Village Farms International (VFF -1.73%) stock declined 12.7% in May, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The catalyst behind the decline was the Canada-based cannabis player's release of first-quarter results that disappointed some investors.
For context, the S&P 500 index returned 0.7% last month.
Village Farms stock is underperforming the market so far this year after considerably outperforming last year. In 2021, the stock is up 7.4% through June 8, while the S&P 500 has returned 13.3% over this period. In 2020, Village Farms stock gained 62.8%, while the broader market returned 18.4%.
On May 10, shares of Village Farms plunged nearly 25% following the company's release of its weaker-than-expected first-quarter results, though by the end of the month had recouped about half of this drop.
In Q1, revenue surged 63% year over year to $52.4 million, however this result overstates the company's performance. In the year-ago period, cannabis revenue was not included in total revenue because Village Farms didn't fully own its Pure Sunfarms subsidiary at that time.
So, let's break down the revenue result. In Q1, the company's net produce sales rose 9% year over year to $34.9 million. The cannabis business generated net sales of $17.4 million, up 33% from $13.1 million in the year-ago period. In constant currency (Canadian dollars), net cannabis sales rose 23% year over year.
CEO Michael DeGiglio, in the earning release, commented on cannabis sales, "[Pure Sunfarms] delivered its third consecutive quarter of strong sequential growth in our priority sales channel, retail branded sales -- up 20% from the fourth quarter -- and is especially encouraging given the softness in the Canadian market due to pandemic restrictions, which stalled sales growth for the rest of the industry."
Net loss was $7.4 million, or $0.10 per share, down from net income of $4.2 million, or $0.08 per share, in the year-ago period. That result fell short of the Wall Street consensus estimate of a loss of $0.02 per share. The company attributed the decline in the bottom line to "a lower gross margin from Pure Sunfarms ... and higher companywide selling, general and administrative expenses and share-based compensation."
Investors' main focus should continue to be on Village Farms' cannabis business, which is in the market that has huge long-term growth potential.
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