A key risk for Apple’s ambitious production target is sourcing of key components. Competitors such as Xiaomi has also put up aggressive production targets for next year and thus everyone in the industry is scrambling to get enough components from semiconductors, memory chips and displays. This risk touches on something we have been talking about lately on our podcasts and presentations with clients. The physical world has reached a limit in its ability to service the demand that is coming through the digital world such as e-commerce, smartphones etc. The past 10 years growth in the digital world has sent signals to investors that they should invest there causing underinvestment in the physical world which is needed to support the online ecosystem. We see more and more signs that costs in the global supply chain is going up from agriculture, energy, shipping to metals. This is a theme we will be writing about tomorrow as this theme also plays into our positive view on emerging markets.
Aphria and Tilray are creating the world’s largest cannabis producer
Aphria and Tilray share are up 12% and 22% respectively in pre-market trading on news that the two cannabis producers are merging to create the world’s largest cannabis producer. The combined company would have generated $764mn in revenue, an EBITDA loss of $132mn and negative free cash flow of $502mn in the past 12 months. The raw numbers do not suggest an attractive company but rather two weak players combining with the hope of strength. This assessment might be too harsh but there is a grain of truth to this. However, on a positive not the combined company has 58% revenue growth y/y suggesting that through compounding the combined company will soon surpass $1bn in revenue and with that hopefully enough economics of scale to begin getting stable and positive operating margins. Prior to today’s market action the combined company would have an enterprise value of $4.56bn translating the equity valuation into an EV/Sales ratio of 6x which is rather high for a manufacturing type company in an industry that so far seems to be a commodity with no clear moats to protect shareholders.