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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Canna Cabana; Up-Listing; the Rise of High Tide Inc (CVE: HITI) (OTCMKTS: HITIF)

High Tide Inc (CVE: HITI) (OTCMKTS: HITIF) is making a powerful run up the charts in recent weeks since bottoming out early last year. There is a lot to get excited about on High Tide as the Company expands its retail footprint to become the largest retailer in Canada by revenue, which increased High Tide’s store count from 37 to 67 locations. High Tide brands include Canna Cabana, Meta Cannabis, Newleaf, Kushbar, Grasscity, CBD City and Valiant Distrubution.

High Tide also launched Valiant Distribution to streamline the distribution and sales of its wholesale products. Management has improved the Company’s balance sheet through several transactions, most notably including restructuring $10.8 million of debt into an interest-free debenture due in 2025. High Tide is the first Canadian or U.S. cannabis retailer to apply to list on the NASDAQ.

High Tide Inc (CVE: HITI) (OTCMKTS: HITIF) is a retail-focused cannabis company enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 67 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide’s retail segment features the Canna Cabana, KushBar, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its numerous consumption accessory businesses including e-commerce platforms Grasscity.com and CBDcity.com, and its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA) (NYSE:APHA) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB).

The Company has been making significant progress in recent months reporting on its most important milestones of 2020 and their strategic significance for the Company going forward. From the acquisition of Meta Growth Corp. (“Meta”), to the expansion of its large cannabis retail position in Ontario, to being the first member of its peer group to report positive adjusted EBITDA, High Tide is emerging from an otherwise challenging year as a strong enterprise that is ready to capitalize on the opportunities of 2021.

High Tide’s 2020 Highlights:

  • Acquired Meta to become the largest retailer in Canada by revenue, which increased High Tide’s store count from 37 to 67 locations.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended July 31, 2020 was $3.96 million compared to $1.94 million for the second quarter ended April 30, 2020.
  • Total revenue increased by 184% for the nine-month period ended July 31, 2020, as compared to same period last year.
  • E-commerce revenue increased by 137% during the year and launched CBDcity.com in May of 2020.
  • Gross profit margin for the three months ended July 31, 2020 increased to 40%, which leads the Company’s peer group.
  • Over 55% of daily retail cannabis transactions are currently conducted by Cabana Club members.
  • Launched Valiant Distribution to streamline the distribution and sales of wholesale products.
  • Improved the Company’s balance sheet through several transactions, most notably including restructuring $10.8 million of debt into an interest-free debenture due in 2025
  • For the period ended July 31, 2020, 23% of the Company’s revenue was generated in the US.
  • First Canadian or U.S. cannabis retailer to apply to list on Nasdaq.

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“On behalf of the executive team and the board of directors, I would like to thank our shareholders and stakeholders for their unwavering support throughout 2020, which has undoubtedly been a transformative year for High Tide. An equal amount of gratitude is also extended to all customers who remained loyal to High Tide’s brands and our employees who worked so hard to grow the Company,” said Raj Grover, President & Chief Executive Officer of High Tide. “Our goal for 2021 is to continue to extend and strengthen our value chain with a focus on the US. After recently celebrating two years as a public company and completing the transition from the CSE to the TSX Venture Exchange, we are greatly looking forward to the day in 2021 when we become the first member of our peer group to be listed on the Nasdaq,” added Mr. Grover.

On January 10 High Five announced the launch of a revamped website at https://hightideinc.com/. The Company’s website was overhauled, primarily aimed at making its online presence more inviting for current and potential investors and to better reflect where the Company is today.  News, articles and videos regarding the Company can now all be found on the new platform in a more intuitive user-friendly interface.

The Company would also like to take the opportunity to clarify the following figures that were included on a live beta version of the website without the appropriate footnotes:

$148M in revenue
Gross margin of 38%
$5.3M Positive adjusted EBITDA
67 total cannabis retail store count.

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High Tide is making a powerful run up the charts in recent weeks since bottoming out early last year. There is a lot to get excited about on High Tide as the Company expands its retail footprint to become the largest retailer in Canada by revenue, which increased High Tide’s store count from 37 to 67 locations High Tide also launched Valiant Distribution to streamline the distribution and sales of its wholesale products. Management has improved the Company’s balance sheet through several transactions, most notably including restructuring $10.8 million of debt into an interest-free debenture due in 2025. High Tide is the first Canadian or U.S. cannabis retailer to apply to list on the NASDAQ. We will be updating on High Tide when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with High Tide.

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Disclosure: we hold no position in High Tide either long or short and we have not been compensated for this article.

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