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Are Marijuana Companies Good Investments?
Tilray is the second largest publicly traded marijuana company. Their sales have doubled in the last year and the stock recently went up 17%. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical or even recreational purposes, are marijuana companies good investments? Business Insider writes that weed stocks are surging.
Shares of Tilray – the second-largest publicly traded marijuana stock – were up more than 17% Wednesday after the Canadian company posted quarterly sales nearly double a year ago.
But, is it the growth of sales that drives the stock price up, or something else?
Tilray is now valued at $4.9 billion, despite its losses, and could keep growing thanks to investments from major players in other sectors, especially alcoholic beverages. Constellation Brands – which makes Corona and Modelo, among other popular drinks – catalyzed a huge rally in Canopy Growth’s stock through the announcement of two recent investments.
“We expect more alcoholic beverage companies to announce deals with Canadian LPs over the course of the year, and view Tilray as an attractive partner for an alcohol company looking for exposure to cannabis,” Vivien Azer, an analyst at Cowen, said in a note to clients on Wednesday.
Shares of Tilray are up 164% since the company’s IPO in July.
It would appear that companies in the alcoholic beverage business do not want to be left behind if the marijuana business really takes off. Or perhaps they are just hedging their bets. Either way, it appears that at least part of the run in price of Tilray is from investment by the folks who also sell alcohol.
Long Term Value of Marijuana Stocks
What is the intrinsic value of a marijuana stock? The value of a marijuana stock will go up as its sales increase. And, sales will go up as more and more jurisdictions legalize marijuana. Where is pot legal today and where might it be legal tomorrow?