Gross revenue grew to $249 million from last year’s $235 million for the same period. In addition to that, net losses dropped to $21 million from last year’s net loss of $98 million.
SNDL also reported a positive free cash flow of $16.5 million in the third quarter of 2023 versus a negative $67.1 million in the third quarter of 2022.
“SNDL’s positive net cash from operating activities and first quarter of free cash flow generation marks a pivotal milestone, reflecting our team’s commitment to operational and financial excellence,” CEO Zach George said. “We are intent on realizing SNDL’s potential for improved profitability, material growth, and greater efficiencies across all of our segments.”
George noted that the company continues to see margin improvements in its cannabis retail network, partially driven by a rationalization in its facility footprint and its “aggressive” move into procurement.
Most of SNDL’s revenue for the quarter stemmed from liquor sales, but the company still sees a sizable amount of cannabis revenue.
The liquor business brought in net revenue of $151.8 million in the quarter which was slightly lower than last year’s $152 million for the same period. SNDL is Canada’s largest private sector liquor retailer with 170 locations under its three retail banners:
Wine and Beyond
SNDL also noted that it launched an e-commerce platform for Wine and Beyond and that early observations indicate an average increase in total basket spend for online purchases compared to in-store purchases in the first four weeks post-launch.
The company added that it expects to launch its first wine private label in the first half of 2024.
Retail cannabis revenue came in at $75.5 million for the third quarter of 2023, an increase of 14.1% compared to the same quarter of the prior year. Net revenue from cannabis operations was $21.0 million, a year-over-year increase of 77.4%.
SNDL is Canada’s largest private-sector cannabis retailer, operating 186 locations under its four retail banners:
During the quarter, SNDL said it reduced its brand portfolio, cutting close to 50% of its total offerings across all brands to focus on high-performing SKUs, key consumer categories, and new innovations.
The statement said, “This rationalization initiative prioritizes revenue generation and key volume SKUs to deliver increased margins within the Cannabis Operations segment and owned retail locations through 2024.”
As part of these changes, SNDL said it launched 41 SKUs in the third quarter, primarily focusing on large format flower, vapes, and pre-rolls under its value-driven brands, Palmetto and Versus.
Sunstream is the joint venture for SNDL, into which the company has sunk $531 million. The portfolio has five investments:
Jushi Holdings Inc.
Ascend Wellness Holdings
Surterra Holdings Inc., which operates as Parallel
The Cannabist, formerly known as Columbia Care Inc.
During the quarter, an affiliate of SunStream entered into restructuring arrangements regarding the foreclosure of certain Parallel cannabis operations in Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, and Nevada.
Then on Oct. 23, an affiliate of SunStream announced a receivership court order granting the sale of certain assets of Skymint to a SunStream USA entity. SNDL said that the Parallel and Skymint transactions are expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2024.
The company’s cash and cash equivalents were $201 million at the end of the quarter, down from $279 million at the end of December 2022.
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