Aphria Reports Q3 $108 Million Loss, Updates Green Growth Brands Takeover Plans

Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA) (NYSE: APHA) reported its results, for the third quarter ending February 28, 2019. The company delivered net revenue of $73.6 million up 240% from the prior quarter and 617% from the prior year. Still, the company reported a net loss of $108 million versus last year’s net income of $12 million for the same time period.

Irwin D. Simon , Aphria’s Chairman, and Interim Chief Executive Officer said, “Our organization has experienced significant change in a very short period of time which was necessary to propel the Company forward.  Our Board of Directors and executive team will remain focused on the advancement of Aphria’s leadership position in the global cannabis industry and we are pleased to have announced today the appointment of two new independent directors.”

The Board appointed two new independent directors, effective today. Walter Robb and David Hopkinson will fill two of the three current director vacancies. Walter Robb was a former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. David Hopkinson serves as Real Madrid Club de Futbol’s (“Real Madrid”) Global Head of Partnerships. He joined Real Madrid in August 2018 and brings his 25 years of professional sports sales, marketing and leadership experience to Aphria.

Green Growth Brands

The company issued a separate press release and said it continues to recommend that Aphria shareholders reject the Green Growth Brands (GGB) Offer and to not tender Aphria shares to the GGB Offer.

Simon said, “We plan to use the $89.0 million in proceeds from the transaction to fund our strategic global expansion initiatives. On behalf of our Board of Directors and management team, we continue to recommend that Aphria shareholders reject the GGB offer and do not tender their Aphria shares to the GGB offer.”

GGB has entered into a share purchase agreement with GA Opportunities Corp. (GAOC) pursuant to which GGB has agreed to purchase for cancellation 27.3 million shares held by GAOC, for an aggregate purchase price of $89.0 millionThe terms of the Share Purchase Agreement include, among other things, that GGB will pay in cash $50.0 million of the Purchase Price to GAOC within 30 days of the date hereof and will issue a promissory note to GAOC for $39.0 million due in six months from the Closing Date.

Aphria has entered into a shortened deposit period agreement with GGB to facilitate the acceleration of the expiry of GGB’s offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Aphria. Aphria has agreed to reduce the initial deposit period of the bid to 92 days from January 23, 2019. GGB will be mailing a Notice of Variation providing that the GGB Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019. Based on the closing price of $3.86 per GGB share on the Canadian Securities Exchange on April 12, 2019 , the implied consideration under the GGB Offer would be $6.07 per Aphria share, representing a significant 54.7% discount to Aphria’s closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange of $13.41 per share on the same day.

Latin America Assets

The company had formed a Special Committee as per the Ontario Securities Commission request as part of a continuous disclosure review that the company performs an impairment test on its LATAM assets subsequent to the filing of the 2019 second quarter financial statements. The committee concluded the review and found that the acquisition of LATAM assets was within an acceptable range, albeit near the top of the range of observable valuation metrics; the company’s investment in LATAM assets is approximately $225 million , after recording the aforementioned non-cash impairment charge, which is approximately $30 million more than the original agreed purchase price of approximately $195 million.

Mr. Simon continued, “We continue to take decisive actions to increase efficiency, including investing additional capital in automation and packaging and adapting production to a new growing method. While this contributed to an increase in our costs, we expect higher future yields per square foot leading to stronger results as we start fiscal year 2020.”

Debra Borchardt

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Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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