|Under the terms of the Agreement, Bloom will receive approximately USD$15 million of Heritage common shares in two tranches. The first tranche of USD$7.5 million will be at a deemed value of CA$0.14 per Heritage share, followed by a second tranche of shares six months after closing at a deemed value of either the greater of CA$0.16 or a 15% discount to the 15-day VWAP. The Agreement also includes potential milestone payments of up to an additional USD$17 million of Heritage common shares contingent upon Bloom achieving certain financial targets over a twelve-month period. All shares issued as part of the Agreement will be subject to lock-up provisions and applicable statutory hold periods.
Bloom launched their recreational brands in California in 2016 upon cannabis legalization in the state. Since then, Bloom has built a scalable, asset-light business model with an award- winning portfolio of products. Bloom operates a hybrid business model where brands are owned in California and licensed to partners in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington. This model allows for a cost effective and rapid new market launch to capture early shelf space. In addition to the distribution arrangement, Bloom also has 21.5% ownership in its partners in New Mexico and 20% ownership in Oklahoma both of which are license owners.
In fiscal 2020, Bloom’s accountant prepared financials reflected revenues of USD$11.4 million. They have consistently placed as a top 10 vape brand in California’s recreational market, is a top five vape brand in Los Angeles since 2017, and is the top vape brand in New Mexico. Bloom also recently won an award as the best concentrate in Oklahoma and have won the High Times award in Northern California and the Chalice Cup in Southern California.
- Accretive transaction exclusive of synergies or product expansion
- The average upfront payment represents a premium to both the recent financing and the Premium 5 acquisition in January 2021. As well, the addition of Bloom would double Heritage’s 2020 total fiscal revenues.
- Immediately creates a revenue generating U.S. platform and solidifies U.S. cannabis strategy with distribution in seven states once Heritage’s Missouri transaction is operational.
- Heritage is targeting an initial distribution platform in up to nine states, along with all 10 Canadian provinces.
- Access to over 2,000 retailers in the U.S. and Canada to cross-sell its product portfolio.
- With a combined portfolio of over 150 SKUs, Heritage has the ability to provide a strong product offering across a large population base.
- The strength of the Bloom leadership team will be an invaluable asset for the Company’s U.S. platform
- In combination with the Merida relationship, acquiring a team that successfully navigated market launches in a number of U.S. states will be an important element for the U.S. strategy. The Bloom team will be key members of the leadership team managing the U.S. expansion.
“This transaction combines Heritage’s leading Canadian recreational and medical brand platform with a well established, widely distributed cannabis brand in the U.S., which are retailed in over 500 stores across California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, and Oklahoma,” stated David Schwede, President of Heritage. “Heritage has been advancing its U.S. investment strategy while focusing on strong financial discipline, high growth opportunities, and solid execution of its growth strategy. Bloom brings with it a strong team with a wealth of U.S. experience, and as a combined entity, Heritage will be positioned as one the most widely distributed house of cannabis brands in North America”.
“We’ve built a very successful business model and brand platform with a presence in six states. The combined entity will benefit from having deep cannabis product knowledge in both Canada and the U.S. This merger allows us to escalate our growth to become one of the most widely distributed cannabis brands in North America. Bloom is rapidly expanding into new territories and our team is focussed on bringing more innovative products to new markets. Merging with Heritage will allow us to do that, and we are excited to take Bloom to the next level as part of the Heritage platform.” commented Vitaly Mekk, Founder of Bloom.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of July and is subject to customary closing conditions and applicable third party and regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed on the terms set out herein or at all.
Share Issuance for Previously Announced Agreement with Merida
Recently, the Company issued 495,049 common shares (“Common Shares“) in the capital of the Company to Merida Capital Holdings LLC and its designees (“Merida“). The agreement between Merida and Heritage announced on April 7, 2021 saw the two companies partnering to strategically expand Heritage’s product distribution in the U.S. The Common Shares are being issued in consideration for the definitive agreement signed between Heritage and Como Health LLC, doing business as 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis, previously announced on May 4, 2021. The shares are issued at a deemed price of $0.1250 per Common Share and are subject to a statutory four month and one day hold period. The shares will be held in escrow by Heritage and released in accordance with the escrow terms agreed to between the parties.
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