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Nevada’s strong economic post-COVID recovery is driving the state’s booming cannabis market.
Nevada recorded GDP growth of 9.7% in the second quarter, the best growth rate of all 50 U.S. states, beating Hawaii’s 8.9% GDP growth. This strong economic recovery has given Nevada’s legal cannabis industry a big boost.
Nevada just reported record cannabis sales of more than $1 billion in the last twelve months, smashing the previous year’s taxable sales of only $685 million.
Investors looking to cash in on Nevada’s high-growth cannabis market should check out an undercover cannabis stock that is an early industry leader in the state.
Planet 13 Holdings (CSE: PLTH, OTC: PLNHF) is one of the largest cannabis companies in the U.S., with a market value of $1.3 billion. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Planet 13 is a broad play on Nevada’s economic recovery.
Planet 13 has a strong presence in Nevada’s most important city, Las Vegas, where the company owns a production facility, a processing facility, and two retail dispensaries.
One of those dispensaries is 112,000 square feet, one of the largest cannabis stores in the U.S. It is also located next to the high-traffic Las Vegas Strip.
Planet 13 just made a huge upgrade to this dispensary in September, doubling the size of the retail floor and adding another 40 cash registers. With Nevada and Las Vegas economies recovering, this dispensary has a shot at being one of the highest volume stores in the U.S.
Even before the upgrade, Planet 13 has been cashing in on Nevada’s economic rebound. Second-quarter results from late August included huge revenue growth.
- Revenues were $32.8 million as compared to $10.8 million, an increase of 205.2%
- Gross profit before adjustments was $18.7 million or 56.9% as compared to $4.7 million or 43.8%
- Cash of $136.3 million as compared to $79.0 million
- Total assets of $226.2 million as compared to $150.0 million
Looking forward, Planet 13 revenue should keep growing sharply.
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Planet 13’s New Investments
In addition to the upgrade on its flagship Vegas store, it just opened the largest dispensary in the state of California in Santa Ana.
Revenue from these two investments will start coming online in the next few quarters and that should fuel more revenue growth.
In a press release from Planet 13, the company announced the development of a 55,000 square-foot SuperStore with over 16,000 square feet dedicated to a retail area.
The full experience location will include areas for memorabilia sales, ancillary retail, and a cannabis consumption lounge. Once in operation, Planet 13’s location will be California’s largest dispensary complex.
In addition, this SuperStore will be located within 10 miles of Disneyland and 4 miles from the largest mall in Southern California.
Planet 13 shares have been weak with the broader cannabis sector in 2021, falling 50% from the 52-week high.
Cannabis stocks are known for extreme volatility and these big declines have historically led to big rebounds.
The Big Picture on Nevada and Planet 13
Nevada is rebounding from the COVID recession, and that has set the stage for a strong recovery in the second half of 2021. That is good news for Planet 13 and its Las Vegas SuperStore.
Planet 13 should cash in on higher foot traffic in the second half of 2021, and that should give shares more support on the chart.
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