Canopy Growth and Hiku Announce Closing of Acquisition
September 5, 2018
SMITHS FALLS & TORONTO, ON — Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) and Hiku Brands Company Ltd. (“Hiku”) (CSE:HIKU) (together, the “Companies”) are pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Hiku by Canopy Growth (the “Transaction”).
Today’s announcement follows Hiku’s special meeting of shareholders held on August 30, 2018 where holders of the common shares of Hiku (the “Hiku Shares”) voted to approve the Transaction.
“Leaves begin to turn. Canopy adds bold new brands. Ready for retail,” commented Bruce Linton, Chairman & Co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “The Tweed and Vert brands we’ve built are now complemented with the likes of DOJA, Tokyo Smoke, Maitri, and Van der Pop, placing the taste-makers of tomorrow’s cannabis industry on the same
“Since day one we’ve believed in a singular vision – that recreational cannabis is a consumer product and that consumers will ultimately choose brands they identify with from exceptional retail environments,” said Alan Gertner, CEO, Hiku. “Today is a pivotal moment in our journey as it represents the chance to tell our story on the biggest stage with the greatest cannabis company the world has ever seen. We could not be more honoured to bring best in class brands and retail to consumers alongside Canopy Growth.”
As a result of the Transaction, Hiku has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth and the Hiku Shares are anticipated to be de-listed from the Canadian Securities Exchange on September 6, 2018. Trading of the Hiku Shares was halted on the Canadian Securities Exchange as of noon on August 31, 2018. Pursuant to the Transaction, Canopy Growth acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Hiku and Hiku shareholders are entitled to receive 0.046 of a Canopy Growth common share in exchange for each Hiku Share
held immediately prior to the closing.
Full details of the Transaction are set out in the management information circular of Hiku dated July 27, 2018 (the “Information Circular”). A copy of the Information Circular and the early warning report to be filed by Canopy Growth in connection with the purchase of the Hiku Shares can be found under Hiku’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or by contacting Canopy Growth as set out below. Here’s to Future Growth (and welcoming Hiku to the Canopy family!).
Canopy Growth Contact:
VP, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
855-558-9333 ex 122
About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried,oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time.
The Company has operations in 11 countries across five continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners,conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis, and through its partly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations, has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange to
our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth.
Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 2.7 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP
certified production space. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com
About Hiku Brands
Hiku is focused on building a portfolio of engaging cannabis brands, unsurpassed retail experiences and handcrafted cannabis production. With a national retail footprint led by Tokyo Smoke, craft cannabis production through DOJA’s ACMPR licensed grow, Van der Pop’s female-focused educational platforms, and Ma•tri, Hiku’s Quebec based cannabis brand featuring high quality handmade accessories, Hiku houses an industry-leading portfolio that aims to set the bar for cannabis brands in Canada.
Hiku’s wholly-owned subsidiary, DOJA Cannabis Ltd., is federally licensed to cultivate and sell cannabis pursuant to the ACMPR, owning two production facilities in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Hiku’s subsidiary, TS Brandco Holdings Inc. (“Tokyo Smoke”), has been conditionally awarded one of four master retail licenses in Manitoba. Hiku also operates a network of retail stores selling coffee, clothing and curated accessories, across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Canopy Growth, Hiku or their respective subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release.
These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our expectations with respect to: the anticipated timing for delisting of the Hiku Shares and the anticipated benefits of the Transaction. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including risks contained in Canopy Growth’s annual information form dated June 28, 2018, in Hiku’s management’s discussion and analysis for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and in the Information Circular, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on Canopy Growth and Hiku’s respective issuer profiles on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Although Canopy Growth and Hiku believe that the assumptions and factors
used in preparing the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and Canopy Growth and Hiku do not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information or forward-looking information
to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities law.
MEDTRONIC TO ACQUIRE MAZOR ROBOTICS
Acquisition to Accelerate Medtronic’s Strategy to Transform Spinal Procedures and Improve Outcomes Through Fully-Integrated Surgical Solutions
UBLIN and CAESAREA, Israel – September 20, 2018 – Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), a global leader in medical technology, and Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ: MZOR, TASE: MZOR.TA), a pioneer in the field of robotic guidance systems, today announced the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Medtronic will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares of Mazor for $58.50 per American Depository Share, or $29.25 (104.80 ILS) per ordinary share, in cash, for a total of approximately $1.64 billion, or $1.34 billion net of Medtronic’s existing stake in Mazor and cash acquired. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction.
Medtronic’s acquisition of Mazor strengthens Medtronic’s position as a global leader in enabling technologies for spine surgery, and drives Mazor Robotics’ vision to bring its core technology to the forefront of the global market. Mazor‘s proprietary core platform technology, including the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System
(Mazor X), and the Renaissance® Surgical-Guidance System (Renaissance), are transforming spinal surgery from freehand procedures to accurate, state-of-the-art, guided procedures. By combining Medtronic’s market-leading spine implants, navigation, and intra-operative imaging technology with Mazor’s robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) systems, Medtronic intends to offer a fully-integrated procedural solution for surgical planning, execution and confirmation. The companies plan to showcase this technology integration at the upcoming NASS (North American Spine Society) 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
“We believe robotic-assisted procedures are the future of spine surgery, and provide surgeons a more precise, repeatable, and controlled ability to perform complex procedures. Medtronic is committed to accelerating the adoption of robotic-assisted surgery and transforming spine care through procedural solutions that integrate implants, biologics and enabling technologies,” said Geoff Martha, executive vice president and president of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. “The acquisition of Mazor adds robotic-assisted guidance systems to our expanding portfolio of enabling technologies, and we intend to Project Dynamo
Communications Packet further cultivate Mazor’s legacy of innovation in surgical robotics with the site and team in Israel as a base for future growth.”
This transaction builds on a relationship originated in May 2016 under a multi-phased strategic and equity investment agreement between Medtronic and Mazor. In August 2017, Medtronic expanded the partnership to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of the Mazor X system, leading to the successful installation of more than 80 Mazor X systems since launch. With today’s announcement, in bringing the two companies together Medtronic aims to accelerate the advancement and adoption of RAS in spine to the benefit of patients, providers, and the healthcare system more broadly.
“Today is a historic day for spine surgery and a defining event in the market’s evolution, and I want to acknowledge and thank all of those whose contribution and faith have been so critical and impactful to our success,” said Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics. “The Mazor team and product portfolio’s full integration into Medtronic will maximize our impact globally through Medtronic’s channels, advance our systems’ leadership position in the marketplace, and drive the realization of our vision to heal through innovation.
The acquisition is expected to close during Medtronic’s third fiscal quarter ending Jan. 25, 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including receipt of regulatory clearances and approval by Mazor’s shareholders. The transaction is expected to be modestly dilutive to Medtronic’s fiscal 2019 adjusted earnings per share, but given the current strength of Medtronic’s business, the company expects to absorb the dilution.
Consistent with its long-term financial objectives, Medtronic projects the acquisition to generate a double-digit return on invested capital (ROIC) by year four, with an increasing contribution thereafter.
Medtronic’s financial advisors for the transaction are Perella Weinberg Partners LP and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, with Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal and Ropes & Gray LLP acting as legal advisors. Mazor’s financial advisors are J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Duff & Phelps LLC, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Luchtenstein Levy Wiseman Law office acting as legal advisor.
About Mazor Robotics
Mazor, founded in 2001, pioneered the application of robotics technology and guidance for use during spinal procedures, and is the market segment’s leader. In 2011, the Company introduced the Renaissance system and in 2016 launched the next generation Mazor X system. To date, more than 200 Mazor systems are in clinical use on four continents and have guided the placement of more than 250,000 implants during some 40,000 procedures, enabling minimally-invasive spine surgery to become standard procedure in many hospitals. Mazor’s core technology has received more than 15 U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearances and has been the subject of more than 60 publications, leading the spine robotics market on the evidence front. Mazor is the holder of more than fifty patents worldwide.
Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 86,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 150 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.
Any forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the proposed transaction between Medtronic and Mazor, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, strategic and other potential benefits of the transaction, including meeting Medtronic’s long-term financial metrics for acquisitions, Mazor’s products and product candidates, and other statements about Medtronic or Mazor managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects, are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the ability and timing to satisfy conditions to closing including shareholder and regulatory approvals, the impact of the announcement of the transaction on the business, and other risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s and Mazor’s reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. Medtronic and Mazor caution investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document, and Medtronic and Mazor undertake no obligation to update or revise any of these statements except to the extent required by law.
In connection with the proposed transaction, Mazor intends to mail a proxy statement to its shareholders and furnish a copy of the proxy statement with the SEC on Form 6-K. Shareholders of Mazor are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant material when they become available because they will contain important information about Mazor, Medtronic, the proposed transaction and related matters. Shareholders are urged to carefully read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction. The proxy statement (when available) may be obtained for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the proxy statement will be available, without charge, at Mazor’s website at www.mazorrobotics.com.
COMMAND SECURITY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF DEFINITIVE ACQUISITION AGREEMENT WITH PROSEGUR FOR $2.85 PER SHARE
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
HERNDON, Va., Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Command Security Corporation (NYSE American: MOC) (the “Company,” “Command Security”, “we” or “us”) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Prosegur Compañía de Seguridad, S.A. (Madrid Stock Exchange BME: PSG) (“Prosegur”) pursuant to which the Company will be acquired by Prosegur SIS (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prosegur, for $2.85 in cash per share.
The transaction price represents a 50.0% premium to Command Security’s closing stock price as of Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and a 71.6% premium to the Company’s 3-month average closing price. Shareholders representing approximately 60.7% of the Company’s outstanding shares have agreed to support the proposed transaction. The Board of Directors believes this is an outstanding strategic opportunity for the Company and unanimously supports this transaction with a strong endorsement for shareholder approval, which requires the affirmative vote of holders of two-thirds of the Company’s outstanding shares.
Prosegur is a Madrid-based, publicly traded multinational company with annual revenues of approximately $5 billion. It is a global leader in the private security sector, in which it has been active for more than 40 years. It offers high value-added services for a diverse customer base in 24 countries on five continents, with more than 175,000 employees.
Craig P. Coy, the Company’s CEO, said, “This is the perfect match for Command Security and a great deal for our shareholders. We believe that this merger will enable us to grow into new businesses, add broader capabilities, and deploy new resources to meet and expand our current base of business. Prosegur’s management philosophy, commitment to excellence and worldwide experience and innovation match seamlessly with our strategic goals. Our entire management and operations team are excited by this new opportunity and vision for the future.”
Prosegur Security Managing Director Javier Tabernero said, “We are excited to include Command Security in our operations. They have an impressive management team and high service quality.”
The transaction is expected to close by the fourth quarter of calendar year 2018 subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Nomura Securities International, Inc. is acting as financial advisor to Command Security and Winston & Strawn LLP is acting as its legal advisor.
Prosegur provides companies and households with reliable, advanced security solutions. With a global presence, Prosegur reported sales of 4.291 billion euros in 2017 (including its three business lines, Prosegur Security, Prosegur Cash and Prosegur Alarms) and is listed on the Madrid and Barcelona stock exchanges under the ticker code PSG, currently having a team of over 175,000 employees. Prosegur directs its social action through the Prosegur Foundation, which, with more than 39,900 beneficiaries in 2017, works on four focal points: education, employment inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, corporate volunteering and cultural development. For more information, please visit www.prosegur.com.
About Command Security Corporation
Command Security Corporation and its Aviation Safeguards division provide uniformed security officers and aviation security services to commercial, financial, industrial, aviation and governmental customers throughout the United States. As our credo states “Securing All You Value,” we safeguard against theft, fraud, fire, intrusion, vandalism and the many other threats that our customers are facing today. By partnering with each customer, we design programs customized to meet their specific security needs and address their particular concerns. We bring years of expertise, including sophisticated systems for hiring, training, supervision and oversight, backed by cutting-edge technology, to every situation that our customers face involving security. Our mission is to enable our customers to operate their businesses without disruption or loss, and to create safe environments for their employees. For more information concerning Command Security, please refer to our website at www.commandsecurity.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Command Security Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement by the Company contains forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about the Company that are based on management’s assumptions, expectations and projections about the Company. We use words such as intends and believes, among others, to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements by their nature involve a degree of risk and uncertainty. The Company cautions that actual results of the Company could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including but not limited to the factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and such other risks disclosed from time to time in the Company’s periodic and other reports filed with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. You should consider the areas of risk described above in connection with any forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements or any other information in this communication, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. You are advised, however, to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof and to consult any additional disclosures the Company makes in proxy statements, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving the Company and Prosegur. In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement to each stockholder of the Company entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document that the Company may file with the SEC or send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement, the preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Company’s common stock is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on July 30, 2018. Additional information regarding the potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests in the proposed transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
N. Paul Brost
Chief Financial Officer
Command Security Corporation
Source: Command Security Corporation
Released September 18, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Markel to acquire Nephila Holdings Limited
For more information contact:
Markel Corporation, Investor Relations
Mandi Abate Little
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Markel to acquire Nephila Holdings Limited
RICHMOND, VA and NASHVILLE, TN, August 31, 2018 – Markel Corporation (“Markel”) (NYSE: MKL) and Nephila Holdings Limited (“Nephila”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Nephila.
Nephila is the pre-eminent insurance-linked securities manager in the world. Nephila brings deep and long-term investor relationships, tremendous energy, creativity and innovation in matching investor risk appetites with client needs. Nephila, whose revenue is driven primarily through management and incentive fees, manages over $12 billion of assets under management for over 300 geographically diverse investors. Adding the unique and proven talents of Nephila to the specialty insurance and reinsurance platforms of Markel will produce a powerful combination that will drive long-term growth and value to the benefit of the companies’ investors.
Richie Whitt, Markel’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to welcome Nephila to the Markel team. Frank Majors and Greg Hagood have built the industry’s pre-eminent and longest-tenured insurance-linked securities manager. With a proven 20 year track record of success, they bring with them an incredibly experienced and talented management team and a culture of creativity, innovation and excellence that exemplifies the Markel Style. The addition of Nephila to Markel’s insurance, reinsurance, insurtech, fronting, and existing insurance-linked securities capabilities will enhance and strengthen the breadth and depth of Markel’s offerings to policyholders, producers and investors.”
Frank Majors, Nephila’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “We are delighted to be joining Markel, a company with a similar culture, strategic outlook and long-term focus. They have built a great company with a sterling reputation for both outstanding performance and a collaborative business approach, and have a proven track record of successful acquisitions. Markel shares our strategic vision for the future of the insurance markets; this transaction will allow us to accelerate our delivery of that strategy, creating additional value for our investors and our trading partners. We are looking forward to working with the Markel team, and are excited by the possibilities from our combined strengths.”
Greg Hagood, Nephila’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, added, “As the industry continues to evolve, we believe the resources and expertise from both platforms will provide meaningful benefits to our investor base, as it combines the investment independence of a 20 year, stand-alone insurance-linked securities manager with the additional resources of a well-respected and strongly rated insurer. We are excited about leveraging these joint resources on behalf of our investors in the years ahead.”
Upon completion of the transaction, Nephila will continue to operate as a separate business unit. The management team, led by Greg Hagood and Frank Majors, will remain in place and will continue to be based in Bermuda, San Francisco, CA, Nashville, TN and London.
The transaction, which is subject to approvals by relevant insurance regulators and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition, and Markel plans to finance the transaction using cash balances on hand.
Whitt added, “The combined assets under management (AUM) between Nephila and Markel CATCo will stand at approximately $19 billion, representing approximately 20% of the insurance-linked securities sector. With this transaction, Markel is set to become the largest manager of funds in this sector.”
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel to Markel. Evercore is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Nephila and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is serving as Nephila’s legal counsel.
About Markel Corporation
Markel Corporation is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. The
Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of the Company’s businesses, it seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. Visit Markel Corporation on the web at markelcorp.com.
Nephila is a leading investment manager specializing in reinsurance risk. Nephila offers a broad range of investment products focusing on instruments such as insurance-linked securities, catastrophe bonds, insurance swaps, and weather derivatives. Nephila has assets under management of approximately $12.3 billion as of July 31, 2018 and has been managing institutional assets in this space since it was founded in 1998. The firm has over 180 employees based in their Bermuda headquarters, San Francisco, CA, Nashville, TN and London. Visit Nephila on the web at www.nephila.com.
Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Markel’s and Nephila’s beliefs, plans or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on Markel’s and Nephila’s current plans, estimates, and expectations. There are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Neither Markel nor Nephila assumes any obligation to update this release (including any forward-looking statements herein) as a result of new information, developments, or otherwise. This release speaks only as of the date issued.