It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for January 14, 2020.
On The Site
Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) reported its results in Canadian dollars for the second quarter ending November 30, 2019, with revenue for adult-use cannabis increasing 46% sequentially to $29 million. Total net revenue decreased sequentially by 4% to $120.6 million but jumped 457% over last year’s second quarter.
The drop from the first quarter for Aphria was attributed to a decrease in distribution revenue from $95.3 million to $86.4 million associated with the change in the German government’s medical reimbursement model and seasonality in CC Pharma. However, the company said that this was partially offset by an increase in net cannabis revenue of $33.7 million from $30.8 million.
Aphria delivered a net loss of $7.9 million, but a positive EBITDA of $1.9 million in the quarter. Last year the company reported a net income of $54 million for the same time period. The company blamed the decrease in net income on provisions associated with its Tier 3 passive investment portfolio.
Canadian-based cannabis company Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) has turned to the mainstream corporate world for its latest hires. The company has appointed former Revlon employee Jon Levin as its Chief Operating Officer, who was formerly with Revlon, and former Molson Coors employee Michael Kruteck as Chief Financial Officer. The company said that Kruteck’s appointment will be effective immediately after filing the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Mark Castaneda, Tilray’s current CFO, will shift to the role of Strategic Business Development.
In Other News
Organigram reported first quarter 2020 net revenue grew 102% to $25.2 million from $12.4 million in Q1 2019 wherein Q1 2019 adult-use recreational cannabis was only legalized on October 17, 2018. Q1 2020 net loss of $0.9 million or $(0.006) per share on a diluted basis compared to Q1 2019 net income of $29.5 million or $0.195 per share largely due to non-cash fair value changes to biological assets and inventories sold.
Q1 2020 net revenue of $25.2 million was largely comprised of about $16.7 million of sales to the adult-use recreational and medical markets and about $9.5 million to the wholesale and international markets with the negligible balance coming from other sources, partly offset by about $1.1 million in a provision for product returns and price adjustments. This compared to Q4 2019 net revenue of $16.3 million comprised of about $20.0 million of sales and about $3.7 million in a provision for product returns and pricing adjustments. The majority of the Q1 2020 provision was related to THC oils which have seen less than anticipated demand in the adult-use recreational market. The majority of the Q4 2019 provision was related to two slower selling stock-keeping units (“SKUs”) sold to the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), comprised of a bespoke order of lower THC dried flower intended to fulfill a supply gap in the market earlier in calendar 2019 and THC oils
MedMen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) announced the execution and closing of definitive documentation for the previously announced amendments to the terms and conditions of the US$78 million senior secured term loan with funds managed by Stable Road Capital and its affiliates and the closing of its previously announced US$20 million offering of Class B Subordinate Voting Shares.