Grown Rogue (CSE:GRIN) formerly known as NOVICIUS CORP. (CSE:NVS) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that the Canadian Securities Exchange (the ”CSE”) has conditionally approved the reverse-takeover transaction as described below (the ”Transaction”) between the Company and Grown Rogue Unlimited, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company (”Grown Rogue”) as previously announced in the Company’s press releases dated September 28, 2017, October 2, 2017, March 29, 2018 and July 12, 2018. The Transaction will result in the listing of the resulting issuer’s (the ”Resulting Issuer”) common shares on the CSE, with such listing to be effective concurrently with the completion of the Transaction. The Transaction remains subject to the final approval of the CSE.
About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue is a seed-to-experience cannabis brand operating in the Oregon recreational market. Grown Rogue is headquartered in the premier Oregon cannabis region near Medford, Oregon. Grown Rogue’s products are categorized according to desired user experiences: Relax, Optimize, Groove, Uplift and Energize. The Grown Rogue brand offers flower, pre-rolls and extracts including shatter, wax, oil and sugar. To provide customers with ”The Right Experience, Every Time.” ™, Grown Rogue grows only the finest cannabis at two wholly owned outdoor facilities and one state of the art 17,000 sq ft. indoor grow operation, utilizing organic farming practices and meeting Clean Green Certification standards.
For more information, visit https://www.grownrogue.com/.
Upon receipt of conditional approval, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Grown Rogue dated October 31, 2018 (the ”Definitive Agreement”) to acquire a 100% interest in Grown Rogue by way of a securities exchange between the Company and all of the unitholders of Grown Rogue, which will constitute a reverse takeover of the Company by the unitholders of Grown Rogue (the ”GR Acquisition”). Pursuant to the Transaction, the issued and outstanding units of Grown Rogue will be exchanged for common shares of the Company on a one (1) unit for one (1) share basis for a deemed price of C$0.44 per share and all outstanding convertible securities of Grown Rogue will be exchanged for convertible securities of the Resulting Issuer.
Concurrently with the GR Acquisition, the Company will also acquire Grown Rogue Canada Inc. (”GRC”), a related company to Grown Rogue, pursuant to a three-cornered amalgamation under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario). The acquisition of GRC will result in the Company acquiring all the funds raised by GRC through a brokered subscription receipt offering. As of the date of this release, GRC has sold a total of 6,193,916 subscription receipts for total gross proceeds of C$2,725,323. See the Company’s press release dated July 12, 2018 for more details relating to this offering.
As a pre-closing condition of the Transaction, the Company has changed its name to ”Grown Rogue International Inc.” and effected the consolidation of its common shares on the basis of 1.4 pre-consolidation common share into (1) post-consolidation common share such that as of this date there are 3,773,689 post-consolidation common shares issued and outstanding in the capital of the Company.
The completion of the Transaction is subject to certain other additional conditions precedent, including, but not limited to: (i) the completion of the GR Acquisition (ii) the approval of the Transaction by each of the Company’s and Grown Rogue’s respective board of directors and managers; (iii) the approval of the shareholders of the Company as required by CSE policies; (iv) the approval of the unitholders of Grown Rogue and the shareholders of GRC; (v) the approval from the CSE to list the Resulting Issuer’s shares; (vi) the absence of any material change or change in a material fact which might reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the financial and operational conditions on the assets of each of the parties to the Definitive Agreement; and (vii) certain other conditions typical in a transaction of this nature.
It is expected that the former unitholders of Grown Rogue, including the subscribers to the financings relating to the Transaction, will own approximately 94% of the Resulting Issuer on the closing of the Transaction.
Financings by Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue completed a private placement of convertible debentures (the ”Debentures”) for gross proceeds of C$1,500,000. A rate of interest of 2% per quarter from the date of issuance of the Debentures is payable quarterly in arrears on the last day of March, June, September and December of each year. The Debentures mature 24 months from the date of issuance. The Debentures are convertible into common units of Grown Rogue at a price of C$0.44 per unit and the Debentures are secured by a general security agreement granting a security interest in all of Grown Rogue’s and its subsidiaries’ property and assets. As part of Grown Rogue’s Debenture offering, GRC issued an aggregate of 3,409,091 warrants to the purchasers of the debentures. Each purchase warrant is exercisable into one common shares of GRC at an exercise price of C$0.55 per unit for 24 months. The Debentures and warrants will be exchanged for debentures and warrants of the Resulting Issuer, on substantially the same terms, upon the completion of the Transaction.
It is expected that Grown Rogue will raise up to an additional C$2,500,000 in equity offerings prior to the closing of the Transaction, which is expected to occur prior to November 15, 2018.
Directors and Senior Officers of the Resulting Issuer
Subject to and following the closing of the Transaction, the directors and senior officers of the Resulting Issuer are expected to be the following individuals:
J. Obie Strickler – President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Strickler is the CEO, President and founder of Grown Rogue. He founded Canopy Management, LLC in 2015 to consolidate the three medical facilities he had operated since 2006 within one company. Mr. Strickler formed Grown Rogue in 2016 and entered the Oregon recreational cannabis market with a plan to build a multi-national cannabis brand. Mr. Strickler has been active in the Oregon medical marijuana market since early 2000 where he organically scaled a single 15 plant property to four separate facilities with approximately 200 outdoor plants and 30 lights operating indoors. Mr. Strickler has a BS in Geology from Southern Oregon University and is also an Oregon Professional Geologist.
Michael Johnston – Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Western University, and joined Forbes Andersen LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants in 2004 and became a partner in 2012. Mr. Johnston has over 10 years of experience with both private and public companies in various capacities, including that of Chief Financial Officer.
Jacques Habra – Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Habra is the Chief Strategy Officer of Grown Rogue responsible for branding, marketing, communications, and strategy. Mr. Habra is an award-winning entrepreneur who has launched multiple companies with successful exits in various sectors including technology, electronics, and real estate. Mr. Habra graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and Philosophy with Honors.
Abhilash Patel – Director
Mr. Patel is a serial entrepreneur, venture investor, speaker, and philanthropist. He is currently founder and CEO of Thermal, a venture studio in Santa Monica, CA, focusing on incubating and accelerating promising companies through capital and advanced growth marketing. Mr. Patel has a deep background in digital marketing, startup finance and entrepreneurship, with multiple successful exits to private and publicly-traded companies. He has a BA in Economics/Philosophy from Columbia University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Stephen Gledhill – Director
Mr. Gledhill is a founding member and Managing Director of RG Mining Investments Inc. and RG Management Services Inc., both of which are accounting, administrative and corporate secretarial services companies. In 1992, he formed Keshill Consulting Associates Inc., a boutique management consulting practice. Mr. Gledhill has over 25 years of financial-control experience and acts as CFO and Corporate Secretary for multiple publicly-traded companies, several of which he was instrumental in scaling-up and taking public. Mr. Gledhill is a Chartered Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Math Degree from the University of Waterloo.
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* Subsequent to this press release, Grown Rogue went public on Nov 26, 2018 under the ticker symbol CSE:GRIN