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This Major Hurdle Lies Immediately Ahead for Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKTS:ACBFF)

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It would appear we have reached a moment of truth for the bounce in Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKTS:ACBFF) shares. The cannabis space has been on fire, but ACBFF shares have been falling behind as traders and investors diversify exposure. This is still perhaps the leader of the pack in terms of market share growth over the past year, but it has to successfully negotiate a technical hurdle at the defining 200-day SMA. To help matters, the company just announced that it has closed its previously announced debt facility with the Bank of Montreal.

According to the release, “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.”

Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKTS:ACBFF) bills itself as a licensed producer of medical marijuana pursuant to the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and operates a 55,200 square foot expandable state-of-the-art production facility in Alberta, Canada.

ACBFF’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Australis Capital Inc., seeks to be an active participant in the U.S. Cannabis market. Aurora is trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the trading symbol “ACB”. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

According to company materials, “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. The Company operates a 55,200 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, is currently constructing a second 800,000 square foot production facility, known as “Aurora Sky”, at the Edmonton International Airport, and has acquired, and is undertaking completion of a third a 40,000 square foot production facility in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, on Montreal’s West Island. 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.”

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With the recent ripping bounce in ACBFF, shares are now battling with resistance at the 200-day simple moving average following 32% in gains for shareholders over the past month of action on a growing influx of trading interest (the stock’s recent average trading volume running 160% over the long run average).

“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.”

Now commanding a market cap of $3.82B, ACBFF has a significant war chest ($231M) of cash on the books, which is balanced by about $56.1M in total current liabilities. ACBFF is pulling in trailing 12-month revenues of $42M. In addition, the company is seeing major top-line growth, with y/y quarterly revenues growing at 211.1%. This is an exciting story, and we look forward to a follow-up chapter as events transpire. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of $ACBFF stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in $ACBFF, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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