TerrAscend Reports First Quarter Net Sales of $34.8 Million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.9 Million
- Net sales increased 34% quarter-over-quarter and 139% year-over-year
- Adjusted EBITDA of $4.9 million
- U.S. operations generated 25% adjusted EBITDA margin
- Anticipates Q2 2020 net sales of approximately $45 million, representing 30% quarter-over-quarter growth, with continued gross margin and adjusted EBITDA margin expansion
NEW YORK and TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ – TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend” or the “Company”) (CSE: TER, OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today reported financial results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2020.
First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
(Unless otherwise stated, comparisons are made between Fiscal Q1 2020 and Q1 2019 results and are in Canadian dollars)
- Net sales: Net sales increased 139% to $34.8 million from $14.6 million.
- Gross margin: Gross margin increased to 45%, compared to 10% (before gain on fair value of biological assets).
- Adjusted EBITDA¹: Adjusted EBITDA¹ was $4.9 million, compared with $(5.5) million.
U.S. Operations: The Company’s U.S. operations generated 57% Gross Margin and 25% Adjusted EBITDA margin.
- Balance Sheet: Cash & equivalents (including restricted cash) of $31.4 million, compared to $8.6 million.
- Capital Markets & Financing: The Company closed the final tranches of its previously announced private placement in January resulting in proceeds of $12.7 million and completed a loan financing agreement with Canopy Growth in March, providing $80.5 million in capital that was partially used to fully retire an existing credit facility held with JW Asset Management.
Getting to adjusted EBITDA profitability is a transformational milestone for our Company, and I’d like to thank the team for their tireless efforts towards that goal. These results were driven by the strong performance of our U.S. operations, which continue to perform ahead of plan.
Jason Ackerman, Executive Chairman and CEO of TerrAscend
With our Pennsylvania expansion complete and construction of our New Jersey facilities well underway, we’re confident in the ongoing growth targets that we have set. We remain focused on prudently investing our capital in the markets where we see the greatest and most profitable opportunities.
Jason Wild, Chairman added, “We’ve assembled a high-caliber team that is executing on the opportunities ahead. I’m extremely proud of the results reported today and pleased to see the commitment to driving strong revenue growth coupled with profitability.”
First Quarter 2020 Operational Highlights
- Tripled Ilera Healthcare’s cultivation output and completed the phase II expansion, with total footprint of 150,000 square feet
- Announced the opening of two Apothecarium retail dispensary locations in Pennsylvania to serve medical marijuana patients.
- Issued a permit to cultivate medical marijuana by the New Jersey Department of Health.
- TerrAscend Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, entered into a loan financing agreement with Canopy Growth in the amount of $80.5 million pursuant to a secured debenture. A portion of the proceeds received from Canopy Growth was used to retire the outstanding principal and interest amounts under the credit facility with JW Asset Management
- Appointed Jason Ackerman as permanent Chief Executive Officer.
- Named Keith Stauffer as Chief Financial Officer.
- Announced a US$30 million non-brokered private placement
- Closed the initial tranche of the non-brokered private placement, resulting in gross proceeds of US$27.3 million
Outlook and Preliminary Q2 2020 Revenue Guidance
Based on the success of the Company’s operations to-date, TerrAscend anticipates Q2 2020 net sales of approximately $45 million, representing 30% quarter-over-quarter growth. The Company also anticipates ongoing expansion of gross margin and adjusted EBITDA margin beyond Q1 2020 levels.
TerrAscend remains focused on the execution of its U.S. expansion strategy. To date, the Company has grown its U.S. presence, both organically and through targeted strategic acquisitions, which include Arise Bioscience, The Apothecarium, Ilera Healthcare, and State Flower. This has enabled TerrAscend to enter new markets and establish a strong foothold. The Company’s U.S expansion strategy is rooted in a commitment to achieving scale and profitability in the select markets where it operates. To that end, TerrAscend is focused on fully leveraging the expansion completed at the Company’s cultivation and manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania, completing the construction of its cultivation facility in New Jersey, and continuing to add depth to the Company’s portfolio of retail locations in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The Company continues to evaluate additional markets for potential entry through organic license applications and strategic acquisitions.
Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees, patients, customers, and the communities in which it operates remains TerrAscend’s highest priority. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, TerrAscend continues to adhere to stringent, company-wide measures which include taking employee temperatures at the beginning of each shift; thoroughly cleaning equipment and high-traffic areas; using hand-sanitizer between transactions; requiring non-essential employees to work from home; and practicing social distancing from fellow employees, customers and patients. In addition, TerrAscend has implemented convenient drive through services and curb side pick up options at its retail dispensaries, where permitted. TerrAscend’s management team continues to monitor this situation and will proactively implement new measures as required.
Q1 2020 Financial Summary
Net sales increased 139% to $34.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 (“Q1 2020”), as compared to $14.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 (“Q1 2019”). Net sales in the U.S were $30.9 million in Q1 2020, contributing 89% of total consolidated net sales, reflecting TerrAscend’s continued focus on this important market. This increase was driven by the operational scale-up of TerrAscend’s U.S footprint, which the Company has strategically expanded through investments in production capacity as well as wholesale and retail sales presence.
Gross margin, before gain on fair value of biological assets, was 45% in Q1 2020, compared to 10% in Q1 2019. The increase in gross margin is the result of the Company’s shift to higher margin opportunities in the U.S., as well as ongoing initiatives to rationalize its Canadian operations to the current market opportunity.
Q1 2020 G&A expense was $14.6 million, an increase of 66% compared to Q1 2019. The change was primarily driven by the Company’s strategic focus on entering the U.S. market which drove 139% total net sales growth compared to the prior period. TerrAscend expects to continue to strategically invest in acquiring the talent and developing the appropriate infrastructure to ensure continued expansion in the high-growth U.S market while driving operating leverage as the Company’s operations continue to scale.
Adjusted EBITDA was $4.9 million in Q1 2020, compared to $(5.5) million in Q1 2019. On a geographic basis, adjusted EBITDA from the Company’s U.S. and Canadian operations in Q1 2020 was $8.2 million and $(3.3) million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA margin generated from the Company’s U.S operations was 25%.
Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, were $31.4 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $8.6 million as of March 31, 2019, resulting from the net proceeds from the $80.5 million Canopy Growth financing arrangement. $64.8 million of those proceeds were used to retire an existing credit facility with JW Asset Management.
TerrAscend will host a conference call tomorrow, May 29, 2020, to discuss these results. Jason Ackerman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Keith Stauffer, Chief Financial Officer, and Jason Wild, Chairman, will host the call starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
DATE: Friday, May 29th, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
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The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Neither the CSE nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
TerrAscend provides quality products, brands, and services to the global cannabinoid market. As the first North American Operator (NAO), with scale operations in both Canada and the US, TerrAscend participates in the medical and legal adult use markets across these jurisdictions. TerrAscend operates a number of synergistic businesses, including Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical marijuana cultivator, processor and dispenser; The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary with several retail locations in California; Valhalla Confections, a manufacturer of premium cannabis-infused edibles; and Arise Bioscience Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived products. TerrAscend holds a cultivation permit in the State of New Jersey and is pending approval for a vertically integrated medical cannabis operation with the ability to operate up to 3 Alternative Treatment Centers. Additionally, TerrAscend holds a Medical Cannabis Processor License in the State of Utah. For more information, visit www.terrascend.com.
Non-IFRS Measures, Reconciliation and Discussion
Certain financial measures in this news release are non-IFRS measures, including Pro forma revenue, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. These terms are not defined by IFRS and, therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other companies. These metrics have no direct comparable IFRS financial measure. Such information is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.
For more information, please see “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” in the Company’s Interim MD&A available on www.sedar.com.
Pro forma revenue is a non-IFRS measure which management uses to capture total revenue plus revenue from pending and closed acquisitions as if such acquisitions had occurred at the beginning of the performance period. The Company considers this measure to be an appropriate indicator of the growth and scope of the business.
EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure which management uses to evaluate the performance of the Company’s business as it reflects its ongoing profitability. EBITDA is calculated as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure which management uses to evaluate the performance of the Company’s business as it reflects its ongoing profitability. The Company believes that certain investors and analysts use Adjusted EBITDA to measure a company’s ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations or as a common measurement to value companies in the biopharmaceutical industry. The Company measures Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA less unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets and other income plus fair value changes in biological assets included in inventory sold, purchase accounting adjustments, transaction costs, share based compensation and unrealized loss on investments. The Company believes that this definition is suited to measure the Company’s ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations.
Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the current period’s presentation.
Caution Regarding Cannabis Operations in the United States
Investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the US Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in the United States to, among other things, cultivate, distribute or possess cannabis in the United States. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, cannabis-related business activities in the United States may form the basis for prosecution under applicable US federal money laundering legislation.
While the approach to enforcement of such laws by the federal government in the United States has trended toward non-enforcement against individuals and businesses that comply with medical or adult-use cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve TerrAscend of liability under US federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against TerrAscend. The enforcement of federal laws in the United States is a significant risk to the business of TerrAscend and any proceedings brought against TerrAscend thereunder may adversely affect TerrAscend’s operations and financial performance.
This press release contains a financial outlook within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. The financial outlook has been prepared by management of TerrAscend to provide an outlook for the first quarter of 2020 and may not be appropriate for any other purpose. The financial outlook has been prepared based on a number of assumptions including the assumptions discussed under the heading “Forward Looking Information” above and assumptions with respect to production, pricing, and demand, The actual results of TerrAscend’s operations for any period will likely vary from the amounts set forth in these projections and such variations may be material. TerrAscend and its management believe that the financial outlook has been prepared on a reasonable basis. However, because this information is highly subjective and subject to numerous risks, including the risks discussed under the heading “Forward Looking Information” above, it should not be relied on as necessarily indicative of future results. Except as required by applicable Canadian securities laws, TerrAscend undertakes no obligation to update the financial outlook.
TerrAscend undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of TerrAscend, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable).