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Trulieve forecasts dour first-quarter revenue amid slowing demand

By Sourasis Bose

March 8 (Reuters) – Trulieve Cannabis Corp on Wednesday forecast sequentially lower first-quarter revenue after reporting quarterly results that missed market expectations, as demand for cannabis-related products dropped amid regulatory challenges, inflation and a dip in prices.

“We are seeing smaller spend per visit,” Chief Executive Kim Rivers said during a post-earnings conference call.

The company had said in November that it would be lowering production to match the dip in demand.It also reduced its inventory by $4 million to generate cash.

Shares fell 6.5% after the company said it expects growth to be affected by inventory reduction throughout 2023.

Cannabis companies have opted for several cost-reduction measures over the last year.Last month, industry major Canopy Growth Corp announced plans to cut down its workforce and shed some assets in its bid to turn profitable.

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For 2023, Trulieve said that it expects positive free cash flow and capital spending to be at least 50% lower.

The Florida-based company’s adjusted core profit fell to $85 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec.31, from $100.9 million a year earlier.

Its revenue for the reported quarter fell to $302 million from $305 million a year ago, and also missed average analysts’ estimate of $306.25 million. (Reporting by Sourasis Bose in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)