The Green Organic Dutchman Reports $183 Million Net Loss For 2020

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.  (OTC: TGODF) reports its results after the market close on Tuesday for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. In the fourth-quarter, TGOD said its revenues increased 236% to $10.92 million versus $3.25 million in Q4-2019. This was also a 91% increase over the third-quarter revenue of $5.71 million. The Green Organic Dutchman fourth-quarter net loss improved to $23.68 million versus $144.75 million for the same period in 2019. The company attributed it to a loss from operations and a write-down of $8.65 million in goodwill related to HemPoland.

Annual revenue for fiscal 2020 was $24.51 million versus $11.16 million for 2019. The net loss for the year was $183 million. The company said that the loss was due to a non-cash impairment charge of $120 million on the Canadian cash-generating unit. “The non-cash impairment charges recognized during the period are primarily attributable to the changes in the timing of accessing market demand, as a result of various factors including regulatory changes, production and supply chain impediments, COVID-19 impacts on retail store openings, and, sales price compression across the industry, resulting in a slower revenue ramp-up and growth than originally forecasted by management.”

Lowered Sales Forecast Outlined

In February, TGOD also lowered its estimates for revenues in 2021. The revised Canadian cash flow forecast, from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021, assumed that it would achieve $40 million in net sales over the 12-month period versus the $61.5 million previously forecast in the Base Shelf Prospectus. The reasons for the decline were listed below:

  • The company’s forecast assumes between 5% and20% of price compression into 2021 across its various product lines.
  • Pandemic restrictions reduced order levels for the first quarter of 2021. The company believes these measures will hamper the rate of revenue growth in Canada that was expected in the first half of 2021 and impact the timing of market penetration for its new sativa strains and some cannabis 2.0 products.
  • the sales volume forecast consists primarily of product mix premium flower, mainstream Highly Dutch flower, and 2.0 products expected to be sold and includes hash sales, which mix has shifted towards proportionately more mainstream Highly Dutch products that have a lower margin.
  • The company’s latest forecast further reflects the shift in its medical business from sales to patients directly to medical wholesaling, such as the company’s distribution agreement with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart. Medical wholesale generates narrower gross margins compared to direct patient sales.

Permanent CEO Named

The company appointed Sean Bovingdon as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and member of the board, effective immediately. Mr. Bovingdon had previously been appointed as Interim CEO in November 2020 while continuing to serve as CFO. He will continue as interim CFO while the company undertakes a search for a permanent Chief Financial Officer.

“Sean has been very effective in leading the company through these extremely challenging past few months. He stepped into the interim-CEO position and has demonstrated outstanding leadership,” stated Jeff Scott, Chairman of the board. “Sean has the strategic vision and experience to effectively guide TGOD through its next phase of growth. On behalf of the board of directors, I am very pleased to appoint Sean as CEO of the company.”
Quebec Facility Disaster
The company also said it was seeking to monetize the underutilized assets at its Quebec Facility and had retained the services of a commercial real estate advisor to identify potential buyers for the site, focused on the state-of-the-art hybrid main greenhouse. The transaction could result in a complete or partial sale of the site. The company said it remains committed to maintaining a significant portion of its operations, including all 2.0 product manufacturing, in Quebec, either at a portion of the Quebec Facility or at an alternative Quebec site. The company spent millions building the Valleyfield Quebec facility only to be faced with unloading it as it downsizes.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

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