Canadian Cannabis Producer CannTrust Raises $25.2mm in Private Placement

CannTrust Holdings, the parent of Canadian licensed producer CannTrust, has filed a preliminary prospectus detailing its offering of 12.5841mm Special Warrants at $2 per warrant, for $25.2mm in gross proceeds. The securities were issued in February, with Bloom Burton Securities acting as placement agent for 9.9065mm warrants and the balance sold concurrently by the company. The securities will be redeemed for common shares either after February 16, 2018 or earlier if the shares are approved for listing on a recognized exchange. The company last raised capital in December at $1.30 per share, selling 3.4mm shares.

The prospectus provides a lot of information not previously available about the company, which operates a 40K sq. ft. facility in Vaughan, Ontario with potential annual capacity of 2.5mm grams. At present, it is authorized by Health Canada to produce 2.3mm grams of dried flower and 2000 kg of cannabis oils. CannTrust, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Elmcliffe Investments, acquired a greenhouse facility in Fenwick, Ontario in March for $7.5mm. The company expects to invest an additional $18mm initially into the Phase 1 development and construction.

CannTrust reported 2016 sales of $4.382mm, with an operating loss of $1.557mm. In Q1, it generated sales of $3.033mm with an operating profit of $1.295mm as the company benefitted from a shift in mix from dried flower to oils. The Q1 sales place CannTrust among the top LPs in terms of revenue. The company ended Q1 with total assets of $44.03mm and shareholder’s equity of $37.9mm.

As of April 30th, the company had 71.39mm shares outstanding as well as $3mm in convertible debentures ($1.10 per share), 1.565mm in options($2.00 per share), 2.65mm in warrants ($1.10-1.30) and 12.584mm Special warrants (along with 594K agent’s warrants issued to Bloom Burton). Adding this all up, there are 91.55mm fully-diluted shares, suggesting a valuation of $183mm at the $2.00 special warrant price.

CannTrust Holdings, which employs 90 as of April 30th, also owns 50% of Cannabis Coffee & Tea Pod Company, a JV with Club Coffee, L.P. The companies have received a patent with respect to single-serve containers for use in brewing a cannabis-based beverage and have licensed the I.P. to Lighthouse Strategies for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. According to the company, “BrewBudz™ is a U.S. patented unit dose pod formulation allowing the administration of cannabis using single-serve brewing pods for use in Keurig, Nespresso, and Tassimo type brewers.”

Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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