E Here's A Conservative Way To Invest In Pot Stocks

7 major consumer and pharmaceutical corporations have bought into marijuana companies to take full advantage of this rapidly growing market and this article compares their stock performances YTD compared with that of their marijuana partners:

  1. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) has a 45% stake in marijuana grower Cronos Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CRON).
    • YTD:
      • Altria has gone down 14.1% while
      • Cronos has gone down 31.7%
  2. Imperial (Tobacco) Brands PLC (IMBBY) has a 19.9% stake in Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (CBWTF), a vertically-integrated cannabis company with diverse international operations.
    • YTD:
    • Imperial has gone down 20.8% while
    • Auxly has gone down 72.2%
  3. Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) owns about 39% of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and should it exercise all its remaining warrants and full conversion of the notes, the company would own over 55% of Canopy Growth shares.
    • YTD:
      • Constellation has gone up 2.2% while
      • Canopy has gone down 22.2%
  4. Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) has a 57.5%/42.5% joint venture with HEXO Corp. (HEXO) known as TRUSS.
    • YTD:
      • Molson has gone down 34.2% while
      • HEXO has gone down 52.2%
  5. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (NYSE: BUD) has a $100 million joint venture with Canadian grower Tilray Inc. (Nasdaq: TLRY).
    • YTD: 
      • Anheuser has gone down 28.6% while
      • Tilray has gone down 68.3%
  6. Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) has a global agreement with Tilray Inc. (Nasdaq: TLRY) which allows Tilray to use the Sandoz supply chain, sales force, and global distribution network to distribute Tilray medical cannabis products.
    • YTD: 
    • Novartis has gone down 0.5% while
    • Tilray has gone down 68.3%
  7. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.B; TSX: ATD.A)(ANCUF), one of the world’s largest convenience shop retailers with 16,000 stores in 25 countries, has a 9.9% ownership (with the potential to increase to  50.1% in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. (TSXV: FAF)(FFLWF).
    • YTD:
      • Couche-Tard has gone up 6.6% while
      • Fire & Flower has gone down 8.6%
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