Hexo was forced to take a $2.4M writedown on its inventory of cannabis trim (lower-cannabinoid leaves and stems, collected for processing into extracts for edibles and vapes). Cannalyst Andrew “Mollytime” Udell said, “Producers were accumulating this byproduct for cannabis 2.0. There’s so much of it,” which is a problem considering producers may also be holding large stockpiles of high-value, high-cannabinoid buds.
These are the latest signals Hexo is struggling. In late October, it laid off 20% of its workforce, while in early November, the company announced a loss three times greater than analysts predicted.
- The Boxing Day offering is Hexo’s second recent questionable fundraising move. In October, company executives and board members bought $8.67M worth of a total of $70M raised through convertible debentures, a risky fundraising instrument that may leave companies with major debt.
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- Hexo also moved its head office from Gatineau, Quebec (across the river from Ottawa) into Ottawa proper so the company could secure Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, not available in Quebec.
- The company’s production facility in Masson-Angers, outside Gatineau, will not be affected by the move.
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