Canopy Growth Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Registered patients increase 47% during quarter to over 24,400

SMITHS FALLS, ON, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: CGC) ("Canopy Growth" or "the Corporation") today released its financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2017 ended September 30, 2016.  All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Consolidated financial results include the accounts of the Company and its wholly‑owned subsidiaries Tweed Inc. ("Tweed"), Tweed Farms Inc. ("Tweed Farms") and Bedrocan Canada Inc. ("Bedrocan Canada").

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Highlights

  • Revenue of $8.5 million; a 22% increase over first quarter fiscal year 2017 and 245% over the three-month period ended September 30, 2015
  • Over one metric ton sold in the quarter, specifically 1,169 kilograms and kilogram equivalents, representing an increase of 19% over first quarter fiscal year 2017 and an increase of 267% over the second quarter fiscal year 2016
  • Harvested 1,711 kilograms during the second quarter ended September 30, 2016
  • Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $5.4 million, including a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $16.1 million, compared to net income of $3.9 million in same period last year, including a non-cash unrealized gain on the change in fair value of biological assets totaling $12.5 million
  • Expenses in the quarter included initial costs to establish Brazil amounting to $0.3 million and related legal expenses of $0.6 million, and $0.3 million related to uplisting to the TSX
  • Over 24,400 registered patients at September 30, 2016
  • Listed common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Exported Tweed-branded medical cannabis for sale to German patients for the first time
  • Starting with Lemon Skunk available for sale, Tweed launched DNA Certified products, coming with a seal of approval from the world's most decorated cannabis breeders
  • Opened a world-class, first-of-its-kind in Canada, cannabis breeding facility
  • Announced partnership with related-party Delivra Inc. to supply Tweed and Bedrocan Canada with cannabis-infused topical product formulations
  • Closed bought deal financing that raised gross proceeds of $34.5 million
  • $45.4 million in cash and cash equivalents at quarter end

Subsequent to Second Quarter Fiscal 2017

  • Tweed launched three Leafs By Snoop strains for sale, Sunset, Ocean View and Palm Tree CBD, in Canada
  • Recent license amendments increased the Corporation's licensed production capacity to over 13,500 kilograms of dried cannabis and 6,700 kilograms of cannabis oil, representing over 7 million ml of finished cannabis oil.
  • The Corporation announced an expansion strategy in partnership with related‑party, The Goldman Group
  • Canopy Growth acquired Quebec-based Licensed Producer Applicant, Vert Médical Inc. (renamed Vert Cannabis Inc.), and majority ownership of Licensed Hemp producer, Groupe Hemp

"Strong growth in registered patients drove our revenues higher during the second quarter," said Bruce Linton, Chairman & CEO. "We continue to believe that variety, quality and consistency of supply are key to driving market share in the legal cannabis market."

Added Linton, "These last months have seen Tweed introduce stronger genetics and growing practices into its production processes, retiring earlier strains and advancing quality to an entire new level. The fruits of this work to expand strain variety and inventory, as well as harvesting the entire 350,000 square foot Tweed Farms greenhouse for the first time just after quarter's end, will begin to appear in our store this quarter.  Our recent acquisition of Quebec-based Vert Medical and the expansion strategy we announced with the Goldman Group represent a continuation of our plan to rapidly expand the largest cannabis production platform in the industry."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Revenue Review

Revenue for the second quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $8.5 million compared to revenue of $2.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015 and $7.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.  Revenue in the six months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $15.5 million as compared to $4.2 million in the same period last year. 

The Corporation had over 24,400 registered patients at September 30, 2016 compared to over 16,600 at June 30, 2016 and over 6,200 at September 30, 2015. 

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Product Sales Review

The total grams sold during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was 1,169 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $7.01 per gram, up from 984 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $7.09 per gram in the first quarter of Fiscal 2017 and up from 319 kilograms sold during the three‑month period ended September 30, 2015 at an average price of $7.54 per gram. Year‑to‑date, the Company has sold 2,153 kilograms and kilogram equivalents at an average price of $7.05 per gram compared to 535 kilograms at an average price of $7.62 per gram in the six months ended September 30, 2015.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Cost of Sales Review

Plants that are in pre-harvest are considered biological assets and are capitalized on the balance sheet at fair market value less cost to sell at their point of harvest. Costs to sell include trimming, drying, testing, fulfillment, and shipping costs. As they continue to grow through the pre-harvest stages, a corresponding non-cash unrealized gain is recognized in income through cost of sales, reflecting the changes in fair value of the biological assets. At harvest, the biological assets are transferred to inventory at their fair value, which becomes the deemed cost for inventory. Inventory is later expensed to cost of sales, inclusive of post-harvest and shipping costs, when sold and offsets against the gain on biological assets. In addition, the cost of production is expensed through cost of sales and represents overheads and other production costs of growing and selling the plants. Together, the unrealized gain from changes in the fair value of biological assets, inventory expensed and the cost of production comprise cost of sales. We expect cost of sales to vary from quarter to quarter based on the number of pre-harvest plants, the strains being grown, and where the pre-harvest plants are in the grow cycle at the end of the period.

The recovery to cost of sales during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was comprised of a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $16.1 million which was partially offset by the inventory expensed of $8.4 million and $0.3 million for other production costs, for a net recovery to cost of sales of $7.3 million.  The changes in the fair value of biological assets recorded during the quarter was due in large part to the full production at the 350,000 square foot Tweed Farms greenhouse, with significantly higher expected yields per plant.  The greenhouse moved into full production during the first quarter of fiscal 2017.   The harvest of this first full production growth cycle at Tweed Farms is expected to be completed within the current quarter.   

The recovery to cost of sales during the six-month period ended September 30, 2016 was comprised of a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $22.8 million, which was partially offset by the inventory expensed of $15.1 million and other production costs of $3.9 million for a net recovery to cost of sales of $3.8 million.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Gross Margin Review

The gross margin was $15.8 million, or 186% of revenue, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016. In the comparative period ended September 30, 2015, the gross margin on the same basis was $9.4 million or 383% of revenue. In the six-month period ended September 30, 2016, gross margin was $19.3 million or 124% of revenue, compared to $13.5 million or 324% of revenue in same period last year. Gross margin includes the unrealized gains on changes in fair value of biological assets, a non-cash value which is discussed in detail in the Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Cost of Sales discussion above.  

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Adjusted Product Contribution Review

The Company's "Adjusted Product Contribution"1 is a Non-GAAP metric used by management which adjusts the reported gross margin by excluding the fair value measurements as required by IFRS and measures the cost of sales for the grams actually sold in the period. Management believes this measure provides useful information as it reflects the gross margin based on the Company's weighted average cost per gram from seed to sale against the grams sold. 

The Adjusted Product Contribution in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $5.3 million, or 62% of revenue. In the comparative period last year, the Adjusted Product Contribution was $1.5 million, or 62% of revenue. Year‑to‑date, the Adjusted Product Contribution was $9.6 million, or 62% of revenue. In comparison, the Adjusted Product Contribution in the six months ended September 30, 2015 was $2.6 million or 61% of revenue.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Operating Expense Review

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, sales and marketing expenses were $2.8 million, or 33% of revenue, compared to $0.9 million or 35% of revenue, in the same period last year. Year-to-date, the sales and marketing expenses were $5.1 million or 33% of revenue, compared to $1.9 million or 45% of revenue, in the same period last year. 

The increase in sales and marketing expenses in the three and six months ended September 30, 2016 over the comparative periods last year is due in part to a full quarter and six months of Bedrocan operations, whereas the comparative periods included only one month, amounting to an increase of $0.3 million during the second quarter and $0.4 million year to date, non-cash share-based compensation of $0.3 million during the second quarter and $0.4 million year to date related to previously issued escrowed shares, and increased patient support of $0.4 million in the second quarter and $0.7 million year to date directly attributable to patient growth. Since September 30, 2015, the number of patients has grown from approximately 6,200 to over 24,400 at September 30, 2016. The increase over the comparison periods is also due to increased staffing in our customer care centre, launching Tweed's Main Street customer engagement locations and continued positioning of the Tweed brand in preparation for a non-medical market.

General and Administrative ("G&A") expenses were $4.0 million, or 47% of revenue, in the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 compared to $2.2 million, or 91% of revenue, in the same period last year.  In the six-month period ended September 30, 2016, G&A expenses were $6.9 million or 44% or revenue.  In comparison, G&A expenses were $3.7 million or 88% of revenue, in the six-month period ended September 30, 2015.  

The increase in G&A expenses over the comparative periods last year is due in part to a full quarter and six months of Bedrocan operations, whereas the comparative periods included only one month, amounting to an increase of $0.4 million in the second quarter and $0.7 million year to date, fees related to the Company's graduation to the TSX in the amount of $0.3 million over the quarter and six month periods, initial expenses in establishing Brazil operations of $0.3 million in the quarter and year to date period, higher audit and professional services fees of $0.2 million in the second quarter and $0.3 million year to date, and higher finance charges such as credit card payment processing fees of $0.1 million in the second quarter and $0.2 million year to date due to increased sales activity. G&A expenses also include extensive use of consultants and advisory services while expanding and commercializing the Company's operations, facility costs in Smiths Falls, Tweed Farms and Bedrocan, compliance costs associated with meeting Health Canada requirements, as well as public company related expenses.  Overall, the increase in G&A over the comparison periods reflects the Company's growth and building of commercial capacity and capability.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Earnings Review

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $5.4 million or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, including a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $16.1 million. In the comparative period last year, net income was $3.9 million or $0.06 per basic share and $0.05 per diluted share, including a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $12.5 million.

Year-to-date, the Company recorded net income of $1.5 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, including a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $22.8 million. In the comparative period last year, the Company reported net income $4.9 million or $0.09 per basic share and $0.07 per diluted share, including a non-cash unrealized gain on changes in the fair value of biological assets of $17.8 million.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Balance Sheet and Year to Date Cash Flow Review

At September 30, 2016, the Corporation's cash, comprised of cash and cash equivalents totaled $45.4 million, representing an increase of $30.0 million from March 31, 2016. The increase is attributable to combined net proceeds from the April 2016 and August 2016 "bought deal" common share offerings in the first and second quarters of the 2017 fiscal year and the exercise of options and warrants together totaling $44.2 million partially offset by cash used to fund operations of $8.9 million and investments in facility enhancements totaling $8.7 million.  Investments in facility enhancements were primarily improvements at our Smiths Falls facility including the conversion of growing rooms, in the expansion of cannabis oil extract production capacity and in information technology.

Inventory at September 30, 2016 amounted to $27.6 million (June 30, 2016 - $24.2 million, March 31, 2016 - $22.2 million) and biological assets amounted to $13.7 million (June 30, 2016 - $4.1 million, March 31, 2016 - $5.3 million), together totaling $41.3 million (June 30, 2016 - $28.3 million, March 31, 2016 - $27.5 million). The biological assets increased from Fiscal 2016 due to higher yielding plants, predominantly at Tweed Farms, in the later stage of their growth cycle.  Harvested plants were added to inventories during the quarter and quantities maintained to meet the continued growth in sales expected with strain availability, and the expected growing demand for oils.

The Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis documents have been filed with SEDAR and are available on www.sedar.com.  The basis of financial reporting in the Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis documents is in thousands of Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Note 1:  The Adjusted Product Contribution is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.  The Adjusted Product Contribution is reconciled and explained in Management's Discussion & Analysis under "Adjusted Product Contribution (Non-GAAP Measure)", a copy of which has been filed today on www.sedar.com.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Canopy Growth will host a conference call and audio webcast with Bruce Linton, CEO and Tim Saunders, CFO at 8:30 AM Eastern Time today. 

Webcast Information
A live audio webcast will be available at:
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Calling Information
Toll Free Dial-In Number: 1-888-231-8191
International Dial-In Number (647) 427-7450
Conference ID: 10218564

Replay Information
A replay of the call will be accessible by telephone until 11:59 PM ET on December 12, 2016.
Toll Free Dial-in Number: 1-855-859-2056
Replay Password: 10218564

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms.  Through its wholly‑owned subsidiaries, Tweed, Tweed Farms, and Bedrocan Canada, Canopy Growth operates three state-of-the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity.  Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names in Canada and abroad.  For more information, www.canopygrowth.com.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "estimates", "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 statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Canopy Growth Corporation, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc. or Bedrocan Canada Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include future operational and production capacity, the impact of enhanced infrastructure and production capabilities, and forecasted available product selection.  The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and Canopy Growth Corp. does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities legislation. Neither the TSX Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 


CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND 2015



Three months ended


Six months ended

UNAUDITED


September 30,


September 30,


September 30,


September 30,













(Expressed in CDN $000's except share amounts)



2016



2015



2016



2015














Revenue


$

8,498


$

2,466


$

15,482


$

4,176














Unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets



(16,076)



(12,480)



(22,760)



(17,755)

Inventory expensed to cost of sales



8,414



2,678



15,068



4,171

Other production costs



333



2,820



3,902



4,218

Recovery to cost of sales, net of the unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets



(7,329)



(6,982)



(3,790)



(9,366)

Gross margin



15,827



9,448



19,272



13,542



























Sales and marketing



2,810



873



5,070



1,881

Research and development



503



210



906



249

General and administration



4,031



2,239



6,881



3,655

Acquisition costs



592



1,139



592



1,139

Share of (income) loss in equity investments



(170)



-



50



-

Share-based compensation expense



960



574



1,848



945

Depreciation and amortization



984



452



1,895



720




9,710



5,487



17,242



8,589

Income from operations



6,117



3,961



2,030



4,953



























Interest expense, net



(42)



(31)



(89)



(12)

Increase in fair value of acquisition consideration related liabilities



(286)



-



(298)



-




(328)



(31)



(387)



(12)

Net income and comprehensive income before income taxes



5,789



3,930



1,643



4,941














Income tax expense



(359)



-



(162)



-

Net income and comprehensive income after income taxes


$

5,430


$

3,930


$

1,481


$

4,941














Net income per share, basic:


$

0.05


$

0.06


$

0.01


$

0.09














Weighted average number of outstanding common shares, basic:



108,872,770



63,838,863



106,248,781



57,357,148














Net income per share, diluted:


$

0.05


$

0.05


$

0.01


$

0.07














Weighted average number of outstanding common shares, diluted:



112,254,363



76,057,904



108,879,226



69,576,190

 


CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

UNAUDITED



September 30,



March 31,

(Expressed in CDN $000's)



2016



2016









Assets







Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents


$

45,379


$

15,397


Restricted short-term investment



250



-


 Accounts receivable



1,625



1,110


 HST recoverable



277



376


 Biological assets



13,748



5,321


 Inventory



27,579



22,153


Prepaid expenses and other assets



1,019



489





89,877



44,846









Property, plant and equipment



48,492



44,581

Assets in process



4,702



403

Restricted investment



-



246

Goodwill



20,867



20,867

Intangible assets



31,713



31,861

Other assets



553



557




$

196,204


$

143,361









Liabilities







Current liabilities








Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


$

7,492


$

6,107


Deferred revenue



296



533


Current portion of long-term debt



1,080



553





8,868



7,193










Long-term debt



6,362



3,469


Acquisition consideration related liabilities



1,556



1,258


Deferred tax liability



7,575



7,413


Other long-term liabilities



224



243





24,585



19,576









Shareholders' equity








Share capital



175,970



131,080


Share-based reserve



7,943



5,804


Warrants



-



676


Deficit



(12,294)



(13,775)





171,619



123,785




$

196,204


$

143,361

 






CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION





CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND 2015

























UNAUDITED


September 30,


September 30,

(Expressed in CDN $000's)


2016


2015

Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following activities:











Operating








Net income


$

1,481


$

4,941



Items not affecting cash:










Depreciation of property, plant and equipment



1,747



715




Amortization of intangible assets



148



5




Share of loss in equity investments



50



-




Unrealized gain on change in fair value of biological assets



(22,760)



(17,755)




Inventory allowance to net realizeable value



(6,481)



859




Net changes in inventory and biological assets



15,388



2,985




Share-based compensation



2,232



945




Income tax expense



162



-




Increase in fair value of acquisition consideration related liabilities



298



-



Changes in non-cash operating working capital items



(1,190)



334

Net cash used in operating activities



(8,925)



(6,971)












Financing









Proceeds from issuance of common shares



46,009



-



Proceeds from exercise of stock options



1,128



7



Proceeds from exercise of warrants



126



561



Payment of share issue costs



(3,030)



(189)



Issuance of long-term debt



3,500



-



Increase in capital lease obligations



260



-



Repayment of long-term debt



(339)



(60)



Increase (decrease) in other long-term liabilities



(19)



27

Net cash provided by financing activities



47,635



346












Investing









Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(4,728)



(3,148)



Purchases of assets in process



(4,000)



(4,561)



Acquisition of Bedrocan



-



900



Purchases of restricted investment



-



(286)

Net cash used in investing activities



(8,728)



(7,095)











Net cash inflow (outflow)



29,982



(13,720)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



15,397



21,446

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

45,379


$

7,726

 

Unaudited Non-GAAP Measure


 

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(In CDN$000's, except gram amounts)


 

September 30,


 

September 30,


 

September 30,


September 30,




2016



2015



2016



2015

Adjusted Product Contribution1  













Weighed average cost per gram


$

2.77


$

2.92


$

2.72


$

3.02

Grams sold in the period



1,169,374



318,572



2,153,708



534,501














Revenue


$

8,498


$

2,466


$

15,482


$

4,176


Adjusted cost of sales



(3,239)



(931)



(5,858)



(1,614)

Adjusted Product Contribution


$

5,259


$

1,535


$

9,624


$

2,562

Adjusted Product Contribution percentage of sales



62%



62%



62%



61%














As compared to the Gross Margin per IFRS:













Gross margin


$

15,827


$

9,448


$

19,272


$

13,542


Gross margin percentage of sales



186.2%



383.1%



124.5%



324.3%














Notes:













1 - The Adjusted Product Contribution removes the fair value measurements required under IFRS and recognizes the cost of sales based on the weighted average cost per gram to produce and applied to the grams sold in the period.

 

SOURCE Canopy Growth Corporation

Image with caption: "Quarterly Revenue - Fiscal 2016 & 2017 (CNW Group/Canopy Growth Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161114_C1051_PHOTO_EN_817036.jpg

Image with caption: "Patients At Quarter's End (CNW Group/Canopy Growth Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161114_C1051_PHOTO_EN_817038.jpg

Image with caption: "Grams And Gram Equivalents Sold (CNW Group/Canopy Growth Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161114_C1051_PHOTO_EN_817040.jpg

For further information: Tyler Burns, Investor Relations, Canopy Growth Corporation, Tyler.burns@canopygrowth.com, 1-855-558-9333 ex 122; Director: Bruce Linton, tmx@tweed.com, tmx@canopygrowth.com

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