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Aurora Cannabis Closes $200MM Debt Facility with BMO

September 04, 2018, 07:11 AM
Filed Under: Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced that it has closed its previously announced debt facility with the Bank of Montreal (BMO). The facility consists of a $150 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit facility, both of which mature in 2021. Included in the facility is an option to upsize the facility to $250 million total following the implementation of Bill C-45 on October 17, 2018, subject to agreement by BMO and satisfaction of certain legal and business conditions.

The debt facility is primarily secured by Aurora's production facilities, including Aurora Sky, Aurora Mountain, and Aurora Vie. Strategically located at Edmonton International Airport, Aurora Sky is the world's most technologically advanced cannabis facility, projected to produce in excess of 100,000 kg per year of high-quality, low-cost per gram, cannabis upon completion.

"We are incredibly proud to have successfully closed this historic debt facility supported by a premier Canadian bank, BMO, who understands our needs and potential. This is both a reflection of the rapidly maturing nature of the broader cannabis industry and strong validation of the economic potential of Aurora's best-in-class, technologically advanced production facilities," said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora. "With BMO and the syndicate lenders, Aurora gains significant runway to expansion opportunities that will positively contribute to our long-term margin profile and provide accelerated entry into multiple international markets. This additional capital positions us well to continue building the pre-eminent global cannabis company with a focus on vertically integrated, geographically and horizontally diversified assets."

Glen Ibbott, CFO of Aurora, added, "The closing conditions of this debt facility included stringent due diligence of Aurora's current production facilities as well as a thorough review of Aurora's projected revenue growth across all of our divisions. With our extremely strong balance sheet, Aurora is well positioned to execute on our business strategy, including accelerated development and launch of new products, continued rapid expansion of our domestic and international operations, and entry into new global markets."

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