KITCHENER, Ontario, Feb. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation (TSX VENTURE: JWCA; OTCQX: JWCAF), a premium cannabis brand focused on producing clean, consistent cannabis grown using its advanced and proprietary GrowthSTORM™ aeroponic platform, reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2019. Dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars.
Fiscal Q1 2020 Corporate HighlightsReceived licensing amendment from Health Canada to double JWC2’s licensed production capacity to 44,500 square feet, which would be an annualized production capacity of more than 9,000 kilos of dried cannabis.Average yield per plant increased to 262 grams in the first quarter of 2020, versus the average yield of 210 in the same year-ago period.Launched plans to open a 2,000 square farm gate retail store adjoining the company’s JWC2 flagship facility, representing a new direct-to-consumer sales channel for the company. The store is anticipated to be the Waterloo region’s first retail cannabis store located on a licensed cultivation site, and will serve the area’s 500,000 inhabitants. In January, the company submitted a cannabis retail operator license application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.Received a license amendment from Health Canada for the sale and production of cannabis extracts, edibles and topicals at the company’s JWC1 facility, allowing JWC to add kief, rosins, and pre-rolls in various quantity formats to its product portfolio. Introduced four new cannabis strains grown using the company’s advanced GrowthSTORM™ aeroponic platform: King Tut, Dark Helmet, West Coast Sour Diesel, and Hash Plant.Engaged Kindred Partners to serve as the exclusive broker for JWC adult-use cannabis products in Canada.Entered a supply and manufacturing agreement with CannaCure Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heritage Cannabis Holdings, whereby CannaCure formulates and fills JWC’s vape cartridges, for both recreational and medical cannabis markets.Began collaboration and research trial with Fluence Bioengineering for the performance testing of Fluence’s VYPR 2p Broad Spectrum LED lighting solution. The trial will assess if the lighting solution can further improve JWC’s already high level of energy efficiency and help to further optimize cultivation performance.Financial HighlightsRevenues totaled $264,000 in fiscal Q1 2020, down 74% sequentially from $1,025,000 in fiscal Q4 2019, and compared to $550,000 in fiscal Q1 2019. The decline in revenue was due primarily to management’s response to market conditions and the strategic decision to defer sales to the second quarter to maximize the revenue potential and gross margin of produced goods. This decision was reflected in Unrealized Fair Value on Finished Goods in the amount of $2.4 million, as compared to none at the end of the previous quarter.Loss and comprehensive loss for fiscal Q1 reduced 48% to $1.2 million or $(0.01) per share.Gross margin totaled $1.8 million, compared to $3,000 in in the same year-ago quarter.Operating expenses in fiscal Q1 2020 were $2.5 million, a 46% decrease from fiscal Q4 2019, and a 5% increase from fiscal Q1 2019.Received private placement equity funding of approximately $1 million.Secured a $4 million loan facility available in two tranches, with $2,850,000 received during the first quarter and the remaining portion received in the subsequent quarter. Obtained convertible security funding for up to $10 million available in two tranches, with $2 million drawn in the subsequent quarter and the remainder available subject to mutual agreement with the lender. Management Commentary“During our first fiscal quarter of 2020 we made tremendous strides in many areas of our business designed to better position JWC for success in the new year. We focused our efforts on deriving the maximum value from all available resources and avenues, including our biological assets, branded products, key partnerships, proprietary technologies and newly established sales channels.“Our financial results for the quarter demonstrated that despite our strengthening platform, we were not immune to the challenges of an industry that is still evolving and striving for balance. While revenue declined substantially, this was largely purposeful, reflecting what we see as temporary conditions that are now set to pivot and launch in the opposite direction in the current quarter.“During fiscal Q1, we implemented a strategic response to the market. A combination of number of factors, primarily oversupply and the lack of legal sales outlets continued to drive the illicit market. As a result, our wholesale partners were unable to buy our products at historical prices, driving gross margins into the negative territory. So, we made the strategic decision to hold back on sales and preserve our biological assets until the oversupply subsided and the recreational market opened.“Our ability to attract various sources of capital even in this challenging environment demonstrated our strong value proposition and gave us the flexibility to pursue our strategy. We dedicated our resources to the development of our Cannabis 2.0 products, positioning ourselves to capture the anticipated growth in the recreational market in the current quarter. This has also included the formation of a variety of new partnerships and obtaining key regulatory approvals.“Experts are now predicting a three times growth in industry-wide sales in 2020, as the number of retail stores steadily increase as a result of eased regulations and the oversupply subsides. We expect this to support the sale of significant volumes of our products in Q2 and beyond.“Our primary focus will remain on becoming a highly successful cultivator and seller of clean, consistent cannabis. Our financial outlook is unchanged for fiscal Q2 and Q3, as we reiterate below. Combined with our industry-leading yields and lower cost of production due to our unique GrowthSTORM™ system, we believe we can achieve and sustain highly favorable margins and strong growth over the long term.”For the first quarter of fiscal 2020, revenues totaled a $264,000, decreasing 74% from $1,025,000 in the previous fiscal quarter, and by 52% from $550,000 in the same year-ago quarter.General and administrative costs increased to $2.1 million sequentially, and remained equal marginally at $2.1 million compared to the same year-ago period. Increases in salary and wages expense to $1.0 million in first quarter of fiscal 2020 from $622,000 in the same year-ago quarter was offset by the elimination of in rent expense due to the adoption of IFRS 16. Under IFRS 16, leases and rent expenses are no longer included in the income statement, but instead as a reduction to lease liabilities in the statement of financial position.Operating expense totaled $2.5 million, increasing 46% from $1.7 million in the previous quarter, and up 5% from the same year-ago quarter. Excluding two one-time items in Q4 2019 (the transfer of year to date production expense to inventory and the receipt of scientific research and experimental development (“SRED”) tax credit), operating expense decreased 4% from the previous quarter. The increase from the prior year is consistent with the company’s plans for facility expansion, including increasing employee headcount and preparations for the new farm-gate retail store.Biological assets totaled $3.6 million at the end of the first quarter 2020, compared to $2.9 million at the end of the previous quarter and $1.5 million at the end of the year-ago quarter.Net and comprehensive loss was $1.2 million or $(0.01) per share in fiscal Q1 2020, compared to $3.1 million or $(0.03) per share in the previous fiscal quarter and $2.3 million or $(0.03) per share in fiscal Q1 2019.Cash and equivalents at December 31, 2019 totaled $321,000 compared to $1.3 million at September 30, 2019 and $2.9 million at December 31, 2018. The decrease in cash is attributable to cash used in operations and the reduction in accounts payable.The company raised $1 million in equity and borrowed $2.85 million in the fiscal first quarter. Subsequent to the quarter, it raised an additional $3.3 million in equity financing and convertible securities, and borrowed another $1.15 million. The company has the option, upon mutual agreement with the lender, to secure an additional $8 million in operating capital through existing funding vehicles, in addition to other means. The company believes it will sustain sufficient liquidity to meet its financial commitments and for its growth objectives to be achieved.OutlookInventories totaled approximately 1,199 kg of dried cannabis and 102 liters of formulated oil at the end of fiscal Q1 2020. These products are planned for sale in the second and third quarter of fiscal 2020.The company plans to begin selling cannabis products through recreational channels before the end of fiscal Q2 2020.In fiscal Q2 2020, the company expects to be revenue positive (cash flow positive), along with generating positive net and comprehensive income. By Q3 2020, it expects revenue growth to drive strong gross margins, positive cash flow, and net and comprehensive income.Additional InformationAdditional details of the Company’s financial results are available in the financial statements and the management’s discussion and analysis as filed under JWC’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and available on the Company’s website at www.jwc.ca.Conference CallOn February 21, 2020, the Company will host a conference call to discuss these results, followed by a question and answer period, as specified below:Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern time (12:00 p.m. Pacific time)
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International dial-in number: +1 (201) 493-6784
Conference ID: 13698939The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay here. Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact CMA at +1 (949) 432-7566.A telephone replay of the call will be available from 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day until March 6, 2020:Toll-free replay number: +1 (844) 512-2921
International replay number: +1 (412) 317-6671
Replay ID: 13698939About James E. Wagner Cultivation CorporationJames E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary is a Licensed Producer under the Cannabis Regulations, formerly the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”). JWC is a premium cannabis brand, focusing on producing clean, consistent cannabis using an advanced and proprietary aeroponic platform named GrowthSTORM™. JWC began as a collective of patients and growers under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (the precursor to ACMPR). Since its inception, JWC has remained focused on providing the best possible patient experience. JWC is a family-founded company with deep roots planted in the local community. JWC’s operations are based in Kitchener, Ontario. Learn more at www.jwc.ca.Notice Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements including forward-looking information for purposes of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) about JWC and its business and operations which include, among other things, statements regarding increased production capacity at JWC’s facilities, the financial impact of additional licenced flowering space at JWC’s facilities, increased yield of cannabis flower, the availability of debt financing, sales of cannabis in the recreational market, increasing customer demand, the financial growth of JWC, management’s expectation of JWC achieving break-even, turning net and comprehensive income positive and turning revenue positive and the timing for the achievement of such milestones. The forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of such words as “will”, “expected”, “approximately”, “may”, “could”, “would” or similar words and phrases. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those implied in the forward-looking statements. For example, risks include risks regarding the cannabis industry, economic factors, the equity markets generally, building permit related risks and risks associated with growth and competition as well as the risks identified in JWC’s Annual Information Form dated April 3, 2019, available under the JWC’s profile at www.sedar.com. Although JWC has attempted to identify important factors that could result in actual actions, unanticipated events may cause results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, and there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on current assumptions which management believes to be reasonable. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Company Contact
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Innocan’s Over-The-Counter Pain Relief Spray Receives FDA’s Technical Validation for Marketing in the USA
Herzliya, Israel and Calgary, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – July 13, 2020) – Innocan Pharma Corporation (CSE: INNO) (FSE: IP4) (the “Company” or “Innocan“), is pleased to announce that it has received notice from the FDA that Innocan’s over-the-counter Relief & Go Pain Relief spray product has successfully received technical validation and approval to commence marketing in the USA. Innocan’s pain relief formulation contains a combination of Magnesium oil, Methyl salicylate, Menthol and CBD. The Relief & GO Pain Relief spray is designed to target pain-related muscle and provide relief for joint pain. The unique formulation is administered with a simple dose of spray, roll-on or lotion.
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“We are excited to receive the approval from the FDA to market our flagship pain relief product in the USA” Iris Bincovich, co-founder and CEO of Innocan states and she continues: “This represents the Company’s ability to develop and practice breakthrough technologies to create new CBD based products for the growing pain relief market.”
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine chronic pain affects approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide, and research by Prescient & Strategic Intelligence reported that “Chronic Pain Treatment Market to Reach US $105.9 Billion by 2024”.
The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Innocan Pharma Ltd. (“Innocan Pharma Israel”), is a pharmaceutical tech company that focuses on the development of several drug delivery platforms combining cannabidiol (“CBD”). InnoCan and Ramot at Tel Aviv University are collaborating on a new, revolutionary exosome-based technology that targets both central nervous system (CNS) indications and the Covid-19 Corona Virus. CBD-Loaded Exosomes hold the potential to provide a highly synergistic effect of anti-inflammatory properties and help in the recovery of infected lung cells. This product, which is expected to be administrated by inhalation, will be tested against a variety of lung infections.
The Company signed on a worldwide exclusive license agreement with Yissum, the commercial arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop CBD drug delivery platform based on a unique-controlled release Liposome to be administrated by Injection. The company plans, together with Prof. Berenholtz, Head of the Laboratory of Membrane and Liposome Research of the Hebrew University to test the Liposome platform on several potential indications. The company is also working on a dermal product integrating CBD with other pharmaceutical ingredients as well as the development and sale of CBD-integrated pharmaceuticals, including, but not limited to, topical treatments for relief of psoriasis symptoms as well as the treatment of muscle pain and rheumatic pain. The founders and officers of InnoCan have commercially successful track records in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors in Israel and globally.
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Certain information set forth in this news release, including, without limitation, the effectiveness and safety of the Company’s products, , information regarding the markets, requisite regulatory approvals and the anticipated timing for market entry, is forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond InnoCan’s control. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by InnoCan, including expectations and assumptions concerning the anticipated benefits of the products, satisfaction of regulatory requirements in various jurisdictions and satisfactory completion of requisite production and distribution arrangements. Forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or expectations expressed in this news release. The key risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: general global and local (national) economic, market and business conditions; governmental and regulatory requirements and actions by governmental authorities; and relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, customers, business partners and competitors. There are also risks that are inherent in the nature of product distribution, including import / export matters and the failure to obtain any required regulatory and other approvals (or to do so in a timely manner) and availability in each market of product inputs and finished products. The anticipated timeline for entry to markets may change for a number of reasons, including the inability to secure necessary regulatory requirements, or the need for additional time to conclude and/or satisfy the manufacturing and distribution arrangements. As a result of the foregoing, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information contained in this news release concerning the timing of launch of product distribution. A comprehensive discussion of other risks that impact InnoCan can also be found in InnoCan’s public reports and filings which are available under InnoCan’s profile at www.sedar.com.
Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information. InnoCan Pharma does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.
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TransCanna Receives State-Wide Operating License
Now owns largest known fully licensed cannabis facilities in California
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 11, 2020) – TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FSE: XETR) (“TransCanna” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lyfted Farms, Inc. (“Lyfted”), was successfully granted a Type 11 ‘Distributor’ license by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control for its 196,000 square foot Daly Avenue Facility.
This long-anticipated milestone marks the completion of all state and local licenses required for the Company to begin operations at its flagship cannabis processing facility in Modesto, California.
This state-wide license represents Lyfted’s most major milestone to date in meeting the distribution and production capabilities needed to meet the escalating demand for its products in the world’s largest cannabis market. The license was granted after three levels of approvals were achieved at the county and state level and will allow for the commencement of packaging, transport, wholesale, pre-roll assembly, labeling, testing, contract packaging (white-labeling), and of course distribution of cannabis products to all licensed retailers across the state.
“This is the most exciting development in our history and what everyone has been working towards,” says Bob Blink, TransCanna CEO. “Being granted a license at the state level is a long, costly, and complex process, and one that requires navigating and understanding a complex regulatory process. It’s a significant barrier to entry for most companies, so this marks a huge turning point for us. We are delighted to have achieved our biggest goal to date and excited to be able to better serve the demands of the California cannabis market.”
The Company is currently completing upgrades to the flagship Daly Facility. Commercial cannabis activities are expected to commence at Daly August 2020, via the deployment of a 16,000 square foot cannabis distribution center (Phase 1). To date, Lyfted has been able to process in excess of $1M USD/month in wholesale cannabis transactions out of a distribution space of 1,000 square feet from its Jerusalem Court facility. These upgrades will mean the Company now has 16,000 square feet of distribution space at its disposal as of August 2020.
“This exponential increase in capacity is incredibly exciting for investors,” says Blink, adding the Company has been focused on building out its wholesale and distribution business while awaiting its final license. “Having processed a million dollars’ worth of product out of a single one-thousand square foot facility, we are anticipating significant growth now that our 196,000 square foot operation is online.”
Lyfted anticipates hiring up to 250 full-time employees at the flagship site with a strong focus placed on social equity and a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities it serves and operates in.
About TransCanna Holdings Inc.
TransCanna Holdings Inc. is a California based, Canadian listed company building cannabis-focused brands for the California lifestyle, through its wholly-owned California subsidiaries.
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This release includes certain statements and information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws or forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect the expectations or beliefs regarding future events of management of the Company. Generally, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “intends” or “anticipates”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would” or “occur”. This information and these statements, referred to herein as “forward‐looking statements”, are not historical facts, are made as of the date of this news release and include without limitation estimates and forecasts and statements as to management’s expectations for growth and the commencement of operations of the Company’s Daly facility.
The forward-looking information in this press release is based upon certain assumptions that management considers reasonable in the circumstances, including that operations will commence at the Company’s Daly facility in Modesto, California, as and when expected.
These forward‐looking statements involve numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, events or developments to be materially from any future results, events or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties associated with the forward-looking information in this news release include, among others, dependence on obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals, including state, local or other licenses and any inability to obtain all necessary governmental approvals licenses and permits to complete upgrades to its Daly facility in a timely manner; engaging in activities which currently are illegal under U.S. federal law and the uncertainty of existing protection from U.S. federal or other prosecution; regulatory or political change such as changes in applicable laws and regulations, including U.S. state-law legalization, particularly in California, due to inconsistent public opinion, perception of the medical-use and adult-use marijuana industry, bureaucratic delays or inefficiencies or any other reasons; any other factors or developments which may hinder market growth;; reliance on management; and the effect of capital market conditions and other factors (including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic) on capital availability; competition, including from more established or better financed competitors; and the need to secure and maintain corporate alliances and partnerships, including with customers and suppliers.
Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, forward-looking information or financial out-look, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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PURA Cannabis Cultivation Spinoff and Dividend Breaking News Update
Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) now has the following update to the press release published this morning about the management buyout of a separate public company that will in turn purchase PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff in exchange for common stock scheduled to close today. The management buyout has been executed by all parties. The purchase is scheduled to be funded on Monday. The management/owner team plans to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (the formal announcement was previously expected on Monday, but to ensure funding is complete first, the announcement is now scheduled for the next day).
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The common stock issued in exchange for the PURA spinoff is intended to be issued to PURA shareholders in a dividend distribution.
NCM Biotech, a subsidiary of Kali-Extracts (OTC Pink: KALY) will also be acquired and merged with PURA’s cannabis spinoff.
The management team purchasing control of the target public company is expected to confirm the planned acquisitions of PURA’s cannabis cultivation company and KALY’s NCM Biotech in the announcement now scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
PURA’s cannabis cultivation operation is thriving. The operation has recently purchased and relocated to a new property from its former leased property. Texas lawmakers have recently implemented hemp friendly farming regulations and in so doing, universities within the State of Texas have initiated hemp farming research programs. PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff has initiated a number of joint research applications with Texas universities.
NCM Biotech is focused on medical research and the development of treatments derived from its patented cannabis extraction process. See a recent research report on CBD extracts derived from NCM Biotech’s patented extraction process: Journal of Cannabis Research.
For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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