GrowGen Buys Ag Platform Agron.io

Hydroponic chain store giant GrowGeneration Corp . (NASDAQ: GRWG ) is buying the leading wholesale agriculture platform Agron.io for an undisclosed amount. GrowGen said it expects Agron will contribute $20 million in revenue for this year. The stock was trading higher in early trading to lately sell at $56.94.

Agron.io offers commercial pricing, real-time inventory, and one of the largest product catalogs in the industry, with over 10,000 products in over 60 categories, including greenhouses, vertical benching, controlled environmental systems, HVAC, and industrial equipment. The platform manages real-time product updates, tier-pricing changes, case quantities, pallet quantities, profit margin projections, hazmat fees, ETL/UL listings and state chemical regulations, as well as guarantees the latest shipping quotes using API generated pallet and box shipping rates.

“As additional legal cannabis markets continue to open up across the country, we are expanding and enhancing our commercial services, from facility design and consulting to volume product pricing, to deliver best-in-class support for large growers,” said Darren Lampert , GrowGen’s CEO. “The Agron.io platform is a strategic and exciting addition to our portfolio and comes with a highly skilled team of customer service experts trained to help growers navigate the complexities of planning, growing and sustaining a commercial agriculture facility.”

The company said in a statement that Agron.io was launched in 2016 and is based in Denver, Colorado. Agron.io’s team of specialists has overseen more than 200 buildouts, managing every aspect from light layouts and photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) calculations, to vertical benching, irrigation and HVAC design, to fertigation and integrated pest management. They also provide financing options and manage administrative matters such as online purchasing history and order tracking.

“We developed Agron.io to provide next-level support for commercial growers, whose orders are extremely time-sensitive,” said John Dreibelbis, Agron.io’s CEO. “By joining forces with GrowGen, we can reach even more commercial growers with enhanced services, competitive pricing, and drop-shipping from the nearest GrowGen distribution center.”

With the addition of Agron.io Powered by GrowGen for commercial accounts, GrowGen said it will continue to operate its e-commerce platform GrowGeneration.com for retail and craft cannabis and organic produce growers. The GrowGeneration.com site features online ordering of over 10,000 products, ranging from organic nutrients and soils to advanced lighting technology; enhanced order tracking; buy online pick up in-store (BOPIS) capability; a virtual garden center with 16 product departments; and a GrowPro channel featuring educational and how-to content from grow specialists.

Jeff Gordon, Co-Founder, and CTO stated, “Agron.io was created to give commercial customers real-time data to manage their purchasing and logistics. Connecting our technology with the Grow Generation distribution network, and a world-class team of commercial experts, we now have a platform that is a complete game-changer for our evolving industry.”

The Agron.io acquisition is GrowGen’s eighth this year and follows yet another quarter of record earnings. In January, the Company pre-announced fourth-quarter revenues of $61.5 million, bringing full-year 2020 revenue to $192 million , up 140% from 2019. Same-store sales increased 63% for full-year 2020, compared to the previous year. The Company also raised its 2021 revenue guidance to $335 million – $350 million and raised its 2021 adjusted EBITDA guidance to $38 million – $40 million. GrowGen plans to have 55 garden center locations by the end of 2021.

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