After its recent financial statement release, Canopy Growth CGC stock has moved higher and I wanted to put together the Canopy Growth CGC stock forecast to answer the question: Is Canopy Growth CGC stock a good investment? Canopy Growth financial numbers saw some increases. But, Canopy Growth remains eons away from profitability. Still, despite that, it begs to question if this could also be an opportunity to invest in this cannabis company. These are ideas I have looked at throughout the CGC Stock Forum & Discussion.
Canopy Growth CGC stock was one of the largest cannabis companies by market capitalization. They received a $4B cash investment back in 2018 from Constellation Brands. This is where a lot of the hype for the company was driven. With $4B in cash, a company should grow into something amazing, right? One would have rationalized that until the cows came home. As it turned out, Canopy Growth built up a massive company complete with all of the corporate niceties necessary, as well as grow facilities, and even created an investment arm to invest in other cannabis companies. But, one thing that Canopy Growth has not been able to produce consistently upwardly increasing revenues and the requisite gross margins for profitability.
But, I still wonder: Could this be the turning point of a long journey upwards?
Here is my rationale: Canopy Growth has largely been through the wringer with how horribly it has performed. Given that, they have learned considerable about what would succeed. Plus, Canopy Growth still has plenty of cash. If they continually downsized corporate costs while were able to drive up revenues, maybe there is value here?
Looking at the numbers shows why at this point, CGC stock would be a ‘last consideration’ as an investment into a company for me.
Canopy Growth Latest Financial Release
Here is a breakdown of Canopy Growth financial data.
Canopy Growth Gross Profits
There was a narrowing in margin losses and this is where some of the euphoria came from that brought in some heavy buying of CGC last week. There has been a pause in the buying for now, but recent geo-political moves may make it so there is another round of market rallies.
In the meantime, the narrowing of margin losses shows there is a pathway forward. But, these incremental increases are falling short and leaving Canopy Growth behind. However, as they increase revenues, they will become more competitive.
Canopy Growth will get there, no doubt about that. But, it is long from where they should be. Still, cash, assets, & equity are solid and they will get there.
Canopy Growth Operating Profits
Operational costs are huge on a relative basis to revenues. Canopy became a super-company first then tried to figure out how to sell cannabis. They still haven’t gotten that down correctly. But, as revenues increase, this metric will improve. Any cannabis company that is ultra-competitive are hitting 30% – 35% efficiencies, meaning, Total Operating Costs divided over Total Revenue are only about 30% for the best performing, and there are several that come in well below that number.
Given that, Canopy Growth has a ways to go before they get there. But, if they continually drive down cost – they performed in this general direction this quarter – they can continue to inch towards profitability.
Canopy Growth EBTIDA & Net Profits
Profitability is still a milestone many miles away. But, I fully believe that Canopy Growth will get there eventually. They have sufficient cash & equity to achieve that. But, the fact that they created such a massive company up front means achieve the goal of profitability is that much further ahead.
But, that day will come. In the meantime, I believe that Canopy Growth CGC stock will move much higher with any stock surge that may result in CGC stock heading higher, I think that once the dust settles on that move short sellers are likely to get in and sell CGC stock all over again. That will likely pull down all other cannabis stocks, once again.
But, eventually, even that play will be short as Canopy Growth gets to profitability and cannabis companies start performing more independently.
That is a ways off, however.
Canopy Growth Cash On Hand
Canopy Growth has about $1.3B. This, after initially sitting on $4B. They have turned some of that cash into a solid amount of assets. Still, the cash burn at this point is excessive.
Canopy is one of the top positioned cannabis companies from the standpoint of cash:debt ratio. They have not had to take on too much debt at this point because of their cash position.
Expect other uses for their cash in the future as they move to increase their foundation.
Canopy Growth Total Equity
Canopy Growth has ample total equity considering the amount of assets & cash that they have, and the limited debt on a percentage basis. Canopy will always have access to capital and there should not be any issues there.
At the same time, I also see the potential that Canopy Growth starts to acquire its own future revenue growth by acquiring additional companies. I fully expect that prior to becoming profitable, Canopy Growth will begin to invest in its future and become a world-class company that has avenues throughout the world.
There is still a great deal of M&A activity that we can expect moving forward. I think Canopy Growth will get there as they turn their corner and get closer to EBTIDA profitability.
Canopy Growth CGC Stock Forecast
Canopy Growth DCF
I have to be honest with you… I put together a DCF on Canopy Growth and it was negative. It was negative about -$4.00. They are a cash burn. They have no clear path to profitability. But, at the same time, they have assets that are very likely to appreciate in valve as cannabis stocks head higher because of cannabis federal legalization.
Is Canopy Growth CGC Stock A Good Investment?
For right now, Canopy Growth is a stock to avoid simply because it is so far away from profitability. But, there will be a time when that changes. Canopy is learning how to basically become the very best they can under very harsh circumstances. They will use what they learn to get better and better at what they do. This will mean that as revenues increase, Canopy will be better at optimizing its profits. This will eventually lead to strong profitability.
For now, I believe we will see a big move upwards with cannabis stocks. My fear is that afterward, CGC stock starts to sell off again, and this drags other cannabis stocks lower. I am hopeful that there is a slow and gradual increase in the news that brings a cannabis stock surge and during that time, Canopy Growth gets closer and closer to EBITDA profitability. Then, when Canopy Growth turns that corner, cannabis stocks may see continued increases based upon their own merits and not be dragged down by the likes of Canopy Growth.