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What May Spur the Next Breakout in Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF)?

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Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) shares have been tracing out an interesting sideways trading range over the past month. That range is starting to come to a head in recent trade. The trend is clearly to the upside on almost every timeframe, and trend traders should be on the lookout for catalysts that can serve to push that extension.

Further pushing the story forward, the company just announced that it has closed the acquisition of LATAM Holdings Inc. from Scythian Biosciences. According to the release, “The Transaction was funded by the assumption of US$1 million of existing LATAM Holdings debt with the remaining consideration funded by the issuance of 15,678,310 common shares of Aphria. The closing was pursuant to the terms of the definitive share purchase agreement previously announced by the Company on July 17, 2018.”

Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) commands a market cap of $3.22B 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.”

Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF) has been raking in the cash, with $9.4 million coming in its quarter-ended May 31. Revenues are growing at a robust 110%. The company is also sitting on a strong balance sheet, with total assets now above $1 billion against total debt at just above $115 million.

 

New Catalysts in Technical Context

As discussed above, APHQF just announced that it has closed the acquisition of LATAM Holdings Inc. from Scythian Biosciences.

“Aphria continues to execute on its plans for strategic international expansion, including in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. “With a combined population of nearly 640 million, and with significant momentum from numerous countries introducing new or modernizing existing medical cannabis legislation, the region represents a significant opportunity for long-term growth. It also hosts some of the most favourable conditions for cultivating high-quality medical cannabis at substantial efficiencies – ideal for both regional supply and export opportunities. This acquisition firmly cements Aphria’s leadership in the region and on the global cannabis stage.”

Shares continue to hold up in a range over the past 3 weeks, with a possible breakout lined up if and when we see the stock push back above resistance in the $16/share area.

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OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp (OTCMKTS:OWCP) Subsidiary’s Cannabis Product Performs Remarkably

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OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp (OTCMKTS:OWCP) is an industry leader in the development of cannabinoid-based therapies. Some of this company’s leading products help treat a wide range of medical disorders and conditions.

Nature of the research

This company’s subsidiary, One World Cannabis, has been researching its Medical Grade Cannabis. It has unveiled the results of the research terming them Top Line. This was a single-dose, randomized, crossover study that sought to compare several aspects of the medical solutions. Among them included the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of the buccal Sativex® versus the Orally Disintegrating Tablets (MGC-ODT). Some of the elements to be studied include THC, THC metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC, and CBD. An official working with OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp says that the research involved some healthy adult volunteers.

This research was conducted at the Sourasky Medical Center, which is situated in Tel Aviv. The study will help deliver top-notch products to consumers on a nationwide scale and even beyond borders.

One of the lede researchers reveals that the persons participating in the study were administered randomly. As outlined earlier, the products in question were OWC-ODT (4.2 mg THC, 5 mg CBD) and Sativex (5.4 mg THC, 5.0 mg CBD). The study also involved a two weeks cross over period.

Results of the study

 The researcher also revealed that after 24 hours of the product administration, plasma would be collected from the volunteers. The other thing would be to monitor the effects of the products, and then the researchers would go to the next step. Probably, that would be the checking out as well as the quantification of the THC, CBD, and 11-OH-THC concentrations. The determination of the plasma PK will be important in writing down the final report.

The TLR indicates that both the administration of both MGC-ODT and Sativex® pulled along with rather similar mean times. This was specifically in terms of half-life, peak concentration, and eventually, the elimination rates.

One unique aspect of the results is how they showed some dose-related comparability for the products in terms of bioavailability and absorption. Another important point worth noting is that the treatment incidence showed the related adverse events (AEs), indicating a lot of similarities between the administered treatments.

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Glance Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS:GLNNF) Communicates To Shareholder Through A Letter

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Glance Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS:GLNNF) owns the dynamic mobile payment and loyalty technology platform known as Glance Pay®. Today, the CEO of the company Jonathan Hoyles has written a letter to the shareholder in the company. This is the first letter the official is writing to them in the position of the company’s Interim CEO.

Hoyles and his words for shareholders

Hoyles wants all shareholders to understand everything regarding the operations and plans. Through this letter, shareholders get to understand what the company intends to over the coming six to twelve months.

The company’s CEO discloses that a short while back, they set some clear measures and goals to help the company move forward. The target is to achieve the set goals within a short time. Some analysts that have had the opportunity to read through these goals see them as overly ambitious.

However, Hoyles exudes confidence saying that they have a dependable team in place. According to the official, this is crucial towards the achievement of the company’s set goals. The leader is quick to admit that indeed, progress is a matter that calls for a company’s dedication to taking the necessary risks. He urges everyone, including the shareholders, in the company, to give their support so that they achieve a home run.

Research and developmental plans

In recent times, the company has directed some funds into quantitative and qualitative market research. Some of the activities it has found helpful include merchant interviews, end-user surveys, and external research. One thing coming out pretty clearly is the fact that most of the end-users seek to be rewarded for their continued loyalty to the company and its diverse products.

Asides from this, they are calling out to the company to move with speed in setting up more restaurant locations for them. It is worth noting that users greatly appreciate the company’s support in helping them pay bills easily and quickly. However, the company thinks it needs to do more than offer them convenience. It wants to move a step further to give them suggestions on items that they need to try out.

Further improvements will be made in marketing and branding, sales and distribution, and also in the enhancement of customer experience. Howles says that they will focus on the right priorities. To him, the best thing is for the company to move its resources to areas of greater yield and productivity.

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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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