Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 ended June 30th, 2020. Net revenue rose 22% due to higher medical cannabis sales in Canada and Germany. Gross margin was 6% as it was impacted by lower production output which include manufacturing variances and inventory adjustments.
“We’re proud of our strong first-quarter performance, despite unprecedented volatility and uncertainty in the market and across the globe,” said David Klein, CEO. “We grew our revenue year-over-year and are seeing market share improvement, notably achieving number one market share in cannabis-infused beverages in the Canadian market. We are implementing a renewed corporate strategy with the appointment of a new leadership team which will focus on delivering quality products to our consumers, positioning our business for continued growth. The proposed retooled Acreage announcement refocuses our entry for the evolving U.S. market, where we are seeing increased momentum.”
“Following our previously announced restructuring actions, we have substantially reduced our expense and cash burn in this quarter in addition to reducing headcount by over 18% since beginning of this calendar year. Our marketing and R&D investments are being re-allocated to programs with high-return potential in order to drive sales,” added Mike Lee, CFO. “Our gross margins in the quarter came in below our expectations due to under-utilization of our large-scale infrastructure. We’ve already proven we can deliver 40%-plus gross margin and are confident that we can return to that level as we work toward higher capacity utilization across our facilities as demand for our cannabis products continue to grow. In the meantime, we are focused on further optimizing our operating footprint through a full end-to-end strategy that looks at people, process, technology, and infrastructure that we believe will lead to best in class margins over time.”