SAN JOSE, Calif. – TPCO Holding Corp. (NEO: GRAM.U) (OTCQX: GRAMF), announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the equity of Coastal Holding Company, LLC, a California retail dispensary and delivery operator for $16.2 million in cash with contingent consideration of up to $40 million in equity of The Parent Company upon completion of milestone events and a $9 million option to acquire the remaining equity of a southern California dispensary that Coastal currently holds a minority interest in, as described in more detail below. Completion of the transactions contemplated by the Agreements remains subject to regulatory approvals, including approval of the NEO Exchange, and are expected to close in 2022.
Founded in 2018 in Santa Barbara, Coastal is a retail dispensary license holder and operator with six retail licensed locations with five locations currently operating and two delivery depots. Coastal’s operating dispensaries are located in Santa Barbara, Pasadena, West Los Angeles, Stockton and Vallejo. Coastal is also engaged in construction for another retail license location in Northern California and operating delivery depots in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Coastal serves over 1,000 people per day, in their stores and online at www.coastalcalifornia.com
Upon completion, the acquisition of Coastal will increase The Parent Company’s current California retail store and delivery depot footprints to eleven and six, respectively, and positions the Company with the second largest operating retail dispensary and delivery hub in the State with an expanded reach to over 80% of California’s population.
“I am thrilled to add Coastal to our expanding retail network,” said Troy Datcher, Chief Executive Officer of The Parent Company. “With strategically positioned locations in high-traffic, densely populated regions, Coastal enables us to significantly increase our reach to a broader potential audience of consumers with both in-person retail and delivery options. In just over 4 months, we have more than tripled our operating retail stores in California.”
Mr. Datcher added, “As we continue to extend our reach in California, our focus remains on providing our customers with the exceptional product selection and retail experiences they have come to expect from us. I look forward to welcoming and working with the Coastal team and introducing their customers to our convenient in-store, delivery, and mobile app shopping options and full suite of high-quality brands.”
Calma Acquisition Update
In addition to the Coastal transaction, The Parent Company is pleased to advise that on October 1, 2021 it closed the first tranche of the previously announced acquisition of Calma dispensary, located in West Hollywood, , with the acquisition of 85% of Calma’s equity securities. The transfer of the remaining 15% equity of Calma is expected to occur in 2022. Consumers will continue to experience the curated product selection at Calma in addition to their service in store and online for pick-up and delivery at www.calmawesthollywood.com.
Coastal Transaction Details
Under the terms of the Agreements, The Parent Company has agreed to acquire 100% of the equity securities of Coastal for aggregate consideration, subject to adjustments, of up to $56.2 million, comprised of up to (i) $16.2 million in cash, (ii) $20 million in common shares of The Parent Company contingent upon signing management services agreements (“MSAs”) at each Coastal location and (iii) $20 million in common shares of The Parent Company contingent upon the successful transfer of Coastal’ s cannabis licenses. The Parent Company has entered into MSAs concurrently with signing the Agreements for a majority of Coastal’s operating locations and anticipates signing MSAs for the remaining Coastal operating locations in the coming days. The cash portion of the transaction is secured by a promissory note forgivable upon Coastal satisfying certain closing conditions. The price of the common shares of The Parent Company issued in respect of each of the service agreements or on the transfer of licenses will be determined based on the market price of The Parent Company’s common shares on the dates such management service agreements are executed or regulatory approval milestones are achieved prior to closing. Equity issued as part of this transaction is subject to lock-up provisions that release upon the satisfaction of certain closing conditions and, in any case, a period of not less than six months.As part of the transaction, The Parent Company will also inherit a minority stake in a Southern California dispensary, and an option to purchase the remainder of that dispensary for $9 million in cash (the “Option”) which may be exercised by The Parent Company following receipt of certain regulatory approvals. $4.5M of the Option was prepaid upon execution of the Agreements. Closing of the Coastal transaction is subject to standard closing conditions as well as regulatory approval.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation which reflects The Parent Company’s current expectations regarding future events. The words “will”, “expects”, “intends” and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words.
Specific forward-looking information contained in this press release includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning the execution and closing of the Coastal transaction. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond The Parent Company’s control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic, business and political conditions, changes in applicable laws, the U.S. and Canadian regulatory landscapes and enforcement related to cannabis, changes in public opinion and perception of the cannabis industry, reliance on the expertise and judgment of senior management, as well as the factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in The Parent Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 25, 2021, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Parent Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.
Caution Regarding Cannabis Operations in the United States
Investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in the United States to, among other things, cultivate, distribute or possess cannabis in the United States. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, cannabis-related business activities in the United States may form the basis for prosecution under applicable U.S. federal money laundering legislation.
While the approach to enforcement of such laws by the federal government in the United States has trended toward non-enforcement against individuals and businesses that comply with medical or adult-use cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve The Parent Company of liability under U.S. federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against the Company. The enforcement of federal laws in the United States is a significant risk to the business of The Parent Company and any proceedings brought against the Company thereunder may adversely affect the Company’s operations and financial performance.
(This information is primarily sourced from The Parent Company. Highly Capitalized has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Read our Disclaimer here).