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cbdMD (YCBD)

Participants
Mark Elliott Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Marty Sumichrast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Coffman Chief Executive Officer, cbdMD
Ron Nash Nash Partners
Paul Cooney Joseph Gunnar & Company
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to Level Brands First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Earnings Call and Update. Yesterday the company issued a press release that provided an overview of its first quarter results, which followed the filings of its quarterly report on Form 10-Q yesterday. Today’s conference is being recorded and will be available online at levelbrands.com. All participants on this call will be on a listen-only mode. The call will be followed by a question-and-answer session. would Financial turn Officer. Officer I Mark over time, Chief Elliott, and this like it to to At Chief Operating Mark?

Mark Elliott

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have On Chairman Executive well Scott and as of CEO our Coffman, the Sumichrast, I the Marty our Chief today, as call also Officer, subsidiary cbdMD.

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Marty Sumichrast

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Scott Coffman

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Mark Elliott

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provided Again net common hand and common working of XX cash approximately from approximately September of as approximately over of cash October, months compared million Our We secondary of $X year X.X $X.X this $XX.X proceeds a had $XX.X of million. December at which XX% shares capital the loss XX, we loss to to XX, to from did our increased September XX, last million stock. December $XXX,XXX. $X.X capital million moving net as to for in XX% million net current issuance offering ending XX. shareholders XXXX, at upon three to the hand of million million on on our million the of December and of $XX.X $X.X of improved is while attributable quarter, close In working assets

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Marty Sumichrast

Thanks, Mark.

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Operator

Thank you.

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Ron Nash

the would question Blu? morning. is of started now for landscape versus the Scott. first you good Scott, right compare when how you Yes, CBD This landscape

Scott Coffman

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Ron Nash

right the in many are CBD is But did in into you as the is meaning, cumbersome? landscape, Or running hurdles area, it as Blu? now less you

Scott Coffman

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Ron Nash

Good very Thank Great. much. you luck.

Marty Sumichrast

Thanks, Ron.

Operator

with from the question Our Instructions] Please next Company. line Joseph comes your of proceed & with you. question. [Operator Gunnar Thank Paul Cooney

Paul Cooney

phenomenal growth. guys, congratulations, Hey,

guys an and you know or can greatest idea you how is of you provide was? wondering us this, going. don’t I of How December, are an give can of how speak you could February Just idea type had going? but know things give I to but guidance, any January a us if

Marty Sumichrast

Thank morning, good Paul. for support. you your Hey,

Paul Cooney

Marty. Hey,

Marty Sumichrast

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Paul Cooney

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Marty Sumichrast

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Paul Cooney

Thanks, guys.

Marty Sumichrast

Hope you Thanks, got it. Paul.

Operator

With turn you. additional for Coffman would the closing the back call further Elliott, remarks. Mr. like no queue, I or to questions Mr. over Sumichrast, any Thank Mr. and to in

Marty Sumichrast

great to like achievements ongoing Thank months and forward questions. in sharing the weekend for Everybody and Look, thank look to everyone Michelle. next you, day, Michelle. ahead. quarters the you, enjoy thank have I’d a your We their

Operator

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