Do International Cannabis Companies Deserve More Attention?
March 2nd, 2021
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Since the legal cannabis industry burst onto investors’ radar in 2014 the U.S. market and the Canadian markets have been the primary focus. The potential of the U.S. market in terms of sheer size, and the Canadian national recreational program and export opportunities have captured investor attention.
Interestingly, there are some U.S. and Canadian companies that are focused on opportunities they see in the emerging markets outside of North America. For example, the European Union medical cannabis market could be worth $64 billion by 2028. Yet, in many cases, these companies are undervalued as overseas operations are largely ignored by investors.
Let’s take a look at three international cannabis opportunities that investors may want to consider as they diversify their portfolios.
#1. Aphria is a Dominant Force in Germany
Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA) (NASDAQ: APHA) recently merged with Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) to consolidate operations and compete effectively against larger Canadian companies. The new company expects to compete in the European market and has focused operations on the German market.
#2. Isracann Builds Its Footprint in Israel
Isracann Biosciences Inc. (CSE: IPOT) is an Israel-based company that aims to become a low-cost producer of high-quality cannabis via its Hefer Valley-based Ein Hahoresh Farm. The company expects to serve the domestic Israeli market, and export cannabis once permitted by Israeli law.
#3. Kaya Holdings Takes Successful Model Global
Kaya Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: KAYS) a veteran of the U.S. cannabis business, having launched Oregon operations in 2014, has decided to focus its growth on overseas markets as it waits for the U.S. market to become less fragmented, more competitive, and with less regulatory barriers.
Taking their seven years of operational experience, their compelling brands, and their cultivation SOPs, management embarked on a mission to identify and secure viable and practical joint ventures overseas.
To this end, the company acquired a 50% stake in Greece-based Greekkannabis PC (GKC) in January 2021. After receiving its Cannabis Installation License last year, GKC aims to build a 470,000 sq. ft. medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility on 15 acres of land in Thebes, Greece that will have an estimated production capacity of 225,000 pounds of cannabis per year.
In addition to its project in Greece, KAYS has been developing Kaya Shalva, a project that aims to develop a 25-acre plot in Yerucham, Israel to cultivate medical cannabis.
With these two projects, KAYS has the potential to become a key player in the global cannabis sector, able to return to the U.S. market with strength once the U.S. opportunity is ripe. Until then KAYS’ management has expressed plans to keep scouting and vetting international opportunities with an aim to continue to expand its global footprint.
Diversifying Your Portfolio
Despite the promise of the international market, KAYS and other companies have not been granted the value consideration that often gets awarded to companies with such potential.
Cannabis investors may want to consider diversifying their portfolio to include companies engaging the international cannabis markets. Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ: APHA), Isracann Biosciences Inc. (CSE: IPOT), and Kaya Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: KAYS) offer opportunities to do so, although it’s worth noting that KAYS’ strategy of multiple target markets provides the greater diversification opportunity.
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