NXTTF: Namaste Technologies Inc (CNSX:N) Analysis and Research Report

2018-02-04 - by Asif , Contributing Analyst - 66 views

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Namaste is the largest online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally. Namaste distributes vaporizers and smoking accessories through e-commerce sites in 26 countries and with 5 distribution hubs located around the world. Namaste has majority market share in Europe and Australia, with operations in the UK, Canada and Germany and has opened new supply channels into emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Namaste, through its acquisition of Cannmart Inc., a Canadian based late-stage applicant for a medical cannabis distribution license (under the ACMPR Program) is pursuing a new revenue vertical in online retail of medical cannabis in the Canadian market. Namaste intends to leverage its existing database of Canadian medical cannabis consumers, along with its expertise in e-commerce to create an online marketplace for medical cannabis patients, offering a larger variety of product and a better user experience.

Description of the business

Dollinger Enterprises U.S.A. commenced commercial operations on September 3, 2014, and following an amalgamation with Next Gen Metals Inc. in February 2016, continued its operations under the name Namaste Technologies Inc. (the "Company").

Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Company is an international leader in vaporizer and accessories distribution, social media and e-commerce, and product design and manufacturing. The Company has over 30 e-commerce retail stores in 20 countries and offers one of the largest range of brand name vaporizer products on the market. Recognized as a source of information, reviews and social media on vaporizer products, the Company has a unique market perspective and ability design and engineer products that align with the current direction of the market. The Company is currently focused on expanding its product offering, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, and entering new markets globally.

Business strategy of the company

Management’s business strategy is currently focused on a multi-pronged approach to diversify revenue streams including e-commerce, wholesale distribution, product design and manufacturing, and selective acquisitions. Management believes there is an established and growing consumer demand for its products internationally and has developed strong sales channels in the United States, United Kingdom and Continental Europe. The current expansion focus is as follows:

• E-Commerce, social media

Namaste has a competitive advantage in international markets through its established e-commerce presence, logistics and fulfillment capabilities, and best-in-class customer service standards as evidenced by the Company receiving the #1 rating in the online vaporizer category from TrustPilot, a globally recognized and independent customer review portal. Going forward, Namaste will continue to expand its presence through further enhancement of its search engine optimization, online advertising through select channels, and social media campaigns. The Company is currently focused on entering and expanding in key markets including the US and Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil.

• Design, manufacturing

The Company has completed development and is proceeding with commercialization of its in-house designed proprietary product, the GuruTM. This is the first vaporizer to seamlessly provide a solution to vaporize all of dry herbs, concentrates and liquids. The product will be distributed through the Company’s e-commerce platform as well as distribution agreements with wholesalers. After this initial launch, the Company also plans on commercializing additional products to expand its propriety portfolio.

• Wholesale distribution

Namaste has identified an opportunity to further expand into wholesale distribution in international markets and intends to utilize its established infrastructure to provide tangible benefits to select manufacturers. This includes entering into exclusive distribution partnerships with manufacturers for select territories and providing international services including fulfillment and logistics management, inventory control, repair and replacement centers, and multi-lingual customer service support. Management believes as the market potential for vaporizers expands and continues to become mainstream, more manufacturers will seek to expand outside the US. Namaste is ideally positioned to capture this market share with distribution and fulfillment centers located in the US, UK, Australia and Brazil.

Industry consolidation

As one of the first true vaporizer and accessories companies to access public capital, the Company has identified multiple opportunities to expand by acquisition. The focus of the Company’s acquisition strategy is to identify companies that complement Namaste in terms of financial profile, geographical focus, and product and service offering and enter into transactions that are accretive on a per share basis. Based on management’s analysis of the market, the vaporizer and accessory space is fragmented and high growth, which makes the industry ideal for consolidation.

Recent development

ICTORIA, British Columbia and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. (“Emerald”) (TSXV:EMH) (OTCQX:EMHTF) and Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste”) (CSE:N) (FRANKFURT:M5BQ) (OTCMKTS:NXTTF) have signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) whereby Namaste and Emerald propose to enter into a definitive agreement (the “Proposed Agreement”) to collaborate on strategic business opportunities worldwide and develop a fully-integrated e-commerce platform (the “Platform”) to serve as a retail channel for Emerald’s patients. Under the terms of the Proposed Agreement, the companies would leverage Namaste’s existing consumer databases, site traffic and e-commerce technology for marketing purposes along with Emerald’s pharmaceutical and biotech expertise to develop medical cannabis downstream products tailored to specific markets and patients.

The e-commerce platform will be developed using Namaste’s technology, including machine learning algorithms and advanced on-site optimization techniques, and is planned to be available on desktop and mobile devices. Through the Platform Namaste would make available its full product catalog of over 1000+ cannabis delivery devices to Emerald for sale to its patients. This e-commerce platform is planned to connect to Namaste’s inventory management system and be compliant with Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes (“ACMPR”) regulations.

Under the LOI, Emerald will enter into a medical cannabis Supply Agreement with Namaste’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“Cannmart”), whereby Emerald would supply proprietary strains of medical cannabis to Cannmart, a late-stage ACMPR applicant for a medical cannabis “sales-only” license. Emerald is an ACMPR licensed producer of medical cannabis that cultivates proprietary cannabis strains using proven growing methods backed by cutting-edge research. Cannmart, with its “sales-only” platform, intends to impact the medical cannabis online-retail industry in Canada as it focuses on bringing a larger variety of medical cannabis products from many licensed producers, both domestically and abroad, in an easy-to-use platform for patients.

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