Red White & Bloom Closes Platinum Vape Acquisition Ahead of Previous Timeline Guidance
- Platinum’s products are sold within Michigan, California and, Oklahoma in over 700 retailers
-PV has current annualized revenues of more than USD $75 million with EBITDA between 25%-30% before forward synergies
- Platinum operations to be accretive to the Company’s financial reporting during this quarter and going forward
TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTC: RWBYF) (“RWB” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has closed the acquisition of Platinum Vape LLC (or “Platinum Vape” or “PV”) effective September 14, 2020.
Platinum Vape are purveyors of a full product line of premium cannabis products sold at over 700 retailers throughout Michigan, California and Oklahoma boasting an 84% rating (4.2/5) on WeedMaps.com.
Chairman & CEO Brad Rogers stated:
“We are happy to have all the details of this acquisition now wrapped up and have this transaction closed. I think it was important to get this transaction completed and have the great team at Platinum Vape join us as we look to further expand our footprint in the U.S.”
Details of the Platinum Vape Transaction:
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company has acquired all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Platinum Vape in a cash and stock transaction valued at up to US$35 million, comprised of US$7 million in cash paid at closing, a further US$13 million in cash payable 120 days after closing and a US$15 million convertible promissory note payable on the third anniversary of closing (which may be converted into Company stock only after 12 months). Additional consideration of up to US$25 million, payable either as cash or stock in the Company, may be paid to Platinum Vape securityholders if certain revenue targets and EBIT metrics are achieved by Platinum Vape in 2020 and 2021. The Company is not assuming any long-term debt and the transaction will not constitute a change of control of RWB.
In addition, the Company also announces that it issued a CDN$10 million principal amount convertible debenture (the “Convertible Debenture”) on September 11, 2020 to an arm’s-length investor by way of a private placement. The Convertible Debenture bears interest at the rate of 5% per annum, is unsecured and matures on the date of closing of the Company’s previously announced bought deal financing co-led by PI Financial Corp. and Eight Capital and including Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Echelon Wealth Partners the “Bought Deal Financing”). The Bought Deal Financing is expected to close in the week of September 21, 2020.
The Convertible Debenture is automatically convertible into units (“Units”) of the Company at a price of $0.75 per Unit should there be either a liquidation event or the Bought Deal Financing terminates. Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company (each, a “Common Share”) and one common share purchase warrant of the Company (each, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant is exercisable to acquire one additional Common Share at a price of $1.00 per Warrant for a period of 24 months from the date of issuance (the “Expiry Date”). If at any time prior to the Expiry Date, the weighted average trading price of the Common Shares exceeds $1.50 for a period of 10 consecutive trading days, the Company may provide written notice to the holder by way of a news release (the “Notice”) advising that the Warrants will expire at 5:00 pm (Vancouver Time) on the 30th day following the Notice.
About Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.
The Company is positioning itself to be one of the top three multi-state cannabis operators active in the U.S. legal cannabis and hemp sector. RWB is predominantly focusing its investments on the major US markets, including Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and California with respect to cannabis, and the US and internationally for hemp-based CBD products.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Currency:
Operational gross profit, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures and do not have standardized definitions under IFRS. The Company has provided the non-IFRS financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with IFRS, as supplemental information and in addition to the financial measures that are calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS. These supplemental non-IFRS financial measures are presented because management has evaluated the financial results both including and excluding the adjusted items and believe that the supplemental non-IFRS financial measures presented provide additional perspective and insights when analyzing the core operating performance of the business. These supplemental non-IFRS financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or as an alternative to, and should only be considered in conjunction with, the IFRS financial measures presented herein. Accordingly, the following information provides reconciliations of the supplemental non-IFRS financial measures, presented herein to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.
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Released September 14, 2020