SOURCE: Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd.

Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd.

August 29, 2017 16:10 ET

Golden Leaf Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 29, 2017) - Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. ("GLH" or the "Company") (CSE: GLH) (CSE: GLH.CN) (CNSX: GLH) (OTCQB: GLDFF), a leading cannabis oil solutions company built around recognized brands, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 ("Q2 2017") and a general business update.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Mr. William Simpson, founder and CEO of Chalice Farms, named Chief Executive Officer of Golden Leaf Holdings in July 2017
  • Acquisition of Chalice Farms closed in July 2017, expanding Golden Leaf's presence in the retail market for adult-use and medical cannabis in Portland, Oregon
  • Acquisition of a cultivation license and an extraction license in Nevada from NevWa, LLC (doing business as Grassroots), through a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, closed in June 2017
  • Entered into definitive agreement in connection with the acquisition of Medical Marihuana Group Corporation ("MMGC") and Medical Marihuana Group Consulting Ltd. in June 2017, paving the way for Golden Leaf to provide cannabis products to the Canadian market with expected adult-use legalization in 2018
  • Gary Yeoman named Chairman of the Board of Directors in June 2017

Mr. Gary Yeoman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, "Since joining Golden Leaf's Board as Chairman in June of this year, the Company has undergone a major transformation upon the closing and advancement of multiple strategic acquisitions, and is now at an important stage in its development. Through the recent acquisition of Chalice Farms, the Company has hastened its penetration into the retail cannabis market and also welcomed Chalice's founder and CEO, William Simpson, as the CEO of Golden Leaf Holdings in July this year. Today, Golden Leaf is in the early-stages of implementing a comprehensive new growth strategy to establish a solid operational and financial platform from which to drive sales of its industry-leading cannabis brands for medical and adult-use. Driven by principles of transparency and accountability, we look forward to building an efficient, sustainable business and to maximizing value for shareholders."

Mr. William Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Leaf Holdings, commented, "I am excited to lead Golden Leaf in this new direction at a time when the cannabis industry is seeing strong momentum, particularly in our key target states of Oregon and Nevada. To kick start our strategic plan, we undertook a comprehensive review of the business to identify opportunities to streamline costs. Already, we have made reductions to the work force and have made progress toward consolidating all corporate and commercial operations to Portland, Oregon. These steps are expected to improve our cost structure, while maintaining capacity to support our core expansion strategy.

"It is a key corporate objective for Golden Leaf to establish a greater retail presence, driven by the acquisition of Chalice Farms. We expect this will deliver higher operating margins for the Company, as well as form a proven, retail-focused operating blueprint to successfully broaden Golden Leaf's market share and to capitalize on the substantial growth opportunity that lies before us.

"In addition to broadening our retail footprint, our immediate priority is to build inventory to re-establish our proprietary brands on store shelves in both Nevada and Oregon, and to move past recent supply disruptions experienced in 2016, which have carried over into 2017, and impacted our top-line results during the second quarter. Looking ahead, we will continue to implement initiatives to reverse the decline in sales and remedy the unsustainable cost structure which have impacted the Company's recent financial results. We are also committed to strengthening the Company's balance sheet, and are working with an industry-leading bank to support these efforts," concluded Mr. Simpson.

Business Overview

  • Following a comprehensive review of business operations, new management implemented several initiatives to streamline the Company's cost structure and improve efficiencies, while preserving the Company's capacity to drive its key expansion initiatives forward.
  • Oregon: The Company is consolidating its headquarters to the Chalice Farms compound in the Portland, Oregon area, including the construction of a processing facility which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This is expected to provide numerous synergies and efficiencies, including savings on building leases and support and maintenance costs. As a result of the acquisition of Chalice Farms in July, 2017, the Company now has five retail dispensaries in operation, with an additional three under construction, two of which Golden Leaf expects to have opened by the first quarter of 2018.
  • Nevada: Golden Leaf has secured state cultivation and production/extraction licenses in Nevada and is in the process of applying for the requisite City licenses. The Company expects to commence sales of its high quality, proprietary cannabis brands to dispensaries in Nevada before the end of 2017.
  • Canada: The Company is in the early stages of expanding sales of its branded oils, edibles and flowers into the Canadian marketplace, through its definitive agreement to acquire MMGC, which had filed an application with Health Canada for a cultivation license. Upon the receipt of this license, Golden Leaf expects to close the acquisition by the end of the third quarter, begin grow facility operations shortly thereafter, and prepare to launch retail operations in Canada in the second quarter of 2018.

Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, net revenue was $2.1 million as compared to $2.5 million for the same three-month period in 2016. The 2016 period included $160,000 in non-recurring royalty revenue. The 9% year-over-year decline in product sales was largely attributable to supply constraints of key products across the Company's portfolio.

Gross profit totaled $402,000, or 19.2% of net revenue for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 8.8% of net revenue in the same period of 2016, and 10.6% of net revenue in the first quarter of 2017. Year-over year, gross margin benefitted from better utilization of production staff and consistent margins across product categories. Improvement in gross margin on a sequential basis was attributable to the sell-through of product that was produced by third-party processors in Q1 and expensed during that period.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2017 were $3.0 million compared with $2.5 million in the same period of 2016. The increase was largely attributable to higher legal expenses related to the Company's M&A activities during the second quarter, as well as a write down of improvements abandoned at the Eugene facility. The Company has identified opportunities to streamline the business, which resulted in a reduction in the workforce subsequent to the quarter end, which is expected to have a positive impact on reported payroll expense in the third quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, essentially flat compared with an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.2 million in the same period in 2016. Higher M&A related legal costs during the second quarter of 2017 offset higher margins that resulted from sell through of inventory produced in prior periods, and an enhanced product mix.

On a sequential basis, adjusted EBITDA loss increased by $400,000 in the second quarter of 2017, due primarily to higher legal costs incurred during the second quarter.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with 1.1million, also a $0.01 per share loss, for the same period in 2016. As a result of the recent acquisitions and financing transactions, the current number of shares outstanding for the company is 468 million on a fully diluted basis.

As of June 30, 2017, the Company had approximately $96,000 in cash, compared with $3.9 million at December 31, 2016. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the Company received $3.4 million of excess proceeds of the recent subscription costs of previously committed acquisitions. The Company used these proceeds towards the payment of outstanding accounts payable, inventory purchasing and regular corporate burn.

In August 2017, Golden Leaf entered into a private placement transaction with Canaccord Genuity, from which it expects to raise up to C$10 million, as well as C$2 million in bridge loan financing.

Investor Conference Call

Golden Leaf's management, led by Mr. William Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, will hold a conference call at 4:30 PM ET today, Tuesday, August 29, 2017, to review its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

The dial-in information for the conference call is as follows:

Program Title: Golden Leaf Holdings Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Call
Canada & U.S.: +1 (877) 423-9813
International: +1 (201) 689-8573
Participants must request the Golden Leaf Call.

Mr. William Simpson will be answering shareholder questions at the end of the call. Should you have questions during or prior to the conference call please send an email to GLH@kcsa.com with Golden Leaf Question in the subject line. Mr. Simpson will answer as many questions as time will allow.

A live audio webcast will be available online on Golden Leaf's website at www.goldenleafholdings.com, where it will be archived for one year.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available through midnight September 12, 2017 by dialing +1 (844) 512-2921 from the U.S. or Canada, or +1 (412)-317-6671 from international locations, Conference ID: 13669265.

To be added to the Golden Leaf email distribution list, please email GLH@kcsa.com with "Golden Leaf" in the subject line.

About Golden Leaf Holdings:

Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd., based in Portland, Oregon, is one of the largest cannabis oil and solution providers in North America, and a leading cannabis products company built around recognized brands. Golden Leaf leverages a strong management team with cannabis and food industry experience to complement its expertise in extracting, refining and selling cannabis oil.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, less all non-cash equity compensation expenses, including impairments, one-time transaction fees and all other non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by the Company's GAAP and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. It should not be considered in isolation as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with the Company's GAAP. Please refer to the Company's management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2016 for further information on the Company's use of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net earnings.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's future business operation, expectations of gross sales, the opinions or beliefs of management and future business goals, statements regarding the timing and completion of the proposed Acquisitions and the Offering, the use of the net proceeds of the Offering, the satisfaction of the Escrow Release Condition and management's expectations with respect to the Offering and the Acquisitions. Generally, forward looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking information, including but not limited to general business, economic and competitive uncertainties, regulatory risks including risks related to the expected timing of the Company's participation in the Adult Use market, market risks, risks inherent in manufacturing operations and other risks of the cannabis industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. Forward-looking information is provided herein for the purpose of presenting information about management's current expectations relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purpose. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. This Release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration or an exemption from registration.

    
GOLDEN LEAF HOLDINGS LTD.  
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)  
As at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  
        
      
   June 30, 2017   December 31, 2016  
          
ASSETS         
CURRENT         
 Cash $96,309  $3,940,463  
 Accounts receivable  35,581   97,538  
 Current portion of financing lease receivable  31,562   44,328  
 Other receivables  -   369,937  
 Income tax receivable  375,000   575,000  
 Sales tax recoverable  296,874   192,112  
 Goodwill  134,015   -  
 Biological assets  77,667   -  
 Inventory  1,769,942   942,450  
 Prepaid expenses and deposits  30,378   402,451  
 Assets held for sale  2,156,000   2,156,000  
Total current assets $5,003,328  $8,720,279  
          
Financing lease receivable  346,150   388,228  
Available for sale purchase option  4,670,000   4,670,000  
Property, plant and equipment  2,273,627   1,713,285  
Intangible assets  10,743,900   9,350,000  
Total assets $23,037,005  $24,841,792  
          
LIABILITIES         
CURRENT         
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $3,010,384  $1,626,443  
 Interest payable  476,308   188,200  
 Current portion of long-term debt  1,494,770   1,489,172  
 Current portion of convertible debentures         
 carried at fair value  10,331,436   10,315,555  
 Related party note payable  1,000,000   1,500,000  
 Warrant liability  178,035   416,414  
Total current liabilities $16,490,933  $15,535,784  
          
Long term debt  85,197   109,905  
Convertible debentures carried at fair value  -   12,132,000  
Total liabilities $16,576,130  $27,777,689  
          
          
          
Share capital $47,428,491  $34,282,314  
Warrant reserve  3,441,958   3,501,409  
Share option reserve  1,265,758   993,211  
Shares to be issued  309,917   267,701  
Contributed surplus  59,940   59,940  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (530,000 ) (530,000 )
Deficit  (45,515,189 ) (41,510,472 )
Total shareholders' equity  6,460,875   (2,935,897 )
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $23,037,005  $24,841,792  
          
         
GOLDEN LEAF HOLDINGS LTD.  
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited)  
For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016 (as restated)  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  
                   
   For the three months ended    For the six months ended  
   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016 (as restated)    June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016 (as restated)  
                   
Revenues                  
 Product sales $2,089,393  $2,298,303   $4,348,487  $4,614,991  
 Royalties  -   160,000    -   160,000  
Total Revenue $2,089,393  $2,458,303   $4,348,487  $4,774,991  
 Inventory expensed to cost of sales  1,530,212   2,247,494    3,368,899   3,798,304  
 Production costs  157,057   239,521    339,065   531,155  
 Gain on changes in fair value of biological assets  -   (246,012 )  -   (274,220 )
Cost of sales expense $1,687,269  $2,241,003   $3,707,964  $4,055,239  
Gross profit $402,124  $217,300   $640,523  $719,752  
                   
Expenses                  
 General and administration  2,058,257   1,980,128    3,656,530   5,155,956  
 Share based compensation  215,221   215,662    376,569   415,389  
 Professional fees paid with equity instruments  113,071   -    167,491   -  
 Sales and marketing  287,289   307,535    566,212   610,405  
 Depreciation and amortization  71,128   72,661    133,303   92,613  
 Loss on disposal of assets  294,200   -    294,200   -  
Total expenses $3,039,166  $2,534,466   $5,194,305  $6,274,363  
                   
Loss before undernoted items $(2,637,042 )$(2,317,166 ) $(4,553,782 )$(5,322,675 )
Interest expense  312,411   698,109    857,432   868,722  
Impairment of financing lease receivable  27,422   81,060    54,844   81,060  
Other (income) loss  161,903   (3,187 )  162,828   (13,676 )
Gain on change in fair value of warrant liability  (82,694 ) (2,014,719 )  (238,379 ) (4,829,165 )
Gain on change in fair value of liabilities  (1,541,097 ) -    (1,585,790 ) -  
Loss before income taxes $(1,514,987 )$(1,078,429 ) $(3,804,717 )$(1,429,616 )
Current income tax expense  200,000   6,374    200,000   27,357  
Net Loss $(1,714,987 )$(1,084,803 ) $(4,004,717 )$(1,456,973 )
Comprehensive Loss $(1,714,987 )$(1,084,803 ) $(4,004,717 )$(1,456,973 )
Basic and diluted loss per share $(0.01 )$(0.01 ) $(0.03 )$(0.01 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding  143,604,908   95,248,704    131,045,274   82,112,479  
              
     
Adjusted EBITDA    
     
  For the three months ended June, 2017
  2017 2016
Revenue $ 2,089,393 $ 2,458,303
     
 Cost of sales expense 1,687,269 2,241,003
  Gross profit $ 402,124 $ 217,300
     
 Total operational expenses 3,039,166 2,534,466
 Less Non-cash expenses of depreciation and amortization 71,128 72,661
 Less loss on disposal 294,200 -
     
 Adjusted total operational expenses $ 2,673,838 $ 2,461,805
     
  Adjusted EBITDA operational Loss $ 2,271,714 $ 2,244,505
   

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Investor Relations:

    Phil Carlson / Steve Silver
    KCSA Strategic Communications
    212-896-1233 / 212-896-1220
    GLH@kcsa.com

    William Simpson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Golden Leaf Holdings
    503-477-7626
    William@chalicefarms.com