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Cannabis sector News

Last week was a tough week for cannabis stocks as ETFs plummeted with disappointing earnings reports. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSE: MJ), the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (NYSE: YOLO),  The Cannabis ETF (NYSE: THCX), the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF (NYSE: CNBS) all lost around 6% on average. Even the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) was down 0.4%. The major disappointment was delivered by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB)’s beyond disappointing fourth-quarter earnings report. But, the overall industry is not doing bad at all as 2020 will be remembered as a pivotal year.

Expanding market

Despite wreaking havoc on many industries across the world, the legal pot business saw booming revenues as more and more countries legalized marijuana. BDS Analytics Inc., a Boulder-based cannabis market intelligence and research company projected retail cannabis industry is projected to hit $19.7 billion in sales in 2020, marking a 38% jump. Moreover,  BDS predicts growth will persevere as sales are expected to reach $47.2 billion by 2025. These results are confirmed by another study by LeafLink, Flowhub, and Vangst that each approached the cannabis industry from a different vantage point – wholesale, dispensaries) and employment. Together, they found that sales stabilized at 40% growth rate, implying growth will remain even after the pandemic.

What happened with Aurora?

The Edmonton, Canada-based company reported a loss of $2.5 billion for the fiscal year. Total net revenue of $54.1 million dropped 5% from the previous quarter. More specifically, revenue for consumer cannabis in the recreational market dropped 9% to $26.7 million. Revenue for medical cannabis only increased 4% as net revenue was $24.2 million, helped by market growth in Canada and Europe. Continuing operations resulted in a loss of $1.40 billion. The shares plummeted following the results, already being down 91% over the past 12 months, reducing the company’s market value to a fraction of its former size.

Departure of Peltz

The past year has been a tough one for Aurora and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier as on Monday, the billionaire investor Nelson Peltz resigned as advisor. Aurora brought in Peltz after Canadian competitors Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC) and Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON) locked up multibillion-dollar investments from global liquor giant Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) and Virginia-based Altria (NYSE: MO), hoping that he will strike a similar deal with his connections to major U.S. consumer goods firms like PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) and Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ). Being a director of fast-food holding firm Wendy’s Co. (NASDAQ: WEN) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), he seemed like the perfect person to help the company expand internationally. It was a good idea, but Aurora ended up losing more than $2.6 billion since Peltz joined last year as it failed to catch up to its competitors.

A top line jump that didn’t find its way to bottom line

During the fourth fiscal quarter, The Supreme Cannabis Co. Inc. (OTC: SPRWF) saw its recreational net revenue skyrocket 373% YoY but ended up reporting a  loss of $139 million in the fiscal year ending June 30 due to a ripple effect of closed dispensaries and offices. 

News

The first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange belonging to the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. (NYSE: IIPR), keeps growing. Last week, it revealed it bought a property in Lakeland, Florida, for roughly $19.6 million.

Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (OTC: CURLF) announced it is collaborating with actor and cannabis entrepreneur Jim Belushi to launch a new vape pen.

CBD is also expanding its footprint in pharmaceuticals as CURE Pharmaceutical Holdings (OTC: CURR) agreed to acquire CBD products company Sera Labs Inc. for $20 million.

Expansion – product, market and range of treatment

Miami-based medical cannabis company PharmaCielo (OTC: PCLOF) revealed it is significantly expanding its product portfolio. With a two-year expansion plan, PharmaCielo is constructing a vertically integrated medical marijuana treatment center to extend the range of quality products that are being offered to patients in Florida.

MediPharm Labs Corp. (OTC: MEDIF) revealed a two-year partnership with a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based distributor, positioning the company to take a share of the largest medical cannabis market in Latin America.

IM Cannabis Corp. (OTC: IMCNF) launched its medical cannabis brand in the German market via four distributors through which it will be available to every pharmacy in the country that is licensed to distribute narcotics.

Pharmaceuticals plc ( NASDAQ: GWPH) confirmed that TGA authorized the Epidyolex, the first FDA approved CBD medicine for severe epilepsy in children, to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome.

New entrant

On September 23, CEO Jason Vegotsky and COO Arun Kurichety launched Petalfast. Both founders are former executives of KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTC: KSHB). With the acquisition of A.P. Keaton’s award-winning cannabis marketing business, the Petalfast team combines cannabis experience with spirits industry expertise to deliver unique solutions and growth for cannabis brands, something the industry still hasn’t seen.

Bright outlook

The industry was not immune to pandemic-induced bottlenecks that clogged industry pipelines, sales funnels and supply chains but studies indicate booming revenues that are here to stay. As for companies, brand building is a different deal. It has been successfully done for years in the consumer-packaged goods and foods & beverages but very few have done it in the expanding cannabis space. The opportunities are there but in order to capitalize on them, companies need to patch up their weaknesses first.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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The EV Industry Is Worth More Than The Traditional Automakers

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Many things that were considered to be impossible actually happened in 2020. One of them is that electric vehicle makers became more valuable than traditional automakers and by about by about $100 billion, according to Barrons. EV makers are now worth about $1.3 trillion whereas traditional car makers combined have a market capitalization of about $1.2 trillion. This figure includes 100 auto makers around the globe with market caps ranging from $10 million all the way to Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA). Based on its fully diluted share count, Tesla is worth about $1 trillion.

This feat is even more impressive if you consider that this is a much smaller industry based on actual number of cars. The last year taught us that the connection between the stock market and the economy is imprecise at best. However, the fact that technology enabled batteries to overpass ICEs is the kind of disruption that investors look for. Even though Tesla is the main contributor to the value of the EV market, the overall image is just as impressive as three of the top five most valuable are EV makers, with Tesla being followed by NIO (NYSE: NIO) and BYD (OTC: BYDDF). As for traditional automakers, Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) are the most valuable ones with both undergoing serious investments into electrification.

Traditional automakers are going electric

On Friday, BMW said it aims to double its sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. Including plug-in hybrids, it aims for a 50 percent increase in sales of electrified vehicles versus 2020. It did not give sales volumes for its fully electric vehicles but in data released on Tuesday, BMW said it sold close to 193,000 electrified vehicles, including fully electric and plug-in hybris in 2020. As a reminder, Tesla delivered almost half a million all-electric models last year, which is 75% of General Motor’s (NYSE: GM) third-quarter deliveries.

The automotive industry is at an inflection point

BEVs take approximately 1% of the total market for light vehicles, but the figure rises to about 3% if we include hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Why exactly it takes a relatively small market share to disrupt an industry is a bit of a mystery, but one reason is that more investment capital tends to flow in when market share come is within the 3% to 5% range. As more capital drives more innovation and improvement, investors are lured by high growth rates, bringing in even more capital and this is how success is made. Over the past year, EV makers have raised more than $20 billion in fresh capital, which is a fraction of what traditional auto companies spend on plants and equipment. However, on a per car basis, the EV industry is investing at roughly 10 times the rate of the traditional industry. Add to this President Joe Biden’s aim of a carbon-free future by 2035 and the drive toward adoption of EVs which is already seeing impressive results in Europe, the all-electric future is around the corner.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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Europe and EVs- A Blossoming Relationship

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered around 96,000 units to the key European EV market in 2020. But in Europe, Tesla’s cars were overtaken in popularity by Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Renault (OTC: RNLSY). Sales of electric vehicles by European car makers accelerated rapidly in 2020 amid severe fines for car markers whose fleets don’t meet new emissions targets and generous incentives for buyers to trade in their ICE vehicles.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen reported it delivered 212,000 electric cars across the globe in 2020, which is 158% more than in the year prior. 134,000 of those vehicles were battery-electric vehicles, which grew 197% compared with 2019. Volkswagen also said that its ID. 3 model was the top-selling car in Sweden in December by absolute numbers. All-electric Volkswagen models were on top the Netherlands and Germany, taking approximately 23% of each country’s BEVs market.

Mercedes Benz

On January 8th, Mercedes-Benz-owner Daimler (OTC: DDAIF) said that the brand sold more than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in 2020, representing growth of more than 228% from 2019. The share of EVs in Daimler’s sales mix rose drastically from 2% in 2019 to more than 7% in 2020. Also, Mercedes-Benz brand remained the world’s top-selling luxury carmaker for the fourth consecutive year.

Renault

Renault reported that it doubled its electric-vehicle sales in Europe. While group sales fell more than 21% in 2020, its EV sales grew 100% growth from 2019 to 115,888 vehicles. Moreover, total orders at the end of December 2020 were up by 14% compared to December 2019, which was attributed to new hybrid offerings. EVs were the only good news in an otherwise bleak 2020 for the French carmaker, which underperformed both global and European car markets. At the very least, Renault avoided fines as it met its 2020 EU emissions targets. On January 14th, its chief executive officer Luca de Meo will present a strategy update which is expected  to include reviving some older best-selling models as all-electric models.

BMW

BMW (OTC: BMWYY) which also owns Mini, said that its two brands combined sold 192,646 electric vehicles in 2020 marking an increase of nearly 32% from last year. BMW also met its 2020 EU emissions targets.

Takeaway

European governments have created generous incentives to speed up the adoption of EVs, making them much more affordable. Come 2025 when emission targets become more stricter and threat of fines for not respecting them even greater, Tesla will certainly be playing against fully-fit opponents and could even potentially struggle. An EV-only future looks closer than ever in Europe as the race is now on to challenge Tesla’s leadership.

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Lenovo Makes Its Star Market Debut

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The COVID-19 pandemic had completely changed the way people work and learn. Operating from home actually turned around declining PC sales. Smartphones have been picking more and more market share from PCs and if there was no pandemic, this would probably still be the case. But instead of decreasing demand, there was record growth in PC sales as video collaboration software was needed to fulfill the need caused by closed offices and schools. The demand generated months and months of production. According to Reuters, sales of desktops, laptops, and tablets are expected to reach the level of 300 million shipments, the first time after its peak in 2008. This made all the PC manufacturers like Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), and Lenovo Group Ltd. (OTC: LNVGY) very happy.

Lenovo CDR story

China’s Lenovo Group is listed at the Hong Kong stock exchange, with about 12.04 billion shares outstanding in total as of January 12th. The company decided to issue Chinese Depository receipts (CDRs) which will be up to 10% of the total number of shares to be listed on the Star Market of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The proceeds from the issuing of CDRs is planned to help the company’s research and development of new technologies, development of new products and solutions, and overall strategic investments in core segments. On Wednesday, the news caused to stock to drove the stock to its highest level since 2015.

The Star Market

The Star Market was launched in 2019 aiming for innovative technology companies that need more relaxed listing rules. In December, the Star Market counted 200 companies. A CDR or Chinese Depositary Receipt is a way for non-Chinese companies to list their shares in China. This is the equivalent to American depositary receipts (ADRs) which allow non-U.S. companies’ shares to trade on American exchange markets. Technically, CDRs and ADRs are not companies’ shares, but they represent an equity interest in a company. Besides Lenovo, an AI startup that specializes in facial recognition called Megvii Technology Ltd will also be among the first companies to benefit from this new structure.

Conclusion

Lenovo’s listing should be a breakthrough for Shanghai’s Science Technology and Innovation Board. Lenovo, a flagship of the Star Market, should attract much more followers and clear a path for many Chinese start-ups to raise capital in their home country. The company’s strong and growing global presence should continue to demonstrate the boom of China’s capital market and attract more investors to invest.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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