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Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich

Shares of Kush Bottles Inc. (OTC: KSHB) rose 6.3% to $2.97 today after the Santa Ana-based supplier of cannabis paraphernalia reported annual and quarterly revenue that topped an analyst’s forecast.

The shares have climbed about 62% in the past month to a $174 million market cap.

The company reported revenue of $18.8 million for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, up from $8.22 million in fiscal 2016. The revenue topped the July forecast of $17.8 million by Cowen and Company analyst Viven Azer, the only analyst covering the company. That $1 million beat occurred in the fourth quarter when the company on its conference call reported $8.6 million, topping the $7.6 million expected by Azer.

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The company attributed the revenue growth to the legalization of marijuana last summer in Nevada and an acquisition last May that permitted it to enter the fast-growing vaporizer market that helps users hide the smell of marijuana. Kush Bottles is also hoping to get a boost from California’s legalization scheduled for Jan. 1.

“When adult use sales in Nevada commenced in July 2017, we experienced a ramp in demand for our products,” Chief Executive Nick Kovacevich said in a statement. “With California adult-use sales expected to start in early 2018, we are poised for potentially even more rapid growth and a significant scaling in our business.”

Kush said it had “strong fourth quarter results.” It didn’t actually report fourth-quarter revenue and profit in its quarterly statement.

The company reported net income of $69,464 for fiscal 2017, down from $71,739 a year earlier. The biggest reason for the profit decline was the company paid $219,082 in taxes, up from zero in fiscal 2016.

Kush, founded in 2010, is named after a particular strain of marijuana known in the industry for its potency. The company, which sells hundreds of legal products to the industry, is best known for supplying marijuana-storing bottles that adhere to consumer safety regulations.