It really should come as no surprise that a single of the most well-liked investment categories more than the previous couple of years has been marijuana stocks. With Canada providing the green light to recreational pot in October 2018, and two-thirds of all U.S. states legalizing health-related marijuana, the outlook for cannabis stocks continues to point greater. Regrettably, green arrows have not been as frequent for the green rush of late.

Though marijuana stocks have been mainly unstoppable via the finish of the very first quarter, they’ve been absolutely nothing quick of a disaster considering the fact that then. More than the previous four 1/two months, most cannabis stocks are down by a sizable double-digit percentage. Provide shortages in Canada, higher tax prices in pick U.S. states, and persistent operating losses for most significant-name pot stocks have all been accountable for pushing marijuana valuations decrease.

But there are 3 pot stocks for investors to look at that seem to be far more de-risked than their peers. Thoughts you, that does not imply these 3 stocks are with out threat. It merely indicates their downside threat is mitigated, relative to their competitors.

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I want to be clear that cannabis growers are the most exposed to the early-stage provide and/or tax issues that have been encountered more than the previous year. Even so, cannabis grower HEXO (NYSE:HEXO) might have a leg up on its competitors.

For starters, it landed the biggest single provide deal to date in April 2018 with its dwelling province of Quebec. The 5-year agreement permits HEXO to provide Quebec with an aggregate of 200,000 kilos of cannabis more than the subsequent 5 years, with Quebec obtaining the selection to extend the deal for a sixth year. When the deal was announced, HEXO’s roughly 1.three million square feet of develop space was on track for 108,000 kilos of peak annual production. But with the acquisition of Newstrike Brands, HEXO is now on pace for 150,000 kilos of peak output a year. Taking into account its production ramp-up, the 200,000 kilos of aggregate provide in between 2019 and 2023 really should account for about 30% of HEXO’s total production. That is far more peak provide currently spoken for than any other Canadian pot grower. 

The organization is also devoting a lot of its work to processing and making derivatives. It has far more than 600,000 square feet of facility space set aside for processing hemp or cannabis and building option pot items. It also worked out a two-year extraction agreement with Valens GroWorks in April. The deal will see HEXO supplying Valens with 80,000 kilos-in-aggregate of hemp and cannabis biomass in return for resins and distillates that HEXO can use in derivative items. 

This deal with Valens, as properly as its Quebec wholesale provide agreement, creates some level of certainty and money flow that merely does not exist with other Canadian growers.

Four vials of cannabidiol oil lined up on a counter.

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Neptune Wellness Options

Whereas cannabis growers carry a lot of threat for investors, extraction-service providers like Neptune Wellness Options (NASDAQ:NEPT) are on the opposite finish of the spectrum. Extraction providers really should advantage from the rise of cannabidiol ( CBD) — the cannabinoid very best identified for its perceived health-related positive aspects that does not get customers higher — and the anticipated launch of derivative items in Canada by mid-December. Plus, with the passage of the Farm Bill in the U.S. this previous December, industrial hemp and hemp-derived CBD are now legal.

Neptune seems set to advantage all through North America. Its acquisition of SugarLeaf will give it the capability to approach up to 1.five million kilos of hemp or cannabis biomass on an annual run-price basis by the finish of the year, even though its wholly owned subsidiary, 9354-7537 Quebec Inc., really should offer you 200,000 kilos of annual extraction capacity.

In June, Neptune signed two significant offers that fairly substantially assure its Canadian operations will see steady money flow for the subsequent 3 years. On June 7, it announced a 3-year agreement with Tilray that’ll involve a minimum of 125,000 kilos becoming extracted for cannabinoids. Just 5 days later, Neptune nabbed the biggest extraction-solutions deal to date with The Green Organic Dutchman. It covers 3 years and attributes a minimum of 230,000 kilos of cannabis and hemp that Neptune will extract, formulate, and package for TGOD. 

With substantially of its Canadian extraction solutions contracted out via 2021, and its U.S. extraction plant set to see a surge in demand when comprehensive, Neptune appears to be especially de-risked.

An up-close view of flowering cannabis plants growing indoors.

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Revolutionary Industrial Properties

A third cannabis stock that is accomplished a quite great job of de-risking its company is cannabis true estate investment trust (REIT) Revolutionary Industrial Properties (NYSE:IIPR).

As a REIT, Revolutionary Industrial’s job is to obtain land and facilities that can be employed to develop and approach marijuana, then lease these facilities out for an extended period of time, thereby collecting rental revenue for a lengthy-term profit. Additional down the line, the organization has the selection of promoting its owned properties for a profit, thereby beginning the purchase-and-lease cycle anew.

Considering the fact that the starting of the year, IIP, as the organization is far better identified, has far more than doubled the quantity of cannabis properties in its portfolio. As of final week, it owned 27 properties in 12 states, with $264.two million invested in aggregate, and an further $96.five million set aside for reimbursement to particular tenants and sellers for building and facility improvements. The weighted-typical remaining lease term for these 27 properties was 15.five years, with an typical return on invested capital of 14.five%. This indicates it’ll take significantly less than 5 years for IIP to acquire a comprehensive payback on its aggregate investment. 

In addition, Revolutionary Industrial Properties also passes along a three.25% annual rental enhance, as properly as charging a 1.five% management charge that is tied to the annual rental price. In other words, IIP has constructed modest organic development into its contracts.

Despite the fact that it is frequent for REITs to dilute shareholders with stock offerings to raise capital for far more house acquisitions, this is a fairly modest threat compared with the assured money flow that IIP’s diversified portfolio brings to the table.