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Cronos Group Reports 2023 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results¹

Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos” or the “Company”), today announces its 2023 fourth quarter and full-year business results1.

“In 2023, we significantly improved our cash flow from operations driven primarily by operating expense savings, while simultaneously expanding our portfolio of borderless products in Canada and Israel and entering two international markets, Germany and Australia,” said Mike Gorenstein, Chairman, President and CEO of Cronos.

“The operating expense savings combined with robust interest income and improved working capital management in the fourth quarter aided in increasing our cash balance by $22 million from the third quarter to a total cash and short-term investments balance of approximately $862 million,” continued Mr. Gorenstein. “In 2023, the Spinach® brand became the number two overall brand in Canada, propelled by number one market share rankings in the flower and edibles categories, according to Hifyre. We continue to bring new and innovative products to market that are differentiated from the competitive set to build and maintain our leadership position in this market. We also launched the Lord Jones® brand in the Canadian market in 2023; this new line-up of products is off to an impressive start, and we are excited to bring new category-defining products to market under this brand in 2024. In Israel, despite the war, the country has shown incredible resilience. Our team on the ground has continued to launch new products in the medical market in Israel powered by our best-in-class genetic breeding capabilities and strength in the flower category. Our teams have done excellent work over the last year to put Cronos in the best position possible to win in new markets as they become available in 2024 and beyond.”

Consolidated Financial Results

In the second quarter of 2023, the Company exited its United States (“U.S.”) hemp-derived CBD operations. The exit of the U.S. operations represented a strategic shift, and as such, qualifies for reporting as discontinued operations in our condensed consolidated statements of net loss and comprehensive loss. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to reflect the discontinued operations classification of the U.S. operations.

The tables below set forth our condensed consolidated results of continuing operations, expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars for the periods presented. Our condensed consolidated financial results for these periods are not necessarily indicative of the consolidated financial results that we will achieve in future periods.

(in thousands of USD – preliminary and unaudited)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Change

Year ended
December 31,

Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

2022

$

%

Consolidated net revenue

$

23,915

$

22,033

$

1,882

9

%

$

87,241

$

86,749

$

492

1

%

Cost of sales

21,913

20,773

1,140

5

%

74,527

71,313

3,214

5

%

Inventory write-down

89

89

N/A

805

805

N/A

Gross profit

$

1,913

$

1,260

$

653

52

%

$

11,909

$

15,436

$

(3,527

)

(23

)%

Gross margin(i)

8

%

6

%

N/A

2

pp

14

%

18

%

N/A

(4

)pp

Net income (loss)(ii)

$

(45,151

)

$

(76,181

)

$

31,030

41

%

$

(70,439

)

$

(155,178

)

$

84,739

55

%

Adjusted EBITDA(iii)

$

(14,790

)

$

(19,018

)

$

4,228

22

%

$

(61,564

)

$

(70,291

)

$

8,727

12

%

Other Data

Cash and cash equivalents(iv)

$

669,291

$

764,644

$

(95,353

)

(12

)%

Short-term investments(iv)

192,237

113,077

79,160

70

%

Capital expenditures(v)

1,792

768

1,024

133

%

3,423

5,032

(1,609

)

(32

)%

(i) Gross margin is defined as gross profit divided by net revenue.
(ii) The improvement year-over-year in quarterly net income (loss) was primarily driven by lower income tax expense, an improvement in operating loss and higher interest income.
(iii) See “Non-GAAP Measures” for more information, including a reconciliation of adjusted earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) to net income (loss).
(iv) Dollar amounts are as of the last day of the period indicated.
(v) Capital expenditures represent component information of investing activities and is defined as the sum of purchase of property, plant and equipment, and purchase of intangible assets.

Fourth Quarter 2023

Net revenue of $23.9 million in Q4 2023 increased by $1.9 million from Q4 2022. The increase year-over-year was primarily driven by higher cannabis flower sales in Canada and sales to Germany and Australia, partially offset by lower cannabis flower sales in Israel driven by the war involving Israel and Hamas (the “Israel-Hamas War”) and pricing pressure as a result of competitive activity and an adverse price/mix in the Canadian cannabis flower category driving increased excise tax payments as a percentage of revenue. These results were additionally impacted by the weakened Canadian dollar and New Israeli Shekel against the U.S. dollar.

Gross profit of $1.9 million in Q4 2023 increased by $0.7 million from Q4 2022. The increase year-over-year was primarily due to higher sales in Canada, Germany and Australia. These improvements were partially offset by lower cannabis flower sales in Israel driven by the Israel-Hamas War and pricing pressure as a result of competitive activity, an adverse price/mix in the Canadian cannabis flower category driving increased excise tax payments as a percentage of revenue, and the $0.1 million inventory write-down due to the decision made in Q3 2023 to wind down operations at our Winnipeg, Manitoba facility (“Cronos Fermentation”).

Adjusted EBITDA of $(14.8) million in Q4 2023 improved by $4.2 million from Q4 2022. The improvement year-over-year was primarily driven by a decrease in general and administrative and research and development expenses as part of the broader organizational cost reduction efforts.

Full-Year 2023

Net revenue of $87.2 million in full-year 2023 increased by $0.5 million from full-year 2022. The increase year-over-year was primarily due to higher cannabis flower and extract sales in Canada and the initiation of sales in Germany and Australia. This increase was partially offset by lower cannabis flower sales in Israel driven by pricing pressure as a result of competitive activity, the slowdown in patient permit authorizations and the Israel-Hamas War, and an adverse price/mix in the Canadian cannabis flower category driving increased excise tax payments as a percentage of revenue. These results were additionally impacted by the weakened Canadian dollar and New Israeli Shekel against the U.S. dollar.

Gross profit of $11.9 million in full-year 2023 decreased by $3.5 million from full-year 2022. The decrease year-over-year was primarily due to lower cannabis flower sales in Israel, an adverse price/mix on cannabis flower sales in Canada resulting in higher excise taxes as a percentage of revenue, and the $0.8 million inventory write-down recognized as a result of the decision to wind down operations at Cronos Fermentation. These results were partially offset by higher cannabis flower and extract sales in Canada.

Adjusted EBITDA of $(61.6) million in full-year 2023 improved by $8.7 million from full-year 2022. The improvement year-over-year was primarily driven by a decrease in general and administrative and research and development expenses as part of the broader organizational cost reduction efforts.

Business Updates

Strategic and Organizational Update

The Company achieved $30 million in savings in 2023, overachieving its previously announced operating expense savings target of $20 to $25 million. Due to capturing operating expense savings earlier than anticipated, the Company now expects an incremental $5 to $10 million in operating expense savings in 2024, compared to the previous target of $10 to $15 million. In total, anticipated savings over the course of 2023 and 2024 remain unchanged. Savings in 2024 will be primarily driven by savings in general and administrative, and research and development. The organizational and cost savings initiatives are intended to position the Company to drive profitable and sustainable growth over time.

Cronos anticipates that the net change in cash, defined as the sum of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, will be positive in 2024.

The fiscal year 2024 guidance assumes: (i) a slight moderation in interest rates; (ii) limited impacts to our operations, facilities and business in Israel due to the Israel-Hamas War; (iii) limited deterioration in foreign exchange rates due to the Israel-Hamas War; (iv) the general economic conditions and regulatory environment in the markets in which Cronos participates will not materially change; (v) timely receipt of interest and principal payments on the senior secured credit facility with Cronos Growing Company Inc. (“Cronos GrowCo”); (vi) anticipated interest income of approximately $40 to 50 million in fiscal year 2024; (vii) year-over-year gross margin improvement; and (viii) meeting our revised target for reducing our operating expenses by $5 to $10 million.

Cronos continues to monitor the Israel-Hamas War and the potential impacts the conflict could have on the Company’s personnel and business in Israel and the recorded amounts of assets and liabilities related to the Company’s operations in Israel. The extent to which the Israel-Hamas War may impact the Company’s personnel, business and activities will depend on future developments which remain highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. It is possible that the recorded amounts of assets and liabilities related to the Company’s operations in Israel could change materially in the near term.

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Brand and Product Portfolio

Spinach®
In 2023, Cronos grew the Spinach® brand to become the second highest-ranked brand by market share in Canada, according to Hifyre, propelled by strength across the flower, edible, vape, and pre-roll categories. The Spinach® brand continued to hold its number one market share position in the edibles category in Canada in Q4 2023, with an approximate 16.2% market share across the SOURZ by Spinach® and Spinach FEELZ™ sub-brands, according to Hifyre. In the fourth quarter, SOURZ by Spinach® launched its first CBD forward gummy offering, the Strawberry Kiwi 5:1 CBD | THC gummy, featuring 10 pieces per pack. Spinach continues to gain recognition as the go-to brand for a wide array of products featuring different cannabinoid combinations, potency ranges and flavor profiles.

Cronos’ strong breeding program and portfolio of genetics continued to drive growth, propelling the Spinach® brand to become the number one flower brand in Canada, with a 6.9% market share in Q4 2023, according to Hifyre. We have three SKUs in the top-15 for market share, according to Hifyre, led by our GMO Cookies genetic across various pack sizes. Our proprietary genetics breeding program continues to provide our portfolio with winning products both domestically and internationally.

The Spinach® brand was ranked the number three vape brand in Q4 2023, holding a 7.7% market share, up from Q3 2023, when it had a 6.4% market share, according to Hifyre. Spinach® continues to be the number one rare cannabinoid vape brand, with our SKUs that feature cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabichromene (CBC), holding three spots in the top five market share among rare cannabinoid vapes. We continue to develop this portfolio to bring differentiated flavor and cannabinoid combinations to market in formats consumers desire.

In Q4 2023, Spinach® was ranked eighth in the pre-roll category, according to Hifyre. In Q4 2023, we launched Spinach Feelz™ Full Tilt Blue Razz Durban THCV pre-roll, which offers a boosted and elevated high due to its THC+THCV blend. Winning in the pre-roll category is a top priority, and we will continue to utilize our robust product development capabilities to formulate differentiated products with flavors and rare cannabinoids to win with consumers.

Lord Jones®
In November 2023, we launched our award-winning Lord Jones® brand in Canada. Lord Jones® will build on its legacy of delivering premium quality cannabis products by returning to its roots with bold THC-focused innovations. The first product line to launch was Lord Jones® Hash Fusions pre-rolls, which quickly climbed category market share ranks, according to Hifyre. Ice water hash is the most popular solventless infusion and is the second most popular infusion overall in the pre-roll category, according to Hifyre. These infused pre-rolls have been designed with an optimized ratio of ice water hash-to-flower, meticulously researched and sensory-tested to drive a smoother consumption experience and preserve the flowers’ terpene-rich, bold flavors.

In January 2024, we launched a Lord Jones® live resin vape featuring sought-after cultivars that deliver a flavorful full spectrum live resin experience. Crafted with the discerning cannabis consumer in mind, these products embody a commitment to excellence, offering an unmatched combination of curated strains, pure live resin, and elegant high-quality hardware.

In February 2024, we shipped our next ground-breaking edible innovation, this time in the chocolate category. The Lord Jones® Chocolate Fusions edibles were researched and developed over multiple years and feature artisanal chocolate and high-quality ingredients in three flavors – cookies and cream, dazzle-berry pop, and salted caramel crunch.

PEACE NATURALS®
In Israel, Cronos launched three new flower offerings under the Peace Naturals® brand in the fourth quarter, Rockstar, Dancehall, and Sonic Fuel. Driven by our best-in-class genetics program and high-quality cultivation capabilities, we can meet market demands as consumers look for strain variety.

In Germany, we continue to grow distribution with our partner, Cansativa GmbH (“Cansativa”), a leading medical cannabis distributor. In the early innings of our launch, our top strains, GMO Cookies and Wedding Cake, have quickly gained popularity with medical patients, rising to leading market share positions in Germany.

Lit™
In Israel, we launched a new flower brand called Lit™. The Lit™ brand has a differentiated marketing positioning geared towards a large patient group seeking a more approachable price point while maintaining the quality that’s become synonymous with our existing products in market.

Global Supply Chain

Cronos GrowCo reported to the Company preliminary unaudited net revenue to licensed producers excluding sales to the Company in the fourth quarter and full-year 2023 of approximately $6.6 million and $19.6 million, respectively. Cronos previously provided GrowCo with a credit facility, which currently has approximately $69.8 million in principal outstanding following principal repayments of $5.6 million by GrowCo during 2023. In addition to principal repayment, Cronos also received approximately $10.3 million in interest payments from GrowCo in 2023, resulting in a total of approximately $15.9 million in cash payments to Cronos in 2023.

In December 2023, we commenced shipments of cannabis flower to our partners in Australia, Vitura Health Limited (“Vitura”), for sale in the Australian medical market. Cronos owns approximately 10% of the common shares of Vitura. Supplying the Australian market, which has grown significantly in the past three years, is an important achievement for Cronos. We look forward to providing our partners at Vitura with high-quality cannabis products.

1 All of the financial information presented in this press release is preliminary and subject to change until the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and live audio webcast on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss 2023 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year business results. An audio replay of the call will be archived on the Company’s website for replay. Instructions for the live audio webcast are provided on the Company’s website at: https://ir.thecronosgroup.com/events-presentations.

About Cronos

Cronos is an innovative global cannabinoid company committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos’ diverse international brand portfolio includes Spinach®, PEACE NATURALS® and Lord Jones®. For more information about Cronos and its brands, please visit: thecronosgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains information that constitutes forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws and court decisions (collectively, “Forward-Looking Statements”), which are based upon our current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs. All information that is not clearly historical in nature may constitute Forward-Looking Statements. In some cases, Forward-Looking Statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “expect”, “likely”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “potential”, “proposed”, “estimate” and other similar words, expressions and phrases, including negative and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” happen, or by discussion of strategy. Forward-Looking Statements include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, targets, guidance or other statements that are not statements of historical fact.

Forward-Looking Statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to:

expectations related to the Israel-Hamas War and its impact on our operations in Israel, the supply of product in the market and the demand for product by medical patients in Israel, as well as any regional or global escalations to the Israel-Hamas War and its impact to global commerce and stability;

expectations related to the German and Australian markets, including our strategic partnerships with Cansativa and Vitura, respectively, and our plans to distribute the PEACE NATURALS® brand in Germany;

expectations related to our announcement of cost-cutting measures, including our decision to wind-down operations at our Winnipeg, Manitoba facility and list the facility for sale, the expected costs and benefits from the wind-down of production activities at the facility, challenges and effects related thereto as well as changes in strategy, metrics, investments, costs, operating expenses, employee turnover and other changes with respect thereto;

expectations related to the impact of our decision to exit our U.S. hemp-derived cannabinoid product operations, including the costs, expenses and write-offs associated therewith, the impact on our operations and our financial statements and any future plans to re-enter the U.S. market;

expectations related to our announced realignment (the “Realignment”) and any progress, challenges and effects related thereto as well as changes in strategy, metrics, investments, reporting structure, costs, operating expenses, employee turnover and other changes with respect thereto;

the timing of the change in the nature of operations at, and the announced sale-leaseback of, our facility in Stayner, Ontario (the “Peace Naturals Campus”) and the expected costs and benefits from the wind-down of certain production activities at the Peace Naturals Campus;

our ability to complete the sale and leaseback of the Peace Naturals Campus pursuant to the agreement with Future Farmco Canada Inc.;

our ability to acquire raw materials from suppliers, including Cronos GrowCo, and the costs and timing associated therewith;

expectations regarding the potential success of, and the costs and benefits associated with, our joint ventures, strategic alliances and equity investments, including the strategic partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (“Ginkgo”);

our ability or plans to identify, develop, commercialize or expand our technology and research and development initiatives in cannabinoids, or the success thereof;

expectations regarding revenues, expenses, gross margins and capital expenditures;

expectations regarding our future production and manufacturing strategy and operations, the costs and timing associated therewith and the receipt of applicable production and sale licenses;

the ongoing impact of the legalization of additional cannabis product types and forms for adult-use in Canada, including federal, provincial, territorial and municipal regulations pertaining thereto, the related timing and impact thereof and our intentions to participate in such markets;

the legalization of the use of cannabis for medical or adult-use in jurisdictions outside of Canada, including the United States and Germany, the related timing and impact thereof and our intentions to participate in such markets, if and when such use is legalized;

the grant, renewal, withdrawal, suspension, delay and impact of any license or supplemental license to conduct activities with cannabis or any amendments thereof;

our ability to successfully create and launch brands and cannabis products;

expectations related to the differentiation of our products, including through the utilization of rare cannabinoids;

the benefits, viability, safety, efficacy, dosing and social acceptance of cannabis, including CBD and other cannabinoids;

laws and regulations and any amendments thereto applicable to our business and the impact thereof, including uncertainty regarding the application of U.S. state and federal law to cannabis and U.S. hemp (including CBD and other U.S. hemp-derived cannabinoids) products and the scope of any regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and any state equivalent regulatory agencies over cannabis and U.S. hemp (including CBD and other U.S. hemp-derived cannabinoids) products, including the possibility marijuana is moved from Schedule I to Schedule III under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act;

the anticipated benefits and impact of Altria Group Inc.’s investment in the Company (the “Altria Investment”), pursuant to a subscription agreement dated December 7, 2018;

uncertainties as to our ability to exercise our option (the “PharmaCann Option”) in PharmaCann Inc. (“PharmaCann”), in the near term or the future, in full or in part, including the uncertainties as to the status and future development of federal legalization of cannabis in the U.S. and our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction with PharmaCann;

expectations regarding the implementation and effectiveness of key personnel changes;

expectations regarding acquisitions and dispositions and the anticipated benefits therefrom;

expectations of the amount or frequency of impairment losses, including as a result of the write-down of intangible assets, including goodwill;

the impact of the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine (and resulting sanctions) on our business, financial condition and results of operations or cash flows;

our compliance with the terms of the settlement with the SEC (the “Settlement Order”) and the settlement agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Settlement Agreement”); and

the impact of the loss of our ability to rely on private offering exemptions under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the loss of our status as a well-known seasoned issuer, each as a result of the Settlement Order.

Certain of the Forward-Looking Statements contained herein concerning the industries in which we conduct our business are based on estimates prepared by us using data from publicly available governmental sources, market research, industry analysis and on assumptions based on data and knowledge of these industries, which we believe to be reasonable. However, although generally indicative of relative market positions, market shares and performance characteristics, such data is inherently imprecise. The industries in which we conduct our business involve risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors, which are described further below.

The Forward-Looking Statements contained herein are based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including: (i) our ability to achieve our target cash and cash equivalents and short-term investment balances for 2024; (ii) our ability to effectively navigate developments in the Israel-Hamas War and its impact on our employees and operations in Israel, the supply of product in the market and demand for product by medical patients in Israel; (iii) our ability to efficiently and effectively distribute our PEACE NATURALS® brand in Germany with our strategic partner Cansativa and our ability to efficiently and effectively distribute products in Australia with our strategic partner Vitura; (iv) our ability to realize the expected cost-savings and other benefits related to the wind-down of operations at our Winnipeg, Manitoba facility, (vi) our ability to realize the expected cost-savings, efficiencies and other benefits of our Realignment and other announced cost-cutting measures and employee turnover related thereto; (vii) our ability to efficiently and effectively wind-down certain production activities at the Peace Naturals Campus, receive the benefits of the change in the nature of our operations at, and the announced sale-leaseback of, our Peace Naturals Campus and acquire raw materials on a timely and cost-effective basis from third parties, including Cronos GrowCo; (viii) our ability to satisfy all conditions for the sale-leaseback of the Peace Naturals Campus; (ix) our ability to realize anticipated benefits, synergies or generate revenue, profits or value from our acquisitions and strategic investments; (x) the production and manufacturing capabilities and output from our facilities and our joint ventures, strategic alliances and equity investments; (xi) government regulation of our activities and products including, but not limited to, the areas of cannabis taxation and environmental protection; (xii) the timely receipt of any required regulatory authorizations, approvals, consents, permits and/or licenses; (xiii) consumer interest in our products; (xiv) our ability to differentiate our products, including through the utilization of rare cannabinoids; (xv) competition; (xvi) anticipated and unanticipated costs; (xvii) our ability to generate cash flow from operations; (xviii) our ability to conduct operations in a safe, efficient and effective manner; (xix) our ability to hire and retain qualified staff, and acquire equipment and services in a timely and cost-efficient manner; (xx) our ability to exercise the PharmaCann Option and realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction with PharmaCann; (xxi) our ability to complete planned dispositions, and, if completed, obtain our anticipated sales price; (xxii) general economic, financial market, regulatory and political conditions in which we operate; (xxiii) management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments; and (xxiv) other considerations that management believes to be appropriate in the circumstances. While our management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, there is no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.

By their nature, Forward-Looking Statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, including known and unknown risks, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual results to differ materially from the Forward-Looking Statements in this press release and other reports we file with, or furnish to, the SEC and other regulatory agencies and made by our directors, officers, other employees and other persons authorized to speak on our behalf. Such factors include, without limitation, negative impacts on our employees, business and operations in Israel due to the Israel-Hamas War, including that we may not be able to produce, import or sell our products or protect our people or facilities in Israel during the Israel-Hamas War; the supply of product in the market and the demand for product by medical patients in Israel; that we may not be able to successfully continue to distribute our products in Germany and Australia or generate material revenue from sales in those markets; that we may not be able to achieve the anticipated benefits of the wind-down of our operations at our Winnipeg, Manitoba facility or be able to access raw materials on a timely and cost-effective basis from third-parties; that we may be unable to further streamline our operations and reduce expenses; that we may not be able to effectively and efficiently re-enter the U.S. market in the future; that we may not be able to wind-down certain production activities at, and complete the sale-leaseback of, the Peace Naturals Campus in a disciplined manner or achieve the anticipated benefits of the change in the nature of our operations or be able to access raw materials on a timely and cost-effective basis from third-parties, including Cronos GrowCo; that the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine may disrupt our operations and those of our suppliers and distribution channels and negatively impact the demand for and use of our products; that cost savings and any other synergies from the Altria Investment may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; failure to execute key personnel changes; the risks that our Realignment, the change in the nature of our operations at the Peace Naturals Campus and our further leveraging of our strategic partnerships will not result in the expected cost-savings, efficiencies and other benefits or will result in greater than anticipated turnover in personnel; lower levels of revenues; the lack of consumer demand for our products; our inability to reduce expenses at the level needed to meet our projected net change in cash and cash equivalents; our inability to manage disruptions in credit markets or changes to our credit ratings or changes to our credit ratings; unanticipated future levels of capital, environmental or maintenance expenditures, general and administrative and other expenses; growth opportunities not turning out as expected; the lack of cash flow necessary to execute our business plan (either within the expected timeframe or at all); difficulty raising capital; the potential adverse effects of judicial, regulatory or other proceedings, or threatened litigation or proceedings, on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows; volatility in and/or degradation of general economic, market, industry or business conditions; compliance with applicable environmental, economic, health and safety, energy and other policies and regulations and in particular health concerns with respect to vaping and the use of cannabis and U.S. hemp products in vaping devices; the unexpected effects of actions of third parties such as competitors, activist investors or federal (including U.S. federal), state, provincial, territorial or local regulatory authorities or self-regulatory organizations; adverse changes in regulatory requirements in relation to our business and products; legal or regulatory obstacles that could prevent us from being able to exercise the PharmaCann Option and thereby realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction with PharmaCann; dilution of our fully-diluted ownership of PharmaCann and the loss of our rights as a result of that dilution; and the factors discussed under Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on Forward-Looking Statements.

Forward-Looking Statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding our financial performance, financial position and cash flows as of and for periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future, and the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these Forward-Looking Statements because of their inherent uncertainty and to appreciate the limited purposes for which they are being used by management. While we believe that the assumptions and expectations reflected in the Forward-Looking Statements are reasonable based on information currently available to management, there is no assurance that such assumptions and expectations will prove to have been correct. Forward-Looking Statements are made as of the date they are made and are based on the beliefs, estimates, expectations and opinions of management on that date. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any Forward-Looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such Forward-Looking Statements. The Forward-Looking Statements contained in this press release and other reports we file with, or furnish to, the SEC and other regulatory agencies and made by our directors, officers, other employees and other persons authorized to speak on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.

Cronos Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of U.S.dollars – preliminary and unaudited)

As of December 31,

2023

2022

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

669,291

$

764,644

Short-term investments

192,237

113,077

Accounts receivable, net

13,984

23,113

Interest receivable

10,012

2,469

Other receivables

6,341

3,298

Current portion of loans receivable, net

5,541

8,890

Inventory, net

30,495

37,559

Prepaids and other current assets

5,405

7,106

Total current assets

933,306

960,156

Equity method investments, net

19,488

18,755

Other investments

35,251

70,993

Non-current portion of loans receivable, net

69,036

72,345

Property, plant and equipment, net

59,468

60,557

Right-of-use assets

1,356

2,273

Goodwill

1,057

1,033

Intangible assets, net

21,078

26,704

Other

45

193

Total assets

$

1,140,085

$

1,213,009

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

12,130

$

11,163

Income taxes payable

64

32,956

Accrued liabilities

27,736

22,268

Current portion of lease obligation

994

1,330

Derivative liabilities

102

15

Current portion due to non-controlling interests

373

384

Total current liabilities

41,399

68,116

Non-current portion due to non-controlling interests

1,003

1,383

Non-current portion of lease obligation

1,559

2,546

Total liabilities

43,961

72,045

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders’ equity

Share capital

613,725

611,318

Additional paid-in capital

48,449

42,682

Retained earnings

416,719

490,682

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

20,678

(797

)

Total equity attributable to shareholders of Cronos Group

1,099,571

1,143,885

Non-controlling interests

(3,447

)

(2,921

)

Total shareholders’ equity

1,096,124

1,140,964

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

1,140,085

$

1,213,009

Cronos Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Net Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts – preliminary and unaudited)

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

2021

Net revenue, before excise taxes

$

120,270

$

109,301

$

79,612

Excise taxes

(33,029

)

(22,552

)

(15,051

)

Net revenue

87,241

86,749

64,561

Cost of sales

74,527

71,313

70,193

Inventory write-down

805

11,961

Gross profit

11,909

15,436

(17,593

)

Operating expenses

Sales and marketing

22,701

18,046

20,917

Research and development

5,843

13,131

21,841

General and administrative

49,475

67,674

90,919

Restructuring costs

1,524

3,545

Share-based compensation

8,756

15,008

9,844

Depreciation and amortization

5,044

5,967

4,413

Impairment loss on goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets

37

Impairment loss on long-lived assets

3,366

3,493

126,405

Total operating expenses

96,709

126,864

274,376

Operating loss

(84,800

)

(111,428

)

(291,969

)

Other income (expense)

Interest income, net

51,235

22,514

9,068

Gain (loss) on revaluation of derivative liabilities

(85

)

14,060

151,360

Share of income (loss) from equity method investments

1,583

3,114

(6,313

)

Gain (loss) on revaluation of financial instruments

(12,042

)

14,739

8,611

Impairment loss on other investments

(23,350

)

(61,392

)

Foreign currency transaction loss

(7,324

)

(2,286

)

Other, net

1,114

(324

)

733

Total other income (expense)

11,131

(9,575

)

163,459

Loss before income taxes

(73,669

)

(121,003

)

(128,510

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(3,230

)

34,175

(431

)

Loss from continuing operations

(70,439

)

(155,178

)

(128,079

)

Loss from discontinued operations

(4,114

)

(13,556

)

(269,125

)

Net loss

(74,553

)

(168,734

)

(397,204

)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(590

)

(1,097

)

Net loss attributable to Cronos Group

$

(73,963

)

$

(168,734

)

$

(396,107

)

Comprehensive income (loss)

Net loss

$

(74,553

)

$

(168,734

)

$

(397,204

)

Foreign exchange gain (loss) on translation

21,539

(50,616

)

8,192

Comprehensive loss

(53,014

)

(219,350

)

(389,012

)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(526

)

46

229

Comprehensive loss attributable to Cronos Group

$

(52,488

)

$

(219,396

)

$

(389,241

)

Net loss per share

Basic and diluted – continuing operations

$

(0.18

)

$

(0.41

)

$

(0.34

)

Basic and diluted – discontinued operations

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.73

)

Basic and diluted – total

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.45

)

$

(1.07

)

Weighted average number of outstanding shares

Basic

380,964,739

376,961,797

370,390,965

Diluted

380,964,739

376,961,797

370,390,965

Three months ended December 31,

2023

2022

Net revenue, before excise taxes

$

34,006

$

29,058

Excise taxes

(10,091

)

(7,025

)

Net revenue

23,915

22,033

Cost of sales

21,913

20,773

Inventory write-down

89

Gross profit

1,913

1,260

Operating expenses

Sales and marketing

6,367

5,604

Research and development

1,451

2,475

General and administrative

9,802

13,903

Restructuring costs

101

149

Share-based compensation

1,933

4,562

Depreciation and amortization

529

1,599

Impairment loss on long-lived assets

3,366

Total operating expenses

23,549

28,292

Operating loss

(21,636

)

(27,032

)

Other income (expense)

Interest income, net

14,214

9,486

Gain (loss) on revaluation of derivative liabilities

(71

)

(144

)

Share of income (loss) from equity method investments

752

(964

)

Gain (loss) on revaluation of financial instruments

(4,186

)

(4,466

)

Impairment loss on other investments

(23,350

)

(21,182

)

Foreign currency transaction loss

(11,323

)

51

Other, net

89

73

Total other income (expense)

(23,875

)

(17,146

)

Loss before income taxes

(45,511

)

(44,178

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(360

)

32,003

Loss from continuing operations

(45,151

)

(76,181

)

Loss from discontinued operations

124

(2,676

)

Net loss

(45,027

)

(78,857

)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(237

)

27

Net loss attributable to Cronos Group

$

(44,790

)

$

(78,884

)

Comprehensive income (loss)

Net loss

$

(45,027

)

$

(78,857

)

Foreign exchange gain (loss) on translation

22,635

18,140

Comprehensive loss

(22,392

)

(60,717

)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(390

)

(16

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to Cronos Group

$

(22,002

)

$

(60,701

)

Net loss per share

Basic and diluted – continuing operations

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.20

)

Basic and diluted – discontinued operations

$

$

(0.01

)

Basic and diluted – total

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.21

)

Weighted average number of outstanding shares

Basic

381,155,824

378,626,176

Diluted

381,155,824

378,626,176

Cronos Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of U.S. dollars – preliminary and unaudited)

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

2021

Operating activities

Net loss

$

(74,553

)

$

(168,734

)

$

(397,204

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Share-based compensation

8,769

15,115

10,151

Depreciation and amortization

8,110

13,122

15,402

Impairment loss on goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets

236,056

Impairment loss on long-lived assets

3,571

3,493

127,619,000

Impairment loss on other investments

23,350

61,392

Income from investments

10,513

(17,853

)

(1,974

)

Loss (gain) on revaluation of derivative liabilities

85

(14,060

)

(151,360

)

Changes in expected credit losses on long-term financial assets

(1,528

)

-662

12,202

Foreign currency transaction loss

7,324

2,286

Other non-cash operating activities, net

(2,008

)

1,294

335

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

9,206

(2,711

)

(13,163

)

Interest receivable

(14,344

)

(6,985

)

(2,497

)

Other receivables

(1,449

)

1,148

3,497

Prepaids and other current assets

1,437

996

3,102

Inventory, net

7,399

(7,217

)

11,565

Accounts payable

(773

)

(863

)

(1,597

)

Income taxes payable

(33,104

)

34,212

(776

)

Accrued liabilities

5,160

(2,921

)

(4,974

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(42,835

)

(88,948

)

(153,616

)

Investing activities

Proceeds from short-term investments

532,838

268,870

215,303

Purchase of short-term investments

(608,247

)

(271,378

)

(119,610

)

Dividends received from equity method investee

1,297

Purchase of investments

(110,392

)

Dividend proceeds

345

384

Repayments (advances) on loan receivables

16,831

5,246

(4,967

)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net of disposals

(2,505

)

(3,451

)

(11,144

)

Purchase of intangible assets, net of disposals

(918

)

(1,581

)

(1,118

)

Other investing activities

860

68

3,030

Net cash used in investing activities

(59,499

)

(1,842

)

(28,898

)

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

2021

Financing activities

Withholding taxes paid on equity awards

(1,030

)

(2,829

)

(13,458

)

Other financing activities, net

(68

)

16

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,030

)

(2,897

)

(13,442

)

Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

8,011

(28,642

)

4,906

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(95,353

)

(122,329

)

(191,050

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

764,644

886,973

1,078,023

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

669,291

$

764,644

$

886,973

Supplementary cash flow information:

Interest received

36,501

15,548

8,988

Taxes paid

33,013

177

892

Non-GAAP Measures

Cronos reports its financial results in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”). This press release refers to measures not recognized under U.S. GAAP (“non-GAAP measures”). These non-GAAP measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these non-GAAP measures are provided as a supplement to corresponding U.S. GAAP measures to provide additional information regarding the results of operations from management’s perspective. Accordingly, non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. All non-GAAP measures presented in this press release are reconciled to their closest reported U.S. GAAP measure. Reconciliations of historical adjusted financial measures to corresponding U.S. GAAP measures are provided below.

Adjusted EBITDA

Management reviews Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, which excludes non-cash items and items that do not reflect management’s assessment of ongoing business performance. Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization adjusted for: share of (income) loss from equity method investments; impairment loss on goodwill and intangible assets; impairment loss on long-lived assets; (gain) loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities; (gain) loss on revaluation of financial instruments; transaction costs related to strategic projects; impairment loss on other investments; foreign currency transaction (gain) loss; other, net; loss from discontinued operations; restructuring costs; inventory write-downs resulting from restructuring actions; share-based compensation; and financial statement review costs and reserves related to the restatements of our 2019 and 2021 interim financial statements (the “Restatements”), including the costs related to the settlement of the SEC’s and the OSC’s investigations of the Restatements and legal costs defending shareholder class action complaints brought against us as a result of the 2019 restatement. Results are reported as total consolidated results, reflecting our reporting structure of one reportable segment.

Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides the most useful insight into underlying business trends and results and provides a more meaningful comparison of period-over-period results. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA for planning, forecasting and evaluating business and financial performance, including allocating resources and evaluating results relative to employee compensation targets.

Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net loss as follows:

(in thousands of U.S. dollars – preliminary and unaudited)

For the year ended December 31, 2023

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

Total

Net loss

$

(70,439

)

$

(4,114

)

$

(74,553

)

Interest income, net

(51,235

)

(10

)

(51,245

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(3,230

)

(3,230

)

Depreciation and amortization

7,866

244

8,110

EBITDA

(117,038

)

(3,880

)

(120,918

)

Share of (income) loss from equity method investments

(1,583

)

(1,583

)

Impairment loss on long-lived assets(i)

3,366

205

3,571

Loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities(ii)

85

85

Loss on revaluation of financial instruments(iii)

12,042

12,042

Impairment loss on other investments(vii)

23,350

23,350

Foreign currency transaction loss

7,324

7,324

Other, net(iv)

(1,114

)

118

(996

)

Restructuring costs(viii)

1,524

523

2,047

Share-based compensation(v)

8,756

13

8,769

Financial statement review costs(vi)

919

919

Inventory write-down(ix)

805

839

1,644

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(61,564

)

$

(2,182

)

$

(63,746

)

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

For the year ended December 31, 2022

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

Total

Net loss

$

(155,178

)

$

(13,556

)

$

(168,734

)

Interest income, net

(22,514

)

(23

)

(22,537

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

34,175

34,175

Depreciation and amortization

11,924

1,198

13,122

EBITDA

(131,593

)

(12,381

)

(143,974

)

Share of income from equity method investments

(3,114

)

(3,114

)

Impairment loss on long-lived assets(i)

3,493

3,493

Gain on revaluation of derivative liabilities(ii)

(14,060

)

(14,060

)

Gain on revaluation of financial instruments(iii)

(14,739

)

(14,739

)

Impairment loss on other investments(vii)

61,392

61,392

Foreign currency transaction loss

2,286

2,286

Other, net(iv)

324

169

493

Restructuring costs(viii)

3,545

1,788

5,333

Share-based compensation(v)

15,008

107

15,115

Financial statement review costs(vi)

7,167

7,167

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(70,291

)

$

(10,317

)

$

(80,608

)

(in thousands of U.S. dollars – preliminary and unaudited)

Three months ended December 31, 2023

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

Total

Net loss

$

(45,151

)

$

124

$

(45,027

)

Interest income, net

(14,214

)

(1

)

(14,215

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(360

)

(360

)

Depreciation and amortization

1,177

1,177

EBITDA

(58,548

)

123

(58,425

)

Share of (income) loss from equity method investments

(752

)

(752

)

Impairment loss on long-lived assets(i)

3,366

3,366

Loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities(ii)

71

71

Loss on revaluation of financial instruments(iii)

4,186

4,186

Impairment loss on other investments(vii)

23,350

23,350

Foreign currency transaction loss

11,323

11,323

Other, net(iv)

(89

)

(14

)

(103

)

Restructuring costs(viii)

101

(39

)

62

Share-based compensation(v)

1,933

(4

)

1,929

Financial statement review costs(vi)

180

180

Inventory write-down(ix)

89

89

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(14,790

)

$

66

$

(14,724

)

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Three months ended December 31, 2022

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

Total

Net loss

$

(76,181

)

$

(2,676

)

$

(78,857

)

Interest income, net

(9,486

)

(21

)

(9,507

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

32,003

32,003

Depreciation and amortization

2,422

201

2,623

EBITDA

(51,242

)

(2,496

)

(53,738

)

Share of income from equity method investments

964

964

Loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities(ii)

144

144

Loss on revaluation of financial instruments(iii)

4,466

4,466

Impairment loss on other investments(vii)

21,182

21,182

Foreign currency transaction gain

(51

)

(51

)

Other, net(iv)

(73

)

10

(63

)

Restructuring costs(viii)

149

306

455

Share-based compensation(v)

4,562

(14

)

4,548

Financial statement review costs(vi)

881

881

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(19,018

)

$

(2,194

)

$

(21,212

)

(i) For the three months and year ended December 31, 2023, impairment loss on long-lived assets related to certain leased properties associated with the Company’s former U.S. operations and impairment of the Company’s CBCVA exclusive license under the collaboration and license agreement between Ginkgo and the Company. For the year ended December 31, 2022, impairment loss on long-lived assets related to the Company’s decision to seek a sublease for leased office space in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during the first quarter of 2022.
(ii) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, the (gain) loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities represents the fair value changes on the derivative liabilities.
(iii) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, (gain) loss on revaluation of financial instruments relates primarily to our unrealized holding gain on our mark-to-market investment in Vitura as well as revaluations of financial liabilities resulting from deferred share units granted to directors.
(iv) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, other, net primarily related to related to (gain) loss on disposal of assets.
(v) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, share-based compensation relates to the vesting expenses of share-based compensation awarded to employees under our share-based award plans.
(vi) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, financial statement review costs include costs related to the Restatements, costs related to the Company’s responses to requests for information from various regulatory authorities relating to the Restatements, the costs related to the Settlement Order and Settlement Agreement and legal costs defending shareholder class action complaints brought against the Company as a result of the 2019 restatement.
(vii) For the three months ended December 31, 2023 and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, impairment loss on other investments related to the PharmaCann Option for the difference between its fair value and carrying amount.
(viii) For the three months and years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, restructuring costs related to the employee-related severance costs and other restructuring costs associated with the Realignment.
(ix) For the three months and year ended December 31, 2023, inventory write-downs from discontinued operations relate to product destruction and obsolescence associated with the exit of our U.S. operations and inventory write-downs from continuing operations relate to product destruction and obsolescence associated with the planned exit of Cronos Fermentation.

Constant Currency

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we have presented constant currency adjusted financial measures for net revenues, gross profit, gross profit margin, operating expenses, net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA for 2023, as well as cash and cash equivalents and short-term investment balances as of December 31, 2023 compared to December 31, 2022, which are considered non-GAAP financial measures. We present constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying operations performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and prior period income statement results in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars using the average exchange rates from the comparative period in 2022 rather than the actual average exchange rates in effect during 2023; constant currency current period balance sheet information is translated at the prior year-end spot rate rather than the current year-end spot rate. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in 2022. We have provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the performance of our business. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The table below sets forth certain measures of consolidated results from continuing operations on an as-reported and constant currency basis for 2023 compared to 2022, as well as cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments as of December 31, 2023, compared to December 31, 2022, on an as-reported and constant currency basis (in thousands):

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Three months ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Three months ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Net revenue

$

23,915

$

22,033

$

1,882

9

%

$

24,483

$

2,450

11

%

Gross profit

1,913

1,260

653

52

%

1,926

666

53

%

Gross margin

8

%

6

%

N/A

2

pp

8

%

N/A

2

pp

Operating expenses

23,549

28,292

(4,743

)

(17

)%

24,666

(3,626

)

(13

)%

Net loss from continuing operations

(45,151

)

(76,181

)

31,030

41

%

(46,632

)

29,549

39

%

Adjusted EBITDA

(14,790

)

(19,018

)

4,228

22

%

(15,734

)

3,284

17

%

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Year ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Year ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Net revenue

$

87,241

$

86,749

$

492

1

%

$

91,711

$

4,962

6

%

Gross profit

11,909

15,436

(3,527

)

(23

)%

12,662

(2,774

)

(18

)%

Gross margin

14

%

18

%

N/A

(4

)pp

14

%

N/A

(4

)pp

Operating expenses

96,709

126,864

(30,155

)

(24

)%

101,142

(25,722

)

(20

)%

Net loss from continuing operations

(70,439

)

(155,178

)

84,739

55

%

(73,193

)

81,985

53

%

Adjusted EBITDA

(61,564

)

(70,291

)

8,727

12

%

(64,507

)

5,784

8

%

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As of
December 31,

As Reported Change

As of
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Cash and cash equivalents

$

669,291

$

764,644

$

(95,353

)

(12

)%

$

656,647

$

(107,997

)

(14

)%

Short-term investments

192,237

113,077

79,160

70

%

187,826

74,749

66

%

Total cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments

$

861,528

$

877,721

$

(16,193

)

(2

)%

$

844,473

$

(33,248

)

(4

)%

Net revenue

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Three months ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Three months ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Cannabis flower

$

17,515

$

15,555

$

1,960

13

%

$

18,053

$

2,498

16

%

Cannabis extracts

6,074

6,325

(251

)

(4

)%

6,083

(242

)

(4

)%

Other

326

153

173

113

%

347

194

127

%

Net revenue

$

23,915

$

22,033

$

1,882

9

%

$

24,483

$

2,450

11

%

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Year ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Year ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Cannabis flower

$

62,071

$

63,593

$

(1,522

)

(2

)%

$

65,573

$

1,980

3

%

Cannabis extracts

24,569

22,522

2,047

9

%

25,502

2,980

13

%

Other

601

634

(33

)

(5

)%

636

2

%

Net revenue

$

87,241

$

86,749

$

492

1

%

$

91,711

$

4,962

6

%

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Three months ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Three months ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Canada

$

17,935

$

14,898

$

3,037

20

%

$

18,024

$

3,126

21

%

Israel

4,974

7,135

(2,161

)

(30

)%

5,421

(1,714

)

(24

)%

Other countries

1,006

1,006

N/M

1,038

1,038

N/M

Net revenue

$

23,915

$

22,033

$

1,882

9

%

$

24,483

$

2,450

11

%

(Preliminary and unaudited)

As Reported

As Adjusted for Constant Currency

Year ended
December 31,

As Reported Change

Year ended
December 31,

Constant Currency Change

2023

2022

$

%

2023

$

%

Canada

$

64,702

$

56,233

$

8,469

15

%

$

67,073

$

10,840

19

%

Israel

21,134

30,516

(9,382

)

(31

)%

23,182

(7,334

)

(24

)%

Other countries

1,405

1,405

N/M

1,456

1,456

N/M

Net revenue

$

87,241

$

86,749

$

492

1

%

$

91,711

$

4,962

6

%

Net Revenue

For 2023, net revenue on a constant currency basis was $91.7 million, representing a 6% increase from 2022. Net revenue increased on a constant currency basis primarily due to higher cannabis flower and extracts sales in the Canadian adult-use market, partially offset by lower cannabis flower sales in Israel driven by pricing pressure as a result of competitive activity, the slowdown in patient permit authorizations and the Israel-Hamas War, and an adverse price/mix in Canada in the cannabis flower category driving increased excise tax payments as a percentage of revenue.

Gross profit

For 2023, gross profit on a constant currency basis was $12.7 million, representing an 18% decrease from 2022. Gross profit decreased on a constant currency basis primarily due to lower cannabis flower sales in the Israeli medical market, an adverse price/mix on cannabis flower sales in Canada resulting in higher excise taxes as a percentage of revenue and the inventory write-down recognized as a result of the decision to wind down operations at Cronos Fermentation, partially offset by higher cannabis flower and extract sales in the Canadian adult-use market.

Operating expenses

For 2023, operating expenses on a constant currency basis were $101.1 million, representing a 20% decrease from 2022. Operating expenses decreased on a constant currency basis primarily due to lower professional fees, largely related to financial statement review costs, lower costs associated with the achievement of Ginkgo milestones, the 2022 acceleration of expense on equity awards granted to certain executive employees in connection with their separation from the Company, as well as previously held-back equity awards granted in 2022 to certain executives, impairment loss on long-lived assets recognized in the prior year, lower bonus expense, lower payroll costs and lower insurance costs, partially offset by higher sales and marketing expenses.

Net loss

For 2023, net loss on a constant currency basis was $73.2 million, representing a 53% improvement from 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA

For 2023, Adjusted EBITDA on a constant currency basis was negative $64.5 million, representing an 8% improvement from 2022. Adjusted EBITDA increased on a constant currency basis primarily due to higher cannabis flower and extracts sales in the Canadian adult-use market, decreases in general and administrative expenses and lower costs associated with the achievement of Ginkgo milestones, partially offset by lower cannabis flower sales in Israel driven by pricing pressure as a result of competitive activity, the slowdown in patient permit authorizations and the Israel-Hamas War, an adverse price/mix in Canada in the cannabis flower category driving increased excise tax payments as a percentage of revenue and higher sales and marketing expenses.

Cash and cash equivalents & short-term investments

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments on a constant currency basis decreased 4% to $844.5 million as of December 31, 2023 from $877.7 million as of December 31, 2022. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments is primarily due to cash flows used in operating activities in 2023.

Foreign currency exchange rates

All currency amounts in this press release are stated in U.S. dollars, which is our reporting currency, unless otherwise noted. All references to “dollars” or “$” are to U.S. dollars. The assets and liabilities of our foreign operations are translated into dollars at the exchange rate in effect as of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, as reported on Bloomberg. Transactions affecting the shareholders’ equity (deficit) are translated at historical foreign exchange rates. The consolidated statements of net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) and consolidated statements of cash flows of our foreign operations are translated into dollars by applying the average foreign exchange rate in effect for the years ended December 31, 2023, December 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, as reported on Bloomberg.

The exchange rates used to translate from Canadian dollars (“C$”) to dollars are shown below:

(Exchange rates are shown as C$ per $)

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

2021

Average rate

1.3494

1.3017

1.2541

Spot rate

1.3243

1.3554

1.2746

The exchange rates used to translate from New Israeli Shekels (“ILS”) to dollars are shown below:

(Exchange rates are shown as ILS per $)

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

2021

Average rate

3.6819

3.3566

3.2297

Spot rate

3.6163

3.5178

3.1149

For further information, please contact:
Shayne Laidlaw
Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 504-0004
investor.relations@thecronosgroup.com


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