The cannabis industry is excited about the potential changes that could stem from the structure of a new deal between US and Canadian players.
Under the terms of the US$3.4 billion acquisition plan, announced on April 18, US focused multi-state operator (MSO) Acreage Holdings (CSE:ACGR.U,OTCQX:ACRGF) holders will get an initial payment of US$300 million from Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED).
The agreement grants the Canadian firm the option to bring Acreage under its umbrella when cannabis becomes federally legal in the US.
Following the confirmation of the deal, members of the space offered their reactions to the transaction and what it could mean for the marijuana business. Read on for insight from Acreage, plus views on the groundbreaking deal from industry participants.
Why did Acreage agree to this deal with Canopy?
Now that the market has cleared through some of the initial questions on the structure of the deal, the two marijuana companies have had to face more in-depth questions from players in the space about the long-term impact of this acquisition option.
“The volatility in the stock and the illiquidity of the stock has really kept (Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy) awake at night. That’s the thing he worries about most, the safety of his investors, and this gives him a floor,” Steve West, vice president of investor relations at Acreage, told the Investing News Network (INN).
West said that, thanks to the acquisition plan, shareholders of the company will gain improved liquidity, which he categorized as a goal for Murphy.
West told INN that MSOs struggle to raise capital due to market limitations on larger institutions. Marijuana remains an illegal substance at the federal level in the US.
US players operate in legal marijuana states, but in a federal sense these companies are illegal. Meanwhile, Canadian firms have become leaders of the global marijuana industry thanks to legalization efforts in the country and the platform that publicly traded licensed producers (LPs) have gained.
But when it comes to the public sector, the race now involves the MSOs, since the promise of a much larger US population base attracts investors to companies already operating in thriving markets.
This is where the advantage for large Canadian cannabis players becomes ineffective, as exchange regulations prohibit these companies from entering the US market.
As such, Canopy elected to partner up with Acreage in an attempt to get ahead of US legalization.
“One of the things (Murphy) has always talked about is whichever US company can get access to the cheapest capital wins,” said West. “If you can get access to cheap capital, you will win this race.”
Alan Brochstein, cannabis analyst with 420 Investor, wrote that one of the main benefits for Acreage will be the capability to issue up to 58 million shares. “We expect that potential acquisition candidates will have more confidence in the equity of Acreage given that it will be tethered to Canopy,” he said.
West confirmed this strategy to INN, saying the cash generated by these new shares could be used to accelerate the expansion of the company.
Thanks to this rapid expansion, according to West, once Canopy can exercise its option, then it will get “an even bigger US player.”
Challenges for the MSO market coming up this year
As indicated by the agreement, Canopy will not be part of the immediate operations of Acreage.
Effectively, the two companies will continue to act separately from one another until the triggering mechanism for the acquisition comes into play.
Murphy said in a press release that the roadmap for MSOs is set to increase in difficulty.
“At the same time, a confluence of factors are making it much more difficult for a multi-state operator to achieve its full potential, including the enormous amount of cash required to scale,” he said.
Greg Taylor, chief investment officer of Purpose Investments, told INN that MSOs still face a fractured market that makes it difficult to successfully operate.
However, he anticipates that investors will expect results from these firms this year. “People are going to be watching the MSOs away from an acquisition mode, to more of an operating mode,” he said.
Taylor also serves as the portfolio manager for the Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ), which holds exposure in the US cannabis space.
For his part, Kris Krane, president of MSO 4Front Holdings, told INN that a lot of MSOs have neglected the theme of “building a coherent operating platform” at the expense of growing portfolios.
He expects the challenge of connecting all operations to be significant for some MSO players.
Experts now expect to see deals done in a similar way
During a panel at the Arcview Investor Forum event in Vancouver on April 23, one marijuana analyst said this move represents a culmination for the road MSOs have been on.
“It speaks to validating this MSO model in terms of aggregating licenses and ultimately trying to get access to a US consumer,” said Graeme Kreindler, equity analyst with Eight Capital.
Thanks to the structure laid out by Canopy and Acreage, various parties expect to see more Canadian players pursuing similar arrangements.
Matt Bottomley, an equity analyst covering the marijuana space with Canaccord Genuity (TSX:CF,OTC Pink:CCORF), told the audience at the Arcview Investor Forum that Canadian firms are in need of growth since the Canadian market itself has a clear limit.
“I don’t know if anything is going to happen in the next three to six months, but I think that, if the floodgates open, or if it becomes a little more easy to enter into these types of transactions without having to get into convoluted options or warrants and all these things that are necessary right now, I think you would see almost every large-cap LP enter the US space,” Bottomley said.
If this prediction holds true and many Canadian players enter the US, Taylor told INN that he expects the MSO race to speed up with the influx of capital.
“I think every Canadian company has to look at the US, and I think now that you have the framework and roadmap on how to do it, I think you’re going to see the big Canadian companies all try and pair up with a big US MSO,” he said.
When asked if this agreement positions Acreage as the top MSO in the public sector, Taylor said it is too soon to tell. The portfolio manager said the market has been waiting for the company to go out and conduct some splashy acquisitions rivaling those of its competitors.
Could entry from more established players speed US legalization?
Speaking at his kickoff address, Troy Dayton, CEO of Arcview Investor Group, said he has long expected to see similar deals as the end of federal prohibition nears.
The group advocates for legalization campaigns and updates its members on efforts across the US.
Dayton said he expects to see many more announcements in the future, which could add pressure to changes at the federal level due to the potential entry of Fortune 500 companies.
Krane told INN that if entities such as hedge funds or pharmaceutical, alcohol or even tobacco companies follow in the footsteps of Canopy, there is more potential for talks with government officials.
“Some of these companies spend a lot of money on federal lobbying, and all of a sudden we got a reach in Congress and a reach among federal elected officials that we wouldn’t have had just as an industry alone without the participation of these more established players,” he said.
Industry raises questions on agreement
Following the confirmation of the agreement, some market players expressed doubt and general confusion about the deal.
At the same Arcview Investor Forum panel, Anna Serin, director of listings development with the Canadian Securities Exchange, told investors the deal is “very speculative.”
The executive for the Canadian exchange, which has become the listing house for the majority of the MSOs looking to raise capital due to exchange regulations in Canada, said shareholders are taking a chance with this agreement structure.
Serin said that from Canopy’s point of view it was necessary to go to the US given recent performance issues in the Canadian market and a valuation that demanded justification.
Krane told INN he is curious about the long-term protection for Acreage depending on the performance of the public market.
“The US$300 million that they get as part of the deal right now is obviously a big deal, and maybe that alone is worth it, but it felt like the deal has real downside protection for Canopy, but there is no upside protection for Acreage,” he said.
Krane reiterated that the initial payment from Canopy is a sum large enough to give Acreage a “massive advantage” that makes it worthwhile taking the upside risk.
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Editor’s Note: This story was updated to correct a statement on the US$300 million payment from Canopy Growth to Acreage Holdings shareholders if an investor vote approves the transaction.
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Khiron Receives Accreditation for UK Medical Cannabis Education and Partners with UK’s Cellen Therapeutics to Improve Clinician Education
- Company has received UK Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) accreditation for its global education platform, Khiron Academy
- UK medical professionals may now earn CPD credits through Khiron’s medical cannabis education program
- The Company has entered into a strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, a leader in digital healthcare in the UK, to increase patient access via medical cannabis education
- As a leading international medical cannabis educator, nearly 1,000 medical professionals in Latin America and the United Kingdom have registered for, or completed, Khiron Academy training
Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (“Khiron” or the “Company”) (TSXV: KHRN) (OTCQX: KHRNF) ( Frankfurt : A2JMZC), a vertically integrated cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America and Europe is pleased to announce it has received UK Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) accreditation for Khiron Academy, the Company’s global medical cannabis education platform.
Additionally, following its accreditation, the Company has entered into a strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, a leader in digital healthcare in the UK and fellow founding member of Project Twenty21, to increase patient access through medical cannabis education initially. Khiron Academy will be made available to prescribers in the UK that have registered with Cellen’s MedCanHub, an emerging education portal. Cellen is market leader, widely recognized for also launching the UK’s first digital pain clinic, Leva.
Tejinder Virk , President of Khiron Europe, commented, “Over the last year, Khiron has seen a direct correlation between physician education and patient access. With Khiron Academy’s CPD accreditation and through our strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, we are positioned to reach a growing number of medical professionals, and in turn, provide patients with greater access to medical cannabis products.”
Eric Bystrom , CEO of Cellen commented, “We are pleased to be joining forces with Khiron on educating prescribing specialists in the UK. Khiron is a clear global leader in medical cannabis education. We share common values in improving patient lives by educating doctors and optimizing the standard of medical care. Our aim is to create a practical guide for responsibly prescribing patients with safe and efficacious medical cannabis products.”
In the UK, Khiron continues to leverage educational materials developed by the Company to train medical professionals in Latin America , along with clinical data from thousands of Khiron patients. In addition to Cellen’s MedCanHub (accessible to medical professionals at https://medcanhub.cellenhealth.com/ ), Khiron Academy is available to members of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS) and core to the training of prescribing specialists for Project Twenty21, a 20,000-patient observational study backed Drug Science in UK.
To date, the Company has trained nearly 1000 medical professionals in Latin America and the UK. Over the last year, physicians trained by Khiron in Latin America have issued over 13,000 prescriptions, with a compound monthly growth rate of nearly 50%. Khiron Academy will be a platform for sharing the Company’s clinical expertise, in conjunction with clinical data arising from Khiron’s wholly-owned clinics in LatAm.
About Khiron Life Sciences Corp.
Khiron is a vertically integrated medical and CPG cannabis company with core operations in Latin America , and operational activity in Europe and North America . Khiron is the leading medical cannabis provider in Colombia and the first company licensed in Colombia for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution and sales, and international export of both low and high THC medical cannabis products. The Company has filled medical cannabis prescriptions in Colombia , Peru , Germany and the United Kingdom , and is positioned to commence sales in Mexico , Germany and Brazil in 2021.
Leveraging wholly-owned medical clinics and proprietary telemedicine platforms, Khiron combines a patient-oriented approach, physician education programs, scientific expertise, product innovation, and agricultural infrastructure to drive prescriptions and brand loyalty. Its Wellbeing unit launched the first branded CBD skincare brand in Colombia , with Kuida TM now marketed in multiple jurisdictions in Latin America , the US and United Kingdom . The Company is led by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alvaro Torres , together with an experienced and diverse executive team and Board of Directors.
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TRACE’s plant-based and alkaline wellness products to expand into key markets of Japan, China and the Philippines
Emerging leader in innovative health and wellness beverages and consumer products, BevCanna Enterprises Inc . ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) (“ BevCanna ” or the “ Company ”) announces today its anticipated expansion into the Asia Pacific region, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Naturo Group. After completing a comprehensive market, distribution and partner assessment, the Company intends to initially launch its portfolio of TRACE health and wellness products in the key markets of Japan, China, and the Philippines, through multi-channel distribution outlets including e-commerce, retail, and wholesale.
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With a combined population of 1.633 billion people, or 21 percent of the world’s citizenry, the three countries signify a substantial opportunity for BevCanna. The markets’ growing and prosperous middle-class consumer base represents an ideal demographic for the TRACE products, as consumers increasingly opt for healthier lifestyle choices. The global nutraceutical market size is projected to reach US$722.49 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 8.3% over the forecast period; Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period, particularly in Japan and China. 1 The Japanese market is particularly suited for the introduction of the TRACE brand, with its consumers having developed a decided preference for natural, health-conscious products. Two-thirds of Asian consumers believe in superfoods and natural health products for treating ailments 2 , representing a prime demographic for wellness-focused products.
“The Asian market is a natural fit for our TRACE line of plant-based and alkaline products,” said Melise Panetta, President of BevCanna. “We’ve been actively evaluating the market potential, while also fielding increased interest from Asian customers and partners in our TRACE plant-based mineral products and our Canadian natural alkaline spring water. Our portfolio of products will address a growing demand for nutraceuticals and wellness-focused natural products, and we’re pleased to announce our anticipated expansion into these significant markets”.
TRACE’s proprietary plant-based mineralized beverages and nutraceuticals contain fulvic and humic minerals, sourced from ancient organic compounds that are highly concentrated sources of trace minerals. Recognized benefits of the Health Canada-approved formulations include cognitive performance, gut health, immune function, and aiding the body in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Mineral-enhanced water is increasingly popular in Asia for its purported benefits to human immune systems and brain health.
TRACE’s proprietary alkaline spring water is bottled at source in British Columbia’s Okanagan region. The alkaline water provides additional benefits to the consumer as compared to most tap and conventional bottled water, including the increased presence of hydroxyl ions, increased hydration, improved bone health, healthier skin and decreased gastrointestinal symptoms.
2 Natural Products Global June 27, 2017
About BevCanna Enterprises Inc.
BevCanna Enterprises Inc . ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) is a diversified health & wellness beverage and natural products company. BevCanna develops and manufactures a range of plant-based and cannabinoid beverages and supplements for both in-house brands and white-label clients.
With decades of experience creating, manufacturing and distributing iconic brands that resonate with consumers on a global scale, the team demonstrates an expertise unmatched in the nutraceutical and cannabis-infused beverage categories. Based in British Columbia, Canada, BevCanna owns a pristine alkaline spring water aquifer and a world–class 40,000–square–foot, HACCP certified manufacturing facility, with a bottling capacity of up to 210M bottles annually. BevCanna’s extensive distribution network includes more than 3,000 points of retail distribution through its market-leading TRACE brand, its Pure Therapy natural health and wellness e-commerce platform, its fully licensed Canadian cannabis manufacturing and distribution network, and a partnership with #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company Keef Brands .
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Trulieve acquires dispensary permits from Solevo Wellness West Virginia LLC for $650,000
Trulieve Cannabis Corp . (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States and the largest cannabis company in Florida announced today that it acquired Solevo Wellness West Virginia LLC (“Solevo”) and its three West Virginia dispensary permits for $650,000 . Solevo was awarded two permits in Morgantown and one in Parkersburg in January 2021 as part of the West Virginia application process.
“This acquisition enables Trulieve to broaden and solidify our position in the newly created West Virginia market. Solevo was granted three dispensaries as part of the application process entered by the Company before becoming part of the Trulieve family. Adding Solevo to our production and dispensary permits, as well as our recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Mountaineer Holdings and its cultivation and dispensary permits, will create a fully vertical presence in the state with nine dispensaries,” said Kim Rivers , CEO of Trulieve. “We look forward to providing the highest level of cannabis products and customer experience through authentic and reciprocal relationships to West Virginia patients.”
Trulieve acquired Solevo and its three dispensary permits for an upfront payment of $150,000 in cash, and $500,000 in Trulieve subordinate voting shares (“Trulieve Shares”). Stock price is based on 10-day VWAP from the last trading day before signing. The transaction is contingent upon West Virginia state regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
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Trulieve is a vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” company and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida . Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida , as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also operates in California , Massachusetts , Connecticut and Pennsylvania . Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol TCNNF.
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Better Plant Sciences Inc. (CSE: PLNT) (OTCQB: VEGGF) (FSE: YG3) (“Better Plant”) or (the “Company”) a wellness company that develops and sells sustainable, plant-based products, is pleased to announce that it’s Jusu Home and Body line is now available for purchase on Faire Wholesale Marketplace (“Faire” or “www.faire.com”), an online wholesale marketplace valued at US $2.5 billion. Jusu Home and Body products are currently featured in their “New Arrivals” section.
Better Plant Announces Agreement with Faire Wholesale Marketplace For Jusu Home and Body Products
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Growing by 200% year over year, Faire currently serves over 170,000 independent retailers across North America, representing more retail locations than Marks & Spencer, Boots, Aldi, Starbucks, and Tesco combined. The platform has also recently launched in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with other European markets to follow in the coming months. “This partnership with Faire gives boutique retailers access to Jusu Home and Body products on a global scale and will showcase to retailers that are outside of our typical demographic”, says Amber Allen, Head of Sales for Better Plant. “We look forward to promoting Jusu products on this platform and connecting with many diverse buyers.”
Faire provides a holistic, end-to-end platform that enables independent retailers to build, grow, and run their businesses. Leveraging the Faire platform benefits retailers with perks such as payment flexibility and security, free returns, shipping solutions and data-driven recommendations.
According to a report by Globe Newswire, the global market for natural and organic personal care products is projected to reach a revised size of US $23.6 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.3% over the analysis period 2020-2027.
Faire is a curated wholesale marketplace connecting more than 40,000 local retailers with thousands of emerging and established brands. Faire enables independent retailers to grow their business with the advantages of big box terms and empowers makers to seamlessly build and run their wholesale business. Faire was founded in 2017 and is powered by the idea that the future is local. Faire is backed by investors including Y Combinator, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and DST Global. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Salt Lake City. To learn more, visit www.Faire.com.
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Better Plant harnesses plant intelligence and leverages modern science to offer sustainable, plant-based products that are better for health and better for the earth. It makes and sells over 90 proprietary products, all made with 100% natural ingredients, under the brands Jusu, Urban Juve and Wright & Well. It has a direct-to-consumer platform for refrigerated goods that offers easy online ordering and convenient home delivery in select cities in Alberta and BC. Better Plant operates Jusu Bar, a quick serve restaurant alternative in Victoria, BC, which serves up fresh, healthy, and nutritious options with a focus on Jusu cold-pressed juices. Jusubar.com offers home delivery of refrigerated plant-based beverages consisting of cold-pressed juices and packaged juice cleanses. Through its Shopify enabled eCommerce sites getjusu.com and urbanjuve.com, Better Plant sells plant-based personal care products, including skin care, hair care, body care and baby care. Jusu also has a line of plant-based all-natural home cleaning products that are sold to cleaning companies, retailers and sold directly to consumers. Better Plant also offers operational, financial, and other services to companies with businesses that align with Better Plant’s mission to help create a better world. Better Plant incubated NeonMind, which sells medicinal mushroom infused coffees and is developing drugs with psychedelic ingredients to treat obesity and to suppress appetite. Better Plant owns approximately 27% of NeonMind, which trades separately as a public company under the tickers (CSE: NEON) and (OTCQB: NMDBF).
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Aion Therapeutic Inc. (CSE: AION) (” Aion Therapeutic ” or the ” Company “) today announced that it has retained KCSA Strategic Communications (” KCSA “), a leading New York City -based communications firm.
KCSA will work with management to create a comprehensive, strategic communications program to lead the Company’s public and investor relations programs. Since KCSA’s inception, nearly fifty years ago, the firm has developed a strong reputation for its work representing public companies with an expertise in several verticals including the psychedelics and cannabis industries. The engagement is designed to increase the awareness and help enhance the profile of Aion Therapeutic in the marketplace.
“As we enter the next phase of growth for the Company, we have retained KCSA to help broaden our exposure to the investment community and to represent us in the media,” commented Graham Simmonds , Executive Vice Chair and CEO of Aion Therapeutic. “Our Company is at a very exciting stage and we look forward to communicating how our patented approach of utilizing psilocybin and other mushroom compounds in combination with cannabinoids to treat serious medical conditions to the global medical community.”
Phil Carlson , Managing Director of KCSA Strategic Communications, commented, “At KCSA, our professionals have an extensive history of providing expert communications and strategy for our clients. With many decades of experience, we have built a vast network in both the media and investment communities that we will proactively begin to introduce to Aion Therapeutic’s management team. We are pleased to implement this communications plan based on best practices for Aion Therapeutic.”
For its services supporting the Company’s public relations and investor relations efforts, KCSA will receive Usd. $15,000 per month. The term of the engagement will be initially six months and then ongoing on a month-to-month basis. The Company has the right to terminate the relationship with KCSA on 90 days’ notice.
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About KCSA Strategic Communications
KCSA is a fully integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, investor relations and social media, with expertise in financial services, technology and healthcare. Since 1969, the firm has demonstrated strategic thinking and program execution that drive results for clients in the ever-changing communications and digital landscape. The firm’s clients are its best references. For more information, please visit www.kcsa.com .
About Aion Therapeutic Inc.
Aion Therapeutic Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AI Pharmaceuticals Jamaica Limited, is in the business of research and development, treatment, data mining and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (machine learning) techniques, focused on the development of combinatorial pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals utilizing compounds from cannabis (cannabinoids), psychedelic mushrooms (psilocybin), fungi (edible mushroom), natural psychedelic formulations (Ayahuasca), and other medicinal plants in a legal environment for this type of discovery. In addition, Aion Therapeutic is creating a strong international intellectual property portfolio related to its discoveries.
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