Value investors rarely get a chance to participate in fast-growing trends. The momentum behind areas poised for rapid growth—say, artificial intelligence, electric cars or battery technology—typically means a higher valuation than a value investor can justify.
Cannabis stocks are no exception. Even after a substantial correction in cannabis share prices, many of the available opportunities in that space are still selling at sky-high multiples based on traditional valuation metrics.
We’ve previously highlighted situations where value investors are able to invest alongside expert capital allocators. Doing so helps investors take advantage of these experts’ foresight and strategic positioning. If you’re a value investor looking for an entry into the cannabis market, you might want to look toward Jim Hagedorn, who serves as the CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro SMG +0.4% (SMG), as a guide. Jim has built Scotts into a juggernaut in the lawn and garden industry with iconic brands (Scotts, Miracle-Gro, etc.). He has also been quietly assembling a formidable cannabis business, which investors can essentially acquire for free: At the current SMG stock price, investors are purchasing shares in Scotts Miracle-Gro’s traditional gardening business at a fair valuation and receiving the fast-growing cannabis business at virtually zero cost.