Tilray spikes more than 8% ahead of its second-quarter earnings
- Tilray, the Canadian cannabis company, reports second-quarter earnings Tuesday.
- Shares rose ahead of the earnings release.
- Tilray's stock has tumbled nearly 80% from the all-time highs it reached in September 2018.
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Shares of Tilray surged more than 8% Tuesday before the company reported its second-quarter earnings, which were slated to be released after the close of trading.
Here's what analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expect the Canadian cannabis company to report:
- Adjusted loss per share: $0.26 expected
- Revenue: $40.34 million expected
In March, shares rose after the company reported first-quarter earnings that exceeded sales expectations but missed on the bottom line.
Analysts are wary of the company partly because it has broadened its focus from Canada to international markets - a move that industry watchers have called risky.
"Tilray is NOT a story of growth in Canada or with production that really matters overall," wrote Tim Seymour, portfolio manager of the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF. "They are lagging the big LPs in Canada" including Canopy Growth, Aphria, Aurora and Organigram.
Other analysts agree. The Canadian adult-use market provides some opportunity for Tilray, wrote W. Andrew Carter of Stifel in a note Tuesday. However, the company "faces a later start to the Canadian second wave and still faces a lack of regulatory clarity from the FDA around CBD," Carter added.
This could keep the company from launching its US CBD products during 2019, Carter wrote.In February, Tilray purchased Manitoba Harvest, the world's largest hemp-food company, for $318 million. Hemp is largely used because it contains cannabidiol or CBD, which is estimated to become a $16 billion market in the US by 2025. The company purchased Manitoba Harvest to develop hemp-derived CBD food and wellness products to be released in the US and Canada.
Wall Street is largely neutral on the company - 11 analysts have a hold rating on the stock, two say sell, and five say to buy. The average 12-month price target is $70.00.
Shares of Tilray are down roughly 35% year-to-date.