MediPharm CFO Resigns Days Before 88% Revenue Plunge

Article by Matt Lamers, Marijuana Business Daily

NEWS BRIEF MediPharm CFO resigns days before 88% revenue plunge Published 14 hours ago | By Matt Lamers (This story has been updated with details about the CFO’s departure.) MediPharm Labs Corp. reported third-quarter revenue of 4.9 million Canadian dollars ($3.8 million), 88% lower than the CA$43.4 million the Barrie, Ontario, company booked in the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was 64% lower than the previous three-month period.

MediPharm Labs Corp. reported third-quarter revenue of 4.9 million Canadian dollars ($3.8 million), 88% lower than the CA$43.4 million the Barrie, Ontario, company booked in the same period last year.

Revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was 64% lower than the previous three-month period.

The quarterly results come days after the unexpected resignation of Chief Financial Officer Bobby Kwon, who is leaving the company later this month “for family reasons” one year after taking the position.

The company attributed the sharp decline in revenue to lower average selling prices and bulk extract volumes as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MediPharm’s adjusted EBITDA loss – a measure of profitability – more than tripled to CA$7.3 million from the previous quarter.

International revenue was CA$700,000.

The quarterly results were below analyst expectations: Canaccord Genuity’s Matt Bottomley expected revenue of CA$14.5 million, for example.

Kwon’s resignation as CFO comes at a crucial stage for the Canadian company.

MediPharm says it is transitioning its focus from the business-to-business wholesale concentrate market “due to oversupply in Canada.”

The company will now focus on white-label contract manufacturing.

The CFO had been the highest compensated executive at MediPharm, according to a regulatory filing.

On top of Kwon’s CA$133,511 salary, he was eligible for almost CA$2 million in option-based awards.

The executive is not eligible for a $670,000 severance payout because he resigned, the company later clarified.

Executive compensation is becoming a growing issue for publicly traded Canadian cannabis businesses; MediPharm’s disclosed 2019 executive compensation was almost CA$7 million, mostly consisting of option-based awards.

That’s significantly higher than the CA$1.3 million the company paid in 2018.

In the wake of the growing loss, MediPharm joined other Canadian cannabis businesses in slashing its workforce.

The company expects to save about CA$3 million annually.

MediPharm would not say how many jobs were impacted, but a spokeswoman said the cuts involved “all Canadian employees focused around mid- to senior management and some executives as well.”

In a statement, CEO Pat McCutcheon said: “Economic conditions, including the oversupply in the Canadian bulk crude resin and distillate markets, along with the impact of COVID-19, continue to challenge the industry.

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