American Cannabis Operator Index Plunges 28% in March Despite Big Bounce

The American Cannabis Operator Index fell for the twelfth consecutive month, declining 27.9% to 21.09, its lowest monthly close since inception:

The index, which launched at the end of October 2018 with a value of 100, reached a closing high of 124.16 a week later before declining to 70.64 in late December 2018. It then rallied as high as 119.53 in early April before selling off over the balance of the year, ending 2019 at 43.27. The index has now dropped 51.3% in 2020. This past month, it posted an all-time closing low on March 18th at 14.50 before recovering a portion of its losses:

During March, the index included 16 companies, including 13 multi-state operators (MSOs) and 3 focused solely on CBD extracted from industrial hemp. Several MSOs are pursuing CBD strategies apart from their state-licensed cannabis businesses, giving the index additional exposure to that market beyond the pure-plays. No companies managed positive returns, while thirteen posted double-digit percentage losses, including three that lost more than 40% of their value:

The four best performing stocks were Trulieve (CSE: TRUL) (OTC: TCNNF), cbdMD (NYSE American: YCBD), MedMen (CSE: MMEN) (OTC: MMNFF) and CV Sciences (OTC: CVSI). Trulieve, which will be reporting its Q4 financials in early April, was quiet on the news front, but investors likely gravitated to the name due to it being profitable historically. cbdMD was one of the better relative performers for the second month in a row after a being the worst performer in January, when it raised capital. MedMen was one of last month’s worst performers, when it lost 46%. CV Sciences reported a Q4 that showed revenue in decline and gave weak guidance for Q1 as well but bounced after the report.

The four worst performing stocks were Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) (OTC: GGBXF), Harvest Health and Recreation (CSE: HARV) (OTC: HRVSF), Acreage Holdings (CSE: ACRG) (OTC: ACRGF) and Planet 13 Holdings (CSE: PLTH) (OTC: PLNHF). Green Growth Brands announced a potential sale of its CBD business, but that looks to be wrecked by COVID-19. The company’s CEO resigned and many of its employees were terminated. Harvest fell sharply after it announced a capital raise. It also terminated its pending acquisition of Verano Holdings. Acreage Holdings reported in late February. In March, it accessed $43 million in debt. Planet 13, which currently generates all of its revenue from a single store that caters to tourists in Las Vegas, was likely impacted by the shutdown of tourism. I recently published an in depth review of the company for subscribers at 420 Investor ahead of their Q4 financials that will be released in April.

For April, the number of names in the index will will decrease to 15 with the departures of Green Growth Brands and Marimed (OTC: MRMD), both of which fell below the minimum price required for inclusion, and the return of AYR Strategies (CSE: AYR) (OTC: AYRSF).

In the next monthly review, we will summarize the performance for April and discuss any additions or deletions. Be sure to bookmark the page to stay current on American cannabis operators stock price movements within the day or from day-to-day.

Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online community 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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