The Daily Hit: April 1, 2020

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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 1, 2020.

On The Site

MariMed

MariMed Inc. (MRMD:OTCQX) quarterly revenues for the quarter ending December 31, 2019, increased 50.9% to  $5.19 million versus $3.44 million for the same period of 2018. The company attributed the increase to the roll-up up of MariMed’s licensed client businesses in Illinois in the fourth quarter of 2019.  Fourth-quarter 2019 revenues were also bolstered from new distribution channels secured for MariMed’s Betty’s Eddies and Kalm Fusion brands. The company did not disclose the net loss for the quarter.

Full Year 2019

For the full year ending in December, total revenues grew to approximately $45.6 million. Core cannabis sales for the fiscal year 2019 were $16.6 million, a 40.0% increase compared with $11.9 million for the fiscal year 2018. The operating loss for 2019, including the GenCanna receivable reserve, was $41.6 million, compared with an operating loss of $5.4 million for the full year 2018.  Net loss for the full year 2019 was $81.2 million or $0.39 per share, compared with a net loss of $13.6 million or $0.07 per share for the full year 2018.

Muni Bonds

MPG Consulting has recently authored a report looking at the potential of Cannabis Municipal Bonds (CMB).  Adam Orens, Founder of MPG and Sal Barnes, Managing Director, MPG have conducted a theoretical analysis using Colorado showing how the state can translate its cannabis revenue into a short-term bond amount of $166 million and long-term bond issued in the amount of $591 million resulting in $123 million and $438 million available for educational initiatives and infrastructure, respectively.

States and municipalities already use revenue bonds as a way to pay for large projects. The investors of such bonds feel that the risk for these investments is lower since there is a captive source of revenue to pay the interest. The report gives Iowa as an example. That state allocates $55 million in gaming taxes every year to pay the debt on revenue bonds that were issued in 2009 and 2010. That money raised selling these bonds was then used for community revitalization, flood mitigation, and bridge improvement efforts.

Compensation

Canadian cannabis company CEOs have been making big pay packages over the last few years coinciding with net losses. But, they have not been disclosing details required by Canadian law about who they employ to come up with the pay formulas and how much these consultants are paid.

A review of Canadian public filings by Cannabis Law Report has found at least three publicly traded companies who have failed to be transparent in telling shareholders how much they were actually paying their executives.

It appears that some packages could be described as “over-compensation” and were/are making some individuals very wealthy.

In Other News

MindMed

Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NEO: MMED OTC: MMEDF), the leading neuro-pharmaceutical company for psychedelic inspired medicines, today announced the signing of a multi-year, branch exclusive collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Dr. Matthias Liechti, the world-leading psychedelics pharmacology and clinical research group at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland.

Under the agreement, MindMed gains exclusive worldwide rights to data, compounds, and patent rights associated with the Liechti laboratory’s research with LSD and other psychedelic compounds, including data from preclinical studies and eight completed or ongoing LSD clinical trials. MindMed has already begun working with Professor Dr. Liechti’s laboratory to file patents for the data and clinical trials it has generated over a 10-year period.

Therapix

Therapix Biosciences Ltd.  (Nasdaq: TRPX), a specialty, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of cannabinoid-based treatments, today announced the pricing of a public offering for the issuance of an aggregate of 4,166,668 units, each consisting of (i) one pre-funded warrant to purchase one American depositary share (“ADS”) and (ii) one Series B warrant to purchase one ADS, at a purchase price of $0.2999 per unit. The Series B warrants will have an exercise price of $0.43 per ADS, will be exercisable upon issuance and will expire five years from the date of issuance.

TGOD

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.  (TSX:TGOD) (OTC:TGODF), a leading producer of premium certified organic cannabis, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a $30 million secured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) with a private lender (the “Lender”) that is secured on accounts receivable and inventory, with a second lien over the Company’s other assets.  The Facility has an initial term of one-year, subject to renewal for up to an additional year.

Upon closing of the Facility, TGOD will be able to draw $10 million.  The remaining $20 million will become available as TGOD ramps up its operations and additional borrowing base becomes available from inventory and accounts receivable generated from operations.  The Company’s existing lender (the “Senior Lender”) has also agreed to advance an incremental $5 million on the Company’s accordion facility, pending the amendment of the existing credit agreement.

 

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