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Tilray Brands revenue jumps, losses narrow as it pivots away from cannabis

by Mark Mendoza

Tilray Brands, a cannabis company based in Canada, has reported a 15% increase in net revenue for its first quarter earnings report. The company posted $177 million in net revenue, with its cannabis division bringing in $70 million, reflecting a 20% spike year-over-year. Additionally, Tilray narrowed its net loss to $55.9 million during the quarter, compared to a loss of $65.8 million the previous year.

Tilray Brands has been actively diversifying its portfolio and expanding into other industries, particularly the beer industry. The company recently completed its acquisition of eight beer brands from Anheuser-Busch, making it the fifth-largest player in the U.S. craft beer market. It also acquired cannabis-infused drinks maker Truss Beverage from Molson Coors Canada.

CEO Irwin Simon highlighted the strategic importance of these mergers and acquisitions, noting that they will accelerate growth and expand the company’s footprint beyond its recreational cannabis business. This strategy is particularly important as Tilray operates in an uncertain legal environment for marijuana worldwide. While cannabis is legal at the federal level in Canada, it remains illegal in key markets such as the United States and much of Europe.

Simon also mentioned the potential for legalization in the United States, stating that if it were to happen, Tilray is well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunity. However, if legalization does not occur, the company can rely on its booming beverage business.

The company reported a 16.5% increase in cannabis revenue in Canada, strengthening its leading market share position in the country to 13.4%. Canada is one of the few major markets where recreational cannabis is legal nationwide.

Tilray Brands has strategically diversified its operations in recent years, targeting fast-growing markets like craft beers and cannabis-infused beverages. The company’s beverage alcohol revenue saw a 17% jump to $24 million in the first quarter, with growth attributed in part to its subsidiary, Montauk Brewing Company.

CEO Irwin Simon expressed confidence in the company’s global diversification, stating that Tilray is now ideally positioned to capture opportunities across multiple industries. As the legal landscape for marijuana continues to evolve, Tilray Brands’ focus on expansion and diversification appears to be a wise strategy.

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