High Tide Announces $10 Million Offering of Convertible Debentures
CALGARY, April 10, 2019 /CNW/ – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (CSE:HITI) (OTCQB:HTDEF) (FRA:2LY), an Alberta-based, retail-focused cannabis corporation enhanced by the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products, today announced that it has launched a non-brokered private placement for the sale of up to 10,000 convertible debentures of High Tide (the “Debentures”), at a price of $1,000 per Debenture, for gross proceeds of up to $10 million Canadian dollars (the “Offering”). The Offering is anchored by an order from Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA) (NYSE: APHA), a leading global cannabis company, in the amount of $4.5 million Canadian dollars. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used by the Company to fund the construction of Canna Cabana, KushBar and Smoker’s Corner stores, complete strategic acquisitions as well as for general working capital purposes.
The Debentures will bear interest at a rate of 10% per annum, payable annually upfront in common shares of High Tide based on the 10-day volume weighted average price prior to the closing date of the Offering. The Debentures are convertible to common shares of High Tide at a price of $0.75 per common share at the option of the holder and will mature two years from the closing date of the Offering. The Convertible Debentures will include a restriction on conversion to ensure the Company maintains compliance with s. 7 of O. Reg. 468/18 of the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018, which restricts ownership and control of the Company, directly or indirectly, by one or more licensed producers or their affiliates, to 9.9 per cent of the Company.
The Company shall have a right to prepay or redeem a part or the entire principal amount of the Debentures at par plus accrued and unpaid interest at any time by providing notice prior to the redemption date. The Convertible Debentures will be unsecured obligations of the Company and will rank pari passu in right of payment of principal and interest and will be issued pursuant to the terms of a debenture certificate to be entered into between the Company and a debenture holder. The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on such date or dates as agreed to between the Company and the investors, with initial closing of the first tranche on or about April 12, 2019.
About High Tide Inc.
High Tide is an Alberta-based, downstream cannabis corporation focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products. It is a vertically-integrated company in the Canadian cannabis market, with portfolio subsidiaries including RGR Canada Inc., Famous Brandz Inc., Kush West Distribution Inc., Smoker’s Corner Ltd., Grasscity.com, Canna Cabana Inc. and the majority of KushBar Inc. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) and FSD Pharma Inc. (CSE: HUGE) (OTC: FSDDF) (FRA: 0K9).
Representing the core of High Tide’s business, RGR Canada Inc. is a high-quality and innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of cannabis accessories. Famous Brandz Inc. is a dominant manufacturer of licensed lifestyle accessories, through partnerships with celebrities and entertainment companies including Snoop Dogg and Paramount Pictures. Famous Brandz’ products are sold to wholesalers and retailers around the world. Founded in 2009 and approved by the Canadian Franchise Association, Smoker’s Corner Ltd. is among Canada’s largest counter-culture chains with 13 locations. Kush West Distribution is in the process of becoming a cannabis wholesaler in the province of Saskatchewan. Based in Amsterdam since 2000, Grasscity.com is the world’s preeminent and most searchable online retailer of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products with approximately 5.8 million site visits annually. With the deregulation of recreational cannabis for adult use across Canada, Canna Cabana Inc., with 11 current locations, is in the process of becoming a sizeable retail brand with a sophisticated yet playful customer experience, while KushBar Inc. is a retail concept that will also be focused on the valued Canadian cannabis consumer.
Aphria is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to its people, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of safe, clean and pure pharmaceutical-grade cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in its founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents.
For more information, visit: www.aphria.ca