4Front Ventures Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

11.9 min readPublished On: August 17th, 2021By

PHOENIX, Ariz., — 4Front Ventures Corp. (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) , a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator and retailer, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. All financial information is presented in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Q2 2021 Financial Results Highlights

  • Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue of $34.4 million compared to $31.4 million in Q1 2021, an increase of 85% year over year and 10% over Q1 2021
  • GAAP-reported revenue of $27.1 million compared to $23.0 million in Q1 2021, an increase of 114% year over year and 18% over Q1 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 27% to $7.5 million compared to $5.9 million in Q1 2021, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 22% as compared to an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19% in Q1 2021
1 See “Note Regarding Non-GAAP Measures, Reconciliation, and Discussion” below for more information regarding non-GAAP measures referred to herein: Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA

Operational Highlights

  • Strong performance in sales and product adoption across retail locations, exceeding all internal projections; positive momentum continues in Q3
  • California
    • The Company’s state-of-the-art 170,000 square foot production facility in Commerce, California is complete, and is in the final stages of licensure
  • Illinois
    • The Company closed the first phase of its multiphase expansion project of an up to 558,000 square foot new cultivation and production facility in Matteson, Illinois
    • Official groundbreaking, press conference and celebratory ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 17. Construction will begin in Q3 2021 and is expected to be completed in Q4 2022. The facility is expected to be operational in Q1 2023.
  • Massachusetts
    • The Company received all final approvals to open and operate its third adult-use dispensary in Massachusetts in the Town of Brookline
    • Mission Brookline will open its doors on Saturday, August 21 and will be serving adults 21 years and older in the Allston Innovation Corridor, a vibrant community within the wider Boston University and Boston metropolitan area

Management Commentary

“In the second quarter we continued to build on the strong momentum that began last year,” said Leo Gontmakher, Chief Executive Officer of 4Front. “Following the initiation of adult use sales in Massachusetts and the enthusiastic reception of our Calumet City, Illinois dispensary in late 2020, our steady growth quarter over quarter shows that our strategy of replicating low-cost production methods can rapidly scale in the most attractive markets in the country.”

“We are already off to a great start for the third quarter. With our manufacturing facility in Commerce, California complete and pending its final approvals, we are spring loaded to provide our suite of high-quality, branded products to licensed dispensaries throughout the State, and we fully expect it will soon become the premier multi-product manufacturer in the country due to its scale and efficiencies,” Mr. Gontmakher added. “We also recently announced the closing of the first phase of our highly-anticipated cultivation and production facility in Matteson, Illinois, and are thrilled to officially break ground tomorrow, with the first phase anticipated to be completed in Q4 of 2022, and be operational in Q1 of 2023. The opening of our Mission dispensary in Brookline, Massachusetts will mark our third adult-use dispensary in the State, expanding our footprint as we continue to bring our high standards, low-cost cultivation and efficient production methodologies to Massachusetts.”

Mr. Gontmakher concluded, “We are seeing a marked uptick in merger activity across the industry and with it an appreciation of the advantage of low-cost, scaled operations across a compelling asset base which we believe highlights the advantages of a company like 4Front. Additionally, we are thrilled that Navy Capital is continuing its support of us by providing us with a term sheet to lead the financing of a proposed accretive acquisition to strengthen our position in a key market as the pace of consolidation picks up. To that end, as CEO, I am more confident than ever in our strategy, fundamentals, asset base, and current growth ramp of our business as we look ahead to 2022.”

Business Updates and Developments

Systemwide pro forma revenue increased 10% to $34.4 million in Q2 2021, compared to $31.4 million in Q1 2021. Retail sales and product adoption continue to exceed internal expectations. The increase in revenue was primarily due to strong sales in Massachusetts and Illinois, and all retail locations across the portfolio continued to perform above our expectations, a trend that has continued into Q3.

Q2 2021 Adjusted EBITDA grew 27% sequentially to $7.5 million, up from $5.9 million in Q1 2021, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 22% as compared to an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19% in Q1 2021. The favorable changes were largely due to higher dispensary sales overall, a greater proportion of retail sales coming from the Company’s internally produced products, and reductions in cost per gram in the Company’s Illinois cultivation facility following the expansion completed last quarter.

4Front has received a capital commitment from Navy Capital to lead in the financing of a proposed accretive acquisition. The Company is moving toward signing a definitive acquisition agreement to significantly bolster presence in a core market, and has executed a term sheet with Navy Capital with respect to a convertible debt financing in connection with the funding requirements to complete the acquisition.  Once closed, which will be subject to the execution of definitive agreements and satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions, management believes this acquisition would solidify the Company’s scaled position in this core market and would be accretive to EBITDA.

The Company’s fully-funded, state-of-the-art 170,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Commerce, California is now complete and is awaiting final local approval for its Certificate of Occupancy. The Company’s manufactured products will be sold to licensed dispensaries in California, and the first suite of available products will include gummies, hard candy, caramels, fruit chews, mints, capsules, tinctures, vapes and infused pre-rolls, including favorites like Marmas™, Pebbles™, Chewees™, Hi-Burst™, Verdure™ and Terp Stix™. The Company’s partnership with Nabis, a leading distributor of cannabis products to more than 750 dispensaries in California, covering 99% of licensed retailers in the state, will ensure statewide distribution to retail locations on day one of production. The Company has also deepened its relationship with Nabis with their commitment to lease 20,000 square feet of the facility enabling retail products to dovetail seamlessly and efficiently into inventory for distribution.

Nominal delays experienced during the local regulatory approval process are not expected to materially affect stated guidance for fiscal year 2021.

The Company’s third Massachusetts Mission Dispensary has been approved and will open in Brookline this week. The Company received its Certificate of Occupancy and approval to operate from the Town of Brookline and received a commencement letter and unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to operate in the State. The Company’s new storefront is located in one of the largest towns in New England that is also a highly desirable place to live, due to its proximity to job opportunities, public transportation, school systems, and livable neighborhoods that balance green space, historic preservation and outstanding commercial services. Mission Brookline opens on Saturday, August 21, and will offer adults 21 years and older the Company’s existing suite of products such as Funky Monkey™, Legends™, Marmas™, Crystal Clear™ and Hi-Burst™, which have been widely embraced in Massachusetts, Washington and Illinois. The new storefront will also carry a full line of consumer-demanded flower, extracts, edibles, vaporizers, cartridges, batteries, ancillary products and merchandise.

In Illinois, the development of our new cultivation and production facility in Matteson continues as scheduled, with the recent closing of the first phase announced earlier this month. Construction of the first phase, a 250,000 square foot building with 65,000 square feet of flowering canopy and approximately 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space is expected to begin imminently and is anticipated to be completed in Q4 2022. The Company plans to use the facility to produce the Company’s more than 20 in-house brands and 2,000 products, which will be offered to Illinois customers at an accessible price point at its Mission Dispensaries and partner dispensaries across Illinois. The facility is also expected to produce a variety of white-labeled products such as flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, gel capsules and other manufactured products for other multi-state operators, cannabis businesses and brands. The full expansion of the facility, if realized, is anticipated to encompass 558,000 square feet to help meet demand in the fast-growing Illinois cannabis market. Phase one of the facility is expected to begin operations in Q1 2023.

Financial Statements

4FRONT VENTURES CORP.

Formerly 4Front Holdings, LLC

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

June 30,

2021

December 31,

2020

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash $11,563 $18,932
Accounts receivable 917 437
Other receivables 583 1,341
Current portion of lease receivables 3,540 3,450
Inventory 22,600 18,037
Current portion of notes receivable 235 264
Prepaid expenses 2,225 2,275
Total current assets 41,663 44,736
Property and equipment, net 44,270 33,618
Notes receivable and accrued interest 91
Lease receivables 7,156 7,595
Intangible assets, net 27,524 28,790
Goodwill 23,155 23,155
Right-of-use assets 60,701 62,466
Deposits 4,295 4,305
TOTAL ASSETS $208,764 $204,756
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $5,484 $4,722
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 5,569 6,427
Taxes payable 16,665 11,502
Derivative liability 7,223 5,807
Current portion of convertible notes 2,420 1,652
Current portion of lease liability 1,127 1,909
Current portion of contingent consideration payable 3,316 2,393
Current portion of notes payable and accrued interest 4,119 3,372
Total current liabilities 45,923 37,784
Convertible notes 14,722
Notes payable and accrued interest from related party 46,843 45,362
Long term notes payable 1,819 1,907
Long term accounts payable 1,600 1,600
Contingent consideration payable 3,103
Deferred tax liability 7,162 6,530
Lease liability 51,849 51,545
TOTAL LIABILITIES 155,196 162,553
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)
Equity attributable to 4Front Ventures Corp. 273,875 250,583
Additional paid-in capital 47,491 42,116
Deficit (267,860) (250,548)
Total 4Front Ventures Corp. shareholders’ equity 53,506 42,151
Non-controlling interest 62 52
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 53,568 42,203
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY $208,764 $204,756

4FRONT VENTURES CORP.

Formerly 4Front Holdings, LLC

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020

Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2021 2020 2021 2020
REVENUE
Revenue from sale of goods $ 24,452 $ 9,967 $ 44,532 $ 19,722
Real estate income 2,669 2,734 5,559 5,631
Total revenues 27,121 12,701 50,091 25,353
Cost of goods sold (10,816) (8,046) (19,941) (12,695)
Gross profit 16,305 4,655 30,150 12,658
OPERATING EXPENSES
Selling and marketing expenses 6,714 5,488 11,871 12,304
General and administrative expenses 5,083 3,073 10,248 8,181
Equity based compensation 2,979 1,048 5,375 2,275
Depreciation and amortization 861 975 1,635 1,888
Total operating expenses 15,637 10,584 29,129 24,648
Income (Loss) from operations 668 (5,929) 1,021 (11,990)
Other income (expense)
Interest income 8 8 11 64
Interest expense (2,901) (4,877) (5,362) (7,013)
Amortization of loan discount upon conversion of debt

to equity

(2,915)
Change in fair value of derivative liability (311) (2,843)
Other income 2,682 2,719
Loss on lease termination (331) (1,210)
Total other income (expense) (3,535) (2,187) (12,319) (4,230)
Net loss before income taxes (2,867) (8,116) (11,298) (16,220)
Income tax expense (3,351) (2,373) (6,004) (2,923)
Net loss from continuing operations, net of taxes (6,218) (10,489) (17,302) (19,143)
Net income from discontinued operations, net of

taxes

9,840 10,712
Net loss (6,218) (649) (17,302) (8,431)
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 5 (38) 10 (26)
Net loss attributable to shareholders $ (6,223) $ (611) $ (17,312) $ (8,405)
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.01) $ (0.00) $ (0.03) $ (0.02)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding,

basic and diluted

587,218,794 506,379,437 573,108,183 518,950,529

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Measures, Reconciliation, and Discussion

In this press release, 4Front refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures such as Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

4Front defines Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue as total revenue plus revenue from entities with which the Company has a management contract, or effectively similar relationship (net of any management fee or effectively similar revenue) but does not consolidate the financial results of per U.S. GAAP ASC 810. 4Front considers this measure to be an appropriate indicator of the growth and scope of the business.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined by the Company as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization less share-based compensation expense and one-time charges related to acquisition, financing related costs and other non-recurring expenses. 4Front considers this measure to be an important indicator of the financial strength and performance of our business.

Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue Reconciliation for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021

Revenue (GAAP) $27,121
Less: Real Estate Income 2,669
Plus: Systemwide Revenue Adjustment 9,927
Systemwide Pro Forma Revenue (non-GAAP) $34,379

This news release was prepared by management of 4Front Ventures. The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of this news release. Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed here and elsewhere in 4Front Ventures’ periodic filings with securities regulators. When used in this news release, words such as “will, could, plan, estimate, expect, intend, may, potential, believe, should,” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements related to future developments and the business and operations of 4Front Ventures, statements regarding when or if transactions will close or required conditions to closing will be attained, statements regarding future financial performance of the Company, statements regarding commencement and completion of construction of facilities and distribution of product, the availability of financing, the accretive nature of transactions, the ability to enter into definitive agreements for funding and acquisition opportunities, the impact of the transactions on the current and future business of 4Front and other statements regarding future developments of the business. Although 4Front Ventures has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, there can be other factors that cause results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, including, but not limited to: dependence on entering into definitive agreements and satisfying closing conditions, obtaining regulatory approvals; and engagement in activities currently considered illegal under U.S. federal laws; change in laws; limited operating history; reliance on management; the impact of Covid-19; requirements for additional financing; competition; hindering market growth and state adoption due to inconsistent public opinion and perception of the medical-use and adult-use marijuana industry; and regulatory or political change.

There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate or that management’s expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results will materialize. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, the results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results or events.

Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release. 4Front Ventures disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise such information, except as required by applicable law, and 4Front Ventures does not assume any liability for disclosure relating to any other company mentioned herein.

 

(This information is primarily sourced from 4Front Ventures Corp.  Highly Capitalized has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Read our Disclaimer here).

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