Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – April 28, 2020 - Greenlane Renewables Inc. (“Greenlane” or the “Company”) (TSXV: GRN), today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019. For further information on these results please see the Company’s Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated and in accordance with IFRS.
On June 3, 2019, the Company successfully completed the acquisition of PT Biogas Holdings Limited (“PT Biogas”) as its qualifying transaction and changed its name to Greenlane Renewables Inc. For the period prior to June 3rd, reported results are solely for Creation Capital Corp., the capital pool company that had no operations except for the pursuit of an acquisition. For the period commencing on June 3rd, the reported results reflect the operating business of Greenlane (through PT Biogas), a leading global provider of biogas upgrading systems that create clean, low-carbon-footprint renewable natural gas (“RNG”), suitable for injection into the natural gas grid and for direct use as vehicle fuel.
Fourth Quarter Highlights Include:
- Fourth quarter results: Greenlane generated revenue of $3.3 million, a gross profit of $1.6 million or 49% of revenue, a net loss of $1.0 million, and an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.5 million*.
- Contract win: The Company was successful in securing an $8.3 million biogas upgrading system supply contract with a customer in California for a landfill project.
- Launch of the Integrated Biogas Alliance: The Company, together with other founding members, announced the launch of an innovative global partnership amongst internationally-recognized technology companies, who have come together on a non-exclusive basis to provide the global biogas industry with a unique, fully integrated platform solution for turning virtually any organic waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizers.
Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights Include:
- Financial results: Greenlane generated revenue of $9.1 million, and a gross profit of $3.3 million or 36% of revenue, a net loss of $5.1 million, and an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.3 million*. The Company’s revenue was generated for the period commencing June 3, 2019 upon completion of its acquisition of PT Biogas. Had the acquisition of PT Biogas occurred on January 1, 2019, the Company would have reported revenue for the year of $11.2 million (based on internal estimates).
- Financing: In May 2019, the Company successfully closed a private placement of 42 million subscription receipts at $0.20 for gross proceeds of $8.4 million.
- Acquisition: The Company successfully completed its qualifying transaction on June 3, 2019 by acquiring 100% ownership of PT Biogas from Pressure Technologies PLC.
- New contract wins: The Company was successful in securing $14.4 million in new contracts in the period commencing June 3, 2019 and ending December 31, 2019.
- Order backlog: As at December 31, 2019, the Company reports a $16.2 million order backlog, expected to be recognized in revenue through 2020 and beyond (see note 1 below), which represents a growth of over 50% from $10.7 million recorded as at June 30th.
- Substantial increase in sales pipeline: Valued at over $680 million as at December 31, 2019, representing an increase of over 50% from $450 million as at January 1, 2019 (see note 2 below).
“In 2019, we created a foundation for the business by successfully launching operations as a public company with sufficient capital and added capacity to invest in our technologies and product lines and to expand our business model,” said Brad Douville, President and CEO of Greenlane. “In 2020, we’ve continued to grow our sales pipeline and have recently seen an increase in sales activity based on the premise that business partners and customers alike are working from home and increasing their focus on our existing and new proposals. Additionally, we’re gaining traction in our new build, own, operate initiatives, together with project equity partners, to scale our capacity to finance projects as we ramp up this new part of the business. In light of current pandemic-related market conditions, we have been fortunate to benefit from an asset-light business model that allows for operational flexibility and an outsourced supply chain. Furthermore, in February 2020, we completed an $11.5 million financing thus strengthening our balance sheet, reducing our outstanding debt and allowing us to navigate potential impacts from market uncertainties.”
“RNG continues to build its reputation as a viable and attractive alternative to traditional natural gas. A recent example of this is the announcement that Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest gas distribution utility in the U.S., and other stakeholders have filed a proposed plan to offer RNG to customers that, after approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, would allow millions of California customers the option to purchase a portion or all of their natural gas from renewable sources. A 2018 study showed that replacing less than 20 percent of SoCalGas’ traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas by 2030 can achieve the same greenhouse gas reductions as converting all homes and commercial buildings to electric-only energy. Greenlane supplied the biogas upgrading system for the first commercial scale project to produce RNG within California to be introduced into SoCalGas' pipeline system.”
As a reminder, the Company’s revenues are largely derived from a relatively small number of large biogas upgrader orders accounted for on a stage of completion basis over typically a nine to eighteen-month period. Timing of new contract awards varies due to customer-related factors such as finalizing technical specifications and securing project funding, permits and RNG off-take and feedstock agreements. Some projects have pause periods to allow customers to complete concurrent activities such as site infrastructure work. As a result, the Company’s revenue varies from month-to-month and quarter-to-quarter.
The Market Outlook
Management believes that the industry is at an inflection point. Internal estimates based on various market statistics and industry publications suggest that reaching 5% RNG content in the North American gas distribution network alone could represent approximately US$18 billion in biogas upgrading equipment sales.
On a global scale, increasing demand for RNG is being driven by a universal desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supportive government regulations and incentives, growing penetration in the transportation sector, and better efficiency than other renewable energy resources. As a global leader in the biogas upgrading business, Greenlane expects to benefit from this trend.
NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
Management evaluates the Company’s performance using a variety of measures, including “order backlog”, “sales pipeline”, and “Adjusted EBITDA”. The non-IFRS measures should not be considered as an alternative to or more meaningful than revenue or net loss. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. The Company believes these non-IFRS financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of the Company. Management uses these and other non-IFRS financial measures to exclude the impact of certain expenses and income that must be recognized under IFRS when analyzing consolidated underlying operating performance, as the excluded items are not necessarily reflective of the Company’s underlying operating performance and make comparisons of underlying financial performance between periods difficult. From time to time, the Company may exclude additional items if it believes doing so would result in a more effective analysis of underlying operating performance. The exclusion of certain items does not imply that they are non-recurring.
* Reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA loss
|Year ended December 31, 2019
|Three months ended December 31, 2019
|Net loss before tax
|Share based compensation
|Depreciation and amortization
|Change in fair value of Special Warrants
|Foreign exchange loss
|Adjusted EBITDA Loss
Note 1 - Order backlog refers to the balance of unrecognized revenue from contracted projects, where such revenue is recognized over time as completion of the projects progress.
Note 2 - Greenlane maintains a pipeline of prospective projects that it updates regularly based on quote activity to ensure that it is reflective of sales opportunities that can convert into orders within approximately a rolling 24 month time horizon. Not all of these potential projects will proceed or proceed within the expected timeframe and not all of the projects that do proceed will be awarded to Greenlane. Additions to the amount in the sales pipeline come from situations where the Company provides a quote on a prospective project and reductions to the sales pipeline arise when the Company loses a prospective project to a competitor, a project does not proceed or, where a quote in the pipeline is converted to Greenlane’s active order book.
As noted above, all filings related to the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About Greenlane Renewables
Greenlane is cleaning up the two largest and most difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of the global energy system: the natural gas grid and the transportation sector. As a leading global provider of biogas upgrading systems, Greenlane’s solutions create clean, low-carbon-footprint renewable natural gas (RNG), suitable for injection into the natural gas grid and for direct use as vehicle fuel. Our systems, marketed and sold under the Greenlane Biogas™ brand, remove impurities and separate carbon dioxide from biomethane in the raw biogas created from organic waste at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, farms and food waste facilities. With multiple core technologies, more than 100 installations in 18 countries and counting, and 30+ years’ experience, Greenlane finds the right solution, whatever the specific project requirements. Whether we’re working with waste producers, gas utilities, or project developers, we’re doing more with biogas, helping to turn a low-value product into a high-value renewable resource. For further information, please visit www.greenlanerenewables.com.
For more information please contact:
Incite Capital Markets
Eric Negraeff / Darren Seed
Greenlane Renewables Inc.
Brad Douville, President & CEO
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