Canadian cannabis retailer, High Tide Inc., (TSXV: HITI) (OTCQB: HITIF), announced their Q4 earnings yesterday for 2020. Despite the curveballs 2020 threw, High Tide landed on top, and reported a 118% increase in revenue bringing the total to $24.9 million for the fourth quarter. The revenue increase accounted for a 166% year-over-year growth, and brought the year’s total earnings to $83.3 million.
High Tide’s revenue by geographic location
- $20.6 million of total company revenue was earned in Canada in Q4
- $4.1 million of total revenue was earned in the United States in Q4
- $0.2 million of total revenue was internationally in Q4
- $68.4 million of total revenue was earned in Canada in fiscal year 2020
- $14.3 million of total revenue was earned in the United States in fiscal year 2020
- $0.6 million of total revenue was earned internationally in fiscal year 2020
High Tide’s gross profit increased by 112%
The company’s gross profit increased by 112% to reach $8.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, and 172% to $30.8 million for the year. The company’s CEO and President, Raj Grover, said 2020 was their best year yet. “Despite the global slump in retail sales associated with the pandemic, and thanks to the tireless efforts of our team, we closed the year with approximately $8 million in Adjusted EBITDA making 2020 the best year in High Tide’s history,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer. High Tide’s Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $3.6 million, and the $8 million represents the fiscal year ended October 31st, 2020.
High Tide’s cash on hand
The company reported $7.5 million cash on hand as of October 31st, 2020, and a significant cash balance increase to approximately $38 million as of today.
- $22.6 million in total revenue was generated by retail in Q4
- $2.2 million in total revenue was generated by wholesale in Q4
- An immaterial amount by corporate was generated in Q4
- $75 million in total revenue was generated by retail in fiscal year 2020
- $7.9 million in total revenue was generated by wholesale in fiscal year 2020
- $0.4 million in total revenue was generated by corporate in fiscal year 2020
These figures compare to $24 million, $6.69 million, and $0.6 million, respectively, for the previous year.
More thoughts from High Tide’s CEO
“We continued to run our operations tightly, ending the year off with the record levels of revenue and Adjusted EBITDA.,” said Grover. “We are excited about our trajectory in the United States and continue to prioritize and look for opportunities in that market. Our integrated value chain which includes Cannabis Bricks & Mortar stores, e-commerce platforms for consumption accessories and hemp derived CBD products, along with manufacturing and distribution of licensed and proprietary consumption accessories, experienced sizable growth on all fronts. We plan to continue to further strengthen our chain through organic growth and strategic acquisitions creating even more value for our shareholders. Since the end of the fiscal year, we have already nearly doubled our size in Canada with the closing of the META Growth acquisition. For the fiscal first quarter of 2021 we expect to report revenue in the range of $37 million to $38 million.”
In addition to monetary achievements, High Tide made some operational moves last year to set the company up for success in 2021 and beyond.
- Canna Cabana (High Tides retailer) opens location in tourist destination Banff, Alberta in August
- META shareholders overwhelmingly approve High Tide’s acquisition of META Growth Corp. (META. V) in October 2020
- Over 50% of the company’s brick-and-mortar revenue came from Cabana Club members, emphasizing the brand’s value
- High Tides entered a loan agreement for $6.75 million ending on December 31st, 2024 of an undrawn balance on a $20 million credit facility, which was obtained through the acquisition of META
- Approximately $29 million worth of company debt was converted into common shares after October 31st, 2020
- Company common shares moved up to the TSX Venture Exchange
- The company submitted an initial application to be listed on the NASDAQ
- High Tides closed on an unsubscribed bought deal equity financing, gross proceeds $23 million
- All branded locations have remained operational throughout the COVID-19 crisis, despite difficult issues facing Canada.