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/R E P E A T — SOL Global Announces Proposed Change of Business to U.S. Cannabis MSO, Rebranding to Bluma Wellness Inc./

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SOL Global Investments Corp. (“SOL Global” or the “Company“) (CSE:SOL (OTCPK:SOLCF) ) (Frankfurt:9SB), is pleased to announce today a proposed change of business of SOL Global from an international cannabis investment company to a U.S. multi-state cannabis operator (“MSO“) under the Life Sciences category of the Canadian Securities Exchange. They have also announced a change in the call-in number of its previously announced conference call to discuss corporate updates and their fiscal 2019 results.

The MSO’s initial operations will include assets in three (3) of the top ten (10) cannabis markets by revenue in the U.S., as forecasted by ArcView market research – Florida, Michigan and California.  The Company has focused in on a path to profitability by keeping the capital expense and the operating expense low with an efficiency-driven model of integrating operations and streamlining management, brand deployment and the Company’s proprietary delivery models across all three (3) states, all while being fully compliant with applicable U.S. state laws and regulations.

Brady Cobb, the CEO of SOL Global, says the timing of the proposed change of business is strategic, stating: “One of the innate strengths of SOL Global’s management is knowing when to enter a market, as is evidenced with our early success in Canada and Florida. We have planned this transition and the market entrance of our MSO to coincide with the rapid growth of the legal U.S. cannabis marketplace amid a presumptive tail wind from federal policy reform initiatives related to cannabis, a process I’ve been deeply involved with. We believe that the timing of our MSO’s entrance to the market will position us well to capture that growth.”

Tantamount to the proposed change of business is the proposed change of the Company’s name from SOL Global Investments Corp. to Bluma Wellness Inc. (“Bluma Wellness” or “Bluma“). “Bluma” is an ancient Hebrew word which means to flower, bloom or blossom. The Company selected this name based on a key principle of the business: to ensure that our patients and consumers utilize our plant-based products to enhance their daily lives, namely to bloom and thrive.

Mr. Cobb says that the new name was chosen to be synergistic with the Company’s new direction, stating that “We chose the name Bluma Wellness, as an appropriate way to honor the true intent of each seed that we cultivate, harvest, and deliver as a product to ensure that every single one of our customers has a consistent and enriching experience that allows them to flourish.” He added: “We also look forward to bringing investors a new kind of MSO, one that is focused on profitability in the short term through operational and logistical efficiencies and a keen eye on the bottom line.”

As part of the Company’s initiative in shifting their focus of business to the vertically integrated expansion of its MSO operations, the Company plans to complete the previously-announced acquisitions of the proposed assets of the MSO (“MSO Assets“) which include the licensed dispensaries operated by MCP Wellness in Michigan as announced on April 24, 2019, our California acquisitions which include the famed Humboldt, California-based cultivator “Northern Emeralds” and the California-based dispensary chain “One Plant USA” as were announced on May 16, 2019, in addition to SOL Global’s existing vertically integrated license in Florida, 3 Boys Farm. The MSO’s resulting products will be powered by Northern Emeralds’ genetics and innovative data-driven cultivation and processing techniques. The anchor will be the brands and products that SOL Global has invested in, which will be strategically deployed in the MSO’s dispensaries including One Plant’s robust retail arm across the states of FloridaMichigan and California (subject to the receipt of all required governmental approvals).

It is expected that the MSO will bridge the gap between traditional THC products and mainstay CPG products.  All MSO Assets transactions are expected to close in October 2019, subject to all applicable conditions precedent being satisfied or waived including the receipt of all required governmental approvals.

Completion of the change of business and corporate name change are subject to certain conditions, including requisite shareholder approval and the approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Additional Corporate Updates

Independent Valuation of Existing Investments:
SOL Global has decided on a valuation firm to determine a fair market valuation of SOL Global’s present assets. The Company has engaged Duff & Phelps Canada Limited, a highly acclaimed internationally-recognized valuation firm that has no prior relationship to SOL Global, its board, or any of its directors. Their independent valuation will begin immediately.

Executive Changes:
As part of the Company’s transition to Bluma Wellness and the operation of its MSO Assets, shifts in the Company’s management are needed to effectively and efficiently operate the MSO Assets. Specifically, the Company is pleased to make the following appointments:

Adam Wilks, a proven retail leader, has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Adam joins SOL Global with over 10 years of experience as Director of Operations of well known consumer retail brands like Yogen Fruz, Pinkberry, Cold Stone Creamery, and more. He last served as Chief Operating Officer to One Plant (Three Habitat Consulting) and the chain of dispensaries. As a Co-Founder of Buy N Bulk, he was actively involved in business development from 2013 –2016 and with that brings in-depth operational experience from the beginning of launch phase through to generating revenues. Adam is also on the board of one of California’s leading cannabis companies Old Pal and the board of Sacred CBD.

Additionally, Micheal Bondurant, an early leader in the Florida cannabis market, has been appointed to Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately. As Director and Chief Operating Officer for 3 Boys Farm, LLC, an original Florida Medical Marijuana Licensee, Michael brings with him a wealth of experience in the logistics of implementing large scale grow operations. As a former Director at Sato Global Solutions, Michael provided consultative services for supply chain, inventory management, transportation, packaging, postal, information technology, procurement and retail. His additional focused attention to direct and channel partners, hardware/software platforms, and using active/passive RFID that are all specific to the retail industry will ensure streamlined integration throughout our retail operations. Michael’s nearly 20 years in senior banking and finance where he was involved in real estate financing, closely held businesses and money management throughout the eastern United States will be a valuable asset as we continue to scale. We are also proud to be welcoming him on as a veteran of the Armed Services  having served in the United States Coast Guard from 1988 -1993.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Adam and Michael onto the team as we approach the official launch of our MSO,” said Brady Cobb, SOL Global’s CEO. “They are joining SOL Global at an exciting time and their retail, operational and logistical qualifications and insights will enhance value for all of SOL Global’s shareholders as we continue to execute on our strategy.”

Fiscal 2019 Results And Corporate Updates Conference Call
Brady Cobb, Chief Executive Officer, will host the SOL Global Fiscal 2019 Results Conference call starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 8, 2019. A question and answer session will immediately follow an initial presentation on SOL Global’s fiscal 2019 financial results and a corporate update. Additional participants from SOL Global will include Andy DeFrancesco, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman, Peter Liabotis, Chief Financial Officer and Paul Norman, Chief Executive Officer of SOL Global portfolio company HeavenlyRx.

 

SOURCE SOL Global Investments Corp.

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Flower One’s Second Quarter Highlighted by Industry Leading Cultivation Performance

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Flower One Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) (CSE: FONE) (OTCQX: FLOOF), a leading cannabis cultivator, producer and innovator in Nevada, today reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars unless indicated otherwise.  Now operating in a state of ongoing weekly harvests following the completed conversion of its Nevada greenhouse and its inaugural harvest announced on June 11, 2019, the Company confirmed today that its second quarter financial and operational performance has resulted in a cultivation yield performance of 38.3 grams per square foot, per harvest cycle, at an average cost per gram of $0.45.

In addition, the Company announced that it has completed an initial harvest in all eight of its flower zones and has commenced harvesting of its second cycle of planted cannabis.   The success of its cultivation performance through the second quarter has resulted in a year-to-date tenfold increase of the Company’s biological assets and inventory to $56.1M further strengthening its balance sheet. At the quarter end, the Company held more than 14,000 pounds of dry cannabis inventory. Flower One’s dry cannabis will now transition to the Company’s 55,000 square-foot production facility to generate a wide variety of the most in demand cannabis products and brands from across the United States.

“Achieving a cultivation yield performance of 38.3 grams per square foot and doing so at a cost of $0.45 per gram, firmly establishes us as one of the leading large-scale cannabis cultivators in North America and the world,” said President and CEO, Ken Villazor.

“We are extremely proud of these results and what they signal not only for the future of Flower One, but also for our ever-expanding brand and retail partner portfolio, and valued shareholders. This clearly demonstrates our ability to fulfill our promise of providing the industry’s first seed-to-shelf solution for cannabis brands and retailers,” added Kellen O’Keefe, Chief Strategy Officer.

Other Q2 highlights:

  • Entered eighth brand partnership – plus three more subsequent to the quarter;
  • Obtained debt financing of up to $30 million to accelerate market roll-out;
  • U.S. trading upgraded to OTCQX Best Market from OTCQB in May.

Second quarter financial results

The Company’s operational activities during the quarter largely focused on advancing the conversion of its 455,000 square foot greenhouse and production facility for cultivating high-quality cannabis at scale which was completed during the quarter.

The Company recorded cannabis inventory of $25.4 million and biological assets of $30.6 million as a result of the cultivation activities during the six months ended June 30, 2019.  Additionally, the Company invested $41.0 million in property, plant and equipment primarily for the Nevada greenhouse facility.

Revenue for the quarter was $636 thousand. The Company began recording revenue on November 9, 2018 subsequent to the acquisition of the assets of NLVO. As such, there was no revenue for the comparable period of 2018. All revenue for the quarter was from the NLVO operations. The Company expects to begin earning revenue from the sale of products from its the flagship greenhouse facility starting in the third quarter.

Net income was $19.1 million mainly driven by a fair value gain of $37.3 million on the growth of biological assets, partially offset by cost of goods sold of $844 thousand and $1.8 million in losses related to fair value adjustments on derivative liabilities, $461 thousand in share-based compensation, $3.1 million in finance expenses, $796 thousand in foreign exchange loss related to the convertible debenture, derivative liabilities and the Company’s cash balances held in Canadian dollars, $3.7 million in general and administrative expenses, and tax expense of $7.9 million mainly related to the fair value gain on the growth of biological assets.

As at June 30, 2019, Flower One had working capital of $41.9 million compared to a working capital deficit of $32.9 million at December 31, 2018.

Flower One’s 2019 second quarter financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis will be issued and filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com on August 13, 2019 and will be available on the same day on Flower One’s website at www.flowerone.com/investors/financial-reports.

Notice of conference call

Management of Flower One will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to review recent and upcoming milestones. You can join the call by dialing 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191. Please dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 approximately 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. You will be put on hold until the conference call begins. A replay of the conference call will also be available until Wednesday, August 28, 2019. To access the archived conference call, please dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the conference code 2435459.

A live audio webcast of the call will be available at http://bit.ly/FONE2019Q2. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

 

SOURCE Flower One Holdings Inc.

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Sunniva Provides Update On California Operations

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Sunniva Inc. (“Sunniva”, the “Company”, “we”, “our” or “us”) (CSE: SNN) (OTCQB: SNNVF), a North American provider of cannabis products and services, today provided an operational update and outlook for its U.S. operations.

Sunniva California Campus

The Company has recently been advised by our general contractor that connection of certain utilities to the glasshouse in Cathedral City, California have been delayed for several months. In addition, the longer than expected time to closing of the sale of Sunniva Medical Inc. to CannaPharmaRx, Inc. has limited the amount of cash available for the ongoing funding of the glasshouse which has created additional delays in the current schedule.  The expected date for onboarding of genetic material and plants for phase one of the 325,000 square foot Sunniva California Campus is now anticipated to be early 2020. The developer and Sunniva have been disappointed with the overall progress of the glasshouse. As a result, the parties have reorganized the project management team and have engaged an internationally recognized construction consulting firm to manage the project through the final stages of construction and commissioning of the facility. Both parties believe that these changes will greatly influence the ability to achieve the revised estimated time to completion.

“Today’s announcement of the deferral of our previously planned operational date is disappointing, however, we do not feel that this setback will have an impact on the long term value that may be created from the glasshouse and we remain confident that the cannabis grown in this facility will be of the highest quality in the industry.” said Dr. Anthony Holler, CEO of Sunniva.

Branded Cannabis Product Sales

The Company has been prioritizing available capital towards the completion of the glasshouse and as a result has reduced the amount of cash allocated to the purchase of biomass for use in the Company’s Extraction Facility and to the purchase of third party flower to be used in branded cannabis sales. As a result of this decision, the Company will not achieve its previously announced 2019 revenue estimate of USD$55$60 million from sales of Sunniva branded products.

Preliminary Q2 2019 Revenue

The Company is announcing preliminary revenue of $5.3 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2019. This represents an 18% increase over the $4.5 million in revenue generated in the comparative three-month period from 2018. At the end of June 30, 2019, the Company had generated approximately $19.5 million in revenue in 2019.  Gross profit margin for the second quarter of 2019 is expected to be a loss of approximately $1 million primarily due to the lower sales of cannabis products in California, while continuing to bear the fixed operational costs of the respective facilities.

“We are pleased with the performance of our operations in the first half of the year. The $19.5 million in revenue is greater than the total revenue generated in all of 2018.” Said Kevin Wilkerson, President of Sunniva, Inc. “We have demonstrated our ability to produce large volumes of cannabis products and combined with our distribution and packaging capabilities, we have been able to successfully deliver that product into the California market.”

Further information regarding the revised timeline for expected completion of the Sunniva California Campus and an updated financial outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2019 will be provided in the Q2 2019 Earnings Release.

Q2 2019 Earnings Release Date

The Company plans to release financial results for the second quarter 2019 and provide a corporate update on its Canadian and U.S. operations, after market close on Thursday August 29, 2019.

The Company’s executive management will discuss the results during a conference call on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Pacific Time.  To participate in the call please dial 1-800-319-4610, or (604) 638-5340.  An audio replay will be available shortly after the call by dialing 1-855-669-9658 or (604) 674-8052 and entering code 3557.  The replay will be available for two weeks following the call.

For more information please visit: www.sunniva.com.

To be added to the Sunniva email distribution list please register at www.sunniva.com/email-alerts.

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

SOURCE Sunniva Inc.

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Namaste Technologies Announces Changes to Board of Directors

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Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N) (FRANKFURT: M5BQ) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF) today announced that Kenneth Ngo, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has stepped down from the Board of Directors effective immediately.

“I wish to thank Kenneth for stepping onto the Board of Directors in December 2018 as we reshaped the Company.  With the addition of Ken Jones and Andy Wilczynski, who can provide financial expertise to the board, Kenneth has decided to step down as a board member” said Meni Morim, Interim CEO of Namaste Technologies.

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