Leamington, Ontario - October 13, 2017 - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX:APH) (OTCQB:APHQF) today reported its results, for the first quarter ended August 31, 2017. All amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars.
"In the first quarter of 2018, Aphria increased revenue and grams sold, and lowered cash costs, in addition to recording our eighth consecutive quarter of positive EBITDA," said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer, Aphria. "A key driver of our continued performance has been our ability to maintain leadership as one of the lowest-cost producers in the industry. As legal recreational cannabis comes into market in 2018, low costs per gram will be a critical factor for the entire supply chain. Our proven ability to grow to scale while keeping costs low is an important competitive advantage; it positions Aphria to profitably meet projected demand for cannabis and deliver sustainable value to our shareholders."
"Looking ahead, we are on track to meet critical short- and long-term goals: Our fully-funded facility expansion is well underway, and we expect to achieve further economies of scale once the expansion projects are completed in 2018. Additionally, we continue to develop new product innovations and invest in our recreational infrastructure and brand. This will enable us to serve growing demand from medical cannabis patients in the near term and will eventually support Aphria's position as a leader in Canada's recreational market, once federal and provincial regulatory frameworks are in place," said Mr. Neufeld.
For the eighth consecutive quarter, the Company reported positive EBITDA. In the quarter, the Company reported $1.5 million in EBITDA from operations, a 47% increase over the prior year. The Company remains committed to the responsible use of our shareholders' investment in Aphria. The Company continues to invest in its recreational brand, continues to proceed diligently on its capital investment plans and continues to explore other opportunities to increase shareholder value, including strategic investments, while ensuring appropriate liquidity risk mitigation strategies are in place.
Revenue for the three months ended August 31, 2017 was approximately $6.1 million, representing a 7% increase over the prior quarter's revenue of approximately $5.7 million, in a quarter in which the Company was effectively capacity constrained as the first sale from the Part II expansion did not occur until late in August. Further, on a kilogram and kilogram equivalent basis, the Company increased its sales by 15%, from 738.3 kgs to 852.0 kgs. Cannabis oil sales, as a percentage of all revenue, remained constant in the quarter at 32% of revenue.
Gross profit before fair value adjustments for the first quarter was approximately $4.8 million with a gross margin before fair value adjustments of 78%, generated from both retail and wholesale shipments of medical cannabis. The decrease in the gross margin before fair value adjustments from the prior quarter was a function of replacing sales to veterans, once their three gram per day limit became effective, with a combination of retail sales to patients and wholesale sales to other Licensed Producers.
During the quarter, our "all-in" costs of dried cannabis per gram decreased from $1.67 to $1.60. The decrease was largely related to economies of scale achieved as a result of the completion of our Part II expansion. Similarly, our cash costs of dried cannabis per gram decreased from $1.11 to $0.95, for the same reason.
During the quarter, the Company reported significant activity as it relates to its strategic investment portfolio, as follows:
The largest increases in the strategic investment portfolio relate to the increase in fair value of the Company's investment in Copperstate Farms Investors, LLC and the increase in the value of the Company investment in its equity accounted investee, Liberty Health Sciences, Ltd. ("Liberty"). The largest offsetting decrease in the strategic investment portfolio was the Company's share of its equity accounted investee's, Liberty's, net loss for the quarter. The Company's share was $8.8 million, with the vast majority of the loss ($8.4 million) relating to Liberty's listingfees as part of its reverse takeover, go public, transaction.
Net income for the three months ended August 31, 2017 was approximately $15 million or $0.11 per share as opposed to a net income of approximately $0.9 million or $0.01 per share in the same quarter in the previous year and a loss of approximately $2.6 million or $0.02 per share in the previous quarter. The increase in net income for Aphria in the quarter is directly related to the net gains on the Company's strategic investment portfolio in the quarter.
EBITDA from operations for the first quarter was approximately $1.5 million, compared to an EBITDA from operations of $1 million in the same period of the prior year and EBITDA from operations of $2.8 million in the previous quarter.
We have A Good Thing Growing.
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.
We Have a Good Thing Growing.
In this press release, reference is made to "all-in" costs to produce dried cannabis per gram, cash costs to produce dried cannabis, gross profit before fair value adjustments, gross margin before fair value adjustments, EBITDA from operations and 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 August 31, 2017 Management's Discussion and Analysis, filed on SEDAR.
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