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1847 Holdings LLC (EFSH)

Wallet Investor, Penny Stock Hub, OTC Markets, Dividend.com, GuruFocus, CSI Market, TipRanks, Barchart, Corporate Information, Accesswire, Stockwatch, TradingView, Morningstar, Stockopedia, Real Investment Advice, Seeking Alpha, Simply Wall St, YCharts, last10k, Dividend Investor, Street Insider, AA Stocks and Market Screener reported earlier on 1847 Holdings LLC (EFSH), and today we report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

1847 Holdings LLC is an innovative publicly traded holding company platform. It combines the attractive attributes of private, lower-middle market businesses with the liquidity and transparency of a publicly traded company. The Company works to generate returns for shareholders in the future through consistent, annual distributions of operating subsidiary income and capital appreciation resulting from the timely sale of operating subsidiaries. 1847 Partners LLC serves as the manager of the company. 1847 Holdings LLC is based in New York, New York. The Company lists on the OTC Markets.

1847 Holdings’ intention is to provide shareholders with non-correlated returns. This is while permitting shareholders to liquidate their position in 1847 Holdings LLC at any point during an investment timeline. 1847's unique structure allows flow-through tax treatment for shareholders.

The Company looks to derive value creation through prudently distributing annual income while growing its operating subsidiaries. This is in comparison to financial engineering fostered by extreme leverage. As a result, 1847 Holdings seeks to own companies with founder-operators and management teams at the crucial inflection point in their growth cycle.

1847 Holdings looks for businesses headquartered in North America and with Revenues of at least $5 million. In addition, it looks for an historical Revenue growth rate of at least 5 percent. Furthermore, it looks for companies that have current year EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) of at least $1.5 million.

Recently, 1847 Holdings announced that it engaged Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., Inc. to assist in identifying a portion of the financing needed to complete its earlier announced proposed acquisition of a multi-state retail hydroponic supply operation by its newly formed subsidiary, 1847 Hydroponic, Inc. The projection is that the hydroponics systems market will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 12.1 percent over the next six years, from $8.1 billion in 2019 to $16 billion in 2025, according to analysts at MarketsandMarkets Research.

Earlier this month, 1847 Holdings announced that it signed an agreement with ThinkEquity Partners, LLC to spinoff the Company’s Goedeker’s subsidiary in an IPO (Initial Public Offering). Goedeker’s (St. Louis, Missouri) has advanced from a local brick and mortar operation to one of the 30 largest appliance retailers in the nation with more than 90 percent of its sales placed via the company’s e-commerce platform.

Mr. Ellery W. Roberts, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 1847 Holdings, said, “The IPO of Goedeker’s is an important milestone for 1847 and demonstrates our ability to generate returns for our shareholders through realized capital appreciation of our operating subsidiaries that, along with operating income, can drive annual distributions to our investors.”

1847 Holdings LLC (EFSH), closed Thursday's trading session at $2.75, even for the day, on 15 volume. The average volume for the last 3 months is 127 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $1.00999999/$3.00.

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Centric Financial Corporation (CFCX)

OTC Markets, PR Newswire, Market Screener, Dividend Investor, Stockwatch, TipRanks, Annual Reports, Seeking Alpha, TradingView, StockScores, Simply Wall St, Barchart, Wallet Investor, Dividend.com, and Morningstar reported earlier on Centric Financial Corporation (CFCX), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Centric Financial Corporation is the parent company of Centric Bank. It is an American Banker 2019 and 2018 Best Banks to Work For, three-time American Banker Most Powerful Women in Banking Top Team, three-time Best Places to Work, and Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies for six years. Centric Bank is a locally owned, locally loaned community bank. It provides highly competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, families, and to the health care and dental industries with the Doctor Centric Bank Division.

Established in 2007, Centric Financial Corporation has its head office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Centric Bank was created in 2007 from the vision of four individuals who were determined to reform and rebrand an existing institution, restoring it to its roots of being a true, independent community bank.

Centric Bank has financial centers located in Harrisburg, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Doylestown, and Devon. It has loan production offices in Devon and Lancaster, and an Operations and Executive Office campus in Hampden Township, Cumberland County. The Bank has assets of $830 million and it remains one of the leaders in organic loan growth.

Centric Bank provides checking accounts, certificates of deposit (CD), individual retirement accounts, savings and money market accounts, and health savings accounts; and CD account registry services. It also offers personal and auto loans, business loans and lines, home equity loans and lines, government-guaranteed loans, agricultural loans, commercial and residential real estate loans, and letters of credit.

Additionally, the Bank provides commercial term loans, and financing for doctors and professional practices; credit cards; cash management services; residential mortgages; and online and mobile banking services. Furthermore, Centric Bank provides leasing services for office equipment and business infrastructure; farm and food banking services; and other banking services, including telephone banking, debit cards, fraud protection, ATM cards, bounce protection, checking navigator, notary, and safe deposit boxes.

This past January, Centric Financial Corporation reported Net Income for the year ended December 31, 2019 of $7,285,000, or $0.84, per common share-basic, and $1,930,000, or $0.22, for Q4 2019, respectively. Compared to Q3 2019, Net Income increased $276,000, or 17 percent. Total Assets ended at $832 million. This represents an increase of $128 million, or 18 percent, over December 31, 2018. Total Revenue increased $6 million, or 17 percent, over the twelve months.

Centric Financial Corporation (CFCX), closed Thursday's trading session at $7.00, up 3.7037%, on 10,700 volume with 8 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 5,178 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $5.5999999/$10.3999996.

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Financial Gravity Companies, Inc. (FGCO)

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Financial Gravity Companies, Inc. is a Fractional Family Office® based in Allen, Texas. It is a parent company of best of breed financial services companies. These include brokerage, wealth management, estate planning, family office services, risk management, business and personal tax planning, business consulting, and financial advisor services. Forta Financial Group is the core of Financial Gravity’s portfolio of symbiotic firms. Established in 2002, Financial Gravity Companies lists on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

The Company’s mission is to synergistically bring together companies that create interdependent advantages to each other in order to bring a complete financial experience to the clients that it serves. Financial Gravity subsidiaries are carefully selected and managed to provide financial advisors and their clients with a wide assortment of innovative investment, insurance, tax, and retirement solutions.

FA Mentor helps financial institutions and financial advisors achieve considerable and sustainable growth. Also, Four Beta Investments (4β) focuses on allocating investments across a wide array of equities and fixed income.

Furthermore, Four Alpha Investments (4α) helps advisors and investors avoid the most common investing mistakes. These include mistiming the market, overpaying for investment services, and owing too much in taxes. Financial Gravity Companies also has its Tax Blueprint, Tax Master Networks, Fractional Family Office®, and Fueled by Ed Lyon offerings.

Financial Gravity Companies and Presidential Brokerage, Inc. announced in October of 2019 that they entered into a definitive agreement under which Financial Gravity will acquire Presidential in an all-stock transaction. With the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors at both firms, existing Financial Gravity shareholders will have a 50 percent ownership stake in the combined company, and existing Presidential Brokerage shareholders will have a 50 percent ownership stake in the combined company on a fully diluted basis. Presidential Brokerage is a full service brokerage and wealth management company.

Recently, Financial Gravity Companies announced that Mr. Brandon Stuerke agreed to accept the responsibilities as Chief Marketing Officer for the Company.

Financial Gravity Companies’ Executive Vice President, Jennifer Winters, stated, "We are delighted to have Brandon join the Financial Gravity Team. His depth of industry knowledge from a digital marketing perspective, makes him an invaluable resource to the Financial Gravity organization."

Financial Gravity Companies, Inc. (FGCO), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.338, off by 5.5866%, on 339 volume with 4 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 386 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.05/$0.899999976.

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Neo Performance Materials, Inc. (NOPMF)

Equity Mood, Wallet Investor, Simply Wall St, Dividend.com, TradingView, Seeking Alpha, Stockhouse, Morningstar, GuruFocus, Market Wire News, Stock Split History, Market Screener, 4-Traders, and Street Insider reported previously on Neo Performance Materials, Inc. (NOPMF), and we also highlight the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Neo Performance Materials, Inc. manufactures the building blocks of numerous modern technologies that enhance efficiency and sustainability. The Company’s advanced industrial materials – magnetic powders and magnets, specialty chemicals, metals, and alloys – are critical to the performance of many everyday products and developing technologies. Neo Performance Materials’ business is organized along three segments: Magnequench, Chemicals & Oxides and Rare Metals. Established in 1994, Neo Performance Materials has its corporate office in Toronto, Ontario.

The Company also has corporate offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado; Singapore; and Beijing, China. Neo operates worldwide with sales and production across 10 countries. These include Japan, China, Thailand, Estonia, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, the United States, and South Korea.

Neo Performance Materials supplies the advanced materials that make many everyday and emerging technologies possible. These products are vital inputs in manifold applications including clean energy technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles and wind power turbines; consumer electronics, such as smart phones and tablets; fiber optics; hard disk drives; automobiles; many defense applications; advanced water treatment technology; and other technologies.

Neo Magnequench is the global leader in the production of magnetic powders used in the manufacture of bonded neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets. Its powders are used in automotive motors, micro motors, precision motors, sensors and other applications necessitating high levels of magnetic strength, small size, improved performance, and decreased weight.

Neo Chemicals and Oxides manufactures and distributes a wide variety of light and heavy rare earth engineered products. The major rare earth elements produced and sold by Neo Chemicals and Oxides are cerium (Ce), lanthanum (La), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd), dysprosium (Dy), and yttrium (Y).

Neo Rare Metals produces, reclaims, refines and markets high value niche metals and their compounds, which include gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum, and niobium. These products are used in an assortment of end use applications ranging from wireless technologies, LED lighting and flat panel displays to turbine, solar, steel additives, and electronic applications, among others.

Recently, Neo Performance Materials released its Q4 2019 financial results. For the year ended December 31, 2019, Consolidated Revenue was $407.5 million versus $454.2 million in 2018. This represents a decrease of $46.7 million or 10.3 percent. Net Income totaled $23.1 million, or $0.59 per share. Adjusted Net Income totaled $24.1 million, or $0.62 per share.

In Q4 of 2019, the Company generated $94.6 million in Revenue, versus $109.4 million in Q4 2018. This represents a decrease of $14.8 million or 13.5 percent. Net Income totaled $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share. Adjusted Net Income totaled $6.1 million, or $0.17 per share.

Neo Performance Materials continues to see longer-term growth in demand for many of its key products driven by a number of worldwide macro trends. This includes increased electrification of automobiles, which increases the need for the Company’s functional materials on a per-vehicle basis; greater demand for precision and efficient motors across many sectors, which encourages higher utilization of Neo’s magnetic materials; growth in hybrid and electric vehicles; more stringent government regulation regarding air and water emissions; and trends toward greater utilization of lighter-weight materials in industries such as aerospace and consumer electronics.

Neo Performance Materials, Inc. (NOPMF), closed Thursday's trading session at $5.42268, up 20.504%, on 468 volume with 4 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,303 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $3.00/$11.00.

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ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (PKTX)

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ProtoKinetix, Incorporated provides medical researchers with a platform for enhancing cell survival and health, in vitro and in vivo. The Company has developed and patented a suite of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP®) that enhance engraftment and protection of transplanted cells, organs, tissues and organs used in regenerative medicine. ProtoKinetix is building value through the independent research of laboratories, university and private, into applications for its AAGP™ molecule. It recently announced filing for patent protection for new applications of its AAGP® (PKX-001) molecule. A molecular biotechnology enterprise, ProtoKinetix is headquartered in Marietta, Ohio. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets’ OTCQB.

At the core of ProtoKinetix’s technology is its patented anti-aging glycopeptide AAGP™. This small molecule (580 Daltons) displays abilities in resolving challenges facing medical researchers in areas such as regenerative medicine and as a therapy for diseases relating to tissue inflammation and oxidation stress. Due to its stability, small size, and molecular makeup, it maintains its function in vivo without triggering the body's immune system. In addition, it can function without toxic side effects common in treatments involving larger and less stable compounds.

Pertaining to health solutions, there are two main categories that AAGP™ applications would be divided into. One is regenerative Medicine issues. This includes harvesting, processing, storage and transplanting cells, tissues and organs. The other is treatments for chronic inflammatory conditions and diseases caused by stress factors. This includes UV radiation, oxidation, and cryopreservation and hydrogen cyanide.

Because of the results realized over the last four-plus years of testing, the University of Alberta has commenced Phase 1 human clinical trials. Additional studies will be expanded to include whole organ transplantation and all therapies that are being developed globally to date; diabetes, retinal degeneration, cardiac repair and manifold other degenerative conditions. Furthermore, ProtoKinetix is studying the potential impact on several cancer therapies.

Last month, ProtoKinetix announced that it has now completed the sterilization, quality assurance, as well as labeling of the AAGP® (PKX-001). The Company is ready to ship the final product to the University of Alberta upon receipt of the NOL from Health Canada for the continuation of the Phase 1 clinical trials.

This month, ProtoKinetix announced preliminary results in efficacy and safety for use in treating Dry Eye Disease (DED). PKX-001 demonstrated anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective properties - decreased levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines; decreased oxidative stress; and increased cellular survival and improved functional activity under different stress conditions.

Mr. Clarence E. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of ProtoKinetix, said, "These positive results in efficacy and safety in the recent testing of our AAGP® for dry eye disease is extremely promising for the future of using our molecule to treat this disease. We are currently planning to move forward with the next stages of development ourselves."

ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (PKTX), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.13165, off by 5.9643%, on 500 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 121,481 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.070500001/$0.319999992.

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SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. (SPBBF)

OTC.Watch, Cannabis Market Cap, 4-Traders, Midas Letter, Seeking Alpha, Stockhouse, Wallet Investor, GuruFocus, InvestCom, Nasdaq, Pot Network, Morningstar, Newswire.ca, Simply Wall St, InvestorsHub, Stockwatch, TradingView, and Dividend Investor reported previously on SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. (SPBBF), and we highlight the Company as well, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. focuses on producing medical cannabis in Canada. The Company owns approximately 290 acres of land in Rock Creek, British Columbia. SpeakEasy represents a collective of the top cannabis growers in Canada, sharing decades of knowledge and experience to produce premier product. In essence, the Company is an incubator designed to support industry-leading talent with the shared knowledge, resources, as well as passion of its entire operation. SpeakEasy Cannabis Club is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mr. Marc Geen is Founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Adviser to the Board of Directors. He is a 4th-generation British Columbia farmer. Mr. Geen has been active in the legal medical marijuana industry for more than a decade, consulting, complying with, and participating in the MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR programs. Before co-founding Speakeasy Cannabis Club Ltd., he spent 14 years as Head of Operations for Kettle Mountain Ginseng Ltd.

Dr. Bin Huang is CEO & Director of SpeakEasy Cannabis Club. Dr. Huang joined the Company in June of 2019 as CEO. She is an experienced life-sciences executive with experience in strategy and new business development, financing and public markets, corporate governance, and operations management in North America and Asia. Dr. Huang’s work experience includes 18 years as CEO of life-sciences companies, most recently CEO of Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc.

SpeakEasy’s 290-acre facility is in the South Okanagan Valley. The Company is the only licensed producer (LP) applicant in British Columbia’s renowned ‘Golden Mile’. SpeakEasy’s unique business model enables each grower to operate independently. In addition, it gives them the freedom to develop each strain to perfection.

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club announced in January 2019 that it signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with M&J Orchards Ltd. to plant 50 acres of hemp this year on M&J’s property. SpeakEasy’s property has already undergone stringent approval processes from the Agricultural Land Reserve, Federal, Provincial, Municipal governments and Health Canada for the cultivation of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) bearing cannabis.

The expectation is that demand for CBD will be more than SpeakEasy could possibly grow on its land package. Therefore, strategic partnerships with land owners and operators to produce industrial hemp is critical for the Company to keep up with demand. Throughout the 2020 season, it will continue to develop its Phase 2 outdoor grow facility on the remaining land suitable for growing cannabis on its 290 acre property. The Company expects it to be licenced and ready for the 2021 grow season.

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club cultivates small batch, high quality craft cannabis in its 10,000 square foot indoor facility. It has recently completed the development of its 60-acre outdoor field. Its intention, upon receipt of an amendment to its present licence to include the outdoor cultivation area, is to produce roughly 70,000 kg of outdoor, sun grown cannabis this year.

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. (SPBBF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.3595, even for the day, on 1,225 volume. The average volume for the last 3 months is 4,778 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000099999/$0.699999988.

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Triumph Gold Corp. (TIGCF)

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Triumph Gold Corp. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties. A junior natural resource enterprise, it explores for gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, and tungsten deposits. The Company previously went by the name Northern Freegold Resources Ltd. It changed its name to Triumph Gold Corp. in January of 2017. Incorporated in 2006, Triumph Gold is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

At present, the Company is focused on its 100 percent owned Freegold Mountain Project, Yukon. This road accessible property is in the Dawson Range gold-copper belt, host to the Casino Copper deposit, the Coffee gold deposit and the Klaza gold prospect.

Triumph Gold also owns interest in the Andalusite Peak property situated in British Columbia. In addition, the Company’s projects include the 6,474 hectare Tad/Toro Project. It is located on Hayes Creek, within the Dawson Range of central Yukon, 100 km northwest of Carmacks that is 177 km by road from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. This property is in the Whitehorse Mining District and the claims are registered to Triumph Gold Corp. Ltd.

The district scale ( approximately 200 sq. km) Freegold Mountain gold-copper project is about 70 km northwest of Carmacks, Yukon Territory, a stable, mining friendly jurisdiction in northwestern Canada. Since Triumph Gold acquired the property in 2006, greater than 20 mineralized zones have been identified. Furthermore, NI 43-101 mineral resources have been delineated at the Revenue Au-Ag-Cu-Mo porphyry-related deposit, Nucleus Au-Ag-Cu deposit, and the Tinta Hill Au-Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn vein-related deposit.

Last month, Triumph Gold announced results from the 2019 trench and grab sampling program conducted along the 3.7 kilometer long Irene-Goldstar Epithermal Gold-Silver Corridor on its Freegold Mountain Project in the Yukon Territory.

Jesse Halle, Vice President of Exploration for Triumph Gold, said, “The 2019 trenching program along a 600 metre portion of the Irene-Goldstar Epithermal Gold-Silver Corridor has revealed impressive grades and widths of precious metal mineralization, and suggests that substantial mineralization is present along the Irene-Goldstar trend. Significant opportunities for discovery of new mineralized zones exist along the untested portion of the corridor. A new access road constructed in 2019 will enable additional trenching and drill testing of this mineralized corridor during the 2020 exploration season.”

Triumph Gold Corp. (TIGCF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.138586, up 2.6563%, on 22,986 volume with 11 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 41,179 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.056650001/$0.435000002.

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Two Rivers Water & Farming Company (TURV)

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Two Rivers Water & Farming Company is a vertically integrated agricultural, water rights, and consumer products company. It is pursuing a mission to become a leading hemp-based seed-to-sale operator. The Company owns agricultural land and water rights in Southern Colorado where it grows varied strains of hemp with proprietary genetics. Its land and water assets include more than 2,500 acres of agricultural land and more than 1,500 square miles of drain water rights. OTCQB-listed, Two Rivers Water & Farming Company (TURV) is headquartered in Aurora, Colorado.

The Company has a brand portfolio of premium natural supplements. This includes CBD (cannabidiol). By way of its consumer brand subsidiary, Gramz LLC, it develops leading products in different categories, including CBD.

In addition, TURV has operational expertise in hemp production and distribution. Its subsidiary is Vaxa Global. Vaxa’s management team has decades of experience in agricultural operations. This includes hemp production and manufacturing.

TURV is positioned to grow different strains of hemp with proprietary genetics, to sell bulk biomass, process and extract phyto-cannabinoids and to develop and distribute consumer products. It has developed a line of proprietary products founded on a unique first-to-market Nature’s Whole Spectrum™ approach. The Company plans to monetize its diverse asset base of land and water through recently acquired hemp companies to form an integrated seed-to-sale enterprise.

This past November, TURV released a letter from the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Greg Harrington. Mr. Harrington noted that TURV’S objective remains to deliver value to shareholders through re-positioning the Company’s assets and restructuring its obligations.

TURV is continuing to develop its feminized seed propagation programs for the spring planting season. The Company has greater than 3,000 high-CBD genetic mothers in a greenhouse that it will continue to propagate throughout the winter and into the 2020 spring planting season. TURV is on pace to propagate up to half a million feminized seeds for its farming operations in Walsenburg, Colorado.

Two Rivers Water & Farming Company (TURV), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.089, up 61.8182%, on 1,167,070 volume with 117 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 692,540 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.012/$0.735000014.

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Serica Energy plc (SQZZF)

Wallet Investor, Invest Tribune, Dividend Investor, Market Screener, Seeking Alpha, Stockhouse, MarketWatch, Trading View, Wallmine, Investors Hangout, Pink Investing, The Street, 4-Traders, Guru focus, and Barchart reported earlier on Serica Energy plc (SQZZF), and today we are reporting on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Serica Energy plc is an independent upstream oil and gas company headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK). The Company has operations focused on the UK North Sea where it has the full range of exploration, development, as well as production assets. Serica’s primary emphasis is on building a portfolio of properties where it can use its technical, commercial and operating capabilities to add value to existing producing assets and to explore and develop new reserves. Established in 2004, Serica Energy lists on the OTC Markets.

Serica has proved the success of the above-mentioned model via its producing asset, Erskine, in which it is a partner with Chevron and Chrysaor. On November 30, 2018, the Company completed the acquisition of interests in the Bruce, Keith and Rhum fields where it also took over as field operator. These fields are a combination of late-life and mid-life, mainly gas producing assets where further investment can enhance recovery and extend field life.

The Bruce, Rhum and Keith fields in the UK Northern North Sea produce through the Serica operated Bruce facilities, consisting of three platforms with accommodation for up to 160 people. Serica Energy has drilled 23 wells since its inception in 2004, 17 as operator.

Serica has drilled wells across a broad spectrum of offshore geographies. This includes the UK, Ireland, Indonesia and Vietnam. As an operator, 14 of the 17 wells drilled by the Company encountered oil or gas, six of which were of commercial significance, leading to the discovery of Columbus in the UK North Sea and Kambuna in Indonesia.

Since its direct involvement in the Erskine operations, Serica Energy has contributed to a major improvement in the asset’s production levels. Serica is the development operator for Columbus. It also developed the Kambuna field before selling its operated interest on favorable terms to the Company in 2008.

Serica Energy plc (SQZZF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.45, up 73.0104%, on 55,678 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,585 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.25/$1.61000001.

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Mikros Systems Corp. (MKRS)

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Mikros Systems Corp.  is a provider of advanced maintenance and monitoring solutions for mission-critical systems. The Company is an advanced technology  enterprise that designs and manufactures specialized electronic systems for the Department of Defense. Its primary business is to pursue and obtain contracts from the Department of Homeland Security,  the U.S. Navy, and  other governmental authorities. Mikros Systems is based in Princeton, New Jersey. It has its Manufacturing and Depot Center in Largo, Florida.

The Company’s capabilities include technology management, electronic systems engineering and integration, radar systems engineering, command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems engineering, and communications engineering. Mikros produces advanced maintenance systems for the Navy. These include the ADEPT Maintenance Automation Workstation and the ADSSS Condition Based Maintenance system for the Littoral Combat Ship.  ADEPT systems are in use daily for performance optimization of advanced radar systems.

       Mikros Systems’ Lifecycle Support capability is centered on ensuring the systematic interactions between Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), Depot, and Field Support activities are integrated to attain the highest levels of system readiness. Mikros purchased certain software products, intellectual property (IP), and related assets from VSE Corp. The chief software programs purchased by Mikros Systems are the Diagnostic Profiler (DP) and Prognostics Framework (PF) programs.

Prognostics Framework is used by the U.S. Army for manifold missile defense  systems. These software products provide Mikros Systems with the opportunity to service commercial customers and additional Department of Defense customers outside the Navy.  

   The Diagnostic Profiler software is used around the world by numerous multinational companies for optimized maintenance of diverse product lines. In addition, Diagnostic Profiler is used by the U.S. Air Force for depot test programs.

Recently, Mikros Systems announced that it received additional funding of $1.6 million to provide engineering, technical and logistics support for its ADEPT® (Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Testset) maintenance workstation product. Year-to-date, the Company has received more than $3.9 million in U.S. Navy funding to support production, engineering, and also technical support of the ADEPT product line.

Last month, Mikros Systems announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 were $1,893,945 and $6,662,716, respectively. This is in comparison to $1,551,620 and $5,047,456 for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.

This represents an increase of $342,325, or 22 percent for Q3, and an increase of $1,579,260, or 31 percent year-to date. These increases were due mainly to increased production of ADEPT® Units and additional engineering, calibration and support services.

Mikros Systems Corp. (MKRS), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.171, up 36.80%, on 218,243 volume with 46 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 12,403 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.072099998/$0.319999992.

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NXT Energy Solutions, Inc. (NSFDF)

Serious Traders, SmarTrend Newsletters, Vantage Wire, StockOoodles, and Streetwise Reports reported previously on NXT Energy Solutions, Inc. (NSFDF), and we highlight the Company as well, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter. 

NXT Energy Solutions, Inc. is a technology business.  The Company’s proprietary Stress Field Detection (SFD®) survey system uses quantum-scale sensors to detect gravity field perturbations in an airborne survey method that can be used onshore and offshore to remotely identify areas with exploration potential for traps and reservoirs. Established in 1994, NXT Energy Solutions is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. 

The Company’s unique  geophysical service is for the upstream oil & gas industry.  SFD® is environmentally friendly. It is unaffected by ground security issues or difficult terrain.  SFD® is an airborne tool. It provides information on areas favorable to fluid entrapment in the sedimentary column. The SFD® survey is complementary to existing geophysical methods, especially seismic programs.

NXT Energy Solutions provides its clients with an effective and reliable method to lessen time, costs, and risks related to exploration. The  SFD® survey system allows its clients to focus their hydrocarbon exploration decisions concerning land commitments, data acquisition expenditures, and prospect prioritization on areas with the greatest potential.

SFD®, in pre-seismic applications, can produce high-potential prospect leads in large underexplored regions. In post-seismic applications, SFD® can prioritize seismic prospects based on their reservoir potentials.

In January 2018, NXT Energy Solutions announced the first worldwide patent of the Stress Field Detection (SFD®) Technology and the development of a new generation of sensors, which will enhance the Company’s ability to provide higher quality survey results. NXT is negotiating commercial contracts for the application of its proprietary SFD® oil & gas exploration method with governments, national oil companies, and other industry participants.

Recently, NXT Energy Solutions announced its financial and operating results for the quarter-ended June 30, 2018. No survey Revenues were recorded for the first two quarters of 2018. A Net Loss of $1.96 million was recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2018. A Net Loss of $3.92 million was recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

NXT Energy Solutions, Inc. (NSFDF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.34, up 61.9048%, on 49,600 volume with 10 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 6,750 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.149369999/$0.689999997.

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Eco Science Solutions, Inc. (ESSI)

Wall Street Mover, ThePUMPTracker, DSR News, Real Pennies, Promotion Stock Secrets, TopPennyStockMovers, Wallstreetlivechat, and Pumps and Dumps reported earlier on Eco Science Solutions, Inc. (ESSI), and we also report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Eco Science Solutions, Inc. is an eco-technology Company with its corporate headquarters in Makawao, Hawaii. It provides solutions to the multi-billion-dollar health, wellness, and alternative medicine industry. Eco Science Solutions develops technical solutions - from enterprise software solutions, to consumer applications (apps) for daily use. These solutions energize enthusiasts in their pursuit and enjoyment of building eco-friendly businesses and living healthy lifestyles. Eco Science Solutions’ shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

Eco Science Solutions’ key services cover localized communications between consumers and business operators, social networking with like-minded enthusiasts, rich educational content, e-commerce, and fast delivery of products. These all cater to the health-and-wellness lifestyle.

The Company’s brands include Herbo, Fitrix, and pHion Balance. The Herbo app assists consumers in finding products and services that support the intake of alternative medicines for a more naturopathic lifestyle. Herbo has a database of greater than 14,000 alternative medicine locations and delivery services, doctors who provide evaluations, and local shops that sell relevant product.

The Fitrix app is a strong and flexible companion. Fitrix assists users’ in keeping track of their day-to-day fitness routines, dietary habits, and alternative medicine intake. Fitrix users can measure and track anything and everything concerning their health and wellness.

The Company’s pHion Balance underwent development to create nutritional supplements, which support and promote a healthy lifestyle. pHion Balance is centered on developing nutritional supplements that take the guesswork out of supplementing the body in the healthiest way.

Eco Science Solutions will continue to make investments in e-commerce and mobile applications that facilitate B2C (Business-to-Consumer) e-commerce opportunities.

Last year, Eco Science Solutions' main projects focused on continued consumer and enterprise technology investment; continued product formulation and inventory build for distribution; and strategic acquisitions, which provide an accelerated time-frame to obtain market share.

In May of 2017, the Company announced that it signed a Sponsorship, Content Development, and Licensing agreement with Roaring Lion Tours, Inc. Roaring Lion Tours develops inspirational and educational content that further promotes what it believes are the benefits of medical marijuana.  This agreement is to develop unique educational content that brings awareness and education to the alternative medicine category.

Eco Science Solutions, Inc. (ESSI), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.011, off by 21.4286%, on 18,946 volume with 4 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 8,875 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000009999/$2.44000005.

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DSG Global,  Inc. (DSGT)

Epic Stock Picks, StockHideout, Stock Preacher, Penny Stocks Finder, SuperStockTips, Penny Stock Craze, SMS Penny Picks, eliteotc.com, WININGOTC, Wall Street Beauties, StockRockandRoll, The Observer, OTC Markets, PennyStockLocks.com, ResearchOTC,  InvestorSoup, and Beacon Equity Research reported previously on DSG Global,  Inc. (DSGT), and we report on the Company today, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter. 

DSG Global,  Inc. is a technology development company whose shares trade on the OTCQB. The Company engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of fleet management solutions for the golf industry, and also commercial, government, and military applications worldwide.  DSG Global has historically concentrated on the golf industry. It has grown to become a leader in the Fleet Management category in the golf industry.  DSG Global is based in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Company provides patented electronic tracking systems and fleet management solutions to golf courses. These allow for remote management of the course's fleet of golf carts, turf equipment, as well as utility vehicles. DSG is best known for its advanced GPS TAG System for golf cart and turf equipment fleet management. 

DSG Global’s technology is installed in more than 10,000 vehicles on golf courses globally. The Company has an installed base of daily-fee and resort golf courses. Its cart-mounted Touch® display screens seamlessly deliver banner advertisements and full-motion videos while on the golf course. 

Fundamentally, golf course operators manage their fleet of golf carts, turf equipment, and utility vehicles remotely, using DSG Global’s SaaS  (Software as a Service)  technology and advanced GPS hardware. DSG has acquired Impact Tournament Solutions, along with Impact’s team of experts, to run the Tournament Solutions Division of DSG Global. 

DSG Global is currently branching into several new streams of revenue via programmatic advertising, licensing, and distribution.  Additionally, the Company is expanding into Commercial Fleet Management and Agricultural applications. It realized record European sales in 2017 because of new installation contracts with top rated European Golf Management businesses. Furthermore,  DSG Global is expanding into Raptor Single Rider Golf Car and 100E Fully Loaded Mullen Golf Cars, 2 and 4 seaters and Agricultural applications.

DSG Global has officially partnered with golf course video flyover company, STEADY MOTION. This is to bring the best interactive flyover videos to the golf sports industry. These flyover videos include professional, broadcast television quality audio narration, advanced color correction, and interactive course tours ready to be displayed on the DSG TOUCH screens and on golf course web portals. 

  Last month, DSG Global announced that it is introducing to the global market the first ever Infinity 12" High Definition display. This display is equipped with streaming music, video, Bluetooth, stock market and sports scores, and the top-graded flyovers in the nation, credit card tap availability, dual speakers and Programmatic Advertising.

Furthermore, last month, DSG Global announced that it has taken first steps to move towards exploring potential use cases, which it has identified for blockchain and its related technologies to be applied to the golf industry.

Mr. Robert Silzer, DSG Global’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Blockchain will definitely change the golf industry and DSG plans to play a leading role to bring this change to fruition. I believe this technology will revitalize the golf industry. It can build a new bridge between golf and the millennials and raise new enthusiasm for the sport. It can release tremendous value that is currently untapped."

DSG Global,  Inc. (DSGT), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.12, up 50.00%, on 385,087 volume with 79 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 55,015 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.050500001/$1.87.

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Santa Fe Gold Corporation (SFEG)

OTC Markets, Zacks, 4-Traders, InvestorsHub, MarketWatch, The Street, Investopedia, Stockflare, StreetInsider, and Stockhouse reported on Santa Fe Gold Corporation (SFEG), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Established in 1991, Santa Fe Gold Corporation’s intention is to establish itself as a significant player in the precious metals mining field. Its objective is to produce substantial cash flow from precious metals holdings. This is while creating a portfolio of high quality exploration and bankable development projects that will ensure future revenue growth. OTCQB-listed, Santa Fe Gold is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Company’s focus is on Gold, Silver, and Copper, Precious, Industrial and Base metals. Santa Fe Gold’s assets include the Knight’s Peak region of Grant County, New Mexico consisting of the Malone Mines, Patanka, Hillcrest Barranca and Principal Mines, altogether incorporating about 20 mine sites and all situated at Knight’s Peak, together with an expanded area surrounding the Malone Mines in the southern area of Burro Mountains, New Mexico.

In addition, Santa Fe Gold owns very significant holdings in the Playas Lake Bed Area of Hidalgo County. This includes the presences of Titanium ore and other rare earth minerals and deposits.

At the end of November 2017, Santa Fe Gold announced that preparations were underway to start mining production as soon as possible upon completion of the acquisitions and final permitting. Santa Fe is in the closing stage of acquisition of 100 percent of Bullard’s Peak Corporation and Black Hawk Consolidated Mines Company.

The acquisitions include the previously optioned AG1 Silver Mine and all lands surrounding the project. This includes a potential Porphyry Silver Discovery, Cobalt, and Lithium, Manganese and Nickel and all rights to same.

In late December, Santa Fe Gold announced it received an additional US$849,958.17 with more funding expected from International Investment Group and its associated investors, bringing their overall stake in Santa Fe Gold to in excess of $6 Million converted to equity at prices close to recent market quotes.

The Company expects to complete 100 percent of the purchase of Silver Mines: Bullard's Peak Corporation and Black Hawk Consolidated Mines in the opening days of 2018. The expectation is that production will commence in the interim afterward. Furthermore, Santa Fe Gold expects to announce at least four new acquisitions in Q1 of 2018.

Santa Fe Gold President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tom Laws, said in December, "We are delighted with the increased investment in Santa Fe Gold which demonstrates confidence in our ongoing near term plans. We expect to close on the AG1 Silver Mines early in the New Year as well as being able to give additional details on why we are really excited about this and other new acquisitions."

Santa Fe Gold Corporation (SFEG), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0787, up 63.9583%, on 144,213 volume with 103 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 95,105 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.029999999/$0.104999996.

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Champignon Brands Inc. (FWB: 496) (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM).

Champignon Brands (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF) (FWB: 496), a human optimization sciences company focused on applying novel and natural treatment protocols to address a broad range of disorders and deficiencies with an emphasis on psychedelic medicine, this morning announced the appointment of the former President of Red Bull Canada, Mr. Jim Bailey, to its Special Advisory Committee. Bailey will support in the marketing, distribution and commercialization of Champignon’s Novoformulations-branded novel delivery systems targeting the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and psychedelic medicine industries. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/BDMc7

Champignon Brands Inc. (FWB: 496) (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF) is a research-driven company specializing in the formulation and distribution of a suite of artisanal mushroom health supplements. Dedicated to revolutionizing conventional organic teas, coffees and other consumables with the infusion of a proprietary blend of artisanal mushrooms, Champignon’s expanding portfolio is crafted with the health-conscious consumer in mind.

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Champignon’s team aims to promote the health and wellness benefits of functional mushrooms, which are used in a wide variety of health care and pharmaceutical products.

Brands

Champignon’s mushroom-derived consumer packaged goods (CPGs) portfolio includes its flagship brand, Vitality Superteas. Each carefully curated Vitality Supertea formulation was developed with the intent of helping individuals enhance and enrich their wellbeing one cup of mushroom-infused tea at a time.

Also in the portfolio are Nourish Force Supertea, a blend of Reishi Ryobus Tea Mix; Mighty Recharge Supertea, created with Lions Mane Tropical Green Ginseng Tea Mix; and Brain Enhance Supertea, a blend of Cordycep Hibiscus and Berries Tea Mix – all of which are formulated with organic ingredients and chosen for their ability to provide unique health and performance benefits.

Champignon’s flagship e-commerce store, VitalitySuperTeas.com, takes advantage of the burgeoning craft mushroom vertical space with a selection of mushroom-infused teas and accessories.

Functional Mushroom Market

Demand for consumer products infused with the nutritional and bioactive benefits of mushrooms is fueling a global market projected to reach $34.3 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 8.04% from 2019-2024 (ResearchandMarkets), with Europe seen as the fastest growth leader.

According to the market study, in highest demand are products infused with Reishi – a traditional Chinese medicine also known as the “Elixer of Life” and “Mushroom of Immortality – Lions Mane and Cordyceps, followed by other types of medicinal mushrooms.

Advances in Legalization

Legalization of psychedelics for use in medicine is gaining momentum across the United States. Denver, Colorado, and Oakland and Santa Cruz, California, have decriminalized the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic molecule found in various mushrooms, while movements for legalization are gaining ground in Oregon and Iowa, among others. Decriminalize California recently teamed up with the Beckley Foundation to replicate Oakland’s success of decriminalization throughout the state of California.

An increasing number of researchers are turning their attention toward the study of psilocybin as a means to treat otherwise untreatable illnesses. The molecule’s ability to provide landmark treatment options for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraines and addiction is gaining widespread acceptance among medical professionals, unicorn investors and accredited institutions.

Potential Applications

Historical data and new scientific studies suggest therapeutic benefits of psychedelics in many areas, including drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, migraines, smoking cessation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The market potential in these areas are significant. To reference just one of the above conditions, the mental health arena has been frequently neglected over the last 30 years, though new research is beginning to further reinforce that psychedelic compounds have the potential to produce more effective treatments than what is currently available.

According to the World Health Organization, 25% of the world’s populous will be afflicted by mental health and/or neurological disorders. Presently, approximately 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health, productive loss and disability worldwide.

Additionally, PTSD affects approximately 2.2% of the U.S. population; 7.7 million people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Recent published studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of certain psychedelics when administered in a medically supervised and monitored approach.
A renaissance in alternative medicines is emerging, and Champignon has set in motion its strategy to become a key player.

2020 Stealth IP Strategy

Champignon plans to biosynthesize psilocybin within the first three months of conducting laboratory experiments, with the objective of achieving optimized and scaled production of pharmaceutical-grade psilocybin for deployment in clinical settings. This strategy includes:

  • Alternative medicine (psilocybin) IP aggregation
  • Development of cGMP formulations of bioactive compounds extracted from plants and Fungi
  • Drafting of benchmark SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
  • Patient aggregation, focusing on veterans

Defining a New Asset Class: Psychedelic-Inspired Medicines

In the third quarter of 2020, Champignon – through clinical trials, a compelling IP portfolio and clinical pipeline and drug development platform – plans to advance its pursuit of treatments underpinned by psychedelic substances. This strategy is broken down into two ties:

  • Non-Hallucinogenic Medicines
    • Microdosing Psilocybin/LSD
    • MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy
  • Hallucinogenic Medicines
    • Psilocybin high dose
    • LSD high dose

Partnerships

Companies worldwide are beginning to incorporate functional mushrooms into their product offerings, taking advantage of growing consumer awareness of known health benefits of the ingredients found in mushrooms.

Champignon in November 2019 entered into a distribution partnership with Eurolife Brands Inc. (CSE: EURO), a leading global markets cannabis brand empowering the medical, recreational and CPG cannabis industry worldwide through a data-driven CBD marketplace supported by exclusive and unbiased physician-backed cannabis education and detailed consumer analytics. Under the agreement, Champignon’s branded products are integrated into Eurolife’s e-commerce platform, along with potential distribution opportunities in select brick-and-mortar retail locations in Europe.

Champignon also has an R&D/production formulation agreement with Drip Coffee Social Ltd., located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, which calls for the infusion of Champignon’s proprietary mushroom extract blend into a suite of cold brew coffee products and signature in-house formulations.

Leadership

Gareth Birdsall, CEO, Corporate Secretary and Director
Gareth Birdsall has more than seven years of experience working in diverse agricultural roles such as the cultivation of various fungi, in particular Cordycepes, Reishi, Lions Mane and Chaga. He is an attendee of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, studying marketing management and finance.

Steven Brohman, CPA, CFO
Steven Brohman has more than 10 years of experience working in a variety of roles with public and private companies. He has had extensive training in the audit of publicly traded companies on the TXS, TSX Venture Exchange and OTC markets, and serves as CFO and director of various public and private companies. Brohman has a bachelor’s degree of business administration and obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Jerry Habuda, Director
Jerry Habuda brings to Champignon over 35 years of expertise in law enforcement and specialized units. From 1977 to 2012, he served as a police officer with the Toronto Police Department. During his tenure, he was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, investigating robberies and home invasions. He was assigned to patrol the Toronto Community Housing projects at Jane/Finch to control drug trafficking and gun violence. Habuda was with the Warrant Unit where he tracked down and arrested wanted criminals. From 1993-1997, he was assigned to the Northwest Drug Squad on undercover and surveillance work, executing narcotic search warrants. Between 2002 and 2004, Habuda headed the Street Violence Task Force, a special unit designed to curb gun and drug violence that was terrorizing the city at the time.

Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRMF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.55324, up 0.279137%, on 66,322 volume with 92 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 178,086 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.221/$0.699999988.

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Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD).

Sugarmade (OTCQB: SGMD), together with its BudCars Cannabis Delivery Service, today announced the expansion of BudCars into the Southern California marketplace through the acquisition of two locations in the greater Los Angeles area. According to the update, the company’s Sacramento locations have been experiencing dramatic growth, with revenues consistently increasing 10% week-over-week, driven by exploding demand for contactless delivery of cannabis products due to the coronavirus lockdown. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/WfMP3

Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD) is headquartered in Monrovia, California, where the company recognizes new opportunities in the cannabis delivery space and in the market for supplies to the quick-service restaurant industry – both of which have fast-changing dynamics due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the United States.

The Coronavirus Cannabis Boom Market

Retailers across the nation are closing their doors and curtailing operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, inherently pinching sales. In the California cannabis sector, however, business has never been better – especially relative to home delivery.

California’s cannabis industry continues to operate, and media reports reveal booming cannabis sales as the state’s citizens stay home to wait out current events. The Los Angeles Times recently published the headline, “Marijuana Sales on Fire amid Virus Outbreak; New York Post “Cannabis sales hit new highs”; USA Today “American Stock Up on Pot” Fox News “California marijuana sales surge”; and ABC News Cannabis Shops thrive in coronavirus pandemic.

The state of California benefits from the ultra-high taxes paid by the highly regulated cannabis industry, and has thus deemed cannabis companies as “essential” businesses, allowing for full operations to continue. While pot shops are seeing strong foot traffic, the real growth action is in-home delivery as consumers seek to embrace social distancing. Many delivery operators are reporting difficulty in meeting demand with sales growth of up to 10% sequentially each week. It is certainly a boom time for the industry.

Sugarmade Growth Strategy

Recognizing new investment and operational opportunities within California’s cannabis market, Sugarmade is strategizing to take advantage of opportunity specifically in delivery services (non-storefront retailer), manufacturing via co-branding, and selective genetic cultivation. The company is taking a highly selective approach, targeting only the best of these opportunities for company growth.

In line with this strategy is northern California delivery service Budcars, in which Sugarmade owns a 40% interest and an option to gain a controlling interest. Budcars connects consumers with premium products sourced from top-tier farms and extractors, offering a curated menu of fully compliant cannabis products. The company maintains a competitive advantage by sourcing premium cannabis offerings and same-day delivery. In addition to maintaining its own cars, California licenses, and fulfillment center, Budcar orders its premium products in bulk at lower prices, enabling the company to rein in costs and maintain competitive pricing for its customers. Currently serving major communities within the metropolitan area of Sacramento, Budcars plans to continue the expansion of the company’s delivery reach.

Sugarmade plans to continue its expansion into burgeoning new sectors of the cannabis market through the following avenues:

  • Geographic expansion of Budcars delivery scope
  • New delivery geographies
  • Cannabis cultivation as a key component of a hybrid vertical integration strategy
  • Product technology expansion—including products containing exotic and lesser-known cannabinoids

 

Diversified Portfolio

Sugarmade has positive market exposure to cannabis delivery, as well as to the restaurant industry, at a time when these businesses are being force to move toward take-out and delivery models in order to survive.

The company has various business operations in diverse marketplaces, including food, safe packaging and sanitary supplies for various industries, and agricultural supplies. Sugarmade entered the industrial hemp and CBD space by investing in Hempistry, Inc., a privately held Nevada corporation. Hempistry began planting an ultra-high cannabidiol (CBD) industrial hemp strain on a land option it holds on 5,000 acres of prime Kentucky farmland. The strain of industrial hemp being grown by Hempistry is ultra-rich in CBD but contains less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis.

CarryOutSupplies.com, the leader in paper and plastic take-out supplies, serves nationwide customers by offering a wide array of high-quality products that are cost-efficient, custom-made and delivered on time. This business unit currently serves 2,000 quick service restaurants, garnering from 30%-40% of the market share. Sugarmade plans to expand operations via the addition of market share and the introduction of new product offerings.

Market Opportunity

There is little doubt among industry participants, and recently confirmed by Forbes, that California is the single largest cannabis market in the world. The state is expected to produce more than $3.5 billion in cannabis sales during 2020, with growth topping 23% annually. The global industrial hemp market size was estimated at $4.71 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a revenue-based CAGR of 15.8% over the forecast period of 2016-2027, according to Grandview Research. Market growth drivers include the 2018 Farm Bill and society’s increasing knowledge of the benefits of hemp products.

Overall industry growth is great, but specific vertical sector growth is even better. Cannabis delivery is clearly the fastest growing sector of the marketplace and with coronavirus fears the already robust growth rate has accelerated.

Sugarmade seems to be in the right industry at the right time in history.

Management

CEO Jimmy Chan is an experienced business executive instrumental in growing multiple business operations with a strong expertise in international trade and banking, and international manufacturing and importation. He is also the founder of CarryOutSupplies.com, a company that revolutionized the custom-printed paper supplies subsector of the quick-service restaurant industry, which merged with Sugarmade in 2014.

Dedicated to getting the highest caliber of THC and CBD to its customers’ door, the company’s priority is to ensure that they receive the highest quality cannabis product free from logistical hassles. Sugarmade specializes in growing and acquiring innovative brands to maximize value for company employees, shareholders and other stakeholders. Sugarmade believes its future is very bright as the company expands operations within the cultivation sector and rapidly increases its revenue base.

Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.003, up 15.3846%, on 84,291,488 volume with 1,000 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 10,720,285 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0023/$0.050500001.

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National Storm Recovery Inc. (OTC: NSRI)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight National Storm Recovery Inc. (NSRI).

National Storm Recovery Inc. (OTC: NSRI), a provider of tree services, debris hauling, removal and bio-mass recycling, manufacturing, packaging and sales of next-generation mulch products, today provides a corporate update on first-quarter sales and management’s strategies to support employees and shareholders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

National Storm Recovery Inc. (OTC: NSRI), through its subsidiaries, including National Storm Recovery, LLC (DBA Central Florida Arbor Care and Mulch Manufacturing, Inc.), provides tree services, debris hauling, removal and bio-mass recycling, manufacturing, packaging and sales of next-generation mulch products. The company’s primary corporate objective is to provide a solution for the treatment and handling of tree debris that is historically sent to local landfills and disposal sites, creating an environmental burden and pressure on disposal sites around the nation.

Environmentally Friendly

National Storm and the solutions provided by its Sustainable Green Team are founded in sustainability. The company’s vertically integrated operations begin with the collection of tree debris through its tree services division and collection sites. Tree bio-mass is then moved through the processing division for recycling and manufacturing into a variety of organic, attractive, next-generation mulch products to be packaged and sold to retailers, landscapers, installers and garden centers.

The company’s solutions create a synergistic and environmentally beneficial solution to tree and storm waste disposal that historically has created an environmental burden on landfills and disposal sites around the nation.

National Storm’s customers include governmental, residential and commercial customers and now big box retailers. The company is headquartered in Florida.

Strategic Acquisition

National Storm in February 2020 acquired 35-year-old industry leader and innovator Mulch Manufacturing, Inc., an Ohio corporation. Structured as a share exchange, this strategic partnership provides National Storm with a significantly larger footprint in the mulch industry.

The acquisition includes Mulch Manufacturing’s national and international distribution agreements, an increase in production and packaging capacity, and its sales contracts with numerous big box retailers. Mulch Manufacturing includes mulch production, sawmill operation, Natures Reflections colorant manufacturing and equipment manufacturing.

Next-Gen Products

National Storm’s vision and commitment to the environment is paired with Mulch Manufacturing’s revolutionary “next-generation” mulch product, Nature’s Reflection’s Softscape®.

Softscape mulch products, created from natural forest products, are color-enhanced with environmentally safe colorants to provide four-year color retention and are free from contaminants. Safe for people and pets, Softscape allows water and air to penetrate soil and roots, which is vital to plant health and growth.

Expansion Plans

National Storm plans to expand its operations through a combination of organic growth, through its partnership with a nationally recognized waste disposal company, and through strategic acquisitions that are both accretive to earnings and positioned for rapid growth from the resulting synergistic opportunities identified.

The company has received final zoning approval for its 100-acre site, located in Lake County, Astatula, Florida, which will serve as the company’s flagship tree debris collection site. The facility will also house the company’s mulch manufacturing, soil composting and production bagging. This prime location includes a 5,000-square-foot building that contains warehouse and office space. The 100-acre property can accommodate millions of cubic yards of organic debris and will allow National Storm’s debris hauling division to realize significant savings on its transportation costs.

National Storm has chosen as its new headquarters the Mulch Manufacturing 100,000-square-foot building in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility comprises centralized operations of Mulch Manufacturing, Inc. and National Storm Recovery, LLC, and has ample room to expand as the needed.

Leadership

National Storm’s Sustainable Green Team boasts more than 40 years of next-level experience with mulch manufacturing, treating and caring for trees. This team is guided by a roster of highly qualified professionals:

  • Tony Raynor, Chief Executive Officer
  • Edward Lee, Chief Operating Officer
  • Ralph Spencer, Director of Business Development, Strategic Acquisitions
  • Steve Ogden, ISA-Certified Arborist
  • Rick Starcher, Master Chemist
  • Peder K. Davisson, Esq., Corporate/Securities Counsel

National Storm Recovery Inc. (OTC: NSRI), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.24, even for the day, on 30 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 666 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0982/$3.00.

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InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI).

The insurtech market is growing rapidly, and specialized insurance provider InsuraGuest Technologies Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI) is riding the wave of technological innovation in the digital insurance sector. The company’s insurance systems target specific niches and is now moving to expand offerings to a wider audience and additional revenue streams. The company aims to move into providing software technology applicable to multiple insuring specialist sectors, of which their current support of the hospitality insurance sector is an example.

InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI) is a leading global SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company leveraging its proprietary, flagship insurtech (insurance + technology) software, InsuraGuest, which is integrated with the property management systems of hotels and vacation rentals to deliver custom Hospitality Liability coverages.

InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages are purchased by hotels and vacation rental properties, which can address claims from guests and their room occupants. The combination of the integrated software and customized insurance provides the property liability coverages the guests benefit from in the event a loss is incurred during their stay.

The Hospitality Liability policy is offered through integration of InsuraGuest’s API with the clients’ property management systems. InsuraGuest’s platform is currently capable of integrating with approximately 71 different hotel and vacation rental property management systems, giving it access to millions of rooms worldwide.

InsuraGuest continues to pursue expansion opportunities in the United States, and has plans to expand to its distribution platform and Hospitality Liability coverages to the United Kingdom and Europe regions by third quarter 2020, as well as expansion into Asia by the end of 2020.

Protection that Enhances the Guest’s Experience

InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages add a layer of protection for the property on a primary basis, should a guest experience an accident or theft while staying at an InsuraGuest member hotel or vacation rental property.

Market Opportunity

The U.S. hotel industry generated more than $218 billion in annual revenues in 2018, an increase of $10 billion from the previous year, according to STR’s 2019 HOST Almanac. The European market is more than double the size of the U.S. market. According to Oxford Economics, there were 6.4 billion nights stayed in the world, with 2.6 billion hotel nights stayed in Asia, 2.8 billion nights stayed in Europe, and 1.1 billion stayed nights in the United States. Additionally, $100 billion was spent on vacation rentals in the United States, where there approximately 4.5 million second homes are being managed by a third-party rental company.

With distribution in Europe and the United States, InsuraGuest’s combined demographics will total 3.9 billion nights stayed, and will more than double its vacation rental opportunities.

Within this burgeoning, high-demand industry is risk of liability to guest injury. For example, gym injuries are among the top five most common hotel accidents. Without proper hedges in place, the property may be liable in a personal injury claim or lawsuit that are not the properties fault.

Though the potential for accidents, slip and falls and mishaps can be widespread, it can be covered under the InsuraGuest Hospitality Liability policy to provide guests a worry-free and enjoyable stay that potentially increases loyalty for the property.

Investment Consideration

  • Targeting hotels and vacation rentals, a multi-billion-dollar industry
  • Providing the first line of defense in case of accident, loss or death
  • Expanding distribution reach with footing in European hotel and vacation rental markets
  • Expansion into Asia by 2020

Executive Team

Douglas Anderson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Douglas Anderson has been a businessman in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years. His business expertise includes master planning and development implementation for larger-scale resorts, business parks and commercial developments across the USA and two provinces in Canada. His business endeavors include the founding of the 7th larger private equity fund in America focusing on multifamily and senior care (ROC Fund/Bridge IPG Fund). He serves as chairman/founder of a golf and winter sports ski holding company with operations in four major east coast markets and British Columbia, Canada.

Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in consumer studies with an emphasis in architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Utah. He subsequently earned his MBA. He also attended a three-year OPM Program a postgraduate business education at Harvard Business School in Boston. Anderson is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast.

Logan Anderson, CFO & Director
Logan Anderson (bachelor’s degree in communications, accounting and economics) holds the designation of ACA with the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as an associate chartered accountant in New Zealand and then Canada. This was followed by his position as controller of a management services company which was responsible for the management of numerous private and publicly traded companies. Since 1993, Anderson has served as president of Amteck Financial Corp. (and its predecessors), a private financial consulting services company servicing both private and public companies. He is a former director of 3D Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DDD), and was formerly a founder, officer, and director of Worldbid.com. Anderson has also been involved in raising funds for numerous private and public companies in all stages of their development and has been an officer and director for numerous public and private companies over the past 40 years.

Charles James Cayias, President & Director
Charles James Cayias is also the president and owner of Charles James Cayias Insurance Inc. He is a third-generation insurance professional whose creativity and artistic vision have enabled him to establish a full-service agency combined with the personal service each client deserves. His outstanding people skills, honesty, integrity and fairness are evident by his loyal and growing clientele, the majority of which are referrals who become long-time customers and friends. Cayias began his insurance career in the early 1970s and has been licensed since 1977. He is licensed in all 50 states and specializes in niche programs. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of the insurance industry including commercial insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, professional liability, risk management and bonding.

Tony Sansone, COO & VP of Finance
Tony Sansone has over 30 years of financial, operations and business development experience which includes serving as CFO in the health care, foodservice distribution, manufacturing and technology sectors, including public company experience. He has held senior finance positions in the banking, telecommunications, medical products, and food & drug retailer industries, closing over $430 million of private debt, equity and line of credit financings and over $350 million of a merger, acquisitions, real estate and state incentive transactions, including due diligence, negotiations, closing, and integration. Sansone coordinated and was the executive sponsor for four ERP implementations and multiple other best-in-class software & technology solutions. He received his MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Utah State University. Sansone also currently serves as president-elect of the Utah Chapter of Financial Executives International and a past president and current member of the board of trustees for Catholic Community Services of Utah. He is the proud father of three children.

Christopher J. Panos, Vice President & Director
Christopher J. Panos is a highly competitive sales professional with over 15 years of territory manager sales experience and an award-winning record of achievements. He is exceptionally well organized with a proven work history that demonstrates self-discipline, superb communication skills, and the initiative to achieve both personal and corporate goals. Panos is successful in building relationships with a large network of industry professionals in order to grow and maintain new and existing business, exceed new sales objectives and provide in-depth product training to authorized dealers and sales personnel.

Alexander Walker III ESQ, Corporate Counsel & Director
Alexander Walker III ESQ has served as director of the company since September of 2018 and as counsel to the company since July of 2018. Walker is an attorney and has been a member of the Utah Bar Association since 1987 and a member of the Nevada State Bar since 2003. His practice has involved general business litigation, in both federal and state courts, and transactional work, including securities offerings and registration, corporate formation and periodic reporting compliance. Walker has provided legal services to emerging businesses throughout his carrier and at times has served as an officer and board member as well as legal counsel public companies. His duties as legal counsel for a public company engaged in the business of ownership and operation of coal-producing properties in the western United States included oversight of corporate-related legal matters including securities reporting, corporate compliance, federal and state mining regulation, and employment law oversight. He also has served as the chair of the Mining Committee of the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar, a member of the board of directors of the South East Utah Energy Producers Association, the co-chair of the board of the Western Energy Training Center, a board member of the Utah Supreme Court Committee to Review the ABA Recommendations Regarding the Office of Professional Conduct, and a board member of the University of Utah Crimson Club.

Jennifer Epperson, Vice President of Sales
Jennifer Epperson has over 20 years of B2B sales experience with exceptional success history. She has grown and developed sales territories across multiple industries. Her ability to find and develop strategic relationships has given her top-level performance throughout her career. Epperson’s passion and knowledge provide an inherent ability to connect and retain relationships for the growth of the company. Throughout her professional career, she has achieved peak performance sales results and awards year after year. She captures the vision of the company and drives it forward with enthusiasm and expertise. Her commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience has been the key to her success.

Richard Matthews, Interim Financial Controller
Richard Matthews joined the InsuraGuest team in March 2019 as the interim financial controller. Leading the Finance and Audit team, Matthews is responsible for the delivery of financial services such as accounting, treasury, reporting, budgeting and insurance management, in accordance with legislative requirements and organizational policies and strategies. He has over 30 years of experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including compliance, business process, audit, and financial reporting. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Utah and is a licensed CPA in the state of Utah.

Roger Bloss, Corporate Consultant & Board Advisor
Roger Bloss joined InsuraGuest in August of 2019 to advise the company and its board on hotel transactions, contributing his knowledge from more than 40 years in the hospitality industry. Bloss previously served in executive positions with several major hotel franchise companies and in 1996 founded Vantage Hospitality Group hotel brands. Under his leadership, Vantage became a Top 10 global hotel company and made the Inc. 500/5000 list of Americas’ fastest-growing private companies for eight straight years. Bloss was named Lodging Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” in 2006 and 2010, and in 2009 earned a spot on HSMAI’s “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.” Bloss joined Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) in September 2016 in conjunction with the acquisition of Vantage.

Jim Kilduff, Board Advisor
James “Jim” C. Kilduff has nearly 40 years of experience in the insurance and risk management sectors. He is a dynamic and energetic team leader and builder with extensive experience in the changes affecting the insurance business through Gas, alternative distribution, insurtechs and program business. His skillset includes experience as chief insurance officer with Outdoorsy Insurance Group, CEO with Harbor Hill Solutions Inc., and senior vice president and chief marketing officer with State National Insurance Companies. His career has spanned MGA creation and management, insurance company management, business development and underwriting, primary insurance and reinsurance.

Don Archibald, Board Advisor
Don Archibald brings to InsuraGuest’s advisory board 54 years of experience as an insurance agent. Archibald is the founder and former owner of Archibald Clarke and Defieux (ACD Insurance), as well as the co-founder and former equity partner of Sussex Insurance, and an agent with Sussex since 2014.

InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.12, even for the day, on 3,600 volume with 3 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 29,506 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.07/$0.100000001.

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Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO).

Pressure BioScience (OTCQB: PBIO), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments, consumables and platform-technology solutions to the worldwide life sciences and other industries, today announced that the combination of PBIO's patented Pressure Cycling Technology ("PCT") with RedShiftBio's proprietary Microfluidic Modulation Spectroscopy ("MMS") has resulted in a powerful new platform for biotherapeutic drug development ("PCT-enhanced MMS"). To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/UM67p

Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO) develops, markets and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the life sciences sample preparation market. Sample preparation refers to the wide range of activities that precede most forms of scientific analysis. It is often complex and time-consuming, yet a critical part of scientific research. The market for sample preparation products is currently estimated at $6 billion worldwide.

The Company’s product line can be used to exquisitely control the sample preparation process. It is based on a patented, enabling technology platform called pressure cycling technology (“PCT”). PCT uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient (14.5 psi) and ultra-high levels (up to 100,000 psi) to safely and reproducibly control critical biological processes, such as the lysis (breakage) of cells, the digestion of proteins, and the inactivation of pathogens.

Pressure BioSciences’ product line is led by its newly released, next-generation Barocycler 2320EXTREME instrument. Named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 R&D Awards (also known as the “Oscars of Innovation”), the Barocycler 2320EXT is already being touted by some key opinion leaders as an essential element of the $1.8 billion U.S. “Cancer Moonshot” program. For example, Professor Phil Robinson, Co-head of the cancer research center of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia), said in a recent interview: “We are collecting the whole proteome on 70,000 tumor samples from all classes where complete clinical outcome is known. Due to its unique capabilities, the Barocycler 2320EXT has become a critical part of our program. It is the primary enabler of the high-throughput component of the project. Without this step, our project simply could not be done. In fact, the Barocycler 2320EXT works so well we have just purchased two more.”

Momentum is building when it comes to the potential for using the Company’s unique PCT technology platform. Leading scientists are intrigued by Pressure BioSciences’ approach, which among other attributes, revolutionizes the process of rupturing cells (lysis) for further study, yielding superior biomolecules for investigation. The Company’s technology transcends current methods of breaking open cells, which use chemicals, blades, metal beads, or other damaging and altering methods that can ultimately adversely affect the result for researchers. Pressure BioSciences’ PCT technology utilizes customized, controlled hydrostatic (water) pressure to rupture cells in a chamber, enabling exquisitely customized levels of pressure to optimally break open different types of cells at prescribed pressure levels—something never before accomplished in a commercial setting. Using this pioneering method, the result is a truer, more legitimate sample, which boosts the efficacy of research and the quality of results. The potential impact of this technology on scientific advancement is enormous, enabling research scientists to begin their studies with biological samples of unprecedented integrity, with the potential to improve research outcomes at the earliest, most critical step. PCT can additionally inactivate pathogens (e.g., viruses, bacteria) using hydrostatic pressure, making the samples safer to study—another innovation with astronomical potential for application in a variety of markets.

The Company’s high-pressure instruments for research purposes are marketed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date, Pressure BioSciences has installed nearly 300 PCT Systems in over 165 leading academic, government, biotech and pharma laboratories around the world. Its primary applications are in biomarker discovery, forensics, agriculture and pathology. Over 100 scientific papers have been published on the advantages of the PCT platform, which is also being used in the specialized fields of drug discovery and design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil and plant biology, vaccine development and histology.

Impressive as their biotech business is, there is more to the PBI story. Pressure BioSciences recently received two patents in China for its novel Ultra Shear Technology (UST), a process that has potential in a wide range of industrial applications, including extending the shelf life of some food products and making two insoluble liquids (like oil in water) soluble. Patents have also been filed in many other countries worldwide. UST is a novel technique based on the use of intense shear forces generated from ultra-high-pressure valve discharge.

This important technology has the potential to play a significant role in a number of commercially important areas through its ability to create high-quality, stable nanoemulsions. Scientific studies indicate that improved absorption, higher bioavailability, greater stability, lower surfactant levels and other advantages can be achieved with nanoemulsions – all hugely important factors in the fields of nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and in various medical products. There is an enormous opportunity in the cannabis market, since the technology can potentially reduce oil droplets containing cannabidiol (CBD) to nanoparticles, after which they can be safely suspended in a stable water solution—something many companies have endeavored to achieve without success. Researchers looking for a way to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids in the body will find this technology a game changer.

The Company’s UST technology also has possibilities in the production of clean label foods, which are currently processed using several innovative methods, including high-pressure treatments (such as Starbucks’ Evolution line of juices). In 2015, the worldwide market for high-pressure processed (HPP) food was estimated at U.S. $10 billion. UST uses ultra-high pressures and certain valves to generate intense shear forces under controlled temperature conditions to produce nanoemulsions, and which also significantly reduces food-borne pathogens. Pressure BioSciences’ initial focus with this technology will be to evaluate UST for the production of high-quality dairy products and beverages.

Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO), closed Thursday's trading session at $2.49, off by 2.3529%, on 11,933 volume with 20 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 15,519 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.600600004/$3.95000004.

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Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU).

With many global uranium mines currently shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR), the United States’ largest domestic producer of uranium, continues to operate its White Mesa Mill in Utah and is ideally poised to benefit from its reliable, stable production of uranium, which is designated by the U.S. government as vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. Energy Fuels also continues to maintain its two in situ recovery (ISR) facilities on standby in Wyoming and Texas. Also today, NetworkNewsWire released an Audio Press Release featuring UUUU detailing how the company has led recent efforts to warn the U.S. government about the security threats to uranium supply chain disruption and the vital importance of having a sustainable domestic uranium sector. If the U.S. fails to act, 20% of the nation’s electricity — and 55% of its clean, carbon-free electricity — may become hostage to malign foreign sources of uranium, and recent events show that any supply chain disruption, benign or intentional, can have devastating impact.

Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR), based in Lakewood, Colorado, is the country’s largest producer of uranium and the leading conventional producer of vanadium, both designated by the U.S. government as critical minerals.

As the leading U.S. diversified uranium miner, Energy Fuels’ uranium production portfolio stands apart in the world. Energy Fuels has more uranium production facilities, more production capacity, and more in-ground resources than any other company in the United States. In fact, the company’s assets have produced over one-third of all U.S. uranium over the past 15 years and is uniquely positioned to increase production to meet new demand.

Energy Fuels utilizes both conventional and in-situ recovery (“ISR”) technology to produce uranium from three strategic facilities:

  • White Mesa Mill in Utah (conventional) has a licensed capacity of over 8 million pounds of U3O8 per year. The highly strategic White Mesa Mill is the only conventional uranium mill in the country and is proximate to some of the largest and highest-grade uranium mines and projects in the U.S., including the Company’s Canyon mine, La Sal Complex, Henry Mountains Complex and Roca Honda Project. White Mesa Mill provides Energy Fuels with significant production scalability as uranium demand increases. The White Mesa Mill also has other diverse businesses, including vanadium, rare earth elements (REE’s), alternate feed materials recycling and land cleanup, all described below.
  • Nichols Ranch Plant (ISR) is located in the productive Powder River Basin district of Wyoming and has a total licensed capacity of 2 million pounds of U3O8 per year. Nichols Ranch has produced 1.2 million pounds of U3O8 since commissioning in 2014, and it has significant future expansion potential from 34 fully licensed wellfields containing significant in-ground uranium resources.
  • Alta Mesa Plant (ISR) is located on over 200,000 acres of private land in Texas. The fully licensed and constructed ISR project has a total operating capacity of 1.5 million pounds of uranium per year and produced nearly 5 million pounds of U3O8 between 2005 and 2013. This low-cost production facility is currently on standby, maintained in a state of readiness to respond to expected increases in demand.

In addition to being the largest uranium miner in the U.S., Energy Fuels’ overall portfolio also includes a pipeline of high-quality, large-scale exploration and development projects that are permitted or are in advanced stages of permitting, as well as an industry-leading U.S. NI 43-101 Mineral Resource portfolio.

FACTOID: Energy Fuels has led industry efforts over the past two-plus years to get the U.S. government to recognize the importance of domestically produced uranium, including the 2018 – 2019 Uranium Section 232, the ongoing Nuclear Fuel Working Group and the recently announced creation of the U.S. strategic uranium reserve. The U.S. is by far the largest consumer of uranium in the world, yet we import almost all of our requirements; Energy Fuels aims to change that.

Nuclear Market Potential

Multiple studies in top scientific journals have shown that nuclear power is cleanest and most economical way to produce reliable electricity as worldwide demand continues to soar. Nuclear power is presently the only available and affordable low-carbon power source that can meet both current and future baseload electricity demands while simultaneously reducing air pollution and mitigating climate change. U.S. nuclear power plants currently generate nearly 20% of the nation’s electricity overall and 55% of its carbon-free electricity and even a modest increase in electricity demand would require significant new nuclear capacity by 2025. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), there are currently 441 operable reactors, with another 54 units under construction and 439 in various stages of planning; in addition, the WNA has identified a potentially massive supply/demand gap through 2040 of 1 billion pounds. These factors among others are expected to significantly drive increased demand for uranium.

Reasons Nuclear is Gaining Traction

  • Nuclear reactors emit no greenhouse gases during operation. Over their full lifetimes, they result in comparable emissions to renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar.
  • Unlike any other form of energy, the waste from nuclear energy is contained and managed securely. Used fuel is currently being safely stored for ultimate disposal or future reprocessing, and 96% of this waste can potentially be recycled.
  • Greater demand for clean electricity to power everything from homes to automobiles, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

No. 1 U.S. Producer of Vanadium in 2019

Energy Fuels also produces vanadium as a byproduct of uranium production. Vanadium is designated a critical mineral, essential to the economic and national security of the United States. Energy Fuels was the largest producer of vanadium in the U.S. in 2019, and has significant high-grade, in-ground vanadium resources, as well as a separate high-purity vanadium production circuit at their White Mesa Mill, which is also the only conventional vanadium mill in the country. Crucial for use in the steel, aerospace, and chemical industries, vanadium plays a critical role in the production of high-strength and light-weight metallic alloys and demand is expected to increase across the globe.

Energy Fuels has several fully permitted and developed standby mines containing large quantities of high-grade vanadium, along with uranium, including:

  • La Sal Complex (Utah)
  • Whirlwind Mine (Colorado/Utah)
  • Rim Mine (Colorado)

Vanadium has also gained increased attention as a catalyst in next-generation high-capacity, “community-scale” batteries used for energy storage generated from renewable sources. Demand is only expected to grow as this market expands. With recent upgrades in its vanadium production operations, in 2019 Energy Fuels produced commercial levels of the highest purity (99.7%) vanadium in the mill’s history and can rapidly adjust production to meet volatile market conditions. Energy Fuels is one of the very few known avenues that provides investors access the vanadium market.

Rare Earth Element (REE) Production, Alternate Feed Material Recycling, and Land Cleanup

The White Mesa Mill also provides the company with diverse cashflow generating opportunities. Security of supply for Rare Earth Elements (REEs) supporting U.S. military and defense requirements is a major issue today. Energy Fuels has been approached by a number of entities, including the U.S. government, inquiring about the potential to process certain REEs at the mill. The White Mesa Mill is currently licensed to process certain REEs, including tantalum and niobium. And, early indications are that the mill can be utilized to produce several other REEs. The White Mesa Mill is also the only facility in North America licensed and capable of recycling alternate feed materials (AFMs). AFMs are essentially low-level waste materials that contain recoverable quantities of natural (or unenriched) uranium. The Company typically generates between $5 and $15 million per year from AFM recycling. Finally, Energy Fuels is seeking to become involved in the cleanup of legacy Cold War era uranium mines in the Four Corners region of the U.S., including on the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has access to over $1.5 billion for the cleanup of just a fraction of the sites on the Navajo Nation. The White Mesa Mill is fully licensed to receive much of this material, we are one of the government’s lowest cost options, and we have the ability to recycle the material and produce usable uranium from it.

Management Team

Mark S. Chalmers, President and CEO
Mark S. Chalmers is the president and chief executive officer of Energy Fuels, a position he has held since Feb. 1, 2018, following his role as chief operating officer of Energy Fuels from July 1, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, Chalmers served as executive general manager of Production for Paladin Energy Ltd., a uranium producer with assets in Australia and Africa, including the Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera mines where, as head of operations, he oversaw sustained, significant increases in production while reducing operating costs. He also possesses extensive experience in in situ recovery (“ISR”) uranium production, including management of the Beverley Uranium Mine owned by General Atomics (Australia), and the Highland mine owned by Cameco Corporation (USA). Chalmers has also consulted to several of the largest players in the uranium supply sector, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Marubeni, and until recently served as the chair of the Australian Uranium Council, a position he held for 10 years. Chalmers is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona.

W. Paul Goranson, COO
W. Paul Goranson is the chief operating officer for Energy Fuels. Goranson has 30 years of mining, processing and regulatory experience in the uranium extraction industry that includes both conventional and in-situ recovery (“ISR”) mining, and he is a registered professional engineer. Prior to the acquisition by Energy Fuels of Uranerz Energy Corporation, Goranson served as president, chief operating officer and director for Uranerz, where he was responsible for operations of the Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project. In addition to those duties, he also managed uranium marketing, regulatory and government affairs, exploration and land. Prior to joining Uranerz, Goranson served as president of Cameco Resources, where he led the operations at the Smith Ranch-Highland, Crow Butte and North Butte ISR uranium recovery facilities. Goranson also served as vice president of Mesteña Uranium LLC, and he has served in senior positions with Rio Algom Mining, (a subsidiary of BHP Billiton), and Uranium Resource Inc. Goranson has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&I University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

David C. Frydenlund, CFO, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
David C. Frydenlund is chief financial officer, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Energy Fuels. His responsibilities include oversight of all legal matters relating to the company’s activities. His expertise extends to NRC, EPA, state and federal regulatory and environmental laws and regulations. From 1997 to 2012, Frydenlund was vice president of regulatory affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of Denison Mines Corp., and its predecessor International Uranium Corporation (“IUC”). He also served as a director of IUC from 1997 to 2006 and CFO of IUC from 2000 to 2005. From 1996 to 1997, Frydenlund was vice president of the Lundin Group of international public mining and oil and gas companies, and prior thereto was a partner with the Vancouver law firm of Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais) where his practice focused on corporate, securities and international mining transactions law. Frydenlund holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Simon Fraser University, a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Curtis H. Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development
Curtis H. Moore is the vice president of Marketing and Corporate Development for Energy Fuels. He oversees product marketing for Energy Fuels, and is closely involved in mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, public relations, and corporate legal. He has been with Energy Fuels for over 12 years, holding various roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Energy Fuels, Moore worked in multi-family real estate development, government relations and public affairs, production homebuilding, and private law practice. Moore is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado. He holds Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Economics-Government from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

 

Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU), closed Thursday's trading session at $1.54, off by 3.1447%, on 2,482,136 volume with 7,726 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,448,501 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.779999971/$3.31999993.

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Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Exro Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: EXROF).

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF), whose technology unlocks the unrealized power within the world’s electric motors, has announced that Werner Kitz, an industry leader in electric motors and drives, has joined the Exro Business Advisory Board.

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF), a Canadian technology company, is an innovative pioneer in the energy sector. Exro has developed and commercialized an electric power module (EPM) that integrates into existing motor systems to make them smarter. Exro’s patented technology optimizes existing motor performance by automatically sensing and adapting operating parameters to an optimized state, creating measurable efficiency gains, reduced mechanical components and increased system availability.

Applications

Exro’s technology and efficiency optimization algorithms improve the performance and efficiency of electric motors by manipulating power delivery to individual coils, thereby enabling the ability to expand operating parameters. This novel approach is scalable and can be utilized in most variable torque applications.

The widespread applications of Exro’s technology apply to optimizing the performance of electric vehicles, locomotive traction applications, industrial motors, and other variable torque applications that benefit from smart energy conversion.

Intellectual Property

Exro’s proprietary, patented software controls electric motor coils through individual coil switching. This introduction of intelligence into energy conversion at the level of individual coils results in expanded speed/torque capability, improved machine efficiency, reliability, safety and maintenance across a wider operating range. Exro’s advanced control algorithms create smart, real-time optimized power management.

Exro currently holds 15 patents, with 8 patents pending and additional patents under development. The company continues to expand its IP portfolio to support its goal of becoming a globally recognized leader in leveraging advanced control algorithms to improve the performance, efficiency and longevity of electric motors and generators.

Market Opportunity

Electric motors are the single biggest consumer of electricity. They account for about two-thirds of industrial power consumption and about 45% of global power consumption, according to an analysis by the International Energy Agency. Exro’s technology seeks to give industries a new way to look at energy—from electric vehicles, to industrial equipment, to renewable applications like wind farms; we are improving the way energy is consumed.

Laboratory Expansion

The 6,500-square-foot Exro Innovation Center (EIC), scheduled to open spring of 2020 in Calgary, will transition the current Victoria lab into one Calgary based center. The company’s new laboratory space will expand its service capabilities to customers, provide larger test capabilities, and showcase how Exro’s technology can be applied to dramatically improve the performance of electrical motors.

The EIC will also host collaborative events to explore advances in energy consumption and electric motor innovations, with participants from across Canada and around the world.

Strategic Partnerships

  • A strategic agreement with Finland’s Aurora Powertrains Oy, which in 2019 released an all-electric production snowmobile called the “eSled,” will see Exro’s technology added to the Aurora electric powertrain. The snowmobile sector’s economic footprint is estimated at $26 billion in the U.S., $8 billion in Canada, and $5 billion in Europe and Asia.
  • An agreement with Potencia in Mexico serving the last mile vehicle segment will integrate Exro’s custom drive and EPM module into small passenger commercial vehicles (taxis) and fleet delivery trucks
  • A licensing agreement with Motorino Electric, a leader in the Canadian electric transportation industry, will integrate Exro’s Electric Power Module technology into Motorino’s CTi electric bicycle.

Management

Chief Executive Officer Sue Ozdemir is a proven leader in the innovation and manufacturing of electric motors. She has nine years of accomplishments at General Electric, acting as CCO and the CEO of GE’s Small Industrial Motors Division, overseeing the division’s North American and international markets – ultimately building the division into a $160 million enterprise.

Chief Commercial Officer Josh Sobil is leading the seamless adoption of Exro’s growing product portfolio focused on the mobility segment and opening doors in all segments including agriculture, heavy industry, energy, construction, among others.

Executive Chairman Mark Godsy is a serial technology entrepreneur who has been involved in many top tier ventures, including two of Canada’s most successful biotech companies.

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.211256, off by 3.533%, on 14,369 volume with 12 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 106,257 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.124389998/$0.522899985.

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PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA).

PowerBand Solutions (TSX.V: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA) today announced that it has commenced the process of trademark registration for the brand DRIVRZ as its top-level wordmark and logo for upcoming leasing and finance operations, as well as current consumer interactions. Trademark protection for DRIVRZ is underway for Canada, the United States and world markets. The company’s Canadian financial arm has also been incorporated under DRIVRZ Financial Inc. in Canada. Per the news release, the company will continue to use PowerBand as its corporate name and keep its current symbols on public markets for investors and regulators. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/ai9IC

A Better Way to Connect and Acquire Vehicles

PowerBand’s mission is to create an online, consumer-directed marketplace that streamlines the interactions among all participants in the automotive industry. It transforms today’s antiquated business model with speed, transparency, access to information and ease of use for consumers and dealers.

Consumers can easily connect with new sources to buy vehicles, network with motivated buyers and sellers, maximize their trade-in values, improve their customer experience. PowerBand’s standardized system and transaction process also increase efficiencies and benefits with hands-on, process-driven, in-store training and support.

Through internal development, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, PowerBand is developing solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers, commercial customers and lenders that are poised to transform the trillion-dollar U.S. automotive industry.

The PowerBand Auto Platform

PowerBand’s transaction platform was developed by a team of experienced automotive, technology and finance experts, and has been refined through years of operational experience. Built on the core belief that the consumer prefers to primarily conduct automotive transactions online and avoid interactions with unnecessary middlemen, PowerBand’s product solutions include:

  • Leasing: PowerBand is currently licensed in 33 U.S. states via a majority interest in MUSA Auto Finance LLC, an advanced online leasing technology platform that has transformed the new and used vehicle leasing industry. A partnership with Tesla was recently finalized, making MUSA the only approved, non-captive lease partner for Tesla in the U.S.
  • Inventory and Financing: A partnership with RouteOne LLC, a leading financial platform founded in 2002 by Ally Financial, Ford Motor Credit Co., TD Auto Finance and Toyota Financial Services, allows access to a network of more than 18,000 dealerships and 1,400 financing sources.
  • Auction Platform: PowerBand and its joint-venture partner, D2D Auto Auctions, are developing a direct consumer-to-dealer and a consumer-to-consumer automotive portal, which will provide an innovative alternative to physical dealership and auction locations.
  • LiveNet Auction: An online platform portal that allows dealers to create instant live vehicle auctions to a vast network of the industry’s top used vehicle buyers.
  • MarketPlace Auction: An online listing auction site for buying and selling automotive inventory – ideal for dealers, fleet, OEM and rental companies.
  • Used Vehicle Inspections: An LOI agreement with TÜV NORD Mobility Inc., a German-based global leader in vehicle inspections operating in more than 70 countries, will provide the most comprehensive, certified vehicle inspection reports available in North America. Appointments booked within the platform can be performed nearly anywhere.
  • Product Development: PowerBand’s comprehensive consumer solution, Driveaway, will be a fully transactional consumer marketplace where dealers and consumers can buy, sell, trade-in and finance vehicles, often in seconds, from the comfort of their home.

Automotive’s Growing Markets

The automotive dealership and commercial fleet vehicle auction industry is a $100-billion sector with more than 40 million used vehicles transacted in the U.S. each year. Of those, ten million are sold through auctions. From 2013 to 2017, the growth of online-only auctions far outpaced physical auctions, growing at a 33% compound annual growth rate compared to 2% CAGR at physical auctions.

Automotive leasing is another large, growing and fragmented market, generating approximately $120-billion in annual revenue. As a percentage of vehicle sales, leasing reached 30% in 2018, up from 21% in 2012, and is seen as a substantial opportunity for PowerBand and MUSA Auto Finance. Using proprietary technology and by focusing on high-quality, credit-worthy customers, MUSA grew its automotive lease originations to $182 million.

Disrupting Auto Leasing with MUSA

Legacy solutions are complicated, expensive and slow at processing leases. MUSA’s first-of-its-kind technology platform eliminates third-party decisions and the human capital required in the underwriting process. MUSA’s platform navigates the entire customer experience – underwriting, funding and the delivery process – within minutes. Leases can be approved in seconds.

PowerBand’s acquisition of MUSA brings together two leading-edge companies with the vision to become a one-stop platform for the entire vehicle purchase lifecycle.

Experienced Leadership

PowerBand is led by a collection of automotive veterans with a passion to collectively and positively impact the industry.

  • Kelly Jennings, president and CEO, is the founder of PowerBand Solutions and a franchise dealer owner/operator with more than 27 years of automotive experience. Jennings received General Motor’s Triple Crown Award, Ford Motor Company President’s Award and Honda Canada’s Excellence Award.
  • Darrin Swenson, COO of PowerBand and D2D Auto Auctions/Hunt Automotive Group, has more than 25 years of automotive/auction experience.
  • Jeff Morgan, CEO MUSA, holds over 25 years of experience in the auto finance sector.

 

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (OTCQB: PWWBF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.10, off by 2.0568%, on 24,000 volume with 3 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 42,159 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.038600001/$0.230000004.

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iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK).

iClick Interactive Asia Group (NASDAQ: ICLK), the largest independent, industry-leading marketing technology company in China, this morning announced that its Changyi (Shanghai) Information Technology Co., Ltd ("Changyi") subsidiary has been awarded a major industry honor by Tencent's Weixin Pay for its solution that helps optimize traffic management of client brands' mini-programs and boost sales through the Weixin Pay platform. The panel praised Changyi's innovative solution for improving consumer experience and loyalty. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/sBo14

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider connecting worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, iClick’s proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfills various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick operates in 10 locations worldwide, including Asia and Europe.

iClick aims to become a fully integrated Enterprise and Marketing Cloud Platform in China, providing clients a full consumer-cycle solution. This is facilitated by two pillars’ growth strategy through two business segments: Marketing Solutions and Enterprise Solutions.

Marketing Solutions

Using data and AI-driven technology to help brands efficiently identify, target and acquire the right customers

As the leading programmatic marketing platform in China, iClick’s proprietary platform collects a wealth of data from multiple sources to precisely reach the right audience at the right moment, on the right channel and right device. Cross-screen search solutions capture critical micro-moments when users proactively search for what they need. This multi-dimensional approach to marketing allows iClick to effectively understand internet users and exponentially widen target audiences for its brand clients. Multiple monetization models available in the Marketing Solutions segment allow iClick to serve its clients in several ways, such as audience targeting.

Data-driven marketing is indispensable to marketers targeting specific audiences in China. More than 825 million internet users in China are anonymously profiled on iClick’s platform, which boasts cross-channel and cross-screen capabilities.

Enterprise Solutions

Enabling brands to efficiently manage their consumers through online and offline data integration and analysis, increase the repurchase rate, and enhance consumers’ loyalty

iClick’s Enterprise Solutions segment addresses enterprise needs in China, particularly focusing on “smart retail,” an expanding and innovating market involving the combination of online and offline consumers’ behavioral information. Enterprise Solutions support detailed profiling of customers, which facilitates data-driven business strategies, enhances business processes at various levels, and increases operational and marketing efficiency.

Enterprise Solutions leverages iClick’s proprietary platform that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn, build and store knowledge, enabling accurate predictions about consumer behavior that ultimately provide marketing solutions derived from the large amount of available data.

Through a strategic partnership with Tencent, iClick’s Enterprise Solutions presents strong recurring revenue streams with tremendous opportunities to upsell multi-national corporations (MNCs). Tencent’s proprietary API connection enables brands to build 360-degree consumer profiles based on the collection and integration of purchased behavioral information from online and offline touchpoints, including WeChat Mini Programs, WeChat Payment, WeChat Work and more.

As iClick continues to provide integrated marketing and smart retail solutions targeting Chinese consumers, the company believes Enterprise Solutions has strong long-term growth potential and will become a major gross margin contributor in the future.

Partnerships

In 2019, iClick established various agreements and partnerships with a number of leading southeast and northeast Asian companies for regional diversification and in 2020 is focused on continuing to develop additional partnerships and new business models globally. Many of the world’s top companies are leveraging iClick’s proprietary data platform to precisely identify and reach out to core target audience groups in China.

The company’s partnerships include:

  • A tri-partnership with BTG WELINK, an online retail services arm of Beijing Tourism Group (“BTG”), and Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s leading provider of internet value added services. As part of this partnership, iClick applies its upgraded solutions to build a private DSP (Demand Side Platform) system for BTG. Using Tencent’s big data advertising platform, iClick can assist BTG to develop precision marketing campaigns.
  • An Advertising Agency Authorization Certificate from Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), under which iClick is designated the authorized agency for native advertising of Baidu’s news feed ads. Native advertising is a consumer-friendly, non-disruptive advertising format that has gained rapid popularity among advertisers in recent years. Native advertising and creative marketing content have become a more effective marketing method among the Chinese young consumers. In 2019, the native advertising sector was estimated to have an around 53.5% share of the online advertising revenue, according to Statista.
  • A joint-venture partnership with VGI Global Media Plc (VGI.BKK), Thailand’s No. 1 online to offline (O2O) solutions provider across advertising, payment and logistics platforms, which enables brands in Southeast Asia to capture the multi-billion-dollar Chinese consumer market through a range of technology-driven marketing solutions.

Case Study: Armani Hotel Dubai

Dubai has been gearing up to welcome the growing wave of Chinese visitors. Chinese nationals are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival into the UAE, which gives Chinese travelers tremendous convenience. In light of this, Armani Hotel Dubai set the objective to increase its sales in this market.

The challenge: What Aarmani Hotel Dubai lacked in executing this goal was insightful understanding of Chinese travelers in particular the demographics that were likely to be attracted to the hotel. Challenged by the huge differences in the business practice, unique culture and language barrier in running digital campaigns in China, Armani Hotel Dubai turned to iClick’s know-how and expertise to guide its campaign to success and meet its sales goal.

The solution: iClick tailored an optimal solution for the hotel to increase brand awareness and booking rate from China – which is the key market for the hotel – and successfully assisted Armani Hotel Dubai in reaching its target Chinese audiences by using China’s most popular mobile and internet sites, including WeChat and Weibo, to improve reach and booking potential.

The results: Due to iClick’s unrivaled technological and execution strengths, Armani Hotel Dubai’s ads were delivered in an omnichannel manner, raising brand awareness and garnering interest between Chinese consumers. Subsequently, Armani Hotel Dubai saw a surge in conversion rate.
During the campaign, the Armani Hotel Dubai brand was connected with 87% of Chinese mobile users.

Award-winning Provider

iClick, a Deloitte Technology Fast50, has received multiple industry awards from the international marketing community. The company is committed to helping clients access digital China with its omni-channel, data-driven marketing solutions that deliver uniquely sharpened marketing capabilities and outstanding advertising results.

Most recently, iClick subsidiary OptAim (Beijing) Information Technology Co., Ltd was recognized by Tencent Ads as a 2019 Gold Service Provider. Tencent Ads also named OptAim the winner of three major annual awards for the second half of 2019: “Outstanding Contribution of the Year,” “Best Technology & Data Application Award,” and “Best Branding Awards.”

In November 2019, company co-founder and CEO Sammy Hsieh was chosen as the winner of the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year China 2019 Award in Technology Category,” an award recognizing his entrepreneurial acumen, innovative spirit and strong leadership. As one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades, the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year” awards program honors those who accomplish success by combining ability with opportunity, and inspire others with great vision, leadership and outstanding achievement.

iClick won the Annual Influential Platform Award and the Innovation Golden Award in Marketing at the Creative Award 2019, as well as the Best Tourism Marketing Agency. The company was also the recipient of the “Best Brand and Performance Marketing Award” at the Performance Marketing Ecosystem Summit 2018 hosted by the Advertising & Marketing Service, a division of Tencent Holdings Limited.

The company in 2018 was also recognized as “Platinum Service Partner of Tencent Social Ads” at the Tencent Key Accounts Mid-Year Summit held in Beijing. The mobile division of iClick, Optaim, received the same award beginning in 2016. Optaim was also the “Best DSP Partner” and “Key Account Data Partner” of Tencent, making it the only player in China with such unique and deep level of cooperation with Tencent Social Ads.

Leadership

Sammy Wing Hong Hsieh, chairman of the board and co-founder, was CEO from 2009 to 2019. Prior to co-founding iClick, Hsieh held senior positions in several prominent technology companies. He was general manager for Asia Pacific at Efficient Frontier (now an Adobe company), a leading digital performance marketing company, and was director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong from 2000-2008. Hsieh received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jian Tang, director, CEO and co-founder, has 20 years of experience in digital advertising and is well-known in China for his expertise in advertising technologies and big data. In 2012, he founded OptAim, which was acquired by iClick in 2015, and has served key research, engineering and management roles at Yahoo’s global research and development center. Tang received his doctorate in computer engineering from Tsinghua University and was named by Campaign Asia as one of the leaders in its Digital A-List in 2016.

Terence Chi Wai Li, chief financial officer, has 15 years of experience in financial management, investment and business operations. He has served in management roles and advisory capacities at several start-ups, in addition to financial management and fundraising roles. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in M&A due diligence and cross border tax and deal structuring projects. Li received an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School. He is a Fellow Member of ACCA, a Member of HKICPA, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK), closed Thursday's trading session at $4.70, up 6.8182%, on 553,195 volume with 3,642 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 321,359 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $2.73000001/$5.48999977.

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Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Canopy Rivers Inc. (RIV) (CNPOF).

Canopy Rivers (TSX: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF), a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis, today announced that its 49%-owned joint venture in Leamington, Ontario, PharmHouse Inc., amended its syndicated credit facility ("Credit Facility") with the Bank of Montreal ("BMO"), as the agent and lead lender, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Concentra Bank (together with BMO, the "Lenders"). According to the update, the amended terms provide PharmHouse with an additional $10 million of secured debt financing, representing an increase to the Credit Facility that was initially announced in January 2019. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/G8Xuq

Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) is the venture capital investment platform of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC).

Canopy Rivers is a unique investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. Canopy Rivers collaborates with Canopy Growth to identify strategic counterparties seeking financial and/or operating support. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Canopy Rivers has developed an ecosystem of complementary cannabis operating companies operating throughout the cannabis value chain.

Canopy Rivers, in collaboration with Canopy Growth, has established a diverse portfolio of cannabis industry investments that includes domestic and international companies, licensed producers, late-stage licensed producer applicants, pharmaceutical formulators, brand developers and distributors, retail networks, and technology and media platforms. Investments are customized for each counterparty and include a balanced mix of equity, debt, royalty and profit-sharing agreements.

Canopy Rivers’ expanding portfolio includes:

  • Agripharm Corp. (private) is an ACMPR licensed producer, acquired by Canopy Growth in January 2017. In November 2017 Agripharm completed a joint venture with globally recognized partners Green House Seeds and Organa Brands. Canopy Growth has sublicensed proprietary technology, trademarks, genetics, know-how and other intellectual property from Agripharm to distribute the suite of Green House and Organa Brands products across the country, when permissible.
  • CanapaR Corp. (private) owns 80% of CanapaR Italy, a Sicily-based company focused on developing and commercializing Italy’s local hemp cultivation industry through its partnership with the renowned Department of Agriculture at the University of Catania and its rapidly building extraction capabilities for the production of organic CBD oil. CanapaR Italy’s outsource farming model with local Sicilian farmers and its university partnership will provide it with a low-cost source of organic CBD oil, which is increasingly used as an input into new commercial products in the growing health and wellness industries.
  • Civilized Worldwide Inc. (private), is a media and lifestyle brand with offices in New Brunswick and California that embraces and highlights modern cannabis culture. Civilized aims to engage the millions of productive, motivated people who choose to enjoy cannabis responsibly as part of their lifestyle. Reaching 2+ million unique visitors per month, North America-wide, Civilized produces engaging content for and about people who enjoy cannabis responsibly.
  • James E. Wagner Cultivation Ltd. (TSXV:JWCA) was founded in 2007 by third generation agricultural and cannabis cultivators. JWC is the first entirely aeroponic producer of cannabis in Canada, and its patent-pending aeroponic production technology, called GrowthStormTM, allows for perpetual harvesting and improved yields. The company was issued a license to cultivate from Health Canada in January 2017 and a subsequent sales license in March 2018.
  • LiveWell Foods Canada Inc. (TSXV:LVWL) was established in 1993 as a nutritional lifestyle company, and operates in the production of fresh produce and food technology. The company’s O-Hemp division distributes bulk and retail hemp products through its existing channel partners. LiveWell entered into a strategic agreement with Canopy Rivers and Canopy Growth in April 2018.
  • PharmHouse (private) is a joint venture between Canopy Rivers and the principals and operators of leading North American greenhouse produce companies. PharmHouse has arranged to acquire a newly built 1.3-million-square-foot greenhouse located in Leamington, Ontario.
  • Radicle Cannabis Inc. (private) is an ACMPR-licensed cannabis company based in Hamilton, Ontario backed by a management team that brings extensive experience in regulated industries, retail distribution, tobacco and pharmaceutical development, as well as Award-winning cannabis horticulturist breeders and medical professionals.
  • Solo Growth (TSXV:ALZ) is a new cannabis retail concept that will operate locations under the name “YSS by Solo,” relying on the expertise of a management team comprised of founding shareholders, senior officers and board members of Solo Liquor Stores Ltd., a leading Canadian liquor retailer. Solo Growth was established through a recapitalization of Aldershot Resources Ltd.’s corporate structure that will allow the company to execute a new retail-focused cannabis business strategy.
  • Spot Therapeutics Inc. (private) is an applicant that was acquired by Canopy Growth in August 2017 to solidify its Maritimes expansion strategy and less than four weeks later Canopy Growth signed a supply MOU with the New Brunswick government. Canopy Rivers purchased the property and entered into a long-term lease and committed funding agreement with Canopy Growth.
  • TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER) cultivates high-quality cannabis in an indoor hydroponic facility, backed by a strategic investor boasting a strong background in the pharmaceutical space and an extensive portfolio of specialty pharma assets.
  • Vert Mirabel (private) is a joint venture that was established in December 2017 between Canopy Rivers, Canopy Growth, and Les Serres Stephane Bertrand. Bertrand is a large-scale greenhouse operator located in Mirabel, Quebec, and the largest grower of pink tomatoes in the country. With guidance and assistance from Canopy Growth, the greenhouse has been upgraded and retrofitted for cannabis production and was licensed by Health Canada in May 2018.

As the company’s portfolio continues to develop, each constituent benefits from opportunities to collaborate with Canopy Growth and among themselves. Canopy Rivers believes this formula results in an ideal environment for innovation, synergy and value creation for Canopy Rivers, Canopy Growth and across the entire Rivers ecosystem.

Canopy Rivers is led by an experienced team of qualified financial and technical professionals with deep industry experience and relationship networks. The company’s acting CEO and chairman is Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth and founder of Tweed Marijuana.

Canopy Rivers Inc. (CNPOF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.5694, up 9.2081%, on 78,637 volume with 67 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 102,518 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.371499985/$3.52999997.

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Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: FRSX) (TASE: FRSX)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (FRSX).

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today that on April 9, 2020, the Company received a written notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC indicating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2), as the Company’s closing bid price for its American Depositary Shares was below $1.00 per share for the last 30 consecutive business days.

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: FRSX) (TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015 and headquartered in Israel, is a technological innovator in automotive vision systems and driver assistance technology. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Foresight Automotive Ltd., Foresight is engaged in the design, development and commercialization of stereo/quad-camera vision systems and V2X cellular-based solutions for the automotive industry based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing and sensor fusion. The company’s powerful and patented stereoscopic technology is derived from field-proven technology that has been deployed throughout the world for almost two decades.

Foresight’s innovative autonomous driving solutions are based on mature, proprietary stereoscopic image technology that uses two synchronized cameras to mimic human depth perception and produce a three-dimensional image. This 3D image can anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and other obstacles. The technology provides highly accurate real-time alerts about the vehicle’s surroundings while in motion. The systems are designed to improve driving safety by enabling highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts.

The company’s patents provide IP protection for its robust and proven proprietary stereoscopic technology, which was developed using the security technology of Foresight’s major shareholder, Magna B.S.P.

Foresight has developed three main products:

  • QuadSight™. This breakthrough detection system sets the bar for autonomous vehicle vision. It features nearly 100 percent obstacle detection with almost zero false alerts and operates optimally under all weather and lighting conditions, including darkness, rain, fog, haze and glare. QuadSight™ is the first quad-camera multi-spectral vision solution of its kind, driven by advanced and proven image processing algorithms. The system consists of two sets of stereoscopic infra-red and visible-light cameras that enable highly accurate and reliable obstacle detection for seamless 24/7 vision.
  • Eyes-On™. This solution uses advanced algorithms for accurate depth analysis and obstacle detection to provide a unique stereo vision Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). It can detect all potential obstacles regardless of shape, form or material, including other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and animals. It has an accuracy and reliability of almost 100 percent and near zero false alerts.
  • Eye-Net™. This is a cellular-based accident prevention solution that is designed to provide real-time pre-collision alerts to vehicles and pedestrians. This proprietary system is deployed on smartphones and cloud-based servers operating on existing cellular networks, and it eliminates the need for additional designated hardware. Eye-Net™ is designed to provide a complementary layer of protection to advanced driver assistance systems and extends this protection to road users who are not in direct line of sight. It is optimally designed for both urban environments and high-speed scenarios to provide protection for the most vulnerable road users. On March 28, 2018, Foresight announced that it had completed a successful feasibility study of its Eye-Net™ accident prevention solution involving 120 users of Android and iOS cell phones located across Israel.

In 2017, Foresight sought more opportunities within the international market. The Company signed pilot agreements with three leading car manufacturers in China and completed pilot projects meeting all pre-defined requirements and criteria. In addition, FRSX completed a pilot project with Uniti Sweden.

Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety continue to emphasize the dramatic reduction in accidents and injury-related crashes reported when vehicles are equipped with collision avoidance systems. A recent study by the Institute states that the rate of single-vehicle, sideswipe and head-on crashes was 11 percent lower in vehicles with the warning systems. More importantly, the study shows collision avoidance technology cut the rates of injury crashes of the same type by 21 percent.

Foresight Autonomous Holdings, Inc. also holds a 32 percent interest in RailVision, a company that develops advanced systems for railway safety and maintenance. RailVision has successfully completed 13 tests in Israel, Germany, Italy and Switzerland in addition to a real-time system test with a European railway operator. Over the course of 2017, RailVision successfully completed rounds of financing totaling $5.8 million and started the process of licensing the system according to European standards.

Haim Siboni is the founder of Foresight and has served as the company’s chief executive officer and director since 2015. Siboni, a passionate entrepreneur, has an extensive background in the marketing and business management sectors in the fields of electronics, video, TV, multimedia, computerized systems, line and wireless telecommunication, design and development of systems and devices, including electro-optic radar systems. He is the founder and CEO of Magna B.S.P., Foresight’s major shareholder and a leading innovator in the field of homeland security surveillance solutions.

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (FRSX), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.6799, up 13.3167%, on 54,332 volume with 155 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 60,591 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.460999995/$2.94000005.

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The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTC: SPRWF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (OTC: SPRWF).

The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) (FRA: 53S1), a company dedicated to growing the world’s best cannabis and becoming a leader in the global cannabis industry, completed a landmark shipment of medical cannabis from Canada to Israel. The shipment contained Supreme Cannabis’ premium medical cannabis product, which will be sold through Israel’s largest and leading producer of medical cannabis and cannabis product (http://cnw.fm/8kJWr). Also today, the company was featured in the 420 with CNW by CannabisNewsWire. The past few weeks haven’t been easy for most industries, starting as soon as parts of China started locking down to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. It quickly became apparent that a lot of industries rely on China for cheap raw materials, and as factories slowed down manufacturing in the country, most industries were faced with supply chain disruptions.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTC: SPRWF) is committed to providing premium brands and products that reflect the company’s knowledgeable customers, passionate employees and culture of innovation. The company aims to grow the world’s best legal cannabis and become a leader in the global industry. Supreme Cannabis calls its Toronto Venture Exchange stock symbol, “FIRE,” a testament to the company’s passion for cannabis and obsession with quality.

Supreme Cannabis believes the world is ready to follow Canada’s lead by ending the 100-year cannabis prohibition and, as one of Canada’s most premium cannabis producers, the company sees itself at the center of this global shift.

A key piece of Supreme Cannabis’ ability to fulfill its mission is its flagship brand, 7ACRES, a wholly owned subsidiary that operates a 440,000-square-foot hybrid cultivation facility in Kincardine, Ontario. 7ACRES is focused on building a core competency in scaled high-quality cannabis production. With a best-in-class cultivation facility producing a competitive product that fuels a leading premium brand, Supreme Cannabis has achieved a differentiated advantage in cultivation IP, products and branding. The company’s foundational investment in premium cultivation has secured it a leadership position in the industry as the Canadian market becomes more competitive and matures.

Since legalization, 7ACRES has brought five premium flower strains to market in Canada. The demand for 7ACRES product continues with the company’s most recent launch of Jack Haze, a new proprietary premium cultivar. The company’s first sativa-dominant strain, Jack Haze offers rare sensory characteristics, delivering high THC content with a terpinolene forward profile, including a complex aroma with notes of citrus, pine and warm spice. As it develops its next winning strain, 7ACRES continues to prioritize subjective quality. In the Canadian cannabis market, this approach has established 7ACRES as a well-known premium brand that commands premium pricing coast-to-coast.

In addition to 7ACRES, Supreme Cannabis has built a diversified portfolio of focused consumer-driven brands:

  • Sugarleaf by 7AC – this new brand widens Supreme Cannabis’ product offerings and targets consumers who are looking for more refined, milder consumption experience as they discover their own cannabis taste preferences and desires. Product formats under this brand are focused on offering consumers elegant and convenient cannabis experiences.
  • Blissco — dedicated to providing wellness focused consumers with premium cannabis products, education, and outstanding customer care. Blissco is focused on bringing its collection of premium whole-flower CBD oils to market.
  • Truverra — focused on being a global leader in the development, production and marketing of hemp and cannabis-derived medicinal products with clinically proven efficacy. With over 25 SKUs sold online in the UK and Europe, Truverra is ideally positioned to address emerging international cannabis opportunities.
  • Khalifa Kush Enterprises — formed through a prestigious international partnership with Khalifa Kush Enterprises (KKE) Canada, the Canadian counterpart to the popular U.S. cannabis brand KKE formed by Wiz Khalifa. Together, Supreme Cannabis and KKE Canada are developing and launching a lineup of premium cannabis products, including a future line based on the well-known Khalifa Kush strain.

Each of Supreme Cannabs’ brands and partnerships have been strategically identified and designed to support the company’s mission to enhance the lives of consumers through positive cannabis experiences. Equally important to delivering desirable consumer experiences is the infrastructure supporting the company’s brands and products. From seed to sale, supreme cannabis continues to build an impressive group of operating assets that serve key functions throughout the value chain:

  • Cultivation – for starters, there is Supreme Cannabis’ foundational flagship asset, its 440,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Kincardine, Ontario. With over 600 employees, 24 grow rooms, and best-in-class processing equipment and procedures, this facility is expected to reach an annual production capacity of 50,000 kilograms in the near-term. In this purpose-built facility, the company grows small-batch high-quality cannabis from 10,000-square-foot grow rooms and completes a proprietary hang-dry for up to two weeks.
  • Extraction – with the acquisition of Blissco in fiscal 2019, in addition to the Blissco wellness brand, Supreme Cannabis gained a 12,000-square-foot dedicated extraction facility in Langley, BC. This facility conducts both C02 and ethanol extraction and with the recent receipt of its oil sales license from Health Canada, it now produces Blissco branded CBD oils and expects to fill vaporizer pods for a partnership between the company’s 7ACRES brand and Pax Labs.
  • Manufacturing – most recently, the company announced its 107,000-square-foot processing, packaging and manufacturing facility in Kitchener, naming the facility Supreme Cannabis Kitchener. In Q4 FY2020, the company expects to begin whole flower packaging and pre-roll manufacturing for Supreme Cannabis brands at the Kitchener Facility. In the long-term, in additional to processing its own inputs, Supreme Cannabis intends generate incremental revenue by packaging, distributing and branding third-party cannabis inputs from quality-focused cultivators.
  • R&D and Product Testing – In Q1 FY2020, Supreme Cannabis closed the acquisition of Truverra and acquired a 5,000-square-foot facility licensed under Canadian Clinical Cannabinoids Inc. in Scarborough, Ontario (“Supreme Cannabis Scarborough”). Supreme Cannabis Scarborough provides R&D space for the company to test new products and develop medicinal science intellectual property. In the near-term, with the legalization of 2.0 cannabis products, this centre for innovation will be testing and bringing concentrate products to market under the 7ACRES brand.

Supreme is committed to continue to identify new opportunities to grow and strengthen its impressive portfolio of operating assets and brands and scale its strong Canadian business globally.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (OTC: SPRWF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.19755, up 0.790816%, on 299,038 volume with 222 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 538,961 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.101000003/$1.60000002.

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Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (NASDAQ: BHAT)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (BHAT).

Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (NASDAQ: BHAT), a producer, developer and operator of augmented reality ("AR") interactive entertainment games, toys and educational materials in China, today announced that it invited principals from 20 Xiamen preschools for a tour of the company to experience Blue Hat's new range of smart AR immersive educational products first hand and participate in an in-depth information sharing session. Organized by the Blue Hat Preschool Education Research Institute, the event also marked the opening of the company's new headquarters-based Smart Immersive Education Classes Experience Center, used to demonstrate Blue Hat's new product range to potential clients. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/z5WP1

Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (BHAT) is a cutting-edge creator, developer and operator of popular augmented reality (“AR”) interactive smart toys and educational games in China. Blue Hat’s mobile-connected entertainment platform connects physical items to mobile devices through wireless technologies, creating a unique interactive user experience in various mobile games, interactive educational materials and toys with mobile game features.

Blue Hat designs original toys and games that utilize augmented reality technology, motion capture technology, image recognition technology, voice control, light sense technology, infrared, levitation induction, and other trending scientific technologies to transverse the virtual with reality. Blue Hat creates a rich visual and interactive environment for users through the integration of real objects and virtual scenery. This combination provides users with a more natural form of human computer interaction, enhances a user’s perception of reality, and delivers a more immersive entertainment experience.

Proprietary Technology

Founded in 2010, Blue Hat’s proprietary technology, product research and development, marketing channels and brand operation are the cornerstones of the business. Blue Hat focuses on the combination of “online” and “offline” activity and the interaction between “entertainment” and “product” to create a high-tech entertainment platform combining mobile games and AR. With the help of computer graphics, motion capture technology, image recognition technology and visualization technologies, Blue Hat accurately “places” virtual objects into the physical world, creating a new and stimulating visual environment for users.

Blue Hat recently displayed a variety of its sci-tech products at the Guangzhou International Toy Exhibition in China including AR Racer, Elastic Bubbles, AR Space Track, AR Alloy Toy Car, AR Need a Spanking, 5D Animated Magic Aquarium, Bug Travelers, AR Picture Book and other interactive games and smart toys.

The company has multiple products in development including new generations of four primary product lines and two new product lines.

Patents and Copyrights

Blue Hat’s advanced AR technology in interactive entertainment is protected by 178 authorized patents with 44 patents in various stages of the application process.

Another 14 applications for Patent Cooperation Treaty, or PCT, have been filed for international patents. As of March 31, 2019, the company owns 645 copyrights for artwork, 71 registered trademarks and 27 software copyrights.

Sales and Marketing

There has been rapid growth in the toys and games industry in China over the last several years. Total retail sales of toys and games in China soared from RMB 111.8 billion in 2012 to RMB 276.5 billion in 2017 with an average annual growth rate of 19.9% in 2017. Blue Hat believes the company is well positioned with little competition as the toy industry rapidly shifts toward intelligent and interactive toys and games. Retail sales of electronic toys grew at 24% annually in 2017 while that of traditional toys grew at 7%.

In addition to a powerful ecommerce presence, Blue Hat has long-term relationships with partnered distributors that place the company’s AR interactive entertainment products into well-known international retail chains and retail outlets. Blue Hat’s integrated online and offline sales channels include e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba, retail chain stores and the company’s physical experience store located in Xiamen, China. Blue Hat plans to open or franchise approximately 100 additional stores in China by 2021.

Blue Hat’s community-based platform offers users a highly engaged and interactive community with online communication forums and offline social activities. The company advocates a new model of “teaching through lively activities” and combines AR technology with education, integrating its products into situational teaching, roleplaying and man-machine interaction. This novel educational experience helps realize optimal transformation of information, creating a knowledge and enhancing cognition.

Management

Director and CEO Xiaodong (Sean) Chen has over 20 years of experience creating, developing and producing toys and games related products. Chen earned his EMBA from Renmin University of China and has been chairman of the board of directors and general manager of Fujian Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology Ltd. since August 2015.

CFO and Director Caifan, who has over 20 years of financial accounting and taxation experience, earned a degree in finance from Hunan University of Finance and Economics. He has served as director, deputy general manager and financial controller of Fujian Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology Ltd. since August 2015.

Jianyong Cai, chief technology officer and director, has over 35 years of experience in data communication principles, communication network foundation, software engineering, communication network theory and technology and computer network architecture. He holds degrees in data communication principles, communication network foundation and software engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. He has been director, deputy general manager and chief engineer of Fujian Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology Ltd. since January 2010.

Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (BHAT), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.82, off by 1.2048%, on 306,310 volume with 593 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 131,416 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.630800008/$6.25.

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Marijuana Company of America Inc. (MCOA)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Marijuana Company of America Inc. (MCOA).

Marijuana Company of America (OTCQB: MCOA), an innovative hemp corporation, today announced that it is celebrating April 20th (“420”) with a special promotion to all of its hempSMART(TM) followers and customers. MCOA has long championed sectors of the cannabis industry including legal hemp (“CBD”) and medicinal marijuana. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/G4phh

Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTC: MCOA) (the “Company”) are pioneers in the cannabis industry going back to 2009 when Don Steinberg, MCOA’s CEO, founded the first marijuana company ever to trade on a U.S. stock market, Medical Marijuana Inc. Since then, Don and his partner, Charlie Larsen, have formed Global Hemp Group and Marijuana Company of America. They have experienced the shift of legislation first hand, not only for the legalization of marijuana but also the emerging hemp-based CBD products.

The CBD market is growing exponentially and consequently the founders of MCOA have constructed their business model around the development of industrial hemp-based CBD products. The industrial hemp plant can be used to produce products that are carbon neutral or even carbon negative. It is one of the longest, strongest natural fibers on earth, used as a building material that is free of mold, pesticide-resistant, and fire proof. Hemp has also been described as a “super food,” which provides additional business opportunities. No part of the plant is left unused and the Company’s overall strategy is to take advantage of every profit center from farm to the multiple valuable finished products.

The cannabis and hemp industries are experiencing unprecedented growth that is expected to continue for many years as these industries are now accepted globally and continue to mature and expand. North American consumers spent $6.7 billion on legal cannabis products in 2016, up 34% from 2015’s $5 billion. This trend is widely expected to explode at a 27% compounded annual growth rate to reach $22.6 billion by 2021, according to ArcView Market Research.

The company offers investors the opportunity to be on the forefront of cannabis and hemp innovation through cultivation, processing in the legal cannabis and industrial hemp sectors. The Company’s business model includes producing a diverse portfolio of synergistic business segments that provide value to its shareholders. Its vertically integrated business model and distribution platforms are positioned to capture market share by developing recognizable and valuable brands.

Under the MCOA umbrella, wholly owned subsidiary hempSMART™, Inc. is committed to bringing high quality CBD-based products to the market through its affiliate marketing program. Through hempSMART, MCOA’s strategic approach to the distribution of products is through a networking architecture geared to maintain customer loyalty and capture market share. The patent-pending product “hempSMART Brain,” is designed to revolutionize the safe and effective support of healthy brain function. The brand new product, HempSMART DROPS, is a full-spectrum CBD tincture formulated with hemp and fractionated coconut oils. The hempSMART marketing team has decades of experience, and is well positioned to take the hempSMART brand to a global audience.

Marijuana Company of America Inc. (MCOA), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0125, off by 10.0719%, on 8,348,995 volume with 300 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1983,771 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0118/$0.972000002.

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