|Bid||43.85 x 1100|
|Ask||43.90 x 1300|
|Day's Range||43.74 - 45.43|
|52 Week Range||20.10 - 300.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||N/A|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||98.00|
CALGARY , May 24, 2019 /CNW/ - Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. ("Inner Spirit" or the "Company") (ISH.CN) today announced it has closed its previously announced offering (the "Offering") of secured convertible debenture units of the Company (the "Debenture Units") for aggregate gross proceeds of $9,270,000 . The Offering was made through a syndicate of agents, co-led by Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited, as sole bookrunner, and Canaccord Genuity Corp. "The Company is very pleased to complete this $9.3 million financing.
Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) stock has been one of the few popular cannabis stocks to struggle this year. Tilray stock was thrust into the spotlight when the shares went from $22.50 in August to a 52-week high of $300 in September. Yeah, that'll get some attention!But just because TLRY stock price once reached $300 does not mean that, at $44 now, TLRY stock is a six-bagger waiting to happen. Of all the leading cannabis stocks to choose from, Tilray stock is the one I like the least. * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer Over the last three months and the last six months, it's the worst performer among a group of many marijuana stocks, including Tilray, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB), New Age Beverages (NASDAQ:NBEV), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON) and even the Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAre investors missing something important about Tilray stock, though? Why is it underperforming in the manner that it is?When it comes to cannabis stocks, other names seem more attractive. Many consider the most "blue chip" of the bunch to be CGC, which received a multi-billion dollar investment from Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ). Similarly, Aurora is on the cusp of a potential breakout. After looking at TLRY, though, I believe it doesn't have the good fundamentals of a CGC and its charts lack any bullish momentum. Assessing the Valuation of Tilray StockSome parts of Tilray's income statement look good. For instance, analysts, on average, expect its revenue to surge 320% this year to $181 million. They forecast another surge in 2020, too, with their estimates, on average, calling for growth in excess of 100% to $360 million. To go from $43 million in sales in 2018 to $360 million in 2020 is no small feat. It doesn't matter if we're talking about tech companies or cannabis makers; that's incredible growth.Because of that growth, you can see why big businesses are so eager to get involved in cannabis. These players range from tobacco conglomerates to wine, beer and spirits companies. And many retail investors, of course, have been drawn to cannabis stocks.If TLRY can generate $350+ million in sales in fiscal 2020 and its operations break even, the owners of TLRY stock may see a payday. As of now, analysts' consensus estimates call for a loss of 67 cents per share this year, but a 2 cent per share profit in 2020.On the balance sheet, Tilray has $325.4 million in cash and short-term investments. That's down quarter-over-quarter and it will cause some to wonder whether TLRY can become sustainably cash-flow positive and whether it will have to raise or borrow more money. After all, many cannabis players are busy snapping up smaller companies right now. The company took on, ironically, $420.3 million in debt last quarter. That grew to $422.8 million last quarter, while its "other liabilities" increased to $92.7 million.These are not absurd levels of debt, considering that the market cap of Tilray stock is $4.5 billion. But what happens if TLRY stock price decreases? More importantly, will it? Let's look at the charts of Tilray stock. Trading TLRY StockWhen I look at the chart of TLRY stock, its massive downtrend isn't hard to spot. TLRY has made a few breakout attempts, but for the most part, it has continued to drop since its feverish rally in September. I recommended TLRY stock during its quick rally from $70 to $100 in January, but more or less, I have not been optimistic on Tilray stock since then.My sentiment towards TLRY isn't changing now. Before that can happen, this downtrend will have to end. Specifically, Tilray continues to make a series of lower lows and lower highs. Until it can start putting in higher lows and making higher highs, as well as turning its key moving averages into support instead of resistance, Tilray stock will not be attractive.It's encouraging to finally see Tilray fill the August gap that helped fuel the stock's 1,200% run. While maybe that will be enough to get momentum traders to flip the trend, I'm not betting on TLRY stock until I actually see the bulls regain momentum.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post Why Investors Shouldn't Buy Tilray Stock Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
[Editor's Note: This article was updated to correct the price-to-sales ratio.]Usually I don't like to invest in small-cap companies but New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ:NBEV) is interesting to trade as a speculative bet for the next few months or maybe years.NBEV is a beverage provider, so I consider it as part of the consumer staples group, which includes great companies like Proctor and Gamble (NYSE:PG), Coke (NYSE:KO) and Pepsi (NASDAQ:PEP).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAlthough it's in the same group as Coke and Pepsi, I do consider NBEV an alternative beverage provider. It's perfectly set up to pursue the cannabis opportunities, specifically the potables.The popularity of cannabis based or infused products has skyrocketed of late and the possibilities are endless. Evidence of this is the popularity of pot stocks like Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) and Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY). These are intrepid companies trying to establish a new world of opportunities. So this can be a blank canvas for companies like NBEV and and I bet that they will partake in it. Looking at Marijuana Stocks and NBEV StockThe cannabis craze isn't just marijuana stocks -- it now includes CBD products and services. From what I hear, people call it the cure for just about every ailment on the planet. Although there is sarcasm here, I am reporting what I hear even from my friends and family. Everyone who uses it swears it did the trick and that's all that matters.Last year NBEV announced that they will serve potables infused with CBD. So they too will be on the band wagon. This is a trend that is not short term fad. The passion for cannabis from its fans is rare even stronger than Bitcoin. So the movement has legs and evidence is that the major mega cap companies are all rumored to be looking into this too. * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer On its own, New Age Beverages stock is not cheap. This is a company that loses money and sells at 5x sales. So clearly Wall Street gives it a lot of leeway for now. They just reported earnings and even though they missed expectations they grew sales 400%. But this stock draws enough shorting interest that I bet it could sport a short squeeze sometime this year.NBEV stock is now far from its high but still is popular among investors. It is still up 212% in a year while the S&P 500 is barely green. A fairer comparison is to the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLP) which is only up 15% for the same period.There is a good chance that NBEV stock entices shorts to bet against extreme moves up or down. So it's a matter of time before it catches fire.Today's thesis is that the overall market weakness we are getting here is an opportunity to bet long on NBEV stock to capture such spike. Once this wave of negative sentiment reverses investors will buy almost every stock up with vigor. But for the controversial stocks like this one they tend to buy them faster.Regardless of the magnitude, the bulls could cause it to breakout above $5.65 per share and that would be a trigger to target $6.70 where it last failed in April. There will be resistance around $6.1 along the way. Above the April fail would bring the sky as the limit.What also makes this possible is that for the last few months, New Age Beverage stock has established a zone of support just below current price. So the bulls have a strong platform from which to mount their efforts.This is not the same as saying that I like the fundamentals; I am agnostic on that front. I consider this a highly speculative and almost binary bet for profit. Since there is less science than hopium, it is important to properly size the gamble. And this is a gamble -- don't bet the farm, choose an amount that won't break your heart or your piggy bank.In addition to the intrinsic risks from the stock itself, I have to contend with the general market malaise from the tariff wars. It seems that the headlines are going to linger for at least another month.Scared markets don't usually buy frothy stocks like New Age. But when investors come to terms with the China risks, then they will buy the riskiest stocks the fastest. In other words, momentum stocks move faster in both directions, so I expect fireworks in NBEV stock soon after the markets stabilize from this tizzy.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post New Age Beverages Stock Could Surge to $6.70 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shareholder votes scheduled for June 19 will decide the fate of an agreement to combine the largest cannabis players in Canada and the U.S., Canopy Growth and Acreage Holdings.
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In the budding cannabis industry, there will be winners and losers. And for one-time heavyweight contender Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), a mixed earnings report has delivered another blow. But don't think for a second Tilray stock is down for the count. Let me explain.Source: Shutterstock When a stock has lost 85% of its value in a little more than 8 months, that's kind of scary. And when that stock has only been a publicly traded company for 10 months, positioned within a secular growth market, it's hard not to be alarmed. That has been the story of TLRY. Still, following Tilray stock's recent earnings release, a contrarian opportunity could finally be at hand. Tilray Stock's NumbersThe Canadian cannabis operator's recent Q1 confessional offered Tilray investors some good news once they got beyond beyond its growing and wider-than-expected loss. Revenues topped consensus views and jumped sequentially. Cannabis sales volumes also grew. In fact, both metrics rose nearly 50% from the prior quarter. But that's not all either.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTilray's sales growth actually topped dearly held marijuana stock peers Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) and Aurora Cannabis' (NYSE:ACB) numbers over the same period. As well, TLRY stock's gains weren't at the expense of gross margins which actually improved on the quarter.Okay, so bears might point out Tilray's sales are growing from a smaller base than both Cronos and Aurora. They might also note Tilray stock is still priced at a nose-bleeding 79x sales despite its massive slide from last September's manic $300 top. I understand, well to a degree. * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer To be more fair, if marijuana stocks could be likened to a game of baseball, we're barely done hearing the National Anthem for a market seemingly destined for secular growth despite all the legal and regulatory challenges. On that note, a contrarian investment in TLRY seems more reasonable, don't you agree? And given Tilray's fall from grace with investors, based on kilogram pricing shares are now on par with Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) as InvestorPlace contributor Luke Lango pointed out earlier this week. That's also good, right?Shares of Tilray have a bit more to offer today's contrarian investors too. TLRY has a fairly comfortable nest egg of roughly $325 million in cash and investments to lean on. As well, the company has partnerships with drug outfit Novartis (NYSE:NVS) and Anheuser Busch Inbev (NYSE:BUD) which could prove important down the road.Sure, Tilray's relationships may not be a "here's the money" investment like Cronos or Canopy Growth have secured. More to the point, Tilray obviously has the interest of much larger and established players. Furthermore, TLRY stock isn't in need of funding anytime soon.Lastly, being optimistic on TLRY stock when everyone else, even most of my fellow contributors at InvestorPlace, appear overwhelmingly bearish seems all the more reasonable from a contrarian viewpoint. Tilray Stock Weekly ChartCan I promise you Tilray, which looks a lot like Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) during their darkest days, will go on to be a legendary investment? No. But the case for a contrarian position has been made off the price chart. And one only needs to look at the supplied weekly view to reach a similar conclusion.Still, I respect that TLRY stock has heavy short interest and recognize cannabis is a commodity-based industry. I'm willing to put a lid and a protective bottom on a contrarian investment in Tilray.My recommendation is to wait for TLRY stock to confirm a weekly pivot bottom. That could happen as early as next week. At the same time, I'd suggest exiting the position if the technical low is voided. Tilray stock simply isn't worth the risk of holding as a long-term investment.Alternatively and more strongly, I'd recommend using Tilray's very liquid options market to design an ironclad bullish strategy, such as collar or modified reverse fence strategy, in lieu buying a standalone stock position.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in any securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional options-based strategies and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post How and Why Tilray Stock Is a Buy Here appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In a cannabis sector that has done well in 2019, Aphria (NYSE:APHA) looks like a disappointment. The Aphria stock price has risen so far this year, gaining about 18%. But it's been tough sledding for APHA stock since early February, when the stock briefly cleared $10.Source: Shutterstock Indeed, of the 13 cannabis stocks with market capitalizations above $1 billion, only one has underperformed APHA in the last three months: Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY). Over that stretch, the Aphria stock price has slid by some 35%.Meanwhile, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEArca:MJ) is off 5.7% in the same period. Aphria stock is the fund's ninth-largest holding, comprising 3.96% of the the 39-pot stock portfolio.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsDisappointing earnings certainly are a factor, as I wrote in mid-April. But the declines have continued even after the report. Between a short seller report last year, slowing growth, and management upheaval, there's a sense that cannabis investors see easier ways to make money -- and that they perhaps don't truly trust Aphria anymore. For APHA stock to bounce back, that needs to change … and that might be tough. New Management for AphriaAs InvestorPlace contributor Will Ashworth detailed last week, Aphria has overhauled its management team. The most recent casualty was president Jakob Ripshtein, who will depart on June 7. Former CEO Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani left in January -- and APHA stock actually gained on the news.Chairman Irwin Simon seems to be putting his stamp on the company. He's taken the interim CEO spot, and added a new COO, Jim Meiers, who spent years working under Simon at organic and natural food producer Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN).Any lingering worries about the Latin American transactions highlighted by the short report should be assuaged -- at least somewhat. Aphria did write down those assets after the third quarter but had previously insisted (and still does insist) that the purchase price was acceptable. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential Still, the company admitted past executives failed to disclosed their conflicts of interest. Shareholders, particularly in an industry that is so heavily regulated, likely benefit from a fresh slate. Aphria, at least, has given them that. What Management Needs to DoThat said, the trading in APHA stock of late suggests investors don't entirely trust the new management team, either. Aphria executives framed the disappointing Q3 as largely driven by temporary factors. Supply shortages and packaging challenges, in particular, presented headwinds to revenue.Investors quite clearly didn't buy that explanation, however, given that the Aphria stock price fell almost 15%. It dropped another 10% two days later when Aphria raised $300 million in convertible debt. Those are not reactions that suggest investors are completely on board with management.And the same can be said of the declines since: the APHA stock price has fallen another 10%+. Multiples, at least relative to sales, look lower for APHA than for many pot peers. And the current valuation -- a bit under $2 billion fully diluted, including debt -- implies investors don't trust a key target Simon laid out after Q3. Is The Aphria Stock Price Really 2x Revenue?On the Q3 call, Simon said that Aphria's target was to hit $1 billion in annualized revenue by the end of calendar 2020. That would be about halfway through the company's fiscal 2021, meaning fiscal 2022 sales almost certainly would be well past that $1 billion figure.If Aphria is right, APHA stock right now is trading -- again, including debt -- at something like 1.8x FY22 sales. That is an absurdly low multiple for Canadian cannabis stocks space. Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) is valued at roughly 15x 2020 revenue, and probably at least 5x 2022 models. Other large marijuana stocks like Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) similarly are receiving multiples of even out-year revenue estimates.It's important to remember, however, that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison. Most of Aphria's seemingly stunning 600%+ year-over-year sales growth in Q3 came from an acquisition, as the company picked up German cannabis distributor CC Pharma.Distributors generally have high revenue, but very low margins. Investors are not going to pay up for those sales but distribution revenue accounted for over three-quarters of Q3 revenue. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors Still, the $1 billion target, based on current run rates, likely only includes $400 million or so in distribution sales. More broadly, it seems highly unlikely, barring a crash in pot stocks, that any issue in the category will trade at less than 2x revenue. Management and APHA StockAnd so the APHA stock narrative seems relatively simple at the moment. If management is right, or close, Aphria stock is going to climb. Getting even close to the $1 billion target by the end of next year suggests upside.But is management right? Q3 results, excluding the acquisition, look concerning. The valuation assigned the Latin American assets invites skepticism. Aphria still hasn't really detailed why it needed to buy those assets or how they mesh with the broader strategy.There are real questions here, and real reasons why APHA has underperformed. If Aphria can answer those questions, however, the performance of APHA stock could change in a hurry.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post Any Aphria Stock Improvement Will Come Down to One Key Factor: Trust appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The cannabis space has been volatile lately, but that's not surprising to those who observe it. Shares like Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) go through periods of volatility as well as quiet lulls that catch investors off-guard. ACB stock is going through such a lull right now, but is it about it perk up?Source: Shutterstock Last week, the company missed on earnings and revenue estimates. Normally that's a pretty big no-no on Wall Street. But so far, Aurora stock isn't exactly paying the price. ACB stock is flat since the report while the 39-stock ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEArca:MJ) is off less than 1%. Aurora stock is the fund's second-largest holding, behind Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON). Sizing Up ACB StockInitially, ACB stock opened lower by ~3% on May 15 following fiscal third-quarter results. By the end of the day, shares were almost 10% higher. While total revenue of CAD $65 million ($48.3 million) missed estimates by CAD $2.35 million, sales surged more than 300% year-over-year. Cannabis-specific revenue grew more than 440% to CAD $58.7 million. A loss of CAD 16 cents per share also missed estimates by 6 cents per share.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential Still, investors were willing to give ACB stock the benefit of the doubt when they saw that revenue growth. For the fourth quarter, analysts are looking for revenue growth of almost 500% to $88 million. This is some massive growth, which is why the cannabis space has generated so much interest among investors.It's not just Aurora Cannabis stock either. Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), New Age Beverages (NASDAQ:NBEV) and Cronos Group stock have garnered plenty of attention, too. Is That Attention Warranted?The current year revenue may not warrant the valuations, but the attention is warranted by the price action alone. Plus, we all know that the cannabis space is lucrative from a long-term perspective assuming lawmakers continue forward with an open mind.Even ignoring the numerous potential regulatory risks, many investors (myself included) are struggling to come to terms with the valuations. ACB stock has an $8.8 billion market cap and just turned in a quarterly report with $65 million in sales. Even with 500% growth next quarter, $88 million in sales is pretty small time for a company this big.That hasn't stopped even larger players from getting in on the land grab, though. Altria (NYSE:MO) sank $1.8 billion in Cronos, while Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) has invested billions into Canopy. That warrants attention too.The appetite for the so-called pot stocks is obvious: Big companies are making billion-dollar investments and we surely haven't seen the last of them. They are thinking long term because, even though the valuations don't make sense today, many are banking on triple-digit growth rates bringing those valuation into a more reasonable level down the road. Trading Aurora Cannabis Stock Click to EnlargeWhat does that mean for cannabis stocks though? One would assume it greatly limits the upside. But so far, many of them continue to digest relatively well. Take ACB stock for example.The stock was in a rising wedge for the first few months of 2019, before exploding from $8 to $10.32 in a matter of days. ACB stock has since pulled back from those highs, mostly chopping around $9 for the past two months. In other words, the big volatile move up was followed by a period of lull, just as we discussed at the top of this article. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors It brings up the obvious question though: Now what? Where ACB Stock Finds SupportSupport at $8.50 is holding steady for ACB stock. Worth pointing out is that the 50% retracement for the one-year range is at $8.55. Former uptrend support (blue line) gave way earlier this month, while downtrend resistance (purple line) continues to squeeze Aurora stock lower.For bulls, they need to see $8.50 hold as support and for ACB stock to breakout over downtrend resistance. This would require a move over $9 -- hurdling the 50-day in the process -- and allow a larger rally to occur. My upside targets would include the 61.8% retracement at $9.49 and then the 2019 highs near $10.30.Should downtrend resistance push ACB stock below support, look to see that $8 (this month's low) and ~$7.50 hold as support. Not only can the 200-day moving average be found near the latter mark, but the 38.2% retracement is at $7.61.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Kenwell held no positions in any aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post Can Aurora Cannabis Stock Breakout Over $10? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tilray was 2018's best-performing stock amid a stampede into marijuana stocks, and it got a bump early in May after its quarterly sales beat estimates.
Since February, cannabis maker Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON) has been on a downward slide. Note that CRON stock has gone from $22 to $15.30.Yet keep in mind that the poor performance of Cronos Group stock has not been an outlier. General bearishness towards marijuana stocks has become prevalent. Just look at companies like Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) and Aphria (NYSE:APHA). Among the reasons for the slide are that the sector has already had a big run-up, there are concerns about marijuana supply, and pricing has been showing some weakness.The weakness of CRON stock may be an opportunity, even though the valuation of Cronos Group stock is still not attractive. Even following the decline, CRON stock is still trading at nose-bleed levels. Consider that the market cap of CRON stock is at $5.2 billion, while its first-quarter sales came in at a mere CA$6.5 million. That kind of valuation is reminiscent of the wild dot-com boom of the 1990s.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend There are also some nagging issues with the fundamentals of CRON stock. Perhaps the most important problem is its production or lack thereof. In Q1, its production soared 122% year-over-year, but it still only made 1,111 kilos. That is relatively low, compared to other major cannabis players like Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC).While this is worrisome, there are still notable bullish factors. In fact, in terms of production, CRON has been investing heavily in expanding its capacity. To this end, the company's Building 4 facility -- which is 286,000 square feet -- will soon come online.Next, another big advantages for CRON stock is its balance sheet. Tobacco powerhouse Altria (NYSE:MO) invested a hefty CA$2.4 billion in Cronos Group stock for a 45% stake in Cronos. In other words, CRON will have more than sufficient resources to bolster its production.But the MO deal will be more than just about capital. There will also be major synergies that should help to accelerate the growth of CRON and boost Cronos stock. Examples include: * MO brings deep capabilities of design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and commercialization. * The company has expertise that can help with cannabis vape products. * It has a strong background in dealing with complex regulatory issues, including taxes, product registration, shipping, licensing and government affairs. The Bottom Line on CRON StockEven with the volatility of CRON stock, it's important to keep in mind that the growth prospects of the cannabis industry still look very promising. Based on research from the United Nations, about $150 billion is spent on cannabis across the globe, and there are roughly 180 million people who consume cannabis.There is also the quickly emerging category of cannabidiol (CBD) -- a compound found in the sativa plant that does not produce a high - which has shown medical efficacy. Congress' legalization of CBD is expected to turn it into a big market in the U.S. Brightfield Group forecasts that the market will be worth $22 billion by 2022.CRON stock is positioned nicely to benefit from these trends. But more importantly, the company has the scale, infrastructure, brands and resources to be a long-term winner.Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post Can Cronos Stock Be a Long-Term Winner? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Even among marijuana stocks. a volatile bunch, Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) has been the ultimate roller coaster. Tilray stock IPOed in the U.S. last August at $17 per share. \By the beginning of September, TLRY stock price was crossing $50 per share. Incredibly, over the next two weeks, it spiked to as much as $300 per share. Since then, it's been all downhill. TLRY stock fell back to $100 in October. It slid to around $75 by year-end. In April, Tilray stock crossed the $50 mark, and it's now fallen under $45.Can anything stop Tilray's slide? The main issue, at least at this point, has been that Tilray's business execution has been extremely lackluster. Sure, the $300 peak price for Tilray stock was crazy. But Tilray stock need not have crashed quite this far.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend Tilray's Earnings ReportSome TLRY stock bulls looked at its first-quarter earnings report as a positive. Tilray stock rose for a short time following the release.It's not hard to see why. Its revenues surged from $7.8 million in Q1 of 2018 to $23 million last quarter. That was well ahead of expectations; analysts, on average, were expecting closer to $20 million. On the income side, the company's losses widened, and they were not better than the consensus outlook. But like so many marijuana companies, TLRY's focus is on scaling up its revenues for the time being.But this report was underwhelming in other ways. The annualized revenue rate was around $100 million, which still leaves Tilray stock trading at an exorbitant price/sales ratio. And much of the revenue growth came from non-organic growth after Manitoba Harvest, which TLRY acquired in February, began contributing to Tilray's results. Further, it's worth looking at the company's whole business, as not everything is booming. Its medical marijuana sales, for example, were merely flat year over year. Losing Its Leadership PositionThe earnings report was hardly a home run. In fact, it shows just how far Tilray's star has fallen. The company now has low-to-mid-single-digit-percentage- market share in the Canadian recreational space. That puts it outside of Canada's top five players.Less than a year ago, TLRY was duking it out with Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) for the largest market cap among marijuana stocks. Now TLRY stock price has shriveled, and it has failed to turn last year's excitement into a leading position in the Canadian pot market.Importantly, Tilray failed to lock in a key partnership with a big backer from the alcohol or tobacco industries. This has given rivals like Canopy and Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON), which did make such deals, a big advantage compared with Tilray.TLRY did sign a deal with Novartis (NYSE:NVS) to collaborate globally on medical marijuana distribution. This partnership, signed late last year, is certainly better than nothing. But it's a far cry from the large equity cash infusions and distribution deals that other, bigger players have been able to obtain. Slower Progress by Design?Earlier this year, TLRY CEO Brendan Kennedy made some interesting comments. He said on the company's Q4 earnings conference call that: "We will not purchase or invest in what we believe to be overpriced supply assets in Canada, which we believe will erode in value in the medium to long term, as the market normalizes." That's a reasonable position. Supply has already exceeded demand in some legal markets in the United States. And in the long run, there's little to constrain the output of commodity marijuana producers.Still, however, the owners of Tilray stock are going to demand more progress. People need Tilray to grow rapidly before they can get excited about TLRY stock again. So far, the company hasn't done enough to stand out from the pack. The Verdict on Tilray StockTilray's major shareholder, Privateer Holdings, announced earlier this year that it wouldn't sell any TLRY stock in the first half of 2019. That was huge news, as Privateer holds 75 million shares of Tilray stock. Even with the bad performance of Tilray stock lately, that stake is still worth more than $3 billion. But it was worth more than $12 billion at one point.How long will Privateer, which owns the majority of Tilray, be willing to watch its stake keep shriveling away? It said it wouldn't sell any stock in the first half of 2019, but that limitation expires in less than two months. If Privateer starts selling shares, TLRY stock price could fall much lower.As it is, the company's last earnings report showed real progress. But it also showed just how far away Tilray is from being a leading marijuana company at the moment. The company has to do far more to justify even a $50 share price, let alone its former highs.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek held no positions in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post Tilray Stock Still Hasn't Bottomed appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced Thursday that its wholly owned subsidiary Tilray Portugal Unipessoal Lda. received a standard manufacturing license for its Cantanhede, Portugal-based Biocant Park facility. The license and certification allow Tilray to manufacture and export its GMP-approved dried cannabis products for use in medicinal products in the international market. The nations the company can serve now include Germany and other EU member states.
Tilray Inc. said its Portugal-based wholly-owned subsidiary, Tilray Portugal Unipessoal Lda. has received a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification and a standard manufacturing license, which allows Tilray Portugal to export GMP-certified dried cannabis for medicinal products. "This licensing and certification marks a critical milestone for our growth in Portugal and Europe," said Sascha Mielcarek, managing director of Europe. "We're proud to increase our international export capacity and are looking forward to exporting dried cannabis as active substances from our EU Campus to legal jurisdictions in the EU and other international markets." The stock fell 0.6% in premarket trade. It has tumbled 41.5% over the past three months, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF has slipped 6.8% and the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.
Tilray, Inc. (“Tilray” or “the Company”) (TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Tilray Portugal Unipessoal Lda.
In early 2019, all pot stocks were red hot, powered by a rebound in financial markets and improving fundamentals underlying the global-cannabis industry. And the hottest name in this scorching sector was Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON). Mostly, investors were excited about the $1.8 billion investment tobacco giant Altria (NYSE:MO) poured into the company. Subsequently, CRON stock went from $10 at the start of 2019 to $25 by February.Source: Shutterstock That huge rally has since faded. That should be no surprise. The writing was on the wall for a sizable drop. Cronos Group stock had simply come too far, too fast. It was way overvalued at $25, even for a hyper-growth pot stock.As such, the stock has come cratering back down to reality over the past few months. Today, shares of Cronos trade hands around $16, more than 35% off their February highs. Naturally, the question now is where does CRON stock go next?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTough to say. Pot stocks are exceptionally volatile. But in the big picture, the bull thesis on Cronos stock still lacks conviction. Even after its 35% correction, the stock remains overvalued relative to its peers, even after you consider Altria's massive investment. To be sure, investors are hoping that the $1.8 billion influx will lead to huge gains in market share over the next several months. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors But almost everyone else in this space also has a ton of cash to use. Therefore, taking that leap of faith for market-share gains seems unnecessarily risky.All in all, then, CRON stock still doesn't look great here. If you're looking for cannabis exposure, I continue to recommend Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) for highest-quality exposure, and Aurora (NYSE:ACB) for best value. As for Cronos, I'd stay away. Cronos Stock Remains OvervaluedThe biggest problem with Cronos stock is that the equity remains overvalued relative to peers, and for no good reason.Cronos grew revenues by 120% year-over-year in the early 2019 quarter, and by 15% sequentially. By Canadian cannabis standards, those numbers are pretty bad. Compatriot Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) grew early 2019 revenues by 195% YOY and nearly 50% sequentially. Aurora reported 300%-plus YOY revenue growth and 20% sequential growth.Meanwhile on the volume side, Cronos reported just 7% kilograms-sold growth sequentially. Both Aurora and Tilray reported 30%-plus sequential volume growth, and on much bigger bases too.In other words, Cronos reported relatively weak numbers in early 2019 which broadly imply that the company is losing share. Yet, CRON stock continues to trade at a premium against the competition.Cronos is being valued at $4.7 million per kilogram of cannabis sold last quarter. The average valuation across Canopy, Aurora and Tilray is roughly $1.3 million per kilogram of cannabis sold last quarter, with a range of $1 million to $1.5 million.Even after factoring cash and debt into the valuation (Cronos has a ton of cash), Cronos Group stock still trades at a huge premium. Last quarter, it carried a value of $3 million per kilogram of cannabis sold last quarter versus roughly $1.2 million across its peers. A Lot Has to Happen to Justify the ValuationClearly, CRON stock still trades at a huge premium to peers. The current growth trajectory doesn't warrant the premium -- it is actually sub-par. Instead, bulls argue that it's justified because of what the company could do with $1.8 billion from Altria.Indeed, as Canopy has shown us, having billions of dollars on the balance sheet is a game changer in the still-nascent global-cannabis industry.But it may be a little too late for Cronos stock. Canopy already has the early lead, and still has more cash on its balance sheet than Cronos. Meanwhile, Aurora is raising $750 million through a mixed-shelf offering. Finally, Tilray has some major partnerships which could turn into huge investments soon.Long story short, everyone in the cannabis industry has money now. Thus, $1.8 billion from Altria doesn't mean that much unless Cronos proves it can do something with it. From that perspective, a lot has to happen over the next few quarters in order to justify the current premium valuation for CRON stock. The company must gain exposure to the U.S. market, ramp revenue and volume growth, gain Canadian cannabis share on peers, and expand its global footprint.If all those things happen, Cronos stock could rally from here. But until that happens, the medium to long-term bull thesis lacks conviction. Bottom Line on CRON StockCannabis stocks are inherently speculative given the nascent nature of the market. Therefore, you want to be selective about your exposure to the industry. From that perspective, Cronos stock simply doesn't make the cut. It's not the highest quality option in the space; that title belongs to Canopy. Nor is it the best value or cheapest name in the space, with Aurora leading that category.Instead, Cronos is a mixed-quality option with a relatively expensive valuation. Because of this dynamic, the bull thesis on CRON stock fails to provide confidence.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CGC and ACB. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors * 4 Tech Stocks Looking Vulnerable * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Hot IPO Stocks? Compare Brokers The post The Bull Thesis for CRON Stock Still Lacks Conviction appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In early April I wrote about going long Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) stock. That trade paid off quickly but after peaking at $52.50 per share CGC stock gave it back and has reverted to support. While this sounds disappointing it is where the opportunity lies today.Source: Shutterstock It is time to reload almost exactly the same CGC trade as before. I consider this a blend of tactical trade with the potential to making it a long-term investment. It all depends on the investor time frame. The difference will be how to manage the trade if price goes against it. But in either case the start is the same. But First, Canopy Growth FundamentalsThe whole cannabis stock sector is speculative at best. Companies like Canopy Growth are trying to establish a legitimate business on Wall Street for the first time ever. This is not an easy feat and they are facing hurdles.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe regulatory obstacles are also opportunities which eventually will be incremental upside. There is no doubt that the bullish thesis for pot stocks is strong. * 5 Great Tech ETFs That Aren't the XLK Bottom line, the popularity of pot is what drives the fanatical interest in these stocks.This is not a fad. The interest is too strong to fizzle. Also there is too much action from mega-cap companies who are seeking to join the party if not already there. CGC was ground zero for this when it took $4.5 billion from Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ). More investments followed like the one into Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) from Altria (NYSE:MO).Also the cannabis story is not local. This is a global phenomena but the markets here in North America are probably the sexiest to investors. Simply stated, the story is too good to dismiss so soon.CGC stock is not for the faint of heart. They are called momentum stocks because they move fast in both directions. Case in point, yesterday it rose 4% on no specific news. So this makes it difficult to find the perfect trading points. So it is best to learn the levels that matter and use those as entry and exit lines. Trading CGC StockOnce CGC fell back into the $43 zone it slowed its deceleration because that is a support zone. These are not hard lines in the sand but rather rubber bands. I can buy it here and expect a bounce towards the last place it failed.If will face resistance at $49 per share so I should lock profits once it reaches it. But this varies based on individual trading preferences and time frames. If it's a tactical trade then I'd set my stop loss below $41.75 or $39.75 per share. Because if those fail, the bears could try to retest $33 per share. This is not a forecast but a scenario that could unfold.The CGC stock fundamentals are the best of the bunch on paper. This is not to say that they are good. But they did receive the pile of cash from STZ and they are putting it to good use. Their strong balance sheets allows them to execute on plan comfortably. But they still need to grow their delivery capacity.This is what Wall Street believes, and whether reality or not, perception is all that counts this early in the process.Critics of cannabis do make valid arguments. But for every point of contention they offer, there are several other facets of the cannabis that offset that one negative. The applications for cannabis includes not just recreational use, but also medical, CBD, potables, edibles, etc.So according to Wall Street we will smoke it, eat it, drink and rub it on our ailments. So to be a bear on cannabis now is like fighting a multi-headed beast. They can shoot down one aspect of the bullish thesis but there are several more that can still bite the sellers.Nevertheless, it is important to temper the enthusiasm. Canopy Growth fundamentals from the traditional point of view are scary. And it is not alone as the whole sector carries very rich valuation with minimal opposing income. CGC has a market cap of $15 billion and only has a small fraction of it in sales.So yes, they are expensive but the story is not in today's dollar but rather several years out. The legalization trend is just starting. As more states follow the early movers, the North America consumption markets will grow exponentially.Canopy is set to be able to cater to the incremental demand. They are literally forging the trail for the others to follow. Recently we saw them execute an inventive way of acquiring resources without breaking any laws. This is a team that is not afraid to make bold moves and take calculated risks. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors If cannabis stocks are a viable thesis long term, then Canopy Growth is a winner. So far, CGC and ACB are up more than 65% year to date -- four times the performance of the S&P 500.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors * 4 Tech Stocks Looking Vulnerable * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Hot IPO Stocks? Compare Brokers The post It's Time to Load Up on CGC Stock Again appeared first on InvestorPlace.
How Do Cannabis Stocks' Valuations Stack Up in May?(Continued from Prior Part)TilrayTilray (TLRY) has exhibited extended weakness for the most part of this year, and the trend did not reverse even after the company reported its earnings. Needless to
How Do Cannabis Stocks' Valuations Stack Up in May?Earnings releasesCannabis companies such as Tilray (TLRY), Aurora Cannabis (ACB), and CannTrust (CTST) reported their earnings last week, which gave us fresh insight into the cannabis sector. While
Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) had an extremely productive fiscal third quarter. Metrics looked very positive across the board: solid revenue growth; active registered patients up; cash cost to produce per gram down; production volume increased materially.Source: Shutterstock Everything is heading in the right direction.ACB has even announced that famed activist investor, Nelson Peltz, joined the company as a strategic adviser. Although activists typically made headlines by giving company management a hard time, he is with Aurora in a collaborative capacity to help with their global expansion and partnership opportunities. This is a big win for ACB stock as Peltz's network and business perspective will prove very useful, especially on the expansion front.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Confidence in OutlookACB delivered solid Q3 revenue growth that averaged 20% in all key markets. Canadian consumer was up 37%, Canadian medical was up 8%, and international medical was up 40%. Aurora has expertly scaled production managed it sales channels. * 6 Chinese Stocks That Could Pop On a Trade Deal It may not be the dizzying revenue growth of Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), which increased 195% year-over-year, but ACB had solid and sustainable stats that can be replicated for many quarters out.On the cost side, since ACB has been very focused on getting its facilities to run at full capacity, they have been able to lower cash costs per gram. In the most recent quarter, Aurora cut costs to $1.42, 26% lower that the prior quarter, and an improvement year-over-over of 7% as well.Now with the Aurora Sky growing facility operating at full capacity, those costs should keep trending down. Management expects that the average cash cost to produce per gram at its Sky Class facilities will be below $1. This will help get them to their EBITDA positive goal. What This Means for ACB Stock What this all means is that ACB stock is on track to delivery positive EBITDA in Q4 2019. This, of course, is if all goes as planned. The company continues to execute in all channels and improve pricing and volumes in parallel. If this happens, there could be a bit move upward in the stock.And for a space that has seen soaring valuations, ACB actually turns out to be favorably valued for investors looking to buy. * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) Using the market cap per kilograms sold as a valuation metric, ACB stock also looks much cheaper than other cannabis companies. Based on quarterly metrics, ACB is valued at $969,000 per kilo sold. Marijuana stocks like Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) and Tilray are both selling for around $1.5 million per kilo sold.So, from this valuation perspective, at current levels Aurora looks much more attractive than its peers. What's Ahead for ACB StockIn addition to being on track to deliver positive EBITDA in Q4, Aurora is also on track to increase sales meaningfully with production facilities targeting over 25,000 kg of cannabis available for sale. With production ramping, this allows management the flexibility to craft its new product line. Vapes and edibles will be ready to launch in Canada by calendar year-end.Across the pond in Europe, once Aurora's receive production facilities receive EU GMP certification, supply to international markets will get a big boost. The company's Bradford facility recently underwent an audit in an effort to get that EU certification.With Aurora Cannabis Inc. executing at a rapid pace and with the results to show for its efforts, ACB is a compelling buy as one of the best cannabis stocks.As of this writing, Luce Emerson did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential * 5 Large-Cap Stocks Holding Steady Amid Trade War Concerns * 7 ETFs for Healthy Healthcare REITs Compare Brokers The post Aurora Cannabis Stock Is Attractively Valued After A Huge Q3 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Aphria Stock Rises on Cultivation License in Germany(Continued from Prior Part)Cannabis stocks gainToday, the cannabis sector was making positive moves after last week was fraught with pessimism due to trade tensions. HEXO (HEXO) was up 1.3% while
A push for legislation that would allow banks to do business with cannabis companies without the risk of federal enforcement action is gaining momentum. Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter joins Yahoo Finance's Julie Hyman, Adam Shapiro and Dan Roberts as well as Bullseye Brief's Adam Shapiro.