Revenue of $20.9 million representing a 69% increase over $12.4 million in the prior year period and a sequential increase of 11% over $18.8 million
Net Loss of $3.4 million, representing an improvement of $5.3 million versus the prior year period and a sequential improvement of $2.1 million
GAAP Loss per share of $0.29, and Adjusted Loss per share of $0.20
Adjusted EBITDA1 of negative $1.3 million, representing an improvement of $1.0 million versus the prior year period and a sequential improvement of $0.7 million
Project backlog of $84 million as of September 30, 2023, representing a sequential increase of $5 million, or 6%
Provides fourth quarter 2023 guidance of approximately $30 million in revenues and breakeven to slightly positive Adjusted EBITDA
Company to host conference call and webcast today, November 9, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
LAFAYETTE, Colo., November 9, 2023 – urban-gro, Inc. (Nasdaq: UGRO) (“urban-gro” or the “Company”), an integrated professional services consulting firm, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 and provided fourth quarter 2023 guidance.
Bradley Nattrass, Chairman and CEO, commented, "Since launching our sector diversification initiative just over a year ago, urban-gro has successfully evolved into a multi-sector focused professional services consulting firm. Our strengthening revenue and Adjusted EBITDA1 performance in the third quarter reflects a solid improvement on both a sequential and year-over-year basis. Given our strengthening pipeline and backlog, we continue to anticipate sequential quarterly improvement as we work to recapture positive Adjusted EBITDA1 generation. This has been the result of our steps to insulate our business from Cannabis market headwinds by diversifying our revenue streams into additional sectors outside of Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”) while being proactive with expense optimization and resource allocation to drive efficiencies and scale in our model.”
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Revenue was $20.9 million, as compared to $18.8 million in the second quarter, representing a sequential improvement of $2.1 million, or 11%, and $12.4 million in the prior year period, representing an increase of $8.6 million, or 69%. The sequential improvement was due to a $3.8 million increase in construction design-build revenue and a $0.1 million increase in professional services revenue, partially offset by a $1.6 million decrease in equipment systems revenue. As compared to the prior year period, revenue increased $8.6 million or 69%, primarily driven by a $9.4 million increase in revenue associated with a substantial increase in construction design-build revenues. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in equipment systems revenue of $0.8 million reflecting reduced equipment demand in the U.S. cannabis market as a result of ongoing state-level regulatory delays in the license-awarding process, as well as the lack of movement on passing key legislation impacting the industry.
Gross profit was $2.9 million, or 14% of revenue, as compared to $2.9 million in the second quarter, or 15% of revenue, and $2.6 million, or 21% of revenue in the prior year period. The slight increase in gross profit from the prior year period relative to the much larger increase in revenue was primarily driven by the net effects of a decrease in higher margin equipment revenue offset by an increase in lower margin construction design-build revenue.
Operating expenses were $6.0 million as compared to $6.8 million in the second quarter, representing a sequential decrease of $0.8 million. The decrease sequentially was primarily due to a reduction in general and administrative expenses. As compared to the prior year period, operating expenses decreased $3.5 million primarily due to a one-time business development expense of $3.3 million that was incurred in the prior year.
Non-operating expenses were $0.3 million, as compared to non-operating expenses of $1.8 million in the prior year.
Net loss was $3.4 million, or $0.29 loss per share as compared to a net loss of $8.7 million, or $0.81 loss per share in the prior year period. Adjusted net loss was $2.4 million, or $0.20 loss per share as compared to an adjusted net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.26 loss per share in the prior year period.
Adjusted EBITDA1 improved by $0.7 million on a sequential basis to negative $1.3 million, which is an improvement of $1.0 million compared to the prior year period. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA1 compared to the prior year was driven primarily by lower run-rate operating expenses predominantly associated with the Company’s expense optimization and resource reallocation initiative.
Cash position at the end of the third quarter of 2023 was $4.8 million. To support the strong performance of our Construction operations, subsequent to September 30 we entered into a non-dilutive, asset-based lending facility in order to better manage our working capital. To date, the facility remains undrawn.
Summary First Nine Months 2023 Financial Results
Revenue was $56.5 million for the first nine months of 2023 compared to $49.7 million in the prior year period, representing an increase of $6.8 million, or 14%.
Net loss was $14.0 million, or $1.29 per share, for the first nine months of 2023 compared to a net loss of $11.1 million, or $1.05 per share, in the prior year period. Adjusted net loss was $9.7 million, or $0.89 per share, for the first nine months of 2023 compared to an adjusted net loss of $4.8 million, or $0.45 per share, in the prior year period.
Adjusted EBITDA1 was negative $6.8 million for the first nine months of 2023 compared to negative $2.2 million in the prior year period.
Backlog as of September 30, 2023
Consolidated backlog is unrealized revenue represented by signed construction design-build, equipment systems, and service orders. As of September 30, 2023, total backlog was approximately $84 million in contracts, comprised of $77 million in construction design-build, $5 million of professional services, and $2 million of equipment systems.
The following table summarizes the change in backlog for the current quarter:
Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA1 Guidance - Full Year 2023
For the Fourth Quarter 2023, the Company is providing guidance as follows:
Consolidated revenue: Approximately $30 million, representing a 43% sequential improvement, and a 73% increase versus the prior year period
Adjusted EBITDA1: Achievement of breakeven to slightly positive adjusted EBITDA, representing a sequential improvement from negative $1.3 million, and an improvement from the prior year period of negative $1.7 million.
Conference Call Details
urban-gro will host a conference call and live audio webcast to discuss the operational and financial results today, November 9, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call by dialing 877-407-3982 (U.S.), or 201-493-6780 (International). The live webcast will be accessible on the Events page of the Investors section of the urban-gro website, ir.urban-gro.com, and will be archived for 90 days following the event. Availability of the call replay posted on the Company’s website is at the Company’s discretion and may be discontinued at any time.
1Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the information under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” below for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial information to GAAP results.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to urban-gro, determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), excluding the effects of certain operating and non-operating expenses including, but not limited to, interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation of tangible assets, amortization of intangible assets, impairment of investments, exchange gains and losses, debt forgiveness and extinguishment, stock-based compensation expense, one-time and non-recurring expenses, and acquisition costs that we do not believe reflect our core operating performance. We use Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure, and it is not a substitute for net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure prescribed by GAAP.
Our Board of Directors and management team focus on Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance and compensation measure. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA assists us in comparing our performance over various reporting periods because it removes from our operating results the impact of items that our management believes do not reflect our core operating performance.
There are limitations to using non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA. Although we believe that Adjusted EBITDA can make an evaluation of our operating performance more consistent because it removes items that do not reflect our core operations, other companies in our industry may define Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. As a result, it may be difficult to use Adjusted EBITDA to compare the performance of those companies to our performance. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of the income generated by our business or discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business.
About urban-gro, Inc.
urban-gro, Inc.® (Nasdaq: UGRO) is an integrated professional services consulting firm delivering professional services and solutions across architecture, design, engineering, equipment integration, and construction management. Our multi-sector expertise encompasses a diverse set of projects across a host of industries such as Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”), light industrial, healthcare, hospitality, laboratories and more. Our dedicated and innovative team is fueled by a commitment to empower our clients by providing exceptional customer experiences throughout the project lifecycle and beyond, including post-operational support. With offices across North America and in Europe, we deliver Your Vision – Built. Learn more by visiting www.urban-gro.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
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