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StaffJuly 16, 2021
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Luis Merchan, President & CEO at Flora Growth Corp.

Luis Merchan, President and CEO of Flora Growth Corp., is a New York and Miami-based executive with over a decade of proven experience in enterprise sales management, corporate strategy, merchandising and expense management, and customer experience. During Luis’ term as Flora CEO, the company has added over 10,000 new investors, went public on the Nasdaq in May 2021, and now organized to support a portfolio of organic cannabis-based products rapidly growing through acquisitions and partnerships.

Title: 

President and CEO of Flora Growth Corp. 

 

Company: 

Flora Growth Corp. 

Years at current company: 

1 year, 1 month

Education profile: 

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, B.E., Industrial Engineering

McNeese State University, MBA, Business

Harvard Extension School, Marketing Management Graduate Certificate, Marketing. 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: 

Before joining the Flora Growth team, I previously served as Macy’s Inc.’s Vice President of Workforce Strategy and Operations where I managed the enterprise’s multibillion-dollar P&L expense line for the 540-store portfolio. Throughout my tenure at Macy’s, I led various sales and marketing initiatives including the B2B corporate sales team that was responsible for $160 million in annual revenue. I held a few executive-level roles at Macy’s Inc., including VP of Customer Experience and Selling Support Services and Group VP of National Merchandising and Sales – Beauty, as well as managerial roles at Target Corporation.

Company Mission:  

From the ground up, Flora is building a foundation designed to exceed customer expectations through purpose-built EU-GMP compliant or equivalent facilities for cultivation, extraction, and manufacturing. With rampant uncertainty in product quality across the cannabis industry, Flora’s mission is to offer a reliable and affordable cannabis solution. By controlling product quality across our value chain, we believe that we can confidently meet the stringent standards in our target countries.

Company’s most successful achievement:

Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) was the first-ever all-outdoor organic plant touching company to list on the NASDAQ. The company brought on 10,600 shareholders, making Flora a holder of one of the broadest shareholder bases in cannabis to ever list on NASDAQ.

The Colombian cultivator launched their U.S.-based IPO with the largest cultivation licensed for production in the country on May 11, 2021, without using a SPAC, reverse merger or dual listing.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): if so, how much?

To date, Flora has raised the full US$15M in capital through our Reg A+ offering. The Reg A+ is closed to any additional investments and we look forward to seeing how trading continues to succeed.

Flora is very proud to have generated revenue from our beauty and brands business ahead of raising money from our investors before our NASDAQ IPO. We’re ramping up and building an infrastructure that will support a very successful company for the future. This year, our revenue will be 10-20 times higher than it was last year and we’re already showing Q1 coming in 30-40% over budget, and we expect to have strong year-over-year growth over the next 5 years. We are pleased with our current revenue and are performing well ahead of our expectations.

We maximize return on capital invested by utilizing the entire cannabis plant to reduce waste and sensibly maintain operational flexibility to scale production and capitalize on growing wholesale and retail demand for our premium product portfolio.

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

Profitability and EBITDA has been a priority for Flora Growth since day 1. Our margins are exceptionally high, we have one of the lowest growing costs, and started generating revenue early on in operations. We are optimistic that revenue will be cash flow positive in the coming years and hope to announce some exciting things next year that will help us achieve positive EBITDA. Flora expects operations to improve over the short term. We are, however, constantly evolving and expanding our infrastructure to acquire targets that will complement our current business model. 

Most important company 5-year goal: 

In 5 years, we see Flora Growth as a major global player in the cannabis industry. We’re looking to expand our global footprint in the European and Asia Pacific markets through extensive product innovation efforts and plan to grow with international partners to identify multiple distribution points across all 5 continents. 

We’re taking advantage of one of the best areas of growth geographically in Colombia to keep our costs down and further diversify our robust portfolio of brands utilizing all-outdoor and organic growth practices. We also have a GLOBAL G.A.P certification that allows us to export dry flower into countries around the world, are pending both a USDA Organic Seal Certification from the National Organic Program and a European Union Good Manufacturing Practices Certification (EU GMP) within the next year. 


StaffMay 11, 2021
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Flora IPO

Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) priced its initial public offering of 3,333,333 shares of its common stock, at the high end of the proposed price range of $5.00 per share to the public for a total of US$16,666,665 of gross proceeds to the company. Flora Growth is a cannabis company that says it will leverage natural, cost-effective cultivation practices to supply cannabis derivatives to its diverse business divisions of cosmetics, hemp textiles, and food and beverage. Flora said it strives to market a higher-quality premium product at below-market prices. By prioritizing natural ingredients and value-chain sustainability across its portfolio. The common stock is expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market today under the symbol “FLGC.” The offering is expected to close on May 13, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

True Leaf 

True Leaf Brands Inc.  (OTC Pink: TRLFF) (FSE: TLAA) has launched both a traditional private placement and an equity crowdfunding offering. The company plans to use the proceeds from both offerings to execute its strategic plan to become the industry’s leading provider of seed-to-shelf solutions for micro-cultivators. The company said it planned the dual offering so that institutional investors, plus the craft cannabis community, and the general public would have the opportunity to invest.

The company said in a statement that it will offer for sale up to a maximum of 25 million units at $0.40 CAD per Unit. Each Unit will consist of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant. Each Warrant shall be exercisable for one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.60 CAD for a period of 24 months following the Closing Date (as defined below). The Warrants are subject to accelerated expiry in the event the closing price of the common shares of the Company on the Canadian Securities Exchange is $0.90 CAD or more for a period of ten consecutive trading days on or after the date which is four months and one day from the date of issuance.

“We’re celebrating B.C.’s rich history of growing quality cannabis – the world-renowned ‘BC Bud.’ By supporting micro-cultivators and giving the public a chance to become owners in our company, the entire craft cannabis community benefits,” said True Leaf CEO Darcy Bomford. “True Leaf’s model is focused on helping micro-cultivators navigate the journey to the regulated retail market so they can showcase their brand and provide consumers with the product they want.”  True Leaf is supporting the craft cannabis community by partnering with micro-cultivators to provide the small-batch, premium product consumers are looking for.

Holistic Industries

Privately-owned Holistic Industries raised $55 million in the form of a convertible note. The company said that the proceeds from the oversubscribed offering, would be used to drive expansion into newly licensed markets, including Missouri and West Virginia, expansion into additional markets, M&A activity the company is currently pursuing, as well as launches of new brands and product innovations.

“We are the largest remaining private MSO operating in the market today, and we see tremendous opportunity ahead for us and our investors,” said Josh Genderson, CEO of Holistic Industries. “With this latest round of funding, we will continue our strategic expansion and continue to develop the operational scale and managerial excellence that makes us the best place to work, shop and invest.”

Holistic Industries has over 600 employees and over 500,000 square feet of growing/processing facilities in eight regionally concentrated states. Between 2018 – 2020, Holistic Industries said it had a revenue CAGR of 146% and is projected to more than double its revenue again in 2021. The company also has a growing and profitable Greenhouse of Brands for every type of cannabis consumer including recent launches of Do Drops, Garcia Hand Picked and Strane in strategic markets. In the first quarter, Holistic Industries opened three new Liberty dispensaries in California and Pennsylvania and has plans to open several additional retail locations and grow/processing facilities later this year.  

 

 


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