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Tilray Q4 Cannabis Revenue Declines 20% Sequentially – New Cannabis Ventures

March 02, 2020

Tilray, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Revenue Increased 287% to $167.0 (C$217.4) Million in Full Fiscal Year 2019 Compared to the Prior Year

Adult-Use Revenue Increased Over Three-Fold in the Fourth Quarter Compared to the Prior Year Period; 7% Sequential Quarterly Revenue Growth

Signed and Closed $60 Million Senior Credit Facility

NANAIMO, British Columbia, March 02, 2020–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tilray, Inc. (“Tilray” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis production, research, cultivation and distribution, reports financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. All financial information in this press release is reported in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Our full year results demonstrate strong sales growth momentum, which we expect to continue in 2020. Like our peers, we have faced industry challenges, but we remain committed to driving long-term value for our shareholders.

Brendan Kennedy, Tilray’s Chief Executive Officer

Tilray has a diversified business model comprised of global medical, Canada adult-use and hemp products which positions us well in the current volatile market environment. We are still in the early days of this emerging growth industry and will continue being good stewards of shareholder capital as we aim to build the world’s most trusted and valued cannabis and hemp company.

2019 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased to $167.0 (C$217.4) million, up 287.2% compared to last year. The increase in revenue was driven by significant growth in sales for the Canadian adult-use market, international medical markets as well as the acquisition of Manitoba Harvest.

  • Total cannabis kilogram equivalents sold increased over 446% to 35,380 kilograms from 6,478 kilograms in the prior year.
  • Average cannabis net selling price per gram (excluding bulk sales) increased to $7.90 (C$10.28) compared to $6.63 (C$8.63) in the prior year.
  • Net loss for the year was $321.2 million, or $3.20 per share, compared to $67.7 million, or $0.82 per share, for 2018. In 2019, the Company recorded non-cash charges of $112.1 million related to impairment of the Authentic Brands Group LLC (“ABG”) agreement as well as $68.6 million in inventory reserves. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $89.8 million compared to a loss of $28.3 million the prior year.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 202.2% to $46.9 million (C$61.0 million), compared to the fourth quarter of last year, driven by the Canadian adult-use market, the Manitoba Harvest acquisition, and growth in international medical markets. The Company recorded reserves of $4.2 million related to discounts and returns.

  • Total cannabis kilogram equivalents sold increased over seven-fold to 15,039 kilograms from 2,053 kilograms in the prior year period.
  • Average cannabis net selling price per gram (excluding bulk sales) increased to $8.78 (C$11.43) compared to $7.52 (C$9.79) in the prior year period. The average net selling price excluding excise taxes for adult-use was $3.19 (C$4.16) per gram for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was due to a shift in product and channel mix.
  • Gross margin, excluding non-cash return and inventory reserves, decreased sequentially to 29% from 31% in the prior quarter and increased compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 gross margin of 20%. Including non-cash charges, gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2019 was negative 120%.
  • Net loss for the quarter was $219.1 million or $2.14 per share compared to a loss of $31.0 million or $0.33 per share for the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $35.3 million compared to a loss of $13.3 million in the prior year period. The increased net loss and Adjusted EBITDA declines were primarily due to increases in operating expenses related to growth initiatives, expansion of international teams, and the addition of Manitoba Harvest and Natura Naturals businesses.

Senior Credit Facility

The Company closed a $60 million senior credit facility on February 28, 2020 that bears interest at prime plus 8% and has a two year term. The Company ended 2019 with $97 million in cash.

2019 Business Highlights

  • Canadian adult-use brand portfolio expansion:
    • High Park™, a subsidiary of Tilray, launched the second phase of its adult-use product portfolio including vape, edible and beverage products, across Canada where regulations allow. New brand and product additions include:
      • Canaca – pure cannabis oil, all-in-one vape pens and cartridges;
      • Marley Natural – pure cannabis oil vape cartridges;
      • Chowie Wowie – cannabis-infused chocolates and gummies in THC and CBD varieties;
      • Everie – non-alcoholic, CBD-infused ready-to-brew teas and sparkling beverages with all natural flavors. Everie is the debut brand for Fluent, Tilray’s joint venture with AB InBev, facilitated through High Park and Labatt Breweries of Canada.
  • Addition of Hemp products business:
    • Tilray completed its acquisition of Manitoba Harvest. The Company now has hemp products available in over 17,000 retail doors and 20 countries around the world.
  • Key international market developments:
    • Tilray Portugal received two Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certifications in accordance with European Union standards, for its manufacturing facility in Cantanhede, Portugal. These certifications permit the Company to manufacture and export GMP-certified bulk and finished medical cannabis products, including dried flower and oils, from Portugal to Germany and other European and international markets with legal medical cannabis regulations. Tilray remains the only licensed producer to be GMP certified in two countries, Canada and Portugal.
    • Successfully resupplied a bulk amount of medical cannabis in the U.K. and exported medical cannabis to Ireland.
    • Successfully exported medical cannabis to Germany and Israel from Portugal, and to Switzerland from Germany. In total, Tilray’s medical cannabis products have been made available in 15 countries on 5 continents across the world.
  • Executive leadership team expansion:
    • Jon Levin, formerly of Revlon, joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer.
    • Michael Kruteck, formerly of Molson Coors and Pharmaca, joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer. Mark Castaneda, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will transition to a strategic business development role after the 10-K has been filed for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.¹
    • Katy Dickson, formerly of Mattel and General Mills, joined the Company as President of Manitoba Harvest.
  • Clinical research developments:
    • Imported medical cannabis into the United States from Canada for a new clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of medical cannabis as a treatment for taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy (TIPN) secondary to treatment with paclitaxel or docetaxel. TIPN affects more than 67% of women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
    • Announced support for additional global clinical trials; studying the efficacy of medical cannabis as treatment in reducing severe behavioral problems in children with intellectual disabilities; and another trial examining the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of medical cannabis on immune activation in people living with HIV.
  • Tilray closed its merger with Privateer Holdings, Inc. in December.

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¹ Announced January 14, 2020

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 5:00 p.m. ET. Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial 877-489-6528 from the U.S. and 629-228-0736 internationally. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through Monday, March 16, 2020, by dialing 855-859-2056 from the U.S., or 404-537-3406 from international locations, and entering confirmation code 8197352.

There will also be a simultaneous, live webcast available on the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.tilray.com. The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

About Tilray®

Tilray (Nasdaq: TLRY) is a global pioneer in the research, cultivation, production and distribution of cannabis and cannabinoids currently serving tens of thousands of patients and consumers in 15 countries spanning five continents.

Use of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its financial statements, the Company provides investors with information related to Adjusted EBITDA, which is not a financial measure calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”). Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income (loss) before inventory valuation adjustments; interest expenses, net; other income, net; deferred income tax (recoveries) expenses, current income tax expenses; foreign exchange gain (loss), net; depreciation and amortization expenses; stock-based compensation expenses; other stock-based compensation related expenses; loss from equity method investments; finance income from ABG; loss on disposal of property and equipment; acquisition-related (income) expense; and amortization of inventory step-up. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses and planning purposes. Adjusted EBITDA is also presented to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Non-U.S. GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-U.S. GAAP measures exclude significant expenses that are required by U.S. GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations.

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