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Decibel Announces $54 Million Debt Refinancing with connectFirst, Increasing its Access to Debt by $20 Million


CALGARY, ALBERTA – January 14, 2022 –Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSX-V:DB) (OTCQB:DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an amended and restated commitment letter with connectFirst Credit Union Ltd. (“connectFirst”) in respect of $54 million of debt capital (the “Committed Amount”) over an initial 5-year term. The Committed Amount is comprised of $40.5 million of term debt (the “Term Debt”), a $6.0 million authorized overdraft secured against government receivables (the “Authorized Overdraft”), and an accordion line of $7.5 million (the “Accordion Line” and collectively, the “Credit Facilities”).

The Company expects the proceeds combined with contributions from operations to provide sufficient liquidity to repay Decibel’s convertible debentures on maturity.

“With this refinancing, Decibel has added financial flexibility to optimize its capital structure and is well positioned to continue to execute its aggressive growth strategy” said Stuart Boucher, Chief Financial Officer of Decibel. “This transaction reflects the strong position Decibel has established in the Canadian cannabis market and the continued confidence from connectFirst and our team in the execution of the Company’s strategic plan”.

Financing Highlights

  • The Company’s existing term debt will be increased by $12 million to $40.5 million, amortized over 12-years. The $12 million term debt will be accessible on request by Decibel. The Company expects the proceeds combined with contributions from operations to provide sufficient liquidity to repay Decibel’s convertible debentures on maturity.
  • The Credit Facilities include a $7.5 million accordion to support future growth initiatives as Decibel continues to scale. The Accordion Line’s initial availability is subject to Decibel achieving a trailing twelve month funded debt to EBITDA ratio of less than or equal to 4.00:1, as well as its maintained compliance with its other financial covenants (as further described below).
  • Decibel continues to receive industry leading interest rates that reflect the strength of its business:
Term Debt$40.5 million4.75% (5yr Fixed)
Authorized Overdraft$6.0 millionPrime + 1.00%
Accordion$7.5 millionPrime + 2.00%
  • The Credit Facilities will have one annually tested financial covenant, a debt to equity ratio of less than 1.00:1. Additionally, the Credit Facilities will have one quarterly tested covenant, a debt service coverage ratio of not less than 1.40:1, and a monthly current ratio covenant of not less than 1.25:1. Decibel’s 12-month forecast projects compliance with all financial covenants.

The Company expects to close on the Committed Amount on or before January 31, 2022,  subject to compliance with financial covenants based on its 2021 draft annual financial results and satisfaction of other customary conditions precedent. Decibel expects to remain in compliance for the remainder of its twelve-month forecast period, as well as the 2021 annual covenants.

Link to Decibel’s Investor Presentation

About connectFirst Credit Union

connectFirst Credit Union, one of the largest and most successful credit unions in Canada, is a full-service financial institution with over $6 billion in assets under administration. connectFirst employs 750 Albertans who provide a range of financial products and advice in more than 40 communities across central and southern Alberta. It serves over 125,000 members through a community-focused approach to banking.

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. Thunderchild Cultivation, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, Blendcraft, and General Admission, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

For More Information

Contact: Stuart Boucher

stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com

780-619-0310

www.decibelcc.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Forward Looking Information and Future Oriented Financial Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company’s business plans and strategies, including: the Company’s anticipated use of the funds obtained pursuant to the Credit Facilities; the anticipated closing date; the Company’s expectations that it will be able to comply with all of its financial covenants for the next twelve months; and the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to obtaining the additional Term Debt; delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release.

This press release also contains future-oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, “FOFI“) about the Company’s prospective results of operations including, without limitation, its anticipated liquidity and ability to repay its convertible debentures on maturity. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on FOFI. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the FOFI. The Company has included the FOFI in order to provide readers with a more complete perspective on the Company’s future operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

These forward-looking statements and FOFI are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change.

Decibel Announces Corporate Update on Market Share and Upcoming Product Launches


CALGARY, ALBERTA – October 14, 2021 –Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSX-V:DB) (OTCQB:DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to provide an update on its recent Canadian recreational market share, and upcoming product launches in its three major markets – British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario – in addition to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“We remain focused on capturing additional market share through the strength of our brands, industry-leading product quality and continued innovation to meet cannabis consumer’s evolving preferences” said Paul Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Decibel. “We are closing out 2021 with strong momentum, as we fully realize the impact of our 2021 growth initiatives”.

Market Share

Strong market share across BC, AB, SK, ON in September 20211,2:

Successful Product Listings & Upcoming Launches

Decibel continues to drive innovation within the recreational market, focusing on consumer insights to shape selection of product offerings, cannabinoid profiles, formulations, and flavours. In its Q2 2021 financial results, Decibel averaged approximately $180 thousand in net revenue per product SKU3 (annualized ~$720 thousand in net revenue per product SKU).

Decibel is in the process of launching 40 new product SKUs between September and January:

Flower

Flower and pre-roll volumes from Decibel’s cultivation assets achieved run-rate harvests in August and are now in the post-harvest phase, with record volumes available for sale mid-Q4. In anticipation of these volumes, Decibel has now listed all flower and pre-roll cultivar offerings in its three major markets – British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario – in addition to Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

  • – 10 new product listings launching in the next 2 months (2 launched recently)
  • – 12 new product listings launching over the next 4 months (4 launched recently)
  • – 14 new product listings launching in the next 2 months (4 launched recently)

Derivatives

The Company continues to innovate with its vape and concentrate offerings with upcoming product line extensions providing more flavours of existing formats, expanding into new & unique product formats, and brand extensions into new product categories.

  • – 3 new product listings launching in the next 2 months with listing process of additional products ongoing (2 launched recently)
  • – 13 new product listings launching over the next 4 months (2 launched recently)
  • – 10 new product listings launching over the next 2 months (4 launched recently)

Link to Decibel’s Investor Presentation

1 HiFyre Retail Analytics, Licensed Producer Sales over Time in BC, AB, SK, ON, September 1 – September 30, 2021

2 HiFyre Retail Analytics, Premium flower market defined as flower products sold more than 20% above average selling price per gram

3 See Decibel’s investor presentation page 12.

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. Thunderchild Cultivation, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, Blendcraft, and General Admission, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

For More Information

Contact: Stuart Boucher

stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com

780-619-0310

www.decibelcc.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company’s business plans and strategies, expectations for 2021 and the realization of growth initiatives, anticipated product launches and the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the satisfaction of conditions precedent under the Company’s credit facilities; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change.

Decibel Announces Record First Quarter Results, With Sequential Strong Net Revenue Growth and Adjusted EBITDA of $2MM


CALGARY, AB, May 27, 2021 /CNW/ – Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSXV: DB) (OTCQB: DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to announce its first quarter financial results for the three month period ending March 31, 2021.

Record Market Share Across BC, AB, SK, ON in Q1 20211,2:

  • #1 brand in premium flower sales with an 8.4% market share
  • #1 brand in concentrate sales with a 21.9% market share
  • #3 brand in vape sales with a 10.0% market share

“These exceptional first quarter results are a testament to the strength of our brands, industry-leading product quality and ability to develop and execute an innovative product portfolio that meets the needs of today’s cannabis consumer”, said Cody Church, Interim CEO of Decibel. “Despite significant industry headwinds in the quarter, we delivered on our commitment of sustainable and profitable growth, while substantially strengthening our balance sheet and available liquidity.”

Key Financial Highlights

  • Record Net Revenue: Net revenue grew to $12.6 million in the first quarter, an 11% increase over the prior quarter, driven by strong sales growth from vape and concentrate products and continued demand for Qwest flower. Net revenue grew by 151% over the comparative 2020 quarter.
  • Record Positive Adj. EBITDA: The Company achieved a record $2.0 million of adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter, its third consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA, and an increase of 84% from the prior quarter. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $2.5 million over the comparative 2020 quarter.
  • Flower Sales: 432 kilograms sold in the first quarter, with an average wholesale net price per gram of $8.94, an increase of 14% and 4%, respectively, over the prior quarter. Decibel continues to see strong demand for premium cannabis and its Qwest products, which command industry leading pricing with demand outstripping current supply.  
  • Derivative Sales: $5.6 million of net sales of vape and concentrate products in the first quarter, a 23% increase from the prior quarter. Sales growth was driven by increased demand for vape and concentrate products launched in the fourth quarter.
  • Retail Sales: $3.2 million of retail sales, a 15% decrease over the prior quarter, primarily driven by seasonality and new entrants into the Saskatchewan retail market. Retail sales grew by 13% over the comparative 2020 quarter. Decibel’s retail portfolio continues to bring strategic value, contributing to the success of recent product launches, product innovation and understanding consumer trends.
  • Thunderchild Operational Development:
    • Achieved a minor contribution of first revenue out of the facility in March 2021
    • Completed seventh harvest since commencement of operations
    • Eight grow rooms planted and at various stages (40% of total facility planted)
  • Launch of New Vape & Concentrate Products:
    • In April, Decibel continued to innovate in the vape category with the launch of its first 100% Live Resin Vape with its General Admission Kootenay Fruit live resin vape and a new flavour of distillate vape with its General Admission Rainbow Sherb distillate vape cartridge
    • In April, Decibel launched into the premium concentrate category with its first live, loose concentrate with its Apricot Kush live sugar, available in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan now and in Ontario in July
    • Additional upcoming Q2 2021 launches including additional live resin vapes and live sugar along with gems & juice (diamonds & sauce)
  • Strengthened Balance Sheet: On May 13, 2021, the Company announced it had closed an amendment to its authorized overdraft facility increasing it from $1.5 million to $7.5 million with a committed interest rate of Prime + 1.00% (currently 3.45%). The additional capital will accelerate Decibel’s sales growth through the Thunderchild facility and new vape and concentrate launches

Quarterly Highlights

Link to Decibel’s Investor Presentation

Decibel’s financial statements for the three-month period ending March 31, 2021 (“Financial Statements”) and related Management’s Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) for the reporting period are available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com. As of March 31, 2021, Decibel was in compliance with all of its financial covenants and expects to remain in compliance for the remainder of its twelve-month forecast period.  

HiFyre Retail Analytics, Licensed Producer Sales over Time in BC, AB, SK, ON, January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
HiFyre Retail Analytics, Premium flower market defined as flower products sold more than 20% above average selling price per gram
3 Inter-company revenue of $658 pertaining to sales to the retail operations, has been eliminated on the Company’s Interim Consolidated Financial Statements. In the table above, the inter-company revenue elimination has been allocated between wholesale revenue and retail revenue to provide a more accurate depiction of business performance.
4 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP performance measure. Refer to “Cautionary Statement Regarding Certain Non-GAAP Performance Measures” for further details.

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation, processing and distribution space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. The Thunderchild Cultivation Facility, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction, processing and manufacturing facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, and Blendcraft, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Non-GAAP Measures

This news release contains the financial performance metric of Adjusted EBITDA, a measure that is not recognized or defined under IFRS (a “Non-GAAP Measure”). As a result, this data may not be comparable to data presented by other cannabis companies. For an explanation and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to related comparable financial information presented in the Financial Statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, refer to the MD&A for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful indicator of operational performance and is specifically used by management to assess the financial and operational performance of the Company.

The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss and comprehensive loss excluding unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets, change in fair value of biological assets realized through inventory sold, depreciation and amortization expense, share-based compensation, other income, finance costs, foreign exchange loss, non-cash production costs and severance payments. Non-cash production costs relate to amortization expense allocations included in production costs. Non-GAAP Measures should be considered together with other financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS to enable investors to evaluate the Decibel’s operating results, underlying performance and prospects in a manner similar to Decibel’s management.

Accordingly, this Non-GAAP Measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company’s ability to meet consumer demand, that the additional capital will accelerate Decibel’s sales growth through the Thunderchild facility and new vape and concentrate launch; the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the satisfaction of conditions precedent under the Company’s credit facilities; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Decibel Cannabis Company Inc.

For further information: Stuart Boucher, stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com, 780-619-0310; www.decibelcc.com

Decibel Announces Record Market Share, Provides Update on Thunderchild Cultivation Operational Development and Upsize to Authorized Overdraft


CALGARY, AB, May 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSX-V:DB) (OTCQB:DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to provide a corporate update regarding record performance of its cannabis derivative products, operational developments at its Thunderchild facility and other key initiatives.

Link to Decibel’s Investor Presentation

“We are expanding our market share in the high growth premium flower, concentrate, and vape categories, through our commitment to quality, innovation, and creating choice for customers.” said Cody Church, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Decibel. “We continue to execute on our strategic plan with two significant inflection points coming – the launch of our premium cannabis 2.0 products and increasing our flower capacity from 1,800 kg to 9,000 kg over this year.”

To support the production growth and innovation pipeline, Decibel has doubled its sales force with a focus on the Ontario, BC and Alberta markets to ensure budtenders and retailers are educated on the quality of Decibel products and these products are highly visible to consumers at the point of purchase.

Corporate Update – Flower

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Decibel made minor investments in lighting, monitoring, and other tools to improve yields within the Qwest Estate cultivation facility in Creston, BC. The results from this investment have been significant in Q1 2021, with total harvested sellable flower of ~483kg compared to the prior quarter of 300kg, a 61% improvement.

  • In Q1 2021, across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Decibel achieved1:
    • #1 brand in the premium flower sales with an 8.4% market share under Qwest2
      • Exited the quarter with an 8.2% market share in March 2021
      • Continues to remain supply constrained in key markets

Thunderchild operations are on track with Decibel’s execution timeline to reach full run rate production. The facility is integral to Decibel’s rotational strategy to deliver consumers more choice of quality grown, rare cultivars in the dried flower and pre-roll product categories.

  • The Thunderchild Facility achieved first revenue out of the facility ahead of guidance in March 2021, with first product testing between 23.5 – 26% THC
    • Completed fourth harvest since commencement of operations
    • Six grow rooms planted and at various stages (30% of total facility planted)
    • East wing vegetation rooms now online to service second half of facility

Corporate Update – Concentrates and Vapes

Since January 2021, Decibel has launched 7 SKUs and now has a total of 29 vape and concentrate SKUs in recreational markets across five provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Looking ahead, the Company anticipates launching over 23 additional product SKUs to meet its 30 product SKU target for 2021, including its highly anticipated premium branded vapes and concentrates.

  • In Q1 2021, across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Decibel achieved1:
    • #1 brand in concentrate sales with a 21.9% market share under Blendcraft by Qwest
      • Exited the quarter with a 22.5% market share in March 2021
    • #3 brand in vape sales with a 10.0% market share under General Admission brand
      • Exiting the quarter with a 10.8% market share in March 2021
  • In April 2021, Decibel continued to innovate in the vape category with the launch of its first 100% Live Resin Vape with its General Admission Kootenay Fruit live resin vape and a new flavour of distillate vape with its General Admission Rainbow Sherb distillate vape cartridge
  • In April 2021, Decibel launched into the premium concentrate category with its first live, loose concentrate, with its Apricot Kush live sugar, available in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan now and in Ontario in July
  • Additional Q2 2021 launches upcoming including additional live resin vapes and live sugar along with gems & juice (diamonds & sauce)

Corporate Update – Working Capital

Decibel is pleased to announce that is has entered into an amendment to its commitment letter with Connect First Credit Union Ltd. (“Connect First”) in respect of the Company’s $1.5 million authorized overdraft against government receivables (the “Authorized Overdraft”). The Authorized Overdraft will increase from $1.5 million to $7.5 million with a committed interest rate of Prime + 1.00% (currently 3.45%). The additional capital will support and accelerate Decibel’s continued sales growth through the Thunderchild cultivation facility and new vape and concentrate launches. Decibel expects to close the increase to the Authorized Overdraft on or before May 14th, 2021.

HiFyre Retail Analytics, Licensed Producer Sales over Time in BC, AB, SK, ON, January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
HiFyre Retail Analytics, Premium flower market defined as flower products sold more than 20% above average selling price per gram

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. Thunderchild Cultivation, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, and Blendcraft, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected closing date of the increase to the Authorized Overdraft, the launch of the Company’s premium cannabis 2.0 products and increased flow capacity, anticipated execution timeline for Thunderchild to reach full run rate production and the results and benefits thereof, the anticipated launch of over 23 additional product SKUs and the nature thereof, the anticipated increase to the Authorized Overdraft and the terms thereof, the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the satisfaction of conditions precedent under the Company’s credit facilities; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Decibel Cannabis Company Inc.

For further information: Stuart Boucher, stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com, 780-619-0310, www.decibelcc.com

Decibel to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences


CALGARY, AB, May 10, 2021 /CNW/ – Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSXV: DB) (OTCQB: DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to announce the Company will have senior management participating in the following virtual conferences.

  • Canaccord Genuity Cannabis Virtual Conference – May 11, 2021
  • Emerging Growth Conference – May 12, 2021

Link to Decibel’s Investor Presentation

In addition to the webcast presentation, Decibel will be conducting virtual one-on-one and group meetings with investors. If you are attending the conference and would like to request a meeting with management, please do so through the conference portal.

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. Thunderchild Cultivation, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, and Blendcraft, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company’s expectations regarding the its ability to bring a significant pipeline of new and innovative products to the market, expected number of grow rooms at Thunderchild at the timing of the first revenue therefrom, the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the satisfaction of conditions precedent under the Company’s credit facilities; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Decibel Cannabis Company Inc.

For further information: Stuart Boucher, stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com, 780-619-0310, www.decibelcc.com

Decibel Announces Record Year End Results, Strong Net Revenue Growth of 51% from Prior Quarter and 2nd Consecutive Period of Positive Adjusted EBITDA


CALGARY, AB, April 14, 2021 /CNW/ – Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (the “Company” or “Decibel”) (TSXV: DB) (OTCQB: DBCCF) , a premium cannabis producer and retailer, is pleased to announce its year-end financial results for the three and twelve month periods ending December 31, 2020.

“The success achieved in 2020 reflects Decibel’s commitment to sustainable profitability and product quality, all while executing on an aggressive growth plan” said Cody Church, Interim CEO of Decibel. “We continue to execute as a leading producer of premium cannabis, growing our production from 1,800 kg to over 9,000 kg in this year to meet the strong demand for our Qwest Family of Brands. We are gaining momentum with our cannabis 2.0 portfolio as it continues to gain market share, validating Decibel’s approach to product innovation while maintaining our commitment to quality.”

Key Financial Highlights – Fiscal Year 2020

  • Net revenue of $30 million in 2020, an increase of 380% from 2019.
  • Gross profit of $11.7 million in 2020, an increase of 2,888% from 2019.
  • Positive adjusted EBITDA of $1.5 million in 2020, an improvement of $3.5 million from 2019.
  • Fourth quarter contributed $1.1 of the $1.5 million in adjusted EBITDA achieved in the year.

Key Financial Highlights – Fourth Quarter

  • Record Net Revenue: Net revenue grew to $11.4 million in the fourth quarter, a 51% increase, over the prior quarter, driven by strong sales growth from Qwest dried flower and newly launched vape and concentrate products. Net revenue grew by 645% over the comparative 2019 quarter.
  • Record Positive Adj. EBITDA: The Company achieved a record $1.1 million of adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter, its second consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA, and an increase of 28% from the prior quarter. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $4 million over the comparative 2019 quarter.
  • Record Qwest Sales: 378 kilograms sold in the fourth quarter, with an average wholesale net price per gram of $8.59, a volume increase of 39% and pricing in line over the prior quarter. Decibel continues to see strong demand for premium cannabis and its Qwest products, which command industry leading pricing with demand outstripping current supply. Kilograms sold and average wholesale net price per gram increased by 125% and 23%, respectively, over the comparative 2019 quarter.
  • First Full Quarter of Derivative Sales: Achieved $4.5 million of net sales of newly launched vape and concentrate products in the fourth quarter. Decibel had 22 product SKUs in market across four provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and delivered its first shipment to Ontario at the end of December.
    • In January, Decibel achieved a 22% market share in concentrates and a 9% market share in vape categories across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario1,2
  • Retail Sales: $3.7 million of retail sales, a 7% decrease over the prior quarter. Decibel’s retail portfolio continues to bring strategic value, contributing to the success of product innovation and understanding consumer trends.
  • Strengthened Balance Sheet: Decibel completed a $30 million debt refinancing comprised of $28.5 million of term debt and a $1.5 million authorized overdraft. The proceeds were used to fully repay Decibel’s then outstanding $26.8 million of debt with its former lender and provide additional liquidity. The new credit facility resulted in several positive impacts:
    • $3.2 million of additional liquidity available for working capital purposes.
    • Extended debt maturity by 5 years and debt amortizes over a 10 year term.
    • Repayment schedule aligned to operational timeline with $16 million having an interest only period ending in Q3 2021. Principal savings over this period provide Decibel flexibility and additional resources to support its growth strategy.
    • Reduced blended interest rate by ~1.70%, to 4.75% for outstanding term debt and Prime + 1.00% for the authorized overdraft. This represents approximately $360 thousand in annual interest savings over the full year 2021.
    • Simplified financial covenants to a monthly current ratio of not less than 1.25:1 and two annually tested covenants, a debt service coverage ratio of not less than 1.40:1.00, and a debt to equity ratio of not greater than 0.75:1.00 at the end of 2021 and 0.50:1.00 for all fiscal years ending thereafter.

Year-End and Quarterly Highlights

Subsequent Events

  • On January 29, 2021, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, dB Thunderchild Cultivation LP, received a cultivation license from Health Canada for its cultivation, packaging and processing facility, located in Battleford, Saskatchewan (the “Thunderchild Cultivation Facility“). The licensing of the Thunderchild Cultivation Facility significantly increases Decibel’s cultivation capacity by more than four times, to >9,000 kilograms of premium craft cannabis, allowing Decibel to meet the tremendous consumer demand it is experiencing for Qwest products.

Decibel’s financial statements for the three and twelve month periods ending December 31, 2020 (“Financial Statements”) and related Management’s Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) for the reporting period are available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com. As of December 31, 2020, Decibel was in compliance with all of its financial covenants and expects to remain in compliance for the remainder of its twelve-month forecast period.  

About Decibel

Decibel is uncompromising in the process and craftsmanship needed to deliver the highest quality cannabis products and retail experiences. Decibel has three operating production houses along with its wholly owned retail business, Prairie Records. The Qwest Estate in Creston, BC is a licensed and operating 26,000 square foot cultivation, processing and distribution space which produces the widely championed, rare cultivar-focused brands Qwest and Qwest Reserve, which are sold in six provinces across Canada. The Thunderchild Cultivation Facility, is a licensed and operating 80,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in Battleford, SK. The Plant, Decibel’s extraction, processing and manufacturing facility, in Calgary, AB has 15,000 square feet of Health Canada licensed extraction and product development space. This production house will fuel the growth of our brands Qwest, Qwest Reserve, and Blendcraft, into new and innovative product formats like concentrates, vapes, edibles and beyond.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statements

Non-GAAP Measures

This news release contains the financial performance metric of Adjusted EBITDA, a measure that is not recognized or defined under IFRS (a “Non-GAAP Measure”). As a result, this data may not be comparable to data presented by other cannabis companies. For an explanation and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to related comparable financial information presented in the Financial Statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, refer to the MD&A for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful indicator of operational performance and is specifically used by management to assess the financial and operational performance of the Company.

The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss and comprehensive loss excluding unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets, change in fair value of biological assets realized through inventory sold, depreciation and amortization expense, share-based compensation, other income, finance costs, foreign exchange loss, non-cash production costs and severance payments. Non-cash production costs relate to amortization expense allocations included in production costs. Non-GAAP Measures should be considered together with other financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS to enable investors to evaluate the Decibel’s operating results, underlying performance and prospects in a manner similar to Decibel’s management.

Accordingly, this Non-GAAP Measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

In this news release, forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company’s ability to meet consumer demand, the Company’s expectations with respect to its ability to comply with its financial covenants, the Company’s ability to grow Qwest, Qwest Reserve and Blendcraft brands into new and innovative product formats, variations and its other business plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to delays, regulatory changes and impacts, capital requirements, construction impacts, displacement requirements and unforeseen requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to obtain and maintain licences to retail cannabis products; review of the Company’s production facilities by Health Canada and maintenance of licences (including any amendments thereto) from Health Canada in respect thereof; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the labour market generally and the ability to access, hire and retain employees; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the satisfaction of conditions precedent under the Company’s credit facilities; timing and completion of construction and expansion of the Company’s production facilities and retail locations; and the delay or failure to receive board, regulatory or other approvals, including any approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange, as applicable. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Decibel Cannabis Company Inc.

For further information: Contact Stuart Boucher, stuart.boucher@decibelcc.com, 780-619-0310, www.decibelcc.com