Supplier of cannabis accessory products to Jamaica sees first-quarter gains amid pandemic.
Greenlane Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
BOCA RATON, Fla., June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (“Greenlane” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: GNLN), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and specialty vaporization products, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
First Quarter 2020 Highlights
(Unless otherwise stated, comparisons are made between Q1 2020 and Q4 2019 results)
- Revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was approximately $33.9 million;
- Sales of Greenlane Brands grew to $6.3 million dollars, representing 18.5% of total revenue;
- Gross profit was $7.3 million, or 22% of net sales, an increase of $0.8 million, representing an improvement in gross margin of 414 basis points;
- Entered into a new lease agreement for a new retail store located in Barcelona, Spain, which opened to the public on May 26, 2020;
- Vapor.com, one of the Company’s e-commerce platforms, daily store transactions increased 50.4%;
- VIBES branded products now present at over 2,000 Greenlane customer retail locations;
- Demonstrated commitment to business transformation plan through the targeted reduction of approximately 50 employees which is expected to positively impact the Company’s results in future quarters;
- In response to the impact of COVID-19 and changing consumer demand, Greenlane has shifted resourcing towards more in-demand revenue channels, adding sales resources to Channel and Dropship and operational resources to B2C.
“We have made significant strides in the execution of our business transformation plan and are focused on pursuing higher margin revenue opportunities while strategically right sizing our operations to the current environment,” said Aaron LoCascio, Greenlane’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
We’re beginning to see the positive impact of the investment we made to develop and launch our Greenlane Brands, which accounted for a record 18.5% of net sales and drove the sequential improvement in our gross margin.
Aaron LoCascio, Greenlane’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
I’m extremely proud of the collective efforts that our team has put into the success we have achieved to date and I look forward to continuing to update you as we leverage our scale to drive sustained, long-term growth and profitability.
Q1 2020 Financial Summary
Net sales were $33.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 (“Q1 2020”), as compared to $49.9 million for the first quarter of 2019 (“Q1 2019”), a decrease of $16.0 million or 32.1%. The change in revenue is largely attributable to the FDA’s restriction on the sale of certain products, primarily mint-flavored JUUL, and the execution of Greenlane’s business transformation plan, whereby the Company has deliberately moved away from low-margin JUUL sales, to focus on higher-margin products. JUUL sales decreased to approximately $4.4 million in Q1 2020, from approximately $21.0 million in Q1 2019. Net sales of Greenlane Brands grew to $6.3 million dollars, representing 18.5% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2020, as compared to $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2019. Net sales of the Company’s third-party brands, including Firefly, Santa Cruz Shredder, and MJ Arsenal increased by approximately $1.2 million in Q1 2020 as compared to Q1 2019.
In connection with the Company’s business transformation plan and ongoing efforts to optimize its distribution network, Greenlane continues to transition to a more streamlined and centralized model with fewer, but larger, highly automated facilities. Accordingly, on March 31, 2020 the Company closed its brick-and-mortar retail store in Ponce City Market. In addition, Greenlane closed its Schenectady, NY and Delta, Canada distribution centers on May 14, 2020, and May 15, 2020, respectively, and expects to close its Jacksonville, FL, Torrance, CA, and Visalia, CA distribution centers in June 2020.
Q1 2020, gross profit was $7.3 million, or 22% of net sales, compared to $9.0 million, or 18% of net sales in Q1 2019. This increase in gross margin is indicative of the leverage that the Company can drive from its operating model as it continues to reduce the concentration of sales in lower-margin JUUL products and implements additional cost-saving initiatives.
Salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes in Q1 2020 decreased approximately $1.5 million, or 18.2%, compared to Q1 2019, primarily due to a decrease in equity-based compensation expense of $2.5 million, as the Company recognized approximately $0.3 million of expense in Q1 2020, compared to approximately $2.8 million of expense in Q1 2019. The decrease in equity-based compensation was offset by increases in wages and related payroll expenses of approximately $1.1 million as additional workforce was hired to accommodate the Company’s operations as a public company and the additional employees absorbed as part of the acquisition of Conscious Wholesale.
Q1 2020 general and administrative expenses increased by approximately $3.3 million to $8.7 million in Q1 2020 compared to $5.4 million in Q1 2019, primarily due to additional costs incurred in connection with operations as a public company.
During Q1 2020, the Company recorded a Goodwill impairment charge of $9.0 million related to the United States reporting unit, which was recognized as a result of a quantitative test of goodwill for the Company’s United States and Europe reporting units.
Q1 2020 net loss was $16.8 million, compared to $17.7 million in the same period for the prior year. Adjusted net loss was $6.1 million in Q1 2020 compared to adjusted net loss of $1.5 million for Q1 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.3 million in Q1 2020 compared to adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million in Q1 2019.
Cash and cash equivalents were $43.9 million and total debt was $8.3 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $47.8 million and $8.3 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2019.
Conference Call Information
Greenlane will host a conference call today, Thursday, June 4, 2020, to discuss these results. Aaron LoCascio, Chief Executive Officer, and Ethan Rudin, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Dial-In Number: (888) 870-0119
Conference ID: 1064147
Replay: (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406
Available until 12:00 midnight Eastern Time Tuesday, August 4, 2020
About Greenlane Holdings, Inc.
Greenlane (Nasdaq: GNLN) is one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and liquid nicotine products. The Company operates as a powerful house of brands, third-party brand accelerator and distribution platform for consumption devices and lifestyle brands serving the global cannabis and liquid nicotine markets with an expansive customer base of more than 11,000 retail locations, including licensed cannabis dispensaries, and smoke and vape shops. Greenlane merchandises vaporizers and other products in the United States, Canada and Europe and distributes to retailers through its wholesale operations and to consumers through its e-commerce platforms and retail stores. The Company provides value-added customer support to complement its product offerings and help its customers operate and grow their businesses. In addition to owning and operating its own brands, Greenlane is the partner of choice for many of the industry’s leading players including PAX Labs, Grenco Science, Firefly, DaVinci, Eyce, Santa Cruz Shredder, Cookies, JUUL and dozens of others. Our Greenlane Brands category is comprised of child-resistant packaging innovator Pollen Gear; VIBES rolling papers; the Marley Natural accessory line; the Keith Haring Collection accessory line; Aerospaced & Groove grinders, and Higher Standards, which is both an upscale product line and an innovative retail experience with flagship stores at New York City’s famed Chelsea Market and in Malibu, California. The Company also owns and operates several e-commerce platforms, including Vapor.com, an industry leading e-commerce platform which offers convenient, flexible shopping solutions directly to consumers. For additional information, please visit: https://gnln.com/.
Presentation of Financial Information
This press release includes historical consolidated results for the periods presented of Greenlane Holdings, LLC, the predecessor of Greenlane Holdings, Inc., for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, the consolidated financial statements for periods prior to the completion of the IPO on April 23, 2019 have been adjusted to combine the previously separate entities for presentation purposes.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Greenlane discloses Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, because management believes these metrics assist investors and analysts in assessing the Company’s overall operating performance and evaluating how well Greenlane is executing its business strategies. You should not consider Adjusted Net Loss or Adjusted EBITDA as alternatives to net loss determined in accordance with GAAP as indicators of Greenlane’s operating performance. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. Accordingly, you should not view Adjusted Net Loss or Adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Furthermore, these non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.
Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool. Some of these limitations are:
- Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditures;
- Adjusted EBITDA does not include interest expense, which has been a necessary element of the Company’s costs;
- Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income tax payments we may be required to make;
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss do not reflect equity-based compensation;
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss do not reflect transaction and other costs which are generally incremental costs that result from an actual or planned transaction;
- Other companies, including companies in Greenlane’s industry, may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.
For more information on Greenlane’s non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” table in this press release.
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