The 3 Worst-Performing Marijuana Stocks of 2019

This year might go down in history as the year that marijuana stocks started to diverge. After 2018, which saw small- and large-cap stocks move together as a class, different producers began to rise or fall on their own merits rather than on sentiment toward marijuana stocks as a whole. Now, almost halfway through 2019, we’re beginning to see which weed stocks are delivering consistent gains and which are beginning to flounder.

On the whole, 2019 has been an “OK” year for marijuana. Horizons Marijuana Life Science ETF, which tracks the entire sector, is up 32% year to date, after particularly strong gains early in the year. However, we’re definitely seeing some weed stocks that are performing well below the class average. The following are three of the worst performers.

Tilray 

Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) is by far the worst-performing large-cap weed stock of 2019, and the only stock on this list to be down year to date. Starting off the year at US$70, it was down to US$43 as of this writing — a 39% drop.

A pronounced Q4 miss is the most likely culprit for Tilray’s rapid decline: although revenue was up 200% year over year, the net loss of $31 million was double the company’s revenue. Another possible reason for Tilray’s slide is the fact that the company had reached an insane valuation last year and was due for a correction.

Aphria

Overall, Apria (TSX:APHA)(NYSE:APHA) has done well this year, up 20% year to date as of this writing. However, its stock peaked at $14.21 in February, and if you’d held since then, you’d be down about 30%.

Reasons for Aphria’s slide include a disappointing quarterly report that saw an earnings miss and a 34% reduction in recreational sales compared to the prior quarter. The decline in recreational cannabis was particularly alarming since it supports the claim that recreational cannabis sales would taper off after the novelty factor faded, although other marijuana producers have released earnings statements since then that showed growth.

CannTrust Holdings

Last but not least, we have CannTrust Holdings (TSX:TRST)(NYSE:CTST). Historically, CannTrust had been notable as one of the most profitable marijuana companies, having posted not only positive net income but also operating income. However, in Q4, CannTrust ended its profitable streak, posting a $25 million net loss and a negative cash flow of $7 million. By Q1 of 2019, these numbers had improved, but adjusted EBITDA remained negative.

In brighter news, the company slashed its cost per gram sold by about 50%, showing that it’s becoming more profitable in its direct sales operations; however, this improved efficiency wasn’t enough to make up for the introduction of excise taxes and other expenses.

CannTrust is currently working on a major expansion to its Perpetual Harvest Production facility — an investment that will enable the company to produce and sell more cannabis. This will undoubtedly have a positive impact on revenue, but in the short term, these expenses are hurting the profit picture.

You might be missing out on one of the biggest opportunities in Canadian investing history…

Marijuana was legalized across Canada on October 17th, and a little-known Canadian company just unlocked what some experts think could be the key to profiting off the coming marijuana boom.

Besides making key partnerships with Facebook and Amazon, they’ve just made a game-changing deal with the Ontario government.

One grassroots Canadian company has already begun introducing this technology to the market – which is why legendary Canadian investor Iain Butler thinks they have a leg up on Amazon in this once-in-a-generation tech race.

This is the company we think you should strongly consider having in your portfolio if you want to position yourself wisely for the coming marijuana boom.

Learn More About This TSX Stock Now

More reading

Fool contributor Andrew Button has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

Source: The Fool
The 3 Worst-Performing Marijuana Stocks of 2019
The Fool

The Motley Fool
Contributor for investorsnews.ca
The Motley Fool is dedicated to helping the world invest — better. Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, mutual funds, and premium investing services.

In all we do, we take a different approach.

We believe – and have proven over decades – that the individual investor can beat the market.

We believe that anyone can do it, even if they don’t have a lot of time or money to devote to investing.

We believe in a long-term outlook, helping people build wealth over time.

We believe that the person best positioned to take care of your financial future is you.

And we work tirelessly on behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members who are enjoying the opportunities that come with having enough money to do the things that matter to them.

While we are headquartered in Alexandria, Va., The Motley Fool advocates for the individual investor around the globe with offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Germany.

Related posts