Cronos Group Inc. Announces Second Quarter and First-Half 2019 Results
Opened Cronos Device Labs, New Global R&D Center in Israel
Appointed Dr. Todd Abraham as Chief Innovation Officer
Announced Agreement to Acquire State-of-the-Art Fermentation Facility
Established New Growth Opportunity in the United States with Acquisition of Hemp-Based Products Platform
TORONTO, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos Group” or the “Company”), today announced financial results and business highlights for the second quarter and first-half ended June 30, 2019.
During the second quarter, Cronos Group expanded its R&D capabilities, innovation expertise and global infrastructure network in what has been a year of tremendous growth. We opened Cronos Device Labs, our new global R&D center in Israel, announced the acquisition of our new state-of-the-art fermentation facility and added Dr. Todd Abraham as Chief Innovation Officer to our executive leadership team.
Mike Gorenstein, CEO of Cronos Group
We also took steps to enter the U.S. market with our recent acquisition of Redwood Holding’s hemp-based CBD platform. As we look ahead, we will continue to capitalize on this momentum by building on our partnerships with Altria and Gingko Bioworks and leveraging our collective resources and expertise to realize the significant potential in the growing cannabis industry.
Financial Results Second Quarter 2019
- Net revenue was $10.2 million in Q2 2019, representing a 202% increase from $3.4 million in Q2 2018, primarily driven by the launch of the adult-use market in Canada. Net revenue increased 58% quarter-over-quarter from $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, primarily driven by increased sales in CBD oil, which carries no excise tax reduction and increased sales of dry flower.
- 1,584 kilograms were sold in Q2 2019, representing a 232% increase from 477 kilograms sold in Q2 2018, primarily driven by increased cannabis production and the launch of the adult-use market in Canada. Kilograms sold increased 43% quarter-over-quarter from 1,111 kilograms sold in the first quarter of 2019, primarily driven by increased cannabis production.
- Cost of sales before fair value adjustments per gram sold was $3.01 in Q2 2019, representing a 14% increase from $2.63 in Q2 2018 and a 12% increase from $2.69 in the first quarter of 2019. The increase quarter-over-quarter was driven by higher processing cost on a per gram basis.
- The Company experienced continued growth in cannabis oil sales, which represented 20% of net product revenue in Q2 2019 compared to 19% in Q2 2018.
Global Supply Chain
Cronos Group is transitioning its current production footprint towards an efficient global supply chain model, which is expected to employ a combination of wholly-owned production facilities, third-party suppliers and global production partnerships, all of which is anticipated to support the manufacturing of the Company’s adult consumer goods. The Company remains focused on establishing industry-leading methodologies and best practices at Peace Naturals, the Company’s center of excellence, and leveraging expertise to create high quality domestic and international products that resonate with consumers.
In anticipation of the derivative market launching in Canada this fall, Cronos Group expanded its Canadian footprint with a cannabis concentrate supply agreement with MediPharm Labs Corp. (“MediPharm Labs”) in May 2019. MediPharm Labs will supply Cronos Group with approximately $30 million of cannabis concentrate over 18-months, and, subject to certain renewal and purchase options, potentially up to $60 million over 24-months. Additionally, Cronos Group and MediPharm Labs have entered into a tolling agreement, where Cronos Group may supply bulk cannabis to MediPharm Labs extraction facility to fulfill certain additional processing needs of the Company.
In July 2019, subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the Company entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corp. (“Heritage”), a cannabis producer based in British Columbia. Heritage will be providing cannabis extract and services related to the filling and packaging of vaporizer devices for the Canadian cannabis adult-use and medical markets. The agreement has a two-year term with an option to extend upon agreement by both parties, at an annual potential contract value of $35 million, based on current projections.
Global Sales and Distribution
Cronos Group remains committed to leading the industry forward responsibly as derivative products are introduced to the Canadian marketplace this fall. Along with Cronos Group’s internal capabilities, the Company has partnered with third-party producers to support the Company’s entry into the vaporizer category in Canada. Both aforementioned third-party suppliers are expected to utilize the Company’s proprietary formulations for production.
Intellectual Property Initiatives
In May 2019, Cronos Group established Cronos Device Labs, a global research and development (“R&D”) center for vaporizer innovation. Cronos Device Labs’ advanced facility is based in Israel, a leader in cannabis R&D, and supports Cronos Group’s efforts to develop next-generation vaporizer products that are designed specifically for cannabinoid applications.
Cronos Device Labs, which is equipped with an experienced team of product development talent, advanced vaporizer technology and analytical testing infrastructure, serves as the global center of R&D for the Company’s vaporizer devices.
The 23-member team at Cronos Device Labs, which brings to Cronos Group over 80 years of combined expertise in vaporizer development, is comprised of product designers, mechanical, electrical and software engineers, and analytical and formulation scientists. Cronos Device Labs significantly enhances Cronos Group’s technology and development capabilities and is expected to enable the Company to deliver expanded product offerings to customers that are specially tailored to cannabinoid use.
Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, Cronos Group closed the previously announced acquisition of an 84,000 square foot GMP compliant fermentation and manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba from Apotex Fermentation Inc. (“AFI”) on July 31, 2019. The state-of-the-art facility, which will operate as “Cronos Fermentation”, includes fully equipped laboratories covering microbiology, organic and analytical chemistry, quality control and method development as well as two large scale microbial fermentation production areas with a combined production capacity of 102,000L, three downstream processing plants, and bulk product and packaging capabilities.
The acquisition was funded using existing cash on hand and is expected to provide the fermentation and manufacturing capabilities the Company needs in order to capitalize on the progress underway with Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. (“Ginkgo Bioworks”). The Ginkgo Bioworks partnership aims to bring innovation and biological manufacturing to the cannabis industry, which would allow for cannabinoid production at large scale and with greater efficiency compared to traditional cultivation and extraction. Commercial production at the facility is subject to completion of the equipment alignment for cannabinoid-based production, the receipt of the appropriate licenses from Health Canada to produce cultured cannabinoids under the Cannabis Act (Canada) and the achievement of certain milestones under the strategic partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks.
Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, Cronos Group entered into a definitive agreement to acquire four of Redwood Holding Group, LLC’s operating subsidiaries (collectively, “Redwood”). Redwood manufactures, markets and distributes hemp-derived CBD infused skincare and other consumer products online and through retail and hospitality partner channels in the United States under the Lord Jones™ brand. Redwood’s products use pure hemp oil that contains natural phytocannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cronos Group will acquire Redwood for approximately US$300 million, net of Redwood’s estimated cash and debt and subject to a customary working capital adjustment. US$225 million of the total consideration (subject to the foregoing adjustments) will be paid in cash with the balance paid in newly issued Cronos Group common shares. Cronos Group will fund the cash portion of the transaction with cash on hand. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
The Company will host a conference call and live audio webcast on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss second quarter 2019 results. The call will last approximately one hour. Instructions for the conference call are provided below:
Live audio webcast: https://ir.thecronosgroup.com/events/event-details/second-quarter-2019-earnings-conference-call
Toll Free from the U.S. and Canada dial-in: (866) 795-2258
International dial-in: (409) 937-8902
Conference ID: 3164005
An audio replay of the call will be archived on the Company’s website for replay.
About Cronos Group
Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos Group’s portfolio includes PEACE NATURALS™, a global health and wellness platform, and two adult-use brands COVE™ and Spinach™. To learn more about Cronos Group and its brands, please visit: www.thecronosgroup.com; www.peacenaturals.com; www.covecannabis.ca; www.spinachcannabis.com.
The Company uses certain measures that are not recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as a supplement to those IFRS measures to provide additional information regarding the Company’s results of operations from management’s perspective. Accordingly, non-IFRS measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. Each non-IFRS measure is reconciled to its most directly comparable IFRS measure.
Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (“Adjusted EBIT”) is used by management as a supplemental measure to review and assess operating performance and trends on a comparable basis. Adjusted EBIT is defined as net income or loss, excluding interest expense, interest income, deferred income tax expense or recovery, share-based payments, unrealized change in the fair value of biological assets, realized fair value adjustments on inventory sold, financing costs, gain on revaluation of derivative liabilities, share of income or loss from investments in equity accounted investees and gain or loss on investments. The Company believes that Adjusted EBIT is useful to compare its operating profitability across periods.
Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) is used by management as a supplemental measure to review and assess operating performance and trends on a comparable basis. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBIT excluding depreciation and amortization. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to compare its ability to generate cash from operations across periods.
Reconciliation of non-IFRS measures
A reconciliation of Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, is presented in the following table.
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