Curaleaf Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial and Operational Results
- Reported Managed Revenue¹ of $87.8 Million in Full Year 2018 and $34.9 Million in Fourth Quarter through Continued Expansion of Market-Leading Operational Footprint
- Demonstrated Managed Revenue Growth of 209% Year-over-Year and 43% Growth Quarter-over-Quarter
- Reached Total Revenue of $77.1 Million in Full Year 2018 and $32.0 Million in Fourth Quarter
- Reiterated Full Year 2019 Managed Revenue Guidance of $400 Million
WAKEFIELD, Mass., March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTC: CURLF), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the U.S., today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. All financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Q4 2018 and Full Year Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
- Raised $400 million in a private placement offering and debuted as a public company on the Canadian Securities Exchange on October 29, 2018
- Managed Revenue¹ grew to $34.9 million, up 43% over the prior quarter
- Total Revenue reached $32.0 million, representing 49% growth over the prior quarter
- Adjusted EBITDA² of $(3.4) million compared to $(2.8) million in the prior quarter
- Building on existing licenses and prior acquisitions, Curaleaf opened seven new dispensaries at a rapid pace in key markets such as Florida and Arizona during the quarter
- Became the first multi-state operator to launch a national CBD product line, Curaleaf Hemp, which is currently available in major retail stores across the U.S.
Full Year Highlights
- Expanded presence to 12 states, with a focus on highly populated, limited-license states, including Arizona and Maryland
- Curaleaf operated 36 dispensaries, 12 cultivation sites and 10 processing sites as of December 31, 2018
- Managed Revenue grew to $87.8 million in full year 2018, up 209% on a year-over-year basis, and Total
- Revenue increased 298%, driven by a combination of organic growth and acquisitions
- Gross margin on cannabis sales expanded significantly to 46% from 16% in 2017 due to accelerating cannabis revenues combined with improved operating capacity
- Adjusted EBITDA of $(9.9) million for full year 2018 compared to $3.8 in 2017
- Strong capital position with $266.6 million cash on hand at year end, supported by a prudent capital allocation strategy focused on strategic acquisitions and rapid store expansion
2019 Year-to-Date Highlights
- Announced agreements to acquire Eureka in California and Acres in Nevada, strategically expanding to the West Coast with vertically integrated operations
- Completed transaction in Maryland that established vertical integration and expanded presence in the state
- Awarded one of forty processing licenses in Ohio
- Strengthened management team with hiring of experienced executives Neil Davidson, Chief Financial Officer, and Todd Goffman, General Counsel
2018 was a landmark year for Curaleaf. We successfully completed the largest ever U.S. cannabis RTO, experienced substantial growth, and have firmly set the foundation to capitalize on the shift in public sentiment toward cannabis in the U.S. and capture key expansion opportunities in 2019.
Joseph Lusardi, Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf
Curaleaf has become the most accessible national cannabis brand with the largest operational branded dispensary footprint in the country and the recent launch of our CBD line under Curaleaf Hemp. We’ve done this through our strategic presence in highly populated, limited license states, which has served as an important foundation for our aggressive expansion plan across the country. We continue to focus on providing the highest quality products and services for our customers.
Neil Davidson, Chief Financial Officer of Curaleaf, added, “Curaleaf’s rapidly growing footprint is a direct result of our strong capital position, scaled operations and ability to strategically acquire assets that augment our existing platform. We remain focused on our path to profitability and positive cash flow, while maintaining a prudent use of capital to pursue acquisitions and organic growth initiatives that position us as a leader in the industry for the long term.”
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
Managed Revenue for the fourth quarter was $34.9 million, up 302% from the fourth quarter 2017 and 43% from the previous quarter, demonstrating accelerating revenue growth quarter-over-quarter throughout 2018.
Total Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 408% year-over-year to $32.0 million, compared to $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 49% over the prior quarter.
Retail and wholesale revenue saw a six-fold increase to $23.7 million during the quarter, compared to $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in cannabis revenue was primarily due to the contribution from acquisitions made throughout 2017 and in 2018 as well as from new dispensaries that opened throughout the year, such as in Florida and New York.
Gross profit before impact of biological assets for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $20.0 million, compared to $4.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, resulting in gross margin of 63%. The increase was due to improved operating capacity of the Company’s cannabis business.
Gross profit on cannabis sales(1) was $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, resulting in a 50% margin, compared to $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA was $(3.4) million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $(16.5) million, compared to net income of $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to $4.2 million of one-time charges related to the RTO and acquisition and financing related expenses, an increase of $4.0 million in non-cash depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation and an increase in net interest expense of $2.0 million. Net loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $(0.04), compared to flat in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2018
Full year 2018 Managed Revenue was $87.8 million, compared with $28.4 million in Managed Revenues for the full year 2017. The increase was primarily derived from organic growth in Florida, the opening of three dispensaries in New York and the acquisitions in Massachusetts in March and Arizona in April.
Total Revenue for full year 2018 increased 298% to $77.1 million, compared to $19.3 million in the year ended 2017. Retail and wholesale revenue increased 514% to $57.5 million, compared to $9.4 million.
Gross profit before impact of biological assets for the full year 2018 was $45.9 million, compared to $11.5 million for 2017, resulting in a gross margin of 60%. The significant increase was due to improved operating capacity of the Company’s cannabis business as acquisitions were integrated and new dispensaries opened.
Gross profit on cannabis sales were $26.4 million for the full year 2018, resulting in a 46% margin, compared to $1.5 million in the full year 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $(9.9) million for the full year 2018, compared to $3.8 million for the full year 2017.
Net loss for the full year 2018 and 2017 was $(61.8) million and $(2.8) million, respectively. The net loss in 2018 includes a $25.1 million one-time, non-cash fair value adjustment as part of the RTO transaction as well as $7.8 million of one-time charges related to the RTO and acquisition and financing related expenses, an increase of $4.8 million in non-cash depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, an increase in net interest expense of $3.9 million and an increase in operating expenses from an expanded management team, significantly increased headcount from operating markets in Florida, Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon and New York, and increased branding, lobbying, legal and other costs to expand the operations. These costs were largely offset by Curaleaf’s growing revenue base from organic expansion and acquisition integration.
Net loss per share for the full year 2018 was $(0.16), compared to $(0.01) for the full year 2017.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
On October 29, 2018, the Company received net proceeds of approximately $380 million from the completion of its private placement offering. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $266.6 million of cash.
Voluntary Extension of Lock-up Agreements
On March 20, 2019, the Company founders and other key shareholders have entered into voluntary lock-up agreements with the Company in respect of 249,037,550 subordinate voting shares and 122,170,705 multiple voting shares. This represents 81% of the total shares outstanding. The voluntary lock-up agreements stipulate that these shareholders will not sell, directly or indirectly, any Curaleaf securities without Company approval prior to October 20, 2019.
Outlook for Full Year 2019
The Company reaffirmed its full year 2019 outlook for Managed Revenue of $400 million and free cash flow of $100 million.
Curaleaf plans to continue growth of its operations via expansion in three dimensions: acquiring licenses in limited license markets, increasing presence in current markets, and increasing exposure in mass markets. The Company expects acquisition related costs, marketing and selling expenses, and capital expenditures to increase as it expands its presence in current markets and expands into new markets.
The guidance for fiscal 2019 is based on a number of assumptions, including:
- The successful execution and implementation of a business strategy that allows the Company to increase its retail store footprint by the end of 2019 and expand its current cultivation and manufacturing capacity and yield.
- Increase of same store sales at existing retail dispensaries.
- Receive the appropriate regulatory approvals on the Company’s acquisitions signed in 2018.
- Continued forward momentum of the regulatory landscape in the U.S.
- The absence of a significant shift in economic conditions or material changes in the retail competitive environment.
The foregoing assumptions, although considered reasonable by the Company on March 20, 2019 may prove to be inaccurate. Accordingly, the Company’s results could differ materially from the Company’s expectations as set forth in this press release.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Curaleaf will host a conference call and audio webcast on March 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm ET to answer questions about the Company’s operational and financial highlights. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are +1-877-407-9039 (U.S. Toll-Free) or +1-201-689-8470 (International). Please dial-in 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the conference call and an operator will register your name and organization.
The conference call will also be available via webcast, which can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of Curaleaf’s website, https://ir.curaleaf.com/ir-calendar.
For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a dial-in replay of the call will be available until April 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET and can be accessed by dialing +1-844-512-2921 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-412-317-6671 (International) and entering replay pin number: 13688116. The online archive of the webcast will be available on https://ir.curaleaf.com/ir-calendar for 30 days following the call.
¹Total Revenue and Managed Revenue excludes the impact of pending acquisitions.
²See “Non-IFRS Financial and Performance Measures” below for more information regarding Curaleaf’s use of Non-IFRS financial measures and other reconciliations.
Supplemental Financial Statement Excerpts
Highlights from Statements of Profits and Losses (Unaudited)
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Highlights from Statements of Financial Position and Cash Flows (Unaudited) ($ thousands)
Non-IFRS Financial and Performance Measures
In this press release Curaleaf refers to certain non-IFRS financial measures such as Managed Revenue, Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales and Adjusted EBITDA. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Curaleaf defines Managed Revenue as total revenue plus revenue from entities for which the Company has a management contract but does not consolidate the financial results based on IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company defines Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales as retail and wholesale revenues less cost of goods sold. Adjusted EBITDA is defined by Curaleaf as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization less share-based compensation expense and one-time charges related to the Company’s RTO and acquisition and financing related costs. Curaleaf considers these measures to be an important indicator of the financial strength and performance of our business. The following tables provide a reconciliation of each of the non-IFRS measures to its closest IFRS measure.
Managed Revenue ($ thousands)
Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales ($ thousands)
Adjusted EBITDA ($ thousands)
About Curaleaf Holdings
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) is the leading vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator in the United States. It is a high-growth cannabis company with a national brand known for quality, trust and reliability. The company is positioned in highly populated, limited license states, and currently operates in 12 states with 42 dispensaries, 12 cultivation sites and 11 processing sites. Curaleaf has the executive expertise and research and development capabilities to provide leading service, selection, and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets, as well as the CBD category through its Curaleaf Hemp brand.
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