|“Our fourth-quarter results continued to demonstrate good organic revenue growth trends, and we’re pleased to see improving consistency in margins as we benefit from recent initiatives to increase scale and achieve greater efficiency in operations,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Kingsley, M.D. “We spent most of 2020 focused on executing our core market strategy and positioning our portfolio of early-stage medical markets for profitable growth, and we expect that performance in fiscal year 2021 will highlight the strong upside potential we see in our business.”|
Dr. Kingsley continued, “We have a healthy balance sheet and completed several expansion projects recently that should help drive stronger results, and we’re encouraged by progress toward policy reforms, which could significantly improve the overall trajectory of our performance. The improving regulatory climate at local and federal levels has given us confidence to continue making growth investments, and we plan to begin construction in early Q2 on incremental expansions of cultivation capacity at our facilities in Arizona and Maryland in addition to our ongoing initiatives to expand our retail dispensary footprint.”
|Summary of Key Financial Metrics|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|US $ in millions||2020||2019||Variance||2020||2019||Variance|
|Revenue (excl. former Pennsylvania subsidiaries)||$11.5||$7.9||46%||$42.2||$27.0||57%|
|GAAP Gross Profit||$5.3||$1.3||303%||$17.1||$7.3||133%|
|Gross Profit Margin||42.7%||14.6%||2,810 bps||34.8%||24.5%||1,030 bps|
|SG&A Expenses (% of Sales)||53.9%||102.2%||-4,830 bps||53.6%||83.6%||-3,000 bps|
|Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)||$0.1||($7.3)||NM||($5.2)||($16.9)||NM|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin (non-GAAP)||0.9%||(81.1%)||8,200 bps||(10.6%)||(56.4%)||4,580 bps|
Full Year 2020 Business Highlights
- Total revenue of $49.2 million increased 64.3 percent year-over-year, driven by organic growth and the successful execution of management’s core market strategies during the year. Excluding results from the Company’s former subsidiaries in Pennsylvania, revenue increased 57.0 percent to $42.2 million.
- Gross profit increased by $9.8 million to $17.1 million, or 34.8 percent of sales as compared to $7.3 million, or 24.5 percent of sales in fiscal year 2019.
- During the year, the Company completed the expansion of its Green Goods™ retail stores in the state of Minnesota. All eight of Vireo’s dispensary licenses in the state of Minnesota are now operational.
- The Company opened 4 new Green Goods™ dispensaries in fiscal year 2020 and ended the year with 15 operational dispensaries across its nationwide operating footprint.
- During the year, the Company divested its former subsidiaries in the state of Pennsylvania for total consideration of $26.0 million, including $21.2 million in cash. The Company utilized a portion of these proceeds to invest in more attractive opportunities in the Arizona and Maryland markets.
- The Company ended fiscal year 2020 with $25.5 million in cash on its balance sheet.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Summary
Total revenue, including the Company’s former subsidiaries in Pennsylvania, was $12.4 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 37.9 percent as compared to Q4 2019. Excluding contributions from Pennsylvania, revenue increased 46.0 percent to $11.5 million. Retail revenue excluding Pennsylvania increased approximately 39.3 percent to $9.1 million in Q4 2020 and reflected growth in each market. Wholesale revenue excluding Pennsylvania increased by 78.6 percent to $2.4 million, driven by strong growth in the Arizona and Maryland markets.
Gross profit was $5.3 million, or 42.6 percent of revenue, as compared to gross profit of $1.3 million or 14.6 percent of revenue in the same period last year. The improvement in gross profit compared to the prior year was driven by higher unit volumes across all markets, which resulted in lower fixed production costs per unit, especially in the Maryland wholesale channel, which was operating below normalized capacity utilization rates in 2019.
Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $7.5 million, an improvement of $3.7 million or 33.0 percent as compared to $11.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The reduction in operating expenses was primarily attributable to a reduction in share-based compensation expenses, lower salaries and wages, and a one-time adjustment related to inventory costing of labor in the prior-year quarter, partially offset by higher depreciation costs related to expanded operations. Excluding depreciation and share-based compensation, operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $6.7 million, or 53.9 percent of sales, as compared to $9.2 million or 102.2 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Total other income was $2.0 million during Q4 2020, a favorable variance of $32.1 million compared to total other expense of $30.2 million in Q4 2019. This favorable variance is primarily attributable to an intangible asset impairment charge of $28.3 million in the prior-year quarter to reflect changing market valuations of cannabis businesses at that time, and a gain of $3.8 million on the divestiture of the Company’s former Pennsylvania Dispensary Solutions subsidiary in Q4 2020, partially offset by a loss on derivative liability of $1.2 million.
EBITDA, as described in accompanying disclosures and footnotes, was a gain of $1.2 million during Q4 2020, compared to a loss of $38.5 million in Q4 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $112,652 in Q4 2020, as compared to a loss of $7.3 million in Q4 2019. Please refer to the Supplemental Information and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures at the end of this press release for additional information.
Net loss in Q4 2020 was $2.3 million, as compared to a net loss of $39.5 million in Q4 2019. The favorable improvement in net loss was primarily the result of the non-recurrence of one-time impairment charges in the prior-year quarter, as well as improved revenue growth and efficiency of operations.
On January 7, 2021, the Company announced that it closed on its previously disclosed purchase of four cannabis licenses in Nevada. These licenses allow for the cultivation and production of cannabis products for both medical and adult-use purposes.
In March 2021, the Company completed and received regulatory approval of its 110,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility in Massey, Maryland, and opened its first retail dispensary in Maryland in the City of Frederick which brought its total number of operational dispensaries to 16.
On March 25, 2021, the Company expects to close on the first tranche of the previously announced senior secured, delayed draw term loan with Chicago Atlantic Group, an affiliate of Green Ivy Capital, and a group of lenders. The first tranche of $23.5 million, net of fees and closing costs, will be utilized to support the Company’s ongoing growth initiatives and working capital requirements.
Transition from IFRS to U.S. GAAP Reporting
The Company recently became a U.S. reporting company and registrant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Vireo now presents its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), rather than International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. The Company incurred one-time expenses and professional fees related to this transition of approximately $0.5 million during the fourth quarter.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of December 31, 2020, the Company had 113,016,459 equity shares issued and outstanding on an as-converted basis, and 157,274,493 shares outstanding on an as-converted, fully diluted basis.
As of December 31, 2020, total current assets were $47.0 million, including cash on hand of $25.5 million, excluding the expected proceeds of the first tranche of the previously disclosed credit facility. Total current liabilities were $19.9 million, with $1.1 million in debt due within 12 months.
Given near-term uncertainties related to the timing and outcome of certain regulatory developments in several of its markets, the Company has not provided quantitative commentary regarding its revenue or profitability outlook for 2021. However, Vireo anticipates growth investments made in fiscal year 2020 and continued execution of its core market strategy will yield organic revenue growth for the foreseeable future. Stronger revenue growth, coupled with expectations for reduced SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales, should substantially reduce cash outflows from existing operations throughout 2021. Recent efforts to scale production and expand the Company’s retail dispensary footprint could also help drive improved financial performance through fiscal year 2022.
There is potential for several favorable regulatory developments across Vireo’s state-based operating footprint in the near-term. Following the recent enactment of the adult-use program in Arizona, Vireo’s markets in Maryland, New Mexico, and New York could all potentially enact adult-use legislation this year, and Minnesota could begin to allow the sale of raw cannabis flower within its medical program. Each of these outcomes could serve as a significant revenue growth catalyst for Vireo’s business.
The Company expects to open two additional retail dispensaries in New Mexico during the second quarter of 2021, and continue its ongoing initiative to rebrand its retail stores in New York to its Green Goods™ store concept.
Vireo anticipates making further investments to improve scale with additional facility build outs during fiscal year 2021. Specifically, the Company expects to begin incremental expansion projects of its cultivation facilities in Arizona and Maryland during the second quarter. In Arizona, the Company expects to invest approximately $3.0 million for the development of a dry-flower processing facility and a second nine-acre shade house adjacent to its existing operations, bringing the total size of its cultivation facilities in the state to approximately 18 acres. In Maryland, the Company expects to invest approximately $6.0 million for the development of an additional 75,000 sq. ft. of cultivation capacity at its existing 110,000 sq. ft. facility in the town of Massey. Both of these projects are expected to be complete before the end of the third quarter of 2021.
Forward-Looking Statement Disclosure
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Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct, including preliminary financial expectations regarding the annualized reduction of corporate overhead and SG&A expenses. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the timing of adult-use legislation in markets where the Company currently operates; current and future market conditions, including the market price of the subordinate voting shares of the Company; risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic; federal, state, local, and foreign government laws, rules, and regulations, including federal and state laws in the United States relating to cannabis operations in the United States; limited operating history; changes in laws, regulations, and guidelines; operational, regulatory and other risks; execution of business strategy; management of growth; difficulty to forecast; conflicts of interest; risks inherent in an agricultural business; liquidity and additional financing; and risk factors set out in the Company’s listing statement dated March 19, 2019, filed with the Canadian securities regulators and available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in the Company’s amended registration statement on Form 10, filed January 20, 2021 on EDGAR with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.
The financial information reported in this press release is based on audited financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019, and December 31, 2020. All financial information contained in this press release is qualified in its entirety with reference to such financial statements. To the extent that the financial information contained in this press release is inconsistent with the information contained in the Company’s audited financial statements, the financial information contained in this press release shall be deemed to be modified or superseded by the Company’s audited financial statements. The making of a modifying or superseding statement shall not be deemed an admission for any purposes that the modified or superseded statement, when made, constituted a misrepresentation for purposes of applicable securities laws.
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