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Plus Products Reports Unaudited 2019 Third Quarter Results

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plus Products Inc. (CSE:PLUS) (PLPRF) (the “Company” or “PLUS”), a cannabis branded products company in the U.S., today released its unaudited financial and operational results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, expressed in U.S. dollars. These filings are available for review on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and with the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”).

Q3 Financial Highlights (amounts are approximate and are stated in U.S. Dollars, unless stated otherwise):

  • Net Revenues climbed to $3.5 million in Q3 2019, representing a 38% year-over-year growth compared to Q3 2018 net revenues of $2.6 million. Gross Revenues increased to $3.9 million, representing a 50% year-over-year growth compared to Q3 2018 of $2.6 million. Discounts & Promotional expenses in Q3 2019 of $0.4 million were driven primarily by carryover of one-time costs from the launch of the PLUS Mints in Q2 2019. 
     
  • Gross profit was $0.4 million in Q3 2019, compared with $0.4 million in Q3 2018. Gross profit margin of 13% in Q3 2019 was down quarter-over-quarter from 20% in Q2 2019 due to start-up costs for the PLUS Hemp CBD launch and Nevada adult-use market launch, as well as the carryover promotional costs discussed above.
     
  • Spending on operating expenses was $9.9 million in Q3 2019, up from $2.1 million in Q3 2018 due to one-time start-up costs associated with the rebranding of the PLUS cannabis line, the nationwide launch of the PLUS hemp CBD line, Nevada adult-use market launch and other investments in building talent, market share, infrastructure and financial capacity to support its future growth. Of these expenses, $3.5 million were one-time costs.
     
  • The Company reported $22.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2019. PLUS experienced planned cash out flows in Q3 which were significantly greater than ongoing structural spend due to the launch of Hemp CBD and Nevada adult-use operations, a significant portion of which were prepaid expenses with value expected to be realized over the next 4 quarters.
     
  • Net working capital was $29.1 million in Q3 2019 compared to $22.4 million in Q4 2018. Current liabilities as of September 30, 2019 were $3.0 million as compared to $2.2 million at December 31, 2018.
     
  • Shareholder equity reached $17.5 million at September 30, 2019, compared to $25.7 million at December 31, 2018 due to the $20.2 million net loss for the first nine months of 2019, offset partially by proceeds from warrant exercises and the impact of share-based compensation.

Q3 Operational Update:

  • Unveiled rebrand of PLUS cannabis infused edibles line following proprietary market structure research conducted by Henry J Rak Associates, with design work provided by Partners & Spade, known for their work with Warby Parker and Peloton.
     
  • Launched first California-wide marketing campaign with billboards and other out-of-home media across major cities.
     
  • Launched Hemp CBD product line nationwide through direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform at plusproducts.com.
     
  • Debuted a new product line, rolling out a second line of cannabis infused-gummies in California.

Post Period End:

  • Launched into the Nevada adult-use market following a successful commercialization of the partnership with Nevada licensed operator Taproot Holdings Inc. four months following a definitive agreement.
     
  • Appointed e-commerce senior executive, Jill Braff, to the Company’s Board of Directors, and Dr. Ari Mackler as the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer.

Management Commentary

“In the third quarter of 2019 we reported another period of revenue growth and invested heavily in building a strong platform for brand expansion moving forward,” said Jake Heimark, co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “We successfully launched our 100% Hemp CBD line, now available for purchase in 43 states, and laid the foundation for our Nevada market entry, which materialized just days following the quarter end.

“While our topline growth was less robust than we had hoped entering the quarter, our team has done a great job battling tough market conditions in California, maintaining a significant 21% share of the gummies market1.

“Despite the uncertain conditions faced by management teams in the industry, both on the ground and in the capital markets, we have continued to invest in growth. Over the last few months we have launched an advertising campaign in California, launched a new product line, and entered two strategically important markets. Less than a month after entering the Nevada market, PLUS Uplift Sour Watermelon is a top 10 selling edible product2. Despite significant spend this quarter, we maintain a strong capital position with over $22 million USD on hand. We expect this represents enough cash to pursue our strategic plan for a full year without external funding.

“PLUS remains confident in our strategic positioning as a hyper-focused CPG brand built within the California edibles market. Today, California represents 38% of the global adult-use market and is expected to maintain a 27% share of that market through 20243. We have seen ingestibles continue to show the most defensible price premiums on shelves4 and they are growing as a percentage of the market5 as consumers learn that inhalable products are not the safest way to consume cannabis. For these reasons, it continues to be our belief that the branded products winner in cannabis will emerge from the California edibles markets. In California today, PLUS has the best-selling cannabis product across all categories and maintains a position as a leader within the state’s edibles market6.

“We are excited about our prospects for growth over the next year, with a multi-state expansion model that is already proving itself in the market, our direct-to-consumer and wholesale hemp CBD businesses gaining traction, and the expected growth of our home market here in California7.”

For further information, please refer to summary of unaudited financial information at the end of this press release as well as the Company’s unaudited financial statements along with the related MD&A (Management Discussion and Analysis) filed under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com and with the CSE.

In Q3 2019 according to Headset Insights.
As of November, 29th 2019 according to Headset Insights best-selling edibles list.
The State of Legal Cannabis Markets 7th Edition – Arcview | BDS Analytics.
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PLUS has the #1 best-selling cannabis  product in California over the last twelve months according to Headset Insights.
The State of Legal Cannabis Markets 7th Edition – Arcview | BDS Analytics.

Conference Call Details

On Monday, December 2, 2019 at 8:30am Eastern Time / 5:30am Pacific Time, the Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the financial results and its recent corporate highlights.

Participant Dial-In Numbers:

Toll-Free:  1-877-407-0784

Toll / International:  1-201-689-8560

*Participants should request the Plus Products Earnings Call or provide confirmation code 13696648

The call will be webcast on the Plus Products Investor page of the Company website at https://www.plusproductsinc.com. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. Following the conclusion of the call, there will be an archived audio webcast of the conference call available for replay on the Plus Products website or at this link.

Jake Heimark, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer and Jon Paul, Chief Financial Officer will be conducting a question and answer session following the prepared remarks.

Availability

California THC: PLUS cannabis-infused edibles are available in over 360 licensed retailers across the state of California.

Nevada THC: PLUS cannabis-infused gummies are currently available in 30 Nevada dispensaries, including all three MedMen locations and Planet 13. They are expected to be rolled out to more dispensaries across Nevada in the coming weeks.

National Hemp CBD: PLUS recently launched a line of 100% Hemp CBD-infused gummies. They are available for purchase in 43 states across the country at plusproducts.com.

About PLUS

PLUS is a hemp and cannabis food company focused on using nature to bring balance to consumers’ lives. PLUS’s mission is to make cannabis safe and approachable – that begins with high-quality products that deliver consistent consumer experiences. PLUS is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and has 80 employees.

For further information contact:

Jake Heimark
CEO & Co-founder
ir@plusproducts.com 

Investors:

Blake Brennan
Head of Investor Relations
Blake@plusproducts.com 
Tel +1 213.282.6987

Media:

Bill Harrison
Third Street Media Group
bill@thirdstreetmediagroup.com 
Tel +1 213.712.8811

The CSE does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes statements containing certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law (each, a “forward-looking statement”). Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “continue”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “potential”, “proposed” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur and include, but are not limited to, statements relating to: expected realization of value from the launch of Hemp CBD and the Nevada operations, the sufficiency of cash on hand to pursue PLUS’s strategic plan; the emergence of the edibles market; future prospects of PLUS; future expansion of PLUS in other states; the success of the direct-to-customer and wholesale hemp CBD business; the market share of the California market and projections for the sales of products.

These forward-looking statements are only predictions. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking statements throughout this press release. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, the success of the Company’s investments, the ability to retain key personnel, the ability to continue investing in infrastructure to support growth, the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, the continued quality of the Company’s products, customer experience and retention, the continued development of adult-use sales channels, managements estimation of consumer demand in in jurisdictions where the Company exports, expectations of future results and expenses, the availability of additional capital to complete capital projects and facilities improvements, the ability to expand and maintain distribution capabilities, the impact of competition, the ability of the Company to implement initiatives and the possibility for changes in laws, rules, and regulations in the industry. The Company is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Measures:

Adjusted uncompressed weighted average shares outstanding and loss per share.

The Company has additionally determined the adjusted uncompressed weighted average shares outstanding and loss per share, basic and diluted. The Company believes these measures to be representative of loss and comprehensive loss on a per share basis; however, these performance measures have no standardized meaning. As such, there are likely to be differences in the method of computation when compared to similar measures presented by other issuers. Management believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, some investors use this information to evaluate the Company’s performance. Accordingly, they are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

PLUS PRODUCTS INC.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars - Unaudited)

    As at September 30,   As at December 31,  
    2019   2018  
    $   $  
Assets      
Current      
Cash and cash equivalents   22,278,652   22,398,587  
Trade receivables   3,510,541   1,379,066  
Prepaids and deposits   3,629,541   172,128  
Note receivable   400,000   -  
Inventory   2,263,138   630,337  
    32,081,872   24,580,118  
Non-current      
Prepaids and deposits   1,064,983   586,354  
Property and equipment   4,728,754   1,875,401  
Intangible assets   88,596   741,863  
Goodwill   -   61,296  
       
Total assets   37,964,205   27,845,032  
       
Liabilities      
Current      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   2,283,696   2,009,412  
Income taxes payable   447,934   155,714  
Current portion of vehicle loans   27,509   -  
Current portion of lease liabilities   242,905   -  
    3,002,044   2,165,126  
Non-current      
Vehicle loans   144,527   -  
Lease liabilities   909,478   -  
Convertible debentures   16,425,070   -  
Total liabilities   20,481,119   2,165,126  
       
Shareholders' equity      
Share capital   41,687,416   34,065,191  
Reserves   6,913,644   2,391,055  
Deficit   (31,117,974 ) (10,776,340 )
Total shareholders' equity   17,483,086   25,679,906  
       
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   37,964,205   27,845,032  


PLUS PRODUCTS INC.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars - Unaudited)

    Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
 
    2019   2018   2019   2018  
    $   $   $   $  
Revenue   3,531,465   2,561,866   10,353,270   5,012,201  
Cost of sales   3,084,729   2,175,524   8,493,054   4,327,765  
Gross margin   446,736   386,342   1,860,216   684,436  
           
Operating expenses          
Advertising and promotion   3,910,055   47,814   4,620,615   113,737  
Depreciation and amortization   13,694   292   14,772   876  
Consulting fees   331,753   163,101   1,411,113   173,101  
General and administrative   509,261   257,383   1,537,888   444,965  
Meals and travel expenses   337,446   146,624   753,756   233,880  
Professional fees   933,869   646,641   2,554,863   1,253,769  
Regulatory fees   15,739   6,608   21,774   11,461  
Research and development   538,512   -   675,531   -  
Salaries and benefits   1,935,043   533,150   4,788,153   1,117,548  
Share-based compensation   1,382,390   255,750   2,559,189   1,017,907  
Loss from operations   (9,461,026 ) (1,671,021 ) (17,077,438 ) (3,682,808 )
           
Other (income) expense          
Interest and other income   (30,662 ) (234 ) (104,849 ) (234 )
Accretion expense   433,240   -   1,005,047   -  
Interest expense   422,864   6,878   1,014,293   33,219  
Gain on foreign exchange   (73,534 ) -   (140,373 ) -  
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   803,159   -   803,159   -  
Loss before income taxes   (11,016,093 ) (1,677,665 ) (19,654,715 ) (3,715,793 )
           
Income tax expense   384,400   118,472   565,695   205,079  
           
Loss and comprehensive loss for the period   (11,400,493 ) (1,796,137 ) (20,220,410 ) (3,920,872 )
           
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted   32,979,665   14,684,696   29,554,811   11,526,401  
           
Loss per share:        
Basic and diluted   (0.35 ) (0.12 ) (0.68 ) (0.34 )