HEXO Corp. has taken steps to reduce its workforce. The Company is rightsizing its operations to adjust to a changing market and regulatory environment with a view towards profitability and long-term stability.
“This has been my hardest day at HEXO Corp,” said Sebastien St-Louis, CEO and co-founder of the Company. “While it is extremely difficult to say goodbye to trusted colleagues, I am confident that we have made sound decisions to ensure the long-term viability of HEXO Corp. The actions taken this week are about rightsizing the organization to the revenue we expect to achieve in 2020.”
As noted in an earlier press release to provide preliminary fourth quarter 2019 revenue results, slower than expected store rollouts, a delay in government approval for cannabis derivative products and early signs of pricing pressure are being felt nationally. The delay in retail store openings in our major markets has meant that the access to a majority of the target customers has been limited. Additionally, regulatory uncertainty across the pan-Canadian system and jurisdictional decisions to limit the availability and types of cannabis derivative products have contributed to an increased level of unpredictability.
As part of the changes to its operations, the Company has eliminated approximately 200 positions across its departments and locations. The cuts include the elimination of some executive positions and the departures of Arno Groll, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Nick Davies, Chief Marketing Officer.
The Company plans to release its complete financial results for the year ended July 31, 2019 on October 28, 2019, and hold its earnings call at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.