3 Important Things That Happened in the Cannabis Sector This Week

Stephen L Kanaval  |

The cannabis sector was a mixed bag this week with some solid and inspiring financial reports and some disappointing returns. Here is a review of those below.

1. Greenlane Holdings' Q1 Sales Increase 15%

Over the last 5 days the stock is up more than 15% and Greenlane's  (GNLN) financials are the catalyst for this increase. We covered their IPO and if readers are not familiar, Greelane was founded in 2005 and has built out a national footprint with 6 distribution centers (with 5,000 SKUs from more than 140 suppliers), more than 50 partnerships with big name cannabis brands and consumer reach that exceeds the 10 million mark.

"We have a diverse base of more than 6,600 B2B customers. While we distribute our products to a growing number of large national and regional retailers in Canada, our typical B2B customer is an independent retailer operating in a single market."

The company's recent reported revenue is $49.9 million, an increase of 15.3%, compared to $43.3 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 was $9.0 million, or 18.0% of revenue, compared to $9.1 million, or 20.9% of revenue, for the same period in 2018.

"We are very pleased to report our first quarterly financial results as a publicly traded company and are off to a strong start to fiscal 2019,” stated Aaron LoCascio, Greenlane’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We generated 15.3% revenue growth in the first quarter, which is particularly impressive given our very strong revenue numbers in the same period last year. Our top selling products continue to generate strong sales momentum and we have seen a robust response to our introduction of hemp-derived CBD products in late February. We are continuing to expand our hemp-derived CBD offerings and see considerable opportunity in this on-trend and growing category. In April, we enhanced our e-commerce capabilities with the launch of Vapor.com, which will leverage traffic from our existing sites. We believe Vapor.com will become the leading e-commerce platform in the industry.”

2. Cronos Group Disappoints

Cronos Group's  (CRON) stock tumbled 8%, after the company reported first-quarter earnings. The company disappointed investors with a small profit of $427,812 ($317,380), or 48 cents a share, that comes after a loss of C$1,085, or 1 cent a share, in the year-earlier period (all numbers in Canadian dollar). CRON's revenues rose to $6.470 million from $2.945 million a year ago. The FactSet consensus of six analysts was for a loss per share of 3 cents and revenue of $6.390 million. On the cultivation side, CRON sold 1,111 kilos of cannabis in the quarter, up from 501 kilos in the year-earlier period.

One reason to be optimistic on Cronos is due to the closing of their strategic partnership and investment with Altria totaling $2.4 billion.

"Altria also has significant expertise that can serve as the foundation for Cannabis vape products as well as considerable experience with large scale manufacturing automation, pre-rolls technology and supply chain management," Mike Gorenstein, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer "Like Altria, we believe that the best way to create value to the supply chain is by working with contract farmers and not being farmers ourselves. This belief is why we are working to expand our production footprint globally by setting up co-manufacturing with agricultural partners and we believe in the future, Altria can be helpful in these efforts given its own agricultural relationships."

Besides this deal, which gives them a lot of runway financially, the company's sales are still on the rise and growing capacity is advancing on schedule. It seems a little premature for investors to panic.

3. Halo Labs Reports Record Revenues

Extraction specialist, Halo Labs  (AGEEF), saw revenues for Q1 hit $8,718,503, which happens to be a 302% year on year increase. A solid portion of this increase comes from ANM, Inc.'s 32% increase in revenues as the facility in Oregon produced 296,137 grams of oil.

The company has also rolled out its new DabTab™ line, which should further increase sales especially in California, where Halo sees strong sales growth ahead as they just recently launched their 2nd Cathedral City location, which will increase production in the state.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AGEEF Halo Labs Inc 0.42 -0.01 -1.95 412,375
CRON Cronos Group Inc. 15.44 -0.92 -5.62 5,706,018 Trade
GNLN Greenlane Holdings Inc. 13.91 -0.11 -0.78 223,888 Trade

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