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Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 19, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 19th, 2020. 

On the Site

Cannabis Sustainability: Minimize Wastewater

Drought and water shortages are an expensive reality in some of the best cannabis-growing regions. As a result, water conservation practices help reduce water waste and overall operations costs, particularly for commercial grows.

Use Cannabis? Spotlight on Driving Unimpaired

The article went in-depth on what those who are pulled over with medical cannabis in Florida should do. Drivers must be able to produce a valid medical cannabis card. In other words, don’t leave your card at home. Drivers should also not drive with hemp/CBD without a certificate of analysis in the vehicle as well.

Zenabis to Produce Sparkling Beverages

Zenabis Global Inc. (TSX: ZENA)  announced details of its cannabis derivative product strategy and execution, including entering into an agreement with a Canadian beverage manufacturer to produce a range of cannabis-infused beverages.

The initial launch of cannabis-infused sparkling water beverages under the HYTN brand is listed with all Zenabis’ Provincial counterparties, with strong indicative demand. The first shipment of the initial four flavors of the cannabis-infused sparkling water beverages expected in Q2 2020.

Australis Kills Folium Deal

Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) terminated a proposed merger with Folium Equity Holding LLC and Folium Merger Sub, LLC.

Australis had sent warning signs that the company may not move forward with the deal in corporate meeting notes that surfaced on Google. In those notes, Dowty said, “It was concerning with the multiple lawsuits and all of the stuff on social media. After due diligence and getting to know the team at folium, we felt comfortable you know, with where they are going.”

Move Over Impossible Burger, The CBD Burger Is Next On The Menu

Even though the FDA has expressed its displeasure at adding CBD to food, that hasn’t stopped hamburger chains from tossing in some cannabidiol to enhance their burgers.

Carl’s Jr. became the first fast-food chain to sell a CBD burger for one day at one of its franchises in Denver, Colorado. That has sparked Colorado-based Illegal Burger to offer what it calls its biggest differentiator, “its exclusive line of CBD products.”

In Other News

TILT Holdings Revamps C-Suite

TILT Holdings has appointed interim CEO Mark Scatterday as the permanent CEO of the company. Tim Condor has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, adding the title of President, effective immediately.

Tilray Stocks at a Low

Tilray (TLRY) has been one of the worst-performing stocks in the cannabis market in the last year. After their IPO price rising to $300 from $17, their luck ran dry and shares recently hit a low around $15. Estimates from analysts predict Tilray’s stock to fall.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 12, 2020
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Amid layoffs appearing as a constant, The Supreme Cannabis Company is the latest in the industry to let a percentage of its staff go. Last night after the market’s close, the company announced a 15% layoff, releasing a third of corporate positions and 13% of its operational ones. This report comes after the announcements of companies like Tilray and Aurora also slashing jobs. 

All hope is not lost though in the ganja workforce. Leafly found 243,700 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs in the United States that are supported by legal cannabis as of January 2020. That is a 15% annual increase. 

This data was reported in Leafly’s fourth annual Cannabis Jobs Report. Even more encouraging, the report shows that the industry created 33,700 new jobs nationwide in 2019, effectively making it the fastest-growing job arena in the United States. 

According to the report, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Illinois are leading the fight in terms of employment expansion. Massachusetts recently celebrated the one year anniversary of legalizing cannabis for adult-use in the state and added 10,226 jobs to boot. Oklahoma saw a 221% growth in 2019, supporting 9,412 full-time jobs. Illinois adult-use market rolled out on the first of the year, and early 2020 data shows this is already a $470 million annual market supporting 9,176 jobs.

An interesting tidbit of information, Massachusetts has more cannabis industry workers than hairstylists and cosmetologists, and Illinois has twice the number of cannabis industry workers than they do meat packers. When compared to other industries, it is truly amazing to see the creation of jobs in the United States by the industry, as well as the cannabis industry’s growth in general. 

Though the previously mentioned states take the prize for the fastest job growth, California is still America’s largest cannabis employer. However, Colorado may be the nation’s biggest per-capita cannabis job market. With California offering one job per 980 residents, Colorado supplies one job per 165 residents. 

Colorado is also passing Washington state in terms of jobs. Though both states legalized cannabis for adult-use in 2012, Colorado supplies nearly 10,000 more jobs than Washington state, despite Washington’s population containing nearly 2 million more residents. 

Despite cannabis job expansion’s rapid growth in most of the country, California and Michigan suffered technical job losses. 

Leafly’s experts estimate that their job markets fell due to changes in laws and regulations. In California, an estimated 8,000 jobs moved from legal to non-legal status, but as mentioned before it is still America’s largest cannabis job provider. Michigan’s new regulatory processes pushed hundreds of legally operating dispensaries into illicit status. 

Leafly started their annual job counts four years ago, upon the discovery that federal and state labor economists do not account for state-legal cannabis jobs in their employment reports. The reason? Federal prohibition. The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes classify cannabis retail stores in the same category as art supply stores, hot tub stores, and auction houses. While cannabis cultivators have the same job code as hay farmers and agave growers. 

It is important to note that this report does not include jobs created by CBD since it’s recent change in legal status. Because the regulations for CBD differ from state-legal cannabis, there is no data to build from yet.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 5, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 5th, 2020. 

On the Site

Business Strategy For Psychedelic Companies

The Green Market Report hosted its first conference on Psychedelic Investing in New York City on January 24. This panel was titled “Business Strategy For Psychedelic Companies.

Journalist Jeremy Berke of Business Insider moderated this panel.

Atai Life Science CEO, Florian Brand, was on the panel along with Shlomi Raz, the founder of Eleusis. The two were joined by Dr. Terry Kelly, the CEO of Perception Neurosciences.

Tilray Restructures, Cuts Workforce, Stock Rises

Canadian cannabis producer Tilray (NASDAQ: TRLY) said it was restructuring and cutting roughly 10% of its workforce. The stock was moving almost 2% higher on the news in pre-market trading to $18.50.

“By reducing headcount and cost, Tilray will be better positioned to achieve profitability and be one of the clear winners in the cannabis industry, which will drive value for our investor and employee shareholders,” said Chief Executive Brendan Kennedy in a statement.

74% of CBD Buyers Own Pets

A new industry report from Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) and cannabis data provider Headset has highlighted the impact of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) on the U.S. pet care market. According to the 2020 Pet Industry Green Paper by Nielsen and Headset, hemp-based CBD pet products will represent 3-5% of all hemp CBD sales within the U.S. by 2025.

Key takeaways:

  • Pet products have logged over $9.4 million in sales at regulated adult-use cannabis retailers in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington combined (Q1 2018 through Q3 2019).
  • To date, 24% of pet owners use hemp-CBD either for themselves, their pet(s), or for both.

In Other News

Aurora Cannabis to Cut Workforce By 10%

Cannabis company Aurora has announced they are cutting their workforce by 10%. Shares are down 1% after hours. This comes right after the announcement of Tilray’s plans to also cut their workforce by 10%.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtFebruary 5, 2020
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Following the close of the market on Tuesday, Canadian cannabis producer Tilray (NASDAQ: TRLY) said it was restructuring and cutting roughly 10% of its workforce. The stock was moving almost 2% higher on the news in pre-market trading to $18.50.

“By reducing headcount and cost, Tilray will be better positioned to achieve profitability and be one of the clear winners in the cannabis industry, which will drive value for our investor and employee shareholders,” said Chief Executive Brendan Kennedy in a statement.

“Tilray restructured its global organization to meet the needs of the current industry environment and for continued growth in 2020 and beyond,” read the statement.” These changes include an approximately 10% reduction in staff.”

“The tough decision to eliminate roles has not been taken lightly. We’re extremely grateful to our past and current employees for their contributions,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy also noted that the company would focus on its international medical cannabis business, science and research, the domestic recreational market and Manitoba Harvest hemp foods, a  company it acquired last year for $420 million.

The company made its first shipment to Israel at the beginning of January through an agreement with Canndoc Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterCure Ltd. (TASE: INCR), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, a Portugal Unipessoal Lda. Tilray has also agreed to purchase up to 5 tonnes of GMP certified whole flower from Canndoc beginning in mid-2020. If future Israeli regulations allow, the whole flower will be shipped to Tilray’s Portugal facility and turned into a GMP-certified finished product to distribute across Europe. Otherwise, the whole flower will be developed into finished medical cannabis and distributed as a Tilray-Canndoc branded GMP-certified finished product in Israel to further support local supply needs

The news comes just two weeks after the company named two strategic hires: Jon Levin as Chief Operating Officer, who was formerly with Revlon, and Michael Kruteck as Chief Financial Officer, who was formerly with Molson Coors and Pharmaca. Mark Castaneda, Tilray’s current CFO, will take on the role of Strategic Business Development and continue to advise the company and assist in Kruteck’s transition.


StaffStaffJanuary 14, 2020
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Canadian-based cannabis company Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) has turned to the mainstream corporate world for its latest hires. The company has appointed former Revlon employee Jon Levin as its Chief Operating Officer, who was formerly with Revlon, and former Molson Coors employee Michael Kruteck as Chief Financial Officer. The company said that Kruteck’s appointment will be effective immediately after filing the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Mark Castaneda, Tilray’s current CFO, will shift to the role of Strategic Business Development.

“We are thrilled to have these experienced leaders join our team as we continue to disrupt the global pharmaceutical, alcohol, CPG and functional food and beverage industries,” said Brendan Kennedy, Tilray CEO. “Jon and Michael come to Tilray with extensive expertise in their respective fields and we look forward to their contributions as we pioneer the future of cannabis and hemp around the world.  As CFO, Mark has led the company through its IPO and substantial growth in the past couple years and we thank him as he transitions to a new strategic role with the company.”

Kruteck, CFO, served multiple senior financial roles at Molson Coors Beverage Company and most recently as CFO for Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. With over 30 years of experience, Kruteck possesses a broad finance background with specific experience in financial and operational transformations, supply chain, corporate finance, and financial planning and analysis. Michael received his MBA from the Garvin School of International Management (Thunderbird) and his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Levin, COO, joins Tilray from Revlon where he most recently was General Manager, U.S. Mass Markets, responsible for the consumer products sold through major retailers in the United States. With 25 years of experience, Levin has general management knowledge in diverse industries including beauty and health, CPG and sporting goods. Prior to Revlon, he was the Executive Vice President, Sales, for Ferrara Candy Company, and had senior sales leadership positions with Nautilus, Wrigley and Acosta. Levin has a B.S. in Economics from Portland State University and a degree in Executive Management from Cornell University.


StaffStaffNovember 14, 2019
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Republished with permission from Thinknum Alternative Data

by Joshua Fruhlinger

The blooming weed industry promised massive revenues, a nascent agrarian industry, a booming supply chain, and soaring local taxes. While it has delivered on all of those things in limited fashion, recent earnings calls from market leaders like Tilray ($NASDAQ:TLRY) have analysts and investors worried that we may be seeing an early floor — or at least normalization — of the industry’s ability to earn as prices settle and operational costs become reality.

Yesterday, Tilray reported a third-quarter net loss of almost $36 million, or 36 cents per chare. That’s up from last year when it reported losses of $19 million, or 20 cents per share. That said, revenue rose to $51.1 million from $10.1 million.

But skyrocketing losses are the focus of investors today, and they appear to have a lot to do with sinking weed prices. Tilray reported that the average price per gram of weed it sold sunk from $6.21 to $3.25.

Tilray isn’t alone here: The price of weed across the industry has been dropping, including at Tilray competitor OCS — Ontario Cannabis Store ($ONTARIOCANNABISSTORE) — where we have pricing data for the past few months.

At OCS, the price of 3.5- and 7.0-gram non-CBD products is showing a steady decline, mirroring that of Tilray and other companies in the space. Since August, the average price has dropped from $13 to $11.42.

While Tilray points to higher operational costs and the acquisition of Manitoba Harvest and Natura Naturals, declining prices will only continue to squeeze revenue and subsequent earnings.

The company has entered a bit of a hiring slowdown as it picks up the pieces as well – openings are down as much as 33% since last summer as the stock price inches to the $20 mark.

About the Data:

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online – jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings – and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtNovember 12, 2019
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Canadian-based Tilray, Inc. (Nasdaq: TLRY) reported that second-quarter revenue increased 371.1% to $45.9 (C$60.9) million versus last year’s $9.7 million. Tilray said that the increase in revenue was driven by the Manitoba Harvest acquisition, the legalization of the Canadian adult-use market, and growth in international medical markets, particularly in Europe. Excluding excise tax, revenue was $42.0 (C$55.8) million.

Net Losses Rise to $35 Million

The company delivered a net loss for the quarter of $35.1 million or $0.36 per share versus last year’s loss of $12.8 million or $0.17 per share. The adjusted net loss for the quarter was $31.2 million or $0.32 per share for the second quarter of 2019. The adjustments to the net loss are non-recurring acquisition-related charges and a non-recurring non-cash charge related to purchase accounting for the fair value of inventory. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $17.9 million compared to a loss of $4.7 million the prior-year period. The company said that the increased net loss and Adjusted EBITDA declines were primarily due to the increase in operating expenses related to growth initiatives, interest expense from our convertible notes, the addition of Manitoba Harvest and Natura businesses, and the expansion of international operations.

“We are pleased with our second-quarter results and strong business momentum,” said Brendan Kennedy, Tilray President, and Chief Executive Officer. “Our team has executed against our plan, with adult-use revenue nearly doubling in the second quarter compared to the first quarter and gross margin increasing sequentially for the second quarter in a row. As we continue to grow, we remain focused on our long-term strategic objectives and deploying capital to maximize stockholder value.”

Prices Fall

The average net selling price per gram decreased to $4.61 (C$6.12) versus last year’s $6.38 (C$8.36). The decrease was due to a reduced mix of higher-priced extract products and a greater mix of adult-use revenue, which are at lower prices per gram compared to other channels. Total kilogram equivalents sold more than tripled to 5,588 kilograms from 1,514 kilograms in the prior-year period.

 

 


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

Medicine Man Technologies

Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. (OTCQX: MDCL) has entered into a binding term sheet to acquire the cannabis operator Strawberry Fields for $31 million. The acquisition is comprised of $14 million in cash and $17 million in common stock, priced at $2.98 per share. “The integration of Strawberry Fields into our family of Colorado pioneers will be impactful,” said Andy Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Medicine Man Technologies. “This transaction will provide our Company with low-cost cultivation assets located in Pueblo, a growing manufacturing facility, and branded products. In addition we will be acquiring four retail locations in Western and Southern Colorado, including a high yielding store that is a leader in that part of the state. Adding Strawberry Fields to our portfolio will strengthen our strategy to become the leading integrated cannabis operator of Colorado.”

Tilray

After the market close yesterday, Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced in an 8k-filing that it has selected Cowen and Company to sell up to $400 million in stock once an S-3 registration statement is effective, with any sales to be an “at-the-market offering.”

Vapen MJ

Vapen MJ Ventures (OTCQX:VAPNF) announced the appointment of Arizona Attorney Scott A. Hill to the company’s advisory board. Hill is a patent attorney and former stock broker licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona and in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. “Scott was instrumental in successfully working with the USPTO for Vapen MJ’s utility patent for our Cannabinoid Inhaler without a heating element. Scott crafted the claim in the filing, which makes the recently granted patent as broad as possible,” commented Thai Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Vapen MJ.

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis (NYSE: ACB) announced the release of its financial results for the fourth quarter, ending on June 30, 2019. Net revenue for the quarter rose by 61% to $94.6 million. The cost-per gram sold declined t0 $1.14. The gross margin was 58% and adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $11.7 million. “In 2019 Aurora took its place as the global leader in cannabis production, research, innovation, and international market development. We are executing on all our strategic priorities,” said Terry Booth, Aurora CEO. “Our best in class cultivation methods allow us to grow consistent, high-quality cannabis at scale.”


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

On the Site

Medicine Man Technologies

Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. (OTCQX: MDCL) has been on a dispensary buying binge this past couple of weeks. Today the company has added to that list of newly acquired properties. The company said it would be buying four additional dispensaries in Colorado from a leading cannabis retailer. The company’s total dispensary count will grow to 27 upon the successful closing of all the pending acquisitions.

Cannabis Meets Fashion At New York Fashion Week

Fashion met cannabis this past weekend as Project Runway Allstar, Korto Momolu, partnered with Women Grow, the largest network of women in the cannabis and hemp industries for a runway show spectacular. The combination of high fashion and activewear emblazoned with the Women’s Grow logo was well-received by an enthusiastic audience.

Medical CCAs 101 (Cannabis Cooperative Associations)

This article describes the additional financial benefits of moving flower from cultivator to consumer through a CCA as medical cannabis rather than as adult-use cannabis.

In Other News

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) has closed its previously announced amended and upsized credit facilities with a syndicate of lenders led by the Bank of Montreal. This consist of C$160 million in term loans and a feature enabling to company to upsize the facility by approximately C$40 million, in addition to the original C$200 million in credit facilities. “We are very pleased to now have three of the five largest Schedule 1 Canadian banks in our syndicate, along with increased participation from other key syndicate partners,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora.

Tilray

Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Privateer Holdings, which is the company’s largest stockholder. Under the agreement, the parties will effect a downstream merger of Privateer with and into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tilray, with the Tilray subsidiary surviving the merger, and the issuance by Tilray to Privateer equity holders of newly issued and registered shares of Tilray common stock and options to purchase shares of Tilray common stock in an aggregate amount equal to the number of Tilray common shares currently held by Privateer.

Sunniva

Sunniva Inc. (CSE: SNN) (OTCQB: SNNVF) announced that its that its wholly owned subsidiary, Natural Health Services Ltd. (NHS) has been named in a class action lawsuit filed in connection with a previously reported privacy breach of the Electronic Medical Record system used by NHS. “From the time we initially became aware of this issue, we have taken all the necessary steps to prevent a situation like this from happening again in the future,” said Dr. Mark Kimmins, President of NHS. “We continue to work with law enforcement and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta in the ongoing investigation into this matter.”


William SumnerWilliam SumnerAugust 29, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for August 29, 2019.

On the Site

Tilray

Tilray, Inc.  (NASDAQ: TLRY) will be buying Alberta-based dispensary chain FOUR20 through its wholly-owned subsidiary of High Park Holdings Ltd. The recreational retail brand provides adult-use cannabis consumers with a premium retail experience focused on high-quality product selection, education, and community. FOUR20 currently operates six licensed retail locations and has 16 additional high-traffic locations secured in desirable locations in Alberta, including Canmore, Calgary, and Edmonton.

Food, Drug or Something Else: What is Hemp-Derived CBD?

It has been just over a month since the public comment period closed in the wake of the public hearing held by the FDA, “Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds”. Over 4,000 comments were docketed, ranging from controlled scientific data submissions to tales of miracle cures to horror stories. It will be interesting to see what the agency gleans from the docket.

Los Angeles Bringing Back The “War on Drugs” for Illegal Commercial Cannabis Activity

Bringing Back The War – A bit of background on illegal storefront dispensaries tells us And the enforcement in California will come from both state and local authorities. The City of Los Angeles recently launched a massive crackdown on unlicensed, illegal cannabis businesses, filing misdemeanor charges against more than 500 people and shutting down 105 illegal cannabis businesses, including cultivation operations, extraction labs, and delivery companies across the city

In Other News

Cansortium

Cansortium Inc. (CSE:TIUM.U) (OTCQB: CNTMF) reported its second quarter revenue today. Consolidated revenue increased to $6.1 million. The consolidated net loss was $5.3 million. Consolidated EBITDA was $1.8 million. “While we continued to execute our strategy to expand cultivation, processing, and dispensaries during the second quarter, a combination of unexpected delays in construction needed in order to secure final regulatory approvals at our Tampa cultivation Phase 2 expansion, as well as delays in opening certain previously planned Florida dispensaries, led to second quarter revenues that were lower than originally anticipated. As a result, we are experiencing an approximate six-month delay on our plans presented earlier in the year,” said Cansortium CEO Jose Hidalgo.

Vireo Health

Today, Vireo Health International, Inc. (CNSX: VREO) (OTCQX: VREOF) reported its financial results for the second quarter. Operating revenue totaled $7.2 million, and the net loss was approximately $1.9 million.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA were $0.8 million and $2.3 million, respectively. “Increasing patient enrollment in Minnesota and New York continued contributing to organic revenue growth during the second quarter, and wholesale demand trends in Maryland and Pennsylvania have also been encouraging signs that our products can compete effectively within a broader marketplace,” said Vireo Founder and CEO, Kyle Kingsley.

Gabriella’s Kitchen

Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc. (CSE: GABY) also released their financial results for the quarter. Revenue was $2.5 million, up from $319,737 in the same period in the previous year. The gross loss declined from $264,607 to $49,712. As of June 30, 2019, the company has $11.5 million in cash and $37.3 million in assets. “When we announced our target on May 7, 2019 of $35 million in pro-forma revenue for the fiscal year, we took into account that Q2 would be a slower quarter due to the delayed closing of our $20 million raise, the company’s short-term decision to allocate available capital to maintain relationships and shelf space with dispensaries, and the transitioning from a shared distribution model in Southern California to a sole distribution model, staffed with our internal salespeople,” said Margot Micallef, Founder and CEO of GABY.



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