TerrAscend Raises Guidance For 2019

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.

The company still delivered a net loss of $21.5 million, which was much higher than last year’s net loss of $5 million. It is almost double the loss in the first quarter of $11 million.

“The company continues to experience strong growth in demand.  We are pleased to be in the position to raise our revenue guidance only four months after initially providing it.  We are seeing a substantial acceleration in sales growth in the third quarter and expect this to continue through the fourth quarter.  In Canada, our Haven Street Premium Cannabis brand is resonating with consumers. This sales growth will be driven by licensing of expanded space, scaled-up production, increased automation, improvements in operational efficiencies and continued growth in the adult-use, medical and international markets,” said Michael Nashat, TerrAscend’s CEO. “We continue to focus on improving margins, which will be fueled by cost effective strategic supply agreements that provide access to bulk dry flower and extract-based cannabinoids while maintaining TerrAscend’s standards for quality and consistency. We currently have nine existing bulk supply partners and several additional new partners coming online in the near term.”

Since The Quarter Closed

TerrAscend said that since the quarter closed it received its oil sales license and has begun sales in Canada. The company signed an agreement to purchase Ilera Healthcare, one of five vertically-integrated cannabis cultivator, processor, and dispensary operators in Pennsylvania. Ilera plans to open two additional dispensary sites in Pennsylvania within the year. TerrAscend made its first shipment to Germany through its sales and distribution agreement with iuvo Therapeutics GmbH, making it the first and only global cannabis operator with sales in the US, Canada, and the EU.

“TerrAscend continues to increase its global footprint with the build-out of our New Jersey operations, construction of multiple dispensaries in California, and the upcoming acquisition of Ilera Healthcare,” said Matthew Johnson, President TerrAscend Corp. & TerrAscend USA. “We are looking forward to opening new dispensaries in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the coming months.  We are proud to have brought Valhalla Confections and The Apothecarium California into our family of companies this quarter with the closing of those transactions. Additionally, we are excited for the upcoming close of The Apothecarium Nevada.  Importantly, our recent and pending acquisitions are all margin accretive and generate strong cash flow.”

Debra Borchardt

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Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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