Here at the Investing News Network our mission is twofold: to provide the latest news and quality education by helping you identify investment opportunities in niche markets, and to help leading companies communicate their value to investors.

Connecting investors with opportunities is what we do best. We are proud to present several companies that are new to the Investing News Network.

Below you will find links to educational profiles on leading companies offering opportunities in growth markets such as gold, cannabis, fintech and psychedelics.

Please note these profiles are not buy recommendations. There are many factors that you should consider before purchasing stocks. The purpose of these profiles is to present an in-depth value proposition for each company and provide you with the opportunity to easily request more information for your due diligence.

New to the Investing News Network – March 2021


MagicMed Industries is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and early development of novel drug candidates, structurally related to classic psychedelics but with vastly improved pharmaceutical characteristics and commercial potential. The company intends to establish its flagship molecule derivatives library, the Psybrary™, as an essential building block from which industry partners can develop new patented products.


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Benton Resources (TSXV:BEX) is a project generator and mineral exploration company focused on base and precious metal exploration. The company’s diverse property portfolio includes several highly prospective Canadian projects that leverage mining-friendly judicial conditions, strong partnerships and tremendous infrastructure for mining success. Many of Benton’s high-grade projects are available for option and cover various mineral assets, including gold, silver, nickel, copper and platinum.


controlled thermal resources logoControlled Thermal Resources Ltd. (CTR) is a public unlisted lithium resource and renewable energy company, developing the Hell’s Kitchen lithium and power project in Imperial Valley, California. CTR has invested eight years into the development of an integrated lithium extraction and conversion facility with a geothermal power facility on its leasehold within the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (SSGF).  


Cloud DX is a digital health company focused on providing sophisticated solutions for advanced healthcare providers through its precision vital sign monitoring platform, software and mobile apps. The company’s commitment is to the improved accessibility of healthcare through virtual care and digital medicine across Canada and the United States. 


RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. (TSXV:REVO,FWB:IJA2) is a Canada-based central bank licensed neobank fintech company focused on meeting the demands of the rapidly growing personal and corporate finance industry along with other huge sectors of the technology market through its flagship RevoluPAY technology. Beginning in 2017, the company has pursued and been granted the necessary banking licenses and banking partner accords to establish itself as a strong player in the fintech industry.


Contakt World is a technology and media company focused on improving community health by working with public health agencies, employer establishments, healthcare providers and the public. Its digitally driven approach tackles public health programs involving pandemic response, vaccine distribution and case management. The company’s patent-pending technology — which was built with input from public health agencies — works to bridge the gap between public health agencies and the public. 


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Quantum 1 Cannabis (CSE:QQ) is a premier cannabis retailer based in British Columbia. Focused on delivering value-added customer experiences, premium products and unparalleled service and education, this revenues generating business model primes the company for immense success as a leader in the BC cannabis market. Quantum 1 currently holds six retail licenses. 


Universal PropTech (UPI) (TSXV:UPI,FWB:8LH) delivers innovative solutions and services to help maintain healthy buildings and improve the value of buildings. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has taken on testing for COVID-19 with investment into a sub-20-second rapid COVID-19 test. The company’s highly versatile and resilient management team helps adapt UPI to rapidly changing social, public and environmental landscapes.


Green Battery Minerals is an exploration company focused on developing its highly prospective graphite and gold assets. Leveraging excellent mining-friendly conditions and resource-rich geological profiles primes the company for success in the booming graphite and gold industries. The company is building test batteries to prove their graphite can be used in battery making. This entails verifying the sphericalizing and coating of their graphite, which if achievable, will add value to their end product.


Forum Energy Metals (TSXV:FMC,OTCQB:FDCFF) is an exploration and discovery company focused on developing its diverse portfolio of exciting energy metal exploration projects in Saskatchewan. With strong local geological expertise, Forum was early in acquiring attractive properties in the energy metals space, and has leveraged this expertise to attract significant leading industry partners to help position the company for potential significant discoveries.


canex metals logoCANEX Metals (TSXV:CANX) is focused on identifying, acquiring and developing highly prospective explorations projects throughout North America. The company is currently developing a new gold discovery at its flagship Gold Range project in Arizona.  Its property is quickly developing into a key piece of the puzzle in what appears to be a new emerging bulk tonnage gold district in Northern Arizona.


Cross River Ventures (CSE:CRVC) is a gold exploration company focused on developing high-quality exploration properties in top-tier mining districts. The company currently has a robust project portfolio in Northwest Ontario, Canada, along prolific, gold-bearing greenstone belts. The company’s flagship property is the McVicar Lake gold project, which spans over 11,500 hectares in the Lang Lake Greenstone belt in Northwest Ontario. 


Gage Growth Corp. is a premier cannabis cultivator, retailer and brand in Michigan that operates on the idea that “good is just not good enough.” Its core values of providing premium cannabis to market, positively shaping cannabis culture and nurturing the community primes the company for success and rapid economic growth. The company operates three licensed cultivation and processing facilities in addition to 10 contract grow agreements in place.


SPC Nickel (TSXV: SPC) is exploring highly-prospective nickel-copper-platinum group mineralization projects within the world-class Sudbury Mining Camp in Ontario, Canada. The camp is the world’s second largest nickel camp with historic continuous production spanning over 125 years. The prolific mining camp leverages a highly skilled local mining workforce and excellent existing infrastructure with two active mills and smelters in operation.


Blue Moon Mining (TSXV:MOON,OTC Pink:BMOOF) is an exploration company focused on exploring and developing mineral exploration projects in highly-prospective jurisdictions across North America. Its flagship Blue Moon project is an advanced stage, drill-ready and polymetallic VMS deposit. Blue Moon was a past producing silver-zinc mine under Hecla and has since then been owned by majors such as Boliden, Imperial Metals and even Barrick.


Bald Eagle Gold (TSX:BIG) is an emerging mineral exploration and development company focused on exploring gold districts in North America. The company is currently developing its high-quality Hot Springs gold property in Nevada, which leverages a stable operating environment, rich resource networks and widespread mineralization. The company’s flagship gold asset is its Hot Springs gold property, which hosts high-grade gold mineralization.


Iconic Minerals (TSXV:ICM,OTC:BVTEF,FSE:YQGB) is a mineral exploration and development company focused on several high-quality lithium exploration projects in Nevada, USA. Resource-rich properties, safe mining-friendly conditions and an expert management team prime the company for significant economic growth. Its flagship Bonnie Claire lithium project is 80 percent owned by Iconic and presents very promising resource potential.

 


tres-or resources logoTres-Or Resources (TSXV:TRS,OTC Pink:TRSFF) is focused on exploring its highly prospective diamond project and advanced gold project in the Témiscamingue and Abitibi regions of Québec. The Company’s 100% owned flagship diamond asset, the Guigues Kimberlite Pipe, is advancing and in preparation for testing of macro-diamond content.


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 Aion Therapeutic Inc. (CSE: AION) (” Aion Therapeutic ” or the ” Company “) announced today that its proprietary and patented combinatorial mushroom preparations AION F7 and AION F8 (collectively, the ” Aion Mushroom Preparations ” or ” Preparations “) showed high efficacy in killing HER2+ breast cancer cells, ER+PR+ breast cancer cells, and triple-negative breast cancer cells by direct cytotoxicity.

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The Company Will Tap into Southern Glazer’s Established Distribution Network to Bring Quatreau, its CBD-Infused Sparkling Water, to U.S. Retailers

 Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC), a world-leading diversified cannabis, CBD and vaporization device company, today announced Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”), the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, as the distribution partner for its U.S. portfolio of CBD-infused beverages. This partnership announcement follows the recent launch of Quatreau Canopy’s first line of CBD-infused beverages sold in the U.S market.

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 Canbud Distribution Corporation (CSE: CBDX) (FSE: CD0) (“Canbud” or the “Corporation”) announces its subsidiary Empathy Plant Co. has completed the full development of its vegan multivitamin formula exclusively for women.

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Cannabis Market Update: Q3 2020 in Review

Click here to read the previous cannabis market update.

During the first few months of investment time in 2021, cannabis faced some volatility alongside optimism about federal changes in the most important market for the drug.

The cannabis business found its stride during Q1 thanks to policy change signals and consolidation.

To find out more, the Investing News Network (INN) asked experts about progress in the market during the first major period of the new year, and which developments investors should watch out for.

 

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Cannabis market update: New York and US potential boost operations

New York state’s legalization of recreational cannabis was a huge Q1 announcement that added pressure to the US federal government when it comes to cannabis policy, said George Mancheril, co-founder and CEO of Bespoke Financial, a debt financing business with a particular focus on servicing cannabis businesses.

“It’s going to add to the chorus of voices in the federal scene to basically move sooner rather than later,” he explained to INN.

Following the US election in 2020, the momentum for cannabis businesses went on the upswing, as did company valuations, with the idea of expansion at the heart of it all, according to Mancheril.

Before starting Bespoke Financial, Mancheril learned from traditional investment banks, working in the lending, fixed income and debt markets with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Guggenheim Partners.

Nawan Butt, portfolio manager with Purpose Investments, agrees with Mancheril. The financial expert told INN the ongoing legalization process seen in the US market is leading to expansion.

“It’s becoming more of a national move, then small pockets of proliferation. That’s very exciting about cannabis right now,” said Butt, who co-manages the Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ).

This proliferation effect is causing a change in valuations and enthusiasm for US-based operations. Mancheril told INN that by the end of Q1, multi-state operators (MSOs) had raised approximately US$3.3 billion.

The cannabis lender said he sees the industry as having grown from the woes of 2019; it is now undergoing a return to form as excitement about the US opening up increases.

The expert explained that there is likely to be a windfall of capital in the wake of major federal changes in US cannabis policy, although the timeline for these changes is becoming increasingly hard to predict.

Leading up to that capital influx, Mancheril said he wants to see operators really drill down on the value of desired assets and whether they make sense.

“What I’d hope is that we continue to see bullish sentiment, but with some measure of responsibility, and let’s not just get over ahead of ourselves,” Mancheril told INN. “The idea is let’s minimize the volatility and continue growing responsibly.”

 

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As far as struggles go, Butt explained that the cannabis industry has cemented itself as a growth-type sector, and as such there are macro pressures affecting the way these assets operate.

“We’ve seen this preference for cash flows at growth in the current or in the near future, rather than in the far future, and that’s what we’re seeing as far as valuations go in the broad market,” Butt said.

Cannabis market update: Volatility continues to rule as industry foundations build

Despite the industry’s potential and the growing pains it has gone through as a whole in both the US and Canada, volatility remains a key factor in the cannabis investment scene.

Butt explained that the current shareholder base, which is dominated by hedge funds and retail investors, still lacks enough institutional support to avoid the day-to-day volatility cannabis has come to be known for.

These two investor groups, Butt said, can be easily spooked and excited by the news of the day when it comes to their investments.

“A lot of these institutions’ strategies are not about short-term profits, but they’re about long-term sustainability of the businesses themselves,” Butt said.

“That’s why you see a lot of volatility in the space, and that’s essentially what we’ve seen over the past, I’d say, three to two months as well,” he added.

That means investors shouldn’t expect an end to volatility anytime soon.

“It’s not about whether we continue to expect volatility, because we do,” Butt said. “We really think that the volatility will be taken out when the shareholder base becomes more institutional, but it’s really about understanding why there is volatility in the first place.”

Cannabis market update: Canadians talk up US business, but questions remain

A surge of mergers and acquisitions has taken over the Canadian cannabis sector recently as more producers see potential in America.

One of the biggest announcements in this regard came when Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) secured a C$221 million investment deal from British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI,LSE:BATS).

Using the funds, the two will work in tandem to develop new branded products designed for the international stage, including in the US. Organigram CEO Greg Engel previously told INN that the US represents a critical opportunity for Canadian companies, but the entry point isn’t as clean as it could be.

 

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While the long-term potential may be exciting for investors, Butt told INN he’s still unsure how the approach will work for Canadian companies.

The Purpose Investments expert said there will be plenty of space for the biggest Canadian names to pursue US market entries, beyond the initial hemp-derived CBD moves some operators have mde, since the US represents the biggest market in the world.

“But there’s just way too many unknowns right now to say exactly what that participation is going to look like, or when that participation will happen,” he said.

“What we do know is that currently the US MSOs are in a wonderful sort of position to expand on their market leadership that they have. And it will be tough for Canadians to come in and compete with them,” Butt said.

Canadian players still retain the upper hand at times in terms of valuation, which is confusing for both Butt and Dan Ahrens, chief operating officer and portfolio manager at AdvisorShares.

“The performance in quarterly earnings of US companies has been rather spectacular. They’ve knocked it out of the park in most instances,” Ahrens told INN.

Butt praised the recent performance reports from MSOs across the board, pointing to year-over-year growth lines and projections for continued positive performance. In his view, share prices still don’t reflect company value. “Those are really being discounted at this point,” Butt told INN.

“We’ve seen the Canadian licensed producers be really hot stock performance-wise, outpacing the US (MSOs), and I’ll say it’s rather nonsensical to me,” said Ahrens, who oversees the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (ARCA:YOLO) and the recently launched AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (ARCA:MSOS).

Cannabis market update: Investor takeaway

The cannabis investment proposition finds itself at an interesting moment in time, as the entire sector eagerly awaits confirmation in the US at the federal level.

While for the Canadian companies waiting on the sidelines, this development may feel like a major necessity to address current financial struggles, for US-based operators, the heat around the corner could represent future positivity for already thriving operations.

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 Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (“Trulieve” or the “Company”) (CSE: TRUL) (OTC: TCNNF), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States will release its first quarter 2021 financial results on Thursday, May 13, 2021 before markets open. Following the earnings release, management will host a conference call at 8:30 AM Eastern Time to review the financial results.

All interested parties can join the conference call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 1-647-427-7450, conference ID: 4880609. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. The conference call will be archived for replay until May 20, 2021 . To access the archived conference call, please dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the encore code 4880609.

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