Canadian cannabis companies won’t turn a profit in the coming quarter and here’s why

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Canadian cannabis companies, inactive struggling to amusement a profit, are improbable to present 1 successful their coming quarterly earnings, successful much atrocious quality for hard-hit stocks aft a agelong of weaker stock prices.

CIBC expert John Zamparo this week pared backmost his firm’s banal terms projections for the sector. The astir 25% diminution arsenic measured by assemblage ETFs implicit the past 3 months is the effect of continued losses from Canadian cannabis companies, the dearth of organization investors successful the space, and the realization that U.S. legalization appears improbable until astatine slightest adjacent year, Zamparo said.

“Recent antagonistic sentiment [is] a merchandise of deferred U.S. legalization and deficiency of Canadian profitability,” helium said. “We are reducing the terms targets crossed our cannabis sum beingness to bespeak much mean valuation multiples arsenic a effect of elusive profitability.”

CIBC trimmed its terms targets for Canopy Growth Corp CGC, -4.46% WEED.WT, -7.14%, Tilray TLRY, -2.92% TLRY, -2.76%, Aurora Cannabis ACB, -2.76% ACB, -2.82%, OrganiGram Holdings OGI, -3.40%, Cronos Group CRON, -4.87% CRON, -4.83%, Hexo HEXO, -2.56% HEXO, -1.63% and RIV Capital Inc. RIV, -0.65%.

Looking ahead, CIBC lone expects Hexo and Tilray to beryllium profitable successful 2022, portion it volition instrumentality longer for astir of the different names to travel suit.

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Not each caller headlines person been negative, however. This week, Canada reported grounds July retail income of C$338.9 million, up 6% from June.  

And successful Washington, D.C., lawmakers included the SAFE Banking measurement successful the U.S. of Representatives yearly defence bill. The measurement would perchance unfastened up the ineligible cannabis concern to the national banking strategy and escaped up the travel of superior successful the sector. But it remains to beryllium seen what happens to the measurement successful the Senate, fixed that assemblage has not moved to o.k. earlier versions of the SAFE Banking enactment from the House.

CIBC expert Zamparo said the SAFE Banking Act appears to person a meaningful accidental of passing successful the U.S. Senate, but it inactive would not licence Canadian companies to run successful the U.S.

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Meanwhile, the coming 4th volition people yet different three-month play successful the reddish for cannabis companies.

Last quarter, a trio of Canadian cannabis companies did nutrient nett income, but successful each lawsuit it was owed to non-cash gains. Two of the 3 besides missed gross statement estimates.

Overall, the Canadian marketplace continues to consciousness the interaction of the pandemic connected carnal stores, arsenic good arsenic headwinds from contention and terms pressure.

As Cannabis big usage cannabis legalization reaches the 3 twelvemonth people this year, the assemblage inactive has a agelong mode to spell earlier it starts making money.

Korey Bauer, main concern serviceman of the Cannabis Growth Fund astatine Foothill Capital Management, said past month that valuations look amended successful the U.S., wherever companies person been profitable.

Black radical comprise lone a tiny percent of those profiting from the burgeoning legalized cookware market, according to authorities data. Public initiatives and backstage funds, similar 1 started by Jay-Z, purpose to boost number participation. Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal
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