Aphria to Report Positive Earnings for the Quarter
March 10, 2016
32% Revenue Growth Generating Significant EBITDA Focus on growing practices leads to 11% decrease in costs per gram
Leamington, Ontario – March 10, 2016 – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: APH) is pleased to announce highlights of its Third Quarter preliminary results for the period ended February 29th, 2016, without IFRS mandated biological asset adjustments
Aphria will report positive earnings, with and without IFRS mandated biological asset adjustments, for the quarter. Additionally, Aphria achieved its cash break-even threshold for the first nine months of the fiscal year, a quarter sooner than originally announced. Revenue increased 32.2% from the prior quarter, growing from $2.0 million to $2.68 million, while year-to-date revenues exceed $5.6 million.
Throughout the quarter, patient registrations continued to grow with over 4,000 patients registered as of February 29th, 2016 (compared to 3,400 as of November 30th, 2015).
Continuing to leverage Aphria’s low cost producer status, the Company’s adjusted gross margin increased by 8% over the past quarter to 77%. This continued improvement was fueled by attention to operating cost controls, optimized strain selection and refinements to our growing techniques. Given our recent Health Canada expansion approval, which doubled our growing space, further cost reductions are anticipated with full crop rotation.
“Having doubled our capacity, added oil extraction capabilities and operating state-of-the-art in-house laboratories, we are strategically positioned to capitalize on the growth of the medical cannabis market, as well as the recreational marijuana market (once legalized),” said Vic Neufeld, CEO. “Together with new enhanced strains yielding our highest levels of THC and CBD ever, and an investment in agricultural genetics research, Aphria is demonstrating best-in-class leadership.”
Adjusted gross margin, cash break-even, estimated EBITDA percentage and cash cost to produce are nonGAAP financial measures, which are explained in the Company’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” a copy of which is available under the Company’s corporate profile at www.sedar.com.
Aphria, a company continued under the laws of the Province of Ontario and based in Leamington, Ontario, is in the business of producing, supplying and selling medical marijuana pursuant to the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “MMPR”). Under the MMPR, Health Canada is responsible for the oversight of commercial medical marijuana growers such as Aphria. Aphria’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol “APH”.
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