How Low Does It Go?

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The peak of earnings season for the cannabis industry has passed, and the news that came out hasn’t helped. Last week, the New Cannabis Ventures Global Cannabis Stock Index fell 4.4% and is down 8.6% in August and 20.2% year-to-date.

The weakness doesn’t surprise us, and it didn’t really have much to do with the earnings reports. We have updated the Public Cannabis Company Revenue & Income Tracker that we maintain, and we will get a piece out later this week about the big earnings news. We warned readers again in the July 23rd edition that we are concerned about the cannabis sector, and the GCSI has dropped 1.5% since then after rallying 7.8% into month-end.

Our reasons that we shared for caution in the near-term remain the same: low trading volumes and the MSOS ETF. Trading volumes have been and remain low. If holders of cannabis stocks want to sell quickly for any reason, the prices could be pressured. As far as MSOS, it closed at an all-time low on Friday of $5.01 and is down 28.3% year-to-date. It remains extremely concentrated in just six names (86.4%), with 45% in just Curaleaf and GTI.

We said a few weeks ago that there are a lot of reasons cannabis stocks can go up, but the two we think are most important, the elimination of 280E and the ability of American cannabis operators to move from the OTC to the NASDAQ, aren’t happening yet and are tough to predict.

As we have been conveying, cannabis stocks are very cheap. I share with 420 Investor subscribers a Beat the Global Cannabis Stock Index model portfolio that is pretty fully invested, though I caution members of the community not to expect quick gains. It hasn’t been quick, as I started liking the stock in January after its capital raise crushed the stock, but the move was very big on Village Farms this week, up 51.7% this week. It remains far below tangible book value as do some other Canadian LPs. This is an area that I think should have excited investors, but it has not.

Given our concern for cannabis stock prices in the short-term, beyond the two catalysts we have been discussing, there is another potential driver of higher prices: M&A. We still are very concerned about Tilray, now up 68% in Q3, but a big part of the rally has been its M&A. Sadly for the sector, though, the pending purchase had nothing to do with cannabis. We are watching closely Altria British American Tobacco, both of which have large stakes in Canadian LPs, to see if they step up and buy the very cheap stocks in which they are invested.

If there is no increase in M&A in the sector, and if 280E elimination and NASDAQ listing don’t happen, we think the sector could break down further. The low close on the Global Cannabis Stock Index was 7.41 in late June, and this level could get tested and potentially break. A 4.4% decline, which is what the index suffered this week, would put it at that level. The overall stock market has been very strong this year, but the trend there may be changing. We think that weakness in the broad market could pressure our sector further.

We think that the MSOs have the most risk. The vast majority have negative tangible book value, and asset sales are tough right now. These companies have a lot of debt and unpaid taxes, and their free cash flow is not high enough to pay these obligations. The break in the MSOS ETF is a very negative sign of collapsing courage in sub-sector investors, and things could get worse. We hope that this bear market, now 2 1/2 years old, ends soon.

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New Cannabis Ventures publishes curated articles as well as exclusive news. Here is some of the most interesting business content from this week:


Michigan Cannabis Sales Set a Monthly Record in July

Financial Reports

Ascend Wellness Q2 Revenue Increases to Record $123 Million

Cannabis Fuels Strong Growth at Village Farms in Q2

Canopy Growth Q1 Cannabis Revenue Jumps 12% Sequentially

Cronos Group Reports Weaker Q2

Curaleaf Q2 Revenue Lifts 1% Sequentially

GrowGeneration Misses Revenue Forecast and Cuts Outlook

GTI Q3 Revenue Increases 2% Sequentially to $252 Million

Hydrofarm Q2 Revenue Increases 1% From Q1

Trulieve Q2 Revenue Slips 3% Sequentially to $281.8 Million

Verano Reports 3% Sequential Revenue Growth in Q2 to $234.1 Million

WM Technology Q2 Revenue Bounces to $50.9 Million

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Alan & Joel

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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