Tilray Inc First Quarter Financial Results

Tilray Inc shows strong revenue growth as the company releases first-quarter financial results.

Tilray, Inc. (Nasdaq: TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, reports financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. All financial information in this press release is reported in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

We are pleased to report strong sequential quarterly revenue growth across each of our core business segments for the first quarter of 2020.Brendan Kennedy, Cheif Executive Officer

"We remain focused on executing on our long-term growth opportunities and our goal of generating positive Adjusted EBITDA by the end of the fourth quarter. As evidenced by our International Medical sales in the quarter, we expect this segment to demonstrate continued growth and positively impact margins. During and since the first quarter, we took significant steps to drive efficiencies across our business, enabling us to realize annualized cost savings of approximately $40 million compared to the fourth quarter 2019 run rates. While the positive impact of these actions are not fully reflected in this quarter's results, they will become more clearly evident over the course of this year," says Brendan Kennedy, Tilray's Chief Executive Officer.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 126.2% to $52.1 million (C$70.7 million), compared to the first quarter of last year. Growth was driven by cannabis sales, which experienced meaningful increases across all channels with the exception of bulk, and the inclusion of the Manitoba Harvest acquisition for a full quarter in 2020 compared to a partial quarter in the prior year.
  • Revenue increased by 11.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Growth was driven by a 23.0% increase in adult-use sales and a 14.3% increase in hemp product sales, partially offset by a decline in bulk sales.
  • Total cannabis kilogram equivalents sold increased 92.4% to 5,794 kilograms from 3,012 kilograms in the first quarter of 2019. This growth resulted from increases in adult-use cannabis flower sales and the launch of Cannabis 2.0 products.
  • Average cannabis net selling price per gram decreased to $5.28 (C$7.16) compared to $5.60 (C$7.54) in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was due to a shift in product and channel mix. The average net selling price excluding excise duties for adult-use was $3.49 (C$4.73) per gram for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Gross margin for the quarter was 21%, a 200 basis point decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019 and a significant positive change over the negative margins recorded in the fourth quarter of 2019. Gross margin, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, increased to 29% from 28% compared to the first quarter of 2019 and 24% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Gross margin for cannabis, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, decreased to 20% from 23% compared to the first quarter of 2019 while gross margin for hemp, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, decreased to 41% from 44% compared to the first quarter of 2019.
  • Net loss was $184.1 million, or $1.73 per share, compared to a loss of $29.4 million, or $0.31 per share, for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in net loss was primarily due to the change in the fair value of the warrant liability of $72.0 million related to the Company's registered offering of common stock and warrants, impairment of assets of $29.8 million, weakening of the Canadian dollar resulting in a foreign currency translation loss of $28.1 million, increased operating expenses related to growth initiatives in the Company's cannabis sector and severance costs of $1.9 million related to headcount reductions.
  • Net loss was reduced by $35.0 million, or 16%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. The reduction in net loss from $219.1 million, or $2.14 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2019 was largely due to improvements in gross margin in the first quarter of 2020 and the significant impairments recorded in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $19.7 million compared to a loss of $15.3 million in the first quarter of 2019. The moderate increase in Adjusted EBITDA loss was largely the result of increased costs in general and administrative expenses related to commercial growth initiatives and increased operating costs related to our cultivation efforts.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $19.7 million was a 44% improvement over the $35.3 loss during the fourth quarter of 2019. The improvement was generally due to cost reductions and operating efficiencies.
  • The Company ended the first quarter of 2020 with $174.0 million in cash.

First Quarter 2020 Business Highlights

  • Tilray made several additions to its executive leadership team:
    • Jon Levin, formerly of Revlon, joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer.
    • Michael Kruteck, formerly of Molson Coors and Pharmaca, joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer.
  • In January 2020, the Company signed a 2.5-tonne strategic partnership agreement with Canndoc (an Israeli Medical Cannabis Agency) to export medical cannabis from Tilray's European Union facility in Portugal to Israel. The successful export addresses the growing demand for medical cannabis products in the Israeli market.
  • On February 28, 2020, the Company closed a $59.6 million senior credit facility that bears interest at Canadian prime plus 8% and has a two-year term.
  • On March 17, 2020, the Company closed an underwritten registered offering of common stock, pre-funded warrants and warrants. Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $85.3 million after deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses.
  • On March 25, 2020, Tilray's Board of Directors unanimously approved the pro rata release of 11 million shares of Class 2 common stock held by the former stockholders of Privateer Holdings, Inc. The released shares are part of the previously announced release of Tilray stock over a two-year period.

Update Related to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company's priority remains the health, safety and well-being of its global workforce, patients, customers and communities where it operates. Over the course of several weeks, the Company enacted response protocols and contingency plans to prepare for events in relation to the global pandemic. The Company has implemented remote work arrangements for all office personnel and restricted business travel as of mid-March. The Company's operational sites remain open, but with enhanced measures to protect the safety of its workforce including rotating shifts of self-quarantined staff, reducing the sites to business-critical personnel only, physical distancing incorporated into manufacturing lines and cultivations sites, sanitation protocols and other enhanced safety measures. These protocols are being evaluated and adapted in accordance with government and health authority recommendations on a daily basis.

Currently, the Company is focused on establishing a safe recovery plan for returning to more normal business conditions and returning staff to corporate offices and operational sites when appropriate.

To date, the Company has not experienced any material COVID-19 impacts related to its ability to serve patients and consumers around the world with medical cannabis products, adult-use cannabis products in Canada, and Manitoba Harvest hemp products. For more information on COVID-19 and associated risks to our business, see Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11, 2020.

To learn more about Tilray Inc, visit the company HQ here.

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