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Deal-Making in the #Cannabis Industry Hits an All-Time High: What It Means for #Marijuana Stocks $TBP.ca $N.ca $MCOA $ATT.ca $ABCN.ca $ACG.ca $ACB

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:12 AM on Monday, November 27th, 2017

Could more deals mean more dollars for marijuana stock investors?

  • If it seems like there’s been a spurt of deals and potential deals going on in the cannabis industry lately, it’s because that’s exactly what’s happening.
Keith Speights
Nov 27, 2017 at 9:16AM

Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF) scored what was probably the most highly publicized deal with large beverage company Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) buying a 9.9% stake in the Canadian marijuana grower for $245 million. But Canopy has also forged other agreements with smaller companies both before and after the Constellation partnership.

More recently, Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) launched a takeover bid for CanniMed Therapeutics. Aurora had wanted CanniMed’s board of directors to agree to an acquisition proposal made last week. When the board failed to respond, Aurora moved forward with its unsolicited takeover attempt.

Major deal-making in the cannabis industry is hitting an all-time high. Here are three ways it impacts not just the parties involved but marijuana stocks in general.

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1. Acceptance of the cannabis industry

While it’s true that more people have accepted legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana than ever before, the cannabis industry hasn’t entirely been viewed as part of the mainstream economy in the past. I think Constellation Brands’ partnership with and investment in Canopy Growth changes that significantly.

Constellation Brands isn’t a small fish in the pond. The company is a member of the S&P 500 and has a market cap of $43 billion. Its decision to partner with Canopy Growth amounted to an endorsement of the cannabis industry — at least in Canada. However, Constellation’s move could also lead to greater acceptance of the cannabis industry in the U.S.

The company’s CEO, Rob Sands, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, that Constellation thinks that legalization of recreational marijuana in the U.S. is “highly likely, given what’s happened at the state level.” Although Constellation Brands is echoing the stance taken by Canopy Growth of only selling marijuana in markets where it’s legal at a federal level, the prospects of future legalization throughout the U.S. can only be helped by a major company like Constellation making a big investment in a marijuana grower.

2. Acceleration of more deal-making

There have been plenty of deals that haven’t received quite as much attention as Constellation’s investment in Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis’ takeover attempt of CanniMed. For example, Canopy Growth recently acquired small Canadian medical marijuana grower TerrAscend. Earlier this month, Aurora increased its stake in Hempco Food and Fiber to more than 50%.

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There’s something of a “me, too” factor when mergers and acquisitions activity picks up. Companies that haven’t been making big deals can be spurred to action in fear of missing out.

Canopy Growth is currently the biggest marijuana grower in Canada. I have no doubt that its size made a difference in Constellation Brands choosing Canopy Growth as a partner. But Aurora Cannabis could become the largest marijuana grower (at least in terms of market cap) if its attempt to buy CanniMed is successful.

Just imagine what’s going through the minds of the executives running other major marijuana growers in Canada. If you’re the CEO of MedReleaf (NASDAQOTH:MEDFF) or Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF), you have to at least be thinking about making some deals of your own.

In fact, MedReleaf recently announced a stock offering that will generate $100.5 million. What will this money be used for? The company intends “to finance the acquisition and/or construction of additional cannabis production and manufacturing facilities in Canada as well as in other jurisdictions with federal legal cannabis markets.” In other words, expect an acceleration of deal-making in the cannabis industry.

3. Attraction of more investors

My view is that deal-making in any industry attracts more investors to stocks in that industry. I see it happen frequently in the bopharmaceutical world, where the possibility of mergers and buyouts tends to bring some individual investors off the sidelines. I suspect that’s what is happening already and will only pick up in the months ahead.

There are several factors that could contribute to this. Size matters for many investors who are leery of putting their money into companies that are small. Deals also make headlines, and therefore bring the involved stocks to the attention of more investors.

Another key reason why I suspect the recent deals for marijuana stocks could attract more investors is the bandwagon effect. That’s especially applicable with Constellation Brands’ investment in Canopy Growth. Some individual investors are likely to think, “If a big company like Constellation thinks it’s a good investment, it probably is a good investment.” I’m not saying that line of thinking is necessarily correct, but I’d bet plenty of people have similar thoughts.

Adding it all up

So what does all of this mean for marijuana stocks in general? It should be good news.

Smaller companies could find themselves takeover targets of somewhat larger companies, just like the situation with CanniMed and Aurora Cannabis. Relatively larger companies like Aurora, Aphria, and MedReleaf could attract the attention of other alcoholic beverage makers not wanting to be left behind by Constellation Brands in a potential cannabis-infused beer market.

I think these and other Canadian marijuana stocks should go higher in the coming months. This won’t be driven entirely by mergers and acquisitions, though. Legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada in 2018 will be the biggest catalyst.

At the same time, investors shouldn’t throw out all the traditional rules of investing in stocks. Look at the underlying businesses, growth prospects, and valuations before investing in any stock. After all, the most important deal is the one that requires you to put your own hard-earned money at stake.

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Namaste Announces Signing of MOU With Canopy Growth Corporation $N.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:37 AM on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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  • MOU with Canopy Growth Corporation  (TSX:WEED), a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms
  • MOU represents the execution of Namaste’s strategic objective to actively migrate medical cannabis consumers to a licensed producer
  • Purpose of the MOU is to define the intention of Namaste and Canopy to expand their respective market positions by seeking to form multi-point working arrangements and exploring the development of new delivery devices for the consumption of cannabis

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 21, 2017) – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (CSE:N)(CSE:N.CN)(FRANKFURT:M5BQ) is pleased to announce that it has entered a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy”) (TSX:WEED), a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms. This MOU represents the execution of Namaste’s strategic objective to actively migrate medical cannabis consumers to a licensed producer. Namaste’s database consists of approximately 300,000 customers that generate upwards of 600,000 site visits monthly. Approximately 28,000 of these monthly site visits are generated from customers residing in Canada.

The purpose of the MOU is to define the intention of Namaste and Canopy to expand their respective market positions by seeking to form multi-point working arrangements and exploring the development of new delivery devices for the consumption of cannabis. Pursuant to the terms of the MOU, Namaste and Canopy will work together to educate Namaste’s Canada-based clients on the legal, regulated framework for medical cannabis. Namaste will also support Canopy on the development of Canopy branded vaporizers and accessories.

The commercial aspects of this partnership will be further expanded through a multi-function working group of Namaste and Canopy.

Management Commentary

Sean Dollinger, President and CEO of Namaste, comments: “Our company has successfully built one of the largest and most global client relationship databases in the cannabis industry and we view broadening our strategic alliances to the benefit of our customers and shareholders. Consistent with our strategy to partner with leading companies that hold themselves to the highest standards, Canopy represents the ideal partner for us to roll-out this strategy alongside. Going forward, we see multiple opportunities to expand this strategy globally.”

About Canopy Growth Corporation

Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Canopy Growth operates multiple state-of the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity. Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names in Canada and abroad.

About Namaste Technologies Inc.

Namaste Technologies Inc. is an emerging leader in vaporizer and accessories space. Namaste has 26 e-commerce retail stores in 20 countries, offers the largest range of brand name vaporizers products on the market and is actively manufacturing and launching multiple unique proprietary products for retail and wholesale distribution. The Company is currently focused on expanding its product offering, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, and entering new markets globally.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Sean Dollinger, Chief Executive Officer

Further information on the company and its products can be accessed through the link below:

www.namastetechnologies.com

www.namastevaporizers.com

www.namastevaporizers.co.uk

www.vaporseller.com

www.everyonedoesit.com

www.everyonedoesit.co.uk

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

This press release contains forward-looking information based on current expectations. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Although such statements are based on management’s reasonable assumptions, Namaste assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances unless required by law.

Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to several factors and risks including various risk factors discussed in the Company’s disclosure documents which can be found under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The CSE has neither reviewed nor approved the contents of this press release.

Namaste Technologies Inc.
Sean Dollinger
Chief Executive Officer
+ 1 (786) 389-9771
info@namastevapes.com
www.namastetechnologies.com