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    XLY   CA05335P1099

AUXLY CANNABIS GROUP INC.

(XLY)
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Delayed Toronto Stock Exchange  -  03:59:59 2023-01-27 pm EST
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2022SFL Corporation Ltd. announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
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SFL Corporation Ltd. announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.

11/15/2022 | 07:40am EST

Highlights

75th consecutive quarterly dividend declared, $0.23 per share

Net profit of $49.9 million, or $0.39 per share in the third quarter

Received charter hire of approximately $177.5 million in the quarter from the Company's vessels and rigs, including $11.3 million of profit share

Adjusted EBITDA of $117.7 million from consolidated subsidiaries, plus an additional $7.9 million adjusted EBITDA2 from associated companies

Acquisition of two newbuilding feeder container vessels with seven year charters to Maersk and a car carrier with six year charter to a leading car carrier operator

Delivery of four modern suezmax tankers which immediately commenced six year charters to a subsidiary of Koch Industries, a world leading industrial conglomerate

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment:

We are pleased to declare our 75th consecutive dividend, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to return value to the shareholders, with more than $2.5 billion paid in dividends so far. Furthermore, our fixed-rate charter backlog currently stands at $3.8 billion after adding approximately $1.6 billion the last 12 months, providing us with strong visibility on our long term dividend distribution capacity going forward.

Our full-service time charter offering and energy efficiency initiatives across the fleet has given us the opportunity to do multiple repeat transactions with several of our industry leading counterparties. Many of the recent charters include profit sharing features, and we remain committed to continue to grow and diversify our portfolio'.

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share. The dividend will be paid on or around December 30, 2022, to shareholders of record as of December 14, 2022, and the ex-dividend date on the New York Stock Exchange will be December 13, 2022.

The Board of Directors

SFL Corporation Ltd.

Hamilton, Bermuda

The full report can be found in the link below and at the Company's website www.sflcorp.com.

Questions may be directed to SFL Management AS:

Contact:

Investor and Analyst

Aksel C. Olesen

Chief Financial Officer

T: +47 23114036

Andre Reppen

Chief Treasurer and Senior Vice President

T: +47 23114055

Marius Furuly

Vice President

Finance

T: +47 23114016

Media

Ole B. Hjertaker

Chief Executive Officer

T: +47 23114011

About SFL

SFL has a unique track record in the maritime industry and has paid dividends every quarter since its initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company's fleet of vessels comprises of container vessels, car carriers, tanker vessels, bulkers and offshore drilling rigs. SFL's long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time. More information can be found on the Company's website: www.sflcorp.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including SFL management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company's records and other data available from third parties. Although SFL believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, SFL cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.

Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions in the seaborne transportation industry, which is cyclical and volatile, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the markets in which the Company operates, including shifts in consumer demand from oil towards other energy sources or changes to trade patterns for refined oil products, changes in market demand in countries which import commodities and finished goods and changes in the amount and location of the production of those commodities and finished goods, technological innovation in the sectors in which we operate and quality and efficiency requirements from customers, increased inspection procedures and more restrictive import and export controls, changes in the Company's operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, performance of the Company's charterers and other counterparties with whom the Company deals, the impact of any restructuring of the counterparties with whom the Company deals and timely delivery of vessels under construction within the contracted price, governmental laws and regulations, including environmental regulations, that add to our costs or the costs of our customers, potential liability from pending or future litigation, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political instability, terrorist attacks, piracy or international hostilities, the length and severity of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and governmental responses thereto and the impact on the demand for commercial seaborne transportation and the condition of the financial markets, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. SFL disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Hugo Alves, CEO of Auxly, commented: 'This quarter was transitional for the company as we took insights from and listened to our consumers to understand their evolving needs and preferences so that we could begin to deliver on quality improvements across our vape, dried flower and pre-roll portfolio, while also implementing pricing reductions. These necessary adjustments along with disruptions at some of our wholesale customers and hurricane Fiona's temporary impact on our Auxly Charlottetown facility led to lower than expected revenue for the quarter. We expect to see the benefits of our portfolio and pricing adjustments along with increased traction from our 30+ new SKUs that have launched, or will be launching, in Q4 2022. We have been working hard on an updated and expanded dried flower portfolio utilizing Auxly Leamington's competitive advantage of high-quality, large-scale, and low-cost cultivation. We will continue to expand our presence in this category through the introduction of four unique strains under our award winning Back Forty and Kolab Project brands, as well as through new dried and milled flower product offerings that will be offered under our new ultra-value brand, Parcel. Finally, we will continue to focus on cost control and margin enhancement through continued process improvements and investments in automation to further support our key objective of Adjusted EBITDA profitability in 2022.' Total Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses ('SG&A') are comprised of wages and benefits, office and administrative, professional fees, business development, and selling expenses. SG&A expenses were $11.6 million during the third quarter of 2022, in line with the same period in 2021 and $1.3 million lower than the previous quarter of 2022. Year-to-date expenditures of $37.1 million in 2022 are $5.5 million greater than the same period in 2021 primarily due to the addition of Auxly Leamington and expenditures associated with increased revenues.

Wages and benefits were $4.8 million during the third quarter of 2022, approximately $0.8 million higher than the same period of 2021, primarily due to the addition of Auxly Leamington and lower overhead absorption, partially offset by reductions associated with the Auxly Annapolis and Auxly Annapolis OG closures. Year-to-date expenditures of $15.6 million were higher by $2.7 million than those during the same period of 2021. The increases relate to the inclusion of Auxly Leamington and lower overhead absorption, partially offset by cost reductions from the closure of the Auxly Annapolis and Auxly Annapolis OG facilities.

Office and administrative expenses were $2.4 million during the current quarter, decreasing by $0.9 million compared to the same period in 2021. The decreased expenditures primarily relate to higher product cost absorption, reduced waste and the timing and cost associated with product innovation, partially offset by the inclusion of Auxly Leamington. For the first nine months of 2022 expenditures were $8.5 million, approximately $1.5 million below the same period of 2021 reflecting reductions in the current quarter partially offset by the addition of Auxly Leamington.

Auxly's professional fees were $0.7 million during the third quarter of 2022 and $2.2 million year-to-date which were $0.1 million lower and $0.3 million greater respectively, than the same periods in 2021. Professional fees incurred during the period primarily related to accounting fees, regulatory matters, reporting issuer fees, and legal fees associated with certain corporate activities.

Business development expenses were $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and $0.2 million after nine months, as compared to $0.1 million and $0.2 million respectively, during the same periods in 2021. These expenses were nominal during the COVID-19 pandemic and primarily relate to acquisition, business development and travel related expenses which have increased modestly as a result of loosening restrictions and the resumption of business travel.

Selling expenses were $3.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and $10.6 million year-to-date, increases of $0.3 million and $3.9 million over the same periods in 2021, as a result of cannabis sales activities comprised of brokerage fees, Health Canada fees related to higher revenues, and increased marketing initiatives for Cannabis Products.

Equity-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 were $0.5 million and $3.6 million respectively. During the same periods of 2021 these amounts were $0.1 million and $1.2 million. The charges for the current quarter reflect the impact of prior option grants and restricted share units ('RSU') granted in June 2022, in respect of services provided by employees in 2021. The expense related to options is primarily a function of the number of grants, the weighted average aging of the grants and the share price at the time of grant. The RSU charge is primarily determined by the number of units granted, vesting periods and forfeiture assumptions, and the Share price at the time of grant.

Depreciation and amortization expenses were $3.5 million for the period ended September 30, 2022, and $12.0 million year-to-date increasing by $1.3 million and $5.2 million respectively over the same periods in 2021. The increase in expense during the current period is primarily related to additional capital expenditures and inclusion of Auxly Leamington in 2022.

Interest expenses were $5.5 million and $15.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, an increase of $1.6 million and $2.6 million over the same periods in 2021 primarily as a result of the inclusion of Auxly Leamington. Interest expense includes accretion on the convertible debentures and interest paid in kind on the $123 million Imperial Brands Debenture. Interest payable in cash was approximately $1.8 million for the current quarter.

Total Other Incomes and Losses

Total other incomes and losses for the quarter were a net loss of $43.4 million primarily due to the impairment of goodwill and other assets of $45 million partially offset by gains related to foreign exchange, assets and liabilities and interest and other income, as compared to a loss of $0.5 million during the same period in 2021, which were primarily driven in 2021 by a loss on investment in joint venture, partially offset by gains on disposal of subsidiary and other smaller gains.

During the third quarter of 2022 the Company determined the existence of impairment indicators, as a result the Company performed an impairment test and concluded that the carrying value was higher than the recoverable amount of the Canadian cannabis CGU by $45.0 million. As a result, the Company wrote off the goodwill balance of $24.8 million, and the balance of $20.2 million was allocated to other assets of the Company based on their relative carrying amounts at the impairment date, with no individual asset being reduced below its estimated fair value. Management allocated $20.2 million of impairment as follows: $13.2 million of impairment losses towards intangible assets, $2.2 million towards other receivables, and $4.8 million of impairment losses towards long-term assets, including property, plant and equipment.

Total other incomes and losses for the nine months ending September 30, 2022 of $66.4 million include the first quarter losses associated with the closure of the Auxly Annapolis and Auxly Annapolis OG facilities where the carrying value exceeds the fair value less cost to sell.

The share of losses on investment in joint venture during 2021 represented the Company's proportionate share of Auxly Leamington's earnings prior to its acquisition in November 2021, which results are presently consolidated into the Company's financial statements.

Auxly is exposed to foreign exchange fluctuations from the U.S. dollar to CAD dollar exchange rate primarily related to inventory, capital purchases and Inverell net assets.

Conference Call

Auxly's management team will host a conference call today, Monday, November 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST to discuss its financial results. Participants can access the conference call by telephone by dialing: 1-888-664-6383 or by audio webcast at: https://app.webinar.net/BobWPaRQpak.

For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be available for replay on the Company's website within 24 hours after the conclusion of the call.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

'Hugo Alves' CEO

About Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX: XLY)

Auxly is a leading Canadian consumer packaged goods company in the cannabis products market, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Our focus is on developing, manufacturing and distributing branded cannabis products that delight our consumers.

Our vision is to be a leader in branded cannabis products that deliver on our consumer promise of quality, safety and efficacy.

Learn more at www.auxly.com and stay up to date at Twitter: @AuxlyGroup; Instagram: @auxlygroup; Facebook: @auxlygroup; LinkedIn: company/auxlygroup/.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Information:

This news release contains certain 'forward-looking information' within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as 'plan', 'continue', 'expect', 'project', 'intend', 'believe', 'anticipate', 'estimate', 'may', 'will', 'potential', 'proposed' and other similar words, or information that certain events or conditions 'may' or 'will' occur. This information is only a prediction. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking information throughout this news release. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to: the proposed operation of Auxly, its subsidiaries and partners; the intention to grow the business, operations and existing and potential activities of Auxly; the Company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's current and future operations; the Company's execution of its innovative product development, commercialization strategy and expansion plans; the Company's intention to introduce innovative new cannabis products to the market and the timing thereof; the anticipated benefits of the Company's partnerships, research and development initiatives and other commercial arrangements; the anticipated benefits of the Company's acquisition of Auxly Leamington; the expectation and timing of future revenues and of positive Adjusted EBITDA; expectations regarding the Company's expansion of sales, operations and investment into foreign jurisdictions; future legislative and regulatory developments involving cannabis and cannabis products; the timing and outcomes of regulatory or intellectual property decisions; the relevance of Auxly's subsidiaries' current and proposed products with provincial purchasers and consumers; consumer preferences; political change; competition and other risks affecting the Company in particular and the cannabis industry generally.

A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection contained in the forward-looking information in this release including, but not limited to, whether: the Company will be able to execute on its business strategy; Auxly's subsidiaries and partners are able to obtain and maintain the necessary governmental and regulatory authorizations to conduct business; the Company is able to successfully manage the integration of its various business units with its own; there are not materially more closures or lockdowns related to the COVID?19 pandemic; the Company's subsidiaries and partners obtain and maintain all necessary governmental and regulatory permits and approvals for the operation of their facilities and the development of cannabis products, and whether such permits and approvals can be obtained in a timely manner; the Company will be able to successfully integrate Auxly Leamington's operations with its own, and whether the expected benefits of the acquisition materialize in the manner expected, or at all; the Company will be able to successfully launch new product formats and enter into new markets; there is acceptance and demand for current and future Company products by consumers and provincial purchasers; the Company will be able to increase revenues and achieve positive Adjusted EBITDA; and general economic, financial market, legislative, regulatory, competitive and political conditions in which the Company and its subsidiaries and partners operate will remain the same. Additional risk factors are disclosed in the annual information form of the Company for the financial year ended December 31, 2021 dated March 30, 2022.

New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of those factors or to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company's business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking information. The forward-looking information in this release is based on information currently available and what management believes are reasonable assumptions. Forward-looking information speaks only to such assumptions as of the date of this release. In addition, this release may contain forward-looking information attributed to third party industry sources, the accuracy of which has not been verified by the Company. The forward-looking information is being provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Company's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future, and the reader is cautioned that such forward-looking information may not be appropriate for any other purpose. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information contained in this release.

The forward-looking information contained in this release is expressly qualified by the foregoing cautionary statements and is made as of the date of this release. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Contact:

T: 1 647 812 0121

Facsimile: 855 669 7881

Email: info@auxly.com

Investor

T: 1 833 695 2414

Email: ir@auxly.com

(C) 2022 Electronic News Publishing, source ENP Newswire

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