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Debra BorchardtJune 25, 2020
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Aleafia Health Inc. (OTC: ALEAF) and its subsidiary Emblem Cannabis Corporation and Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ:APHA)have said that the parties entered into a settlement agreement on June 25, 2020, to resolve their outstanding dispute in respect of the termination of the parties’ wholesale cannabis supply agreement.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement Emblem will get C$29.1 million which will consist of a C$15.5 million cash payment, the issuance of common shares of Aphria with an aggregate market value of C$10 million that will be freely tradeable and transferable in Canada and waiver of claimed receivables. The parties have also agreed to a mutual release of all existing and potential claims relating to the Supply Agreement, and to the dismissal of the arbitration proceedings that had previously been commenced.

“The settlement agreement is fair and satisfactory to both parties and allows Aleafia Health to move forward with a significantly strengthened balance sheet. With a substantial injection of value into our business, we can focus on our continued growth,” said Aleafia Health CEO Geoff Benic.

This settlement ends any and all potential claims and litigation against and between Aphria, Emblem, and Aleafia Health relating to the Supply Agreement.

A Busted Deal

The original problem stemmed from a deal that was agreed to on September 11, 2018, which said that Aphria would provide up to 175,000 kg equivalents of cannabis products over an initial five-year term, commencing May 1, 2019. Aleafia terminated its deal to buy cannabis from Aphria saying the company failed to meet its supply obligations.

“Following Aphria’s failure to meet its supply obligations under the Supply Agreement, Emblem has exercised its contractual right to terminate the Supply Agreement in accordance with its terms. The termination of the Supply Agreement by Emblem was made without prejudice to its rights accrued to the date of termination (including its rights to be refunded the unused balance of its deposit) and its rights to seek damages as a result of Aphria’s default and termination thereunder.”

At the time, Aphria released a statement saying, “We are disappointed that Aleafia has chosen to terminate its Agreement with Aphria Inc. The Company had every intention of fulfilling its obligations under the Agreement. As a large shareholder of Aleafia, Aphria made good faith efforts to ensure the continuation of the Agreement understanding it was in the best interest of all parties involved. However, the termination of this legacy Agreement frees up significant supply allowing the Company to service its brands that are in high-demand across the country.”


William SumnerMay 21, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 21, 2019.

On the Site

New Regime Will Impact Aphria Stock

No one who follows Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA ) stock should have been surprised that the company’s president, Jakob Ripshtein, resigned on May 14. Ever since interim CEO Irwin Simon was appointed Independent Chair of Aphria’s board in December,  it was only a matter of time before Simon, the entrepreneurial founder and former CEO of Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN), would play a more prominent role at the Canadian cannabis company.

Australis Capital

Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) entered into an asset purchase agreement with Green Therapeutics, LLC and affiliated companies, to acquire its Tsunami, Provisions, and GT Flowers cannabis brands in a deal valued at $8 million. The deal is expected to close in late 2019.

In Other News

Innovative Industrial Properties

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) announced that it had closed the acquisition of a property containing two buildings totaling approximately 266,000 square feet of industrial space for $13 million. IIP has also entered into a long-term, triple-net lease agreement with a subsidiary of Green Leaf Medical, LLC (Green Leaf Medical). Green Leaf Medical has already redeveloped roughly 103,000 square feet of the space for medical cannabis cultivation and processing.

Body and Mind

Body and Mind Inc. (CSE: BAMM) (OTC Pink: BMMJ) has closed a previously announced private placement offering. M Partners Inc. acted as lead agent on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters, which included PI Financial Corp. Body and Mind sold 11,780,904 units of the company at a price of C$1.25 per unit for gross proceeds of C$14.72 million. “The financing was originally planned for gross proceeds of up to CAD$10 million and we are extremely pleased with the increased interest which will allow us to accelerate our growth as a multi-state operator,” commented Body and Mind Director Robert Hasman.

48North

After the markets closed yesterday, 48North Cannabis Corp. (TSXV: NRTH) released its financial results for the three and nine month period on March 31, 2019. Revenue for the quarter was C$689,000 and C$4.3 million for the nine months period. EBITDA was C$78,000 for the quarter and C$696,000 for the nine month period. The net loss for the nine month period was C$3.3 million.

Medicine Man Technologies

Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. (OTCQX: MDCL) today announced the release of their financial results for the first quarter of 2019. Year-over-year, revenue grew by 63% to approximately $2 million. Driving much of this growth was an increase in product sales, which rose from $459,335 to $1.5 million. The net loss for the quarter was $2.9 million. “With the recent progress of HB19-1090 and the strong overall momentum within the cannabis industry, we came in this quarter with record revenues and strong sales from our products division,” said Andy Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Medicine Man Technologies. “Looking ahead, we have several significant events that include our pending acquisitions of Medicine Man Denver and MedPharm Holdings, LLC, which will put us on a major growth trajectory and create compelling value add for our shareholders.”


William SumnerApril 18, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 18, 2019.

On The Site

Acreage Holdings

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTC: ACRGF) (FSE: 0ZV) announced that on April 17, its subsidiary, High Street Capital Partners agreed to acquire Nevada-based Deep Roots Medical in a deal valued at $120 million. The cash and stock transaction will mark Acreage’s entry into the Nevada market. This deal plants another flag in Acreage’s growing empire bringing the footprint up to 20 (including pending acquisitions) making it the largest company in the US cannabis industry.

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth Corporation  (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is acquiring Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACGR.U) (OTC: ACRGF) in a deal valued at $3.4 billion. However, the deal will not be consummated until cannabis is federally legal in the U.S. and assuming the shareholders approve as well as the  Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Greenlane Holdings

The NASDAQ Markets Group (NDAQ) has been notoriously reluctant to list any cannabis related companies, even if they are only ancillary and not plant-touching. It seems vape distributor Greenlane Holdings Inc. has broken through the company’s barriers. Greenlane will begin trading on NASDAQ today with the ticker GNLN after upsizing its initial public offering of six million shares with the offering price of $17. The company had expected to price the shares between $14-$16.

In Other News

Aphria

Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) announced the pricing of US$300 million aggregate principal amount of 5.25% convertible senior notes due in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers. Initial purchasers of the note will have the option to purchase an additional $50 million of notes. The sale of the notes to initial purchasers is expected to close on April 23, 2019. The company intends to use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, expansion initiatives, and future acquisitions.

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) announced that the company’s contract with the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices has been approved. Now that the contract has been approved, Aurora will start construction on an indoor cannabis production facility in Leuna, Germany in May of this year. The facility is expected to be completed within a year of breaking ground, and Aurora believes that the facility’s first harvest will be completed by October 2020. At minimum, the facility should produce approximately 4,000 kilograms of cannabis over a four-year period.


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