Vancouver, B.C. November 30, 2020 – Benchmark Botanics, Inc. (CSE: BBT) (“Benchmark” or the “Company”) a diversified multi-licensed cannabis producer, today released its financial and operational results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.
2020 Q3 Highlights:
• Achieved sales revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2020 of $375,701, versus Nil sales compared with the same period from last year.
• Net loss for the third quarter was significantly reduced to ($65,149) from ($1,176,229) in the same quarter of last year.
• General and administrative expenses for the quarter were reduced by 40% from the same quarter last year.
• Acquired an additional 26% interest in 1139000 B.C. to further strengthen the Company’s cultivation capability.
• Reorganized the Company’s cultivation operations of its wholly-owned operating subsidiary Potanical Green Growers Inc. (“Potanicals”) and significantly reduced operating expenses.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following table sets forth the consolidated statement of operations, which is expressed in Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts, for the indicated periods.
Total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $654,216 (2019 – $134,844) from sales of dried cannabis to licensed producers and retail sales for the adult-use market in Canada. The total quantity of cannabis sold during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was 121,941 grams (September 30, 2019 – 24,517) at an average sale price of $5.36 per gram (September 30, 2019 – $5.50).
“During the third quarter, we have achieved sales growth of dried cannabis compared to the same period last year. We continued our efforts to reduce operating costs to address the Company’s working capital deficiency. We also increased our ownership interest in 1139000 B.C Ltd. to a 51% control position, which operates a four-acre greenhouse in Pitt Meadows, BC. This acquisition will better position us for sustainable growth in the future,” said William Ying, Benchmark Botanics’ CEO.
About Benchmark Botanics Inc.
Benchmark is a diversified multi-licensed cannabis producer focused on a vertical business model targeting the medical, pharmaceutical and recreational markets in Canada. The Company’s business plan also includes a strategy to become a Canadian licensed producer to pioneer selling medical cannabis and hemp related products throughout Asia and in countries where it is legal to do so.
Benchmark is focused on producing high quality cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the Company’s global footprint.
Benchmark’s 100% owned subsidiary Potanicals Green Growers (PGG) is a Health Canada licensed producer under the Cannabis Act. PGG’s Peachland complex was constructed for propagation, cultivation, cloning, storage, research and development including genetic improvements, and is progressing towards CBD oil extraction.
The Company and a joint venture partner acquired a second facility, a 4-acre Greenhouse Operation in Pitt Meadows, BC. The Company, through Potanicals, received its second cultivation license, effective November 29, 2019, from Health Canada for that Pitt Meadows greenhouse.
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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF
BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.
/s/ “William Ying”
Chief Executive Officer
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FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
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