After weeks of speculation, it was officially confirmed on Monday (May 14) Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB) will buy competing licensed producer MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) for a nearly C$3.2 billion transaction.

This time Aurora’s acquisition is set to be done in a friendly manner as it was MedReleaf who originally was rumored to be searching for another player to buy them. Both boards of directors for the companies are in agreement with the transaction, according to an investor presentation sheet on the deal.


The presentation revealed the combined company will hold a funded capacity of over 570,000 kilograms per year. The document also indicated shareholders for both companies will hold special meetings during the month of July in order to approve the transaction.

Shareholders of MedReleaf will get 3.575 common shares of Aurora for each LEAF share held. Once the deal is completed, according to the announcement, existing Aurora and MedReleaf investors will own 61 and 39 percent respectively of the pro forma company on a fully diluted basis.

The terms of the deal represent a price of C$29.44 per MedReleaf common share, with an additional 34 percent premium. MedReleaf’s close on Friday (May 11) was C$24.90.

Any concern for delays on the proposed acquisition is erased since the document says 56 percent of MedReleaf investors “have entered into irrevocable hard lock-ups” with Aurora and vote in support of the arrangement.

Aurora needs at least 66 ⅔ percent–two thirds–of the shareholder vote from MedReleaf during their special meeting in order to complete the transaction.

Thanks to the acquisition, Aurora will enter the Ontario market with the three facilities MedReleaf holds.

Acquisition will expand medical outreach for Aurora internationally

Neil Closner, CEO of MedReleaf, said in a statement by combining with Aurora, the new entity will be “ideally positioned to set the global standard for our industry at a pace that will be difficult to match.”

The presentation also shows the combined company will now hold a debt sheet of C$254 million and a war chest worth approximately C$385 million. The new entity will have a presence in international markets like Australia, Brazil, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and South Africa.

Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora, said the acquisition will strengthen its position to serve the global medical cannabis market, which Closner told INN remains the biggest market option available for companies in the space.

Shareholders of Aurora will now have to face dilution for their shares as the company prepares to acquire the fellow LP. This process comes on the heels off the CanniMed acquisition causing dilution in ACB’s common shareholders.

Despite the dilution Charles Taerk, president and CEO of Faircourt Asset Management told the Investing News Network (INN) he sees Aurora’s shareholders as the second biggest winners of the entire transaction after LEAF holders.

“I think that shareholders of MedReleaf are saying ‘well why, if we are profitable and we are doing all these wonderful things, why don’t we have that higher valuation, that higher market cap and the multiple on or the basis upon which we are being valued?’” Taerk said.

“To join Aurora, [MedReleaf shareholders] are getting a premium and if they do hold on to the stock going forward, Aurora seems to have good attention in the market and are getting a premium valuation, so it will be a good lift for MedReleaf shareholders.”

Taerk told INN even though Faircourt has not been an Aurora investor “over the last couple of months” he commends the company for finding companies that are undervalued and bringing them into the fold.

“They want to be the preeminent cannabis company and in order to do that you need to be aggressive when others aren’t,” he said.

But does this acquisition finally put Aurora ahead of their biggest competitors and the leaders of the cannabis market, Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED), in Taerk’s eyes?

“Well that’s still to be determined … I think that Canopy has less execution risk than Aurora,” he said. “Aurora is still chasing them but they want to be one-and-one with Canopy.”

Investor takeaway

Both MedReleaf and Aurora hold favorable projections on analyst research site aggregator TipRanks.

A recent report done by Echelon Wealth Partners analyst Russell Stanley said MedReleaf has an incredible upside to its market performance. While GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry maintained his “Hold” rating on Aurora last week and lowered his price target from C$11.00 to C$7.50 for one-year due to concerns with the new facilities Aurora had announced.

The announcement provided an early boost to both company’s stock performance. After the markets closed on Monday, that early boost had gone down. MedReleaf closed the day with a 1.45 percent increase in its share value, reaching a C$25.26 price per stock. Aurora, on the other hand, decreased in value 2.11 percent and finished the trading day with a closing price of C$7.90.

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Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect percentage and price changes for MedReleaf and Aurora after the markets closed on Monday.

Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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The coming together of two Canadian beverage industry leaders will form a unique vertical in the plant-based mineral and cannabis beverage sectors

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The potential for new disease research and treatments is expanding thanks to the global adoption of marijuana for medical purposes.

As more countries open the doors to the use and investigation of cannabis, medical applications for the drug are set to expand — indeed, the substance has already shown much promise.

However, in terms of treating skin cancer patients, currently the promise of cannabis outpaces any medically confirmed results or applications.

Though there may be individual cases crediting the drug, cannabis and its derivatives are not being applied to treat skin cancer — at least not yet. Read on to learn about the current situation and future possibilities.

Skin cancer, cannabis and medical research

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for over 5 million cases per year. This category holds many different variations, but the main three types are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas; the rest are considered rare.

Melanomas develop in specific areas like the neck and face and can be more serious than their counterparts. Basal and squamous cancer cells, on the other hand, develop based on a person’s sun exposure and mostly appear on the head and neck.

The Canadian Cancer Society states that treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy and drug therapy, including the use of topicals.

In the future, cannabis and cancer could be paired up as more research across the globe begins to take place and companies look for new medications and formulations, boosted by the early successes of the drug.

Changes are happening slowly, with one serious improvement being when GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) obtained approval in the US for its cannabidiol (CBD) solution, which treats seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in toddlers.

After going through its clinical trials, the company’s Epidiolex drug received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, signaling that top medical agencies are ready to confirm the medical prowess of cannabis and its derivatives for the benefit of patients.

Cannabis entering the skincare space

Looking more specifically at cannabis and skin ailments, the National Eczema Association has vouched for CBD as an option in the treatment of eczema, a skin disease that affects over 30 million people in the US.

“It has long been observed that cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-itch qualities,” the Independent reported.

A study from the the University of Colorado School of Medicine is looking further into the use of CBD for patients with psoriasis or eczema who have tried using topical steroids or topical immunomodulators.

Robert Dellavalle, professor of dermatology with the University of Colorado, told Inside Science that CBD products are growing in popularity, but the results are not being collected as properly as they could be.

“I believe it’s a wide-open horizon with tremendous potential that needs to be investigated, but there are a number of regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome and that’s where we are,” he said.

A medical study from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus shows the anti-inflammatory sensibilities of cannabinoids are the main reason why cannabis may be potent in combating skin diseases.

As part of its guide for healthcare practitioners, Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) indicates that medical cannabis could aid patients with inflammatory skin diseases such as dermatitis, psoriasis and pruritus.

“And while this research is still relatively formative, the results achieved so far clearly indicate its value and the promising potential of cannabis as effective medicine,” Tilray states.

Dave Berg, chief technology officer for software company Strainprint, told the Investing News Network the lack of sophisticated research has impacted the development of novel therapies for patients using cannabis.

“It’s been very difficult for people to study cannabis in a clinical way, but there’s been a ton observational data … There’s no really strong observational data set that allows us to make proper decisions,” Berg said.

In an effort to increase the research options available for cannabis, the Canadian federal government announced in 2018 that it would spend C$10 million over five years in order to assess the impact of cannabis use on the mental health of Canadians.

The government also promised C$10 million to the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction for research purposes.

CBD skincare products getting traction

Amid developments geared at solving specific skin issues, more general CBD skincare products are also gaining popularity among many consumers.

For example, the introduction of cosmetics with cannabis elements, supported by Canadian licensed producers, is another upcoming element for the skin treatment segment of consumers. While not medical, this avenue does offer more options in terms of cannabis uses.

The endorsement from consumers for CBD ointments and other topicals for skincare has been documented with multiple products launched in the fractured US cannabis market.

One downside of the growth in these products is that it has led companies to make more and more claims about how these items can help with skin conditions. One study from the Journal of the American Medical Association warns that CBD products are often mislabeled online.

Takeaway on cannabis and skin cancer

In order for skin cancer patients to see the potential benefits from treatment with medical cannabis, much still has to change in Canada and abroad.

As the medical and recreational sections of the cannabis space continue drifting apart thanks to legalization efforts, the medical space should get more time to properly research and investigate the drug’s applications.

The early position CBD has gained in terms of skin maintenance and treatment could lead to further research on its impact on more serious diseases.

What’s more, GW Pharmaceuticals’ success, along with increased awareness of the medical benefits of cannabis, is moving the needle on research efforts geared at finding out how capable the drug will be in the medical space.

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The growth of the cannabis industry has made it possible for companies to offer many different investment opportunities through the major exchanges in Canada.

Previously known as the Canadian Venture Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange is the sibling of Canada’s main listings board, the larger Toronto Stock Exchange.

For those interested in investing in cannabis companies, this exchange offers a variety of cannabis-related businesses, from growers to biotech companies looking for cannabinoid therapies.

Here the Investing News Network offers investors a growing list of all cannabis-related companies listed on the TSXV. Read on to learn more about them and their businesses.

48North (TSXV:NRTH)

This company is a marijuana producer looking to offer a variety of products for the recreational market in Canada, including for the health and wellness industry. 48North is a licensed outdoor grower of cannabis.

Auxly Cannabis Group (TSXV:XLY,OTCQX:CBWTF)

Created by Chuck Rifici, co-founder of Tweed, Auxly Cannabis Group operates as a cannabis streaming investment firm looking to boost various plays related to the sector.

Avricore Health (TSXV:AVCR)

While Avricore Health operates as a healthcare technology company, in 2017 the firm made a deal with Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSXV:EMH,OTCQX:EMHTF) for the right to develop and sell endocannabinoid products in Canada to licensed pharmacies.

CanadaBis Capital (TSXV:CANB)

This cannabis company is targeting the Canadian market through a business model that is focused on cultivation, research, product development, retail and hemp.

Emerald Health Therapeutics

This Canadian cannabis company holds a variety of growing assets in the country. The firm holds a 50/50 joint venture for the management of a grower in BC with Village Farms International (TSX:VFF,NASDAQ:VFF).

EnWave (TSXV:ENW,OTC Pink:NWVCF)

EnWave is a technology company that has centered itself in the cannabis business thanks to its Radiant Energy Vacuum drying technology for organic materials. It effectively decreases the time from the harvest to the sale of cannabis products.

Elixxer (TSXV:ELXR,OTCQB:ELIXF)

Through its partners, investment firm Elixxer presently has significant interests in Australia, Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy and Canada.

Eve & Co. (TSXV:EVE,OTCQX:EEVVF)

Eve & Co. is a Canadian cannabis producer that, thanks to its subsidiary Natural MedCo, is targeting female consumers, specifically with premier brands.

Experion Holdings (TSXV:EXP,OTCQB:EXPFF)

Formerly known as Viridium Pacific Group, this cannabis investment firm holds a portfolio of assets, including its licensed producer Experion Biotechnologies in BC.

The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR,OTC Pink:FLWPF)

The Flowr Corporation is a vertically integrated cannabis company working on the cultivation and sale of medical and recreational marijuana in Canada.

FluroTech (TSXV:TEST,OTCQB:FLURF)

FluroTech is a technology company working on a cost-effective testing platform for the cannabis industry at large. The company’s proprietary CompleTest employs fluorescence spectroscopy technology to measure the specific contents of the product.

GTEC Holdings (TSXV:GETC,OTCQB:GGTTF)

This Kelowna-based cannabis company is vertically integrated, with operations in the cultivation, extraction and analytical testing sectors. The company is also pursuing retail operations through various investments.

Harvest One Cannabis (TSXV:HVT,OTCQX:HRVOF)

Harvest One Cannabis is a cannabis company with production and assets spread across Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia. The company gains its reach thanks to its three subsidiaries: United Greeneries, Satipharm and Dream Products.

Hill Street Beverage Company (TSXV:BEER)

This beverage maker has made its name thanks to its development of non-alcoholic beverages. Now the firm will offer consumers cannabis-infused drinks.

INDIVA (TSXV:NDVA,OTCQX:NDVAF)

INDIVA is a company focused on the supply of medical cannabis. Through an acquisition, it holds a licensed producer with an indoor cannabis facility in Ontario.

Khiron Life Sciences (TSXV:KHRN,OTCQB:KHRNF)

Khiron Life Sciences is a Colombia-based cannabis company raising capital in Canada. The firm has declared that it will seek to expand its presence through Latin America, including Mexico.

Meta Growth (TSXV:META)

This company is a retail operator managing cannabis shops across Canada. Meta Growth manages two recreational store brands: Meta Cannabis Supply and NewLeaf Cannabis.

Namaste Technologies (TSXV:N,OTCQB:NXTTF)

After a tumultuous management change, Namaste Technologies has centered back on its investments and the development of its marijuana play, which includes its online platform of cannabis consumer information.

Naturally Splendid Enterprises (TSXV:NSP,OTCQB:NSPDF)

Naturally Splendid Enterprises is a biotech company developing hemp products for consumers in the health and wellness space. It plans to pursue a stake in the edible cannabidiol market as well.

Pharmacielo (TSXV:PCLO,OTCQX:PCLOF)

Pharmacielo is another cannabis company originally from Colombia raising capital in the Canadian markets. The company is headquartered in Canada, but operates part of its marijuana growing in Colombia.

Radient Technologies (TSXV:RTI,OTCQX:RDDTF)

Radient Technologies is an extraction technology company that has dabbled in the cannabis sector thanks to a partnership with licensed producer Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB,NYSE:ACB).

Relevium Technologies (TSXV:RLV,OTC Pink:RLLVF)

Thanks to its subsidiary Biocannabix, this company has a cannabis play in the development of pharmaceutical-grade products infused with cannabinoid formulations.

SugarBud Craft Growers (TSXV:SUGR)

Like some other Canadian cannabis producers, this Alberta company specializes in growing and developing craft-style premium cannabis products.

Target Capital (TSXV:TCI)

Doing business as CBi2 Capital, this Alberta-based company’s investment strategy focuses on developing and managing a diversified portfolio of predominantly early stage cannabis opportunities.

Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSXV:TBP,OTCQB:TBPMF)

Tetra Bio-Pharma is researching and developing medicines based on cannabis and its elements.

Therma Bright (TSXV:THRM)

Therma Bright is a medical device company that has a subsidiary seeking to carve up a space in the technology space for medical and recreational marijuana thanks to its pain relief device.

WeedMD (TSXV:WMD,OTCQX:WDDMF)

WeedMD is another Canadian cannabis producer making product for the medical and recreational markets in Canada. Its subsidiaries include WeedMD Rx and CX Industries.

YSS (TSXV:YSS,OTC Pink:YSSCF)

YSS operates as an adult-use cannabis retailer with 17 stores in Canada.

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Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC reminds investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the following publicly-traded companies. You can review a copy of the Complaints by visiting the links below or you may contact Peretz Bronstein, Esq. or his Investor Relations Analyst, Yael Hurwitz of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC at 212-697-6484. If you suffered a loss, you can request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the litigation. The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff

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Deadline: November 30, 2020
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