Mr. Raj Grover reports
HIGH TIDE RECAPS MILESTONES OF 2020
High Tide Inc. is reflecting on its most important milestones of 2020 and their strategic significance for the company going forward. From the acquisition of Meta Growth Corp., to the expansion of its large cannabis retail position in Ontario, to being the first member of its peer group to report positive adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), High Tide is emerging from an otherwise challenging year as a strong enterprise that is ready to capitalize on the opportunities of 2021.
High Tide's 2020 highlights:
Acquired Meta to become the largest retailer in Canada by revenue, which increased High Tide's store count from 37 to 67 locations;
- Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended July 31, 2020, of $3.96-million compared with $1.94-million for the second quarter ended April 30, 2020;
- Total revenue increased by 184 per cent for the nine-month period ended July 31, 2020, as compared with same period last year;
- E-commerce revenue increased by 137 per cent during the year and launched the CBDcity website in May of 2020;
- Gross profit margin for the three months ended July 31, 2020, increased to 40 per cent, which leads the company's peer group;
Over 55 per cent of daily retail cannabis transactions are currently conducted by Cabana Club members;
- Launched Valiant Distribution to streamline the distribution and sales of wholesale products;
Improved the company's balance sheet through several transactions, most notably including restructuring $10.8-million of debt into an interest-free debenture due in 2025;
For the period ended July 31, 2020, 23 per cent of the company's revenue was generated in the United States;
- First Canadian or U.S. cannabis retailer to apply to list on Nasdaq.
"On behalf of the executive team and the board of directors, I would like to thank our shareholders and stakeholders for their unwavering support throughout 2020, which has undoubtedly been a transformative year for High Tide. An equal amount of gratitude is also extended to all customers who remained loyal to High Tide's brands and our employees who worked so hard to grow the company," said Raj Grover, president and chief executive officer of High Tide. "Our goal for 2021 is to continue to extend and strengthen our value chain with a focus on the U.S. After recently celebrating two years as a public company and completing the transition from the CSE to the TSX Venture Exchange, we are greatly looking forward to the day in 2021 when we become the first member of our peer group to be listed on the Nasdaq," added Mr. Grover.
About High Tide Inc.
High Tide is a retail-focused cannabis company enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories. The company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 67 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide's retail segment features the Canna Cabana, KushBar, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its numerous consumption accessory businesses including e-commerce platforms Grasscity and CBDcity, and its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz.
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