroponically growing tulips from the bulbs, and selling the tulip stems to retail stores.

Lendway’s Q1 results include Bloomia’s results from the acquisition date, February 22, 2024, through March 31, 2024. Bloomia’s sales have historically experienced substantial seasonality, with the first and second calendar quarters being the strongest sales quarters and the first quarter benefiting from Valentine’s Day, Easter season and the start of the Spring season. Q1 was also significantly impacted by $1,542,000 of acquisition-related costs, and $1,360,000 of amortization expense in costs of goods sold from the fair value step-up in inventory, resulting from acquisition method accounting.


  • Q1 2024 net sales were $8.0 million.
  • Q1 2024 operating loss from continuing operations was $1.5 million compared to $628,000 in Q1 2023.
  • Q1 2024 net loss from continuing operations was $1.3 million, or $0.77 per basic share and diluted share, compared to $528,000 of net loss from continuing operations, or $0.29 per basic and diluted share in Q1 2023.
  • Q1 2024 adjusted EBITDA was $1.7M compared to ($614,000) in Q1 2023.

Lendway CEO Randy Uglem, said: “the first quarter of 2024 included the addition of Bloomia to the Lendway family, which marked a pivotal moment in our evolution into a dynamic specialty ag and finance enterprise. I’m pleased with Bloomia’s performance thus far and appreciate the efforts of the new team to integrate.”

Q1 2024 Results

Revenue from continuing operations was $8,033,000 in Q1 2024, with no such revenue in Q1 2023. All revenue was from Bloomia as the decision to allocate capital to the Bloomia acquisition constrained capital and management resources available for the non-bank lending business. For Bloomia, the first and second calendar quarters are normally the strongest sales quarters, with the first calendar quarter benefiting from Valentine’s Day, Easter season and the start of the Spring season.

Gross profit in Q1 2024 was $1,894,000, or 23.6% of revenue, up from zero in Q1 2023. Gross profit in Q1 2023 was impacted by $1,360,000 of amortization expense in costs of goods sold from the fair value step-up in inventory, resulting from acquisition method accounting. The step-up was fully amortized at March 31, 2024.

Sales, general and administrative expenses in Q1 2024 were $3,388,000, or 42.2% of revenue, compared to $628,000 in Q1 2023. Increased selling, general and administrative expenses were primarily due to $1,542,000 of one-time acquisition-related expenses and expanded operations from the Bloomia acquisition.

Interest expense for Q1 2024 was $225,000, compared to interest income of $103,000 for Q1 2023. The interest expense resulted from financing the Bloomia acquisition.

Income tax benefit for Q1 2024 was 20.6% of pretax loss from continuing operations, or a benefit of $347,000, compared to income tax expense of 0.6% of pretax loss from continuing operations, or $3,000, in Q1 2023.

As a result of the items above, the net loss for Q1 2024 was $1,264,000, or $0.73 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $1,648,000, or $0.92 per basic and diluted share, in Q1 2023. As discussed above, we anticipate seasonality in sales, with those sales and related gross profit expected to be relatively stronger in the first and second quarters of the year, resulting in expected losses in the remaining quarters of 2024 and a loss for the full year because of one-time acquisition costs and amortization expense.

Q1 2024 adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $1.7M, compared to ($614,000) in Q1 2023.

The CEO of Bloomia owns 18.6% of Bloomia and his minority interest share of the Bloomia comprehensive loss was $223,000 for Q1 2024.

As of March 31, 2024, cash and cash equivalents totaled $5.0 million, compared to $16.1 million as of December 31, 2023. The decrease being attributed to Lendway funding the purchase of Bloomia with $9.2 million of cash. Working capital (current assets less current liabilities) was $11.1 million at March 31, 2024, compared to $15.5 million at December 31, 2023.

About Lendway, Inc.

Lendway, Inc (Nasdaq:LDWY) is a specialty ag and finance company focused on making and managing its ag investments in the U.S. and internationally. The Company is the majority owner of Bloomia, one of the largest producers of fresh cut tulips in the United States. The Company fully owns and operates FarmlandCredit.com, a non-bank lending business that seeks to purchase existing loans and/or originate and fund new loans domestically. For additional information, contact (800) 874-4648, or visit our website at www.lendway.com. Investor inquiries can be submitted to info@lendway.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current facts are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. The words “anticipate,” “continue,” “ensure,” “expect,” “plan,” “remain,” “seek,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these or any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Statements made in this press release regarding, for instance, the short- and long-term benefits of the Bloomia acquisition, potential growth, allocations of capital resources among our businesses, and timing of future financial reporting, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current information, which we have assessed and which by its nature is dynamic and subject to rapid and even abrupt changes. Factors that could cause our estimates and assumptions as to future performance, and our actual results, to differ materially include the following: (1) our ability to integrate and continue to successfully operate the newly acquired Bloomia business, (2) our ability to compete, (3) concentration of Bloomia’s historical revenue among a small number of customers, (4) changes in interest rates, (5) ability to comply with the requirements of the Credit Agreement, (6) the limited history of our Lending Business, (7) the substantial risk of loss associated with lending generally, (8) market conditions that may restrict or delay appropriate or desirable opportunities, (9) our ability to develop and maintain necessary processes and controls relating to our businesses (10) reliance on one or a small number of employees in each of our businesses, (11) potential adverse classifications of our Company if we are unsuccessful in executing our business plans, (12) other economic, business, market, financial, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company’s businesses generally; (13) our ability to attract and retain highly qualified managerial, operational and sales personnel; and (14) the availability of additional capital on desirable terms, if at all. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 and additional risks, identified in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with Lendway’s filings with the SEC. Lendway assumes no responsibility to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the reasons why actual results would differ from those anticipated in any such forward-looking statement, other than as required by law.

Lendway, Inc.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2024 2023
Revenue, net
$ 8,033,000 $
Cost of goods sold
Gross profit
Sales, general and administrative
3,388,000 628,000
Operating loss
(1,494,000 ) (628,000 )
Foreign exchange difference, net
(45,000 )
Interest expense (income), net
225,000 (103,000 )
Other expense, net
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes
(1,683,000 ) (525,000 )
Income tax (benefit) expense
(347,000 ) 3,000
Net loss from continuing operations
(1,336,000 ) (528,000 )
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax
72,000 2,176,000
Net (loss) income including noncontrolling interest
(1,264,000 ) 1,648,000
Less: Net (loss income attributable to noncontrolling interest
(223,000 )
Net (loss) income attributable to Lendway, Inc.
(1,041,000 ) 1,648,000
Other comprehensive income (foreign currency translation)
Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to Lendway, Inc.
$ (1,044,000 ) $ 1,648,000
Net (loss) income per basic and diluted share:
Continuing operations
$ (0.77 ) $ (0.29 )
Discontinued operations
0.04 1.21
Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share
$ (0.73 ) $ 0.92
Shares used in calculation of net (loss) income per share:
Basic and diluted
1,743,000 1,798,000

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

This press release includes adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), have been provided as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures are not substitutes for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, respective GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures presented may differ from similarly named measures used by other companies.

The following table reconciles net loss from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023:

Included above are reconciliations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net loss from continuing operations, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. We have included these non-GAAP performance measures as a comparable measure to eliminate the effects of non-recurring transactions that occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2024. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance as this measure excludes amounts from net loss from continuing operations that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA consist of acquisition-related costs and other costs such as the cost of inventory that was stepped up to fair value as a result of the purchase accounting related to our acquisition of a majority interest in Bloomia. Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, the cash requirements for the replacement of depreciated and amortized assets, or changes in or cash requirements for our working capital needs.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures will be useful to permit investors to compare results with prior periods that did not include the one-time events and the resulting accounting charges. Management has used EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance and trends as well as our performance relative to competitors and peers; (b) to measure operational profitability on a consistent basis; (c) in presentations to the members of our Board of Directors; and (d) to evaluate compliance with covenants and restricted activities under the terms of our Credit Agreement and outstanding notes, as further described in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 1 of Part I of the 10-K.


Lendway, Inc.
Randy Uglem, CEO
(763) 392-6200

SOURCE: Lendway, Inc.