There were 46 transactions in the North American Cannabis sector in July 2018, including 30 private placements, 1 public offerings, 12 mergers & acquisitions and 3 shelf registrations, with a total value of C$1.6 billion. Total deal volume increased by 70% over July 2017 and transaction value increased by 564%.

Some of the most significant transactions in the cannabis space included:

On July 10, 2018, Canopy Growth announced the acquisition of Hiku Brands to expand its retail footprint for total enterprise value (EV) of C$340 million in an all share transaction. The offer represents a premium of 33% to 20 day volume weighted average price.  The offer implies a multiple of EV/2019 EBITDA of 30.4x and EV/2020 EBITDA of 6.0x.

Calculations include asset purchases and sales, joint ventures and minority and majority shareholdings that disclosed a transaction value and were announced within the time frame. Cannabis industry definition includes cannabis products producers as well as supporting industries such as suppliers, laboratories, and security, among others. Cancelled transactions were excluded. Exchange rates based on historical figures.

Sources: Capital IQ, analyst research.

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