Expansion continues in the cannabis patch, with organic footprint growth among many of the leaders in the space, even as the pandemic rages on. That expansion takes different forms for different leading names. But the overall picture remains one of high-ROI assumptions.
We look at several of the most active names in the space here, including: Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF), and Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF). Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) just announced it will open Rise Duncansville, its 47th retail location, on June 30. According to the release, profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. Green Thumb also donated the first day of profits to the Last Prisoners Project when Rise Chambersburg opened in Pennsylvania earlier this month. “We are grateful to create jobs throughout the state as we continue expanding our retail footprint in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “The team is also honored to partner with the Last Prisoner Project on the important work of redressing the past and continuing harms of unjust laws and policies so that victimless cannabis prisoners can walk free.”
Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) bills itself as a company that manufactures and sells various cannabis products in the United States. The company’s cannabis products include flower, concentrates for dabbing and vaporizing, edibles, and topicals. The company markets its products through third-party retailers. It also owns and operates a chain of 50 retail stores under the RISE dispensaries name. The company was actually also named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. It will be interesting to see if the stock can break out of its recent sideways action. Over the past week, the stock is net flat, and looking for something new to spark things. Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) pulled in sales of $138M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 271.9%. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($101.8M against $182.5M, respectively).
One key name in the group that deserves some attention is CanaFarma Hemp Products Corp. (CSE:CNFA.CN), a full-service company operating in the hemp industry offering a full range of hemp-related products and services to the consumer wellness market. CanaFarma’s flagship brand is “Yooforic” – ie, like “euphoric”, but with unique spelling – a line of hemp-based CBD-infused products for sale, meeting the highest standards for performance and purity, including gums, tinctures, and creams.
Even more importantly, the company’s model is driven by a unique marketing model that appears to be growing in terms of traction. Trailing sales and growth are quite strong, and CBD segment is increasingly attractive. We would also note that the hemp-sourced CBD market is growing at an 18.4% Compound Annual Growth Rate (2018-2022), which means it is now outpacing medical and recreational marijuana. This makes sense given that CBD has a much larger total addressable market than does marijuana given that it is not an intoxicant and has the potential to become a mainstream household industry.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) just announced the doors of a record 50th location within the State of Florida opened on Friday, June 26th. In other words, one of the fastest expanding distribution forces in the cannabis space is still powering along on a rapid curve.
According to the release, the Ocala location is Trulieve’s 52nd location in the United States, 50 of which are located in the Company’s home state of Florida. Near downtown Ocala, the dispensary supports the Company’s mission to expand and ensure safe, reliable patient access statewide. It also joins Trulieve’s 49 other dispensaries statewide, including in nearby Gainesville, Lady Lake, and Daytona Beach. At approximately 4,400 square feet and with 10 point-of-sale stations, the dispensary will be the Company’s first in Marion County.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) promulgates itself as a company that, through its subsidiary, Trulieve, Inc., engages in the cultivation, possession, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in the United States.
It offers a suite of Trulieve branded products with approximately 125 SKUs, including nasal sprays, capsules, concentrates, syringes, and cannabis flower in tamper-proof containers for vaporizers, topical creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges. The company distributes its products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) in Florida, as well as takes orders online and by phone for delivery. As of November 20, 2018, the company operated 21 dispensaries. Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is headquartered in Quincy, Florida. If you’re long this stock, then you’re liking how the stock has responded to the announcement. TCNNF shares have been moving higher over the past week overall, pushing about 4% to the upside on above average trading volume. Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) managed to rope in revenues totaling $129.2M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 118.5%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. In addition, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash levels far exceeding current liabilities ($143.5M against $104.7M).
Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) just announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with licensed California adult use and medicinal cannabis company HONEY, one of California’s largest full service companies, to supply all of Liberty’s dispensaries with the company’s full assortment of branded products. According to the release, in 2012, HONEY revolutionized the cannabis industry by becoming the first producer in the world to market distilled cannabis oil in vape cartridges. Today, they provide authentic, full spectrum oil in vape cartridges, applicators, and caps to legal dispensaries and delivery services.
Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) frames itself as a company that engages in the production and distribution of medical cannabis primarily in the State of Florida. It has a strategic partnership with Veterans Cannabis Project to support various research projects focused on the treatment of service related trauma with cannabis derived products; and partnership with AdaViv Inc. to enhance production of cannabis.
The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Liberty Health Sciences was established to own and operate medical marijuana licenses in the United States. To date, the company owns one of 14 licenses issued in the state of Florida as well as 50.1% interest in a provisional processing license and a provisional dispensary license, both in Ohio. Liberty has also made an investment in a provisional medical license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The stock has suffered a bit of late, with shares of LHSIF taking a hit in recent action, down about -11% over the past week. Over the past month, shares of the stock have suffered from clear selling pressure, dropping by roughly -11%. Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) generated sales of $17.8M, according to information released in the company’s most recent quarterly financial report. That adds up to a sequential quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 10.4% on the top line. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($25M against $25.5M, respectively).
BetterLife Pharma Inc. (OTCMKTS: BETRF) Announces Significant Progress in H1 2021
There are reportedly more than 265 million people across the globe suffering from depression. Unfortunately, the only available treatment is psychedelics, which again has its drawbacks, including being expensive and unpredictable side effects. This clearly explains a far-fetched unmet need. However, according to BetterLife Pharma Inc. (OTCMKTS: BETRF), it is possible to treat any neurological condition, including depression and related side effects such as hallucinations. Thanks to several human clinical trials in H1 2021.
The emerging biotech has provided substantial progress concerning H1 2021. The company scaled up the process development for GMP manufacturing. Additionally, there was an execution of several agreements with leading researchers at marquee institutions for preclinical pharmacology. Other IND-enabling studies included Nova Labs- GLP cardiac studies, Eurofins Discovery – Pharmacology and safety, ITR Labs – GLP bioavailability and toxicology, and Comparative in-vitro studies vs. LSD with the University of California San Diego.
The Development of TD-0148A for Treatment of Major Depressive Disorders
The projection for depressive and neurological disorders, which include a cluster of headaches, stands at nearly US$25 billion by 2030. However, BetterLife’s TD-0148Aa second-generation lysergic acid diethylamide (“LSD”) derivative molecule is believed to be a possible solution. And with a unique and patented manufacturing process, the company has issued patents on the synthesis of this potential treatment. The good news is that, unlike psychedelics, TD-0148A has the potential to overcome several side effects. Additionally, it does not require the presence of a therapist because it is self-administered.
The company says it is also working on a second compound, TD-010, and is projected to treat benzodiazepine dependency before developing other neurological-related disorders.
Meanwhile, it is not long ago since BetterLife Pharma Inc. recruited Mr. Henri Sant-Cassia to its Board of Directors. The co-founder of The Conscious Fund has been a serial entrepreneur since his early twenties before joining the plant medicine field. His experience also spreads out to the manufacturing, retail, and research of cannabinoid-based products. This experience in the psychedelic space will be precious in developing non-hallucinogenic compounds for mental health disorders.
Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: CBWTF) Takes over the Summer Season with a Suite of High-Quality and Unique Cannabis Products
More Americans will soon access legal cannabis as more states are expected to advance cannabis legalization measures in the coming years. Some of the keys for unlocking the potential of cannabis include continued innovation and execution excellence while building authentic relationships with consumers. That said, a leading consumer packaged goods company in the cannabis market, Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: CBWTF), has announced a new set of product line-ups for the summer season.
“Canadians deserve something special after a year and a half of pandemic life, and we wanted to make sure our brands rose to the occasion… developers and marketing experts have leveraged consumer insights this summer to bring a suite of high-quality and unique cannabis products…,” Senior Vice President, Commercial, Auxly Andrew MacMillan acknowledged.
Use of Focused Strategies to Grow its Market Share
Auxly’s involvement in a strategic expansion into the dried flower market is quickly birthing results. The company has been riding on success from the dried flower offerings under its Back Forty brand. Through this brand, Auxly bagged almost 2% of the entire national cannabis flower market in June. The total achievement was a 5.2% share of the national market emanating from the successful sale of dried flowers and the company’s leadership position in cannabis 2.0 products.
According to the CEO, Hugo Alves, they have built on deep consumer insights and execution excellence. They will also continue introducing a more robust line-up of new products in line with the consumer’s needs. A suite of high-quality and unique cannabis products will take center stage this summer; vapes, edibles, oil, capsules, and concentrates, among others, and they are expected to help the company gain meaningful market share. Kolab Project, Back Forty, Foray, and Dosecann are also some of Auxly’s in-house brands the company is about to launch in the coming weeks. This will come along with unique edible products but for select provinces.
Rubicon Organics Inc. (OTCMKTS: ROMJF) Outlines its Corporate and Operational Highlights Covering the First Half of 2021
Have you ever been in a situation of sickness where you felt utterly helpless? The instituting of Rubicon Organics Inc. was at the height of the lack of high-quality, organic cannabis products for medicinal use. Its founders spent several years perfecting the art of organic cannabis greenhouse cultivation, and before long, the company became a household name. It is one of the only six Organic Certified cannabis producers in Canada with Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association (FVOPA) certification. And over the years, the company has invested in innovative and sustainable practices, from using only organic inputs to minimizing its waste and packaging.
As the Canadian cannabis market continues to increase, Rubicon Organics is also registering incredible milestones. While unveiling its operational update, the company outlined several milestones, including a 132% increase in the number of new products its Q3, 2021. Additionally, the company’s 1964 Supply Co. premium brand was introduced to New Brunswick in June 2021, listing in seven provinces. As well, five provincial distributors accepted Homestead, a mainstream brand developed for the avid cannabis consumer.
The Organization’s Corporate Highlights Demonstrating Significant Growth Potential
Rubicon Organics is focused on achieving industry-leading profitability and has a keen eye for innovation and the development of brands. Some of its flagship super-premium brands include Simply Bare Organic with a launch of 10 new SKUs and super-premium concentrate brand LAB THEORY, among others.
In its first half of 2021, the company launched Wildflower CBD Topicals, a closed organic certified extraction services’ deal with The Valens Company. In addition, it stepped into Yukon territory through a Cannabis Purchase and Sale Pact with Cannabis Yukon for the distribution of its cannabis products.
In other news, Rubicon Organics announced Cannabis Cultivators of B.C. (CCBC), a non-profit industry association. With the incorporation of Pure Sunfarms and Tantalus Labs, CCBC will work with policymakers to advocate for the growth of a responsible cannabis industry in British Columbia (B.C.). This can be viewed as a timely move given the thriving and fast-growing legal cannabis industry in B.C.