Acreage Holdings Divests Oregon Retail Chain, Cannabliss & Co.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage”) (CSE: ACRG.A.U, ACRG.B.U), (OTC: ACRHF, ACRDF), a multi-state operator of cannabis ‎cultivation and retailing facilities in the U.S., today announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase and services agreement (“The Agreement”) with Chalice Brands Ltd. (the “Buyer”) (CSE:CHAL) (OTCQB:CHALF), pursuant to which the Buyer will purchase the assets and assume the operations of Acreage’s four Oregon retail dispensaries branded as Cannabliss & Co. (“Cannabliss”). This transaction will complete the sale of Acreage’s operations in Oregon and is a further expression of Acreage’s commitment to focus on its core states.

The Agreement Highlights:

  • Under the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement, upon regulatory approval Acreage will divest the assets of its four Cannabliss retail stores (inclusive of a working capital surplus of US $500,000) – located in Portland, Eugene, and Springfield, Oregon – for total consideration of US $6,500,000, consisting of a US $250,000 cash payment at the time of signing and a 10-month secured promissory note for US $6,250,000 bearing interest of 6% for the first 5 months and 10% for the remaining 5 months.
  • Under the terms of the Services Agreement, Acreage will transition the management of the Cannabliss retail operations to the Buyer immediately upon signing, with the Buyer ensuring break-even operations throughout the life of the Services Agreement.
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“The sale of our Oregon operations represents another strategic step in our previously announced operating strategy,” stated Peter Caldini, Acreage Holdings CEO. “As we previously communicated, Acreage remains focused on our three key strategic objectives – driving profitability, strengthening our balance sheet, and accelerating our growth in our core markets.”

With the sale of the Cannabliss retail operations, Acreage has exited Oregon which was negatively affecting the company’s bottom line and utilizing management resources. Acreage will focus its resources on its core markets which will drive outsized returns for shareholders.

ABOUT ACREAGE HOLDINGS, INC.

With its principal address in New York City, Acreage is a multi-state operator of cannabis ‎cultivation and retailing facilities in the U.S., including the company’s national retail store ‎brand, The Botanist. Acreage’s wide range of national and regionally available cannabis products include the award-winning The Botanist brand, the highly recognizable Tweed brand, the Prime medical brand in Pennsylvania, the Innocent edibles brand in Illinois and others. Acreage also owns Universal Hemp, LLC, a hemp subsidiary dedicated to the distribution, marketing and sale of CBD products throughout the U.S. Since its founding in 2011, Acreage has focused on building and scaling operations to create a ‎seamless, consumer-focused, branded experience. More information is available at www.acreageholdings.com.

On June 27, 2019, Acreage implemented an arrangement under section 288 of the Business Corporations ‎Act (British Columbia) with Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”), which was subsequently amended on September 23, 2020 (the “Amended Arrangement”)‎. Pursuant to the Amended Arrangement, ‎upon ‎the occurrence (or waiver by Canopy Growth) of changes in federal laws in the United States to permit the general cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana (as defined in the relevant legislation) or to remove the regulation of such activities from the federal laws of the United States (the “Triggering Event”), Canopy Growth will, subject to the ‎satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions, acquire ‎all of the issued and outstanding Class E subordinate voting shares (the “Fixed Shares”) on the basis of 0.3048 of a Canopy Growth share per ‎Fixed Share (following the automatic conversion of the Class F multiple voting shares and subject to adjustment ‎in accordance with the terms of the arrangement agreement entered into between Acreage and Canopy Growth on April 18, 2019, as amended on May 15, 2019 and on September 23, 2020).

In addition, Canopy Growth holds an option, exercisable at the discretion of Canopy Growth, to acquire all of the ‎issued and outstanding Class D subordinate voting shares (the “Floating Shares”) at the time that Canopy Growth acquires the Fixed Shares, for ‎cash or Canopy Growth shares, as Canopy Growth may determine, at a price per Floating Share based ‎upon the 30-day volume-weighted average trading price of the Floating Shares on the CSE relative to the trading price of the Canopy Growth shares at the time of the ‎occurrence or waiver of the Triggering Event, subject to a minimum price of US$6.41 per Floating Share.

For more information about the Amended Arrangement please see the Acreage proxy statement and management information circular dated August 17, 2020 (the “Circular”) and the respective ‎information circulars of each of Acreage and Canopy Growth dated May 17, 2019, which are available on ‎Acreage’s and Canopy Growth’s respective profiles on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and filed with the SEC on the EDGAR website at www.sec.gov. For additional information regarding ‎Canopy Growth, please see Canopy Growth’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.


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