AWH Announces Q3 2021 Financial Results

November 11, 2021 at 4:15 PM EST

Q3 2021 Net Revenue Increased 13.2% Quarter-over-Quarter to $94.4 million

Q3 2021 Adjusted EBITDA Increased 15.9% Quarter-over-Quarter to $23.5 million

Company Ended Q3 with $204.5 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents

Announces Plans to Expand NJ Canopy to 150,000 sq.ft by Year End 2023

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2021 /CNW/ - Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. ("AWH" or the "Company") (CSE: AAWH.U) (OTCQX: AAWH), a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator focused on bettering lives through cannabis, today reported its financial results for Q3 2021, which ended September 30, 2021. Financial results are reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and all currency is in U.S. dollars.

Q3 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Gross Revenue: Total revenue of $105.0 million increased 7.7% quarter-over-quarter and 131.4% year-over-year.
  • Net Revenue: Net revenue, which excludes intercompany sale of wholesale products, increased 13.2% quarter-over-quarter to $94.4 million. Net revenue for the first nine months of 2021 alone was $243.9 million, a 69.7% increase over the Company's full year 2020 net revenue of $143.7 million.
  • Net Loss: Net loss of $13.0 million during the quarter, was primarily driven by elevated interest expense due to one-time prepayments of legacy loans and write-offs of unamortized deferred financing costs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1: Adjusted EBITDA of $23.5 million represented a 15.9% increase quarter-over-quarter. Adjusted EBITDA Margin of 24.9% represented a 58 basis point increase compared to the prior quarter.
  • Balance Sheet: As of September 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $204.5 million, and net debt2 was $51.1 million.

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1

Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are a non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the "Supplemental Information (Unaudited) Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures.

2

Total debt less cash and cash equivalents less unamortized deferred financing costs.

Q3 2021 Business Highlights

  • During Q3, the Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire a dispensary in Coshocton, Ohio. Subsequent to the quarter close, the Company closed on the acquisition of a dispensary in Carroll, Ohio.
  • During the quarter, the Company closed on a $210 million Senior Secured Term Loan bearing a 9.5% interest rate, lowering the rate of the Company's outstanding debt and providing incremental funding for additional investment.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, the Company acquired the property adjacent to its cultivation facility in Franklin, NJ. The Company intends to expand the existing NJ facility to 150,000 sq.ft of total canopy by YE 2023. At the end of Q3, the Company had approximately 118,000 sq.ft of total canopy across its cultivation facilities in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Management Commentary

"I am pleased with the Company's performance during the quarter as we delivered solid sequential revenue growth and substantial improvements in our Adjusted EBITDA margins," said Abner Kurtin, Founder and CEO of AWH.  "Our focus continues to be scaling our asset-base of premier retail locations and state-of-the art cultivation facilities in top limited license markets. With both our total canopy and number of retail dispensaries poised to meaningfully expand, we remain encouraged about the growth potential of our existing portfolio."

Full Year 2021 Revenue Guidance

The Company expects to more than double full year 2020 net revenue and meet the low-end of the full year 2021 guidance range announced during the prior quarter; however, it anticipates a sequential quarterly decline in revenue in Q4 2021 due to delays in scaling the wholesale business and softening retail cannabis trends resulting from the expiration of government stimulus and a normalization of consumer spending. Despite near-term challenges, the Company remains encouraged about the earnings power the current portfolio of assets can deliver in the medium and long-term.  

(in millions)

2020

Actual


2021

Guidance

Revenue, net

$144


$330 - $350

Q3 2021 Financial Overview

Net revenue, which excludes intercompany sale of wholesale products, increased 13.2% quarter-over-quarter to $94.4 million. Sequential revenue growth was driven by an increased number of wholesale units sold and the full quarter benefit of prior quarter store openings in the retail business. 

Total retail revenue increased to $63.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 9.4% quarter-over-quarter. The growth was driven by increases in transactions at existing stores, the ramp of traffic in the Boston dispensary, expanded store hours in four dispensaries in the Chicago area, and the full quarter benefit of the three stores opened in the prior quarter. 

Gross wholesale revenue increased to $41.5 million, representing an increase of 5.2% quarter-over-quarter. Net wholesale revenue, after intercompany sales, increased to $30.9 million, representing an increase of 21.9% quarter-over-quarter, which was driven by an increased number of wholesale units sold.

Q3 2021 gross profit was $41.0 million, or 43.4% of revenue, as compared to $34.5 million, or 41.4% of revenue, for the prior quarter.

Q3 2021 Adjusted Gross Profit was $43.7 million, or 46.3% of revenue, as compared to $39.6 million, or 47.5% of revenue, for the prior quarter. Adjusted Gross Profit excludes depreciation and amortization included in cost of goods sold, equity-based compensation included in cost of goods sold, and non-cash inventory adjustments. Adjusted Gross Profit1 dollars increased 10.3% quarter-over-quarter driven by wholesale production and yield efficiencies, partially offset by lower realized pricing at the Company's Massachusetts and Michigan cultivation facilities. While Retail Gross Profit and Wholesale Gross Profit both increased sequentially, Adjusted Gross Profit1 margin consolidated decreased 122 basis points quarter-over-quarter to 46.3%, primarily driven by lower intercompany sales as a percentage of wholesale sales in the quarter.

Total general and administrative expenses for Q3 2021 were $29.3 million, or 31.1% of revenue, as compared to $30.6 million, or 36.7% of revenue, for the prior quarter as the Company leveraged overhead and shared resources.

Net loss attributable to AWH for the third quarter of 2021 was $13.0 million, or a loss of $0.08 per basic and diluted common share. This was primarily driven by total other expense of $12.3 million, which was elevated due to one-time prepayments of legacy loans and write-offs of unamortized deferred financing costs. 

Adjusted EBITDA1, which adjusts for tax, interest, depreciation, amortization, equity-based compensation, and other items deemed one-time in nature, was $23.5 million in Q3 2021. This represents a 15.9% increase quarter-over-quarter. Adjusted EBITDA Margin1 of 24.9% represented a 58 basis point increase compared to the prior quarter.  This was driven by increases in the number of transactions, production and yield efficiencies, and incremental leveraging of overhead and shares resources.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are included in the financial schedules attached to this press release. This information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call and Webcast

AWH will host a conference call on November 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.  The conference call may be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0605 with conference ID 67116805.  A live audio webcast of the call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of AWH's website at https://awholdings.com/investors/ and will be archived for replay.

About Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc.

AWH is a vertically integrated operator with assets in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, growing award winning strains and producing a curated selection of products.  AWH produces and distributes Ozone branded products. For more information, visit www.awholdings.com

Additional information relating to the Company's third quarter 2021 results is available on the Investor Relations section of AWH's website at https://awholdings.com/investors/, the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and Canada's System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at www.sedar.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release includes forward-looking information and statements, which may include, but are not limited to, the plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company.  Words such as "expects", "continue", "will", "anticipates" and "intends" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Without limiting the generality of the preceding statement, all statements in this press release relating to estimated and projected revenue, expectations regarding production capacity, anticipated capital expenditures, proceeds from sale leasebacks, expansion, profit, product demand, margins, costs, cash flows, sources of capital, growth rates and future financial and operating results are forward-looking statements. We caution investors that any such forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current projections and expectations about future events and financial trends, the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by the Company in light of the experience of the Company and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate.

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.  Such factors include, among other, the risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and in the Company's other reports and filings with the applicable Canadian securities regulators on its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Although the Company believes that any forward-looking information and statements herein are reasonable, in light of the use of assumptions and the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in such information and statements, there can be no assurance that any such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, and accordingly readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such risks and uncertainties and should not place undue reliance upon such forward-looking information and statements.  Any forward-looking information and statements herein are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by applicable laws, the Company assumes no obligation and disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking information and statements herein or to update the reasons that actual events or results could or do differ from those projected in any forward looking information and statements herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.  The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)


Three Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021


2020

Revenue, net

$

94,382


$

41,473

Cost of goods sold

(53,428)


(23,121)

Gross profit

40,954


18,352

Operating expenses




General and administrative expenses

29,341


15,000

Operating profit

11,613


3,352





Other (expense) income




Interest expense

(12,376)


(2,627)

Other, net

44


3

Total other expense

(12,332)


(2,624)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(719)


728

Income tax expense

(12,307)


(5,643)

Net loss

(13,026)


(4,915)

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests


501

Net loss attributable to Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc.

$

(13,026)


$

(5,416)





Net loss per share attributable to Class A and Class B stockholders of Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. — basic and diluted(1)

$

(0.08)


$

(0.06)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted(1)

169,879


96,515

 


(1)

Net loss per share and weighted-average common shares outstanding have been computed on the basis of treating the historical common unit equivalents previously outstanding as shares of Class A common stock, as such historical units converted into shares of Class A common stock in the Company's conversion to a C-Corporation prior to the initial public offering.

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)


Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021


2020

Revenue, net

$

243,886


$

89,449

Cost of goods sold

(138,749)


(51,427)

Gross profit

105,137


38,022

Operating expenses




General and administrative expenses

85,099


34,624

Settlement expense

36,511


Total operating expenses

121,610


34,624

Operating (loss) profit

(16,473)


3,398





Other (expense) income




Interest expense

(56,601)


(8,030)

Other, net

206


6

Total other expense

(56,395)


(8,024)

Loss before income taxes

(72,868)


(4,626)

Income tax expense

(33,278)


(11,712)

Net loss

(106,146)


(16,338)

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests


1,598

Net loss attributable to Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc.

$

(106,146)


$

(17,936)





Net loss per share attributable to Class A and Class B stockholders of Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. — basic and diluted(1)

$

(0.75)


$

(0.19)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted(1)

142,221


92,052

(1)

Net loss per share and weighted-average shares outstanding have been computed on the basis of treating the historical common unit equivalents previously outstanding as shares of Class A common stock, as such historical units converted into shares of Class A common stock in the Company's conversion to a C-Corporation prior to the initial public offering.

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
SELECTED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)


Three Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

2021


2020

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(10,239)


$

(5,230)

Cash flows from investing activities




Additions to capital assets

(14,872)


(4,369)

Investments in notes receivable

(529)


(97)

Collection of notes receivable

81


Proceeds from sale of assets

930


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired


(23,327)

Purchases of intangible assets


(127)

Net cash used in investing activities

(14,390)


(27,920)

Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issuance of debt

210,000


36,429

Repayments of debt

(76,342)


(3,489)

Repayments under finance leases


(131)

Debt issuance costs

(8,731)


(206)

Net cash provided by financing activities

124,927


32,603

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

100,298


(547)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

104,212


25,896

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$

204,510


$

25,349

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
SELECTED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)


Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

2021


2020

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(22,294)


$

(5,668)

Cash flows from investing activities




Additions to capital assets

(70,918)


(18,065)

Investments in notes receivable

(2,185)


(682)

Collection of notes receivable

245


Proceeds from sale of assets

930


26,750

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(13,630)


(23,327)

Purchases of intangible assets


(127)

Net cash used in by investing activities

(85,558)


(15,451)

Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issuance of common stock in public offerings, net

86,065


Proceeds from issuance of debt

259,500


49,262

Repayments of debt

(78,413)


(18,806)

Repurchase of warrants

(4,156)


Proceeds from finance leases


3,750

Repayments under finance leases


(337)

Debt issuance costs

(8,731)


(206)

Net cash provided by financing activities

254,265


33,663

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

146,413


12,544

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

58,097


12,805

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$

204,510


$

25,349

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
SELECTED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

September 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

Cash and cash equivalents

$

204,510


$

56,547

Restricted cash


1,550

Inventory

56,007


28,997

Other current assets

39,149


47,084

Property and equipment, net

210,749


120,540

Operating lease right-of-use assets

104,248


84,642

Intangible assets, net

50,835


50,461

Goodwill

30,316


22,798

Other noncurrent assets

21,069


15,129

Total Assets

$

716,883


$

427,748





Total current liabilities

$

104,888


$

115,285

Long-term debt, net

230,498


152,277

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

197,460


156,400

Total stockholders' equity

184,037


3,786

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

716,883


$

427,748

ASCEND WELLNESS HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

We define "Adjusted Gross Profit" as gross profit excluding non-cash inventory costs. We define "Adjusted Gross Margin" as Adjusted Gross Profit as a percentage of net revenue.  Our "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP measure used by management that is not defined by U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.  We define "Adjusted EBITDA Margin" as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenue. Management calculates Adjusted EBITDA as the reported net loss, adjusted to exclude: income tax expense; other (income) expense; interest expense, depreciation and amortization; depreciation and amortization included in cost of goods sold; non-cash inventory adjustments; equity-based compensation; equity-based compensation included in cost of goods sold; start-up costs; transaction-related and other non-recurring expenses; litigation settlement; and loss on sale of assets.  Accordingly, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful and useful financial information, as this measure demonstrates the operating performance of the business.  Non-GAAP financial measures may be considered in addition to the results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but they should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, U.S. GAAP results. 

The following table presents Adjusted Gross Profit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

($ in thousands)

2021


2020


2021


2020

Gross Profit

$

40,954



$

18,352



$

105,137



$

38,022


Depreciation and amortization included in cost of goods sold

2,063



941



6,612



2,637


Equity-based compensation included in cost of goods sold

349





349




Non-cash inventory adjustments

335



146



3,799



146


Adjusted Gross Profit

$

43,701



$

19,439



$

115,897



$

40,805


Adjusted Gross Margin

46.3

%


46.9

%


47.5

%


45.6

%

The following table presents Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(in thousands)


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net loss


$

(13,026)



$

(4,915)



$

(106,146)



$

(16,338)


Income tax expense


12,307



5,643



33,278



11,712


Other (income) expense


(44)



(3)



(206)



(6)


Interest expense


12,376



2,627



56,601



8,030


Depreciation and amortization


2,520



2,299



7,409



6,219


Depreciation and amortization included in cost of goods sold


2,063



941



6,612



2,637


Non-cash inventory adjustments


335



146



3,799



146


Equity-based compensation


2,587



71



6,785



341


Equity-based compensation included in cost of goods sold


349





349




Start-up costs(1)


1,227



2,729



4,254



5,993


Transaction-related and other non-recurring expenses(2)


2,191



737



9,775



1,004


Litigation settlement






36,511




Loss on sale of assets


649





649



286


Adjusted EBITDA


$

23,534



$

10,275



$

59,670



$

20,024


Adjusted EBITDA Margin


24.9

%


24.8

%


24.5

%


22.4

%



(1) 

One-time costs associated with acquiring real estate, obtaining licenses and permits, and other costs incurred before commencement of operations at certain locations.

(2) 

Legal and professional fees associated with the Company's go-public transaction and other non-recurring expenses.

 

 

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