NEW YORK — Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF), a leading international provider of consumer products in cannabis, today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. All financial information is reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Boris Jordan, Executive Chairman of Curaleaf, stated, “In the third quarter we took the final steps in our asset optimization plan, and I’m pleased that our changes are showing results. Revenue was $333 million, with adjusted EBITDA margin(1) of 23%. We reduced our inventory by another $18 million this quarter, ending with $118 million in cash on the balance sheet, and generated $33 million in free cash flow from continuing operations. With significant near-term state and regulatory catalysts on the horizon, coupled with our proposed uplisting to the Toronto Stock Exchange and our early mover advantage in Europe give us great confidence in Curaleaf’s future. I am very encouraged by the team’s commitment and discipline, and remain bullish for a strong end to 2023 and an exciting 2024.”
Matt Darin, Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf, commented, “The last two quarters have represented an important evolution for us. Along with significant reductions to our expense structure, we scaled back production to accelerate the right-sizing of our inventory while continuing to deliver innovative new products that consumers love. With this progress, along with new wholesale growth opportunities and a return to a decentralized leadership structure, we are turning on idled capacity and are back on offense. The growth catalysts of Germany, New York, Ohio, and potentially Florida and Pennsylvania position Curaleaf incredibly well for years of market share gains.”
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights
- Net Revenue of $333.2 million excluding $3.5 million from discontinued operations, a year-over-year increase of 2% compared to Q3 2022 revenue of $325.8 million. Sequentially, net revenue declined less than 1%
- Gross profit of $150.1 million and gross margin of 45%
- Adjusted gross profit(1) of $152.2 million, resulting in adjusted gross margin of 46%
- Net loss attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., including discontinued operations, of $92.3 million or net loss per share $0.13
- Adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.(1) of $70.8 million or adjusted net loss per share(1) of $0.10
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $75.3 million or 23% of revenue
- Exited direct operations in Michigan and Kentucky resulting in a $22 million non-cash impairment charge, and $3 million in adjusted EBITDA accretion
- Cash at quarter end totaled $118.1 million
- Free cash flow from continuing operations(1) of $33.4 million
- Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023 Financial Highlights
- Net revenue of $1,001.4 million, a 7% increase year-over-year
- Gross profit of $458.3 million and gross margin of 46%
- Adjusted gross profit(1) of $464.7 million, a 9% decrease year-over-year
- Adjusted gross margin(1) of 46%
- Operating cash flow of $73.0 million
- Net loss attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. of $218.0 million or net loss per share of $0.31
- Adjusted net loss attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.(1) of $178 million or net loss per share(1) of $0.25
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $221.9 million or 22% of revenue
1Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted gross profit, free cash flow from continuing operations and adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. are non-GAAP financial measures, and adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted gross margin, and adjusted net loss per share are non-GAAP financial ratios, in each case without a standardized definition under GAAP and which may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. See “Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures” below for definitions and more information regarding Curaleaf’s use of non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios. See the section entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures” below for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Third Quarter 2023 Operational Highlights
- In Connecticut, we opened our third and fourth store for adult-use sales in Groton and Manchester.
- Successfully launched adult-use sales in Maryland across our four stores and wholesale, realizing triple digit sequential revenue growth throughout the quarter.
- Entered into an agreement to sell our Oregon assets.
- Consolidated grow processor facilities in Nevada from three to one.
- Launched BRIQ, our proprietary two-gram vape hardware, in 11 states which set record breaking product launch sales.
- Launched Select Liquid Diamonds in Florida and Zero Proof, cannabis-infused drinkables in Illinois.
- Completed the acquisition of EU GMP processing assets from Clever Leaves in Portugal to further vertically integrate our European supply chain.
- Began selling edibles to the UK market.
- Began wholesaling into Poland.
- Raised C$16 million through an equity offering of Subordinate Voting Shares which fulfills one of the requirements for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
- Post Third Quarter 2023 Operational Highlights
- Formally applied to list Subordinate Voting Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
- Entered into an agreement to sell our Maine, adult-use store.
- Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2023
Total revenue was $333.2 million in the third quarter of 2023, a decrease of 1% from $335.6 million in the second quarter of 2023 and an increase of 2% from $325.8 million in the third quarter of 2022. The Company’s year-over-year revenue growth primarily reflects continued growth driven by strength in Maryland, Connecticut, and New Jersey, contributions from the Tryke acquisition, and our international segment.
Retail revenue was $273.2 million, compared with $275.5 million in the second quarter of 2023, and up 6% from $258.2 million in the third quarter of 2022. Retail revenue represented 82% of total revenue. Curaleaf’s year-over-year retail revenue growth was supported by product expansion, new store openings, and the further expansion of adult-use cannabis around the country.
Wholesale revenue was $58.6 million, remained flat from the second quarter of 2023 and represented 18% of total revenue. Wholesale revenue declined 12% year-over-year due to a proactive reduction of inventory.
Net loss attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. was $92.3 million, compared with a net loss of $74.3 million in the second quarter of 2023 and $51.4 million in the third quarter of 2022. The year-over-year degradation in net loss was mainly due to gross margin compression and the increase in total other expenses.
Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023
Total revenue for the nine months ended 2023 was a record $1,001 million, an increase of 7% from $935 million for the nine months ended 2022.
Retail revenue was $820 million for the nine months ended 2023, an increase of 12% from $729 million for the nine months ended 2022. The increase in retail revenue was primarily driven by the expansion of product lines into new markets, new store openings, and the addition of Tryke.
Wholesale revenue was $177 million, a decrease of 13% from $203 million for the nine months ended 2022. The decline in wholesale revenue was primarily due to price compression and actions to reduce inventory.
Net Income / (Loss)
Net loss, attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., for the nine months end 2023 was $218 million, compared with a net loss of $110 million for the nine months ended Q3 2022. The $108 million degradation in net loss year-over-year was primarily due to gross margin compression and the increase in total other expenses.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of September 30, 2023, the Company had $118.1 million of cash and $584.6 million of outstanding debt net of unamortized debt discounts.
As of the end of the third quarter, Curaleaf has invested $49.4 million, net in capital expenditures, focused on cultivation, processing, and selective retail expansion in strategic markets. During the third quarter, net capital expenditures were $13.6 million.
For the third quarter of 2023 and 2022, the Company’s weighted average subordinate voting shares plus multiple voting shares outstanding amounted to 725,319,477 and 709,638,533 shares, respectively.
Non-GAAP Financial and Performance Measures
Curaleaf reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP and uses a number of financial measures and ratios when assessing its results and measuring overall performance. Some of these financial measures and ratios are not calculated in accordance with GAAP. Curaleaf refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures and ratios such as “adjusted gross profit”, “adjusted gross margin”, “adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.”, “adjusted net loss per share”, “adjusted EBITDA”, and “adjusted EBITDA margin”. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The Company defines “adjusted gross profit” as gross profit net of cost of goods sold and related other add-backs. “Adjusted gross margin” is defined by Curaleaf as adjusted gross profit divided by total revenues. “Adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.” is defined by Curaleaf as net loss, adjusted to remove the impact of discontinued operations and less other add-backs. “Adjusted net loss per share” is defined by Curaleaf as adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. divided by the weighted average shares outstanding during the applicable period. “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined by Curaleaf as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization less share-based compensation expense and other add-backs related to business development, acquisition, financing and reorganization costs. “Adjusted EBITDA margin” is defined by Curaleaf as adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue. “Free Cash Flow From Operations” is defined by Curaleaf as cash from operating activities from continuing operations less the purchases of property and equipment, or capital expenditures. Curaleaf considers these measures to be an important indicator of the financial strength and performance of our business. We believe the adjusted results presented provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify our actual operating performance, make it easier to compare our results with those of other companies and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, our reported results as indicators of our performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly named measures from other companies. The tables below provide reconciliations of Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures
Gross profit from continuing operations was $150.1 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared with $147.8 million in the second quarter of 2023. Adjusted gross profit from continuing operations net of add-backs for the third quarter was $152.2 million compared with $151.4 million in the second quarter of 2023. Adjusted gross margin for the third quarter of 2023 was 45.7%, an increase of 60 basis points compared with the second quarter of 2023. The increase in gross margin was largely due to lower discounts in certain markets.
Adjusted EBITDA was $75.3 million for the third quarter of 2023, an increase of 4% from $72.4 million in the second quarter of 2023 and an decrease of 13% from $87.0 million in the third quarter of 2022. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 22.6%, an increase of 100 basis points from 21.6% in the prior quarter and an decrease of 410 basis points from 26.7% in the third quarter of 2022. The sequential increase in Adjusted EBITDA primarily reflects adjusted gross margin expansion and expense leverage.
About Curaleaf Holdings
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf”) is a leading international provider of consumer products in cannabis with a mission to enhance lives by cultivating, sharing and celebrating the power of the plant. As a high-growth cannabis company known for quality, expertise and reliability, the Company and its brands, including Curaleaf, Select, and Grassroots provide industry-leading service, product selection and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets. In the United States, our brands are sold in 17 states with operations encompassing 146 dispensaries and employing more than 5,200 team members. Curaleaf International is the largest vertically integrated cannabis company in Europe with a unique supply and distribution network throughout the European market, bringing together pioneering science and research with cutting-edge cultivation, extraction and production. Curaleaf is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol CURA and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol CURLF. For more information, please visit ir.curaleaf.com.
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