Marijuana stocks weekend investor roundup: Analysis of the week's most important events in the cannabis industry (September 21)
By Scott Willis
Sep 23, 2018
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Bottom Line: The eventual entrance of a global consumer giant like Coca-Cola into the cannabis market will add an air of legitimacy that even Constellation Brands can’t match. If the deal is done as a JV instead of an equity investment you should expect future deals to follow that model.
Bottom Line: Consumers are likely looking at retail prices of $11-$15 for legal cannabis. The ALGC will receive $6.40 which has the licensed producer's revenue built in, but we still have no idea what portion of the $6.40 LPs will be getting. Licensed producers currently make $8 per gram on average selling medical cannabis so revenue per gram will fall until international exports take up a big enough share of the pie.
Bottom Line: Labeling is extremely restrictive and will make it hard for each brand to stand out when your logo is overshadowed by all kinds of warnings and product information. Brands will have to get creative making retail locations, where some form of advertising may be allowed, an interesting workaround to build brand awareness.
Global marijuana stocks had a strong week up 7 percent. Large-cap Canadian stocks continue their dominance up 14 percent for the week while mid-caps were up 4 percent and small caps increased 14 percent. The cannabis group broke out to all time highs this week even surpassing peak stock prices in January of this year.
There is a significant M&A premium built into most of the large-cap stocks as investors expect large corporations to enter the market through licensed producer buyouts. If these deals don't occur in the next few months stocks could retrace recent highs.
Stocks have reached all-time highs. The Canopy Constellation deal gave the market some new momentum which should carry stocks higher at least through the end of the year. Until we have 3 to 6 months of data from the legal market in Canada, investor enthusiasm should continue to push cannabis stocks higher.
Once the Canadian market opens, we expect retail and wholesale price compression from a legal oversupply. Falling cannabis prices will pressure producer stocks in the second half of 2019.