Harvest One Reports Record Revenues for First Quarter 2020; Outlines Enhanced Strategic Plan Focused on Brand Development and Distribution, Cost Savings and Achieving Profitability
Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (“Harvest One” or the “Company”) (TSXV:HVT, OTCQX:HRVOF) today announced the release of its financial and operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2019, and an enhanced strategic plan focusing on the Company’s core strengths of brand development and distribution, including the development and manufacturing of infused products for Cannabis 2.0, and strengthening its consumer packaged goods division. The plan also incorporates immediate cost savings through reductions in workforce and operating overheads as it moves along the path to profitability.
First Quarter Financial Highlights
- Achieved record net revenue of $4.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, representing a 34% increase over the previous quarter, and a 142% increase over the same period in 2018;
- Reported revenue growth of 125% and 42%, respectively, over the previous quarter in its cultivation and medical/nutraceutical divisions, while experiencing a slight decrease in its consumer division of 9%; and
- Reported an improved adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) loss of $3.4 million representing a 39% improvement over the previous quarter, and a 15% improvement over the same period in 2018(1).
Subsequent Events to September 30
- Received permission from Health Canada to import Satipharm’s CBD Gelpell® capsules into Canada for research and development purposes and began selling Satipharm’s CBD Gelpell® capsules in Argentina for medical purposes; and
- Obtained a Cultivation Licence from Health Canada for Phase 1 of the Company’s new Mission Road facility adjacent to its existing Duncan facility in British Columbia, bringing total production capacity to approximately 1,800 kg per year.
Grant Froese, CEO of Harvest One, said, “we are very encouraged by strong revenue growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Cannabis sales throughout the industry have been greatly impacted by provincial and regulatory challenges, particularly the slow roll out of retail stores in both Ontario and British Columbia. Unlike some other Canadian Licensed Producers, we are in a fortunate position of having a diverse product portfolio, where cultivation equates to approximately 50% of our revenue, with our remaining revenues coming from our medical and consumer divisions.”
Mr. Froese continued, “in light of recent challenges within the cannabis industry, the Company has made some difficult but necessary decisions to improve cash flows and reallocate capital to ensure the long-term growth of the Company. Harvest One has implemented significant cost saving measures across all its divisions and expects to realize these savings immediately and improve upon them in future quarters.”
Enhanced Strategic Plan
Management has implemented an enhanced strategic plan (the “Plan”) with an increased focus on the Company’s core strengths of brand development and distribution. As part of this Plan, the Company is adapting its Lucky Lake facility to a state-of-the-art processing and manufacturing facility for value-added infused products, both for the Company’s existing brands and future expansion. The repurposing of the Lucky Lake facility will also result in significant cost savings that will improve cash flows in the near and long terms.
Key Elements of the Enhanced Strategic Plan include:
Repurposing Lucky Lake Facility
In light of the accelerating and extreme oversupply of cannabis flower in the Canadian marketplace, the Company has recently undergone a redesign and repurposing of its Lucky Lake facility to focus on the Company’s core strengths: namely, the development, production and distribution of the Company’s value-added infused products, including the manufacture of its Satipharm Gelpell® capsules in Canada. Specifically, the repurposing of the Lucky Lake facility will allow the Company to produce cannabis-infused Dream Water and LivRelief™ products, vape and other derivative offerings, as well as offer expanded product development as Cannabis 2.0 gains traction in the consumer marketplace. The repurposing of the Lucky Lake facility will also result in sequential cost savings and reduced capital expenditures on the facility. Construction to complete the repurposing, and submission of the initial evidence package to Health Canada, is anticipated to be completed in early 2020.
Reduction in Overhead and Operating Expenses
Subsequent to quarter end, the Company initiated a reduction in its workforce by approximately 20% across all its divisions including the elimination of a number of senior level corporate positions. This reduction in headcount, along with other operating cost reduction initiatives, will result in cost savings of approximately 30% on an annualized basis.
Review of Non- Core Assets and Focus on Core Strengths
As the commoditization of cannabis cultivation accelerates, the Company is currently undergoing a review of its non-core assets in order to reduce its overall exposure to pure cultivation and redirect its efforts and resources on brand development, production and distribution. To this end, the Company is currently in discussions to divest its 50.1% interest in the Greenbelt Greenhouse facility and its outdoor growing site located in Lillooet, British Columbia. The sale of these non-core assets will provide cash proceeds to support the expansion of the Company’s core business lines and operational strengths. The Company will continue to explore other strategic alternatives for its operations that are currently deemed not critical to the Company’s brand development, production and distribution efforts.
The Company is evaluating various financing alternatives and intends to raise additional capital which together with cash generated from operations will fund the on-going operational needs and capital expenditure plans of the Company. Raising capital in the current capital markets remains challenging for many cannabis issuers. While the Company has been successful in obtaining financing in the past there can be no assurance that it will be able to obtain additional financing in the future.
Non-GAAP Measures, Reconciliation and Discussion
This press release contains references to “Adjusted EBITDA”, which is a non-GAAP financial measure.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure used by management that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Management defines adjusted EBITDA as the loss from operations, as reported, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and adjusted for share-based compensation, common shares issued for services, the fair value effects of accounting for biological assets and inventories, and non-cash write-downs of inventory and other non-cash items. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful financial metric to assess the Company’s operating performance on a cash basis before the impact of non-cash items, and on an adjusted basis as described above.
A reconciliation of the supplemental non-GAAP measure is presented in the Q1 2020 MD&A. The Company believes that the measure provides information useful to shareholders and investors in understanding its performance and may assist in the evaluation of the Company’s business relative to that of its peers. For more information, please see “Non-GAAP Measures” in the Q1 2020 MD&A available on the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (TSXV:HVT, OTCQX:HRVOF)
Harvest One is a global cannabis company that develops and provides innovative lifestyle and wellness products to consumers and patients in regulated markets around the world. The Company’s range of lifestyle solutions is designed to enhance quality of life. Shareholders have significant exposure to the entire cannabis value chain through its wholly-owned subsidiaries: United Greeneries, a Licensed Producer; Satipharm (medical and nutraceutical); Dream Water Global, and Delivra (consumer); as well as a controlling interest in Greenbelt Greenhouse (greenhouse cultivation and extraction), and a minority interest in Burb Cannabis (retail operations). For more information, please visit www.harvestone.com.
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