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Ayr Wellness (AYRWF)

Participants
Jonathan Sandelman President & Chief Executive Officer
Brad Asher Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Drake Co-Chief Operating Officer
Matthew McGinley Needham & Company
Scott Fortune ROTH Capital Partners
Andrew Semple Echelon Capital Markets
Matt Bottomley Canaccord Genuity
Russell Stanley Beacon Securities Limited
Owen Bennett Jefferies
Call transcript
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Operator

Welcome to the Ayr Wellness Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Call.

Joining us today are Ayr's CEO, Jonathan Sandelman; the company's CFO, Brad Asher; and the company's Co-Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Drake. The company will discuss forward-looking matters on this call, including targets and revenues and adjusted EBITDA. This forward-looking information is subject to the assumptions and risks as described in the company's management discussion and analysis for the quarter ended December 31, 2021.

As well, we remind you that adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. ended the non-GAAP GAAP management measures analysis the to other and discussion you for concerning XXXX. disclosure contained quarter refer reconciliation measures to the and We XX, December in Ayr's will Sandelman. turn CEO, call to over I Ayr's now Jonathan the ahead. go Please

Jonathan Sandelman

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Brad Asher

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Jennifer Drake

Thanks, Brad.

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Jonathan Sandelman

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

Matt Our McGinley first Needham. from question of comes

Matthew McGinley

expecting relatively more flat, So front in guidance be Illinois, stores half Florida. revenue assets you'll you’re with that having come your in to have online

offset Levia, You by half trends? overall being the year dispensaries decline just overall assets? that seeing in My existing with broadly the assets are Arizona is in these in have market the will conservative in there, guide, given be revenue are question the operational first seeing what you cultivation, new your the a new Massachusetts. you're of Or you more in

Jennifer Drake

Jen. It’s Matt. Hey,

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Operator

Our Scott next Fortune from question of ROTH Partners. Capital comes

Scott Fortune

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Jennifer Drake

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Operator

Semple Andrew from comes of question next Capital Echelon Markets. Our

Andrew Semple

Hi, fourth the and quarter congrats my And on thanks for results. there. questions, taking

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Jennifer Drake

margin margin, think, bit a why discussion. Sure. gross and about Brad, -- of little you don't talk with -- I Why gross don't I'll our we start

Brad Asher

Yes.

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Operator

Our next Bottomley Genuity. question comes Matt Canaccord from of

Matt Bottomley

rates for provided year. back to run for of this going Just end the the outlook

Just curious would the previous margin be of it range provided you end on to EBITDA a in range your a high at where outlook, closer XX%.

the here of range basis sticking with So the low end XX%. rate at a on run

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Jennifer Drake

and start I'll let the talk our general then flow. with Brad I'll free guidance, bit cash a little about

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Brad Asher

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less to flow, operating M&A have and for as addition So we're well. going in CapEx uses cash improved to

Operator

Russell of from Stanley Securities. comes question next Beacon Our

Russell Stanley

approvals stores can area or Boston area that, you remind are third by many still you open over additional how what expect on outstanding? Just to to your year us parties? And related next stores, the so Boston

Jennifer Drake

Russ. Thanks so much,

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Operator

question Bennett comes next Our Jefferies. from Owen of

Owen Bennett

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Jennifer Drake

Owen. you your so for Hi, question. Thank much

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Operator

This call. conference concludes today's

day. have you and disconnect lines. Thank a may You your for participating, pleasant