MediPharm Labs Confirmed Focus on Global Growth with Strong Aggregate Liquidity; Increases Cannabis 2.0 Shipments
MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) is a global leader in specialized, research-driven, pharmaceutical quality cannabis extraction, distillation, and derivative products. Company provided an update on its aggregate liquidity position, which supports plans for domestic and international growth, and announced it has fulfilled further Cannabis 2.0 product shipments to Canadian provincial distributors in January 2020.
The Company continues to maintain a very strong balance sheet and had an unaudited aggregate liquidity position of approximately $67 million as at December 31, 2019.
Founded in 2015, MediPharm Labs specializes in the production of purified, pharmaceutical quality cannabis oil and concentrates and advanced derivative products utilizing a Good Manufacturing Practices certified facility with ISO standard-built clean rooms. MediPharm Labs has invested in an expert, research driven team, state-of-the-art technology, downstream purification methodologies and purpose-built facilities with five primary extraction lines for delivery of pure, trusted and precision-dosed cannabis products for its customers. Through its wholesale and white label platforms, they formulate, consumer-test, process, package and distribute cannabis extracts and advanced cannabinoid-based products to domestic and international markets. As a global leader, MediPharm Labs has completed commercial exports to Australia and is nearing commercialization of its Australian Extraction facility. MediPharm Labs Australia was established in 2017.
“With our strong balance sheet, a healthy aggregate liquidity position, supply of pharmaceutical-quality products and the fact that the Cannabis 2.0 market is opening, we are well positioned to support our customers in Canada as they ramp up sales, as well as new potential customers in emerging international markets,” said Pat McCutcheon, CEO, MediPharm Labs. “In Canada, as the consumer market begins to achieve its full potential, we have remained disciplined in shaping our committed wholesale and service agreements based on our credit policies and sizeable upfront payments.”
The Company filed a statement of claim against one of its customers after negotiations to settle a past due amount proved unsuccessful. To provide additional background, the Company considers this claim to be a singular event and not representative of the strong liquidity of its customer base. The Company’s unaudited past due balance was approximately $8.6 million, of which $7.7 million was related to the statement of claim. The majority of the other remaining outstanding balance has already been collected.
In late December 2019, the Company commenced shipments of Cannabis 2.0 products into three of Canada’s provincial jurisdictions – British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Following initial shipments in December, the Company received multiple purchase re-orders. Because of the nature of its business, MediPharm Labs is also able to supply B2B customers serving four product categories recognized under Schedule 4 of the Cannabis Act: cannabis extracts (for ingestion and Inhalation), cannabis topicals, edible cannabis (beverages and food products) and cannabis oils. This exposure to each cannabis 2.0 product category is another element of the Company’s risk-managed plan for diversifying its growth – the primary elements being international expansion and focus on the global medical market.
“As the Canadian market builds on the launch of the next generation of cannabis products, our specialized GMP certified platform and ability to produce a stable supply of pharmaceutical-quality concentrates will continue to position us to support various licensed producers and new upcoming direct to consumer brands launching innovative products,” said Pat McCutcheon, CEO, MediPharm Labs. “Beginning last year, in anticipation of a slower rollout of Cannabis 2.0 products in Canada, we made the decision to accelerate our international diversification plans and develop our capabilities to partner with international pharmaceutical companies to address an emerging medical cannabis consumer and research market.”
Enactment of Cannabis 2.0 federally, and recent moves by the Ontario government to accelerate licence applications from prospective retailers in Canada’s largest province are expected to improve product choice and accessibility for consumers as the retail market matures.