Cannabis Canada: Alberta Cannabis Business Expected to Lose $30M in Next Fiscal Year

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MARIJUANA 18h ago Cannabis Canada: Alberta pot business expected to lose $30M in next fiscal year BNN Bloomberg Employees tend to marijuana plants at the Aurora Cannabis Inc. facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Aurora CEO Terry Booth and his business partner Steve Dobler are the largest individual holders of Canada's second-largest marijuana firm, with a combined stake approaching C$200 million. , Bloomberg

Flowr reports $5.4M net loss in Q2, revenues up 6% to $2.3M 

Toronto-based cannabis producer Flowr Corp. reported a $5.4 million net loss in its second quarter on Wednesday, compared to a profit of $11.2 million a year earlier. The losses come as the company reported higher impairment and finance costs in the three-month period, Flowr said in its MD&A filings. Flowr said its net revenue rose about six per cent to $2.3 million in the quarter, and that it sold 419 kilograms of dried cannabis, an improvement of 23 per cent from last year. Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett said in a report that the quarter shows Flowr is on track to be cash-flow-positive by the second part of the year, as there is “clear demand from its premium product,” adding that its production facility is not yet running at full capacity.

Fire & Flower nabs first Toronto location following Meta divestiture

Cannabis retailers Fire & Flower and Meta Growth took part in a rare store swap on Thursday. Fire & Flower is taking Meta Growth’s Toronto location off its hands, for $750,000, plus the net working capital of the business. Meta Growth opted to sell the store following the company’s merger with High Tide, which operates another pot shop several blocks away. Meta Growth announced it acquired the Toronto store from a provincial retail licence lottery  winner last month in a deal that was structured as a “share purchase, with the purchase price paid all in cash.” It did not disclose specifics. The store will be Fire & Flower’s first in Toronto, while another storefront the company has leased since late 2019 remains closed. 

Alberta’s pot business on track to double losses in next fiscal year to $30M

Alberta’s cannabis business is on track to lose $30 million in the next fiscal year, the province said Thursday in its fiscal update. Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, the agency responsible for regulating cannabis, said it booked a $14-million loss in the fiscal 2019-2020 year, which it expects to more-than-double in the fiscal 2020-2021 year. Alberta also forecast it should receive about $79 million in revenue from cannabis taxes in the next fiscal year. Alberta consumers have purchased $242.3 million worth of cannabis products in the first six months of the year, up from about $92.7 million in the same period a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

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