Marijuana Stocks: 7 Facts About Cronos Group’s Quarterly Earnings

The profit was also helped by the sale of its 19% ownership stake in Whistler Medical Marijuana to Aurora Cannabis. In exchange, Cronos Group …

Canada’s marijuana market is valued at 6 billion Canadian dollars annually, and legalization of recreational use last October means sales are skyrocketing at the country’s top marijuana producers. One of the smallest marijuana growers in Canada, Cronos Group(NASDAQ:CRON), has captured investors’ attention following a CA$2.4 billion investment in it by tobacco giant Altria(NYSE:MO). The relationship with the maker of Marlboro cigarettes means Cronos Group has the financial flexibility and the marketing and supply chain expertise necessary to leapfrog competitors. On Thursday, the company unveiled its latest quarterly results, providing insight into its progress. Here’s what you need to know following the company’s update.

No. 1: Sales are still soaring

Cronos Group’s first-quarter net revenue was CA$6.5 million, up more than 120% from CA$2.9 million in Q1 2018 and 15% quarter over quarter. The sales increase was mostly due to an uptick in sales of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a high-margin product derived from marijuana and hemp that’s associated with health and wellness benefits. Cannabis oil sales represented 23% of net product revenue in the quarter, up from 9% in first quarter 2018.

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On a volume basis, Cronos Group sold 1,111 kilos of cannabis in Q1, a 122% improvement from one year ago and a 7% improvement from the fourth quarter.

No. 2: Cheaper production

As more marijuana production capacity comes online throughout the industry, the most profitable companies will likely be those with the lowest production costs. In Q1, management’s cost of sales was $2.69, a 14% decrease from one year ago and an 11% decrease from Q4 2018. The decrease was driven by increased productivity, and it contributed to gross margin improving to 54% from 47% last year. Gross margin was 44% in the fourth quarter, so there was a solid sequential improvement too.

No. 3: Growing capacity

The company’s current facilities can produce about 40,100 kilos of marijuana annually once its building 4 expansion is fully operational, but that’s less than half of the cannabis capacity Cronos Group anticipates. Based on its existing expansion plans, its peak production capacity will reach 117,150 kilos annually. That should be good enough to place it at the lower end of the second-tier marijuana growers.

No. 4: Flush with cash

In March, Altria completed its investment in Cronos Group, causing Cronos Group’s cash and equivalents to soar. In exchange for 45% ownership, Cronos Group pocketed CA$2.4 billion from Altria, giving it substantial financial flexibility to execute on its plans to win market share and develop new products, including vapes.

No. 5: Increasing distribution

Cronos Group doesn’t market its products everywhere in Canada’s recreational market, but following an arrangement that gives it access to Saskatchewan, it now serves 5 of Canada’s 10 provinces, allowing it to reach 58% of Canada’s population.

No.6: Profit? Not really

The company reported net income of $427.7 million. However, as you can guess by the size of this profit, it had little to do with the company’s day-to-day operations. Instead, the profit was almost entirely because of changes in a gain in the value of warrants issued to Altria that allow Altria to increase its ownership to 55% by 2023. These derivative liabilities are valued based on Cronos Group’s share price. Since Cronos Group’s shares declined last quarter, the company recorded an unrealized gain of $436.4 million in the quarter.

The profit was also helped by the sale of its 19% ownership stake in Whistler Medical Marijuana to Aurora Cannabis. In exchange, Cronos Group received $25.6 million Aurora Cannabis shares, which it subsequently sold.

Partially offsetting those “other income” items on its income statement were $29.6 million in financing costs, which includes legal and professional expenses associated with its Altria transaction.

No. 7: Operating costs continue climbing

On an operating basis, the company lost money. Its operating expenses surged to 214% of sales from 139% of sales one year ago, largely because of a major increase in general and administrative spending in support of its recreational marijuana market activities.

Operating Expense Q1 2019 (000s) % of sales Q1 2018 (000s) % of sales
Sales and marketing $1,500 23% $586 20%
Research and development $1,557 24%
General and administrative $9,611 149% $2,461 83%
Share-based payments $737 11% $774 26%
Depreciation and amortization $470 7% $285 10%
Total operating expenses $13,875 214% $4,106 139%

Overall, it was a lot more of the same from Cronos Group. Sales continued climbing as it made inroads into Canada’s recreational market, and expenses continued to skyrocket as it increased headcount to win market share.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the quarter wasn’t its operating performance at all but the fact it hasn’t yet announced any big plans for its cash stockpile. With more than CA$2 billion at its disposal, it probably won’t be long before we find out how management plans to leverage that windfall to become a top player in this emerging $150 billion global market.

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Cannabis Canada Daily: Cronos Group shares slide on Q1 revenue miss, earnings forecast

Aurora Cannabis got the nod once again by Luxembourg as the country’s exclusive supplier of medical cannabis. This will mark the second order …

Shares of Cronos tumble following Q1 revenue miss, declining earnings forecast

Shares of Cronos Group tumbled Thursday after the company reported its fiscal first-quarter results. Investors soured on the Toronto-based company’s stock after its CFO noted that the company’s adjusted earnings before certain items would decline over the course of 2019, but should ramp up for “accelerated growth” in 2020. Cronos reported first-quarter revenue of $6.5 million, down from the $7 million analysts were expecting. Meanwhile, the company sold 1,111 kilograms of cannabis in the quarter, up 122 per cent from the same period a year earlier. Gross margins rose to 54 per cent from 47 per cent a year ago. Cronos CEO Mike Gorenstein added revenue is expected to remain “relatively stable” in the second quarter, then accelerate in the back half of the year.

Lack of strong policy options from Ottawa shifting investor interest to U.S. pot market from Canada

Despite being the first developed country to legalize cannabis, a lack of forward-thinking government policies has meant Canada’s cannabis industry is operating with “one hand tied behind their back,” according to one Bay Street investor and an early supporter of the legal marijuana industry. Neil Selfe, chief executive of Toronto-based Infor Financial Group, told BNN Bloomberg on Thursday the Canadian government legalized cannabis without a lot of forethought to capital allocation, products, brands, and distribution. That’s resulted in Canadian firms lagging behind their U.S. counterparts in terms of both revenue and investors’ interest. Selfe added the so-called cannabis bubble is beginning to shrink as investors turn their focus to the U.S. and other markets.

Canadian support for legal cannabis, edibles market wanes amid shaky legalization rollout: Study

It turns out Canadians’ outlook for legal cannabis is less rosy that previously believed. A new study co-authored by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph found support for recreational cannabis among Canadians has dropped since the drug was legalized last year following the shaky roll-out of legal pot and a still-robust black market. The study found half of Canadians support the legalization of recreational cannabis, down from about 69 per cent back in 2017. Meanwhile, uncertain sentiment surrounding legalization has grown to 20 per cent of the country, up from about seven per cent two years ago. Interest in cannabis-infused edible products — expected to hit store shelves later this fall — has also waned with about 36 per cent of people polled saying they plan to buy edibles when they become available on the market, down from 46 per cent in 2017.

Luxembourg re-ups with Aurora as main medical pot supplier

Aurora Cannabis got the nod once again by Luxembourg as the country’s exclusive supplier of medical cannabis. This will mark the second order Aurora has supplied for the government of Luxembourg. While the Luxembourg medical cannabis market is relatively tiny compared to say, Germany, it adds another name to the growing list of nations Aurora supplies. The deal is the most recent of many moves the Edmonton-based producer has made in international medical markets. Last month, Aurora announced it had been chosen to help supply the German market with medical cannabis. And late last year, the company formed a partnership with a Mexican pharmaceutical distributor and manufacturer to supply that country’s market.

Canopy Growth secures a big chunk of PharmHouse growing space

Canopy Growth, the biggest cannabis company in the world, still needs some more domestic supply. The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company has tapped PharmHouse to provide 30 per cent of its Leamington, Ont.-based flowering space as part of an offtake agreement. Using Canopy Growth’s genetics, PharmHouse will grow cannabis for 18 months in its greenhouse, returning the raw flower back to Canopy Growth to be sold under its brands. The deal is expected to produce 25,000 kilograms to 45,000 kilograms of cannabis per year. Interestingly, PharmHouse is a 49 per cent-owned joint venture of Canopy Rivers, the venture capital arm of Canopy Growth. PharmHouse previously announced a cultivation agreement with TerrAscend Canada Inc. to supply products from 20 per cent of the facility’s flowering space.



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5 Ways to Up Your Vape Game From Basic to Next Level

A report by BDS Analytic and Arcview Market Research projected that prefilled vape cartridges made up 58% of concentrate spending in 2018.

During your time exploring the depths of social media, you may have stumbled upon an angry Twitter user or two besmirching teenagers for uploading lame vape tricks to Snapchat and inadvertently developing a nicotine addiction. Some people may think Juuls and giant e-cigarette clouds are lame, but vaporization technology has had a much different effect on the adult-use cannabis world.

There’s no shortage of reasons why vape pen mania has taken over the legal weed market. They offer a discreet and convenient way to get high, can be transported nearly anywhere, and tend to pack a more potent punch than raw cannabis flower. This hype isn’t just hearsay. A report by BDS Analytic and Arcview Market Research projected that prefilled vape cartridges made up 58% of concentrate spending in 2018.

But much like the typical entry-level stoner evolution from one-hitter to bong, there comes a time in cannabis lovers’ lives when they feel the need to take their vape game to the next level. If you’re feeling dissatisfied with a cheap vape pen battery and iffy pre-filled oil cartridges, here are some ways to improve your vaporizer experience and get the most out of your weed sesh.

1. Upgrade Your Hardware

Think of your basic, cheap vape pen as if it were a flip phone from the good old days. It’s simple, able to offer basic functions, but it also lacks the innovative features that smartphones, or in this case, a more advanced vaporizer, have to offer.

By upgrading your vape device to a technologically superior alternative, you can stay ahead of the curve. A wide range of portable vaporizers, such as the FlowerMate Hybrid X or PAX 3, are compatible with both flower and concentrate, giving you the ability to know exactly what you’re consuming, and what’s cooler than knowledge? Upgrading your vape can also make the process more versatile and controllable.

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Some devices, such as the PAX 3, are also equipped with smart features that bolster the overall user experience. Instead of just using a blinking light to indicate when your battery is dead, the PAX 3 communicates more information through LEDs, displaying the heating status, battery life, and temperature settings of the device. There’s also a smartphone app that gives users precise control over temperatures, making it easier to achieve specific flavor profiles from your selected cannabis product.

2. Customize Your Vape Pen’s Design

Like your smartphone or wallet, it’s probably hard to imagine leaving home without your vape pen. Considering your vape pen is a significant part of your daily routine, you should strive to personalize it the same way you would with a smartphone case.

Wrap your vape pen up in a psychedelic or marijuana-themed battery wrap to distinguish it from the dull metallic silver of most stock vape pen batteries. For 510-threaded vape pen batteries, which are compatible with most pre-filled vape cartridges, you can find vape wraps that scream personality throughout the internet, including select Etsy stores. If you want to purchase a new vape pen kit that’s already decked out with a sweet decal, check out the wide variety of decorative 510 threaded batteries that online retailers, such as StayLit Design, has to offer.

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There are wraps and vape skins available in all sorts of colors, patterns, and textures, allowing you to reflect your own personality in your device. Not only will these skins help your vape pen stand out, but they also can help cover up any scratches or blemishes that your battery might have incurred through constant use.

3. Find the Good Stuff

You might have heard a lot of warnings about counterfeit vape cartridges. Even some of the industry’s most notable brands, such as Heavy Hitters and Kingpen, have had to combat counterfeits that feature similar branding, logos, and packaging. Before you purchase or consume a vape cartridge, check the manufacturer’s website to check if it provides a protocol to check for authenticity.

But if you live in an adult-use state, it’s easy to source top-notch product by searching for vape cartridges produced by reputable brands and have a certificate of analysis, preferably provided by a third-party testing lab.

Some vape cartridges contain cuttings agents, such as propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and polyethylene glycol (PEG), to enhance the intensity of the vapor cloud and overall mouthfeel of the vapors. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled these cutting agents as safe for human ingestion, there’s not much research on what happens when these chemicals are vaporized and inhaled.

If you want to avoid cartridges with cutting agents, browse for products that only contain all-natural, full spectrum cannabis plant oil — no additives included. Some reputable cannabis companies that produce vape cartridges with 100% pure cannabis oil include Bloom Farms and Raw Garden.

4. Know the Potential Benefits

There’s no denying that we need more research into the long-term health effects of vaping, but there is already existing evidence that suggests vaping cannabis is a less harmful alternative to smoking.

One study, published in the Harm Reduction Journal in 2007, found that vaping could decrease respiratory symptoms in regular cannabis users who smoke. Cannabis users seem to concur with the sentiment that vaporization is less harmful than smoking. A survey conducted in 2014 found that marijuana users perceived vaporizers as providing harm reduction and other benefits.

For those who value potency, there’s another argument to be made for vape pens producing more potent highs. A November 2018 study, published in Substance Use and Addiction, found that vaporized cannabis produced stronger “dose-orderly drug effects” than smoking. In other words, the same amount of THC delivered a more potent punch when consumed through a vaporizer.

If your goal is to get high, reason dictates that vaping cannabis is more economical than smoking, since it takes a lesser amount to feel the effects of THC. But remember, this potency could also make you susceptible to overuse.

Another study, published in 2009 in the journal Inhalation Toxicology, suggests that the lower temperature for vaporization, which ranges between 180 to 190 degrees Celsius (356 to 374 degrees Fahrenheit), greatly enhances the ratio of cannabis byproducts compared with the much higher smoking temperature. By vaping raw flower or a full-spectrum concentrate, you can ensure that you’re receiving more than just THC, but also the other cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis strain.

5. Always Keep a Spare Battery With You

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You can lighten the mood by pulling out a fully charged spare vape pen battery in the nick of time. When you think about it, there’s really no reason not to carry an extra battery with you. They can be purchased for a low price, they’re easy to transport, and can be left charging while you whittle down the battery juice of your primary pen.

For extended trips away from home, we’d also recommend safely packing an extra vape cartridge of cannabis oil to bring along with you, if possible. As vape pen veterans know, these fragile cartridges can break easily, leaving you with a sticky pocketful of oil and no cannabis to consume.

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TDAM launches three ETFs

Three new ETFs from TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM) have begun trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the company announced Thursday.

Two ETFs launch this week focused on U.S. cannabis

The funds, from Evolve and Horizons, will trade on NEO

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