The Cronos group announces a strategic investment in PharmaCann,
The investment should allow the Cronos group to benefit from rapid growth in the U.S. cannabis market
PharmaCann Well Positioned in the Midwestern and Northeastern Limited License States
TORONTO and CHICAGO, June 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos Group”) and PharmaCann Inc. (“PharmaCann”), one of the largest groups Vertically integrated cannabis companies in the United States (“US”), today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cronos Group has purchased an option (the “Option”) to acquire an approximate 10.5% interest in PharmaCann (the “Transaction”) on a fully diluted basis. Exercise of the option will be based on various factors, including the state of federal cannabis legalization in the United States, as well as regulatory approvals, including in the states where PharmaCann operates, which may be required on exercise.
PharmaCann has a large geographic footprint in the United States and has built an efficient, effective and scalable operating model, comprising six production facilities and 23 dispensaries operating under the Verilife ™ brand in six limited license states: New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. PharmaCann continues to invest in its manufacturing infrastructure and brand development to take advantage of significant business-to-business retail and wholesale opportunities.
“Our growth strategy in the United States is focused on creating long-term shareholder value by bringing together a portfolio of leading brands and intellectual property and positioning ourselves to deploy our products in the US market through investments and opportunities with American leaders who share our vision and commitment to the responsibility of distributing disruptive cannabinoid products that improve people’s lives, ”said Kurt Schmidt, President and CEO of Cronos Group. “We were drawn to PharmaCann as an investment because of their disciplined allocation of capital, strong track record and compelling presence in manufacturing and licensed retail. Additionally, we are excited to partner with PharmaCann because of our shared commitment to improving product quality and consistency through science and better operations and manufacturing.
“We are pleased to announce our strategic alliance with Cronos Group,” said Brett Novey, CEO of PharmaCann. “This investment validates our position as a leading vertically integrated US cannabis company and demonstrates our ability to continue to develop and improve our strong asset base. We are excited to be working with Cronos Group as we advance PharmaCann’s mission to improve people’s lives through cannabis.
Under the terms of the transaction, the total consideration paid by Cronos Group for the option was approximately $ 110.4 million, which was deposited by Cronos Group with a third party paying agent for distribution directly to shareholders of PharmaCann. The option is subject to certain anti-dilution and other adjustments.
Upon the election of Cronos Group and following its exercise of the Option, Cronos Group and PharmaCann will enter into commercial agreements which would allow each party to offer its products through the distribution channels of one or more the other of the parties. In addition, upon the election of Cronos Group and following its exercise of the Option, Cronos Group and PharmaCann will enter into an investor rights agreement which would grant Cronos Group certain governance rights, such as a seat in board of directors or an observer on the board of directors under certain conditions, a registration rights agreement which would provide the Cronos group with the usual registration rights for the ordinary shares of PharmaCann.
Michael Gorenstein, Executive Chairman of Cronos Group, and Jason Adler, Director of Cronos Group, each hold an indirect stake in PharmaCann by virtue of their stake in a fund affiliated with Gotham Green Partners, which is a shareholder of PharmaCann. A special committee composed entirely of independent directors of the Cronos group has been formed to assess and make recommendations to the board of directors of the Cronos group regarding the transaction and other opportunities in the United States.
The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of PharmaCann and the required shareholders of PharmaCann and approved by the board of directors of the Cronos group (except for Mr. Gorenstein and Mr. Adler) following the unanimous recommendation of the special committee of independent directors.
Cowen has served as financial advisor to the special committee of independent directors of Cronos Group and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and McGuireWoods LLP has served as legal counsel to Cronos Group. Perella Weinberg Partners LP was a financial advisor to Altria Group, Inc.
Canaccord Genuity Corp. acted as financial advisor and Fox Rothschild LLP acted as legal advisor to PharmaCann.
About the Cronos group
Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution on five continents. Cronos Group is committed to creating disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion for responsibly elevating the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building a portfolio of iconic brands. The portfolio of the Cronos group includes NATURAL PEACE™, a global wellness platform, two brands for adult use, CREEK™ and Spinach™, and three brands of CBD derived from American hemp, Lord Jones™, Happy dance™ and PEACE +™. For more information on Cronos Group and its brands, please visit: thecronosgroup.com.
PharmaCann is one of the largest privately-owned and vertically integrated cannabis companies in the country, providing safe, reliable and high-quality cannabis products to people in the medical and adult use markets. PharmaCann’s geographic footprint includes PharmaCann dispensaries and cultivation and processing operations in six states. For more information on PharmaCann, please visit: PharmaCann.com.
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