The Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (the “Company”, “The Valens Company” or “Valens”), a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, is pleased to report its third quarter financial results for the period ended August 31, 2021.
Tyler Robson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Chair of The Valens Company, said: “We are very pleased with the progress we have made on our strategic initiatives to transform Valens into a leading cannabis consumer packaged goods company. Our innovative product launches have driven growth in provincial listings and we are only just beginning to see the resulting financial impact with provincial sales net revenue growing 20% quarter over quarter. More importantly, consumer demand for our products is very strong, leading to even greater growth in consumption-level retail sales for Valens products which were up 76.5% quarter over quarter. The combination of net revenue from provincial sales and the partial quarter of revenue contribution from Green Roads represented 50% of total net revenue in Q3 2021, further illustrating the early progress on our strategic initiatives. We expect these B2C revenue lines to continue growing in future quarters as previously announced new listings are launched in market and gain commercial traction and the successful closing of the Citizen Stash acquisition adds dried flower revenue to our portfolio. Valens is now present in seven provinces and will span nine provinces and territories across Canada assuming the successful closing of the Citizen Stash acquisition.”
Robson continued, “With our operational platform largely built and a critical mass of provincial listings now in place, our focus has shifted to operational efficiencies, implementation of automation initiatives and volume growth to drive margin improvement and positive EBITDA in future quarters. During the third quarter, we strategically transitioned away from smaller, underperforming B2B partners resulting in a 29% decrease in B2B LP sales revenue quarter over quarter. We have instead taken a fewer, bigger, better approach and focused on building deeper relationships with larger licensed producer partners to drive efficiencies and profitable growth. This is illustrated by the addition and expansion of six custom manufacturing agreements, three of which are with the top seven licensed producers by market share. We expect these agreements to begin generating revenue over the next two quarters with further growth expected to follow. We remain customer focused and are looking for consistent and higher volume partnerships that drive profitability for all parties.”
Gross revenue increased 32.7% in Q3 2021 to $24.6 million, compared to $18.5 million in Q3 2020
Net revenue increased 15.8% in Q3 2021 to $21.0 million, compared to $18.1 million in Q3 2020
Green Roads contributed $4.7 million in its revenue in first partial quarter of consolidation
Provincial listings increased by 37.1% to 181 at the end of August compared to 132 at the end of Q2 2021, making Valens one of the fastest growing licensed producers in Canada over the quarter and trailing year
Additionally, Valens has obtained approval for an additional 27 provincial listings, which, when combined with Citizen Stash’s 40 listings, will bring the pro forma company’s total count of listings to over 248
In Q3 2021, Valens and Citizen Stash combined were ranked 11th by overall estimated market share across all categories in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario based on Hifyre data
Verse BC God Bud was a top 5 best-selling flower SKU in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia during September 2021 based on Hifyre data
Estimated share of the cannabis-infused beverage category from Summit and Basecamp beverages increased to 9.0% in Q3 2021 from 8.0% in Q2 2021 in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, based on Hifyre data with only one customer in this category to date
Valens expects additional market share gains in this category beginning in Q4 2021 based upon the acquisition of Verse Cannabis and the launch of the GTA Facility
Provincial sales increased 20.0% compared to Q2 2021
Strong growth in provincial sales is expected to continue following a 76.5% increase in aggregate consumption-level retail sales in Q3 2021 compared to Q2 2021, based on Hifyre data for Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario
Strategic acquisition of Citizen Stash expected to propel Valens’ asset-light entry into the flower and pre-roll segments, the two largest categories in the Canadian cannabis market currently accounting for over 70% of retail sales
Ended the quarter with a strong cash position of ~$31 million
*The term “Provincial listings” refers to the total number of provincial and territorial listings in Canada of products manufactured and/or distributed by The Valens Company
Corporate and Operational Highlights:
In the third quarter, The Valens Company continued to execute on its corporate strategy and advanced its global manufacturing platform, as illustrated by the following milestones and initiatives:
Accelerated entry into the $2.7 billion flower-based market through the agreement to acquire Citizen Stash Cannabis Corp., valued at approximately $54.3 million on an enterprise value basis, boasting an attractive multiple of approximately 4.3x first half fiscal 2021 annualized revenue. Valens expects the acquisition to be accretive, specifically due to Citizen Stash’s asset-light model which leverages a robust network of craft contract growing partners. Their award-winning brand portfolio offers more than 40 provincial listings and is complementary to Valens’ growing house of brands which now spans across seven provinces and territories. The Citizen Stash acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Created top tier Licensed Producer in Canada through the acquisition of Verse Cannabis, announced in early September and expected to be further bolstered by the acquisition of Citizen Stash when it closes. Verse’s current and expanding portfolio of products will amplify provincial listings and drive category market share. Similar to Citizen Stash, the acquisition of Verse is expected to be accretive to the Company before synergies. The two acquisitions will provide Valens with over 248 current and pending listings across nine provinces and territories.
Achieved significant steps toward entry into Québec, the third largest cannabis market in Canada. During the third quarter, Valens became authorized to contract or subcontract with a public body from the Autorité des marchés publics (AMP).
Expanded international product manufacturing and distribution through new and evolving partnerships. Through an agreement with Epsilon, a diversified global healthcare and pharmaceuticals company, Valens expects to be able to offer its innovative suite of cannabis products to Australia and New Zealand through the use of Epsilon’s Southport GMP manufacturing facility. This will also allow Valens the potential to deliver GMP-grade manufactured products in Latin America, Europe, the UK and Asia-Pacific.
Strengthened custom manufacturing partnership network with the addition and expansion of six manufacturing agreements since the end of Q2 2021. The agreements cover the production of a variety of cannabis products including pre-rolls, innovative edibles, vapes, hydrocarbon concentrates, as well as expert extraction services. Three of the agreements are with the top seven Canadian licensed producers by market share, showcasing a strategic transition to a smaller set of larger licensed producer clients. The agreements are expected to commence over the next two quarters, with anticipated revenue generation during the same period.
Launched a range of innovative products in the edibles, concentrates, and cartridges categories.
Edibles: In partnership with Verse Cannabis, Valens introduced a 1-unit x 10mg double chocolate brownie, the third edible product under the Verse Originals line and one of the first confectionery products of its kind available in the Ontario recreational market. Additionally, Valens manufacturing and formulation technology supported the creation of Rapid Tropical Rush, the first cannabis-infused beverage introduced by the Verse brand, and currently available in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Valens has also partnered with A1 Cannabis to create the Summit 10 Raspberry Lemonade and Summit 10 Peach Lemonade, two additional Summit 10 beverage flavours already available in British Columbia and Alberta.
Cartridges & Concentrates: Formulated using Valens’ proprietary, ultra-refined extraction processes, the Mango Nectar vape cartridge is comprised of ultra-pure distillate and represents the newest addition to the top-selling line of vape cartridges from the Verse brand. In addition to the Mango Nectar vape cartridge, Valens, via the Verse brand, has also launched a new addition to the Live Terp series under the Verse Concentrates line, the Live Terp Guava x BC Blueberry 510 Vape Cartridge (1g), now available in Alberta and expected to be available soon in British Columbia and Ontario.