Closed the first tranche of its $23.8M private placement with strategic investors for gross proceeds of $18.6M
Withdrew guidance issued on November 30, 2021, in anticipation of new strategic plan expected to be released by the end of Q3/2022
TORONTO, Ontario (August 30, 2022) — PowerBand Solutions (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (“PowerBand”, “PBX” or the “Company”), a comprehensive e-commerce solution transforming the online experience to sell, trade, lease, and finance vehicles, is announcing that it has filed its Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis report for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022. These documents may be viewed under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com. All numbers are in Canadian dollars, except otherwise noted.
The following table sets out selected financial information for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022, and highlights described below:
- Cash on hand at June 30, 2022 was $18,003,178 compared to $6,367,533 as at December 31, 2021. The second and final tranche of the private placement offering for $5,195,040 was closed in July 2022. The working capital position has improved with the infusion of cash from the private placement offering with strategic investors J. Bryan Hunt, Jr., Joe Poulin and Pierre Lassonde.
- Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2022, was 6% lower than the same comparable three months period last year and 32% lower than Q1/2022. The new leadership team has been reviewing the lease origination operations at DrivrzFinancial and decided to reposition the sales team, restructure dealer participation fees, and implement controls to focus on higher-quality credit profiles. While these measures have resulted in business disruption in the short-term, the Company anticipates that the benefits will be realized in subsequent periods.
- Gross margins for the three months ended June 30, 2022, were 43% compared to gross margin of 53% for the comparable three months last year. The lower gross margin is a consequence of higher deal incentives in a competitive environment, given ongoing depressed inventory levels.
- Net loss and EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2022, were higher compared to the three months ended last year due to a non-cash impairment charge on intangible assets and goodwill of $6,562,088, resulting from the comprehensive review by the new management team of the existing business units. More detailed information regarding the restructuring changes can be found in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis report for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, filed on Sedar.
- Adjusted EBITDA loss has improved from $2.8M in Q1/2022 to $1.7M in Q2/2022. On June 29, 2022, Powerband announced that significant progress has been achieved in rationalizing its cost structure, thereby improving the long-term sustainability of the business model.
- As described in further detail in the MD&A, PowerBand has withdrawn guidance for 2022, which was issued on November 20, 2021. A deteriorating macro environment for used car financing has persisted throughout 2022, as inventory levels continue to be challenged by supply chain constraints. The Company is conducting a comprehensive review of the business strategy, operations, and the product lines and anticipates releasing a new strategic plan before the end of Q3/2022.
Darrin Swenson, CEO and Director of PowerBand Solutions states “we had a very active second quarter with a comprehensive review of the business strategy and the implementation of cost restructuring measures that are expected to improve gross margins and lower corporate overhead expenses. While our revenue for the quarter was impacted by business disruption and a deliberate reset on origination guidelines, we expect the new strategic measures will show results in subsequent quarters, with higher quality credit originations. Our focus has shifted to sustainable growth initiatives, and we look forward to providing a comprehensive strategic plan before the end of Q3/2022”.
About PowerBand Solutions, Inc.
PowerBand Solutions Inc., listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the OTCQB markets, is a fintech provider disrupting the automotive industry. PowerBand’s integrated, cloud-based transaction platform facilitates transactions amongst consumers, dealers, funders, and manufacturers (OEMs). It enables them to buy, sell, trade, finance, and lease new and used, electric and non-electric vehicles, on any phone, tablet or PC connected to the internet. PowerBand’s transaction platform – being trademarked under DRIVRZ™ – is being made available across North American and global markets.
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This news release contains non-IFRS financial measures, such as EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company believes that these measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of its business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating its business. Although management believes these financial measures are important in evaluating the Company’s performance, they are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. These non-IFRS financial measures do not have any standardized meaning and may not be comparable with similar measures used by other companies. For certain non-IFRS financial measures, there are no directly comparable amounts under IFRS. These non-IFRS financial measures should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance determined in accordance with IFRS. Moreover, presentation of certain of these measures is provided for year-over-year comparison purposes, and investors should be cautioned that the effect of the adjustments thereto provided herein have an actual effect on the Company’s operating results.
Earnings before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”)
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The following chart reflects the Company’s calculation of Adjusted EBITDA:
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