The worldwide pandemic and following lockdowns impacted nearly each sector of the economic system. And the Canadian hashish business was no exception.
Grownup-use hashish retail gross sales within the nation skilled sequential progress of barely 4% within the first quarter of 2021, in comparison with the 12% surge seen in This fall 2020, and 31% in Q3 2020. This growth, nonetheless, may solely be “partly defined by the COVID lockdown,” in keeping with Cantor Fitzgerald’s analyst Pablo Zuanic.
With the Q1 earnings season approaching, some could count on it to have a constructive affect on hashish operators. However the analyst doubts it. In truth, he notes, the Canadian Marijuana Index has fallen by 50% since its February peak. Throughout the identical interval, the U.S. Marijuana Index dropped by 33%, whereas the AdvisorShares Pure US Hashish ETF (NYSE: MSOS) solely misplaced 23% of its worth.
The drop within the Canadian Index can solely partly be defined by the volatility round Sundial Growers (NASDAQ: SNDL), which dropped by 66% since February, and Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), which fell 69%, as these two shares solely supply U.S. listings, however not Canadian listings, defined the analyst.
Amongst different contributors to the pullback, the analyst highlighted “Query marks in regards to the timing of deregulation within the US, proﬁt taking, and considerations in regards to the cal 1Q earnings season.”
However there are different elements to really feel bullish on the Canadian market outlook. These embody frequent mergers and acquisitions; information on abroad markets which might be about to legalize hashish, comparable to Mexico; and higher retail tendencies after the latest setback as a result of pandemic-caused lockdowns, famous Zuanic.
“The bigger corporations are true performs on the worldwide hashish business.”
The analyst issued an ‘Obese’ score on Aphria (NASDAQ: APHA), Organigram (NASDAQ: OGI) and Auxly Hashish Group (OTC: CBWTF), sustaining estimates and scores for the opposite corporations within the group.
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