Columbia Care Reports First Quarter 2023 Results
- Quarterly Revenue of $125 Million, an Increase of 1% YoY
- Quarterly Gross Profit of Over $47 Million, an Increase of 13% QoQ
- Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA1 of Over $16 Million and Adjusted EBITDA Margin1 of Over 13%
NEW YORK-May 15, 2023-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (CSE: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP) (“Columbia Care” or the “Company”), one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products in the U.S., today reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023. All financial information presented in this release is in U.S. GAAP and in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.
“As we continue our efforts to move the Cresco Labs transaction forward, we were pleased with the operational progress we made during the first quarter of 2023. Columbia Care continued to optimize our portfolio of assets, and reduce costs to improve profitability as we move towards free cash flow generation later this year. We took steps to proactively manage our capital structure to meet our upcoming maturities and allow for flexibility to reduce leverage going forward,” said Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care.
As we’ve seen in recent quarters, the drivers of growth for the Company continue to be east coast markets, especially New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia, helping us grow our topline revenue 1% over Q1 2022 in spite of economic headwinds.
Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care
The sequential topline trend reflected the impact of a reduction in the total number of retail locations early in the quarter, the accounting impact from the successful launch of our Stash Cash loyalty program, and expected seasonality, demonstrating the strength of the remaining portfolio.
Vita continued, “Our decision to prioritize markets that are driving profitability and growth was reflected by two store openings in Virginia and one in West Virginia towards the end of the quarter. Our decision to reduce exposure to unprofitable markets and assets accelerated in the first quarter, with the sale of our Missouri operations and the closure of unprofitable retail locations in Colorado. Investors should expect to see the effects of our operational and financial reprioritization including targeted cost-reduction measures, non-core asset divestitures, improvements in cultivation and manufacturing utilization rates, and related efforts to improve leverage ratios while we reduce our cost of capital. Although the restructuring initiatives that have been implemented did not have a material impact on the first quarter, they will have an impact on the business and our profitability going forward. The final phase of the roll out of our improved organizational and operational structure is expected to take effect in the coming months, which will also culminate with several other internally facing efficiency initiatives. We look forward to continued growth in our strategic portfolio, including the transitions to adult use in Maryland and Delaware later this year.”
Top 5 Markets by Revenue in Q1: Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Top 5 Markets by Adjusted EBITDA in Q1: Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Markets are listed alphabetically
Enhancing scale and optimizing strategic retail network:
- In Q1 2023, the Company opened two locations in Virginia (Hampton & Colonial Heights) and one in West Virginia; Virginia remains a top market by revenue and Adjusted EBITDA
- Around the beginning of Q1 2023, as part of the ongoing efficiency initiatives to enhance profitability that were announced in January, the Company closed two unprofitable locations in Colorado and subsequently signed a definitive agreement to divest unprofitable assets (dispensary and manufacturing) in Missouri
- Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company opened one additional location in Norfolk, Virginia, bringing total active store count to 85
- Wholesale revenue held constant at $15.2 million in Q1 2023 compared to Q4 2022, driven by price stability and increasing volume
- Retail revenue declined 1.5% sequentially, primarily due to anticipated seasonality and the closure of three retail locations at the beginning of the quarter, in addition to the accounting impact of Stash Cash rewards program
- New Jersey revenue increased more than 7% sequentially, and the two active retail locations in the state remain among the top dispensaries in the Company’s portfolio; the third New Jersey retail location is in development
- Virginia market revenue grew more than 9% sequentially, with two new retail locations added and continued growth of the patient population
- The Company saw sequential revenue growth of approximately 7% in both Ohio and Pennsylvania
- Five additional dispensaries in development during 2023 include three in Virginia, one in New Jersey, and one in Maryland
Proven cultivation expertise and continued improvements:
- In Q1 2023, overall cultivated cost per gram was down more than 11% YoY due to continued gains in operational efficiency and productivity; multiple markets saw improved potency through strict adherence to standard operating procedures
- The Company now counts more than 70 high potency strains (25% THC or higher) throughout the portfolio, which is accretive to gross margin as we continue to see a higher percentage of the portfolio in the high potency category that commands premium pricing
- Enhanced production capabilities and prioritization of concentrates and edibles in the wholesale market contributed to a 4-percentage point increase in share of concentrates within wholesale revenue product mix
- Cultivation improvements and standardization represent significant opportunity to improve gross margin further; the Company continues to optimize production planning, genetics selection, environmental controls and plant management across the cultivation portfolio to support market demand
- Improvement in cultivation efficiency and standardization supports introduction of upgraded brands, such as Triple 7 and Seed & Strain, to drive future pricing improvements and wholesale demand
Sustained momentum on branding initiatives at retail and product levels:
- In Q1 2023, launched new line of formulated cannabis tablets, Press 2.0, in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia
- Retail share of internal brand sales increased to 46% in Q1 2023 compared to 45% in Q4 2022
- In-house brands accounted for 60% of all flower sold at Columbia Care dispensaries in Q1 2023
- There are now 35 Cannabist locations in the U.S. with additional openings planned in 2023
Capital Markets & Liquidity Highlights
- The Company ended the quarter with $40.2 million in cash
- Capital expenditures in Q1 were approximately $5.7 million, primarily for new store openings; Q1 is expected to be the highest quarterly capital expenditure for 2023
- On March 13, 2023, the Company signed definitive agreement to divest interests in the Missouri market for approximately $7 million (50% cash due at signing and 50% at close); Missouri market generated $1 million in EBITDA loss in 2022
- On March 28, 2023, the Company exercised its unilateral right to extend the maturity date of its 13% senior secured notes in the amount of $38.2 million, originally due May 14, 2023, to May 14, 2024; the Company has no debt maturities prior to that date other than a $5.6 million convertible note in December 2023
- The corporate restructuring initiatives announced in January 2023, which reduced or exited cultivation operations in six markets, closed four unprofitable retail stores in Colorado and Missouri (Q1 2023) and California (Q4 2022), and eliminated approximately 25% of corporate positions, are expected to generate a net $35 million in annualized savings
- The Company has exited several markets and assets that were not accretive to cash flow, including closing its CBD and European businesses and selling its assets in Puerto Rico, which, when combined with the recent exit of Missouri, will generate an incremental savings of approximately $3 million annually going forward
Status of Pending Cresco Labs Transaction
As previously disclosed, in March 2022, Columbia Care entered into an arrangement agreement (as amended, the “Arrangement Agreement,”) with Cresco Labs Inc. (“Cresco Labs”), pursuant to which, Cresco Labs agreed, subject to the terms and conditions thereof, to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares and proportionate voting shares of Columbia Care (the “Cresco Labs Transaction”), pursuant to a statutory plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).
In furtherance of the Arrangement Agreement, Columbia Care continues to collaborate closely with Cresco Labs on the divestiture transactions required to obtain the regulatory approvals which are conditions of closing of the Arrangement. The Company has no updates to provide on the timing for execution of agreements relating to outstanding divestiture transactions.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The Company will host a conference call on Monday, May 15, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2023.
To access the live conference call via telephone, participants must pre-register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI47e5e42a5c56427c8ea8b8ed2d3a4494. After registering, instructions will be shared on how to join the call for those who wish to dial in. A live audio webcast of the call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.columbia.care/ or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/kfcj9amv.
A replay of the audio webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website approximately 2 hours after completion of the call and will be archived for 30 days.
About Columbia Care
Columbia Care is one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products and related services, with licenses in 16 U.S. jurisdictions. Columbia Care operates 126 facilities including 94 dispensaries and 32 cultivation and manufacturing facilities, including those under development. Columbia Care is one of the original multi-state providers of medical cannabis in the U.S. and now delivers industry-leading products and services to both the medical and adult-use markets. In 2021, the company launched Cannabist, its retail brand, creating a national dispensary network that leverages proprietary technology platforms. The company offers products spanning flower, edibles, oils and tablets, and manufactures popular brands including Seed & Strain, Triple Seven, Hedy, gLeaf, Classix, Press, and Amber. For more information on Columbia Care, please visit www.columbia.care.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, Columbia Care refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin. Columbia Care considers certain non-GAAP measures to be meaningful indicators of the performance of its business. These measures are not recognized measures under GAAP, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to (and may be calculated differently by) other companies that present similar measures. Accordingly, these measures should not be considered in isolation from nor as a substitute for our financial information reported under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are used to provide investors with supplemental measures of our operating performance and thus highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP measures. These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented. We also recognize that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-GAAP measures in the evaluation of companies within our industry.
With respect to non-GAAP financial measures, the Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before (i) depreciation and amortization; (ii) income taxes; and (iii) interest expense and debt amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before (i) share-based compensation expense; (ii) goodwill and intangible impairment, (iii) adjustments for acquisition and other non-core costs; (iv) gain on remeasurement of contingent consideration, net, (v) fair value changes on derivative liabilities; and (vi) fair value mark-up for acquired inventory. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenue. Adjusted Gross Profit is defined as gross profit before the fair mark-up for acquired inventory. Adjusted Gross Margin is defined as gross margin before the fair mark-up for acquired inventory.
The Company views these non-GAAP financial measures as a means to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of the Company’s historical operating results and comparison to competitors’ operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measure, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company’s business. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures are a matter of management judgment and depend upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety.
Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures are included in this press release and a further discussion of some of these items will be contained in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q.