Canadian LPs Continue to Lag American Cannabis Stocks in August with 7% Decline

Just after dropping much more than 11% in June with only a modest bounce in July, the Canadian Cannabis LP Index continued to struggle in August, losing six.7% to 266.31:

More than the previous year, the index has declined 62.1%:

The index remains substantially under the all-time closing higher of 1314.33 in September 2018, just ahead of Canadian legalization. In March, it posted a new 52-week closing low of 196.ten, a level not observed because late 2016, and it closed 35.eight% above that level at the finish of August. The index has declined 32.four% from its close of 393.78 at the finish of 2019:

The Canadian Cannabis LP Index, which is rebalanced month-to-month, incorporated 34 qualifying publicly traded licensed producers that traded in Canada at the finish of July, with equal weighting for every stock. Each and every of the members is also incorporated in a sub-index, with four in the Canadian Cannabis LP Tier 1 Index, 12 in the Canadian Cannabis LP Tier two Index and 18 in the Canadian Cannabis LP Tier three Index through the month. At the finish of June, we revised the guidelines for inclusion, requiring providers to have a cost of at least C$.20 unless they are creating at least C$two.five million quarterly from their cannabis production operation. Previously, we essential income in excess of C$1 million for stocks trading under C$.20. There are at present more than two dozen publicly traded LPs that fail to qualify.

Tier 1

Tier 1, which incorporated the LPs that are creating cannabis-associated sales of at least C$20 million per quarter, fell three.five% to 370.42. In 2019, it declined 38.five%, when it ended the year at 642.23, and Tier 1 remains the weakest sub-sector in 2020 just after declining 42.three% so far this year. We have improved the minimum income essential to be incorporated more than time. In the course of 2019 and the very first half of 2020, providers required to create income in excess of C$ten million for inclusion. In 2018, we utilized C$four million as the hurdle.

This group incorporated Aphria (TSX: APHA) (NASDAQ: APHA), Aurora Cannabis (TSX: ACB) (NYSE: ACB), Canopy Development (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) and HEXO Corp (TSX: HEXO) (NYSE: HEXO).

Amongst these biggest LPs by income, HEXO was the greatest performer, increasing three.three%. Canopy Development declined 12.1%, with Aurora Cannabis dropping five.six% and Aphria decreasing .five%.

Tier two

Tier two, which incorporated the LPs that create cannabis-associated quarterly sales amongst C$five million and C$20 million, fell eight.9% to 394.59. In 2019, it lost 44.three% just after closing at 569.54 and is down 30.7% in 2020. Prior to July, providers required income in excess of C$two.five million to be incorporated in this tier.

This group incorporated Aleafia Wellness (TSX: AH) (OTC: ALEAF), Auxly (TSXV: XLY) (OTC: CBWTF), Cronos Group (TSX: CRON) (NASDAQ: CRON), Delta 9 (TSX: DN) (OTC: VNRDF), MediPharm Labs (TSX: LABS) (OTC: MEDIF), Organigram (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI), Radient Technologies (TSXV: RTI) (OTC: RDDTF), Supreme Cannabis (TSX: FIRE) (OTC: SPRWF), Valens Corporation (TSX: VLNS) (OTC: VLNCF), VIVO Cannabis (TSX: VIVO) (OTC: VVCIF), WeedMD (TSXV: WMD) (OTC: WDDMF) and Zenabis International (TSX: ZENA) (OTC: ZBISF).

The worst performers in this tier incorporated Auxly, down 28.six%, Aleafia Wellness, down 18.two%, and Cronos Group, down 15.7%, though Valens, up four.eight%, Organigram, up two.five%, performed the greatest.

Tier three

Tier three, which incorporated the 19 qualifying LPs that create cannabis-associated quarterly sales significantly less than C$five million, declined five.9% as it closed at 71.40. It ended at 96.76 in 2019, declining 45.%, and is down 26.two% in 2020. Six names in this group declined by much more than 20% though 3 posted gains. The strongest performers, each of which gained much more than ten%, incorporated TerrAscend (CSE: TER) (OTC: TRSSF) and Rubicon Organics (CSE: ROMJ) (OTC: ROMJF).

The returns for the general sector varied tremendously, with two names gaining much more than ten%, though three declined by much more than 20%, with the complete group posting a median return of -7.9%:

For September, the general index will have 31 constituents, with the removal of 48North, Benchmark Botanicals, CanadaBis Capital and FSD Pharma, which no longer meet the guidelines, and the inclusion of Adastra Labs (CSE: XTRX). With its current quarterly income from Canada exceeding C$five million, TerrAscend (CSE: TER) (OTC: TRSSF) will move from Tier three to Tier two .

In the subsequent month-to-month critique, we will summarize the overall performance for September and talk about any additions or deletions. Be certain to bookmark the pages to remain present on LP stock cost movements inside the day or from day-to-day.

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Alan Brochstein, CFA
Primarily based in Houston, Alan leverages his expertise as founder of on the internet communities 420 Investor, the very first and nevertheless biggest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis market. With his substantial network in the cannabis neighborhood, Alan continues to locate new strategies to connect the market and facilitate its sustainable development. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is accountable for content material improvement and strategic alliances. Prior to shifting his concentrate to the cannabis market in early 2013, Alan, who started his profession on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent investigation analyst following more than two decades in investigation and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with more than 650 articles published because 2007 at In search of Alpha, exactly where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at market conferences and a frequent supply to the media, such as the NY Instances, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business enterprise, and Bloomberg Television. Speak to Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | E-mail

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