Vireo Health Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
- Pro forma Q1 revenue of approximately $7.0 million
- Total revenue of $5.8 million increased approximately 57 percent year-over-year
- Minnesota passes law doubling number of licensed dispensaries
MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Vireo Health International, Inc. (“Vireo” or the “Company”) (CSE: VREO), a leading science-focused, multi-state cannabis company, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019. All currency figures referenced in this release reflect U.S. dollar amounts, unless otherwise noted.
We continued to experience strong revenue growth during the first quarter, with increasing patient counts in Minnesota and New York and contributions from wholesale revenue streams in Maryland and Pennsylvania during the quarter. It was also a very successful quarter from an execution standpoint, as we completed several strategic acquisitions and began construction on many development projects that will help us meet the growing demand for our products across our operating footprint.
Founder & CEO, Kyle Kingsley, M.D.
Following the successful completion of our RTO transaction in March and subsequent acquisition activities, Vireo’s future has never looked brighter. We have a world-class team of professionals leading our expansion strategies, and we believe that our focus on bringing the best of medicine, science, and engineering to the cannabis industry will create compelling long-term value for all of our stakeholders.
- During the first four months of 2019, the Company acquired various cannabis licenses and real estate in the states of Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. These acquisition activities expanded Vireo’s licensed footprint to 10 states nationwide.
- The Company generated operating revenue in six states during the first quarter of 2019: Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania. Total revenue for Q1 2019 increased 57 percent year-over-year to $5.8 million versus Q1 2018. Pro-forma revenue for the quarter, including total first quarter revenue from recently completed acquisitions in Arizona and New Mexico, was approximately $7.0 million.
- Net loss for Q1 2019 was approximately $3.4 million, as compared to $2.0 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income, as described in accompanying disclosures and footnotes, was $2.0 million in Q1 2019, as compared to a loss of $0.9 million in the prior year quarter.
- Q1 2019 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as described in accompanying disclosures and footnotes, was $172,506 and $3.8 million respectively, as compared to a loss of $856,803 and a gain of $273,521, respectively, during the prior year quarter.
- On March 20, 2019, Vireo commenced trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under ticker symbol “VREO” following the successful completion of the Company’s reverse takeover (“RTO”) of Darien Business Development Corp. In conjunction with the RTO, Vireo raised approximately $51.4 million in proceeds through a brokered and non-brokered private placement.
First Quarter 2019 Financial Summary
Total revenue for Q1 2019 was $5.8 million, up 57 percent from $3.7 million in Q1 2018. Revenue growth was driven by a combined increase of $1.3 million in the states of Minnesota and New York, as well as wholesale revenue generation in the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Retail revenue was approximately $5.2 million in Q1 2019, an increase of approximately 40 percent compared to $3.7 million in Q1 2018. Wholesale revenue was $610,881 in Q1 2019 and reflected revenue contributions from wholesale markets in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Company did not operate any wholesale revenue channels during the prior year quarter.
Gross profit before fair value adjustments was $2.1 million, or 37 percent of revenue, as compared to $1.9 million or 50 percent, in the same period last year. Gross profit after fair value adjustments and net gains on growth of biological assets was $7.2 million or 124 percent of revenue, as compared to 2.3 million and 64 percent in the same period last year. The year-over-over increase in gross margin after fair value adjustments of biological assets was attributable to significant improvements in cultivation yields.
Total operating expenses were $3.7 million, as compared to $3.3 million in the same period last year. Total operating expenses include selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses, which totaled $1.4 million, as compared to $735,032 last year. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily attributable to increased salaries and wages, share-based compensation, professional fees, and general and administrative expenses to support the Company’s growing business, as well as start-up expenses related to buildout and pre-revenue operations in the states of Maryland and Ohio.
Total other expense was $4.6 million during Q1 2019. These non-operating expenses primarily reflect listing expenses related to the Company’s recent RTO and subsequent listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange, as well as interest expenses associated with recent sale-and-leaseback transactions of certain cultivation facilities.
Net loss attributable to Vireo in Q1 2019 was $3.4 million, as compared to a net loss of approximately $2.0 million in Q1 2018. Adjusted net income for Q1 2019 was$219,041, as compared to a loss of approximately $0.9 million in the prior year quarter.
Q1 2019 EBITDA was $172,506, as compared to a loss of $856,803 in Q1 2018. Excluding listing expense and share-based compensation expenses, Vireo generated Adjusted EBITDA of $3.8 million in Q1 2019, compared to $273,521 in Q1 2018. Please refer to the Supplemental Information and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures at the end of this press release for additional information.
On May 29, 2019, the Company announced the hiring of Harris Rabin as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Rabin will be responsible for overseeing Vireo’s brand marketing, e-commerce, retail, and other sales initiatives. Mr. Rabin is an accomplished marketing leader and joins Vireo with two decades of experience, including senior leadership roles in the consumer healthcare and beverage alcohol industries. He most recently served as Global Vice President of Marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev), where he oversaw a multi-billion-dollar global portfolio of core beer brands.
On May 30, 2019, the state of Minnesota enacted new legislation amending the state’s medical cannabis program. These measures were passed as part of a health and human services bill, and will allow for the existing licensed operators in the state to double the number of dispensaries, as well as to write off some business expenses and buy hemp from local farmers. These changes will result in Vireo Health increasing its number of dispensaries in the state from four to eight, and increases Vireo’s total number of dispensary licenses to 32 as of the date of this announcement.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of March 31, 2019, total assets were $146.4 million, including cash on hand of $40.4 million. Total long-term liabilities were $37.1 million as of March 31, 2019, with $1.0 million of debt currently due within 12 months.
As of March 31, 2019, there were 21,641,441 equity shares issued and outstanding, and 109,360,128 shares outstanding on an as converted, fully diluted basis.
During fiscal year 2019, Vireo continues to expect to conduct the following development activities:
- Launch Green Goods™ dispensaries in Pennsylvania and expand existing retail footprint in New Mexico
- Increase cultivation and processing capacity in Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico and New York
- Begin build-out of new facilities in Massachusetts, Nevada, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island
- Roll out new cannabis brands and innovative products in multiple state-based markets
- Wholesale Vireo-branded products to third-party dispensaries in Ohio
- Plant industrial hemp crops for IP development in Minnesota and New York
- The Company currently expects to exit the year with at least 20 operational dispensaries across its nationwide footprint.
Dr. Kingsley commented, “Fiscal year 2019 will be a pivotal year of growth for Vireo Health, as we anticipate the addition of at least six new revenue generating states during the year. The rollout of our Green Goods™ dispensaries in Pennsylvania is on schedule, and we now anticipate that we’ll exit the year with at least 20 operational dispensaries across our nationwide footprint. We are continuing to pursue additional organic and acquisitive growth opportunities, as well as the development of monetizable intellectual property, and we also believe improving regulatory environments in many of our state jurisdictions could present additional opportunities for growth over the near- to medium-term future.”
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Vireo Health management will host a conference call with research analysts on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 866-211-3165 (Toll-Free) or 647-689-6580 (International) and entering conference ID 8184214.
A live audio webcast of this event will also be available in the Events & Presentations section of the Company’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.vireohealth.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx and will be archived for one year.
Additional information relating to the Company’s first quarter and 2019 results is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Vireo Health refers to certain non-IFRS financial measures such as adjusted net income, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, less certain non-cash equity compensation expense, one-time transaction fees, and other non-cash items. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Please see the Supplemental Information and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures at the end of this news release for more detailed information regarding non-IFRS financial measures.
About Vireo Health International, Inc.
Vireo’s mission is to build the cannabis company of the future by bringing the best of medicine, engineering and science to the cannabis industry. The Company’s physician-led team of more than 300 employees provides best-in-class cannabis products and customer experience. Vireo cultivates cannabis in environmentally-friendly greenhouses, manufactures pharmaceutical-grade cannabis extracts, and sells its products at both company-owned and third-party dispensaries. The Company is currently licensed in ten states including Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. For more information about the company, please visit www.vireohealth.com.
Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This news release contains references to financial metrics such as Pro Forma Revenue, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted Net Income, which are non-IFRS measures and do not have standardized definitions under IFRS. The Company has provided these non-IFRS financial measures in this news release as supplemental information and in addition to the financial measures that are calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS. These supplemental non-IFRS financial measures are presented because management has evaluated the Company’s financial results both including and excluding the adjusted items and believe that the supplemental non-IFRS financial measures presented provide additional perspective and insights when analyzing the core operating performance of the Company’s business. The Company has provided reconciliations of these supplemental non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. Supplemental non-IFRS 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 IFRS financial measures presented in this news release.
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
Reconciliation of Reported Revenue to Pro Forma Revenue¹
¹Reported revenue of $5.8 million in Q1 2019 includes nine days of results from the recently closed acquisition in Arizona and six days results from the recently closed acquisition in New Mexico. Pro forma revenue adjustments include the balance of total first quarter revenue generation in Arizona and New Mexico.