GrowGeneration Reports Record Q3 2019 Revenues and Net Income Company Raises Revenue Guidance to  $74M – $76M DENVER ,  Nov. 11, 2019  /PRNewswire/ –...

GrowGeneration Reports Record Q3 2019 Revenues and Net Income

Company Raises Revenue Guidance to  $74M – $76M

DENVER ,  Nov. 11, 2019  /PRNewswire/ – GrowGeneration Corp. (OTCQX: GRWG), (“GrowGen” or the “Company”), the largest chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, with currently 25 locations, today reported financial results for its quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Q3 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Net income of $1,049,699 for Q3 2019 compared to a net loss of $(784,573) for Q3 2018, an increase of $1.8 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $2,046,730 for Q3 2019 compared to adjusted EBITDA of $(71,584) for Q3 2018, an increase of $2.1 million.
  • GAAP earnings of $.03 per share for Q3 2019 and $.07 per share year to date, basic.
  • NON-GAAP adjusted earnings per share of $.06 per share for Q3 2019 and $.14 per share year to date, basic.
  • Revenue of $21.8 million up $13.4 million or 159% over Q3 2018 revenues of $8.4 million.
  • For the nine-month period ended  September 30, 2019 , revenue was  $54.3 million  versus  $19.9 million  for the same period 2018.
  • Same store sales were up 48% for Q3 2019 versus Q3 2018.
  • Gross profit margin percentage was 29.9% for Q3 2019 compared to 25.7% for Q3 2018.
  • Store operating costs, as a percentage of revenue, have declined to 12.6% for Q3 2019 compared to 16.8% for Q3 2018.
  • Corporate overhead, as a percentage of revenue declined to 12%,(8.3% excluding non-cash) for Q3 2019 compared to 16% of revenue for Q3 2018.
  • The Company had $16 million in cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2019.
  • As of September 30, 2019, the Company had working capital of $30.4 million compared to working capital of $21.6 million at December 31, 2018.
  • For the nine-month period ended  September 30, 2019 , the Company acquired and opened 8 stores, one in Denver, CO, Palm Springs, CA, Reno, NV,  Grand Rapids, MI  and two in Maine and opened new store locations in Tulsa, OK and Brewer, ME. In the 4th quarter, the Company plans to open its 24th and 25th locations in  Oklahoma .
  • Tony Sullivan  appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GrowGeneration. Tony most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of  Forman Mills , a  $300 million  business, Dollar Express, a  $500 million  carve-out of 330 Family Dollar stores in 36 states, and 20+ years at Foot Locker Inc. leading 2100 + stores over  $2.5B  in sales as VP Store Operations.
  • All convertible debt has been converted to equity as of  September 30, 2019

The Company’s third quarter financial results reflect our continued focus on revenue growth and EBITDA expansion. We continue to invest in technology and infrastructure, while improving the financial performance of the Company in all areas.

Darren Lampert , Co-Founder and CEO

Revenue was up 159% year over year to $21.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $2.0 million, with adjusted EPS at a positive $.06. Our same store sales were up 48% versus Q3 2018. We generated triple-digit growth in  Colorado, Michigan and Nevada and double-digit growth in all other markets.

He also added, “Our online business rose over 1000% for the same period year over year. GrowGeneration Management Corp, our commercial division, is now approaching a  $5.0 million  per quarter segment of our business. Gross profit margins increased 420 basis points, to 29.9%. Gross profit dollars were $6.5 million for the 3rd quarter 2019, an increase of $4.3 million versus the same period year over year. With our significant top and bottom-line growth, we were able to reduce our store operating expenses by 25% and our corporate overhead by over 25 % as a percentage of our revenue. The Company continues the rollout of its new ERP platform, adding our California, Michigan, Maine, Oklahoma, Nevada and Rhode Island stores to our ERP system in 2019.  The GrowGen ERP platform is designed to lower costs, improve departmental productivity, integrate our online and store sales and supply channels and provides forecasting and reporting tools. All of our current store operations will be on our ERP platform by the end of 2019.

The newly acquired stores and new store openings are all performing better than expected and have been successfully integrated into the operations of the overall Company. With our success in  Oklahoma , the Company has signed 2 new leases and is opening its 24th and 25th locations in Q4 2019. The Company has nearly $16.0 million in cash, which will allow the Company to close new acquisitions targets expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019 and into 2020. The Company is also investing in opening new store locations. We have filed our NASDAQ application and expect to have an update shortly. We are raising our revenue guidance for 2019 revenue to $74M-76M and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $.14-$.18 per share, based on 35.7 million shares outstanding.”

Summary of Q3 2019 and Q3 2018 results:

Net revenue for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  increased approximately  $13.4 million , or 159%, to approximately  $21.8 million , compared to approximately  $8.4 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . The increase in revenues in 2019 was primarily due to 1) the addition of 10 new stores opened or acquired after  October 1, 2018  which has sales of  $3.9 million  in Q3 2019, 2) the acquisition of a new store in  mid-July 2018  that had sales of  $2.3 million  in Q3 2019 compared to sales of  $1.6 million  in Q3 2018 and 3) the new e-commerce site acquired in mid-September 2018  which had revenues of  $1.4 million  in Q3 2019 compared to  $122,000  in Q3 2018. The Company also had an increase in same store sales comparing Q3 to 2018 to Q3 2019 of  $2.7 million  as detailed in a chart below. The chart directly below shows sales by market for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  and 2018. The Company also consolidated some stores in 2019 and 2018, primarily in  Colorado  and  California  that had revenues of  $58.000  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  and approximately  $1.1 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 .

The Company currently continues to focus on eight (8) markets and the new e-commerce site noted below and the growth opportunities that exist in each market. We continue to focus on new store acquisitions, proprietary products and the continued development of our online and Amazon sales.

Cost of goods sold for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  increased approximately  $9.0 million , or 144%, to approximately  $15.3 million , as compared to approximately  $6.2 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . The increase in cost of goods sold was primarily due to the 159% increase in sales comparing the three months ended  September 30, 2019  to the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . The increase in cost of goods sold is directly attributable to the increase in the number of stores as discussed above.

Gross profit was approximately  $6.5 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , compared to approximately  $2.2 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 , an increase of approximately  $4.3 million  or 201%. Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 29.9% for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , compared to 25.7% for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . The increase in the gross profit margin percentage is due to (1) reduced pricing from vendors as a result of our increasing purchases from those vendors, (2) the sales of product acquired in a large bulk purchase in the first quarter of 2019 at a substantial discount , and (3) the positive impact of the successful implementation of our ERP system designed to lower costs, integrate our online and store sale and supply channels, improve departmental productivity, and provide forecasting and reporting tools.

Operating expenses are comprised of store operations, primarily payroll, rent and utilities, and corporate overhead. Store operating costs were approximately  $2.7 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  and approximately  $1.4 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 , an increase of approximately  $1.3 million  or 94%. The increase in store operating costs was directly attributable to the addition of eight (8) new locations that were acquired in 2019, two locations acquired in June and  July 2018  for which there were only partial sales in 2018, and two new stores opened in new markets in 2019 that were not open for any portion of the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . In addition to the new stores opened or acquired in 2019, as discussed above, we acquired 8 stores at various times in 2018, opened a new store in  October 2018 , and acquired our new e-commerce site in  mid-September 2018 . Effective  April 1, 2019  we opened two warehouse facilities. The addition of these new stores, discussed above, and the two new warehouse facilities were the primary reasons for the increase in store operating costs. Store operating costs as a percentage of sales were 12.6% for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , compared to 16.8% for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . Store operating costs were positively impacted by the acquisitions of new stores in 2018 and 2019 which have lower percentage of operating costs to revenues due to their larger size and higher volume. In addition, same store sales increased 48% comparing the quarter ended  September 30, 2019  to the quarter ended  September 30, 2018 . The net impact, as noted above, was lower store operating costs as a percentage of revenues.

Corporate overhead, comprised of general and administrative costs, share based compensation, depreciation and amortization and corporate salaries, was approximately  $2.6 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , compared to approximately  $1.3 million  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . Corporate overhead was 12% of revenue for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  and 16% for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . The increase in salaries expense from 2018 to 2019 was due primarily to the increase in corporate staff to support expanding operations, including purchased store integrations, accounting and finance, information systems, purchasing and commercial sales staff. It should be noted that when we consummate a new acquisition, purchasing and back office accounting functions are stripped from the new acquisitions and those functions are absorbed into our existing centralized purchasing and accounting and finance departments, thus delivering cost savings. Corporate salaries and related payroll costs as a percentage of sales were 4.7% for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  compared to 5.5% for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . General and administrative expenses comprised mainly of advertising and promotions, travel & entertainment, professional fees and insurance, were approximately  $804,000  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019  and approximately  $375,000  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 , with a majority of the increase related to advertising and promotion, travel and entertainment and legal fees. General and administrative costs as a percentage of revenue were 3.7% for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , and 4.5% for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 . As noted earlier, corporate overhead, which includes non-cash expenses consisting primarily of depreciation and share based compensation, was approximately  $801,000  for the three months ended  September 30, 2019 , compared to approximately  $481,000  for the three months ended  September 30, 2018 .

Balance Sheet Summary

As of  September 30, 2019 , we had working capital of approximately  $30.4 million , compared to working capital of approximately  $21.6 million  as of  December 31, 2018 , an increase of approximately  $8.8 million . The increase in working capital from  December 31, 2018  to  September 30, 2019  was due primarily to 1) proceeds from the sales of common stock and exercise of warrants totaling approximately  $14.1 million  during the nine months ended  September 30, 2019  offset by 2) the application of a new accounting standard related to accounting for operating leases which resulted in a  $1.6 million  increase in current liabilities. At  September 30, 2019 , we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately  $16 million . As of the date of this filing, we believe that existing cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to fund existing operations for the next twelve months.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company believes that the presentation of results excluding certain items in “Adjusted EBITDA,” such as non-cash equity compensation charges, provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors, facilitating the evaluation of performance across reporting periods. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures for internal planning and reporting purposes. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or net income per share prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss):

About GrowGeneration Corp.:

GrowGen owns and operates specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores. Currently, GrowGen has 25 stores, which include 5 locations in Colorado, 5 locations in California, 2 locations in Nevada, 1 location in Washington, 4 locations in Michigan, 1 location in Rhode Island, 4 locations in Oklahoma, and 3 locations in Maine. GrowGen also operates an online superstore for cultivators, located at HeavyGardens.com. GrowGen carries and sells thousands of products, including organic nutrients and soils, advanced lighting technology and state of the art hydroponic equipment to be used indoors and outdoors by commercial and home growers. Our mission is to own and operate GrowGeneration branded stores in all the major states in the U.S. and Canada. Management estimates that roughly 1,000 hydroponic stores are in operation in the U.S. By 2020 the market is estimated to reach over $23 billion with a compound annual growth.

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