Back on Tuesday, we alerted our members to Cronos Group, trading on the NASDAQ as CRON. Hard work paid off, as today, CRON is already trading at around $14 dollars a share, up almost 40% after Tobacco giant Altria agreed to buy 146.2 Million shares of CRON at $16.25 a share. The investment represents a 45% equity stake in Cronos with a warrant to increase ownership to 55% over the next four years.
Altria’s Chairman and CEO Howard Willard stated that “Investing in Cronos Group as our exclusive partner in the emerging global cannabis category represents an exciting new growth opportunity for Altria.”
As part of the agreement, Altria will be able to nominate four members to Cronos Group’s board of directors. The board will increase from five to seven members. And the transaction is expected to finalize within the first half of 2019.
This is big news for the cannabis industry as a whole and cannabis stocks have rallied after the announcement as acquisition from big tobacco has been expected, however, acquisition has come up more slowly than expected.
The big news here for us is that this acquisition was expected, it was reported on, and it happened within days of us announcing that CRON should be on your watchlist. We’d just like to say congrats to our members who took advantage of this play and for those of you who missed out, no big deal, there will be more winners to follow. Stock talk today is a new channel but our team has a combined experience of over 2 decades in the stock market and we have big plans for the future. So, stay tuned because this is only the beginning.
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