The Green Market Report Cannabis Company Index has selected the six companies it plans to add for the third quarter while removing six others after the second quarter, which turned out to be "rough for cannabis stocks."
The Index saw an 8% drop in the second quarter, mainly having to do with the companies' decline in valuations. After the first quarter, when the Index companies were delivering mostly positive returns, negative results dominated in the second quarter.
Year-to-date, the Index is still up 27%.
The New Additions
The Index will be adding the following companies for the third quarter:
Ayr Wellness AYRWF, which saw its revenue rise 74% to $58.4 million in the quarter ending March. After recently launching its 37th dispensary in Florida, the company sold two Boston dispensaries, tripled its grow capacity in Massachusetts and bought cannabis cultivator Tahoe Hydroponics Company, LLC in a $17 million stock, cash and debt deal.
Curaleaf Holdings CURLF, which revealed that its first-quarter total revenue increased by 170% to $260 million versus $96 million in the first quarter of 2020. The company significantly boosted its retail presence by opening six new shops in Florida, Maine and Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, Curaleaf confirmed the successful export of more than one metric ton of medical cannabis to Israel as part of a larger supply deal with BOL Pharma.
Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. FFLWF reported a revenue spike of 90.7%, totaling $44.1 million in the first quarter ending in May and fourth consecutive quarter of positive Adjusted EBITDA of $2.3 million as compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2020.
Gage Growth Corp. GAGE GAEGF, also known as Gage Cannabis confirmed generating $17.6 million in revenue, up by 67.9% quarter-over-quarter and 219.4% year-over-year, respectively, in the first quarter, following its debut on the Canadian Securities Exchange in April. For the full year of 2020, Gage's revenue increased by 1,972% to $39.9 million. Eight Capital, Viridian Capital Advisors and PI Financial all agreed that the company is a Buy, disclosing target prices that range from CA$4.25 ($3.59) to CA$7.50.
Turning Point Brands, Inc. TPB, which recently announced that it is increasing its guidance for 2021 net sales to a range of $422 million to $440 million. In May, the company kicked off a collaboration with the environmental non-profit One Tree Planted to offset the company's carbon footprint, produced by Zig-Zag paper products, by restoring U.S. forests and cultivating a healthy climate.
Verano Holdings Corp. VRNO VRNOF earned its place on the Green Market Report Cannabis Company Index by reporting a 117% increase in revenue during the first quarter of 2020, which amounted to $143 million. It also finalized the acquisition of three Arizona-based companies, including Territory, Emerald and Local Joint thus significantly improving its retail footprint within the state.
The companies that fell from GMR's Cannabis Index are:
Aphria Inc APHA, which Tilray Inc. TLRY acquired in May.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc ZYNE, which is still waiting for its products to hit the market.
Aleafia Health ALEAF, which has been reporting drops in revenue, including a 51% year-over-year decline to $7.07 million in the first three months of 2021.
Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. CBWTF was dropped because its debt "could become a problem," according to GMR, despite a recent announcement that it implemented amendments to particular provisions of its previously issued $123 million convertible debenture with tobacco giant Imperial Brands PLC, and it is selling its stake in Curative Cannabis for $6 million to a private purchaser.
Akerna Corp. KERN and Slang Worldwide Inc. SLNG SLGWF were both removed because the "Index has found better candidates," including "larger names with bigger revenue streams."
As the impact of COVID lockdowns and restrictions slowly begin to lift and with retailers recovering from challenges that the current health crisis imposed, valuations will continue to recover, according to the Green Market Report.
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