Plus Products Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

August 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM EDT

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQX: 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 six months ended June 30, 2020, expressed in U.S. dollars. These filings are available for review on the Company’s SEDAR profile at and on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) website at

Q2 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues: Net revenues reached $4.3M in Q2 2020, representing 21% year-over-year growth as compared to Q2 2019 net revenues of $3.6M. The Company continues to see revenue growth driven by its core operations in the California adult-use market, with contributions from new brand launches, the Nevada adult-use market, and its national hemp CBD product line. Sales in Nevada were negatively impacted by COVID-19 during the quarter due to a market-wide reduction in demand and temporary disruption in supply caused in part by the pandemic.
  • Gross Profits: Gross profits climbed to $1.6M in Q2 2020 compared to $0.7M in Q2 2019. Gross profit margin in Q2 2020 was 36%, up from 20% in Q2 2019. Reduced costs per unit derived from operating at increased scale, along with a higher average selling price per unit, drove the improvement in profitability.
  • Operating Profits (Losses): Operating losses were $(1.4)M in Q2 2020, representing a 71% improvement year-over-year from $(4.6)M in Q2 2019.
  • Cash Balance: The Company reported $13.0M in cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2020. Cash and cash equivalents fell by $1.1M during the second quarter. With a $0.7M semi-annual interest payment occurring at the end of the period, the Company consumed just $0.4M in cash from normal operating, investing, and financing activities.

Q2 2020 Business Highlights

  • In June 2020, the Company expanded the product offering of its PLUS CBDRelief brand. Following significant demand for the new wellness-based product line,1 the Company introduced a 1:1 Pomegranate CBD:THC ratio product. The new offering contains 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD per serving along with ellagitannins, which are unique antioxidants found in pomegranates that are associated with anti-inflammatory pathways.2 The new product joins the initial CBDRelief lineup, which includes a 9:1 Tropical Mango gummy with 9mg of CBD and 1mg of THC per serving, and an 18:1 Tart Cherry gummy with 18mg of CBD and 1mg of THC per serving.
  • In June 2020, the Company announced the retirement of its Chief Financial Officer, Jon Paul. The role has been filled by then-current VP of Finance, Nate Pearson. Mr. Pearson has significant experience operating within the finance departments of companies in emerging and heavily regulated industries.  Following his time at Ernst & Young, Mr. Pearson worked at Tesla as a Senior Financial Analyst and at Lagunitas as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, before ultimately joining PLUS in his role as Vice President of Finance.
  • In July 2020, just after the reporting period, the Company announced the launch of its new HI-CUBES brand. With 10mg of THC packed into each 5 calorie serving, HI-CUBES are the most concentrated gummy products available by volume within the California market.3  Manufactured with 100% whole-plant full-spectrum oil, the product delivers an array of cannabinoids, flavonoids and aromatic terpenes to create a powerful effect for consumers looking for an intense cannabis experience.

Management Commentary

“The first half of 2020 has been about creating a sustainable economic foundation for the business and continuing to lay the groundwork for current and future growth. We are very happy with the progress we have made on both of these fronts,” stated Jake Heimark, Co-founder and CEO.

“Compared to the second half of 2019, in the first half of this year PLUS grew net revenues 29% from $7.0M to $9.0M, improved gross margin from 19% to 36%, and reduced cash burn 89% from $18.9M to $2.1M.

“While shipments from PLUS to its 3rd-party distributor in California dropped from Q1 to Q2, contributing to the quarter-over-quarter reduction in net revenues from $4.7M to $4.3M, market demand remained strong as sales of the Company’s products from its 3rd-party distributor to licensed retailers in California (the 'Wholesale Depletions') grew by 13% quarter-over-quarter.4

“Despite the difficulties we experienced in Nevada during the quarter, we have successfully restarted production with our manufacturing partner and look forward to revitalizing our presence in the market.

“Beyond the improvements we’ve seen in our fundamentals, we made an important strategic transition from a single brand to a portfolio of brands in the first half of this year with the launch of PLUS CBDRelief and HI-CUBES into the California adult-use market.

“PLUS continues to believe that California is the most strategically valuable market to build a cannabis brand. California is the largest legal Cannabis market in the world today, but more importantly still retains the most growth potential of any market in the U.S. The adult-use market in California is expected to grow by more than $4.0 billion dollars over the next four years. With a projected market size of 7.2 billion dollars in 2024, California is expected to be larger than the next four largest projected U.S markets (Colorado, Florida, New York, and Michigan) combined.5

“Moving forward we will continue to drive our 2020 strategy with a focus on: 1) ensuring the safety and health of our employees, customers, and partners during this pandemic; 2) establishing ourselves as the clear, long-term leader in California edibles; and 3) becoming a cash-flow positive business.”

COVID-19 Update    

In March 2020, there was a global outbreak of COVID-19, which continues to evolve. The extent to which the virus may impact the Company will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence. The ultimate geographic spread of the disease; the duration of the outbreak; travel restrictions; social distancing; business closures or business disruptions; and the effectiveness of actions taken in the United States and other countries to contain and treat the disease all remain unknown.

While cannabis has been deemed an essential business throughout most of California, it is still too early to understand how COVID-19 will impact PLUS or the market as a whole. To date, the Company has not seen a sustained downside impact on consumer demand in its core California market. Please visit to see the actions PLUS has taken to respond to this unique challenge.

(1) According to PLUS internal sales data, the PLUS CBDRelief brand sold into licensed retailers representing more than 80% of the Company’s California wholesale business within 3 months of its launch
(2) [1]  Li Z, Henning SM, Lee RP, et al. Pomegranate extract induces ellagitannin metabolite formation and changes stool microbiota in healthy volunteers. Food Funct. 2015;6(8):2487-2495. doi:10.1039/c5fo00669d.  [2] Heber D. Pomegranate Ellagitannins. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, eds. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd ed. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. [3] Zhao R , Long X , Yang J , et al. Pomegranate peel polyphenols reduce chronic low-grade inflammatory responses by modulating gut microbiota and decreasing colonic tissue damage in rats fed a high-fat diet. Food Funct. 2019;10(12):8273-8285. doi:10.1039/c9fo02077b.  [4] Kang B, Kim CY, Hwang J, et al. Punicalagin, a Pomegranate-Derived Ellagitannin, Suppresses Obesity and Obesity-Induced Inflammatory Responses Via the Nrf2/Keap1 Signaling Pathway. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2019;63(22):e1900574. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201900574
(3) According to internal market research
(4) According to sales data received from the Company’s 3rd party distributor, HERBL distribution solutions. Wholesale Depletions do not represent income for the Company but are an indicator of market demand for products sold by PLUS
(5) Arcview Market Research State of the Legal Cannabis Markets 7th Edition Report

Conference Call Details

At 5:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Pacific Time today (Thursday, August 20, 2020) 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: (866) 220-4156

Toll / International: (864) 663-5231

*Participants should request the Plus Products Earnings Call or provide conference ID: 9094390

Please dial-in or log-on to the webcast at least 15 minutes before the start of the call

The call will also be webcast at 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 Company’s website at

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

About PLUS

PLUS is a 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.

For further information contact:

Jake Heimark
CEO & Co-founder 


Blake Brennan
Investor Relations 
Tel +1 213.282.6987


Megan Sekkas
Public Relations 
Tel +310.279.6811

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: the growth of the California market relative to other legal cannabis markets in the U.S.; the extent to which the Company will continue to drive its 2020 strategy with a focus on: 1) ensuring the safety and health of its employees, customers, and partners during this pandemic; 2) establishing itself as the clear, long-term leader in California edibles; and 3) becoming a cash-flow positive business and the extent to which, if at all, the Company is successful in pursuing these objectives; and the extent to which, if at all, the Company is able to revitalize its presence in the Nevada market.

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 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.

Further, the duration and severity of the current COVID-19 pandemic may significantly impact or exacerbate some of the above-listed risks and uncertainties.  Risks that may be further impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic relate to the Company’s operations and expansion, including the Company’s ability to grow its brand and sales and to maintain production levels in the event that the Company’s employees are restricted from accessing facilities for a significant period of time; to the Company’s ability to access capital and the level of borrowing costs; the Company’s ability to service obligations under its debt securities and other debt or lease obligations; and the Company’s ability to comply with the covenants contained in the agreements that govern the Company’s existing indebtedness.

The transmission of COVID-19 and efforts to contain its spread have recently resulted in international, national and local border closings, travel restrictions, significant disruptions to business operations, supply chains and customer activity and demand (across all sectors), service cancellations, reductions and other changes, and quarantines, as well as considerable general concern and uncertainty.

The overall severity and duration of COVID-19-related adverse impacts on the Company’s business will depend on future developments that cannot currently be predicted. Even after the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided, the Company may continue to experience material adverse impacts to the businesses as a result of its global economic impact, including any related recession.

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.

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

    As at June 30,     As at December 31,  
    2020     2019  
    $     $  
Cash and cash equivalents     13,033,390     15,176,184  
Trade receivables     3,484,256     4,040,183  
Prepaids and deposits     641,580     1,262,269  
Taxes recoverable     112,377     112,377  
Note receivable     180,260     200,000  
Inventory     2,465,739     3,872,175  
      19,917,602     24,663,188  
Prepaids and deposits      947,674     789,521  
Property and equipment     2,889,287     3,703,597  
Intangible assets     69,553     98,665  
Deferred tax asset     1,950,398     -  
Total assets     25,774,514       29,254,971  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities    1,167,271     2,289,393  
Current portion of vehicle loans    28,248     27,753  
Current portion of lease liabilities     190,821     284,588  
      1,386,340     2,601,734  
Vehicle loans     123,150     137,588  
Lease liabilities      784,003     1,028,218  
Deferred tax liability     285,669     -  
Convertible debentures     17,220,979     17,188,223  
Total liabilities     19,800,141     20,955,763  
Shareholders' equity      
Share capital     41,797,199     41,782,711  
Reserves     8,114,005     7,884,184  
Deficit     (44,515,423 )   (41,138,127 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     578,592     (229,560 )
Total shareholders' equity     5,974,373     8,299,208  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      25,774,514     29,254,971  


Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars, except number of shares - Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,  
  2020   2019   2020   2019  
  $   $   $   $  
Revenue 4,326,094   3,576,847   9,065,303   6,821,805  
Cost of sales 2,757,737   2,855,224   5,843,156   5,408,325  
Gross margin 1,568,357   721,623   3,222,147   1,413,480  
Operating expenses        
Advertising and promotion   171,207   483,260   557,882   710,560  
Depreciation and amortization 25,318   1,078   50,637   1,078  
Consulting fees  122,746   384,877   294,587   1,079,360  
General and administrative 382,806   568,326   843,525   1,028,627  
Meals and travel expenses 5,951   217,750    137,895   416,310  
Professional fees  415,248   746,693   797,235   1,620,994  
Regulatory fees (recovery)   (1,517 ) 2,699   14,035   6,035  
Research and development   11,819   131,032   19,292   137,019  
Salaries and benefits   1,411,071   1,797,422    3,154,781   2,853,110  
Share-based compensation  381,960   997,170   776,507   1,176,799  
Loss from operations   (1,358,252 )  (4,608,684 )  (3,424,229 )  (7,616,412 )
Other (income) expense        
Interest and other income   (23,165 )  (73,578 )   (21,675 )  (74,187 )
Accretion finance income  (42,673 ) -    (86,480 ) -  
Accretion expense   410,001   222,779   840,908   571,807  
Interest expense 403,459   420,161    826,516   591,429  
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 23,881   90,740   60,661    (66,839 )
Gain on lease termination (12,900 ) -     (12,900 ) -  
Impairment of property and equipment   10,765   -   10,765   -  
Loss before income taxes   (2,127,620 )  (5,268,786 )  (5,042,024 )  (8,638,622 )
Income tax (recovery) expense  (1,681,718 ) 106,271    (1,664,728 ) 181,295  
Loss for the period  (445,902 ) (5,375,057 )  (3,377,296 )  (8,819,917 )
Currency translation adjustment  671,973   -     (808,152 ) -  
Loss and comprehensive loss for the period  (1,117,875 ) (5,375,057 )  (2,569,144 )   (8,819,917 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted 34,778,568   30,715,437   34,300,535   27,814,002  
Loss per share:        
Basic and diluted (0.01 ) (0.17 ) (0.10 ) (0.32 )



Source: Plus Products Inc.