The performance of the marijuana industry as a whole — as measured by the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF — was trending well below that of the S&P 500 for most of the past 12 months. But the U.S. presidential elections, during which voters in several states opted to make recreational and medical uses of cannabis legal, provided a nice boost to the sector.
Since Nov. 3, 2020, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF has skyrocketed nearly 149%, and it is up by about 80% in the past twelve months, compared to nearly 17% gains for the S&P 500 in the same period. Two pot stocks that have performed consistently well over the past 12 months are Trulieve Cannabis (OTC:TCNNF) and Planet 13 (OTC:PLNH.F), as the graph below shows.
There are good reasons to think both of these companies can continue outperforming the market not just throughout 2021 but also in the long run. Read on to find out why both cannabis stocks are worth serious consideration.
Putting down roots in the Sunshine State
Trulieve Cannabis has focused most of its attention on Florida’s cannabis market, and there are advantages to this approach. Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, meaning it isn’t legal to transport or ship the substance across state lines. Many pot growers have tried to establish a strong presence in multiple states by owning their entire supply chains in each state, but doing so can spread a company’s resources thin.
Of course, there are also advantages to doing business in many different locales, but Trulieve Cannabis’s focus on Florida has worked wonders so far. The company currently owns 75 dispensaries, 70 of which are in the Sunshine State. It holds an impressive 52% market share in the medical cannabis market in the state, and its financial results continue to impress.
During its third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, 2020, Trulieve Cannabis reported revenue of $136.3 million, a 93% year-over-year increase. The company also posted a net income — a rarity in the marijuana industry — of $4.7 million, although it decreased significantly from the $60.2 million in net income recorded during the prior-year quarter.
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