Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings last week, and the company exceeded all expectations.
And it beat those estimates from underneath a cloud of short sellers' spurious innuendo, to boot.
After a quarter of overall decline in Canadian cannabis revenue, Aphria saw an increase of 85% – that's 85% sequentially and not year over year. The company also turned earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) positive – albeit after adjustments and with help from a European pharmaceutical distribution business the company owns.
And to top it off, management's optimistic about the future.
So any investor could look at Aphria's reporting and conclude it had a great quarter. And they'd be dead on.
What might not be so obvious at first glance is that this company just showed investors how it was going to take the cannabis sector to the next level.
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