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Is Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) Getting Ripe for Something Big?

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Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) shares are ripping again today, in part because of general strength in the space (which may be most owed to Canopy doing a secondary and shares responding with an upside breakout – a great signal for the cannabis space in general). But it’s also likely due to the company’s announcement this morning that it has completed its first shipment of cannabis oil to its Argentina-based subsidiary ABP, S.A., a pharmaceutical import and distribution company.

According to the release, “In accordance with a previously announced supply agreement, the Company delivered 1,500 bottles of Aphria’s renowned Rideau CBD oil, which were provided to Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, a leading pediatric hospital located in Buenos Aires, for use in a clinical study focused on treating refractory epilepsy in children. Aphria acquired ABP last month when the Company closed its acquisition of LATAM Holdings Inc., expanding the Company’s global footprint to include a leading presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) commands a market cap of $3.75B as a leading global cannabis company driven by “an unrelenting commitment to our people, product quality and innovation.”

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of safe, clean and pure pharmaceutical-grade cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market.

The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. “Rooted in our founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents.”

The company touts itself as one of Canada’s lowest cost producers, produces, supplies and sells medical cannabis. The company is truly powered by sunlight, allowing for the most natural growing conditions available. “We are committed to providing pharma-grade medical cannabis, superior patient care while balancing patient economics and returns to shareholders. We are the first public licensed producer to report positive cash flow from operations and the first to report positive earnings in consecutive quarters.”

In addition, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash and marketable securities of $314M against basically no current liabilities.

 

Ripe for Interest

As we discussed earlier, APHQF just announced that it has completed its first shipment of cannabis oil to its Argentina-based subsidiary ABP, S.A, a pharmaceutical import and distribution company.

“Argentina will play a foundational role as Aphria cements its leadership in medical cannabis throughout the region,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. “Aphria and ABP, in close partnership with the Argentinean government, continue to advance opportunities for medical cannabis in the country, including the potential for in-country cultivation. We are also proud to support the critical and necessary research being undertaken by Hospital Garrahan on the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children with our Rideau CBD oil.”

The stock is up on the news. Overall, shares of APHQF have rallied about 12% over the past week. That sets up an interesting context for the action tomorrow.

Note, the company also announced it has completed its first shipment of cannabis oil to its Malta-based subsidiary ASG Pharma Ltd., which is a majority-owned subsidiary that received the first import certificate for medical cannabis issued by the Government of Malta’s Ministry of Health and “will use this first delivery of Aphria’s renowned Rideau CBD oil to perform analytical testing and research.”

Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) generated sales of $13.3M, 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 10.5% on the top line.

In our analysis, this is a company that is ripe for more strategic interest, and perhaps the next to file for that US IPO (following the recent move by Aurora).

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Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (OTCMKTS:TGODF) To Review Financing Alternatives For Construction Purposes

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Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (OTCMKTS:TGODF) has, over the years, been focusing on the production of premium organic cannabis products. The business guru has today disclosed details about its credit financing. According to its spokesperson, the company needs to complete the construction of a number of its business facilities. The facilities are in Ontario, Ancaster, and Phase 1a at Valleyfield, Quebec. Lately, the business has been reviewing some financial alternatives to see the ones to settle for.

The turn of events

In a statement, the company has revealed that the market conditions have been very dynamic and thus need from proper planning. It has, in the past, held discussions regarding some commercial bank facilities and equipment leasing in a bid to identify what would work. The company admits that the discussions were fruitful since it was able to chart the way forward. However, the main point of the discussion wasn’t arrived at. That was because most of the financing sources turned out to be inappropriate. The company says that most of them did not match the required timeframes. It says it had no otherwise but to start reviewing other alternatives.

Plans moving forward

The completion of these facilities is a costly undertaking, but the company seems quite determined.

An official working with The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings but who wanted his identity kept anonymous has made a point. He says that the company, at the moment, has no debt. However, it has about $56.7 million available in cash in Canada. It also has some $40.2 million that will take care of the company’s capital expenditures. The construction activities at the Ancaster are almost reaching completion according to sources. The business giant says that in a matter of about 6-weeks, it will have completed the construction activities here.

Green Organic Dutchman Holdings is optimistic it will get the financing that it requires. In that particular regard, it will channel the funds towards accelerating its commercial production. The goal is to increase its revenues by a significant margin.

So far, the company has gotten into several supply agreements. Some of them are with Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. The deal is to engage in the distribution of products on a nationwide scale.

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HEXO (OTCMKTS:HYYWF) Expects To Post Net Revenues Of $16.5 Million in Q4 2019 And $48.5 Million For FY 2019

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HEXO (OTCMKTS:HYYWF) expects to post net revenues of up to $16.5 million in Q4 2019. The company is hoping to post revenues of up to $48.5 million for FY 2019. It has withdrawn the previously announced outlook for FY 2020.

Q4 results below the estimates

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hexo, Sebastien St-Louis, said the net revenues of Q4 missed the forecast mainly because of reduced sales. He said the company is not happy with the results and will change operational and sales strategies to boost sales in the future.

The company is engaged in re-configuring the operations in the last quarter and would focus on high selling strains. Hexo began a new sales strategy to improve performance in the coming quarters.

Withdraws outlook for FY2020

A delay in getting the nod from government departments for the products extracted from cannabis together with store rollouts at a slower pace and pricing pressures are felt nationwide. A sluggish opening of retail stores has limited the reach of Hexo to significant customers in the market. It also sees an unpredictability to ensure the availability of cannabis-derived products because of delays in jurisdictional decisions and uncertainty in regulatory approvals in Canada. Therefore, Hexo decided to remove the previously announced forecast for FY 2020.

CEO said it is painful to withdraw the outlook for FY 2020. The company decided to withdraw the outlook because of the prevailing uncertainties in the market. Hexo is evaluating its operations and plans to improve efficiencies and achieve profitability. The company is focusing on strategic priorities to offer rich dividends to the shareholders in the long-term.

Hagens Berman alerts investors

Hagens Berman warned investors of an investigation into Hexo on violation of security laws. The firm informed investors to file a loss-form to find out if they qualify to recoup investment losses they have suffered in Hexo. The investigation team will check whether Hexo has misled the investors by exaggerating about its business model and the sales of cannabis products through the retailers.

Chief Finance Officer of Hexo, who joined the company a few months back, resigned abruptly. Following the exit of CFO, Christopher Carey, an analyst at Bank of America, has downgraded the stock to underperform.

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LeafBuyer Technologies Inc. (OTCMKT:LBUY) Reports 59% YoY Growth In Revenue Following Optimization Of Its Platforms

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LeafBuyer Technologies Inc. (OTCMKT:LBUY) has announced that its annual revenue for FY 2019 grew by 59%, reflecting the revenue booked this year against last year. This growth is above the industry average that currently stands at 24%.

Leafbuyer optimized platforms to be competitive

Kurt Rosner, the CEO of Leafbuyer, stated that they had spent the year optimizing their platforms to have the edge over competitors. He added that they were determined to provide unrivaled tech solutions for the fast-growing cannabis industry. Rossner said that the sales team has continued to execute the company’s strategy, and it is maintaining the momentum as fall approaches.

Over the past year, the company greatly expanded its reach to several states, including Oklahoma and California, among others. Thus has allowed the Leafbuyer to reach a wider audience and enabled targeted sales initiatives. In June this year, the company opened a satellite office in Los Angeles, which provided a centralized and reachable hub for the company’s West Coast customers. The Los Angeles office has sufficient staff to allow the Denver based sales representatives to focus on selling in the East Coast and Midwest regions.

Leafbuyer has expanded its marketing platform

Besides conventional online listing, the company has also enhanced its marketing platform, and now it includes texting as well as loyalty products. The CEO said loyalty had been the company’s fastest-growing segment, and they are optimistic that it will maintain that growth momentum going to 2020.

In August, the company stated that it is in a path to profitability, and that will achieve its goal in the first half of next year. The company’s aggressive growth strategy focuses on user acquisition, and they hope to double its organic growth by the end of this year. The company’s management team is expecting some acquisitions with robust synergies going forward. The company recently acquired Greenlight Technologies, which is an application development company based in California. Currents the management is in negotiations for the acquisition of CBD.io, a Las Vegas-based trade show.

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