WeedMD: A possible winner as the US moves towards cannabis legalization at the Federal level

Cannabis stocks have been surging higher this month as the Reddit crowd that spiked GameStop jumped in, based on realistic hopes the Biden led Democratic Party will legalize cannabis at the federal level.

Last week US Senators Booker, Wyden, and Schumer released a joint statement declaring their intention to push forward major cannabis policy reform. The statement reads:

“The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country. But that alone is not enough. As states continue to legalize marijuana, we must also enact measures that will lift up people who were unfairly targeted in the War on Drugs. We are committed to working together to put forward and advance comprehensive cannabis reform legislation that will not only turn the page on this sad chapter in American history…..”

One cannabis stock that is well worth considering is WeedMD Inc. (TSXV: WMD | OTCQX: WDDMF). WeedMD Inc. subsidiary WeedMD Rx Inc. is a federally-licensed producer of cannabis products for both the medical and adult-use markets. The Company owns and operates a 158-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse outdoor and processing facility located in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. Another wholly owned subsidiary is CX Industries, which specializes in cannabis extraction and processing.

Key advantages for WeedMD include:

  • Vertically integrated with indoor & outdoor cultivation combined with in-house extraction, product development & manufacturing.
  • Ability to expand ~2x with modest incremental CapEx.
  • Quality products with strong brand recognition. Products include dried cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis vaporizes.
  • Market leader in insured medical cannabis. Cannabis is often used as an effective pain reliever in the medical setting.
  • Targeting valuable & overlooked medical channel sales.
  • Closed-loop model providing exclusive access to ~350,000+ potential patients.
  • Strategic institutional investor in the LiUNA Pension Fund. Strong balance sheet for expansion. Pathway to profitable growth.

WeedMD is vertically integrated with the ability to scale rapidly if the cannabis market takes off with US Federal legalization under the Democrats

WeedMD’s Colour cannabis products

Source: WeedMD company presentation

The WeedMD stock price has more than tripled since Jan. 25, 2021, boosted by the Democrat Senators’ move to legalize cannabis. Any success in the US at Federal legalization of cannabis has the potential to boost WeedMD’s revenues.

WeedMD revenue is forecast to grow strongly in 2021

Closing remarks

Cannabis stocks are the current latest trend with speculating retail investors. Of course, this leads to crazy price bursts and can be hard to predict. Despite the recent price gains WeedMD looks to have a strong future due to being a well-established and vertically integrated cannabis producer, especially given their strong focus on medicinal cannabis uses.

WeedMD trades on a current market cap of C$197 million, which is about 2.76x 2021 forecast revenues. Their forward PE is 31.33. Certainly, if the US legalizes cannabis at the Federal level it should have a very strong impact on the quality cannabis producers such as WeedMD. Stay tuned.




Biden’s win brings a “green” market wave and cannabis extraction team attracts the Sixth Wave

“Waves are inspiring not because they rise and fail, but because each time they fall. They never fail to rise again.” — Josh Billings

The Democratic “blue” wave failed to materialize during the recent U.S. elections but the “green” cannabis wave continues to build. Five states (Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota) easily passed ballot initiatives for the legalization of either recreational or medical cannabis use.

Currently, the medical use of cannabis is legalized in 35 states and the recreational use of cannabis is legalized in 15 states. Although federally illegal in the U.S., there is speculation that the Biden win is an important first step on the path towards the federal decriminalization of cannabis.

In the U.S., medical and recreational cannabis sales are on pace to exceed US$15.5 billion by the end of 2020, an increase of approximately 40% over 2019, and grow by 30% in 2021.

To meet the higher demand, technology advancements have manifested in all parts of the supply chain, especially in the extraction and purification process.

Extraction

The three main methods of cannabinoid extraction are (1) ethanol or alcohol extraction; (2) hydrocarbon extraction, using butane or propane; and (3) carbon dioxide (“CO2”) extraction. If higher purity levels are required, a distillation process, often using chromatography technology, can increase purity levels into the high 90%.

As the industry shifts into pharmaceutical-grade production to meet medical and cannabis-infused products, cannabis extract producers continue to search for innovative ways to improve the purity of cannabinoid isolates and control costs.

One of the challenges for cannabis extract producers is that organic material has varying properties from batch-to-batch and a potential processing risk when scaling operations.

Sixth Wave – Cannabis Extraction Using Nanotechnology

Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. (CSE: SIXW | OTCQB: ATURF) is a nanotechnology company focused on the detection and extraction of target substances (e.g. cannabinoid, gold, or Covid-19) at the molecular level using patented technologies.

Led by a team of PhDs and scientists, Sixth Wave’s Affinity™ System uses a proprietary Molecular Imprinted Polymers technology in the process of extracting cannabidiol (“CBD”) and tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) from hemp and cannabis.

The extraction process uses porous polymer beads and the polymer is designed to attract a specific molecule. As CBD and THC are both molecules, Sixth Wave created proprietary polymers to specifically target those molecules in the extraction process.

Benefits of Sixth Wave’s Technology

Unlike other batch processes that purify components out of a product in various stages, Sixth Wave’s process can take a wide variety of input materials, run it through the solution, and the polymer will selectively extract the specific cannabinoids. The resulting cannabinoid isolate can be up to 99.9% pure.

Chromatography, the legacy technology for purifying cannabinoid extractions, is considered to have issues with high capital and operating costs, efficiency, and scalability.

The Affinity™ System was designed to be highly automated and user friendly, requiring minimal training and human intervention. The system uses lower-cost components, minimizes the need for intermediate batch processing, and can be operated continuously, making it a more cost-effective solution.

Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, President and CEO of Sixth Wave, said, “As we know, a major challenge for the cannabinoid purification industry will be the delivery of customization and flexibility, with medicinal and recreational applications demanding exceptional product diversity. The Affinity™ System is highly capable in this regard, with the potential to tailor extraction media to recover any one of the hundreds of cannabinoids available to us.”

Market Size

According to a recent study, the cannabis extraction market is expected to be worth US$28.5 billion by 2027, growing at 16.6% annually.

The growing legalization of cannabis in various countries and the use of CBD and THC for treating illnesses such as arthritis, anxiety, and nausea are the main factors driving growth.

Sixth Wave is currently working with several customers designing larger processing capabilities. In April, the Company announced an agreement with Green Envy for the purchase of a minimum of three Affinity™ extraction units. It expects to deliver the first revenue-generating system to Green Envy by the end of this year. Expect more deals to be announced as the Company shifts from development to production.

The Company is well funded as it recently closed a $1.15 million financing and intends to use the proceeds for the deployment of its Affinity™ cannabis extraction units as well as for other general corporate purposes.

Time to jump on Sixth Wave to ride the resurging cannabis trend.

Sixth Wave - Affinity Unit

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Betting it all on California cannabis global dominance, FinCanna focuses on being the capital partner of choice

Cannabis is essential in California!

That statement may reflect the opinion of certain members of California society, but in actuality, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early March 2020 cannabis retailers were in fact declared an essential service industry by California state.

We were reminded of that in a video conference presentation in September done by CEO and Director, Andriyko Herchak, of FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI | OTCQB: FNNZF). We were also reminded that California is the largest cannabis market in North America and in 2019, had legal sales of 21% of the global market – Canada was only 11%, the US was 61% and the rest of the world was only 7%.

Putting that into numbers, in 2019 the global market was $14.9 billion, with California representing $3.1 billion in legal cannabis sales, although black market sales are estimated to be double that number. According to the LA Times, licensed cannabis sales are projected to total US$7.2 billion by 2024, making California the global leader. Keep in mind that the state of California is the fifth largest economy in the world and has had legalized medical cannabis since 1996 with new laws that came into effect in January 2018 which significantly changed supply and demand dynamics.

Key success factors for the cannabis business – go to the biggest market, be the early entrant, keep your cost structure low and be the most profitable. Unfortunately, as many investors will attest, investing in cannabis has been a real challenge to navigate as capital intensive companies continue to lose money quarter after quarter. Recognizing this fact, FinCanna has a business model that is low cost, not capital intensive and is designed to be profitable.

FinCanna is first and foremost a capital company and their vision is to become the capital partner of choice for high growth, rapidly emerging private companies operating in the licensed U.S (California) cannabis industry. Management is focused on delivering high impact returns to its shareholders by way of a strategically diversified investment portfolio. They seek to invest in “best in class” businesses and align the interests of the existing company owner/operators with FinCanna shareholders.

This is done predominantly as a royalty company, which is perfectly designed for this business model. Management of FinCanna invests in various private cannabis industry companies that do not compete against each other – it could be said that they are complementary to each other in the overall cannabis market. So far, this strategy has worked well for FinCanna.

FinCanna became public as a result of a reverse takeover transaction that closed in late 2017. Recognizing the opportunity for a first-mover advantage ahead of new regulations coming into effect in early 2018, FinCanna invested in Cultivation Technologies Inc. who have a cannabis extraction facility in California. Their other manufacturing investment is in QVI, Inc., a contract manufacturer of high demand items, including edibles, topicals, tinctures, chocolates, hard candies, gummies, beverages, among others. Their third company, ezGreen Compliance offers a state-of-the-art enterprise compliance and point-of-sale software solution (“ezGreen”) for licensed cannabis dispensaries and cultivators. The ezGreen software is the only HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) certified point-of-sale software in the market. In August 2020, FinCanna acquired from its former royalty portfolio company 100% of the assets and economic interests of ezGreen and is currently focused on sales in California and certain other states.

As a result of this portfolio and royalty approach, FinCanna has low operating costs and once the corporate G&A is covered, the remaining royalty income streams are essentially a 100% margin business. Their largest investment (QVI), a leader in the high-growth edibles business, recently started operations in a brand-new facility.

Management has significant personal wealth invested in the company which should give investors comfort that their interests are in fact aligned with all shareholders. Management sees increasing revenues from all of their business segments in California, which is a positive for cashflow and profitability potential going forward. There is approximately $2.0 million of cash on the balance sheet with a total of just over C$6.0 million of convertible debentures which do not mature until early 2023. This appears to be a company that is well positioned in a market with significant barriers to entry. Actual performance by their private company investments will drive FinCanna’s share price.




FinCanna Capital’s CEO on being the only pure royalty company in the cannabis industry

InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky spoke with Andriyko Herchak, CEO of FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI | OTCQB: FNNZF), about FinCanna’s cannabis royalty portfolio and its competitive advantages in the cannabis industry. “We are the only pure royalty company in the cannabis sector,” he said. “We don’t need much revenue to be profitable.”

Andriyko went on to say that while other companies in the capital-intensive cannabis sector “are losing money quarter to quarter, we are opposite. We have low capital cost, low operating cost and we are designed to be profitable.” He added, “The companies we invest in are synergistic. They are working together to expand their customer base and market together.” By investing in FinCanna, he said, “you are investing in different companies that don’t compete against each other but actually work with each other to maximize revenue. FinCanna is like an index that works together.”

Andriyko also provided an update on QVI, FinCanna’s largest investment that just started operations and is scaling up. He said, “They are located in Sonoma county California. They are offering a co-manufacturing edibles facility in large scale. They can produce essentially any type of edible under one roof. Demand is off the charts for them right now.”

To watch the complete interview, click here

Disclaimer: FinCanna Capital Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.




Drolet Stock Note: XPhyto Therapeutics — Medical Cannabis Meets Modern Sciences

Mario Drolet President of MI3 Communications Financières Inc. (MI3) released his Stock Notes on XPhyto Therapeutics Corp. (CSE: XPHY) for exclusive distribution on InvestorIntel. In this note, MI3 highlighted the following points on XPhyto Therapeutics Corp.:

  • XPhyto is a science-based cannabis company focused on formulation, clinical validation, and emerging European markets.
  • XPhyto and 3a are working to develop and commercialize a real-time, low-cost and easy-to-use oral screening test to concurrently detect COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 coronaviruses.
  • XPHY surge from $2.30 to 3.17 in the last month
  • XPHY traded over 5.5 Million shares between $2.10 & $3.50 over the last four months
  • Support: S2; $ 2.70   S1; $2.92   Resistance:   R1; $3.15   R2; $3.50

About XPhyto Therapeutics Corp.

XPhyto is a biopharma, diagnostics and cannabis science company focused on formulation, clinical validation, and European imports, distribution and sales. XPhyto’s 100% owned subsidiary, Vektor Pharma TF GmbH, a German narcotics manufacturer, importer and researcher has expertise in the design, testing and manufacture of thin film drug delivery systems, particularly transdermal patches and sub-lingual (oral) strips. Vektor also holds a number of narcotics licences issued by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), including import and manufacturing permits, as well as EU GMP lab certification. XPhyto’s 100% owned German subsidiary, Bunker Pflanzenextrakte GmbH, has been granted a unique German cannabis cultivation and extraction licence for scientific purposes by BfArM. Bunker has two exclusive R&D collaboration agreements with the Technical University of Munich, Chair of beverage and brewing technology and the Faculty of Chemistry. XPhyto is pursuing additional opportunities in Europe including commercial cannabis cultivation, processing, manufacturing, import, and distribution. In Canada, two exclusive 5-year engagements with the Faculty of Pharmacy at a major Canadian university provide certified extraction, isolation, and formulation facilities, drug research and development expertise, as well as commercial analytical testing capability. XPhyto signed a supply, import and distribution agreement for cannabis oils and isolates with one of the largest, highest quality, and lowest cost cannabis cultivators in the world.

PLEASE DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE

Disclaimer: This MI3 Technical Note produced by MI³ Communications Financières is neither an offer to sell, nor the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities discussed therein. The information contained is prepared by MI3, emanating from sources deemed to be reliable. MI3 Communications Financières makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy, correctness or completeness of such information. MI³ Communications Financières accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss arising from the use of the information contained therein. Please take note that for compliance purposes, all directors, consultants or employees of MI3 Communications Financières are prohibited from trading the securities of the company and MI3 Communications Financières is a shareholder and do not intend to sell any shares during the distribution of this report.




FinCanna Capital looks set to benefit from their cannabis royalty portfolio after a win-win deal with QVI Inc.

The latest good news announced this month is that  FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI | OTCQB: FNNZF) (“FinCanna”) has restructured its royalty agreement with QVI Inc. The new deal sees FinCanna commit a further US$1.5 million in financial support and in return receive a boosted royalty of a flat 20% (it was a tiered 15% to 6%) of QVI’s revenues, an increased annual supplemental payment of a minimum of 70% of QVI’s after-tax income, and finally 70% of sales proceeds if QVI is sold.

The royalty business can be extremely profitable. Just look at Franco-Nevada the gold royalty company with a market cap of US$25.85 billion. The trick is for the royalty company to invest early and to select growing companies that end up producing lots of revenue. The same principles can be applied to the cannabis industry, especially given it is in the very early stages of growth as legalization spreads globally.

FinCanna is a royalty company for the licensed US cannabis industry, with a focus on the emerging California cannabis market. The Company earns its revenue from royalties paid by its investee companies that are calculated based on a percentage of their total revenues.

FinCanna Capital highlights for investors

Source: FinCanna company presentation

FinCanna currently has a portfolio of three active and operating royalty businesses in their portfolio advancing in California – QVI Inc., Cultivation Technologies Inc., and ezGreen Compliance. The good news is that the Californian cannabis market is growing rapidly and royalty revenues for FinCanna are just beginning now.

FinCanna’s three royalty companies all show great potential for near term revenues.

  • QVI Inc. has recently acquired its Californian licenses and begun production on a wide range of cannabis infused products such as chocolates, hard candies, gummies, beverages, vapes, pre-rolls and flower packaging. They also produce other edibles, topicals, and tinctures.
  • Cultivation Technologies Inc. (CTI) has a new cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility at New Palm Desert which has also recently commenced production. CTI provides high quality legal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) concentrates for white label manufacturing, toll processing and packaging to hand-selected brands and cultivators in California.
  • ezGreen Compliance has completed an installation of its Point-of-Sale (POS) software with a leading Los Angeles based cannabis dispensary. This is the flagship store of a multi site operator so there is potential for this deal to grow across to a broad network of recreational and medical dispensaries in California. The total addressable market for ezGreen in the U.S. is 13,800+ licensed dispensaries and retailers.

FinCanna royalty company QVI Inc. owns the Galley which is an automated contract manufacturing facility of cannabis infused products in Sonoma, California

Annie Holman CEO and Founder of QVI stated: “We are thrilled to be up and running. Although it has taken longer than anticipated, those hurdles are now behind us. The word is clearly out in the industry about our state-of-the-art facility and our outstanding production team. Our sales funnel is building rapidly from a growing influx of inquiries from interested brands as we continue to move quickly to onboard new customers. We also couldn’t be happier with the ongoing support and commitment from the FinCanna team who continue to be excellent partners.”

Closing remarks

FinCanna continues to go from strength to strength. They are set to benefit from a trifecta of tail winds including California’s rapid legal cannabis industry growth, near term revenue growth from their royalty portfolio, and in the case of QVI an even higher royalty for FinCanna.

It is little wonder FinCanna CEO Andriyko Herchak recently said: “We are very pleased QVI is fully operational, and we continue to see sizeable escalating demand for QVI’s manufacturing services….The additional funds we’re providing will enable QVI to meet its goal of becoming the premier contract manufacturer in California, the largest single market in North America, and the revised royalty agreement creates a strong win-win for QVI and FinCanna.”

I think FinCanna Capital can be a win-win for shareholders if they get in early. FinCanna Capital’s market cap is currently only C$7 million, so investors should not wait too long.




Royalty driven FinCanna on course to capitalize off of their investees in the rapidly growing Californian cannabis market

California is a global leader in the cannabis market. It is rapidly growing and in need of capital to meet surging demand from consumers. California is the largest cannabis market in North America, representing $3.1 billion in licensed cannabis sales in 2019, projected to reach US$7.2 billion by 2024. Cannabis in California has been legal for medical use since 1996 and for recreational use since late 2016.

California accounts for 21% of all global legal cannabis sales

Source

FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI | OTCQB: FNNZF) is a royalty company for the licensed US cannabis industry, with a focus on the emerging California cannabis market. The Company earns its revenue from royalties paid by its investee companies that are calculated based on a percentage of their total revenues. FinCanna currently has three royalty companies advancing in California – QVI Inc., Cultivation Technologies Inc., and ezGreen Compliance.

QVI Inc. receives Californian manufacturing & distribution licences

QVI is a cannabis infused product manufacturer with a state of the art 8,300 square foot facility operating under the name “The Galley”, located in Sonoma, California. Cannabis infused products include edibles, topicals, tinctures, chocolates, hard candies, gummies, beverages, vapes, pre-rolls and flower packaging. Cannabis-infused products are a huge growth area. The U.S. market for cannabis-infused products in 2020 is projected to reach nearly $3 billion, up ~40% over 2019.

The Galley’s immediate goal is to be the premier contract manufacturer in California, the largest single market in North America. The facility is differentiated from other cannabis manufacturers by its automated capabilities to produce virtually all high-value cannabis products under one roof. Its growing customer base will include legacy companies already on dispensary shelves, new entrepreneurs with creative IP, and out-of-state brands looking to enter the California market.

FinCanna receives a tiered corporate royalty, adjusted based on revenues, ranging from 15% to 6% of QVI’s total revenues, with the top royalty rate of 15% on the first US$20 million of annual sales until cumulative royalties to FinCanna of US$10 million are achieved. Additionally, FinCanna will receive a Supplemental Payment, that when coupled with the royalty, will ensure FinCanna receives a minimum of 35% of the annual after-tax net income from QVI.

In April 2020 FinCanna made two significant QVI related announcements:

With these two licences in place QVI stated that “the Galley team expects to be shipping finished products to the market within the next four to six weeks.” This is excellent progress for QVI, and ultimately for FinCanna, as QVI revenues will be ramping up soon.

Cultivation Technologies Inc. (CTI) expands with a new facility

Cultivation Technologies, operating as Coachella Manufacturing is a multifaceted cannabis manufacturing and distribution company.  CTI provides high quality legal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) concentrates for white label manufacturing, toll processing and packaging to hand-selected brands and cultivators in California.

Butane Hash Oil is a cannabis concentrate

Medicinal cannabis use is popular due to its relief of pain and inflammation. Cannabis can also act to relax muscles and is helpful in various muscular disorders. It is often prescribed to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as it can help not just with pain but the nausea that comes with treatment.

Under the fully funded royalty agreement, FinCanna earns a perpetual royalty of 10% of CTI’s consolidated revenues, of which 5% is paid in cash monthly and 5% deferred until certain triggering events, subject to certain buyback options. Additionally, FinCanna will be entitled to 25% to 50% of the sale proceeds of any change of control.

In a March 2020 announcement FinCanna reported:

“CTI commences cannabis extraction and manufacturing at New Palm Desert facility…..The new 5,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility is purposefully designed to maximize workflow efficiencies, optimize productivity and reduce operating costs. Engineered for industrial scale, the facility has approximately over three-times the capacity of CTI’s previous interim facility in Coachella, California, with a new estimated annual capacity of approximately US$35 million.”

ezGreen Compliance

ezGreen offers a state-of-the-art enterprise compliance and point-of-sale software solution (ezGreen) for licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivators. Their target market consists of the 11 states plus Washington DC where cannabis is fully legal, and the 23 additional states where medicinal cannabis is legalized. Upon completion of funding, FinCanna earns a perpetual royalty equal to 10% of consolidated gross revenues of ezGreen, subject to certain buy-back options.

Last year it was announced that ezGreen had completed an installation of its Point-of-Sale (POS) software with a leading Los Angeles based cannabis dispensary. It is a flagship store of a multi site operator that has a broad network of recreational and medical dispensaries located across California in its portfolio.

Note regarding the Refined Resin royalty: The Refined Resin business was not able to raise the additional capital it needed to become operational so FinCanna has written down its investment and is endeavoring to recover their investment from the sale of Refined Resin’s assets.

Closing remarks

FinCanna Capital is basically a royalty play on the rapidly growing Californian cannabis market, plus some broader US potential exposure via ezGreen. Specific areas include cannabis-infused products (via QVI Inc.), cannabis extraction/production facility (via CTI), and point-of-sale software solutions (ezGreen).

FinCanna’s strategy makes a lot of sense as they are targeting the established and high growth cannabis markets in California. FinCanna’s success will ultimately depend on their portfolio company’s performance. Judging by the excellent progress the past three months from QVI (licences achieved, production starting) and CTI (new facility and production commenced) it looks like royalty revenues for FinCanna are now just ramping up.

Given the surging demand within the cannabis sector especially in California, FinCanna stock looks very appealing on a market cap of just C$8.4 million. Marketscreener.com places a Buy Recommendation at C$0.29, representing a 241% upside.