Aphria Inc.
TSX VENTURE : APH

Aphria Inc.

April 08, 2015 06:00 ET

Referral Agreements with Two National Organizations Provide Potential for Significant Patient Acquisition

New Three-Year Contracts Underpin Aphria's Recently Announced Plan to Nearly Double Growing Capacity

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 8, 2015) - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:APH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into agreements with two national organizations committed to helping first responders and veterans deal with chronic ailments. Each of the agreements has a three-year term and is renewable for three successive periods of one-year. The first contract is effective immediately while the second will become effective on June 1, 2015.

While detailed financial terms remain confidential, under the terms of the agreements, each of the organizations will refer patients to Aphria. After accounting for applicable variable costs, the contribution to operating income from sales generated by these two referral contracts is expected to be in the range of 25%-30% of revenue.

"We are delivering on our two-prong retail and wholesale growth strategy while raising the profile of the Aphria brand and leveraging our unique cost advantages," stated Vic Neufeld, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. "In our first four months as a public company we have registered more than 500 patients, built up our medical marijuana inventory to approximately 300 kilograms, completed our first two wholesale shipments and, as announced today, entered into two new contracts that provide us with a broad reach of potential patient acquisitions. As much as 50% of our annualized growing capacity, including the incremental capacity from the first phase of our facility expansion announced several weeks ago, will be required to service these two agreements."

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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Source: Aphria Inc.

Contact Information

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

    M:R Strategic Advisors
    416-564-4290
    514-926-7751