INDIVA REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2023 RESULTS
Indiva Achieves Positive Adjusted EBITDA and Remains Edibles Leader in Canada
LONDON, Ontario – May 16, 2023: Indiva Limited (the “Company” or “Indiva“) (TSXV:NDVA), the leading Canadian producer of cannabis edibles and other cannabis products, is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the first fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2023. All figures are reported in Canadian dollars ($), unless otherwise indicated. Indiva’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS“). For a more comprehensive overview of the corporate and financial highlights presented in this news release, please refer to Indiva’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2023, and the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, which are filed on SEDAR and available on the Company’s website, www.indiva.com.
“We are pleased to report record gross profit and positive adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2023, and continued gross margin improvement on a sequential and year-over-year basis, as Indiva begins to realize the benefits of our investment into automation for production and processing of edible products,” said Niel Marotta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Indiva. “We are extremely pleased as well to see the continued growth in revenue contribution and market share from Pearls by Grön gummies, which are now finally available in Alberta. Indiva remains the edibles leader in Canada, holding the #1 overall market share position in the edibles category, including in aggregate the #1 position in the gummies, chocolate, and baked goods sub-categories. Looking forward, Indiva will continue to leverage its core strengths, low-cost production platform and capability to launch and scale new products on a national basis, while leaning more heavily on in-house innovation of new products. Over time we expect our revenue mix to shift away from licensed products, as we continue to introduce new products that delight of-age cannabis consumers.”
- Gross revenue in Q1 2023 was $10.4 million, representing a 0.7% sequential increase from Q4 2022, and a 6.9% increase year-over-year from Q1 2022.
- Net revenue in Q1 2023 was $9.4 million, representing a 1.1% sequential increase from Q4 2022, and a 6.0% increase year-over-year from Q1 2022, driven primarily by new product introduction.
- Net revenue from edible products declined to $7.3 million, down 2.6% from $7.5 million in Q4 2022 and down 14.2% from $8.5 million in the prior year period. Edible product sales represent 77.7% of net revenue in Q1 2023.
- Gross profit before fair value adjustments, impairments and one-time items improved year-over-year by 20.3% and sequentially by 15.8%, to a record $3.2 million, or 33.6% of net revenue, versus 29.3% in Q4 2022 and 29.6% in Q1 2022. The improvement in gross margin percentage was due to the commissioning of automated equipment in edibles processing and packaging, as well as product mix.
- In Q1 2023, Indiva sold products containing 111.9 million milligrams of cannabinoids, the active ingredient in edible products, which represents a 36.7% increase when compared to the 81.8 million milligrams in product sold in Q4 2022, and a 105.2% increase compared to 54.5 million milligrams sold in Q1 2022. The increase was a function of higher sales and a mix shift towards products with higher average cannabinoid content.
- Inventory impairment charges in the quarter totaled $0.8 million. This impairment includes a write off of aged finished goods and bulk cannabis, bulk lozenges which cannot be sold due to Health Canada’s recent order to halt production and sale of these products, as well as certain packaging and raw materials. The Company will continue to work to monetize any impaired inventory which remains saleable.
- Operating expenses in the quarter decreased 16.7% sequentially, and 7.7% year-over-year, representing 34.3% of net revenue, versus 41.7% in Q4 2022 and 39.4% in Q1 2022. Operating expenses declined sequentially primarily due to lower marketing and sales costs.
- Adjusted EBITDA improved sequentially in Q1 2023 to a profit of $0.4 million, versus a loss of $0.5 million in Q4 2022, and a loss of $ 0.4 million in Q1 2022 due to higher sales and higher gross margins as well as lower operating expenses. See “Non-IFRS Measures“, below.
- Comprehensive net loss of $2.3 million included one-time gains and non-cash charges for impairment of inventory and property, plant and equipment totaling $0.9 million. Excluding these amounts, comprehensive loss declined to $1.3 million versus an adjusted loss of $2.4 million in Q4 2022 and $1.9 million in Q1 2022.
Operational Highlights for the First Quarter 2023
- Indiva completed the commissioning of two key pieces of automation used in the processing and packaging of its top-selling edible brands. This is an important milestone for the Company as it allows Indiva to scale innovation and continue to drive unit costs lower.
- Indiva began supplying Tilray Brands, Inc.’s (“Tilray“) medical platform with Indiva products. Products are now available to Tilray medical patients including Pearls by Grön, Wana Sour Gummies, Bhang Chocolate as well as Indiva Life Double-Stuffed Sandwich Cookies.
- Pearls by Grön gummies continue to gain market share in Ontario and British Columbia, quickly becoming one of the top edibles in the country.
- Indiva signed a non-exclusive agreement with Valiant Distribution Cannabis, a subsidiary of Canna Cabana Inc, for the distribution of its products in the province of Saskatchewan. This agreement simplifies Indiva’s path to market in Saskatchewan and substantially reduces shipping costs.
- Per the Company’s news release dated March 14, 2023, the Company received notification from Health Canada of its determination that certain of its lozenges have been improperly classified as an “extract” rather than an “edible” under applicable cannabis regulations. Health Canada requested that Indiva cease production of the lozenges, and Indiva immediately complied with such order. The lozenges subject to this determination are the Indiva Life Wild Cherry THC Lozenges and Indiva Life Lemon THC Lozenges in their 100 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg THC per package formats (the “Products“). Prior to the launch of the Products, the Company closely considered the regulatory requirements of the legislation, including with respect to product classification, and conducted substantial research. Consistent with the legislative requirements and the Company’s research, the Company classified the Products as cannabis extracts. Subsequent to quarter end, Indiva completed a right-sizing of its production team to reflect the permanent removal of lozenges from its production schedule.
Events Subsequent to Quarter End
- Initial deliveries of Pearls by Grön gummies were made to the province of Alberta. Four flavours were delivered including Blackberry Lemonade 1:1:1 CBN:CBD:THC, Blue Razzleberry 3:1 CBG:THC, Pomegranate 4:1 CBD:THC and Sour Apple THC. The Company expects meaningful revenue contribution from Pearls gummies in this important market.
- Indiva introduced three new Wana gummie SKUs including Citrus Burst Sativa 5:1 CBD/THC, Wild Raspberry Indica 5:1 CBD/THC and Pineapple Passionfruit 1:1:1 CBD/THC/CBG.
- Indiva introduced three new chocolates into the Alberta market under the INDIVA 1432 brand, namely 1:1 CBN/THC Dark Chocolate, 1:1 THC/CBD Cookies and Cream and 1:1 THC/CBD Caramel Dark Chocolate.
- Indiva recently proposed 18 new products for listing in its recent submission to the OCS, the majority of which were derived from new in-house innovation.
- Data from Hifyre Inc. for the first quarter of 2023 shows strong sell-through of Indiva’s edible products. With 27.0% share of sales across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, Indiva continues to lead in the #1 market share position in the edibles category on an aggregate basis:
- Ontario: #1 with 29.2% market share.
- Alberta: #1 with 21.5% market share.
- British Columbia: #1 with 35.9% market share.
- Saskatchewan: #3 with 10.4% market share.
- Manitoba: #3 with 14.7% market share.
- Gummies: Indiva continues to hold the #1 market share in the gummies sub-category with 27.3% market share. Wana™ Sour Gummies ranked as #2 in the edibles category, with 13.7% category share and 19.6% sub-category share. Pearls by Grön gummies ranked as #7 in the edibles category with 5.4% share and 7.7% sub-category share, despite not yet being available in Alberta during the period.
- Chocolate: Indiva held 34.8% total sub-category share, as Bhang® continued to lead the chocolate category with 32.6% sub-category share.
- Baked Goods: Indiva led the baked goods category with 61.0% sub-category share, driven by the success of Indiva Life Double-Stuffed Sandwich Cookies.
- Product ranking in Q1 2023 showed two of the Top 10 edible SKUs are from Indiva.
- Based on data from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the edibles category increased by 4.2% in Q1 2023 to $66.6 million in retail sales from $63.9 million in Q4 2022, and increased by 26.1% versus $52.8 million in Q1 2022.
- The Company expects Q2 2023 net revenue to improve compared to the same period last year; however, there is risk that net revenue may decline sequentially, if sales of new products fail to offset lower sales of ingestible extracts as a result of Health Canada’s recent order to stop production and sale of these products. Sequential growth in net revenue is expected to resume in the second half of 2023 driven by the introduction of new products in the third and fourth quarters, resulting primarily from in-house innovation. Gross margins are expected to continue to trend higher and benefit from the implementation of automation in the production and packaging of edible products.
OPERATING AND FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2023 AND 2022
CONFERENCE CALL – Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. (EST):
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its results on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. (EST). Interested participants can join by dialing 416-764-8646 or 1-888-396-8049. The conference ID is 42712962.
A recording of the conference call will be available for replay following the call. To access the recording please dial 416-764-8691 or 1-877-674-6060. The replay ID is 712962#. The recording will remain available until Thursday, June 15, 2023.
Indiva sets the standard for quality and innovation in cannabis. As a Canadian licensed producer, Indiva produces and distributes award-winning cannabis products nationally, including Bhang® Chocolate, Wana™ Sour Gummies, Jewels Chewable Tablets, Grön edibles, Dime Industries™ vape products, as well as capsules, edibles, extracts, pre-rolls and premium flower under the INDIVA, Indiva Life and Artisan Batch brands. Click here to connect with Indiva on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and here to find more information on the Company and its products.
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