3 Marijuana Stocks to Avoid in June

The prospects for the cannabis industry have never looked better in the United States. With 17 states, two territories, and Washington, D.C., have already legalized recreational cannabis and 36 states and two territories allowing medical marijuana, this year could certainly be revolutionary for the industry. And now, with the reintroduction of the…

MORE Act by Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, which proposes decriminalization of cannabis on a Federal level, the tension between the state and federal level regarding the legalization of cannabis is expected to end soon.

Click here to check out our Cannabis Industry Report for 2021

However, even though the democratically-controlled House is likely to pass the bill, the Senate is expected to be an obstacle. Republicans have previously stepped back in voting in favor of any marijuana reform measures. This disagreement in the chamber could cause a hindrance in the federal legalization process.

Amid this uncertainty, it is wise to stay away from cannabis operators that are not in a good position financially. Now with new players entering the space, the business climate for marijuana players could become even more competitive. As such, overvalued marijuana companies Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CURLF – Get Rating), Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR – Get Rating), and TerrAscend Corp. (TRSSF – Get Rating) with bleak financials should be avoided now.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CURLF – Get Rating)

CURLF is a leading provider of integrated medical and wellness cannabis in the United States. The company’s Cannabis Operations segment engages in the production and sale of cannabis through retail and wholesale channels, while the Non-Cannabis Operations segment provides cultivation, processing, and real estate leasing services. As of March 9, 2021, the company operated 101 dispensaries, 23 cultivation sites, and 30 processing sites.

This month, CURLF acquired Los Sueños Farms and its related entities, the largest outdoor grow in Colorado. The proposed transaction includes three Pueblo, Colorado outdoor cannabis grows facilities covering 66 acres of cultivation capacity, a 1,800-plant indoor grow, and two retail cannabis dispensary locations serving adult-use customers. Even though this should significantly expand CURLF’s presence in the Colorado market in the long term, it will lead to a reduction in its cash balance for the time being.

CURLF’s forward non-GAAP P/E currently stands at 105.27x, 345.9% higher than the industry average of 23.61x. The company’s forward EV/EBITDA of 28.61x is 75% higher than the industry average of 16.35x.

CURLF’s operating expenses grew by 69.9% year-over-year to $170.11 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2021, while its total other expenses increased 180.7% year-over-year to $20.21 million. The company reported a net loss of $17.21 million, representing a 14% increase year-over-year. Its loss per share came in at $0.03 over this period. The stock has declined 11.1% over the past three months.

CURLF’s POWR Ratings are consistent with this bleak outlook. The stock has an overall rating of D, which translates to Sell in our proprietary ratings system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 different factors, each with its weighting.

The stock is also rated a D in Growth, Value, and Momentum. Within the F-rated Medical – Pharmaceuticals industry, it is ranked #201 of 230 stocks.

To see the additional POWR Ratings for Stability, Sentiment, and Quality for CURLF, Click here.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR – Get Rating)

IIPR is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, and management of specialized industrial properties that are leased to state-licensed and experienced operators for their regulated medical-use cannabis facilities. As of May 27, 2021, the company owned 72 properties that were fully leased.

This month, IIPR acquired the property for $3.1 million (excluding transaction costs) in North Adams, Massachusetts, comprising approximately 70,000 square feet of industrial space. This led to a huge amount of cash outflow for the company, thereby reducing its cash balance.

Also, this month, concurrent with the closing of the purchase, the company entered into a long-term lease with Temescal Wellness of Massachusetts, LLC (Temescal) for cannabis cultivation and processing for which IIPR has agreed to provide reimbursement of up to $15.0 million. Although this should…

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