Earnings highlights: Hedge billionaire Leon Cooperman bets on cannabis

Share costs at cannabis companies Green Thumb Industries and Tilray are on the rise after strong second-quarter performances – and mainstream buyers are taking observe, with a minimum of one hedge fund billionaire throwing his help behind the business.

The two companies reported their first earnings as newly public corporations after the markets closed Tuesday.

Here’s a breakdown of the information and monetary highlights for every:

Green Thumb Industries

Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries’ (CNSX: GTII) first analyst earnings name revealed greater than its quarterly gross sales and earnings.

The quickly rising firm additionally confirmed that hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman, founding father of Omega Advisors and former companion at Goldman Sachs, is a backer of the corporate – one other sign that mainstream buyers are enjoying greater roles within the once-taboo marijuana business.

“I’ve known Ben Kovler (GTI’s founder and chair) since birth – he’s an impressive young man,” Cooperman informed Marijuana Business Daily. “I think he has great vision for this industry.”

Cooperman confirmed to MJBizDaily that his funding is just not a part of the almost $four billion managed by his Omega fund.

Green Thumb reported income of $13.6 million within the second quarter, an almost 300% improve year-over-year.

Quarter-over-quarter income was up 25% in contrast with the primary quarter’s $10.9 million.

Net revenue for the quarter was roughly $400,000, up considerably from a first-quarter lack of $1.6 million.

The multistate cannabis agency operates eight manufacturing amenities and has licenses for 59 retail places in eight states. It additionally owns the retail cannabis dispensary model RISE.

The firm went public in Canada in June by way of a reverse takeover. Shares within the agency have been up almost 15% early Wednesday – buying and selling at 14.91 Canadian dollars ($11.55).


Tilray (Nasdaq: TLRY) reported a 95% spike in second-quarter gross sales, fueled by worldwide progress and elevated affected person demand.

A licensed cannabis producer in Canada, Tilray is the second-largest publicly traded MJ firm and is managed by Seattle-based Privateer Holdings.

The firm’s buying and selling debut in July marked the primary time a plant-touching enterprise has gone public on a serious U.S. trade by way of an preliminary public providing (IPO).

Tilray posted $9.7 million in income through the second quarter, on a lack of 17 cents per share – in contrast with a year-ago lack of 1 cent per share.

Losses within the quarter climbed to $12.eight million, in contrast with a $2.four million loss throughout the identical interval final yr, largely a results of larger working bills tied to Tilray’s worldwide enlargement and prices related to the agency’s IPO, the corporate stated.

During the quarter, the agency exported merchandise to Argentina, South Africa and the United Kingdom – rising Tilray’s attain to 11 nations.

Shares in Tilray have been up greater than 18% in morning buying and selling Wednesday at $61.20. The share worth has spiked greater than 160% because the firm’s IPO in July.

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn may be reached at [email protected]


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