DENVER, Nov. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Schwazze, (OTCQX:SHWZ) (“Schwazze” or the “Company”), announced financial results for its third quarter year ended September 30, 2021 (“Q3 2021”).
Financial Summary for Q3 2021:
Note: Schwazze did not own all the assets in 2020 and are using unaudited numbers for this comparison.
Q3 2021 Highlights
Acquisition of Southern Colorado Growers
The Company announced on July 22, 2021, that it has closed the transaction to acquire the assets of Southern Colorado Growers (“SCG”) in Huerfano County, Colorado; previously announced June 1, 2021. The acquisition includes 34 acres of land with outdoor cultivation capacity, as well as indoor, greenhouse, and hoop house cultivation facilities and equipment. This purchase is the company’s first major move into cultivation, which is expected to provide high-end, premium cannabis directly to its Star Buds dispensaries and significant production of biomass for its PurpleBee’s extraction and manufacturing facility.
Launched Star Buds Home Delivery
The Company announced the launch of its cannabis product home delivery service to residences in the city of Aurora on August 19, 2021. Aurora home delivery service commenced from its Star Buds Montview retail dispensary location at 10100 E. Montview Boulevard. The delivery service is available to any personal residences located within the city limits of Aurora, in which the Star Buds Montview location currently serves. The launch of the delivery service from Star Buds Montview is the first phase of a home delivery offering for the Star Buds dispensaries in Colorado. The second phase, expected later this year, will include deliveries from the Star Buds Arapahoe location at 14655 E. Arapahoe Road, also based in Aurora.
Acquisition of Brow 2, LLC
The Company announced on August 23, 2021, that is has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Brow 2, LLC, located in Denver, Colorado. The planned transaction includes a 37,000 square foot building (27,000 square feet of canopy) for indoor cultivation and equipment. This transaction is expected to significantly enhance Schwazze’s aggressive expansion in Colorado and will significantly enhance the Company’s cultivation resources, providing product directly to its seventeen Star Buds brand dispensaries.
Acquisition of Smoking Gun
The Company announced on November 15, 2021, that it has signed definitive documents to acquire the assets of Smoking Gun, LLC and Smoking Gun Land Company, LLC. The dispensary and assets are located on a prime corner on Colorado Boulevard in Glendale, Colorado in the center of the greater Denver area. This acquisition is part of the Company’s continuing expansion and growth plans in Colorado adding to its retail footprint, bringing the total number of dispensaries including announced acquisitions to 20.
We continue to realize strong growth revenue quarter over quarter along with adjusted EBITDA results and to aggressively execute our growth strategy for Colorado. In this quarter we announced the acquisitions of Southern Colorado Growers, Brow 2 and Smoking Gun, bringing our announced dispensaries to 20 and significantly increased our cultivation capabilities.
Wholesale results, led by PurpleBee’s distillate also had another excellent sales quarter. Our retail results continue to outpace Colorado by 11.5%. I’m pleased to report that our average basket size for the quarter was up 7.3%, and although customer visits decreased by 5.8%, due to cycling through COVID impacts in the third quarter, year-to-date customer visits were up by 5.1%.
Third Quarter 2021 Revenue
Total revenue was $31.8 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $7.4 million during the same period in 2020 and represents an increase of approximately 328%. Retail sales were $20.7 million over the quarter from $1.1 million dollars the previous year and wholesale operations revenue increased to $11.0 million from $6.3 million compared to the same period last year. Other sales were $0.07 million from $0.02. The increase in retail and wholesale revenue is attributed to the increased sales in the wholesales segment, led by Purplebees and the completion of the acquisition of Star Buds in March 2021.
Total cost of goods and services were $16.8 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $4.6 million during the same period in 2020. This increase was due to improved sales from our retail and wholesale operations.
Gross profit increased to $15.1 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $2.8 million during the same period in 2020. Gross profit margin increased as a percentage of revenue from 37.4% to 47.3% continued to be driven by the strength of Star Buds acquisition, our consolidated purchasing approach, and implementation of our retail playbook.
Q3 average basket size was $59.05 up 7.3%, year-to-date basket size was $59.70 up 8.6%. Recorded customer visits during Q3 totaled 353,370 down by 5.8%, compared to the prior year period, due to cycling through COVID impacts, however year-to-date visits were 1,046,232 up 5.1% compared to the prior year period.
Total operating expenses were $11.2 million during the third quarter compared to $6.4 million during the same period in 2020. The higher expenses were due to increased selling, general and administrative expenses, and salaries from the addition of the dispensaries.
Q3 2021 net income was $1.0 million, or a gain of approximately $0.2 per share on a basic weighted average, as compared to net loss of $2.9 million, or a loss of approximately $0.07 per share on a basic weighted average during the three months ended September 30, 2020.
Q3 2021 adjusted EBITDA was $8.8 million representing 27.6% of revenue. This is derived from Operating Income and adjusting one-time expenses, merger and acquisition and capital raising costs, non-cash related compensation costs, and depreciation and amortization. See the financial table for Adjusted EBITDA below for details for Q3 2021 adjustments.
During the third quarter, the Company generated positive operating cash flow of $3.4 million and $4.8 million in operating cash flow for the first three quarters with $21.2 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of Q3 2021
Nancy Huber, CFO for Schwazze commented, “We continue to generate operating cash flows from our acquired businesses, and we are using the cash flow to invest in new acquisitions and make improvements in our stores, manufacturing, and cultivation operations.”
The Company has updated its 2021 guidance which excludes transactions that are announced but not closed. Annual revenue guidance is $110 million to $115 million and projected annual adjusted EBITDA from $32 million to $34 million.
Adjusted EBITDA represents income (loss) from operations, as reported, before tax, adjusted to exclude non-recurring items, other non-cash items, including stock-based compensation expense, depreciation, and amortization, and further adjusted to remove acquisition related costs, and other one-time expenses, such as severance. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA as it believes it better explains the results of its core business. The Company has not reconciled guidance for adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP financial measure because it cannot provide guidance for the various reconciling items. The Company is unable to provide guidance for these reconciling items because it cannot determine their probable significance, as certain items are outside of its control and cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP financial measure is not available without unreasonable effort.
Q3 2021 Webcast – November 15, 2021 – 4:30 ET
Investors and stakeholders may participate in the conference call by dialing 416 764 8650 or by dialing North American toll free 888-664-6383 or listen to the webcast from the Company’s website at https://ir.schwazze.com. The webcast will be available on the Company’s website and on replay until November 22, 2021 and may be accessed by dialing 888-390-0541 / 807433#.
Following their prepared remarks, Chief Executive Officer, Justin Dye and Chief Financial Officer, Nancy Huber will answer investor questions. Investors may submit questions in advance or during the conference call itself through the weblink: https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1506871&tp_key=909a00d089 This weblink has been posted to the Company’s website and will be archived on the website. All Company SEC filings can also be accessed on the Company website at https://ir.schwazze.com/sec-filings
Schwazze (OTCQX: SHWZ) is building the premier vertically integrated cannabis company in Colorado and plans to take its operating system to other states where it can develop a differentiated leadership position. Schwazze is the parent company of a portfolio of leading cannabis businesses and brands spanning seed to sale. The Company is committed to unlocking the full potential of the cannabis plant to improve the human condition. Schwazze is anchored by a high-performance culture that combines customer-centric thinking and data science to test, measure, and drive decisions and outcomes. The Company’s leadership team has deep expertise in retailing, wholesaling, and building consumer brands at Fortune 500 companies as well as in the cannabis sector. Schwazze is passionate about making a difference in our communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, and doing our part to incorporate climate-conscious best practices. Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. was Schwazze’s former operating trade name. The corporate entity continues to be named Medicine Man Technologies, Inc.
Schwazze derives its name from the pruning technique of a cannabis plant to enhance plant structure and promote healthy growth.
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