Searching for the Next Super Nova

June 17, 2019 08:00:30

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Skepticism has been squashed and all apprehension eliminated. There’s no longer any question about either the viability or the profitability of the newly respected cannabis sector. Huge money has already been made in the nascent industry, and the only real question left is: where’s the next super nova?

Quarter-over-quarter sales growth is one of the indicators used to target explosive upside potential. Similar growth patterns were exhibited by many of the cannabis behemoths prior to parabolic price increases. In what may be an equally telling indicator, Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) (WLDFF Profile) revenues have now increased 11 consecutive quarters, quarter on quarter, ever since the company started selling its hemp-based CBD products. Similar quarterly sales spikes and strategic acquisitions foreshadowed dramatic price increases in some of the largest names in the cannabis universe. Last October Medmen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) soared 60% in one week when the company announced a deal to buy PharmCann. Florida-based Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (OTC: TCNNF) (CSE: TRUL) went public last September through a reverse merger in Canada and soared 200% after a strong 2018 Q2. Already up big on Canadian exchanges, Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) became the first pure-play marijuana stock to list on NASDAQ around $7 and just bounced off $23 a share. Last year, Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) became the first cannabis company to IPO on the NASDAQ at $17 per share and by September skyrocketed to $300. Despite price surges and fluctuations in the big cannabis names, there’s bound to be more money made in the sector; the run is far from over.

  • Cannabis run is far from over, new winners emerging
  • Branding, marketing and retail reach signals of success
  • Quarter-over-quarter revenue increase helps identify future potential

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Good Times Have Just Begun

Legal cannabis is a recent global phenomenon, and the emergent market appears to be nowhere near reaching its potential. The worldwide legal marijuana market, valued at just $9.3 billion in 2016, is expected to blow past $146 billion within the next six years.

According to a United Nations report, cannabis is the most widely consumed drug on the planet. Approximately 270 million global consumers use cannabis, equivalent to about 4% of the world’s population and a mere pittance in market penetration. As marijuana muscles into the mainstream, usage among all age groups is on the upswing. However, among the most coveted 18-to-34-year-old demographic, there’s an explosion of acceptance as they mature in a world where cannabis is common.

Millennials are about three times and Gen Z about four times more likely to use cannabis than aging Boomers. Forward-leaning cannabis companies are full throttle in product and brand development to corral this coveted demographic and capture market share, now and for decades to come. As public perceptions change and legalization expands, the number of users is certain to skyrocket in an essentially untapped market. A global transition is underway, and the good times for cannabis have just begun. Growth trajectory is virtually vertical, presenting a once-in-a-generation investment opportunity.

Retail Reach

Founded in 2012 as a private company, Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) went public in 2014 and has been on a tear ever since. Wildflower is an integrated health-and-wellness company creating distinct brands that incorporate the synergistic effects of plants and their extracts. The company’s latest quarterly sales set records, up 78% over the previous quarter, validating corporate strategy, the popularity of its products, and the continued expansion of market share. Intent on supercharging revenue and earnings even further, Wildflower is about to finalize the acquisition of a preeminent cannabis retailer in Vancouver that also owns multiple cannabis licenses.

Wildflower’s latest press release is further evidence of the company’s rapid growth and global reach. The company reported third-quarter sales were up by 78% over the second quarter, the 11th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, since Wildflower Brands began selling products. On top of these stellar results the company is further expanding its retail footprint and product distribution with the accretive acquisition of Vancouver-based City Cannabis Corp.

City Cannabis is a premier cannabis retailer holding two of the three City of Vancouver licenses to sell cannabis and os the only company with multiple licenses in British Columbia. With margins of 50%, City Cannabis had revenues of $1.8 million for the reporting period that began with the opening of its two stores in early January. The combined quarterly revenues of Wildflower Brands and City Cannabis equates to an impressive $4.3 million. Wildflower expects to close on the City Cannabis deal before the end of June, and the acquisition will immediately be accretive to Wildflower’s earnings upon closing.

Bringing City Cannabis and Wildflower together will result in revenue operations in three U.S. states and two Canadian provinces with a combined North American target market of more than 75 million people. The positive net income generated by City Cannabis comes from just two operating properties, even though the company holds an additional seven leases at various stages of permitting approvals.

Commenting on the financials, Wildflower CEO William MacLean stated, “We are pleased with the financial results of both Wildflower and City Cannabis. Sales through every Wildflower distribution channel are up, and sales at City’s licensed retail outlets continue to grow month over month. The positive net income is particularly impressive with City Cannabis carrying a total of nine leases, which are at various stages of the permitting process.”

Grow, Grow, Grow

Already an established presence in California, Wildflower owns 14 cannabis licenses for recreational and medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail distribution and delivery. The company’s expansion into Canada with the acquisition of City Cannabis bolsters Wildflower’s global growth strategy, which is includes strategic distribution deals already in place in the European Union and South Africa. In addition to capturing revenues from retail operations, the City acquisition gives Wildflower another channel to market its enormously popular products and launch into the over-the-counter market with its CBD formulations and accessories.

Wildflower continues to capture ever-greater market share with innovation, retail expansion and a growing family of popular brands. The company’s strategic partnerships, acquisitions and organic growth are all bolstered by its marketing genius to lock in more loyal consumers. Grabbing national and celebrity attention, Wildflower used ingenious product placement during the 2019 Oscars by including its CBD+ Healing Stick in each of the gift bags of the stars.

The company has also employed an innovative pop-up store approach in SoHo, New York, to introduce Wildflower Wellness products. Wildflower identified a compatible high-profile retail venue and struck a deal with the outlet, then marketed its products in the upscale establishment for a limited time period, raising market uptake and visibility.

Big Names

Medmen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) is a cannabis retailer with operations across the United States and flagship stores in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. Company objectives are to capitalize on first-mover advantage by opening stores in top markets and building brand awareness and customer acquisition. The company is also intent on expanding retail footprint and creating an omnichannel consumer experience.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTC: TCNNF) (CSE: TRUL) is a vertically integrated, seed-to-sale company and is the first and largest fully licensed medical-cannabis company in Florida. Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the state, as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also operates in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) is a global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. The company is committed to responsibly elevate the consumer experience and is building an iconic brand portfolio.

Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) is a global pioneer in the research, cultivation, production and distribution of cannabis and cannabinoids. The company currently serves tens of thousands of patients and consumers in 12 countries spanning 5 continents. Tilray was the first licensed producer of medical cannabis in the world to have its facility Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified in accordance with European Medicine Agency (EMA) standards.

The cannabis markets have already produced some amazing profits, but all indications are the industry is only at the beginning of an amazing ascent. There’s little doubt that a plethora of new winners will be created in the burgeoning sector. When searching for the next super nova, Wildflower Brands is certainly one to watch.

For more information on Wildflower Brands, visit Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF)

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