iAnthus Says Its Undervalued

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. (ITHUF) held an investor meeting in New York City Thursday evening in which the company stressed that it was undervalued. Certainly, in light of the recent valuation placed on MedMen by Captor Capital, it would look undervalued.

MedMen’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Bierman had said that his company received an investment of $30 million for 3% which would give the company a valuation of $1 billion. MedMen only owns 12 dispensaries at this time, while other companies with more dispensaries haven’t seemed to capture that same price. Of course, valuation is what a market will bear and doesn’t necessarily correlate to book value.

iAnthus meanwhile staged an impressive presentation. The company noted that it has eight cultivation facilities, five processing facilities and 41 dispensaries (assuming buildout of all 25 GrowHealthy dispensaries.) In addition to that, iAnthus is operating in six states, skipping California and focusing instead on the east coast.

In Colorado, the company owns its key assets 100% and is a market share leader in a popular ski town. It is also in the top five operators for the state. It has 25% ownership in a New Mexico investment and is one of the market share leaders in this state as well. In Vermont, the company has 100% ownership of Grass Roots Vermont.

Hadley Ford, Chief Executive Officer of iAnthus also stated that it has 100% ownership of its Massachusetts property and will be one of only three dispensaries in Boston. He told the crowd about how he used to live in Boston and explained how the student population swells every year. With recreational sales expected to begin in July, Ford said that he believes the Mayflower dispensary will be a big hit with students who may be stressed over college life.

iAnthus also has 100% ownership of the Florida investment where it could expand the GrowHealthy dispensary to 25 locations. “Florida will be the second best market after California,” said Ford. He added, “Dispensaries there can do $1.5 to $ 2 million a year.” Florida has 21 million residents with a limited number of licensees. The market is estimated to reach $1 billion by 2020.

The recent purchase of Citiva in New York is looking towards the future as the state is currently very restrictive for medical marijuana only. The state has only issued 10 licenses and Citva held one. iAnthus will now have one of only two dispensaries located in Brooklyn NY. The company will also have the only dispensary in Staten Island. The cultivation site is  8.5 acres in Orange County NY with the option for an additional 6.2 acres.

iAnthus has a market capitalization of $121.4 million and was lately trading at $3.26, down from its 52-week high of $5.08.


Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

One comment

  • Marcos

    February 17, 2018 at 5:26 am

    iAnthus has done good moves, but the main problem in the US is the uncertainty produces by the federal law, therefore stock prices will remain volatile an low. Shareholders prefer to invest in Canada, which provides the framework for cannabis business.


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