Aphria Q2 Sales Grow 39% to $8.5 Million

Aphria increases revenue 39% and Kilograms(1) sold 45% in quarter
  • Ninth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA from operations²
  • Announced capacity run rate in early 2019 in excess of 200,000 kgs
  • Provides leading supply position in early stages of expected under supplied adult-use market

LEAMINGTON, ON ,  Jan. 10, 2018  /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company“) (TSX: APH or USOTCQB:  APHQF) today reported its results, for the second quarter ended  November 30 , 2017.  All amounts are expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars.

Operating highlights

  • Ninth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA from operations2.   $1.6 million  in adjusted EBITDA from operations2 in the quarter, a 35% increase from the prior year.
  • Constuction of Part III and Part IV fully capitalized expansion progressing as scheduled with first sale from Part III expected in late  May 2018  and from Part IV in late  January 2019 . Upon completion of both projects, the Company anticipates 100,000 kgs in annualized production capacity at 1,000,000 sq. ft. of cumulative greenhouse growing space.
  • Increased our annualized production capability expectations to 220,000 kgs through subsequent event of GrowCo investment.
  • Continues to be one of only a few publicly-traded licensed producers to have reached milestone of reporting cumulative net earnings in excess of cumulative losses.
  • Increased our annualized production capability expectations to 210,000 kgs through subsequent event of GrowCo investment.
  • Deployed  $5,600  of capital in the form of strategic investments2 including additional investments in Green Tank Holdings Corp. and Nuuvera Corp.
  • Closed bought deal financing generating net proceeds of almost  $87,000  in the quarter and an additional approximately  $109,000  subsequent to the quarter-end, to be used primarily to fund the construction or acquisition of domestic production facilities and non- United States  international strategic investments.

We closed the quarter with strong top-line gains – revenue and Kilograms sold reached record highs and we moved closer to our increased our production capacity expectations,” said Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria. “With a growing product mix and patient base from both new and exsiting clients, we continue to affirm our positon as a strong Canadian market leader as we remain focused on executing our strategy to drive sustainable growth and shareholder value.

Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria

Looking ahead, we continue to explore strategic opportunities and partnerships to extend the Aphria brand and our product offerings in both the medical and adult-use marketplace. With our four-part facility expansion on schedule to be completed with first sales by  January 2019 , we are in a enviable position to aptly supply Canadian and international markets with high-quality cannabis to meet the growing global demand. As a well-capitalized company, we have the expertise, leadership and drive to extend our footprint and the Aphria Know-How system around the world.

Financial highlights

For the ninth consecutive quarter, the Company reported positive adjusted EBITDA from operations2.  In the quarter, the Company reported  $1.6 million  in adjusted EBITDA from operations2, a 35% increase over the prior year.  The Company continues to remain focused on product innovation for both the medical and adult-use market, build on its expansion plans in both domestic and international markets, and explore strategic investments and other opportunities to drive shareholder value.

Revenue for the three months ended  November 30, 2017  was  $8,504  versus  $5,227  in the same period of the prior year, an increase of over 60% and  $6,120  in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, an increase of almost 40%. The increase in revenue from the same period in the prior year was largely related to continued growth of both wholesale shipments and sales to existing patients, as well as continued acceleration of patient onboarding and an increased average selling price (excluding wholesale).

Gross profit for the second quarter was  $6,202 , compared to  $4,121  in the same quarter in the prior year and  $7,904  in the previous quarter. The increase in gross profit from the prior year is consistent with the much larger patient base over the prior year offset by the increased costs per gram equivalent and the increase in the fair value adjustment for biological assets against the decrease in the average selling price per gram equivalent. The decrease from the prior quarter is consistent with the increased costs per gram and the decrease in the net fair value adjustment related to biological assets.

During the quarter, our “all-in” costs of sales of dried cannabis per gram temporarily increased from  $1.61  to  $2.13 . In an effort to bring an increased supply of cannabis to its patients as soon as possible after obtaining Health Canada approval of its Part II expansion, the Company transferred less than ideal aged vegetative plants into the expansion upon receiving approval.  The plants transferred were older than we traditionally transfer, as we dealt with a longer than expected approval process. The impact of transferring older plants was a decrease in yield, which spread our actual costs across lower harvest yields and resulted in a significant amount of unabsorbed overhead that was expensed in the quarter.  Similarly, our per gram cash costs to produce dried cannabis increased from  $0.95  to  $1.45  due to the same challenges. Despite the increase, Aphria continues to have one of the lowest costs per gram in the industry.

Net income for the three months ended  November 30, 2017  was  $6,455  or  $0.05  per share compared to a net income of  $945  or  $0.01  per share in the same period of the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA from operations2 for the quarter was  $1,621  compared to  $1,699  in the prior quarter.  The decrease in the quarter, despite the increase in adjusted gross profit of almost  $1,000 , relates primarily to a  $900  increase in selling, marketing and promotion, related to investments in the development of our adult-use brands and increases in patient acquisition and maintenance costs consistent with the increase in revenue.

CONFERENCE CALL ON  JANUARY 10, 2018

Management will hold a conference call on  January 10, 2018  at  9:00 am EST  to discuss its financial results for the quarter-ended  November 30, 2017 . Interested participants may take part by dialing (888) 231-8191. A replay of this call will be available until  February 10, 2018  by dialing (855) 859-2056 with the passcode 6395256.

We Have a Good Thing Growing.

1 – References in this press release to Kilograms shall be defined as kilograms and kilogram equivalents.
2 – In this press release, reference is made to (i) Gross profit before fair value adjustments, (ii) adjusted gross margin; (iii) adjusted EBITDA from operations; (iv) cash cost to produce dried cannabis per gram; (v) “all-in” cost of sales to produce dried cannabis per gram; and, (vi) strategic investments, which are not measures of financial performance under International Financial Reporting Standards. Definitions for all terms above can be found in the Company’s November 30, 2017 Management’s Discussion and Analysis, filed on SEDAR.

About Aphria

Aphria Inc., one of  Canada’s  lowest cost producers, produces, supplies and sells medical cannabis.  Located in  Leamington, Ontario , the greenhouse capital of Canada.  Aphria is truly powered by sunlight, allowing for the most natural growing conditions available.  We are committed to providing pharma-grade medical cannabis, superior patient care while balancing patient economics and returns to shareholders.

For more information, visit www.aphria.ca.

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