Industry updatePure Sunfarms books 7th straight quarter of profits

BC-based Village Farms says its cannabis business has a 13.6% market share in the Ontario recreational market
Jared Gnam Jared GnamNovember 13, 20205 min

Vegetable grower Village Farms International, Inc. (TSX and Nasdaq: VFF) said Friday that its cannabis business Pure Sunfarms booked a seventh-straight quarter of profits.

The British Columbia-based producer saw net sales grow to $22.6 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, up 75 per cent from the previous quarter.

Adjusted earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization increased 125 per cent sequentially to a reported $5.6 million in the third quarter.

Pure Sunfarms, which sells some of the least expensive bulk weed products in Canada, says it grabbed a 15.2 per cent market share for dried flower last month in Ontario.

The brand’s market share year-to-date reached 13.6 per cent at the Ontario Cannabis Store in the same category, with the most kilograms sold.

Village Farms completed the acquisition of Pure Sunfarms on Nov. 2 by buying up the remaining shares owned by Emerald Health Therapeutics.

Village Farms CEO Michael DeGiglio says its latest financial results are unmatched in Canada’s struggling weed sector and underscores the value of acquiring full control of the producer.

“With 75 per cent sequential growth in dollar sales, Pure Sunfarms’ third quarter highlighted its strong sales momentum as its leading brand continues to resonate with consumers,” he said in a statement.

Image via Pure Sunfarms

DeGiglio expects sales to continue increasing as Pure Sunfarms launched new vape and bottled oil products in Septemeber. The operator also received a processing licence that month to begin in-house extraction.

In its earnings report, Village Farms reported $43 million in third quarter produce sales, as well as an adjusted EBITDA of $6 million.

In the quarter, the company began to expand internationally.

Village Farms invested in Australia-based Altum International, and Netherlands-based DutchCanGrow. The latter deal could give the company a chance at being one of a few licensed cannabis growers when the Netherlands likely opens up what will be the first legal recreational market in Europe.

Read more: Village Farms expands into Netherlands with pending coffee shop supply deal

Shares of Village Farms fell 1.9 per cent to $7.83 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Top image via Pure Sunfarms

 

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