Toronto, Ontario, August 8, 2016 – Mettrum Health Corp. (“Mettrum” or the “Company”) (TSXV: MT), a vertically integrated provider of cannabis products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Cormark Securities Inc. (the “Lead Underwriter”, and collectively with the syndicate, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase 3,774,000 common shares of Mettrum (the “Shares”) at a purchase price of $2.65 per Share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $10,001,100 (the “Offering”).
In addition, the Company has granted the Underwriters an option (“Over-Allotment Option”) to purchase up to an additional 566,100 Shares from the treasury of the Company at the offering price exercisable at any time up to 30 days following Closing (as defined below), for market stabilization purposes and to cover over-allotments, if any.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for plant expansion, including additional growing and oil extraction capacity at existing facilities, marketing & branding initiatives and other growth opportunities and general corporate purposes.
The Company expects that the Canadian government will announce changes to the MMPR (as defined below) in response to the Federal Court decision in February 2016 on the validity and constitutionality of the MMPR. While there is no certainty until such changes have been announced, it is generally anticipated by the industry that the government will likely grant a right for patients to grow a prescribed amount of medical cannabis. The potential impact of these and other changes, as well as the proposed introduction of marijuana legalization in the spring of 2017, cannot be assessed currently. The Company remains committed to be a leading participant in the industry as it continues to evolve, by focusing on the Company’s current expansion and growth plans and initiatives.
Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about August 26, 2016 (the “Closing”) and is subject to regulatory approval including that of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The Shares to be issued under the Offering will be offered by way of a short form prospectus in each of the provinces of Canada, except Québec.
The Underwriters will receive a cash commission of 6.0% of the gross proceeds raised in the Offering.
This news release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and such securities may not be offered or sold within the United States absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from U.S. registration requirements.
About Mettrum Health Corp.
Mettrum Health Corp. is a Tier 1 Industry Issuer listed on TSX Venture Exchange. Mettrum Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a Toronto-based company and a licensed producer of medical cannabis under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada) issued pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) (the "MMPR"), which came into effect on October 1, 2013. Mettrum received its first license from Health Canada under the MMPR on November 1, 2013 and began production of medical cannabis at its first production facility in Bowmanville, Ontario. Mettrum received its second license from Health Canada under the MMPR on December 11, 2014 for its other wholly-owned subsidiary, Agripharm Corp., at Mettrum Creemore facility in Clearview, Ontario. Mettrum received its third license from Health Canada under the MMPR on December 17, 2015 for Mettrum Ltd. at its new 60,000 square foot production and distribution facility in Bowmanville, Ontario. With the Company's three licenses, Mettrum is a leading producer and vendor of medical cannabis under the MMPR system. In addition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Mettrum Hempworks, Mettrum also is a licensed producer and distribution of industrial cannabis (hemp) products, including Mettrum’s functional food line, Mettrum Originals, under the Industrial Hemp Regulations (Canada) issued pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada).
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Mettrum Health Corp.
Director, Investor Relations
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION: This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation, including, without limitation, the proposed use of the net proceeds of the Offering and the anticipated date of Closing. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; and the results of operations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company and Mettrum disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law
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