LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TAAT® GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES INC. (CSE: TAAT) (OTCQX: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP) (the “Company” or “TAAT®”) is pleased to announce that it has successfully closed its acquisition of HLND Holdings, Inc. (“HLND”), after the deal became definitive as announced in the Company’s April 21, 2022 press release. HLND is the parent entity of ADCO Distributors, Inc. (“ADCO”), a tobacco distributor based in Canton, Ohio that was established in 1960 and currently has access to a substantial network of retailers throughout the state through direct and indirect relationships. In a press release dated October 6, 2020, the Company announced that ADCO made an initial purchase order of TAAT® after becoming its first U.S. distributor. After ADCO placed TAAT® in its first stores in the state of Ohio, TAAT® products were officially “on the market” in direct competition with cigarette products that contain tobacco. As of May 2022, the TAAT® retail presence in Ohio consists of hundreds of stores, which the Company plans to aggressively build upon through ADCO’s distribution network and commercialization resources.
To provide greater detail regarding this acquisition and its significance for the Company, TAAT® has released an informational video featuring its Co-Founder Joe Deighan as well as Pat Bell and Barry Adelman of ADCO. This video can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail below or by clicking here.
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TAAT® Co-Founder Joe Deighan commented, “In less than two years, ADCO has generated wonderful results for us as a distributor, and has contributed to our growth from being a new competitor in the tobacco category to a brand sold nationwide as a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes. With a network of over 2,500 U.S. retailers of TAAT®, our business model has matured to the point that we can focus on creating strategic efficiencies by taking certain aspects of our operations in-house, such as distribution. The acquisition of ADCO can also fortify our financial position as ADCO will continue distributing its standard convenience product lines, which collectively generated over CAD $87 million in net revenues in calendar 2021. With this integrated distribution part of the Company now that the acquisition has closed, we are an even stronger player in the USD $812 billion global tobacco industry where we are just getting started.”
The acquisition of ADCO was completed pursuant to a securities exchange agreement dated April 20, 2022, as amended April 27, 2022 and May 13, 2022 among the Company as purchaser, ADCO, HLND, and the shareholders of HLND, as vendors. As consideration the Company paid an aggregate of CAD $6,159,500 in cash and equity (the “Purchase Price“), comprised of CAD $1,170,305 of the Purchase Price in cash and the remaining CAD $4,989,195 of the Purchase Price in common shares in the capital of the Company (the “Consideration Shares“). A total of 3,786,572 Consideration Shares were issued at a deemed price of $1.317602 per Consideration Share, representing the 45-day volume weighted average closing price of the Company’s common shares. The vendors are arm’s length to the Company. The Company relied on the Section 2.16 of National Instrument 45-106 (Take-Over) prospectus exemption to issue the Consideration Shares, which are subject to a contractual hold period of at least 12 months, with one-third (1/3) of the Consideration Shares being released every four (4) months from closing.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
TAAT® GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES INC.
Joe Deighan, COO and Director
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TAAT® Investor Relations
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About TAAT® Global Alternatives Inc.
The Company has developed TAAT®, which is a tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternative to traditional cigarettes offered in “Original”, “Smooth”, and “Menthol” varieties. TAAT®’s base material is Beyond Tobacco™, a proprietary blend which undergoes a patent-pending refinement technique causing its scent and taste to resemble tobacco. Under executive leadership with “Big Tobacco” pedigree, TAAT® was launched first in the United States in Q4 2020 as the Company seeks to position itself in the $812 billion1 global tobacco industry.
For more information, please visit http://taatglobal.com.
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