Company Introduces First Quarter 2021 Outlook and Updates Full-Year 2021 Forecast
MOREHEAD, Ky. — AppHarvest, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPH, APPHW) (“AppHarvest” or “the Company”), a leading AgTech company and Certified B Corp building and operating some of the country’s largest high-tech indoor farms to sustainably grow affordable, nutritious, chemical pesticide-free non-GMO fruits and vegetables at scale using up to 90 percent less water than traditional open-field agriculture and 100 percent recycled rainwater, announced today its financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2020.
Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights
- Net loss of $17.4 million, compared to $2.7 million in the prior year period in 2019
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $15.7 million, compared to $2.6 million in the prior year period in 2019
AppHarvest was in a pre-revenue state in 2020 as the company scaled to prepare to become a publicly traded company and as it ramped up to plant its first crop at its flagship facility, which began harvesting in January of 2021. In 2020, AppHarvest implemented its pioneering AgTech platform, which the company developed through international and advanced technology partnerships with the Dutch government, GE, Signify, Priva, Moleaer, Ecoation and others. Powered by these technologies, AppHarvest is able to drive higher crop yields. The Dutch government is a proven partner with the Netherlands being the No. 2 food exporter in the world because of its controlled environment farming expertise. AppHarvest is leveraging this model at a scale to effectively serve the U.S. market and introduce innovations such as a hybrid lighting array with traditional high-pressure sodium grow lights with LEDs that result in 40 percent reduced energy use. AppHarvest utilizes technology that continuously analyzes data from sophisticated digital monitoring systems composed of more than 300 sensors to analyze micro-climates to optimize growth with tomato plants reaching upwards of 40-feet tall and the first farm alone is expected to produce over 40 million pounds of tomatoes annually.
On January 29, 2021, AppHarvest and Novus Capital Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, completed their business combination to form AppHarvest, Inc. The common stock and warrants of AppHarvest, Inc. began trading on Nasdaq under the new ticker symbols “APPH” and “APPHW,” respectively, on Monday, February 1, 2021. Please see the press release dated February 1, 2021 on AppHarvest’s Investor Relations website for more details related to the business combination at https://investors.appharvest.com/news-and-events/news-releases.
Subsequent to the business combination, AppHarvest had 97,925,153 shares of common stock outstanding. The business combination provided the Company approximately $475.0 million of unrestricted cash, including $375.0 million in gross proceeds from the fully committed common stock PIPE. The transaction proceeds will be used to fund operations, including building additional high-tech controlled environment indoor farms, support growth and for other general corporate purposes, including to fund potential future investments and acquisitions.
First Quarter 2021 Outlook and Fiscal Year 2021 Forecast
The Company currently expects the following results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021:
- Net revenue to be in the range of $2.1 million to $2.6 million
- Adjusted EBITDA loss to be in the range of $14 million to $16 million
The Company currently expects the following results for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2021:
- Net revenue to be in the range of $20 million to $25 million
- Adjusted EBITDA loss to be in the range of $43 million to $45 million
The Company noted that its expectations are based on information available at the time of this release, and are subject to changing conditions, many of which are outside the Company’s control.
“Our favorable crop yields and market pricing currently support a 2021 sales outlook that is better than we expected in December 2020,” said AppHarvest Founder & Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Webb. “In January 2021, we delivered our first harvest of tomatoes from our flagship 63-acre indoor farm and began shipping to select national grocery retailers. We remain focused on our mission to build a resilient domestic food system for the U.S. to support this outlook in our first year as a public company.”
In addition to better than anticipated crop yields and pricing, the Company has benefited from a temporary decline in market supply related to recent extreme winter weather conditions that prevented transport of produce through Texas from Mexico and that resulted in significant amounts of food waste. Part of AppHarvest’s mission is to create a climate-resilient domestic food system for the U.S. to prevent such supply chain disruptions.
AppHarvest, a public benefit corporation and Certified B Corp, is an applied technology company building some of the world’s largest indoor farms in Appalachia. The Company combines conventional agricultural techniques with cutting-edge technology and is addressing key issues including improving access for all to nutritious food, farming more sustainably, building a home-grown food supply, and increasing investment in Appalachia. The Company’s 63-acre Morehead, Kentucky facility is among the largest indoor farms in the U.S. For more information, visit https://www.appharvest.com/.