Verano Holdings Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

Chicago, UNITED STATES


  • First quarter 2021 revenue of $143 million, growth of approximately 117% year-over-year
  • Gross profit margin of over 62% for first quarter 2021
  • First quarter 2021 net income of $126 million, including the impact of biological assets, and $8 million excluding the impact of biological assets
  • First quarter 2021 adjusted EBITDA of $75 million, an industry-leading 52% margin

CHICAGO, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE:VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF) (“Verano” or “the Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. The financial information below is reported on a pro forma consolidated basis accounting for the AltMed acquisition as if completed on January 1, 2021, and all currency is in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • First quarter 2021 revenues increased 117% from the first quarter 2020 to $143 million.
  • First quarter gross profit, on an unadjusted basis and not including the impact of biological assets, was $89 million or 62% of revenue, compared to $50 million in the first quarter 2020.
  • First quarter 2021 SG&A expense was $29 million or 20% of revenue, compared to $14 million or 21% of revenue in the first quarter 2020.
  • Net income in first quarter 2021, including the impact of biological assets, was $126 million compared to $72 million in the first quarter 2020. Excluding the impact of biological assets, net income was $8 million in the first quarter 2021.
  • First quarter 2021 EBITDA1 on an unadjusted basis was $60 million or 42% of revenues, and Adjusted EBITDA1 was $75 million or 52% of revenues.
  • Cash flow from operations for first quarter 2021 was $42 million, and free cash flow1 was $4 million.

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Verano completed the acquisitions of Territory, Emerald, and Local Joint, all in Arizona, giving the Company the third largest retail footprint in the state with six active storefronts plus two cultivation facilities.
  • The Company was upgraded to the OTCQX Best Market, which is expected to increase visibility and improve liquidity for investors, and marks another step toward maximizing long-term shareholder value.
  • Verano completed a private placement raising gross proceeds of approximately C$100 million, with warrants issued in the offering being priced at C$28.50 for one Class A subordinate voting share of the Company.
  • In first quarter 2021, the company brought four new dispensaries online in as many states.
  • In April, the Company opened its second of three planned Zen Leaf dispensaries in New Jersey, where the expansion of its 120,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility is underway in anticipation of the onset of adult use sales in the state.
  • The Company completed acquisitions of TerraVida and The Healing Center, adding six dispensaries in Pennsylvania – three in the Philadelphia metroplex and three in the Pittsburgh metroplex – and also acquired a permit for the development of three additional dispensaries in the state.
  • In May, the Company upsized its existing credit facility by $100 million, with an industry-leading 9.75% interest rate on a non-dilutive basis.
  • Verano announced it has entered into agreements for the acquisitions of Agri-Kind and Agronomed Biologics in Pennsylvania, which are expected to add an active and completely built-out, state-of-the-art 62,000 sq. ft. indoor grow facility, in addition to further developing the Company’s vertically integrated footprint with a permit for six new dispensaries and a second cultivation and production facility.

(1) See Non-IFRS Financial Measures below.

Management Commentary

“Our strong first quarter performance was foundational in nature and sets the tone for what we expect to be a transformational year. We anticipate considerable quarter-over-quarter growth in 2021 as we begin to realize the impact of accretive acquistions we’ve made over the last few months, in addition to broad expansion of cultivation capacity and organic retail growth,” said George Archos, Verano CEO and Founder. “I am very pleased with our accomplishments to-date, particularly how well we’ve executed on our growth strategy. We’ve expanded our retail footprint and production capacity in core markets where we’ve identified substantial near- and long-term upside. Our management team has risen to every occasion, effectively guiding integrations across our markets to maximize a growing talent pool, while unearthing operational efficiencies along the way. We believe we are poised to deliver on our stated objectives, to maintain an industry-leading margin profile through considerable expansion, and we expect to deliver added shareholder value into the foreseeable future.”

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s current assets on a pro forma consolidated basis were $549 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $112 million. The Company had working capital of $329 million and total debt, not including lease liabilities and net of issuance costs, of $34 million.

Total shares on an as-converted basis are 303,609,405 as of May 17, 2021.

Additional Information
The financial information reported in this news release is based on the unaudited financial statements of Verano Holdings Corp. and the related management discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three months ended March 31, 2021, both of which are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com. All financial information contained in this news release is qualified in its entirety with reference to such financial statements and MD&A.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures
Verano refers to certain non-IFRS measures to evaluate the performance of the Company. The terms “EBITDA”, “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Free Cash Flow” do not have any standardized meaning prescribed within International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Such measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. EBITDA is calculated as net earnings from operations before interest expense, tax expense, depreciation, and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA adjusted for one-time expenses related to other expenses, gain from investment in associates and acquisition related costs. Free Cash Flow is calculated as cash flow from operations minus capital expenditures. Reconciliations of the non-IFRS financial measures used in this news release to the most comparable IFRS financial numbers are included tables at the end of this news release.

Management believes that these non-IFRS financial measures provide useful information as a supplement to reported IFRS financial information. Management reviews these non-IFRS financial measures on a regular basis and uses them to evaluate and manage the performance of the Company’s operations. These measures should be evaluated only in conjunction with the Company’s comparable IFRS financial measures.

Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and audio webcast with analysts and investors will be held today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time/7:30 a.m. Central Time, to discuss Verano’s first quarter 2021 financial results and answer questions.

  • Investors and participants can register for the call by visiting this page. After registering, instructions will be shared on how to join the call for those who wish to dial in.
  • Live and archived webcast will be available on the Events and Presentations page of Verano’s investor relations website at investors.verano.com.

About Verano
Verano Holdings Corp. is a leading, vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis operator in the U.S., devoted to the ongoing improvement of communal wellness by providing responsible access to regulated cannabis products. With a mission to address vital health and wellness needs, Verano produces a comprehensive suite of premium, innovative cannabis products sold under its trusted portfolio of consumer brands: Verano, Avexia, Encore, and MÜV. The Company’s portfolio encompasses 14 U.S. States, with active operations in 11, which includes nine production facilities comprising approximately 770,000 square feet of cultivation. Verano designs, builds, and operates dispensaries under retail brands Zen Leaf and MÜV, delivering a superior cannabis shopping experience in both medical and adult-use markets. Learn more at www.verano.com

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company's control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved". Forward-looking information and forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to statements or information with respect to the Company’s position in the marketplace, the proposed completion or buildout of Company facilities, the Company’s cultivation capacity, the completion of pending acquisitions, the accretive nature of acquisitions, the fortification of the Company’s presence in core markets, the possibility of material organic expansion, delivery of shareholder value and the ability to maintain industry-leading margins and add depth to leadership.

Forward-looking information and statements involve and are subject to assumptions and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual events, results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future events, results, performance, and achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information and statements herein, including, without limitation, the risk factors discussed in the Company's filings including our financial statements and MD&A for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 and our financial statements and MD&A for the three months ended March 31, 2021 on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this new release are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except as may be required in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward- looking information and statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice regarding forward-looking information and statements.

Verano Holdings Corporation Pro Forma
Unaudited Financial Information
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31 
($ in thousands) 2021  2020 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
Revenue $143,297  $66,059 
Cost of Sales  (54,605)  (15,618)
Gross Profit Before Fair Value Adjustments of Biological Assets  88,693   50,441 
Gross Profit % Before Changes In Fair Value of Biological Assets  61.9%  76.4%
         
Net Effect of Changes in Fair Value of Biological Assets  117,408   54,024 
Gross Profit  206,100   104,465 
         
Expenses:        
Selling, General and Administrative1  29,206   14,081 
Depreciation and Amortization  2,957   2,821 
Total Expenses  32,163   16,902 
         
Income (Loss) from Investments in Associates  803   4,528 
         
Income (Loss) from Operations  174,740   92,091 
         
Total Other Income (Expense), Net  (3,135)  (4,140)
Gain (Loss) Before Income Taxes  171,605   87,951 
Income Tax Expense  45,327   16,108 
Net Income Attributable To Non-Controlling Interest  706   168 
Net Income  $125,573  $71,676 

Verano Holdings Corporation Pro Forma
Unaudited Summarized Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As of March 31, 2021 and 2020 

  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31 
($ in thousands) 2021 1  2020 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
Cash and Cash Equivalents $111,637  $19,834 
Other Current Assets  437,083   142,418 
Property and Equipment, Net  247,570   148,932 
Intangible Assets, Net  722,917   19,880 
Goodwill  222,525   5,597 
Other Long-Term Assets  37,600   65,133 
Total Assets $1,779,332  $401,795 
         
Total Current Liabilities $220,043  $88,284 
Total Long-Term Liabilities  295,083   38,315 
Total Shareholders' Equity  1,264,205   275,197 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $1,779,332  $401,795 

1 2021 consolidated statement reported on IFRS-basis

 Verano Holdings Corporation Pro Forma
Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA and Non-IFRS
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

  For the Three Months Ended 
($ in thousands) March 31, 
  2021  2020 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
Net Income1 $125,573  $71,676 
Depreciation and Amortization  5,110   2,821 
Interest Expense, Net  1,633   380 
Income Tax Expense  45,327   16,108 
Earnings (Loss) Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation
and Amortization (EBITDA) (Non-IFRS)
 $177,644  $90,984 
         
Other expense (income), net  1,268   3,760 
Acquisition, transaction, and other non-operating costs  13,543   651 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-IFRS) $192,454  $95,395 
         
Net Impact of Fair Value of Biological Assets  (117,408)  (54,024)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-IFRS), Net of Impact of Biological Assets $75,047  $41,372 

1 Net Income excludes amounts attributable to non-controlling interest. 

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