Cresco Labs To Acquire Origin House In Largest-Ever Public Company Acquisition In The U.S. Cannabis Sector

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ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs Inc. and CannaRoyalty Corp. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cresco Labs will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Origin House. Under the terms of the Agreement, holders of common shares of Origin House will receive 0.8428 subordinate voting shares of Cresco Labs for each Origin House Share.

The Transaction represents a total consideration of approximately C$1.1 billion on a fully-diluted basis, or C$12.68 per Origin House Share (based on the Exchange Ratio and the closing price of Cresco Labs Shares on March 29, 2019, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the Transaction). The Transaction represents the largest public company acquisition in the history of the U.S. cannabis industry. The combined entity will be: one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States; a leading North American cannabis company, by footprint; and one of the largest cannabis brand distributors.

Origin House has become a leading distributor and provider of brand support services in California, the world’s largest regulated cannabis market. Origin House’s proven strategy has been to build relationships with established dispensaries, build partnerships with established market-leading brands, develop promising cannabis product companies, and then leverage its full suite of support services to transform those products into strong California consumer brands. Origin House delivers over 50+ cannabis brands to more than 500 dispensaries in California, representing approximately 60% market penetration.

KEY TRANSACTION HIGHLIGHTS & BENEFITS:

  • Combination of Cresco Labs and Origin House will result in the premier distribution company serving California, the largest cannabis market in the world;
  • Accelerates Cresco Labs’ entrance into the California market with the addition of Origin House’s vast distribution platform;
  • Establishes the cannabis industry’s first national “house of brands” with a growing multi-state footprint that includes leading distribution market share in some of the largest states in the country including California, Pennsylvania and Illinois;
  • Combines the expertise of two industry leaders in branded product development and distribution;
  • Positions Cresco Labs as the preferred partner for additional premier cannabis brands seeking distribution on the industry’s most expansive platform;
  • Enhances Cresco Labs’ capital markets presence by significantly increasing its scale and the liquidity in the Company’s stock, resulting in improved ability to attract institutional investment and lower its cost of capital;
  • Continued participation by Origin House shareholders who will hold approximately 20% of the issued and outstanding Cresco Labs Shares on a pro forma, fully-diluted and as converted basis, enabling Origin House Shareholders the opportunity to participate in the expected value created through the Transaction; and
  • Immediate premium to Origin House shareholders of approximately 26% over the 30-day volume weighted average price of the Origin House Shares on the Canadian Stock Exchange ending March 29, 2019 (based on the Exchange Ratio and the closing price of Cresco Labs Shares on March 29, 2019).

 

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