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Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. Announces Acquisition of BlueSky Wellness Inc. in All-Stock Transaction

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: LSDI), the leader in the psychotropic industry, which recently celebrated the acquisition of High Times’ Intellectual Property, the most iconic brand in the cannabis industry, is thrilled to announce an agreement to acquire BlueSky Wellness Inc. and its portfolio of brands. This transaction expands Lucy’s footprint into the growing global wellness category by adding psychotropic products to its capabilities.

BlueSky Wellness is a portfolio of plant-based wellness brands including Keoni, Keoni Sport, Blush Wellness and AMMA Healing. Its e-commerce brands have generated over $20 million in each of its last two years and are well positioned with a collection of products ranging from full-spectrum oils to edible goods that complement High Times’ products and platforms.  

Richard Nanula, CEO of Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc., expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition, stating, “The addition of the BlueSky portfolio and its team allows us to capitalize on revenue opportunities. Coupled with our High Times acquisition, this strategically positions us for substantial near and long-term growth. This acquisition is a testament to our commitment to expand and grow our business, adding revenue that diversifies our company and should deliver significant value to our Lucy Scientific shareholders.”

Upon finalization of this acquisition, the BlueSky team will market Lucy’s MINDFUL brand, as well as a diverse range of psychotropic products for all 3 companies’ brands utilizing its e-commerce platform. Additionally, the IP and brand assets recently acquired from High Times will allow Lucy to reduce customer acquisition costs by cross-marketing brands and products, enhancing user experiences and monetizing the IP including launching into new legal markets. This collaboration marries the expansive reach of Hightimes.com with BlueSky’s expertise in product design, formulation and proficiency in online marketing. 

Under the terms of the agreement, BlueSky’s shareholders will receive 3.5 million shares of Lucy Scientific’s stock, as well as annual earn out payments based on a multiple of annual EBITDA in each of the next five years. Upon closing of the High Times and Blue Sky Wellness transactions, Lucy Scientific expects to have approximately 25 million shares issued and outstanding; and projects the two transactions on a consolidated basis to add a minimum of $30 million of revenue and $10 million of EBITDA for the first twelve month period after closing. Lucy expects to complete the acquisition within 90 days, and will work closely with the BlueSky team during the transition. 

Founder and CEO Fraser Macdougall of BlueSky commented, “This exciting partnership marks a significant step forward in our company’s journey and we are thrilled to work together with both the High Times and Lucy teams to unlock the value of the brands. Through the launch of products in Canada and other countries, as well as other direct to consumer opportunities that exist for us to explore in the US market, the possibilities for growth are abundant.”

BlueSky is led by a team of seasoned CPG executives with experience at Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, SC Johnson, General Mills and Robert Half. They have built and exited a number of successful cannabis, hemp and psychedelic companies over the last decade. BlueSky brings a unique suite of marketing capabilities, brand-building prowess and a highly-skilled team with extensive relationships within the Canadian cannabis and the broader CPG industry. 

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About Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc.

Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: LSDI) is a Nasdaq-listed company with holdings and operations in a variety of psychotropic businesses. The company holds a Controlled Drugs and Substances Dealer’s License granted by Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances. Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, LSDI Manufacturing Inc., operate under Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations promulgated under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). This specialized license authorizes LSDI to develop, sell, deliver, and manufacture pharmaceutical-grade active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in controlled substances and their raw material precursors. With a focus on pioneering innovative therapies for patients in need, Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. is dedicated to advancing the understanding and applications of psychotropic medicines, improving mental health outcomes, and enhancing well-being for individuals worldwide.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations or forecasts of future events. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and include statements regarding, among other things, our projected revenue growth and profitability, our growth strategies and opportunity, anticipated trends in our market and our anticipated needs for working capital. They are generally identifiable by use of the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plans,” “potential,” “projects,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expects,” “management believes,” “we believe,” “we intend” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. In particular, these include statements relating to future actions, prospective products, market acceptance, future performance, results of current and anticipated products, sales efforts, expenses, and the outcome. Most of these factors are outside Lucy’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause actual future events to differ materially from the expected results, include, but are not limited to: (i) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the legality of this consumer product, (ii) inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the opportunity, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of the company to grow and manage growth profitability, (iii) costs related to the production, (iv) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations of the opportunity, as well as identify and realize additional opportunities, (v) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Lucy following the announcement of the new product line, and (vi) other risks and uncertainties indicated in the filings that are made from time to time with the SEC by Lucy (including those under the “Risk Factors” sections therein).

These statements are based on our management’s expectations, beliefs and assumptions concerning future events affecting us, which in turn are based on currently available information. These assumptions could prove inaccurate. Although we believe that the estimates and projections reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, our expectations may prove to be incorrect. 

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CHICAGO, May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Cannabis Testing Market in terms of revenue was estimated to be worth $1.8 billion in 2024 and is poised to reach $4.0 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 17.2% from 2024 to 2029 according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets™.

The important factors impacting market growth are legalization trends and rising medical applications for cannabis. Rising approvals for medical and recreational cannabis drive the regulations requiring product safety testing which in turn fuel the need for cannabis testing services. Additionally, the rise in the number of cannabis testing labs due to legalization is propelling the demand for analytical instruments is likely to uplift market growth in coming years.

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Cannabis Testing Market Scope:

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Market Revenue in 2024

$1.8 billion

Estimated Value by 2029

$4.0 billion

Growth Rate

Poised to grow at a CAGR of 17.2%

Market Size Available for

2022–2029

Forecast Period

2024–2029

Forecast Units

Value (USD Billion)

Report Coverage

Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends

Segments Covered

By Product & Software, By Service & By End User

Geographies Covered

North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa

Report Highlights

Updated financial information / product portfolio of players

Key Market Opportunities

Untapped markets in emerging economies

Key Market Drivers

Increasing legalization of medical and recreational cannabis

Products segment held the highest estimated share of the cannabis testing market.

Based on product & software, the cannabis testing market is segmented into products (analytical instruments {chromatography instruments [liquid chromatography, gas chromatography & other chromatography instruments], spectroscopy instruments [mass spectrometry instruments & atomic spectroscopy instruments] & other analytical instruments} and consumables {chromatography columns, standards and CRMS, sample preparation products and other consumables) and software. The product segment accounted for the largest share of the cannabis testing market in 2023. Market growth is driven by technological advancements providing sophisticated tools for precise analysis, ensuring compliance and quality control, and the expanding legalization of cannabis products. Additionally, increasing requirements for potency labeling and pesticide screening fuel the demand for specialized consumables, further propelling growth in the cannabis testing market. For example, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. launched the Thermo Scientific SureSTART consumables portfolio consisting of vials, well plates, caps, inserts, kits, and mats to improve analytical performance and sample security for chromatography and mass spectrometry users in routine and research labs in clinical, food, pharma, biopharma, environmental, and academic sectors.

High growth of services segment attributed to potency testing services.

Based on service, the cannabis testing market is broadly segmented into terpene profiling, microbial analysis, residual solvent analysis, potency testing, heavy metal testing, pesticide screening, and other services. In 2023, potency testing accounted for the largest share of the cannabis testing services market. The high growth of this segment is due to stringent regulatory requirements ensuring accurate THC and CBD levels. This is crucial for product labeling, consumer safety, and compliance, driving demand from producers and dispensaries seeking to meet legal standards and provide reliable, high-quality products.

Services take away the largest estimated share of the end-user segment.

Based on end users, the cannabis testing market is classified into segmented into product & software end users (cannabis testing laboratories {small-scale laboratories, medium-scale laboratories, large-scale laboratories} and research institutes) and service end users (cannabis drug manufacturers & dispensaries, cannabis cultivators/growers). In 2023, the service end users’ segment was predicted to account for the highest share of the global cannabis testing market. The large share of this end user segment is due to the rising consumer awareness of quality and safety, rising legalization of cannabis, stringent regulatory standards, and technological advancements in cannabis testing.

During the forecast period, North America displayed lucrative market growth.

North America accounted for the largest share of 65.5% of the cannabis testing market in 2023. The North American market is projected to reach a value of USD 2.6 billion by 2029 from an estimated value of USD 1.2 million in 2024, at a CAGR of 17.3% during the forecast period. The region leads the cannabis testing market due to stringent regulatory standards, robust infrastructure, and widespread legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. Additionally, North America’s advanced R&D capabilities and evolving consumer demand for quality assurance drive its prominence in this growing sector.

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Cannabis Testing Market Dynamics:

Drivers:

  1. Increasing legalization of medical and recreational cannabis
  2. Increasing use of cannabis for medicinal applications
  3. Technological advancements in testing technologies

Restraints:

  1. Lack of standardization
  2. Investment risks due to regularization

Opportunities:

  1. Untapped markets in emerging economies
  2. Research collaborations

Challenge:

  1. High setup costs

Key Market Players of Cannabis Testing Industry:

The global cannabis testing market comprises many key market players competing for markets shares like Agilent Technologies, Inc. (US), Shimadzu Corporation (Japan), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (US), Danaher Corporation (US), Waters Corporation (US), Restek Corporation (US), SGS SA (Switzerland), Merck KGaA (Germany), PerkinElmer, Inc. (US), Hamilton Company (US), Sigma Analytical Services (Canada), SC Labs (US), PharmLabs LLC (US), MCS, Inc. (US), ProVerde Laboratories (US), and Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg).

The primary interviews conducted for this report can be categorized as follows:

  • By Respondent: Supply Side- 70%, and Demand Side – 30%
  • By Designation (Supply Side): Managers – 45%, CXOs & Directors – 30%, Executives- 25%
  • By Region: North America -40%, Europe -25%, Asia-Pacific -20%, Latin America -10%, MEA- 5%

Recent Developments:

  • In September 2023, Shimadzu Corporation launched the Brevis GC-2050 gas chromatograph used in various applications including cannabis testing.
  • In April 2023, SC Labs, one of the leading cannabis testing companies, acquired C4 Laboratories, one of the first Arizona cannabis labs, thus allowing it to be licensed and accredited in five states: California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Arizona.
  • In June 2022, Shimadzu Corporation launched the AA-7800 series atomic absorption spectrophotometers. The AA-7800 series is used for quality control in the raw material, food, and for inspecting water quality and hazardous substances in soil thus presenting an advantage in heavy metal testing of cannabis.

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Cannabis Testing Market – Key Benefits of Buying the Report:

The report will help market leaders/new entrants by providing them with the closest approximations of the revenue numbers for the overall cannabis testing market and its subsegments. It will also help stakeholders better understand the competitive landscape and gain more insights to better position their business and make suitable go-to-market strategies. This report will enable stakeholders to understand the market’s pulse and provide them with information on the key market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges.

The report provides insights on the following pointers: 

  • Analysis of key drivers (increasing legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, increasing use of cannabis for medicinal applications and technological advancements in testing technologies), restraints (lack of standardization and investment risks due to regularization), opportunities (untapped markets in emerging economies and research collaborations) and challenges (high setup costs) are influencing the growth of cannabis testing market.
  • Product Development/Innovation: Detailed insights on newly launched products of the cannabis testing market.
  • Market Development: Comprehensive information about lucrative markets – the report analyses the cannabis testing market across varied regions.
  • Market Diversification: Exhaustive information about new products, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments in the cannabis testing market.
  • Competitive Assessment: In-depth assessment of market shares, growth strategies, and product offerings of leading players include Agilent Technologies, Inc. (US), Shimadzu Corporation (Japan), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (US), Danaher Corporation (US), Waters Corporation (US), Restek Corporation (US), SGS SA (Switzerland), Merck KGaA (Germany), PerkinElmer, Inc. (US), Hamilton Company (US), Sigma Analytical Services (Canada), SC Labs (US), PharmLabs LLC (US), MCS, Inc. (US), ProVerde Laboratories (US), and Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg) among others in the cannabis testing market.

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