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ContraFect Corporation (CFRX)

Zacks, BioPharmCatalyst, The Stock Market Watch, Invest Million, Stocktwits, YCharts, Proactive Investors, Stockwatch, Simply Wall St, Nasdaq, Morningstar, Stocknews, ETF Channel, Seeking Alpha, TMXmoney, GlobeNewswire, NasdaqTrader, Investing.com, Market Screener, Stockhouse, Insider Tracking, ETF.com, InvestorsHub, and GlobeNewswire reported earlier on ContraFect Corporation (CFRX), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

A clinical-stage biotechnology enterprise, ContraFect Corporation centers on discovering and developing direct lytic agents (DLAs), including lysins and amurin peptides, for the treatment of life-threatening infectious diseases. The Company believes that the properties of its lysins and amurin peptides will make them suitable for targeting antibiotic-resistant organisms, including methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) and P. aeruginosa, which can cause serious infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia, and osteomyelitis. Founded in 2008, ContraFect has its head office in Yonkers, New York.

Lysins are a new class of DLAs that are recombinantly produced antimicrobial proteins with a novel mechanism of action associated with the quick killing of target bacteria, eradication of biofilms, and synergy with conventional antibiotics. Amurin peptides are a novel class of DLAs that exhibit broad-spectrum activity against a broad array of antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative pathogens.

ContraFect has completed a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of Staph aureus bacteremia, including endocarditis, with the Company’s lead lysin candidate, exebacase, which is the first lysin to enter clinical studies in the United States. Exebacase (CF-301) is a lysin with potent activity against Staphylococcus aureus (Staph aureus). Exebacase has the potential to be the first-in-class of a new treatment for patients with Staph aureus bacteremia. Exebacase, presently being studied in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study, was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of MRSA bloodstream infections (bacteremia), including right-sided endocarditis, when used in addition to standard-of-care (SOC) anti-staphylococcal antibiotics in adult patients.

The focus ContraFect’s research and discovery efforts is on identifying and engineering lysins that selectively kill specific species of Gram-negative bacteria. Moreover, regarding amurins, the Company has discovered a new class of phage-encoded lytic antimicrobial peptides that have potent in vitro activity across a broad spectrum of resistant Gram-negative pathogens. These included species that are part of the ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species).

This past January, ContraFect announced that the first patient was dosed in the Phase 3 DISRUPT (Direct Lysis of Staph aureus Resistant Pathogen Trial) study of exebacase in patients with Staph aureus bacteremia, including right-sided endocarditis. The Phase 3 DISRUPT study of exebacase is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study conducted in the United States to assess the efficacy and safety of exebacase in roughly 350 patients with complicated Staph aureus bacteremia, including right-sided endocarditis. In addition, in January, ContraFect extended early access to exebacase to patients with chronic post-operative prosthetic joint infections (PJIs).

ContraFect Corporation (CFRX), closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.43, off by 0.366972%, on 522,721 volume with 3,588 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 177,209 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $2.69300007/$13.3990001.

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Dalrada Financial Corporation (DFCO)

Zacks, MacroTrends, Investor Village, Central Charts, hot Stocked, TipRanks, Market Wire News, Market Screener, P&T Community, Electric Energy Online, Seeking Alpha, Proactive Investors, Nasdaq, OTC Dynamics, CRWE World, GuruFocus, Stockhouse, Barchart, Stockwatch, YCharts, InvestorsHub, Pennystocks.news, PR Newswire, TradingView, TMXmoney, Dividend Investor, and Wallet Investor reported earlier on Dalrada Financial Corporation (DFCO), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Dalrada Financial Corporation solves real-world problems through producing innovation-focused and technologically-centered solutions on a worldwide level. The Company provides next-generation manufacturing, low carbon clean energy, pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services that provide and drive growth. Incorporated in 1982, Dalrada Financial has its corporate headquarters in Henderson, Nevada. It also has offices in San Diego, California, and Bangalore, India. The Company lists on the OTC Markets.

Dalrada Financial’s businesses include Dalrada Precision, Dalrada Health, and Dalrada Health Products. Dalrada Precision has a long history of providing design and manufacturing solutions to world-renowned OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). It helps realize ideas from concept and delivery to after sales service, offering innovative and specific solutions.

Dalrada Health is in the business of solving health problems worldwide. It develops products and services that address the unmet needs of consumers because of accessibility, affordability, or availability.

Dalrada Health specializes in direct-to-consumer health products with a strong emphasis on natural, alternative therapies. It has operations in the United States, Malaysia, and India. Dalrada Health Products has reached an agreement with a large Mexican distributor to supply its GlanHealth products to healthcare facilities, commercial businesses, as well as consumers throughout Mexico.

The overall contract includes a $10 million minimum order per year with an initial purchase order of $250,000, which has been placed and product shipments that have started. In return, the distributor will receive exclusivity to cover all states in Mexico.

GlanHealth is a comprehensive product line of hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants. GlanHealth has a variety of non-alcohol based products ranging from foams, gels, wipes, sprays, and liquids for every-day use that provide effective and long-term protection in continuously reducing micro-organisms. The main solutions offered include wholesale and distributor programs for large volume customers, spray services for residential and commercial facilities, and direct to consumer channels.

Dalrada Financial Corporation (DFCO), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.1021, off by 5.463%, on 223,220 volume with 46 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 135,555 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.017/$0.114.

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Enterprise Diversified, Inc. (SYTE)

TipRanks, Morningstar, Insider Monkey, Market Screener, MarketBeat, OTC Dynamics, Stockhouse, Stockopedia, Investors Hangout, Dividend Investor, AI Stock Finder, OddballStocks, PR Newswire, 4-Traders, TradingView, Tech Know Bits, Whale Wisdom, Investing.com, and Simply Wall St reported earlier on Enterprise Diversified, Inc. (SYTE), and today we report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Enterprise Diversified, Inc. is primarily an alternative asset manager with interests in several diverse business activities in the asset management, real estate, and internet access industries. Its companies include Willow Oak Asset Management and Sitestar.net. Enterprise Diversified is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. The Company lists on the OTC Markets’ OTCQB. The Company was formerly known as Sitestar Corporation. It changed its name to Enterprise Diversified, Inc. in July of 2018.

Willow Oak Asset Management holds interests in private investment partnerships. Through its Fund Management Services, Willow Oak provides operational, marketing, and investor relations support to niche fund managers.

Enterprise Diversified's Internet Operations are managed under Sitestar.net. Sitestar.net offers consumer and business-grade internet access, wholesale managed modem services, web hosting, and varied ancillary services to customers in the United States. (with a high concentration in the northeastern region) and Canada.

Sitestar.net is a high-quality internet service provider. It provides products such as Fiber, DSL, Dial-up, and Accelerated Dial-up, Email, and Web Hosting services, among others.

Additionally, Enterprise Diversified holds a 35 percent ownership stake in a Lexington, Kentucky-based real estate holding company. It holds this by way of a partnership with a third-party operator. This portfolio comprises residential and commercial properties.

Enterprise Diversified also directly owns a real estate investment portfolio. This portfolio consists of twelve properties located in Roanoke, Virginia.

In 2019, the above-mentioned Willow Oak Asset Management successfully expanded its affiliations through entering into a new joint venture (JV) with Focused Compounding Capital Management, LLC. Willow Oak provides Fund Management Services (FMS) to the firm. Willow Oak holds a 10 percent ownership stake in Focused Compounding Capital Management and receives a 10 percent revenue share.

Enterprise Diversified's Executive Chairman, Mr. Steven Kiel, stated recently, upon the Company announcing its financial results for the year ending December 31, 2019, "2019 was a year of transition for Enterprise Diversified. We have directed our attention to growing our Willow Oak Asset Management subsidiary. We have shed non-core assets. And we have eliminated nearly all of the debt on our balance sheet.”

Enterprise Diversified, Inc. (SYTE), closed Tuesday's trading session at $2.80, up 10.6719%, on 2,501 volume with 6 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 2,021 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $2.52999997/$6.69000005.

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Gold X Mining Corp. (SSPXF)

Resource World, Mining Stock Education, Crush the Street, Financial Content, Gold Stock Data, OTC Markets, InvestorX, Market Screener, Morningstar, GuruFocus, Barchart, Stockhouse, Simply Wall St, YCharts, Seeking Alpha, TF Metals Report, TradingView, Mining Journal, GlobeNewswire, TMXmoney, Global Banking and Finance, InvestorsHub, Investing.com, and MarketWatch reported beforehand on Gold X Mining Corp. (SSPXF), and today we report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Gold X Mining Corp. is a junior mining company based in Centennial, Colorado. Currently, it is moving toward a Feasibility Study (FS) for the Toroparu Project in Guyana, South America with 7.4 million ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated categories. The Company was formerly known as Sandspring Resources Ltd. It changed its corporate name to Gold X Mining Corp. in November of 2019. Incorporated in 2006, Gold X Mining lists on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQX.

Additionally, Gold X Mining holds a 100 percent interest in the Chicharrón Project located in the Segovia-Remedios mining district, Antioquia, Colombia. Concerning the Toroparu Gold Deposit, it is in the highly prospective Upper Puruni River Region of western Guyana. It contains the largest in-situ gold projects owned by an independent junior mining company in South America.

Gold X Mining’s 100 percent controlled Upper Puruni Concession contains 53,283-hectare(s) of mineral leases positioned in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region (Region 7) of Western Guyana. Facilities at Toroparu include a 200-person camp and 2,500-foot all-weather airfield.

At present, Toroparu is accessed overland via the 240-km Itiballi-Puruni-Papishao Landing Road that Gold X Mining rehabilitated in 2003, and is a major corridor for western Guyana and one of its key gold producing areas. Plans include completion of a second access road extending to the north to Buckhall on the Essequibo River.

Yesterday, Gold X Mining announced that, further to its news release dated May 11, 2020, Gran Colombia Gold Corp. has decided to no longer pursue the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Guyana Goldfields, Inc. Therefore, Gran Colombia and Gold X Mining have agreed to terminate the Plan of Arrangement between Gran Colombia and Gold X dated May 11, 2020.

Mr. Paul Matysek, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “While we believe that the Gran Colombia Gold proposal to combine one of the largest gold resources in the Americas with Aurora’s operating mine and process facility created many synergies that would result in significant value creation for the shareholders of all three companies, we respect Gran Colombia’s decision not to increase its offer price under the current circumstances. Gold X and Gran Colombia have therefore decided to withdraw from this arrangement and allow Gold X to pursue other avenues to achieve the value we see in the Toroparu Project. We maintain that there are ample options to develop the Toroparu Project under the most favorable precious metals market in the last 8-10 years.”

Gold X Mining Corp. (SSPXF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $1.72, off by 11.2441%, on 47,396 volume with 102 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 37,488 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.579999983/$2.72176003.

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GR Silver Mining Ltd. (GRSLF)

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GR Silver Mining Ltd. is a Mexico-focused company listed on the OTCQB. It centers on the discovery of gold-silver deposits in the prolific Rosario Mining District, Sinaloa, Mexico. The Company’s flagship project is the advanced San Marcial Project, where GR Silver Mining recently released its maiden NI 43-101 resource of 36 Moz AgEq (Indicated) and 11 Moz AgEq (Inferred). Established in 2012, GR Silver Mining has its corporate office in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company formerly went by the name Goldplay Exploration Ltd. It changed its name to GR Silver Mining Ltd. in January of 2020.

The Company’s exploration team has greater than 10 years of experience in the Rosario District with a record of successful discoveries. This includes the extension of Mako Mining Corp.’s “La Trinidad” mine, one of Mexico’s highest grade, open pit goldmines. GR Silver Mining’s 250-plus sq. km. exploration portfolio covers some of the most prospective areas in the Rosario District.

Concerning the San Marcial Project, underground development and drilling is in progress. San Marcial 2019 highlights include 1 m @ 204.6 g/t Au (core drill hole), and 56 m @ 196 g/t Ag (trench). Highlights for 2019 also include 5.65 m @ 1,225 g/t Ag (core drill hole) and 13 m @ 497 g/t Ag (trench), and 3 m @ 1,127 g/t Ag (underground sample).

GR Silver Mining is positioned to control key assets in the Rosario Mining District. The Company has cost-effective discovery success at San Marcial (May 2018 to Feb 2019); a 60 percent increase in NI 43-101 resource - 40 Moz Ag (47 Moz AgEq). It has an over 400 drill hole database (recent and historical). Mine infrastructure and key permits are in place.

In addition, the Company has its Plomosas Silver Project. The Plomosas Project includes five shallow past producing underground mines. These are the Plomosas-La Cruz mine, the San Juan mine, the La Colorada mine, the El Huarache mine, and the El Saltito mine. On March 30, 2020, GR Silver Mining, further to its news release of March 2, 2020, announced that it completed the acquisition of the Plomosas Silver Project from First Majestic Silver Corp. (NYSE: AG, TSX: FR, FRANKFURT: FMV).

Furthermore, GR Silver Mining has its Nueva Trinidad pending acquisition. On December 12, 2019, it signed an LOI with Mako Mining Corp. It was granted the right to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. Marlin is a private British Columbia company, 100 percent controlled by Mako. Marlin owns, among other assets, Oro Gold de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company, which owns the La Trinidad mine and related infrastructure, now being decommissioned. La Trinidad has been one of the highest-grade open pit heap leach gold mines in Mexico. It is, however, presently nearing the end of its mine life.

This month, GR Silver Mining reported high-grade drill results at its 100 percent owned Plomosas Silver Project in Sinaloa, Mexico. These results are located in the Plomosas Mine Area, one of six priority areas with a combination of recent (2016 to 2018) and historical drill data being released by the Company. The additional drill hole results confirm the presence of high-grade gold-silver mineralization in the Plomosas Mine Area in un-mined zones, representing Au-Ag enrichment in vertical faults cross-cutting the main shallow-dipping Plomosas Fault.

GR Silver Mining Ltd. (GRSLF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.2884, off by 1.9048%, on 123,089 volume with 42 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 74,400 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.07299/$0.340000003.

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Oliveda International, Inc. (OLVI)

Spotlight Growth, OTC Dynamics, TeleTrader, GuruFocus, TipRanks, Stockopedia, EIN Presswire, TradingView, The Richard Rose Report, Equity Clock, InvestorsHub, OTC.Watch, Stockhouse, Seeking Alpha, Wallet Investor, Barchart, Morningstar, Nasdaq, and Stockwatch reported previously on Oliveda International, Inc. (OLVI), and today we report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Oliveda International, Inc. is a leading international natural cosmetics innovator in the premium segment. It has also developed a globally innovative wearable beauty and health technology. Through subsidiary operations, the Company is the largest investor in eco-certified mountain olive trees and the largest conservationist in Arroyomolinos de Leó, Spain. German real estate investor Mr. Thomas Lommel founded Oliveda International in 2003. Oliveda International is based in Santa Monica, California.

The Company generates online sales and has a worldwide branch network of 650 retail stores. Its wholly-owned Oliveda Deutschland GmbH subsidiary operates flagship stores, Olive Tree Pharmacy, in Berlin and Dusseldorf. It has plans to open new locations in Los Angeles, Taipei and Seoul.

Overall, Oliveda International believes that it will be able to operate a total of 60 of its own flagship stores around the world. In addition, it believes that it will be able to increase the retail store network globally to 1,200 over the next five years.

On September 1, 2015, Oliveda International opened its first flagship Store in the Neue Schönhauser Str. 11 in Berlin-Mitte. With this opening, the concept of the Company’s Olive Tree Pharmacy came to fruition. In Olive Tree Pharmacy Stores, visitors are counseled in the holistic advantages of Oliveda International’s Olive Tree Therapy, and given a sense of its encompassing effects. Furthermore, the Company supplies visitors with Olive Tree Home Therapy Sets, custom-made to suit their personal needs.

Oliveda International launched many new products in 2019. This included its Beauty Molecule that was met with immediate success, entering Oliveda’s Top 10 bestselling products within just a few weeks. Furthermore, new companies and brands have been developed in 2020, including LA DOPE, Olive Tree People, and Oliveda America. New innovative technologies were also developed, as well as sales contracts for more than 20,000 of the Company’s own mountain olive trees.

Last week, Oliveda International reported additional sales growth in Q1 of 2020, with Income increasing 15 percent and Net Income increasing close to 75 percent over the same period in 2019. This continued growth comes at a time when many retailers are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with most stores closed, Oliveda International is experiencing strong online sales in Q2. The Company expects even better results once that period is reported in August 2020.

Oliveda International, Inc. (OLVI), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.0789, up 7.42%, on 300 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 2,267 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.033199999/$0.194999992.

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Cannabis Suisse Corp. (CSUI)

OTC Markets, Street Insider, Investors Hangout, Simply Wall St, Market Screener, Stockhouse, Stockwatch, wallstreet: online, Dividend Investor, and GlobeNewswire reported earlier on Cannabis Suisse Corp. (CSUI), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Cannabis Suisse Corp. operates as a licensed cannabis cultivation and distribution enterprise for recreational tobacco products and medical CBD (cannabidiol) oils in Switzerland. It is a research & development (R&D) organization licensed under Swiss Cannabis and tobacco regulations to cultivate and sell cannabis. Its main activities in producing cannabis are based in Zurich, Switzerland. The Company grows high quality, organic cannabis with sustainable, all-natural principles. In August of 2018, Forbes magazine listed Switzerland as the third most overlooked marijuana market worldwide.

The Company was previously known as Geant Corp. It changed its name to Cannabis Suisse Corp. in February of this year. Established in 2016, Cannabis Suisse has its head office in Dietikon, Switzerland.

The Company operates in Europe and pursues new and developing cannabis markets where possible via its own network of wholesale distributors, its e-commerce and mobile applications, brick and mortar retail stores, and grocery store retailers.

Cannabis Suisse provides high CBD tobacco substitutes made from the well-known strains with low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high CBD. The Company extracts CO2 for its own production and for manufacturers/farmers in Switzerland. It clones its own mother plants. As a result, it ensures the quality and taste will be consistent each time customers use its products.

Cannabis Suisse produces chocolate beans, e-cigarette oil, and also tea products with high CBD percentage. Its cannabis is stored in a cool, dark location for optimal results. The ideal storage temperature for the finished dried cannabis product is 2 °C to 6 °C with a shelf-life of 12 months.

The Company has entered into a partnership with Royal Danish Cigars Ltd. This partnership is to develop a luxury product line of cannabis and tobacco blended cigars, marketed under the label SwissCigars™. SwissCigars™ will produce 1 percent THC versions for local consumption and 0.2 percent THC cigars legal for export. These cannabis cigars will be hand rolled in Switzerland by Cuban master rollers. They will subsequently be decorated with 24 KT Swiss Gold and Swarovski.

Cannabis Suisse has strategic investments and Swiss partnerships. With these the Company provides a broad array of first-rate quality cannabis and hemp products, develops unique technologies, promotes cannabis consumer health and wellness, and delivers a premier customer experience with its brand CannaMec™.

Recently, Cannabis Suisse announced the launching of a new product in its retail brand Alpine Cannabis. Alpine Cannabis CBD Pure Base is an e-liquid for electronic cigarettes. It’s a boost of CBD to any e-liquids. It comes with different levels of CBD strengths.

Alpine Cannabis CBD Pure Base provides Certified CBD concentration in a 10 mL bottle. It is guaranteed without THC and is nicotine free. It contains no alcohol, and no animal extracts and has USP/Food Grade ingredients. The products is tamper-proof and child-proof and diacetyl free and quality controlled.

Cannabis Suisse Corp. (CSUI), closed Tuesday's trading session at $1.01, up 80.3571%, on 4,479 volume with 13 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 3,679 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.300000011/$2.25.

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Peekaboo Beans, Inc. (PBBSF)

Small Cap Power, Pinnacle Digest, Morningstar, Barchart, Investorx, Investors Hangout, Dividend Investor, Trading View, Stockwatch, OTC Markets, Wallet Investor, and Stockhouse reported earlier on Peekaboo Beans, Inc. (PBBSF), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Peekaboo Beans, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells children playwear apparel in the United States and Canada. The Company focuses on ethically produced, environmentally responsible clothes that are intentionally designed to inspire play. It engages sellers by way of social platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, and also online retailers, to maximize revenue and build brand loyalty. Peekaboo Beans distributes its products via a direct-sales channel of independent sales representatives or stylists; and online. Peekaboo Beans has its corporate headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Company sells dresses and tunics, tees and tanks, hoodies, leggings and pants, skirts and shorts, and jackets and coats for girls. It also sells bean playsuits, tees and tanks, jackets and coats, and leggings and pants. Furthermore, Peekaboo Beans sells tees and tanks, hoodies, pants and shorts, jackets and coats and underwear for boys. The Company also provides accessories, including backpacks, lunch bags, snack bags, water bottles, as well as baby accessories.

Peekaboo Beans styles are high-quality oeko-tex standard 100. This enables parents to make meaningful choices with their money by purchasing products that last longer and are passed along from child to child. As a result, this decreases wasteful spending. The Company produces its products to ensure sustainability. Its intention is to keep its clothing out of landfills for as long as possible, and as such its clothes are made to be durable.

Recently, Peekaboo Beans announced that Ms. Tamara Mimran, Merchandise Director of the Mimran Group, Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Peekaboo Beans. Ms. Mimran (together with her father and brother) manages more than ten different licenses internationally for the Alfred Sung brand.

Traci Costa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Peekaboo Beans, said, "We are very excited to welcome Tamara to the team. The Mimran family has an iconic legacy in Canadian fashion and Tamara's experience with developing brands internationally will be of great use to us, as we continue to expand our reach to loyal customers all across North America."

Peekaboo Beans, Inc. (PBBSF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.0161, up 61.00%, on 300 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 2,354 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.009999999/$0.083899997.

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Elio Motors, Inc. (ELIO)

Green Car Reports, The Verge, Stock Twits, Start Engine, Zacks, Nasdaq, Marketbeat, Green Car Congress, Tmxmoney, Stockhouse, InvestorsHub, Seeking Alpha, Insider Financial, Barchart, Stockwatch, Business Wire, OTC Markets, 4-Traders, Wallet Investor, PR Newswire, and GuruFocus reported earlier on Elio Motors, Inc. (ELIO), and today we choose to report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Elio Motors, Inc. is the developer of the ultra-high-mileage, low-cost, three-wheel Elio vehicle. Car enthusiast, Mr. Paul Elio, founded the Company. A development stage enterprise, Elio concentrates on developing the Elio three-wheeled vehicle for mass production in America. Elio Motors has its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

Elio Motors’ first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Company is taking advantage of existing automotive technologies and partnerships with the world’s foremost automotive engineering firms and component suppliers.

The three-wheel Elio is engineered to achieve a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg. This is while providing the comfort of amenities including power windows, power door locks, air conditioning and cruise control, accompanied by the safety of numerous air-bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body.

In September of 2018, Elio Motors announced it entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Fortune 500 original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to provide the engine foundation as part of a new powertrain for the Elio vehicle. In September, Elio projected that the new powertrain will result in $120 million in research and development (R&D) cost savings. Elio Motors is working with the engineering team at Roush to develop a new Elio prototype utilizing the OEM powertrain.

Roush will integrate the new powertrain into Elio Motors’ prototype in order to commence preliminary testing procedures. The testing procedures will prepare the Elio for production that will take place at the Elio Motors manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The new powertrain will push the Elio's performance specifications considerably beyond previous consumer expectations. The engine should offer close to a 100 percent increase in horsepower rating versus initial Elio prototype vehicles. The expectation is that the new powertrain, when combined with the Elio's low curb weight, will deliver excellent driver response and a highly improved acceleration time.

Elio Motors, Inc. (ELIO), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.50, up 66.6667%, on 2,625 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.150000005/$2.00.

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Mentor Capital, Inc. (MNTR)

Wealth Insider Alert, Stock Profile, Promotion Stock Secrets, Laissez Faire Today, BUYINS.NET, Stocks That Move, Market Intelligence Center Alert, Investors Underground, Cancer Roll Up Strategy, Stockgoodies, StreetAuthority Daily, and Five Star Stock Picks reported previously on Mentor Capital, Inc. (MNTR), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.  

Mentor Capital, Inc. provides mezzanine financing to leaders in the cannabis arena. The Company looks to come alongside and assist larger private medical marijuana and cannabis companies and their founders in meeting their liquidity, and financial objectives, to add protection for investors, and to help incubate private cannabis companies. Mentor Capital is based in San Diego, California. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQX.

Mentor Capital participates in the legal recreational marijuana market. Nonetheless, the Company’s favored focus is medical. It looks to facilitate the application of cannabis to cancer wasting, calming seizures, Parkinson’s disease, lessening ocular pressures from glaucoma, in addition to decreasing chronic pain. Mentor takes a major position in the varied members of its portfolio of participating companies. However, it leaves operating control in the hands of the cannabis company founders.

The Company’s preferred involvement is with larger and private pre-IPO  (Initial Public Offering)  medical marijuana companies that it can help operationally prepare for the public market and finance, sometimes working with institutional partners looking for public liquidity. Mentor migrated to the cannabis space from front-line cancer investments.  

In February of last year, Mentor Capital announced that it extended into the Colorado cannabis market with its new investment in Pueblo West Organics, LLC. Mentor stated it would be pleased to make a series of cannabis focused investments with cannabis veteran and Pueblo Founder, Mr. Pat Leonard. Mentor Capital has set up Mentor Partner II, LLC as a channel for this purpose.

Mentor Capital’s belief is that there is considerable opportunity to approach the medical marijuana and adult use market as a business-focused, high-integrity, public company providing substantially more financing to private cannabis companies. Originally, the Company was established in Silicon Valley in 1985 with $1,000 by current Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chet Billingsley. Mentor completed dozens of early private acquisitions and the Company went public in 1996.

Mentor Capital, Inc. (MNTR), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.1698, up 54.5041%, on 533,851 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.064999997/$0.38499999.

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A.M. Castle & Co. (CTAM)

Tip Ranks, Stockhouse, GuruFocus, Simply Wall St, Barchart, YCharts, Wallet Investor, StockTwits, Jet Life Penny Stocks, Stockwolf, Penny Stock Hub, MarketWatch, The Street, Morningstar, InvestorsHub, TradingView, Stockwatch, and Whale Wisdom reported earlier on A.M. Castle & Co. (CTAM), and we also report on the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

A.M. Castle & Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty metals distribution company in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. As of March 13, 2018, it operated 22 metals service centers. A.M. Castle distributes engineered specialty grades and alloys of metals. Additionally, the Company offers specialized processing services. OTCQX-listed, A.M. Castle has its head office in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Company also performs varied specialized fabrications for its customers through subcontractors, which thermally process, turn, polish, and straighten alloy and carbon bars. A. M. Castle primarily serves Fortune 500 companies, and medium and smaller sized firms operating in the producer durable equipment, aerospace, heavy industrial equipment, industrial goods, construction equipment, and retail sectors.

The Company works with worldwide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to better serve their multi-location production requirements and delivery needs. Also, A.M. Castle help the thousands of machine shops that service the OEMs or have their own niche end market.

A.M. Castle specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon. The Company’s products include alloy, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, carbon, and titanium in plate, sheet, extrusions, and round bar. Furthermore, its products include hexagon bar, square and flat bar, tubing, and coil forms.

A.M. Castle’s H-A Industries is a state-of-the art heat-treat and bar processing facility. H-A Industries provides a wide spectrum of thermal treating and finishing services. The Company also offers a complete range of value-added processing services for plate, sheet, tubing and bar products from locations throughout its network.

Concerning Oil & Gas, A.M. Castle’s metallurgical and supply chain expertise helps oil and gas customers meet unique specifications with stable supplies. Regarding Machine Shops, the Company can help a business operate efficiently and competitively. It accomplishes this through local facilities, first-rate inventory, as well as advanced processing.

Pertaining to Aerospace, A.M. Castle helps aerospace and defense companies navigate complex requirements, schedules, and subcontractor networks. Regarding Industrial, the Company customizes supply plans to customers across industrial sectors - from heavy equipment to semiconductors.

Recently, A. M. Castle & Co. announced that it qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market after formerly trading on the OTCQB® Venture Market. The OTCQX® Best Market is reserved for companies meeting high financial standards, adhering to best corporate governance and compliance practices and requires a professional third-party sponsor introduction.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Steve Scheinkman of A. M. Castle & Co. said, “Upgrading to OTCQX evidences A. M. Castle’s successful transformation since completing our financial restructuring in 2017. Moreover, we have now demonstrated an ability to generate positive EBITDA in excess of cash interest and are continuing to focus on improving the profitability of our core operations and executing strategic growth initiatives.”

A.M. Castle & Co. (CTAM), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.6, up 71.4286%, on 17,257 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.349999994/$7.00.

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Black Cactus Global, Inc. (BLGI)

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Black Cactus Global, Inc. is a technology development business focusing on Blockchain, machine learning, cryptocurrency, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Its corporate mission is to pioneer the application of Blockchain and overlapping technologies to protect IP (Intellectual Property) and the security of data and financial transactions. The Company is developing Blockchain applications for FinTech, Healthcare, Media and Supply Chain employing smart contracts and machine learning. Black Cactus Global is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Company’s strategic plan is to become the first totally integrated digital financial institution with Blockchain technology as its operating foundation. Black Cactus Global’s services include Blockchain Applications, Trading Exchange, KYC/AML Biometrics, Music Exchange, and Card Programs and Payment Systems.

In addition, its services include Crypto Currencies, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Contracts, as well as FinTech & MedTech. Black Cactus Global specializes in worldwide development and consulting projects in its key development areas of FinTech, digital media, financial services, KYC, AML, cyber security, and healthcare.

Black Cactus Global announced in January of this year that it entered into an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the majority shareholders in an Indian Technology firm to establish a subsidiary of the Company. With the MOU, Black Cactus Global will become the largest stakeholder of a global Technology company with offices in the ‘FinTech Valley’ Vizag Software Technology Park in Visakhapatnam, India, through which it will center on and advance the use of its innovative Blockchain based IP.

In May 2018, Black Cactus Global announced that it completed a share exchange agreement with the Blockchain development subsidiary, Black Cactus Global Technologies Pvt. Limited (BCG-TPL). The agreement calls for Black Cactus Global to own an initial 29 percent interest in BCG-TPL, which has already attained major milestones that will enable Black Cactus to scale-up development activities.

Regarding Healthcare, Black Cactus Global concentrates on creating opportunities for digital health economies via Blockchain with AI, IoT, and Machine Learning. Pertaining to Energy, the Company offers privatized network grid provision to isolate green energy from traditional energy sources and a chain code logic to manage energy distribution and estimation.

Black Cactus Global, Inc. (BLGI), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.007, up 55.5556%, on 333,003 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.001/$0.026499999.

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Blue Sphere Corp. (BLSP)

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Established in 2007, Blue Sphere Corp. is a worldwide Independent Power Producer (IPP). The Company is working to become an important player in the global waste-to-energy and renewable energy markets. It has a business plan that fits the changing regulatory standards for waste and energy. A clean-technology waste-to-energy producer, Blue Sphere is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Company has operations in the U.S,  Israel,  and Europe.

Blue Sphere’s main business model is BOO (Build-Own-Operate) - long-term energy agreements are executed with electric companies in advance of projects. Blue Sphere is performing waste-to-energy projects in the U.S. and Italy.  It is pursuing a strategy to work in association with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity. The process is established on readily available technology already being used in different parts of the U.S. and other areas internationally.

Blue Sphere develops, owns, and operates clean-technology, biogas co-generation, as well as waste-to-energy facilities around the world. It chiefly converts organic waste into electricity. In addition, the Company can produce heat, natural gas and organic by-products through an assortment of technologies. 

Blue Sphere has its Charlotte, North Carolina Waste to Energy Anaerobic Digester 5.2 MW Plant. The Output Production is Electricity and Soil Amendment. In Johnston, Rhode Island, Blue Sphere has its Waste to Energy Anaerobic Digester 3.2 MW Plant. The feedstock is organic waste. The Output Production is also Electricity and Soil Amendment.

The Company has acquired 100 percent of the stock of Agricerere, S.R.L., Agrielektra, S.r.L., Agrisorse, S.r.L. and Gefa, S.r.L.  Individually, each totally operational facility generates one megawatt of electricity per hour, which sells to Gestore del Servizi Energetici GSE, S.p.A., a state owned company that promotes and supports renewable energy sources in Italy, under a Power Purchase Agreement  (PPA) that runs through December 31, 2027.

Recently,  Blue Sphere provided an update on its natural oil generator facility in Udine, Italy. At present, the Company is in the process of completing its planned update of the power generation engine at the Undine facility. As part of the facility upgrade, Blue Sphere purchased a Mitsubishi 4-cycle, water-cooled, turbo-charged inline 6. It can generate Nominal Power of 1050 KwH. This engine upgrade will boost the facility's top-end revenue performance by roughly 2 percent.

Blue Sphere Corp. (BLSP), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.0002, up 100%, on 208,979,273 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000000999/$0.001.

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On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTIVF)

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On Track Innovations Ltd. is a worldwide provider of near field communication (NFC) and cashless payment solutions. It is a pioneer and foremost developer in innovative FinTech, including near field communication. It engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of secure cashless payment solutions using contactless NFC technology. The Company distributes and supports its solutions via an international network of regional offices and alliances. Established in 1990, On Track Innovations is based in Rosh Pina, Israel. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQX.

On Track Innovations’ field-proven innovations have been deployed globally to address cashless payment, automated retail, and petroleum markets. The Company’s vision is to make a cashless payment society a reality. Its focus is cashless payment with telemetry management solutions for automated retail, self-service kiosk, micro-markets, unattended vending, EV charge points, coin-op pulse, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things) wearables and more.

On Track Innovations has a field-proven series of cashless payment solutions based on an extensive IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio. This includes registered and patented applications worldwide. The Company has four major regional offices with deployment in 55 countries around the world.

Earlier in May, On Track Innovations provided a business update and announced financial results for Q1 ended March 31, 2020. Revenue in the quarter increased by 48 percent to $4.5 million, versus $3.0 million in Q1 of 2019. Recurring Revenues were $1.1 million, versus $1.3 million in Q1 of 2019.

Net Loss from Continuing Operations was reduced to $0.7 million, versus a Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $1.6 million in the same year-ago quarter. Net Loss was $0.7 million, or $0.01 per share, versus a Net Loss of $1.7 million, or $0.04 per share, in the same year-ago quarter. As of March 31, 2020, On Track Innovations had Cash and Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments of $3.4 million.

On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTIVF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.38, up 2.7027%, on 23,828 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.119999997/$0.547999978.

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

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

Energy Fuels’ (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR) presentation for the Australian Mining and Technology Metals Virtual Investor Conference is now available for on-demand viewing. Interested parties are invited to log-on to VirtualInvestorConferences.com to view Energy Fuels’ and other company presentations. According to the update, the presentations will be available for 90 days on a 24-hour-per-day, 7-day-per-week basis. In addition, for the next three weeks, investors, advisors and analysts may download shareholder materials from the "virtual trade booth." To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/Mf68w

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 Tuesday's trading session at $1.63, up 0.617284%, on 900,639 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.779999971/$3.31999993.

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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) (OTCQB: SHRMF) (FWB: 496), a human optimization sciences company with an emphasis on ketamine and psychedelic medicine, on Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Bill Wilkerson, LL.D. (Hon), an 8-time award-winning pioneer in workplace mental health, to its board of directors. In addition, the company reported the resignation of Mr. Joe Perino from its board of directors. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/Cdv72

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 Tuesday's trading session at $1.33, up 12.7119%, on 598,867 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.221/$1.74.

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Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF).

Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQX: PLPRF) (the “Company” or “PLUS”) today announced it will report its financial and operational results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 after markets close on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF) is a branded cannabis-infused products manufacturer of edibles created to support a healthy and active lifestyle. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, PLUS™ concentrates on producing edibles using extracts to ensure compliant, dosable and delicious products that provide a consistent cannabis experience.

First introduced to the market in 2015 to rave reviews, PLUS™ is now one of the top best-selling edible brands in California. PLUS™ operates through a wholly owned subsidiary, Carberry, and has four cannabis-infused gummy candy SKUs (in addition to limited edition SKUs), that are currently sold in over 200 licensed dispensaries and delivery services. All products under the PLUS™ brand are produced in the company’s 12,000-square-foot food-safe cannabis manufacturing facility in Adelanto, California.

PLUS Products shares are currently listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. PLUS™ raised CAD$20 million through the offering, for which the lead underwriters were PI Financial and Canaccord Genuity. The company intends to use a portion of the IPO proceeds to fund rapid product capacity expansion, factory automation, working capital and new product development.

Operating in the largest adult-use recreational market in the U.S., PLUS Products holds a temporary manufacturing license in California and was one of the first brands to bring fully compliant products to the legal market. California legalized adult use recreational sales on Jan. 1, 2018, and industry analysts expect edible sales there will continue to amass enviable revenues. According to BDS Analytics, edibles made up 18 percent of marijuana retail sales in February 2018 across licensed retailers in California, with PLUS™ products ranking in the Top 10 of edible brands by retail dollar sales.

During the first half of 2018, PLUS Products generated US$2.45 million in sales, a marked improvement over 2017’s US$1.07 million in sales. The company’s established cannabis products are not only compliant with state laws, they are proving to be extremely popular with consumers. Among the PLUS™ product brands are:

  • Blackberry & Lemon RESTORE, an infusion of carefully dosed cannabis with a 9:1 THC to CBD per gummy.
  • Sour Watermelon UPLIFT, a low-calorie gummy crafted from carefully dosed cannabis with an infusion of 5mg THC per gummy.
  • Pineapple & Coconut CBD RELIEF, a tropical flavor gummy made from pure cannabis-derived CBD that is low-calorie, gluten-free and made with kosher ingredients.
  • Sour Blueberry CREATE, a low-calorie gummy infused with hybrid flower containing 5 mg THC.
  • Limited Edition Rose & Vanilla, available at select locations during Winter 2018, these gummies are crafted with 60 mg THC/30 mg CBD per tin.
  • Limited Edition RAINBOW SORBET gummies was created to celebrate Pride during Spring 2018 with a portion of each purchase donated to The Trevor Project, a confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth.

“We are extremely proud of the products PLUS has brought to market,” remarked Jake Heimark, CEO and cofounder in a statement. “We’ve quickly grown into one of the leading edible brands in California. With the proceeds of this round, we will continue to further our mission: to make cannabis safe and approachable for all types of consumers.”

The PLUS™ team believes that everyone deserves access to consistent, dosable and delicious cannabis products and strives to make that happen. Producing the best infused products at scale requires thoughtful collaboration among experts in many fields. At PLUS™, our team is comprised of Chefs, Chemists, Food Manufacturing Experts, Engineers, Machinists, Visionaries, Creatives, Strategists and others.

Plus Products Inc. (PLPRF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.6298, up 11.0954%, on 87,614 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.279000014/$4.03999996.

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SinglePoint, Inc. (SING)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight SinglePoint, Inc. (SING).

SinglePoint (OTCQB: SING) today announced the filing of its quarterly financials for the period ending March 31, 2020. According to the update, the company reported total sales of $1,075,222, representing a 300% increase compared to the same period in 2019. SinglePoint attributes the majority of the revenue to the acquisition of Direct Solar America and the backlog of projects developed throughout Q4. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/Vw1hl

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) is a diversified holding company with operations in multiple industries and verticals including two high-performing market sectors: legal cannabis and cryptocurrencies. SinglePoint has grown from a full-service mobile technology provider to a recognizable brand with a diverse portfolio of undervalued subsidiaries with multiple revenue streams.

SinglePoint is researching opportunities where it can be an active participant by influencing the strategy and direction of high-potential companies whose verified assets offer attractive possibilities for shareholders. The company is guided by a visionary leadership team with extensive experience in technology, engineering, marketing and raising capital.

SinglePoint is bullish on the cannabis industry, bitcoin and blockchain technologies, which is evident in its recent acquisitions and joint-venture announcements. Recent SinglePoint key highlights include:

  • A joint venture with Smart Cannabis Corporation (OTC: SCNA) to license and market Smart Cannabis’ SMART APP. SMART APP enables cannabis growers to measure all aspects of cultivation, from soil nutrient levels to watering cycles and carbon dioxide content in the air. SMART APP will integrate SinglePoint’s bitcoin payment solution to enable growers to process safer and more secure transactions.
  • A joint venture with Global Payout (OTC: GOHE) will build on existing financial technology solutions developed by SinglePoint and Global Payout’s subsidiary MoneyTrac Technology, Inc., to fully optimize the delivery of mobile payment applications for domestic and international organizations.
  • A joint venture with AppSwarm (OTC: SWRM) to start development on a proprietary delivery application that will enable licensed cannabis delivery services and licensed dispensaries to safely make in-home cannabis deliveries.
  • Signed original “Shark Tank” member Kevin Harrington as company spokesman for an innovative, compatible virtual wallet to store any type of cryptocurrency. Harrington recently finished shooting a new national ad campaign featuring SinglePoint and the virtual wallet’s secure method of storing cryptocurrencies.
  • Entered into a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of Bitcoin Beyond, a premier platform that enables merchants to accept bitcoin payments using existing web-enabled point-of-sale devices.
  • Through SING subsidiary, SingleSeed, the company will soon offer a proprietary cryptocurrency solution that links both cannabis merchants and consumers who seek to take advantage of bitcoin-powered transactions using debit and credit cards. In addition to making bitcoin-backed card purchases possible, the solution enables cannabis dispensaries to digitally track and manage their product inventories, performing tasks like uploading product data, photos and descriptions. The system deducts items automatically from a dispensary’s product listings when a purchase is made. While this fully KYC-AML compliant point-of-sale platform can be utilized for any other retail setting, it will fill a critical need in the underbanked cannabis industry as it continues to seek non-cash payment solutions outside of traditional banking circles.

SinglePoint CEO and founder Greg Lambrecht leads the company in its mission to capture opportunities through an aggressive expansion strategy across a broad range of assets. Lambrecht oversees all company operations including investor relations, leadership of the board of directors, and daily business activities. As the founder of PCI, a leading consumer product distribution company, Lambrecht negotiated agreements with the nation’s largest retail outlets and led PCI through a NASDAQ listed IPO, raising $10 million.

Eric Lofdahl, SinglePoint’s chief technology officer, has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector including positions in software development, program management, complex system integration and engineering process definition. Prior to SinglePoint, Lofdahl worked at the Boeing Company where he led a team that successfully developed advanced wireless and satellite data products based on commercial technology for the U.S. Air Force.

SinglePoint President Wil Ralston is well known for his successful track record of building and maintaining great relationships with clients. Ralston graduated cum laude from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a degree in Global Agribusiness and a specialization in Professional Golf Management. He is currently recognized by the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) as a Class A Professional.

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.0053, up 1.9231%, on 4,552,059 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.004/$0.021999999.

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Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG).

Sharing Services Global Corporation (OTCQB: SHRG) recently unveiled its newest product – Elevate MAX, a new featured beverage in its Elevacity nootropic product line. Launched during SHRG’s Happiness Revolution LIVE virtual event, product sales for the new offering have exceeded expectations and outperformed all prior product launches (http://nnw.fm/f7rdK).

Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG), formerly Sharing Services Inc., is a diversified company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value, operating through two primary subsidiaries: Elepreneurs Holdings, a direct-selling company, and Elevacity Holdings, a products company. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SHRG markets and distributes Elevate-branded health and wellness products through an independent sales force of distributors called Elepreneurs.

Proprietary Products

SHRG’s current exclusive Elevate product offerings are marketed under the Elevacity brand, so named to signify the company’s commitment to elevating lives.

The Elevate health and wellness product line consists of nutraceutical products that SHRG refers to as D.O.S.E., which stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – all of which are key hormones proven to promote happiness and well-being.

Elevacity brand products are carefully formulated, chosen and designed to support a single objective: elevate the happiness and well-being of the consumer.

Global Network of Elepreneurs

Elevacity products are shared and sold by a growing international network of home-based entrepreneurs, called Elepreneurs, operated by Elepreneurs Holdings. This SHRG subsidiary provides basic and advanced programs for both new and experienced entrepreneurs who are focusing on their direct-sales careers.

SHRG’s high-performing independent sales force follows the company’s Blue Ocean selling strategy, an approach that encourages individuals to seek new markets, lead, and to “stop competing and start creating.” The Blue Ocean strategy is based on the book, “Blue Ocean Strategy,” written by Professor Renée Mauborgne, who notes that “the lesson here is that the best defense is offense, and the best offense… is to make a blue ocean shift and create your own blue ocean.”

Following this selling strategy, SHRG’s Elepreneurs are taught that, rather than competing directly in a competitive, direct-selling market, they should focus on making competitors irrelevant and succeeding in an uncontested marketplace.

In addition, SHRG’s Elepreneurs use the interactive, video-based VERB sales-marketing platform developed by Verb Technology Company Inc. The app utilizes proprietary interactive video data collection and analysis technology and provides next-generation customer relationship management, lead generation, and video marketing software applications.

Continued Momentum as Industry Leader

These selling strategies have resulted in sharp and consistent revenue gains. In the company’s 10-Q filed with the SEC for the three months ended Oct. 31, 2019, SHRG reported sales of $38.8 million for fiscal Q2 2019, an increase of 116% over sales of $17.9 million reported for the comparable quarter of 2018. Consolidated gross profit jumped by $16.2 million to $27.4 million for the same period compared to Q2 2018.

SHRG’s consolidated operating earnings were $3.9 million in the fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2019, compared to $866,802 for the comparable period the prior year. Consolidated gross margin also grew 70.9% for the three months ended Oct. 31, 2019, compared to 62.2% the prior year.

These numbers are continuing a trend established over the past two years. In fiscal Q1 2019, SHRG achieved revenues of $35.4 million, more than double that of the comparable period in 2018. Even earlier, the company reported sales of $85.9 million for fiscal year ended April 30, 2019. This represents a nine-fold increase, or $77.5 million jump, over the company’s revenues of $8.4 million the prior year.

These numbers bring SHRG’s sales revenues since December 2017 — when the company’s Elevate product line was released — to an impressive cumulative total of $169 million.

Preparing for Success

SHRG is well prepared to continue and accommodate for this growth. The company recently expanded its corporate footprint by moving to a 10,000-square-foot facility in Plano, Texas, that offers ample room to expand as the company grows and flourish. The larger corporate locale provides space for a growing customer service department, product fulfillment, opportunity and training rooms, as well as a video production suite.

In addition, the company has a seasoned, expert leadership team in place, led by John “JT” Thatch. Thatch was appointed president and CEO of SHRG in March 2018, bringing to the company his expertise obtained from successfully starting, owning and operating several businesses in various industries. His experience with corporate growth, acquisitions, financing and negotiation in fast-paced and flexible environments will significantly assist SHRG as the company aims to expand and increase revenues.

Contact
469.304.9400 x 201
Info@SHRGinc.com
http://www.SHRGinc.com

Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.07, even for the day, on 21,057 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0215/$0.249799996.

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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).

On April 7 and 16, 2020, PowerBand Solutions (TSX.V: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA) and D2D Auto Auction LLC successfully launched and conducted “virtual” auctions in the United States. These auctions demonstrated the speed and proficiency of the unique platform (http://nnw.fm/dOw26). To view the full article, visit http://nnw.fm/kEhy9

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 Tuesday's trading session at $0.094, up 5.9752%, on 2,000 volume with 00 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 000,000 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.038600001/$0.230000004.

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Kingman Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: KGS)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Kingman Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: KGS).

Kingman Minerals (TSX.V: KGS) (FSE: 47A1) today announced the company’s entrance into an option agreement with two arms' length vendors to acquire 100% interest in 52 lode claims located within an area of 1,071.2 acres in Mohave County, Arizona. Kingman can earn the 100% interest in the Music Mountain EXT Property by paying a total of $150,000 USD, issuing 2,500,000 common shares, and $1,000,000 in exploration expenditures at different periods over four years from the date of approval from the TSX Venture Exchange. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/YZLn1. Also today, NetworkNewsWire released a report on the company detailing how KGS, formerly Astorius Resources Ltd., is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of gold and silver properties in North America. The Canada-based company is focused on sourcing and developing high-quality properties in favorable mining locations to advance its diverse portfolio of low-cost, lifelong assets.

Kingman Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: KGS), formerly Astorius Resources Ltd., is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of gold and silver properties in North America. The Canada-based company is focused on sourcing and developing high-quality properties in favorable mining locations to advance its diverse portfolio of low-cost, lifelong assets.

Kingman Mine

The Company maintains the following projects:

The Mohave Project: Located in the Music Mountains in Mohave County, Arizona. Approximately 35 miles from the town of Kingman, the property consists of 20 lode claims, including the historic Rosebud Mine. The Company has entered into an option agreement to earn 100% over four years. According to historic mappings of the mine, probable ore is 15,560 tons. Possible (inferred) ore is comprised of 176,000 tons, and additional possible (inferred) ore totals slightly over 1,100,000 tons. The total contained gold ounces for all categories is estimated at 664,000 ounces, and contained silver is estimated at 2,600,000 ounces. The Company has recently completed two underground reconnaissance and sampling programs and is in the process of verifying previous resource estimates.

 

The Cadillac East Property: Located approximately 55 kilometers east of Val d’Or, a hub for exploration and mining activities in the Canadian province of Quebec. The Company acquired a 100% interest in the property from an arm’s length vendor. Cadillac East Property consists of 12 claims, and the Company has an option agreement to earn 100% over three years. Having been the subject of numerous geophysical and geological surveys, the Cadillac East Property has been explored and surveyed by numerous companies as well as by the Quebec government. Exploration work done in 2017 by Exploration Facilitation Unlimited Inc. revealed multiple potential targets for future investigation, as results from the soil program identified value in gold, silver, copper, zinc and nickel.

Kingman Minerals is focused on enhancing shareholder value as it continues exploring potential assets and acquiring strategic gold targets. The company recently commissioned mining consulting services company Burgex Mining Consultants Inc. to complete two underground gold exploration programs in the historic Rosebud Mine. Burgex specializes in mineral exploration, mining claim staking, landman services, mining consulting, and the access and documentation of abandoned mine sites throughout the western United States and the world. Burgex’s founders have been active in the industry since 2007 and have identified, secured and consulted on hundreds of thousands of acres of mineral properties spanning a wide range of mineral commodities with billions of dollars’ worth of resources and reserves. The Burgex team has been featured in Forbes Magazine as well as on the Discovery Channel and other outlets. Burgex is at the vanguard of industry advancements in safely accessing difficult vertical abandoned mine workings and continues to pioneer new mineral exploration methods with strategic partners throughout the United States and the world.

Gold’s Predicted Rise

The value of gold is currently on an upward climb due to COVID-19’s upending of the global economy, causing governments to expand their balance sheets. In 2019, as a result of the housing and financial crisis, gold saw its best performance since 2010increasing as much as 20% and hitting a top price of $1,549 per ounce in September of that year. Analysts predict its price will continue to climb due to strong buying by central banks, a weakening of the U.S. dollar, and increasing political tensions. A recent Wolfe Research report predicted gold would hit an all-time high, referencing an ounce of gold that commanded a $1,515 asking price. As the value of the U.S. dollar weakens, the demand for gold is inversely rising. Known as a safe-haven asset, gold tends to see increased levels of demand during times of consumer fear or recession.

Management

Sandy MacDougall – Chairman and Director
An economics graduate from the University of British Columbia, Sandy MacDougall brings 30+ years of experience in the investment banking and finance industry to KGS. He was instrumental in the acquisition, development and production of gold at the Alto el Toro mine near Ibaguel, Columbia. As a former investment advisor at Canaccord Capital Corp., MacDougall was a key player in multiple significant financings in Canada as well as abroad, working with a wide range of companies. His experience has afforded him critical exposure to precious and base metal projects throughout North and South America, and he has served as chairman of the board since 2016.

Arthur Brown – President and Director
With 36 years of business experience and service to the boards of eight other companies in sectors ranging from technology to oil, gas and mineral exploration, Arthur Brown adds substantial knowledge in corporate structure and development as well as financings and venture capital to the KGS team.

Cyrus Driver – Independent Director
Cyrus Driver was a founding partner in the firm of Driver Anderson from its inception in 1982 and is a chartered accountant as well as a retired partner in the firm of Davidson and Company LLP. Aside from providing general public accounting services to a diverse range of clients, his specialty is servicing TSX Venture-listed companies and members of the brokerage community. With expert knowledge of the securities industry and its regulations, Driver lends valuable advice to his clients regarding finance, taxation and other accounting-related matters. He currently serves as director and chief financial officer of several TSX-V-listed companies.

Dr. Peter Born – Director and Technical Specialist
A professional geologist registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, Dr. Peter Born brings 30+ years of experience in exploration and mining to the company. With prior roles as a senior geologist with Western Mining Corporation, he is currently working with RPS Energy Canada Ltd. on natural gas plays related to high-temperature dolomites and sedimentary zinc deposits (MVT) within the Appalachian Basin in the United States. Dr. Born holds a Ph.D. in earth sciences and has expertise in Precambrian sedimentary geology, basin analysis, sedimentology, stratigraphy and sedimentary ore deposits.

Kingman Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: KGS), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.165, off by 8.33%, on 7,000 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 37,790 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.09/$0.22.

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Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD)

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

Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD) was featured today in the 420 with CNW by CannabisNewsWire. For a long time, the federal government has outlawed cannabis, and it is no question that certain communities have suffered most from its decades’ long law war on marijuana. Aside from creating new job opportunities and producing tax revenue from sales, advocates for legalizing marijuana have argued that legalizing it would be the first step in stopping this unfair persecution. Indeed, several states that have legalized cannabis within their borders have directed substantial funds towards repairing the damage the war on drugs has had on certain communities.

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 Tuesday's trading session at $0.00205, off by 14.5833%, on 85,139,117 volume with 387 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 23,496,572 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.001799999/$0.050500001.

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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), an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider in China, today announced that the WeChat mini-program of QiaQia Food Co., Ltd, a client of iClick's subsidiary Changyi, has achieved impressive growth. According to the update, the mini program leveraged iClick's integrated enterprise and marketing cloud platform with monthly GMV growth of 180% on average since its launch. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/8fGfc

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 Tuesday's trading session at $5.47, up 1.4842%, on 1,506,345 volume with 5,879 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 330,669 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $2.73000001/$5.69000005.

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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 a revised date for the reporting of its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, now scheduled for release before markets open on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/6pHWK

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 Tuesday's trading session at $1.09, up 23.8636%, on 214,318 volume with 401 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 97,655 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.371499985/$3.46919989.

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The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTC: TGODF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight The Green Organic Dutchman (OTC: TGODF).

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), a leading producer of premium, certified-organic cannabis, this morning announced that it has made its first shipment of Highly Dutch, the company’s new, mainstream brand designed for regular users. As of today, Highly Dutch is now available in Quebec in its Rotterdam OG Indica strain and will become available in additional provinces during the coming weeks. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/clR2B

The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTC: TGODF), whose principal location is in Hamilton, Ontario, produces farm grown, organic, pesticide-free medical cannabis in small batches using all natural, organic craft growing principles. TGOD is licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) to cultivate medical cannabis. The company carries out its principal activities producing cannabis pursuant to the provisions of the ACMPR and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada).

Committed to becoming the global leader in delivering organic cannabis solutions that enhance people’s lives, TGOD consistently adheres to the highest levels of excellence. Its world-class management team includes a proven group of leaders with outstanding executive and operational experience specific to consumer packaged goods, consumer products, cannabis and finance industries.

TGOD is positioned as one of the highest quality and most cost efficient cannabis producers in Canada by leveraging innovative technology and low-cost power solutions. It holds one of the largest land packages under a single ACMPR license in Canada, providing future cannabis Agri-park style development and opportunities for joint ventures, licensing and distribution partners. Its industry leading alliance partners include Eaton, Ledcor Group and Hamilton Utilities Corp.

Eaton is the second largest power management company in the world and promises to supply innovative and cost effective power solutions to meet TGOD’s growing demands. Construction management is supplied by Ledcor, Canada’s second largest multidisciplinary construction company and a pioneer in the Green Building Industry. An alliance with Hamilton Utilities Corp allows TGOD to reduce its power costs from $0.13 per kWh to less than $0.05 per kWh. Greenhouse design is provided by Larssen Greenhouse, whose 25-plus years of experience in building some of the most modern and sophisticated greenhouses in the industry will provide TGOD with state of the art, climate-controlled hybrid greenhouse solutions.

Canada is quickly becoming a hub for cannabis investors with over $1.3 billion raised by Canadian companies to date. There are 58 licensed producers to service a population of 36 million and only two organic producers. TGOD, which holds licenses in Ontario and Quebec, is strategically located in both provinces that together claim 22 million Canadians as residents. Another estimated 57 million people live next door in six U.S. bordering states.

The Canadian cannabis market currently has a massive supply demand gap, which makes TGOD’s expansion plans even more important to investors. These plans include a combined build-out capacity of 970,000 square feet, allowing TGOD to produce 116,000 kg annually of organic cannabis. Upon completion, Phase One in Hamilton, Ontario, which is fully funded, will provide 150,000 square feet of growing capacity capable of producing up to 14,000 kg of cannabis or $112 million in revenue at $8 a gram.

The company’s Quebec expansion will be constructed on a recently secured 75-acre property near Montreal. This new property has a planned expansion of 820,000 square feet capable of producing 102,000 kg of organic cannabis. The first phase of this expansion is underway and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Quebec’s first phase will consist of 220,000 square feet capable of producing 22,000 kg of cannabis. Two additional expansion phases will add 250,000 square feet (26,000 kg of cannabis) and 350,000 square feet (54,000 kg of cannabis). Power costs remain exceptionally low for both facilities with access to all other needed utilities available and close by.

TGOD also plans to gain a share of the burgeoning cannabis oils market which by Q1 2017 accounted for 49 percent of all cannabis sold in Canada under the ACMPR, up from only 27% in Q2 2016. TGOD has ordered a purpose-built extraction laboratory with an estimated commission in Q4 of 2017. This is a commercial-scale CO2 extraction unit capable of processing up to 12,000 kg of raw material per year and producing approximately $170 million worth of organic cannabis oils. Raw cannabis oil provides a significant downstream manufacturing opportunity into several potential recreational market verticals including edibles, beverages, topicals and concentrates.

Data from the Canadian ACMPR Market Trends report indicates a rising number of consumers will continue to seek out healthier, less conspicuous ways to consume cannabis, ensuring sales of organic cannabis oil products remain brisk. Organic cannabis products demand a significant premium compared to non-organic products and the demand keeps growing.

Plans to take the company public are underway with an initial public offering (IPO) slated for January 2018. In November, the company raised $13 million in equity financing and in March closed a $27 million non-brokered private placement. Another $20 million is currently being raised before the IPO in January, which will be utilized for expansion plans.

TGOD is uniquely positioned between the medical and recreational cannabis industry since Canada is scheduled to legalize cannabis for all adults in mid-2018. As of August 2017, TGOD has 2,400 shareholders. Established in 2012, TGOD’s motto, “Making Life Better,” can be seen in its strategic partnerships, top quality management team, and dedication to organic farming and principles.

To learn more about the company and how to invest, contact TGOD directly at financing@tgod.ca

The Green Organic Dutchman (OTC: TGODF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.40, up 14.0901%, on 5,461,746 volume with 1,490 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,273,603 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.150000005/$3.0302.

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Siyata Mobile Inc. (TSX.V: SIM) (OTCQX: SYATF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Siyata Mobile Inc. (SYATF).

Siyata Mobile (TSX.V: SIM) (OTCQX: SYATF) today announced that it will release its 2019 year end results on Wednesday, June 3rd. The company will also host an investor conference call hosted by CEO Marc Seelenfreund and VP Sales Glenn Kennedy on Thursday, June 4th at 9:00 AM EDT (6:00 AM PDT) to discuss the results, followed by a Q&A for investors. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/w5hK1

Siyata Mobile Inc. (TSX.V: SIM) (OTCQX: SYATF) is a leading global developer and provider of Push-to-Talk Over Cellular ("PTT/PoC") systems for enterprise customers. The company specializes in connected vehicle products for professional fleets and markets its products under the Uniden® Cellular brand.

Since its inception in 2012, Siyata has amassed a customer base that includes cellular operators, commercial vehicle technology distributors, and fleets of all sizes in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Recognized by the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange in 2018 as a Venture Top 50 Company, Siyata aims to deliver the highest quality and most technologically advanced mobile communication devices for global corporate workforces, fleets, homes and buildings.

The company has long been an industry pioneer, delivering the world's first 3G connected vehicle device as well as the world's first 4G/LTE vehicle mounted smartphone for First Responders and commercial fleets and vehicles.

Siyata is headquartered in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Product Portfolio

Siyata's suite of technology includes numerous PTT and legacy devices, as well as cellular boosters designed to improve cellular signals in corporate warehouses, government embassies, retirement home campuses, banks and manufacturing plants.

The company's flagship product, the Uniden UV350, is the world's first vehicle-mounted 4G/LTE smartphone with crystal clear quality, carrier grade PTT, voice, text, video and data applications built into a single device. Specifically designed for First Responder and commercial fleet vehicles, the UV350 runs on cellular LTE networks that provide nationwide and global coverage, replacing traditional single purpose two-way radios that require a monthly fee and limited network coverage.

The Uniden UV350 is currently available through Bell Mobility, Canada's largest LTE network and PTT community. Expanding its availability, Siyata is completing network approval with two North American Tier 1 operators to launch the UV350 in the U.S. in 2019.

Management Team

CEO and Chairman Marc Seelenfreund is the founder of Siyata. He is also the founder of Siyata's parent company, Accel Telecom, an Israel-based company that specializes in importing and distributing innovative cellular and IP devices to fixed line operators and mobile providers within Israel. Prior to establishing Accel, Seelenfreund was a vice president at Sunrise Corporation in New York where he focused on financing publicly traded technology companies. Seelenfreund has a law degree from Bar Ilan University, is a board member at Israel's leading private university, and has served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Glenn Kennedy, vice president of sales, has over 25 years of sales experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Siyata in 2016, Kennedy managed sales nationally for Motorola Canada, HTC Communications Canada, and Sonim Technologies. He holds a bachelor's degree in honors business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

CFO Gerald Bernstein, a professional chartered accountant, has spent 20 years focusing on private equity financing and tax efficient corporate structuring in multi-jurisdictional arenas. He holds a bachelor's degree of commerce as well as a graduate diploma in public accountancy from McGill University. Bernstein has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987.

Gidi Bracha, Vice President of Technology, has served in this position since 2011 and spearheaded the development of both the Truckfone, Voyager and UV350. Bracha served in various key positions at Cellcom, Israel's leading cellular provider, including head of car mobility products and director of type approvals. Bracha served as an engineer technician in the Anti-Aircraft division of the Air Force in the Israel Defense Forces and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and business management from the University of Derby.

Siyata Mobile Inc. (SYATF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.0957, up 27.4301%, on 252,299 volume with 20 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 168,497 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0731/$0.392500013.

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Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSX.V: SLL) (FRA: S5L) (OTC: STLHF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Standard Lithium Ltd. (OTC: STLHF).

Standard Lithium (TSX.V: SLL) (FRA: S5L) (OTCQX: STLHF), an innovative technology and lithium development company, on Monday announced its participation at the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Festival 2020. According to the update, the world’s first online, free-to-view EV Supply Chain Festival, scheduled to take place from May 26 through May 29, will feature expert virtual seminars and conferences for all time zones from Australia through to the West Coast of North America. Standard Lithium CEO Robert Mintak is scheduled to speak at the Benchmark World Tour East at 8 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, May 26 (http://nnw.fm/BBY3c) and Benchmark World Tour West at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27 (http://nnw.fm/sOSq7). To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/2nzZG

Standard Lithium Ltd. (OTC: STLHF) is focused on unlocking the value of existing large-scale U.S.-based lithium brine resources that can quickly be brought into production. The Company believes new lithium production can rapidly be brought on stream by minimizing project risks at selection stage; resource, political & geographic, and regulatory & permitting; and by leveraging advances in lithium extraction technologies and processes.

The Company’s flagship project is in southern Arkansas. The more than 180,000-acre “Smackover Project” is in the most prolific and productive brine processing region in North America. Agreements with large commercial brine operators in the region will allow Standard Lithium to utilize the extensive existing infrastructure, including brine supply and disposal pipelines, water, power and a trained workforce to fast-track project development timelines.

“Arkansas produces about 9.4 billion gallons of brine per year, according to 2010-2016 average statistics reported by the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission.”

Standard Lithium signed a binding MoU with global specialty chemicals company LANXESS Corporation and its U.S. affiliate Great Lakes Chemical Corporation with the purpose of demonstrating the commercial viability of extraction of lithium from brine (“tail brine”) that is produced as part of LANXESS’ bromine extraction business at its three Southern Arkansas facilities.

LANXESS’ land operations in Southern Arkansas encompass more than 150,000 acres, 10,000 brine leases and surface agreements and 250 miles of pipelines. LANXESS extracts the brine from its wells located throughout the area, and the brine is transported to the three Arkansas plants through a network of pipelines. The three bromine extraction plants currently employ approximately 500 people and process and reinject several hundred thousand barrels of brine per day.

Standard Lithium has developed a breakthrough rapid lithium extraction process that reduces the recovery time of extracting lithium from brine to as little as several hours vs. the current industry method that takes years. The process is also much more environmentally friendly with a significantly smaller footprint than the conventional processes. The company has a signed agreement to locate a demonstration scale lithium extraction plant inside one of LANXESS’ chemical plants in Southern Arkansas.

The Company has also signed an option agreement with NYSE-listed Tetra Technologies for the lithium rights for exploration, extraction, and possible commercial development on approximately 30,000 acres of brine leases in Southern Arkansas. The largest available land package.

Recent laboratory results of four brine samples recovered from two existing wells in Standard Lithium’s project area showed lithium concentrations ranging between 347-461 mg/L lithium, with an average of 450 mg/L lithium in one of the wells and 350 mg/L in the other. Geological modeling of the project area is complete, and a maiden resource report is on the horizon.

Market Opportunity

World demand for lithium continues to surge. The global lithium compounds market is projected to reach U.S. $5.87 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 13.22% between 2015 and 2020. Lithium-ion batteries are the fastest growing segment of the market.

Leadership

Standard Lithium’s commitment to being a premier, innovation-driven company focused on developing and commercializing new modern processes for lithium extraction is bolstered by the leading experts that comprise the company’s Scientific Advisory Council. Each member was selected because of their experience and expertise in areas that are central to and/or complement Standard Lithium’s current development plans. Standard Lithium recently welcomed to the Council world-renowned chemist Dr. Barry Sharpless, the recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions.

Standard Lithium is led by a team of professionals with proven strong technical and project development skills. CEO Robert Mintak has a global network of industry contacts and is a pioneer in the rapidly evolving lithium space. COO and President Dr. Andy Robinson is an experienced geoscientist with 20+ years of experience and a PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. Dr. Robinson has worked on a wide range of projects in the resource, power and energy sectors in Europe, Africa, and North and South America.

The company recently appointed Robert Cross as non-executive chairman. Cross is an engineer with 25 years of experience as a financier and company builder in the mining and oil and gas sectors. He co-founded and serves as chairman of B2Gold, a top-performing growing gold producer which is expected to achieve nearly 1 million ounces of low-cost gold production in 2018. He was also co-founder and chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd.; co-founder and chairman of Petrodorado Energy Ltd.; and until October 2007 was the non-executive chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc. He also was previously the chairman and CEO of Yorkton Securities Inc., and a partner in investment banking with Gordon Capital Corp. in Toronto. Cross has an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo (1982) and received an MBA from Harvard in 1987.

Following a multi-million-dollar financing in Q1 2018, Standard Lithium is well-positioned to meet its upcoming milestones including two maiden resource reports and the launch of its breakthrough rapid lithium extraction technology.

Standard Lithium Ltd. (OTC: STLHF), closed Tuesday's trading session at $0.695, off by 0.386986%, on 106,604 volume with 85 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 53,346 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.29519999/$0.837000012.

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Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO)

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

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 Tuesday's trading session at $2.35, up 4.4444%, on 22,359 volume with 43 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 14,996 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.600600004/$4.48999977.

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