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William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 29, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 29, 2019.

On the Site

Acreage Holdings

Acreage Holdings, Inc.  (ACRG-U.CN) (ACRGF) reported financial results for the quarter ending March 31st, 2019 with revenue rising 487% to $12.9 million, but the company also delivered a whopping net loss of $31.2 million.  Looking at pro forma results, the revenue would have been $33.1 million and the adjusted net loss would have been $15.5 million.

Special Report: Current Issues in Marijuana Regulation – Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana programs. Despite this expansion military veterans often face greater obstacles to gaining access to medical marijuana than other groups.

Another Delay for New Jersey Cannabis Legalization

An ongoing political saga took another unpredicted turn this month. After over a year of building momentum, hopes for a legislative vote on legalizing the adult-use of recreational cannabis have once again faded.

In Other News

Charlotte’s Web Holdings

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) announced that it has received conditional approval to list its common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The company anticipates that it will begin trading as of market open on May 31, 2019. As part of its listing on the TSX, the company will delist its stock on the Canadian Securities Exchange at the close of the market on May 30, 2019. “As the market leader in hemp CBD extract products, we are very proud to be the first US-based hemp company to receive a senior listing on a major exchange such as the TSX,” said Joel Stanley, Chairman and Co-Founder of Charlotte’s Web. “The TSX is Canada’s most senior exchange and a tremendous validator of our company’s corporate governance and evolution.”

Origin House

Origin House (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF) released today their financial results for the first quarter of 2019. Revenue for the quarter was $11.2 million, the gross margin was $1.7 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $12.7 million. As of March 31, 2019, the company had $39.3 million in cash and approximately $269.4 million in assets. On Jun 11, 2019, Origin House will hold a special shareholders meeting regarding Cresco Labs Inc.’s previously announced acquisition of all of the company’s issued and outstanding shares.

TREC Brands

TREC Brands Inc. announced the launch of two brands, WINK and Blissed, and a $10 million private placement. Blissed is a female-focused cannabis oil brand and WINK is TREC’s second luxury cannabis brand. “We are proud of the premium nature of our organization and our actions to create an industry-wide movement around community support,” says Trang Trinh, CEO, TREC Brands. “With Blissed, the goal is to uplift the modern woman through education and content that complements her lifestyle, while giving back to causes in her neighborhood that matter.”

MedMen Enterprises

MedMen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) today released their financial results for the third quarter for the 2019 fiscal year. Revenue rose by 22% to $36.6 million. The gross profit margin  after biological asset adjustment was 53.7%. For the quarter, the company reported an adjusted EBITDA loss of $42.6 million and a net loss of $63.1 million. “Over the past nine years, MedMen has built the most valuable retail brand in the cannabis industry by taking advantage of the land grab opportunity and scaling with speed to secure as many flagship assets as possible,” said Adam Bierman, MedMen co-founder and chief executive officer. “We continue to march onward towards profitability.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMay 29, 2019
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Acreage Holdings, Inc.  (ACRG-U.CN) (ACRGF) reported financial results for the quarter ending March 31st, 2019 with revenue rising 487% to $12.9 million, but the company also delivered a whopping net loss of $31.2 million.  Looking at pro forma results, the revenue would have been $33.1 million and the adjusted net loss would have been $15.5 million.

“I am pleased with the progress we made toward increasing our national footprint and particularly our expansion in the western United States.  Our revenues grew by 487% compared to the first quarter of 2018, despite delayed dispensary openings caused by local regulators in both Massachusetts and Ohio,” said Kevin Murphy, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acreage.  “We do not expect these delays to impact our long-term ability to generate industry-leading returns.  Additionally, we expect our arrangement agreement with Canopy Growth will provide us the ability to rapidly accelerate our growth plan as the transaction makes us the most attractive partner in U.S. cannabis.”

On the company’s conference call, Murphy said he wanted the company to become the “Proctor & Gamble of cannabis.” He highlighted the Form Factor acquisition saying it was a prudent use of shareholder money. Suggesting that other companies were paying high prices for fewer returns on their acquisitions.

Canopy Growth Acquisition

The company announced that it was being acquired by Canopy Growth Corporation at a time in the future when the laws of the United States change such that Canopy Growth is permitted to acquire Acreage. It is projected to have a window of 7.5 years for this to occur.

“The immediate benefit our investors get is cash up front,” said Murphy. “Then Acreage will take full advantage of Canopy’s amazing brand portfolio, IP, and technology for zero payments. We’ll also have an additional 63.2 million shares of stock to use for investments. Our phones are ringing from cannabis operators across the country stating their desire to be a part of the operation.”

Murphy also noted that the agreement is not capped at a specific dollar amount. “It’s already 50% higher than the original valuation,” said Murphy. “It would really be $5.3 billion on a fully diluted basis. More than a 100% increase from when we accessed public markets six months ago. Your shares worth $31.64 this would imply an upside of 67% to the closing from this past Friday.”

The company stated that announced shareholders in aggregate holding approximately 91% (exceeding the 66 2/3% required threshold) of all votes eligible to be cast at the special meeting of Acreage shareholders to be held on June 19, 2019 have indicated support “FOR” the Canopy Growth agreement.  This includes approximately 38% of votes eligible to be counted for purposes of the disinterested shareholder approval, which requires a majority of votes cast at the Special Meeting.

Looking Ahead

Following the end of the quarter, Acreage expanded its geographic footprint from 19 to 20 states with its acquisition of Deep Roots Medical in Nevada. The company said it has approximately $140M in liquid capital; $64M in cash and cash equivalents and $75M of highly liquid short-term investments on hand as of Q1’19.

Murphy also spoke of the Deep Roots acquisition. Noting it distributes products to 80% of Nevada’s dispensaries. “We have very high expectations of our Nevada business,” said Murphy on the earnings call.

The company has an agreement to acquire the Kanna dispensary in Oakland and expects to open as The Botanist this summer. The company also plans to launch three brands this summer: The Live Resin Project, The Botanist Herbalist Series, Natural Wonder.

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMay 13, 2019
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Acreage Holdings Inc. (ACRG.U) (ACRGF) announced on Monday that it was carving off its real estate assets and selling them to a REIT called GreenAcreage Real Estate Corp. or GARE. GARE will purchase the assets and then lease them back to Acreage Holdings.

The arrangement is described as “arms length” transaction, which suggests a separation of parties, yet the REIT will be managed by GreenAcreage Management LLC, which Acreage Holdings owns a 20% interest in and CEO Kevin Murphy is also invested in. GARE is also described as remaining “independent” from Acreage, yet the management company has Acreage ownership involved.

Following MedMen’s Footsteps

Not long ago, cannabis retailer MedMen pursued a similar strategy. In January, the company announced that it too was selling its real estate assets to a REIT called Treehouse Real Estate Investment Trust. That group raised $133 million and also has a right of first offer for three years. In February, MedMen sold three properties to Treehouse raising $18.4 million.

The Treehouse REIT was described as being externally managed, but it seems the two companies share several employees. The Treehouse Chief Executive Office is listed as Chris Ganan who is also the Chief Strategy Officer and a General Partner at MedMen. Treehouse’s Treasurer is Lisa Trager, who is MedMen’s general counsel. Trager resigned from MedMen last month as several top executives left the company amid a string of scandals.

The Treehouse Chief Operating Officer is Zeeshan Hyder, who is MedMen’s Chief Corporate Development Officer. Brian Kabot the CIO of Stable Road Capital is listed as a Treehouse Director. The plan is for Treehouse to go public.

GARE

GARE will need investor money prior to making the real estate purchases. Acreage Holdings is giving GARE the first offer to purchase the pipeline of properties over the next three years. The company lists the leadership team as Executive Chairman, Gordon DuGan, Vice Chairman and Founder, David Carroll, and Chief Executive Officer, Katie Barthmaier.

Canopy Growth

There was no security filing as of yet with regards to the announcement and Acreage Holdings had no further comment. It is unknown if the real estate assets were to be included in the Canopy Growth acquisition plans and whether the loss of these assets would affect the Canopy Growth shareholders. GARE has not yet responded to a request for comment.

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerApril 18, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 18, 2019.

On The Site

Acreage Holdings

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTC: ACRGF) (FSE: 0ZV) announced that on April 17, its subsidiary, High Street Capital Partners agreed to acquire Nevada-based Deep Roots Medical in a deal valued at $120 million. The cash and stock transaction will mark Acreage’s entry into the Nevada market. This deal plants another flag in Acreage’s growing empire bringing the footprint up to 20 (including pending acquisitions) making it the largest company in the US cannabis industry.

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth Corporation  (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is acquiring Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACGR.U) (OTC: ACRGF) in a deal valued at $3.4 billion. However, the deal will not be consummated until cannabis is federally legal in the U.S. and assuming the shareholders approve as well as the  Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Greenlane Holdings

The NASDAQ Markets Group (NDAQ) has been notoriously reluctant to list any cannabis related companies, even if they are only ancillary and not plant-touching. It seems vape distributor Greenlane Holdings Inc. has broken through the company’s barriers. Greenlane will begin trading on NASDAQ today with the ticker GNLN after upsizing its initial public offering of six million shares with the offering price of $17. The company had expected to price the shares between $14-$16.

In Other News

Aphria

Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) announced the pricing of US$300 million aggregate principal amount of 5.25% convertible senior notes due in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers. Initial purchasers of the note will have the option to purchase an additional $50 million of notes. The sale of the notes to initial purchasers is expected to close on April 23, 2019. The company intends to use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, expansion initiatives, and future acquisitions.

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) announced that the company’s contract with the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices has been approved. Now that the contract has been approved, Aurora will start construction on an indoor cannabis production facility in Leuna, Germany in May of this year. The facility is expected to be completed within a year of breaking ground, and Aurora believes that the facility’s first harvest will be completed by October 2020. At minimum, the facility should produce approximately 4,000 kilograms of cannabis over a four-year period.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtApril 18, 2019
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Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is acquiring Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACGR.U) (OTC: ACRGF) in a deal valued at $3.4 billion. However, the deal will not be consummated until cannabis is federally legal in the U.S. and assuming the shareholders approve as well as the  Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Once the shareholders and the Supreme Court approve, Acreage Holders will immediately receive a payment of US$300 million or approximately US$2.55 per Acreage Subordinate Voting Share. The company also said in a statement that holders of subordinate voting shares of Acreage will get 0.5818 of a common share of Canopy Growth stock for each Acreage Subordinate Voting Share held at the time of closing of the transaction.

“Today we announce a complex transaction with a simple objective. Our right to acquire Acreage secures our entrance strategy into the United States as soon as a federally-permissible pathway exists,” said Bruce Linton, Chairman, and co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “By combining Acreage’s management team, licenses and assets with Canopy Growth’s intellectual property and brands, there will be tremendous value creation for both companies’ shareholders.”

Complex is an understatement. These companies are based in different countries with varying levels of shareholder ownership and voting rights. Add in the inclusion of Constellation Brands (STZ) and it becomes more complicated. Plus, there is the issue of legalization in the U.S., which it seems both companies are confident will happen sooner rather than later. Shareholder approval is expected to occur in June.

Jonathan Sherman and Jamie Litchen, partners at Cassels Brock who acted on the Acreage transaction for Canopy Growth said, “Canopy Growth’s acquisition of Acreage Holders is the most complex M&A transaction completed in decades. In this deal, one company has conditionally acquired another to be able to operate outside of a jurisdiction whereby the product or service would be considered legal. Canopy Growth’s listing on the TSX and NYSE and involvement of its largest shareholder created a regulatory environment to structure a deal of this magnitude successfully.”

“From the first day we created our company, providing exceptional customer care and delivering shareholder value have been our top priorities. This transaction will help accomplish both,” said Acreage Holdings Chairman, CEO and President Kevin Murphy. “When the right is exercised having access to Canopy Growth’s deep resources will enable us to innovate, develop and distribute quality cannabis brands across the U.S. and continue expanding our U.S. footprint. At the same time, a confluence of factors are making it much more difficult for a multi-state operator to achieve its full potential, including the enormous amount of cash required to scale. Our Board of Directors, management team and I are pleased to deliver significantly increased liquidity to our shareholders and put ourselves in an even stronger position to deliver continued and significant upside.”

Acreage Leadership

Acreage President, George Allen will depart the company effective immediately and Acreage Chairman and CEO Kevin Murphy will assume the duties of President.

The Acreage board has approved of the deal, but there wasn’t any information as to whether the well-known directors like former Speaker John Boehner, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Massachusetts Governor and current Presidential candidate Bill Weld will be on the new board. Acreage Holders will hold approximately 12.1% ownership in Canopy Growth (on a pro forma basis) and up to 16.6% if permitted acquisitions are completed prior to the Trigger Event.

The companies said in the statement that they will also execute a licensing agreement granting Acreage access to Canopy Growth’s award-winning line-up of brands such as Tweed and Tokyo Smoke, along with other intellectual property. Once the Right is exercised, Acreage will become part of a leading global cannabis company with access to markets beyond the U.S. Until then, the two companies will continue to operate independently.

Matt Karnes, Founder and Managing Partner of GreenWave Advisors said, “This deal positions Canopy Growth as a leader in the U.S. market while providing Acreage with near term liquidity and other strategic opportunities. It is not surprising that, within expectations of a coming end of U.S. prohibition,  a Canadian LP/U.S. MSO combination would occur. We further believe that the timing and structure of this deal could facilitate similar moves by other Canadian entities as well as further consolidations among U.S. MSOs that could possibly then look towards Canadian acquisitions. We hope that a transaction of this magnitude will help increase pressure on Congress to more swiftly address changes in federal law as the US is increasingly taking a back seat to Canada and other nations in the burgeoning global cannabis market.”

 

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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtApril 17, 2019
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Acreage Holdings Inc. (ACRG.U) stock rose over 9% to close at $22.49 on rumors of an acquisition by Canopy Growth Inc. (CGC) on Wednesday. Both company CEO’s are scheduled to appear on CNBC on Thursday morning at 6:50 am adding fire to the whispers.

Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy and Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton are set to appear with Melissa Lee in the morning as the two companies are supposed to be finalizing the agreement this evening. It had been suggested that Canopy had been looking for a U.S. company and Acreage is one of the largest multi-state operators in the country. In addition to that, the two CEO’s have appeared together frequently at various events and are familiar with each other.

The biggest issue though could be the listing at the New York Stock Exchange. Canopy is listed at the NYSE, which has been steadfast about only listing Canadian cannabis companies and not U.S. based companies. The reasoning was that Canadian cannabis companies were not breaking the law since cannabis is fully legal in the country. However, in the U.S. cannabis is still federally illegal. This is not allowed as per the NYSE listing requirements. So, the question remains – how can Canopy maintain its listing at the NYSE if it acquires Acreage?

Acreage did not respond to a request for comment.

Acreage Holdings

The company holds licenses in 17 states of which 12 are in operation and Acreage has licenses to process in 12 states, seven are operations. The company has licenses to operate 68 retail dispensaries in 12 states, of which 21 are currently operational in 10 states. The Botanist is its retail concept designed to appeal to both adult use and medicinal consumers.

Acreage is licensed to open four stores in New York state home under the company name NYCANNA. The company is also planting its flag in Queens with its latest Botanist opening this past week on February 20. It is Acreage’s first dispensary in the New York City area.

Its operation in Florida is the result of its purchase of Nature’s Way Nursery of Miami, which it acquired for $67 million in January 2019. Acreage plans to open 18 retailers in 2019 in the state.  Its Michigan properties were the result of an agreement with Blue Tire Holdings reached in August 2018.

Other states include Ohio, North Dakota, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Oklahoma. There are pending acquisitions in Rhode Island and the Form Factory in Oregon that has operations in Washington and California.

 

 


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Former Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Clinician and Researcher Brings Expertise in Clinical Cannabinoid Therapeutics to Guide Multi-State Cannabis Operator

 

NEW YORK, April 09, 2019 /AxisWire/ Acreage Holdings (“Acreage”) (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF), today announced the appointment of Corey Burchman, MD as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Burchman will oversee development of an Acreage medical advisory board, assist in developing patient outreach programs, and serve as medical risk mitigator to the company’s product development and innovation. Additionally, Corey will cultivate important relationships with regulatory partners and patient advocacy groups, and drive medical education and engagement throughout the company. Dr. Burchman will report to Chief Operating Officer, Bob Daino.

“Corey is a nationally recognized expert on clinical cannabinoid therapeutics and has chaired multiple national and international conferences on the use of medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes. He is the perfect fit for this critical position and will play an instrumental role in helping Acreage deliver on our mission of bringing safe, affordable cannabis to anyone who needs it,” said Acreage Chairman and CEO, Kevin Murphy

Prior to joining Acreage, Dr. Burchman served as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in Lebanon, NH. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he directed the Section on Neuroanesthesia, the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and the Same Day Surgical Program. Additionally, he was an Attending Physician on the Acute Pain Service. Dr. Burchman also served as Medical Advisor to the Board at Prime Alternative Treatment Center of New Hampshire, a therapeutic cannabis dispensary.

Dr. Burchman is an author of a May 2017 study that found a significant reduction in use of opioids, antidepressants and alcohol for pain, anxiety and sleep among medical cannabis patients in New England. Published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, it remains one of the largest studies of its kind.

On joining Acreage Dr. Burchman said, “In my role as Chief Medical Officer, I hope to bring my experience in clinical cannabinoid therapeutics as the basis for developing strong patient outreach programs, and building relationships with advocacy groups and partners. Working with Acreage allows me to further a theme that has anchored my entire career—patient safety—in an industry that has the capacity to change lives for the better across the country.”

Dr. Burchman received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has been actively involved in teaching medical residents, medical research, and administering clinical care for over 33 years. He is a US Navy veteran of 13 years.

ABOUT ACREAGE HOLDINGS
Headquartered in New York City, Acreage is the largest vertically integrated, multi-state owner of cannabis licenses and assets in the U.S. with respect to the number of states with cannabis related licenses, according to publicly available information.  Acreage owns licenses or has management services agreements in place with license holders to operate in 19 states (including pending acquisitions) with a population of more than 172 million Americans, and an estimated 2022 total addressable market of approximately $14 billion in legal cannabis sales, according to Arcview Market Research.  Acreage is dedicated to building and scaling operations to create a seamless, consumer-focused branded cannabis experience.  Acreage’s national retail store brand, The Botanist, debuted in 2018.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking information, including, for greater certainty, statements regarding expanding our industry-leading footprint, rolling out a national brand, pending legislation, opening of new cannabis markets and the commencement of Oklahoma operations in 2019. Generally, forward-looking information may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “proposed”, “is expected”, “budgets”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases which state that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, or might occur or be achieved. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. This forward-looking information reflects Acreage’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to Acreage and on assumptions Acreage believes are reasonable. These assumptions include, but are not limited to: market acceptance and approvals. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Acreage to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors may include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; general capital market conditions and market prices for securities; delay or failure to receive board or regulatory approvals; the actual results of future operations; competition; changes in legislation affecting Acreage; the timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; and lack of qualified, skilled labor or loss of key individuals. A description of additional assumptions used to develop such forward-looking information and a description of additional risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking information can be found in Acreage’s disclosure documents, such as Acreage’s listing statement filed on November 14, 2018, on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. Although Acreage has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of Acreage as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. However, Acreage expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities law.  The Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

Investor Contact:

Steve West
Vice President, Investor Relations
Investors@acreageholdings.com
646-600-9181

Media Contacts:

Howard Schacter
Head of Communications
h.schacter@acreageholdings.com
646-600-9181

 

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMarch 13, 2019
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Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $10.5 million for an increase of 380% over the previous year’s $2.1 million. Acreage reported a whopping fourth-quarter net loss of $217.6 million. The pro forma revenue* for the fourth quarter was $22.9 million and the pro forma adjusted net loss*, which excludes certain non-cash charges and non-recurring items, for the fourth quarter was $10.8 million.

Fiscal 2018

The full year fiscal 2018 revenue of $21.1 million increased 173% over last year’s $7.7 million. The pro forma revenue*  was $77.2 million for the full year fiscal 2018. The full year fiscal 2018 net loss of $219.7 million was primarily driven by non-cash charges and non-recurring items. The pro forma adjusted net loss*, which excludes certain non-cash charges and non-recurring items was $30.3 million for the full year fiscal 2018.

Growth

The company has been on a tear with its expansion During the fourth quarter of 2018, Acreage opened two dispensaries under its The Botanist brand in Buffalo, NY and Worcester, MA, and acquired one dispensary in Thames Valley, CT, ending the year with 19 dispensaries (as of today, Acreage has 24 operational dispensaries).

Growth doesn’t come cheaply. During 2018,  Acreage spent over $200 million of capital in various strategic transactions and invested approximately $37 million to build out our operations. $46 million alone was spent in the fourth quarter of  2018. $22 million was invested in its subsidiaries and $15 million advanced to our managed entities to facilitate build-outs outs in the year.

 

Balance Sheet

According to the company’s presentation,  Acreage has $105 million in cash and cash equivalents and $149 million of highly liquid short-term investments on hand as of Q4’18, compared to $16M of cash as of Q4’17. The company raised $314M from pre-RTO private placement; completed RTO and listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. Acreage President George Allen said at this time the company doesn’t anticipate raising more money.

Kanna Acquisition

Acreage also announced it was acquiring Kanna, Inc. which holds a license to operate a cannabis dispensary in Oakland, CA. as the company enters the California market. It’s an all-stock deal valued at $11.5 million that is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. That’s a bargain when one considers that a nearby dispensary is doing $40 million a year.

Acreage said it will issue up to 460,000 Subordinate Voting Shares at a deemed value of $25 per share. Shares are currently trading in the mid-teens, but Allen pointed out that when the company did go public it was at $25 a share. “It’s a message to our shareholders, that we’re not willing to dilute ad nauseum shareholder value,” said Allen.

“I could not be more excited about our first dispensary operation in California, especially one in a limited competitive market. While this is our first, it is nowhere near our last, as we expect to significantly expand our dispensary footprint in the state over the coming months,” said Kevin Murphy, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Acreage Holdings, Inc. According to the statement, Oakland allows just 16 adult use dispensaries to serve a population of more than 400,000.

The dispensary is located at 2019 MacArthur Blvd., in Oakland, but it will open in the second quarter of 2019, under Acreage’s dispensary brand The Botanist.

 

 


StaffStaffFebruary 19, 2019
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Acreage Holdings Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) continues its push to add strength to its consumer team with the additions of Stacey Kawahata, as the Vice President of Consumer Insights and Brand Strategy, and Joen Choe, as Vice President of Marketing. Acreage has already established itself as a leader with its star-packed board of directors and continues to add key hires from top consumer brands.

“Our long-term success depends on our ability to create differentiated national brands and products that connect with consumers. The addition of Stacey and Joen is a testament to our commitment to driving the growth of our brands and the industry overall,” said Harris Damashek, Chief Marketing Officer of Acreage Holdings. “They both bring an amazing track record and experience in creating, developing and growing breakthrough brands by connecting with consumers in culturally relevant ways.”  Both executives will report directly to Chief Marketing Officer Harris Damashek and join a growing marketing organization with Acreage.

 

As VP of Consumer Insights and Brand Strategy, Kawahata will be responsible for bringing deep consumer understanding to the center of Acreage’s product, brand, and marketing executions.

Kawahata said, “In a few years, Acreage has established the largest company in the cannabis industry—what I see as the bedrock for creating a house of brands that will revolutionize how people think of cannabis and reach the many millions in the U.S. who need or want this plant to better their lives.”

Prior to joining Acreage, Kawahata worked at VICE Media for more than four years leading global brand, content and partnership strategy for VICE’s commercial and editorial arm. She was also a leader in VICE’s internal agency, VIRTUE, working with a number of brands including lululemon (LULU), Under Armour (UA), and Apple (AAPL). In this role, Kawahata also led strategy across several VICE partnerships with companies such as Samsung, Diageo, and ABI. In her role at Acreage, Kawahata will be responsible for crafting experiences and brands that resonate with the many different consumer segments across the cannabis industry, and creating marketing strategies, programs, and executions rooted in consumer needs.

 

As VP of Marketing, Joen will lead marketing strategy and brand management efforts across a growing portfolio of brands and retail concepts, including The Botanist, Acreage’s flagship retail brand.

On joining Acreage, Choe said, “As the leader in the industry with the largest national footprint, Acreage Holdings is uniquely positioned to create the first national brands in the industry and shape the development of the most significant new industry in the world. It’s a special challenge and privilege to build brands and experiences that will help craft one of the most significant moments in consumer behavior and culture.”

Prior to his position of VP of Marketing at Acreage, Choe drove brand and commercial marketing across a variety of industries, geographies, and sizes—from global icons like Nike (NKE), Luxottica, and Absolut Vodka to high-growth brands like vitaminwater (Coca-Cola), St-Germain (Bacardi), and Aviation Gin. In addition to his deep experience in brand and marketing leadership, Choe managed product and business operations and led media and communications in roles across multiple verticals. Choe also held a leadership role at a startup in mobile health and wellness, Tangram, with products sold at Apple, Best Buy, and Target before being acquired by Kakao Ventures.

 

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtFebruary 11, 2019
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The National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) was announced on Friday by the group’s new leader former speaker of the House John Boehner. The group will be lobbying to remove federal restrictions that stand in the way of medical research on cannabis and encourage the development solutions to help patients.

Other agenda items for the group include working to correct the tax code and improve the banking situation for cannabis companies. NCR will also be working to help states enact their own cannabis legislation.

Boehner has come a long way since his days as the Speaker. At one time he was very vocally anti-marijuana and opposed the very legislation he will now be fighting for. Since his time as Speaker, Boehner joined the board of one of the largest cannabis companies Acreage Holdings Inc. (ACRG.U) and has described his opinion towards cannabis as “evolved.”

“As the cannabis industry grows and matures, it’s vital that we work together for a common-sense legal framework for cannabis policy,” Speaker Boehner said in a statement. As membership grows, he says, NCR will be comprised of growers, processors, retailers, wellness centers, investors, entrepreneurs, and publicly traded companies. Acreage Holdings is a founding member of the group.

Edible company Plus Products is another company that has joined forces with the group. “As the Cannabis industry matures, leading companies have a responsibility to help keep the public safe and well informed,” said Jake Heimark, CEO of PLUS. “Our mission at PLUS is to make cannabis safe and approachable and we are excited to help further that mission by being an inaugural participant in the National Cannabis Roundtable.”

“As the top edible company in the largest state, we look forward to helping shape the national dialog around cannabis consumption and make sure the cannabis industry takes a responsible role in keeping consumers safe,” said Jennifer Tung, PLUS’ Chief Risk Officer.



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