Record Second Quarter Pro Forma Revenue(1)(2)of $165.4 Million and Record Second Quarter Managed Revenue(1)of $121.4 Million;
Record First Half Managed Revenue(1) of $226.4 Million;
Record Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $28.0 Million as Operations Across 17 States Continue to Scale;
Completed Closing of the Grassroots Acquisition Expanding Presence to 23 States
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf” or the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the U.S., today reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. All financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Q2 2020 Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
|($ thousands, except per share amounts)||Q2 2020||Q1 2020|| % qoq
|Q2 2019|| % yoy
|Gross profit before impact of biological assets||$60,636||$52,483||16%||$26,020||133%|
|Gross profit on cannabis sales(1)||$42,735||$33,042||29%||$15,257||180%|
|Gross margin on cannabis sales(1)||43%||43%||40%|
|Net income (loss) attributable to Curaleaf Holdings Inc.||($2,029)||($15,089)||($24,541)|
|Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted||($0.00)||($0.03)||(0.05)|
|(1)||See “Non-IFRS Financial and Performance Measures” below for more information regarding Curaleaf’s use of Non-IFRS financial measures and other reconciliations.|
|(2)||Pro Forma Revenue includes the revenue from closed acquisitions of Arrow Alternative Care (“Arrow”) and GR Companies, Inc. (“Grassroots”) as if they occurred on April 1, 2020.|
Second Quarter Highlights
- Record managed revenue of $121.4 million, which grew 120% year-over-year and 16% sequentially, despite estimated $25.6 million revenue related impact from COVID-19 largely in Nevada and Massachusetts
- Record total revenue of $117.5 million, which grew 142% year-over-year and 22% sequentially
- Record Adjusted EBITDA of $28.0 million, which grew more than five times 2019 levels and 40% sequentially
- Generated cash flow from operations of $23.4 million
- Select launched into 2 new states
- Completed acquisition of Arrow in Connecticut
- Completed acquisition of Maine Remedy assets that were previously managed
Post Second Quarter Highlights
- Completed acquisition of Grassroots creating the world’s largest cannabis Company
- Completed acquisition of Curaleaf NJ, Inc. and Maine Organic Therapy assets that were previously managed
- Closed acquisition of Blue Kudu enabling further roll-out of Select products in Colorado
- Select launched into 4 new states; now available in 12 states
- Completed a private placement of approximately $24.5 million in net proceeds
- Raised approximately $42.0 million in net proceeds related to sale/leaseback transactions
Joseph Lusardi, Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf stated “Curaleaf, once again, delivered record quarterly results highlighted by managed revenues exceeding our outlook, as well as, a 40% sequential improvement in Adjusted EBITDA. The outstanding results come despite headwinds related to temporary COVID-19 related closures and restrictions in Massachusetts and Nevada. After quarter end, we successfully completed the transformative acquisition of Grassroots, expanding our presence into 6 new states, including the high-growth Illinois and Pennsylvania markets. The closing of Grassroots affirms our position as the world’s largest cannabis company when measured by both revenue and operating presence. Overall, Curaleaf remains well positioned for continued growth in the second half of 2020. This growth will be driven by organic initiatives, the integrations of the Select and Grassroots businesses, as well as, the closing of multiple strategic tuck-in acquisitions across a number of key states.”
Mike Carlotti, Chief Financial Officer of Curaleaf, added “Our top-line growth drove record adjusted EBITDA and an improved adjusted EBITDA margin. The strength of our balance sheet has allowed us to invest in our base business and opportunistically pursue additional strategic acquisitions. Looking forward, we anticipate a continued rise in managed revenue and adjusted EBITDA leading to strong sequential growth in the third quarter and second half of 2020 driven by organic growth, continued investment in key states, as well as, the integration of Select, Grassroots, Arrow and BlueKudu into our portfolio. Finally, we continue to make progress in converting and consolidating our managed entities in Maine, New Jersey and Massachusetts. As of today, we have consolidated all of our managed entities except for ATG which we expect to consolidate in the third quarter.”
Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2020
Managed Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was a record $121.4 million, an increase of 120% compared to $55.1 million in the second quarter of 2019. Managed Revenue for the second quarter increased 16% sequentially.
Total Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was a record $117.5 million, an increase of 142% compared to $48.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. Total Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 increased 22% sequentially.
Retail revenue increased by 112% to $66.3 million during second the quarter of 2020, compared to $31.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. Growth in retail revenue was primarily due to organic growth and new store openings in Florida, Massachusetts and New York, impact of the Select acquisition, as well as, the acquisitions of three dispensaries in Arizona, two dispensaries in Nevada and from Maryland due to the addition of the HMS/MI businesses and Elevate Takoma, offset partially by the unforeseen negative impact of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and Nevada.
Wholesale revenue increased by 422% to $33.3 million during the second quarter of 2020, compared to $6.4 million in the second quarter of 2019. Growth in wholesale revenue was due primarily to the addition of Select.
Management fee income increased by 66% to $17.9 million during the second quarter of 2020, compared to $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2019. Growth in management fee income was due primarily to growth in New Jersey and management fees generated from Alternative Therapies Group (“ATG”) in Massachusetts.
Gross profit before impact of biological assets for the second quarter of 2020 was $60.6 million, compared to $26.0 million for the second quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to the continued improvement in the operating capacity and efficiency of the Company’s cultivation and processing facilities.
Gross profit on cannabis sales was $42.7 million for the second quarter of 2020, resulting in a 43% margin, compared to $15.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to the continued improvement in the operating capacity and efficiency of the Company’s cultivation and processing facilities.
Adjusted EBITDA was a record $28.0 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $4.4 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was $2.0 million, compared to a net loss of $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily driven by a $19.2 million increase in the fair value of biological assets and a $1.1 million decrease in one-time charges. These benefits were partially offset by a $9.5 million increase in depreciation and amortization and a $0.3 million increase in share-based compensation, both of which are non-cash, a $5.3 million increase in income tax expense, and a $7.0 million increase in net interest expense.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of June 30, 2020, we had $122.8 million of cash, $283.3 million of outstanding debt net of unamortized debt discounts and 533.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Curaleaf will host a conference call and audio webcast today at 5:00 pm ET to answer questions about the Company’s operational and financial highlights. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are +1-888-317-6003 (U.S.), +1-866-284-3684 (Canada) or +1-412-317-6061 (Int’l) Passcode: 0446838. Please dial-in 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the conference call and an operator will register your name and organization.
The conference call will also be available via webcast, which can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of Curaleaf’s website, https://ir.curaleaf.com/events.
For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a dial-in replay of the call will be available until August 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET and can be accessed by dialing +1-877-344-7529 (U.S.), +1-855-669-9658 (Canada) or +1-412-317-0088 (International) and entering replay pin number: 10146052. The online archive of the webcast will be available on https://ir.curaleaf.com/events for 90 days following the call.
Non-IFRS Financial and Performance Measures
In this press release Curaleaf refers to certain non-IFRS financial measures such as “Pro Forma Revenue”, “Managed Revenue”, “Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales” and “Adjusted EBITDA”. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Curaleaf defines “Managed Revenue” as total revenue plus revenue from entities for which the Company has a management contract but does not consolidate the financial results based on IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements. Curaleaf defines “Pro Forma Revenue” as “Managed Revenue” plus revenue from operations of pending and closed acquisitions as if such acquisitions occurred on April 1, 2020. The Company defines “Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales” as retail and wholesale revenues less cost of goods sold. “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined by Curaleaf as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization less share-based compensation expense and one-time charges related to business development, acquisition, financing and reorganization costs. Curaleaf considers these measures to be an important indicator of the financial strength and performance of our business. We believe the adjusted results presented provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify our actual operating performance, make it easier to compare our results with those of other companies and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these measures are not calculated in accordance with IFRS, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, our reported results as indicators of our performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly named measures from other companies. The following tables provide a reconciliation of each of the non-IFRS measures to its closest IFRS measure.
|Q2 2020||Q1 2020||Q2 2019|
|Management fee income||17,901||19,441||10,763|
|Revenue from managed entities, net of MSA fees||3,922||8,526||6,611|
|Gross Profit on Cannabis Sales|
|Q2 2020||Q1 2020||Q2 2019|
|Retail and wholesale revenues||$||99,579||$||77,055||$||37,726|
|Cost of goods sold||56,844||44,013||22,469|
|Gross profit on cannabis sales||$||42,735||$||33,042||$||15,257|
|Q2 2020||Q1 2020||Q2 2019|
|Net income (loss)||$||(1,836)||$||(15,452)||$||(24,435)|
|Interest expense, net||9,916||9,804||2,895|
|Income tax recovery (expense)||13,534||13,249||8,192|
|Depreciation and amortization (1)||17,869||14,906||8,338|
|Other (income) expense||77||(2,608)||1,047|
|Change in fair value of biological assets||(20,591)||(15,556)||(1,392)|
|One time charges||4,192||11,162||5,278|
|(1)||Depreciation and amortization expense in Q2 2020, Q1 2020 and Q4 2019 include amounts charged to cost of goods sold on the statement of profits and losses. Prior period Q2 2019 has been adjusted to reflect the current period calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.|
About Curaleaf Holdings
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf”) is the leading vertically integrated U.S. multi-state cannabis operator with a mission to improve lives by providing clarity around cannabis and confidence around consumption. As a high-growth cannabis company known for quality, expertise and reliability, the company and its brands, including Curaleaf and Select, provide industry-leading service, product selection and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets. Curaleaf currently operates in 23 states with 87 dispensaries, 22 cultivation sites and over 30 processing sites, and employs over 3,000 team members across the United States. Curaleaf is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol CURA and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol CURLF. For more information please visit www.curaleaf.com.
|Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Assets held for sale||35,050||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||7,342||6,479|
|Total current assets||340,140||149,531|
|Deferred tax asset||2,687||2,628|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||179,687||129,812|
|Intangible assets, net||404,110||185,635|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
|Income tax payable||40,308||15,114|
|Current portion of lease liability||13,415||11,835|
|Current portion of notes payable||6,290||17,000|
|Current contingent consideration liability||9,700||—|
|Liabilities held for sale||3,612||—|
|Other current liabilities||337||31,549|
|Total current liabilities||129,547||106,256|
|Deferred tax liability||85,587||22,642|
|Non-controlling interest redemption liability||2,694||2,694|
|Contingent consideration liability||81,662||32,616|
|Total Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. shareholders’ equity||681,437||408,762|
|Redeemable non-controlling interest||(2,694)||(2,694)|
|Total shareholders’ equity||677,661||403,446|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||1,332,578||$||736,926|
|Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Profits and Losses (Unaudited)|
|($ thousands, except for share and per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June, 30||June, 30|
|Retail and wholesale revenues||$||99,579||$||37,726||$||176,635||$||65,494|
|Management fee income||17,901||10,763||37,342||18,246|
|Cost of goods sold||56,844||22,469||100,856||39,614|
|Gross profit before impact of biological assets||60,636||26,020||113,121||44,126|
|Realized fair value amounts included in inventory sold||(22,423)||(15,478)||(43,613)||(25,833)|
|Unrealized fair value gain on growth of biological assets||43,014||16,870||79,761||29,471|
|Selling, general and administrative||40,466||28,029||86,324||51,298|
|Depreciation and amortization||14,237||7,195||26,924||12,091|
|Total operating expenses||59,536||39,713||122,582||69,659|
|Income (Loss) from operations||21,691||(12,301)||26,687||(21,895)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest expense related to lease liabilities||(2,132)||(1,348)||(4,290)||(2,315)|
|Other income (expense)||(77)||(1,047)||2,529||(1,073)|
|Total other income (expense), net||(9,993)||(3,942)||(17,191)||(6,616)|
|Income (Loss) before provision for income taxes||11,698||(16,243)||9,496||(28,511)|
|Income tax benefit (expense)||(13,534)||(8,192)||(26,783)||(6,753)|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||(1,836)||(24,435)||(17,287)||(35,264)|
|Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest||193||106||(170)||(513)|
|Net loss attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.||$||(2,029)||$||(24,541)||$||(17,117)||$||(34,751)|
|Loss per share attributable to Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. – basic and diluted||$||(0.00)||$||(0.05)||$||(0.03)||$||(0.08)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted||533,192,806||461,313,741||520,446,921||459,499,816|
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.
Daniel Foley, VP, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. Tracy Brady, VP of Corporate Communications
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Seth Rogen’s New Cannabis Brand are Now Available at Apothecarium Dispensaries in San Francisco , Berkeley and Capitola
The Apothecarium is offering cannabis from Houseplant, the cannabis lifestyle brand founded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at its five California dispensaries. The Apothecarium has three San Francisco locations (Castro, SOMA and Marina ) and one each in Berkeley and Capitola (outside of Santa Cruz ).
“With the vast number of dispensaries in California , we put a lot of effort into identifying the right ones that align with Houseplant’s values,” said Seth Rogen , Co-Founder of Houseplant. “The Apothecarium shares the same commitment to creating a strong consumer experience that we pride ourselves on and we are thrilled to bring our three initial strains to their stores in the Bay Area.”
Houseplant is launching with three flower strains, all of which will be available at The Apothecarium, including: Diablo Wind (sativa), Pancake Ice (sativa) and Pink Moon (indica). Like their founder’s groundbreaking film “Pineapple Express”, Houseplant strains are named after weather phenomena. Each strain will be sold in a custom tin.
“We are so proud to be one of the very first dispensaries in California to offer Houseplant to our customers,” said Ryan Hudson , CEO and co-founder of The Apothecarium. “Seth, Evan and everyone at Houseplant love and respect cannabis as much as we do. We simply cannot wait to share their beautiful and delicious flowers with our guests.”
“We’ve been working with the Houseplant team for more than a year and are grateful to have a partner that shares so many of our values, including an emphasis on cannabis education, quality, reform of cannabis laws and beautifully designed, recyclable packaging.”
“Seth has been hands-on during the process, spending time with our store managers to make sure they know the products and how much care has gone into vetting and selecting the best strains. We think our guests are going to love Houseplant.”
About The Apothecarium
The Apothecarium is recognized as one of the nation’s premier cannabis dispensaries, with an emphasis on education via in-depth one-on-one consultations from highly trained cannabis consultants. The company was founded by three first cousins and two family friends in 2011. Our dispensaries are known for providing educational events that are open to the public at no cost — and for welcoming seniors, first-time dispensary visitors, and people with serious medical conditions. The Apothecarium’s flagship San Francisco dispensary was named the best-designed dispensary in the country by Architectural Digest . Patients and customers may order at our dispensaries or online for pickup or delivery at apothecarium.com [apothecarium.com] .
The Apothecarium is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. We have donated more than $400,000 in cash to community groups and nonprofits — plus more than $300,000 worth of in-kind donations.
All Apothecarium dispensaries continue to implement safety measures to protect guests and team members. Protocols include strict social distancing inside and outside the dispensaries, a mask requirement for everyone inside the dispensaries, no contact check-in procedures and ongoing sanitizing throughout the day.
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Love Hemp Group PLC (AQSE:LIFE)(OTCQB:WRHLF), one of the UK’s leading CBD and hemp product suppliers, announces that Charles Lamb will be stepping down as a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from April 16, 2021, to focus on his other business interests
Charles has been an integral part of the Board’s efforts to grow the Company since its inception and has played a key role in the Company’s shift in strategy to focus on growing the Love Hemp brand globally.
Love Hemp will continue to develop the team over the coming months, focussing on maximising the significant business opportunities available to the Company as well as preparing it for its upcoming move to the London Stock Exchange’s Main List as announced on 8 April 2021.
Andrew Male, Chairman of Love Hemp Group, commented: “Charles has made a significant contribution to the Company over a period of successful growth and refocussing. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for all his efforts and support and wish him the best with future endeavours.
“As we move towards a listing on the Main Market, we will be looking to strengthen our Board with those who are able to provide experience and guidance to support our future growth.”
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About Love Hemp Group
The Company, previously World High Life Plc, was incorporated on 30 January 2019 as an Investment Vehicle. Originally intended to identify opportunities in the CBD and Medicinal Cannabis space, it quickly acquired Love Hemp Ltd., the UK’s most recognisable CBD brand. The listed company recently changed its name to Love Hemp Group PLC as part of its evolving strategy to purely focus on supporting the “best in class” CBD brand as it embarks on a wider expansion of its core business and offering.
Love Hemp produces and supplies more than 40 product lines, comprising of oils, sprays and tinctures and a variety of edible and water-based CBD products. Love Hemp has established relationships with over 2,000 stores in the UK, including leading retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, Ocado and Holland & Barrett.
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Expects to file its 2020 Annual Financial Statements on or before May 31, 2021
Matica Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMJ) (FSE: 39N) (OTCQB: MMJFF) (“Matica” or the “Company”) today announced that, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic measures, it will not be in a position to file its audited annual financial statements, the related management’s discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certificates (the “Annual Filings”) before the required deadline of April 30, 2021 (the “Specified Requirements”).
The Company is working closely with its auditor and expects to file the Annual Filings on or before May 31, 2021. The Company does not anticipate any delay in filing its interim financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and the related officer certifications for the financial period ended March 31, 2021.
Matica has applied to the OSC, as principal regulator for the Company, for the imposition of a management cease trade order under National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”) over the duration of the default. If a management cease trade order is issued, it will generally not affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers or insiders of Matica to trade in their securities.
The Company is providing this press release in accordance with National Policy 12-203 Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”). The Company intends to follow the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines set out in NP 12-203, including the issuance of bi-weekly default status reports in the form of news releases, for as long as the Company remains in default. The Company confirms as of the date of this news release that there is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.
Matica is a multi-faceted, innovative company in the Quebec cannabis space. Its subsidiary, RoyalMax Biotechnology Canada Inc. is a Dorval, Quebec based Health Canada Licence Holder. RoyalMax has been granted a standard cultivation licence, standard processing and medical sales licences by Health Canada.
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Boris Ziger, CEO & Chairman
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So far there are no clear indicators as to when or if Australia could legalise recreational cannabis, but attitudes seem to be changing. Public support is growing, and there’s even some political acceptance.
Read on to learn more about when Australia may legalise recreational cannabis.
Public support for legalisation growing
Australians are no strangers to cannabis — a recently updated report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that marijuana is the most extensively used illicit substance in the country.
With that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that views on cannabis are changing in the country. In 2019, Australia’s National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 41 percent of Australians are in favour of legalising cannabis — that’s close to double the support seen when the survey was done in 2007.
Aside from that, legalisation has been recommended by a number of government inquiries, including a 2019 Queensland Productivity Commission report on imprisonment and recidivism.
Several states have decriminalised personal use of cannabis on private property, including the ACT, the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia. Most other states have a discretionary almost de facto decriminalisation in place through police diversion programs.
Those arrested for small amounts of under 50 grams of cannabis can be diverted to drug counselling or education, or issued a fine rather than a criminal conviction.
Economic opportunities lie in legalisation
Although Australia’s economy ended 2020 on a high note after facing COVID-19-related setbacks, some experts believe cannabis legalisation could assist even further with economic growth.
The climate of the NT and its accessibility to Asia makes the likelihood of legalised marijuana a possible gold mine for the NT, according to economist Rolf Gerritsen.
“The Government, if it licensed the system and appointed official sales points, could actually set up a nice little industry with the possibility of future exports,” Gerritsen told ABC News.
In 2020, Australia’s economy plunged into its first recession in three decades due to fallout from the coronavirus, which came mere months after devastating bushfires that ravaged over 12 million hectares.
A Twitter campaign from the Australian Greens political party is pushing for legalisation to help pull the nation out of recession, declaring cannabis a “multi-billion dollar industry.”
Federal cannabis legalisation unlikely
Although exciting, it seems unlikely that the Australian government will legalise marijuana at this stage.
Outside the Twitter campaign mentioned above, legalisation of cannabis has been a big part of the platform for the Greens, which are seeking the establishment of a controlled market for the sale of cannabis and would allow members of the public to grow up to six plants.
But the Greens are currently the only political party pushing for legalisation of recreational cannabis.
Both the Liberal National Party and Australian Labor Party have only shown support for medicinal cannabis at a federal level. In fact, Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter has been vocally opposed to the legalisation in Canberra, declaring the laws “terrible” and saying state- and territory-level laws conflict with federal laws on possession.
Many were looking towards the outcome of a New Zealand referendum on legalisation that failed as 50.7 percent voted “no” to the 48.4 percent “yes” votes.
What could legalisation do to the market?
A report from cannabis researcher Prohibition Partners hypothesizes great potential for Australia to significantly increase value through cannabis exports, while a focus on buying local could see more domestic cannabis revenue than ever before.
Success could encourage more regions to look closely at their own reform measures, particularly after watching the ACT’s adoption of restricted cannabis legalisation, the study argues.
“Both Victoria and Tasmania are also making moves towards more lenient cannabis laws and could be following in the ACT’s footsteps,” said the report’s authors.
“The Victorian government invested in R&D of the local industry, and is said to have ambitions to be the ‘cannabis bowl of Australia’ with a target of 500 local jobs.
The report predicts the Australian cannabis market will break a total market value of US$1.5 billion by the year 2025, which would make it the largest legal cannabis market in Oceania. Eagle-eyed investors will be watching the market closely.
Don’t forget to follow @INN_Australia for real-time updates!
Securities Disclosure: I, Ronelle Richards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
Kelowna, British Columbia TheNewswire – April 15, 2021 Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (Nasdaq:LEXX) (Nasdaq:LEXXW) (CSE:LXX) (CNSX:LXX.CN) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, announces the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and the issuance of share purchase warrants to third party consultants.
Lexaria is pleased to announce that effective April 15, 2021, Gregory Downey will be assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Company. During the past two years, Mr. Downey has been engaged by the Company as its Controller and has intimate knowledge regarding the Company’s business and finances. Mr. Downey brings a wealth of experience to Lexaria, having served as the Chief Financial Officer of several public companies during the past ten years. Mr. Downey holds a Certified Management Accountant designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.
In the position as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Downey will be compensated with a base annual salary of CDN$144,000, with an annual increase of 10%, an option grant for the issuance of up to 12,000 common shares, and other customary incentives.
The Company is grateful to outgoing CFO, Mr. Allan Spissinger, for his many contributions and wishes him continued success in his future endeavours.
The Company also announces that effective on April 16, 2021, it will be issuing share purchase warrants (the “ Warrants ”) for the issuance of up to an aggregate 300,000 common shares to three unrelated third party consultants. The Warrants will be exercisable for a period of three years ending on April 16, 2024 at an exercise price of US$9.00 per share. The shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants will be restricted securities pursuant to US securities laws.
About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp.’s proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH™, improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier oral ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The Company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules. DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated since 2016 with cannabinoids and nicotine the ability to increase bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduce time of onset from 1 – 2 hours to minutes, and mask unwanted tastes; and is planned to be further evaluated for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and nicotine. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles, and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 18 patents granted and approximately 60 patents pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com .
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