Conversion Generates Interest Savings of $5.2 Million on Annual Basis
VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the "Company" or "Aurora") (TSX:ACB) (OTC:ACBFF) (Frankfurt:21P; WKN: A1C4WM) announced today that the Company has elected to exercise its right under the indenture (the "Indenture") governing the Company's 7.0% unsecured convertible debentures due May 2, 2019 (the "Debentures") to convert (the "Conversion") all of the principal amount outstanding of the remaining Debentures into common shares of the Company (the "Common Shares"). Pursuant to the terms of the Indenture, the Company may force the conversion of the Debentures at the conversion price of $3.29 per Common Share when the VWAP of the Common Shares on the TSX Exchange (the "Exchange") for 10 consecutive trading days equals or exceeds $4.94.
As of close of markets November 15, 2017, the VWAP of the Common Shares on the Exchange for 10 consecutive trading days equals $5.09. The Conversion is scheduled to be effective December 18, 2017. The estimated remaining total of $73,593,000 of Debentures outstanding will be converted into 22,368,693 Common Shares, and accrued and unpaid interest will be paid.
"This conversion reflects our exceptional execution, and further strengthens our already very powerful financial position to execute on our aggressive domestic and international expansion strategy," said Terry Booth, CEO. "We will be generating over $5 million in interest savings on an annual basis, while removing nearly $75 million in liabilities from our balance sheet."
Aurora's wholly-owned subsidiary, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., is a licensed producer of medical cannabis pursuant to Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR"). The Company operates a 55,200 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, known as "Aurora Mountain", a second 40,000 square foot high-technology production facility known as "Aurora Vie" in Pointe-Claire, Quebec on Montreal's West Island, and is currently constructing an 800,000 square foot production facility, known as "Aurora Sky", at the Edmonton International Airport.
In addition, the Company holds approximately 9.6% of the issued shares (12.9% on a fully-diluted basis) in leading extraction technology company Radient Technologies Inc., based in Edmonton, and is in the process of completing an investment in Edmonton-based Hempco Food and Fiber for an ownership stake of up to 50.1%. Furthermore, Aurora is the cornerstone investor with a 19.9% stake in Cann Group Limited, the first Australian company licensed to conduct research on and cultivate medical cannabis. Aurora also owns Pedanios, a leading wholesale importer, exporter, and distributor of medical cannabis in the European Union, based in Germany. The Company offers further differentiation through its acquisition of BC Northern Lights Ltd. and Urban Cultivator Inc., industry leaders, respectively, in the production and sale of proprietary systems for the safe, efficient and high-yield indoor cultivation of cannabis, and in state-of-the-art indoor gardening appliances for the cultivation of organic microgreens, vegetables and herbs in home and professional kitchens. Aurora's common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol "ACB".
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
AURORA CANNABIS INC.
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