High Tide to Acquire Accessories Retailer for $10 Million

High Tide Continues to Expand U.S. E-Commerce Presence Through Acquisition of Daily High Club
  • High Tide adds another top e-commerce platform to its portfolio which will now include 3 out of the top 5 most popular e-commerce platforms for consumption accessories globally totaling 91 million site visits in 2020, including 23 million associated with Daily High Club alone.¹
  • High Tide gains access to Daily High Club’s over 15,000 subscription box members who are ideal customers for High Tide to potentially launch cannabis subscription boxes in the event of U.S. federal legalization.
  • High Tide bolsters its online presence, by gaining access to Daily High Club’s almost 800,000 followers on Instagram and over 75,000 followers on TikTok.
  • With over one million accessories sold under the Daily High Club name, High Tide adds a company to its portfolio with proven brand equity.
  • Transaction is immediately accretive as Daily High Club generated US$9.4 million in net revenue and US$1.2 million in EBITDA during the 12 months ended April 2021.
  • Pro forma for the acquisition, High Tide’s revenue run rate in the U.S. exceeds CAD$50 million.

CALGARY, Alberta, June 25, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HITI) (Nasdaq: HITI) (FRA: 2LYA), a retail-focused cannabis corporation enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories, is pleased to announce that it is taking another step towards solidifying itself as the leader within the U.S. e-commerce marketplace for consumption accessories by entering into a definitive agreement (the “Acquisition Agreement”) pursuant to which High Tide USA Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of the Company, will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of DHC Supply LLC (the “Transaction”) operating as Daily High Club (“Daily High Club”).

In alignment with our intention to become a dominant player in the U.S. e-commerce marketplace through a combination of organic growth and accretive acquisitions, specifically targeting businesses with strong brand loyalty, I am thrilled to announce the acquisition of Daily High Club.

Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide

Daily High Club stood out to us because it is an increasingly popular consumption accessories online retailer, with a rapidly growing subscription box model which can easily be tailored to include cannabis products in the event of U.S. federal legalization.

“This subscription box model is complementary to our existing accessories e-commerce portfolio, and as such creates numerous opportunities for potential synergies. It’s my pleasure to welcome Harrison and the DHC team into our High Tide family,” added Mr. Grover.

I am extremely excited to be joining the High Tide team and see a huge opportunity to boost High Tide’s brands the same way we built our loyal following for Daily High Club.

Harrison Baum, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Daily High Club

Daily High Club’s social media dominance, coupled with High Tide’s vast manufacturing capabilities and mature e-commerce platforms should yield meaningful synergies. I could not be more thrilled to be part of the High Tide family

Strategic Highlights

With over 10 years of experience in the cannabis accessory sector, including through our subsidiaries Grasscity and Smoke Cartel, High Tide is constantly exploring opportunities to further increase its share in the growing consumption accessories market. Daily High Club’s consumption accessories subscription box model, with over 15,000 and growing active monthly subscribers, allows the Company to ensure this Transaction will be immediately accretive through cross-selling opportunities, and offering subscription box memberships across its other e-commerce platforms, including Grasscity.com and Smokecartel.com. Although currently operating in the hemp-derived CBD and consumption accessory space, High Tide intends to expand its cannabis retail network into the U.S. in the event of federal legalization, through cannabis subscription boxes, mature e-commerce sites and bricks and mortar locations.

Transaction Details

The Transaction, which is an arm’s length transaction, is subject to, among other things, receipt of required TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) approval, and other customary conditions of closing, is expected to close around the end of June 2021. Pursuant to the terms of the Transaction, High Tide USA Inc. (“Subco”), a Nevada corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of High Tide, will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Daily High Club.

Total consideration to Daily High Club shareholders will be US$10 million and Daily High Club is expected to have approximately US$0.8 million of cash on closing. The consideration will be comprised of: (i) US$6.75 Million (the “Share Consideration”) in common shares of High Tide (“High Tide Shares”) on the basis of a deemed price per High Tide Share equal to the volume weighted average price per High Tide Share on Nasdaq for the 10 consecutive trading days preceding the closing of the Transaction (“Closing”); and (ii) US$3.25 million in cash (collectively with the Share Consideration, the “Consideration”).

In connection with the Transaction, High Tide is excited to announce that Harrison Baum will be joining the High Tide team on Closing as Director of Digital Marketing to oversee all social media initiatives for High Tide globally.

The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors/managers of each of High Tide and Daily High Club. The High Tide Shares issued pursuant to the Share Consideration are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day. In addition, shares having a value of 25% will be held in escrow to insure certain indemnification obligations if claims arise.

ABOUT DHC SUPPLY LLC

With over one million consumption accessories sold and over 15,000 subscribers, Daily High Club is one of the leading online retailers of glass water pipes, vaporizers, and other in demand consumption accessories. Daily High Club provides a marketplace with a wide variety of high-quality products and subscription boxes. Daily High Club has an active social media presence with numerous influencer and celebrity endorsements including deals with Tommy Chong, Chanel West Coast and more. Daily High Club boasts over 800,000 followers on Instagram and 75,000 followers on TikTok. The company’s website at www.dailyhighclub.com offers an engaging and fun shopping experience.

ABOUT HIGH TIDE

High Tide is a retail-focused cannabis company enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories. The Company is the most profitable Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by Adjusted EBITDA,² with 87 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide’s retail segment features the Canna Cabana, KushBar, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established e-commerce platforms including Grasscity.com and Smokecartel.com, and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through CBDcity.com and FABCBD.com as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. 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 Tilray Inc. (TSX:TLRY) (Nasdaq:TLRY) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) (Nasdaq:ACB).

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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1 As of June 21st, 2021, based on analytics data provided by Alexa Internet, Inc. related to Grasscity, SmokeCartel and Daily High Club. Traffic data provided by Google Analytics.
2 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure.

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