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TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce it has exercised Mendo Distribution and Transportation’s (“MDT”) option to purchase award winning Outer Galactic Chocolates LLC (“OGC”), holder of a Type N manufacturing license. MDT was recently acquired by the Company through merger on January 9, 2020.
- Halo will obtain a Type N California license allowing for the production of infused and edible products
- Halo plans to launch its Hush® edible products (gummies and syrups) in THC and 1:1 THC/CBD formulations, as well as support the expanded production and distribution of the award winning OGC-branded chocolate edibles in California
- Halo plans to retain OGC founder as subject matter expert and consultant on edibles and gourmet chocolate production
- Halo will own full interest in OGC, and plans to place the business under its California holding company, PSG Coastal Holdings LLC
Pursuant to the press release dated January 9, 2020, Halo acquired MDT and now has elected to exercise the Company’s option, through MDT, to acquire OGC in exchange for $500,000 of Halo’s common stock (“Halo Common Shares”). The acquisition will give Halo a license to produce infused and edible cannabis products adjacent to the MDT facility in Ukiah, California. A Type N license permits manufacturers to conduct most activities including packaging and labeling, however does not allow for extraction. For extraction in California, Halo utilizes its Type 7 licensed facility in Cathedral City, California.
In addition to obtaining the Type N license in California, Halo plans to execute a management agreement with the current management of OGC to aid in the transition and buildout of the business, which will include the introduction of both Halo-branded and other white label infused products. A strategic partnership with existing management will provide a strong base for the development of new edible cannabis products in California under the Hush® brand through channels and clientele already established by OGC.
Indeed ingestible products, in particular “gummies”, are a high value product category in the California market place. According to a July 2019 BDS Analytics report(1), gummies are the top selling ingestible product occupying numbers 1 through 17 on the list of the 20 top selling edible SKUs in California. CBD gummy formulations are also gaining traction.
Kiran Sidhu, Halo CEO and Co-Founder, comments, “Obtaining a Type N manufacturing license in California for the production of infused and edible products is a step in diversifying Halo’s product offering in this growth category. Not only are we building new lines around award winning expertise in OGC, we will support expanded distribution of OGC-branded chocolates to Southern California. We look forward to expanding our product offering in California, one of the world’s largest cannabis markets and bringing high-end and value-driven edibles to consumers.”
In supporting the growth of OGC-branded chocolates, Halo can distribute this award-winning line of gourmet, artisanal chocolates. OGC’s award winning chef and chocolatier makes small batch edibles utilizing ingredients from local farmers with sustainable growing practices. They have been awarded “Best Dark Chocolate Hybrid” and “Best Chocolate Truffle” by Edible Magazine and took home the prize for “Best Chocolate” at the Emerald Cup in 2017. OGC cannabis infused edibles are available in milk chocolate, sugar free, and dark chocolate throughout dispensaries in Northern California.
Mr. Sidhu continues, “As with our DNA Genetics partnership, this transaction with OGC and its management allows us to add value to the Halo product portfolio, by providing high quality and award winning products. ”
Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, the sole owner of all membership interests of OGC is expected to be issued 1,982,979 shares ($500,000) of Halo Common Shares that will be priced at $0.252 (C$0.329) based on the 30-day VWAP. 25% of the consideration will be due upon closing the transaction including execution of a definitive agreement and receipt of regulatory approval, with the remainder be released in equal monthly installments over the 12-month period following closing.
Completion of the transaction is subject to, among other things, the satisfaction or waiver of any conditions precedent to the consummation of the transaction (including the receipt of any requisite regulatory and stock exchange approvals).
Halo is a global cannabis extraction company that develops and manufactures quality cannabis oils and concentrates, which are the fastest growing segments in the cannabis industry. Halo is a global leader in cannabis oil and concentrates, having produced over 4.5 million grams of oils and concentrates since inception. The Company has expertise across all major cannabis manufacturing processes, leveraging a variety of proprietary processes and products. The forward-thinking company is led by a strong management team with deep industry knowledge and blue-chip experience. The Company is currently operating in California and Oregon, as well as in Nevada with our partner Just Quality, LLC, and in Lesotho with the 205-hectare Bophelo cultivation zone. With a consumer-centric focus, Halo will continue to market innovative, branded, and private label products across multiple product categories.
For further information regarding Halo, see Halo’s disclosure documents on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
For further information regarding Outer Galactic Chocolates, see OGC’s website at www.outergalacticchocolates.com.
(1) The BDS Analytics Report can be found at – https://bdsanalytics.com/gummies-are-as-popular-as-ever/
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only Halo’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Halo’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but is not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s acquisition of OGC and its Type N License in California.
By identifying such information and statements in this manner, Halo is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. In addition, in connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release, Halo has made certain assumptions. Although Halo believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Halo does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information and statements attributable to Halo or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.
Village Farms Opts to Receive $5.94 Million Cash Refund from Pure Sunfarms
Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms“) (TSX: VFF; Nasdaq: VFF) today announced that it has opted to receive a $5.94 million cash refund from Pure Sunfarms Corp. (“Pure Sunfarms“) relating to an additional equity contribution that Village Farms made to Pure Sunfarms on November 19, 2019 (the “VF Additional Equity Contribution“).
As previously disclosed by Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (“Emerald“), it has been disputing Village Farms’ ability to make the VF Additional Equity Contribution of $5.94 million, as well as the cancellation of 5,940,000 common shares of Pure Sunfarms placed in escrow pending payment by Emerald of its related $5.94 million equity contribution, following its failure to make its required equity contribution to Pure Sunfarms on November 1, 2019. In an effort to narrow the issues in dispute and accelerate the resolution of this shareholder dispute, Village Farms decided to unwind the VF Additional Equity Contribution, which has now been completed, with Pure Sunfarms providing Village Farms with the $5.94 million cash refund. The $5.94 million cash refund to Village Farms also eliminates the costs and delays involved in obtaining an independent appraisal of Pure Sunfarms that resulted from the VF Additional Equity Contribution.
Village Farms continues to seek the cancellation of 5,940,000 common shares of Pure Sunfarms that were placed in escrow pending payment by Emerald of its related equity contribution (the “Emerald Share Cancellation“), which was not made as required. It is Village Farms’ position that the Emerald Share Cancellation is expressly provided for in the applicable legal agreements.
“Due to the arbitration process related to the Emerald Share Cancellation taking significantly longer than originally anticipated, and with the resulting number of incremental shares for our $5.94 million equity contribution unknown, we decided to reduce the number of items in dispute in an effort to bring the matter to resolution sooner for Village Farms and its shareholders,” said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms. “In addition, as a result of the $5.94 million cash refund to Village Farms, we anticipate that Pure Sunfarms may call for additional equity contributions by each of Village Farms and Emerald.”
If Village Farms is successful in the arbitration and Emerald’s escrowed shares are cancelled, Village Farms would own 53.5% of Pure Sunfarms and Emerald would own 46.5% effective as of November 19, 2019. Village Farms expects a decision from the arbitration panel during the second half of 2020.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements may relate to Village Farms’ future outlook or financial position and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, budgets, litigation, projected production, projected costs, capital expenditures, financial results, taxes, plans and objectives of or involving Village Farms and Pure Sunfarms. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for Village Farms, Pure Sunfarms, the greenhouse vegetable industry or the cannabis and hemp industries are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by such terms as “outlook”, “may”, “might”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “occur”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “likely”, “schedule”, “objectives”, or the negative or grammatical variation thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.
Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on information currently available to management, there can be no assurance that actual results or events will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Village Farms’ control, that may cause Village Farms’ or the industry’s actual results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities in future periods to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the factors contained in Village Farms’ filings with U.S. and Canadian securities regulators, including as detailed in Village Farms’ annual information form and management’s discussion and analysis for the year-ended December 31, 2018 and for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019.
When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, Village Farms cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties and should not be read as guarantees of future results, events, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. The forward-looking statements made in this press release only relate to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Except as required by law, Village Farms undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Village Farms International, Inc.
Canada House Wellness Group Announces Results of Annual General Meeting and Issuance of Stock Options
Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (CSE: CHV) (“Canada House” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce the results of the company’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders that was held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on Thursday, December 19, 2019, where two business items were presented and approved by the shareholders in attendance.
The Directors of the Company that were nominated at the meeting – Norman Betts, Chris Churchill-Smith, Shawn Graham, Gaetan Lussier, and Dennis Moir – were elected to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, or until their successors are elected or appointed.
In addition, Ernst & Young LLP were appointed as auditors of the Company for the following year and the Directors were authorized to fix their remuneration.
The business summary presented at the Annual General Meeting is available on the Investor Centre section of Canada House’s website at https://canadahouse.ca.
The Company is also pleased to announce the immediate granting of 500,000 stock options to senior employees and advisors at an exercise price of $0.05 and with a term of 5-years. The grant was made in accordance with the Company’s stock option plan and the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange.
SOURCE Canada House Wellness Group Inc.
Canopy Growth Revises Beverage Launch Timeline
Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED), (NYSE: CGC) submitted its final documentation for its beverage facility to Health Canada in late June 2019 and subsequently received the licence in late November 2019. In the seven weeks since receiving the licence, the Company has made meaningful progress towards scaling the production process for its cannabis beverages from lab scale to commercial scale.
Management remains very confident in the underlying beverage science and in its ability to scale production and deliver high quality, differentiated cannabis beverages to the market. However, the scaling process is not complete, and the Company is extending its to-market date while the internal teams complete the final steps.
“Canopy has had seven weeks to work with THC in the brand new beverage facility to scale processes and IP it has developed in the R&D environment,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “In order to deliver products that meet our customer’s high standards we are electing to revise the launch date while we work through the final details.”
Cannabis beverages have disruptive power and in time, may introduce new consumers to the cannabis category. Canopy does not believe this delay will have a material impact on its FY20 revenue.
The Company intends to provide an update with the release of its Q3 FY20 financial results.
Here’s to Future (Cannabis Category) Growth.
SOURCE Canopy Growth Corporation
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