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Columbia Care Q4 Revenue Declines 5% Sequentially
Columbia Care Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
- Record Annual Revenue of $511.6 Million, an Increase of 11% YoY
- Record Annual Gross Profit of $201.2 Million, an increase of 4% YoY
- Record Annual Adjusted EBITDA1 of $67.4 Million, an Increase of 17% YoY
- and Annual Adjusted EBITDA Margin1 of 13%, an Increase of 60bps YoY
NEW YORK-March 29, 2023-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (CSE: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP) (“Columbia Care” or the “Company”), one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products in the U.S., today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022. All financial information presented in this release is in U.S. GAAP and in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.
Columbia Care achieved record financial results again in 2022, as we continued to build scale and optimize our portfolio of assets within our strategically diverse retail footprint. Despite cyclicality in the fourth quarter coinciding with ongoing macroeconomic headwinds that impacted both the consumer, and in particular, wholesale market pricing, topline revenue grew to more than $511 million, up 11% over 2021, and we improved our Adjusted EBITDA margin by 60 basis points during that same time period.
Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care.
Our strategic position in the fastest growing markets in the country continues to drive revenue and earnings growth, as we see an increasing contribution from markets such as New Jersey and Virginia.
Vita continued, “We are focusing our footprint on those markets that can drive the most value for our patients, customers, and shareholders – and reducing exposure in markets that do not contribute to the bottom line. The ongoing operational and financial reprioritization of resources we began implementing in the fourth quarter of 2022, which included a targeted corporate restructuring, multiple cost-reduction measures, several non-core asset divestitures, implementing improvements in cultivation and manufacturing quality and efficiency, and optimizing our liquidity position, will provide a pathway to free cash flow generation in 2023. We are confident in the embedded growth in our strategic footprint and in the expected impact of the improvements we are making to influence our profitability, cash flow and liquidity position.”
 Denotes a Non-GAAP measure. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release for more information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures, as well as Table 4 for reconciliation, where applicable.
 Excludes $5.6 million in Q4 2022, $4.8 million in Q3 2022, and $4.7 million in Q4 2021; see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 for additional disclosure
Top 5 Markets by Revenue in Q4: California, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia
Top 5 Markets by Adjusted EBITDA in Q4: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Markets are listed alphabetically
Enhancing scale and optimizing best-in-class retail network:
- Opened two Cannabist retail locations in Virginia (Carytown & Williamsburg) at the end of Q4 2022, and closed 1 unprofitable retail location (CO) in December 2022, ending the year with 84 active dispensaries
- As part of ongoing efficiency initiatives to enhance profitability announced in January 2023, the Company closed 3 additional unprofitable locations (2 in Colorado, 1 in California) and subsequently signed a definitive agreement to divest 1 unprofitable location in Missouri
- Also in Q1 2023, Company has opened 2 locations in Virginia (Hampton & Colonial Heights), bringing the current active retail location count to 83
- Retail revenue remained flat in Q4 2022, with a slight improvement in same store sales, in spite of pricing headwinds; wholesale revenue declined 30% sequentially due to pricing pressure and intentional inventory management, which negatively impacted Q4 gross margin
- Company’s two active New Jersey retail locations were among the top dispensaries in the portfolio; the third New Jersey retail location is in development
- Virginia topline revenue grew nearly 100% YoY, as new retail locations were added and the patient population continues to grow; Adj. EBITDA Margin for the year increased 19 percentage points over 2021
- Additional dispensaries in development include 4 in Virginia (scheduled to open in 2023), 1 in West Virginia (expected to open this week), 1 in New Jersey (expected to open in 2H 2023), and 1 currently in pursuit in Maryland
Proven cultivation expertise and execution:
- In Q4 2022, the weighted average production cost per pound decreased by 8% across the portfolio
- Enhanced production capabilities supported a shift in retail revenue product mix to include more concentrates, evidenced by a 5-percentage point increase in Q4 2022
- Continued progress on optimization of production planning, genetics selection, environmental controls and plant management across the cultivation portfolio
- Cultivation efficiency and standardization across markets continued to improve over prior performance, with multiple states seeing improved potency TAC% through strict adherence to standard operating procedures
Sustained momentum on branding initiatives at retail and product levels:
- In October 2022, launched Hedy, a new cannabis-infused edibles brand, in six markets and in a variety of form factors and flavors; Hedy was developed using insights from our unique technological platforms, such as Forage, that help us better understand what our customers are seeking; Hedy is now available in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Virginia
- During Q4 2022, saw continued growth of Stash Cash, the loyalty program and mobile application that launched in 14 markets in Q3 2022; Stash Cash provides Company with enhanced opportunity to engage and retain customers and patients, as well as insight into customer behaviors and preferences
- In Q1 2023, launched new line of formulated cannabis tablets, Press 2.0, in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia
- In-house brands accounted for 61% of all flower sold at Columbia Care dispensaries in Q4 2022 and 66% in FY 2022
- There are now 33 Cannabist locations in the U.S. with 5 additional openings planned in 2023
Capital Markets & Liquidity Highlights
- The Company generated $5.2 million of positive cash flow from operations in Q4 2022 and exited the year with $48.2 million in cash; Company spent approximately $1.9 million of cash in Q4 as a result of cost-savings, low CAPEX and improved working capital management, compared to $31.4 million of cash spend in Q3 2022 – a sequential improvement of $29.5 million
- Capital expenditures in Q4 were approximately $3.4 million and $73.8 million for 2022
- On March 13, 2023, Company signed definitive agreement to divest interests in the Missouri market for approximately $7 million; Missouri market generated $1 million in EBITDA loss in 2022
- On March 28, 2023, Company exercised its unilateral right to extend the maturity date of its 13% senior secured notes in the amount of $38.2 million, originally due May 14, 2023, to May 14, 2024; Company has no debt maturities prior to that date other than approximately $5.6 million convertible note in December 2023
- The corporate restructuring initiatives announced in January 2023, which reduced or exited cultivation operations in 6 markets, closed 4 unprofitable retail stores in Colorado and California, and eliminated approximately 25% of our corporate positions, are expected to generate a net $35 million in annualized savings
- Company has exited several markets and assets that were not accretive to positive cash flow, including closing its CBD and European business and selling its assets in Puerto Rico, which when combined with recent exit of Missouri, will generate an incremental savings of approximately $3 million annually going forward
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2022.
To access the live conference call via telephone, participants must pre-register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BIe13a43cb0fb742c3b2fd08064bace8a8 . After registering, instructions will be shared on how to join the call for those who wish to dial in. A live audio webcast of the call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.columbia.care/ or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/9ed8sm24 .
A replay of the audio webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website approximately 2 hours after completion of the call and will be archived for 30 days.
About Columbia Care
Columbia Care is one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products and related services, with licenses in 16 U.S. jurisdictions. Columbia Care operates 126 facilities including 94 dispensaries and 32 cultivation and manufacturing facilities, including those under development. Columbia Care is one of the original multi-state providers of medical cannabis in the U.S. and now delivers industry-leading products and services to both the medical and adult-use markets. In 2021, the company launched Cannabist, its new retail brand, creating a national dispensary network that leverages proprietary technology platforms. The company offers products spanning flower, edibles, oils and tablets, and manufactures popular brands including Seed & Strain, Triple Seven, Hedy, gLeaf, Classix, Press, and Amber. For more information on Columbia Care, please visit www.columbia.care.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, Columbia Care refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin. Columbia Care considers certain non-GAAP measures to be meaningful indicators of the performance of its business. These measures are not recognized measures under GAAP, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to (and may be calculated differently by) other companies that present similar measures. Accordingly, these measures should not be considered in isolation from nor as a substitute for our financial information reported under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are used to provide investors with supplemental measures of our operating performance and thus highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP measures. These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented. We also recognize that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-GAAP measures in the evaluation of companies within our industry.
With respect to non-GAAP financial measures, the Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before (i) depreciation and amortization; (ii) income taxes; and (iii) interest expense and debt amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before (i) share-based compensation expense; (ii) goodwill and intangible impairment, (iii) adjustments for acquisition and other non-core costs; (iv) gain on remeasurement of contingent consideration, net, (v) fair value changes on derivative liabilities; and (vi) fair value mark-up for acquired inventory. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenue. Adjusted Gross Profit is defined as gross profit before the fair mark-up for acquired inventory. Adjusted Gross Margin is defined as gross margin before the fair mark-up for acquired inventory.
The Company views these non-GAAP financial measures as a means to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of the Company’s historical operating results and comparison to competitors’ operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measure, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company’s business. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures are a matter of management judgment and depend upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety.
Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures are included in this press release and a further discussion of some of these items will be contained in our annual report on Form 10-K.