~Company reports 16% year over year net revenue growth and significant improvement in bottom line compared to the same period last year~
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – June 10, 2020 Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N) (FRANKFURT: M5BQ) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF), an online platform for cannabis products, accessories, and responsible education, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended February 29, 2020. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Namaste’s first quarter results reflect the work begun in 2019 and the Company’s transition to a more strategic position within the value chain. On a year over year basis for the quarter ended February 29, 2020, revenue increased and net loss decreased significantly. On a sequential basis, revenue, gross margin and the bottom line significantly improved. Equally as important to note on the revenue growth is the fact that it was accomplished while revenue-generating, but non-core, business assets were exited during 2019.
CannMart Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Namaste Technologies, (“CannMart”) continues to attract premium brands, value added suppliers, and provincial agencies thanks to its expertise in e-commerce, production, packaging, and distribution in this highly competitive and regulated industry. As reflected in the Q1 2020 results, CannMart’s expanded product catalogue grew in both its business to business (“B2B”) and business to consumer (“B2C”) channels. CannMart continues to strengthen its competitive position in the Cannabis 2.0 marketplace as the industry shifts into consumer packaged goods.
First quarter highlights:
“The changes in strategy and corporate structure made during 2019 are starting to reflect a positive impact in our financial results,” said Meni Morim, CEO of Namaste. “Namaste’s revenues jumped this quarter to the highest level since the first quarter of 2018 with a significant contribution from CannMart, an impressive feat taking into account some exits from non-core businesses during 2019. We are gaining traction in the B2B segment with one early customer, with whom we passed the Proof of Concept stage, driving the majority of CannMart’s revenue growth. These are initial, yet strong signals of traction, as CannMart generated in this quarter alone, 164% of the revenue generated by CannMart in the entire year of 2019. CannMart is seeing significant growth in its operations as we enter new markets with new and well-known brands and a growing number of distribution channels.”
“We firmly believe in the future of the legal cannabis industry and our value proposition as a leader in development, manufacturing and distribution of consumer packaged goods. As manufacturers of cannabis products continue to expand, brands will become the major driver for product differentiation and ultimately sales. As evidenced by the strategic relationships with brands like IGNITE and Phyto Extractions, we are aligning with major brands to help build their customer base within the legal Canadian cannabis market.”
“The Cannabis 2.0 market is still in its infancy. However, we expect this market to gain momentum as new and innovative products and brands are introduced. This market features higher gross margins and a larger addressable customer base than leaf-based products and is an important addition to our product offerings. Major brands understand the value that we offer and trust us to represent them.”
Summary of Consolidated Financial Results
Net revenue for the first quarter ended February 29, 2020 was $5.3 million, an improvement of 16% compared to $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2019. Gross margin as a percentage of net revenue (before inventory adjustment) for the quarter ended February 29, 2020 was 14% compared to 17% for the previous period. As illustrated on the chart below, cannabis revenue is demonstrating strong growth and becoming a major component of total revenues.
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter ended February 29, 2020 was a loss of $6.0 million, compared to a loss of $5.1 million for the first quarter ended February 28, 2019. Net loss for the first quarter ended February 29, 2020 was $7.4 million compared to $10.3 million in the same period last year. The improvement in the net loss is primarily attributed to decreases in share-based compensation and restructuring and other non-recurring expenses.
The Company has taken a conservative approach and made provisions against financial assets including but not limited to accounts receivable and deposits. These non-cash, conservative measures represent approximately $0.9 million of the $7.4 million loss.
For further details, the complete Financial Statements for the first quarter ended February 29, 2020 and the related Management’s Discussion & Analysis can be accessed on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge for the global community. In response to this serious health risk, management employed procedures to mitigate its effects on the business and ensure the health and safety of its employees, vendors, partners and customers as the first quarter was coming to a close. Although these challenges still persist, management believes that appropriate actions have been taken and the business is well positioned to operate with limited disruption.
NON IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
Management evaluates the Company’s performance using a variety of measures, including “EBITDA” and “Adjusted EBITDA”. The non-IFRS measures discussed below should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies.
The Company believes these non-IFRS financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of the Company.
Management uses these and other non-IFRS financial measures to exclude the impact of certain expenses recognized under IFRS when analyzing underlying operating performance and cash impact. From time to time, the Company may exclude additional items if it believes doing so would result in a more effective analysis. The exclusion of certain items does not imply they are non-recurring.
(i) Current and deferred income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and share-based compensation were excluded from the Adjusted EBITDA calculation as they do not represent cash expenditures.
(ii) Other income consisting of gain on disposal of subsidiary, interest income, realized gain on disposition of AFS investments, unrealized gain on derivatives and other miscellaneous non-recurring income were excluded from Adjusted EBITDA calculation.
(iii) Non-recurring costs related to restructuring and legacy issues were excluded from Adjusted EBITDA calculation.
(iv) Share of associates loss, net of tax, is excluded due to lack of control.
About Namaste Technologies Inc.
With headquarters in Toronto, ON, and offices in both B.C. and around the globe, Namaste Technologies is a leading online platform for cannabis products, accessories, and responsible education. The company’s ‘everything cannabis store’, CannMart.com, provides customers with a diverse selection of hand-picked products from a multitude of federally-licensed cultivators, all on one convenient site. Namaste’s global technology and continuous innovation address local needs in a burgeoning cannabis industry requiring smart solutions.
Information on the Company and its many products can be accessed through the links below:
For more information please contact:
Incite Capital Markets
Eric Negraeff / Darren Seed
For Meni Morim, CEO
Email: [email protected]
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