TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: AH, OTCQB: ALEAF) ("Aleafia Health" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a new European cannabis distribution partner, representing a one-year, approximately $1 million contract1, significantly bolstering the Company's record $1.2 million year-to-date sales in its growing international channel.
"This new announcement is very significant: it builds upon advancements made in August 2022 when the Company revealed a two-year $4.6 million European sales commitment and broadens our international reach," said Aleafia CEO Tricia Symmes. "The Company is involved in overseas markets because international success leverages both its products and brands, and the addressable European cannabis market is high potential, so this relationship provides another gateway into further European expansion in the medical and potential recreational markets."
"These international agreements are an important part of our strategic plan for growth and profitability," said Matt Sale, CFO. "These activities grow revenue, are not subject to excise duties, lock in attractive margins, and improve our overall cash conversion cycle and net working capital performance, continuing to deliver against one of our core sale pillars for FY 2023."
1 This is forward looking information. See cautionary note below.
David Pasieka Replaces Mark Sandler as Aleafia Health Board Chair
The Company also announced that David Pasieka, a director since September 2021, will become its Board Chair, following the January 30th retirement of Mark Sandler, who has served as Chair since July 2021 and is Aleafia Health's longest serving director having being appointed in 2018. Pasieka, a seasoned public company executive, with extensive formal and board level experience, has served on Aleafia's FAC and HRC committees and currently serves on the Board of Oakville Hydro / Oakville Enterprise Corporaiton as well as serving on the Faculty of the Caribbean Governance Institute.
"The Company has been very grateful for Mark Sandler's counsel and support of the vision for the future as we transitioned from a bulk wholesale cannabis provider into a branded adult-use, medical and international producer. Under his guidance, the Company consistently increased market share, achieved a top 10 standing in multiple formats and markets for Divvy, negotiated the amendment of its $37.3 Million Convertible Debentures while securing a $5.6 million equity financing in June 2022," said Symmes. "Since becoming CEO in February 2022, I benefited from Mark's thoughtful insights in our concerted drive toward Adjusted breakeven EBITDA profitability2, which was achieved two quarters ahead of projections. Now David Pasieka will build on those accomplishments, guiding us to further growth and enhanced profitability."
2 This is a non-IFRS measure. See cautionary statement below.
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Matthew Sale, CFO
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About Aleafia Health:
The Company is a federally licensed Canadian cannabis company offering cannabis products in Canadian adult-use and medical markets and in select international markets, including Australia and Germany. The Company operates a virtual medical cannabis clinic staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners which provide health and wellness services across Canada.
The Company owns three licensed cannabis production facilities and operates a strategically located distribution centre all in the province of Ontario, including the largest, outdoor cannabis cultivation facility in Canada. The Company produces a diverse portfolio of cannabis and cannabis derivative products including dried flower, pre-roll, milled, vapes, oils, capsules, edibles, sublingual strips, and topicals.
Cautionary Statement on Non-IFRS Measures
Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized financial measure under IFRS, does not have a standardized meaning and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For additional information including the definition and purpose of the non-IFRS measure, see "Cautionary Statement re Non-IFRS measures" in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period ended September 30, 2022 found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Forward Looking Information Cautionary Statement
Certain statements herein relating to the Company constitute "forward looking information", within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including without limitation, statements regarding the value of contracts. Such forward-looking statements involve unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual and future events to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to our long term profitability, market share, net revenue, branded cannabis net revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, projected value of contracts and other financial outlook projections for fiscal year 2023, our commercial operations, including production and / or sales of cannabis, quantities of future cannabis production, anticipated revenue in connection with such sales, and other Information that is based on forecasts of future results, estimates of production not yet determinable, and other key management assumptions. The following material factors or assumptions were used to develop the forward looking information: Aleafia's ability to cultivate, harvest and deliver sufficient flower compliant with regulatory and contractual specifications to meet demand, our new European partner will purchase the minimum quantity contractually required to maintain its exclusivity rights, information provided by our new European partner on their future purchasing plans is accurate, our new European customer will comply with its contractual commitments, Euro to Canadian collar currency conversion rates and costs remain stable, market size and growth of the Canadian adult-use and medical cannabis markets and international markets, retail store penetration, script trends, cultivation and processing capacity, costs of production, gross and net revenue per gram. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements and involve risk and uncertainties relating to: currency conversion costs, value of foreign and Canadian currencies, future cultivation yield and quality, actual operating performance of facilities, product launches, facility licenses and amendments, average selling prices, cost of goods sold, operating expenses, Adjusted EBITDA, regulatory changes in the Canadian and international markets, and other uninsured risks. The forward looking information was approved by Management as of January 10, 2023. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances unless required by law. The forward looking information is provided for information purposes only and readers are cautioned that it may not be appropriate for other purposes. This presentation is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy any security in any jurisdiction.
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