Cronos Group Inc.’s U.S.-listed shares slid 4.2% in premarket trading Friday, after the Canadian cannabis company posted weaker-than-expected earnings for the first quarter. Cronos said it had a net loss of C$161.6 million ($132.7 million), or 44 cents a share, in the quarter, after income of C$75.7 million, or 20 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Revenue net of excise taxes came to C$12.6 million, up from C$8.43 million a year ago. The FactSet consensus was for a loss of 11 cents a share and revenue of C$20.2 million. Chief Executive Kurt Schmidt said earnings were in Canada were impacted by “market dynamics due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing stay-at-home orders and various other restrictions.” The company’s adult-use brand named Spinach will launch edibles in the coming weeks, a new category for the Canadian market. Shares have gained 10% in the year to date, while the Cannabis ETF has gained 36% and the S&P 500 has gained 11.9%.
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