We are a rapidly-growing manufacturer and distributor of environmentally-friendly, single-use disposable products primarily used in restaurants and foodservice settings. We supply a wide range of products for the foodservice industry, including food packaging, containers, tableware, cups, lids, cutlery and straws. Our products are available in plastic, paper, biopolymer-based and other compostable forms. Our Karat Earth® line provides additional environmentally friendly options to our customers, who are increasingly focused on issues of sustainability. In addition to manufacturing and distribution, we offer customized solutions to our customers, including new product development, design, printing and logistics services. Our goal is to be a single-source provider to our customers for all of their food packaging and disposable product needs.
Use of proceeds:We estimate that the net proceeds to us from the sale of our common stock offered hereby will be approximately $35.6 million, or approximately $41.2 million if the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares is exercised in full, based upon an assumed initial public offering price of $8.00 per share, the midpoint of the range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us.Each $1.00 increase or decrease in the assumed initial public offering price of $8.00 per share, the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, would increase or decrease the net proceeds to us from this offering by approximately $4.7 million, assuming that the number of shares offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same, and after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us.We may also increase or decrease the number of shares we are offering.A 1,000,000 share increase or decrease in the number of shares offered by us would increase or decrease the net proceeds to us from this offering by approximately $7.4 million, assuming that the assumed initial offering price to the public remains the same, and after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us.We do not expect that a change in the initial price to the public or the number of shares by these amounts would have a material effect on the uses of the proceeds from this offering, although it may accelerate the time at which we will need to seek additional capital.We intend to use the net proceeds of this offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, including expanding our manufacturing capacity, growing our sales and marketing presence in the U.S.East Coast, Midwest and Southeast regions and research and development for new product offerings.This expected use of proceeds represents our intentions based on current plans and business conditions.However, we will retain broad discretion over the use of the net proceeds of this offering.Thus, as of the date of this prospectus and except as explicitly set forth herein, we cannot specify with certainty all of the particular uses of the net proceeds from this offering.The timing and amount of our actual expenditures will be based on many factors, including cash flows from operations and the anticipated growth of our business.Pending application of the net proceeds as described above, we intend to invest the net proceeds from this offering in short-term, interest-bearing obligations, investment-grade instruments, certificates of deposit or direct or guaranteed obligations of the U.S. government.
Competition:The single-use disposable foodservice products industry is extremely competitive and highly fragmented.Many of the companies that compete in our industry are significantly larger with greater resources, have greater brand recognition and have a larger product offering.We may be unsuccessful in our efforts to compete against such large and established companies.In addition, our current or potential competitors may offer products at a lower price, or products and services that are superior to ours.Our success depends upon successful research, development and engineering efforts to utilize emerging and legislatively mandated raw materials, our ability to expand or modify our manufacturing capacity, and the extent to which we are able to convince customers and consumers to accept our new products.If we fail to successfully innovate, introduce, market, and manufacture differentiated and price-competitive products relative to those of our competitors, our ability to maintain or expand our net sales and to maintain or enhance our industry position or profit margins could be adversely affected.This, in turn, could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.