Canopy Slumps After ‘Astounding’ Loss, Restructuring Charge

Canopy Slumps After ‘Astounding’ Loss, Restructuring Charge

(Bloomberg) — Canopy Growth Corp. shares fell to the lowest in nearly two years after the pot company reported revenue that missed the lowest analyst estimate and a loss that one analyst called “astounding.”The world’s largest cannabis company by market value also said it’s unlikely to meet its previous guidance of C$250 million in revenue by the fiscal fourth quarter, which ends March 31.Shares fell as much as 16% Thursday to C$20.55, the lowest since December 2017. The stock has lost more than 40% since the beginning of the year.Canopy took a restructuring charge of C$32.7 million ($24.6 million) for returns, return provisions and pricing allowances. These are primarily related to its portfolio of softgel and oil products, which haven’t been selling as well as expected. It also took an inventory charge of C$15.9 million to align its portfolio with a new retailing strategy.“We do not consider this type of adjustment to be one-time, as it reflects returns and new pricing architecture and package assortment going forward,” Bill Kirk, analyst at MKM Partners, said in a note. He said the magnitude of the Ebitda loss was “astounding,” and Canopy’s “excessive equity comp policy” was responsible for much of it.Overall, Canopy…

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