The Daily Hit: May 20, 2020

It’s time for your Daily Hit for your cannabis financial news for May 20, 2020.

Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands Inc. (OTCQB: GGBXF) had earlier this week announced that it had defaulted on its debentures due this month, now it is headed to the Canadian equivalent of bankruptcy. Green Growth said that has filed for insolvency protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) and obtained an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granting the Applicants protection under the CCAA. Ernst & Young Inc. has consented to act as the Court-appointed monitor.

Green Growth said that the Court has granted CCAA protection for an initial 10 day period, subject to extension thereafter as the Court deems appropriate, which expires on May 29, 2020. While under CCAA protection, creditors and others are stayed from enforcing any rights against Green Growth.

Green Growth said it had to file for insolvency due to maturing debt and the effects of COVID-19 on its one dispensary The+Source which is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The lack of tourists has caused a severe drop in sales in many of the companies located there.

Trulieve

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (OTCQX: TCNNF) reported that its revenue increased 21% sequentially to $96 million in its first quarter of 2020 ending  March 31, 2020, versus $79 million in the fourth quarter. This beat the Yahoo! Finance average estimate for revenue of $90 million for the quarter.

Revenue increased 116% over last year’s first-quarter revenue of $44 million. Trulieve also delivered a net income of $14 million in the first quarter.  The company has a strong cash position of $100.8 million at March 31, 2020.

The company delivered adjusted EBITDA of $49.4 million, or 51%, for the first quarter of 2020 and reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.12. This beat the Yahoo! Finance average estimate of $0.11 but was down from last year’s earnings of $0.13 for the first quarter of 2019. The achieved GAAP adjusted margin was 77%.

In Other News

Harvest Health

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. (OTCQX: HRVSF) reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter 2020. Total revenue in the first quarter was $45.0 million, an increase of 134% from $19.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 and up 19% compared to $37.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The net loss was $20.0 million for the first quarter compared to net loss of $20.0 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $88.9 million for the fourth quarter 2019.

Outlook
Full year 2020 revenue target is approximately $200 million. Harvest is on track to achieve positive Adjusted EBITDA during the second half of 2020. Forecasts assume no meaningful impacts or disruptions to our operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic beyond the new protocols and safeguards already implemented throughout the company.

Management Commentary
“Our improved financial results during the first quarter demonstrate progress toward our primary goal of returning to profitability through cost reduction measures and investments in core markets Arizona, Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve White. “In 2020 we have raised additional capital and completed several acquisitions adding strategic assets in core markets while continuing to streamline operations as highlighted by continued improving quarterly trends.”

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) is buying U.S. CBD company Reliva, LLC for approximately US$40 million of Aurora common shares.  The transaction also includes a potential earn-out of up to a maximum of US$45 million payable in Aurora shares, cash or a combination thereof, over the next two years contingent upon Reliva achieving certain financial targets.

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