California-based cannabis dispensary company Harborside Inc. (CSE: HBOR) delivered its results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2019, with revenues up 20% to $12.7 million. The results were driven by 6.5% growth in retail revenue and 208% growth in wholesale revenue.
Harborside reported a net loss for the second quarter of $15.6 million versus last year’s net loss of $4.8 million for the same time period. It was attributed primarily to a $15.4 million provision for potential tax penalties under 280E. The company had fought the 280e tax battle, which would have benefited the entire industry had they won. Unfortunately, the issue remains tied up in the courts.
In addition to that, the company had $3.6 million of non-recurring expenses related to its reverse takeover transaction and other one-time items, offset by a non-cash gain on derivative liabilities of $7.2 million due to translation on exercise prices of options and warrants, and conversion prices of debentures, denominated in other foreign currencies.
“The second quarter was a milestone for Harborside. On June 10, we listed on the CSE after completing the RTO and raising capital. I am pleased that in our first quarter as a public company, we reported solid revenue growth and were profitable on an Adjusted EBITDA basis and that we now rank among the top 20 US-listed cannabis companies by revenue,” said Harborside CEO Andrew Berman.
He went on to say, “That said, the Board and our executive team are not at all satisfied with the significant loss of market capitalization in our first months as a public company. While the overall market is down, what upsets us is that Harborside is down even more despite our installed base of revenue and solid growth prospects. We think we are significantly undervalued, and to demonstrate that firm belief, today we also announced that we are implementing a normal course issuer bid under which we expect to buy up to 5% of our subordinate shares.”
Deals Called Off
As of August 29, Harborside decided that it would not move forward with the purchase among “FLRish Retail Management & Security Services LLC and Airfield Supply Co., Inc. and its owner, in light of the company’s current share price and the substantial cash component of the purchase price which management has determined are not in the best interests of shareholders.”
In addition to that, Harborside said it also will not move forward with “The Agris Acquisition as contemplated by the Agris Agreement, in light of the principal owner’s demand for an increase in the purchase price and other terms which in management’s judgment make the transaction not in furtherance of the Company’s goals or strategy or otherwise in the interests of the Company’s shareholders, and given the Company’s already substantial capacity to produce high-quality cannabis at its Salinas facility at significant scale.” The company went on to say that Menna Tesfatsion, the founder and principal owner of Agris Farms, would not be joining Harborside as Chief Operating Officer.
Berman did give a forecast for 2019, “We are targeting $55 to $57 million of revenue and to achieve positive Adjusted EBITDA. We believe that the combination of solid topline growth and margin expansion for a cannabis asset trading at 1.5x revenue makes for a highly attractive investment opportunity.”