~Company reports record quarter with 73% increase in year over year net revenue~
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 24, 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 second quarter ended May 31, 2020. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Namaste’s second quarter results continue to build on the revenue growth success posted in the first quarter as the Company solidifies its position within the cannabis value chain. On a year over year basis for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020, revenue increased and net loss decreased significantly. On a sequential basis, second quarter revenue, gross margin and the net loss improved over the first quarter of 2020.
CannMart Inc. (“CannMart”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Namaste Technologies, has demonstrated its ability 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 Q2 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 industry as the space matures and shifts into consumer packaged goods.
Second quarter highlights:
“The introduction of B2B distribution channels by CannMart has made a significant contribution to Namaste’s revenue stream and bottom line,” said Meni Morim, CEO of Namaste. “For the second consecutive quarter, we have seen considerable revenue growth and have just recorded the highest quarterly revenue for the Company to date. As stated in the first quarter, the strategic decisions we made in 2019 and early 2020 are beginning to be reflected in our results. Our efforts have resulted in significant growth for cannabis and cannabis products sales in Canada but there is more work for us to do. We have shown that we can grow our revenue and as we expand our product lines, improve operational efficiencies, and increase our gross margins in coming quarters to coincide with revenue growth.”
“As Canada is leading the way with respect to the rollout of regulations around a legal cannabis market, and with other countries paying close attention to this rollout, we set out to refine and perfect the scalability of our business model within this legal framework. The work and investment that we have made and will continue to make in Canada will provide a playbook for eventual expansion into other markets and verticals as regulations allow,” added Morim.
“We continue to sign agreements with well-known international cannabis brands. These are endorsements of our value proposition as a leader in development, manufacturing and distribution of consumer packaged goods in the cannabis sector. As brand loyalty becomes more important in a maturing industry, we place great value in working with well-known brands looking to leverage our expertise and distribution channels and, at the same time, have invested in creating products under our own brand. It will be brands that will drive customer loyalty, product development and ultimately sales. We have experienced early success with major brands through both CannMart’s B2B and B2C sales channels.”
“We also received approval from Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (“AGLC”) and the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation operating as the Ontario Cannabis Store (“OCS”) to begin offering Cannabis 2.0 products, another significant milestone for Namaste. The Cannabis 2.0 market is gaining momentum as new and innovative products are being introduced. Alberta and Ontario are important markets for CannMart and we will work to gain market share in these and other provinces.”
Summary of Consolidated Financial Results
Net revenue for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 was $6.9 million, an improvement of 73% compared to $4.0 million for the second quarter of 2019. Gross margin as a percentage of net revenue (before inventory adjustment) for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 was 9% compared to 18% for the previous period. As illustrated on the chart below, cannabis revenue is demonstrating strong growth and becoming a major component of total revenues.
Overall expenses decreased by $241,913 or 4% for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 in comparison to the same period last year. The change reflects a decrease in share-based compensation and selling and marketing expenses offset by an increase in office and general costs.
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 was a loss of $4.7 million, compared to a loss of $3.9 million for the second quarter ended May 31, 2019. Net loss for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 was $4.8 million compared to $8.6 million in the same period last year. The improvement in the net loss is primarily attributed to a decrease in restructuring and other related costs.
For further details, the complete Financial Statements for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020 and the related Management’s Discussion & Analysis can be accessed on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
The Company intends to hold its annual general meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) virtually on September 29, 2020. The Company requested and has received a four-day extension to the date on which it is required to hold its AGM from the British Columbia Registrar of Companies in accordance with section 182(4) of the Business Corporations Act (BC). The Company will provide further details regarding the AGM, including how shareholders can attend and vote at the virtual AGM, in due course.
COVID-19 continues to be an unprecedented challenge for the global community. In response to this very serious health risk, management employed procedures to mitigate its effects on the business and ensure the continued 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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