Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF) announced that it signed a cannabis flower and trim supply agreement with Agrima Botanicals Corp. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascent Industries Corp. Agrima is a licensed producer of medical cannabis pursuant to Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”).
According to a company statement, Agrima will supply Aurora with up to 20,000 kg of dried cannabis flower and up to 6,000 kg of cannabis trim per year from its Canadian cultivation facilities. The deal can last up to five years and is subject to a 12,000 kg per year minimum. Currently, Cannabis Benchmarks lists the spot price of wholesale cannabis at $1,237 per pound. At 2.2 pounds per kilogram, this gives the deal an approximate potential value of $54 million.
“The agreement with Ascent brings further differentiation to Aurora’s growing portfolio of products,” said Terry Booth, CEO. “Expanding product choice to our various audiences through quality operators such as Agrima positions us well to accelerate growth. Furthermore, the relationship provides an opportunity to potentially source additional, higher-margin derivative products down the line.”
Philip Campbell, CEO, and Director of Ascent added, “We are delighted to be selected as a supplier to Aurora, a leader in the global cannabis sector. Agrima is committed to providing high-quality cannabis to both consumers and strategic partners, which this new agreement is a testament to. We believe this represents the beginning of a strong strategic relationship with Aurora, one which will benefit both companies for years to come.”
Agrima’s dried cannabis flower and trim will come from its facilities in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia. Once operational, the 600,000 square foot, automated cultivation facility will have a total cultivation capacity of approximately 60,000 kg of cut flower per year. Agrima anticipates receiving Health Canada approval towards the end of calendar 2018 and anticipates shipping its first products in Q1 2019. Agrima’s parent company Ascent offers a product suite of more than 40 unique products under eight consumer-focused brands, including gel capsules, oils, vaporizer pens, pre-rolled joints, various edibles and raw flower.