Charlotte’s Web Announces US$56.8 Million Investment from BAT

5 min readPublished On: November 15th, 2022By

DENVER – (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. announced a US$56.8 million investment from a subsidiary of BAT (LSE: BATS) and (NYSE: BTI), which provides the Company with incremental capital to fund growth initiatives, including the Company’s expanding portfolio of botanical wellness products.

BAT’s Investment has been made via a convertible debenture in the amount of US$56.8 million. The debenture is currently convertible into a non-controlling equity stake in Charlotte’s Web of approximately 19.9% and is convertible at BAT’s discretion.

Jacques Tortoroli, CEO of Charlotte’s Web said: “This Investment will provide Charlotte’s Web with funding that we anticipate will help unlock deeper and broader research and development that is key to our continued innovation, global footprint, and the advancement of our intellectual property portfolio.”

Kingsley Wheaton, Chief Growth Officer at BAT, said: “The appeal of Charlotte’s Web is clear to us: a wide portfolio of high-quality products, strong brand equity, an extensive retail presence and robust B2C e-commerce platform serving a loyal US consumer base, and a track record of in-depth scientific research.”

The Investment provides substantial liquidity at an attractive cost of capital for Charlotte’s Web. Upon closing of this investment, Charlotte’s Web will have pro-forma cash and short-term investments of approximately US$65 million.

Debenture Terms

The Investment was made by BAT’s subscription for an unsecured convertible debenture issued by Charlotte’s Web (the “Debenture”) in the principal amount of C$75.3 million due November 14, 2029. The principal amount of the Debenture is currently convertible into approximately 19.9% of the outstanding common shares of Charlotte’s Web and, subject to adjustment in accordance with the terms of the Debenture, is a conversion price of C$2.00 per common share on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The Debenture will bear interest at a rate of 5% per annum with a step down to 1.5% following the date that federal laws in the United States permit, authorize or do not prohibit the use of CBD as an ingredient in food products and dietary supplements.

Concurrently with entering into the Debenture, BAT and Charlotte’s Web entered into an investor rights agreement (the “IRA”).  The IRA provides BAT with certain rights, including the right to nominate 20% of the members of the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) for so long as BAT and its affiliates’ partially diluted ownership of the Company’s common shares is at least 15% (with a stepdown in BAT’s nomination rights to 10% of the members of the Board).  BAT’s nomination rights terminate upon BAT and its affiliates’ partially diluted ownership of the Company’s common shares declining below 10% for, subject to certain exceptions in the IRA, a 30 day period.  The IRA also provides BAT with certain pre-emptive rights on the issuance of common shares of the Company and top-up rights in respect of certain issuances of common shares of the Company that are not otherwise subject to a pre-emptive rights.  Subject to the provisions of the IRA, the pre-emptive rights and top-up rights provide BAT with an opportunity to maintain its percentage ownership of the Company’s common shares from time-to-time as though the Debenture was converted at the applicable time.

Lazard acted as financial advisor and DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and DLA Piper (US) LLP acted as legal counsel to Charlotte’s Web. Jones Day acted as legal counsel to BAT.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other applicable securities laws (collectively, ‎‎”forward-looking information”). In some cases, but not necessarily in all cases, forward looking information can be identified by the ‎use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “targets”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “an opportunity exists”, ‎‎”is positioned”, “estimates”, “intends”, “assumes”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” or “believes”, or variations of such words and ‎phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be ‎achieved”. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or ‎circumstances contain forward-looking information. ‎

Statements containing forward-looking information are not historical facts, but instead represent management’s current ‎expectations, estimates and projections regarding the future of our business, future plans, strategies, projections, anticipated events ‎and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of opinions, ‎assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of this news release, are subject to ‎known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, ‎performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements containing forward-looking information. Although these statements containing forward-looking information are based on assumptions the Company considers to be reasonable based on the information ‎available on the date such statements are made, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and readers are cautioned ‎against placing undue reliance on forward-looking information. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking information relating to, but not limited to: the anticipated uses of proceeds of the investment by Charlotte’s Web, and the amount of Charlotte’s Web’s pro forma cash and short term investments.

The material factors and assumptions used to develop the forward-looking information herein include, but are not limited to, international and political considerations; regulatory changes; ‎and the factors discussed throughout the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recently filed annual information form available on and in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q as amended, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission available on Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking information, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

(This information is primarily sourced from Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.  Highly Capitalized has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Read our Disclaimer here).

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