SMITHS FALLS, ON, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) ("Canopy Growth" or "the Company") today released its consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2017. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
"The Company's record revenues in the quarter were driven by a significant increase in domestic sales across all product formats as well as sales in the German medical market, which is beginning to show impressive growth," said Bruce Linton, Chairman & CEO. "Success in future global medical markets and the recreational cannabis market in Canada will depend not only on capacity, but on strong execution and securing supply agreements with the provinces today. I believe our success on both these fronts is evident as you look at our accomplishments this past quarter."
Added Linton, "With the sector's largest inventory of diversified, high quality cannabis products, demonstrated distribution capabilities, robust IT infrastructure, a vast production footprint, investments in seven provinces across the country and a proven record of leadership and execution, we are now excelling into the anticipated recreational sector with unparalleled opportunity. With millions of square feet of production expansion underway across the country and around the world, as well as capacity offtake from our expanding roster of CraftGrow partners and through Canopy Rivers Corporation, we will ensure a sufficient and timely flow of supply to serve our line-up of unparalleled premium brands."
Third Quarter 2018 Highlights
First producer to sign separate multi-year cannabis supply Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador representing a combined total of up to 12,000 kilograms/year
Canopy Growth entered into a ground breaking strategic relationship with Fortune 500 global beverage leader Constellation Brands ("Constellation"). As part of the agreement, an affiliate of Constellation invested approximately $245 million in Canopy Growth in exchange for 9.9% equity and warrants in the Company and the parties have agreed to collaborate on new product development
Record third quarter revenue was $21.7 million, a 123% increase over the third quarter ended December 31, 2016 when revenue totaled $9.8 million
Sold a record 2,330 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average sales price of $8.30 per gram, representing an increase of 87% and 13%, respectively over third quarter fiscal 2017
Oil sales, including softgel capsules, accounted for 23% of third quarter product revenue compared to 13% in the prior year period. Oil sales in the third quarter accounted for 2,132 litres (or approximately 262 kilogram equivalents) of the total kilogram and kilogram equivalents sold compared to 1,157 litres (or approximately 116 kilogram equivalents) of the total kilogram and kilogram equivalents sold in the comparison period last year
Net earnings in the quarter of fiscal 2018 of $11.0 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share
Inventory and biological assets valued at a record $108.3 million, inventories are continuing to be scaled to meet management's expectation of market demands, including the legalized recreational market expected later in calendar 2018
Established joint business operations with large scale greenhouse operators in British Columbia and Quebec to retrofit upwards of 3.7 million sq. ft. of modern high-tech greenhouses
$237.7 million in cash and cash equivalents at quarter end prior to the addition of net proceeds of $192.5 million from bought deal that closed on February 7, 2018 and proceeds of Canopy Rivers private placement, net of $5.1 million investment by Canopy Growth, of $20.0 million that closed on January 10, 2018
Subsequent to Third Quarter 2018
Closed a bought deal financing co-led by GMP Securities L.P. and BMO Capital Markets on February 7, 2018 that raised aggregate gross proceeds of $200.7 million. This financing marked the first equity deal in the cannabis sector co-led by a major Canadian chartered bank
Signed multi-year cannabis supply MOU with the province of Prince Edward Island for up to 1,000 kilograms/year
Signed letter of intent with the Société des alcools du Québec's ("SAQ") to provide the Quebecmarket with 12,000 kilos of high-quality cannabis annually
On January 10, 2018, Canopy Growth announced that its subsidiary, Canopy Rivers, closed a non-brokered private placement offering of 23,636,363 Class B common shares (the "Shares") at a price of $1.10 per Share. Pursuant to the offering, Canopy Rivers raised aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $26 million. The Company subscribed for 4,673,938 Shares for approximately $5.1 million
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Revenue Review
Revenue for the third quarter fiscal 2018 was a record $21.7 million, representing an increase of 123% over the prior year's quarter in which revenue was $9.8 million. In the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, oils, including the Company's Softgel capsules, accounted for 23% and 13%, respectively, of the product revenue for each period.
Revenue in the nine months ended December 31, 2017 totaled $55.1 million more than double as compared to $25.2 million in the same period last year. Revenues in the nine months ended December 31, 2017 already equal 138% of revenue generated in the twelve months ended March 31, 2017.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Product Sales Review
During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, Canopy Growth sold 2,330 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $8.30 per gram, up from 1,245 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $7.36 per gram during the prior year period. The higher average price was due to primarily to the improved mix of oil products, including oil-based Softgel capsules and higher selling price of medical cannabis sold in Germany by wholly-owned subsidiary Spektrum Cannabis GmbH ("Spektrum Cannabis").
Oil sales, including gel caps, accounted for 23% of third quarter product revenue (reported revenue net of merchandise revenue, clinic revenue and shipping fees). Oil sales in the third quarter accounted for 2,132 litres (or approximately 262 kilogram equivalents) of the kilogram and kilogram equivalents sold. Spektrum Cannabis sold 78 kilograms in Germany, all sourced from Canadian domestic production, at an average price of $12.61 per gram.
Year-to-date, the Company has sold 6,198 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $8.11 per gram compared to 3,399 kilograms at an average price of $7.12 per gram in the nine months ended December 31, 2016, representing an increase of 82% and 14%, respectively.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Weighted Average Cost per Gram (Non-GAAP measure) 
The Company continues to make successive operating improvements in production and post-harvest activities through scaling and investments made to achieve competitive cost leadership within the industry and may see further optimization as increasing percentages of each facility are brought online and efficiencies are fully realized. The shipping and fulfilment costs include Canopy's premium brand packaging, a differentiator to support the Company's brand category positioning.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Gross Margin Summary (Non-GAAP measure) 
The third quarter Fiscal 2018 gross margin before the fair value effects of the IFRS accounting for biological assets and inventory was $12.5 million or 58% of sales, as compared to $6.2 million or 64% of sales in the third quarter of last year. The lower gross margin percentage was due primarily to the impact of cash operating costs of subsidiaries not yet cultivating or selling cannabis. Excluding the costs associated with non-cultivating subsidiaries totaling $2.9 million, the gross margin before the fair value impacts in cost of sales would have been $15.5 million or 71% of sales.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Operating Expense Summary
Management believes the ongoing investment in building the Company's significant and diversified production platform, world-leading brands, unparalleled international reach, and iconic partnerships, all of which directly impacted profitability during the current period, is a prudent long-term investment to strengthen the Company's global leadership position heading into next year.
Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter fiscal 2018 were $9.4 million, or 43% of revenue. In comparison, Sales and marketing expenses were $3.8 million, or 39% of revenue in the same period last year.
General and Administrative ("G&A") expenses in the third quarter fiscal 2018 were $11.1 million, or 51% of revenue. In comparison, G&A expenses were $4.0 million, 41% of revenue, in the three months ended December 31, 2017.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Adjusted EBITDA Summary (Non-GAAP measure) 
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter fiscal 2018 amounted to a loss of $7.1 million compared to a loss of $1.4 million in the same period last year.
The Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled and explained in the Management's Discussion & Analysis under "Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Measure)" a copy of which has been filed today on www.sedar.com. The Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled in a table elsewhere in this press release.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Earnings Summary
Net earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 amounted to $11.0 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, including the net non-cash fair value effects of the IFRS accounting for biological assets and inventory which combined to a gain of $6.5 million, fair value changes in financial assets amounting to $35.9 million and a gain on the partial disposal of Agripharm of $8.8 million, partially offset by non-cash share-based compensation expense and depreciation. In the comparative period last year, the net income of $3.0 million, or $0.03 per basic share and $0.02per diluted share including net non-cash effects of the IFRS accounting for biological assets and inventory which combined to a net gain of $10.7 million.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Balance Sheet Highlights
At December 31, 2017, the Company's cash and cash equivalents totaled $237.7 million, representing an increase of $135.9 million from March 31, 2017.
Inventory at December 31, 2017 amounted to $93.2 million (March 31, 2017 - $46.0 million) and biological assets amounted to $15.1 million (March 31, 2017 - $14.7 million), together totaling $108.3 million (March 31, 2017 - $60.7 million). Inventories are continuing to be scaled to meet management's expectation of market demands, including the legalized recreational market expected later in calendar 2018.
At December 31, 2017, the Company held 16,837 kilograms of dry cannabis and 5,919 litres of cannabis oils, ranging from concentrated resins, or refined oil, to finished oil. Included in the dry cannabis quantities was 2,606 kilograms available for sale in the Company's online stores and 6,059 kilograms in process of finishing or awaiting approval for sale and 8,172 kilograms of extract-grade cannabis held for conversion to saleable oils and capsules.
The Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis documents for the three months ended December 31, 2017 have been filed with SEDAR and are available on www.sedar.com. The basis of financial reporting in the Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis documents is in thousands of Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
Note 1: The Weighted Average Cost Per Gram is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The definition of this term can be found in the Management's Discussion & Analysis under Weighted Average Cost Per Gram (Non-GAAP measure), a copy of which has been filed today on www.sedar.com.
Note 2: Includes 40% owned Agripharm for which Canopy Growth has an off-take arrangement for between 75%-100% of their production.
Note 3: The Gross margin before the fair value effects of the IFRS accounting for biological assets and inventory is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The definition of this term can be found in the Management's Discussion & Analysis under GROSS MARGIN (Non-GAAP measure), a copy of which has been filed today on www.sedar.com.
Note 4: The Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled and explained in the Management's Discussion & Analysis under "Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Measure)", a copy of which has been filed today on www.sedar.com.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast with Bruce Linton, CEO and Tim Saunders, CFO at 8:30 AM Eastern Time the same day.
A live audio webcast will be available at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1595142&s=1&k=E5297D473ED845DDE857FD35673F9872
Toll Free Dial-In Number: 1-888-231-8191
International Dial-In Number (647) 427-7450
Conference ID: 7877468
A replay of the call will be accessible by telephone until 11:59 PM ET on May 14, 2018.
Toll Free Dial-in Number: 1-855-859-2056
Replay Password: 7877468
About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time.
Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icons Snoop Dogg and Organa Brands, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands. Canopy Growth operates seven cannabis production sites with over 665,000 square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP-certified production space. The Company has operations in seven countries across four continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public's understanding of cannabis, and through its partly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations, has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing to our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth.
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Source: Canopy Growth Corp.