This Cannabis Sector Is Down In 2024

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Cannabis stocks are up so far this year, but this is mainly due to the impressive rally in MSO stocks. The New Cannabis Ventures Global Cannabis Stock Index, which was rebalanced at year-end, currently has 21 members. At year-end, the 7 MSOs were 33.3% of the index. They now account for 42.7% by weight due to their rallies. Our index that includes exclusively MSOs, the American Cannabis Operator Index, is up a stunning 38.5% in 2024 so far, while the Global Cannabis Stock Index is up only 9.7%.

We have been and remain cautious on the MSOs. They are up due to the potential for cannabis to be rescheduled from Schedule 1, which really makes no sense, to Schedule 3. Of course, this would be good for the MSOs, as it would eliminate 280E taxation, which weighs on the industry’s cash-flow. As we have said, though, there is no timeline or certainty about the outcome.

We have been suggesting alternatives for cannabis investors to the MSOs, including Canadian LPs and ancillary companies. One of our favorite ideas was Organigram, but we no longer include that in our model portfolio at 420 Investor after the big rally. We continue to think that some of the Canadian LPs are a good alternative, but they will receive little or no benefit if the U.S. does move to reschedule cannabis.

Another area that we have discussed as an alternative to MSOs is the ancillary sector. These companies do not directly benefit from the elimination of 280E taxation if it takes place, but they will have healthier customers financially if it does go away. The NCV Ancillary Cannabis Index is a good measure of this sub-sector, and it is down 8.3% so far in 2024:

4 of the 7 names in this index, which is lower than where it was on 8/29, are REITs. The remaining 3 include two mixed companies that focus beyond cannabis and only 1 pure-play. The GCSI includes 8 names that are in the ancillary sub-sector. At year-end, this was 38.1% of the index, and now it’s just 31.5%. My model portfolio at 420 Investor is very overweight the sub-sector, with 4 names at 50.6%. I include 1 REIT at about 5%.

We have discussed the potential downside to the MSOs if 280E remains. We last wrote about that three weeks ago, and these risky MSOs are down since then. In the negative scenario of 280E taxation remaining, the ancillary stocks should hold up better due to the facts that they don’t pay that tax and that they are listed on the NASDAQ. We see the ancillary cannabis companies as having better valuations and better balance sheets.

Again, we aren’t sure how investors can bet confidently in rescheduling, though they appear to be doing so. We suggest that investors look to reduce exposure to the rallying MSOs and perhaps consider replacing them with ancillary cannabis stocks.

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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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