NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovation Shares, a provider of thematic ETFs, announced it has completed the monthly rebalance of The Cannabis ETF (NYSE: THCX) and has added four companies to the portfolio: Valens GroWorks Inc. (TSXV: VGW), EnWave Corp. (TSXV: ENW), cbdMD Inc. (NYSE: YCBD) and Fire & Flower Holdings (TSX: FAF). Concurrently, three companies were removed from the portfolio: CannTrust Holdings (NYSE: CTST), Vivo Cannabis (TSXV: VIVO) and Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR).

"We are excited to expand THCX's footprint in the various cannabis industry sub-themes by including three companies whose businesses revolve around ancillary services and CBD-based consumer products," said Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director of Innovation Shares. "In particular, Valens, EnWave, and cbdMD all operate at the crossroads of science and technology which should appeal to investors who are looking for differentiated exposure outside of a traditional seed-to-sale story."

Listed on the NYSE Arca, THCX tracks the Innovation Labs Cannabis Index, a rules-based portfolio which rebalances on a monthly basis. The index consists of 36 stocks that are expected to benefit from the rise in value of the global cannabis market which is estimated to reach $630 billion by 20401. THCX's 70 bps management fee makes it the lowest cost passively managed US-listed cannabis ETF2.

THCX is the first and only U.S.-listed cannabis ETF to hold Valens GroWorks, EnWave Corp. and Fire & Flower Holdings3.

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About Innovation Shares LLC

Innovation Shares builds cutting-edge portfolios around growing and disruptive thematic investment trends. The true innovation behind its strategy is the AI powered natural language processing algorithm used to help identify sentiment around themes and relevant stocks.

1 Seaport Global Securities report (February 21, 2019)
2 The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF has a 0.75% management fee.
3 Based on August 13, 2019 company website data.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. ETF shares are bought and sold at market price, not net asset value (NAV), and are not individually redeemed from the Fund.

An investment in the Fund is subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of some or the entire principal amount invested. There can be no assurance that the Fund will be successful in meeting its investment objective. While the shares of the Fund are tradable on secondary markets, they may not trade in all market conditions and may trade at significant discounts in periods of market stress. ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risks, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETFs net asset value. Companies involved in marijuana industry face intense competition, may have limited access to the services of banks, may have substantial burdens on company resources due to litigation, complaints or enforcement actions, and are heavily dependent on receiving necessary permits and authorizations to engage in medical marijuana research or to otherwise cultivate, possess, or distribute marijuana. Since the use of marijuana is illegal under United States federal law, federally regulated banking institutions may be unwilling to make financial services available to growers and sellers of marijuana.  More information about these risks can be found in the Fund's prospectus.

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the Fund before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund. A copy of the prospectus is available at or by calling Shareholder Services at 800-773-3863. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. Current and future holdings are subject to change and risk.

The Cannabis ETF is distributed by Capital Investment Group, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, 100 E. Six Forks Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609. There is no affiliation between OBP Capital, LLC, Merlin Asset Management, LLC, Innovation Shares LLC, including their principals, and Capital Investment Group, Inc.


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