VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (d/b/a Wheaton Income) (TSX.V:CBW) (“Wheaton Income” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced transaction (the “Transaction”) with Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (“Inner Spirit”).
Inner Spirit is the parent company of Spirit Leaf Inc., which aims to be a market leader in the franchising of retail cannabis dispensaries in jurisdictions in Canada where the private distribution of recreational cannabis is permitted. Inner Spirit has currently executed over 100 franchise agreements in Canada for proposed retail locations which strongly positions the specialty retailer and franchisor in preparation for recreational cannabis legalization in July 2018.
Under the terms of the Transaction, the Company acquired 15,000,000 common shares of Inner Spirit (“Inner Spirit Shares”) and pursuant to a strategic alliance agreement, was granted the exclusive right to supply up to 50 percent of Inner Spirit’s annual inventory requirements for any cannabis, cannabis-infused or cannabis-derived products to be sold at its retail dispensaries with a mutually agreeable profit-sharing arrangement relating to any such cannabis product sales. In exchange for the Inner Spirit Shares, the Company provided Inner Spirit with a closing cash payment of $350,000 and issued to Inner Spirit 674,418 common shares and 1,250,000 common share purchase warrants.
Pursuant to the investment agreement entered into by the Company and Inner Spirit, the Company also exercised its pre-emptive right to acquire an additional 1,500,000 Inner Spirit Shares for $150,000 and as a result now holds approximately 15% of the total issued and outstanding common shares of Inner Spirit.
The Company would also like to congratulate Inner Spirit on the concurrent closing of the final tranche of its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of approximately $4.5 million which Inner Spirit intends to use to build out its flagship corporate dispensary in Calgary, Alberta, develop its Spiritleaf brand, and support the rollout of its franchise partners once the private sale of recreational cannabis is permitted.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
“Chuck Rifici” Chairman & CEO
About Wheaton Income (TSX.V:CBW)
Wheaton Income is a collective of entrepreneurs with a passion for the cannabis industry past, present and future. Our mandate is to facilitate growth for our partners by providing them with financial support and sharing our collective industry experience. Our partners all have different visions, voices and brand values, and all share a common goal—to build a world-class industry based on ethics, diversity, quality and innovation.
For more information about investing in Cannabis Wheaton, please visit: http://www.wheatonincome.com or contact our investor relations team at: 800.980.1314 or IR@wheatonincome.com. Follow up on Twitter @WheatonIncome.
Sarah Bain, VP External Affairs
Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements:
This news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “continue”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “potential”, “proposed” and other similar words, or information that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. This information is only a prediction. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking information throughout this news release. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to: regulatory or political change, the ability to obtain all necessary approvals in connection with the Transaction, including approvals for the sale of cannabis, the Company’s ability to generate revenue through the Transaction, competition and other risks affecting the Company in particular and the cannabis industry generally. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is made, and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Neither the Company nor Inner Spirit is under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.