Weekly Roundup on the Cannabis Sector & Psychedelic Sector

Weekly Roundup on the Cannabis Sector & Psychedelic Sector

Key Takeaways; Cannabis Sector

  • Tilray is shaking up the alcoholic beverage sector with acquisitions as they aim to diversify their portfolio.
  • Canopy Growth made more facility sales; the company continued to implement cost-cutting measures in order to stay afloat.
  • Organigram announced entry into the United Kingdom by securing a supply deal.

Key Takeaways; Psychedelic Sector

  • Awakn released corporate presentation: Unveiling breakthroughs in psychedelic therapeutics for addiction treatment.
  • Compass Pathways announced up to $285 million investment.

Below is a weekly roundup on the cannabis and psychedelic sectors. In this ever-evolving landscape, we explore the major developments and groundbreaking initiatives happening among companies operating in these industries; from advancements in medical research, therapeutic applications to shifts in legal frameworks and current market trends.

Top Marijuana Companies for Week

#1: Tilray

Tilray Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) made a strategic move that not only solidifies its position within the cannabis market but also extends its reach into the alcoholic beverage sector. The company recently made a significant move by acquiring the remaining 57.5% of shares in Truss Beverage Co., a THC-infused drink line, from Molson Coors Beverage Company (NYSE: TAP).

This acquisition came just a week after the company made a bold stride into the alcohol industry through the acquisition of several renowned beer brands from brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD).

Tilray’s decision to enter the beer markets comes at a time when the Canadian cannabis industry is experiencing regulatory shifts that are expected to facilitate the market entry for THC-infused beverages. The potential inclusion of on-tap THC options in restaurants and bars is projected to drive substantial growth in this category. With analyst projecting an untapped Canadian consumer base exceeding 10.6 million and a cannabis beverage retail market worth nearly $100 million.

These acquisitions have yielded positive results for Tilray’s stock, with the company experiencing a significant surged in its share price in the past 2 weeks. And as Tilray continues its expansion into diverse industries, including both cannabis and alcohol, investors are watching closely to gauge the company’s ability to navigate the changing landscape successfully. With its latest acquisition, Tilray aims to not only solidify its presence in the craft beer market but also explore potential synergies between its existing cannabis and alcohol portfolios.

#2: Canopy Growth

Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQ: CGC) recently sold its Hershey Drive facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario, as part of its strategy to simplify its operations and reduce costs. The company is moving towards an asset-light operating model and has sold a total of seven properties, including the Hershey Drive facility, for around C$155 million since April 2023.

The sale of the Hershey Drive property was made to Hershey Canada, Inc. for approximately C$53 million. The property had previously housed Canopy Growth’s headquarters and Tweed Inc. production facilities. The company aims to use the proceeds to primarily pay down the company’s debt.

Canopy Growth’s CEO, David Klein, expressed satisfaction with the facility’s sale, highlighting it as a milestone in their ongoing efforts to enhance their balance sheet and deliver sought-after products with greater efficiency; “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Hershey on this important sale. This is the latest milestone in our focused effort to reduce costs and further enhance our balance sheet,” said David Klein.

While Canopy Growth is making efforts to streamline its operations and cut costs, the company faces ongoing financial challenges. Despite reporting a reduced adjusted EBITDA loss of C$57.8 million for the first quarter of the fiscal year, there are concerns about the company’s long-term profitability. Additionally, the company disclosed in the financial report that they were holding over C$1 billion in debt, which raised further doubts about its ability to meet financial obligations and achieve a sustainable level of profitability.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, Canopy Growth’s financial path remains uncertain. The company’s ongoing attempts to navigate these challenges will be closely watched by both investors and industry observers, as they look for signs of stability and successful adaptation to changing market dynamics.

#3: Organigram

In a groundbreaking move, Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI), a leading Canadian licensed cannabis producer, forged a significant partnership with 4C Labs, which is a vertically integrated medical cannabis cultivator and digital healthcare provider situated in the United Kingdom. This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in the cannabis industry, as it underscores the increasing globalization of the medical cannabis market and the recognition of the potential therapeutic benefits the plant offers.

The essence of this deal revolves around Organigram’s commitment to providing dried medical cannabis flower to the UK market. According to a joint news release issued by both companies, Organigram anticipates supplying approximately 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds) of dried flower within the inaugural year of this agreement.

One of the most significant aspects of this partnership is Organigram’s commitment to granting 4C Labs exclusive rights to certain cannabis strains within the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. This exclusivity clause will remain in effect as long as the minimum purchase commitments, although not explicitly disclosed in the news release, are met. This move not only signifies Organigram’s confidence in its cultivation capabilities but also underscores the demand for high-quality medical cannabis products within the UK.

Top Psychedelic Companies for Week

#1: Awakn

In a groundbreaking move towards revolutionizing addiction treatment, Awakn Life Sciences Corp. (OTC: AWKNF), unveiled its latest corporate presentation. The presentation shed light on the company’s relentless efforts to harness the potential of psychedelic substances for therapeutic purposes. By leveraging these compounds, Awakn aims to address the persistent challenge of addiction, offering new hope to individuals battling various forms of substance dependence.

The central theme of Awakn’s corporate presentation revolved around the potential of psychedelics to transform addiction treatment. Psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin and MDMA, have shown promising results in clinical trials for various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Awakn’s innovative approach seeks to extend the application of these substances to tackle addiction, which has long eluded traditional treatment methods.

Furthermore, the corporate presentation provided a glimpse into the company’s ongoing research endeavors. These initiatives encompass a broad spectrum, ranging from understanding the neurobiology of addiction to refining therapeutic protocols involving psychedelics. The document highlighted the multidisciplinary collaboration that underpins Awakn’s research efforts, showcasing the integration of expertise from fields such as neuroscience, psychology, and pharmacology.

The company’s release of its corporate presentation marks a pivotal moment in the field of addiction treatment and psychedelic medicine. By sharing insights into its groundbreaking research and strategic vision, Awakn is fostering transparency, awareness, and collaboration in the pursuit of effective solutions for addiction. As the journey unfolds, the company’s progress has the potential to reshape conventional paradigms of addiction treatment and offer new hope to individuals seeking liberation from the clutches of substance dependence.

#2: COMPASS Pathways

In a significant development for the field of psychedelic medicine, biotech firm Compass Pathways plc (NASDAQ: CMPS) secured a noteworthy investment of $125 million, potentially growing to $285 million, through a strategic partnership with healthcare investors TCGX and Aisling Capital.

The essence of the private placement financing deal lies in Compass Pathways’ sale of over 16 million American Depositary Shares at an approximate price of $7.78 each, coupled with the issuance of warrants valued at $9.93 each, valid for a three-year period. Notably, the agreement included the possibility of an additional $160 million investment if all warrants are exercised, underscoring the enthusiasm and confidence of the investors in the company’s mission.

Morgan Stanley and TD Cowen are playing pivotal roles in facilitating this financial transaction, and they are set to receive a combined fee of approximately 6% of the gross proceeds from the investment.

Compass Pathways’ CEO, Kabir Nath, views this investment as not only a financial boost but also as a validation of their steadfast commitment to evidence-based research. Nath remarked, “We thank these investors for their confidence in our rigorous approach to building a strong base of evidence for the potential of COMP360 psilocybin treatment to help people.” According to the company, this investment will enable the company to further its core research efforts and enhance its commercial endeavors.