Two Canadian cannabis producers saw drops in their share prices on Tuesday (November 12) after releasing their respective quarterly results.
Aleafia Health fell 10.9 percent during the trading day on Tuesday and sat at C$0.82 as of 2:24 p.m. EST. Cronos took a smaller hit of 2.3 percent from its market open of C$10.67 to C$10.45 as of 2:24 p.m. EST.
These performances come in the midst of a particularly difficult time for the cannabis industry, with well-known names including HEXO (NYSE:HEXO,TSX:HEXO) and Zenabis Global (TSX:ZENA) posting less-than-stellar quarterly results and company funding updates causing massive value upsets.
Cronos reports revenue rise, refocuses on US CBD market
Cronos reported total net revenue of C$12.7 million in Q3 2019, up 24 percent quarter-over-quarter from C$10.2 million in Q2.
The company has attributed the growth to an increase in sales of dried cannabis and to its acquisition of Redwood Holding Group, which included the Lord Jones brand of cannabidiol (CBD) products.
The firm’s revenue missed the mark, though, according to analysts from data firm Refinitiv, who projected C$14.1 million in revenue for the period.
With the release of its quarterly reports, Cronos also unveiled PEACE+, the newest line of products to be added to its portfolio in the US.
The company said the brand, a hemp-derived CBD product line, will be sent to approximately 1,000 stores across the US in the next quarter, leveraging Altria Group’s (NYSE:MO) distribution network.
The cigarette maker first bought into Cronos in 2018 with a US$1.8 billion investment, and now holds a majority stake in the company with a 45 percent ownership interest.
During an earnings call, Cronos CEO Mike Gorenstein said the company is repurposing some of its cultivation operation space for research and development, as well as the production and manufacturing of derivative products. The updates should cost the company C$15 million.
Gorenstein said that though the industry is still ripe with opportunity, growth will be measured in the next quarters, inhibited by a lack of an efficient distribution network in Canada.
“No one can force the market to be open immediately, at full run rate, without using existing channels,” Gorenstein explained during the call. “Unlike the US hemp-derived CBD market where we can distribute through established infrastructure, in Canada we’re developing all new distribution channels and we can’t move faster than the channels open.”
Gorenstein added that the switch from the illegal market to the legal one will take time as consumers begin to adopt new products.
Fellow executive Jerry Barbato, CFO at Cronos, assured investors that though net product revenue from grams sold dropped 42 percent year-on-year in Q3, from C$6.44 to C$3.75, the company maintained a “healthy” total gross margin before fair value adjustments of 41 percent thanks to a lower cost of goods sold for wholesale cannabis.
Barbato noted an adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) loss of C$23.9 million, up 35 percent from Q2, and blamed the loss on increased operational costs associated with sales and research and development.
With lower yields from the Canadian market, Cronos appears to be refocusing its efforts on the US cannabis space. As of December 31, 2019, the Ontario-based firm will become a domestic issuer with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said Barbato, voiding its position as a foreign private issuer.
That means Cronos will be releasing its Q4 results, and all other subsequent results, in US dollars and will be using US generally accepted accounting principles, the CFO added. Moving forward, Cronos will report from two new segments: “The United States” and “Rest of World.”
Aleafia Health puts up solid numbers in quarterly results
Aleafia Health, for its part, posted positive results for Q3, with CEO Geoff Benic calling it the “best quarter” in Aleafia’s history during a call with analysts.
The firm reported total revenue of C$5.3 million in Q3, up 34 percent quarter-over-quarter, as well as a 44 percent decrease in its EBITDA loss, which came in at C$2.5 million.
Aleafia also reported a cost per gram harvest of C$0.10 from its outdoor grow facility in Port Perry, Ontario, with a yield of 10,300 kilograms of cannabis. Expense costs dropped 30 percent to C$8.4 million from C$12.1 million in the second quarter.
Benic said the company continues to focus on widening margins after reporting C$15.11 in average net revenue per gram for medical cannabis sales.
As for recreational cannabis, the executive noted that the company is expecting an amended license for its facility in Paris, Ontario, that will allow the creation of products for the new “Cannabis 2.0” phase of the market, though Benic didn’t reveal what kind of products will be released.
The company plans to remain primarily focused on its core operations, according to CFO Benjamin Ferdinand, unlike companies that have poured capital into large-scale growing facilities.
“You’re seeing a lot of these players in the space with over-built infrastructure and massive investments in indoor (cultivating) realizing the error of their ways,” said Ferdinand.
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As investors continue to prioritize cannabis opportunities in the US, market watchers expect mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to play a role in the future for Canadian companies.
A consolidation trend has been expected in the Canadian cannabis space for some time now based on the size of the market compared to the number of operations in the country.
BioHarvest Sciences Inc. Unveils the Unique Polyphenolic Content of Its Upcoming Olive-Based Nutraceutical
The product will include polyphenols known to have significant health benefits.
BioHarvest Sciences Inc. (CSE: BHSC) (“BioHarvest” or the “Company”) has reached an important milestone in its development program of additional Nutraceuticals. The olive-based Nutraceutical product scheduled for market availability in the second half of 2022 will contain the following unique matrix of polyphenols: hydroxytyrosol, trosol, and verbascoside. These compounds are the major polyphenols in naturally grown olives and are responsible for the high antioxidant activity of olives and olive oil. Importantly, the BioHarvest olive-based Nutraceutical product will provide all the benefits of olives and olive oil with a low calorie count per serving.
Cresco Labs (CSE:CL) (OTCQX:CRLBF) (“Cresco” or the “Company”), one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, announced today that it will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31 st , 2020 on Thursday March 25 th , 2021 before the market opens.
The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results and provide investors with key business highlights on Thursday March 25 th , 2021 at 8:30am Eastern Time (7:30am Central Time).
Canopy Growth to Participate in BofA Securities Virtual Consumer & Retail Technology Conference on March 11, 2021
Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or “the Corporation”) announced today that EVP & CFO Mike Lee will be participating in a fireside chat at the BofA Securities Virtual Consumer & Retail Technology Conference on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:30am ET .
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