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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJune 1, 2020
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Multi-state operator Acreage Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: ACRGF) said it has entered into two definitive funding agreements to receive up to $60 million. According to a company statement, the two funding agreements are as follows:

  • A Standby Equity Distribution Agreement with an institutional investor, under which the company may, at its discretion, periodically sell to Investor, and pursuant to which the Investor may, at its discretion, require the company to sell to it, up to $50 million of the Company’s Class A Subordinate Voting Shares, no par value.
  • Completion of a private placement offering, in which it issued $11 million in a principal amount under a secured convertible debenture, with gross proceeds to the Company of $10,000,000 before transaction fees.

The announcement comes on the heels of Acreage saying it expects to take an $80-$100 million charge  in the quarter ending March 31, 2020. In 2019, Acreage reported a net loss of $195 million, so it seems 2020 may be off to a rough start as well. Acreage is also late to file its first-quarter 2020 earnings report.

The company is also in the midst of restructuring the company as it scales back on its plans to the largest cannabis company in the country.  Its first steps to scaling back properties include selling Acreage North Dakota, where it operated one medical marijuana dispensary and selling undeveloped real estate on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts.

The company’s focus is now on key, profitable operations. Acreage believes this will lead to immediate margin improvements and accelerate its pathway to achieve positive pro-forma adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2020.

The company said in a statement that this shift is a direct response to significant changes in capital markets and in anticipation of continued historic pressure on consumer sentiment and regional and national economic uncertainties. “In addition to the sale of some non-core and other underperforming assets, Acreage intends to operate with a more optimized overhead cost structure and corporate team to adapt to an ever-changing cannabis landscape.”

The company has also laid off more than 200 employees as a result of its attempts to cut costs.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMay 18, 2020
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Acreage Holdings Inc. (OTCQX:ACRGF) was once leading the pack of cannabis companies planting its flags in as many states as possible. That strategy has proven to be expensive and hasn’t paid off as quickly as many hoped. Now Acreage, like the others, is pulling back and taking a more targeted approach as it divests assets and takes a big charge.

Acreage said it expects to record a pre-tax, non-cash charge of $80 to $100 million in the quarter ending March 31, 2020. Its first steps to scaling back properties include selling Acreage North Dakota, where it operated one medical marijuana dispensary and selling undeveloped real estate on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. In 2019, Acreage reported a net loss of $195 million, so it seems 2020 may be off to a rough start as well.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. cannabis operators has been profound, at a time when the industry was already reeling from decreased access to capital, legislative uncertainty, and the illicit-market vaping crisis that struck our industry by association,” said Kevin Murphy, Chairman, and CEO of Acreage. “Led by a nimble operating team and Board of Directors that has proven its ability time and again to adapt and thrive in challenging times, we are supremely confident our plan will ensure operational profitability and excellence and position us to deliver improved shareholder returns in short order.”

The company’s focus is now on key, profitable operations. Acreage believes this will lead to immediate margin improvements and accelerate its pathway to achieve positive pro-forma adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2020.

The company said in a statement that this shift is a direct response to significant changes in capital markets and in anticipation of continued historic pressure on consumer sentiment and regional and national economic uncertainties. “In addition to the sale of some non-core and other underperforming assets, Acreage intends to operate with a more optimized overhead cost structure and corporate team to adapt to an ever-changing cannabis landscape.”

North Dakota’s Lack Of Patients

Medical marijuana has been legal in North Dakota since 2016, but activists had been moving towards a ballot measure for recreational use. The medical program took two years to implement and was fairly small in scope. The plan was a ballot initiative for 2022, but with COVID’s social distancing measures, getting signatures is proving difficult. Acreage has announced early in April it was closing the North Dakota dispensary, so the sale isn’t a surprise.

When the state opened up to medical marijuana cards last year only 122 patients signed up and the number was only expected to climb to 4,000. At the end of 2019, only 1,850 cards had been issued making this is a difficult state for a profitable venture.

Massachusetts Tourism Hit

Nantucket currently lists only one dispensary called Green Lady. COVID is sure to affect tourism to the island in the summer months as the economy struggles from unemployment and people remain cautious about traveling. The only way to reach the island is by ferry meaning tourists will have a hard time maintaining a six-foot distance from each other. Green Lady said it will be closed until May 19th after the Governor ordered all adult-use stores to close and only allowed medicinal dispensaries to remain open.

 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 27, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 27th, 2020. 

On the Site

Top Selling CBD Products on LeafLink

LeafLink broke down the data of their top-selling products at the request of Hemp Market Report, with the top-selling product being Mary’s Medicinals patch priced at $10. The rest of the list is as follows: 

Most purchased products containing CBD (by order volume)

  • 1:1 CBD:THC Patch, 100 mg – Mary’s Medicinals
  • 1:1 CBD/THC Sour Gummies, Strawberry Lemonade – Wana Brands
  • 10:1 CBD/THC CBD Therapy Assorted Pucks, 200 mg  – CannaPunch

Top categories for products containing CBD 

  • Edibles & Ingestibles 
  • Cartridges 
  • Topicals 

Top-selling brands with products containing CBD 

  • Terrapin Pennsylvania 
  • Wana Brands
  • Mary’s Medicinals

Social Club TV Gives Cannabis Content a Home

Green Market Report was able to talk with Josh Otten of Social Club TV. Social Club TV is a collaboration of RONIN Content Services (CEO Josh Otten) and Cookies (CEO Berner Milan Jr.) This is a cannabis network that will be available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Roku, and Pluto. The network features over 17 series and 300 episodes. 

Innovative Industrial Properties Generates $17 Million in Q4 

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) reported its earnings from the fourth quarter yesterday, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The quarter ended on December 31st, 2019. 

The cannabis real estate company reported total revenue of approximately $17.7 million in Q4, an astonishing 269% increase from the prior year’s quarter. This is an amazing jump from the companies total revenue of just $4.8 million in Q4 of 2018. 

Vermont Takes Another Step Towards Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

On Wednesday, the Vermont House of Representatives voted in favor (90-54) of a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. 

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, S. 54 will now be scheduled for a final House vote, which is expected tomorrow. If it passes there, it will return to the Senate, which has already approved a different version of the bill in a 23-5 vote. The House and Senate will have to agree on a final version of the bill before it can proceed to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.

In Other News

Acreage Holdings Stock Falls Due to Q4 Earnings 

Acreage reported a loss of $50.5 million over the 3-month period of Q4, with revenue coming in at $21.1 million. Despite revenue for the full year reaching $155 million, full-year net loss was US$150.3 million, leading to an 8% drop-off in Acreage stock.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 26, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 26th, 2020. 

On the Site

U.S. Hemp Could Benefit from the Coronavirus

As a major supplier of cut-rate hemp fiber and CBD for the world market, China has proven stiff competition for United States’ suppliers both domestically and internationally. The disruption of that supply chain by the coronavirus outbreak means that U.S. producers could finally gain an advantage in domestic and international markets.

MedMen Reports Revenue Of $44 Million, But A Net Loss Of $96 Million

MedMen Enterprises Inc.  (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) delivered its financial results for the second quarter of 2020 ending December 28, 2019. Revenue across MedMen’s operations in California, Nevada, New York, Illinois, and Florida increased to $44.1 million for the quarter, up 50% year-over-year and 11% sequentially. 

The net loss for the quarter was a staggering $96 million versus last year’s $64 million. The loss per share was ($0.09) versus last year’s ($0.23), so some improvement there.

Surviving Legalization 

Green Market report republished a story from Cannabis Law Report, diving into what has happened to the Emerald Triangle, and specifically Humboldt County, since legalization. The article is a response to the article “Cannabis Regulation: The Struggle of Small Farmers,” written by Lance Griffin. The responding article notes that legalization has been a disaster for Humboldt County, but not necessarily for their growers and shifts some of the blame of the financial crisis of Humboldt County since legalization to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission, and pins the greatest responsibility of Humboldt County’s financial disaster on the “cadre of consultants, experts and advisors who took so much money for knowing only a little more than their clients.”

 

Acreage Holdings Reports 2019 Revenue Of $74 Million, Net Loss Of $195 Million

 

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (ACRG-U.CN) (ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $21.1 million and full-year 2019 revenue of $74.1 million, a 101% and 251% increase, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2018.

The net loss was a whopping $65 million versus last year’s $29 million for the same time period. The net loss for the full year was a staggering $195 million versus the fiscal year 2018’s loss of $32 million. 

 

Nevada Publishes List of Cannabis Test Failures

The Nevada Department of Taxation issued a Public Health and Safety Notice Advisory 2020-05 on February 21, 2020, advising consumers and patients to avoid consuming marijuana which was listed in the notice. The affected marijuana failed secondary microbial testing conducted by an independent testing laboratory. The cannabis was tested for yeast and mold, bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria, coliforms, and Aspergillus. The products were sold at the following dispensaries: 

  • Rise (owned by GTI or Green Thumb Industries)
  • Essence
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • MMJ America
  • Fine Cannabis Dispensary
  • Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary
  • Curaleaf
  • ShowGrow
  • Blum
  • Nevada Made Marijuana
  • Jenny’s Dispensary
  • Las Vegas ReLeaf
  • Sahara Wellness
  • Top-Notch Health Center
  • Deep Roots Harvest
  • Acres Cannabis
  • The Source
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • Exhale
  • Silver Sage
  • The Grove
  • Oasis Cannabis and The Dispensary NV

Products were from various strains and the statement said that there was no reason to believe that the dispensaries or cultivators had any knowledge that the products exceeded allowable limits.

In Other News

3 Sixty Announces Interim CFO

3 Sixty, a Canadian company that works closely with the cannabis industry offering security solutions, has announced Candice Matthews as the interim CFO of the company alongside her current duties as the Director of Finance. 

“The Board and I have full confidence in Ms. Matthews’ ability to lead our finance operations in the short term, and we expect a seamless transition once the new CFO has been recruited in the near future,” said Thomas Gerstenecker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Nutritional High Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent with Calyx Brands, Inc. 

Nutritional High International Inc, a cannabis oils and edibles company has announced its non-binding letter of intent to sell a controlling interest in Calyx Brands, a cannabis distribution and logistics company based in California. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2020. 

“Current challenges in the capital markets have been especially acute for distributors, who require working capital to grow their business,” commented Dakota Sullivan, CEO of Calyx. “We see this as an opportunity to combine our distribution reach with our new Partner’s supply chain and flower business to form a powerful, end-to-end brand.”

Harvest One Announces Sale of Non-Core Interest in Burb and Lillooet Property Totaling Proceeds of $2.3 Million

Harvest One Cannabis Inc. has announced its entry into a definitive agreement to sell its interest in Burb Cannabis Corp, a British Columbia based cannabis retailer, along with its interest in the Lillooet, British Columbia based 398-acre site, dubbed the “Lillooet Property.” Harvest One has agreed to sell its 19.9% equity stake in Burb back to the founders of Burb and has forgiven a shareholder loan with a face value of $250,000 in exchange for total cash consideration of $1,512,600. Per the Lillooet Transaction, Harvest One has entered into a contract to sell the Lillooet Property for cash consideration of $770,000. The transaction is scheduled to close on March 31, 2020.

AYR Strategies Q4 Revenue Increases to $32.3 Million 

Vertically-integrated cannabis company AYR Strategies reported a total revenue increase of 75% to $124.2 million compared to $70.9 million, and an Adjusted Gross Profit increased 78% to $63.0 million compared to $35.5 million. 

Enviva Reports Q4 Earnings 

Enviva has announced its Q4 earnings. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported a net income of $0.9 million, adjusted net income of $17.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $53.3 million. 

For the full year of 2019, it reported a net loss of $2.9 million, an adjusted net income of $33.4 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $141.3 million. 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtNovember 18, 2019
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Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage”) (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTC: ACRGF) is buying New Jersey’s  Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. which is a vertically integrated cannabis nonprofit corporation. The deal is subject to state approval and the amount of the deal was not disclosed. However, the state of New Jersey did state that Compassionate Care reported $4.9 million in revenue in 2018, badly trailing Curaleaf’s $19 million in revenue for 2018.

“I’m thrilled to finally welcome CCF into the Acreage family,” said Kevin Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acreage.  “This reorganization will result in increased access to affordable medical cannabis for New Jersey’s existing patients in short order.  Moreover, we have long believed that upon adult-use legalization, the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions will be the preeminent cannabis market in the U.S. and Acreage is best positioned of any U.S. cannabis company to benefit.”

New Jersey Needs More Dispensaries

The Biennial Report issued in April 2019 from the state of New Jersey said, “The Department estimates that in 3 years New Jersey will need between 440,000 and 1,000,000 square feet of licensed cultivation capacity to meet
growing demand – or between 25 and 50 cultivation sites, depending on average size of site.” It went on to say, ” In New Jersey, there are 1.5 million people per open dispensary, whereas the aggregate average of population per dispensary in other states was roughly 100,000 people per dispensary. If New Jersey was at the average, the state would have 90 medical dispensaries to serve our population. Conclusion: The analysis strongly supports the need for additional dispensary sites in New Jersey.”

The report also noted that in both 2017 and 2018, Compassionate Care Foundation had the highest medical cannabis discounts, with discounts averaging between 16% and 17% per ounce.

CCF Assets

According to the company statement, Compassionate Care has licenses for cultivation, manufacturing & processing, and three retail dispensaries.

Cultivation: CCF operates one of New Jersey’s largest indoor growing facilities, primarily for high end flower, in Egg Harbor, NJ.  Acreage and CCF are planning to expand this facility to serve the existing demand for medical cannabis and in anticipation of adult-use legalization, and to build out a robust wholesale business.

Retail Dispensary Operations: CCF has the potential to operate three retail dispensaries, one of which is currently in operation in Egg Harbor.  An additional dispensary is under construction in Atlantic City as The Botanist, and an letter of intent has been signed for another The Botanist dispensary in Williamstown, NJ.

CCF Trails Competition

The Biennial report also stated that when looking at total inventory, neither Greenleaf Compassion Center nor Compassionate Care Foundation eclipsed 200 lbs of total product from June to December of 2018. “During the study period, Compassionate Care Foundation had a range of between 12 and 102 lbs of product onhand and an average of 41 lbs, while Greenleaf had a range between 5 and 12 lbs of product on hand and an average of 8 lbs on-hand.
Every other ATC in New Jersey had an average inventory of close to or over 500 lbs during same time period.”

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtNovember 13, 2019
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Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) reported third-quarter revenue of $22.4 million, a 307% increase over last year’s $5.5 million for the same period in 2018. The company also reported a net loss of $39.9 million versus last year’s net loss of $4.5 million and the EBITDA loss was $44 million.

CEO Kevin Murphy said in a statement, “The third quarter was highlighted by tremendous progress of our long-term plan. We launched great cannabis brands that are receiving strong influencer praise, continued building out our wholesale businesses across our national footprint, and achieved 100 percent retail distribution in the fast-growing market of Pennsylvania. Importantly, we also have a path to secure the capital resources necessary to fund our future expansion and acquisition activities. The last six months have been challenging for the entire industry, but as I have emphasized since day one, this is a long game and I have never been more optimistic about the future of Acreage.”

The third quarter Non-GAAP EPS of -$0.17 beat estimates by $0.03 and the GAAP EPS of -$0.45 missed by $0.13.

Compensation expenses caused a large increase in the company’s earnings for the quarter and accounted for roughly $23 million.

The revenue breakout was as follows:

New England    $4.5m

Mid-Atlantic     $2.2m

Midwest             $2.1m

West                    $712k

 

The stock was rising by 1% to lately trade at $4.88


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 20, 2019
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After weeks of speculation, it is official. Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) has announced that the company’s shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favor of acquiring Acreage Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS: ACRGF).

Although the deal was announced last April, certain shareholders in recent weeks had suggested that the company may not have enough votes to approve the acquisition. With approval from approximately 99% of Canopy shareholders, those suggestions proved to be incorrect.

“On behalf of Canopy Growth, I thank the shareholders of both companies for their vote of confidence in this historic transaction,” said Bruce Linton, Chairman and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth. “Completion of the Transaction is intended to position us to efficiently and effectively enter the US cannabis market once federally permissible. Alongside our international market strategies and US Hemp strategy, we believe the acquisition of Acreage will be a key step in bolstering our position as a truly global company.”

Valued at $3.4 billion, the acquisition represents one of the largest in cannabis history. However, the deal is not yet done. The acquisition still needs to be approved by the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the deal will not take effect until the United States federally legalizes adult-use cannabis.

Once the deal is consummated, Acreage shareholders will receive a payment of $300 million or approximately $2.55 per Acreage Subordinate Voting Share. Holders of subordinate voting shares of Acreage will also receive 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.

Altogether, Acreage shareholders 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. At this time, it is unclear whether Acreage’s more famous directors such former Speaker John Boehner, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Massachusetts Governor and current Presidential candidate Bill Weld will sit on the new board.


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.

 



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