Cannabis technology company POSaBIT Systems Corporation (CSE: PBIT) reported rising revenue for the first quarter of 2020 and said it expects to meet its prior forecast for revenue of $8 million for the year of 2020. Total revenue for the quarter ending March was $972,000, up 5% compared with $897,000 in the first quarter of 2019.
The net loss for POSaBIT was $792,743, which was slightly higher than last year’s net loss of approximately $774,000 for the same time period. The gross profit was $70,833 an increase of 192% compared with a gross profit of $36,797 in the first quarter of 2019. The company engages in blockchain-enabled payment processing and point-of-sale systems for cash-only businesses.
“We are pleased to witness continued strong demand for our retail payment and POS solutions even amid the ongoing pandemic,” said Ryan Hamlin, co-founder, and CEO of POSaBIT. “POSaBIT is also excited to provide updated guidance that we will be cash-flow positive in Q3 2020, a change from our prior guidance of Q4 2020. Customer desire to avoid cash payments is leading to an increased usage of our solutions in our current stores. At the same time, we are witnessing a significant uptick in interest from stores that have previously been cash-only operations. Sales have increased at a rapid pace and we expect to meet our prior 2020 forecast guidance of over $8M in revenue and over $135M in transactional sales.”
POSaBIT updated its full-year 2020 outlook with a forecast that revenue would grow in the range of approximately 75% to 95% year over year. The company gave new guidance that it would reach profitability in the third quarter of 2020. Transactional sales are projected to grow over 200% to approximately USD $135 million, assuming the average store processes between USD $350,000 and USD $600,000 per year through the POSaBIT service. Cost of sales in the range of $3.5 million to $4.0 million and the company said it plans to expand POSaBIT’s footprint to end 2020 in 15 to 20 recreational and medical states.