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Hill Street (TSXV: $BEER.V) Reports FQ1 2019 Revenue Up 112% & Provides Update on Operations

 

Toronto, Ontario - November 30, 2018 (Newsfile Corp.) (Investorideas.com Newswire) Hill Street Beverage Company Inc. (TSXV: BEER) ("Hill Street" or the "Company") reported its fiscal Q1 2019 financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018. A complete set of financial statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis has been filed at www.sedar.com. All dollar figures are quoted in Canadian dollars.

FQ1 F2019 Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly gross revenue of $794,000, up 112% y/y;
  • Quarterly net revenue of $512,000, up 152% y/y;
  • Net loss of $10 million for the quarter, including one-time, non-cash expenses for the reverse takeover transaction (RTO) of $8.9 million, and one-time cash expenses of $305,000. This compares to FQ1 2018 when the Company had a net loss of $167,000.
  • Working capital of $3.4 million, compared with $1.5 million for same period last year;
  • End of quarter cash position of $3.1 million, with no debt.

"As we work towards the anticipated October 2019 legalization of cannabis-infused edibles, Hill Street continues to grow its brand and volume presence in the Non-Alcoholic Beverages segment," said Terry Donnelly, CEO. "I would highlight that all of the revenue earned during the quarter came from existing retail accounts. With our recently announced changes in distribution partners as well as gains made in the number of retail locations, we are confident that Hill Street's revenues will continue to materially increase throughout the period leading up to October 2019."

Results of Operations


The Company presently has one business segment, the marketing and distribution of alcohol-free beer and wine in Canada and, to a much lesser extent, the United States. Hill Street sells its products online and in approximately 4,000 recognized retail chain stores through licensed distributors in Canada. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company also announced significant new distribution and retail listings, giving it an addressable retail market of nearly 7,000 stores, with significant new coverage of the independent retail channel across Canada via National Importers, and the d├ępanneur retail segment in Quebec via Clark, Drouin, Lefebvre. It also provides a direct consumer subscription service at www.hillstreetbevco.com.

Non-Alcoholic Adult Beverages

According to a leading beverage industry market research firm1, the non-alcoholic wine and beer market consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing sectors in the global beverage industry and is expected to generate 8.5% CAGR globally until 2025. In Canada, the segment has experienced annual growth in excess of 20% a year for the past few years, which has seen the launch of new alcohol-free beer brands from the top brewers in the world, in addition to new craft beer offerings from regional and local brewers. Hill Street has acquired a significant part of this growth, leveraging our relationship with major national retailers to expand our presence on shelf, as well as securing the opportunity to produce private label versions of our products for major retailers such as President's Choice De-Alcoholized Wine.

Cannabis-infused Adult Beverages

According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 20 million consumers who drink alcohol. Per capita, the Canadian consumer drank approximately 255 (371 ml size) bottles per capita in 2015, implying that more than 5 billion bottles of beer were consumed during that year. The annual decline of beer consumption in Canada is 0.7%, as consumers trend to moderation and look for alternatives to alcohol given its negative impact on their health and lifestyle. According to recent research released by Deloitte, approximately 30% of the Canadian population is interested in trying cannabis edibles, including beverages. If they all chose to switch to cannabis-infused beer, the size of the beer market alone would be 1.6 billion bottles, or almost 66 million standard cases of 24 bottles of cannabis-infused beer per year. At an average wholesale price of $36 per case, $2.36 billion in market potential.

Since regulations prohibit the mixing of alcohol and cannabis in a commercial product, a beverage must contain no alcohol if cannabis is to be added to it, and the removal of alcohol from traditional beer and wine changes the flavour profile of the beverage. For this reason, any producer of traditional alcoholic beer or wine wishing to create a cannabis-infused version of its products would first have to produce great tasting alcohol-free versions of their brands that consumers would enjoy. Having already solved this problem, Hill Street is proceeding on to the next stage-infusing its beverages with cannabis. Management signed a license agreement with Lexaria Bioscience during the quarter, providing the Company with access to technology to render cannabis into an odorless and tasteless water-soluble powder which can then be added to its alcohol-free beverages.

Hill Street believes that the cannabis-infused beverage segment can best be described as three distinct beverage categories: 1) "Heighten" (adult recreational use); 2) "Help" (therapeutic or functional beverages); and 3) "Heal" (medicinal or prescription beverages). We intend to market beverages for the adult use and therapeutic or functional beverage categories, and to explore co-packing partnerships with major licensed producers to address the prescription drug or medicinal segment.

Hill Street intends to meet this potential demand with the same type of high quality and award-winning products we have produced for the alcohol-free category, and with the same level of focus on brand development, sales and distribution.

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1 Mintel, Global Food and Drink Trends, 2019

About Hill Street Beverage Company Inc. (TSXV: BEER)

Founded in 2008, Hill Street Beverage Company is the world's most award-winning company exclusively focused on alcohol-free beer, wine, and adult format beverages. Hill Street products include: Hill Street Craft Brewed Lager, Designated Draft alcohol-free beer, Vin(Zero) wines, and Vintense wines. Hill Street's award-winning products have won the Retail Council of Canada's Grand Prix, and numerous medals and accolades including three Gold, two Silver, and two Bronze Medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, and a prestigious Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Challenge. As a result of the Royal Assent of Canada's Bill C-45, legislation to allow the sale of cannabis-infused beverages is expected to occur by October 17, 2019. Hill Street is currently applying for appropriate licenses to permit the production and sale of cannabis infused beverages in Canada, with the view of having infused products available for sale once the regulations permit. www.hillstreetbeverages.com

For further information:

Press only:

Terry Donnelly, Chairman and CEO, Hill Street Beverage Company Inc., terry@hillstreetbevco.com, (416) 543-4904;

For investors:

Gareth Tingling, Investor Relations,
gareth@sophiccapital.com, (647) 797-0219

Follow Hill Street on Twitter https://twitter.com/hillstreetbevco and on Facebook http://facebook.com/hillstreetbevco

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this press release may contain forward-looking information. Any statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "may", "should", "anticipate", "expects" and similar expressions. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances, such as future availability of capital on favourable terms, may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by securities law.

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


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