MariMed Reports $11 Million For 2018 Revenue, $13.6 Million In Net Losses

MariMed Inc. (OTCQB: MRMD) reported its fourth-quarter and 2018 results. For the quarter ending December 31, 2018, revenues grew 118% to $3.44 million versus $1.58 million for the same time period in 2017. The company did not break out additional details for the quarter, opting instead to just release the details for the full year.

Full Year 2018

For the full year 2018, revenues grew to $11.85 million, up 95% over $6.07 million reported for 2017; Adjusted EBITDA grew 53% to $2.4M. The company delivered a net loss for the year of $13.6 million which they attributed to the result of non-cash amortization relating to equity compensation granted during the year ($13.97 million). Loss per share was $0.71 for the full year.

MariMed CEO Bob Fireman said in a statement, “We are encouraged that the company maintained its strong operating performance and dynamic growth. We made a series of key investments to leverage opportunities we see for the years ahead, from branding and marketing to a major investment in GenCanna Global, perhaps the world’s leader in industrial hemp genetics and production.”


The company said in its statement, that in November 2018, MariMed made a $30 million investment in GenCanna Global USA Inc. Based in Kentucky, GenCanna is a global innovator in hemp genetics, and with MariMed support will be one of the largest US producers of CBD derived from hemp. MariMed has established a new division, MariMed Hemp which will develop CBD brands and products, as well as pursue other high-margin business opportunities, as the hemp CBD industry separates from the cannabis industry.

Consolidation Plans

The company said in its filing that it has started the consolidation process “is at various stages of completion due to the respective state laws governing cannabis license ownership. Once the consolidation is completed, the company will own, manage, and operate cultivation, manufacturing and retail dispensary operations in these states.” The following was taken from the company’s filing:


The company successfully converted ARL Healthcare Inc., its cannabis-licensed client, from a non-profit entity to a for-profit corporation with the Company as the sole shareholder. The Company now owns ARL and its cannabis licenses for cannabis cultivation, production and dispensing, with rights for up to nine statewide locations in both the medical and adult-use programs. The Company is constructing a 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art cultivation and production facility for ARL in New Bedford within the Company’s 138,000 square foot facility purchased in 2017. ARL’s manufactured cannabis products will be sold to licensed dispensaries throughout the state serving both the medical and adult-use markets.

The Company also owns a 22,700 square foot building in Middleborough in which a 10,000 square foot dispensary is planned to be open for business in May 2019. Furthermore, the Company intends to open two more dispensaries in the Boston area in 2019.


The Company has entered into a memorandum of understanding to acquire Kind Therapeutics USA Inc. , its cannabis-licensed client that holds licenses for the cultivation, production, and dispensing of medical cannabis. The parties are finalizing a merger document to effectuate the transaction which is conditioned on the approval by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which is expected to occur in October 2019. Until then, the Company will continue to provide management and operational advisory services to Kind, whose operations are conducted within a 100,000 square foot cultivation and manufacturing facility within a Company-owned 180,000 square foot industrial building in Hagerstown. Additionally, the Company has contracted to purchase a 9,000 square foot building in Anne Arundel County for the development of a dispensary, currently scheduled to open in late 2019.


In October 2018, the Company entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the ownership interests of KPG of Anna LLC and KPG of Harrisburg LLC, the Company’s two cannabis-licensed clients that operate Company-built and owned medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Illinois (both entities collectively, the “KPGs”), from the current ownership group of the KPGs. As part of this transaction, the Company will also acquire this ownership group’s interests in Mari Holdings IL LLC, the Company’s subsidiary which owns the real estate in which the KPGs’ dispensaries are located. The Company is currently awaiting approval for this transaction from the state, which is expected to be received in the near future.


In November 2018, the Company contracted to acquire 100% of the ownership interests of The Harvest Foundation LLC, the Company’s cannabis-licensed client in the state of Nevada. The acquisition is conditioned upon the approval of the state cannabis commission which is in process. Harvest holds both medical and adult-use cannabis licenses, and operates in approximately 10,000 square feet of an industrial building that the Company leases and has built out into a cannabis cultivation facility.


Delaware currently is a not-for-profit state with regard to the ownership of cannabis licenses. The Company provides comprehensive management and real estate services to First State Compassion Center (“FSCC”), the Company’s cannabis-licensed client which was awarded Delaware’s first ever seed-to-sale medical cannabis license, and owns two out of the four statewide licenses.

The state is expected to allow “for-profit” ownership of cannabis licenses in the near future, at which time the Company will look to acquire FSCC and obtain ownership of the licenses and operations

Rhode Island

Rhode Island currently is a not-for-profit state with regard to the ownership of cannabis licenses. The Company is in negotiations to purchase the real estate which is leased to its cannabis-licensed client, the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. Subject to state approval, the Company intends to acquire the management company that oversees Slater’s operations. After these transactions are completed, the Company will generate real estate and management fees until the state allows “for-profit” ownership, which is expected to occur in 2020. At that time, the Company will seek to acquire Slater’s cannabis licenses and operations.


Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

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