By Kristine Owram
October 30, 2019
This article was originally published in Bloomberg. Click here to view the original article.
Survey finds most still find cannabis industry appealing
California-based ManifestSeven plans to list in Canada
Pot stocks are in the doldrums but affluent investors are upbeat.
Despite a bear market that’s seen the average cannabis stock lose more than half its value since March, 79% of Canadians and 74% of Americans still find the industry appealing, according to a new survey of 660 retail investors with at least $250,000 in investable assets.
The survey was commissioned by California-based omnichannel cannabis platform ManifestSeven and conducted by FTI Consulting Inc. It found that 90% of Americans and 82% of Canadians who are currently invested in cannabis believe they’re “completely on track” to achieve their financial goals despite the recent slump in markets.
Interest in the industry was highest among millennials, at 92% in Canada and 85% in the U.S., and drops significantly among those age 55 and older, to 59% in Canada and 48% in the U.S.
ManifestSeven intends to list on the Canadian Securities Exchange in the near term, and Chief Executive Officer Sturges Karban shares the surveyed investors’ bullishness despite the recent market weakness.
“I often compare this from a cyclical development perspective to the internet revolution, so you have a 1.0 and a 2.0 cycle,” said Sturges Karban, chief executive officer of ManifestSeven, formerly known as MJIC Inc. “When I look at where the market is right now, this to me has all the indications of the beginning of a true sustainable hockey stick.”
Karban is raising capital in conjunction with the planned reverse-takeover listing. Despite the market downturn, he said “the appetite has not waned at all.” However, he’s in no immediate rush to list and plans to “spearfish” the right time in the market.
ManifestSeven’s post-listing annual revenue run rate could be as high as $65 million, according to a source familiar with the company.