Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton Says Global Cannabis Domination is the Goal

February 15, 2019

By Chloe Aiello

Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton won't guarantee investors dividends. What he will promise is a stake in global cannabis domination.

"If people want a dividend, we are probably not the right stock. If they want some entity aimed at dominating a global opportunity that started in Canada, we are probably your best bet," Linton told Cheddar on Friday, one day after the company reported a massive spike in third-quarter revenue.

Beverages ー and other non-flower products ー are shaping up to be a major focus for Canopy as Canada gears up for its second wave of cannabis legalization, which will open the door for cannabis-infused goods like vapes, edibles and beverages by mid-October 2019.

"The biggest opportunity is to be planning a year from now not to be selling very much dried cannabis flower, compared to today," Linton said.

That applies both to medical cannabis, which can be sold as an insurable product, and higher-margin recreational goods, like edibles, which can sell for higher prices even with smaller quantities of cannabis.

"I think the margin growth could be faster and bigger because when you sell dried cannabis you are selling it at the least advanced state," Linton said. "I think you are going to see margin opportunities just keep going up as real products are created and put into markets of both medical and [recreational]."

Canopy Growth ($CGC) reported third-quarter earnings late Thursday evening. The massive marijuana producer grew its revenue an astounding 282 percent year-over-year, but missed analyst estimates on earnings, reporting a C$0.38 loss. The company also announced that Chief Financial Officer Tim Saunders will leave the company this year. Shares were surging 4 percent on Friday.

Linton said he expects Canopy will be profitable at least in Canada by the end of the year, as the company begins to make use of investments it has made in extraction and production.

"What we've done is made really significant, thoughtful investments, all of which are near the finish line of being eligible to produce the cannabis, create the extraction platform, and make things like beverages," he said.

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