- Full year 2021 revenue increased 193% to CDN $37.3 million, vs CDN $19.3 million in 20201
- Record quarterly revenue for Q1 2022 of CDN $28 million with Gross Margin excluding biological assets of $11.3 million1
- Gross Margin of CDN $23.2 million in fiscal 2021 vs Gross Margin of CDN $12.9 million in fiscal 20211
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $10.3 million for Full Year 2021 and Adjusted EBIDTA gain of 360 Thousand for First Quarter 20211
TORONTO, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB and OTC: RWBYF) (“RWB” or the “Company”) is pleased to report it has filed its 2021 audited financial statements, its 2022 first quarter financial statements and related 2021 and 2022 first quarter Management’s Discussion and Analysis and is providing certain full year 2021 and Q1, 2022 financial results and select subsequent events:
Brad Rogers, CEO and Chairman, stated, “After many significant sector challenges over 2020 & 2021, we are pleased to report that by the close of Q1 2022 we were able to complete all of the acquisitions we had discussed over the previous two fiscal years, including Florida and Michigan and we are now able to focus on our original strategy which we feel is the most adaptable and will offer the best return for the Company and stakeholders. With full operational control and a clear road map, Florida closed and certainty of our ability to complete the closing of the Michigan acquisition, we turned our attention to completing a multi-stage restructuring and “right-sizing” of the business to leverage our strategy long term. This included exiting Illinois and the sale of our assets in that state, which enabled the Company to pay off over $55 million of liabilities in Q2 of 2022 and reduce our operational and interest expenses by over $20 million per year. These reductions of liabilities and expenses will positively impact our results for fiscal 2022 commencing in late Q2 of this year.
“Florida has been a significant beneficiary of these moves with our ability to redeploy focus and resources to high ROI opportunities where we have expanded our grow capacity and extended our SKU’s and product lines to easily supply up to 10 stores, and growing into that supply with 3 retail locations operating with 2 more very high potential locations in process; of note, Q1 results only included sales from one location during the quarter.
“Although expected, Michigan has seen significant price compression in the wholesale industry and (as such) we have responded with significant operational improvements and have reduced our average cost per unit while increasing unit sales with our Platinum Vape (“PV”) branded product line. We have expanded our PV offering in Michigan to include Live Resin and Gummies and we are further expanding the product line into new categories throughout this year. We have also licensed PV into two additional states and expect to see those states launch later this year.”
Rogers continued, “On the finance front, we have made significant changes to reduce our overall operational costs and reduce debt servicing payments. Some of the savings are a result of exiting the state of Illinois, but we have also seen a reduction of operational expenses and as a result we are no longer incurring the start-up costs associated with scaling initial operations in Florida, one-time expenses associated with the M&A and divestitures we have completed over the last two years and overall greater attention to reduced spend across the organization. With the first half of 2022 now behind us, we are committed to driving profitable growth throughout the organization as we set our eyes to achieving positive EBITDA by the end of this fiscal year.”
Certain highlights for 2021 and subsequent to the year end for the Company include:
- On April 28, 2021, the Company completed the acquisition of Acreage Florida, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary of RWB Florida LLC. Acreage Florida Inc. subsequently changed its name to RWB Florida Inc. (“RWB Florida”).
- On May 27, 2021, RWB announced that it has completed the more comprehensive portion of Michigan’s two-step application process for marijuana licensing through a wholly owned operating subsidiary, RWB Michigan, LLC (“RWB Michigan”). During Fiscal 2021, the Company completed the necessary licensing required to begin operation in early 2022 in the State of Michigan and to close its previously announced acquisition of PharmaCo, Inc. (“PharmaCo”).
- On June 4, 2021, RWB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, RWB Florida entered into agreements for an aggregate capital raise of US $30.2 million. The raise included an investment of US $11.3 million from certain strategic investors directly into RWB Florida
- On August 4, 2021, RWB announced it acquired an operational 45,000 square foot greenhouse situated on 4.7 acres of land in Apopka, Florida.
- On September 27, 2021, RWB announced that it has completed a refinancing of an aggregate principal amount of US $18,620,000 debentures (plus accrued interest to September 1, 2021) previously issued to an arm’s-length investor.
- On December 30, 2021, RWB issued 6,784,812 shares to settle a CAD$5.1 million (US$4.0 million) debt. The weighted average conversion price was approximately CAD$0.75 per share (US $0.56).
- On January 18, 2022, the Company through its wholly owned subsidiary, RWB Michigan, closed on a lease assignment for a 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing/processing and distribution facility in Warren, Michigan and was issued both Medical and Adult Use (aka “recreational”) licenses to begin manufacturing medical and adult use cannabis products with all necessary equipment already installed and inspections completed.
- On February 8, 2022, RWB received all regulatory approvals and closed its acquisition of PharmaCo via RWB Michigan in an all-stock transaction. The transaction was originally announced on July 27, 2020.
- In April 2022, the Company closed on the sale of its Granville, Illinois greenhouse, associated real estate and certain greenhouse equipment to New Branches LLC of California, an arm’s length purchaser, for a total cash purchase price of $56.1 million (US$ 44.5 million). In connection with the closing, the Company repaid its secured lender $51.7 million from the proceeds and certain other accrued liabilities totaling approximately $3.8 million. The repayment represented approximately 80% of the outstanding balance due to its secured lender and eliminates $6.2 million of annual interest expense for the Company. In addition, the Company decided to pivot to an asset-light, brand rich, model in the State of Illinois and will no longer pursue its own THC license through its previously announced definitive agreement to acquire a cultivation license in Shelbyville, Ill. It is anticipated that all Illinois operations for the Company shall be reduced to a sales and marketing initiative focusing on distribution of its PV branded product portfolio going forward, which will provide the Company with significant annualized operating cost reductions.
- On June 15, 2022, RWB entered in an agreement with C3 Industries to license the PV brand in Missouri and Massachusetts.
Select Financial Highlights for the Full Year 2022:
The Company recorded its operations in Illinois, Mid-American Growers, Inc, (“MAG”) as discontinued operations, accordingly the results of operations for 2020 and 2021 exclude the operations from MAG.
Revenue from continuing operations for the year end December 31, 2021 of $37.3 million increased significantly compared to the revenue for the year end December 31, 2020. The increase of $17.9 million in sales, from $19.3 million in 2020 to $37.3 million in 2021 is related to Cannabis vape product sales generated by PV California, packaging revenue generated by PV Michigan and Cannabis product sales generated by RWB Florida operations.
Gross profit increase of $10.3 million to $23.2 million from $12.9 million due to the increased profitable product sales and the biological assets being grown in Florida. Included in gross profit is the fair value adjustment on biological assets. The gain on biological assets resulted in income of $3.7 million in 2021 compared to nil for the prior year. The fair value is as a result of biological product being grown in Florida during the latter part of 2021.
Increase of $11.4 million in cost of sales from $6.4 million in 2020 to $17.8 million in 2021. The increase corresponds with the increase in sales, generated by PV California and RWB Florida operation.
Increase of $11.2 million in operating expenses from $36.1 million in 2020 to $47.3 million in 2021. Operating expenses increased to scale revenue generating activities and is in line with management expectations. Operating expenses include non-cash items of depreciation and share-based compensation, which increased year over year by $10.0 million and $0.9 million respectively. Excluding non-cash items operating expenses for 2021 were $21.4 million. Subsequent to year end, management completed a number of restructuring initiatives to reduce operating expenses expected to be implemented throughout fiscal 2022.
Select Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2022
The Company recorded its operations in Illinois, Mid-American Growers, Inc., (“MAG”) as discontinued operations, accordingly the results of operations for first quarter 2022 exclude the operations from MAG.
Record revenue from continuing operations of $28 million is related to Cannabis vape product sales generated by PV California, revenue generated by PV Michigan, a partial quarter recognizing revenue from the closing of the PharmaCo transaction in February of 2022, and Cannabis product sales generated by RWB Florida operations
Gross profit of $9.2 million is inclusive of the loss of $2.45 million on biological assets and a gain of $0.27 million on realized fair value on inventory sold. Gross profit, excluding these items of $11.3 million.
Operating expenses of $11.4 million for the period. Operating expenses include non-cash items of depreciation and share-based compensation in the amounts of $1.48 and $0.275 million respectively.
Net loss of $11.3 million for the period with an adjusted EBITDA gain of $0.360 million.
For additional details on the Company’s financial results please access the Company’s filings at: www.SEDAR.com
1Operations in Illinois, Mid-American Growers, Inc, (“MAG”) have been recorded as discontinued operations, accordingly the results of operations for 2020 and 2021 exclude the operations from MAG.