Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (ACB.TO) (ACBFF) ( Frankfurt : 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) and Australis Capital Inc. (“Australis”) today announced the common shares and warrants (together the “Units”) of Australis are expected to commence trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) under the trading symbol “AUSA” at the opening of trading on September 19, 2018 immediately following the completion of the distribution of Units by Aurora to its shareholders.
To date, the medical use of cannabis is legal in 31 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico . Nine states plus the District of Columbia have proceeded with consumer legalization. While momentum continues to build at the state level, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance at the under the federally governed Controlled Substances Act. Consequently, the U.S. cannabis market is fragmented in nature and includes many high-quality operations and technology innovators with limited access to capital. This has created a compelling opportunity for well capitalized Canadian companies to invest in U.S. assets, especially considering anticipated market growth, with over 50% of the U.S. population currently living in states with legal access.
Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets. This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.
Australis synthesizes decades of relevant expertise, its strong historical relationship with Aurora Cannabs and other strategic relationships, and capital investment execution to build value in the cannabis value chain in the United States . Targeting investments in cannabis and associated real estate opportunities, Australis is well positioned for early-stage access to attractively priced opportunities. Following an oversubscribed, non-brokered private placement, raising gross proceeds of $17 million , Australis is aggressively identifying high quality investment opportunities with strong growth potential. Australis has assembled a management team with significant U.S. capital markets, operating and regulatory compliance experience governed by an industry best board of directors and deeply rooted cannabis investment advisory committee.
Through aggressive and disciplined investment, access to capital markets, Australis will leverage strategic relationships with Aurora Cannabis and others to maximize deal flow and discounted investments.
“With Australis we’ve brought together an impressive management team and Board with vast capital markets and cannabis industry backgrounds to evaluate and pursue investments in the highly fragmented and opportunity-rich U.S. cannabis market,” said Terry Booth , CEO of Aurora. “Upon completion of the distribution, Australis’ independent opportunity team will leverage their combined experience while applying the Aurora Standard to assessing and executing on accretive opportunities that will drive long term shareholder value.”