Golden Leaf Holdings said first-quarter revenue soared, thanks to its 2017 acquisition of Chalice Farms and highlighted the progress it’s making in expanding its cannabis operations in California.
Golden Leaf, which trades on the Canadian Stock Exchange under the “GLH” ticker and is traded over-the-counter in the U.S., said revenue jumped 42 percent year-over-year to $3.2 million for the period ending March 31, 2018. It also generated $353,000 in gross profit, up from $238,000 in the year-ago quarter. The company said gross margins included a one-time charge of $377,000 for a write-off of obsolete packaging inventory.
Net income was a gain of 2 cents per share, compared to a loss of 2 cents per share in the first-quarter of 2017. However, the company said that it benefited from a $12.4 million benefit due to favorable changes in the fair value of its warrant and debt liabilities.
Golden Leaf’s CEO William Simpson called out the Chalice Farms acquisition, which took place in July 2017 in prepared marks, noting it’s opened more locations since the deal closed.
“Subsequent to quarter-end, we opened our seventh overall retail dispensary, and sixth Chalice Farms location, located in Happy Valley, Oregon, which has exceeded our expectations and is already our second highest selling Chalice location after just a few weeks since opening,” Simpson said.
He continued: “Our retail operations are a key component of our growth strategy and we are pleased to see our increased brand recognition among customers further entrench our position as a leading retailer in Oregon. We will continue to strategically invest in our retail strategy, adding stores in optimal locations.”
Golden Leaf also called out its new Fruit Chews edible line, which was launched in March in Oregon. The chews come in four flavors (Tangerine, Tropical Fruit, Kiwi Strawberry and Acai Berry) and are designed to “bring more variety to the Golden brand of products and aim to deliver delicious tasting edibles that are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and soy-free for the health-conscious, non-smoking cannabis consumer.”
At the end of the quarter, Golden Leaf had $22.1 million in cash, aided by a CAD $17.5 million private placement in January.
During the quarter, Golden Leaf also added Craig Eastwood as its CFO. Eastwood’s hire, along with raising the $17.5 million CAD, were “instrumental in fortifying the financial management side of the business, which underpins our growth initiatives,” Simpson added.
For the rest of 2018, Simpson said that Golden Leaf’s growth initiatives include building out its retail presence in Nevada and California, both of which have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Golden Leaf also wants to establish a franchise model for its Chalice Farms acquisition in the western part of the U.S. and Canada.
Simpson concluded by saying that the company is “making great strides” building the company that will allow it to take advantage of opportunities that presented to it in the future.
“We are pleased with the progress we have made laying the foundation for our entry into new geographies, across both our retail and cultivation operations,and look forward to continuing to drive revenue growth throughout 2018,” Simpson said.