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Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 7, 2020



Canopy Growth Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Canada   001-38496   N/A

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
  K7A 0A8
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(855) 558-9333

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Common Shares, no par value   CGC   NASDAQ Global Select Market

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Item 2.05

Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On December 9, 2020, Canopy Growth Corporation (the “Company”) announced the closure of five of its Canadian production sites as part of its plan to reduce operating costs, improve margins and align its production capacity with the current demand of the industry. The site closures were approved on December 7, 2020 and include the following production sites:



St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


Fredericton, New Brunswick


Bowmanville, Ontario


Birch Hills, Saskatchewan


Edmonton, Alberta

As a result of the closures, the Company expects to incur pre-tax charges of approximately $350-400 million, consisting of approximately $320 million of non-cash asset impairments relating these production sites in the third quarter of the Company’s fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. The remaining charges of up to $80 million are cash charges primarily attributable to employee severance, contract and existing obligation terminations, outside services and other related cash shutdown costs, which are expected to be substantially recorded in the third and fourth quarter of the Company’s fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. The Company expects the closures to result in annual cost savings in excess of $50 million.

The charges the Company expects to incur in connection with these actions are preliminary estimates and are subject to a number of assumptions and risks, and actual results may differ materially. The Company may also incur other material charges not currently contemplated due to events that may occur as a result of, or in connection with, these actions.


Item 2.06

Material Impairments.

The information provided in Item 2.05 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.06.

Forward Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved, and include statements relating to the Company’s estimated cost savings and the estimated pre-tax charges the Company expects to take in connection with the closure of certain of its production facilities. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, including known and unknown risks, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release and other reports we file with, or furnish to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other regulatory agencies and made by our directors, officers, other employees and other persons authorized to speak on our behalf. Such factors include, without limitation, the risk that the COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt our operations and those of our suppliers and distribution channels and negatively impact the use of our products; consumer demand for cannabis and U.S. hemp products; that cost savings and any other synergies from the CBI Group Investments (as defined in the Company’s 10-K referenced below) may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; future levels of revenues; our ability to manage disruptions in credit markets or changes to our credit rating; future levels of capital, environmental or maintenance expenditures, general and administrative and other expenses; the success or timing of completion of ongoing or anticipated capital

or maintenance projects; business strategies, growth opportunities and expected investment; the adequacy of our capital resources and liquidity, including but not limited to, availability of sufficient cash flow to execute our business plan (either within the expected timeframe or at all); the potential effects of judicial or other proceedings on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows; volatility in and/or degradation of general economic, market, industry or business conditions; compliance with applicable environmental, economic, health and safety, energy and other policies and regulations and in particular health concerns with respect to vaping and the use of cannabis and U.S. hemp products in vaping devices; the anticipated effects of actions of third parties such as competitors, activist investors or federal, state, provincial, territorial or local regulatory authorities, self-regulatory organizations, plaintiffs in litigation or persons threatening litigation; changes in regulatory requirements in relation to our business and products; and the factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on June 1, 2020, as such factors may be further updated from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC and with applicable Canadian securities regulators, which can be accessed at and, respectively. Readers are cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


Item 7.01.

Regulation FD Disclosure.

Canopy Growth issued the press release attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 in connection with site closures.

The information in Items 7.01 and 9.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as otherwise expressly stated in such filing.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits





99.1    Canopy Growth Corporation Press Release dated December 9, 2020 titled, “Canopy Growth Announces Changes to Canadian Operations”
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





/s/ Phil Shaer


Phil Shaer

Chief Legal Officer

Date: December 9, 2020