Investor Ideas Potcasts #539, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move; (CSE: LOWL) (CSE: PULL) (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (CSE: AUSA)
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Investor Ideas Potcasts #539, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move; (CSE: LOWL) (CSE: PULL) (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (CSE: AUSA)
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Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of Investorideas.com "Potcast" featuring cannabis news, stocks to watch as well as insights from thought leaders and experts.
In today's podcast we look at a few public company announcements.
Lowell Farms Inc. (CSE: LOWL) (OTCQX: LOWLF), a leading, vertically-integrated, California-focused cannabis company, has completed its previously announced corporate name change following the acquisition by Indus Holdings, Inc. of Lowell Farms. The combined company is now operating under the Lowell Farms Inc. name.
The Company's Subordinate Voting Shares and Warrants are now trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbols LOWL and LOWL.WT and the Subordinate Voting Shares are now trading on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol LOWLF. No action is required to be taken by existing securityholders of the Company with respect to the name change. Outstanding share and warrant certificates are not affected by the name change and do not need to be exchanged.
"We are hard at work pairing-up the best brand in cannabis with unparalleled production capabilities," says Lowell Farms Chairman George Allen. "By combining Indus' infrastructure and capabilities with Lowell's brand leadership, we are building a business that has no equal in cannabis."
Adds Lowell Farms Chief Executive Officer Mark Ainsworth: "The integration of Lowell products in our distribution network has already begun to show positive results, and we are scaling operations to meet the demand for our marquee products. We now control our own destiny and look forward to better showcasing the strength of our company in 2021 and beyond."
Pure Extracts Technologies Corp. (CSE: PULL) (OTC: PRXTF), a plant-based extraction company focused on cannabis, hemp, functional mushrooms and the rapidly emerging psychedelic sector, announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with ShroomBloom Labs/Floja Bioscience Inc. ("ShroomBloom") to enter into an agreement for the supply of psychedelic mushroom biomass.
ShroomBloom is a British Columbia based mushroom cultivator whose unique growing method uses a sustainable forest product to grow organic Psilocybe Azurescens mushrooms. Also known as Azures, they are native to British Columbia and are one of the most potent psilocybin mushrooms that have ever been found. Azures contain up to 1.8% psilocybin, 0.5% psilocin, and 0.4% baeocystin by dry weight - nearly three times more than the more common Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms. ShroomBloom is currently conducting a bio-tech research and development program utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to industrialize the cultivation of psychedelic mushrooms. Their goal is to become the global leader in the production of psilocybin mushrooms.
Under the terms of the LOI, Pure Extracts would get preferential access to ShroomBloom's crop of psychedelic mushrooms and would get 'most favoured nation' pricing. The LOI is subject to both ShroomBloom and Pure Extracts holding Dealer's Licences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
Pure Extracts CEO, Ben Nikolaevsky, remarked, "A supply agreement with a world-class cultivator like ShroomBloom would ensure a reliable source of high-quality, high-potency, psychedelic mushroom biomass for our extraction facility so that we can produce plenty of psilocybin for our formulation R&D activities and for any resulting clinical trials."
The Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF), a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, announced the closing of its previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of LYF Food Technologies Inc. The cash and share transaction totaled CDN$24.9 million payable on closing, plus approximately CDN$17.5 million in post-closing consideration subject to achieving certain earn-out EBITDA milestones. With this acquisition of LYF, Valens has accelerated its footprint in the edibles category, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of the Cannabis 2.0 and 3.0 markets.
Tyler Robson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Chair of The Valens Company, said: "We are incredibly excited to officially welcome LYF to the Valens family, which will undoubtedly strengthen our manufacturing leadership position given their confectionary expertise and broad network of partners and retailers. The closing of the LYF acquisition, and the addition of their leading edibles platform, signifies the completion of a key milestone in our strategy to drive SKU growth in new product categories and maximize market share gains across the country. We have already begun diversifying our product offering with the launch of various soft chews manufactured in LYF's facility, and we have a strong pipeline of new innovative edible products we believe will increase both quality and variety in the existing edibles segment in Canada today."
Paolo Pero and Matthew Amado, Co-Founders of LYF, said: "We are ready to hit the ground running with the Valens team as a unified manufacturing force in the Canadian recreational market. Our shared passion for putting consumers at the forefront of product development, formulation and commercialization will be demonstrated as we begin rolling out various edible products that the Canadian market has never seen before."
With the addition of the LYF facility, the Company now has the capability to produce a wide range of edible products in various formats and dosages as part of its central platform. The added product development and manufacturing flexibility makes the platform easily adaptable to evolving consumer preferences and changing market regulations around edible products as Valens looks to expand both in Canada and globally. Additionally, Valens welcomes several new team members who have gained valuable experience working in the confectionary, commercial-scale food manufacturing and cannabis industries, and bring with them the knowledge to produce unique and expected higher-margin products such as honey, granola balls, baked goods, and various gourmet gummy and chocolate formats. Vegan, sugar-free and low-sugar formats are available and will be especially complementary to the development of Valens' health and wellness product suite.
In the first quarter of 2021, Valens and LYF launched edible products with shared partners A1 Cannabis Co. ("A1 Cannabis") and Verse Cannabis ("Verse"). In partnership with A1 Cannabis, LYF launched the Summit Wild Berry Soft Chews, made with real-fruit juice, no added colours or flavours and 5mg of THC per soft chew. Additionally, The Valens Company and Verse Cannabis launched Verse Soft Chews - a new line of edible formulations and unique flavors at a great value. The new product lineup includes Verse Baked Apple Soft Chews, infused with flavours of green apple and cinnamon offering a tart-meets-sweet flavour bite, and Verse Sour Medley Soft Chews, a variety pack of five sweet and sour flavours, including green apple, raspberry, watermelon, pineapple, and cherry. Each pouch contains five soft chews each with approximately 2mg of THC and formulated with Valens' premium cannabis distillate. The Verse Baked Apple Soft Chews are now available in Alberta and are expected to be available shortly in British Columbia and Ontario, while the Verse Sour Medley Soft Chews will be available in the coming weeks in Alberta and British Columbia.
The Valens Company expects to ramp up shipments of edible products to provincial retailers in the coming weeks, including existing SKUs such as Citizen Stash Strawberry Mac gummies from LYF's white label agreement with Experion Biotechnologies Inc. In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company intends to launch an assortment of unique, consumer-driven edible products into the market.
Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) today announced that, further to its press releases dated January 5, 2021 and February 24, 2021, the Company has completed the acquisition of a 51% ownership interest in 2750176 Ontario Inc. ("ALPS") for initial consideration of $10,000,000 in shares of the Company and cash of $2,000,000. With the transaction comes the option for AUSA to acquire the remaining 49% on the terms summarized in the Company's January 5th press release. One of the conditions of the transaction is that Mr. Terry Booth has been appointed the Company's CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Booth has also been appointed to the AUSA board of directors. Dr. Duke Fu, who had been serving as the Company's Interim CEO since the November 2020 leadership transition, has been appointed the Company's COO. Dr. Fu will remain on the AUSA board of directors.
With the transaction, AUSA is acquiring a majority interest in ALPS, the global leader in facility design, construction management and (post) commissioning services to the horticultural sector across a wide variety of commercial crops, including cannabis, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and ornamentals. ALPS is also a foundational piece in the Company's unique expansion strategy.
As announced on January 5, 2021, with the closing of the ALPS transaction, ALPS principal and former CEO of Aurora Cannabis Inc., Terry Booth, effective immediately, has been appointed CEO at Australis, replacing Dr. Duke Fu who will take on the role of COO. Mr. Booth was also appointed to the board of directors of AUSA. With these two appointments and the recent appointment of Jon Paul as CFO of the Company, the core of the AUSA management team consists of highly successful industry veterans with a track record in value creation.
Terry Booth, CEO, stated, "With the completion of the ALPS transaction, AUSA has now been transformed into a revenue generating company with a difficult to imitate multi-state expansion strategy in the U.S. cannabis market. This transaction puts AUSA in a position where it can pursue novel streaming deals to fuel the scaling up of its high-quality brands across the nation, while delivering a de-risked income stream from a diversified services portfolio. We made a number of promises to our shareholders, and we are delivering on these, rapidly. I look forward to continuing a high-frequency dialogue with our stakeholders as we continue to execute and grow the Company. Ignite, excite and delight our shareholders and customers is not a corny phrase, it is our focus, it is our mission, it is our global and noble vision indeed."
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