Cronos Group Establishes New Growth Opportunity in the United States with Acquisition of Hemp-Based Products Platform
TORONTO, Aug. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“ Cronos Group ” or the “ Company ”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire four of Redwood Holding Group, LLC’s operating subsidiaries (collectively, “ Redwood ”).
Redwood manufactures, markets and distributes hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) infused skincare and other consumer products online and through retail and hospitality partner channels in the United States under the brand, Lord Jones™. Redwood’s products use pure hemp oil that contains natural phytocannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant.
Redwood was co-founded in 2017 by Robert Rosenheck and Cindy Capobianco. Following the close of the transaction, Mr. Rosenheck and Ms. Capobianco will join Cronos Group and continue to lead the development of the Redwood platform with the support of the current team, brand names and operating locations remaining in place.
Rob and Cindy have built a differentiated, best-in-class platform with hemp-based CBD formulations that stand for quality and consistency. Our goal is to preserve the integrity of all Rob and Cindy have created, while also learning from them and leveraging Cronos Group’s resources to capitalize on the significant demand for skincare and other consumer products derived from hemp.
Mike Gorenstein, Cronos Group’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Leading the industry forward responsibly and being a part of the conversation with industry stakeholders remains a top priority for Cronos Group in this evolving area.
“The inspiration for our company was simple, we wanted to create a brand we wished we could buy as adult consumers,” said Mr. Rosenheck. “We chose Cronos Group because they share our vision and values and will help us continue our mission. We are incredibly proud of our team and grateful to our customers who are responsible for our success. Cindy and I look forward to working with Cronos Group to further extend the love and enthusiasm for our products.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Cronos Group will acquire Redwood for approximately USD $300 million, net of Redwood’s estimated cash and debt and subject to a customary working capital adjustment as described in the agreement. USD $225 million of the total consideration (subject to the foregoing adjustments) will be paid in cash with the balance paid in newly issued Cronos Group common shares. Cronos Group will fund the cash portion of the transaction with cash on hand.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Further information regarding the transaction is included in Cronos Group’s material change report with respect thereto, available at www.sedar.com, and in its corresponding Form 6-K, available at www.sec.gov/edgar.
Perella Weinberg Partners LP is financial advisor to Cronos Group, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP serve as legal counsel. Lazard Ltd. is financial advisor to Redwood Holding Group, LLC, Jeffrey D. Segal, A Professional Corporation and Kirkland & Ellis LLP serve as legal counsel.
About Cronos Group Inc.
Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos Group’s portfolio includes PEACE NATURALS™, a global health and wellness platform, and two adult-use brands, COVE™ and Spinach™. To learn more about Cronos Group and its brands, please visit: www.thecronosgroup.com; www.peacenaturals.com; www.covecannabis.ca; www.spinachcannabis.com.
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