Star Buds Cannabis Co. Stores Have Strong Close to 2023
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 16, 2024 / CordovaCann Corp. (CSE:CDVA)(OTCQB:LVRLF) (“Cordova” or the “Company”), a cannabis-focused consumer products company, is pleased to provide an update on its Star Buds Cannabis Co. retail operations in Canada.
Star Buds Cannabis Co. stores had a strong close to 2023. The Company’s 11 retail stores continue to increase market share and expand margins due to strong cost controls, optimizing product assortment and continued focus on the customer.
The Star Buds Cannabis Co. chain generated revenues of $3.5 million in the last quarter of calendar 2023. The average store in the network grew revenues 10.1% year-over-year in October, 14.4% year-over-year in November, and 14.5% year-over-year in December. The stores in Ontario grew revenues at an even faster pace, with monthly revenues in these stores increasing an average of 17.0% year-over-year in the 3-month period. Furthermore, in December, two stores posted monthly revenue records, and the total store chain produced revenues equal to the previous monthly record, despite there being three fewer stores operating in the chain. Gross margin continues to improve, and the stores posted an aggregate gross margin of 27.0% for the 3-month period ending in December. Strong revenue growth and improving gross margin trends have continued into 2024.
Management expects Star Buds Cannabis Co. to continue to benefit from closures of competing stores, industry consolidation, and increased customer awareness. The Company is also working to expand the Star Buds Cannabis Co. platform across Canada through both organic store growth and acquisitions.
“The Star Buds Cannabis Co. stores had a remarkable 2023 showcasing the ability to operate a profitable retail operation in the competitive Canadian market, and we expect the strength to continue in 2024,” stated Taz Turner, Chairman and CEO of Cordova. “Our team remains committed to growing store cash flows, and to growing the units in the store base significantly.”
About CordovaCann Corp.
CordovaCann Corp. is a Canadian-domiciled company focused on building a leading, diversified cannabis products business across multiple jurisdictions including Canada and the United States. Cordova primarily provides services and investment capital to the retail, processing and production vertical markets of the cannabis industry.
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