We’re all aware of the biggest names in the cannabis industry right now. Companies like Canopy Growth, Aphria, Tilray, Cronos Group, and Aurora Cannabis are all mentioned when we see reports about “Market Leaders” in marijuana. The interesting part: there may be other businesses out there that could be built on a much more streamlined platform and could offer almost immediate access to the market potential ahead…
Building A Company Just Takes “Patients”
Canopy Growth reported 84,400 registered patients at September 30, 2016. In its latest financial report, Aurora Cannabis for example, reported that it had 67,484 active registered patients and this was up from roughly 43,000 during the prior quarter. Meanwhile you have funds like Vanguard Total Intl Stock Idx Fund, Golden Opportunities Diversified, Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund, Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US SmCp Idx Fd, iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Compost ETF, and the two cannabis industry ETFs: Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF & ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF among others, holding more than a cumulative 40 million shares of Aurora in their portfolios (1).
But what if you found out that there’s another company out there that not only has over 100,000 patients (compared to Aurora’s less than 70,000) but also has built a diversified business model (like Aurora) targeting both the traditional healthcare market in addition to legal cannabis? Also, in comparison to Aurora’s $5.50+ per share price tag, the company I’m talking about is trading around 1/10th of that figure.
The company being discussed: Premier Health Group Inc., (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI). Premier is developing innovative healthcare approaches that combine human skill based expertise with emerging technologies. Where the cannabis industry could come into play is with the company subsidiary HealthVue and its list of patients over 100,000 strong…that’s right…more than one hundred thousand ACTIVE patients.
Premier Health Group Inc., (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI) has engaged discussions with Licensed Producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), other licensed medical cannabis companies and government officials in order to establish a framework for both patient and physician education. The company’s CEO said it perfectly:
“With over 110,000 active patients in our clinic ecosystem it is important that we provide them with the best possible information that allows them to make informed decisions about their personal and family’s health. Providing our family physicians with the appropriate tools and knowledge to prescribe cannabis or with the ability to refer patients to a specialist within our clinics is a key outcome of this initiative.”
-Dr. Essam Hamza , CEO of Premier Health Group Inc., (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI)
Canadian Market Could Offer Opportunity For Premier Health Group Inc., (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI).
1. The Canadian retail pharmacy market is estimated to be $44 billion (Source: IBISWorld). It is expected the industry sector will continue to allow for favorable economics for pharmacy operators as baby boomer’s demand increases for prescriptions and operators to expand the scope of practice to include preventative services.
2. The Canadian medical cannabis clinic market is estimated to be worth approximately $2.35 billion by 2025.
If these two facts weren’t enough, there is also a MAJOR Cross Over in Canada that connects medical cannabis & retail pharmacies. For some reason, news outlets aren’t paying attention to it right now either.
The crossover: Canadian pharmacies are fully behind medical marijuana too! Shoppers, Lovell Drugs and PharmaChoice have all signed supply deals with leading cannabis producers in Canada. Their pending entry into the medical cannabis market comes as the number of registered MMJ patients is soaring.
Premier Health Group Inc., (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI) could have an ideal business model in progress that would vertically integrate cannabis as another growth opportunity. Also consider that industry peers like Aurora Cannabis don’t hold a flame to the number of active patients that Premier Health Group has and the numbers could really start to make a lot more sense once eyes begin to open on the street.
Again, just an opinion but when you compare the two, though Aurora is (finally) generating revenue, Premier Health is still in the early stages of growth yet already has access to a pool of patients that is more than 50% larger in size than Aurora and more than 15% to that of Canopy. It may all come down to timing of it all. As healthcare takes a center stage position during the latest bout of market volatility and cannabis legalization remains a focus of funds, looking for the next “star” to shine.
(1) As of Tue 27/11/2018 According to Morningstar http://quote.morningstar.ca/Quicktakes/owners/MajorShareholders.aspx?t=ACB®ion=CAN&culture=en-CA
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