Canopy Growth jumps
Canopy Growth (WEED) (CGC) announced that it will acquire Acreage Holdings for a total value of $3.4 billion, which led the company’s stock price to jump on April 18. Canopy Growth was trading higher by 7%, while Acreage Holdings (ACRGF) was up 12.1% at the market open. The Horizons Marijuana Life Science ETF (HMMJ) was also trading higher by 2.4% early this morning.
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Acreage Holdings has an established presence in the US and generated revenues of $21 million in 2018, which grew by 172% from $7.7 million in 2017. The company’s reach in the US will further accelerate Canopy Growth’s footing in that market.
Canopy Growth, with an infusion of capital of $4 billion from Constellation Brands, offers Acreage Holdings the deep pockets it needs to expand. In the press announcement, Acreage Holdings’ CEO and president, Kevin Murphy, stated that cash constraints limit the ability of a multi-state operator. However, the deal with Canopy Growth will provide the liquidity it needs to achieve its full scale.
The overall consensus ratings from the 16 analysts covering the stock this month was a “buy” as of April 18, while the current consensus price target on the stock stood at 73 Canadian dollars. In contrast, Cronos Group (CRON) and Tilray (TLRY) both have a “hold” ratings from analysts.