One stock that has been exploding higher in recent days is Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF). Shares have been ramping this week, driven in part by news that the company just announced the opening of new VidaCann medical cannabis dispensaries in the cities of Pensacola and Jacksonville, Florida. This continues the momentum of expansion that has marked the company’s recent strategic narrative.
According to the release, “With the opening of the new dispensaries, VidaCann now has 12 operating dispensaries throughout the state of Florida. Cresco Labs has entered into an agreement to acquire the ownership interests of VidaCann, one of the largest and most advanced providers of medical cannabis in Florida. The acquisition of VidaCann is expected to close within the next 30 to 90 days, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including approval by the Florida Department of Health.”
CRESCO LABS ORD (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) trumpets itself as a company that manufactures and sells medical cannabis products in the United States. It offers cannabis dry flower; vaporizer forms of cannabis; cannabis oil in capsule, oral and sublingual solutions; cannabis in topical; and other cannabis products.
The company also provides cannabis infused edibles, including chocolate and toffee confections, fruit-forward gummies, and hard sweet and chews. Cresco Labs Inc. sells its products under the Cresco brand.
In addition, it operators a Hope Heal Health dispensary in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
The company was formerly known as Cresco Labs, LLC and changed its name to Cresco Labs Inc. in November 2018. Cresco Labs Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
According to the release, “Cresco Labs, based in Chicago, is a leading U.S. cannabis company with experienced management, access to capital and a demonstrated growth strategy. As a differentiated grower, processor and retailer of premium cannabis operating in ten states, the company focuses on entering highly regulated markets with outsized demand potential and high barriers to entry. Its impressive speed-to-market gives Cresco a distinct competitive advantage as it replicates its model to expand its national footprint. Cresco’s proven ability to execute is complemented by a cutting-edge brand strategy spearheaded by several of the brightest minds in consumer marketing in the nation. Cresco’s products are tailored to all major consumer segments: everyday cannabis, medicinally focused, connoisseur grade, and chef inspired edibles by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal. Learn more about Cresco Labs at crescolabs.com.”
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As noted above, CRLBF just announced the opening of new VidaCann medical cannabis dispensaries in the cities of Pensacola and Jacksonville, Florida.
Recent action has seen 9% added to share values of the listing over the past week of action. Moreover, the listing has witnessed a pop in interest, as transaction volume levels have recently pushed 63% beyond what we have been seeing over the larger time frame.
“Since announcing the acquisition in March, VidaCann has continued to execute on the expansion of its retail footprint,” said Cresco Labs CEO and Co-founder Charlie Bachtell. “The new dispensaries in Pensacola and Jacksonville provide a retail presence in two of the largest cities in Florida, which will improve our ability to capitalize on the very strong growth in the Florida market with more than 10,000 new patients being registered each week. Upon the closing of the acquisition, we project that Cresco Labs will have the fifth largest network of retail dispensaries in the state of Florida, which will provide us with an immediate meaningful presence in this market and an excellent platform for driving future growth. By the end of 2019, we expect to have up to 20 dispensaries operating in Florida, and that number will grow significantly in 2020 when our license converts to an unlimited number of dispensaries.”
At this time, carrying a capital value in the market of $479M, CRLBF has a significant war chest ($151.5M) of cash on the books, which compares with about $49.5M in total current liabilities. One should also note that debt has been growing over recent quarters. CRLBF is pulling in trailing 12-month revenues of $28M. However, the company is seeing recent declines on the top-line on a sequential quarterly basis, with revenues falling as of its latest reporting period. This may be a very interesting story and we will look forward to updating it again soon. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of $CRLBF stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
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