Greenlane Reports Record Core Business Revenue in Q3 2020
- Core Revenue Expands 36% to $32.3 million Compared to Q3 2019
- Sales of Greenlane Brands Grew Approximately 65% to $5.6 million Compared to Q3 2019
- Implements Further G&A Expense Reductions to Achieve Annualized Savings of Approximately $5.0 million
- Strong Balance Sheet Includes $40.0 million in Cash to Support Expansion Initiatives
BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (“Greenlane” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: GNLN), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and specialty vaporization products, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 Highlights
- Net sales of the Company’s Greenlane Brands grew approximately 65% to $5.6 million in Q3 2020 compared to $3.4 million in Q3 2019;
- Core revenue (defined as non-nicotine revenue) grew 36% to $32.3 million in Q3 2020, compared to $23.8 million in Q3 2019;
- Total revenue grew 10% to approximately $35.8 million in Q3 2020 compared to $32.4 million in Q2 2020;
- Excluding the impact of certain inventory adjustments which incurred in the quarter, gross profit would have been $7.3 million or 20.4% of net sales, a 610 basis point year over year improvement in gross profit percentage as compared to Q3 2019;
- Expanded management team through key hires to support Greenlane sales and marketing efforts in North America and Europe;
- Launched a first-of-its-kind line of responsibly sourced, precision-manufactured, pre-rolled cones made from organically-sourced paper exclusively processed in France and sealed with 100% natural Arabic gum;
- Obtained the exclusive right to expand the availability of Marley Naturals Accessories to specialty locations in Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean;
“During the third quarter, with the help of our new senior leadership team, we acted on several key initiatives related to our go forward category emphasis, organizational structure, and related staffing levels. Building on the success we’ve achieved in growing Greenlane brands and non-nicotine sales year over year by 65% and 36%, respectively, we’ve taken additional decisive steps to de-emphasize certain product lines, invest in our fastest growing and highest margin opportunities, and further reduced our headcount by 4.5%,” said Aaron LoCascio, Greenlane’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While this has had an impact on our Q3 financials, we believe these decisions have positioned Greenlane to return to near-term profitability and long term success.”
We are building a comprehensive suite of high-quality, Greenlane branded products which will enable us to capture more of the margin on each product we sell. At the same time, we continue to work very closely with our brand partners to launch innovative new products into the market leveraging our best-in-class global distribution platform. I remain very encouraged that we are on track to enter 2021 on a solid footing, returning to positive adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter as a result of the changes we have implemented.
Aaron LoCascio, Chairman and CEO
Q3 2020 Financial Summary
Net sales were $35.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 (“Q3 2020”), compared to $44.9 million for the third quarter of 2019 (“Q3 2019”), a decrease of $9.1 million or 20.3%. The change in revenue is largely attributable to the execution of Greenlane’s business transformation initiative, whereby the Company has deliberately moved away from low-margin nicotine sales, to focus on higher-margin products. On a sequential basis, Q3 2020 net sales increased 10% from $32.4 million in the second quarter of 2020 (“Q2 2020”).
Sales of nicotine products decreased to approximately $3.5 million in Q3 2020, from approximately $21.1 million in Q3 2019. Isolating for the impact of declining consumer demand for nicotine products on Greenlane’s total sales, Q3 2020 core revenue grew 36% to $32.3 million compared to $23.8 million in Q3 2019.
Net sales of Greenlane branded products grew to approximately $5.6 million, representing 15.5% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to approximately $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2019, or 7.5% of total revenue.
As of the fourth quarter of 2020, Greenlane has fully transitioned to a more streamlined and centralized model with fewer, but larger, highly automated distribution facilities. We believe these changes will greatly improve the scalability of the Company’s business model.
In Q3 2020, gross profit was $2.5 million, or 6.9% of net sales, compared to $6.4 million, or 14.3% of net sales in Q3 2019. In the quarter, Greenlane made certain strategic decisions concerning existing inventory levels and go forward product lines. As a result of those decisions the Company recorded write-offs and adjustments of $4.8 million to damaged and obsolete inventory. Excluding the impact of these inventory adjustments, Q3 2020 gross margin would otherwise have been $7.3 million and gross profit margin would otherwise have been 20.4% or 610 basis points higher than Q3 2019 gross profit. Greenlane expects overall gross margin to expand from the current adjusted levels of 20.4% as it executes on its strategic vision with Greenlane Brands at its core.
Salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes in Q3 2020 decreased approximately $1.6 million, or 23.7%, compared to Q3 2019, primarily due to a net decrease in equity-based compensation expense. Q3 2020 general and administrative expenses increased by approximately $5.9 million. This increase was primarily due to a non-recurring loss of approximately $2.2 million related to a portion of an indemnification asset, in addition to other expenses related to the Company’s business transformation initiatives which are expected to generate long term cost savings.
Q3 2020 net loss was $13.8 million, compared to $9.0 million in the same period for the prior year. Adjusted net loss was $6.9 million in Q3 2020 compared to adjusted net loss of $7.5 million for Q3 2019. Adjusted EBITDA loss was $6.3 million in Q3 2020 compared to adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.4 million in Q3 2019. Definitions of adjusted net loss and adjusted EBITDA and reconciliations of such metrics to the nearest GAAP measure are included below.
Cash was $40.0 million and total debt was $8.2 million as of September 30, 2020, compared to $47.8 million and $8.3 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2019. Year to date, cash used in operating activities was $3.8 million, compared to $33.5 million in the prior year, an 89% improvement. Greenlane continues to actively manage its balance sheet to fund the Company’s growth initiatives and potential M&A opportunities.
Conference Call Information
Greenlane will host a conference call Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to discuss these results. Aaron LoCascio, Chief Executive Officer, will host the call starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Dial-In Number: (833) 519-1285
Conference ID: 9693218
Replay: (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406
Available until 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday, November 26th, 2020
About Greenlane Holdings, Inc.
Greenlane (NASDAQ: GNLN) is the leading global platform for the development and distribution of premium cannabis accessories and lifestyle products. The company operates as a powerful house of brands, third-party brand accelerator, and omni-channel distribution platform. Greenlane serves the global markets with an expansive customer base of more than 7,000 retail locations, including licensed cannabis businesses, smoke shops, and specialty retailers. As a pioneer in the cannabis space, Greenlane is the partner of choice for many of the industry’s leading brands, including PAX Labs, Storz & Bickel (Canopy-owned), Cookies, Grenco Science, and DaVinci. Greenlane also proudly owns and operates a diverse brand portfolio including packaging innovator Pollen Gear™, the K.Haring Glass Collection by Higher Standards, Marley Natural™, and VIBES™ rolling papers. Higher Standards, Greenlane’s flagship brand, offers both a high-end product line and immersive retail experience with groundbreaking stores in both New York City’s Chelsea Market and Malibu, California. Greenlane also owns and operates both Vapor.com and VapoShop.com, two industry-leading, direct-to-consumer e-commerce platforms in North America and Europe respectively. For additional information, please visit: https://gnln.com/.
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