2016 was a year to remember for Canadian licensed medical cannabis producers and investors had every reason to be excited early during 2017.
However, the last two months have been painful for Canadian cannabis investors. But we believe this weakness has created great opportunities for investors. Although we do think the sub-sector has almost found a bottom, investors need to be selective and focus on companies that have a differentiated strategy and competitive advantage over its peers.
Canada Continues to Expand its International Presence
One of the ways Canadian licensed medical cannabis producers have been able to differentiate themselves from their peers is through he countries they are levered to.
Canopy Growth Corp (WEED.TO) (TWMJF) Cronos Group (MJN.V) (PRMCF), and Aurora Cannabis (ACB.V) (ACBFF) have accomplished this very well and are levered to markets like Germany and Australia.
The emerging legal cannabis industry has created ample opportunities from legal cannabis businesses across the globe and we believe that companies with a global presence are best positioned over the long-term.
A Streaming Rally
Since Monday, shares of Cannabis Wheaton (CBW.V) (KWFLF) are up more than 12% and this recent IPO has seemed to have found a bottom. We are favorable on the company’s differentiated strategy and believe it has secured some high-quality partners.
Earlier this month, Cannabis Wheaton released the list of companies it has streaming deals with and we were very impressed with the quality of the roster of its clients, especially Broken Coast Cannabis Ltd. and Green Relief Inc.
Cannabis Wheaton’s streaming partners include 14 outstanding companies located in six provinces across Canada. Of these companies, 2 have sales licenses (Broken Coast and Green Relief), 2 have cultivation licenses, 4 have affirmation letters and 6 are advanced pre-affirmation stage applicants.
We are favorable on the recent improvement in trading volume as well as the associated rally and investors should keep Cannabis Wheaton on their radar.
A Royal Deal in Oregon
Earlier this week, CannaRoyalty Corp. (CRZ.CN: CSE) (CNNRF) announced that its investee, Rich Extracts, received a processing license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to begin producing and wholesaling cannabis products to licensed distributors and dispensaries throughout Oregon.
CannaRoyalty previously advanced $2.3 million in debt to the company for the right to convert $2.15 million of the debt into a 30% royalty stream on Rich Extracts’ gross sales in perpetuity. The company is a fully integrated cannabis operator and has been focused on building and supporting a diversified portfolio of cannabis assets.
Rich Extracts operates out of a 30,000-sq. ft. facility and produces cannabis extracts through a proprietary process. The company expected the OLCC to introduce new standards and started a new project to meet such standards. At full capacity, the facility can produce 80,000 grams of concentrates and distillates every month. Based on industry information, current wholesale prices for such products in Oregon range from $15-20 per gram.
We are favorable on this development and continue to monitor CannaRoyalty as the shares have been under significant pressure (down 35% from April highs). The company’s United States symbol, CNNRF broke out of oversold territory last week and we are monitoring this unique Canadian cannabis firm.
Author: Michael Berger
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