A Canadian investment banking and equity research firm has kicked off coverage for two US-centric cannabis stocks and offered investors a detailed look into the overall market.

In a research note issued on Wednesday (August 22), Eight Capital began coverage of both Green Thumb Industries (CSE:GTII) and MedMen Enterprises (CSE:MMEN), two cannabis companies raising capital in Canada while operating in the US.


Eight Capital slapped Green Thumb and MedMen with price targets of C$17 and C$7, respectively, on the public market. Both companies were awarded “buy” ratings from the firm.

US Election 2020 and Cannabis

 
Investing in cannabis? Read what experts have to say about cannabis and the US Election!
 

“We favor vertically integrated players operating in multiple states that will create scale coupled with a first mover advantage,” the report says. Eight Capital projects the entire worth of a mature US cannabis market to be around US$63 billion.

The firm favors the states of Florida and New York as “major market opportunities” available to companies and investors. Momentum for a vote on the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Florida has picked up for a potential spot on the 2020 ballot.

Cannabis is legal for medical use in New York only for patients with specific conditions. However, a change in police practise when dealing with the drug in the state hints at an overall upcoming potential change in its legal status.

Cannabis legalization could be a political issue in upcoming election

In the US cannabis remains an illegal drug at the federal level, despite several states legalizing its medical and even recreational use. Catalysts in this market are political in nature, according to Eight Capital.

“Major political action with respect to the reconciliation of state and federal law has the potential to significantly de-risk the sector and present a more favourable business and investment climate in a massive growth market, in our view,” the firm states.

Eight Capital predicts that cannabis could quickly become a hot and decisive issue in the upcoming 2020 federal election in the US.

Despite the attention Canadian legalization has been gaining as the October 17 legalization date gets closer, the firm argues that the US market could dwarf the Canadian one as it becomes legal.

The report says that as cannabis momentum keeps carrying between states, it will only be a matter of time before the federal system feels the pressure and moves forward with legislation.

This summer, two separate cannabis-centric bills have gained attention as a method to stop the imbalance and contradictions between state and federal laws.

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said his legislation was simply the right thing to do, and is hopeful his Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act will gain bipartisan support and clear the Senate.

Political move towards federal legalization pushes investors to enter the market

In an email newsletter to subscribers, 420 Investor cannabis analyst Alan Brochstein wrote that the “changing of the political winds out of Washington” has allowed a shift in how companies and investors “are thinking about risk” in the previously untouched market.

Companies operating in the US have been able to become players in the public markets thanks to the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), whose regulations are less stringent compared those put in place by TMX Group (TSX:X). TMX Group still prevents companies from holding cannabis assets in the US.

In June at the Vancouver edition of the International Cannabis Business Conference, Anna Serin, director of listings development for the CSE, said the exchange had 71 cannabis issuers at the time, representing a C$5.5-billion market cap.

Serin added that over the past year, CSE-listed companies have raised nearly C$2 billion with 58 percent of it in the cannabis sector.

Eight Capital values “vertically integrated players with a broad network of operations throughout multiple states,” due to the limited window for these operators in gaining size, scale and market leadership.

The research note states that these operators will be “long-term winners and consolidators” in a “highly fragmented, regulated and competitive environment.” If cannabis becomes federally legal, the highlighted multi-state operators will be in an “ideal position,” according to the report, to consolidate and reach “real economies of scale.”

Don’t forget to look for our coverage of MJBizCon INT’L, with show notes from the floor and exclusive interviews on INN. You can also follow us @INN_Cannabis for real-time news updates!

Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Donation will benefit veteran-focused organizations and nonprofits, including all TruVet Program partners

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), a United States -based leading medical cannabis company, announced today a donation for all TruVet Program partners year-to-date in honor of Veterans Day. A total of $15,000 representing a portion of the November proceeds from the Company’s limited-edition Freedom Pre-Roll product, will be shared among program partners, which are veteran-focused organizations andor nonprofits.

Keep reading... Show less

Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC notifies investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Aurora Cannibas, Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ACB) and certain of its officers, on behalf of shareholders who purchased or otherwise acquired Aurora securities between February 13, 2020, and September 4, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Such investors are encouraged to join this case by visiting the firm’s site: www.bgandg.comacb

This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Keep reading... Show less

Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC notifies investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Aurora Cannibas, Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ACB) and certain of its officers, on behalf of shareholders who purchased or otherwise acquired Aurora securities between February 13, 2020, and September 4, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Such investors are encouraged to join this case by visiting the firm’s site: www.bgandg.comacb

This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Keep reading... Show less

Hill Street Beverage Company Inc. (TSXV: BEER) (“Hill Street” or the “Company”) reported its first quarter results for period ended Sept 30, 2020. A complete set of financial statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis has been filed at www.sedar.com. All dollar figures are quoted in Canadian dollars.

FY21 First Quarter Financial Highlights

Keep reading... Show less

Signed LOI for CAD$23 million sale to Ionic provides shareholder value

Lobe Sciences Ltd. (CSE: LOBE) (OTC Pink: GTSIF) (“Lobe” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received and signed a non-binding letter of intent dated November 30, 2020 with IONIC Brands Corp. (“Ionic”) for the proposed sale to Ionic of certain assets held by Lobe related to Cowlitz County Cannabis Cultivation Inc. (“Cowlitz”) (the “Transaction”). Cowlitz is one of the top five licensed cannabis producersprocessors located in Washington State.

The assets being sold to Ionic may include, but are not limited to, the assignment of all property leases relating exclusively to Cowlitz’s business, the assignment of Lobe’s option agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cowlitz, and the assignment of other contracts and rights related exclusively to Cowlitz including service contracts and equipment leases (the “Assets“).

The Transaction is subject to several closing conditions, including but not limited to: (i) satisfactory due diligence by both Ionic and Lobe; (ii) completion of a definitive agreement with binding terms and conditions for the Transaction, including finalization of the specific Assets that will be sold and certain Cowlitz assets that may be retained by Lobe; (iii) all respective directors and officers of Lobe and Ionic entering into support agreements for the Transaction; (iv) approval by the boards of directors of both Lobe and Ionic; (v) the completion of a share consolidation by Ionic on a minimum of one new Ionic common share for every four and a half (4.5) old Ionic common shares (the “Ionic Consolidation“); (vi) the conversion of all Ionic debentures (with principal amount of approximately CAD$14.7 million) into a secured equity or a similar instrument (“Debt Conversion“); (vii) completion of a concurrent financing by Ionic for gross proceeds of at least US$2 million (the “Ionic Concurrent Financing“); (viii) Ionic having all cease trade orders issued against it lifted(2); (ix) Ionic applying to the CSE for requalification and qualifying for listing and resumption of trading(2); and (x) the receipt of all required shareholder and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the CSE. Following the closing of the Transaction, Ionic’s board of directors is expected to be comprised of five (5) members and Lobe will have the right to appoint two (2) directors to the Ionic board.

The sale price for the Assets shall be a minimum of CAD$23 million, payable through the issuance of Ionic post-consolidation common shares (being approximately 49% of Ionic’s estimated $47 million capitalization post-restructuring (after giving effect to the Ionic Consolidation and Debt Conversion)), prior to giving effect to the Ionic Concurrent Financing. Following the closing of the Transaction, it is expected that the Lobe will own approximately 49% of Ionic’s common shares, on a post-consolidation and pre-Ionic Concurrent Financing basis. Ionic is expected to have a minimum total capitalization valuation of CAD$47 million, pre-Ionic Concurrent Financing.

As previously announced, Lobe has been pursuing strategic alternatives for Cowlitz, aimed at maximizing its value to the Company. Cowlitz reported over US$14.6 million in gross sales revenues for the nine month period ended September 30, 2020, according to data provided on reports to the Washington State Department of Revenues(1). Lobe generates revenues through licensing and leasing agreements in place with Cowlitz.

Ionic is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange(2) (the “CSE“) (CSE: IONC) and is a growing US-based cannabis company that focuses on premium cannabis products with current operations in Washington and Oregon. Ionic has completed a number of strategic synergistic acquisitions since 2019 aimed at growing revenues as a multi-state operator, and increasing their overall product lines and intellectual property portfolio. Ionic’s strategy has been focused on building a regionalized multistate operation of cannabis brands in the Pacific Northwest markets with an eye to expansion into other recreational markets and aggressive national expansion.

John Gorst, CEO of Ionic said, “We are excited about this opportunity to expand our presence in Washington State. Cowlitz has tremendous brand presence and following in Washington State, which we feel is a natural fit, complementing our existing operations. The combination will make us one of the largest premier cannabis companies in the Pacific Northwest markets. The acquisition of the Cowlitz Assets will represent a complimentary synergistic acquisition that achieves our goal of operational expansion and growth of our product portfolio.”

“The proposed transaction with Ionic is accretive to both parties, successfully meets our M&A initiatives and keeps Lobe active in the cannabis and overall transformation psychedelic medicine space,” states Tom Baird, CEO of Lobe. “The Transaction provides Lobe with significant ownership and board presence in Ionic. With its already significant operations in Washington State and Oregon, we feel Ionic’s proposed product expansion initiatives together with the addition of the Cowlitz Assets can lead to aggressive growth.”

About Ionic Brands Corp.

Ionic is dedicated to building a regionally based multi-state consumer-focused cannabis concentrate brand portfolio with strong roots in the premium and luxury segments of vape concentrates and edibles. The cornerstone brand of the portfolio, IONIC, is the #3 vaporizer brand in Washington State and has aggressively expanded throughout the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The brand is currently operating in Washington and Oregon. Ionic’s strategy is to be the leader of the highest-value segments of the cannabis market.

About Lobe Sciences Ltd.

Lobe is a growth-oriented research, technology & services company that provides financial, management, IP and branding support to businesses. The Company operates a portfolio of companies focused on developing transformational medicines and applies refined strategies to help partner companies reach their full potential. Based in Vancouver, BC, Lobe Sciences creates value through acquisitions and development of assets, products and technologies by leveraging its scientific, engineering, branding and operational expertise supported by strong capital markets acumen.

For further information please contact:

Lobe Sciences Ltd.
Thomas Baird, CEO
info@lobesciences.com
Tel: (949) 505-5623

THE CSE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS RELEASE.

Disclaimer for Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the future operations of the Company and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as “will”, “may”, “should”, “anticipate”, “expects” and similar expressions. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including statements regarding the future plans and objectives of the Company, the Company’s expectations surrounding its development of treatments and/or therapeutics for mTBI and PTSD, the proposed Transaction and terms with Ionic and estimated capitalization of Ionic and share value to Lobe, Ionic having its cease trader orders lifted and resumption for trading on the CSE, future sales and expected revenues of Cowlitz and enhancing its value to the Company, are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations are risks detailed from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulations. Readers are cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of the forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including changes to the regulatory environment; and that the current Board and management may not be able to attain the Company’s corporate goals and objectives. As a result, the Company cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made only as of the date of this news release and the Company does not intend to update any of the included forward-looking statements except as expressly required by applicable Canadian securities laws.

Keep reading... Show less