WM Holding Company, LLC, a Leading Technology Platform to the Cannabis Industry, Completes Business Combination With Silver Spike Acquisition Corp.

Public company to be named WM Technology, Inc. and common stock to begin trading on the Nasdaq under symbol “MAPS” on June 16, 2021

CALIFORNIA:  WM Holding Company, LLC, a leading technology and software infrastructure provider to the cannabis industry, announced today that it has completed its previously announced business combination with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. (Ticker: “SSPK”).

The transaction was unanimously approved by SSPK’s Board of Directors and was approved at a special meeting of SSPK stockholders on June 10, 2021. In connection with the closing, SSPK changed its name to WM Technology, Inc. The ticker symbol for the common stock will change from “SSPK” to “MAPS” and will begin trading as such on the Nasdaq Stock Market on June 16, 2021.

Founded in 2008, WMH operates Weedmaps, a leading online listings marketplace for cannabis consumers and businesses, and WM Business, one of the most comprehensive SaaS subscription offerings sold to cannabis retailers and brands. The Company provides software and other technology solutions and is non-plant touching. WMH has a history of growth since its inception. From fiscal year 2014 through 2020, the Company grew revenue at a CAGR of 35% and expanded its gross margin rate from 92% to 95%. For the year ended December 31, 2020, WMH generated $162 million of revenue, net income of $39 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $43 million.

WMH’s senior management team will continue to lead the now combined company, including Chris Beals (Chief Executive Officer), Arden Lee (Chief Financial Officer), Juanjo Feijoo (Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer), Justin Dean (Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer), and Brian Camire (General Counsel).

“We are excited to complete this business combination, which will further advance our mission to power a transparent and inclusive global cannabis economy, further solidify our position as a leading technology platform to the cannabis industry, and accelerate our growth,” said Chris Beals, Chief Executive Officer of WMH. “We continue to benefit from strong, sustainable macro tailwinds as cannabis legalization advances throughout the U.S. and internationally. As a public company, we now have an even stronger platform to advocate for legalization, social equity and licensing in many jurisdictions, while providing cannabis businesses with the tools needed to succeed in a highly complex world of regulations. We are well positioned to continue scaling the Weedmaps marketplace in service of our users, while expanding the functionality of our WM Business SaaS offerings in service of our clients.”

Scott Gordon, CEO and Chairman of SSPK, commented, “We are proud to complete the combination of Silver Spike and WMH, further establishing Weedmaps as a leading online listings marketplace for cannabis consumers and businesses, and WM Business as the most comprehensive SaaS subscription offering sold to cannabis retailers and brands. We believe WMH is the most compelling investment opportunity in cannabis today and as a public company, WMH is uniquely positioned to deliver on its vision of helping licensed cannabis businesses thrive while driving growth and returns for shareholders.”

Transaction Overview

The transaction provides $579 million of gross proceeds primarily comprised of $254 million of cash from SSPK’s former trust account and $325 million of cash from a private investment in public equity (PIPE), not including transaction fees. The PIPE is anchored by investors including funds and accounts managed by AFV Partners, the Federated Hermes Kaufmann Funds and Senvest Management LLC along with a $35 million commitment from Silver Spike Capital. $125 million in proceeds will be delivered to the balance sheet of WMH as primary capital, including to pay transaction expenses and used to fund the company’s planned growth, including further scaling its cloud-based WM Business SaaS subscription offering, and growing its active user base and business listings in the U.S. and international markets. $455 million in proceeds will go to existing WMH equity holders. WMH’s executive officers have rolled 100% of their equity holdings as part of the transaction. A more detailed description of the transaction can be found in the definitive proxy statement filed by SSPK with the SEC on May 26, 2021.

Advisors

Rothschild & Co. served as exclusive financial and capital markets adviser and Cooley LLP and Dentons LLP served as legal advisors to WM Holding Company, LLC. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Piper Sandler & Co. served as joint placement agents and financial advisors. BTIG, LLC, Canaccord Genuity LLC, JMP Securities LLC, and Trust Securities, Inc. also served as capital markets advisors and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal advisor to Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Jonathan Dennis served as legal advisors to the founders of WM Holding.

How To Begin Investing In Marijuana

With the legalization of marijuana in specific areas of Canada and the United States, you may be interested in investing in this high-growth industry. To understand the best way to do this, you need to know about the different types of marijuana stocks and what you should look for when you’re investing.

Understanding the Different Types of Marijuana Products

Over 30 US states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and in some states, it can be sold recreationally. If a person wants to purchase medical marijuana, they’ll need a prescription from a healthcare provider, which is usually for symptoms such as depression, anxiety and stress.

Medical marijuana is available in different forms that can be smoked, vaped or consumed via beverages or edible products. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a common product that comes from the cannabis plant. It doesn’t contain delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive properties. These products are usually used for health benefits.

Marijuana products that contain THC are typically used by recreational users who want to feel the effects of psychoactive properties. They tend to smoke cannabis flowers, vape concentrates or consume edibles.

Different Types of Marijuana Stocks

When you’re looking for the best marijuana stock to invest in, it’s important to understand the different types available, which include the following:

Cannabis Retailers and Growers: Companies involved in this category are involved in cultivating cannabis, which is usually done in greenhouses or large indoor facilities. They will harvest their crops and distribute end products in the form of concentrates, flowers or edibles. These companies or other independent companies can also choose to operate retail stores, which sell recreational and/or medical cannabis.

Ancillary Services and Products: It takes specific equipment to grow marijuana. The companies in this category supply lighting and hydroponic systems to marijuana growers. Large fertilizer companies can also be included in this niche.

Biotechs Focusing on Cannabis: Some biotech companies focus primarily on creating cannabinoid drugs.

Basics of Cannabis Investing for Beginners

When you invest in marijuana stocks, it’s important to apply the same type of basics that you would for any stock investment. You may want to check out the management team of a company and examine their track record. It’s best to find companies that have a strategy put in place for growth, which might include an organic plan or expansion via acquisitions.

You’ll also want to analyze competition when you’re looking for the best marijuana stock to invest in. Try and find a company that differentiates itself. You can do this by seeing if a company is working with top partners or producing a profit. The marijuana industry is still in its infancy, which means you will probably find companies that aren’t generating profits. This can be a good plan if they are focusing on growing their operations.

It’s also helpful to learn if a company is focused on targeting specific geographic markets. Each geographic market will present a unique opportunity, which can be highly beneficial to a company if they are the leader in that area.

Benefits of Investing in Marijuana

When you’re investing in the stock market, you can choose to purchase stocks and industries that are riskier than others. Marijuana stocks provide this opportunity. They can be more volatile than a lower risk energy stock or stocks related to companies selling consumer products such as household detergents. The benefit of investing in marijuana stocks becomes apparent when you look at the rewards and profits they can create.

Like any investment, you need to look at your risk profile and decide how much you want to invest in your first position. If your risk profile allows you to invest 30 percent in the category of higher-risk stocks, you may want to include one or more marijuana stocks in that part of your portfolio. To do this, it’s usually best to begin with a small position. If you recognize an uptrend in the stock or stocks you’ve invested in, you can always add more shares in the future.

Now that you have learned more about the basics of the marijuana industry and how to find different marijuana stocks, it’s time to do some research and decide on the type of company you’d like to invest in. This will help you pinpoint your decision when you are ready to make a purchase.

Aurora Cannabis Announces Application To List On The NYSE

CANADA: Aurora Cannabis announced today that the Company has filed an application to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Listing of the Company’s common shares on the NYSE remains subject to the approval of the NYSE and the satisfaction of all applicable listing and regulatory requirements. Aurora anticipates that, subject to receipt of all required approvals, trading in its common shares on the NYSE will commence before the end of October 2018. In advance of the intended listing, the Company has filed a Form 40-F Registration Statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aurora Cannabis is coming to the NYSE

Aurora Cannabis is coming to the NYSE

Aurora’s shares will trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol “ACB”, the same symbol the Company’s common shares currently, and will continue to, trade under on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Aurora will also continue to trade on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol “ACBFF” until completion of the NYSE listing. Upon receipt of all required approvals and completion of the formal listing process, the Company will publicly announce its first trading date on the NYSE. Aurora furthermore intends to voluntarily delist its shares from the OTCQX at such time.

“Through our NYSE listing, Aurora joins an established group of mature global brands with improved access and exposure to an engaged international institutional investor audience,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora. “Aurora’s high-paced execution has made it one of the world’s leading cannabis companies. We have grown from being a licensed producer with a single facility, to a horizontality differentiated and vertically integrated global organization with a funded production capacity in excess of 500,000 kg a year, sales and operations on five continents, and a team of more than 1,500 employees.”

Mr. Booth added: “Our purpose-built, indoor grow facilities, designed to meet the stringent requirements for furnishing product to international markets, have made Aurora the largest supplier of medical cannabis in Europe. We are also well-prepared for the launch of the domestic adult consumer use market in Canada with a portfolio of strong consumer brands and coast-to-coast provincial supply arrangements covering 98% of the Canadian population. I am proud of our achievements to date, and look forward to updating the investor community as we continue to execute on our aggressive growth strategy.”

 

Tilray Launches Initial Public Offering

CANADA: Tilray, a vertically-integrated and federally-licensed cannabis cultivator, processor and distributor, announced that it has launched an initial public offering of its Class 2 common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 previously filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Tilray has applied to list its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “TLRY”.

 

Agreement represents major milestone recognizing medical cannabis as a conventional medicine for patients in need

Tilray is offering 9,000,000 shares of Class 2 common stock at an initial price to the public between US$14.00 and US$16.00 per share (approximately CAD$18.40 to CAD$21.00 per share1). Tilray intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase up to 1,350,000 additional shares.

In order to qualify the offering of securities in Canada and to ensure that purchasers in Canada are not subject to restrictions on resale, Tilray has also filed a preliminary prospectus for a proposed IPO in Canada with the securities regulatory authorities in each province of Canada other than the Province of Quebec. Tilray does not intend to list on any stock exchange in Canada.

Cowen and BMO Capital Markets are acting jointly as book-runners for the proposed IPO. Cowen is acting as the sole book-running manager for the IPO in the United States, and BMO Capital Markets is acting as the sole book-running manager for the IPO in Canada. Eight Capital is acting as lead manager for the IPO in Canada. In the United States, Roth Capital Partners is acting as lead manager and Northland Capital Markets is acting as a co-manager for the IPO.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the U.S. preliminary prospectus may be obtained from the SEC’s website or from Cowen by contacting Cowen c/o Broadridge Financial Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY, 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department. Phone: (631) 274-2806. Copies of the Canadian preliminary prospectus may be obtained from www.sedar.com or from BMO Capital Markets by contacting BMO Capital Markets, Brampton Distribution Centre c/o The Data Group of Companies, 9195 Torbram Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6S 6H2 or by telephone at (905) 791-3151 Ext 4312 or by email at torbramwarehouse@datagroup.ca.

A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

1Based approximately on the Bank of Canada daily exchange rate on July 5, 2018 of C$1.3129 = US$1.00