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William SumnerWilliam SumnerJuly 24, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 24, 2019.

On the Site

Executive Spotlight: Nick Ortega, Co-Founder & CEO of Claybourne Industries

Nick Ortega is the Co-Founder and CEO of Claybourne Industries, a cultivator and distributor specializing in growing brands throughout California. Claybourne’s house brand, Claybourne Co, is known for its innovative flower products such as The Claybourne Power PackTM and the Claybourne Top Shelf 1oz jar.

Fire & Flower Holdings

You may not be able to purchase cannabis from your local gas station, but that hasn’t stopped the international convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX: ATD.A ATD.B) from staking a claim in the industry. Today it was announced that the company would purchase a stake in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. (TSXV: FAF) $25.9 million.

80% Of Vape Products Could Be Fakes

In a time of designer bags, jewelry, shoes, and a slew of other consumer goods being knocked off, the cannabis industry has also fallen victim to counterfeit products. Imagine going into what you believe is a legitimate cannabis dispensary or online shop and being sold what you think is a King Pen, Brass Knuckles, or Heavy Hitter vape, only to find that in comparison to what you’re inhaling, “you’re better chewing on lead paint.”

In Other News

Curaleaf

In the wake of the news that Curaleaf Holdings (OTCMKTS: CURLF) had received a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration over “unsubstantiated health claims,” the national pharmacy retailer CVS has announced that they will no longer sell Curaleaf products. In a statement, Mike DeAngelis, CVS’ senior director, corporate communications, said that the company has no plans to resume selling Curaleaf products once they are pulled from the shelves. In response to the FDA letter, Curaleaf representatives say that the company “will work collaboratively with the FDA to resolve all issues addressed in the agency’s letter.”

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) announced that it had raised C$50.2 million in a bought deal offering led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. At C$2.45 per unit, Green Growth Brands sold 20.5 million units of the company. Each unit is comprised of one common share and half of one common share purchase warrant. The company has also extended to the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,075,000 units at the offering price, totaling C$7.53 million. The closing is expected to close on August 21, 2019.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJuly 11, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 11, 2019.

On the Site

Bhang Corporation

Cannabis edible company known for its chocolates Bhang Corporation (CSE: BHNG) began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange as Bhang Inc. under the stock symbol “BHNG” on July 11, 2019. “We’re proud to announce this major milestone for Bhang and the industry, as we see a national cannabis brand begin trading on the CSE. This public listing fuels our strategy to meet the growing demand for today’s most innovative cannabis products,” Scott Van Rixel, CEO of Bhang, said.

California Cannabis Contract Conundrums For Lawyers

We were prompted to write this article by the juxtaposition of two articles republished by Cannabis Business Executive in its July 4th Edition. The title of the first article, The Top 5 Most Dangerous Cannabis Contracts in California, caught our eye. We were intrigued by the title. What is a “dangerous” contract?

Executive Spotlight: Antonio Frazier, Director of Operations for CannaSafe

Antonio Frazier is the Director of Operations at CannaSafe, the first ISO licensed cannabis lab in the world and the leading marketshare holder in California. He met CannaSafe President, Aaron Riley, while playing football together at Furman University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree; he also holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Clemson.

In Other News

Demetrix

The biotechnology company Demetrix Inc. announced that it had raised $50 million in Series A funding. The company specializes in the production of CBD through fermentation, using bakers’ yeast to help accelerate cannabinoid production. Tuatara Capital led the fundraise and included investors from Horizons Ventures, who led Demetrix’s previous $11 million Series Seed round. Demetrix plans on using the funds to scale its operations.

Trulieve

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTC: TCNNF) announced that its company founders have voluntarily entered into a lock-up agreement. Representing 65,253,093 subordinate voting shares of the company (59.25%), shareholders have agreed that they will not sell or offer to sell their shares on or before July 25, 2020. On January 25, 2020, an additional 15%, or 11,205,960, of the subordinate voting shares will be released from the lockup. According to Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers, the lock-up will help increase shareholder value. “This extension of the lock-up period demonstrates the continued confidence the company founders have in the execution of our long-term strategy,” Rivers said.

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) announced that it had reached a deal with American Eagle Outfitters to sell hemp-based CBD infused products in nearly 500 of the retail clothing brand’s stores, as well as its online store. The products will be specifically designed for the American Eagle brand, and sales are expected to begin sometime in October 2019.

Supreme

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. announced today that the Supreme Court of British Columbia had approved its acquisition of Blissco Cannabis Corp. The arrangement will close on July 12, 2019, upon which Supreme will acquire all of Blissco’s issued and outstanding common shares. “With the closing of this acquisition, Supreme Cannabis will expand its portfolio to include a consumer focused brand that specializes in products for the premium global wellness category,” said Navdeep Dhaliwal, CEO of Supreme Cannabis. “In addition to gaining an established wellness brand, Supreme Cannabis will acquire Blissco’s facility built to EU GMP standards that has been extracting oils for the Canadian market since August 2018.”


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJuly 9, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 9, 2019.

On the Site

Caliva

Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter announced online today that he will enter into a multi-year partnership with Caliva as Chief Brand Strategist. The statement said that he will play a crucial role in driving creative direction, outreach efforts, and strategy for the brand. Caliva is one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in California and has quickly become a market leader in cannabis consumer products in the state.

Radient Technologies

Cannabis and hemp extractor Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV: RTI)(OTCQX: RDDTF) reported that the company lost C$18 million in its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.The company only reported revenues of C$214,060 for the year and expenses of C$18,319,167. The cost for that revenue was C$131,249. On a positive note, the company’s cash balance at the end of its fiscal year totaled C$31,752,852, representing an increase of $9,897,548 from March 31, 2018.

Executive Spotlight: Erin Gore, Founder & CEO of Garden Society

Erin Gore is founder and CEO of Garden Society, a California-based, cannabis-focused benefit corporation serving women in search of new, more holistic ways to rejuvenate from the rigors of their daily lives. Garden Society creates artisanal confections and sun-grown pre-rolls that connects biodynamic farming, sustainable ingredients and strain-specific cannabis in a variety of products.

Green Growth Brands

Cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB)(OTCQB: GGBXF) is acquiring MXY Holdings LLC also known as Moxie in an all-stock deal valued at $310 million. The deal is expected to close within six months. Moxie is located in three states at this time, California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Michigan is set to be the fourth state. The products are in 250 dispensaries, which is a retail relationship that GGB would like to leverage.  Moxie provides customers with high-quality recreational and medical cannabis products.

In Other News

Surterra Wellness

The medical cannabis provider Surterra Wellness announced today that it has appointed Fareed Khan as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who will be responsible for corporate finance, investor relations, tax and shared services activities. Formerly serving as the CFO for the Kellogg Company, Khan helped drive the company’s corporate strategy to include revitalizing key brands through targeted investment and transforming the company’s portfolio through mergers and acquisitions. “Fareed’s track record of translating strategy into initiatives that drive growth for both private and public companies, across a number of industries, will propel our continued success,” said  Surterra CEO and Chairman  William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr.

KushCo Holdings

KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: KSHB) announced today its financial results for the third quarter ending on May 31, 2019. Net revenue was $41.5 million, representing a quarter-over-quarter increase of 17.9%.On a GAAP basis, gross profit was 17.8%. On a GAAP basis, the net loss was $10.6 million, up from $9.2 million in the same period of the previous year. Cash on hand is approximately $12.2 million.  “We expect demand to increase for the Company’s core product offerings as the cannabis and hemp markets continue to expand and mature. Our customer base is gaining strength with the largest multi-state operators and Canadian LP’s starting to scale in existing markets, while also preparing for growth in new emerging geographies – including recently approved Illinois,” said KushCo Chairman and CEO Nick Kovacevich.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJuly 9, 2019
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Cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB)(OTCQB: GGBXF) is acquiring MXY Holdings LLC also known as Moxie in an all-stock deal valued at $310 million. The deal is expected to close within six months.

Moxie

Moxie is located in three states at this time, California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Michigan is set to be the fourth state. The products are in 250 dispensaries, which is a retail relationship that GGB would like to leverage.  Moxie provides customers with high-quality recreational and medical cannabis products.  Moxie offers live resin vape cartridges, CBD vape cartridges, liquid Moxie vape cartridges, and pre-rolled joints.

Green Growth said that the combination of Moxie and GGB would create one of the first cannabis companies to provide consumers a comprehensive product offering, including both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) product lines and distribution that run from mainstream retail to cannabis dispensaries, all led by management with decades of expertise and credibility.

“In the short time since we began operations, we have built a business comprised of highly experienced management and merchant teams and cannabis experts, who have created successful CBD and MSO businesses. The coming together of Moxie and Green Growth Brands is anticipated to complete the circle,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands.  “As a ‘360 degree’ cannabis company, we expect to bring an expertise to each segment of the combined business: cannabis dispensaries, vertically-integrated and wholesale CBD and wholesale cannabis consumer products.”

Terms

A new Ontario limited partnership will be formed and GGB will be the general partner who will acquire the operating companies of GGB and the issued and outstanding units of Moxie, an arm’s length third party, in an all-equity interest transaction.  As part of the deal, GGB will also be directly acquiring shares of MXY C, INC. and MXY D, INC. Delaware entities within the Moxie structure, and interests in two entities, PurePenn LLC and Pure CA, LLC, with which Moxie has current acquisition agreements.

If Moxie terminates the deal, there is a $10 million fee. If GGB terminates the deal, there is a $17.5 million fee.

“The pairing between Moxie and Green Growth Brands is anticipated to accelerate growth for both businesses that results in a differentiated and expansive business model,” said Jordan Lams, Co-Founder and CEO of Moxie. “Moxie’s success comes from keeping our promise of delivering premium quality products to our consumers that creates an emotional connection with Moxie across multiple geographies. Both companies have proven track records of building customer loyalty through authenticity, and together, we are going to focus on taking steps to rapidly grow America’s mainstream cannabis brands.”

Green Growth’s Growth Plans

The Moxie acquisition is part of GGB’s focused growth strategy.  GGB is rapidly building its cannabidiol (CBD) business, including recently securing additional distribution through Designer Brands Inc., the parent company of DSW shoe stores (NYSE: DBI) and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), and is expanding its footprint of Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy shops from the current 61 to an expected 200+ by the end of calendar year 2019.  GGB is also building its MSO network, which now includes the potential for up to 47 dispensary licenses in three key states.

Moxie is recognized by its peers in cannabis, winning close to 100 industry awards over the years, including Brand of the Year at the 2018 California Cannabis Association Awards. Moxie’s newest product, the DART vaporizer, won first place at the recent 2019 High Times SoCal Cannabis Cup with its Piña Colada flavor. Jordan Lams was named 100 Most Influential People In Cannabis by High Times two years running,


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 27, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 27, 2019.

On the Site

Green Growth Brands

After a trial period of selling the Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) CBD line called Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy products, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has decided to carry the products in 160 stores. The expansion includes Seventh Sense’s CBD-infused body lotions, muscle balms, lip balms, and sugar scrubs, and is Green Growth Brands’ second major wholesale agreement since the passage of the Agriculture Act of 2018 in December 2018.

Executive Spotlight: Dr. Jared Helfant, Co-Founder and President of Sparx Cannabis

At Sparx, Dr. Helfant applies his expertise to oversee operations, branding, and marketing. With a proven track record of providing top-tier, customer-facing services and long-term strategic planning, his knowledge helps facilitate budget analysis, marketing strategies, and partner relationships.

In Other News

Surterra Wellness

The medical cannabis company Surterra Wellness announced that it had closed a $100 million Series D funding round. So far, the company has raised over $300 million in private capital. Proceeds from the funding will go towards expansion initiatives such as strategic acquisitions and infrastructure capital expenditures. Surterra also announced that it had expanded its board of directors to include Ed Brown, Surterra’s Executive Director, and its Executive of Operations, Kevin Fisher.

Curaleaf

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) announced today that it had acquired both Glendale Greenhouse and Phytotherapeutics Management Services, LLC. Glendale Greenhouse is a vertically integrated cannabis business operating a cultivation and processing facility with a 20,000 square foot production facility capable of producing 3,600 pounds of flower annually. Glendale also owns a 1,500 square-foot dispensary and the master lease on the 15,000 square-foot multi-tenant building where the dispensary is located. Phytotherapeutics Management Services, LLC operates under the license of Phytotherapeutics of Tucson, LLC. Once the transaction is closed, the Phytotherapeutics’ license would be transferred to Curaleaf and apply to a newly developed, flagship dispensary.

Aleafia Health

Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) (OTC: ALEAF) (FRA:ARAH) has closed a $40.25 million over-subscribed public offering. Leading the offering was Mackie Research Capital Corporation and BMO Capital Markets, and included Canaccord Genuity Corp. “We are excited to close this financing and strengthen our balance sheet as we solidify and accelerate the expansion of our cannabis health and wellness ecosystem, in Canada, and globally,” said Aleafia Health CEO, Geoffrey Benic. “This is a key step enabling management to execute on its business plan and to drive operational results creating value for shareholders.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJune 27, 2019
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After a trial period of selling the Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) CBD line called Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy products, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has decided to carryrcrombie.com the products in 160 stores.

“Abercrombie & Fitch understands how to connect with their target-customer, not just in the U.S. but across the globe,” said Green Growth Brands CEO, Peter Horvath. “They have incredible brand recognition in our current target markets and beyond, and we are excited at the prospect of building our partnership together.”

The expansion includes Seventh Sense’s CBD-infused body lotions, muscle balms, lip balms, and sugar scrubs, and is Green Growth Brands’ second major wholesale agreement since the passage of the Agriculture Act of 2018 in December 2018. Seventh Sense shops retail high-quality botanical therapy CBD-infused personal care and beauty products at affordable prices. The product offering includes over 100 SKUs across bath, body, face, therapeutic, and sleep categories.

Mall Takeover

Just two weeks ago, GGB said it plans to have over 70 shops at Brookfield Properties’ (BPY) shopping centers throughout the United States and that it will have approximately 280 stores by the end of the year. “Brookfield Properties operates some of the most exciting and visited malls in the country, and we are thrilled to introduce our CBD shops to their centers,” Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands, said in a statement. Currently, there are seven GGB shops within the Brookfield Properties’ portfolio.
The first Seventh Sense shop opened in mid-February, and, since that time, GGB has continued to open its Seventh Sense shops with blistering speed. “This rapid rollout across the U.S. is truly unprecedented,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands. “We expect to open over 200 shops this year and are confident that we are building one of the largest and most valuable distribution networks for CBD.”
New CMO
This comes on the heels of the hiring of Jann Parish as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Parish was once the CMO of Victoria’s Secret. Prior to Victoria’s Secret, Parish was with PVH Corporation, working with global brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger in a variety of leadership roles. While at Calvin Klein, she led the re-positioning of the Calvin Klein brand, most notably shifting the brand voice and marketing content to appeal to the millennial consumer.
Jann Parish, Chief Marketing Officer of Green Growth Brands (CNW Group/Green Growth Brands)

“As GGB continues rapid expansion in both the CBD and MSO segments, we are delighted to be bringing Jann, a proven consumer marketing expert, onboard,” said Peter Horvath , CEO of Green Growth Brands. “Jann is a master at positioning brands to resonate with consumers. As we scale our portfolio of brands, I am confident that under her leadership we will be differentiated from the competition.  We are so pleased to welcome Jann to the team.”


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 4, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 4, 2019.

On the Site

FDA Holds Public Hearing on Regulating CBD

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held its first public hearing on regulating cannabidiol (CBD). Over the last several years, CBD has been growing in popularity as a health and wellness product. That popularity has only been amplified by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp and hemp-derived products (CBD included) from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. At stake in these hearings is a potentially billion-dollar market. According to Brightfield Group, the CBD market could grow to as high as $22 billion by 2022.

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands, Inc. (GGB.CN) (GGBXF) has announced that it has executed an arm’s length definitive agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of Spring Oaks Greenhouses (Spring Oaks) for approximately $54.6 million. Spring Oaks is a licensed medical cannabis provider in the state of Florida.

In Other News

DionyMed Brands

DionyMed Brands Inc. (CSE: DYME) (OTCQB: DYMEF) has announced its financial results for the quarter ending on March 31, 2019. Quarter-over-quarter, revenue rose from $5.5 million to $14.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $6 million, which the company attributes to increasing platform costs to support its continued growth activities. The net loss for the period was $1.03 million. “Our continued growth, both financial and operational, is a direct result of our ability to deliver today’s leading cannabis brands to consumers through the industry’s most efficient cannabis brands platform. Our first quarter financial results demonstrate the success of our efforts to scale our Direct-to-Consumer and retail distribution businesses through organic growth initiatives,” said DionyMed CEO Edward Fields.

Fire & Flower

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. (TSXV:FAF) announced that it has entered into a letter of engagement with Eight Capital, pursuant to which Eight Capital and GMP Securities L.P. will purchase, as co-lead underwriters and joint bookrunners, 15 million convertible debenture units of the company for $15 million. A single unit consists of one $1,000 principal amount unsecured convertible debenture and 278 common share purchase warrants. Each warrant entitles the holder to purchase one common share of the company, for up to 24 months following the closing period, at a price of $1.45 per share. The company will use the proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 4, 2019
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Green Growth Brands, Inc. (GGB.CN) (GGBXF) has announced that it has executed an arm’s length definitive agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of Spring Oaks Greenhouses (Spring Oaks) for approximately $54.6 million. Spring Oaks is a licensed medical cannabis provider in the state of Florida.

“Entering Florida through the Spring Oaks acquisition will be a great addition to our existing MSO presence in Nevada and Massachusetts , as well as to our CBD business that already has a national presence,” said Green Growth Brands CEO, Peter Horvath . “We admire several of the existing operators in the state and Florida is a special market, with favorable financials implications for the best operators. We look forward to quickly scaling our operations in the state and bringing our expertise to every patient.”

Provided that the acquisition goes through, Green Growth would be able to produce, process, and dispense medical cannabis in Florida. The license, which Spring Oaks recently acquired last April, would also permit the company to open 35 medical cannabis dispensaries. If the state’s patient registry exceeds 300,000 patients, that number would rise to 40 dispensaries.

Under the agreement, Green Growth would pay roughly $26.15 million in cash, another $17.1 million in common shares of the company (at a price of $2.35 per share), and another $11.4 million in the form of a convertible secured promissory note. The note would mature 12 months following the closing date. The acquisition is expected to close sometime around August 2019, pending regulatory approval.

In addition to this agreement, the company also announced that it had terminated its definitive agreement with ZLJT LLC and Arizona Natural Pain Solutions to acquire the dispensary chain, Desert Rose. Horvath noted that while Desert Rose is a well-run operation, the company is making a strategic decision to invest its resources into the Florida market, where they believe they can attain greater success and brand recognition.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 16, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 16, 2019.

On the Site

Supreme Cannabis

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) is acquiring Canadian-based Blissco Cannabis Corp. (CSE: BLIS) (OTCQB: HSTRF) in an all-stock deal valued at C$48 million. Supreme would be buying all of Blissco’s stock. Blissco Cannabis is a Canadian wellness cannabis brand based in British Columbia and a multi-licensed processor, cultivator, and distributor of premium cannabis.

SOL Global

SOL Global Investments Corp.  (CSE: SOL) (OTCQB: SOLCF) has entered into letters of intent to acquire California-based ECD, Inc., which operates as Northern Emeralds in a deal valued at $120 million. The purchase price will be satisfied by the issuance of common shares in CannCure Investments Inc. and the deal is expected to close on or before August 1.

United Australia- A National Push for Medicinal Cannabis

In recent years, there has been a colossal national push by both the Australian public and the medical industry for the Australian government to recognize and support the numerous medical benefits offered by medicinal cannabis therapy.

In Other News

Elev8 Brands

Elev8 Brands, Inc. (OTCMKTS: VATE) announced the release of their financial results for the first quarter of 2019. Revenue for the quarter was approximately $166,000, which is nearly half of all the revenue the company generated in 2018 ($372,000), and gross profit was roughly $126,576. The net loss for the quarter was approximately $50, 704. “This is an extremely exciting time to be in business,” said Ryan Medico, CEO of Elev8 Hemp Inc. “We are so thrilled to be where we are today and to have achieved so much. These CBD-infused beverages have become the catalyst for exponential growth this year. We are currently working with a few distributors, but our team has 11 new distributors in our sales process. As a result, it’s very likely we will see revenues double in the second quarter.”

Helix

Helix TCS, Inc. (OTCQB: HLIX) announced that they have filed their financial results for the first quarter of 2019. Revenue for the rose by 199% to $3.37 million. The gross margin was 43% ($1.45 million). “Due to the many delays in licensing and program go-lives that the industry saw in 2018, we anticipate 2019 to realize some of the massive potential of key emerging markets, such as the state of California, in addition to a plethora of new markets coming online and beginning to shape their own legal programs,” said Zachary L. Venegas, Executive Chairman and CEO of Helix TCS, Inc. “Our business strategy is built such that our revenue will continue to grow organically alongside the expansion of the industry, which we look forward to maintaining as 2019 progresses.”

Veritas

Veritas Pharma Inc. (CSE: VRT) (OTC: VRTHF) (Frankfurt: 2VP) announced that it is taking steps to restructure its wholly owned subsidiary Cannevert Therapeutics Ltd. (CTL). According to the company, the restructuring is necessary because of both permanent and temporary cutbacks of the number of staff CTL. Senior members of CTL’s research will remain with the company, and Dr. Michael Walker and Dr. Andrew Hagel will lead the restructuring.

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands, Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) announced that it has completed the buyback and cancellation of 27.3 million common shares of the company held by GA Opportunities Corp. for C$89 million, or roughly C$3.26 per common share. “We are pleased to have completed our buy back of the shares previously held by GA Opportunities,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of GGB.  “While we continue to focus on the rapid expansion of GGB, the opportunity to repurchase these shares well below the current market price immediately and directly increased shareholder value.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtApril 15, 2019
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Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA) (NYSE: APHA) reported its results, for the third quarter ending February 28, 2019. The company delivered net revenue of $73.6 million up 240% from the prior quarter and 617% from the prior year. Still, the company reported a net loss of $108 million versus last year’s net income of $12 million for the same time period.

Irwin D. Simon , Aphria’s Chairman, and Interim Chief Executive Officer said, “Our organization has experienced significant change in a very short period of time which was necessary to propel the Company forward.  Our Board of Directors and executive team will remain focused on the advancement of Aphria’s leadership position in the global cannabis industry and we are pleased to have announced today the appointment of two new independent directors.”

The Board appointed two new independent directors, effective today. Walter Robb and David Hopkinson will fill two of the three current director vacancies. Walter Robb was a former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. David Hopkinson serves as Real Madrid Club de Futbol’s (“Real Madrid”) Global Head of Partnerships. He joined Real Madrid in August 2018 and brings his 25 years of professional sports sales, marketing and leadership experience to Aphria.

Green Growth Brands

The company issued a separate press release and said it continues to recommend that Aphria shareholders reject the Green Growth Brands (GGB) Offer and to not tender Aphria shares to the GGB Offer.

Simon said, “We plan to use the $89.0 million in proceeds from the transaction to fund our strategic global expansion initiatives. On behalf of our Board of Directors and management team, we continue to recommend that Aphria shareholders reject the GGB offer and do not tender their Aphria shares to the GGB offer.”

GGB has entered into a share purchase agreement with GA Opportunities Corp. (GAOC) pursuant to which GGB has agreed to purchase for cancellation 27.3 million shares held by GAOC, for an aggregate purchase price of $89.0 millionThe terms of the Share Purchase Agreement include, among other things, that GGB will pay in cash $50.0 million of the Purchase Price to GAOC within 30 days of the date hereof and will issue a promissory note to GAOC for $39.0 million due in six months from the Closing Date.

Aphria has entered into a shortened deposit period agreement with GGB to facilitate the acceleration of the expiry of GGB’s offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Aphria. Aphria has agreed to reduce the initial deposit period of the bid to 92 days from January 23, 2019. GGB will be mailing a Notice of Variation providing that the GGB Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019. Based on the closing price of $3.86 per GGB share on the Canadian Securities Exchange on April 12, 2019 , the implied consideration under the GGB Offer would be $6.07 per Aphria share, representing a significant 54.7% discount to Aphria’s closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange of $13.41 per share on the same day.

Latin America Assets

The company had formed a Special Committee as per the Ontario Securities Commission request as part of a continuous disclosure review that the company performs an impairment test on its LATAM assets subsequent to the filing of the 2019 second quarter financial statements. The committee concluded the review and found that the acquisition of LATAM assets was within an acceptable range, albeit near the top of the range of observable valuation metrics; the company’s investment in LATAM assets is approximately $225 million , after recording the aforementioned non-cash impairment charge, which is approximately $30 million more than the original agreed purchase price of approximately $195 million.

Mr. Simon continued, “We continue to take decisive actions to increase efficiency, including investing additional capital in automation and packaging and adapting production to a new growing method. While this contributed to an increase in our costs, we expect higher future yields per square foot leading to stronger results as we start fiscal year 2020.”



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