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Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 6, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 6th, 2020. 

On the Site

Planet 13 Cafe Is Paying Off As Sales Stay Strong

 

Las Vegas-based cannabis dispensary Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (OTCQX: PLNHF) reported record-breaking January sales driven by strong traffic and attributed it to the company’s newly opened cafe and event space. The company said that the average ticket size was approximately $100. Planet 13 said that January revenue was ~10% higher than the seasonally slow months of November and December.

CBD Craze Sparks ‘Weed Washing’ Trend

 

Remember the term ‘pinkwashing’? Where companies slapped a pink ribbon on just about anything and claimed to be donating lots of money to breast cancer research? It’s happening again, but this time it’s in the cannabis industry.

“Weed washing” is a disturbing trend that appears to be most dominant in the beauty industry and refers to the act of adding hemp oil that does not contain CBD or only contains a minuscule, non-therapeutic amount to a product in order to capitalize on CBD’s popularity and high price point. 

Psychedelic Clinic Company Field Trip Raises $8.5 Million

 

Psychedelic clinic company Field Trip Psychedelics Inc. closed its oversubscribed Series A financing round. The financing, which was completed through a private placement, raised $8.5 million for the company.

The company said the funds will be used to execute the initial stages of Field Trip’s strategic plan to build out the world’s first network of medical centers focused exclusively on psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. In addition to that, the financing will help fund the final construction of its research and cultivation facility at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. 

South Carolina Kicks Off Hemp Farming Season

 

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) said that it will begin accepting applications for hemp farming, handling and processing permits for the 2020 growing season starting Feb. 1, 2020. Now in its third year, South Carolina’s hemp farming program has grown from 20 farmers in 2018 to 114 permitted farmers and 43 processors at the end of the 2019 season. 

Requirements to receive a hemp farming permit include:

  • Proof of South Carolina residency
  • Criminal background check
  • $100 nonrefundable application fee and $1,000 permit fee
  • GPS coordinates of all locations on which hemp will be grown
  • Attending an SCDA orientation and signing a Hemp Farming Agreement prior to possessing any hemp, including clones and seeds

In Other News

Aurora Cannabis Appoints Two New Independent Directors

 

Lance Friedmann and Michael Detlefsen have been appointed as two new directors for the Canadian cannabis company, Aurora Cannabis. The two have held roles with Kraft Foods and Pomegranate Capital Advisors, respectively. 

Aurora Cannabis Executive Chairman and Interim CEO Michael Singer stated, “We are pleased to welcome Lance Friedmann and Michael Detlefsen as independent members to the board at this critical time in our transformation. We expect to see cannabinoids grow as a category in consumer products and believe their depth of experience and strong track records of successful brand development and operational business transformation will provide helpful insights to our executive team. With the addition of Messrs. Friedmann and Detlefsen, Aurora has expanded its Board, independent directors.”

KushCo Holdings Announces $16 Million Registered Direct Offering

 

KushCo Holdings has announced its entrance to a definitive agreement with investors purchasing stock in the company. The agreement includes 10,000,000 units, with each unit representing one share of common stock. The transaction was set for $0.001 per share, and a warrant to purchase half a share of common stock, at an offering price of $1.60 per unit, pursuant to a registered direct offering.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerAugust 23, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for August 22, 2019.

On the Site

Gen!us

From Jimi Hendrix to Carl Sagan, many of the greatest artistic and scientific minds in history have used cannabis to help spur cultural progress, and yet surprisingly few entrepreneurs have aspired to create a cannabis strain specifically bred to inspire creative thought. A new cannabis brand called Gen!us hopes to change that…

TerrAscend

Toronto-based TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER)(OTCQX: TRSSF)  reported that its second-quarter revenue rose 21% sequentially to $17.6 million from $14.6 million for the first quarter. A huge jump for the quarter ending June 30, 2019 over last year’s $0.01 million in 2018. The company raised its revenue guidance from $135 million which was projected in April to $141 million for 2019. On a pro forma basis, TerrAscend said it generated $42 million of revenue in the second quarter or over $168 million on an annualized basis.

In Other News

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) has closed its previously announced bought deal offering. Selling 22.5 million units of the company, at a price of C$2.45 per unit, the company raised C$50.22 million. The proceeds of the offering will go towards paying off the cash portion of its acquisition of Nevada Organic Remedies LLC, Henderson Organic Remedies LLC, and deferred cash compensation and certain other fees in connection with its acquisition of Spring Oaks Greenhouses, Inc.. The remained will go towards capital expenditures and general corporate purposes.

KushCo Holdings

KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX:KSHB) has closed on a $50 million credit facility with Monroe Capital LLC, which consists of $35 million revolving line of credit and an accordion of up to $15 million that will be available subject to covenant compliance and borrowing base availability. The facility will last for five years. KushCo continues to execute on its less dilutive financing strategy that will provide the capital necessary to support our continued operations and acquisitive growth,” commented KushCo CEO Nick Kovacevich,. “We are excited to partner with an entrepreneurial-focused private credit firm such as Monroe, and we have plans to grow our businesses together providing critical products and services to the cannabis and CBD industry. As the size of our customer’s business grows, it’s imperative to have an adequately sized credit facility that will increase as our business grows.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJuly 10, 2019
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KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: KSHB) announced its financial results for the third quarter ending on May 31, 2019, after the market closed on Tuesday. 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.  During its earnings conference call, the company noted that big customers would be the focus.

“We’re getting more customers into these buckets spending over $10,000 or more with us in the last 12 months, and in the large buckets, the $500,000 to $1 million we saw an increase of seven customers from fiscal ’18 when we look at the last four quarters,” said KushCo Chairman and CEO Nick Kovacevich on the company’s earnings conference call. “And in the $1 million-plus bucket we see an increase from four customers in fiscal ’18, to now 13 customers when we look at the last four quarters. And so what this is telling us is that there’s bigger customers now that we’re going after, the MSOs and Canadian LPs, and that these customers are spending more money with Kush, and they’re able to get more products because our offering has expanded, and if you look at the average number of SKUs that these customers are purchasing, we see these metrics going in the right direction as well. And now customers that are spending $500,000 to $1 million with us in the last 12 months are buying on average 56 SKUs, and customers in that $1 million-plus bucket are buying a tremendous 73 SKUs from us on average.”

Kovacevich also announced on the call a partnership with C.A. Fortune, which is one of the leading consumer product sales and marketing agencies that work with large retailers, specifically in the grocery category. “We obviously have a great network of brands and with the passage of the Farm Bill it presents a huge opportunity for us to take our CBD brands that we work with and give them the opportunity to get placement into these large retail outlets. We see this as a very high-margin and high-value initiative, because not only are we solving a problem for our customer by allowing them to build their brand nationally, but we’re also solving the problem for these national retail chains who want to get into the CBD and hemp space very badly, but don’t necessarily know who the brands are that they should be carrying,” he said.

KushCo Holdings, Canaccord Genuity cannabis analyst Bobby Burleson said, “KSHB appears positioned to deliver revenues toward the upper end of the guided range for F19 (guidance for $140M to $150M), based on strength in mature and emerging states. We believe continuing improvement for gross margin and a looming Nasdaq up-list will act as positive catalysts for the shares over coming months. Notably, the company is leveraging its growing scale to secure better pricing from suppliers and terms with customers. Cross-selling efforts continue to bear fruit, and while vape hardware looks to remain a sizable portion of overall revenues, the mix is improving outside of the vape category as custom products and energy solutions gain ground.”

He added, “In our view, hemp CBD could drive longer-term upside following a recent partnership with CA Fortune that opens mainstream retail channels. Although too early to quantify, management is considering breaking out CBD revenue in the future. We are increasing our estimates and reiterate a Spec Buy rating. Price target remains $7.50.”

KushCo reiterated its fiscal 2019 revenue guidance, targeting in on the high side of its range of $145 million to $150 million for the fiscal year ending at the end of August. KushCo also said that it plans to offer financing in the future to its customers who may need help buying expensive extracting equipment.


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.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 1, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 30, 2019.

On The Site

Sunniva

After the market closed on Monday, Vancouver-based Sunniva Inc.  (CSE: SNN) (OTCQB: SNNVF) reported its fiscal 2018 results for the year ending December 2018 in Canadian dollars. The company delivered$18.8 million in revenue versus 2017’s $16.1 million. The net losses for 2018 rose to $29.0 million versus last year’s $17.5. The company attributed the increase in net losses to SG&A expenses increasing by $10.5 million during the year.  The increase was primarily due to the company’s growth in 2018 as US operations

Texas Continues To Take Baby Steps Towards Legalization

The Texas Tribune reported on Monday that the House of Representatives approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of cannabis. Rep. Joseph Moody (D), the chief sponsor of the bill, still had to amend it in order to get the bill approved. His original version had a lower fine of $250 and it would have dropped down low-level possession to a civil infraction instead of a class C misdemeanor.

How Risk Management Can Make Marijuana Businesses Bulletproof

Envision managing the risk of a volatile, staggeringly lucrative, 100 percent federally legal enterprise?   Toss in ridiculously inconsistent federal, state and local regulations, insanely evolving technologies and efficiencies, and an industry-wide disinclination to ever “play by the rules.” However, when armed with decent risk management fundamentals, a marijuana related business can diminish most horrible outcomes, fortify the enterprise’s sustained growth, and maybe even get rich along the way.

In Other News

Driven Deliveries

Driven Deliveries Inc. (OTCMKTS: DRVD), the only publicly traded cannabis delivery company, has announced that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent to acquire Ganjarunner, Inc., a Los Angeles-based cannabis delivery company. Ganjarunner has an existing customer base of over 10,800 customers, 82% of whom are repeat customers. “This acquisition will provide us with a stable revenue base from which we can continue to grow our revolutionary cannabis delivery platform,” commented Mr. Brian Hayek, President of Driven Deliveries. “Driven will continue to target similar acquisition candidates which we believe to be accretive to our business and provide our partners and us with strategic advantages in this industry.”

Indus Holdings

Today, Indus Holdings Inc. began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol INDS. Indus is a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Salinas, California. The listing was made possible through a reverse takeover of the Toronto-based company Mezzotin Minerals Inc. “This long-anticipated move to the Canadian Securities Exchange creates a world of opportunities for Indus to build upon our success in California and expand into new markets,” said Indus co-founder and CEO Robert Weakley in a statement. “Having access to additional capital will allow us to grow at a more rapid pace, furthering Indus’ position in the cannabis industry.”

KushCo

KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an institutional investor for a private placement of $21.3 million. Canaccord Genuity LLC is acting as the sole placement agent. The Note will be an unsecured senior obligation of the company and will mature 18 months following the closing data. The offering is expected to close on or around April 30, 2019. ‘”We are thrilled to announce this unsecured, non-dilutive financing structure to support our company’s rapid growth. The terms of this note represent a dramatic improvement in our ability to secure financing with a lower cost of capital and is indicative of more attractive financing alternatives within the cannabis industry,” said KushCo’s CEO Nick Kovacevich.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerApril 11, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 11, 2019

On The Site

Cresco Labs

Cresco Labs Inc. (CSE: CL) (OTCQX: CRLBF) received approval from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for Cresco’s previously announced acquisitions of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries MedMar Rockford and MedMar Lakeview, located in the popular Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago.

Trulieve

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) reported its fourth quarter and 2018 full-year results with revenue rising 172% to $35.9 million from last year’s $28.3 million for the same time period. The company’s net income grew a whopping 3,467% in the fourth quarter to $10.7 million from last year’s $0.3 million for the same time period.

In Other News

KushCo Holdings

KushCo Holdings (OTCQB: KSHB) announced the release of their financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2019, which ended on February 28, 2019. Quarter-over-quarter, the company’s revenue rose by 39% to $35.2 million. The net loss for the quarter was $8.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $5.2 million. As of February 28, the company had $17.9 million in cash. “Our focus remains the build out of a scalable, sustainable business, as we cement our presence as the primary supply chain partner to the cannabis, CBD and related industries,” said KushCo CEO Nick Kovacevich. “As a result of a strong first half of the year, including the signing of a number of long-term supply arrangements-in-principle with several new large, well-known customers, we are raising our revenue guidance from between $­110 million and $120 million for fiscal year 2019 to between $140 million and $150 million.”

White Label Liquid

White Label Liquid, Inc. (OTC: WLAB) today released their financial results for the 2018 fiscal year. Revenue for the year was $7,006,110. The company experienced a net loss of $149, 285. “We had a great year, but it’s only just the beginning,” said White Label Liquid CEO Yaron Elkayam in a statement. “These numbers reflect not just the hard work of our partners all along our supply chain; they are also a reflection of the growing strength of the CBD industry.”

Eve & Co Incorporated

Eve & Co Incorporated (TSX-V: EVE) has entered into an engagement letter with Haywood Securities Inc. Haywood Securities has agreed to purchase 20 million special warrants of the company, at a price of $0.50 per warrant, for a total of $10 million. The offering is expected to close on or around May 10, 2019.


StaffStaffJanuary 22, 2019
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2019 /AxisWire/ KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:KSHB) (“KushCo” or the “Company”), the parent company of innovative cannabis industry leaders such as Kush Supply Co., Kush Energy, The Hybrid Creative, and Koleto Innovations, which provide a range of services and products for the regulated cannabis, CBD and other related industries, today announced it closed a registered direct offering of 6,476,190 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 3,238,095 shares of common stock with a combined purchase price of $5.25 per share on January 18, 2019.  The warrants have an exercise price of $5.75 per share, are immediately exercisable and will expire five years from the date of issuance. The gross proceeds of the offering are approximately $34,000,000 before deducting placement agent fees and other estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including, among other things, working capital, product development, acquisitions, capital expenditures, and other business opportunities.

A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners acted as the lead placement agent in connection with the offering.

Compass Point Research & Trading, LLC acted as co-placement agent in connection with the offering.  Northland Securities, Inc. acted as a financial advisor in connection with the offering.

KushCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick Kovacevich, commented, “We continue to be very pleased with our rapid revenue growth and significant customer expansion, as evidenced by our recently announced long-term supply arrangements-in-principle totaling $75.0 million.  We believe this recent capital raise will continue to allow us to appropriately fund our working capital needs and fuel our continued sales trajectory and meet our growing customer demand.  The cash proceeds will also support our current investment in our technology platforms leading to improved supply chain efficiencies.  As we progress through fiscal 2019, we remain acutely focused on building out a scalable, sustainable business, executing on our cross-selling strategy and being a first-mover in new domestic and international markets.”

This offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-221910) previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and an additional registration statement on Form S-3 filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, which became effective upon filing on January 16, 2019 (File No. 333-229264).  A prospectus supplement describing the terms of the proposed offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website located at http://www.sec.gov.  Electronic copies of the prospectus supplement may be obtained from A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners, 590 Madison Avenue, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or via telephone at 212-624-2006 or email: prospectus@allianceg.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About KushCo Holdings, Inc.

KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:KSHB) is the parent company to a strategically integrated group of business units that are transformative leaders across several industries. KushCo’s subsidiaries and brands provide exceptional customer service, product quality, compliance knowledge and a local presence in serving its diverse customer base.

KushCo’s brands include Kush Supply Co., a dynamic sales platform that is the nation’s largest and most respected distributor of packaging, supplies, and accessories to the cannabis and CBD industry, Kush Energy, which provides ultra-pure hydrocarbon gases and solvents, Hybrid Creative, a premier creative design agency for clients across several industries, and Koleto Innovations, the research and development arm driving intellectual property development and acquisitions.

Founded in 2010, KushCo has now sold more than 1 billion units and regularly sells to more than 5,000 legally operated medical and adult-use dispensaries, growers, and producers across North America, South America, and Europe. KushCo’s subsidiaries maintain facilities in the five largest U.S. cannabis markets as well as having a local sales presence in every major U.S. cannabis market.

KushCo strives to be the industry leader for responsible and compliant products and services in the legal cannabis and CBD industry. The Company has been featured in media nationwide, including CNBC, Los Angeles Times, TheStreet.com, Entrepreneur, and business magazine Inc. While KushCo provides products and solutions to customers in the cannabis and CBD industries, it has no direct involvement with the cannabis plant or any products that contain THC or CBD.

For more information, visit www.kushco.com or call (888)-920-5874.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include predictions, estimates or other information that might be considered forward-looking within the meaning of applicable securities laws. While these forward-looking statements represent the Company’s current judgments, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the Company’s management only as of the date of this release. Please keep in mind that the Company is not obligating itself to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events. When used herein, words such as: “potential,” “expect”, “look forward,” “believe,” “dedicated,” “building,” or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statements made by the Company herein are often discussed in filings the Company makes with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), available at: www.sec.gov, and on the Company’s website at: www.kushco.com.

KushCo Holdings Contacts

Media Contact:

Anne Donohoe / Nick Opich

KCSA Strategic Communications

212-896-1265 / 212-896-1206



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