The Year In Review For Psychedelic Drug Stocks: 2020

In 2020, the psychedelic drug industry burst onto the radar of investors. As psychedelic drug research exploded and new capital has flooded into this sector, a vibrant core of public companies has commenced trading.

Still, other pubcos have either added a psychedelics component to their business model or simply rebranded the entire company. Psychedelic drugs became the most important story in life sciences in 2020.

As investors look ahead to 2021, Psychedelic Stock Watch is looking back. We have prepared a 2020 Report Card for the psychedelic drug industry, measuring its development in 5 key categories.

Here is the Psychedelic Stock Watch 2020 review.

Stock performance: A

Raising capital: A+

Psychedelic drug R&D: A

Media/public opinion: A

Regulatory thaw: B

Stock performance:  A

After a subdued summer for psychedelic stocks, the industry caught fire in September with the Compass Pathways IPO. A new NASDAQ listing and the nearly $150 million raised by Compass for its IPO financing provided an instant credibility boost for these new public companies.

See: Compass Pathways Files For NASDAQ Listing: Psychedelics Game-Changer

Several stocks went vertical. Investors who got in early had a number of multi-bagger opportunities.

The Compass IPO was the initial catalyst driving this rally. But fueling upward momentum was a rapid-fire series of new financings that injected ~$500 million into the sector – in just the last 3 ½ months of 2020.

Raising capital:  A+

Drug development is expensive. Taking a single drug through the clinical trials process can cost in excess of $100 million – and consume several years of time.

Even building and operating a network of psychedelics-assisted treatment clinics requires robust infusions of capital. As the psychedelic drug industry was getting off the ground, many investors were justifiably skeptical as to whether the industry could attract sufficient capital.

As we reach the end of 2020, those doubts have evaporated.

We’ve seen companies (public and private) close on several nine-figure financings.

We saw one company (MindMed) go to capital markets with new offerings three times in just the last quarter. Each financing was at a dramatically higher unit price (CAD$1.05 à CAD$1.90 à CAD$4.40) and each one was oversubscribed.

Indeed, virtually every new psychedelics private placement in the fourth quarter was oversubscribed, as institutions and high net-worth investors engaged in a feeding frenzy.

Psychedelic drug R&D:  A

Psychedelic Stock Watch is assigning the industry an “A” for its progress in psychedelic drug R&D in 2020. But many readers may see even that high grade as too low.

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Disclosure: The writer holds shares in MindMed Inc, Numinus Wellness, Cybin Corp, and Mind Cure Health. Mind Cure Health is a client of Psychedelic Stock Watch.

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