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VANCOUVER, June 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Choom™ (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) (the "Company") is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $10,000,000, including a $7,000,000 lead order from Aurora Cannabis Inc. The private placement will consist of up to 14,084,507 common shares at a price of $0.71 per share and is expected to close on June 18, 2018.
"We are delighted to have the confidence and support of one of the world's leading cannabis companies as we move forward with our retail cannabis strategy," states Chris Bogart, President and CEO of Choom™. "With the legalization of adult use cannabis in Canada on track, Choom™ is positioning itself to be one of the leading premium choice brands for Canadian consumers. This investment by Aurora accelerates our corporate strategy of delivering a true seed to sale experience through an offering of high quality cannabis to Canadian consumers across the country."
"Our investment in a consumer-focused brand with a strong retail strategy offers Aurora additional growth opportunities through supply, retail and distribution to the adult consumer use market, once legalized," said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora. "We're excited to strengthen our relationship with the team at Choom and help amplify their market reach as they continue to execute on their differentiated craft growing philosophy and their unique retail strategy."
The placement is being made under applicable exemptions from prospectus requirements and may include one or more subscriptions by insiders and other existing shareholders of the Company. A portion of this placement may be subject to finder's compensation or commissions. All of the securities issued in connection with the placement will be subject to a four month hold period under securities laws.
None of the securities issued in connection with the placement will be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), and none of them may be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there by any sale of the securities in any state where such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.
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The Choom brand is inspired by Hawaii's "Choom Gang"- a group of buddies in Honolulu during the 1970's who loved to smoke weed—or as the locals called it, choom. Evoking the spirit of the original Choom Gang, our brand is synonymous with cultivating good times with good friends. We are focused on delivering an elevated customer experience through our curated retail environments, high-grade handcrafted cannabis supply, and a diversity of brands for the Canadian recreational consumer.
Aurora's wholly-owned subsidiary, Aurora Enterprises Inc., is a licensed producer of medical cannabis pursuant to Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR"). The Company operates a 55,200 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, known as "Aurora Mountain", and a second 40,000 square foot high-technology production facility known as "Aurora Vie" in Pointe-Claire, Quebec on Montreal's West Island. In January 2018, Aurora's 800,000 square foot flagship cultivation facility, Aurora Sky, located at the Edmonton International Airport, was licensed. Once at full capacity, Aurora Sky is expected to produce over 100,000 kg per annum of cannabis. Aurora is completing a facility in Lachute, Quebec utilizing its wholly owned subsidiary Aurora Larssen Projects Inc.
The Company's wholly-owned subsidiary CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. ("CanniMed") is Canada's most experienced licensed producer of medical cannabis, with over 20,000 kg per annum in funded capacity. CanniMed forms the heart of Aurora's Medical Cannabis Centre of Excellence, aimed at product and market development.
Aurora owns Berlin-based Pedanios GmbH, the leading wholesale importer, exporter, and distributor of medical cannabis in the European Union. The Company owns 51% of Aurora Nordic, which will be constructing a 1,000,000 square foot hybrid greenhouse in Odense, Denmark. The Company offers further differentiation through its acquisition of BC Northern Lights Ltd. and Urban Cultivator Inc., industry leaders, respectively, in the production and sale of proprietary systems for the safe, efficient and high-yield indoor cultivation of cannabis, and state-of-the-art indoor gardening appliances for the cultivation of organic microgreens.
Aurora holds a 25% ownership interest in Alcanna Inc. ("CLIQ"), one of Western Canada's largest retail chains of liquor stores. The Company holds approximately 17.02% of the issued shares in leading extraction technology company Radient Technologies Inc, and holds 52.7% of Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. Aurora is also the cornerstone investor in two other licensed producers, with a 22.9% stake in Cann Group Limited, the first Australian company licensed to conduct research on and cultivate medical cannabis, and a 17.62% stake in Canadian producer The Green Organic Dutchman Ltd., with options to increase to majority ownership. Finally, the Company owns a 9.14% stake in CTT Pharmaceutical, an innovative product development company within the cannabis space.
Aurora's Common Shares trade on the TSX under the symbol "ACB", and are a constituent of the S&P/TSX Composite Index
None of the CSE, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada or any securities commission has reviewed this news release nor accepts any responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of it.
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the proposed placement and Choom's future business plans. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Forward looking statements in this news release include statements relating to the terms of the placement; the expected benefits of, and impact on, the cannabis industry; and other statements regarding the business of Choom. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the risk that the placement may not be completed; or that factors may occur which impede or prevent Choom's future business and development plans. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits Choom will obtain from them. Readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this news release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and Choom disclaim any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.
SOURCE Choom Holdings Inc.
For further information: Choom Holdings Inc., Chris Bogart, President & CEO, T: 604.683.2509, F: 604.683.2506, E: [email protected]; Alex Porporo, Investor Relations, T: 604.683.2509, F: 604.683.2506, E: [email protected]