The Week In Cannabis: Stocks Up, Big Earnings Reports, And Funding Rounds

This was a busy week for the cannabis public markets, with several major companies reporting their quarterly results.

Canopy Growth Corp. CGC WEED said its net revenue rose by 22% year over year, reaching CA$110 million (US$82 million), in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Following the results, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Pablo Zuanic reiterated a Neutral rating on the stock, while raising the price target from CA$ 25.50 ($19.11) to CA$ 27.50.

While the company delivered a sales beat for the first quarter, this was against conservative guidance and its B2B (business-to-business) sales growth lagged the industry, Zuanic said in the note.

Tilray TLRY reported quarterly losses of $(0.66) per share, missing the analyst consensus estimate of $(0.27). The company reported quarterly sales of $50.40 million, falling short of consensus by 8.4 percent. Zuanic maintained a Neutral rating, but lowered his price target from $8 to $7.9.

“Despite some of the major cannabis companies posting healthy revenue numbers, these businesses continue to operate with heavy losses. What's funny is that the one company that warned investors about potential problems, GrowGeneration, ended up delivering some of the most solid earnings. Remember under-promise and over-deliver,” Debra Borchardt, Editor-In-Chief of Green Market Report, told Benzinga.

MariMed Inc. MRMD reported a year-over-year revenue spike of 163% for its second quarter, with core cannabis revenues of approximately $9.6 million, compared with $3.7 million from the same three-month period in 2019.

Acreage Holdings Inc. ACRG ACRGF is selling its Baltimore, Maryland-based dispensary to an undisclosed buyer. The terms of the agreement are also undisclosed.

The company also disclosed it generated $27.1 million in revenue during the second quarter. That's a year-over-year increase of 53%. According to the earnings report, its pro forma revenue (non-GAAP measure) spiked 70% compared to the same quarter last year.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. TCNNF reported second-quarter sales of $120.8 million, up 26% sequentially and ahead of consensus analyst estimates of $106.8 million. Trulieve reported a second consecutive quarter of positive cash flow, which jumped from $11 million in the first quarter to $40 million in the second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $60.5 million, well ahead of analyst estimates of $45 million.

Green Thumb Industries Inc. GTBIF reported second-quarter sales of $119.6 million, up 17% compared to the first quarter and ahead of analyst estimates of $102.6 million. EBITDA margins also improved from 25% in the first quarter to 30% in the second quarter. The company reported a net loss of $12.9 million for the quarter.

Cantor reiterated Overweight ratings for both Trulieve and Green Thumb. Zuanic raised his Trulieve price target from $47 to $50 and raised his Green Thumb price target from $21 to $27, naming them top picks.

GrowGeneration Corp. GRWG, fresh off an acquisition of Concord, California-based Emerald City Garden, revealed its second-quarter financial results. The Denver-based company posted revenue of $43.5 million, up by 123% year-over-year.

Canopy Rivers Inc. RIV CNPOF posted first quarter royalty, interest, and lease income of $2.7 million.

More on these and other results, including those from MediPharm Labs Corp. LABS MEDIF, on Benzinga Cannabis’ Earnings Center.

ETFs were up this week. Over the five trading days of the week:

  • The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF MJ: gained 0.7%
  • The AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF YOLO: was up 6.5%
  • The Cannabis ETF THCX: rose 3.9%.
  • The Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF CNBS: advanced 2%.
  • The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPY was up 0.45%.

San Pedro will soon open Argentina’s first industrial park for the production of cannabis and its derivatives, pending certain approvals from the country's federal government.

The project will take the form of a public-private initiative, in collaboration with the company Clúster Agroindustrial y Tecnológico del Cannabis. The joint venture will operate within the framework established by Law 27,350/17 and its forthcoming regulations.

The idea is to offer a space for the entire supply chain around cannabis to prosper, helping private companies to connect with the academic sector and develop new products.

The project will not only focus on the therapeutic use of cannabis, but also on the production of food, cosmetic products, textiles, building materials and bioplastics derived from the plant.

Benzinga Cannabis’ content is now available in Spanish on El Planteo.

Springbig closed an $11.5 million funding round, led by TVC Capital.

Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. RWB RWBYF and Avicanna Inc. AVCN AVCNF announced a five-year agreement. RWB opted to distribute Avicanna’s CBD-based cosmetic and topical products — Pura H&W —along with particular white-label brands in the U.S.

India Globalization Capital, Inc. IGC unveiled plans to start an early-stage clinical trial for its cannabinoid, or CBD, formulation, following the FDA approval of a Phase 1 trial to evaluate its investigational CBD formulation for the treatment of patients suffering from mild-to-severe dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

Jushi Holdings Inc. JUSH JUSHF finalized a previously announced purchase of Vireo Health International Inc.'s VREO VREOF Pennsylvania-based subsidiary. Under the deal, Vireo sold Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC to Jushi Inc. — a Jushi Holdings subsidiaryfor $37 million.

Fyllo secured another $10 million through a series A2 financing round. Total funding to date stands at $26 million.

The latest investment round was led by JW Asset Management and K2 & Associates along with current investors Arcadian, Salveo Capital, and Phyto Partners.

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