2021 Highlights

Dispensary sales were up 19.5% in 2021Revenue was $29.29 million, compared to $24.24 million in 2020Adjusted EBITDA was $2.31 millionPositive Operating Cash Flow of $219,427Completed two equity financings raising gross proceeds of CAD $19.11 millionCommenced development of a 10-acre F40 zoned agricultural land site in Monterey County via a $5.1 million cash acquisitionCash position of $9,098,475 at December 31, 2021

Sacramento, California–(Newsfile Corp. – May 2, 2022) – Vibe Growth Corporation (CSE: VIBE) (OTCQX: VIBEF) (the “Company” or “Vibe”), a vertically integrated California cannabis enterprise, is pleased to announce its financial results for the 2021 fiscal year. All financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

The Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2021, are available on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and Vibe’s website at www.vibebycalifornia.com.

“Vibe managed to generate positive operating cash flow in 2021, with the financial results showing strong year-over-year growth despite a very challenging Q4 for all operators in California. These results represent steady execution even during a challenging operating environment in the California market. The year also saw substantial operating achievements combined with strategic investments in cultivation and retail dispensaries, positioning Vibe as a leader in a consolidating marketplace,” commented Vibe CEO Mark Waldron.

Waldron continued, “We are in a much stronger position in retail and cultivation operations, and 2022 macro conditions have improved compared to late 2021. In addition, asset acquisition opportunities have increased as some market participants do not have the balance sheets to compete effectively. Vibe’s financial strength and strong management team is well-poised to allow for an expansion of Vibe’s retail and sales channels in California.

“It continues to be a great cannabis market for excellent operators, and Vibe’s strategy has always been to exercise fiscal prudence and focus on the three key pillars that underpin our growth plan; vertical integration, cultivation expansion, and retail sales. While we eagerly await our final approvals and opening of our Salinas dispensary in June, our cultivation expansion initiatives at our Sacramento and Monterey County properties continue to progress on schedule and under budget. Growing our retail dispensary locations and expanding our cultivation footprint will provide Vibe significant economies of scale and the ability to improve margins significantly, optimizing return on capital for Vibe shareholders,” added Waldron.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights:

Revenue in the fourth quarter was USD $6.32 million, compared to USD $7.05 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2020;Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter was USD $0.01 million, compared to USD $0.84 million recorded during the fourth quarter of 2020(1);Dispensary Gross Margin increased to 41.6%, compared to 35.5% in the fourth quarter of 2020(1);Dispensary Sales decreased 11.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020;E-commerce Orders accounted for 22.3% of transactions in the fourth quarter of 2021;Equity Financing of USD $3.52 million was completed in December.Cash Position as of December 31, 2021, was USD $9,098,475.

(1) This is a non-IFRS measure. Readers are cautioned that the amounts presented do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Please see the non-GAAP Financial Measures Disclosure below.

2021 Financial Highlights:

The following table reconciles the net loss, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and operating cash flow:

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The Company’s key financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 are as follows:

U.S. Dollars For the three months ended December 31, 2021For the three months ended
December 31, 2020For the year
ended December 31, 2021For the year
ended December 31, 2020Total revenue(a)$6,315,811$7,048,294$29,287,569$24,240,862Gross margin$1,453,206$2,716,669$8,421,564$8,540,496Adjusted Gross Margin(b)1,621,139$2,634,677$9,138,973$5,559,381Adjusted Gross Margin(b)25.7%37.4%31.2%33.8%Net income (loss)$(3,340,001)$188,359$(4,298,739)$728,550Adjusted EBITDA(a)$73,125$842,364$2,308,864$2,965,075

 

Special Note Regarding non-GAAP Financial Measures

This is a non-GAAP measure. Readers are cautioned that the amounts presented do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. See discussion of non-IFRS Measures in the MD&A for reconciliation to measures reported in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.Excludes changes in the fair value of biological assets.Operating Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure that represents cash flows from normalized operating activities. The Company considers operating cash flow a key measure as it demonstrates the Company’s ability to generate the cash flow necessary to fund future growth through capital investment and to repay debt.

Additional Fourth Quarter Highlights:

Vibe Growth Corporation Uplists to OTCQX Best Market (October 5, 2021)

Effective October 5, its common shares have been approved for trading under the ticker symbol “VIBEF” on the OTCQX® Best Market (the “OTCQX”), a U.S. trading platform operated by the OTC Markets Group, Inc. “The OTCQX Market provides Vibe access to a much larger audience of U.S.-based institutional and retail investors and complements our CSE listing by providing investors with direct access to our common shares in both countries. Canadian and U.S. institutional and retail investors can take an active part in the exciting growth that California cannabis offers,” Waldron added. Vibe Growth continues to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) under its existing symbol “VIBE”. Read Full Release

Vibe Growth Announces Closing of Strategic Investment of C$3.52 Million in a Non-Brokered Private Placement of Common Shares (December 22, 2021)

A strategic investor in Vibe Growth Corp. is investing $3.52-million in a non-brokered private placement of common shares. Mark Waldron, chief executive officer of Vibe, stated, “We are extremely pleased to welcome this strategic shareholder in Vibe. The investment demonstrates confidence in our team’s ability to execute on our growth and expansion strategy — growing our retail dispensary locations and expanding our cultivation footprint, which will provide Vibe significant economies of scale and the ability to improve margins and optimize return on capital for Vibe shareholders.” Read Full Release

Events Subsequent to December 31, 2021:

Vibe Growth Corporation Announces Expansion of California Dispensary Portfolio (February 8, 2022)

Vibe Growth Corp. has received provisional approval from the California Department of Cannabis Control to commence adult-use retail sales at its newest dispensary location in Salinas, California. Read Full Release

Vibe Further Expands its California Dispensary Portfolio, receiving a State license to open its seventh dispensary location in Ukiah, California (February 22, 2022)

Vibe received its license from the DCC under its subsidiary – Vibe Ukiah LLC, for adult-use sales in its dispensary located at 441 State Street N, conveniently located in the heart of Ukiah’s vibrant downtown core. The new Vibe By California branded Ukiah dispensary is scheduled to open on March 4thand offers exceptional foot traffic access and visibility from the city’s bustling downtown core. The Ukiah dispensary will provide consumers across the Mendocino Valley with a wide selection of leading cannabis brands and products. Read Full Release

Vibe’s newest dispensary, located in Ukiah, California, opens its doors to the public (March 10, 2022)

The Ukiah store hours are from 9 am to 9 pm and will provide residents and visitors to the Mendocino Valley with a wide selection of leading cannabis brands and products. Vibe’s Ukiah dispensary will offer a curated product assortment featuring top-tier California brands and the Company’s Hype Cannabis Co. marijuana product lineup. Online ordering with same-day express pickup is available at www.vibebycalifornia.com. Mark Waldron, CEO of Vibe stated, “We are thrilled to be opening our doors to the Ukiah community, and we look forward to providing our customers with the largest selection of premium cannabis products and a wonderful retail experience.” Read Full Release

About Vibe Growth Corporation

Vibe Growth Corporation and its cannabis retail brand, Vibe By California, is a trusted, vertically integrated cannabis enterprise with retail dispensaries; cannabis greenhouse cultivation; premium indoor cultivation; commercial cannabis distribution; brand sales and marketing; e-commerce platform; home delivery; and Hype Cannabis Co. marijuana and Vibe CBD (cannabidiol) products. Vibe is focused on maximizing shareholder value through accelerating organic growth, opportunistic acquisitions, distressed workouts, and new license applications. The Company operates retail and e-commerce under its iconic Vibe By California brand.

To learn more about Vibe, please visit: www.vibebycalifornia.com

Company Contact

Bill Mitoulas
Investor Relations
Phone: +1 416.479.9547
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.vibebycalifornia.com

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Unlike in Canada which has Federal legislation uniformly governing the cultivation, distribution, sale and possession of medical cannabis under the Cannabis Act (Federal), readers are cautioned that in the U.S., cannabis is largely regulated at the State level. To the knowledge of Vibe Growth Corporation, there are to date a total of 35 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have legalized cannabis in some form. Notwithstanding the permissive regulatory environment of medical cannabis at the State level, cannabis continues to be categorized as a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the U.S. and as such, cannabis-related practices or activities, including without limitation, the manufacture, importation, possession, use or distribution of cannabis are illegal under U.S. Federal law. Strict compliance with State laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve Vibe Growth Corporation of liability under the U.S. Federal law nor will it provide a defence to any Federal proceeding, which may be brought against Vibe Growth Corporation. Any such proceedings brought against Vibe Growth Corporation may adversely affect its operations and financial performance.

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