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The Daily Hit is a recap of the top financial news stories for March 9, 2023.
Trulieve’s 2023 Road Map: Open More Stores and Bankroll Florida Legalization
Florida-based Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) had a busy 2022 expanding and finishing off its blockbuster acquisition of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation. By contrast, this year the company plans to spend more time keeping its head down and focusing on making money. Read more here.
Jones Soda Plans More Cannabis Expansion
Beverage maker Jones Soda Co. (CSE: JSDA) (OTCQB: JSDA) just finished its second year of a “three-year turnaround strategy” and is now making cannabis a core component that plan by expanding its infused-product offerings even further. Read more here.
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Weigh Options for Adult-Use Legalization
Now that Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro has formally introduced a budget that contains specifics for taxing adult-use cannabis, state lawmakers are beginning to examine different options on how a recreational market could be structured. That includes potentially letting state-run liquor stores sell marijuana instead of giving first crack at the market to existing medical marijuana companies. Read more here.
Ayr Wellness’ Early Bets on Emerging Markets Pay Off
Expansion efforts and key market partnerships are starting to pay off for Ayr Wellness Inc. (CSE: AYR.A) (OTCQX: AYRWF) after new earnings show the Florida-based multistate operator’s new business strategies added meat to its balance sheet. The company generated $124.6 million in revenue in the fourth quarter. Still, the company reported a net loss of $166.4 million for the quarter. Read more here.
Village Farms Sales Dip Slightly in Fourth Quarter
Village Farms International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VFF) delivered revenue fell 5% to $69.5 million from last year’s $72.8 million. It just barely missed the Yahoo Finance average analyst estimate for revenue of $70 million. The company blamed the drop on a stronger U.S. dollar compared to the Canadian dollar decreasing reported U.S. sales for our Canadian Cannabis operations by ($2.4 million). Read more here.
Unrivaled Brands Inc. (OTCQB: UNRV), a cannabis company with retail and cultivation operations throughout California, entered into a binding term sheet to resolve outstanding litigation with People’s California LLC, subject to final documentation. Upon execution of the binding term sheet, the parties agreed to inform the court of the settlement and request a stay of all pending litigation. Read more here.
California-based cannabis and lifestyle brand Stiiizy is entering the regulated cannabis market in Illinois, bringing the number of states where the company’s products are available to five. The brand’s launch in Illinois will include three of its signature product lines, with a rollout to more than 90% of the licensed dispensaries serving the state’s $1.5 billion adult-use cannabis market. Read more here.
Total sales for 2022 rose by 30% to $293 million.
Earning miss analyst estimates for the quarter.
The Supreme Cannabis Co.
The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) reported a year-over-year increase in net revenue, growing 122% from $5.1 million in Q1 2019 to $11.4 million in Q1 2020. The net revenue achieved during Q1 2020 was comprised of $10.5 million from 7ACRES and $0.9 million from Blissco.
Sequentially, net revenue decreased by 40% from $19 million in Q4 2019. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in net revenue is predominately attributable to the combination of a rapid deterioration of pricing and demand in the wholesale market and the previously announced 7ACRES mechanical failure in grow rooms 1, 2 and 3, which was an isolated one-time event with all three grow rooms recommissioned and replanted in September 2019.
In Q1 2020, in response to wholesale market conditions, the company prioritized its annual performance objectives by product planning for future quarters and holding back product from wholesale channels. In the second half of fiscal 2020, the company expects this inventory of high-quality products to serve as inputs for flower convenience products and select cannabis derivative products, including pre-rolled joints, CBD oils and vaporizer oils.
The company continues to reduce its reliance on the wholesale market as it increases packaging capacity at its 7ACRES facility and transitions 7ACRES to solely recreational sales. In Q1 2020, wholesale sales accounted for 57% of cannabis flower sales, as compared to 65% in Q4 2019 and 100% in Q1 2019. As Supreme Cannabis transitions into a CPG company, sales from recreational markets continue to increase. In Q1 2020, the company saw strong demand for its consumer-facing brands, with net revenue from recreational sales increasing 68% quarter-over-quarter.
Village Farms International, Inc.
Village Farms International, Inc. (TSX: VFF) (NASDAQ: VFF) reported net sales (before Village Farms’ 50% share), which consisted entirely of dried cannabis sold predominantly to other licensed producers, were C$24.0 million (US$18.1 million). Sales for the third quarter did not include C$7.2 million that was invoiced to Emerald Health Therapeutics. The company delivered net loss (before Village Farms’ 50% share) of (C$2.4 million) ((US$1.8 million)) which included the non-cash impact of a net charge of (C$12.6 million) due to a change in value of the biological asset.
Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, Village Farms said, “Pure Sunfarms’ achieved its fourth consecutive quarter of positive EBITDA, with an industry leading all-in cost of production of C$0.63, gross margin of 69% and EBITDA margin of 56%. In the 12 months since adult-use cannabis was legalized in Canada in October 2018, Pure Sunfarms has already generated C$47 million in EBITDA, an especially impressive number given that its operations were ramping up throughout most of that period.”
“In our U.S. outdoor hemp program, we recently completed harvest of our 2019 crop, highlighted by yields that were well above our projections. We remain on track to begin generating profitable hemp sales as early as the fourth quarter of this year. Importantly, our first growing season has provided significant learnings that will be invaluable going forward. In our greenhouse hemp program, we continue to work with Texas Department of Agriculture on the implementation of its hemp regulatory framework subject to the recently published US Department of Agriculture rules and are optimistic that licensing could commence in the first quarter of 2020. As we did in Canada with Pure Sunfarms, we are building a rock-solid foundation of exceptional growing operations from which to aggressively pursue our objective to launch our own white-labeled and branded CBD products in 2020.”
Jushi Holdings Inc. (NEO: JUSH.B) (OTCQX: JUSHF) reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. The company delivered revenue for the third quarter of 2019 increased 2871% to $3.6 million, compared to $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 due to revenue from operations. Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $4.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.05 per share, in the third quarter of 2018. During the quarter, the company reported a gain on a financial asset of approximately $9.2 million and a one-time other income of approximately $5 million.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2019 was $1.5 million, resulting in gross margin of 43%, compared to $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2018. The increase over the prior year was primarily due to the increase in retail sales.
“During the third quarter of 2019, we generated revenue of $3.6 million, an increase sequentially from $0.2 million, due primarily to commencement of retail operations in Pennsylvania and New York, and cultivation and manufacturing in Nevada. Additionally, we reported a net gain of $13.2 million in other income primarily from sale of our minority stake in Gloucester Street Capital resulting in net income of $4.2 million for the quarter,” stated Jim Cacioppo, CEO and Chairman of Jushi.
It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for October 10, 2019.
The two Russian nationals that were arrested on Thursday for campaign finance violations also tried to apply for marijuana licenses in Nevada according to the arrest allegations. The document said that Lev Parnas, Igor Furman, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin “planned to use Foreign National-1 as a source of funding for donations and contributions to State and federal candidates and politicians in Nevada, New York and other states to facilitate acquisitions of retail marijuana licenses.”
HEXO Corp. (TSX: HEXO)(NYSE: HEXO) stock was plunging almost 20% as the company told Wall Street that its revenues would be lower than expected. The company said in a statement that it now expects net revenue for the fourth quarter to be approximately $14.5 million to $16.5 million and net revenue for the year to be approximately $46.5 million to $48.5 million.” This is a far cry from the company’s claim in June that it was on track to reach $400 million in net revenue in 2020 and said it would double net revenue in the fourth fiscal quarter.
MediPharm Labs Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF), has secured a $38.7 million credit facility from a top 5 Canadian Schedule 1 bank. Although the company initially sought $20 million, the credit facility was upsized and is comprised of a revolving term facility, a non-revolving term facility and a non-revolving delayed draw term facility.
Village Farms International, Inc. (TSX: VFF) (NASDAQ: VFF) announced that a group of underwriters co-led by Beacon Securities Limited and GMP Securities L.P. have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal basis, 2,660,000 common shares of the company at a price of C$9.40 per share. The total value of the offering is approximately C$25 million. Pending regulatory approval, the offering is expected to close on or around October 22, 2019. The net proceeds of the offering will go towards working capital and general corporate purposes.
Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) announced that David Klein has been appointed Chair of its Board of Directors effective immediately. Klein is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Brands, Inc. “There is no company better positioned to win in the emerging global cannabis market. I look forward to continuing to work with Canopy Growth’s very talented leadership team to position the company for long-term, industry-leading profitable growth,” Klein said in a statement.
Cannara Biotech Inc. (CSE: LOVE) (OTCQB: LOVFF) (FRA: 8CB) has secured a first mortgage against its Farnham Facility, valued at $6 million, with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The mortgage will help reduce the company’s debt service costs. “Once Cannara’s cultivation and sales licenses are granted we’ll look to augment this mortgage to further reduce our debt service costs,” commented Zohar Krivorot, President and CEO of Cannara.
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