LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER British Columbia, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TAAT® GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES INC. (CSE: TAAT) (OTCQX: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP) (the “Company” or “TAAT®”) is pleased to announce several corporate developments reflected in its Fiscal Q2 2022 financial statements (for the three-month period ended April 30, 2022). The Company’s flagship product TAAT® is currently sold in over 2,700 U.S. stores, which include locations of major national and global chains in the convenience and gas categories. As a greater quantity of TAAT® in retail circulation is now manufactured with the Version III (“V3”) formulation of its patent-pending Beyond Tobacco™ base material, the Company and its wholesale/retail partners have generally observed improvements to the conversion rates of adult smokers who choose TAAT® instead of their preferred brand of tobacco cigarettes. An overview of highlights reflected in the Company’s Fiscal Q2 2022 financial statements is provided below. All monetary figures are in Canadian dollars unless specified otherwise.
TAAT® Fiscal Q2 2022 Highlights
- Sequential revenue growth of 9.7% in gross revenue from $469,782 in Fiscal Q1 2022 to $515,464 in Fiscal Q2 2022;
- The Company’s cost of goods sold dropped from $337,817 in Fiscal Q1 2022 to $277,846 in Fiscal Q2 2022, reflecting an improvement in gross margin from 28.09% in Fiscal Q1 2022 to 46.1% in Fiscal Q2 2022;
- The reduction in cost of goods sold and increase to the Company’s gross margin can partially be attributed to manufacturing efficiencies that are an inherent result of the manufacturing process for the V3 formulation of Beyond Tobacco™;
- Repeat orders (“reorders”) from existing TAAT® accounts made up $279,875 or 54.29% of the Company’s gross revenue of $515,464 in Fiscal Q2 2022;
- One-time reverse logistics expenditures impaired the Company’s gross margin during Fiscal Q2 2022, primarily to conduct replacements of previous TAAT® shipments with TAAT® manufactured using the V3 formulation of Beyond Tobacco™;
- The Company entered into an agreement to acquire ADCO Distributors, Inc. (“ADCO”), an Ohio tobacco distributor with net revenues in 2021 exceeding CAD $87 million (as detailed in a press release dated February 25, 2022); and
- The “TAAT®” brand name became a registered trademark in eight global markets to include the United States and the European Union (as detailed in a press release dated March 25, 2022).
Please refer to the Company’s filings on SEDAR (http://sedar.com) for all disclosures made in the Company’s Fiscal Q2 2022 financial statements.
The 18,000 square foot warehouse of ADCO is pictured above (Canton, Ohio), in which a staff of 28 conduct full-service distribution of TAAT® as well as legacy tobacco products and a full range of convenience category goods. As announced during the Company’s Fiscal Q2 2022, TAAT® entered into an agreement to acquire ADCO, which was ultimately completed in May 2022.
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TAAT® Founder Joe Deighan commented, “Our Fiscal Q2 2022 was a pivotal timeframe for the Company as we made two key transitions. The first was the acquisition of ADCO, which added integrated distribution to our business model in addition to a steady revenue stream of over CAD $87 million (based on 2021 financial results) to complement our existing sales pipeline of TAAT® throughout the United States. The second was rotating TAAT® inventory with our wholesale and retail partners to ensure TAAT® made with the V3 formulation of Beyond Tobacco™ is as available as possible across our nationwide footprint. It’s tricky to articulate just how significant V3 is compared to our previous formulations. Consumer feedback from adult smokers who have tried V3 reflects validation of our mission to create an experience that is truly better than their preferred tobacco cigarette brand. This has done wonders for our conversion rates at the point of sale, which is why we elected to take the plunge to voluntarily replace existing inventory with product made using V3. With the added distribution bandwidth resulting from our acquisition of ADCO, we are excited to be carrying on as an integrated player in the USD $812 billion global tobacco category, and are thankful to our loyal base of investors for their continued support.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
TAAT® GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES INC.
Joe Deighan, COO and Director
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About TAAT® Global Alternatives Inc.
TAAT® develops, manufactures, and distributes alternative products in categories to include tobacco, hemp, kratom, and other emerging segments of the CPG industry. Its flagship product is a nicotine-free, tobacco-free cigarette with a patent-pending base material formulation, sold in over 2,700 U.S. stores. With over CAD $80 million in overall net revenue in 2021, TAAT®’s facilities include a manufacturing plant in Nevada, as well as a distribution centre and multiple convenience stores in Ohio.
For more information, please visit http://taatglobal.com.
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