Aphria Inc.
TSX VENTURE : APH

Aphria Inc.

July 21, 2015 06:00 ET

Aphria Inc. Announces R&D and Oil Extraction Build Out and Preliminary 4th Quarter Operational Highlights

Accelerated patient acquisition rates and changes in regulatory environment drive further capital expansion plans

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:APH) is pleased to announce board approval for the Company to build out a Research & Development laboratory and related advanced equipment technology at its growing facility in Leamington, Ontario. "The industry has opened a new chapter after Health Canada's recent announcement allowing for the extraction and sale of cannabis oils. This expansion will provide Aphria with the opportunity to diversify into marijuana oil extracts and compete in this emerging segment of the market," stated CEO Vic Neufeld.

The expansion, budgeted at $1.7 million, is in addition to the previously announced two-phase greenhouse expansion and remains subject to Health Canada approval.

Operational Highlights

The Company experienced substantial growth over the previous quarter. Based on preliminary financial results for the 3 months ended May 31, 2015, Aphria reports sales approximating $500,000, which represents a 970% increase over the prior quarter. At the end of the fourth quarter, Aphria had registered 1,050 patients (247 at February 28, 2015); as of today, that number exceeds 1,700 registered patients. "Our fourth quarter results have significantly exceeded our expectations. Recently engaged go-to-market sales platforms are providing us with an accelerated rate of patient registration requests. As fiscal 2016 progresses, we are anticipating further growth in sales and based on current trending, expect the Company will achieve positive cash flow from operations in the near term," said Mr. Neufeld.

Aphria expects to release detailed fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 financial results for the year ended May 31, 2015 in September.

About Aphria

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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Contact Information

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