It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 11, 2018.
On The Site
Aurora Cannabis Inc.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF) announced today a pair of agreements aimed at strengthening the company’s brand recognition and product offerings.
First, Aurora announced that it has signed a binding term sheet with CannaRoyalty Corp. (CNNRF) to purchase CannaRoyalty’s exclusive license to use and commercialize pre-roll technology developed by Wagner Dimas in Canada for a price of $7 million CAD.
Aurora also announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Evio Beauty Group, whereby Aurora will make a strategic investment in Evio. Aurora and Evio will work together to develop a line of co-branded cosmetic products containing hemp seed oil as well as CBD infused beauty products. Evio Beauty is a company with a wide portfolio of conscious lifestyle brands and its sister cosmetic brand, Evelyn Iona, has a diverse consumer base and a strong e-commerce platform. Both Aurora and Evio hope that this partnership will help increase both companies brand recognition and cross-selling opportunities.
Canopy Growth Corp.
Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) is acquiring Hiku Brands Company Ltd. (HIKU.CN) and paying a premium for the shares. Canopy is paying C$1.91 per share, which is a 33% premium based on the average price over a 20-day period. Hiku shareholders will receive 0.046 each of a Canopy Growth share.
Consequently, WeedMD has terminated its plans to merge with Hiku and will receive a $10 million termination fee. The companies had announced an “Arrangement Agreement” back in April. That deal was more a merger than an acquisition.
In Other News
Kush Bottles Inc.
Kush Bottles, Inc. (KSHB) acquired Zack Darling Creative Associates, LLC along with its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hybrid Creative, LLC, a specialist design agency based in Santa Rosa, California. Kush Bottles acquired ZDCA for a total purchase price of $1.45 million in cash and 360,000 shares of Kush common stock.
Following the acquisition, ZDCA will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kush Bottles, with The Hybrid Creative continuing to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZDCA. The agency’s full portfolio of cannabis and non-cannabis projects will be operated through The Hybrid Creative subsidiary. Kush Bottles will also issue earn-out payments of up to $1.75 million, through a combination of cash and stock payments, based on Hybrid achieving certain milestones.