The acquisition combines Akerna’s compliance gateway and feature-rich reporting with 365 Cannabis’ Microsoft ERP solution to create the cannabis sector’s most complete portfolio of tax, financials, operations, reporting, and compliance systems, crucial to scale as the industry grows and matures.
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 8:34 AM EDT|Updated: 1 hours ago
DENVER, Oct. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading enterprise software company and the developer of the most comprehensive technology infrastructure, ecosystem, and compliance gateway powering the global cannabis industry, announced it has closed the acquisition of 365 Cannabis, a cannabis ERP and business management software system built on Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Business Central, in a $17 million deal.
The combined complementary key capabilities of Akerna and 365 Cannabis will:
- Add the most robust cannabis-compliant Microsoft ERP on the market, establishing Akerna as the broadest portfolio of technology solutions provider for cannabis operators with a majority of the mainstream mid-market to enterprise finance, inventory, and operations solutions
- Offer cannabis operators a seamless solution from startup to multi-state operator while maintaining regulatory compliance every step of the way through Akerna’s compliance gateway
- Give 365 Cannabis’ 85+ customers, including Pharmacann, Nectar, Revolution, Sundial, and Kiaro, access to Akerna’s compliance gateway, feature-rich reporting, MJ Retail POS, and the recently launched Akerna Connect.
An updated investor deck on the transaction is available at: ir.akerna.com.
“The 365 Cannabis acquisition represents the final piece of the puzzle for connecting cannabis compliance with mainstream ERP offerings to give our clients a choice between all of the most popular financial and operational systems,” said Jessica Billingsley, Akerna CEO. “We are proud to offer cannabis operators the most comprehensive cannabis technology ecosystem of the best-in-class tax, financial, compliance, consulting, training, data analytics, product development, and more.”
As the cannabis industry experiences continued growth and the possibility of US federal reform increases, cannabis operators are seeking to grow their operations and expand into new markets. To reach those growth goals while meeting multistate compliance, cannabis operators require a comprehensive ERP system, like Akerna’s, that can scale with them.
Akerna has partnered with SAP, Sage Intacct, and other leading financial and tax planning providers to offer cannabis operators a solution for each stage of their evolution – from startup to multistate operator (MSO) – while maintaining regulatory compliance through Akerna’s compliance gateway. The acquisition of 365 Cannabis accelerates the deployment of this strategy with the addition of Microsoft capabilities, further establishing Akerna as the most robust cannabis-compliant ERP system offering a complete portfolio of mainstream tax and financials.
“We’re thrilled for this acquisition to be finalized and to officially be a part of the Akerna family of brands. Akerna’s clients have a true path to scalability while remaining in the Akerna ecosystem. 365 Cannabis’ clients will receive access to a more robust platform, a large pool of integrations and complementary products, and a broader support team. Overall, this acquisition provides unparalleled opportunities for growth to service current and future clients, expansion into new markets, and supports client retention through product, service, and reach,” said Jeff Kiehn, 365 Cannabis Chief Executive Officer.
Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN) is an enterprise software company focused on compliantly serving the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industries. Based in Denver, Colorado, the Company’s mission is to create the world’s most transparent and accountable supply chain by building a cannabis technology ecosystem connecting data points across the global cannabis supply chain from seed to sale to self. First launched in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $20 billion in cannabis sales to date and was the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq.
Using connected data and information to propel the cannabis industry forward, Akerna empowers businesses, governments, patients, and consumers to make smart decisions. The Company’s cornerstone technology, MJ Platform, the world’s leading infrastructure as a service platform, powers retailers, manufacturers, brands, distributors, and cultivators. Akerna also offers a complete suite of professional consulting services and data analytics for businesses as well as solo sciences, MJ Freeway, Leaf Data Systems, Trellis, Ample Organics, Viridian Sciences.
About 365 Cannabis
365 Cannabis is a comprehensive vertically integrated cannabis software solution built on the Microsoft Dynamics platform. The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner and its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution incorporates Cultivation, Production, Global Compliance, QC, Finance, Dispensing & Retail, CRM, Warehousing, Distribution, Multi-Facility, Multi-Company, Multi-Entity, Language, Currency and more. The Company services a client base comprised of leading U.S.-based MSOs and single-state operators, and Canadian LPs, in addition to global cannabis clients outside North America. Learn more at www.365cannabis.com or call 888-609-6766.
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