Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
Why would anyone want to be a shareholder in Canopy Growth Corporation?
Canada’s licensed commercial cannabis producers are losing bucketloads of cash, and Canopy Growth is no exception.
Last year, they burned through 70 million dollars!
Of course, their gross profit was $74 million. But cash flow is the important financial statement here.
Canopy could produce the best cannabis in the world, but if your total cash flow from operations is negative year after year… how are you going to keep the grow lights on?
The grassroots cannabis industry in British Columbia never deals with these problems. Here, the basic axiom of every business still stands: one’s costs must not exceed one’s revenue.
Of course, in a complex business in a complex economy, the dynamics of accounting allows us to calculate more minutely. A company can take losses because they have a plan to make money for shareholders and recoup all the losses… eventually.
But this is different.
Free cash flow filters out all the accounting gimmicks enforced by industry and government bodies. Free cash flow takes into consideration the important factors.
Canopy’s cash flow from operating activities and investing activities are negative. A measure of how much a company earns or consumes, the only thing Canopy is burning is cash.
Their positive cash balance in “financing activities” can come from selling shares. However, given the context, it is suspicious without further research.
It may indicate Canopy’s need for a large loan that supports ongoing negative cash flows from operating activities.
The problem ultimately rests with shareholders. People investing in this company are allowing Weed to reach all new highs.
Seems like the more Canopy loses, the more valuable they become in the eyes of the stock market gamblers.
In 2016, you could buy Canopy stock for $2-3 a share. Now, only three years later, it’s $55-65 per share. A 2000% increase.
Canopy is supposed to make money for its shareholders. But these people seem content gambling in the stock market casino.
Yet, in 2016, Canopy burned through $3.5 million. In 2018, they burned through $70 million.