CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — May 31, 2019

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Published May 31, 2019

The CCSI came in at C$6.96 per gram this week, from last week’s C$7.33 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$2,341 per pound at current exchange rates.

 

Health Canada released the latest Canadian sales data on May 24th through the Cannabis Tracking System program. Non-medical sales continue to grow across Canada with average daily sales reaching 191 kg/day, while medical sales slid further to 54 kg/day. Although these are preliminary estimates, the revisions in sales have been minimal for the past few months. In the recent report, February non-medical sales figures were lowered by 2.3%.

 

Our expectation is that non-medical sales will pick up significantly in next month’s report with the release of April data, as a result of the opening of Ontario retail stores on April 1st. Ten retail stores were opened on day one, with another 15 added by the end of the month, providing Ontario cannabis consumers with greater access to the legal, regulated market.

From the data we see that non-medical sales are on the rise versus medical sales. As of March, sales to non-medical consumers were 350% of medical sales.

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CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — May 24, 2019

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Published May 24, 2019

The CCSI moved higher to C$7.33 per gram this week, from last week’s C$6.96 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$2,346 per pound at current exchange rates.

 

This week we take a closer look at the cannabis excise duty rates charged by each province.

 

The Government of Canada’s Department of Finance lays out the Federal and Provincial excise duty rates payable by licensed cannabis producers. These duties are paid when the cannabis products they produce and package are delivered to a provincially-authorized distributor/retailer or final consumer.

 

The Cannabis Benchmarks’ CCSI monitors wholesale transactions between the provincial regulatory bodies and market distribution centers, such as the online provincial stores and private or public brick and mortar stores; hence the CCSI is inclusive of the average Canadian cannabis excise duties.

 

Based on Cannabis Benchmarks’ calculation for this week’s price assessment of C$7.33, the duties vary widely from on province to the next. Manitoba has the lowest cannabis excise duties at C$0.25 per gram, while Alberta’s inclusion of a sales tax adjustment takes the duties to a whopping C$1.75 per gram.

Source: Govt of Canada Department of Finance, Cannabis Benchmarks

This week, the average Canadian excise duty (population weighted average) is calculated to be C$1.14 per gram. Therefore, without the duty, this week’s average LP selling price is C$6.19 per gram, or US$2,086 per pound at current exchange rates.

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CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — May 17, 2019

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Published May 17, 2019

The CCSI declined by 7.8% to C$6.96 per gram this week, from last week’s C$7.55 per gram. After a momentary uptick last week, prices returned to levels observed throughout April and May. This week’s price equates to US$2,346 per pound at current exchange rates.

 

After a challenging start to the legalization of dry cannabis last year, major licensed producers (LPs) are better prepared for the upcoming launch of vapes and edibles. While supply shortages and the slow opening of retail cannabis stores set the new industry off to a slow start, conditions might be different for phase two of the Canadian cannabis market with strong consumer demand for vapes and edibles. The official launch date has not been released, but it has been stated that these new product categories will commence sometime before October 17, 2019.

 

 

On Tuesday, one of the largest LPs, Aurora Cannabis, stated in its earnings call that it is working towards reducing its production cost while building inventory for the launch of edibles and vaping products. It is doing so by controlling costs and taking advantage of economies of scale as it makes strides towards its goal of building out a production capacity of 625,000 kg/year of dry cannabis.

 

With the start of the Edmonton Aurora Sky and Bradford facilities, Aurora’s production has increased to 150,000 kg and they have brought their cost per gram of dried product down to $1.42 from $1.92. The company anticipates continued reduction in its production and manufacturing costs with an expectation of it trending below $1 per gram. It should be noted that their average net selling price was also down to $6.40 from $6.80 per gram.

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