Friday, February 17, 2023
Item 9 Labs Corp. (OTCQX: INLB) is a vertically integrated cannabis operator and dispensary franchisor delivering premium products from its large-scale cultivation and production facilities in the United States. The award-winning Item 9 Labs brand specializes in best-in-class products and user experience across several cannabis categories. The company also offers a unique dispensary franchise model through the national Unity Rd. retail brand. Easing barriers to entry, the franchise provides an opportunity for both new and existing dispensary owners to leverage the knowledge, resources, and ongoing support needed to thrive in their state compliantly and successfully. Item 9 Labs brings the best industry practices to markets nationwide through distinctive retail experience, cultivation capabilities, and product innovation. The veteran management team combines a diverse skill set with deep experience in the cannabis sector, franchising, and the capital markets to lead a new generation of public cannabis companies that provide transparency, consistency, and well-being. Headquartered in Arizona, the company is currently expanding its operations space by up to 640,000-plus square feet on its 50-acre site, one of the largest properties in Arizona zoned to grow and cultivate flower. For additional information, visit https://investors.item9labscorp.com/.
Joe Gomes, Managing Director – Generalist Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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1Q23 Results. Item 9 Labs reported revenue of $5.0 million and a net loss of $3.26 million, or a loss of $0.03 per share. Revenue grew from the $4.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Notably, gross margin also improved, to 52.4% in the most recent quarter, from 16.1% in the fourth quarter and 38.8% in the year ago period. We had forecast revenue of $4.5 million, gross margin of 35.6%, and a net loss of $4.9 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share.
Sessions Acquisition. Earlier this week, Item 9 Labs announced it has secured the necessary financing to complete the acquisition of Sessions Cannabis, a deal first announced in May 2022. Sessions is one of Canada’s largest cannabis retail franchisors. The total cash purchase price of the transaction is $12.8 million, which is being fully funded through an Acquisition Line of Credit with a 5-year term from a commercial lender. The acquisition will create the largest international cannabis retail franchiser and publicly traded cannabis franchise company in North America.
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