Energy producer Yangarra Resources has released its operations update, as well as a detailed 2019 guidance. Highlights include a production increase of 64 percent year-over-year. 

Calgary-based Yangarra Resources (TSX:YGR) has released its operations update, as well as a detailed 2019 guidance. Highlights include a production increase of 64 percent year-over-year.

As quoted from the press release:

Operations Update

Production for 2018 averaged approximately 9,400 boe/d which is a 64 percent increase on a production per share basis when compared to 2017, with fourth quarter 2018 production estimated at 12,200 boe/d.

The company drilled 36 horizontal (HZ) Cardium wells during 2018. Due to wide Edmonton par differentials in the fourth quarter, six of those wells were not completed (“DUCs”) and three additional wells that were completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 were not put on production until January 2019 when differentials improved significantly. In addition, seven wells that were shut in by Yangarra during 2018, due to excessively high third-party processing fees, will be placed on stream in January 2019 through Company owned infrastructure.

Yangarra has now drilled 60 HZ wells into the bioturbated section of the Cardium zone. Well results continue to improve as the company refines the drilling and completions processes. Wells #41-50 recently achieved 30 days of initial production (“IP-30”) data and have the best results to date with average operating day IP-30s of 752 boe/d, which is 55 percent better than the average operating day IP-30 from wells #1-40.

Yangarra further accelerated its infrastructure build-out in the fourth quarter improving its operating cost advantage from prior years with most of Yangarra’s gas gathered and compressed through Company owned infrastructure rather than third party facilities. Additional trucks were added to the fluid hauling fleet, largely eliminating higher priced third-party trucking. The pressure pumping and crew truck division was expanded during the year, again reducing the use of higher priced third-party providers. As industry conditions deteriorated in the second half of 2018, Yangarra reduced drilling and completion costs by replacing those service providers with more cost-effective options.

Several key initiatives, including, adoption of new technology for operations, advances in communications, SCADA, and better software implementation for production accounting have resulted in Yangarra being able to manage much higher levels of production while maintaining static head count in the Calgary office. Yangarra’s strategy of geographic and geological concentration in the Central Alberta Cardium allows the company to maintain a very low G&A burden while leading the industry in drilling and completion operations, all while maintaining best in class operating costs.

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US-Based National Car Retailer, Which Purchases up to 48,000 Vehicles Annually, Joins Powerband/D2D Virtual Auction Platform

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV:PBX) is pleased to announce its partner D2D Auto Auction LLC (“D2D”) has reached an agreement with a U.S. national car retailer to purchase used vehicles on D2D’s virtual auction platform.

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV:PBX)(OTCQB:PWWBF)(Frankfurt:1ZVA) (“PowerBand”, “PBX” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its partner D2D Auto Auction LLC (“D2D”) has reached an agreement with a U.S. national car retailer to purchase used vehicles on D2D’s virtual auction platform.

The agreement to purchase used vehicles on the D2D auction platform is with one of the United States largest used-vehicle retailers, operating over 140 dealerships in 12 states. The retailer purchases up to 48,000 vehicles annually, which it then sells to consumers. D2D’s goal is to place as many as possible of those 48,000 vehicles on its virtual auction platform. The virtual auctions are also accessible to Dealers – and soon U.S. consumers – through the Company’s Driveaway App.

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Humanigen announced that the first COVID-19 patient has been dosed in its previously announced Phase III study.

Humanigen (OTCQB:HGEN) announced that the first COVID-19 patient has been dosed in its previously announced Phase III study.

The goal of the study is to determine if lenzilumab, the company’s proprietary anti-GM-CSF monoclonal antibody, can be used in the treatment of COVID-19.

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The New Rochelle Police Department has entered into a subscription agreement for the company’s Watchman vehicle recognition software. 

Rekor Systems (NASDAQ:REKR) announced that the New Rochelle Police Department has entered into a five year, $225,000 subscription agreement for the company’s Watchman vehicle recognition software.

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Top Stories This Week: Powell Gets Fed Nomination, Using Gold in a Market Correction

We're back after a break last week with quite a bit to cover in the gold space.

After running up past the US$1,860 per ounce mark midway through November, the yellow metal has taken a tumble. At the time of this writing on Friday (November 26) afternoon, it was sitting just under US$1,790.

Gold's losses this week have been attributed to elements like a stronger US dollar and better Treasury yields, although Jerome Powell's US Federal Reserve chair renomination has pulled other factors into play — some market watchers believe he may move to taper and raise interest rates faster than anticipated.

If the Fed follows its previously laid out timeline for tapering, it will wrap up in mid-2022; the central bank has said it won't raise rates until after that. It has also emphasized that its roadmap may change if necessary.

Looking at the larger picture for gold, I heard recently from Nick Barisheff of BMG Group, who believes the stock market is due for a major correction.

"The market is due for a major correction. What will cause it and when it will happen is anybody's guess — it could be tomorrow, it could be six months from now" — Nick Barisheff, BMG Group

It's impossible to know when this correction will happen, but Nick emphasized the importance of acting before it's too late. He pointed out that investors are typically slow to get out of the market once a crash actually begins — they wait for a turnaround, and by the time it's clear there won't be one, they've experienced big losses.

In his opinion, the solution is to get out of the stock market early and transfer money into gold.

Here's how Nick explained it:

"Instead of taking your money off the table and going into cash … you go to gold (because cash is devaluing daily). Gold will at least hold its own and probably appreciate … so by sitting it out in gold you can wait until the market finishes correcting and then buy back in" — Nick Barisheff, BMG Group

With gold's future in mind, we asked our Twitter followers this week what price they think the metal will be at the end of 2021. By the time the poll closed, most respondents had voted for the US$1,800 to US$1,900 range.

We'll be asking another question on Twitter next week, so make sure to follow us @INN_Resource or follow me @Charlotte_McL to share your thoughts.

Finally, in the cannabis space, INN's Bryan Mc Govern spoke with Dan Ahrens of AdvisorShares to get his thoughts on 2021 trends and what's ahead in 2022.

Dan was candid, and said if he had to choose one word to describe the cannabis market in 2021, it would be "painful." Like many others, he's been disappointed in the industry's performance — while positivity initially ran high due to excitement about potential federal changes in the US, ultimately progress has been slow.

"Cannabis started with a big run-up in January and February ... and things dragged from there" — Dan Ahrens, AdvisorShares

Still, Dan has hope for 2022 and said it will be a "huge year" for cannabis. He believes US reforms will come sooner rather than later, and in his opinion those widely anticipated changes will bring a wave of M&A activity.

Specifically, he expects to see alcohol, tobacco and other consumer packaged goods companies making deals with cannabis players, not just cannabis entities doing transactions with each other.

"Those big alcohol companies, tobacco companies, other consumer packaged goods product companies — they're waiting. They're waiting on the US" — Dan Ahrens, AdvisorShares

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Catch up on some of the biggest news of the week for the cannabis investment world.

Three political parties have formed a coalition in Germany, leading to a new government, and it has promised cannabis reform in the European nation.

Meanwhile, a popular cannabis retailer confirmed consumers will now find its products available for delivery on the Uber Eats mobile application in Ontario.

Keep reading to find out more cannabis highlights from the past five days.

Coalition of parties promises forward-looking cannabis policy

Germany, a country with comprehensive and elaborate medicinal rules for cannabis, is in a time of transition as a new government is set to begin to take over after 16 years of Angela Merkel.

Olaf Scholz, the proposed next chancellor of Germany, leads a three party coalition that will become the country's governing body. As part of its promises, talk of adult-use cannabis regulation has now gained even more momentum. A report from MJBizDaily quotes a German policy document that shows the coalition's stance:

"We are introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for consumption purposes in licensed shops. This controls the quality, prevents the transfer of contaminated substances and guarantees the protection of minors."

However, despite the promise and excitement, it remains to be seen how these ideas will be applied since no formal regulations have been drafted or approved yet.

Canadian cannabis retailer partners with popular delivery app

Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis retail operator in Canada owned by Canopy Growth (NASDAQ:CGC,TSX:WEED), announced a collaboration agreement with Uber Canada (NYSE:UBER) whereby cannabis consumers will be able to use the Uber Eats app to order products before they visit stores.

While the app won't let consumers get cannabis delivered to them, this new method opens the doors to more dynamic ways of buying cannabis.

"As a market leader in innovation and a platform used by so many Canadians, we believe this is the ideal next offering that can be done safely and conveniently on the Uber Eats app," Mark Hillard, vice president of operations with Tokyo Smoke, said in a press release.

A report from the Canadian Press indicates Ontario is considering allowing dispensaries to have delivery and pickup options made available to consumers permanently. The province allowed some of these purchasing options at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but then removed them.

Lola Kassim, general manager of Uber Eats Canada, said this new end-to-end experience will provide consumers with responsible access to legal cannabis products.

Cannabis company news

  • Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) issued financial results for its Q4 2021 period. In its report, the company notes a net loss of C$26 million despite a 22 percent uptick in net revenue to C$24.9 million. Beena Goldenberg, the newly appointed CEO of the firm, is encouraged by the market share position earned by the company, which said it became the fourth biggest producer in Canada during the reporting period.
  • Halo Collective (NEO:HALO,OTCQB:HCANF) confirmed the decision for Akanda, its spinoff company focused on international cannabis opportunities, to begin trading on a US exchange. "The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined," the company told investors in a press release.
  • High Tide (NASDAQ:HITI,TSXV:HITI) announced the acquisition of 80 percent of NuLeaf Naturals, a CBD product wellness developer, for an estimated US$31.24 million. The deal includes a three year option clause for High Tide to complete a total acquisition. "As international markets open up and as export regulations evolve, NuLeaf's cGMP-certified facility positions us to take advantage of the global CBD business opportunity," Raj Grover, president and CEO of High Tide, said.
  • Humble & Fume (CSE:HMBL,OTC Pink:HUMBF) released the financial report for its first 2022 fiscal quarter to shareholders and the market. "As the legal cannabis market in North America continues to mature, Humble remains agile and focused on providing a leading solution for brands to scale quickly and retailers to focus on their customers," Joel Toguri, CEO of Humble, said.

Don't forget to follow us @INN_Cannabis for real-time updates!

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


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