GrowGeneration Corp Up 342% in 2020 But Still Undervalued
GrowGeneration Corp (NASDAQ:GRWG) is a marijuana stock that has everything going for it. It has a strong balance sheet, it has reported record revenue and net income for 10 consecutive quarters, and it continues to announce new acquisitions and expand into new markets.
Perhaps it’s no surprise then to see that, even during a pandemic, GRWG stock continues to thrive, advancing 348% year-over-year, up 342% since the start of 2020, and soaring 590% since hitting March lows.
These winning ways are expected to continue in the last quarter of 2020 and the coming years. Already the biggest provider of hydroponics in the U.S, GrowGeneration Corp could get much larger over the next couple of years. A few things would need to fall into place though.
Should there be a Blue Wave this November, it opens up the door to decriminalization of marijuana—especially with Senator Kamala Harris, who wants to end the federal prohibition of cannabis, as vice president.
Senator Harris advocated the removal of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and was the lead Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019.
A big “if” indeed, but not that big.
The legalization of recreational cannabis in the U.S. at the federal level is an eventuality. And GrowGeneration Corp could certainly be one of the biggest winners when it happens.
Until then, GrowGeneration stock is already one of the best pot stocks out there.
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GRWG Stock Overview
GrowGeneration Corp is the biggest hydroponic equipment supplier in the U.S., with 29 locations in 11 states, including California, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Washington, and, most recently, Arizona. The company is also actively targeting Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. (Source: “Investor Presentation, October 2020,” GrowGeneration Corp, last accessed October 13, 2020.)
In addition to a growing list of traditional bricks-and-mortar locations, GrowGeneration also operates the online superstore HeavyGardens.com.
The Denver-based company sells its more than 10,000 hydroponics products to individual home growers and large multistate operators. GrowGeneration also sells its own private-label products, sold under the “Sunleaves” brand.
GrowGeneration Corp is expected to expand its private-label products and sell them through other retailers.
There are many people with deep pockets who believe GrowGeneration has what it takes to be a pot industry juggernaut. The company is backed by private equity from the founders of Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ:CRON), Gotham Green Partners, Navy Capital, and Merida Capital Partners.
GrowGeneration Corp Enters Arizona Market With Strategic Acquisition
On October 12, GrowGeneration announced that it had entered the Arizona market with the acquisition of Hydroponics Depot, the largest indoor and outdoor garden center in Phoenix.
With this acquisition, GrowGeneration’s portfolio of hydroponic garden centers now includes 29 stores across 11 states. (Source: “GrowGeneration Acquires Phoenix-Based Hydroponics Depot,” GrowGeneration Corp, October 12, 2020.)
GrowGeneration enters the Arizona market at a time when voters are considering Proposition 207.
This law would allow for limited marijuana possession, use, and cultivation for adults 21 years of age or older. It would also amend criminal penalties for marijuana possession, impose a 16% excise tax on cannabis sales to fund public programs, and allow the expungement of marijuana offenses.
Arizona is one of the largest medical cannabis markets in the U.S., with projected 2020 sales of $700.0 million to $900.0 million. If Proposition 207 is approved, recreational and medical cannabis sales are expected to flourish, going from an estimated $770.0 million to $2.0 billion.
From January to May 2020, retail sales of medical marijuana products in the state rose nearly 20%.
GrowGeneration’s Financial Results
On August 13, GrowGeneration Corp announced that revenue for the second quarter ended June 30 grew 123% year-over-year to $43.5 million.
The company’s same-store sales were up 49% at $25.1 million, while its store operating costs as a percentage of sales were 9.2%, compared to 14% in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 34%. (Source: “GrowGeneration Reports Record Financial Results Q2 2020,” GrowGeneration Corp, August 13, 2020.)
Its second-quarter net income was a record $2.6 million, or $0.07 per share, a 136% increase over net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per share, in the same prior-year period.
The company’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), meanwhile, climbed 166% year-over-year to $4.6 million from $1.7 million.
During Q2, GrowGeneration Corp:
- Added 167 new commercial customers, now serving over 700 commercial accounts
- Generated over $100,000 per month in sales through its “Sunleaves” private-label nutrient and additives product line
- Saw an increase in weekly walk-in transactions, up 50% quarter-over-quarter at 10,000
- Acquired H2O Hydroponics LLC and consolidated it with the company’s West Lansing operations into a new 15,000-square-foot super hydroponic garden center (with the combined business expected to generate over $8.0 million in annual revenue in 2020)
Also during the second quarter, on June 29, GrowGeneration stock was added to the Russell 3000 Index. The company says this move will increase long-term shareholder value by improving awareness, liquidity, and appeal to institutional investors.
Other Recent Events
Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, GrowGeneration Corp saw the following developments:
- On August 10, the company surpassed $100.0 million in year-to-date revenues
- It purchased the assets of Emerald City Garden, located in Concord, CA
- On August 12, 2020, GrowGeneration Corp entered a partnership with Whole Cities Foundation, committing to donate free products to develop urban farms across the U.S.
GrowGeneration Corp’s Guidance
GrowGeneration raised its guidance for fiscal 2020 and provided guidance for 2021.
For fiscal 2020, the company expects to report:
- Total revenue in the range of $170.0 million to $175.0 million, for year-over-year growth of between 112% and 118%
- An increase in adjusted EBITDA guidance, up to $17.0 million to $18.0 million; this translates into year-over-year growth of approximately 165%
For fiscal 2021, GrowGeneration Corp expects to report:
- Total sales of $245.0 million to $260.0 million
- Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $26.0 million to $28.0 million
GrowGeneration Corp continues to be one of the best cannabis plays in the U.S. Even during the pandemic, it was able to report record revenue and profitability.
Thanks to new acquisitions and products and a growing customer base, it should continue to report record results in the fourth quarter and full year 2021.
GRWG stock also has tremendous long-term growth potential, especially once recreational marijuana is legalized at the U.S. federal level. And that could be much sooner than expected.