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The Viridian Cannabis Stock Index rose 1.8% in the week ended February 3, 2017, marking the eighth consecutive week of gains.
Index Performance for the Week Ended February 3, 2017
The Viridian Cannabis Stock Index rose 1.8% in the fifth week of 2017 ended February 3.
For the week, four of the twelve Index sectors showed positive gains, fewer than in previous weeks. Returns between the sectors remain mixed, particularly within the Ancillary Products & Services segment due to greater variations in business models between the sectors in this segment.
Three of the four major market indices listed increased over the week. The Index as a whole and the Ancillary Products & Services segment both outperformed these market indices, while the “Touching the Plant” segment slightly underperformed.
Weekly Snapshot – Index Median Price-to-Sales (P/S) Multiples
The multiples are calculated by dividing the market capitalization of each security in the Index at close of market on final trading day of the week by their respective trailing-twelve-month (TTM) revenue figures (pulled from the four most recent quarters). These multiples are then categorized based on the companies’ segment/sector in the Index, and the median multiples from these groups are pulled for the snapshot.
The median Price/Sales multiple for the Index was 40.8x as of February 3, 2017, down from 42.3x a week prior. Sectors in the “Touching the Plant” segment trade at a premium to those in the Ancillary Products & Services segment, driven primarily by the Biotech/Pharma sector.
Based on this metric, the most highly valued sector continues to be Real Estate. However, this multiple is slightly skewed as one of the companies in this sector has materially low revenues, leading to the calculation of a higher multiple.
Regardless, the Real Estate sector continues to attract interest, reflecting the need for legally-zoned cultivation and retail (dispensing) facilities in new and existing legal states that are awarding additional licenses and/or adding adult use to medicinal use.
Index Performance Year-to-Date (YTD)
The Viridian Cannabis Stock Index has started 2017 strong, realizing year-to-date gains of 24.0% as of February 3 after rising the first five weeks of the year.
The Ancillary Products & Services segment has outperformed the “Touching the Plant” segment, up 37.0% and 13.4% YTD, respectively. The outperformance by the former segment is likely due to the dramatic appreciation in stock prices and valuations in the latter segment surrounding the positive results from the U.S. elections this past November as well as Canada’s progression towards a national, recreational market.
Dollar volume in the Index started strong in 2017 but declined late in the first week of trading, adding further evidence to the January Effect as investors completed much of their repurchases in the first few trading days of the year. Through the second week of the year, dollar volume in the Index remained at similar levels as were seen in the first week, with exception of the first trading day of the year.
For the third week of 2017, dollar volume in the Index was low on January 16 due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States but normalized on January 17 to between approximately $75 and $125 million dollars per day as the U.S. markets reopened and the Index continued appreciating. Through the fourth and fifth weeks of the year, dollar volume in the Index slid from approximately $125 million to $75 million as a handful of the more highly traded stocks in our Index saw reduced trading volume on these days.
The performance of the Viridian Cannabis Stock Index, as a whole and by sector, as well as in comparison to several major market indices, is detailed in the table below:
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About the Viridian CANNABIS STOCK INDEX
The Viridian Cannabis Stock Index tracks the performance of approximately 50 publicly traded cannabis companies that meet three of the following four filter criteria:
- Market capitalization ? 10,000,000 USD
- Average daily trading volume ? 20,000 USD
- Float ? 25% of shares outstanding
- Financials filed on time in last 6 months
Stock performance is categorized into 12 different product/technology sectors that comprise the core business segments within the legal cannabis industry. These sectors are further differentiated into two segments, those that “touch the plant” and those that are providers of ancillary products and services.
The above information, whether in part or in its entirety, neither constitutes an offer nor makes any recommendation to buy or sell any securities.
About Viridian Capital Advisors, LLC
Viridian Capital Advisors is a financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the cannabis market. We are a data- and market intelligence-driven firm that provides investment banking, M&A, corporate development, and investor relations services to emerging growth companies and qualified investors in the cannabis sector. Our banking practice, through broker-dealer Pickwick Capital Partners, provides capital and M&A to fund the growth of our clients, while our advisory practice helps to position and build their businesses. Our team’s decades of high level operating and transactional experience on Wall Street in a variety of emerging sectors, allows Viridian to provide comprehensive strategic and financial solutions that assist cannabis enterprises in realizing their full potential.