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HydroFarm Meets Earnings Expectations & Exceeds Sales in 2022

Agtech company, Hydrofarm to report FY 2022

Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc announced its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results for December 31, 2022. The company experienced a net sales decrease to $61.5 million, down from $110.4 million in the prior year’s quarter, primarily driven by a 42.9% decline in product volume from the industry recession. Furthermore, the company incurred gross losses of $(0.5) million during the quarter, a significant drop from $18.7 million of gross profit reported during the same period in 2021. Hydrofarm also initiated a restructuring to right-size the company and enable cost savings in future periods.

Bill Toler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hydrofarm expressed encouragement that the company’s net sales came in at the upper end of its previous outlook for the year and generated positive Free Cash Flow for the third quarter in a row. The restructuring charges amounted to $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, of which approximately $6.1 million were non-cash. Hydrofarm anticipates the restructuring and related actions will result in approximately $7.0 million in annual cost savings. The company also aims to reinvest the net proceeds from the Sale-Leaseback Transaction into permitted investments, such as capital expenditures, which are expected to support growth and productivity programs in 2023.

Hydrofarm Meets Earnings Expectations and Exceeds Sales, Institutional Investors Sell, New Investors Buy, and Stock Price Drops 90% in 2022

Hydrofarm’s financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2022 was in line with expectations, with reported earnings of -45 cents per share meeting consensus estimates. However, the company exceeded market expectations regarding sales, reporting $61.5 million compared to the consensus estimate of $48.4 million. While institutional investors such as Massachusetts Financial Services and Alyeska Investment Group sold significant shares, new and current investors, including UBS Securities, T. Rowe Price Management, and BlackRock, strengthened their position in the company.

Despite the positive sales figures, Hydrofarm’s stock price significantly decreased by over 90% throughout 2022. On January 3rd, Wells Fargo maintained an equal-weight rating on the stock but lowered its price target from $2 to $1.5. The company has also initiated a restructuring to streamline operations and reduce costs, expected to result in annual cost savings of approximately $7 million. However, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will help improve the company’s stock performance in the future.

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