Swiss National Bank Increased Holding in Aphria Stock Last Quarter

Aphria Stock

The Swiss National Bank has increased its holding in Aphria Inc (TSX:APHA) (NYSE:APHA), buying an additional 33,000 in Aphria stock last quarter.

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According to Aphria’s most recent filings with the SEC, the Swiss National Bank increased its stake in Aphria stock by 8% to $3,132,000, which represents a 0.18% share in the company. The news comes after Aphria Inc outperformed the market in August having posted surprisingly strong fourth-quarter results. The same filings also show a number of other investors increasing their stake in the company, such as Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd, CIBC World Markets, and AE Wealth Management.

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The stock has been performing strongly in recent weeks off the back of those early August results, which saw the company post net revenue of $128.57 million CAD, an increase of nearly $55 million CAD from the previous quarter, and 10 times the figure of $12.03 million CAD reported in the same period last year. Despite the positive reports, Aphria stock is in the red this morning, trading down about 1.0% to $8.19.

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Aphria Recovering from Controversy

The news that investors are increasing their holdings in Aphria stock could be indicative of the cannabis market recovering from a difficult few months that saw numerous scandals, controversies, and various other teething issues plague the budding industry. While scandals at companies such as CannTrust Holdings (TSX:TRST) (NYSE:CTST) and Canopy Growth (TSX:TRST) (NYSE:CTST) grabbed most of the headlines, Aphria was not free from fault either.

Last December, numerous reports of short-selling against the company, self-dealing involving the CEO and some of the company’s founders, and overpaying for “worthless” assets in South America caused Aphria stock to drop by over 60%. Irwin Simon was brought in at the tail end of 2018 to lead a special board committee to investigate the ongoing issues. Simon was subsequently appointed interim CEO on Valentine’s Day, and his leadership of the company has led to a successful turnaround.

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