Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE: HARV)(OTCQX: HRVSF) reported the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 financial results. For the quarter HHR delivered total revenue of $16.9 million, an increase of 135% versus last year’s $7.2 million in the same time period. This was a sequential increase of 52%.
The company still delivered a net loss of $71.1 million for the quarter which included a non-recurring, non-cash fair value charge of $50.7 million associated with convertible debt that was converted to equity during the year. The gross profit, excluding the impact of biological assets, was $7.2 million, an increase of 342%, up from $1.6 million in Q4 2017.
“2018 continued to set records for Harvest’s growth and momentum across the United States,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve White. “Three key initiatives dictated our decisions throughout the year and will continue to be our focus in 2019: aggressively expanding our retail and wholesale footprint across the U.S., building, acquiring and expanding our suite of brands across our footprint and continuing to operate in a financially disciplined way, while also fueling the revenue growth of the company.”
HHR made a splash recently when it announced it was acquiring Verano Holdings in a deal valued at $850 million. Verano is one of the largest privately held multi-state, vertically integrated licensed operators of cannabis facilities. Upon completion of the acquisition, it is expected to add licenses throughout the Midwest and East Coast. As of December 31, 2018, HHR operated ten retail locations in four states. The company said that significant expansion of cultivation, manufacturing and retail locations will occur throughout 2019.
For the full year for 2018, HHR reported total revenue of $47.0 million, an increase of 106%, compared to $22.8 million for 2017. The net loss was $67.5 million which included a non-recurring, non-cash fair value charge of $50.7 million associated with convertible debt that was converted to equity during the year.
The gross profit, excluding the impact of biological assets, was $24.6 million, an increase of 135% compared to $10.5 million for 2017. The gross profit margin, excluding the impact of biological assets, was 52% for 2018, compared to 46% in the same period the prior year. The adjusted EBITDA totaled $10.3 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, compared to $6.0 million for the same period in 2017.
Cash On Hand
As of December 31, 2018, HHR had $191.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $30.9 million of debt outstanding. The company has raised nearly $300 million in 2018: approximately $50 million of convertible equity notes, which converted into common stock when Harvest completed the RTO, approximately $20 million of senior debt, and over $218 million of equity issuances.
In February 2019 the company announced the pending acquisition of Falcon International Corp, a California vertically-integrated operator currently serving more than 80% of the legal dispensaries in California. It is expected to serve as a beachhead in California, providing cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution, wholesale opportunities, is expected to add well-regarded brands like Cru and High Garden to its portfolio and is expected to add key personnel to our team.