FACTBOX-World's biggest marijuana M&A, stake purchase deals

Jan 24 (Reuters) - Canada's second-biggest marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc has agreed to buy smaller rival CanniMed Therapeutics Inc for C$1.1 billion ($852 million), creating the world's largest weed producer by market value. The agreement topped global cannabis merger and acquisition activity, pushing deal values so far in 2018 to far above those in entire previous years. It brought the total value of marijuana-related mergers and acquisitions to $1.2 billion so far in 2018, more than double last year's total. Below are the five biggest deals in the sector, including acquisitions and stake purchases, according to Thomson Reuters data:

Acquirer Target Announce Target Acquirer Value (USD date nation nation millions) Aurora Cannabis CanniMed Jan. 24, Canada Canada $852

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Canopy Growth Mettrum Dec. 1, Canada Canada $282.55 Health 2016 Constellation Canopy Oct. 10, Canada United $191.13 Brands Growth 2017 States Aphria Inc Broken Jan. 15, Canada Canada $184.67 Coast 2018


Tweed Marijuana Bedrocan 24 June, Canada Canada $49.28 Inc (now Canopy Cannabis 2015


(Reporting By Nichola Saminather in Toronto; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)