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AppHarvest announces Q2 2022 results showing continued improvements in core operations, progress to quadruple farm network and securing nondilutive expansion capital

Company achieves net sales of $4.4 million on 6.0 million pounds of tomatoes sold in Q2 2022, a 39% YoY increase

AppHarvest secures $50 million USDA-backed loan, one of largest ever supporting controlled environment agriculture (CEA)

Company confirms no damage to facilities from recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky

MOREHEAD, Ky., Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AppHarvest, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPH, APPHW), a sustainable food company, public benefit corporation and Certified B Corp building some of the world’s largest high-tech indoor farms to grow affordable, nutritious fruits and vegetables at scale while providing good jobs in Appalachia, today announced its operating and financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2022, showing continued improvements in core operations and progress to quadruple its farm network and diversify its produce offerings by the end of the year.

Second Quarter 2022 Results

For the second quarter 2022, net sales were $4.4 million on 6.0 million pounds of tomatoes sold with a net sales price of 72 cents per pound versus net sales of $3.1 million on 8.6 million pounds of tomatoes sold with a net sales price of 36 cents per pound in the second quarter of 2021. That represents a nearly 40% increase in quarterly net sales year over year. The improvement was driven by a stronger overall market for tomato pricing, a more favorable mix of premium tomatoes, expanded product variety commanding higher prices, enhanced training and productivity improvements and a lower distribution fee percentage versus the second quarter 2021, which helped offset the reduced yield from the plant health issue discussed in the first quarter 2021 earnings call.

In the second quarter of 2022, the company recorded a net loss of $28.7 million and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA loss of $17.9 million in line with expectations while the company continues to expect to rapidly expand its farm network, compared to a prior year net loss of $32.0 million and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA loss of $22.6 million. See reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure at the end of this news release.

“Our food system remains broken, and continued food security issues, inflation and commodity price increases have only heightened interest in CEA as a more sustainable solution to decrease U.S. reliance on imported fruits and vegetable,” said AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb. “With the largest CEA build out in the U.S. supported in part by nondilutive capital such as our recently announced USDA-backed loans, we believe the company is well positioned to demonstrate the value of this approach to more sustainable agriculture.”


The company continued to drive improved operating metrics at Morehead in the second quarter of 2022, resulting in increased tomato quality, lower distribution fee percentage and enhanced labor productivity versus the same quarter last year.

“Our team’s continued focus on training, quality and execution drove significantly better results compared to the prior year, as our second quarter net sales rose nearly 40%,” said AppHarvest Chief Operating Officer Julie Nelson. “Our percentage of premium tomatoes has continued to improve, and our net sales price per pound doubled from the prior year, demonstrating our ability to successfully navigate the challenging inflationary environment. Recruitment efforts to ramp up staffing at our three new planned farms are robust, and we will apply lessons learned from Morehead to drive more productivity across our rapidly expanding farm network.”


AppHarvest continued to show strong progress on its strategy to quadruple its number of farms by year-end and to diversify its produce portfolio to include salad greens and berries. The 15-acre Berea, Ky., salad greens facility is about 91% complete. The 60-acre Richmond, Ky., tomato facility is approximately 86% complete. A 30-acre Somerset, Ky., berry facility is approximately 84% complete.

The company continues to expect all three farms to be operational by year-end unless affected by supply-chain disruptions, and the net sales for the full-year 2022 outlook are adjusted to reflect current expected timing on initial commercial shipments from the new farms.

AppHarvest continues to make progress on its plans with Mastronardi Produce Ltd. to explore a FarmCo joint venture under which AppHarvest could benefit from a broader national footprint and additional network scale. The companies are in exclusive discussions with an institutional investor who has expressed interest in becoming a partner in FarmCo. While considerate due diligence and negotiation of terms is still outstanding, if a FarmCo transaction can be completed, it could have the benefit of securing additional capital for adding farm acreage.

AppHarvest secures $50 million USDA loan guarantee, one of largest ever supporting CEA

AppHarvest secured new sources of non-dilutive capital through two USDA loan guarantees announced August 1, totaling $50 million. The arrangement guarantees loans from the Greater Nevada Credit Union that will help fund construction of AppHarvest’s 30-acre Somerset, Ky., high-tech indoor berry farm.

“The Biden-Harris administration is steadfastly committed to lessening the effects of climate change and improving domestic food security. The partnerships we have with AppHarvest further those commitments while helping to create well-paying jobs in rural Kentucky. Rural Development’s $50 million loan guarantee with AppHarvest will bring higher wages to rural Kentuckians and nutritious, locally grown food to America,” said Dr. Tom Carew, USDA Rural Development Kentucky State Director.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of June 30, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $50.9 million, with over $40 million in total availability on credit facilities. During the quarter, the company sold 3.1 million shares for $8.8 million dollars via the committed equity facility with B. Riley Principal Capital established in December 2021. The company estimates approximately $30 million in balance sheet cash needed to complete construction at the three new farms expected to be operational by year-end, which is expected to be offset by approximately $28 million in net proceeds estimated to be added to the balance sheet after funding escrow accounts associated with the USDA loan guarantees. The company expects to incur approximately $85 to $90 million more in capital expenditures during the remainder of the fiscal year based on the continued availability of financing on acceptable terms.

Financial Outlook

The company expects to be closer to the lower end of its guidance range and tightened its full-year 2022 net sales outlook to $20 to $25 million. The company continues to expect that its three new farms will be operational by the end of 2022, but this range accounts for potential supply chain or delays that could affect the timing of commercial shipments from the company’s three new farms under construction. The company confirmed that it had not identified any damage to its facilities from the recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

The company also updated its full-year 2022 outlook for Adjusted EBITDA to the range of a loss of $80 to $85 million, reflecting adjustments to the net sales outlook and higher cost of goods driven by supply chain delays and other inflationary impacts.

Conference Call and Webcast

AppHarvest will host a webcast and conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss its second quarter financial results and operations.

The conference call will be streamed over the internet and accessible through the “Investor Relations” section of the AppHarvest website at To join the live call, please register here for the dial-in number and a personal PIN code. An audio-only replay of the webcast will be available on the company’s website approximately 90 minutes after the end of the conference call for 30 days.

Upcoming Events

AppHarvest management plans to participate in the Canaccord Genuity Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Details on upcoming events are available at the “Events” section of the AppHarvest Investor Relations website at

About AppHarvest

AppHarvest is a sustainable food company in Appalachia developing and operating some of the world’s largest high-tech indoor farms with robotics and artificial intelligence to build a reliable, climate-resilient food system. AppHarvest’s farms are designed to grow produce using sunshine, rainwater and up to 90% less water than open-field growing, all while producing yields up to 30 times that of traditional agriculture and preventing pollution from agricultural runoff. AppHarvest currently operates its flagship farm – about the size of 50 football fields – in Morehead, Ky., producing tomatoes. The company is developing a network of farms to produce a variety of vine crops, salad greens and berries with three more farms currently under construction that are expected to be operational by the end of 2022. For more information, visit

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses certain non-GAAP measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA, to understand and evaluate the Company’s core operating performance. The Company defines and calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before the impact of interest income or expense, income tax expense or benefit, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to exclude: stock-based compensation expense, Business Combination transaction-related costs, restructuring and impairment costs, remeasurement of warrant liabilities, start-up costs for new CEA facilities, Root AI acquisition related costs and certain other non-core items. The Company believes this non-GAAP measure of financial results provides useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses this non-GAAP measure for trend analyses and for budgeting and planning purposes.

The Company believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating projected operating results and trends. Other similar companies may present different non-GAAP measures or calculate similar non-GAAP measures differently. Management does not consider this non-GAAP measure in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of this non-GAAP financial measure is that it excludes significant expenses that are required to be presented in the Company’s GAAP financial statements. Because of this limitation, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including net loss and the Company’s other financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA as used in connection with the Company's 2022 outlook is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes or has otherwise been adjusted for items impacting comparability. The Company is unable to reconcile this forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure to net income, its most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure, without unreasonable efforts, because the Company is currently unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty its stock-based compensation expense for 2022. In addition, the company may incur additional expenses which may impact adjusted EBITDA. Such items may include costs and expenses related to the business combination activities, income taxes and other items. The unavailable information could have a significant impact on the Company’s full year 2022 GAAP financial results.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” “can,” “goal,” “target,” “strategy” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. All statements, other than statements of present or historical fact included in this press release, regarding AppHarvest’s intention to build high-tech CEA farms, the anticipated benefits of and production at such facilities, including implementation of a phased approach at each facility, timing and availability of tomatoes at top national grocery stores and restaurants, anticipated benefits of the third season harvest, terms of the anticipated FarmCo joint venture with Mastronardi, the expected closing of the FarmCo joint venture as well as its expected benefits to AppHarvest, AppHarvest’s future financial performance, as well as AppHarvest’s growth and evolving business plans and strategy, ability to capitalize on commercial opportunities, future operations, estimated financial position, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the current expectations of AppHarvest’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction, or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of AppHarvest. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC by AppHarvest on May 3, 2022, under the heading “Risk Factors,” and other documents AppHarvest has filed, or that AppHarvest will file, with the SEC. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect AppHarvest’s expectations, plans, or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this press release. AppHarvest anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. However, while AppHarvest may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, AppHarvest specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing AppHarvest’s assessments of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.



(in thousands except per share amounts)

  June 30,
  December 31,
Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 50,943     $ 150,755  
Restricted cash   48,354       25,556  
Accounts receivable, net   1,289       1,575  
Inventories, net   2,936       4,998  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,565       5,613  
Total current assets   107,087       188,497  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   4,261       5,010  
Property and equipment, net   429,340       343,913  
Other assets, net   23,066       16,644  
Total non-current assets   456,667       365,567  
Total assets $ 563,754     $ 554,064  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 10,671     $ 8,553  
Accrued expenses   18,189       15,794  
Current portion of lease liabilities   777       751  
Current portion of long-term debt   49,717       28,020  
Other current liabilities   59       119  
Total current liabilities   79,413       53,237  
Long-term debt, net of current portion   121,409       102,637  
Lease liabilities, net of current portion   4,388       4,938  
Deferred income tax liabilities   2,149       2,418  
Private Warrant liabilities   541       1,385  
Other liabilities   123       1,809  
Total non-current liabilities   128,610       113,187  
Total liabilities   208,023       166,424  
Stockholders’ equity      
Preferred stock, par value $0.0001, 10,000 shares authorized, 0 issued and outstanding, as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively          
Common stock, par value $0.0001, 750,000 shares authorized, 105,737 and 101,136 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   11       10  
Additional paid-in capital   597,205       576,895  
Accumulated deficit   (246,654 )     (187,314 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   5,169       (1,951 )
Total stockholders’ equity   355,731       387,640  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 563,754     $ 554,064  



(In thousands except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
Net sales $ 4,358     $ 3,138     $ 9,522     $ 5,437  
Cost of goods sold   14,121       15,683       27,675       22,519  
    (9,763 )     (12,545 )     (18,153 )     (17,082 )
Operating expenses:              
Selling, general and administrative expenses   20,225       27,467       41,264       58,956  
Total operating expenses   20,225       27,467       41,264       58,956  
Loss from operations   (29,988 )     (40,012 )     (59,417 )     (76,038 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest expense from related parties                     (658 )
Interest expense         (88 )           (88 )
Change in fair value of Private Warrants   1,069       6,488       (260 )     16,314  
Other   55       105       69       461  
Loss before income taxes   (28,864 )     (33,507 )     (59,608 )     (60,009 )
Income tax benefit (expense)   159       1,491       268       (522 )
Net loss   (28,705 )     (32,016 )     (59,340 )     (60,531 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):              
Net unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives contracts, net of tax   2,760       (1,843 )     7,120       (2,512 )
Comprehensive loss $ (25,945 )   $ (33,859 )   $ (52,220 )   $ (63,043 )
Net loss per common share:              
Basic and diluted $ (0.28 )   $ (0.32 )   $ (0.58 )   $ (0.67 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic and diluted   103,098       100,084       102,215       90,460  



(In thousands)

  Six Months Ended June 30,
    2022       2021  
Operating Activities      
Net loss $ (59,340 )   $ (60,531 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Change in fair value of Private Warrants   260       (16,314 )
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense   (268 )     522  
Depreciation and amortization   6,176       4,602  
Fixed asset impairment   1,070        
Stock-based compensation expense   12,028       19,677  
Rent expense in excess of payments   52       6  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable   286       (725 )
Inventories, net   2,062       2,045  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,048       (3,744 )
Other assets, net   (569 )     (12,444 )
Accounts payable   708       998  
Accrued expenses   (2,121 )     1,983  
Other current liabilities   3       (24 )
Other non-current liabilities   (29 )     469  
Net cash used in operating activities   (37,634 )     (63,480 )
Investing Activities      
Purchases of property and equipment   (87,585 )     (73,373 )
Purchases of property and equipment from a related party         (122,911 )
Cost of acquisition, net of cash acquired         (9,756 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (87,585 )     (206,040 )
Financing Activities      
Proceeds from Business Combination and PIPE Shares, net         448,500  
Proceeds from debt   42,315       75,000  
Payments on long-term debt   (1,875 )      
Debt issuance costs         (656 )
Payments on financing obligation to a related party         (2,089 )
Proceeds from stock options exercised   57       35  
Proceeds from Employee Stock Purchase Plan   211        
Payments of withholding taxes on restricted stock conversions   (1,322 )     (108 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   8,819        
Net cash provided by financing activities   48,205       520,682  
Change in cash and cash equivalents   (77,014 )     251,162  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of period   176,311       21,909  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of period   99,297       273,071  
Less restricted cash at the end of the period   48,354        
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $ 50,943     $ 273,071  
Non-cash Activities:      
Fixed assets purchases in accounts payable $ 1,410     $ 2,058  
Fixed assets purchases in accrued liabilities $ 4,516     $ 8,201  
Operating lease right-of-use assets and liabilities $ 237     $ 1,055  



Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures
(In millions)

    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
(Dollars in millions)   June 30, 2022   June 30, 2021   June 30, 2022   June 30, 2021
Net loss   $ (28.7 )   $ (32.0 )   $ (59.3 )   $ (60.5 )
Interest expense from related parties                       0.7  
Interest expense           0.1             0.1  
Interest income     (0.2 )     (0.1 )     (0.3 )     (0.1 )
Income tax (benefit) expense     (0.2 )     (1.5 )     (0.3 )     0.5  
Depreciation and amortization expense     3.1       2.8       6.2       4.6  
EBITDA     (26.0 )     (30.7 )     (53.7 )     (54.8 )
Change in fair value of Private Warrants     (1.1 )     (6.5 )     0.3       (16.3 )
Stock-based compensation expense     6.0       13.4       12.0       19.7  
Transaction success bonus on completion of Business Combination                       1.5  
Restructuring and impairment costs     2.3             4.2        
Start-up costs for new CEA facilities(1)     0.9             1.3        
Business Combination transaction costs           0.5             13.8  
Root AI acquisition costs(2)           0.6             1.0  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (17.9 )   $ (22.6 )   $ (35.9 )   $ (35.1 )

(1) Start-up costs are related to the pre-commencement commercial activities for tomatoes, salad greens and berries at the Richmond, Berea and Somerset CEA facilities
(2) The acquisition of Root AI occurred on April 7, 2021

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