Aphria’s Revenues Cross Break-even Threshold
December 17, 2015
Sales Climb 114% in Second Quarter
Leamington, Ontario – December 17, 2015 – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: APH) is pleased to announce highlights of its Second Quarter preliminary results for the period ended November 30th, 2015, without IFRS mandated biological asset adjustments.
Throughout the quarter patient registrations continued to show strong growth with approximately 3,400 patients registered as of November 30th, 2015 (compared to 2,200 as of August 31st, 2015), representing an accelerated on-boarding rate over the previous quarter.
Based on current and near-term usual operating expenses, together with the tracking of retail and wholesale revenues, the Company’s break-even annualized revenues approximate $8.0 Million to $9.0 Million. During the quarter, the Company generated over $2 million in revenues from its retail and wholesale models combined, representing a 114% increase over the previous quarter’s revenue. The second quarter’s level of annualized sales crosses the Company’s expected break-even threshold.
Continuing to leverage Aphria’s low cost producer status, the Company’s adjusted gross margin generated in the quarter approximates 69%. This represents an 11% increase over the prior quarter, primarily driven by continued refinements and improvements to our growing techniques.
Adjusted gross margin and cash cost to produce are non-GAAP 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.
“November marked the one-year anniversary of our Licensed Producer status. Reaching our anticipated break-even annualized sales milestone is an industry leading accomplishment,” said Vic Neufeld, CEO. “We are most proud of Aphria’s success story to date. Year two of our journey will continue to focus on prudently managing our operating expenses and improving our greenhouse growing costs, once Health Canada approves our site-ready Part 1 expansion.”
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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