American Cannabis Operators Index Surges 46% in 2020

The American Cannabis Operator Index moved higher for the third consecutive month in December, advancing 10.0% to 63.05:

After ending 2019 at 43.27, the index gained 45.7% in 2020 and has rebounded 334.8% from an all-time closing low on March 18th at 14.50:

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 2019 before selling off over the balance of the year and into March 2020:

During December, the index included 20 companies, including 17 multi-state operators (MSOs) and 3 focused solely on CBD extracted from industrial hemp. Three companies posted returns in excess of 20%, while six declined during the month:

The four best performing stocks in December included Liberty Health Sciences (CSE: LHS) (OTC: LHSIF), Jushi Holdings (CSE: JUSH) (OTC: JUSHF), Columbia Care (CSE: CCHW) (NEO: CCHW) (OTC: CCHWF) and 4Front Holdings (CSE: FFNT) (OTC: FFNTF). Liberty, last month’s worst performer, announced that it will be acquired by Ayr Strategies (CSE: AYR.A) (OTC: AYRWF). The stock ended the year up 69.6%. Jushi Holdings opened its 3rd adult-use store in Illinois during December and completed the acquisition of the balance of ownership in its Virginia subsidiary. The company received $32 million from the exercise of warrants. The stock rallied 324.7% in 2020. Columbia Care, one of the weakest names in November, rallied after announcing the pending acquisition of private MSO Green Leaf Medical. Earlier in the month, it had closed on an acquisition that substantially increased its presence in California. For the year, its stock gained 143.0%. 4Front was able to pay off debt owed to Gotham Green after executing two sale-leaseback transactions. The stock rallied 102.2X% during the year.

The four worst performing stocks, all of which declined in 2020, included Charlotte’s Web (TSX: CWEB) (OTC: CWBHF), Acreage Holdings (CSE: ACRG.A) (OTC: ACRHF), CV Sciences (OTC: CVSI) and MariMed (OTC: MRMD). Charlotte’s Web, which was last month’s best performing stock, pulled back with other CBD names and ended the year down 57.0%. Acreage Holdings named a Pfizer veteran as its new CEO during the month. Its price is somewhat tied to Canopy Growth’s price given the plan of arrangement that would lead to their potential merger in the future, and Canopy Growth pulled back during December. CV Sciences was part of the weak CBD sub-sector. During the month, it announced that it has secured a common stock purchase agreement with an institutional investor to provide up to $10 million over time. Its stock declined 51.3% in 2020. Marimed, which joined the index during the month, had exploded higher in November, rising 260%. It ended the year down 23.9%.

For December, the number of names in the index will increase to 25 with the addition of Bluma Wellness (CSE: BWEL) (OTC: BMWLF), C21 Investments (CSE: CXXI) (OTC: CXXIF), Cansortium (CSE: TIUM) (OTC: CNTMF), Indus Holdings (CSE: INDS) (OTC: INDXF) and Schwazze (OTC: SHWZ).

In the next monthly review, we will summarize the performance for January 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.

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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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