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HEXO Reports Q1’23 Financial Results

Dec 15, 2022 • 9:06 AM EST
15 MIN READ  •  By Michael Berger
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GATINEAU, Quebec, Dec. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HEXO Corp. (TSX: HEXO; NASDAQ: HEXO) (“HEXO” or the “Company”), a leading producer of high-quality cannabis products, today reported its financial results for the first quarter (“Q1’23”). All currency amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

“The first quarter of 2023 has been one of incredible progress for HEXO,” said Charlie Bowman, President and CEO of HEXO. “We’re now seeing the results of the strategic realignment we executed over the past two quarters and have successfully reset the Company for long-term success. Our laser focus on tackling the balance sheet, pulling back on those unprofitable products where our strengths in premium cultivation were not being leveraged and expanding further into opportunities where we know we can win, is paying off across the business.”

“Over the past six months, we’ve made favourable amendments to our debt structure and have paid off, in early December, more than $40 million of legacy debt. We’ve reduced our general and administrative and selling, marketing and promotion expenses by $18 million and have substantially lowered our overhead costs,” noted Julius Ivancsits, Chief Financial Officer of HEXO. “We’ve increased our gross profit before fair value adjustments by approximately $41 million over the previous quarter and have significantly decreased our inventory levels. We’ve also eliminated unprofitable sales, redeploying those resources into profitable business segments.”

“These actions have paved the way for profitable growth and we’re now building positions of strength in those areas where HEXO excels,” continued Mr. Bowman. “We’ve redesigned and upgraded our Masson grow facility, have signed new cultivation agreements, including the partnerships with Entourage and Tilray, and have announced the launch of a top shelf, premium brand, T 2.0, into the Canadian marketplace. Our Redecan brand achieved record sales in the quarter and we’ve since increased our output of Redees pre-rolls by more than 300% with no capital investment, enabling us to expand our portfolio to meet consumer demand across Canada for these products.”

Significant Financial Results

  • The Company recorded an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $(0.6) million during the three months ended October 31, 2022 (“Q1’23”), an improvement of $6.9 million from the fourth quarter of FY22 (“Q4’22”), and an improvement of $11 million from the first quarter of FY22 (“Q1’22”).
  • The Company recorded a total net loss before tax of $(57.1) million in Q1’23, an improvement as compared to net losses before tax of $(106.2) million in Q4’22 and $(117.4) million in Q1’22, respectively.
  • Q1’23 net revenues were $35.8 million, a decrease of 29% comparatively to $50.2 million in Q1’22 and a decrease of 16% compared to $42.5 million net revenue in Q4’22.
  • Total operating expenses were significantly reduced by 69% or $50.7 million quarter over quarter and 81% or $100 million as compared to Q1’22.
  • Operating cash outflows were reduced by $27.7 million or 49% when compared to Q1’22.

Key Financial Results
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


 For the three months endedOctober 31, 2022July 31, 2022October 31, 2021
Revenue from sale of goods51,81560,22769,497
Excise taxes(17,340)(17,910)(19,535)
Net revenue from sale of goods34,47542,31749,962
Service and ancillary revenue1,296177226
Net revenue35,77142,49450,188
Cost of goods sold(35,563)(83,432)(82,985)
Gross loss before fair value adjustments208(40,938)(32,797)
Fair value component in inventory sold(19,966)(11,826)(12,760)
Unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets2,40316,90113,581
Gross (loss)/profit(17,355)(35,863)(31,976)
Operating expenses(23,164)(73,903)(123,133)
Loss from operations(40,519)(109,766)(155,109)
Finance income (expense), net(1,917)16,664(4,531)
Non-operating income (expense), net(14,632)(13,072)42,213
Loss before tax(57,068)(106,174)(117,427)
Current and deferred tax recovery8135,787155
Other comprehensive income4,201(1,980)364
Total net loss and comprehensive loss(52,054)(102,367)(116,908)

Net Revenue:

  • Q1’23 total net revenue decreased by 16% compared to Q4’22. The decline was in part, attributable to the timing of revenue recognition as certain shipments failed to reach their destination due to severe weather towards the period end. Other challenges were faced, leading to shortages of desired products, and short filling purchase orders as the Company continues to implement its revised demand planning process.
  • Q1’23 total net revenue decreased by 29% compared to Q1’22. The decline in revenue is attributable to proactive decisions to realign the HEXO brand’s profitable product and cull products that were no longer meeting profitability standards.

Cost of Goods Sold & Adjusted Gross Margin:
The following table summarizes and reconciles the Company’s gross profit line items per IFRS to the Company’s selected non-IFRS financial measures adjusted cost of sales, gross profit/margin before adjustments and gross profit before fair value adjustments. Refer to the ‘Non-IFRS Measures’ section below for definitions.


 For the three months ended (in thousands of Canadian dollars)October 31,July 31,October 31,
Net revenue from the sale of goods34,47542,31749,962
Adjusted cost of sales(26,248)(37,281)(37,270)
Gross profit before adjustments8,2275,03612,692
Gross margin before adjustments24%12%25%
Write off of biological assets and destruction costs(980)
Write off of inventory(4,400)(6,768)(615)
Write (down)/up of inventory to net realizable value(4,915)(36,331)(36,197)
Crystallization1 of fair value on business combination accounting(3,052)(7,923)
Gross (loss)/profit before fair value adjustments(1,088)(41,115)(33,023)
Realized fair value amounts on inventory sold(19,966)(11,826)(12,760)
Unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets2,40316,90113,581
Gross (loss)/profit(18,651)(36,040)(32,202)
1 This is a supplementary financial measure. See section “Key Operating Performance Indicators” of the MD&A for additional details.
  • Total gross margin before adjustments has been improved to 24% from 12% quarter over quarter, in part as a result of certain inefficiencies recognized in Q4’22 due to the consolidation of operations and facility closure.
  • Cost of goods sold improved to $35.6 million in Q1’23 relative to $83.0 million recognized in Q1’22 and $83.4 million in Q4’22. Driving the improvements were the significant reductions to inventory impairments and net realizable value adjustments as management continues to focus on aligning cultivation to demand and mitigate the risk of aged out and unsellable stock. Additionally, the crystallization of fair value from business combinations was fully realized in Q4’22 and therefore did not factor into Q1’23.
  • Unrealized gains on changes in fair value of biological assets has significantly declined primarily as the result of fewer plants on hand. The Company harvested the bulk of its outdoor grow cultivated over the summer months during the period and relative to Q1’22 the Company has reduced its total grow facilities through the consolidation and reorganization of its operational footprint.

Operating Expenses


For the three months ended (in thousands of Canadian dollars)October 31,July 31,October 31,
General and administration (“G&A”)10,46612,58622,484
Selling, Marketing and promotion (“S,M&P”)4,1064,9756,223
Share-based compensation9597863,824
Research and development (“R&D”)322231967
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment7842,6522,057
Amortization of intangible assets2,8713,3388,158
Restructuring costs1,0623,7883,989
Impairment of property, plant and equipment(611)7,89923,803
Recognition of onerous contract1,000
Impairment of Investment in joint ventures and associates30,83526,925
Loss/(gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment(510)396329
Acquisition transaction and integration costs3,7155,41724,374

General and Administration Expenses by Nature


For the three months ended (in thousands of Canadian dollars)October 31,October 31,
Salaries and benefits2,89510,191
General and administrative3,7435,901
Professional fees3,3755,848

Operating Expenses:

  • Operating expenses in Q1’23 totaled $23.2 million, a $50.7 million improvement from Q4’22. Excluding the impact of impairments and restructuring activities, operating expenses have decreased $17.2 million as a result of the Company’s cost saving measures and reduced sunk costs and overhead charges from the Zenabis deconsolidation in Q4’22.
  • Operating expenses in Q1’23 decreased by $100 million or 81% comparatively from Q1’22. Driving the improvements was the significant reduction in acquisition, transaction and integration charges from the Company’s M&A activity in Q1’22 as well as the reduction to non-cash impairment losses. However, the Company’s G&A, S,M&P and R&D operating expenses have decreased $14.8 million relative to Q1’22 due to general cost saving measures, realized efficiencies, reorganization of the business structure and the restructuring of these consolidated operations.

Other income and losses


For the three months ended (in thousands of Canadian dollars)October 31,
July 31,
October 31,
Interest and financing expenses(2,467)(4,371)(5,305)
Interest income550501774
Net gain on extinguishment of debt20,534
Finance income (expense), net(1,917)16,664(4,531)
Revaluation of warrant liabilities21,79127,467
Share of loss from investment in associate and joint ventures(2,398)(2,482)(2,149)
Fair value loss on senior secured convertible note(6,270)(52,690)11,670
Loss on investments140(140)(279)
Net gain on loss of control of subsidiary                        –25,009
Foreign exchange gain/(loss)(9,023)(1,058)5,504
Other income2,91716,498
Non-operating income (expense), net(14,632)(13,072)42,213
  • Total non-operating expenses and finance expenses decreased $20.1 million quarter over quarter. The extinguishment of debt, the fully amortization of the day 1 loss associated with previous senior secured note and loss of control of the Zenabis Group were Q4’22 specific events which had no impact on the current period. Other income has decreased sequentially due to the net gain realized on the Belleville lease termination, another Q4’22 specific event. Unrealized foreign exchange losses were the result of unfavorable CAD/USD rates applied to the Company’s USD denominated debt.
  • Total non-operating expenses and finance expenses decreased $54.2 million relative to Q1’22. Driving this change were the reduced volatility in the revaluation of warrants, a favorable fair valuation gain on the previous senior secured convertible note, and foreign exchange gains due to favorable CAD/USD rates.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) to Total net loss before tax

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Total net loss before tax(57,068)(106,174)(117,427)
   Finance expense (income), net1,9173,8704,531
Depreciation (cost of sales)4,7735,1124,969
Depreciation (operating expenses)7842,6522,057
   Amortization (operating expenses)2,8713,3388,158
Investment (gains) losses17,5499,036(42,213)
Non-cash fair value adjustments17,563(2,023)7,102
Non-recurring expenses4,7779,20528,363
Other non-cash items6,23667,51792,884
Adjusted EBITDA (598)(7,467)(11,576)

Select Balance Sheet Metrics

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


As atOctober 31,
July 31,
Cash & cash equivalents78,48483,238
Restricted funds2,18032,224
Biological assets & inventory57,53082,315
Other current assets 274,49873,870
Accounts payable & accrued liabilities39,29672,581
Senior secured convertible note & convertible debenture262,326248,680
Adjusted working capital188,730123,730
Property, plant & equipment280,883285,866
Assets held for sale5,5315,121
Total Assets616,964680,949
Total Liabilities353,104367,257
Shareholders’ equity263,860313,692
1 Defined as the Company’s current assets less current liabilities net of the senior secured convertible note. The note is classified as a current liability as the lender possess the ability to unilaterally convert the note to equity and therefore does not represent a cash-based liability to the Company within one-year of October 31, 2022. Working capital is utilized as a key metric for management in assessing the Company’s ability to meet its future obligations.
2 Total current assets less cash and cash equivalents, restricted funds, biological and inventory.

Liquidity Risk

The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon its ability in the future to achieve profitable operations and, in the meantime, to obtain the necessary financing to meet its obligations and comply with the related covenants, and to repay its liabilities when they become due. External financing, predominantly by the issuance of equity to the public or debt, will be sought to finance the operations of the Company.

On October 31, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $78.5 million ($83.2 million at July 31, 2022). Subsequent to Q1’23 on December 5, 2022, the Company’s 8% convertible debenture matured and a total of $40.7 million was repaid in respect of the outstanding principal and unpaid interest. Under the terms of the senior secured convertible note, the Company is subject to a minimum liquidity covenant of US$20 million.

Thus, there remains a risk that the Company’s cost saving initiatives may not yield sufficient operating cash flow to meet its financial covenant requirements, and as such, these circumstances create material uncertainties that lend substantial doubt as to the ability of the Company to meet its obligations as they come due and, accordingly, the appropriateness of the use of accounting principles applicable to a going concern.

About HEXO Corp.
HEXO is an award-winning licensed producer of innovative products for the global cannabis market. HEXO serves the Canadian recreational market with a brand portfolio including HEXO, Redecan, UP Cannabis, Original Stash, 48North, Trail Mix, Bake Sale and Latitude brands, and the medical market in Canada. With the completion of HEXO’s acquisitions of Redecan and 48North, HEXO is a leading cannabis products company in Canada by recreational market share. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“Forward-Looking Statements”). Forward-Looking Statements are based on certain expectations and assumptions and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in these Forward-Looking Statements. Forward-Looking Statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these Forward-Looking Statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any Forward-Looking Statements as a result of new information or future events, or for any other reason.

The preceding press release should be read in conjunction with the management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) and condensed interim consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as at and for the quarter ended October 31, 2022. Readers should also refer to the section regarding “Non-IFRS Measures” in the immediately following section of this press release. Additional information about HEXO is available on the Company’s profile on SEDAR at and EDGAR at, including the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended July 31, 2022 dated October 31, 2022.

Non-IFRS Measures
In this press release, reference is made to adjusted cost of sales, gross profit before adjustment, profit/margin before fair value adjustments, adjusted gross profit/margin, adjusted EBITDA, crystallization and adjusted working capital which are not measures of financial performance under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). These metrics and measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have meanings prescribed under IFRS, and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are provided as information complementary to those IFRS measures by providing a further understanding of our operating results from the perspective of management. As such, these measures should not be considered in isolation or in lieu of a review of our financial information reported under IFRS. Definitions and reconciliations for all terms above can be found in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended October 31, 2022, filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at and EDGAR at respectively.

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