Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)’s Q3 Revenues Grows 280%

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) traded higher after the company reported Q3 financial results that beat Wall Street expectations. Shares of the company gained 5.04% in Monday’s trading session to end the day at $1.46 a share.

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)

MARA Stock Performance

The company generated revenues of $163 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, up from revenues of $43,000 reported in Q3 2016. Operating loss for the period dropped to $3.9 million, compared to $10.7 million reported last year.

Despite the 5% rally, Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) is still trading in a downtrend. The IP licensing company has shed more than 70% in market value and is currently trading near its 52-week low of $0.50 a share.

Last month, the company was forced to initiate a reverse stock-split of its common stock in a bid to shore up its share price. The split was primarily intended to bring the company in compliance with the minimum average closing share price for continued listing in the NASDAQ Capital Market. A 4:1 reverse stock-split consequently reduced the company’s common stock from approximately 32.4 million shares to approximately 8.6 million shares.

Investor’s sentiments on the stock appear to have hit all-time lows despite the company making huge strides on revenue growth. It awaits to be seen if the stellar Q3 financial results is the catalyst that will help push the stock from current lows.

GBV Acquisition

In a bid to strengthen investor confidence in the stock, Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) announced the acquisition of Global Bit Ventures. The acquisition is part of the company’s plan to diversify its areas of operations. The company is currently eyeing growth opportunities in the digital currency space with the acquisition.

Global Bit Ventures joins Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) with a robust infrastructure around cryptocurrencies, with significant capability for expansion. The company boasts of a technology that powers and secures blockchains by operating custom hardware and software. It also owns 250GH/s of GPU mining servers.

“We previously expressed our intent to review alternative business directions with the goal of enhancing shareholder value. We believe the acquisition of Global Bit Ventures will take advantage of an ongoing revolution in digital transactions conducted on blockchains as we see increasing adoption and proliferation of blockchain protocols in our everyday lives,” said CEO, Doug Croxall.

According to GBV CEO, the merger marks an important milestone and sets the company on course for accelerated revenue growth

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Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) Reports Stellar Q3 Financial Results

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) fell 2.7% after reporting its first quarterly financial results after merging with Napo Pharmaceuticals. The commercial stage natural-products pharmaceuticals company generated a net income of $4.75 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar’s Revenue Growth

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) is still trading in a downtrend despite posting stellar financial results for the third quarter. The stock has shed more than 50% in market value since the start of the year as short sellers continue to push the stock lower. It awaits to be seen, the kind of impact that the Napo Pharmaceuticals merger will have on investor sentiments in the stock heading into the year-end.

According to data compiled by Zacks Investment Research, despite the underperformance, Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) is currently rated as a “Strong Buy” by two analysts.

Net revenue in the quarter came in at $1.1 million made up of $346,000 for Mytesi, $82,000 for Neonorm and approximately $655,000 in collaboration revenue. Total net revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $50,000. Average sales of Mytesi have increased over 50% since August.

“With the onboarding of three additional HIV sales personnel this month, and the refilling rate of Mytesi® prescriptions for a chronic disease, we expect continued growth for future Mytesi® sales,” said Lisa Conte, Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)’s president, and CEO.

Mytesi revenue continues to increase because of increased marketing, advertising, medical education and promotional activities. Mytesi is a prescription treatment for diarrhea that works by normalizing the flow of water in the GI tract. It is the only FDA approved antidiarrheal therapy for the symptomatic relief of non-infectious diarrhea in adult patients.

For the first nine months of the year, revenue increased to $2.8 million compared to $113,000 reported last year. Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) expects further growth in revenue heading into the year-end due to an increase in human-product revenue.

HIV Scientific Advisory Board

Separately, Dr. Roscoe Moore has joined the HIV Scientific Advisory board recently formed by Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)’s wholly owned subsidiary, Napo Pharmaceuticals. The board will focus on physician education and global awareness regarding the importance and availability of solutions for neglected comorbidities.

“Neglected comorbidities such as HIV-related diarrhea play a significant role in patient adherence to ART Efforts to expand awareness about available solutions, such as Mytesi®, that address specific comorbidities play an important role in maximizing health and wellness in this population,” said Dr. Moore.

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Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) Awarded Grant

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)

Shares of Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) gained 1.49% after the company received a grant for the development of a novel oral delivery system for targeting therapeutic areas outside of pain. The grant from InnoBooster is for the development of a delivery system using the company’s Guardian technology.

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)

InnoBooster Grant Award

According to the Chief Executive Officer, Karsten Lindhardt, the grant provides non-dilutive funds for the research project. The funds will cover most of the external expenses needed for the preclinical stage of development.

“We believe the grant from InnoBooster demonstrates the breadth of applications of our Guardian Technology. This provides a fantastic opportunity for us to use a novel approach to potentially develop oral formulations of products that would normally be delivered via injection,” said Mr. Lindhardt.

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) continues to trade in a downtrend despite receiving support from a string of positive news in recent weeks. The specialty pharmaceutical company has shed more than 80% in market value since the start of the year. EGLT stock is currently languishing near its all-time lows and in dire need of a catalyst to motivate buyers .

Egalet-002 Development

Investor sentiments in the stock recently received a boost after the company reported topline results from a Phase 3 safety study evaluating safety of Egalet-002. The company is investigating Egalet-002 as an abuse deterrent using its proprietary Guardian Technology.

Trial results indicate that the abuse deterrent formulation was well tolerated. Adverse events reported were consistent with outcomes expected following treatment with oxycodone formulation.

“We believe the positive phase 3 safety study result validates this unique application of our Guardian Technology which was used to develop our abuse-deterrent, extended-release oxycodone, Egalet-002Given the ongoing issues of chronic pain and prescription abuse, we continue to believe there is a need for products like Egalet-002,” said CEO, Bob Radie.

In addition, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) is evaluating the safety and efficacy of Egalet-002 in patients with moderate-to severe chronic pain. The specialty pharmaceutical company exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $102.1 million. According to the Chief Executive Officer, the cash balance and increased focus on non-narcotic innovative treatments strategically positions the company to play an important role in the prescription abuse crisis.

Separately, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) reported a net loss of (-$18.9) million or (-$0.46) a share for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to a net loss of (-$26.9) million reported last year. Net revenue in the quarter increased to $6.7 million from $4.7 million as of Q3 2016.

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Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) Reports Q3 Earnings

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) shares dropped over 7%, on heavy volume, after the biotech company reported their Q3 2017 financial results. EBIO shares opened at $0.74, then dropped to a low of $0.64 before closing at $0.69. At current levels, EBIO shares are trading below their published cash per share value of $0.71, and their book value per share figure of $1.05.

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) is a late-stage, clinical oncology company that develops therapies for cancer patients based upon the company’s proprietary targeted protein therapeutics (TPTs) platform. The company’s TPTs incorporate a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a cytotoxic protein payload within a single protein molecule in order to achieve focused tumor cell killing. Eleven Biotherapeutics believes its TPT approach offers significant advantages in treating cancer over existing antibody drug conjugate technologies. Eleven Biotherapeutics promotes the idea that its TPTs provide effective tumor targeting with broader cancer cell-killing properties than generally achievable other treatments that require tumor cell proliferation to be effective and can face challenges overcoming multi-drug resistance mechanisms within tumor cells.

In November, Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) completed a public offering of 5,525,000 shares of its common stock, pre-funded warrants to purchase an aggregate of 4,475,000 shares of common stock, and common warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of common stock, raising approximately $8.0 million in gross proceeds and $7.0 million in net proceeds.

Eleven Biotherapeutics Q3 Earnings

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) did not record any revenue for Q3 2017. In Q3 2016, the company reported revenue of $28.7 million. This difference was due to revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche. Roche’s next licensing milestone payment will be triggered upon commencement of a Phase 2 clinical trial by Roche.

Net loss for Q3 2017 was (-$9.1) million, or (-$0.37) per share, versus net income of $19.5 million, or $0.95 per basic share and $0.91 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016. The change was primarily the result of revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche.

Research and development expenses were $3.6 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2016. Cash and cash equivalents were $11.3 million.

EBIO Stock Performance

Per share earnings for the biotech company have been on an upward trend ever since 2013, when the company reported a loss of (-$16.19). Losses contracted annually and in 2016 a EPS profit of $0.01 was posted. Last year, due to the Roche licensing agreement, the company reported some sales of $30 million. A number that that could be considered “material” for the first time in its existence. However, the company has a consistent history of diluting shareholder equity. In 2013 the number of outstanding shares stood at 1.35 million, then continued to expand on an annual basis. In 2016 the company ended the year with 21.08 million shares outstanding.

For the year, EBIO shares have lost 70%, and, for the month, the shares have lost 45% in value. Despite performance that lags the markets, and its sector, EBIO shares are rated “Market Perform” and “Strong Buy” by the two investment firms that follow the company. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.

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Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) Booms on Possible Deal

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) stock was up over 155%, to $3.25, before retreating in the first 45 minutes of trading to the $2.25 handle for a 75%+ gain over Friday’s close of $1.27. Volume has been massive – almost 1,900 times the daily average. The move comes after the biopharmaceutical company announced entering into a non-binding, licensing term sheet with a leading China-based pharmaceutical company.

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST), headquartered in Quebec, Canada, is a biopharmaceutical company that is developing the cardiovascular drug, CaPre (omega-3 phospholipid), for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. This condition affects an estimated one third of the U.S. population. The company’s strategy is to initially develop and commercialize CaPre for the 3 to 4 million patients in the U.S. with severe hypertriglyceridemia.

Acasti Deal

At this stage, the licensing deal is non-binding. Upon its execution, the proposed term sheet expects that Acasti would receive an upfront payment of $8 million, additionally there would be regulatory and commercial milestone payments in excess of $125 million, and tiered double-digit royalties on net sales.

The deal grants an exclusive license to the Chinese pharmaceutical company to commercialize CaPre in China and other specified Asian countries. With the high prevalence of hypertriglyceridemia in Asia, this potential partnership presents a significant commercial opportunity for both Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) and CaPre.

Acasti’s press release specifies that the deal is not yet agreed to, and conditions and terms may change from those that have been released to the public.

ACST Stock Performance

Shares of Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) have been largely flat for the year, losing 5.2% prior to today’s price action. It has been trading in a range between $1.20 and $1.40 for most of 2016 and 2017, but briefly spiked to hit a 52-week high of $2.46.

In August, the company reported its Q1 2018 financial results. Its net loss was C(-$2.8) million or C(-$0.19) per share which was an improvement on its performance for the same period of the prior year when the loss was C(-$3.2) million or C(-$0.29) per share.

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) has a low float figure of 8.1 million shares which makes it a favorite of momentum traders. ACST stock has a Relative Strength Index score of 90 which places it well into the metric’s range that most observers consider to be in “overbought” status.

ACST shares have a listed one-year target share price of $8.21.

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Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX)

This Is Why Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) Dropped 16%

This Is Why Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX)

Shares of Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) fell 16.9% after the biopharmaceutical company priced 5.8 million shares, for a common stock offering. The company has priced the offering at $0.43 a share, slightly below the stock’s current price.

Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX)

In addition, the company has granted underwriters a 45-day option for the purchase of up to 872,093 shares of common stock at the public offering price. The company expects gross proceeds of approximately $2.5 million before deduction of underwriting discounts and commissions. The offering should close on or about November 21, 2017.

Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its subsidiaries’ pre-clinical and clinical programs and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

HTBX Investor Reaction

News of the public offering did not go well with current investors as it will dilute their current holdings even though the company tries to use it to shore up its balance sheet. Investors’ confidence in the stock is dropping and threatens to push Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) to its 52-week low of $0.41 a share. Heat Biologics has underperformed the overall industry and is currently down by more than 40% for the year

Despite the underperformance, Griffin analyst Keith Markey remains bullish about the stock’s long-term prospects. The analyst has a ‘buy’ rating on the stock with a share price target of $2.25. The price target represents an upside potential of more than 270%.

“Heat Biologics has developed a T cell activation platform (TCAP) to initiate or enhance an immune attack against solid tumors. [..]As such, we view the Company’s immunotherapies to be far more sophisticated than “vaccines” that also use an antigen-based approach to stimulate the immune system,” said Mr., Markey.

Heat Biologics Q3 Financials

Separately, Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) reported a wider than expected net loss of (-$2.3) million or $0.06 a share, compared to a net loss of (-$1.6) million reported last year. Research and development expense increased 8% to $1.8 million primarily due to Chemistry Manufacturing and Control activities.

During the quarter, the company signed a manufacturing agreement with KBI Pharma that will advance the development of its cancer targeting immunotherapies.

“We had a very productive third quarter, as we achieved a number of important milestones,” said Jeff Wolf, CEO of Heat. “We signed a critical manufacturing agreement to further advance our co-stimulatory programs, and we were also granted a Type C meeting with the FDA to review our Phase 2 clinical trial using our HS-110 for the treatment for non-small cell lung cancer

Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX) exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of approximately $4.3 million.

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Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) shares have come off their early morning high of $9.00, bounced off $5.50 level and now trading above $6 handle.

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) Sees Morning Volatility

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO)

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) shares have come off their early morning high of $9.00, bounced off the 45.50 level and are now trading above the $6 handle. Volume, as of 10 AM EST, is already at 1.2 million shares. CBIO shares have a listed daily average of just over 271,000. The company has released no news, or made any filings, that could account for the morning’s volatility.

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO)

Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications. Catalyst is focused on the field of hemostasis, including the subcutaneous prophylaxis of hemophilia and facilitating surgery in individuals with hemophilia. Catalyst’s most advanced program is a potent next-generation coagulation Factor VIIa variant, marzeptacog alfa (activated), that has successfully completed an intravenous Phase 1 clinical trial in individuals with severe hemophilia A or B.

CBIO Stock

In February, Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) underwent a reverse stock split to stay in compliance with NASDAQ rules regarding low priced stock. Dilution has been an issue for shareholders of CBIO. In 2013, there were 20,000 shares outstanding. By the end of 2016 that number had ballooned to 780,000.

Sales have also been going in the wrong direction. In 2012 Catalyst reported sales of $57.9 million. However, that figure was just $400,000 for FY 2016. On a diluted adjusted basis, EPS loss for 2013 was -$409.30. That loss shrank steadily and the EPS loss for CBIO was -$21.75 for 2016.

Of particular note is that the company reports a cash per share value of $6.35. Shares are trading around that level this morning. Analysts have given CBIO shares a rating of “Strong Buy”. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.33.

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China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) Market Value Almost Triples!

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) Market Value Almost Triples!

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC)

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) shares nearly tripled in market value after the holding company reported Q3 financial results that exceeded Wall Street expectations. Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017, nearly doubled as net loss dropped by two thirds.

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) Market Value Almost Triples!

CADC Stock Performance

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) stock is currently trading at this year’s highs and close to its 52-week high of high of $9.75 a share. The better than expected financial results appear to have strengthened investor confidence in the company, as the stock had been trading in a downtrend.

Over the past one month, the stock has performed along a premium change of 7.5%. For the past three months, the stock is up by more than 13.1%. However, it is down by 6.5% for the past six months.

The stock grabbed analysts’ attention after spiking on unusual volume. More than 19.31 million shares exchanged hands in Thursday’s trading session compared to a 3-month average volume of 0.02 million and a daily average trading volume of 15.5k shares.

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) conducts its primary business through subsidiaries. The company engages in the production of construction materials for infrastructure, commercial and residential developments.

Government and industry associations have certified the company’s products. It also boasts of a leading position in the large, highly fragmented ready-mix market concrete market.

CADC Q3 Financial Results

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the construction company reported revenues of $13.8 million, up from revenues of $7.5 million reported in the corresponding period last year. Cost of revenue surged to $12.3 million from $8.41 million. China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) generated a gross profit of $1.4 million compared to $952,412 reported last year.

“Our management believes that we have the ability to capture a greater share of the Beijing market via expanding relationships and networking, signing new contracts, and continually developing market-leading innovative and eco-friendly ready-mix concrete products,” China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) in a statement.

Net loss for the three months ended September came in at $545,590 compared to a net loss of $5.3 million reported last year. China Advanced Construction Materials exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $923,882 compared to $8.2 million as of the same period last year.

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc. (NASDAQ:CADC) has a Return on Assets of -25.40%. Return on Investment currently stands at -20.55 which means its operations costs outweigh returns.

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Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) Awarded European Patent

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) traded higher after the European Patent Office granted it a patent on methods for treating cardiovascular disease with a thiol-substituted isosorbide mononitrate. Shares of the company gained 20.83% to end Thursday’s trading session at $1.45 a share.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

ABIO Stock Performance

Thursday’s rally capped yet another impressive run as the stock continues to bounce back from yearly lows. Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) has shed more than 40% in market value since the start of the year as short sellers continue to apply pressure. The stock is currently trading in a downtrend and faces immediate resistance at $1.60.

The new European Patent appears to have revitalized investors’ confidence in the stock. Titled Methods of and Compositions for Cardiovascular Disease and Conditions, the patent provides protection for Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) approach for treating patients with cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

AB171 Development

The biopharmaceutical company has discovered what it believes is a pharmacogenetic target for AB171, which can be used in genetically targeted cardiovascular development programs. ARCA plans to advance the development of AB171 for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease and for chronic heart failure.

“The addition of AB171 to our genetically-targeted development pipeline, including the Gencaro atrial fibrillation-heart failure program, is consistent with that mission. We believe our experience with GENETIC-AF has established the feasibility of in-house design and execution of pharmacogenetic clinical trials, and has provided invaluable insights into this type of drug development,” said CEO, Michael Bristow.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) expects top-line results on a Phase 2B Genetic-AF trial in the latter part of the first quarter of 2018. The Phase 2B trial will be investigating the safety and efficacy of Gencaro to Toprol-XL for the treatment and prevention of atrial fibrillation or heart flutter.

“We are focused on executing our genetically-targeted approach to cardiovascular drug development and look forward to furthering our development of Gencaro as well as initiating additional pharmacogenetic development programs..,” said Mr. Brostow.

Arca Q3 Financial Results

Separately, Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) reported a net loss of (-$4.4) million or (-$0.39) a share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Net loss for the first nine months of the year came in at (-$14.3) million compared to a net loss of (-$12.2) million for the corresponding period last year. Research and development expenses for the quarter totaled $3.5 million compared to $3.7 million for Q3 2016.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $16 million compared to $23.5 million as of December 31, 2016. The cash balance is sufficient to fund operations and projected cost structure through the end of the second quarter of 2018.

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AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF)

Debt Conversion By AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF) Brings Sellers

AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF)

AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF) has announced the conversion into common shares of the outstanding amount with regards to the remaining debentures and this will be effective next month. In absolute terms debentures outstanding which are valued at $73,593,000 will be converted into common shares numbering 22,368,693. After the announcement shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc fell by 13%.

AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF)

According to the chief executive officer of AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF), Terry Booth, the move will strengthen the company’s financial position allow it to execute an aggressive global expansion strategy.

“This conversion reflects our exceptional execution … 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,” Booth said.

Annual General Meeting

The announcement comes in the wake of Aurora releasing the voting results following the 2017 annual general meeting which was held on November 13 in Edmonton, Canada. During the AGM shareholders approved the matters that were contained in Aurora’s Management Information Circular – issued on October 6. Additionally, the shareholders approved MNP LLP being reappointed as the company’s auditors for the coming year.

During the AGM new directors were voted onto Aurora’s Board of Directors. The appointments include Diane Jang who also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Hempco Food and Fiber. Jang has close to three decades worth of experience in the consumer-packaged goods sector. Before joining Hempco as the CEO, Jang was the president of Sunrise Soya Foods as well as the general manager of Earth’s Own Food.

Aurora’s Shareholders Meeting

AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF) recently made an investment in Hempco which was approved by shareholders in a special meeting. After the investment, Aurora’s shareholding in Hempco will rise to more than 50%.

AURORA CANNABIS IN (OTCMKTS:ACBFF)’s AGM had been preceded by the release of Q1 2018 financial results. In the report Aurora indicated that the company now has more than 20,000 registered patients who are active. Revenues for the quarter increased by 169% year-over-year to reach a figure of $8.2 million. Revenues rose 39% compared to the previous quarter. Most of the revenue was generated in Canada with North American dried cannabis sales comprising more than half of the total sales.

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About the author: Steve Clark is a 23-year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading. Steve keeps his head in the game by looking for, and writing about, small companies that often get overlooked by the big investment firms.