It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 18, 2019.
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Luxury Cannabis is Not Going Away Anytime Soon
The world of cannabis is becoming more refined. When California first legalized medical cannabis in 1996, the only way one could purchase cannabis legally was through darkly-lit dispensaries with bars on the windows that were squirreled away in industrial parks. More than two decades later, the cannabis industry has evolved to a point where its consumers are more sophisticated and discerning, giving rise to a new sub-market within the industry: Luxury Cannabis.
MediPharm Labs Corp. (LABS.V) (MEDIF) (MLZ.F) has applied to list its common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). MediPharm Labs continues to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “LABS”. This follows the company’s announcement that it had closed its previously announced bought deal offering of 13,514,000 common shares in the capital of the company at a price of $5.55 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of C$75 million.
Biotech company Intrexon Corporation (NASDAQ: XON) and cannabis company Surterra Wellness (Surterra) announced an exclusive global licensing agreement. The two companies will join forces to help Surterra’s cannabinoid production by using Intrexon’s proprietary yeast fermentation platform. According to the company statement, yeast fermentation of cannabinoids provides advantages over conventional plant-based extraction.
The Flowr Corporation (TSXV: FLWR)(OTC: FLWPF) has received a loan commitment from a syndicate of lenders led by ATB Financial in its capacity as lead arranger and administrative agent for up to $50,000,000 of committed senior secured credit facilities.
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In Other News
California Cannabis Enterprises
California Cannabis Enterprises (CCE) announced that it has appointed Daryl Kato as its Chief Operating Officer. Kato is the former chief financial officer (CFO) and board director at Nissin Foods USA and finance manager for confections and snacks at Nestle USA. “With an aggressive plan for continued growth and a commitment to expand our family of companies and world-class brands, attracting top talent like Daryl will give us a competitive advantage as the cannabis marketplace expands and matures,” said CCE CEO Kyle Kazan.
CAVU Resources, Inc. (OTCMKTS: CAVR) announced that it has applied to trade under a new symbol, “KUSH.” The change was requested because the company wants its symbol to reflect the new cannabis-focused direction the company is taking. CAVU is also seeking a regional accounting firm to provide audit services for 2017, 2018 and the current year to date 2019 so that it can start the procedure of up-listing to OTCQB.
Delta 9 Cannabis
Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: NINE) (OTCQX: VRNDF) announced that its previously announced offering will be for an offering size of a minimum of $10,000,000 and up to $14,000,000. Priced as $1,000 per unit, the company will issue between 10,000 and 14,000 convertible debenture units. The offering is being co-led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation, as sole bookrunner, and Canaccord Genuity Corp. as co-lead agents.
Jushi Holdings Inc. (NEO: JUSH.B) has entered into an agreement to acquire an unnamed Phase I Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permit holder and three provisional Phase II Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permit holders for an aggregate of approximately $63 million. Of the $63 million, $27.11 million will be paid in cash, $27.5 million will be paid through the issuance of certain 10% secured notes, and the remaining balance will be paid through the issuance of approximately 3.38 million shares to the sellers of the purchased companies.