Why Protection for Cannabis Business Directors and Officers Is Essential

Why Protection for Cannabis Business Directors and Officers Is Essential

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) PRESS RELEASE — Green Growth Brands Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a securities acquisition and contribution agreement, dated as of July 8, 2019, with, among others, MXY Holdings LLC (Moxie) under which a new Ontario limited partnership, of which GGB will be the general partner (GGB LP), will acquire the operating companies of GGB and the issued and outstanding units of Moxie, an arm’s length third party, in an all-equity interest transaction. As part of the Transaction, GGB will also be directly acquiring shares of MXY C, INC. and MXY D, INC., Delaware entities within the Moxie structure, and interests in two entities, PurePenn LLC and Pure CA, LLC (collectively, the Pure Entities), with which Moxie has current acquisition agreements (subject to regulatory approval). 

The equity purchase price of the Transaction is US$310 million, and will be satisfied through the issuance of either GGB Common Shares or Exchangeable LP Units, as more fully described below.

The Transaction is a part of GGB’s focused growth strategy. GGB is rapidly building its cannabidiol (CBD) business, including recently securing additional distribution through Designer Brands Inc., the parent company of DSW shoe stores and Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and is expanding its footprint of Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy shops from the current 61 to an expected 200+ by the end of calendar year 2019. GGB is also building its MSO network, which now includes the potential for up to 47 dispensary licenses in three key states.

The combination of Moxie and GGB would create one of the first cannabis companies to provide consumers a comprehensive product offering, including both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) product lines and distribution that runs from mainstream retail to cannabis dispensaries, all led by management with decades of expertise and credibility.

Management Commentary

“In the short time since we began operations, we have built a business comprised of highly experienced management and merchant teams and cannabis experts, who have created successful CBD and MSO businesses. The coming together of Moxie and Green Growth Brands is anticipated to complete the circle,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands. “As a ‘360 degree’ cannabis company, we expect to bring an expertise to each segment of the combined business: cannabis dispensaries, vertically-integrated and wholesale CBD and wholesale cannabis consumer products.”

“The pairing between Moxie and Green Growth Brands is anticipated to accelerate growth for both businesses that results in a differentiated and expansive business model,” said Jordan Lams, Co-Founder and CEO of Moxie. “Moxie’s success comes from keeping our promise of delivering premium quality products to our consumers that creates an emotional connection with Moxie across multiple geographies. Both companies have proven track records of building customer loyalty through authenticity, and together, we are going to focus on taking steps to rapidly grow America’s mainstream cannabis brands.”

Terms of the Transaction

The Transaction is structured to include the formation of GGB LP, a new Ontario limited partnership of which GGB will be the general partner, with the operating companies of GGB being placed under the partnership. Payment of the Purchase Price will be satisfied through the issuance of common shares of GGB and exchangeable limited partnership units in GGB LP as follows: (i) through the issuance of GGB Common Shares to the shareholders of MXY C and MXY D; (ii) through the issuance of either GGB Common Shares or Exchangeable LP Units to the unitholders of Moxie; and (iii) through the issuance of Exchangeable LP Units to the holders of the Pure Entities. The Exchangeable LP Units are exchangeable into GGB Common Shares on a one-for-one basis for no additional consideration; however, the Exchangeable LP Units may not be exchanged for GGB Common Shares for the first year following the closing of the Transaction.

The total number of securities issuable as payment under the Transaction is equal to that number determined by dividing the Purchase Price by the 30-day volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of GGB Common Shares ending on the third trading day prior to the closing (but in no case will the Closing VWAP be less than US$2.07 or greater than US$3.45 (being the equivalent to CAD$2.71 and CAD$4.52, based on the Bank of Canada exchange rate as of July 5, 2019)), such that following the issuance of the GGB Common Shares and Exchangeable LP Units, the former Moxie members, the shareholders of MXY C and MXY D and the holders of the Pure Entities will hold between approximately 30% and 42% of the fully-diluted equity of GGB (treasury method and assuming the closing of GGB’s previously announced Spring Oaks acquisition in Florida) with the majority of such securities to be subject to lock up agreements for a period of 12 months from the completion of the Transaction with staggered releases. 

The Agreement may be terminated in certain circumstances including by mutual agreement of the parties; by either party for a significant breach by the other party that would cause the closing conditions not to be met; by either party if the Transaction has not been effected by June 30, 2020; by Moxie, if it does not receive a legal opinion from counsel regarding the United States federal income tax consequences of the exchange of certain units of Moxie for Exchangeable LP Units; or, by GGB, if GGB enters into an agreement regarding an acquisition transaction. Subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Agreement, if either party terminates as a result of a significant breach by the other party, the breaching party will pay a termination fee of US$10 million or if the Agreement is terminated by Moxie in the event of an Opinion Termination, it will pay GGB a termination fee of US$10 million. If the Agreement is terminated by GGB in the event of an Acquisition Termination, GGB will pay to Moxie a termination fee of US$17.5 million. GGB will satisfy payment of its termination fee, in either case, in GGB Common Shares, and Moxie will satisfy payment of its termination fee, in either case, through forgiveness of the Loan (as defined below) and a cash payment.

The closing of the Transaction is expected to occur within the following six months, but remains subject to the satisfaction of various closing conditions, including receipt of all necessary regulatory approval for the transfer of the cannabis-related licenses of Moxie by local and state authorities in each of the markets where Moxie’s assets and licenses are held; approval from the Canadian Securities Exchange for the listing of GGB Common Shares issuable in connection with the Transaction (including the GGB Common Shares issuable upon the exchange of the Exchangeable LP Units); that all required securityholder approval for Moxie, MXY C and MXY D is received and certain pre-closing transactions have been effected; that the Lock-Up Agreements have been entered into; there has been no material adverse effect in respect of either Moxie or GGB; and, that all documents required in connection with the transfer of Moxie, MXY C and MXY D securities have been delivered to GGB.  There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be consummated.

On closing, the controlling members of Moxie will be entitled to nominate two directors of GGB and, in connection with the foregoing, the Company and certain shareholders of GGB, will enter into a nomination rights and voting agreement with respect to matters relating to the nomination and election of such nominees.  Management of Moxie will continue to lead the company as part of GGB, with key management joining GGB.

As part of the Transaction, Moxie has agreed to make available a loan of US$5 millionto GGB in order to fund certain pending acquisitions and the parties have agreed to enter into a distribution agreement. The Loan will bear interest at 6% and, if the Transaction is terminated, will be repaid within 12 months of termination.  The Distribution Agreement provides that GGB will distribute Moxie CBD products through its kiosk and dispensary network for a period of up to thirty (30) months.

Both companies’ board of directors have determined that the proposed transaction is in the best interests of their respective companies. Canaccord Genuity Corp. has delivered a fairness opinion to the board of directors of GGB, and Eight Capital has delivered a fairness opinion to the board of managers of Moxie.

Published at Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:17:00 +0000

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