Aphria Inc.
TSX VENTURE : APH

Aphria Inc.

December 11, 2015 09:05 ET

Aphria Announces Closing of Bought Deal Financing

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 11, 2015) -

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Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:APH) is pleased to announce it has closed its short form prospectus offering, on a bought deal basis, including the exercise in full of the underwriters' over-allotment option. A total of 8,846,370 units (the "Units") of the Company were sold at a price of $1.30 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of $11,500,281 (the "Offering"). Each Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (a "Unit Share") and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole common share purchase warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share of the Company (a "Warrant Share") at a price of $1.75 until December 11, 2018. The Offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Clarus Securities Inc. and GMP Securities L.P.

The net proceeds from the Offering are expected to be used for future expansion purposes. With the first phase expansion already complete with respect to build-out and construction, the Company is awaiting final Health Canada inspection for Phase I and does not anticipate any significant further costs related to this initial phase. The second phase expansion, currently in preliminary planning, is expected to add an incremental 130,000 square feet of greenhouse capacity and increase production of medical marijuana to approximately 10,000 kilograms on an annualized basis.

The Units were offered for sale in each of the provinces and territories of Canada other than the Province of Quebec by short form prospectus, and in those jurisdictions outside of Canada and the United States which were agreed to by the Company and the Underwriters, where the Units were issued on a private placement basis, exempt from any prospectus, registration or other similar requirements.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities of Aphria Inc. in the United States, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act or any U.S. state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or unless an exemption from such registration is available.

About Aphria

Aphria Inc., 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". For more information, visit www.Aphria.com.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Any statements that are contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "expect," "likely", "may," "will," "should," "intend," or "anticipate", "potential", "proposed", "estimate" and other similar words, including negative and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" happen, or by discussions of strategy. Forward-looking statements include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, targets, guidance, or other statements that are not statements of fact. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to internal expectations, the use of net proceeds of the Offering, estimated margins, expectations for future growing capacity, expectations with respect to future production costs, intended expansion of the Company's facilities, its costs and anticipated timing with respect to such expansion, and the receipt of approvals from Health Canada. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; marketing costs; loss of markets; future legislative and regulatory developments involving medical marijuana; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the medical marijuana industry in Canada generally, income tax and regulatory matters; the ability of Aphria to implement its business strategies; competition; crop failure; currency and interest rate fluctuations and other risks.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Aphria Inc.
    Vic Neufeld
    President & CEO
    1-844-427-4742