Viva Las Vegas: Cannabis Industry Continues to Grow In Nevada
Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - September 6, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leading investor news resource covering hemp and cannabis stocks releases a snapshot reporting on the Nevada cannabis market and how specifically, Las Vegas is drawing in more consumers and driving more businesses.
In recent sector news it's been reported that Nevada's cannabis industry has given more than $100 million in taxes and fees to the state for the first time since recreational marijuana became legal in 2017.
For the fiscal year 2019, dispensaries, cultivators, laboratories and producers have paid over $109 million, according to a September 4, 2019 release from the Nevada Dispensary Association.
NDA says that $99.18 million was paid in taxes, up nearly $25 million from 2018.
"These sales and tax figures are a milestone that should be celebrated by the people of Nevada," said Riana Durrett of the Dispensary Association. "It shows that the public and visitors to Las Vegas from around the nation are becoming more comfortable purchasing cannabis and the industry is improving its ability to serve the public."
Las Vegas is also now home to one of the preeminent cannabis conferences, MJBizCon, which is one of the largest gatherings of cannabis business professionals. Ranked as the fastest-growing trade show in the United States, it has grown to over 27,000 attendees since it started in 2012, with an expected 35,000 attendees for the upcoming show taking place December 11-13, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Global Payout Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and its wholly owned subsidiary MTrac Tech Corporation announced that the Company has expanded its Las Vegas operations office by acquiring office space directly adjacent to the office MTrac has utilized as the hub for its operational team for more than a year.
The significant growth surge the Company has experienced this year onboarding and servicing some of the largest retail and delivery service companies in the cannabis industry has led the Company to strategically add talented new members to its operations support team at a steady, yet effective rate over the last several months. As a result, the Company was thrilled to take advantage of an opportunity that became available to them to acquire additional office space in the adjoining unit to their current office.
"Growth is always an exciting thing to experience as a company," said Global Payout COO, David Flores. "The core of our team has been intact since we first began our mission of cornering the payment processing sector in the cannabis industry over a year ago, and they have done a phenomenal job managing and contributing to this impressive influx of business. However, as we continue to expand, and as the overall demand for our solution continues to push towards new heights, it is critical that our team is able to successfully meet the needs and demands of a growing client base to ensure that our pledge for exceptional service is never compromised. This expansion provides us with much-needed flexibility to sensibly and efficiently add key members to our operational support staff who are vital in managing the day-to-day responsibilities involved with running our business effectively."
"The location of the MTrac office is strategic for our headquarters, only a few miles from the airport, adjacent to the Las Vegas strip and in a prime real estate location near the new stadium. Recent renovations were done to the building and MTrac will have a live demo area where clients can come experience the ease of the system in the coming months."
Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (OTCQX: PLNHF), a leading vertically-integrated Nevada cannabis company, recently announced that it served an average of 2,027 customers per day in August at an average ticket of $90.25 from the Planet 13 Las Vegas Cannabis Entertainment Complex.
"The highly competitive Las Vegas market 'The SuperStore' continues to dominate based on the strength of the customer experience and the unique entertainment it offers," said Bob Groesbeck, Co-CEO of Planet 13. "Over the rest of the year we will continue to rollout new and exciting restaurants, stores and attractions allowing customers to eat, shop, and play all under one cannabis inspired roof."
Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTC: GGBXF) recently announced the closing of its acquisition of Henderson Organic Remedies, LLC (The+Source Henderson), which was previously disclosed on December 14, 2018. The+Source Henderson is the second The+Source dispensary operated by GGB in greater Las Vegas. The productivity of The+Source Henderson is similar to that of The+Source Las Vegas.
"The+Source Henderson has been under our management for the last nine months," said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands. "In that time, we have grown revenue, transactions and gross margin by double digits. Our ability to significantly improve top performing dispensaries, in a market that has seen a significant uptick in competition, is a testament to our expertise in retail operations."
The formal acquisition of the company brings GGB's Las Vegas assets to two The+Source locations, one production facility, two cultivation facilities and seven licenses to operate dispensaries awarded by the Nevada Department of Taxation.
Green Thumb Industries Inc. (CSE:GTII) (OTC: GTBIF), a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner of Rise™ and Essence retail stores, recently reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Second quarter 2019 revenue increased 228% year-over-year to $44.7 million while quarter-over-quarter revenue increased 60%, a record sequential growth for GTI. Revenue growth was driven by organic growth across the Company's consumer products and retail businesses, strategic acquisitions and increased store traffic.
"We are pleased to report another solid quarter of positive yet disciplined momentum with record revenue and positive adjusted operating EBITDA as our strategic plan delivers on operating efficiencies from scale. Continued execution of key priorities such as the closing of Integral Associates, accelerated store openings, and expanded distribution of our brand portfolio sets us up well for the future," said GTI Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ben Kovler.
"We are deep in the chapter of maximizing the levers in our business to drive long-term operational performance that delivers value for our shareholders and the communities in which we operate," Kovler continued. "We are focused on optimizing our wholesale and retail businesses, integrating our acquisitions, and further strengthening compliance across the organization. We are pleased to see many of these efforts are already bearing fruit as we head into the second half of 2019 and I want to thank our team for all of their hard work."
On June 5th, GTI successfully completed the acquisition of Integral Associates LLC, with integration efforts and synergies progressing on schedule. The acquisition added two cultivation and processing facilities in Las Vegas, supporting expanded wholesale distribution of GTI's branded products portfolio in Nevada.
Following the closing of the acquisition of Integral Associates on June 5th, the company's co-founders Armen and Alex Yemenidijian joined GTI as President and Director, respectively. Armen was the co-founder and CEO of Integral Associates, Nevada's leading operator and was previously the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Inc. and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Las Vegas has been well known for its tourism industry and as a greater number of tourists and locals begin to feel more comfortable with the legal cannabis market, and as the market evolves and becomes more efficient, the city and state are creating a huge draw for the cannabis sector. Whether it's already established MSO's or celebrity endorsed businesses such as Mike Tyson's Ranch, Vegas is now starting to bear the fruits of a maturing cannabis industry and many are taking note, just waiting to take a bite.
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