MEDFORD, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grown Rogue International Inc. (“Grown Rogue” or the “Company”) (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon and Michigan, announced a continued upward trend and record prices for its indoor flower in Oregon. Also, after the Company’s Michigan partner Golden Harvests, LLC (“Golden Harvests”) obtained the Class-C Adult-Use (“Recreational”) license in Michigan, its initial sales are averaging US$4,000/lb. versus US$3,000/lb. for medical. Additionally, the company announced the hiring of a Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) to place additional focus on financial efficiencies.
In August 2020, Grown Rogue benefited from record average sales prices, for its high-quality indoor flower, of US$1,750/lb. with high testing flower selling for US$2,000/lb. This is a 61% increase from US$1,082/lb. in Q2 and a 37% increase from US$1,276/lb. in Q3. The continued increase in Oregon indoor prices has been driven by the significant rise in cannabis sales across the state in 2020, as reported by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). The addition of a seventh grow room at its Oregon indoor facility has allowed the company to drive increased revenue and profitability at these record price points.
In Michigan, the Recreational license recently granted to Golden Harvests has resulted in US$332,000 of sales in the first week, at an average price point of US$4,000/lb. Sales to medical marijuana dispensaries remain strong at an average price point of US$3,000/lb., which is consistent with July sales. In order to maximize revenue and profitability, Grown Rogue’s Michigan subsidiary is completing work next week on a fifth grow room at Golden Harvests 80,000 square foot Bay City facility and is planning to commence construction on a sixth grow room to further increase capacity. The sixth grow room is expected to be completed in the next 90 to 120 days and is expected to cost approximately US$250,000.
“We are excited to see the tremendous demand and record prices for our products in both Oregon and Michigan,” said Obie Strickler, Grown Rogue’s Chief Executive Officer, “The lack of flower supply in both states has resulted in rapid product turns for our award-winning flower at record prices. We are excited to continue expanding our production capacity in both markets as quickly as possible.”
Grown Rogue also announced the addition of Ryan Kee to its executive team as Chief Accounting Officer, bringing high-level accounting expertise to ensure the efficient and accurate maintenance of financial records and timely filing of the company’s financial results. Mr. Kee initially joined the company as a part-time contractor in May and transitioned to full-time employee effective September 1st. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over a decade in accounting and financial reporting experience, primarily with Canadian entities reporting under IFRS. Mr. Kee’s previous experience includes leading a finance team for a mining company where he implemented a variety of financial reporting and financial planning systems, and working in public accounting assurance for a regional public accounting firm.
“We are excited to have Ryan join our team and we look forward to the many contributions he’ll make at both a tactical and a strategic level,” said Adam August, Grown Rogue’s Chief Financial Officer for US Operations. “Ryan brings an extensive background in companies with public reporting requirements similar to ours and he is already elevating our Accounting function to the level that our business requires. He also has a passion for generating actionable management reports that will help us make better decisions as a company, maximizing profitability and building shareholder value.”
“I’m honored to join Grown Rogue and contribute to a company that is in such an exciting industry,” said Mr. Kee, “I look forward to leveraging my background to realize efficiencies in the accounting process and find costs savings across the organization, while working with the executive team on long term strategy.”
About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue International (CSE: GRIN | OTC: GRUSF) is a vertically-integrated, multi-state Cannabis family of brands on a mission to inspire consumers to “enhance experiences” through cannabis. We have combined an expert management team, award winning grow team, state of the art indoor and outdoor manufacturing facilities, and consumer insight based product categorization, to create innovative products thoughtfully curated from “seed to experience.” The Grown Rogue family of products include sungrown and indoor premium flower, along with nitro sealed indoor and sungrown pre-rolls and jars.
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