InternationalUSColombia cannabis operator Ikänik Farms to go public in Q2

[Sponsored article] The Corona, CA-based producer has announced its California and Colombia growth strategies, as well as a few details on its IPO
Jared Gnam Jared GnamMarch 13, 20209 min

Ikänik Farms went from a little-known California cannabis company to a multi-national operator last year, and now it plans to bank on its Colombian assets and go public later this year.

The Corona, CA-based producer announced Thursday its aggressive growth strategy in California and Colombia, and a few details on its initial public offering.

Ikänik Farms said it would start trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange in the second quarter of 2020 to help fuel further growth.

Despite global markets and the cannabis industry currently facing major headwinds, the company said it will remain stable, driven by strong business fundamentals and revenue growth.

“With the global cannabis market expected to grow exponentially over the next few years, we believe the groundwork Ikänik laid in 2019 will play a critical role in our ability to meet future demand and seize emerging opportunities,” CEO Brian Baca said in a statement.

According to BDS Analytics, legal cannabis sales worldwide will triple to US$42.7 billion by 2024, from US$14.9 billion in 2019.

Colombia cannabis operator Ikänik Farms to go public in Q2
The second story being poured at Ikanik Farms’ Colombia-based cultivation and manufacturing facility Casa Flores. Press photo

Ikänik grows in Colombia

Last October, Ikänik targeted global expansion by acquiring Pideka SAS, a Colombian medical cannabis cultivator that came with a 1200-hectare land package.

Around Christmas, Pideka became the first Colombian cannabis company to receive both Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for medicinal plants certification, and Good Manufacturing Practices-PHARMA certification.

Read more: Ikänik Farms first in Colombia to gain GMP-Pharma certification to grow and process cannabis

These credentials will help the company execute its strategy of exporting pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis to global markets.

But while finishing the construction of its 80,000 square foot Casa Flores complex in Colombia’s capital of Bogotá, Ikänik has acquired key licencing to access strictly regulated medical markets worldwide.

To further elevate its licensing status, the company has teamed up with SGS SA — the world’s leading inspection, testing, and certification company — to set a new gold standard for the quality and safety of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products: GMP-C.

The new GMP-C would supersede the EU-GMP standard, which is currently the highest for pharmaceutical grade cannabis. This could allow Ikänik to reach nearly every accessible market in the world.

“Our expansion into Colombia has been about more than growing cost-effective, high-quality cannabis or reaching new international markets. At its core, it’s been about helping people – get out and enjoy life,” Baca said.

Read more: Ikanik Farms closer to exporting its Colombian cannabis to Europe

Colombia cannabis operator Ikänik Farms to go public in Q2
Ikänik Farms High Honey cannabis brand is geared toward female clientele. Press photo

California good vibes

While Ikänik Farms wants to ship California’s good vibes around the globe, it hasn’t forgot about advancing them on the home front.

Despite facing regulatory challenges with California’s complicated multi-jurisdictional approach to licensing, the company has persevered and grown.

Since Ikänik’s last round of financing in May 2019, it was awarded one state and seven local licences, with its municipal licences in various stages of the state approval process.

The company also has cultivation and manufacturing licences, and it is the first licensed operator in the city of San Bernardino via its distribution company, Blunt Brothers.

However, considering distribution is the leanest-margin aspect of Ikänik’s operations, it has also developed six unique cannabis brands. Each product is designed with a price point that enables the company to offer a diversified product mix while improving margins:

  • Ronen:  a five gram eighth of quality product, packaged with vivid local art
  • Rations: a value brand that comes in camo packaging in two, seven and 14 gram quantities
  • Kaen: a specialty brand of premium flower and extract
  • Ikänik Essentials: a flower-only brand balanced between value and quality
  • Ikänik Life: a CBD health brand launching in Q2 of 2020
  • High Honey: a brand marketed to female consumers that will be released next month

Ikänik’s marketing team boasts over 75 years in branding experience from previous companies like Quicksilver and Billabong.

The company will also host a grand opening for its flagship Ikänik Farms dispensary and consumption lounge in Palm Springs in the second quarter of 2020.

“We believe this location will serve as a benchmark for cannabis experiences in the greater Southern California market,” Baca said.

Disclosure: Ikänik Farms is a Mugglehead advertiser

Top image via Deposit Photos

 

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