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William SumnerWilliam SumnerJuly 17, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 17, 2019.

On the Site

Supreme Cannabis

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) (FRA: 53S1) plans to acquire all of the shares of privately-held Toronto-based Truverra Inc. in a deal valued at $20 million. Truverra is known for its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Canadian Clinical Cannabinoids Inc. (CCC) and Truverra (Europe) B.V. The move is intended to boost Supreme’s extract offering for later this year when Canada’s market will open up to such products.

SOL Global

SOL Global Investments Corp. (CSE:SOL) (OTCPK:SOLCF) has invested $6.5 million in its portfolio company CannCure Investments Inc. The move is intended to fuel the growth of its position throughout the cannabis markets of Florida, Michigan, and California… CannCure is a majority-owned subsidiary of SOL Global that indirectly holds 100% of 3 Boys Farms,  a Florida cannabis company with a state license to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana and other diversified cannabis assets in various stages of investment.

Curaleaf

Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (NURLF) stock popped almost 20% on the news it was acquiring privately-held multi-state operator Grassroots or GR Companies Inc. in a deal valued at $875 million. The deal will be made up of 108.8 million shares and $75 million at the closing which is expected in early 2020. If the deal is completed, Curaleaf’s footprint grows from 12 states to 19 states and putting it within reach of Acreage Holding’s (ACRG.U) size.

In Other News

Plus Products

Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) announced revealed the rebranding of its line of low-dose cannabis edibles. Guiding the rebrand was research conducted by Henry J. Rak Associates and designed by Partners & Spade. “Cannabis can be confusing. We hope our new system will help reduce some of that confusion,” said Jake Heimark, Plus Products CEO and Co-founder. “We worked with experienced market researchers to find out why people use cannabis, then translated those findings into an easy-to-use system of cannabis. We are excited to help our customers Uplift their experiences, bring Balance to their everyday, and Unwind without getting unwound.”

PHILTER Labs

The technology company PHILTER Labs, Inc. announced that it has raised $3 million in growth funding. The company specializes in crafting vaporizer products and accessories. Leading the fundraise was Bravos Capital, Explorer Equity, and an undisclosed cannabis-focused private equity firm. “The proprietary technology behind PHILTER made it a very attractive investment opportunity for us; the company’s future product roadmap clearly represents a revolutionary step forward in vape filtration technology, as opposed to the more incremental steps that most vape hardware companies are working on,” said Jeff Kendig, Managing Partner of Bravos Capital.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 2, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 2, 2019.

On The Site

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is acquiring the German-based, Bionorica SE-founded C3 Cannabinoid Compound Company in an all-cash deal valued at €225.9 million (CDN $342.9 million) or roughly $250 million. The move is intended to expand Canopy Growth’s reach in Europe.

Plus Products

Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) reported its results for the fourth quarter and calendar year ending December 31, 2018. The quarter’s revenues were $3.3 million and the company delivered a net loss of $2.9 million. This was an increase in sales of 770% over 2017 for the same time period and a 31% sequential increase.

Executive Order Establishes Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Governor Whitmer’s executive order 2019-07 has established the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), combining previous authorities, functions, and duties into an agency which allows the state of Michigan to more efficiently regulate both medical and adult-use marijuana.

In Other News

Planet 13

Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (OTCMKTS: PLNHF) has announced their fourth quarter and full-year financial results for 2018. In the fourth quarter, revenues rose to $8.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $1.9 million, and the company had a net loss of $4 million. For the year, revenues were $21.2 million, adjusted EBITDA was a loss of about $0.5 million, and the company incurred a net loss of $10.7 million.

TILT

TILT Holdings Inc. (CSE: TILT) (OTCMKTS: SVVTF) has announced their year-end financial results for 2018. Revenue for the year was $5.7 million with an additional $98 million in pro forma revenue. The net loss was $552.1 million, but that included a $496.4 million one-time, non-cash goodwill impairment taken at the end of fiscal 2018 related to the company’s reverse takeover of Sante Veritas Holdings. Excluding the reverse takeover, the company’s net loss was $55.7 million.

True Leaf

The pet-focused hemp and cannabis wellness brand, True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. (CSE: MJ) (OTCQX: TRLFF) (FSE: TLA) announced today that they have received C$914,442.73 from the exercise of warrants before their expirations on April 21, 2019. In total, the company exercised 2,575,895 warrants at a price of C$0.355 per warrant. “True Leaf is proud to have strong support from our investor community as demonstrated by the successful warrant exercise,” said Darcy Bomford, Founder and CEO of True Leaf. “This additional capital will strengthen our balance sheet and allow us to continue to execute on our growth plans, including bringing a legally-compliant CBD product for pets to market and expanding our global distribution, including entering new markets in the Asia Pacific region and Australia.”

Alternate Health

Alternate Health Corp. (CSE: AHG) (OTCQB: AHGIF) is making a play for the CBD industry. Today the company announced that it will acquire Blaine Labs Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of FDA-approved and cGMP-certified dermatological products, for $20 million. Blaine Labs currently has over 50 SKUs currently available in major retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, CVS and Walgreens. Alternate Health hopes to use the company’s existing equipment and distribution network to launch a proprietary line of CBD-infused products.

CannTrust

CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) (NYSE: CTST) has announced the pricing of its previously-announced underwritten public offering. The company is selling 30,909,091 common shares at a price of $5.50 per share for gross proceed of around $170 million, minus underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. Some shareholders are also selling 5,454,545 common shares in the offering. Additionally, the company has granted to the underwrites a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 4,636,363 and 818,182 common shares, respectively, at the public offering price. The offering is expected to close on or around May 6, 2019.


StaffStaffMay 2, 2019
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Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) reported its results for the fourth quarter and calendar year ending December 31, 2018. The quarter’s revenues were $3.3 million and the company delivered a net loss of $2.9 million. This was an increase in sales of 770% over 2017 for the same time period and a 31% sequential increase.

The 2018 full-year revenues increased by 681% to $8.4 million versus the 2017 revenues of $1.1 million. Expenses grew to $7.9 million last year versus $2.5 million in 2017.

The company said that the revenue growth was attributed to sales of Plus Products’ concentrated brand portfolio of four full-time SKUs and one rotating seasonal. In addition, the company said it continued to increase its production capacity, which allowed its distributor to build up inventory to better service over 300 dispensary customers throughout California.

“We remain proud that PLUS had significant growth in both revenue and market share in a year where the greater legal California cannabis market shrank and underperformed expectations due to unclear regulations and an increase in underground market sales,” said Jake Heimark, co-founder & CEO of PLUS Products. “We look forward to greater regulation and increased enforcement in 2019 that will allow the legal industry to continue to prosper and help us continue on our mission of making cannabis safe and approachable for everyone.”

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Plus Products said in its statement that according to retail analytics firm Headset, the PLUS Uplift Sour Watermelon gummy was the top-selling branded product of the more than 20,000 products sold across all cannabis categories in California in 2018. Also, according to BDS AnalyticsPLUS “Uplift” and PLUS “Restore” remained the #1 and #2 best-selling edible products in California. Although PLUS had strong growth in 2018, BDS Analytics also found that in 2018 there were 17% less legal sales in California cannabis sales than in 2017 as the California market struggled with licensing challenges, regulatory changes, taxes, and new testing, labeling and packaging requirements.

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Financial Highlights

Plus Products noted the following financial highlights in its statement:

  • The company’s unaudited cash balance climbed to $22.4 million at the end of 2018, up from $0.2 million at the end of 2017 and $11.1 million as of September 30, 2018, prior to the initial public offering in October.
  • Net working capital was $22.4 million at December 31, 2018 compared to a deficit of $0.1 million the previous year-end. Liabilities at year-end 2018 were only $2.2 million.
  • The company raised $29.7 million in capital, net of capital raising costs, during 2018, including the initial public offering in October.
  •  The loss per adjusted uncompressed weighted average share climbed to $0.07 per share in the 4th quarter 2018, up from $0.05 per share in the 3rdquarter, totaling $0.23 per adjusted uncompressed weighted average share for 2018. The loss for 2018 was $2.9 million for the 4th quarter and $6.8 million for 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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


StaffStaffJanuary 24, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis news for January 24, 2019.

On The Site

Super Bowl Ad

On February 3, the 53rd Super Bowl in Atlanta Georgia will decide the league champion of football for the 2018 NFL season. If you are in attendance at the Super Bowl, you will see CBD coffee ads in the stadium, but if you are watching the game from home you will be not be exposed to any cannabis related advertising.

New York-based Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) wanted to run an advocacy ad during the game. The ad featured three medical marijuana patients saying how the product had helped them. It made no health claims for their own products and it didn’t promote the purchase of the company’s products.  Football fans at the stadium will, however, see advertisements for Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCPK: BCCI) White Coffee and the new Baristas EnrichaRoast CBD Coffee. The company said that the ads will run throughout the day in and around the stadium before, during, and after the game, and will include a special offer to send a message to Maroon 5.

In Other News

Caliva

Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo and Autodesk and former Cisco Board Member, along with three time Super Bowl MVP and Pro-Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana both participated in Caliva’s initial round of funding. Ms. Bartz will serve on Caliva’s Board of Directors.

“We are laser-focused on our strategy to build the most trusted brand in cannabis. With our best selling product portfolio, our large scale vertical integration, and our award-winning distribution channels we are confident we can maintain our growth rates in California in 2019,” said Dennis O’Malley, CEO of Caliva.

Caliva has quickly become a market leader in cannabis consumer products in California, which represents more than 35 percent of the overall United States legal cannabis market. While California’s cannabis economy shrunk by 17 percent year over year due to expanding regulations, Caliva grew its revenues by 350 percent. The company now employs over 440 workers and has two current operating locations in the Bay Area.

Kona Gold

Kona Gold Solutions, Inc. (OTC Pink: KGKG), a hemp and CBD lifestyle brand focused on product development in the functional beverage sector, is pleased to announce they have acquired the newly formed distribution company, Gold Leaf Distribution, LLC. Gold Leaf Distribution, a Florida based company, has purchased its first beverage truck, which will be fully wrapped to advertise Kona Gold Hemp Energy Drinks, HighDrate CBD Energy Waters, and Storm CBD Waters. The Company is presently conducting interviews to hire a full-time beverage sales person/driver that will establish new distribution routes in the Melbourne-Orlando Florida markets.

Elev8 Brands, Inc.

Elev8 Brands, Inc. (OTCQB: VATE) has acquired Blessed Bean Coffee, LLC. Elev8 Brands, Inc. continues to execute on opportunities for potential growth. The Company is now able to control the means of production from start to finish. Elev8 Hemp, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, has seen tremendous growth over the last twelve months and should continue to do so throughout 2019. The Company has acquired Blessed Bean Coffee, LLC for 3,541,228 restricted common shares of Elev8 Brands, Inc. With the growing demand for Elev8 Hemp Coffee, the Company plans to purchase a larger roaster and other miscellaneous equipment to increase productivity and continue increasing the volume.

Plus Products

Plus Products Inc. announced that the OTC Markets Group, Inc. has approved the trading of the Company’s shares on the OTCQB® Venture Market and will commence trading under the symbol “PLPRF” on January 23, 2019. The Company’s shares will continue to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “PLUS”.

Additionally, PLUS has also applied for eligibility for book-entry delivery and depository services of the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), to facilitate electronic settlement of transfers of its shares in the United States.  This electronic method of clearing securities speeds up the receipt of stock and cash and accelerates the settlement process for investors. DTC eligibility will help enhance the Company’s potential investor base and offer a more convenient trading experience for current and future shareholders while enhancing the liquidity of the Company’s shares on the OTCQB.

Vangst

Vangst, the leading human capital resource platform to the legal cannabis industry, announced today the closing of an over-subscribed $10 million Series A financing round.  This round increases the total capital raised to date by the Company to $12.5 million. The financing was led by Casa Verde Capital and included Lerer Hippeau, among others.

 

 


Anne-Marie FischerAnne-Marie FischerAugust 29, 2018
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Early this week, Plus Products filed a preliminary prospectus for its IPO, and is planning to list shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange once it achieves the listing requirements.

The prospectus seeks to raise $15 million through the offering, for which the lead underwriters are PI Financial and Canaccord Genuity.

Plus Products plans to use 40% of the capital raised to expand capacity, within the California market only where they have seen a tremendous amount of growth. Their products rank as the fourth most popular edible in all of California, according to BDS Analytics. The company’s mission is to “make cannabis safe and affordable”, offering options in low-dose edibles.

Plus Products is owned by its subsidiary, Carberry, and currently offers six infused-gummy products to customers in California. The gummies are sold in over 200 dispensaries and have made their way into delivery services such as Eaze. Once they have saturated the California market, the company plans to expand into other legalized states, and possibly Canada.

The company was recently valued at approximately $25 million and plans to pursue a much higher valuation through the increased capital from this offering. The company claims to trade at 1.7x revenue.

Plus Products’ offerings are ambitious, to say the least. They only incorporated on March 29, 2018, and have reported net losses due to operational costs, and anticipates more losses as operational expenses are increased. At present, according to the Prospectus, the company did not generate operating revenue and is in the negative for cash flow at present. During the first half of 2018, Plus Products generated $2.45 million in sales. In 2017, they generated $1.07 million in sales.

Nevertheless, the prospectus has an optimistic tone, pointing to the success in the California market and the patent-pending features of the products that make it unique such as extracting cannabis oil so that there is no smell or taste to the gummies.


StaffStaffApril 9, 2018
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Palo Alto-based cannabis-infused edibles brand Plus Products closed an approximately $6M in Series B financing to expand its operations. The financing was led by Serruya Private Equity Partners (SPE) and Navy Capital Green Fund LP. The money from the capital raise will be used to fund rapid production capacity expansion, factory automation, working capital, and new product development.

“We are extremely proud of the products PLUS has brought to market,” said Jake Heimark, CEO, and co-founder. “We’ve quickly grown into one of the leading edible brands in California. With the proceeds of this round, we will continue to further our mission: to make cannabis safe and approachable for all types of consumers.”

Edibles have proven to be big winners among the recreational consumer in California. According to BDS Analytics, edible products have accounted for 18% of marijuana retail sales in February 2018 across licensed retailers in California. One of the biggest drawbacks with edibles is that consumers typically wait at least for a half hour for a response after ingestion. PLUS products are known for its rapid reaction. BDS Analytics also noted that PLUS ranked in the top ten sales for edible brands in California.

All of the PLUS products are produced in the company’s dedicated food-safe cannabis manufacturing facility in Adelanto, California. According to a company statement, the 12,000 square foot facility was outfitted for scalable food production with funds raised in 2017’s Series A round, led by The Green Organic Fund and Verde Mountain Fund.

“2018 is a historic year for California’s cannabis industry with the official launch of legalized adult use,” said John T. Kaden, Manager and Chief Investment Officer of the Navy Capital Green Fund. “PLUS is establishing a leading position in California and has assembled the right management team to execute and succeed in this complex regulated environment.”

In addition to its established lines, Plus Products has already begun launching limited edition products that capitalize on holidays like its Valentine’s day themed Rose & Vanilla gummies, which were available at select locations and through delivery services.



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