December 6, 2023

Zuanic & Associates (Z&A) initiates protection of hashish firm MariMed MRMD with an Chubby score. Whereas the complete sector anticipates constructive US federal reform information, MariMed stands out as a inventory that may carry out nicely even within the absence of such reforms.

In response to Z&A, the inventory is undervalued when in comparison with its multi-state operator (MSO) friends, with a 3.5x 1-year ahead EBITDA valuation, in distinction to the 5.3x common for and additionally affords above-average EBITDA/share progress potential. Pablo Zuanic, senior analyst, says it’s on monitor to develop into a high 10 MSO by 2025.

Present Footprint And Model Portfolio

“Within the absence of key modifications akin to SAFER, rescheduling, or repeal of 280E, our focus can be on figuring out shares with mispriced valuations in comparison with friends and robust EBITDA/share progress potential. MariMed meets each standards,” famous Zuanic in a latest be aware.

“In our evaluation, the inventory’s present valuation low cost is unjustified, with a 1-year ahead EV/EBITDA ratio of three.5x versus the 5.3x common for the MSO peer group, and an EV/present gross sales ratio of 0.9x in comparison with the peer group’s 1.2x,” Zuanic stated.

MariMed operates in 4 states, with important gross sales coming from Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and upcoming operations in Missouri and Delaware.

Retail operations are sturdy, with a mean annual gross sales per retailer considerably above the business common.

The corporate has a various model portfolio, rating nicely in varied classes akin to concentrates, pre-rolls, edibles, and extra.

“Web wholesale accounts for 30% of whole revenues, which is on the increased finish amongst MSOs; this means the robustness of the corporate’s model portfolio. We mission that the MD wholesale enterprise ought to be as substantial as MA’s by 2H23. New processing amenities in MO and IL ought to all contribute to the expansion of the wholesale enterprise,” Zuanic wrote.

MariMed’s Growth

MariMed (MRMD) acquired Type Therapeutics in Maryland in April 2022. They doubled gross sales with the introduction of leisure hashish in July 2023. Maryland’s 3Q23 whole gross sales have been $270 million, 2.2 instances the 2Q23 degree.

In Missouri, MRMD is awaiting regulatory approval to handle a processing facility. Missouri’s 3Q23 whole gross sales have been $357 million, with one of many highest per capita spending charges at $230.

MRMD is getting ready to launch a line of edibles and different merchandise, but it surely will not notice full revenues till regulatory approval. MRMD doesn’t but function shops in Missouri, the place the cap permits as much as 5 shops.

MariMed’s Financials: Profitability And Stability Sheets

By way of scale, MariMed ranks thirteenth amongst 20 MSOs, however with anticipated progress in MD, MA, and IL, it is anticipated to develop into a high 10 MSO.

The corporate maintains sturdy gross margins, excessive SGA effectivity and aggressive EBITDA margins.

Its capacity to generate constructive working money move units it aside from lots of its friends.

Projections And What-If Evaluation

The corporate’s steering for FY23 anticipates substantial progress, with gross sales reaching at the least $150 million, improved gross margins and an adjusted EBITDA of $32-35 million.

It expects capex to be 2H loaded. As well as, MariMed’s low debt load and manageable debt maturities make its monetary place sturdy.

Zuanic highlighted MariMed as “the least debt-levered MSO (ex Planet13 and Inexperienced Thumb),” with constructive OCF earlier than revenue tax concerns for the L12M.

“We see no governance points, and gross sales per share are up within the L24M (an indication of accretive M&A); whereas L12M EBITDA margins are up 20% (one in every of 9 MSOs).” 

The analyst tasks the corporate’s EBITDA will develop ~2x for the 2022-2026 interval. ”We anticipate M&A will assist the corporate add depth in core markets.” 

Put up-2023 Development Upside

Wanting past 2023, Zuanic anticipates MariMed has a number of progress levers, together with the potential for market progress in its core states and the chance to broaden its retailer rely and vertical integration in IL, OH, MD and MO.

Its sturdy steadiness sheet and strategic acquisitions put it in a good place to capitalize on these progress alternatives.

“MariMed at present ranks fifteenth amongst 20 MSOs by way of gross sales, however we anticipate it would break into the highest 10 by 2025. Whereas many others are reducing prices and capital expenditures on account of monetary constraints or an absence of progress alternatives, MariMed is growing its capital expenditure, which it might comfortably afford,” Zuanic wrote.

“The corporate nonetheless has ample room for growth inside its present footprint and can be within the means of getting into the Missouri market. Although whole addressable market dimension can differ, we anticipate sturdy progress within the firm’s six goal markets, projecting gross sales to exceed $3 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of roughly 17%, and MariMed is poised to outperform this fee,” Zuanic concluded.

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